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2016-09-01; SEPTEMBER Calendar Page


The calendar page you see is a project that was started and completed September 2015. This calendar project was made by all of the Shoebox Ladies and two Stamping Friends from Washington State. Instead of showing them all at once back in 2015, I’ve decided to delay posting until the actual month they were created for.

This month the calendar page was created by Karen Ross.

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2016-08-31; Swirly Bird flowers


I have been playing with the Stampin’ Up set Swirly bird. So many possibilities with this acrylic set. For today’s sample just to get me started I used the circle image as a shadow stamp and created circle flowers. Have I mentioned how much I like shadow stamps? I can see myself using these images often!

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Here is a close view. I’ve added some sparkly bling for the flower centers. Can you see off in the distance that I also stamped splatter (from the same set) to cover the background? It really added a whole different look.

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Thanks for stopping by today. And thank you too for those of you checking in with me to see why I wasn’t posting. Here is the short hand version scoop:
We tried to buy a home, signed all the papers and had the offer accepted. We were waiting on the building inspectors report; not good and we are not going through with it. I think this has cured me for a while on looking at homes.

2016-08-25; Vintage butterfly


For today’s sample I watched a video and then walked to my desk and tried to remember what I’d seen. Some things I remembered and some things not so much. 😉

Here is the vintage card that I came up with.

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This is the part I got a little fuzzy on. I did not remember that the butterfly’s in the video were actually stamped onto the aged handmade background. I used the Stamp & Cut by Hero Arts and made this large butterfly by spraying with Dylusions Ink Sprays, stamping, embossing and then die cutting. When it was dry I added 3-d mounting tape and molded the butterfly applying it to the vintage piece.
The glimmer that you see is a paint on iridescent medium (very similar to Wink of Stella).
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The Small butterfly was made the same way as the large, I just didn’t mold it.

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Rather than a big rectangle to stamp a word on, I pulled out a banner punch and tiny words (Stampin’ Up). I stamped first then punched out the words, punching out additional banners.

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

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I do like the pop of color that the butterfly’s bring to the design. Let me know what you think, an improvement on the original design or no?

I’ve included the video so you can compare and re-create your own design.

Video courtesy of Gina K Designs and

2016-08-24; H-ATC


It’s that time of month again…ATC swap time. This time around the letter is “H.”

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The “H” words…alpha letter H (under the vellum), horse, heart brad, and sentiment Hello from the Heart by Hero Arts. Ok, the Hero Arts part doesn’t count but I was totally grasping 😉

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

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The next swap up will be the beginning of September which will be a Tag for the letter I. hmmmm. I’ll have to think about that, suggestions welcome!!

2016-08-23; Sketch Challenge


A stamping friend sent me a sketch and asked me to make a card.
Here is the sketch.
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In this case I kept it very simple. The color pallet is from a box of pre-printed note cards. I used one for the base and then cut up other cards in the box to make the various banners.

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I stamped the sentiment in matching teal colored ink and added a few musical notes. These are from a rummage sale find, a box of peg stamps from Close to my Heart.
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And one last look at the card before you go on about your day.

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I did try to add the button as shown in the original sketch but nothing looked right. In the end I just left it off; better for mailing that way too! The buttons I have on hand are huge.

2016-08-22; Darice floral embossing folder & Impression Obsession Delightful Meadows Collection


Hello there!
Today’s design started with a piece of white card stock that had been embossed with a Darice Floral design. My challenge was to see what I could do with it.

Obviously, this is not a white embossed piece of card stock. It is in fact been dyed using Dylusions Spray Inks to within an inch of it’s life. I didn’t like how it looked so I just kept spraying. That fixes everything right? Well in this case it did. I had to let it dry overnight but it did end up a rich vibrant color.

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Rather than cut up the background and use it in various designs, I used the whole piece to create this card.

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The place where the ribbon was looked plain so I added a tiny bow to gather it together.

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And the tiny tag stamps and punch were still on my desk so I used it and added Hello with a foil sticker. (Stampin’ Up set Tiny Tags)

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The images on the card are by Impression Obsession Delightful Meadows Collection. I love this set as they are all silhouettes of wild flowers. I ended up only using this image repeatedly. On the focal piece I added glitter glue which blended and glittered for an added bonus.

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This view gives you a look at the layers/colors. I used a pink pearl ink rubbed across the raised images on the background to help them stand out.

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I haven’t made big bow’s for a while; I miss them, but they are bulky to mail. I used the homemade peg bow maker that I talked my husband into making for me.

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

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This was a fun challenge.

2016-08-21; Darice Floral Embossing folder & Riveting


For the next day or two I am sharing a personal challenge. I was provided with 2 card front sized, dry embossed backgrounds and asked to make a card to see what I could come up with. I dyed the daylights out of it by using Dylusions spray inks and that is the photo that you see here. Dyed and embossed background.
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This is the finished card I came up with. I die cut a few leaves (Spellbinders) and the large flower whimsy flower (Memory Box).

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This close up of the background shows that I highlighted the raised image with pink pearl ink. After the piece being so wet with ink I am glad that the dry embossing held up through that. I also added glitter glue and an embellishment call “Rain Dots.”

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The white stuff in the middle of the medallion will dry clear with glitter.
I always take pictures of stuff before it’s dry. Sigh. The sentiment is from a set called Riveting by Stampin’ Up.

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Thanks for stopping by today!


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