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Many Thanks

>> Monday, January 27, 2020

Happy Monday Everyone. Hope you had a wonderful weekend. I realized I needed some thank you cards and since winter has finally arrived, I went with a winter theme for my card. There's not as much snow on the ground here in NW Ohio as in the card, but it definitely feels this cold to me!

I started with a piece of navy CS and splattered some white gesso, diluted with water, for the snowy sky. The hills were created with some dies from Fawn Lawn and Memory box. The cute little penguin was stamped with Memento Black ink onto white CS, colored with Copics, fussy cut and attached with some foam squares. The greeting was stamped with Versafine Black ink and then everything was added to the white card base. The font on this greeting is so pretty and I like the size of it too.

Hope you are staying warm and finding some time to get inky!



Cherry Blossom Thank You

>> Friday, January 24, 2020

by Julie Warner - The Write Stuff

 Happy Friday!
I hope your week has gone well! It has been really cold here this week. A couple of days, we never got above freezing & lows were in the teens w/ wind chills around 8. Brrrrr!!! So maybe a card w/ a spring vibe will make the recent cold snap a little more tolerable. 

Dogwoods & cherry blossoms are pretty similar so I stamped & colored the dogwood branch like a cherry blossom branch then fussy cut it. The white bg was embossed w/ a cherry blossom folder & I added a couple of narrow layers.
The greeting was stamped on a large stitched flag. I did have to use my resizing technique to make the flag a little longer. 

Here's the inside & below it are the Copics I used.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

stamps: DRS Designs -Dogwood,  Deco Thanks  (inside: Life is Friendship )
paper:  Staples 110# white, lt pink, fern green
ink:  Memento tuxedo black
accessories: Rubbernecker Rectangle Stitch, Nested Banner Stitch dies, Darice embossing folder (Cherry Blossom), Copic Markers


Winter Delights

>> Thursday, January 23, 2020

Good morning!
Still cold weather around (hey, it is January after all!!)
I am in the mood for some hot chocolate with marshmallows
aren't you?  I did another white emboss resist today and
used my favorite colors of ink rubbed on top.
I used a soft cloth to wipe off the excess ink.

Today I used DRS stamps: Cocoa and Marshmallows, Mini Marshmallow,

The cross stitch looking dies are from Rubbernecker (Round) and Lawn Fawn (Rectangle).

If I really had some hot chocolate in my hand I would put a big squirt of whipped cream on it
Nothing like chocolate with cream!  YUMMMM!
Thanks for visiting today!


Candy, Hearts, and Rabbits

>> Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Don't you love to play with new stuff?

I finally broke down and bought some more Distress Oxide inks this weekend.  I immediately made a sheet of ink/spray/smash page, and then made these fun creations from it.

I used a previous sheet of green ink/spray/smash paper to make my hills on this Easter card. The die cut bunnies are from Impression Obsession and the greeting is the DRS Designs Happy Easter Everybunny.
I used a new die to get this fun hunter, dog, and bird die cut I used to cover this $1 candy box.  I had theDRS Designs On My Mind greeting out so I used it.   
Lastly, I made a Valentine's card using the Hugs, Kisses and Valentine Wishes greeting.  I cut a few hearts out of my leftover background paper.  

I love the pink and yellow colors on these creations, they work really well for Valentine's Day and Easter. 

Hope your week is going well!




Valentine Cards

>> Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Hi Everyone,

I have a ladybug embossing folder (Darice) in my stash that I've never used.  Until today! I was really happy that it made such a great background for this darling little Love Bug stamp.  Her adorable little face just makes me smile :)

For the strip of patterned paper along the side, I made it using the following stamps:

Lines O'Plenty Background (red ink)
Easy Dot Background (black ink)
Splatter Background (green ink)

And I added the Love Bug Hug Greeting to complete my valentine.

Since that card went so quick, I decided to make one more.  This time I utilized my candy hearts embossing folder (Darice) and made a strip of paper using the Silhouette Love Heart, to mimic the look of the conversation heart background.

I used the same border punch as on the first card and completed it using the My Heart To Yours 
stamp and adding a tiny die cut heart to the greeting. 

Wishing you a day of love and STAMPING!

Thanks for visiting!



>> Monday, January 20, 2020

Happy Monday Everyone. Trust you had a good weekend. It has turned rather cold here in NW Ohio. So I was happy to spend my weekend indoors working on some Valentine cards. I have a couple to share with you today.

This first one I actually made a copy of weeks ago for a challenge at Splitcoast Stampers to use bright colors. I added strips of glittery washi tape to a piece of CS, die cut the word love from the CS and then used the negative part for this card.

Everything was attached to a black card base. The greeting was stamped on the same black CS, heat embossed with white EP, die cut with a banner die and popped up with foam adhesive. Some of the glittery tape lost its glitter, so I die cut a couple of little hearts from some white glitter paper to cover up the missing glitter.

My next card uses this month's small die of the month from Spellbinders. It's a little on the detailed side, but I really like the look it creates.

 I started by cutting the LOVE frame from green CS, along with the letters and flowers from pink CS and hearts from bright pink CS. I also cut some of the stems from a lighter shade of green CS. I glued the letters, flowers, stems and hearts into place. I don't think you can see it clearly in the picture, but the letters are embossed with tiny slanted lines. I thought I had an EF with slanted lines, but couldn't find it. So I used my MS Scoring tool to score diagonal lines for the background panel. The greeting was stamped onto pink CS, die cut and popped up with foam adhesive. I added some Nuvo Crystal glaze to the hearts and flower centers.

Thanks for stopping by today. Hope you're staying warm!!



Polka Dot Valentine

>> Friday, January 17, 2020

by Julie Warner - The Write Stuff

 Happy Friday!
I hope your week has gone well! I don't know about where you live, but here it's been extremely warm for January. And extremely wet! Rain, rain & more rain. We're floating down here. And a really bad storm last weekend knocked our power out for 18 hrs. I'm not a fan of no power. Sitting around in the dark is not a lot of fun & makes it hard to do anything, except sit around in the dark. No microwave, no hot water...I thought hubs was going to come unglued when he realized he had no way to grind coffee the next morning. He finally took the coffee grinder out to his truck & plugged it in. We were using laptops to charge our phones (thank you, Apple!).  It's like the stay home version of camping, w/o the campfire & marshmallows. Bummer!

For my Valentine card today, I used some already embossed, leftover polka dot bg from THIS Christmas card, w/ the idea I used from THIS star card using cut out shapes. I also had the tiny heart embossed white front already in my folder, just waiting to suit up, so I used it, too. So all in all, this card was really quick! I die cut the hearts in the white front & also out of the polka dot embossed bg. I added another layer behind the white one to give it just a bit of lift, then put the polka dot hearts inside & added the baker's twine bows. Since the front was already embossed, I had to position the greeting a little carefully so it wouldn't wind up on top of the hearts. 
Here's a look at the inside.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

paper:  Staples 110# white, red
ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Colorbox frost white pigment
accessories: Rubbernecker Rectangle Stitch dies, Heart Solid dies, Mini Stitched Hearts dies, white embossing powder, Cuttlebug embossing folder (Love Language), Baker's twine


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