Brushstroke Valentine

Brushstroke Valentine

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(inside: Happy Valentin’e Day)

Did you ever see a card sample online and immediately realized that you just HAD to have the stamp used on it?  I had seen this heart stamp (from the “Stamp Your Story – Brush” set by Hero Arts) on several cards last year when I was looking for Valentine’s Day card ideas.

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I searched high and low and could not find the stamp set anywhere.  I finally gave up my search and came up with a different idea.  This year, I started looking at ideas again, and this same heart image popped up in my search!  I resumed my search for the stamp and eventually learned (from customer service at Hero Arts) that the stamp set had been discontinued and was extremely hard to find.  Just as I was about to give up… again…, a listing popped up deep into my Google search from a person in Ireland selling her used set, on a site I had never heard of before.  (It looked like it had been posted just a few days before I was ready to stop looking.)  Right place at the right time, I guess!  I am not quite sure what it is about this stamp that I love so much, but I am sooooo happy I found it!  🙂

I repeatedly stamped the hearts with Gina K Bubblegum ink on white card stock.  The greeting was cut from Gina K bubblegum card stock using the Fiskars Teresa Collins Love Punch.  I cut several of these die cuts and glued them together for added dimension.  The white panel was crimped using my Marvy Uchida Corru-Gator Paper Crimper.

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Quilled Flowers in Vase

Quilled Flowers in Vase

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(inside:  May your birthday be filled with love, laughter and everything that makes you HAPPY)

I made this 5×7 card for a birthday, although with no greeting added to the front, this design could be used for a variety of occasions.

I thought I’d try the circle shaping tool from the Border Buddy set by Quilled Creations for this project.  I started with 4 inch strips for the petals.  The purple petals were made by wrapping the strips around the smallest step, and after the circle coils were removed from the tool, I pinched each one flat and then gently pushed on the ends to create the opening in the centers.  The white petals were made with the second step and were barely pushed in on the sides to create ovals.  The swirly stems and leaves were hand coiled with a basic slotted quilling tool.  The loose yellow coils were made with the Quill Ease motorized quilling tool (which I talked about HERE).

The vase was made with the Spellbinders Shapeabilities Filigree Vase D-Lites Dies.  Because the quilled flowers are 3mm thick and needed to be tucked behind the vase, I made a few quilled coils using the same size strips to put behind the vase to raise it up to the level of the flowers.  It was like using foam squares but perfectly sized for this project.

The oval frame was cut with one of the Grand Ovals dies by Spellbinders and embossed with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dot embossing folder.

The pre-cut paper strips were from a pack by Quilled Creations.  The card stock used for the vase, card base and frame was Gina K Pure Pure White and Sweet Mango.  The sentiment on the inside was from the “Happy Birthday to You” set by Gina K Designs.

Over at Die Cut Divas, the challenge this month is to make your project sentiment free.  Dies and/or embossing folders must also be used.

The challenge over at The Paper Players is “Clean and Simple: flowers” where we are to use a flower on a CAS design.

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Quilled Flowers and Swirls

Quilled Flowers and Swirls

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(inside: May your birthday be filled with sunshine, smiles, laughter, love and cheer!  Happy Birthday)

I’ve tried some basic quilling in the past and thought I’d give it another try here.

I used a few new (to me) quilling tools and techniques for this project.  The purple petals (marquise/eye shape) and round accents (tight coils) were made with the Quill Ease motorized quilling tool (which I talked about HERE).  The swirly “stems” were too thick for my slotted quilling tool so I held the ends with tweezers and hand coiled them.  I tried out a quilling comb for the leaf.

This is the first time I attempted the large swirls, and I found it challenging to glue them down exactly as I wanted them (the basic shape and to get the strips evenly spaced).  The problem is that once the piece (with glue) touches the paper, you can’t really move it or you have blobs of glue everywhere.  I have a whole new appreciation for the amazing, intricate designs I see on Pinterest!  I definitely need more practice!!

The pre-cut paper strips were from a pack by Quilled Creations.  The card stock used for the card base and panels was Gina K Pure Ivory and Wild Lilac.  The sentiment on the inside was from the Birthday Duo stamp set by Gina K Designs.

The challenge over at The Paper Players is “Clean and Simple: flowers” where we are to use a flower on a CAS design.

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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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(Background image found HERE.  Digital Christmas Tree Words image found HERE.)

Nativity Ornament Step Card

Nativity Ornament Step Card

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The Mod Squad Challenge this week is called “Holiday Dimension” where we are encouraged to use dimension such as layers, popped up elements, or mixed media on our projects .  I purchased the Nativity Bell die by Tutti Designs back in August but hadn’t done anything with it yet, so I decided to use this die to create the dimension on my project.

This is what the flat die cut looks like:

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I knew I wanted to create a 3D ornament which would somehow hang from the card.  I decided to go with a 5×7 step card design.  The ornament hangs inside the card and is visible through a window cut out of the large panel on the front.

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To create my ornament, I started by cutting  4 of the die cuts from Recollections Bronze shimmer paper and scored and folded each of them in half.  I then matched up the halves back to back and glued the halves together.  (It’s hard to see the bronze shimmer in the photos.)

I attached a piece of gold cording to the top of the ornament and fed it through a small hole in the fold on the top of the card.  The ornament could either be displayed in the card, or it could be removed to hang on a tree.

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I created the step card using this template:

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(click on diagram to enlarge)

The card base was made with a heavy weight ivory card stock and was covered with patterned card stock (Nutmeg “History” Medallions Paper by My Mind’s Eye) and paper (A Christmas Story “Christmas Stripe” by Reminisce) along with the Recollections Bronze shimmer paper and some gold cord.

Because the ornament hangs where the inside sentiment would normally be, I created a mini card on the back.

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The greeting is from a set called “Holly Jolly” by Gina K Designs and was heat embossed with versamark ink and GKD gold fine detail embossing powder.

The ornament and card fold flat and fit in a regular envelope for mailing.

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Here’s a better view of the step card base:

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