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2016-05-01; MAY 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 Billie Anderson.

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2016-04-29; Sketch Challenge-Mother’s Day


I decided to put together a card just using scraps on my desk. Yes, my desk is a total mess with bits and pieces everywhere. Even the die cut was already on my desk…a failed design and tossed aside from the Cartridge Spring Fling. The only things I brought out were sentiment and base card.

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A close up of the pretty flower center

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

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I am entering this card in the cardztv challenge to make a Mother’s Day card using one of the sketches found on the site.

I used Sketch #1 from Cardztv

I’m glad to say that because everything was just laying around I was able to put this design together, photograph it, edit photos and write the blog post all before leaving for the morning commute!

2016-04-29; 2nd ATC from background


This is the the background piece I worked with today (the one on the left in the photo. I showed you the one on the right yesterday). This was sent to me by my stamping friend Karen, who knows I like a good challenge. It was a bit too dark for any stamping to show up on it, so out came the gesso.

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When I was done with the piece it ended up looking like this. I cut the piece in half and was able to get 2 ATC’s out of it. You can see that I added some torn drywall tape, texture paste with a stencil and some stamping.


And here is the first of the finished ATC’s.

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My stamping friend Tara sent me this lovely butterfly all pre colored and cut out. All I did was add it to the ATC, how cool is that?

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I added a sentiment that describes that lovely butterfly

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And that brings us back to the finished ATC.

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Thank you ladies for sending me your stamped goodness. I was able to create a unique piece of art! Be sure to stop back tomorrow and see the other half of the Stamped background.

2016-04-28; monogram S card


I am working on the last piece of background that my friend Karen gave me. The piece I worked on today is the one on the right. I actually thought this one would be the easiest to work with. Not! I stamped a bird image in black onto it and you could not tell what it was. Out came the gesso, inks and stamps.

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Once I had added the gesso, stamps and ink I also added some texture paste that I had colored with ink. Along the top border you can see a faint image of the red box this started with.
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This view shows a close look at the sentiment & texture. The sentiment was stamped, cut out, sponged and then popped up on 3-d tape. See the embellishment (1/2 circle) on the bottom border? This is a piece of painted paper toweling left over from a project that was completed years ago. It’s called “sculptured paper” and if you’d like to see a pictorial on this, click HERE. Another finished sample card HERE and HERE.
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The letter “S” was colored using the same ink and then stamped with text. I mounted this on printed vellum.
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One more look at the card before you go on about your day….
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The final card looks nothing like the piece I started with but it was fun “making” it work.

2016-04-27; Cricut Card – Elegant Edges


I saw a sample like this in the make it now section of the Cricut Design section on line. I have the cartridge Elegant Edges and recognized that I could recreate it with what I have on hand. I Cut at 4.5″ (base) and top layer at 4.25″ both images are from the same cartidge.

The sentiment is from the dollar bin at Michael’s.

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I decided to decorate with these fabric flowers. They will be squishable in the mail and will look just fine upon arrival. For the leaves, I decided to use a punch by Punch Bunch. I ran it through a crimper tool after punching and trimmed them to the right length.
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And on this final view for the day, I turned the contrast down a bit so you can see all of the colors and DP.
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Thanks for stopping by today!

2016-04-26; penny black bird on a branch


This morning before work I put together this card. I started by spraying water onto water color paper then adding Dylusions spray inks. Once dry, I die cut it out using a stitched rectangle die.

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I matted the background using Lawn Fawn’s stitched rectangles. Originally I was going to just emboss, but I did such a good job of embossing that it partially cut right through. Easy fix, finish cutting and put it on a fresh card base.

The inked panel was popped up on fun foam for dimension. I like to use a full sheet of the foam under the panel as when I mail it I know it won’t crush, waffle or warp. Which is exactly what happens if you use 3-d mounting tape on a large panel…be ye warned.

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This bird stamp is by Penny Black. A few months ago I was given the opportunity to pick out stamps from a stamping friends collection that had passed away. Her family shared her supplies with us and I’m glad to say that when I used it I thought about her.
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And one last look at today’s design before you go on about your day…

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The bird and leaves were painted with Radiant Pearls. It’s too bad the camera doesn’t pick up the shimmer. The sequins were had for just a hint of additional glimmer.

Thanks for stopping by today and helping me remember a stamping friend!

2016-04-25; swoosh.


A clean and simple collage offering today. I pulled out the shadow stamps (yes, I saved them all even when they went out of style) and this swoosh was right on top.

Story on the Swoosh: The swoosh stamp is a gift from Maggi from sometime ago. I remember why she gave it to me. She bought it as a single stamp and then picked up an entire Stampin’ Up set that also included a large swoosh stamp. And swoosh! I was the lucky recipient of her extra. Thank you Ms. Maggi!

The large circle is from a SU set.
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I used some metallic sewing thread coiled around my fingers and added it to the front of the card. The only thing holding it in place is the hello die cut by Lawn Fawn.
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The ink pad that I used was a rummage sale find…remember the Kaleidacolor ink pads? I picked up the one named Blue Breeze for .50 cents. Pretty colors!
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The small stamped circles are a pencil eraser dipped into the ink and stamped. I also added gold sequins and some ink splatters.

The stitched rectangle also by Lawn Fawn was die cut then embossed; layered onto DP that was left over from a previous project that just happened to color coordinate.


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