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(Started posting on September 25, 2014)

Cable Knit Thanks

Cable Knit Thanks

This card features the Cable Knit Dynamic Embossing Folder from Stampin’ Up/Sizzix (retired). I also used the “Subtle” embossing folder from Stampin’ Up (retired) to creat my faux ribbon. The “Thanks Sentiment Die” is from Creek Bank Creations (no longer available?).

The card stock was Recollections White Dove heavy weight and Grey Kraft.

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Inlaid Floral Birthday Card

Inlaid Floral Birthday Card

This card features the “Stained Glass Floral” die by Memory Box along with a greeting die called “Doodle Happy Birthday” by Poppy Stamps. I used my score board to deboss the background.

I originally intended this card to be white on white.

Then I wondered how it would look in navy…

I had the negative (navy) pieces from this die cut so thought I’d try adding them to the white die cut…

I can’t decide which version I like best!

I love how the diagonal debossed lines “decorate” the petals and leaves, especially on the inlaid version.

I made the die cuts into stickers by adding Super Tacky Tape by Creek Bank Creations to the back of the card stock before die cutting.

The floral die cut is very thin and delicate and does not hold its shape well when trying to adhere it to the card so I created a template by positioning and cutting the image from plain white card stock that was the same size as my card front. I was able to place the template over the actual card panel and drop the die cut into the negative space on the template and shape it before sticking it down. 

Over at Cardz 4 Galz, we are challenged to create a Clean and Simple (CAS) card.

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To My Favorite Peanut

To My Favorite Peanut

One of the great things about making cards is the ability to customize them. My son asked me to make “a peanut card” for his girlfriend with an elephant and peanut image he found online. (Nicknames, inside jokes… lol!) I came up with a few different samples to start, and he pointed me in the direction he wanted me to go. The sample above is from Eric’s vision, using the papers, greeting, and design he chose. He decided he wanted a cute, festive look with a bold image.

We thought it would be fun to separate the head and make it wobble using an action wobble spring (Hampton Art).

I “traced” the image and then created cut files using my Silhouette software.

The original online image had soft edges…

…so some of the samples I started with were much softer looking. Here’s one of them:

For this one, I inked the edges instead of matting all the elephant pieces and peanut on black.

For Eric’s card, I used Glitter Card Stock (Recollections) and a sheet from “The Birthday Wishes Stack” (DCWV). The “Happy Birthday Sentiment” die is by Creek Bank Creations, and the bottom strip was computer generated. Both were cut and stacked several times to make them stand out better. The hat was hand cut from “Easter Stripe” paper (Reminisce); the “pom pom” was made with the “Flower & Flourish” edger punch (EK Success). The peanut was debossed with theTim Holtz/Sizzix “Dot Matrix” embossing folder (and then flattened a bit with my bone folder) to add texture to the shell.

For the second sample, I used a sheet of Studio Calico/American Crafts paper (#331575) and “White Plaid” by Core’dinations/American Crafts.

The elephant was cut from “Gray Kraft” and the peanut from the “Nostalgia” pack (both Recollections). GKD Stormy Sky and Dark Chocolate inks were used to ink the edges.

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A Tool I Love for Weeding Sticky Die Cuts

A Tool I Love for Weeding Sticky Die Cuts

I made a bunch of holiday cards this past year that included stacked die cut greetings and stacked die cut embellishments. A lot of intricate die cutting! In order to make it easier to assemble the cards, I put Super Tacky Tape from Creek Bank Creations on the back of the card stock before die cutting the pieces to make them into stickers. This was great because it eliminated the need to apply glue to the inticate shapes. What was NOT so great was weeding the tiny “trash” pieces (that either remained in the die or in the die cuts themselves) because they were sticky and stuck to my weeding tool or my fingers when trying to get them into the trash can. Very frustrating!!

I’ve since discovered a nifty little tool that makes it super easy to get rid of the sticky scraps without fighting to get them off the weeding tool or off my fingers. It’s called the “Tweexy Craft Vinyl Weeding Scrap Collector Ring” – a mouthful to say but a joy to use! It sits on your fingers so it’s close by as you need it. The slits in the top scrape the sticky pieces off your weeding tool and into the “crown” of the ring. It’s made of silicone so the sticky card stock does not stick to it. When done, you can just pour the pieces into the trash can.

If you click on the link I’ve provided above, there is a video demonstrating how it works.

I found it super comfy to wear (one size fits all), and it works GREAT!

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Golf Frustration

Golf Frustration

This card features the amusing “Frustration” stamp from Stamps Happen by Gary Patterson. I made this card for my husband to present a gift of golf lessons. (Looks like this dude could use some lessons too – lol!!)

I stamped the image in Gina K Designs black amalgam ink and colored it with Copic Markers (grass and leaves: G21, G24, G28, G29, G82, G94; tree E87, E89; bird, and sky: B91, B95, B97; animals: E31, E41, E43, E44, E47, R56, 100; golf club: C5, Y26; golfer: E23, E25, E27, B34, B39, E50, E51, E53; gnome and clouds: C0, C2, E000, R56; and lots of colorless blender for mistakes!)

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