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It's Five O'clock

>> Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Hi Everyone,

Margaritas anyone? They're a party in a glass for sure!

I had some green cardstock sitting out on my table, so instead of cleaning up, I decided to make a card using a citrus theme.  I created my backgrounds using the Citrus Slice and
Silhouette Branch Background in green ink, and added and embossed strip to cover up the seam.

Nothing is more celebratory than fruity drinks and friends, so I stamped, die cut and matted the
 Five O'clock Somewhere Greeting and attached it to the center of the card.

I added the Margarita Glass that I colored and fussy cut, along with my die cut limes for embellishment.  And I didn't forget to add salt to the rim, by way of glitter glue :)

Here is a peek at the inside, where I just used the same stamps and the A Toast To You Greeting 

Cheers to You!  Hope your summer is going well and...
 Happy Stamping!



feel better soon

>> Monday, June 18, 2018

Hello Everyone. Hope you had a great weekend and found some time to get creative.

I have a couple of get well cards to share with you today. The first one was super easy and I really like the CAS look. I die cut a circle out of scrap paper to create my stencil, then I sponged a couple of Distress Oxide inks in the circle. Once that dried I stamped the dandelion image three times and used some green distress oxide ink to paint the stems and leaves. The greeting was stamped with Archival black ink. 

For this card I started by the stamping the silhouette palm trees with Versafine Black ink and heat embossed them with black EP. Next I sponged on various Distress Oxide inks to create the background. I used a small brush to sprinkle on some water for interested. The feel better soon is part of a larger greeting and was stamped with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with detailed white EP 
once the black frame was die cut. Pretty bird Odie was stamped, colored with Copics, fussy cut and layered on some die cut palm trees before adding him to the frame.

Thanks for stopping by today.



Floor and Wall Tutorial

>> Saturday, June 16, 2018


I recently did a "make n take" at a stamp show that I thought I'd share with you :)

I used 4 of our stamps to create this card:

Country Window

Spring Crocus

The Floor

Brick Wall

a few masks and a bunch of coloring :)

Once the masks were made, total stamping time is less than 5 minutes!

 Step 1 - Stamp window and tulip bucket

Step 2 - Cover both with masks

Step 3 - Stamp floor image on top of tulip bucket mask

Step 4 - Mask floor

Step 5 - Stamp brick wall slightly overlapping floor mask

Step 6 - Finish stamping brick wall.

Step 7 - Dab dark grey, black and red inks on bricks

Step 7 - Remove masks and start coloring (I did all the cement grout a medium grey)!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Nailed It!

>> Friday, June 15, 2018

by Julie Warner - The Write Stuff

Happy Friday!
I hope your week has gone well! I have been a day off all week so it's not surprising this is late...I truly thought it was Thursday. Ack!! Anyway, I have a fun little Christmas card that pretty much sums up my week... a tangled mess! 

This was a lot of fun to make. It took a little engineering w/ the light string image but I think it accurately represents what has surely happened to us all at one time or another. And if I could have gotten away w/ it, I would have totally left them like this & called it a day. This tangled mess of lights is one reason my tree is now one of those that comes w/ lights already on it, lol. I used a stamp a ma jig to position the light string into the chaotic mess it is then colored it & added the plug on the side. I stamped just a few pine branches & 1 ornament to give the impression of the unlit tree off to the side. The greeting was made up of little die cut letters. 
Here's a look at the inside & below it are the Copics I used. 
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great weekend & Happy Father's Day to all you Dads!

stamps: DRS Designs - Christmas Light StringPine BoughOrnaments Galore
paper: Staples 110# white, pine green
ink:  Memento tuxedo black
accessories: Copic markers, Lil' Inker Stitched Rectangles dies, Sizzix celebration words dies, Copic mulitliner pen



>> Thursday, June 14, 2018

Good morning!

The weather is getting VERY warm to say the least,
and now, I wish it were fall already!
Can you tell I am NOT a hot weather person??  If it never got hotter
than 85 degrees I would be happy.

My first card is a fun birthday card for
maybe an older sister? LOL!  Or a good friend!

Inside this card DRS stamps: Birthday Candle Burst 451L

Start by cutting the bottom edge of a folded card (just the top)
with a decorative die. Add a piece of card stock under the cut that will match color coloring.
Stamp the sentiment in the center and then stamp the Flower Scroll on each side and color.  Next, stamp and color the inside panel and mat image panel with the same paper as what is under the pretty die cut (I did some masking to divide the candles and stamp the sentiment in the middle).

My second card is a sweet thank you.  I've had reason to give cards like this out in the last few weeks, it is perfect for giving to friends
who have come by your side in your time of sadness.
I've used DRS stamps: Sincerely Sympathy Thanks 29D for the outside

Inside DRS stamp: Daisy Basket 671L

Start by emboss/die cutting front panel (Spellbinder)
then stamp sentiment in the center with a color to match card color (I used Vibrant Fuchsia).  Stamp inside panel with the basket and color with similar colors then mount to card inside. Mount embossed/die cut/stamped panel to front. Very simple card.

Well hey, thanks so much for visiting, hope you have a terrific day crafting!



Pretty Skies

>> Wednesday, June 13, 2018

I love a pretty sky - a pretty sunset or some fluffy clouds, a night-time sky full of stars....   Nature can come up with some gorgeous skies.  My cards today focus on skies.  My first one is how I imagine the skies may look in Hawaii.

I did a think water color wash and then went back in with some browns to create a mountain in the bg and some rocks in the forefront.  This was quick and easy because I was just trying to create soft images with very little detail.  Next I took some white watercolor to make the smoke and splatter of the volcano.  Stickles were added to the splatters.  After it all dried, I stamped in the Every Day a Miracle Greeting and the edges of the Silhouette Palm Tree Line.

On my second card, I also did a water color wash.  I did a yellow wash and then came back in with some orange and pinks.  I stamped the You Are My Sunshine Greeting and added it as a banner.

I hope you have pretty skies where you live.  If you live in Hawaii, I hope the skies are pretty and you are safe.  While Nature can be pretty, it can be very dangerous and destructive as well.




Summer Story

>> Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Hi Everyone,

One of the things I look forward to most when the seasons change, is eating the foods that come with it.  Stone fruits like peaches, cherries and plums, along with good sweet melons.  Watermelon is probably tops!  Nothing tastes better in the summer heat, than a cold, juicy slice :)  My ant on today's card, couldn't agree more.

I stamped a panel using the Checkerboard Background stamp, to mimic a picnic tablecloth and added a punched border.  

For my little scene, I stamped the Bee Trail and one single ant from the 4 In 1 Garden Bugs.  I stamped and fussy cut the Watermelon Border, and after coloring it, I piled them up and attached them with dimensional foam tape.  I tied a ribbon around my checkerboard panel and attached the punched Summer Story Greeting, and a little heart thought bubble to complete it.  

I hope your summer is simply grand...Thanks for stopping by to visit!


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