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2017-05-28; blessings

2017/05/28

Have you ever just had scraps on the desk that were just a little to large to toss and too small for a full card front? That’s everything this card was made from. The base has been in the scrap box for a couple of years. Originally it had been embossed and sponged but turned out looking nasty. I was making this card just from bits and pieces and was going to cover it up anyway, so I put it to use.

See the glowing gold foil? It’s really hard to take photos of gold metallic items. This is the best I could do as you will see in the last photo that the gold from a different angle just looks dark.

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The word blessings is from an acrylic set from Close to My Heart. The bow is cream colored seam binding that has been triple tied. When I mail this one, I’ll tuck cotton batting in the loops to keep it from being squashed. I’ve been told that by doing that when the recipient opens it, it looks fresh and poofy, not flattened and squashed.

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And here is the “dark” look at the gold foil. Don’t you love the fancy die on this one. All the layers were cut from the same die set making it easy to put together. And they are all correctly sized to fit onto an A-2 size card. A few of my other die sets don’t. They are either too large or just smidge too small for the card front (to fill the whole card front that is).

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Thanks for stopping by today and now you know that I’ve used a lot of the scraps that were on my desk…so it’s a wee bit cleaner this morning 🙂

2017-05-26; hello my friend faux shaker card

2017/05/26

I don’t know about you, but I have not had the best success with shaker cards. My issues have been leaking/seeping of the “shaker” elements and static cling messing up the window so that all you got to see was a mess. The last few tries have been better, but I think I finally found what works for me, the faux shaker card.

I saw a sample of this just a few weeks ago and I know this is the best shaker card I’ve made to date. With the help of a new window style die.

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Here you can see the various layers. I only popped up the window. See that copper color layer in the photo? That is actually metallic gold card stock, making this baby gleam in real life.

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And a close look through the window; a clean window for sure! No more static cling of lose glitter.

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And one last look at this static free window card before you go on about your day….

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How can you make a static free shaker card? Glue is the secret. Glue the glitter down where you want it and then assemble the window part. The glitter will stay where you put it and you’ll always be able to see the words or images inside the shaker window.

This card was entered into this weeks CARDZ TV CARD CRAZY CRAFTERS ANYTHING GOES CHALLENGE #2

2017-05-25; cant stop thinking of you Dollar Stamp!

2017/05/25

Last week I saw a sample by the Frugal Crafter where she showed how easy it was to use foil, and you didn’t have to have a heat machine to transfer the shinny goodness. She just used double stick tape.

I looked high and low for my rainbow gold flakes and couldn’t find where I’d put them. Grrr. So I pulled out some mirror gold card stock to get the look. My card may no longer be the one layer design that was being demonstrated with the foil, but it still looks nice.

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Here is a close look at the gold mirror card stock and you can see I put tiny dots of champagne glitter on the flower centers.

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I added one extra flower that was fussy cut and popped up on the sentiment. Take a look at all that extra loose glitter under there!

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

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The flowers are a set by Close to My Heart and the sentiment is a dollar stamp by Studio G. I wish Michael’s would bring those back…I miss them!

this card was added to the challenge at CardzTV, Crazy Crafter’s Anything Goes Challenge #1

2017-05-24; Udderly Wonderful

2017/05/24

Today’s sample was created so as I wanted to join in on a couple of challenges; and my wish for you today….both are Cricut challenges and the two cartridges I used for this design is Create-a-Critter and Elegant Edges.

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Here is today’s card all done up in assorted polka dots.

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I also added in a new lattice die that I had picked up. I probably should have gone with a barnyard fence but couldn’t figure out on how to incorporate that into a middle of the design border.

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Here you can see some of the layers and textures
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And a close up of the big Moo.

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And one more look at today’s design before you go on about your day….

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This card was entered into the following challenges:
fccb-challenge-301-animals
and
Cardz TV Card Crazy Crafters Anything Goes Challenge #1
and Bitten by the Bug 2 – Birthday Challenge

2017-05-23; z-atc

2017/05/23

And finally after a 6 month commitment the final letter of my Tag/ATC swap, the letter “Z”

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ivy

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inside the zipper
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and one last look at the ATC before you go on about your day…

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We haven’t decided what the next swap in the series will be…but time for a break until that decision is made.

This project was entered into the Anything Goes challenge at CardzTV this week.

2017-05-22; Y-tag

2017/05/22

This is the last tag of the of alpha swap. The letter this time is “Y” I went 3-d on this one big time.

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Here you can see the 3-d flowers & ferns

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A close look at the flower head & yarn stem

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

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Here is a list of the Y-Tag words that I came up with. Can you think of any others? Let me know! I’ll add them to my list.
Yellow
Yarrow
Yarn

And this fun tag was added to the anything goes challenge at CardzTV this week.

2017-05-20; Cricut Creative Cards Cartridge – card #20 and review 16-20

2017/05/20

Well I made it through the whole cartridge of Creative Cards, this is the last one. I have to say that some of the cards surprised me. I didn’t think a few of them would be very nice, but once it was cut out with assorted DP’s and textured it made a world of difference.

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This close look at the faux brads lets you see that these are actually paper stickers. I’ve popped them up on a tiny piece of 3-d mounting tape. I added some glitter glue as they looked dull prior to that…literally. They were a flat gun metal color.

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This view lets you see some of the texture and layers, I embossed the base and popped up the panel. One of the panels is a holographic paper. the other two layers are different DP in blue and green.

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I added an extra layer to the heart by adding a smaller one in the center of the first. The sentiment – Mini Messages by Hero Arts.

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And one last look at the card before you go on about your day…but be sure to scroll down to see the review of cards 16-20 before you go.

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Ta-da! The last set of cards are ready for your review: cards 16-20 in case you missed any of them.

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Now that I’m done, I’m ready to start mailing some of these out to friends!