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2018-01-23; Distress Oxide inks


I played with the two colors of distress oxide inks that I have Peacock Feathers and Broken China. Here I’ve matted it using a no-name stitched rectangle die.

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All flowers used on the card are by Unity Stamp Company called Insightful Meadows.

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Just a close look at some of the texture and coloring

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The sentiment is by Jillian Vance Designs.  I still have the original packaging but there is no name on it.
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And one more look at the card before you go on about your day….

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Thanks for stopping by.


2018-01-18; Teddy Bear Thank You


Today’s sketch is from Clean & Simple Stamping Blog, sketch #FTL51


For the big focal image I used Teddy Bear by JRL Design (Q239 Teddy)
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Here you can see that I puffed him up a bit.  I took a large ball stylus and rubbed it around on his back side.  Next I added hot glue in the “valley’s”  I made so he would stay puffed while mailing.

See the background?  Those “beary” cute words are an unmounted set of rubber that I stamped randomly to create my own text.  I believe the words are by a company called Sweet Celebrations.

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And here is a look at the whole card with all of its pieces.

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That little bear with the heart is adorable.  He is on an unmounted wood mount stamp.  The Thank you is a separate image by Hero Arts from the set LL807 Messages.

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

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Thanks for stopping by today.


2018-01-17; Ornamental Iron 2 & Color Burst


I whittling away at the water color samples I made last weekend. Here are the colors I used…


And here is the card sample.  I still used the Cricut Ornamental Iron cartridge.  This time I cut the design a bit smaller at 3.5″.  Then I cut the water color background for the backing of the piece and finally, a dark green backing because the water color paper I used is so flimsy.

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Rather than try to stamp a flower which would have been too big; I instead just took a piece of foil sticker and added it to the center.  I topped it with a snip of the beaded trim.

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The border is made up of 5 different layers.  I didn’t have a full piece of water color paper so I had to piece it together to fit the full card front; which of course had to be backed with the dark green for stability.  You also see a beaded layer, a gem layer and then a gold cord layer.
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I had small scraps of the water color paper left so I punched Martha Stewart butterfly’s.
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And one last look at the card before you go on about your day….

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No matter how I tried I could not make a sentiment fit.  Sometimes you just don’t need one.


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2018-01-15; Ornamental Iron 2 with DP


I still had the Ornamental Iron 2 cartridge in the Cricut and since the last card with the hand dyed background looked so good with it; I thought I would try again.

What you see here is two of the items I used to make the card.  An acrylic set by Stampendous that I picked up at one of the last rummage sales and the Candi dot’s that I’ve been using lately.

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Here is a better look at the card.

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The hello is from the Stampendous set as well as the mini flowers along the bottom border.
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The flower, is a combination of flowers from a Recollections collection that has been stacked and I added the candi dot in the middle to top it off.
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And these butterfly’s from the dollar store sold as stickers are the reason I can’t get a good photograph.  They have a backing of holographic paper and the camera hates that.  I lightened up the photo though so you can see it clearly while trying to keep the colors true.

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

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I am mailing this one out today and sending along some of the ornamental iron cuts to see what my friend will do with them.

2018-01-14; Anything cold ATC Swap


Here we are again, with the watercolor papers. These of course were dyed using the Color Burst powders pictured. For today’s sample I used the piece on the bottom row, the one on the left.


I cut it in half and made these 2 atc’s.  They do look like a snowy night!  They were mounted on a piece of navy card stock .
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Here is closer look at one of them  The big silvery partial snowflakes  are punches from holographic card stock.
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The word Dream, by Art Impressions   embossed in white.
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The heart tree is by JRL Designs; the heart snowflakes are unmounted and unmarked however; they are blue rubber and that tends to make me think they are TAC (The Angel Company) images.

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2018-01-13; Color Burst background #3 & Ornamental Iron2


Yes, I’m still working on using the Color Burst backgrounds I made last weekend.  This is the 3rd sample made from this group.  The one I used for today’s card is the piece in the top row, second from the right.



I measured the piece and then went to the Cricut and set the height size to 1/4″ less.  This charcoal scroll was cut from the cartridge Ornamental Iron 2.  It lets most of the background shine through.

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The flower is a Prima purchased flower (rummage sale find .75 cents for a tub of them)  that has been stamped with a swirl (Stampin Up from set Mini Mates) in gold and dusted with Perfect Pearls. The flower center is a Candi Dot that has been painted with an 18 kt. gold leaf pen.
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The sentiment is by Hampton Arts Laugh out Loud Stamps (SC0620).  I bought this when it was on sale at Joann’s months ago, but never opened it up.  I used the Brother Scan-n-Cut to cut out the rust background mat.  I fussy cut the cream color sentiment mat.
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And one last look at the card before you go on about your day…..
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Thanks for stopping by.

2018-01-12; What’s Brewin’?


Before I left for work this morning I started cutting pieces for a coffee card. Tonight I finished it up.
I used a 6×6 pad of DP by Doodlebug design ink called Kraft in color – kraft.  It’s double sided and after I had cut the sizes I ended up using the reverse side as it was more bright and cheerful than my original (1st side) picks.

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The coffee beans are from two different sets of stamps. The bitty ones are by Stampin Up and the larger one by The Paper Studio.  The beans were covered with a crystal glaze and in the photo they are still wet.   Each of the beans was cut out using a Brother Scan-n-Cut machine; boy did that ever make quick work of it!

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The coffee cup & scallop circle are both Cricut cut from the cartridge Love You a Latte. Once I had the cup together I also added some Cuttlebug Swiss dots embossing to the background and some crystal effects to the heart.

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I hand cut the banner after having stamped the sentiment, by Stampin’ Up.

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

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Thanks for stopping by!

This card was added to the Anything goes challenge #30 at CardzTV