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2017-11-21; Color Burst Thanksgiving Wish


I am sending out a Thanksgiving card to someone who is artsy and likes mixed media. You can tell from my card today that although I like to play, it’s really not my “thing.” I’m more of a shabby chic kind of girl. But the card must go so I’ll share it with you here.

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The sentiment is an old Hero Arts verse that I bought when a friend has a basket business and could order these for me wholesale. I think that was around 1995? Here you can see that I stamped it on a piece of tissue and then applied that to the card.

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The leaf is also from a Hero Arts sentiment that I used on the inside of the card purchased at the same time. I carefully colored them in, cut out, popped them up and then added crystal effects for shine.

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The texture was added by dry embossing with an embossing folder. I stuck my finger in gold metallic acrylic paint and gently rubbed over the raised image to color it. I also added texture by stamping/sponging through some drywall tape.

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And one last look at the card before it heads to the mail box…

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Because I added such old sentiment stamps, I added this to this weeks retro rubber anything goes challenge.


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Over the weekend a stamping friend posted a sample using a die that I also have. If you haven’t visited My Stamping Addition, please stop by and say Hi to Lynette. She has a CAS style that I love and have CASE’d many times. Thanks Lynette!

The card that I cased was very similar to this one. I did change it up just a bit by adding a mat. I also changed up where the sentiment would go and kept the colors black and white
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Here is a close look at the border. I did use tape for the bottom striping, but I don’t think it is washi tape as such. It is an inexpensive tape purchased at the dollar store.

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The sentiment is by “The Greeting Farm” and was a purchase at one of the last rummage sales I went to. I’m always on the look-out for sentiments, phrases and words in different type sets. You can see the mat that I added is glossy.

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

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I decorated the inside of the card with some additional faux washi tape and matted with black.

2017-11-13; Best Blossoms using left over card parts.


Yesterday, I had stamped and cut out a boat load of pieces not knowing where I was going to go with the flower arrangement. So many so that I had enough to make a 2nd card.

I sliced away 1.25″ of the right side of the card front. On the inside back of the card I sponged, then stamped the leaf branch.

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Here is a close look at all those individual pieces.

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I matted and layered a Hero Arts sentiment, tucking them in and under the leaves.

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For the flower centers on this card I used silver glitter glue.  You can also see that liquid pearls were dotted in random spots.

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

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The 2nd card I made with left over pieces is actually my favorite.    I’d say my first stamping try out with this set was a success.

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I pulled out one of the last rummage sale finds that came home with me; SU’s set of Best Blossoms. The pieces were all stamped, cut out then arranged.

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Here is a close look at the flowers and the crystal gem.

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I still have liquid pearls on hand and put a couple here and there.

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Even the sentiment came with the set.
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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.

2017-11-08; Background fail; & resurrection


When I was working on the umbrella card for a swap I was puttering around to come up with an idea.  I had a piece of card stock from an oriental stack and just stamped a few images.  Obviously this didn’t make the cut as I went with something else.  I did like the basic texture of the card stock so I decided to re-purpose it.
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Here I took gesso and lightly covered the surface; then spritzed on some Color Burst powder’s in blue and green.  I thought they would bloom with the wetness of the gesso, but they didn’t so I spritzed with water.  Woof!  It turned out really dark so I tried to brush a little more gesso into it.

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I honestly did dry the piece inbetween steps.  It didn’t help…once it got wet again all the colors started to swim again.  Here I tried to use a stencil to add a lighter color on top.

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When the stencil ink dried; it faded away.  So next I stamped using a fancy script, flourish swirl and honeycomb pattern in brown Stays On ink, black Versa Fine and gold metallic pigment respectively.
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Finally I added stencil paste through a stencil.  As it dried I could see the white paste soaking up some of the Color Burst ink from below.
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So what did I do with the piece (measures about 4×6″)?  I cut it in half and made this.  I should have used a bigger piece so you could see more of it.  Live & learn.
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Here is a close up of the stamping & texture.

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And one last look at the card before you go on about your day.
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Cloud 9 Design (C9 Stamp 4×8 Patterns 1 #66060) swirl flourish  This is a set of 3 stamps.  As to age; I found one sample from 2011 where I used the text; so that set is at least 6 years old.

Fruit of the Spirit text stamp   I found a sample using this script stamp from 2009, so 8 years old.

and finally
Stampers Anomymous (J1-617) honeycomb image.  I’ve had this used stamp for a few years.  I think it was originally from Sonia’s Estate which was gifted to me when she passed.  It is a wood mount and looks well loved, no idea on the age of this stamp.

I added this card to the retro rubber challenge #rrcb75

This is also a color challenge this week.  I picked colors from the inspiration photo of white, blue, green and the beige.

2017-11-06; Alphabet swap – U for Umbrella


The alphabet swap is moving along and the more difficult letters are rearing their difficult characters. U. I’ve been in a couple of swaps and I’ve done umbrella and unicorn previously. As I couldn’t think of another U word I went with umbrella. Fortunately when I did umbrella before it was for a different swap and partner, whew!

I have many stamps from Sonia’s Estate and I used a few of them in the background (everything under the umbrella basically). I mention them, as they are hard to see, but definitely there. The first image is the large framed bamboo. There is also a large sunshine with long rays stamped in each corner  and honeycomb image stamped randomly. The entire thing was dusted with gold eye shadow and then sealed. The camera could not pick up the overall glimmer of this piece.

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A close up of the stamped background.  Here you can see the large frame stamp with Chinese characters and the sunshine stamp with long rays.
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The umbrella is in peach DP & black card stock cut from the Cricut cartridge Pagoda at 3.25″.

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The umbrella handle is wrapped in crochet thread that I had to hand dye as I didn’t have any red on hand.  Yes my fingers are still red from mopping up the ink with the crochet thread.

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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.  And my continued thanks as I to Sonia’s Family as I slowly use the stamps that were inherited from Sonia.

2017-11-05; Bright Blessings


A few weekends ago I went to a rubber stamp rummage sale.  I found a bargain I couldn’t pass up; 8 Stampin’  Up Stamping Around Wheels for $1.

I find the wheels hard to work with but for the price bought them anyway.  I try to pull the wheel in a straight line but there is always a little slant to it.  I ended up cutting the stamped images apart and making cards with the pieces for my first try.

Here are 3 cards I was able to make from the pieces using the wheel,  Bright Blessings.

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I know it’s hard to see detail so here is the closer view of one of the cards.

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I re-stamped the bigger leaves on the images in color, cut them out and glittered.

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On one of the cards I tried crackle medium.

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Here you can see the assorted layers, sewing and raffia bow.
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Which brings us back to the card….
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Thanks for stopping by today!