Flower and Frame Birthday Card

Flower and Frame Birthday Card

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(inside: Wishing you all the best today and throughout the coming year)

This card features dies that I’ve had in my collection for quite some time.  They are all by Spellbinders and are from the following sets:  “A2 Filigree Delight” (S5-177), “Spiral Blossom One” (S4-351), “Floral Ovals” (S4-356), and “Foliage” (S4-328).

The patterned paper used for the blossom and background is digital paper from a set called “A4 Fruit Harvest” (no longer available?) from a shop called “vintagebyme” on Etsy.   Gina K Ivory and Dark Sage card stock was also used.

The greeting is from the “Birthday Greetings Stamp Set” from Recollections/Michaels and was stamped (and sponged) with Dark Sage ink.  The inside sentiment is from the “Happy Birthday to You” set from Gina K Designs.

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Eclipse Thank You Card (and a few other samples)

Eclipse Thank You Card (and a few other samples)

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To do the eclipse technique, die cut shape(s) are cut out of the decorated or printed panel and reattached after being layered/raised up so you have a continuous pattern across the whole card.  I smooshed the background with ink and water and then partially stenciled a pattern which was darker/complete in the upper left corner and “trailed off” as I moved towards the lower right.  The pattern on the portion of the card where I die cut my “thanks” is subtle, but you can see how the drops and splotches of color continue onto the raised letters.  (I cut and layered four plain white die cuts under the patterned one to raise it up.  You could also use a piece of fun foam.)

For the next two cards, I used patterned paper.

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Both of these panels were made from different parts of a sheet of  “Thoreau Flowers” (#505802) paper by Recollections.  The  “In A Word: Thanks Cutaway” die (#WW031CA) from Winnie & Walter is perfect for this technique.  The butterfly die was unbranded.

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Goodbye Sassy Cheryl’s – Snowman Wiper Card (and some other sites to find digital stamps)

Goodbye Sassy Cheryl’s – Snowman Wiper Card (and some other sites to find digital  stamps)

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Happy New Year!

Digital stamps are images you download and print from your computer to use on your cards/projects.  You can color them (just like with traditional line art image stamps), but since they are digital, you can also size them to suit your needs.

The snowman on the wiper card above is a digital image from an online shop called Sassy Cheryl’s (that, sadly, just closed down).  What I loved about the images on that site (besides that I thought they were adorable) is that most were also available as pre-colored illustrations so if you didn’t want to color the images yourself, you could just print them in color and use them as is.  The image used on the card above is the pre-colored version of “Fa-la-la-la Snowman” and was “traced and cut” with my Silhouette electronic die cutting machine.  And while this site is no longer operational, there are lots of other companies/shops that offer digital stamps (some pre-colored).

Etsy is a great place to begin looking.

Here are some other sites to check out:

Whimsy Stamps (This site actually has some of Sassy Chery’s designs)

Jan’s Digi Stamps

Graciellie Design

Bugaboo Stamps

Di’s Digital Stamps

Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps

Imagine That Digistamp

Beccy’s Place

and

The Artsystamper Shop

… to name a few!  (Google Digital Stamps for more options.)

The digital paper I used is called “Snowflake Background – Snowy Paper” by SBdigitalDesigns from Etsy.  The “Festive Mini Expressions – Warmest Wishes” die from Creative Expressions was used for the pop-up greeting.

The following sample (previously posted here) shows how the wiper element works on my snowman card above and features another of Sassy Cheryl’s designs called Once Upon a Star Santa.

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I colored this image myself and used a reindeer image from the “Reindeer” stamp and die cut set (#657780) from Hero Arts/Sizzix (retired) in place of the star in the original design.

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*I am not affiliated with any of the above sites, was not asked to promote these sites, and will not be compensated if purchases are made from these sites.  I was just looking for digital stamp sites for myself and thought I’d share my findings.

 

 

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

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I’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I’d also like to take a moment to thank you all for taking the time to visit my blog and for all your support and encouragement.  I really appreciate it!

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(The above image was found online HERE.)

Tea Bag Fold Birthday Card

Tea Bag Fold Birthday Card

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I was recently asked if there were ways to use the tea bag fold panels for a design other than for a Christmas tree, and this is one variation I came up with.

Paper used on this card is Snowflake Mix (#712257), Wooden Fence (#154484), and Textured Cream Sheet Music (#142950) which are all by The Paper Studio.  The card base is Recollections heavy weight ivory.  The greeting is a stamp from the “Banners” set from Joy! Crafts.  Last year, I made a holiday card using the same papers.

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