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2017-08-13; Regal Rose cut outs


Regal Rose was still on my desk. I stamped a half sheet of images and cut them all out. The rose leaf is a Hero Arts stamp; it goes wonderfully well with Regal Rose.

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And now a look at the card that those cut outs assembled themselves into…

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I added the sentiment by PSX & texture using a Stampin’ Up embossing folder.

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Here is a close look at the rose to show how 3-d this is. I molded the flowers using a stylus and then added 3-d mounting tape.

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

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I’m putting Regal Rose away for a while.

2017-08-11; Blue daisy and hand painted background


Today’s sample shows a super simple background that can be “painted.” It’s actually done by just acrylic paint and pouncing a sponge very lightly. I like how it turned out so I may have to try this in another color sometime soon. You can see part of the finished background at the bottom of the photo. After I sponged the blue paint I added a finish of glossy mod podge over the top. I didn’t want the paint to chip off in transit.

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Here is a closer look at the card.

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The flower is an image that is mounted on a wooden cube along with 3 other images by JudiKins. I stamped, cut out and then painted with some of the same acrylic paint that I had used on the background.

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Here you can see the flower center with crackle medium added.

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A close look at that sponged painted background

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Swiss dot texture and a Stampin’ Up sentiment

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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 today.

This card was entered into the challenge at CardzTV this week.

2017-08-10; R is for Regal Rose


It’s hard to believe but yes, I am still working away at the last alphabet swap. In this swap we are up to R. R of course if for Regal Rose that long retired Stampin’ Up stamp set that I refuse to part with. This one is a classic.

Let’s start with the alpha brad; which by the way was a pistol to get a good photo of because of the reflection.

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And now the whole card so you can see what you are looking at. The sentiment was a rummage sale find. The sale sticker is still on it, $1. It is a lovely image by Stampa Rosa.

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Because this is a relatively flat card I did add a little micro fine glitter to the rose.

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Here is the punched border with a very narrow ribbon for accent.

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

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And now it goes in the mail. Another letter down and next month will be “S”

2017-08-09; DP, Just the DP Ma’m


I received a fun card and some tuck in’s from a stamping friend this past week. I thought it would be fun to take some of the DP (Decorated Papers) that she had sent me and use them to make a card to return back to her. The DP she sent me actually has a sentiment so I didn’t need to stamp anything, just choose the images, cut out and assemble with some card stock as the mat.

I should have taken a picture of the DP before I cut it up. The lower portion of the photo shows the cut up DP. I cut out the flower groupings and heart sentiment. There were also 4 smaller flower groupings in each of the corners, I cut those out and added them to the inside which I’ll show you in a bit.

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Here is a better look at the card. I stitched another piece of DP to a card mat, punched banners, hand cut a larger banner, assembled and finally added embellishments.

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The border was made using a Stampin’ Up punch. I punched a bunch of the banners and attached them to a narrow strip of card stock. This was topped with a piece of ribbon.

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This is a close look at the heart sentiment that was cut out from the DP.

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These are some of the larger flower groupings, arranged and glitter added.

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Here are the Left-overs. I used them to decorate the inside.

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

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My card is now ready to be returned back to my stamping pal. All I have to do is find an envelope and write the note!

2017-08-05; the last distress ink background


I saved the ugliest piece of background for last. With this sample I will show you not to toss something this butt ugly. Wait till you see what it turns into.

Here is the distress ink background. On this piece I went direct to paper with the ink pads.

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Because the colors turned out so very dark, I pulled out a stencil and gesso and sponged/tapped the paint on.

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I took a second stencil and sponged/tapped on gold acrylic paint. Man this now looks stinkin’ cute! I would buy DP that looked like this.

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The hardest part was how not to cover up the entire background now that I like it. I die cut the word smile and put it at the bottom so that most of the colors are center stage.

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The next few photos will show a look at a couple of details. I used a cube block that had this flower on it by JudiKins. The flowers were each stamped, cut out, colored and flower soft added.

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When I was at the dollar store I picked up a sheet of puffy stickers. They were all assorted mini images and this little bug was perfect.

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As I was assembling the background, I also added texture with an embossing folder & added perfect pearls to the raised image.

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

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See what can happen when you just continue on and experiment? I like the background so much that I’d kinda like to make another piece!

2017-08 Calendar Page


The calendar page you see is a project that was started in September 2016 and completed in December 2016. This calendar project was made by all of the Shoebox Ladies and three Stamping Friends. Two of which are from Washington State and the Third from Oregon. Instead of showing them all at once back in 2016, I’ve decided to delay posting until the actual month they were created for.

This month the calendar page was created Maggi

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Maggi found the perfect matching sticker to add to the fun postage stamp DP!

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

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Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to come and visit the first of each month so you can see the wonderful page that the ladies created for our annual calendar project.

2017-07-31; by the sea


The other day when I made a card I had made a few distress ink backgrounds. Toady’s design is a different theme but the same principal using another of the pieces created that day.

The distress ink background was stenciled twice with two different stencils, One in blue acrylic paint and the other with gesso. None of this is very visible but does add to the background. Then stamped with assorted stamps from the Stampin’ Up set Stippled Shells.

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The sentiment is stamped on mulberry paper and then using a gel medium glued down. The sentiment is by PSX

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The starfish embellishment was cut 4 times and stacked. This was easier than trying to put 3-d mounting tape on the back and a much sturdier backing for all those skinny legs.

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

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