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2014-10-25 Pumpkin Patch Scarecrow by Hero Arts


One of my stamping friends sent me some die cuts to use. I set about creating a card just so I could put the mat to use. I found some DSP that matched laying right on my table from a previous project. Here is how it turned out:

Pumpkin Patch Scarecrow

This is a Hero Arts stamp called Pumpkin Patch Scarecrow (H958). I generally don’t color images but this just really needed it. It’s been colored with pastels and then sprayed with hairspray & gold PearlEx to seal it.

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One last look before you go on about your day. The file tab was created with an envelope punch board. The sentiment by Sweet Celebrations from an unmounted set called Harvest (R-3003-U).

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Thanks for stopping by.

2014-10-23 Cute as a pumpkin!


Today’s card was designed around the poofy pumpkins. They were originally going to go on another autumn themed card, but they ended up not being “right” for it. Not wanting all their glorious poofy-ness to go to waste, I designed a card just for them.

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This card is totally frugal. I used scraps, passed on craft supplies (Thanks Chrissy for the ribbon!) and rummage sale finds for every thing on this card.

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The pumpkins are by Stampin Up from the set Carved and Candlelit. Actually, these were stamped for me 8-10 years ago by my stamping friend Diane Zachman (aka Papercookies blog). They were sitting in the box marked “fall.” I cut each of them out and then molded them using a stylus. I tucked some cotton batting inside of them to keep them puffy while being mailed.

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The sentiment “cute as a pumpkin! is a $1 stamp from michaels. I used a envelope punch board to make the tab it is stamped on.

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2014-10-21 Re-purposing birthday embossing folder


I am sad to say that I don’t have any fall themed embossing folders. Today I was able to re-purpose the Cuttlebug Birthday embossing folder. I trimmed away most of the birthday words leaving the word happy clearly visible. The last birthday word was front and center; it was covered the alphabet letters.

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I’m still punching alpha letters. This time I used a set by EK Success called Typewriter ABC. The letters were punched, mounted and then covered with crystal effects. I sprinkled the wet goo lightly with champagne glitter.

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I added some faux brads (aka hole punches) and topped them with crystal effects. You can see in the photo that the goo is still wet. It will dry clear and shinny.

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And one last look at the card before you go on about your day. The words Happy Autumn are by TCP Studios from their Autumn Harvest acrylic set. It is a well used collection this time of year ;-)

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Thanks for stopping by; I hope you are enjoying the lovely fall weather.

2014-10-19 Letter press leaf background


A week or two ago I made some letter press backgrounds. Here is another sample I made at the same time. I inked up both sides of the folder and got two impressions at once. I like this side better as it has more color.

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The leaves are punched out of some scrap card stock from when Maggi was here last week. I dipped them into the VersaMark pad and then dropped them into clear embossing powder and heated. I love the bubbly shinny texture.

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The sentiment is from a wood mount stamp by Craft Stamps and cut out with long ovals.

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The hardest part of this card was making the paper pleats. It took me forever to figure it out, but I sure like the end result.

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Enjoy the rest of your day and thanks for stopping by.

2014-10-17 Fall letter press card & matching ATC


I’ve started a 1-on-1 swap with a stamping friend where we share a card and an ATC (Artist Trading Card). I didn’t really ever make ATC’s much before but I find that I really like the quick and easy style.

Here is what I made for my next swap…

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I inked the embossing folder with various distress stains and then embossed an ivory piece of card stock.

Here is a look at the ATC. This one was embossed on white; the sentiment is from an acrylic set called Autumn Harvest by TCP Studios; is stamped onto a piece of vellum. The leaves were punched from distress stained card stock.

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and lastly, the close up of the fall card. The word Fall are tiny Hero Art alphabet stamps, the large die cut leaf is by Cuttlebug; ovals by Spellbinders and the word hello from the acrylic set Just Sayings by Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous.

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Thanks for stopping by today!

2014-10-15 Paper weaving challenge


In one of my Yahoo groups we were presented with a new challenge; paper weaving. I took the easy route and just did a small pattern for my sample to share. I actually have done paper weaving in the past, it was on a paper quilled card. Here is what I came up with:

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A close up of the paper weaving shows the basic over under pattern. I also added some eyelets which help to hold everything in place. Remember when eyelets were all the rage? I have tons of these and have been trying to start using them up.

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I used the same tiny Hero Arts alphabet set as my last design, small punches and word “happy” by Stampin Up to add the sentiment. The word fall is popped up on 3-d mounting tape for dimension.

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The tiny leaves are punches. I still had scraps of distress stained papers from my 1-on-1 day with Maggi, so I just punched some out of the left-overs. They were just to pretty to toss so quickly. After they were punched, I dipped them into the VersaMark ink pad and then dropped them into clear embossing powder.

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One last look before you head on about your day…

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The challenge was fun. I used some scrapbook paper that I don’t think I would have normally used. And it also gave me my color scheme. In addition, I used some of the canary yellow card stock that has been so difficult for me to work with. I was still thinking while using it…why-oh-why would anyone buy an entire ream of canary yellow card stock? ;-)

2014-10-13 2nd card for the 1-on-1 shoebox day


This is the second card that we made for the 1-on-1 craft day with my friend Maggi. I had a number of card kits all cut out and ready to go that I had made in July. These were done in a different color scheme.

When Maggi came over, I decided to put the kits to use and just “fall up” the colors. Here’s how it came out…

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The word fall is a tiny Hero Arts alphabet set that was stamped, then punched out and mounted on 3-d tape.

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The tiny flowers are by Stampin Up from the set Petite Petals. I use this set a lot as I really appreciate the matching punch.

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and one last look before you go on about your day.
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Thanks for stopping by, and as always your comments are welcome.


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