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2015-03-28; Lovely Decorative Paper stands alone.

2015/03/28

My friend Maggi was cleaning house. I love it when she cleans; I get a lot of the discards! Here you see a piece of DP that I got from her. It was so pretty all by itself that I made a card out of it.

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I took a craft knife and trimmed around the flower so I could lift the petals. I tucked some 3-d mounting tape under the ones I had trimmed so that when it was mailed it would remain 3-d.

I used iridescent medium to give sparkle to the petals then coated the whole thing with Mod Podge for a glassy look.

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The sentiment is by TAC (The Angel Company) and the banner medallion was cut using Ornate Labels by Sizzix. I love this set as it has all kinds of layer dies to mat with it.

Thanks for stopping by!

2015-03-27; Cricut’s Lovely Floral; Tag 1 & Flower 8

2015/03/27

I am still practicing with my Cricut so I’m ready for a teaching session with Maggi. I want to be pretty familiar with cutting and how big of pieces to cut for standard cards when I get to play with her.

On today’s sample I cut two images from the Lovely Floral cartridge. The Tag 1 and the Flower 8 and combined/layered them to form a large tag.

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The close up lets you see that I shaded each of the two tag pieces and embossed the cream layer with Swiss Dots embossing folder. The flower was cut in 4 different cuts and then I arranged the pieces individually. It looked pretty plain at this point so I got out my stencil and started etching in leaf lines. That didn’t do very much so I pulled out an extremely seldom used supply; Radiant Pearls. I have kept them in a plastic storage drawer and it’s a good thing I did as some of the little bottles leaked during my 2 recent moves. That really livened up the flower image so while the paint was still wet I lightly sprinkled on both clear and pink glitters.

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This photo shows my homemade brads, my sentiment and a really lovely background. The background got all but covered up. I took a book page (in German); painted it with gesso and then dipped it into distress inks. I love how this turned out and I will be doing that again soon. The faux brads are hole punches that have been stacked and glued together. They have been topped with Mod Podge and you can see in the photo that it is still drying. When they are totally dry, they will be clear. The Sentiment is mounted on two long ovals (Spellbinders) and embossed in gold. The sentiment is from TAC (The Angel Company).

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One last look at today’s card before you go on about your day…..

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In closing today I would like to share all of the gifts that I used in the making of this card design.

Striped decorative paper …. gift from Maggi.
German book page … gift from Maggi.
Brown/Kraft layers … gift of office folders from Jane.
Pink glittered ribbon … gift from Chrissy.
Old lace … gift from co-worker; Jenny who’s mother’s craft room got cleaned out.
Sentiment … gift from stamping friend, KellyRae.

The olive green card stock was purchased at a garage sale from Wendy.
The cream card stock was purchased from Carol at a rummage sale.

Thanks to one and all for donating and gifting me with supplies! You see? I really do use the stuff the ladies give me.

2015-03-26; Cricut’s Lovely Floral cartridge; monogram banner

2015/03/26

Today’s card was inspired by one of the groups that I play along with. The challenge was to use fun foam and die cuts to create a faux rubber stamp. I also used the Cricut to cut the banner, scallop and alpha letter making this a monogram card.

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Here is the monogram; I think I love this font! It is from the Lovely Floral cartridge cut at 2″. When I had the card all put together I also added a little crystal effects on the alpha letter.
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I took this shot so you could see the stamping and texture. I stamped the fun foam pieces using Versamark ink and then heat embossed using gold. The background I was creating still looked a little blah. I took it to my Cuttlebug and using a Tim Holtz embossing folder, added the checkerboard. I thought the added embossing really livened up the design.

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

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Thanks for stopping by!

2015-03-25; March Shoebox Project #4 by Bonnie & review!

2015/03/25

The fourth and final card we made for the March Shoebox meeting was mine. I had die cut all the pieces ahead for the sake of time. All the ladies needed to do was add color to the flower; assemble bouquet and the stamp sentiment.

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I showed the ladies how to quickly add color to these delicate flower petals by laying it face down directly on an ink pad and then rubbing randomly with a stylus. Once removed from the ink pad, we sprayed lightly with water to let the color blend. For the flower centers I had store bought stamens…they were quite long and I am into making flatter designs. So I added a drop of glue and snipped the stamen into little pieces and arranged them in the flower center.

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

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EDITED TO ADD SUPPLY LIST:

Spellbinders dies; Blooms One, Foliage and Scallop border two.

Sentiment:  Moments of joy by Stampedous.

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And in case you missed any of the March Shoebox projects; here they are all together.

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I had a wonderful, relaxing time. I can hardly wait till next month!

2015-03-24; March Shoebox Project #3 by Chrissy

2015/03/24

Card # 3 was designed by Chrissy. I so wish ya’ll could see this in real life; it’s sparkly as all get out! All the pieces were prepared ahead for the sake of time; all we needed to do was assemble.

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This close view shows that the central image was a brass stencil that had white stencil paste applied to it. Once that was done she added prisma glitter and let dry.

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And one more look at this design before you go on about your day…

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Thanks Chrissy! This will make a fabulous wedding or anniversary card!

2015-03-23; March Shoebox Project #2 by Jane

2015/03/23

Jane’s offering for the March Shoebox gathering was made using her new stamp set, Sheltering Tree by Stampin Up. We embossed the front panel, sponged, die cut the oval added the mini banner and tied jute twine.

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Here is a good look at the mini banner, also by Stamping up from the set Teeny Tiny Wishes.

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Here is the look at the inside of the card, just sponged and stamped.

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And one more look at the finished design before you head out about your day.

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It was a night of fun stuff. We got to make 4 wonderful designs and Jane sent me home with a gift of Chocolate from my former supervisor and Starbucks coffee. I’ve been making small pots and really enjoying the rich, robust flavor! Thank you Miss Jane!

2015-03-22; March Shoebox; Project #1 by Maggi

2015/03/22

Maggi was our hostess for the March Shoebox meeting; Thanks Maggi!

This is the card she prepared for all of us to make; a fun spring card. The flowered border is actually washi tape that has a flower shape to it. What a fun addition!

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The banner was a Studio G stamp that I fussy cut out and attached with 3-d mounting tape.

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We used colored pencils to color the central image. I used lots of different colors, then finished off by adding some jelly roll glitter pen.

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

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Not only did Maggi host this month, supply us with a festive treat but also sent us home with lots of heavy weight card stock in assorted colors whooo-hooo! Thank you for everything Maggi!

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