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2017-02-18; January Stamp Camp-Project #1 – metallic copper die cut


I have more cards to share from January. This next group is from the SU stamp camp.

this is the first card that I made using a lovely die cut onto bronze metallic card stock. It makes the whole card.

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The close up look shows some new SU ribbon. It has gold threads running through it but it being so close to the bronze card stock you can’t really tell there is a color difference.
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And one more look at the card before you go on about your day…

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2017-02-17; Stenciled background


Today’s sample just started out with me using 3-4 stencils and adding color. I have learned that you really don’t know what something will look like unless you finish it off; so I did. It leaves something to be desired as I know not all experiments work out to my satisfaction.

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The sentiment was a gift from a girlfriend who inadvertently bought the same set twice. She passed out the pieces from the set at random and this is one I ended up with.

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The flowers are an item that another friend sent to me. She said they didn’t sell in a rummage sale that she had had and knew I would put them to use. I have used them on quite a few projects actually.
I added a couple of punched leaves and a gem to finish them off.

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One last look at the card. I think the card was just ok until I added the acrylic dots. I think it pushed the design down the hill and up to the ugly plateau on the other side lol! I did try to pry them off, but they wanted to take paper with them so I let them be.

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Sentiment and flourish by Stampin Up
Stencils by Tim Holtz

2017-02-16; January Shoe Box Project #4 – Maggi & Review


This fun project was made using all pre-purchased parts. The card base is a die cut note card, the DP valentine designs, a ready made tag and a sheet of heart sticker gems. All of these supplies were brought to us by Maggi for her project. These were laid on the table and we picked them up and just made a card willie-nillie. Chrissy our hostess for the month brought out baggies of ribbon remnants and were were able to pick bits and pieces that coordinated with the design we were putting together. They all turned out quite different, I wish I had take a photo of the group. Here is how mine turned out.

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This view shows 3 different pieces of DP and 3 of the sticker gems that create a border.

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Besides the die-cut that was already on the card, I also added some scoring and Scor-bugging just above that for an added detail.

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And in case you missed any of the projects that we put together for the January Shoe Box, here they all are.

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Thank you to Ms. Chrissy for hosting this time and for letting us take over your dinning room table!

2017-02-15; January Shoe Box Project #3 – Jane


I’m still working on sharing the Shoe box projects from January. This fun design is by Jane.

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Jane reminded me that this set of stamps that she used to create the card was something that she bought from me quite a few years ago. I had gotten them at a rummage sale and ended up re-selling it.

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

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Thanks Jane for the fun project.

2017-02-14; rolled roses


As I was reading though my email I saw and advertisement for a card class. Check out the card; it reminds me of all of the 3-d flowers I used to make. Did you notice the price of the class? Up to $31 and they don’t supply the items you use. Finally, someone put a price tag on a handmade card 🙂

Ok, back to the card…I like the design but I think the background could use some upgrading.


I pulled out a set of Spellbinder dies (Bitty Blossoms) and used the middle sized flower and all of the leaves.

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Here is a good look at those flowers. I also added a punched pine branch (Martha Stewart) for filler.
A little Wink of Stella was added to both the leaves and tips of the rose petals.

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My friend Maggi gave me some foil stickers when we first started stamping together. I still have them and put one of the phrases to use.

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The floating hearts are punches. I took some embroidery thread and tied them together.

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And one more look at the card…

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I think the DP background did add more interest. The base card is actually a pre-printed note card. The original color was too dark so I used some gesso and brushed some on to soften the deep teal.
The cone for the flowers was created by folding a 3 1/2″ square, bringing 2 of the sides together to form the cone.

This was a fun challenge but if you think about it, my card probably would cost more than $31 as I used additional supplies. I’d hate to think how much this design would cost if you didn’t have all of the items on hand. Please, don’t tell my husband. He does know as he see’s all of the craft supplies but an actual dollar amount would probably put him over the edge.

2017-02-13; Love ATC’s


I didn’t sign up for a swap in one of my groups but decided at the last minute to play along. The swap was to make an ATC with the word love on it. This could be stamped, die cut or hand written.

I couldn’t decide which of the players I should send and “extra” ATC to, so I made one for each of the ladies who had signed up. In this case, 4.

Here are the 4 I put together.

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A closer look at the ATC. You sure can’t see all of the layers that I put into this.
I started by adding a book page to the left margin, then a light brushing of gesso.
I used a stencil and added a flourish, shifted and then added a 2nd in a different color.
To add color in the unstenciled areas I used a stipple brush, adding both red and a teal blue.
Using a paint brush and black acrylic paint I added “splatter”.
I added various stamps, 2 are stamped in black and 2 of the images are in dark brown.
I laid down a strip of scor-tape and covered with tiny marbles.
Added some gold foil stars.
Added a gem and hand wrote the love.

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Here is the hand written love.

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I hope the ladies enjoy the extra ATC.

2017-02-12; roller wheel valentine


One of my stamping friends is very enthused about stamping wheels since she picked some up at a rummage. So I pull out the box of wheels I have and make a card for her using one of them.

I used purple in this card as I know it’s one of her favorite colors.

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The sentiment by Hero Arts

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The bow, stamping & embossing close up

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And one last look at this clean and simple card before you go on about your day…

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thanks for stopping by!