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My son took this picture as we were cleaning up after a sunset surf last summer.  That’s my hubby.  And that’s the beautiful sunset that inspired my card today.

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The cardstock was masked to leave a large strip where several sunset colors were sponged onto it.  I’ve said this before but it absolutely makes me giddy when the masking is removed and there is this crisp contrasting line of ink. Smiley.Yes1Ani

When a sympathy card is needed, it can be hard to feel creative.  Fortunately this card is just for my stash, but it’s nice to have one on hand.

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Playing along in a few challenges:

Simon Says Monday Challenge: “The Great Outdoors”
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City Crafter Challenge: “Week #360 – You Can Do It!”
Take it, it's yours

Aud Sentiments Challenge: “#179 Flowers + A Sentiment”
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STAMPlorations CAS Card Challenge: “Anything CAS Goes”

Die Cut Diva’s Challenge: “May Challenge – May Flowers or Trees, Bushes and Grass”
The Diva's that cut ....paper!

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Wild About Flowers” and “So Sorry”

Papers: PTI Select White and True Black

Inks: SU Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust, Ruby Red and Not Quite Navy; Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: Spellbinders Oval Nestabilities Die

Apr 242017

Here’s another card for a sweet little granddaughter.

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The fun honeycomb balloon can be folded up for mailing.  Love that.

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A little bling on the inside just because.

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Played along in some challenges:

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog Logo
Wednesday Simon Says: “Showers and/or Flowers”

Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog
Aud Sentiments #178 “Use a Stamp for Your Sentiment”


STAMPlorations April: “Stamps & Wings”

Seize the Birthday
Seize the Birthday: Optional Topping “Two Patterned Papers”


CASology: Week 245 Cue Card “Grow”

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Look Who’s Turning”, “Honeycomb Happiness” and “Number of Years”

Papers: PTI Select White; Authentique “Springtime”

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Basic Black; Copics:
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Accessories: SU Honeycomb Embellishment and Large Numbers Framelits Die; Rhinestones; Prima Flower

Apr 212017

Making cards for teenage boys has always been a challenge.  Here is what I came up with this year for my great nephew’s birthday.

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There’s a little bit of dimension, but it is really quite mail-able.  And it was fun to make a young man’s card using pretty pastel colors!

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Since the card base is brown a piece of white cardstock was added inside for writing a small message.

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Played along in a few challenges:

Cards in Envy: Pretty Pastels Card Challenge
Cards in Envy

STAMPlorations: April Challenge – “Things with Wings”

The Paper Players: PP340 On the Go!

Seize the Birthday: Toppings Option “Two Patterned Papers”
Seize the Birthday

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Sky Is the Limit” and “Patterned Party”

Papers: PTI Select White and Dark Chocolate; We R Memory Keepers “Indian Summer” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Real Red, Bravo Burgundy, Handsome Hunter, Not Quite Navy and Basic Black

Apr 132017

Just a quick and easy birthday card today.

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This is a “No Layers” design… just the card base and ink.

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But if no layers are not your thing, its easy enough to make it a “No Layers +1” card.  Yeah.  Couldn’t resist. Smiley.SheDidItAni

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Challenges:

CAS-ual Fridays: “CFC171 – Rainbows”

Less is More “Challenge #323 – Curve”Please display our banner

“#177 Aud Sentiments 7th Birthday Party!!” Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog

STAMPlorations: “CAS Card Challenge Anything Goes”

“CAS(E) this Sketch! #217”

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Stamps “Calm and Gentle” and “Truth Is”; SU “Any Occasion”

Papers: PTI Select White and Plum Pudding

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Ruby Red, Pumpkin Pie, Summer Sun, Garden Green, Taken With Teal and Elegant Eggplant

Accessories: Grosgrain Ribbon; PTI “Edgers #2” Die

Apr 102017

Here are the cards for my granddaughters’ 12th birthday.

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The circle has been punched out, and clear acetate has been adhered inside the card behind the die cut balloons.

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The balloons were colored with Copic markers.

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Super fun cards to make!

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Challenges:

“#177 Aud Sentiments 7th Birthday Party!!” Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: “Happy Birthday”Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog Logo

“STAMPlorations CAS Card Challenge Anything Goes” 

“Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #236 – Anything Goes” Addicted to Stamps and More!

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: PTI “Scene It: Celebration” and “Confetti Toss”

Papers: PTI Select White, Lemon Tart, Berry Sorbet and Hawaiian Shores; Acetate

Inks: SU Taken with Teal, Rose Red and Summer Sun; Copics:
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Accessories: PTI “Scene It: Celebration” Dies

 

May 162016

Already!?!  I remember when my birthday only came once a year.  Now it seems that time flies by so fast.  I’m sure that I must have at least two if not more birthdays roll around every year.  hehe

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Love this designer paper.  The flowers are raised with clear embossing… great texture and so SO pretty.

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Playing in a few challenges:

CAS-ual Fridays The Challenge: “CFC147 — Birthday Girl”

Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog: “#155 Anything Goes + A Sentiment”

Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper May 2016 Challenge: “Use Patterned Paper”

Seize the Birthday: Toppings Option is “Coloring!”

Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge: “CC583: So Saffron, Tempting Turquoise and Melon Mambo”

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: Clear Art Stamps “Let’s Hang Out”

Papers: PTI Select White and Berry Sorbet; Kaisercraft “XO”

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics:
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Accessories: Grosgrain Ribbon

Have a couple of brothers-in-law with upcoming birthdays, so I used this beautiful set for the first time.  Love the scenes that can be created with it.

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The trees and grass were embossed with a clear embossing powder.  The sponging over the embossing uses the emboss resist technique.  This lets the white card base shine through the ink on the sponged areas while giving it some wonderful texture, too.  I have always loved this look.

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This scene on this second card was created by stamping the trees image in a row several times.

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Grasses were also added along with some sponging.  The trees have been colored with Copics.

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Using the sweet deer image from this same set, a little scene was created for a mom and special little guy born just a few days ago.

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The button is an antique button given to me by Sharon Johnson.  Love.

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Challenges:

Card 1:
Simon Says Stamp Monday:  “Challenge: Emboss It”
Crazy for Challenges: “C4C335 – Emerald”
STAMPlorations: “May Challenge – Theme:  ‘Stamps & Anything Goes'”

Card 2:
Seize the Birthday: “Coloring”

Card 3:
Lawnscaping Challenge: “Calling All Critters”
Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge: “May 2016 – Use Patterned Paper”

Happy Crafting!
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Card 1:
Stamps: SU “In the Meadow” and “Number of Years”
Papers: PTI Select White and True Black
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Garden Green, Not Quite Navy, Bashful Blue, Summer Sun and Close to Cocoa; Copics:
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Accessories: Jumbo Eyelet; Baker’s Twine; Stickles “Diamond”; Clear Embossing Powder

Card 2:
Stamps: SU “In the Meadow”; PTI “Keep It Simple: Birthday II”
Papers: PTI Select White
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Always Artichoke and Not Quite Navy; Copics:
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Accessories: Corduroy Button; Baker’s Twine

Card 3:
Stamps: SU “In the Meadow” and “Sweetest Gift”
Papers: PTI Select White; Echo Park “Bundle of Joy: Dots & Stripes” Designer Paper; Carta Bella “It’s a Boy!” Designer Paper
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Always Artichoke and Not Quite Navy; Copics:
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Accessories: Antique Button

Mar 142016

Today is Pi Day.  It is also my great nephew’s birthday.  He loves that his birthday falls on such a “cool” day!  But go figure, I didn’t have a Pi stamp. Actually does anyone? Smiley.ScratchingHeadAni So I printed this image from SnorgTees which I thought was the perfect blend for the two celebrations.
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Just for you… smiley.ThanksgivingPumpkinpPie2Ani

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Entering a couple of fun Challenges:

Crazy 4 Challenges: C4C327 – Monday is Pi Day!  Create cards that feature circles and/or pies!

Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge: March 2016

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: PTI “Garden of Life”

Papers: PTI Select White and Dark Chocolate; Kaisercraft “Off The Wall”

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: Printer; Grosgrain Ribbon; Martha Stewart “Drippy Goo” Border Punch

 

Spring is coming, and the flowers are just starting to bud.  But on my card today they are already in full bloom!

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And when it’s so much fun, why stop stamping on just the front of the card!

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No reason that I could find!Smiley.FlowerPinkAni

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Challenges:

Just Us Girls #333 – Word Week: “Flowers”
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Seize the Birthday “Anything Goes” with no topping!:  Anything goes as long as it is a birthday theme.

Happy Little Stampers March Mixed Media Challenge: “Water”:  For a watercolored look, water was spritzed directly onto the inked stamp before stamping the turquoise flowers.

Inkspirational Challenge #103 – Designers Choice: “Geometric”:  Added a strip of Washi Tape with a geometric pattern.

Splitcoaststampers CAS367:  “Think Outside the Box”

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Garden in Bloom”; Verve “Birthday Phrases”

Papers: PTI Select White

Inks: SU Regal Rose, Rose Red, Old Olive and Always Artichoke; Jim Holtz Distress “Spiced Marmalade” and “Tumbled Glass”

Accessories: We R Memory Keepers Washi Tape

Feb 292016

Had some time to play with this beautiful floral set.

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On this first card the image was stamped with a light pink ink.  As the blooms were colored, the lines blended away.

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Love this watercolored look!  However, next time I’ll have to remember to stamp the leaves using green ink! Smiley.RollEyesAni

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I’ve entered a few challenges with this card:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: “Simon Says: ‘Anything Goes'”

STAMPlorations: “February CAS Card Challenge”
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The Color Throwdown: Throwdown #381 – “Pink, Light Green and Kraft.”

CAS on Sunday: “Challenge #77 – One Layer Wonder”

Cards in Envy: “Tickled Pink Card Challenge” – “cards that are mostly pink or have a pink focal point”

Seize the Birthday: “Anything Goes”

This is another floral image from the set.  After coloring, the image was fussy cut.

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A black marker was used to color around the flower to eliminate the white edge.  The flower was then adhered to a dry embossed piece of designer paper.

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This last card uses the same image as the first, but this time it is stamped using black ink.

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The lines are meant to be seen for a much bolder look.

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Thanks for dropping by today!
Happy Crafting!
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Card 1:
Stamps: SU “Birthday Blooms”
Papers: PTI Select White
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Pretty in Pink; Copics:
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Accessories: We R Memory Keepers Self-Adhesive Sequins; Rhinestone

Card 2:
Stamps: SU “Birthday Blooms” and “Sky Is the Limit”
Papers: PTI Select White and Enchanted Evening; Watercolor; Authentique “Seaside” Designer Paper
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Ranger Distress Markers: Stormy Sky and Crushed Olive
Accessories: We R Memory Keepers Self-Adhesive Sequins; Rhinestone; SU “Softly Falling” Embossing Folder

Card 3:
Stamps: SU “Birthday Blooms”
Papers: PTI Select White and New Leaf
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics:
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Accessories: We R Memory Keepers Self-Adhesive Sequins; Rhinestone

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