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2017-10-16; hedgehog


I have been seeing hedgehogs. You’ve seen them too I’m sure;  and they were made using a new sunflower stamp set by Stampin’ Up. I think it is called something like watercolor sunflower. I didn’t buy the new set however; I have an old set that I picked up at a rummage sale (all my stuff comes from rummage sales), serene sunflower. Here is how the little critter looks using that set

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I added dots of glitter glue to the DP to brighten up the darker fall colors used.

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And here is a close up of our little hedgehog. I didn’t have an eye & mouth stamp so I just hand drew that part in.

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

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2017-10-15; Festive Fall Foliage


Say hello to another rummage sale purchase; Stampin’ Up’s Festive Fall set. It was $2 for an almost complete set. I think it maybe missing an acorn image.  No worries, I bought it for the fun leaves.


The sentiment is an unmounted stamp, but I think it was a gift from one of my stamping friends (thanks Kelly Rae!) a few years ago.  I think it was by the Angel Company, when it was in business.


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I embossed the background then smeared  glitter glue over the background.

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The leaves were stamped, cut out and dipped into Dylusions Spray ink.  Then I topped off with a little gold wink of stella leaves.

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

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This card was entered into the Fun Friday Challenge-Anything goes.

2017-10-14; homemade dauber handles


I’ve been meaning to share a photo of this fun tool that my husband made for me for a while now.

What you see is a homemade sponge applicator tool.

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The original store bought versions are the ones with the painted black handles.  I gave one of these to my husband and asked if it would be possible for him to re-create some for me.

He took on the challenge, so yeah for me!  🙂   He made 2 prototypes and asked me to choose which I preferred.  The samples pictured are the ones I went with.  These are actually a purchased item that has been refurbished into the sponge applicator.

Can you tell what they really are yet?

They are wooden candle stick holders from the wood craft section at one of the big box craft stores.  He added a pieces of the hook part of Velcro  and then I added the purchased sponge pieces.  The Velcro I should add, was purchased at the dollar store.


So the general break down of cost?  The two original applicators were $6-something (sorry I don’t remember the exact amount) at Joann’s.

The homemade applicators…6 for $2.95 and I wanted 12 of them so say $6 for a dozen plus $1 for a roll of Velcro.  Grand total $7.


So what would you choose?  $6-something for two of the original applicators or

$7 for 12 of them?   Kind of a no-brainer for me  lol!


So a big thank you to my husband who is sometimes annoyed by my hobby, but loves me and will actually make things for it anyway!

2017-10-13; Other half of Color Burst background


Earlier last week I made a Color Burst background using the colors pictured below. I used about half of the sheet to make THIS CARD. Earlier last week I made a Color Burst background using the colors pictured below. I used about half of the sheet to make this card but I still had a small piece left.

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Here is what I did with it.  I kept the size of the card the same and of course the color pallet.  I changed the stamping to a large doily background (Stampin Up)  and swirls (Cloud 9 Design).  The word you see is an inheritance gift from Sonia’s Estate. The Enchantment word is from an unmounted sheet of rubber with the information of “Lenna Lines 8B Text/Word Frames”.

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I liked the torn border from the first card so I added to it by tearing the 2nd layer too.  This was a much narrower piece so the bottom border was embossed using a Stampin’ Up doily border.

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Instead of using the gold foil stickers this time I tried a smattering of bits-o-gold leaf.  The swirl is stamped in brilliance Jade ink.

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

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2017-10-12; Watercolor background & art bliss


I signed up for a swap where the only requirements were to make a watercolor or painted background. It was the creator’s choice into make it into something for their partners; albeit a card, tag, or ?

Using plain card stock, Color Burst concentrated watercolor powders and some gold eye shadow, here is the background I created for the swap.

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Working backwards (I have envelopes I need to use up); I cut the watercolor piece down to be matted onto a card for a 6 3/4″ size envelope. Next I went looking for images and a matching color to mat with.

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All of the words you see are an inheritance gift from Sonia’s Estate.  The art bliss words are from an unmounted sheet of rubber with the information of “Lenna Lines 8B Text/Word Frames”.  The tiny background text is by Beeswax; this is actually a miniature copy of the Declaration of Independence.

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The leaf was stenciled on using the negative space from a Poppystamps die called Large Marianna Vine background. I topped off just one of them with a gold foil sticker. Let’s hope that stays in place during mailing.

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and one last look at the watercolor background swap card before you go on about your day…

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2017-10-11; This weeks sketch challenge @ Clean & Simple Stamping


Here is the sketch from Clean & Simple Stamping this week, Fall to Layout #37- Take Two  I have used this type of layout many times so this was an easy one for me.  My only change was the size of the card; I am still using up 6 3/4 size envelopes.  This made my card a bit taller and narrower but still kept with the flavor of the sketch.

And here is the card.  It measures about 6″ x 3.5″   The orange pattern is DP that I had in my fall collection of patterned papers.

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The double embossed leaves were pulled from my card parts box.  These had been all stamped, die cut and even embossed with the glaze.  The acorn is a left over from a project a few weeks ago, the leaves from last year (or older).

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I used a Martha Stewart punch for the punched border.  I also embossed a scroll on the bottom base card and lightly dusted with gold Pearl Ex.

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Here I’m just trying to use up some of the hundreds of eyelets on hand
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The sentiment is from the dollar bin at Michael’s

a few years ago.  It used to have a foul looking leaf in front of the sentiment which I surgically removed upon purchase.
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And one more look at the card before you go on about your day….

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2017-10-11; September Shoe Box Craft Night – by Maggi & review


Our last card project of the September Shoe Box craft night was brought to us by Maggi.

Maggi has become our sticker and embellishment queen!  She is able to combine blank cards into these fun, decorated designs and color coordinate everything.

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Here is a close look at the ready made sentiment.  I added some 3-d mounting tape to add dimension and then also a flower sticker which is popped up as well.

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You may not be able to tell in the photo, but one of the layers for the medallion is glittered, adding just a fun touch of glimmer.  Shine is also added by the floral gold metallic corner stickers.

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And now the review of all the projects that we assembled at the September Shoe Box Craft Night…
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Thanks to my Shoe Box Craft ladies for making this such an enjoyable evening!