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2017-09-21; acrylic stamped block background & rummage sale find


A few weeks ago I brought these things home from a rummage sale. I still have all of those things in the bag next to my craft desk and have decided to pull one item out of the bag, use it and then put it away.

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Today I pulled out one of the CTMH sets of leaves and used it to decorate an acrylic block background I had made for a swap. I’ve got them all laid out on the stamp platform, ready to stamp.

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These are some of the leaf colors that I stamped with.

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And here is the acrylic block print card decorated with the leaf set. I still had a cute bird (Honeycomb Happiness by SU) in my card parts box. He was stamped and all cut out so all I needed to do was color.

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and a close look at the bird…

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I was a little disappointed with how the milled lavender ink looked in the background so I reverse masked and stamped filler images to perk it up.

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I made a number of the acrylic block background cards; using the block in different ways. Be sure to stop back and I’ll share the next one with you.


2017-09-18; Paint Swiping & a sketch challenge


Over the weekend I tried the paint swiping technique as shared at SplitCoastStampers last week and made these backgrounds.

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I wanted to make a card where the background would be the main visual. With this weeks sketch challenge at Clean & Simple Stamping I was able to let it shine.

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Here is a good look at that bottom border. Green crystal gems.

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The sentiment is by Hero Arts with some art crackle medium added to create the medallion.

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A closer look at the embossing paste, paint splatter, gold eye shadow and dimension of the slide frame. I was able to get the gold eye shadow to stay put by spraying it with hair spray! The texture you see in the painted background is actually the paper used. It’s a specialty paper for Acrylic Painting; I picked it up in the arts & craft isle at WalMart.

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

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This card was entered into the sketch challenge at Clean & Simple stamping; Fall to Layout #34 Take Two

Video technique courtesy of SplitCoastStampers

2017-09-15; color burst background & Hero Arts Dauber Bunch


Playing with a little more color burst watercolor pigment powders. Here is the background that I created.

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After I had made the background I set it aside. I ended up going shopping and talked my husband into stopping at a rubber stamp rummage sale while we were out and about. I didn’t go hog wild, but here is what I brought home with me.

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I of course wanted to use something that I had just picked up. I pulled out the Hero Arts dauber stamp set and began by laying out a design on the background piece. Here you can see me stamping using the Tim Holtz stamping platform.

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Here is a look at the card that I put together and then I will show some of the close ups.

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A look at the flower crackle. You are seeing the largest dauber flower here. Remember that background? It had ink everywhere. In order to get the flower white again I used a paint brush and bleach to clean up what I wanted to highlight.
The gold bits you see embedded in the crackle? More of the loose gold eye shadow from the dollar store sprinkled into the wet crackle goo.

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

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I entered this card into the Cardz TV Anything Goes Challenge #13

2017-09-12: Watercolor pigment background RRCB71


Last week I was out shopping with my friend Jan. We visited a stamp store where I found some color burst pigment powder. I only picked up 3 of the colors to give them a try. I already had Dylusions spray inks and enjoy using them so I thought I’d play with these.

Here is the background I made using a combination of both the Dylusions and the Color Burst. It’s pretty, colorful and ok, really plain. Probably more plain because I used standard card stock to experiment with rather than water color paper. Now the work of trying to figure out what to do with it to make an attractive card.

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Here I pulled out a stencil, stencil paste, and loose glitter. Even if this didn’t work, it’s only sprayed paper. I’m glad the stencil paste was still ok. Last time I used it was about a year ago!

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Here is the damp background with paste/glitter mixture. While it was still damp, I dusted the surface with loose gold eye shadow from the dollar store and it added lots of glimmer.

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Here is close look at the glitter embedded in paste and the glimmer of the eye shadow.

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I pulled out a stamp & die set to work on the card while the paste was drying. Stamp images (dots & small sentiment) by Hero Arts as well as the stacked die cut “happy” The “happy” was die cut 5 times and stacked by fussy gluing the pieces together for stability.

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Here you can see the corner detail (die cut stitched edge and embossed with die) and stamped dot.

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I carefully lined up the small sentiment on a scrap of paper which was die cut to match the rest of the frame. Which I promptly lost in the clutter on my desk (still haven’t found it) and had to redo. I quickly glued it down before I lost this one too.

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And one last look at the rescued, prettied up background now made up into a card. I cut everything down to fit a smaller sized envelope that I already had on hand. Yep, I did this design backwards just to use the envelope I had gotten from the thrift store in bulk.

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Thanks for stopping by!

This card was entered into the Challenge 71 at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog

In order for the design to be eligible at least one of the stamps you use must be older than 1 year old. I was able to find a blog post using the same stamp and die set from 2016, where I combined this same stamp & die set with a rummage sale find, so I’m good!

2017-09-12; Faux Wood & Hero Arts Bird


Today’s sample was made for an alphabet swap. This month the letter is “S”

My “S” words that are represented on the card are Scarlet Maple and Sparrow.

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The sentiment, bird, branch & leaves are all from the same Hero Arts acrylic stamp set, called Color Layering Bird. See that fun wood plank in the background? Home made by using my Scor-Pal and an assortment of ink pads. After I scored the “planks” I very lightly dragged ink pads across the surface of the card stock. I kept changing colors until I was pleased with how it looked. I wish I had written down what colors I used as I really like how this turned out.

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The leaves on this project were all stamped and cut out. Some were stamped so the would be attached to the branch and a few individual pieces were added latter to fill in.

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This is a 4 layer bird. The base was stamped in caramel, smoke, chocolate, and finally black. The white was added with a gel pen.

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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!

2017-09-11; Don’t get your pumpkins in a pile~!


Yesterday a fun sketch was posted at the Clean and Simple Stamping blog. I had a good idea what to use for the sketch! So I sat down after dinner and started putting it together.

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The pumpkins are a Stampin’ Up set called Carved & Candlelit. The sentiment is by Whipper Snapper.

To pretty up the raffia knot I added die cut leaves & acorns using a die by Cottage Cutz.

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The sentiment is by Whipper Snapper.

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The tiny acorns are from the same Cottage Cutz die set. These were colored with alcohol markers and then the lower section coated with crystal effects.

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

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This card was entered into the clean and simple stamping fall to Layout #33 take 2

2017-09-10; Color Burst & Art Neko


Today’s sample was made using Color Burst pigment powder to create the background. This was also stamped & stenciled. The branch stamp image is by Art Neko and an inheritance gift from Sonia. (I make sure to state which images are inheritance gifts so that the administrator of the “estate” knows that I really use the things I’m gifted!)

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Here I used a plain stapler to add a staple. You can also see some of the background stamping (a large background text stamp by Stampin’ Up)

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The background was also glimmered up by using a Tim Holtz metalic spray ink. The white highlights are a gel pen that I added hit or miss where ever it looked a little dark.

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

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Sorry, today I forgot to take a photo of the background that I started with. As usual, it looks nothing like the finished product.