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Fri 20

Hello
by Donna Sledzik

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Good morning everyone!  Today I have another easy summer themed card for you.

To begin, I created an ink blended background, misted it with plain water, and embossed it with the Waves 3D embossing folder. 

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To highlight the embossed image, I rubbed over the embossing with a white pigment ink pad.  Next, I applied clear embossing powder over the whole background and heat embossed it.  The powder only stuck to the white pigment ink which gave it a glossy look.  

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I die cut the word hello 3 times from white cardstock and stacked and glued them for dimension.  Next, I glued the hello die cut to a vellum strip of paper and adhered this to the card.  

Next, I die cut the fish from white cardstock, used foam tape to adhere it to the card, and added a few fairy drops to finish the card.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Donnasignature

 

 

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Thu 19

A Royal Halloween Scene by Jean Okimoto


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Celebrate Halloween at the Stone Keep Castle, surrounded by glittery diecuts borrowed from the Haunted Entrance Dome Layer set.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here sharing a card that began with with simple intentions and took on a life of its own.  

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Cut the Garland floral print with the largest Rectangle Basics die.  Cut it again with the largest Double Stitch Rectangle Cut Out die.  Leave both pieces in the die and attach ¼" wide double-stick tape, joining both pieces.  

Score and fold cream cardstock to begin a top-folded A-2 card.  Place one short edge of the largest Rectangle  Basics die just outside of the top fold so it won't cut that edge and cut the folded cardstock into an A-2 card. Attach the Double Stitch Rectangle pieces.

Cut a dark brown sheet from the Earth Neural 6x6 Collection with the 4.1 x 3" Nested Globes die.  Cut the globe with the Stone Keep Castle Collage die.  

 

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Make it easy to add the little glittered orange window "lights" by attaching doublestick tape behind the openings.  Cut the lights from the pale orange 6x6 Frosted Glitter Pad sheet.

Cut a piece of the light brown Earth Neutral sheet with one end of the longest Wood Grain Planks die.  Cut the door.

Cut the bats, pumpkins and a ghost from the Haunted Entrance Dome Layer set from the glitter pad sheets too.  Cut the pumpkins again from scrap cardstock and layer them for dimension.  Attach a scrap of bright orange cardstock behind the ghost's mouth.  Use a piercing tool to enlarge the eyes.

 

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Assemble the card - use foamdots for the ghost.

Our 3 Castle Collages are usually on whimsical, pretty cards.  Add a new look with Halloween icons and fall colors...and brighten it with glitter.  Next, add Christmas lights and sparkly stars for a holiday look.  

Thanks for visiting...see you this weekend!

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Wed 18

Plaid Cactus
by Anne Thompson

How about another card featuring the FLOWERING CACTUS clear stamps and dies set CL5271D?!  And more plaid!  I love the scraps of green plaid that I used for the cacti and the sentiment on this card.

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Such happy little cacti!  

I started with a white notecard that I covered with a piece of yellowy green cardstock from the Lush Green Collection SP1003.  I added a smaller piece of a lime green dot paper from my scrap box to the center.

I used VersaClair Shady Lane ink to stamp the cacti (twice) and the sentiment "always choose happiness" on the green plaid paper and to stamp the two butterflies on a darker green cardstock from the Lush Green pack.  I used the coordinating dies to cut out the cacti and the butterflies and trimmed the sentiment to fit in the lower right corner of the card.

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As I added the cacti to the card front I let them go over the edges of the dot paper.  Once I had the sentiment secured in the lower righthand corner I added one of the butterflies to draw attention to that corner and placed the other one in the open space in the upper left.  I kept the images flat because I plan to write a note on the inside left panel.

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So many lovely sentiments in this stamp set!

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Happy Crafting!

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Tue 17

Cactus Watercolor
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends. Today I wanted to share a card I made using the Flowering Cactus stamp/dies. It actually ended up being a really quick card because I let my paints just blend into each other and let them do the coloring. You could finish the card by adding extra details with colored pencils, but I was pleased with the end result.

For my background, I spritzed some watercolor paper with water, added some paint to the top and then tilted the paper to let the paint run to the bottom. This is what it looked like:

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Usually I do this technique when I want the bottom of the paper lighter so that I can stamp a sentiment. However, for this card, I covered most of it with my cactus.

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To color the image, I first stamped it onto some 140lb Memory Box watercolor paper in black versafine ink. The Memory Box watercolor paper is nice because it is really smooth on one side, which makes stamping on it a lot easier.  Next, I painted my plants by adding a bit of watercolor paint at the base of each petal and then worked my way outward so that the paint would be lighter at the tips of the petals. I usually use a thicker paint at the base and then add more water to the paint as I reach the edges to give it a more translucent look.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Laurasignature

 

 

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Mon 16

Seas the Day Collage/Mixed Media Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone! Hope everyone is enjoying the summer.  I just got done moving and reorganizing my craft corner.  I had a lot of supplies I had hardly used and wanted to use them again.  A college type scene using mixed media techniques is an easy way to use a lot of different product with your dies.  It is a sea themed collage using the latest Summer Day Dream and Under the Sea release dies and gems.  

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Technique:

I am not going to explain in exact detail on how I created the card.  With mixed media you are just playing with color and textures.  To start a mix media or collage it is easier to pick a color scheme and textures to use through out your design.  For the colors I did stick with traditional ocean colors.  I don't have a complete collection of any inks or paints and just mix and match the different products I have on hand.  The colors I did use  I will reference in distress inks, Speckled Egg, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch, and Cracked Pistachio.  I also used silver and bronze.  For texture I used embossing powders, texture pastes, and clear mica flakes.  Play with your products but keep to a color and texture theme and it will all come together in the end.  

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Background:

For the background I used an extra heavy white card stock, ~140lb, and cut it to 7"x31/2".  I started with creating a stencil by die cutting the Jumbled Line Collage from acetate.  I used matte textured paste to stencil in the center of the background.  Let it dry.  I created a stamp from the Ring Stack die by die cutting from fun foam.  This is an easy why to turn any die cut into a stamp that can be used a few times.  I stamped and blue embossed the image randomly around the back ground.  Next I used spray inks to create the background in all colors in my scheme.  2 of the sprays were shimmer sprays.  Let dry.  To darken the background  ink blended Blueprint Sketch and Mermaid Lagoon in the center of the card.  Let dry.  Then I added some Distress Crackle paint randomly and then sprinkled with Distress Clear Mica Flakes.

Images:

For the images I die cut from the same extra heavy white card stock.  The dies I used are Marina Sailboats, Whale Family, End of My Rope Set, Deep Blue Ocean, and You Anchor Me.  I die cut several of each die and ended up with more then I used.  To color I used various techniques and textures.  Some I embossed with silver.  Some where ink blended with Distress inks and clear heat embossed.  Some where ink blended with Distress inked and applied Distress Crackle paint and sprinkled with Distress Mica Flakes.  Others were sprayed with ink and covered in the Distress Crackle paint.    To add silver to the ink blended die cuts I used a Gelato stick and blended with my fingers.

Assembly:

For placement I kept the images you would find at the top of the water closer to the top of the background and the images under the water closer to the bottom.  Some are only half adhered so I can place items behind them and in front of others to create layers.  Next add some Clear Fairy Drops for bubbles.  I framed the background on a dark blue paper and adhere to the top section of the 5"x7" white card.  For the Sentiment I used the Seas the Day stamp from Deep Blue Ocean stamp and die set with deep blue dye ink on strip of white card stock.  Then backed with the a strip of the same deep blue paper.  Adhered on the bottom left hand side of the card.

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Sun 15

Wishing You the Best
by Angie Cimbalo

 

Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with this fun mini slimline card featuring stamps, dies and papers from Memory Box!

Here's a closer look at my card:

And here's how I made my card:
 
1.  Die cut 3 of the Memory Box "Woodgrain Planks" from "Ivory Woodgrain Paper"
2.  Swipe "Tea Dye" Distress Ink on 3 of the the longest plank and 1 of the next longest
3)  Cut the 2nd largest plank into half for the cross planks
4)  Find the center of the 3" by 6" mini slimline panel and add one long plank vertically toward the top
5)  Add one long plank on either side and the the cut in 1/2 planks horizontally toward top & bottom
6)  Add 4 brown sequins to look like nails in the boards
7)  Die cut the "Dreamy Freesia" "Layered Fresh Flowers" "Wildflower Stems" "Daisy Stems" & "Layered Daisies" from greens, pinks and deep purples (add dark pink ink in flower centers)
8)  Choose flowers and stems from the die cuts and trim them as you like to fit in front of the planks
9)  Add something to the flower centers, I used some old "Candies" from my stash (they don't make these anymore, but you could just cut or punch tiny circle from polka dot paper if you like the look
10)  Stamp the sentiment from "Signature Greetings" in Versafine Clair Pinecone ink and heat emboss in clear embossing powder.
11)  Choose a piece of paper from the "Spring Slim Paper Pad" that has gold criss-cross pattern and green plaid on the other, and cut it to 3.25" by 6.25"
12)  On the plaid side, rub the Distress Ink pad (Tea Dye) around the edges.  The gold criss cross lines on the back of the paper will actually show through as white or lighter marks giving the edges texture
13)  Add the mat to the card base then the plank panel on top of that
 
If you look carefully at the edges of the tea dyed mat you can see the texture lines from the gold lines on the other side of the paper.
 
And here's one last look at my card for today! 
 
 
Thanks so much for stopping by!
 

 

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Sat 14

Anchors Me
by Trina Pham

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Hello and happy Saturday.  I have a quick nautical card to share today featuring the You Anchor Me stamp and die set.

The anchor was die cut 6 times from scraps of regular white cardstock to be stacked for dimension.  A small circle punch was used to make the hole bigger.  The rope from End of My Rope was die cut from silver metallic paper and wrapped around the anchor. 
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Next, took a 5”x3.75” mixed media panel from my stash and ink smooshed Prize Ribbon distress ink using a piece of acetate.  I find this method gives me more control because I can wipe away some of the ink before pressing down onto the paper.  Black heat embossed the sentiment, then mounted the panel onto a white card base atop two layers of thick white cardstock for a bit of dimension.  Added some clear drops to finish.
 
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Quick and simple and that does it for me today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful weekend.
 
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Fri 13

Hello Card
by Donna Sledzik

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Good morning everyone!  Today I have a quick and easy card for you using the new stamp set, Elegant Succulent Sentiments, and the Simon Hurley stamping foam. 

To make this card, I placed the foam stamping block on my work surface and heated it with my heat tool.  Once the block was hot I pressed it on my stamp.  

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Next, I rubbed the stamping block with ink, misted it lightly with water and stamped it on watercolor paper.

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Because there was still ink on the stamping block, I remisted it and stamped it again.  I was able to do this 4 times before I ran out on ink on my stamping block.  What a quick and easy way to make multiply backgrounds!

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Simon Hurley has many videos on YouTube using the stamping block and I urge you to check them out. 

I used the first stamped image and die cut it with the largest Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.  Next I used foam tape, glued it to a blue cardstock mat and then adhered it to a white card base.

I die cut the word hello from white cardstock and glued it to a strip of green cardstock.  I inked the edges of the green cardstock with the Later Gator ink.

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Finally, I added some white epoxy dots to finish the card.  

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!

Donnasignature

 

 

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Thu 12

Streamlined, Delicate Slimline Thank You by Jean Okimoto

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Say thanks with Sunset Blush Wide Washi Tape , a Vibrant Violet 6x6 and the new Delicate Wreath.  Add tiny blossoms from the Willow Globe die set and custom-colored Clear Jewels.  Top it off with the new Streamlined Thank You Script.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a quick washi-taped thank you.

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Sunset Blush Wide Washi Tape is great for summer cards - just attach it to one of the 108 colors from our 6x6 Collections.  

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Chosing the right color for the background can be a little challenging and very sticky.  Here's a tip - attach the tape to a transparency or acetate sheet.  Or the clear poly bags that our dies and stamps are packed in.  Then just lay it over the background color choices to pick the best shade.

Attach the tape to the chosen color, then diecut it with the 2.75" x 4" Rectangle Basics die.  

Cut Delicate Wreath and Streamlined Thank You Script from the dark green 6x6 in the Lush Green Collection.  

Cut three tiny flowers - from the Willow Globe set - from a pink/violet 6x6 in the Lush Violet Collection.  

Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card (3-⅝"x 8-/1/2")  Color Clear Jewels with a violet Sharpie or Copic Marker.  Dry the ink and attach the gems.

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Sunset Blush Wide Washi Tape is great with 6x6's from the Berry Red and Sunny Orange Collections too.  Experiment with the different papers and add custom-colored Clear Jewels for a quick card. 

Thanks for visiting - see you on Thursday!Jeansignature-3

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Wed 11

Light Up Castle Card
by Michelle Bala

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Hello there! Michelle here, sharing a castle light up card. I used the newest Collage Dies: 

  • Fantasy Castle Collage Die
  • Imperial Castle Collage Die
  • Stone Keep Castle Collage Die


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I die cut the castles using cardstock from 6x6 Paper Packs in shades Vibrant Violet, Lush Green, and Fresh Aqua.

I trimmed off the outer frames and just kept the Fantasy Castle and Imperial Castle. The Stone Keep Castle was left intact.

Layer them as shown and secure them with removable tape. Turn the layers over and place a piece of vellum paper over the back panel. 

Place the light mechanism ( I used an EZ- Light) on an area that can hide the battery pack. Place the lights in a few windows. Secure with clear tape.

Be sure to hide the wires and secure the wires down with tape.  

 

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Turn the panels over and make sure the lights are placed correctly and works properly when pressed. If placement is good, than adhere all layers together.
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Then flip the panels over to the back side again and place thick double sided foam tape on the back panel ( vellum side). 

Do not place foam tape over battery pack or lights.  You can place it over the wires. Adhere the panel to the card base (4 2/4 x 5 1/2 )
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Next I die cut the frame using Double Stitch Rectangle Cut Out Die. Adhere the frame to the card base.  I printed out the words 'Press Here' than used the smallest die from the Shining Star Set Dies and cut it out. I used the stamp set, Majestic Achievements, stamped, colored and die cut the sentiments.

I adhered the rest of the embellishments.

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Thanks for stopping by for a peek! Hope you give this a try!

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