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May DT Post for 2CCC with Fabrika Fantasy

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Welcome back my crafty friends! Today I’m sharing my DT card for the April challenge at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies! This month’s sponsor is none other than Fabrika Fantasy. I was given this fun image to use for my project and this card came together so quickly! When you buy this image, called Cheerful Crab, it comes with both a b/w and pre-colored image. I loved the colors they used so I chose the pre-colored version for this card. No sentiment comes with the set, so I computer generated this one and die cut it with a Simon Says Stamp stitched circle die. I used a fringe die from MFT to create the background from coordinating colors of card stock. A little ruffling of the fringe and this baby was done!

Now run, don’t walk, to the 2CCC site to see what my teamies did with their Fabrika Fantasy critter images. Be sure to visit the sponsor’s site too cause you’re bound to find lots of images you love! And when you make a critter card, be sure to come link it up at 2CCC cause we would love to see what you made! Remember you can enter up to 5 projects too! That’s it for me for today, but I’ve been all kinds of crafty so I’ll be back shortly with another post before you know it!

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Dig It Out or Use It Up Hop (final) follow up #3

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Today we’re wrapping up my tips and tricks for using up a whole 6×6 paper pad in 1 go. If you missed the Dig It Out or Use It Up Hop, click here to start from the beginning. If you missed the previous follow ups explaining my process click here for #1 and here for #2.

OK, onto what you all *really* wanted to know. What the heck do I do with those weird pieces of paper that you look at and immediately think there is no way I can use that on an A2 card. I’m here to prove you can! Let’s start with this piece of paper (which I actually remembered to take a picture of before chopping it up), along with pics of the cards made from the 2 identical sheets.

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Whoa! Right??? And here was my trick:

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I dug through my stash of old Spellbinders Label dies and landed on Labels 25. With a little trimming I was able to fit the sentiment on an A2 card on top of cardstock embossed with the Petite Spot embossing folder from Die’sire. The bottom half was trimmed to 5.25″ which removed the foil border and weird pointy cuts left from the die cutting. I die cut the same label shape from light blue cardstock scraps and used it to make the top half of those cards. The patterned paper was popped up on foam tape while the blue was glued flat showing a tiny line of the red cardstock underneath. I heat embossed a large sentiment from a Creative Stamping magazine freebie and some snowflakes from a MFT set called Hand Lettered Holiday. I love how the hardest paper to use came out so unique and fun!!!

This next one I really had to think about before making the first cut. I wish I had thought to get a picture of the paper before chopping it up but once the plan came to me, I was off to the paper trimmer!

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OK, let’s see if I can piece this back together for you. The sheet of paper had the peppermint border around all sides, but had the green Christmas tree image in the bottom right corner. I cut those 2 sheets into quarters, using the tree corner pieces as focal points. Those were layered on red cardstock stamped with the SSS Poinsettia background which has a peppermint like style to it. I heat embossed a sentiment from the Recollections Merry Christmas stamp set, and used another really old foam snowflake embellishment on each layered over a blue cardstock circle and vellum scalloped circle die cut. Then onto the other 6 corners. I paired 2 with cut aparts to make 2 more cards. Since the corners and cut aparts were all square, I used ribbon to fill the empty space on the sides. Then for the final 2 cards I used the last peppermint corners and color coordinating cut aparts matted on cardstock and foil to make this triple square design. All 3 squares were layered over more of the SSS Poinsettia stamped cardstock. The sentiments are from the Hero Arts Holiday Messages and Frames set, which fit nicely in the limited amount of space I had. As simple as the designs are, I am most pleased about this set of cards because of the challenges the paper presented.

After this project, I feel like I could tackle any other paper pad now because I can find ways to creatively use difficult designs. I also feel like I know what to look for when buying paper pads in the future. Cause who are we kidding… we Use It Up so we can buy more, right??? I want to thank you all profusely who had read to this point, or scanned long enough to get the gist. You’ll see in my older posts that I don’t normally write a thesis for each post. 🤣 Let me know if you decide to try using up a 6×6 pad and tell me if you have found other tricks to use those tricky papers!

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Dig It Out or Use It Up Hop follow up #2

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Today I am delving deeper into the techniques I employed to use up an entire 6×6 pad in 1 go. If you missed the original post or first follow up, you can click the links here to go back. If you missed the hop itself click here to start from the beginning.

With that business out of the way, let’s get into the next grouping of cards.

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This set was a great way to use up more borders. There was only 1 red & white stripe paper sheet, so I opted to cut it in half, and use 2 borders on each card. That still left space, so I used scraps of green cardstock and stamped them with a stripe background from Impression Obsession called Thin Stripes and cut it so the stripes were diagonal. I also added gold metallic ribbon to finish off the 4″ card front. The sentiments from SSS Stained Glass and Sunny Studios Festive Greetings were gold heat embossed on scraps of white cardstock and matted in gold Rinea paper to match the foil in the patterned paper. I used a couple really old epoxy embellishments and sequins to finish them off. When using pieces of patterned paper, always remember that you can make your own patterned paper to coordinate using your 6×6 background stamps or small images from your stash.

Next card set:

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This card set is a great example of how you can be flexible with the cuts. I used a background stamp from My Favorite Things called Sweater Stitch and the IO Thin Strips Cover A Card background to offset the cuts of patterned paper. I even got creative with a 2″ strip and cut it in half to split it on either side of the stamped cardstock, allowing the focal image to shine with a sentiment cut apart. The other 4 cards I had foiled cut aparts for which I heat embossed sentiments on. All the sentiments (and large poinsettia) came from Pinkfresh Christmas Florals, a Creative Stamping magazine freebie.

Let’s do 1 more for today. Here is the group:

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Let’s start with the circle paper… I used the 4″ and 2″ cuts, using the 4″ on its own for card fronts and adding the 2″ to the top of the other cards. Now let’s look at the tree paper. Its also cut at 4″ and 2″, with the blue snowflakes being the larger cuts. I used the 2″ tree strips to finish the cards with the half circle paper, and used the larger 4″ cuts with stamped cardstock. Ribbon or cardstock strips work great to provide a transition between patterns. The green cardstock was stamped with the Impression Obsession Pine Cover A Card background. Once again, Rinea paper was used for mats, and as ribbon strips too. The colored focals are cut aparts which along with the white cardstock scraps were stamped and heat embossed with sentiments from Sunny Studios Festive Greetings, and Momenta Christmas Sentiments, The die cut sentiments are from Sizzix Christmas Phrases. The trees were embellished with glossy accents on the garland and I used the last of the ancient epoxy embellishments I had gathering dust.

Let’s very quickly look at a couple more and I’ll save the really tricky ones for tomorrow.

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Here is more of the 3″ cuts of the blue snowflake paper from above, this time with some of the borders from the 2 border sheets to frame the first card and more stamped cardstock for the second card. Both utilize colored cut aparts from the pad and metallic gold ribbon. These are my least favorite of the 35, but I was pleased at how I was able to use up the pattern paper scraps that had accumulated to this point. They look better IRL than photos when you can see the colors all match the cut aparts.

Thanks for sticking around and I hope I was able to show you how much flexibility you have using either the 4″/2″ cuts or 2 3″ cuts and some cardstock. Keep in mind that where I added background stamps you could easily swap that for dry embossed patterns. The point is that a subtle tone on tone will pair nicely with your busier prints.  Tomorrow we will wrap up this little mini-series with the pages you look at and immediately think there is no way you can use them on an A2 card. Spoiler alert: you totally CAN use them! And they turned out to be some of my favorite cards of the 35 made from the 24 sheet pad. Stay tuned!!!

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Dig It Out or Use It Up Hop follow up #1

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I hope you had a fantastic time yesterday on the hop! If you missed it, please click here to go to the beginning to see all the great posts and videos. Today, I wanted to take a little more time to share how I went about making 35 cards from a 24 sheet single sided 6×6 pad. If you are like me, you tend to collect paper pads and use only a couple sheets from them before buying another because the paper is just so darn cute or pretty. Right? I’ve always been a fan of the amazing Kristie Marcotte, but I struggle using sketches so I resisted going that route. Then I found the genius Jess Crafts, and she totally inspired me to actually use my paper! Her ideas were a starting point for me and provided the flexibility I needed.

My process:

I started by tearing out all the pages and sorting them. Cut-aparts, which work well as sentiments and focal points, were all cut apart with my paper trimmer. I matched them up to the papers they seemed to coordinate with best. I went through my stash and found coordinating colors of cardstock when possible… pulling at first from scraps only. I picked a couple types of bling that matched, and grabbed ribbon and old embellishments that I thought worked with the paper. Since many of the papers had gold foiling, I also grabbed my gold Rinea paper to use as mats and gold mirror paper to use for die cuts. I made 24 card bases to start, not wanting to set the expectations to high. LOL

The main tip I learned from Jess was to take normal patterned paper (not the tricky kinds) and cut it at 4″. Then cut both the 4″ and the remaining 2″ strip to a length of 5.25″. With this tip, you get the 4″ piece to cover a card with a slight margin around it, and the 2″ piece can be used alone or with another 2″ piece for another card. So I proceeded to cut all the normal papers accordingly and I used baggies to keep coordinating pieces and cut aparts together. 2 pages of the pack were borders. You could use the paper like other patterned paper, but I felt like I could stretch it further by cutting it up efficiently. I wish I had thought to snap a pic of the paper before chopping it up! As we look at the first batch of cards I will point out the groupings of borders. I was able to keep them in chunks of 2. Let’s get into it and you’ll see what I mean!

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In this grouping of 6 cards, I cut the row of houses paper as described above to get 2 cards with full panels and 2 with 2″ strips. I used cut aparts on all 4, though the smaller ones needed a sentiment stamped on them, which I pulled from an old Winnie & Walter set called Sentimental Winter. I added a cardstock strip and added foil with double sided adhesive strips. This added another foil element since the paper didn’t have it but the cut apart did, *and* it helped the cut apart stand off the background along with the cardstock mat. The larger, matted cut aparts were used on the cards with the 2″ cuts of paper and since it covered most of the card I opted not to add another patterned paper. This was the perfect opportunity to use some old foam snowflakes I bought *years and years* ago. The last 2 cards were made with only 2 border strips and pink cardstock. I used the Falling Snow stencil from SSS with Versamark and white embossing powder to make the panel above the borders. Then I gold embossed the sentiment, also from SSS called Stained Glass Greetings.

Let’s look at another card set, and an example of the flexibility of this process.

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I had 2 sheets of this super fun, gold foiled paper with string lights, and 2 coordinating cut aparts. I cut 1 sheet into the 4″ and 2″ pieces, but the other I cut in half for 2 3″ pieces. I used the 4″ to make a card front, and added a heat embossed white cardstock sentiment panel with a Sunny Studios sentiment. The left over 2″ strip, I used in the middle of the card and ink blended Distress Oxide ink on either side of the card base to match the cut apart. The blended areas were splattered with water to create the look of snow, and the patterned paper strip was lined with metallic ribbon to give it a finished look. The 3″ pieces each made their own card, one with an ink blended edge and the other left white since it didn’t have a cut apart. The cut aparts were heat embossed with sentiments from Jane’s Doodles Deck the Halls set and a Creative Stamping magazine freebie stamp set. I pulled out another old light embellishment and added sequins to finish them all off. This shows that you could easily cut all you normal patterned paper into 3″ strips and get 2 cards from each page if you can get creative with the rest of the card front! I opted to stick to the 4″/2″ for most cards to let the pretty paper take center stage.

Well, that was a lot to take in! Tomorrow I will show how I dealt with the trickier papers, more of the border sheets, a border only page and the 2 pages with a 6×6 sentiment designed to either be framed or made into a 6×6 card. Thanks for sticking around and I hope you learned how you can tackle those 6×6 pads in a new way while using up old embellishments!

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Dig it Out or Use it Up Hop

The amazing Courtney Kreeber has a Facebook group that is a wonderful community of cardmakers. Today, some of us from the group are having a hop in an effort to dig out supplies we haven’t used in awhile or to focus on trying to use something up. You should have gotten here from Jennifer Holder Schoolcraft, but if you came here first, start here with Lucille Holmes Manos! For my project, I decided to use up an entire 6×6 paper pad, and incorporate some other older supplies in the process. I’m proud to say I made 35 cards from a 24 page pad of single sided paper from Recollections! Today, I’m just posting a lot of pictures and not writing a ton of details about them. Over the next couple days, I will explain my process, give tips, and show how I worked with some of the more challenging pieces of paper. 2 pages were just borders, 2 pages were cut-aparts, and 2 pages had a full page sentiment design meant to be framed or used on a 6×6 square card. (ETA: Here are the links for the follow up posts: Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3.)

Since this is part of a hop, I don’t want to be a hop hog and keep you here too long 😉 So what does 35 cards look like? Here’s the big pile of cards, along with the cover of the paper pad I used (and the scraps I had left over).

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And here is a closer look of the cards, grouped by the papers I used for each set.

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In the process of making these, I used almost a whole roll of gold ribbon, an entire pack of gold rhinestones, all my gold Rinea paper, and a *bunch* of colored cardstock scraps and mirror paper scraps from my stash! Aside from card bases, I only cut into 1 sheet of red cardstock… all the rest are scraps! That was a nice bonus – Yay!!! I also used some really old foam snowflakes, put a tiny dent in my gold sequins, finished off a partially used pack of 15 year old epoxy embellishments, and used a half sheet of vellum. They are not my most detailed cards, but they are all mail-friendly and will make the recipients smile and feel loved. *And*, some of the left over scraps can used as gift tags. Bonus!!!

The idea for this hop came up long before Covid-19 quarantines and stay at home orders, but it couldn’t have better timed! Right now its not essential to run out for new craft supplies, nor are the stores open in many cases. And, many people lost their crafty budget when they lost their jobs, so this is the *perfect* time to give those supplies in our stash some love, and a full workout! So now I challenge you to grab something in your stash that needs some love and have some play time! Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for more details on the cards and tips for using up your paper pads!!! And to continue on this amazing hop, head over to Cathy Arenzana to see what she did 😊 Special thanks to Renee Moran for setting this up!!! And if you would like to be part of the Facebook group, just hit up Courtney Kreeber. The group is ever growing and open to all, and we’d love to have you!

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Jane’s Doodles Challenge #7 – digi image

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This is my 2nd card designed with the Jane’s Doodles rainbow challenge in mind. This time I thought I’d take a more subtle approach. I gave the girl a rainbow colored outfit!!! This image is a freebie available on the Jane’s Doodles blog. Jane has been very generous during the quarantine and released quite a few freebies so you should go check it out if you don’t already follow their blog. I printed this image on Bristol paper and again on copy paper. I fussy cut the copy paper image and used removable adhesive to use it as a mask. I ink blended Distress Oxide inks over the background, then removed the mask. I colored the image itself with Prismacolor pencils. I die cut the image with a SSS stitched rectangle die and popped it on my card with fun foam, leaving a white border. The sentiment is from the Jane’s Doodles set called All Occasions which I heat embossed in white on the outside. I stamped a 2nd sentiment from the same set on the inside.

My bestie sometimes struggles with all that is happening in our country and around the world. Like me, she is a worrier. There is much to worry about… the health of our loved ones and ourselves, and the economy, and how it will affect us. I have hope and believe in what our government is doing to help. I know these things take time and I pray everyone gets what they need in time. If my bestie were here I’d hug her and distract her from the worries of the world. But since she is 600 miles away and we’re both in quarantine, this card will have to do 😊

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Jane’s Doodles Challenge #7 – Rainbow

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The current challenge at Jane’s Doodles is Rainbow, and I don’t know about you but I need all the bright, happy colors and rainbows I can get right now. This card was super simple to make. I used a new-to-me Jane’s Doodles set called Summer Icons, and used only 1 small image from the set, the bikini. I stamped it repeatedly, rotating the position for a random appearance. From there, I selected a rainbow assortment of Tombow markers to us and set about watercoloring. I didn’t shade with a light source coming from just 1 direction. Instead I shaded where it would be darker if someone was actually wearing the bikinis. I die cut the panel down with a Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle die, and added it to a black card base. The sentiment is from the same set and was heat embossed in white on a tag shape die cut from a Creek Bank Creations stitched tag set. Despite the busy background its a pretty simple card. The inside is stamped with another bikini and the other sentiment from the set that says Good Vibes Only, which were both heat embossed in white. It may be a bit early to be thinking summer here in GA or further north, but this card will be heading to central FL where its either Summer, or Just Like Summer. LOL!!! I lived there for 30 years and its either hot, or really freaking hot… All.Year.Long. I miss the friends and family there, but I do NOT miss the heat and humidity!!!

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4/22/20 ETA: This card was picked as the Random Winner of the Jane’s Doodles challenge for a gift certificate!!!! Yay!!!!

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Easter Fun with Impression Obsession

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This card was so fun to make! There are so many cute Easter themed pickup trucks in home decor and crafting now that I wanted to make my own! This amazing truck is from the Impression Obsession Gourdous, which is actually a Fall themed set.

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Now, see those 3 cute pumpkins? When I looked at that middle one, it looked like a striped Easter egg to me. So I stamped the truck once and the pumpkins a bunch of times and fussy cut out the images I planned on using. I colored them with Prismacolor pencils. Now my truck needed a scene so I dug through my scraps and found papers big enough to fit on a card to make grass and hills. I die cut them with Creek Bank Creations Stitched Land and Grass Edge dies. Then once I figured out their placement, I die cut them all with a Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle die to make the outer edges match. I popped my truck up on foam tape and added in the eggs in the back and all over the scene. I stamped the tiny flowers from Impression Obsession’s Bunny Love set in IO Canary hybrid ink and colored the flower centers with pencils and added with foam tape. I felt like the sky was too plain, so I stenciled in clouds from Gina Marie Designs Clouds stencil and SSS white pigment ink, then I poured Brutus Monroe alabaster white embossing powder on them and heat set. The sentiment is from IO’s Sentiments 2 set, which has sooooo many useful sentiments that are perfect to pop up on a banner or sentiment strip. Here I pieced together Happy and Easter on a banner die from Creek Bank Creations and popped it on foam tape. I love all the bright color and dimension this card has!!! Hope you all had a wonderful Easter!

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Happy Easter with Impression Obsession

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Just *hopping* in real quick to wish you all a very Happy Easter! This card is for my son and features stamps from Impression Obsession, who incidentally are having an Easter challenge. The fuzzy bunny is a 3 step stamp from the set called Bunny Love, and the sentiment is a cling rubber also from IO called (fittingly) Happy Easter. 😉 I have mentioned it before, and I’ll say it again… I love my IO hybrid ink pads and love that you can get 3 shades of each color. I used the Tan for the lightest base layer, Caramel for the fuzzy layer, and Chocolate for the bow. I love the texture you get from the 2nd layer of the bunny! After stamping, I die cut the image and sentiment with stitched dies. The plaid paper and sheer ribbon are from my stash, and since this card is for my now adult son, I refrained from adding any bling… but boy was that hard! There is another layer to the bunny… the fluffy tail! I could have heat embossed it in white but I was afraid it would get lost on the white paper. Maybe next time I use darker inks on kraft paper and emboss the tail layer.

I hope you thoroughly enjoy you Easter in quarantine. It won’t be long before we can all gather with our extended families again and likely argue about politics, just like old times. I think it is fitting that there will be a certain amount of peace in the world this Easter as all of mankind unites against a common enemy… toilet paper hoarders. 🤣

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Happy Birthday with Jan’s Digi Stamps

I had fun making this card duo using a set Jan, of Jan’s Digi Stamps, released earlier this year called Block Sentiments. The set includes 5 sentiments, but each is available in different colors, so you receive 36 total! The sentiments are made from letter blocks, and they come in b/w, rainbow colors, pastels, and sepia toned. I always have need of birthday cards, so I used 2 versions of the Happy Birthday sentiment.

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First up is the pre-colored rainbow image. S-U-P-E-R easy! Just size the image as desired, print, cut, glue! I had an old Paper Studio pad I wanted to use because the papers are all rainbow colored. I added a large red mat and a small black mat to the sentiment panel to set it off from the background, and I used foam tape to pop it up. I used new-to-me mat black gems from Want 2 Scrap and that card was done! Because I used a black card base, I added a white panel inside to write on.

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The second card is similar. I love keeping this sentiment large and letting it be the focal point of the card! This version was the b/w and I watercolored it with Tombow markers. I outlined each box, then used a brush to spread the color out and let it dry. Then I went back in with the markers and colored the actual letters and bottom (shadowed) part of the boxes. I did not dilute the color on the letters with water. I popped it up on foam tape, then added the sentiment panel to the patterned paper covered card base. The sentiment wasn’t standing off the busy paper as much as I wanted, so I added narrow strips of black cardstock to top and bottom and was happy with the results. This card has a scrap of the patterned paper inside to coordinate with the front.

In addition to this sentiment set I used, Jan has an alpha set with the same block letters which would be fun to use to make your own sentiments, banners, scrapbook titles, or signs! The store has such a variety of image and sentiments sets! You’re sure to find something there you love!

5/1/20 ETA: This card was picked as a DT Favourite by Classic Design Challenge!!!

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April DT Post for Jan’s Digi Stamps

It’s time for the 11th challenge at Jan’s Digi Stamps Challenge where the theme is always Anything Goes and you can submit any kind of creative project… cards, layouts, sewing, quilting, painting, baking, you name it! Starting April there will be 2 winners will be drawn each month: 1 for projects using Jan’s images, and 1 from the rest of the entries. Using Jan’s Digi Stamps images are not required to win. Now, on to my projects! Grab a cuppa and enjoy, this post is picture heavy!

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Jan released a couple new sets this month, and I’m showcasing 1 of them, called Little Lambkins. The set includes an adorable lamb but for my family I wanted to use another image in the set, an Easter basket and the multiple sentiments. As usual, Jan’s sets include black and white images as well as pre-colored images, and of course the sentiments. I chose to use the pre-colored images for this group of cards. I printed the sentiments on card panel sized paper, which I then ink blended with Oxide inks and die cut with decorative edge die shapes. I printed the images and fussy cut them to pop on top. The set also includes jelly bean images which I used to embellish the cards. Let’s take a closer look!

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These 2 use Pink and Main Rounded Rectangles dies (2 sizes), and Oxide inks in Mowed Lawn, Tumbled Glass, Scattered Straw, and Spun Sugar. In both, I used sequins that match the color of ink in that area. The card front itself is shimmering white card stock from Recollections which has been dry embossed with a Darice embossing folder called Basket Weave.

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These card focals were die cut with Sizzix Dotted square and are ink blended in Scattered Straw, Tumbled Glass, and Mowed Lawn. The Easter Greetings card is embellished with clear, frosted sequins, while the Basket of Easter Blessings card is embellishment with a bunch of jelly bean images and the sentiment is also die cut. Again, the card front is shimmering white card stock from Recollections, embossed with the Darice Basket Weave embossing folder.

So there you go, 4 Easter cards whipped up in no time with the aid of Jan’s new set… and I didn’t even use the namesake image! Head over to the Challenge blog to see what the rest of the team created with an assortment of Jan’s Digi Stamps images, then head over to Jan’s shop to pick up the sets you can’t live without!

5/1/20 ETA: The pink, yellow, and green card was picked as 1 of the Top 5 by Crafty Cardmakers!!!

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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!

5/1/2 ETA: This card was chosen as the 2nd Place Winner by Digi Doodle Studios!!! Whoo-hoo!

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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!

ETA: 4/5/20 This card was selected as the monthly winner from Dare2BArtsy!!!

ETA: 4/18/20 This card was chosen as a Favourite by Happy Little Stampers Watercolor!!!

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Sending Hugs – Jane’s Doodles Plumeria

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This week’s challenge at Jane’s Doodles is Spring. This Plumeria set was perfect to make a springy card to help a friend who really needed to see some flowers. I don’t know her well so I wasn’t sure what types or colors of flowers she likes the most, but I’m hoping this makes her feel a little better all the same. I really need better photography skills and gear cause the picture does not match real life in color. Trust me that the flowers range from a delicate light pink to a a warm peach with pops of bright pink in the centers. On my monitor the colors are yellowed out terrible despite the bright lights I used. I used every single image from the Jane’s Doodles set, colored them with Tombow markers and fussy cut them out. There are no sentiments included in the set, so I dug through my stash and found a set by My Favorite Things called Greetings Galore with the sentiment I wanted to use, which I stamped in Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide ink as the color was the closest match I had. I decided to ink blend the edges with a little Wild Honey and Pickled Raspberry oxides to match the flower colors. I may spatter the panel with watered down inks before I mail it as it seems to be missing something but I’m afraid to mess it up experimenting right now. LOL!

The inside has a simple Thinking of You sentiment from the same MFT set in Pickled Raspberry.

Thanks for visiting today, and I hope these flowers make you smile during this crazy time we are in right now. We need to lift each other up any way we can, and for me, that is going to be through handmade cards… though I will write on the envelope that I completely understand if she doesn’t open it for 14 days! 😁 She can see it here on the blog until she’s comfortable opening the envelope!!!

ETA: 8/3/20 This card was chosen as 1 of the Top 3 by the DT at Scibbles Designs!!! sd dt top 3

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Wishing you a Speedy Recovery with JDS

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Isn’t this bear adorable??? My best friend’s mom (and my surrogate mother) is having hip surgery soon. While this bear’s injury is to his head, I’m sure she will appreciate the sentiment! This set from Jan’s Digi Stamps, called Get Well Bear, has the main image as well as several sentiments, and accessory images that I chose not to use for this card. As typical of Jan’s images, they come in color and b/w. I love coloring, so I almost always opt for the b/w version. Though if I need a card in a hurry, I appreciate the ability to print of a colored version and the card is ready in a jiffy. This card is my DT piece for the current March challenge at So where it is truly an Anything Goes challenge!!!

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I printed the image and used a square die from Simon Says Stamp to cut it out. I used Tombow markers to watercolor this image. There are several sentiments to choose from but I picked this 2 part sentiment as it is perfect for post surgery rehab. I die cut the first half with a fishtail banner die and used that as a guideline to make the mat for the banner. On the inside, I added the rest of the sentiment and matted it on matching green cardstock and patterned paper.

We also have some changes coming up in April.  We’ll be moving to a monthly challenge starting on the first Monday of each month and ending, as usual, on the Sunday before the new challenge.

In addition to that, we will be doing two, separate, random draws each month; one for those who use a Jan’s Digi Stamps image and one for everyone else. Each winner will receive a gift certificate worth $10 which can be spent at the Jan’s Digi Stamp store. If you use a JDS image, your chances of becoming a winner are so much greater and you can add to your collection of beloved JDS sets that much faster.  😀  Now, head on over to the challenge site to see what the rest of the DT created and to enter your latest creation (card, scrapbook page, quilt, baking delicacy, etc) for your chance to win! Make sure you are a follower of the blog as its the only requirement for winning!!!

ETA: This card was picked as a TOP ROCKER by 613 Avenue Create!!!

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