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2017-04-17; ATC of the month “X”


“X” was certainly a challenge. I could have gone with x-ray but after a little research I did come up with something interesting.

X is for two words on this tiny piece. The letter X and also xylem. I had to do a little research for xylem!

Definition: a compound tissue in vascular plants (woody stems) that helps provide support and that conducts water and nutrients upward from the roots, consisting of tracheids, vessels, parenchyma cells, and woody fibers.

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After the research I was out for a walk and saw the pussy willow. I plucked two small sprigs and brought them home to press and bake them (250* for 25 minutes pressed between paper towels and heavy weights of assorted bake-ware) in the oven to dry and flatten. Then it was onto the craft table.

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The twig looked fine on it’s own but I decided to fill in the ATC just a bit by adding die cut grass with flower soft.

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

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As I mentioned earlier, there are two X words represented on this tiny ATC. The letter x should be easy to see; it is the cricut cut lattice in the background. I used a white jelly pen to add stitching to make them stand out. Then xylem. Because my partner wouldn’t know what the pussy willow meant, I put the definition of the word on the back of the ATC, in fancy print and repeated over and over to make it look artistic. Now that you know the definition, when you look at the ATC, you will understand the woody sprig of pussy willow. The twig is glued down and then I added some well placed stitches to further secure it to the card stock.

And that was your definition for the day. Xylem.

2017-04-16; Tag of the month…this time “W”


This month for my tag swap the letter is “W” W is for wisteria of which I have a few stamps for!

I stamped the wisteria (by Stampin’ Up) onto mini punched tags. These were popped up and mounted onto embossed, sewn mats.

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Here you can see the layers, flowers, sewing and embossing.

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Take a really close look at these tiny flowers. The tiny punches were a tuck in gift from a stamping friend. The flower centers are tiny nail gems purchased as an impulse buy from the dollar store. They are kinda thick for nail gems but work wonderfully as embellishments.

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And one more look at the W tag before you go on about your day. Thanks to my stamping friends for the corrugated card stock, they add so much texture to the tag!

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Thanks for stopping by today.

2017-04-15; Last card from the birdy card class & review


And here we are at the last sample card from the birdy card class at the LSS. Today’s card uses a piece of fabulous DP that really “makes” the whole card.

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This little bird is paper pieced together. A fun technique and so very easy.

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

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And now the review as promised…the 3 cards we made at this weeks card class.

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2017-04-14; Fun birdy birthday angle card


Today I’m sharing the 2nd sample that I made early this week at the LSS card class. This one has a fun angle sliced away and the 2nd sentiment is stamped on the inside of the card.

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This close view shows the embellishment of washi tape mounted on a piece of card stock and used as a matted border.

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And one more look at today’s card before you go on about your day…

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Be sure to stop by tomorrow and see the last sample and a review of all of the fun birdy cards!

2017-04-13; LSS card class – for the birds! Sample #1


I’ve been MIA for a few days. I’m currently working on the next set of 5 Creative Cards from the Cricut cartridge (with the same name). I had a set back this morning. I spilled a full cup of coffee on my desk, right where card #13 of the set was. Back to the beginning of that card for me!

I did take a break this past Tuesday night and head to the LSS (local stamp store) for a quick card class. The theme of the class for this month was “for the birds” There will be 3 cards and they are all adorable and cheerful!

This is the first design that I made that evening….

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Here is a close up view of the simple border design. I’ve been carried away lately with layer upon layer; this card reminded me that you can have an eye catching design with relatively few layers.

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

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Thanks for stopping by…and stay tuned for a few more for the birds cards from the LSS class.

2017-04-10; Pre-printed note card and morphed finish!


My friend Maggi was cleaning and I was the lucky recipient of some pre-printed note cards. The plain card (in the foreground) is what I started with. After she gave them to me I happened across a Pinterest/Youtube of a doily being folded over a card. I didn’t have doily’s big enough but I did remember making a couple of fancy scroll-y cards using various die cuts.

I pulled out the Ornamental Iron 2 Cricut cartridge and found one that would work just fine.

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Here is a better look at the card.

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The Bonjour sentiment was stamped in navy onto a hand cut banner and sponged. The flowers were a purchased item by Petalpushers. The leaves are punches (Martha Stewart jumbo punch). The tiny white flowers are also a purchased item; the label on the jar only says “Floral Embellishments”
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I decorated inside so that it would be as nice as the outside.

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

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I entered this fun design in the CARDZ TV ANYTHING GOES DESIGNERS CHALLENGE #6.

2017-04-07; Cricut Creative Cards Cartridge, Card #10 and review cards 6-10


Cricut Creative Cards Cartridge, Card #10

For today’s sample I pulled out a stack of DP that I had gotten a few months ago. The pad is called Flower Emporium (DCWV). The flower is not part of the original sketch. More about that in a bit.

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Here is a close look at the banners. I added drawn on stitching to the brown piece, sponged and popped up the pieces cut from parchment. I used two layers for the parchment cut pieces for stability.

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Here I added some fabric tabs as an embellishment. Take a look at the border; I colored in the openings with Wink of Stella. In real life this gives a nice glimmer. Now look a little further back to the inside of the card (that’s the red DP) I added a border to the inside so that the outside border would stand out even more.

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When I made yesterday’s card (Cricut Creative Cards Cartridge, Card #9); I had cut extra flower pieces. This flower was completely assembled, ready to go. I added it to this design and I think it really fills out the space.

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And one last look before you go on about your day….
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and a review of the cards I’ve made this past week. Cricut Creative Cards Cartridge, cards #6 through #10…

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