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St. Patrick's Day

>> Friday, February 22, 2019

by Julie Warner - The Write Stuff

Happy Friday!
I hope your week has gone well! We've really had a time of it around here. Rain, heavy rain & more rain topped off w/ some thunderstorms. Which is a little odd, considering how cool it is. I thought thunderstorms were mostly brought on by warm, unstable air. That's what I get for listening to the Weather Channel. Well, I don't anymore..I'm not sure they can predict what they'll have for lunch, much less the weather.

Anyway, I have a CAS St. Patrick's Day card inspired by the Monday challenges on Splitcoast. One was to color on Kraft & the other was a 1 layer, use about a 1/3 of the card challenge. After stamping my scroll greeting, I used a few green Prismas to color then die cut it & added a narrow green scallop border. It ended up a little shorter than I wanted so I added a strip w/ die cut shamrocks on it to make up the difference, then added the die cut Mr. Green things.

Here's a look at the inside.
hanks so much for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

stamps: DRS Designs: St. Patrick’s ShamrockShamrock (inside: Blessings Outnumber)
paper: Staples 110# white, Kraft Kelly green
ink:  Memento tuxedo black
accessories: Rubbernecker stitched rectangles, rectangle layers dies, IO retro masculine dies, TE shamrock dies, Prismacolor pencils, Misti, IO retro masculine dies, TE shamrocks dies


Happy Easter

>> Thursday, February 21, 2019

Good morning!

St. Patrick's and Easter are coming up so I've got a couple of cards here
that will fill the bill!
My Easter card uses the new Easter Ears Leonard Pig, Favorite Easter Peep
The background was done with the marbling technique using Alcohol inks in water.

The stitched frame is a die from MFT's The egg die is from ODBD 
and the grass border punch is Martha Stewart.

The banner dies are from ODBD, the sentiment die is Sizzix and the frame from MFT's
The background is Dylusions on glossy and banners are done with Dylusions ink 
on glossy and on mat then cut out.

We are still having crazy weather here, it is snowing in 2" flakes at the moment...
no kidding huge flakes coming down!
It has been raining or snowing almost every day for the past 2 weeks or so.
We need it so there is no complaint here!!
Thanks for visiting today!


Dream Big Easter Pig

>> Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Easter is just right around the corner!   

I have always loved speckled Easter Eggs (and candy) and I recreated them in today's first card.  
 I made the background for the card using the ink, spray, smash technique.  Then I stamped the Dream Big Graduation Greeting and the new Easter Ears Leonard Pig image (isn't he the cutest?).  I colored Leonard and his egg with colored pencils and then swiped on some water colors.  Next, I splatted the egg and the background to get a speckled effect.   

Next I have a cute little CAS card made with the same Easter Pig and the Happy Tails to You Greeting.  The image is colored with Prisma Pencils on Kraft with a pom pom glued on for a tail. 

Hope your week is going well.  

Many hugz!


Irish Friendship

>> Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Hi Everyone,

Today I have a couple of Irish/St. Patrick's Day/Friendship cards to share with you.  I tried to get out of my comfort zone, and flipped through my sketch binder and found this interesting one.

Beginning with a green card base, I attached a shamrock embossed background.  I punched out some brown and green 1 1/4" squares, stamping them using the Tree Slice Woodgrain and the
Shamrock Scroll , and then attached them in the pattern seen here. This left a spot for an image on top and a sentiment below.

I chose to stamp and die cut the Claddagh, coloring it and attaching it with dimensional foam tape.   The missing you was an old die from Cuttlebug/Provocraft and I thought it would be appropriate for a card for a far away friend. Lastly, I attached a green metal clip for embellishment.

Here, I began by stamping the Irish Friendship Greeting, die cutting it and adding some sponging around the edges.  Taking inspiration from the greeting,  I used some Copic markers to create the rainbow background and some colorless ink to make the water droplets.  Before attaching it to the card base, I came across a scrap that had been stamped using the Silhouette Branch Background, so I added that as well.  Love using up those bits.  Just because it didn't work out that one time, don't toss it away!

The two images, Snail Toadstool and Tree Home Gnome were stamped, colored, punched out and added with more dimensional tape. 

Thanks for visiting today!


Love Bug Hugs

>> Monday, February 18, 2019

Happy Monday.  Hope you had a great weekend! I have a couple of cards to share with you today that feature the new Ladybug Toadstool and the Love Bug Hug greeting

This first card uses the open calendar image which I stamped onto white CS, hand wrote the dates and computer generated the Month and year. The tiny ladybug was stamped on the 14th day, colored with copics and then I cut the calendar out and attached it to the red banner that was stamped with the easy dot background in Versafine Black Onyx ink. The greeting was stamped with Memento Lady bug red ink, die cut and attached with foam adhesive for some dimension. The new lady bug Toadstool was stamped, colored, fussy cut and glued into place. I smudged some black ink at the top of the card, so the black gingham ribbon was added to cover that up!

The red panel was stamped with the checkerboard background image using Ladybug red Memento ink, as was the greeting. The ladybug toadstool was stamped, colored with Copics, die cut and layered onto some red CS. The white layer was die cut with an edge die and embossed with a strip of small hearts. I added the red plaid washi tape to the white panel before putting it all together. The bow was created using a Martha Stewart punch that I've had for years. I punched out several bows, glued them together for dimension and added a red rhinestone to the center. 

Thanks for stopping by!



It's the Easter Piggy!

>> Saturday, February 16, 2019


I know it's probably a bit early for Easter cards, but I'm sure you know how it is when you get a new stamp - you just want to get it inky!

I started my card by stamping just the grass and flowers from Leonard Pig Blowing Bubbles several times on the bottom 1/3 of my card.  I made 2 masks of the grass and several cloud masks so I could cover the bottom and sponge my sky using turquoise ink.  I colored the grass using watercolor pencils and the flowers using markers.  I stamped our new Easter Leonard and some Jelly Beans on scrap and colored, fussy cut and attached them to the grass.  Since my Happy Easter Everybunny was already in pieces it was easy to stamp each section in the clouds.  I finished up by adding a black edge with a stamp pad and attaching it to a folded blue card.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Toadally Magical

>> Friday, February 15, 2019

by Julie Warner - The Write Stuff
 Happy Friday!
I hope your week has gone well! I hope you like these toad ally magical colored toadstools..I had a very good reason for choosing these colors, but I can't show it to you yet. I also head up the Inspiration Challenge team on Splitcoaststampers & my colors came from the picture that inspired me, but the challenge won't go live until much later tonight. 

So anyway, I stamped the different toadstools, masking a little here & there, then colored them. I did my out of the box along the top and added the panel w/ the colored tree slice behind it. The extra toadstool & little frog were fussy cut & added.  I thought a couple of dragonflies would fit in so I added those, as well.
Here's a look at the inside & below it are the Copic I used.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

paper: X-Press It white, Staples 110# white
ink:  Memento tuxedo black
accessories: Copic markers, Rubbernecker stitched rectangles, stitched hills dies, Misti


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