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2014-09-30 Gift package topper into a greeting card


Last month I received a gift package and one of the items was a lovely package topper. I used the topper and created a greeting card around it.

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Here is a closer look at the iridescent flower petals

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and a good look at the seed beads that make the stem. I added some mulberry die cut leaves to finish off the flower

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Here you see a $1 stamp that has been framed using assorted Spellbinder long ovals
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and one last look before you go on about your day. The fancy die cut border is Spellbinders Majestic labels 25

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2014-09-28 Bookmarks for a crafty evening with D$


My son was here for a visit a few weeks ago. He is very much a crafter and missing his pottery barn. I offered my workbench and we made these fun bookmarks together.

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I was admiring one of the backgrounds that he hand dyed (the one on the left) and he gave it to me as a gift. The one I made is on the right.

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This is a close up of the bookmark my son made, so you can see more detail.
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And mine…
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I loved the crafty time and some day I hope to visit his pottery barn!

2014-09-26 Custom hand potted coffee mug


I received this lovely handmade coffee mug. It was hand potted and glazed. I absolutely love it!

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Here is what the inside looks like…

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The mugs can be ordered in different shapes and sizes as well as in your favorite color. Did you want to order one? Contact to get your custom mug ordered. Note: He also does bowls, dishes et al!

2014-09-24 Crocheted button flower


In one of my groups, someone shared a photo of a crocheted button flower. I set about to give a try and here is the sample of the button flower mounted to a greeting card. Who wouldn’t like to get this fall greeting?

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I found a larger size button as I needed to get the crochet hook through the hole. If you want instructions I can certainly share what I did. Just let me know if you want them. I tried to read the original instructions…but the creator admittedly did not know crochet terms and were frankly, not follow-able. I basically just made it up as I went.
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The flourish is by Cheery Lynn Designs. The little acorn is from the same die as the leaves by Cottage Cutz on the Build-A-Grapevine Wreath die.

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The leaves are on the same die as the little acorn, by Cottage Cutz Build-A-Grapevine Wreath.

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And one last look at the card before you go on about your day.

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Have a great day.

2014-09-22 Jumbo flower being used


This jumbo flower image was a gift to me from a stamping friend. I decided I had to get it onto a card and use it rather than put it on the table never to be seen again. I also used one of the embossed mini note cards that Chrissy gave me, so it’s a twofer!

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The flower was already completely finished with the DSP you see pictured. I mearly added some 3-d paint to finish off the center.

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One last look….

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The sentiment is by Close to My Heart. The leaves were die cut from a scrap of mulberry paper (remember that stuff?) from the Spellbinder leaf set called foliage.

2014-09-20 Name that SU set….a happy hello


This style of card is perfect for mailing, no bumps, no lumps and it’s not too heavy!

The verse, A happy hello is by Stampin Up. However; I do not know what set it is from as I purchased it at a rummage sale. If anyone knows, please advise me so I can mark the stamp (Thanks in advance for your help!)

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The rose leaf is from a set of 4 I believe called Nature Prints by Hero Arts. It was inked with distress inks and stamped as usual.

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And a last look before you go on about your day….
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The sewing holes were made using a Stampin Up template. I think it adds a little something to the over-all design. The border stamp is by Cloud 9 Design.

2014-09-18 ATC with Wisecracks by SU


A few weeks ago I joined in on a ATC swap. (Atrist Trading Cards). My partner was so pleased with what I sent to her that she sent me another ATC and and thank-you card to boot! She had told me in a short note about her circumstances and I decided to start a 1-4-1 swap with her if she is interested. And to lift her spirits I decided to send a humorous ATC. The stamps used are from the retired Stampin Up set, Wisecracks.

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No matter how I tried I couldn’t get a good focus on the central image due to the thickness of the crystal effects. I colored the image using chalks. I also wanted to frame the picture using a double mat but just plain ran out of room. This was framed using Spellbinders classic oval dies.

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One last look…

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To decorate the ATC just a bit more I added foil stickers. The homemade background was made using distress stains on water color paper. While it dried it was sprinkled with chunky salt which gave it a mottled look.

I hope my partner decides to take up the ATC challenge with me. I’ve had fun making them!


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