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"Amberley Grace" Card Slider

As I mentioned in a prior post, I would show you one of The Angel Company's new paper collections...and here it is....Amberley Grace! Isn't it lovely? I love it's gentle and elegant look. These pictures don't really do it justice. But my next project shows this paper off much better so come back and check that one out!

Amberley Grace V840 paper collection goes extremely well with the "Forever" T2811 valentine's stamp set. I love this set since they're solid stamps and I didn't have to color anything in...this was definitely quickie stamping! Since I wanted to use non-traditional valentine's colors, I used Cognac TT217 and Cote d' Azure TT206 Palette hybrid inkpads. Did you know?...Palette hybrid inkpads are a combination of dye and pigment inks? Very cool to use!

Here's how to make the tag-like card slider... I've included two different versions...the first is using the Cricut Expressions:

-Use Plantin School Book cartridge
-press Italic
-press Fit to Length
-set Tagright at 8"
Not to fret, if you don't have a Cricut I've measured the card slider and you can cut it out by hand as follows:

-cut a 2-1/2" x 8" sheet of paper
-punch 1/4" hole on either end
-wrap card slider around cards
-slide ribbon thru holes and tie a ribbon knot (see first picture).
That's it! How quick and easy, huh? Makes a wonderful gift set.

Thanks for dropping by, believing you enjoyed this quick tutorial. God bless you!


Tutorial - Faux Swiss Dotted Ribbon & Flowers

Tutorial - Faux Swiss Dotted Ribbon & Flowers

I love using swiss dotted ribbon (or is it dotted swiss?) on my cards but I didn't have the color I needed! Goodness, what to do? Well, I guess I can try to make my own....what else, huh?

Here's a quick tutorial on making your own swiss dotted ribbon and flowers using Stickles glitter glue.

Supplies used:
Stickles Glitter Glue F516, F522
Bitty Blossoms flowers D437
Dark pink ribbon "Mimi"B211
"Curls & Swirls" T2773 stamp set
"Love Doodles" T2709 stamp set

Can you tell I'm really having fun using the "Love Doodles" set??! I just noticed I've used it on the last few posts! The "red hearts" are GWP's (Did you know? GWP's are Gift With Purchse FREE stamps that you receive with your $30 order...I know, pretty neato of TAC to do that, huh?....please email me if you want more info on this. Here's the tutorial:
Oops, you need to look at the post up above....don't know what happened here! I hope I corrected this!

Now it's your turn to give this a try...come back and show us what you've done..don't forget to link up so we can see your work! Thanks for looking.


"Mimi" meets the Cricut!

Our first class of the year will be heart-themed and it is certain to be a lot of fun! Yes, "Mimi" (our wonderful paper) meets the Cricut!! You can see it in the picture...the pink mini purse. Isn't it cute?

We will be using my new Cricut Expressions electronic die cutter (my holiday gift - yeah!) to make the following projects:

-Heart Photo Book
-2 cards with matching card holder
-Treat Box or Small Purse

The Cricut Expressions recipes (how-to instructions) will be included for your future use.

If you live locally, we'd love for you to join us and enjoy the fun!!! Bring your favorite adhesive, glue pen. Please RSVP me at myleeson@netscape.net to RESERVE your seat! Thanks for dropping by!


"Amor" Card

Once I receive the new paper collections, stamps, etc. mentioned in the post below, I will post some samples for you. BUT until then...here's how to make your first "Happy Hearts" card. Ok, I know it's a real jump from the holidays but I'm ready for hearts and here's a quick card to get you started! (Excuse the scan...my camera isn't cooperating this a.m., thus, the scan instead. You can click on image to enlarge it.)

-Using red inkpad, stamp "love" rectangle (from "Love Doodles" t2709 stampset) on 2-1/2" x3" white cs & then stamp "Speckle" F-19 over it. Ink edges.
-Adhere this to center of red cardfront.
-Stamp "ornate" design (from discontinued "Partridge" stampset) on 2"x2" heart shape and ink edges.
-Adhere to right side of love background with mounting "Pop-It" popdots.
-Stamp "tic-tac-toe" (from "Love Doodles" t2709 stampset) on white cs, trim, & ink edges. Attach with jump ring to bottom of heart.

To make photo corner, stamp design on 1"x1" white cs square, cut in half diagonally. Trim w/scissors to shape into photo corner.

With white pen add dots to top left of cs and hand write the word "Amor" at lower right of cardfront.

And here you have your first FUN Happy Hearts card!

January TAC News!

The new The Angel Company (TAC)SPRING/SUMMER Inspiration Book & Catalogue has been released and it is just WONDERFUL!! See for yourself here.

It is filled with beautiful new paper collections, double-sided Matchbook Kits, great new stamp sets and accessories. I especially love the new faithbooking and inspirational stamp sets for scrapbooking! There are new GWP (gift with purchase are free stamps you receive with a $30 purchase!) and Hostess Stamp sets. We have scalloped punches, Scor-pal, Bind-it-All, etc., etc.!! (Remember you can get these at half price with your $100 funshops-what a benefit!!)

I had the honor of designing for this catalogue...so excited! My samples are on pages 94 and 95 if you want to take a look...these are in the Amelia Papers and christmas stamp sets section.

Contact me so I can mail you your catalogue today and you can start ordering on January 2 either thru me (to get the free rewards)you can order direct thru my online store at www.myleeson.ismyangel.net.

January FUNSHOPS are now being scheduled also so phone me with your date so I can mail you your catalogue and get you started. Did you know? Even if you're out-of-state, you can take catalog orders and receive all the freebies of a Funshop for yourself!!

Organizational Stamp Sets:


TAC has designed four Organizational stamps sets to help us stay organized giving us more time to stamp and scrap!!
-Studio Organizer stamp set
-Papercrafting Products Organizer stamp set
-Office Organizer stamp set
-Sorting by Seasons Organizer stamp set

When you sign up as a Demonstrator this month, you receive ALL 4 SETS along with your Start-up recruiter stamp sets!! Can you say "OH YEAH"!!

January Stamp of the Month:
Artful Objects is a 5-stamp set that is available for $5.95 with your $30 purchase!

Click here for the Stamp of the Month Set.

Vintage Set:
The Portfolio Collection is a 11-stamp set for $13.95 with your $30.00 purchase. These "realistic" stamps are shown at 70%.

You may purchase my cards and artwork

at my "Paper Blessings" ETSY Shoppe.


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