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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.

2014-10-11 Shoebox 1-0n-1 day with Maggi


Yesterday I had the wonderful opportunity to get together with Maggi at my house. For the past year while I was moving back and forth between homes, she hosted. Today was my chance for a little hostess pay-back.

This is the card that Maggi brought for the shoebox project. She gave me the basic card pieces and then just told me to “decorate at will.” This is what I came up with

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This base piece is what we made together. She had 1″ squares all punched from scraps of Christmas scrapbook papers. We assembled the squares into this design and then placed on some pre-printed Christmas theme note cards.

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While I fumbled around deciding on a layout for my card, Maggi had time to put two of them together. Here is what she came up with

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and this one with a metal charm as the centerpiece. She was able to find some foil stickers in my stash to finish it off.

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and finally the whole group that we made between us.

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We enjoyed a nice lunch of quiche with spinach, cheddar, bacon, mushrooms & onions along with fresh apples with dip and a tossed salad. The salad was lacking as when I went to go put out the salad dressing, there was none in my empty refrigerator. I’m still in the process of moving and I haven’t emptied the “other” fridge yet. Maggi’s suggestion of a oil & vinegar dressing saved the day. Although…it tasted much better later in the day when I finished off the rest of the salad for my supper. It had time to sit and soak in the various spices I had thrown in and the instant minced onion and garlic had time to rehydrate. The treat later in the day was some homemade pumpkin pie. It’s been a year since either of us had it and we “ummmmmed” through the whole thing :-)

Maggi, thanks for coming over…I’m already looking forward to our next visit!

2014-10-08 Craft Day with Sue and her supplies


A couple of weeks ago I got together with my neighbor, Sue. She asked me over and I played with all of her supplies to help her make a birthday card and a wedding card for upcoming events she would be attending.

Here are the results…she told me the theme and what colors she wanted the designs to be in, picking out the layout and overall designs.

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Sue told me she was making the birthday card for her 60 year old sister. The inside sentiment that she was going to add later was going to say something like…this time dyslexia is a good thing.

Sue also showed me a new wall hanging that she had painted. She told me she did a step by step tutorial she’d found on youtube.
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It was a fun day and I’m sad that I’m in the process of moving again. I won’t be able to have more play dates with her.


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