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Hello and welcome to my blog of card crafts. I am happy that you stopped by for a visit. I hope you can visit often. Have a wonderful and blessed day! "I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and my soul knows right well." Psalm 139:14

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Winter Wonderland

Hi and welcome to my blog! It feels like Spring here instead of winter, but I want to show you a winter card I made with a Penny Black stamp called Snowy Park. After I stamped I sponged on pink, purple and blue Distress inks for the sky. The background was made by applying a blue gray chalk ink pad to the smooth side of a snowflake embossing folder, placing my white card stock inside and running it through my vagabond. I patted the raised snowflakes with Versa Mark ink and added sparkly embossing powder to them.




I cut snowflakes using a cuttlebug die and added sparkle embossing powder to these also and placed them behind the image that I cut out by using the Spellbinders Labels 8 die. My card was layered on a piece of black glossy card stock that I had smooshed some blue Inka Gold on.




Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you are having a good day!


Challenges entered:

Penny Black:  Embossing
Scrapy Land: Embossing 
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Anything Goes




Saturday, October 24, 2015

Singing the Blues

Hi Everyone! I hope you are enjoying your day and not singing the blues! I want to show you a card I made using the color blue. I used this sweet Cat in Window H1938 Impression Obsession stamp and stamped it with blue ink on glossy card stock. I am a fairly new cat owner, so I have been collecting cat stamps recently. I have three cats and they love looking out the window since they are only inside cats! I also used the Impression Obsession die Poppies DIE169-R. I cut the poppies out of blue card stock and white glossy card stock and layered the white glossy card stock over the blue for a shadow.




Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!

Challenge entered:

Impression Obsession:  Feeling Blue



Monday, October 19, 2015

BOO!

Hi and welcome to my blog! I hope you are having a good day. I want to share a Halloween tag I made using a neat technique. I mentioned this technique before, but I will show you how it is done today.







I saw this technique on line and just loved the spooky look of it. I patted Mustard Seed, Dusty Concord and Broken China Distress inks onto the center of the glossy card stock tag and patted Black Soot Distress ink around the sides.




Next I spritzed the whole tag with water. You can see that the colors are running here.




I then took my finger and started with the outside black and ran my finger in circles. I then went in and blended the colors in the center together and pulled in some more black. This is the finished background!




I stamped over the tag using a script background stamp. I then used the Sizzix tree embossing folder and a Cuttlebug spider web embossing folder to dry emboss the tag. I went over the raised areas with Jet Black Staz On ink.


I colored the owl and placed the Tim Holtz Splatters stencil over him and sponged on the spots. I added the wooden pumpkin beside the owl and glued the "boo" buttons to it.




Lastly I added 3 confetti bats to complete the tag!




Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great day!


Challenges entered:

Crafting From the Heart: Anything Goes Challenge #82
Simon Says Monday Challenge:  Monster Mash
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Color Inspiration
Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015:  October













Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Oldies Technique #19 -- Rubbings.

Hi and welcome to another Oldies technique! Remember doing rubbings when you were a kid, rubbing crayons over fallen leaves in the Fall? Well, you can do the same thing using rubber stamps. That is what I will be showing today.






Supplies you will need:


several rubber or acrylic stamps
several colors of crayons or watercolor crayons
plain white or cream paper ( I used white copy paper)


I used leaf stamps, turned them over with the rubber side up, laid my paper on top of the stamp and began rubbing the crayon over the paper. I peeled off the paper on the crayon and used the side of the crayon to rub. I found it was better to start with the lightest color first and go over areas with the darker color so that it blended better. 









These look nice using regular crayons, but they looked a little pale to me, so I pulled out my watercolor crayons and made more leaves. These are the ones I used on my card. I found that the watercolor crayons are more vivid and they are softer so that you don't have to rub as hard.



I came across some gold pigment powder that I had not used in ages, added water and flicked it over the leaves to add some sparkle.




Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have fun trying this technique. Have a great day!


Challenges entered:


Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Color Inspiration
Stamp & Create:  Brown or Kraft Colors
Stamping Sensations:  Colors of Autumn
Sweet Stampin':  Use a Script or Text





Saturday, October 10, 2015

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Hi Everyone! Welcome to my blog. I have made a special card today for a very serious matter here in our country. Purple is the color of Domestic Violence Awareness month. Did you know that 33% of the women you meet have experienced domestic violence over the course of their lifetime? This does not count the men and children who have also been abused.

SO, many of us are making cards to raise awareness about this issue. Together we CAN make a powerful impact. Fourteen paper crafting companies are supporting this Hop to Stop Domestic Violence event. They are giving away amazing prizes for those who enter a card by October 14th. You can see the hop and rules here -- Damsel of Distressed.

I hope that you will join us in this Hop to Stop Domestic Violence.

Have a wonderful and blessed day!







Here is a closer view of the silk flowers I used. 




I stamped a butterfly on light purple card stock, fussy cut it and popped it up on the die cut background. Bridal glitter from Sparkle N Sprinkle was used around the edges of the card.




Thanks so much for stopping by!


Challenges entered:


Damsel of Distressed:  Hop to Stop
Crafting From the Heart:  Anything Goes
Paper Take Weekly:  Anything Goes


Friday, October 9, 2015

Christmas Gift

Hi and welcome to my blog! I want to share a clean and simple Christmas card I made. Clean and simple cards are a challenge for me because I love adding layers and embellishments. On this card I used the Memory Box Debutante and Frostyville frame dies. I embossed the blue frame using a dotted swiss embossing folder and added white embossing powder to the raised dots. The cute hedgehog is from Penny Black.








I also added some Waterscape glitter from Sparkle N Sprinkle on some areas of the snowflake frame.







Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day!


Challenges entered:

Chocolate Coffee and Cards:  Animals
Penny's Paper Crafty:  Anything Goes #248
Penny Black:  Embossing
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Clean and Simple Christmas


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