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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Kite Birthday

Hi Stampers,

I am sooooo loving the new stamp sets with matching dies. I recently purchased the one from Sizzix called Kites.  Love it. What do you think? We have it in the Stampin Mania Store

Here's the stamp/die kit from Sizzix

Friday, March 29, 2013

Patchwork Paper

hi Crafters

I made the paper using 1/4" stips of 4 different patterned papers. Jennifer McGuire taught it on the class video. Clearly I goofed and didn't keep my pattern consistent nor did cut them all the same - duh on my part. I was just bopping along cutting paying NO attention. I wasn't going to start over though. Mainly because I don't really like the colors I chose. If I had used pinks and reds I would have started over ;-)  I think I will create patchwork paper in the next day or so and do a better job.

Basically you just cut a gazillion strips at 1/4" of 12x12 paper then glue them down on a 12x12 piece of cardstock. Its pretty cool.

I was also only supposed to round the corners on two of the corners of each square - ummm yah, I accidently rounded a WRONG corner so had to do them all. Trust me Jennifer McGuire's is MUCH better but you get the jist of it.

butttt, look at the cool diecuts I made from the patchwork paper - I think these are pretty cool -

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, March 25, 2013

Clockworks Collage

Hi Crafty Peeps,

I've been in craft central ;-)  Here is a card that I haven't put a sentiment on yet because I'm not sure what I want it to be but I think this card works without a sentiment too. I think its a great guy card. I'm usually making girly things but I wanted to make something using this stamp set that I hadn't used before.

The card front was a white piece of paper when I started. I used distress ink, Black Soot first to make it kind of gray and hazy then I used distress ink Broken China to add the blue tint so it would go with the patterned papers I selected.

I also used the Black Soot over the patterned papers to get rid of the 'white' that was in them. It was a fun card to make, and messy!

I made my own black enamel dots on the banner using Black Pearl Pen.

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Carta Bella Fabulousness

Hi Stampers,

I got another awesome order this time it was fabulous-ness from Carta Bella Paper. The colors in this line are gorgeous. My pictures do NOT do them justice. The paper weight quality is awesome. The line is their "Well Traveled" line. I am going to be buying more of this. So much goodness how am I going to pay for everything - I LOVE IT ALL.

The color isn't RED but it's not Maroon either, it's a gorgeous Burgundy-Maroon-y Red; Hey Carta Bella, what is this red called - its awesome.

Monday, March 18, 2013

A Day Without Crafting

A Day without crafting is like a day without sunshine. Oh, the sun wasn't shining today here in Ohio was it???? I did get to watch the videos from the online card class I'm taking but I didn't get a chance to make anything or post. We have company in town so my play time this week is limited.

How about all of you? Were you crafting today? Are you addicted to it as much as I am. I would truly love to have an entire week where I could do nothing but play in my craft room, watch tutorial videos, even make some tutorials; surf the net for creativity and inspiration, play on twitter and facebook. hmmm, sounds like I might be planning a week off - how great would that be. Ok, back to reality, I won't get a week off to do that but it's nice to dream. I have to keep my real job to pay for my 'dream' job.

Hope you all are doing well, I wanted to at least say howdy.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Chic to be Shabby

Hi Crafting Peeps.

The challenge was to create something Shabby Chic. I have GOT to take photography classes. I am HORRIBLE at taking pictures and knowing lighting and all that.

There are a few things I'm proud of in this layout. The bird cage was just a plain natural wood die cut. I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks on it, then I got into all my jewelry making supplies to see if I could come up with some thing to dangle from the bottom. I think it turned out kinda cute given it was my first one. You probably think the papers just came the way they look but I'm pretty happy about that too. I used Distress Inks on the Designer Paper, which is from the Nostalgia collection from My Minds Eye. Then the photo mats were a plain solid color that I used Distress inks on.

I LOVE the paper flowers. They're from Engraver (Prima Flowers) and I think they are some of my Favorite. Unfortunately they are no longer available, but click the Prima Flowers link to see what Prima products we do have in stock.

Thanks for stopping by.