Peak-a-Bear

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  • Stamps –
    • Avery Elle: “Hang In There” and “Petals and Stems”
    • Stampers Anonymous “Vintage Text”
  • Dies – Avery Elle: “Hang In There” and “Trees”
  • Patterned paper – Bella Blvd “Time to Rake”
  • Metallic copper paper
  • Embossing powder – Personal Stamp Exchange – Copper
  • Ranger Perfect Pearls Mist – Perfect Copper
  • Ranger Distress Inks – Forest Moss, Crushed Olive, Walnut Stain, and Rusty Hinge
  • Recycled Java Jacket (from Starbuck’s Coffee)
  • Cardstock – Bazzill Bling

It was fun to create this card with some new supplies I got recently (and some really old supplies!). I customized the tree with a versatile die set. I can make the trunk as skinny or as fat as I want! I die-cut the bear and stamped his face with the matching stamp set. I inked him up, which in reality just made him look grubby! I created my own patterned paper with Distress Inks overstamped with the Vintage Vintage Text stamp and then sprayed with copper Perfect Pearls Mist. From that, I die-cut the leaves for the tree branch. I embossed the leaves on the tree trunk and the sentiment to tie together all of the copper elements. The backdrop within the tree trunk is a recycled Java Jacket from a cup of coffee–a nice, small little piece of lightweight corrugated cardboard. I will post this on Paper Players for the Theme Challenge #326: Going Green. The copper paper and embossing powder have been in my stash for years and years! I’ve had the Petals and Stems stamp set for quite a while also. It is fun to use new and old supplies and see how well everything will fit together. Thanks for visiting.

 

 


Happy Mew Year

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  • Stamps –
    • Catslife Press – 557C
    • The Cat’s Pajamas – sentiment from The New Nice set
  • Patterned paper – Authentique Classique Elegant Collection: “Elegant Five” and “Elegant Seven”
  • Dies –
    • Lawn Fawn – Stitched Circle Frames
    • Spellbinders Nestabilities – Labels Seventeen
  • Bling – Mark Richards Ltd. – Crystal Stickers, Lt. Blue 3mm

I pulled this regal kitty stamp from my stash and thought it was purrrrrfect for a New Year’s card! This is a very simple card made up of a little stamping and a little die-cutting. I inked the edges of some of the paper to repeat the light blue throughout the design. Hoping for the best in 2017! Thanks for visiting.

 


Is it Friday yet?

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  • Image – from World Wildlife Fund Penguins calendar 2016
  • Stamp – The Cat’s Pajamas “Big Cups” (sentiment)
  • Die – Spellbinders Nestabilities “Romantic Rectangles”
  • Stamp – Patterned paper – Ella & Viv “Rainbow Splash #2”
  • Sequins and beads – 28 Lilac Lane

I made this card in response to a challenge in my card group–we were to use an image from a calendar (recycling, you know). Not surprisingly, I have penguin calendars every year thanks to a friend of mine! So it wasn’t difficult to find a penguin or two to fit on a card. After constructing the card with paper panels and a die-cut frame, I added a few sequins with a seed bead in the center for a bit of sparkle. Thanks for visiting.

 


Holidays Full of Unexpected Surprises

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  • Stamps – Darcie’s Heart & Home “Unexpected Surprises”
  • Patterned papers – Carta Bella “Merry Ornaments, Merry Alphabet, and Merry Borders
  • Die – Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Ironwork Motifs”
  • Sequins – Doodlebug Designs
  • Zig Clean Color Markers
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

I’m still catching up on posting some holiday cards. This one was made with a background of paper strips using the Bargello technique. The colors are a little unorthodox, which was kind of fun for a change. I colored the image with Zig markers. Thanks for stopping by and Happy New Year!

 


Late to the party… Christmas Card!

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  • Dies – Simon Says Stamp – “Holiday Frames”
  • Gelli plate print
  • Patterned paper – Echo Park “Home for the Holidays: Ornaments”
  • Silver Metallic cardstock – Paper Accents
  • Cardstock – Bazzill Bling “Emerald City”
  • Sierra Pacific Crafts tinsel trim (green)

I ran out of time before Christmas to post here, so I have to catch up and show a few more Christmas cards! This is one that I made with a gelli plate print as a backdrop for this die-cut set. I layered some papers and added some pretty tinsel trim. Viola! Thanks for stopping by.

 

 


Season’s Greetings featuring Gelli print

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  • Dies –
    • Spellbinders Nestabilities – Resplendent Rectangles
    • Elizabeth Craft Designs – Season’s Greetings
    • Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations – Holiday Greens
  • Patterned paper – KaiserCraft – Christmas Carol 6-1/2″ paper pad
  • Metallic paper (red) – Paper Accents
  • Gelli Plate print

It was kind of difficult to capture this ornament accurately with all of the reflection on the red metallic die-cut. This die-cut really shines and sparkles! The background is a gelli plate print I made previously, mainly with red paint and stencils. I accented the frame with holly from the Sizzix die set. The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is Make it Sparkle, but I hope a little shine will also fit the bill! Thanks for visiting and Happy Holidays!

 


Magical Ornaments

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  • Dies
    • Tonic – Acorn Swirl
    • Little B – Labels
  • Vintage Photos
  • Ranger Distress Collage Medium – Crazing
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology
    • Alpha cards
    • Mirrored stars
    • Tinsel Twine – Autumn
    • Tissue Tape
  • Sierra Pacific Crafts tinsel trim (green)
  • Cork Tape
  • Metal adhesive dots – Mark Richards and Colorbox
  • Metallic cardstock – Paper Accents (silver and red)
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Ranger Distress Ink – Walnut Stain

I created three ornaments for three magician friends who have been mentors for Trenton since January 2009 (nearly 8 years), since he was 10 years old. He was the charter member of Salem’s Society of Young Magicians and performing magic effects has been a large part of young life. Now that he is 18, as the bylaws of the Society of Young Magicians state, he must move up to the Society of American Magicians (the adult group). So this weekend, Trenton attended his last meeting and performed in his last show with the group. As a thank you, our family gave Glen, Tom and John (the mentors) each a gift basket and each included a personalized ornament shown above.

magic-detailornamentI took a vintage image of a magician and collaged it with some die-cuts and other ephemera. I applied collage medium that gave the image an antiqued quality, including a crazing (crackle) effect. Then I added some walnut stain Distress Ink to the edges of the image and to the crazed texture to show it off a bit more. I created a different composition for each ornament that included an Alpha card (playing off the tricks they all do with cards) that is an initial of either their first or last name, and other embellishments for visual interest. It was a fun project to do and hopefully provided them with a small memento that will make them think of Trenton when they decorate their trees.

I am including this in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge “Christmas Gifts.”

Thanks for stopping by.