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Fishing Fun

>> Saturday, May 26, 2018


My stamping challenge for myself recently is to see how many different ways our Floor stamp can be used.  Aside from a regular floor I've seen it used as a stage, a table, a fence and sun rays (if I'm not mistaken) and now...a pier!

Stamping this one layer card was easy, quick and fun, but the coloring took me longer than I assumed it would.

I started my card by stamping the Seaside Dock using black ink.  Next I stamped our Fisherman off to the side and stamped it a 2nd time on copy paper to make my mask.  Once the mask was in place I stamped our Floor image.  With the fisherman mask still in place I masked off from the dock and sponged on some turquoise for my sky.  I reversed that mask to cover the sky and covered my floor with another mask so I could sponge the water using a couple of different blues and a bit of green.  Once all the masks were removed I used a combination of pencils and markers to color the rest of my scene and added the waves using a white gel pen.  The Retirement Greeting was stamped right on the pier using blue ink, then it was layered it on black and a folded red card.

Thanks so much for stopping by!!


Chalkboard Thanks

>> Friday, May 25, 2018

by Julie Warner - The Write Stuff

 Happy Friday!
I hope your week has gone well! With all the graduating going on, I thought a teacher thank you card might be in order. A Splitcoast Challenge to doodle a frame around your image gave me the idea to make my greeting look like it was on a chalkboard. So I white embossed it, die cut it then used a white marker to doodle on the black & a black marker to doodle around it on the white. 
The teacher tools were colored & fussy cut. The white hearts are part of the greeting on the inside & I inked just them & stamped them. I didn't want to heat emboss them, so I used the white paint pen to make them stand out more.

Here's a look at the inside & below it are the Copics I used.
 Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

paper: Staples 110# white, black 
ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Colorbox frost white pigment
accessories: Copics markers, Misti, Lil’ Inker stitched rectangles dies, white embossing powder, white Posca paint pen, black Micron pen


Thank you!

>> Thursday, May 24, 2018

Good morning!

This first card is a get well card
and I'm hoping the friendly daisies and sunny yellow color
will cheer up the recipient!
This card was fun to make.  I just needed to make a mask so that the flowers would not stamp on top of each other and look a mess.
Now they look like they are behind each other right?

I cut the oval out of my top layer and then stamped and colored.
I made a frame for my oval and glued it to the top.  I cut an oval
 from a sheet of foam and glued it to the back of my image panel then 
glued my sentiment to the foam showing through the opening.  Then glue the 
layers to a card base and add some yellow enamel dots to finish it off.

This next card is a thank you.  I used the new Flower Scroll 617F to make a frame for the Deco Thank You 623E and Flower Wheelbarrow 629H.

What a bunch of fun color, eh? Hey, it would make me smile if I got a card 
so colorful but then, I love color!
I used a stamp aligner to make my frame and got by with very little masking.
I embossed the Thank you to make sure it was dark enough
to not get lost in the flowers.
I stamped the image on the card and then again on another piece to
to color and cut out. I popped up the colored image
over the image on the card.
I matted in flower colors and then cut 2 squares to cut in half diagonally 
to make photo corners.
Thanks for visiting today!


Thank You, Thank You

>> Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Thank You cards are so important.  They may people feel even more special than if you just verbally tell them.  When the Thank You is handmade, I believe it is even more special.

I love the new Deco Thank You image. it has a beautiful font and some cool graphic lines.

On my first card, I watercolored through a stencil.  On the left over paper, I die cut some birds using an IO die.  I added the birds to the sections that had similar colors.  I then stamped my Thank You using my MISTI so I could make sure it stamped cleanly as water color can be difficult to stamp on if it has a lot of powder in it.

On my second card, I stamped the new Flower Wheelbarrow image and the Leafy Tree Branch image.  I drew in some grass and stamped the Deco Thank-you using my MISTI.  I then colored everything in with a Micron Pen and sponged through a stencil.

Hope your week is going well!




Get Well Cards

>> Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Hi Everyone,

I began stamping this in an effort to make a masculine get well card. I thought the Cattail Milk Pail 
would be perfect; not too flowery, but still natural, nice and soothing, you get the idea.  I decided to stamp the background using the Long Tall Cattails Image, and so far so good.  However, I then made a Polka Dotted border piece, and embellished it with a scalloped border and gauzy ribbon.  No bow I thought, just tie a knot, but it ended up looking more girl like than I intended.  Oh well, I finished it with the One Line Get Well Greeting. 

My second get well card was always going to be all about flowers!  I wanted to stamp using the new Flower Wheelbarrow again, and colored the flowers using pastels.  I stamped a panel using the Flower Scroll and colored those to match the flowers in the main image, adding a punched border.

To keep the theme going, I used the same stamp on the background, stamping green on light green cardstock, for a subtle effect.  My sentiment comes from the last line in the Cured, Yet Greeting.

I hope you're feeling fine and dandy this Tuesday... Have a great day!


A New Beginning

>> Monday, May 21, 2018

Hi Everyone. Thanks for stopping by today. I need a couple of graduation cards, so I thought I'd use the new beginning (602E) greeting on this one.

The New Beginning greeting (602E) and Female Graduate were both stamped with black ink onto white CS. The grad was colored in some with Copics. Both were die cut and layered onto yellow CS. The grad cap was created using an Impression Obsession grad die set. The white panel was embossed with a Darice grad EF and layered onto black CS. A black gingham ribbon was added before attaching everything to the white card base.

Inside I stamped the Congratulations on your Graduation greeting with black ink.

Hope you had a great weekend!



Wheelbarrow Fun!

>> Saturday, May 19, 2018


It has been a crazy week here in Connecticut and once again it's all due to the weather!  We had a severe storm hit our area on Tuesday evening that knocked down hundreds of trees and left many of us without electricity.  Driving has become a real challenge with many roads either closed or partially blocked by trees.  And we were the lucky ones since there were actual tornado's not too far away!  But through it all, stamping goes on :)

My card today uses our new Flower Wheelbarrow - without the flowers.  I started by stamping both the Flower Wheelbarrow and Wags the dog on separate pieces of card stock, coloring and fussy cutting both.  My background was sponged with blue on top and green on the bottom and then I used our Easy Grass Background and some additional green ink.  Once I had that all put together, I stamped our Sit, Stay Greeting, the first 2 sections on separate pieces of card stock that I fussy cut into clouds and the last section directly on my card. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!


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