Farewell/Crafting Site No Longer Here


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Perfectly Rustics has been running for about two years now, and sadly, Kim and her husband Colin decided that they no longer have the time (with two small children) to continue with the challenge site so this will be the last Perfectly Rustics Challenge.

I discovered this site last summer and enjoyed regularly participating in their bi-weekly challenges. The team was always so encouraging, the challenges fun and motivating, and I got a lot of great inspiration from the design team and the projects posted by the participants.  I was truly honored when they invited me to join their design team in March and have greatly enjoyed and appreciated the opportunity.  I will really miss Perfectly Rustics, and I wish Kim and her family all the best!

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Join us this fortnight over at Perfectly Rustics for their FINAL Design Challenge: Anything Goes – with Glitter.  You can create absolutely anything from a card, a scrapbook page or an off the page project for any theme or topic – just add glitter to it and maybe a little to yourself! (http://perfectlyrustics.com/2015/07/25/prdc-no-52-glitter/)

The card I am posting for this challenge was posted a few days ago (HERE) when I thought the challenge was to be announced and was originally made for a color challenge that was planned to run in a few weeks.  The three Stampin’ Up! colours for that challenge were to be Basic Black, Bermuda Bay and Smoky Slate.  Here is my original design.

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I really liked the way this card came out, but I felt like it was a bit dark with the gray background panel. (I was trying to stick with the color challenge requirements at the time!)    When I saw that the new challenge included glitter, I saw an opportunity to brighten up my card a bit!

Those gorgeous stamps (I just love them!) are called Wedding Dress, Groom, and Congratulations and are by So Suzy Stamps.  I stamped these images with Gina K Black Onyx ink.  I used my MISTI so I could stamp them multiple times to get really dark, crisp images.

The gems were airbrushed with Copic BG18 to coordinate with the Bermuda Bay.

The cardstock I used was black, Core’dinations Mediterranean (for the Bermuda Bay), American Crafts The Goods – Tulle (for the Smokey Slate), and Recollections silver glitter paper.  I rounded the corners with a Fiskars corner rounder.

The hearts were punched out with a Creative Memories double heart punch.  I punched the smaller heart first, and then I punched the larger heart around the hole from the smaller one.

This card was extremely quick and easy to create.  Cut 3 panels and a card base.  Round 2 corners on each.  Stamp 3 images in black.  Add a touch of bling (which I airbrushed to coordinate).  Punch 4 hearts, and adhere.  DONE!

Now it’s your turn! Create any project you choose, and just add glitter!  I can’t wait to see your sparkly project over at Perfectly Rustics.

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(Farewell image at the top of my post is a google image and is not my own.)

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Positively Negative Thank You Note

Positively Negative Thank You Note


I am so excited to have been asked to be the guest hostess for this week’s Mod Squad Challenge!

My challenge, called Positively Negative, is to create a project using the negative of a die (manual or electronically cut), punch, or hand-cut shape. (http://modsquadchallenge.blogspot.com/2015/05/positively-negative.html

The negative is the piece of paper (or other medium) from which the shape or shapes were cut. There are many different ways you could use the negative. You could do Confetti Cluster Stamping using the negative as your template. You could do Reverse Masking to create a background for your images.   You could use the actual negative on your project.   Stencils are negatives, too!   These are just a few examples of ways to use the negative on your project.

I needed to make a few thank you notes and wanted to create something that was easy to duplicate and wouldn’t require extra postage or a trip to the post office!

Using Gina K “Edible Eggplant” ink, I stamped my flourish (from Inkadinkado’s “Dot Flourishes“) and greeting (from Gina K Designs “Thank You Duo” – retired?) on a piece of Bazzill “Infatuation” card stock.

I wanted my flowers cut from this panel with the patterned paper showing through the “holes” left by the dies, and I also wanted a darker inner border showing around the inside border of each flower.  The problem was that I don’t have smaller dies to make the borders , so I placed this panel on a slightly larger panel of Gina K “Edible Eggplant” card stock, lining them up in the lower right corner (as shown)


… and die cut the flowers (through both panels at once) using dies from the Momenta Flowers 2 (Lot 004798) die set.  (I added a bit of repositional adhesive to keep the two panels in place temporarily.)  Once the flowers were cut, removed (and saved for a later project!), I centered the lighter purple panel on the darker one.  This caused the cut-outs to be slightly offset creating a partial “shadow” effect.  It didn’t go around the flowers perfectly or completely, but it was enough to add a little contrast between the light panel and the patterned paper.  This matted panel was adhered to the patterned panel (“Dark Plum Damask” – Sonnets by Sharon – Creative Imaginations) and then to an Edible Eggplant card base. Lavender Gem Stickers  (Martha Stewart Crafts) were added to the centers of the flowers and on the flourish.


The Mod Squad Challenge prize (for a randomly drawn winner) is “stuff” from my stash [Spellbinders “Circles” Impressabilites (which can be used as a stencil if you don’t have a machine for embossing), two packs of metal embellishments, and silver foil tape.

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Join us for the Mod Squad “Positively Negative” Challenge this week.  (Details on the rules can be found HERE.)  I can’t wait to see what you create!

Thanks for checking out my card project and post!

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Mod Squad Challenge – “Encouragement” – A Top 3 Winner!

Mod Squad Challenge – “Encouragement” – A Top 3 Winner!

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 (April 29, 2015)


(The host/hostess picked the “Top 3” which will be featured on PINTEREST.)

Click HERE to see the winning announcement.

Click HERE to see the original challenge post.

Click HERE to see original blog post for this card project.

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Mod Squad Challenge – “Magazine Madness” – A Top 3 Winner!

Mod Squad Challenge – “Magazine Madness” – A Top 3 Winner!

Mod Squad Challenge Badge-TOP3

 (March 25, 2015)

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(The host/hostess picked the “Top 3” which will be featured on PINTEREST.)

Click HERE to see the winning announcement.

Click HERE to see the original challenge post.

Click HERE to see original blog post for this card project.

Thanks for checking out my post!

Exciting News!

Exciting News!


I’m very excited to announce that I’ve been invited to join the design team over at Perfectly Rustics!


Three very talented women in Australia, who shared a passion for crafting, started this site in June of 2013.  Perfectly Rustics continues to host bi-weekly ( fortnightly) challenges on a variety of themes.  I have enjoyed visiting their site regularly since last fall to be inspired, encouraged, and motivated, and I really feel that my regular participation in these challenges has helped me to become a better card maker.


While I am extremely honored to have been asked, I am also a bit nervous since I have never done this before and have always looked to the design team samples for inspiration.  (I saw the first challenge topic for which I would need to do a sample, and my first thought was, “I wonder what the design team did with this.”  Then I realized, that’s my job now!)  I am very excited to give this my best shot, and I hope that I can add value to their site and provide inspiration and encouragement to others as I have received in the past.

Whether you enjoy card making, scrapbooking or off the page projects, I hope to see you and your wonderful creations soon over at Perfectly Rustics! And tell your friends to join us too!

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Oh, and one more thing…  I am “Time Zone Challenged” and had a heck of a time figuring out the corresponding time here in Cherry Hill, NJ where I live with the time in Australia to know when the challenges end!

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As I mentioned above, the challenges are fortnightly (they last for two weeks) that end at 11.59 p.m. (AEST) on the date posted for each challenge.  Here is a Time Zone Converter to figure out when they end wherever you happen to live!

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(All clip art on this post came from Google images or various clip art sites and is not my original artwork.)