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You're In My Thoughts--Featuring Gran's Garden

Hello Everyone!

I'm playing along with the Inspired By All the Little Things Challenge this week.  I'm so excited, because when I saw this inspiration photo I immediately thought of my new Gran's Garden stamp set.  I've been wanting to try it out and the rows of beautiful flowers pictured here are the perfect jumping off point to showcase the set.

 

I paired Gran's Garden with a sentiment from It's the Thought and included a piece of vellum in the background.  This, I thought mimicked the paper that's wrapped around some of the tulips in the photo.  My card base is made from Fine Linen colored cardstock which matches the color of the paper wrapping.  

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My Misti saved the day again in how quickly I was able to stamp all the flowers.  

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Thanks for joining me today!

 

 

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Make It Monday Challenge: Patterns Behind Die Cut Windows

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Dawn McVey showed a great technique for this week's Make It Monday Challenge over at Papertrey Ink.   Putting a pattern behind a die cut window is a great way to add texture and interest to your creations and there are so many options for this technique.

I decided to use the Circles Die Cover Plate for the pattern behind my window.  The tone on tone white keeps it clean looking so it won't compete with my main focal point.  I love the retro feel of this die and decided to go full retro for the rest of the card.  I kept the colors light though, no orange and avocado green LOL!

 

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For the card window, I used one of the Tipped Tops dies to cut an opening into a white card panel.  I adhered this over the main card with foam tape.  To create the teal frame, I nested two of the dies from the Tipped Tops set together and ran them through my Sizzix machine.  I then used some liquid glue to adhere it over the window.  Flowers and Leaves from Doodle-ie Doo and Ruby Reprise and a sentiment from Mod Squad finished off the card.  

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Thank you so much for joining me today.    Please feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions about my projects or head over to my blog's Facebook page for more discussion.  Have a great day!

 

 

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Coloring With Spectrum Noir Pens

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Wow!  Time has gotten away from me and I'm so glad to get back into my craft room to create. The Card Concept had a great inspiration photo this week.  I have been doing so many bright colors lately, I was excited to try something a little more light and airy.  The colors of this inspiration photo were so pretty,  I decided to use those along with the butterflies to create a clean and simple card.

I wanted to do some kind of white, fluffy pattern against a blue card to mimic the white flowers in the photo and the blue vase.  I originally thought of clouds.  But then, I thought butterflies would most likely be flying around flowers rather than up in the clouds, so I pulled out a stamp set from Hampton Arts. It includes these gorgeous, large, solid flowers that I thought would be perfect for the look I was going for.  I heat embossed them as a border with white embossing powder and then scattered the colorful butterflies all around.  

 

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The butterflies are from Papertrey Ink's You Are a Masterpiece card kit.  To color them, I used my Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens.  I use this technique quite a bit to add a watercolor look with some shimmer at the same time.  It's nice because the pens  have a a large color variety so you can add shading.  

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For the sentiment, I've been using a new favorite from My Favorite Things called Boss Babe.  I really like the font and the cute sayings from this set.  To make the sentiment stand out a little more, I first stamped it with Brilliance Ink in Moonlight White, then stamped it again a little offset with black dye ink.  

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Papertrey March Blog Hop Challenge

Hi Everyone,

Today, I have a card for the Papertrey Ink March Blog Hop Challenge.  The inspiration photo had so many rich colors and floral images--this was a fun one!

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I used a card base made from Dark Indigo cardstock and adhered a white circle from the Shaker Shapes Circle die to the middle.  This was stamped with a sentiment from Signature Greetings.  I layered various flowers from Bitty Bouquets and Bloomin' Cute around the sentiment.    

I placed a circle frame from the Shaker Shapes Circle Die cut from Soft Stone cardstock over the top of the white circle.  This was adhered with foam to give it a raised look.  The edge of the circle is lined with more die cuts from Bloomin' Cute.  I tried to stay with the color scheme of the floral photo.

 

A QUICK TIMESAVER:

To make things go faster with all the die cutting, I stamped all my images and  put as many dies on one sheet of cardstock as I could.

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I use an extended cutting pad for my Sizzix machine so I have more surface area to run everything through at once.


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Using Scrapbooking Supplies for Cards--Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams

Hi Everyone!  

Like a lot of  cardmakers, I like to dabble in other types of crafting.  I'm not a huge DIY-er, but I do love scrapbooking and have plenty of supplies to last me quite awhile.  A couple of my favorite scrapbook bloggers are Victoria Marie and Crafty Jen Schow.  Their YouTube videos are so well crafted and I would say they are experts in the art of embellishment layering.  Their techniques have not only come in handy for my scrapbooking, but they've also helped me with the ability to put a card together using scrapbook supplies.  I love using my scrapbook stash for making cards.   The ready-made embellishments and papers add great color and texture when you're in a hurry and maybe don't have time to break out the Misti and your ink pads.  Plus, it's a great way to get more out of your purchases!

For the current Fusion card challenge,  I chose to work with just the sketch this time and I broke out my scrapbooking supplies to do it.  Normally, I'm a CAS cardmaker, but every once in awhile I like to add layers and have some fun with more embellishment.  

 

I immediately thought of my Maggie Holmes collection.  I love the Chasing Dreams product line--the fresh colors and floral accents are perfect for layering.  I used paper from the 6x6 pad as well as a few die cuts from the ephemera pack.  I also was thinking I wanted to layer an embossed strip using my We R Memory Keepers Woven embossing folder to kind of tie everything in.

 

Here's what I came up with:

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I really like how this turned out with the soft blues and peachy pink colors.  Lots of layers and texture!  For the sentiment, I used the Thanks Script die from Mama Elephant.  I like how the font compliments the softness of the floral patterns.  

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 If your interested in more about using scrapbook products on cards, I wrote another post about it a few months ago using supplies from Authentique.  You can find it here.

Thanks for joining me today!  I put links below to a few places you can find the products I used.  If you see 2 pictures of the same thing, that just means I put 2 different online stores where you can find it.

 

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Papertrey Ink 10 Year Anniversary Challenge: Garden of Life

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Papertrey Ink is celebrating it's 10 year anniversary with some really fun challenges on their blog this week.  For each year they have been in business, they have featured a few different stamp sets from that year on their blog every day.  The challenge is to create a project using one of that year's stamp sets or draw inspiration from one of the sets to make something on your own. 

I'm really excited for this challenge because I get to reach for some older stamp sets (some that haven't seen ink yet :) ) and have some fun.  Papertrey Ink was one of the first companies I started buying stamps from when I discovered this wonderful hobby.  Just for fun, I went back to check my old orders and the first order I placed was for Background Basics Retro, Vintage Ornaments, and many bags of their colorful buttons. I think I pull out the Vintage Ornaments stamps and dies every year to make Christmas cards!

For my first card, I used the Garden of Life stamp set.  I actually just recently purchased this, which shows how timeless Papertrey Ink stamps are.  The set is from 2008, but I just bought it a couple of years ago.  I loved the hand drawn flowers.  I used them to create a background for this card, but they would be great for watercoloring or ink blending.  Perfect for all the current trends.

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Come back soon as I'll be making my way through the years with my Papertrey Ink stamps the rest of this week!

 

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Papertrey January Blog Hop Challenge

Hi Everyone,

Today, I have a card for the Papertrey Ink January Blog Hop Challenge.  Our challenge was to use a black background with florals.

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I mixed a few different stamp sets for this one including one from the Make It Market Mini Kit: Garden Guild for the flowers.  Lots of colored embossing powder helped to add texture as well as make the flowers pop against the black background.  I also added an acrylic heart from my stash for some dimension.

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Glamorous Gold!

Hi Everyone,

Today I have a card for the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge.  The challenge was to incorporate gold into our card.  I love gold and aqua together so I went all out with my gold!

   

 

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 First, I embossed the gold flowers from the Wonderful Words stamp set onto an aqua card panel.  Then, I embossed the sentiment onto a vellum strip  backed with white card stock and adhered it to the panel with foam tape.  A gold bow and hearts completed the panel and everything was added to a white notecard.  Just a note on the gold embossing powder-I have a hard time finding one that works for me.  They're either too "bronze" looking or too metallic for my taste.  I really like this one from WOW though.  It's called "Gold Pearl" and it has a softer gold finish.  So if you have a hard time with your gold, this might be one to check out.

 

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Special Day

 

Hi Everyone!

I joined in for this week's My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge.

 

I used a die set called Gerbera Daisy from MFT that I've had for awhile, but, unfortunately,  I can't find a link anywhere.  They do have a similar die called Upsy-Daisy  that could work.

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I was having a lot of fun adding dimension to this one!

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Welcome Baby

 Hi Everyone!

Today, I'm playing along with the Paper Smooches January Challenge.  The theme this month is "cozy" and they have an inspiration photo over on their blog as a starting point.  

 

 Here's my card:

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I've been wanting to use this A Little Lovin' stamp set for awhile now.  The little cutie pie elephant makes me smile!  I incorporated most of the colors from the inspiration photo and the "cozy" theme of course is the stamp.  When stamping the leaves, I used a lighter green for the entire stamp, then added a touch of the darker green to give it some more interest.  I brought out my burlap hearts again--I really like how it adds a little texture.  I felt like the card needed something else, so I added a little "swoosh" from the Positive Strokes Two stamp set.

Thanks for joining me today!

 

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