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2014-07-30 Yellow, orange & green color challenge


In one of the Yahoo groups I’m in, I joined in on a color challenge. This challenge consists of using only Yellow, Orange and Green (along with neutral colors if you need them). For my first try, I used Memento inks in only those colors, and gee! Look what I came up with!

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The sentiment is by Stampin Up and stamped onto a Spellbinder long oval then shaded with yellow. I took the liberty of adding some gold sewing thread as an embellishment. I love the shine it adds.
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The background of this card is made with assorted shadow stamps. Gosh I love those and always have. The scribble background is by Endless Creations, the square by Hero Arts and the circle by Stampin Up.

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I also made two other cards at the same time as this one. Stop back and see what other designs I came up with for this quick and easy challenge.

2014-07-28 Jelly print card design


Last November I had a fun play date with Maggi where she taught me how to do Jelly Printing. I still have lots of sheets of these fun designs so I brought out one of them and made it into a card design.

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I basically took the jelly printed background and then added random collage stamped images to it. Most of the images are by Stampers Anonymous, from assorted the Tim Holtz collection.

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And one last look before you go on about your day…

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The large pretty gold die cut is by Memory Box. It’s perfect for this design and lets the background shine. I found a smaller die by Cuttlebug that went with the large die pretty well. I cut this out of the same gold card stock. I think the glitter glue is a nice final touch.

2014-07-24 Ghost Stamping with color


Today I tried Ghost Stamping. I’ve done silhouette stamping before, but this was different in that you stamp in white first then over stamp slightly off using a color. My experiment came out less than perfect, so I used a card sketch and some die cuts to camouflage the imperfections. Here you can see part of the background that I made along with the finished card.

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I started with craft card stock. Stamped leaves from the Stampin’ Up sets, Simple Sketches, a small dainty leaf from the set Lovely as a Tree and finally filled in with a Rose Leaf from the Hero Art set Prints from Nature. These were all stamped in white, then again with a color just off set from the original image. I used three shades of green (light, medium & dark); a blue and then added some gold embossing. The last step before card construction was to use various colors of Blow Pens and add a splatter design in the background.

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I went through some sketch designs I’ve done in the past and found one that I thought worked with the background paper I had created.

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The sentiment is by Hero Arts, called Inspiration Prints-Dragonfly.

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I added a die cut from Memory Box called Pierson Corner. I use a scrap of gold metallic paper. I cut up the die cut and added bits and bobs round and about to add some all over glimmer. Two different punched butterfly’s both by Martha Stewart were punched from another gold metallic decorative paper and some crystal gems added to finish off.

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One last look before you go on about your day…

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Video tutorial courtesy of Darlene DeVries

Thanks for stopping by and as always; you’re comments are welcome!

2014-07-22 Banner Blast & dollar stamp


I’ve had the set Banner Blast and matching punch by Stampin’ Up for a number of months now but never used the stamp set. I’m glad I finally got it inky. I copied the sketch and color combo from the wonderful gallery at SplitCoastStampers.

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A close look at the banner. I used 3-d mounting tape and Tacky Glue to make it look like the little flags were attached to the string.

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The close up of the medallion shows another dollar stamp. I used Nestability dies by Spellbinders to cut out the circle and scallop circle. I kept the round die on and sponged on additional color on the sentiment with Antique Lace distress ink.

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And one last look at the card before you go on about your day….
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2014-07-20 Gecko Birthday Greetings


I’ve been making more birthday cards. As I put this one together I thought of my youngest son who’s birthday is today.

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I used paper piecing so that I didn’t need to color the Gecko. I’m liking that technique more and more! I can’t believe I never tried this until a month or two ago. I also added some crystal effects to the eyes.

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I used two different Cuttlebug embossing folders to create the background. In addition to the Gecko image I also used another of the dollar stamps.

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Enjoy the rest of your day!

2014-07-18 Let’s get together! Dollar stamp


I am again bringing out the first supplies and tools I ever bought. Here is a dollar stamp from Michael’s and a border embossing folder by Cuttlebug.

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To add color to the border section I used watermark ink and then dusted with chalk. It looked just OK, so I also added the crystal gems and I believe that stepped up the look. I also again used the new Memory Box die and balanced it out with the sentiment.

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One more look at this clean and simple card before you go on about your day.

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2014-07-16 sketch challenge


I made this design for a swap using a specific sketch (see below if you’d like to try it out too). I think it turned out great and the added foil sticker really finished it off.
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The vase is by Stampin’ Up from a long retired set called Long Time Friend. I picked this partial set up when I was at a rummage sale last year for $1. Can’t beat that price! I used pastels and a blending stump to carefully color in the vase and flowers. If you are not the greatest at coloring (like me), this is the perfect medium for you. It’s really forgiving as you can blend easily and if you make a mistake…just erase! Same thing if you want to stay inside coloring lines; a post-it note and a clean eraser works wonders.

The verse is an acrylic set by Jillian Vance. I won it as a price for an on-line contest a while back.

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The die cut represents one of the layers in the sketch. It is a new die that I picked out using my store credit from a rummage sale. It’s a Memory Box die. If you need the exact name, let me know and I’ll look it up for you.

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Here is you’re last look before you go on about your day. Did you wonder how I got the script embossing folder (it’s a vertical folder) by Cuttlebug to go across the whole width of the card? I embossed twice; to line it up I eyeballed it and embossed. I knew the layers would cover up any discrepancy.

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Do you want to play along? Here is the sketch
Link back to this post so I can see what you did with it!
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