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2018-03-17; Happy St. Patrick’s Day


I only made 2 cards in the St. Patrick’s Day theme this year.  And this is actually a copy of a design I made a few weeks ago; quick and easy!  I actually made this one morning before I left for the morning commute.

I again used a watercolor background though this time I used Dylusions spray ink.  I wet the paper first, then sprayed Fresh Lime.  I added a little more sprayed water and dried without tipping it to much.
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A few weeks ago I got a bargain from Hobby Lobby.  A mini tub of peg stamps for some of the different seasons.  There was this clover and also a horseshoe.  I stamped a bunch of them and had the Brother Scan-n-Cut cut them out for me.

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The sentiment is by Studio G.  See the spatter?  That is walnut stain (Tim Holtz) splattered with a fan brush.    The gold you see is gold leaf flakes that have been burnished down.

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

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If you celebrate, do it safely!  Happy St. Patrick’s Day to ye.


2018-03-16; St. Patrick’s Day flourish


Today I’m sharing 2 relatively quick cards for St. Patrick’s Day.

The large flourish background is stamped in Pear Tart ink by Memento. The flourish is from the set Baroque Motifs by Stampin Up.  I did two different borders to see which I liked best.  One is Mini marbles and the other emerald prisma glitter.

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I generated the sentiment using the font from Miss Kate’s Cuttables called Miss Mary

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The hearts are a very old punch.  I’ve shaded and embossed leaf veins with a stylus.

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

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2018-03-15; altered DP


Just back from a mini vacation and it was wonderful! When I came back I sat down at my craft desk and just puttered around. I should have taken a photo before I finished it off so you could see what it looked like before I slobbered all over it.

Basically I took wild assorted scraps of DP, tore them into strips and assorted shapes, gluing them down with a mat medium. Once they were down, I added a light wash of gesso and let dry. Next I took some fuchsia color burst powder, sprinkled and sprayed. This was dried and then I used a flourish stencil and added more gesso through the stencil. Lastly I tore a piece of dry wall tape and applied it randomly.

Here you can just see a corner of what some of the original DP looked like:

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The finished card shows much of the altered DP as I cut a “window” into the flourish mat. The frame is a no-brand die which I’ve cut 3 times and stacked. On the top layer I used my finger dipped into metallic gold ink and rubbed gently across the border. This was then dusted with gold eye-shadow.

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You can see some of the texture from the dry wall tape here and the word hello which is a die cut by Lawn Fawn. I cut it 4 times, stacked then added glossy accents.

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The hello was cut in black so I used black for the butterfly (Martha Stewart punch) too. I punched two of them and stacked, carefully separating the wings. Along the edges on the top layer I added glue pen and then sprinkled tri color gold flake foils burnishing them down.

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

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This card was entered into the challenge at Dies R Us challenge, Frame it.

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2018-03-12; wall decorations, stickers and homemade flowers


Last weekend I spent making homemade flowers.  Here is a link to the description as to how that was done:  HOMEMADE FLOWERS     and now that you’ve seen how it was done, here are a few of the flowers that I added to today’s mixed media design.



And the card itself….  I started with 2 kinds of DP for mats and distressed the edges.  I distressed them so well that I put a pretty big tear in one side.  I ended up tucking a piece of old eyelet lace there so it looks like I did that on purpose.

Next I added a scrap of book page, painted the panel with gesso and attached the wood frame.  I added the sticker, sentiment, and flowers around the frame.  Lastly I used some Color Burst concentrated pigment powder to a pallet and sprayed with a little water.  I added the colors around  the frame with a paint brush and now the background matches the colors of the flowers.  (I used the same colors to make them too).  The last step was to tuck in some string and then add liquid pearls in bronze and ivory.


I found some really old items in my stash…here we have a wall sticker, kind of like wall paper.


This was a sticker that I bought on clearance.  It was combined with the central sentiment; I just cut it apart to make it all fit.  I believe the sheet of stickers was by Paper Studio from Hobby Lobby.


I also picked up some wood embellishments, stars and frame from there as well.  I used mat medium over the top of everything and also used it to stick the little wooden stars to the frame.  Here you can see the medium is still a little wet; don’t worry, it dries clear!


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

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2018-03-09; homemade flowers using Rose Creations


Back in the day I used to make lots of handmade flowers.  I got away from that because the are bulky and more expensive to mail.   But I sure do like cards with flowers, sigh.    Last weekend I pulled out the Spellbinder set, Rose Creations.  Here is what it looks like.  I could easily find flowers that I could cut from a Cricut cartridge that would make this process go so much faster.

Here is the flower group that I ended up with…


I had the little stamens in my stash so I pulled them out and used them for the flower centers.  I dampened each die cut, dabbed with water color (Color Burst) with a paint brush, scrunched and let dry. Once dry I took the stamen and stared stringing the layers together.  To hold them in place I finished with a drop of hot glue.

Here is a close look at one of the  purple flowers.  I think I can see 5 or 6 layers here.


And a look at one of the pink ones; this one is about 4 layers.


Here is the flower stem I told you about.  Eventually this will be snipped off so that I can glue these (flat bottomed) to the card.  Or if I had made smaller flowers I could leave it on and attach it as a flower bud.  Wish I would have thought of making some of those.



Now to figure out what card to add these beauties to.

2018-03-08; Color Burst background with tri color gold leaf


Here are the backgrounds again; this time I used the one on the lower right.

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And the card made with that piece is right here:

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This time I distressed the edges and then embossed with a Stampin Up embossing folder.  Next I took a glue pen and lightly went over the raised images.  I sprinkled on tri color gold leaf flakes and burnished them down.

A few liquid pearls  were added.
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And the sentiment stamped in white pigment ink by Stampin Up from the All About Everything set.  Thanks to Kelly Rae for telling me the name of my bargain find from the rummage sale!

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

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2018-03-07; Color Burst backgrounds and card #1


I wake up way, way to early on the weekends. I just can’t turn off the internal alarm clock. So I came downstairs to my craft space and made a couple of Color Burst backgrounds.  Just two this time.

This is the box I put the papers into, to spray them so the colors don’t fly everywhere.

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The first background I used was the one on the upper left.  Here is the finished card.  I stamped with some images that my friend Chrissy gave to me when we got together for the Shoe Box Craft night.  I think she said these were by StampZia.  Over that I added Stencil paste through a Tim Holtz stencil flourish.

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In order to add the sentiment  I stamped it on a piece of mulberry paper and then glued it down using a mat medium.  I also added some cream colored liquid pearl drops.  The sentiment is from some of the things that I received from Sonia’s estate.  There is no name on the set.  La Artista is Spanish for the artist.

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Look what happens to the liquid pearls & stencil paste when applied over the Color Burst..whoot, whoot!  They change colors and suck up the color from underneath making it a perfect match to my colors.

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

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