Friday, September 9, 2016

September Technique Blog Hop–Mixed Media

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It's month nine of our year long adventure into different card-making techniques, folds and paper crafting products.  We hope you have had the chance to hop with us each month.  It's not too late to hop and comment to be entered into our prize drawing. 

If you missed any of the previous months, you can click on the month below to be taken directly to the start of that month's hop.

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We're mixing things up this month with a few mixed media techniques and products and you won't want to miss the amazing and fun cards we've got for you today.  We really love feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in today's hop. Each comment on the 12 hops throughout the year will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Blitsy.com or Stampin' Up gift certificate (Winner's Choice).  Now on with the projects.

My first project involves the use of Tim Holtz Distress Stain Ink (Squeezed Lemonade, Abandoned Coral, and Sponged Lipstick) that I swiped across the cardstock to make the horizontal background.  I then melted some crayons using my heat gun and dripped them onto the cardstock randomly.  I used my Copic markers to color the elephant and balloon.  I fussy cut around both images and adhered them to the card using my ATG gun.  I added the sentiment and some twine to finish it off.

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For the next card, I stamped the elephant directly onto a piece of white cardstock and colored it using my Copic  markers. I traced the stamped outline with a Sakura Glaze embossing pen to add some depth.   I masked off his trunk so that when I stamped the kite I could make the string appear like it was being held by his trunk.   I then masked off both the kite and the elephant and laid a stencil over the cardstock.  I dabbed on some Martha Stewart acrylic paint with a brush to make the X’s, being careful to purposefully dab softer around the elephant and kite to create a muted effect.  I added some sequins and the sentiment to finish it off.

 

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That’s it for me.  Don’t forget to visit the rest of my friends to see what fun they had with this technque. Don’t forget to comment and show them some love.  Here’s today’s line up in case you get lost along the way:

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Back To School

Hi all,  I’m so happy to be back to share another card with you today featuring two of PaperCraftingWorld’s digital stamps.  The two files I’ve chosen to work with today are Bear-School-Desk-Sitting-DSb and Bookworm-Girl-DS.

School starts next week (for some of you it may have already started) and I was officially back to work yesterday after 4 weeks of enjoyable, relaxing time off.  Kind of bittersweet.  I love summer but I also love my job and I’m looking forward to the hustle and bustle of a new school year.

I kept things pretty simple this week and I’m happy with the outcome.

 

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Please do go over to the shop and check out the gorgeous cards and other cutting files available from Paper Crafting World. Don't forget about PCW’s every day 50% off code too!

 

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That’s it for me today.  Happy Crafting!

Friday, August 19, 2016

It’s A Diva’s Kind Of Day

Hey Crafty Friends, I just wanted to stop by quick and tell you about a Facebook Event that’s happening right now because it’s too exciting not to share with you all.  From now until August 23rd, Craftin Desert Divas is sharing sneak peeks of the new August release which includes some amazing stamps and dies. 

And to add to the fun, CDD is also giving away all 4 new stamps and 4 new dies during their sneak peeks as well as sequins, planner stickers, and more!  You can read more about it HERE and then head over to the August Release Facebook Event because you aren’t going to want to miss it!

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Bear On Lounger

Hi Crafty Friends, I’m so happy to share another card with you today using files from Paper Crafting World.  I can’t believe summer is almost coming to an end.  I’ve had such an enjoyable summer this year. It’s the first year that I’ve ever taken four weeks in a row off (the month of August).  I have just over one week left to go and then I’m back to the same ole’, same ‘ole.  But I’ve had lots of time to lounge in the sun and, with that in mind, the Bear On Lounger Digital Stamp is one of the files I’ve chosen to work with today.

This card was so much fun to make.  I just came home from the States (I live in Canada) and had some brand new papers in my haul so I enjoyed looking through them to decide which ones to use.  I used the colored digi and cut it using my Cricut Explore (no more fussy cutting for me!).  I cut the sentiment out with my Cricut as well.  I thought it was perfect for this card!  Getting the stenciled “sun” on the card was a little tricky because the pieces were not all attached but I came up with a solution that worked for me (see pic below the card).

 

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…washi tape doubles for transfer tap when you have none, lol.

 

I also used the Bear With Popsicle digital file to create another fun, summer card.  I colored this cute little guy with some Promarkers and used washi tape to make the banner.


 

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Please do go over to the shop and check out the gorgeous cards and other cutting files available from Paper Crafting World. Don't forget about our every day 50% off code too!

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Friday, August 12, 2016

August Technique Blog Hop–Baby Wipes & Reinkers

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It's month eight of our year long adventure into different card-making techniques, folds and paper crafting products.  We hope you got the chance to hop with us each month.  It's not too late to hop and comment to be entered into our prize drawing. 

If you missed any of the previous months, you can click on the month below to be taken directly to the start of that month's hop.

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This month we are playing with baby wipes and reinkers and you won't want to miss the amazing and fun cards we've got for you today.  We really love feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in today's hop. Each comment on the 12 hops throughout the year will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Blitsy.com or Stampin' Up gift certificate (Winner's Choice).  Now on with the projects.

I found this technique rather challenging.  It’s not that it’s a hard technique to achieve because it’s really not.  I just had a hard time getting my mojo on but once I did, I went crazy.

 

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I kept it simple for my first card.  The first thing I did was grab a couple of wipes and laid one on top of the other. Then I folded it into thirds.  Once folded, I added different colors of reinkers in dots across the top of the folded baby wipe and ran that down my page to make vertical stripes.  I did the same thing to a smaller piece of cardstock but this time I ran the wipes across horizontally.  I used my heat gun to dry it up so that I could stamp my butterfly and sentiment directly to the smaller piece of cardstock.   I adhered both the vertical and horizontal pieces of cardstock on top of a light blue piece of cardstock.  I added a piece of ribbon across the middle and adhered this to my card base to complete this card. 


 

The next two cards were created much the same way by running the baby wipe horizontally across the cardstock.  I used some of my new Lawn Fawn stamps and dies to create these little cuties.

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This technique for the next card was created by dropping some different colors of reinkers onto a folded baby wipe in random fashion to create a unique stamp pad.  I dabbed a solid floral stamp onto the “pad” and randomly stamped all over my cardstock to create a unique background. Each time I stamped a flower, I would make sure to wipe the stamp off before dabbing it back onto the baby wipe ink pad so that it didn’t become muddy.

 

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My last card was created by stamping a flower and stem onto a piece of watercolor paper with embossed ink.  Once it was heat set, I diluted my reinkers slightly with water and used a paintbrush to achieve this watercolor effect.  I love how it created such a soft effect.  I added some ribbon and a sentiment to finish it off.

 

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That’s it for me.  Don’t forget to visit the rest of my friends to see what fun they had with this technque. Don’t forget to comment and show them some love.  Here’s today’s line up in case you get lost along the way:

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Lemonade Boy Shake It Up Shaker Card

Hi there Crafty Friends,

I’m here to share another card with you using this amazing digital file, Lemonade Boy Sitting With Slices from Paper Crafting World.  This week I decided to create this cute little shaker card.  My sentiment (created by me) is a play on words.  See if you can figure it out.

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Please do go over to the shop and check out the gorgeous cards and other cutting files available from Paper Crafting World. Don't forget about the every day 50% off code, too!

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Christmas In July…Day 2

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We just couldn't stop playing with the holiday theme, so we've got a second day filled with great ideas that you can start creating now for Christmas.  Along the way today, you'll find card and gift ideas, a scrapbook layout page or two and even a couple great decorating ideas.  We hope this hop gets you in the holiday spirit a little early this year.
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Theresa is giving away a $20 Stampin' Up Gift Certificate to one lucky winner AND take 10% off any order placed through her (not available on website) by July 30th.  Email her at scrapsbygracie AT gmail.com with your order.  All you have to do to win this fabulous prize is comment on each of the blogs.  That's it! It really is easy.   Of course, we would love it if you became a follower too. 
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I have a couple more cards to share with you today as well as a throwback to another project that I created a couple of years ago.  First, take a look at these cute cards…

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A couple of years ago I purchased a couple of glass blocks to make light boxes.  Here’s how they turned out:
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Here is today's hop line-up in case you get lost along the way.
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Kim
Alicia
Lisa
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Holli
Sharon *you are here*Sarah
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Jearise

Friday, July 22, 2016

Christmas In July…Day 1

Welcome to Christmas in July!

 

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Get ready for some great ideas that you can start creating now for Christmas.  Along the way today, you'll find card and gift ideas, a scrapbook layout page or two and even a couple great decorating ideas.  We hope this hop gets you in the holiday spirit a little early this year.

 

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Theresa is giving away a $20 Stampin' Up Gift Certificate to one lucky winner AND take 10% off any order placed through her (not available on website) by July 30th.  Email her at scrapsbygracie AT gmail.com with your order.

All you have to do to win this fabulous prize is comment on each of the blogs.  That's it! It really is easy.  Of course, we would love it if you became a follower too.  Comment buttons can be found at the bottom of the post (on most of the blogs).  Now on with the hop!

This is the first of a two day hop so please make sure to check back again tomorrow for more projects from our talented hop members!  Here are my cards for Day 1.

 

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Here is today's hop line-up in case you get lost along the way.
Theresa
Kim
Alicia
Lisa
Enclade
Holli
Sharon *you are here*
Sarah
Amanda
Jearise


Be sure to hop tomorrow too for even more great holiday projects and ideas.  You can start tomorrow at Theresa's blog.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Lemonade Stand Bear

I’m so happy to be back to share another card with you today featuring Paper Crafting World’s wonderful cut files!  This week I used the Bear With Lemonade Print and Cut file and the Lemonade Stand Girl file to create this cute little card.

 

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This card is inspired by Kelly Griglione’s Lemonade Stand Banner Card.   If you would like to see a video tutorial featuring this style of card, check out Christiana Reuling’s take on this card where she uses some really fabulous Lawn Fawn stamps!

 

 

I hope you enjoy this card I made for you today.  Be sure to stop by Paper Crafting World and see all the great files waiting for you!

 

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Saturday, July 9, 2016

July Technique Blog Hop–Watercoloring and Ink Smooshing

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It's month six of our year long adventure into different card-making techniques, folds and paper crafting products.  We hope you got the chance to hop with us each month.  It's not too late to hop and comment to be entered into our prize drawing. 

If you missed any of the previous months, you can click on the month below to be taken directly to the start of that month's hop.

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This month we are playing with watercolors and you won't want to miss the amazing and fun cards we've got for you today.  We really love feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in today's hop. Each comment on the 12 hops throughout the year will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Blitsy.com or Stampin' Up gift certificate (Winner's Choice).  Now on with the projects.

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I was excited about this month’s hop because watercoloring is something I’ve been wanting to do more of.  My girls got me the 60 pack of Zig Clean Color Real Brush Watercolor markers for Mother’s Day and this was the perfect opportunity to practice my skills (or lack thereof, lol).

 

 

 

 

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I used my Zig pens to color in a page from an adult coloring book I purchased.  It’s not bad for my first attempt but I definitely have some more practicing to do.  I added a sentiment and a butterfly to the card to finish it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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For my second card I dabbed some Tim Holtz Distress Ink onto my craft mat and spritzed it with water.  Then I laid a piece of watercolor paper from the Recollections Color Splash Resist Paper Pad on top and smooshed the ink around.   I didn’t really like where it was going so I took that piece of paper and cut it into strips then weaved them together to make a card.  I added a clear jelly sentiment sticker to the front to finish it off.  Simple yet I still feel it’s pretty.

 

 

 

 

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My last card was created using the Recollections Watercolor Crayons.  I love these things because they are so pretty and shimmery although you can’t really see the shimmer in this picture, but, trust me, it’s there. I embossed a piece of watercolor paper with a large flower background stamp.  I covered some clear acetate with some of the different crayons and spritzed water over them to blend them together.  Then I laid my embossed watercolor paper over the top and rubbed over it with my hands to spread the ink around.  I layered that onto a piece of teal cardstock and adhered it to my white card base.  I added the sentiment and ribbon to finish it off.

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That’s it for me.  Next in line is the fabulous Lisa.

Don’t forget to visit the rest of my friends.  Here’s today’s line up in case you get lost along the way:

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Grad Day

As some of you may know, I work in a local high school in my hometown and since grad is on Wednesday, we are in the thick of graduation preparations!  With that in mind, the file I chose to create a couple of cards with the Graduation Bear CF Set from Paper Crafting World to make this cute little shaker card.  Love me some shakers!

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With the first card I used my Cricut to print then cut the cute bear a couple of times.  Then I did a basic decoupage and cut some parts of one bear to layer on top of the other bear to give it some depth.  If you look closely, you can see that the grad cap, diploma, sash, and all 4 paws are all layered. 

The shaker window was made in my Sure Cuts A Lot software by using the knockout effect to make a cut-out of a school house on a piece of patterned cardstock.  I adhered a piece of acetate to the backside and built a well using craft foam from the dollar store. I put the craft foam on my Cricut mat and used the Chipboard setting to cut 2 of the school house frames out.  I adhered them together to make the well a little deeper then adhered them to the back of the patterned paper.  I filled it with some sequins and beads and then finished it off by adhering a piece of Kraft cardstock as a base to keep the shaker pieces from falling out.  I cut out the word “Congrats” and adhered it to a white cardstock shadow and attached the whole thing to a card base that I had covered with some patterned paper.   I adhered the top of the bear to the shaker window using double-sided tape and used one dimensional dot on his bottom half to adhere him to the card base.

I realize now that I should have taken some pictures as I was making the card to explain the process better.  I will try to remember to do that next time.

And here’s a look at another card using the same file…

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The final card uses this cute little Bookworm grad.  I’m not sure that I really like the outcome of my card, but I spent the time making it so I thought I’d go ahead and share it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t forget to check out the Paper Crafting World store to find these files and many more.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Road Trip USA Blog Hop

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Today's hop is all about traveling this great country of ours and all the crafty projects are inspired by that travel theme.  We've got a bit of everything for you today, so be sure to stop by each blog and leave a little love in the form of a comment. One comment will be chosen from all those who comment between now and June 30th for a 

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prize pack, and the winner will be announced on next month's hop.

 

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I had fun with this one and managed to come up with 3 cards.  My first card features those crazy gals in the red convertible.  Looks like they are having fun, too, doesn’t it?!   When I heard the theme this month was all about road trips, I just knew these gals had to make an appearance.  I used Art Impressions T3568 – Shoppers stamp to send these gals on the road to who knows where, lol.  I colored with Copics and adhered a special license plate to the front of the car with a dimensional dot.  Nothing really spectacular about this card but I’m very happy with the outcome.

 

 

 

 

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I used a piece of free clipart for this next card.  If you google images, make sure you filter the usage rights to “labeled for non-commercial resuse”.   I cut the image with my Cricut and colored it with my Copics.  I love how some of the items look like they are flying of the back of the speeding car.  The background (also a free clipart background) was perfect for this card.  I added the road separately.  Vroom, vroom boys.  Have fun at the beach!

 

Last but not least, I pulled the gals back out for another spin.  Sometimes a girl just needs “wide open spaces”, lol.  I found another free background perfect for this card and added the road sign on the side of the road.  I labeled it Madrid, London, Paris.  These gals really know how to travel, lol.  Once again, I colored it with my Copics and cut it out with my Cricut.  It’s hard to tell, but I added some glossy accents to their sunglasses.

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Next up is the incredibly talented Alicia!  Go show her a little love and don’t forget to comment for your chance to win the Stampin’ Up prize pack.

And please don’t forget to visit the rest of my friends.  Here’s today’s line up in case you get lost along the way:

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