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Angel of Mercy with Jan’s Digi Stamps

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Many of us are feeling helpless during this whole Covid19 thing… watching as doctors and nurses, EMTs and lab workers are putting themselves in harms way, hour by hour, day by day. As Jennifer McGuire says, card making is our superpower and I am some of my friends are putting ours to good use! Earlier today, Jan of Jan’s Digi Stamps released a free stamp set specifically for health care workers. It is called Angel of Mercy and the image is modeled after Jan’s own daughter, an ICU nurse in a major epicenter of cases. Pop over to Jan’s site and use promo code ANGEL to get this set of images and sentiments for free, and then start busting out cards for the staff at your local hospital, caregivers at nursing homes, and other front line health workers!

I used one of the pre-colored images for my card. I printed it once on my card base and again on copy paper to cut a mask of the image. Then I used Distress Oxide inks and a blender brush to ink blend through a stencil from My Favorite Things called Radiating Rays. Then using another MFT stencil, Clouds, I ink blended up from the bottom to “ground” my image. This is an easy card to make multiples of, so I’m heading back into the craft room to bust out a bunch more!!! Go get your free image set and make some cards for your local heroes! Be sure to share the link far and wide so other crafters have the image to use in their hero cards too. And if you don’t mind, pop over to the Jan’s Digi Stamp Facebook page to show Jan what you made and tell her who you are sending it to. Thank you kindly!

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April DT Post for 2CCC with Digi Doodle Studios

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Today, I bring you a fun shaker card for my DT post at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies from the April sponsor, Digi Doodle Studios! Oh, seriously Digi Doodle Studios has some amazing images, *especially* their critters!!! This sweet mermaid called Sequana is accompanied by 2 adorable, long-finned fish friends. I couldn’t help but turn this little scene into a shaker card. I included a couple pics so you could see all the movement of the sequins and beads. Here is a closeup of the coloring:

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I used a white gel pen for the bubbles and white pearls in her hair. The image came b/w, and I watercolored her with Tombow markers. When creating the shaker, I glued a couple sequins within the circle so they remain fixed even when the rest drop to the bottom. I like that look. The patterned paper is from a 6×6 pad I’d had in my stash forever. I printed the sentiment and die cut it into a banner shape. I hadn’t done a shaker card in a long time, and this was so fun!

I’d love if you would head over to 2 Crafty Critter Crazies to see what the rest of the DT did with the critter images they received. Be sure to link up your critter projects this month (up to 5 entries) for a chance to win a prize from our sponsor. And head over to Digi Doodle Studios because I know you are going to love their products and they have almost 300 digi stamps to choose from!

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MFT Birthday Project – Flowers – Take 2

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I’m back again with another card for the Birthday Project challenge at My Favorite Things. This time my card features the stamp set from MFT called Circle Scribble Flowers, along with the coordinating dies. I’m still in a yellow mood, so I die cut the flowers first from yellow cardstock and then stamped the coordinating image in black and heat embossed in clear. Then I die cut all the leaves and stems from green cardstock. I’m not going to lie… I fiddled with the placement of these pieces for far too long. I even glued it all together and decided I didn’t like it and tore it apart, remaking any pieces that got damaged in the process. The back of the bouquet is a hot mess, but no one would know if I hadn’t said anything! The point is, if you don’t like how it turned out, then the card isn’t done yet. Anyway, I popped the bouquet onto a panel that was embossed with the Lifestyle Crafts folder called Bloom 2 (part of a 2 part set). The stamp set did not include any sentiments so I raided my previously mentioned ridiculous amount of MFT sets for this sentiment and found something suitable in the Sending Sweet Celebration Wishes set. I added a tiny ribbon to the stems where they meet and a few tiny yellow rhinestones to embellish.

I love the combination of black, sap green, and any other color. This card would be easy to make a set in different colors, now that I figured out a pleasing arrangement of the flowers. I’ll be sure to post it if I make a rainbow of similar cards! Thanks for visiting my little corner of the internet while we practice social distancing. I’m so thankful for the internet and crafting community!!! Be smart, be safe, and be crafty!!!

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Art Impressions – Spring Chicken

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I’ve got a quick, clean and simple card for you today using the set called Spring Chicken from Art Impressions. Art Impressions holds monthly challenges and the theme this month is Spring. I couldn’t resist using this image and sentiment for the challenge, though I had fun playing with the other images from the set that you will likely see soon 😉 I thought this was also fitting as we recently adjusted the time for Daylight Savings… Fall Back, Spring Ahead!!!

I stamped the image and sentiment on the same panel and die cut it with a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die. I watercolored the image and ground with Tombow markers. Then I stamped the image again on Inkadinkado masking paper and covered the image. I ink blended with a small makeup brush with a light blue ink from Impression Obsession called Sea Glass, letting the color fade out from the center. I peeled off the mask, attached the panel to a matching blue patterned paper from my stash of 6×6 pads, and then mounted that to the card base. I’m leaving the inside sentiment off for now, but thinking I may make this a birthday card or a pick-me-up for one of my middle aged friends when they feel older than they are. 😁

I’ve been relieved to not have to send out any get well cards through this whole Covid19 scare. I don’t know a single person affected, thankfully, though my hearts go out to those who have or worse yet have lost loved ones. I’m VERY thankful to not be making sympathy cards too! I’m curious… have you had friends or family get infected? How bad was it??? Hope y’all are toughing out the voluntary isolation, sheltering in place, lockdown, and/or quarantine and using your time to get crafty!!! Be smart, be safe, and be crafty!!!

ETA: This card won the Golden Egg Award from Krafty Chicks!!!

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MFT Birthday Project Challenge – Flowers – Take 1

Still hanging in there, everyone? Need a sign of Spring? Longing to see brightly colored flowers and forget the worries of the day? I got *just* what you need!

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Today’s card was inspired by the monthly challenge at My Favorite Things called the Birthday Project. They knew what we needed this month… flowers! Well, virtual, paper flowers anyway! I used the MFT set called Floral Focus and watercolored with Tombow Markers. The image from the set is large enough to take the whole card front and I love that I don’t have to fiddle with the placement of the flowers. I wanted to use the script sentiments from the same stamp set and thought surely within the *cough* 80+ MFT stamps I’ve hoarded… er, I mean *collected*, surely I would have a set that had the words “on your birthday” or even “on your”. Nope! I had to borrow the rest of the sentiment from a not 1, but *2* Pink and Main sets (Congrats for “on your” and Happy For You for “birthday”). The panel was die cut with a Pink and Main Rounded Rectangle die and mounted on a black card base. For embellishment, I add a sprinkling of Pink and Main Ice Rink confetti. Here is a close up of the coloring:

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Hope the bright flowers lifted your mood, if even just for the moment. Stay strong my friends, I have confidence that this will blow over soon and that the stores will have toilet paper any day now! Never thought I’d type that in a blog post, but there it is!!! LOL!

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Jane’s Doodles Challenge #6 – Embossing

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The new challenge at Jane’s Doodles is embossing (heat or dry). After a quick browse through my collection of JD sets I immediately knew what I wanted to do. I used the JD set called Over The Moon to create this little scene card. I stamped the images and sentiment in Versamark and heat embossed in Wow silver embossing powder. I then watercolored the images with Kuretake Gansai Tambi Gem watercolors and the silver from the Kuretake Gansai Tambi Pearl watercolors. These watercolors have a mica shimmer to them that is tricky to photograph! I used a rainbow of colors for the images, and I used the silver to splatter the background to create a galaxy of stars. These watercolors were easy to work with on standard card stock as they don’t require much water. Here are some close ups of the shimmer you get with these paints. Do you like what I did with the UFO? I thought it looked like alien space energy or light emitting from the bottom.

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Thank you for dropping by today. I hope you and your families are doing well and that you are all healthy… and being crafty. This is the most important time to share your handmade cards and talents! I hope to be back soon with a few more cards. I’ve been spending a lot of time in my craft room!!!

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Sending Hugs – Jane’s Doodles Magnolia

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Two posts in one day?!? Hard to believe, I know! If you saw my last post, you know that Jane’s Doodles is having a challenge and the theme is Spring. And also like my last post, I have a friend that could use a pick me up. And what else could pick you up better than spring flowers that never die?!? Am I right? I think we’re all in need of a pick me up, and I hope to share as much crafty love as possible to uplift those around me, so they in turn can lift me up when I am down.

On to the card details… these beautiful flowers are from the Jane’s Doodles Magnolia set. I used every single image and watercolored them with a Tombow marker to get a variation in shades, and fussy cut them out. This set does not come with a sentiment, so I used Picked Raspberry oxide ink and the MFT Greetings Galore sentiment set from my previous card as I liked the sentiment and it was still on my desk. I die cut the white background with one of Altenew’s Layered Plaid cover dies and mounted that on a pink cardstock front before mounting that to a card base. Most of the flowers are glued flat to the card, but the top most flower is popped on foam tape. The inside is stamped Thinking of You, also from the MFT Greetings Galore set.

Take care of yourselves out there, my crafty friends. Try to remember to extend grace to others during these crazy times and to help others in need as you would wish them to help you if ever needed. Together we can rise above this and come out a stronger community on the other side. I’m probably preaching to the choir as crafters tend to be the most supportive people on the planet, but we need to voice of compassion so others can follow our lead. Be safe, be smart, and be crafty!

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