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2018-07-17; using a malfunction inked background


Yesterday I made a resist background. What I didn’t show at the time was the first try at a resist background that failed. It still had coffee images but the ink had dried more quickly than I thought and the embossing powder didn’t stick very well. I ended up setting it aside to finish the card yesterdays card.

This morning I picked up the failed piece and using the same sketch and left over piece of the successful background and was able to put together an additional two cards.

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The piece that failed is the section on the left. It still had the color scheme and coffee images so I tore it in strips and added to the card.

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To give more texture for this version, I ran the successful resist background through my crimping tool. Because of the uneven surface the liquid pearls look a little challenged but at regular view they look just fine.

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To help cover up the failed background and add additional interest;  I added this die cut doily that had been sponged with Distress Old Paper ink. this had also been run through the crimping tool.

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I did keep the basic sketch with a tag but I switched out the coffee cup images and went to 1 tag instead of 3.

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All the coffee backgrounds have been used and I ended up with a total of 3 cards, so a successful end to a malfunction background.


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2018-07-17; coffee resist


Morning to you.

On today’s sample I created a coffee themed resist background on glossy white card stock and then sponged on coffee colors.
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I added 3 mini tags and bundled them together with a handful of fancy fibers.

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When I brought my coffee themed stamps out, I found this piece of shrink plastic in the box.  I just attached it with a brad.

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I kept the layers relatively flat but I did add some homemade dew drops.  I had made these in 2009 and still had them in a baggie ready to use.

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

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2018-07-16; Using up left-overs



Today I’m working on using up some left over card parts on my desk (Left over from this project).  I am sure I have mentioned before that when I stamp & cut out images I do quite a few at a time.  This gives me extras in case I have some kind of malfunction  😉  With that said, I am using up more of the Delight in Life flowers, stamped/punches leaves and the purple print background.

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The flower was colored with pastels & sealed with hair spray.  The center was dotted with glue and had micro gold beads & chunky glitter added.

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I used two no-brand dies and this view shows the corner detail of the wonky stitch line and then the stitched scallop boarder.

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Just a happy sentiment stamped in black

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After the flowers were colored and hair sprayed, I flipped them over and used a ball stylus on them.  To add dimension (and keep it there) I filled the created indention’s with hot glue and let cool before adding to card front.  They will now stay 3-d while mailing.

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

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Flower & sentiment are both by Stampin’ Up
Sentiment: Wonderful Words II
Flower: Delight in Life

The leaf is a Martha Stewart leaf with matching punch stamp and die set.


The two dies used are both no-brand dies.

2018-07-15; One layer Delight in Life & All about Everything


I am again making a one layer design for a friend who has most of her supplies in storage. I am trying to emulate her limited supplies by keeping to a one layer design. In this case I masked, stamped, doodled and colored with pastels.

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This close look shows the hand doodled medallion that I drew in.  A plain line just didn’t look good.  I much prefer this sketchy version.

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The flowers were colored with pastels (as well as shading in the background) and a glitter glue center added.

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One more look at the card.  I turned the contrast down on this photo so it wasn’t so shocking white, which it is not, but the background is.

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Large flower: Delight in Life
Leaves & sentiment: All About Everything
Dots: Timeless Textures
Colored with pastels and sprayed with hairspray


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2018-07-14; the last of the hand stamped background


A few days ago I made this hand stamped background.  I still had a small piece left and was able to make today’s sample with it.  Most of the texture images are from the Stampin Up (SU) set Timeless Textures.  The flower is a SU image also, from the set Delight in Life.

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The card features a different fold.  I cut away the right half of the card and used it for the front flap (mat).  The purple print that you see is the inside of the card.  It’s pale enough that you can write on it making it a decorative piece.

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The flower was colored with pastels; sprayed with a fixative; glitter glue added to the centers and then a sprinkle of champagne color glitter sprinkled on top.  Once it was colored, I used a ball stylus to give them shape.  The leaves are a Martha Stewart stamp & matching punch.

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I took this side view so you could see the popped up layers and background piece.  The 3-d look should remain through the mailing process as I added hot glue to the reverse side of the flower petals prior to adding them to the card.

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

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The center (gray/white) piece is a post-it note.   Maggi gave me these a few years ago and I still have a couple left.  She told me she had found these at the dollar store.  I believe she also gave me the gold foil stickers, so thanks Ms. Maggi!

2018-07-12; hand made background


One of my stamp friends told me that I need to just sit down and play and not consider what I’m really doing. In that vein, I stamped this sheet with an assortment of stamps.

Here is the background.  I started by lightly dragging ink pads  across this half sheet of white card stock, stamped the flowers in black and then began adding texture images in shades of brown.  I added the leafy flourish in plum ink but it looked to dark so I went back and stamped white over the top of them, not lining it up just eyeballing it.  The last thing I did was take one of the texture stamps, stamp in gold pigment and then heat embossed.

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The background (in my opinion) was to busy to just make a card with so I cut it into panels and added it to this card.

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Here is a look at the various layers.  I count 6 layers (not counting the card base)

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I made a homemade stick pin using an inexpensive floral pin, plastic bead, plastic pearl and a crimp bead to hold them in place.  Once I stuck the pin through the layers, I snipped off the pointy end so the recipient wouldn’t get a nasty surprise.

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

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2018-07-11; Large white poinsettia looking flower


This white flower turned out quite large. In the future I will have to downsize to make it more card size appropriate.

2.75″ across the petals or with leaves 4″.

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