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Deepest Sympathy

December 7th, 2014 · 4 Comments

Deepest Sympathy

This is my first blog post since I unexpectedly lost my dad in October and, sadly, I had to make a sympathy card for a friend who has also lost her father.

I thought the dry embossed vellum technique would look nice with the flowers from Gina K’s One in a Million stamp set and I added a sympathy sentiment from Borderline by Verve Stamps. The layout is last week’s Mojo Monday sketch (374).

I hope to do more stamping now that my sprained wrist has healed, because I realize that I have really missed it (and I have been getting a little rusty).

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Stamps: One in a Million (Gina K. Designs); Borderline (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Blackberry Bliss, Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Whisper White, Vellum Card Stock (SU!)
Ink: Jet Black StazOn, Memento Tuxedo Black (SU!)
Accessories: Big Shot, Stylus, Stampin’ Pierce Mat, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals (SU!); Mini Classy Label Die Set, Black Ribbon (Verve Stamps); Tim Holtz Damask Alterations Texture Fades Embossing Folder (Sizzix)

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Celebrate the Season

September 28th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Celebrate the Season
Looking around for inspiration for my new Snowflake Card Thinlits Die, I found this blog post by Amy Koenders. I simplified her design a little bit, because I intended to use the card for a shoebox swap with my friends in Laurel, MD. It was well worth all of the die-cutting that went into this! Here’s a look at the inside of the card:
Celebrate the Season - inside
It’s quite easy to create the big snowflakes by running the card stock through the Big Shot twice, as shown in this video by Stampin’ Up!

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All supplies by Stampin’ Up!® unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Endless Wishes
Paper: Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer Paper, Winter Frost Designer Series Paper Stack
Ink: Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay
Accessories: Big Shot, Snowflake Card Thinlits Die, Silver Stampin’ Dazzle Marker

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Easy Watercolor Outline & Debossing

September 1st, 2014 · 1 Comment

Easy Watercolor Outline & Debossing
Well, it may be difficult to see the actual debossing in the picture, but it looks pretty amazing IRL. I cut two pieces of cardboard with the Backyard Basics Framelits Die and glued them together. Then placed this on top of the watercolor cardstock and ran it through the Big Shot with an embossing pad to deboss the image. The flower stamp was inked up with three different Distress Inks and stamped inside the debossed area. The color from the stamped lines was then pulled toward the center of the image using an Aqua Painter. Thanks, Jennifer Rzasa, for the great tutorial on Day 5 of the Stretch Your Stamps 2 online card class!

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Stamps: Backyard Basics (SU!); gefeliciteerd (Verschooten Antwerpen)
Paper: Smoky Slate, Basic Black (SU!); Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock (Ranger)
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko); Tim Holtz Mowed Lawn, Picked Raspberry, and Seedless Preserves Distress Ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Big Shot, Backyard Basics Framelits Dies, Rich Razzleberry 1/4″ Grosgrain Stitched Ribbon, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Aqua Painters, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, Stampin’ Dimensionals (SU!); Cardboard

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Faux Watercolor

August 21st, 2014 · 2 Comments

Faux Watercolor
A sympathy card I had to make for a very sad occasion. I followed Shari Caroll’s instructions for her faux watercolor stamping technique on Day 1 of the Stretch Your Stamps 2 online card class.

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All supplies by Stampin’ Up!® unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Paisley; TXT 6001 Family Stamps (Hobby Post)
Paper: Confetti White, Vellum Card Stock; Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock (Ranger)
Ink: Tim Holtz Evergreen Bough, Frayed Burlap, Peeled Paint, and Walnut Stain Distress Ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Big Shot, Beautiful Wings Embosslits Dies, 1″ Square Punch, Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals; Mini Mister, Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool (Ranger)

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Creating Random Patterns

August 16th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Creating Random Patterns

For the past two weeks, I have enjoyed watching the videos in the Stretch Your Stamps 2 online card class. I had hoped to keep up with my homework, but I’ve only managed to create a few cards so far.

On Day 7, Debby Hughes showed us how to use graphic stamps in random patterns and I have shamelessly CASEd her beautiful card with the supplies I had on hand. Do you recognize the kite image from the Send Me Soaring stamp set in the background?

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All supplies by Stampin’ Up!® unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Hello There, Send Me Soaring
Paper: Pale Plum, Whisper White
Ink: Going Gray, Pale Plum, Pink Pirouette, Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: 2013-2015 In Color Sequin Assortment, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig

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