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2019-12-09; Never ending alpha swap; “S”


S this month is for

sea horse

sea shells

“Seas the day” sentiment

Before beginning assembly of the card I tried heat embossing the sea horse 3 times before I got it right. From left to right respectively, try 1 (started with black glossy card stock and heat embossed in silver), 2 dyed plain card stock heat embossed in silver)  and 3  (stamped in black onto white card stock and then clear embossed).  Try # 3 was the obvious choice.

And here is the card that I ended up constructing

The glossy black background that I colored with Marvey metallic markers (sprayed with water for the blending) ended up being my background paper.



A close up view of part of the sea horse.  He was colored with pastels.  The background was a watercolor wash and then some dark gray was added around the sea horse for a shadow.


A look at the background and the texture.  From left to right; dry wall tape; micro beads, embossed sea shells; the black glossy card stock colored with markers and some iridescent sequins.


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


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2019-12-08; Nemesis yellow and coffee


The original color of the decorative paper was a neon yellow in this decorative paper pad by Basic Gray.  Simultaneously now,   ewwwww~!

For this card I changed the two pieces of yellow by using gesso & color burst on the border piece.

On the large background I did a direct to paper technique using white, old paper and tea dye distress inks.  I didn’t take a before and after on this  part, but you can see the different shades of yellow in the above and then below photos.



I’m working on adding eyelets from my stash to my projects.  Although the pink doesn’t really match, it’s such a bright background it doesn’t really matter.


One last look at the card before you go on about your day…


I have now used both sheets of neon yellow from the Basic Gray pad, so yeah for me!~


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2019-12-07; gift from a stamping friend, You’re a dear!


I am sharing card #2 made with this fun stamp set that I received.


I used my rummage sale find of a 6×6 decorative paper.  Here I’m demonstrating masking, trimming and reverse stamping. (The little dear on the inside is reversed)

A close up view.  Only the tree stump and foliage are popped up a bit; everything else is glued down flat.


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


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2019-12-06; cute deer from a stamping friend


My 3rd try using the stamps sent to me by a stamp friend.  I’ve now used all of the images, I just haven’t used 2 of the sentiments yet.

For my 3rd try I made a square medallion using a sentiment and part of the cute dear.


The close up view shows that everything has been glued down flat.  The leaves will flatten out during mailing, I’m sure.


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

What an adorable set.  Thanks to my stamping friends for giving me such fun challenges!~

2019-12-05; Gift from a stamping friend


Last month I received a gift of stamps  from one of my stamping friends.  It’s adorable and for the next few days I’ll share cards I’ve made from this fun set.  She got the same set for herself as it was a wonderful bargain.  How fun that we can each work on cards using the same stamps.   Yep, I mailed my finished designs to my stamping friend so she would have  samples of cards using the stamps.


Here is card #1.  I did make this one in November, so the fall theme was appropriate.  The card size is about 3.5×6; and if I hadn’t put 3-d items on the card would have fit into a 6-3/4 size envelope.


A close look so you can see dimension.


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



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2019-12-04; November shoe-box craft day; Jane’s Christmas cards & REVIEW


Jane was our hostess for our November gathering.  She provided 2 different Christmas cards to add to our stash.

CARD 1 is this fun tree.  We took a die cut tree and added random branches to it.



CARD #2 is this fun country barn door.  I brought the card home and added the banner to it.


And in case you missed any of the fun cards we made for our November shoe-box craft day, here you go:


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2019-12-03; November shoe-box craft day; Thanksgiving pocket card


My 3rd card for the ladies was this fun pocket card.  Thankfully we met pretty early in November giving them time to get the card mailed out if they liked.



Here is the card with tag pulled out.


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