Thank You challenge (stamped card)

I love coloring a stamped image with watercolor. Here I used just one color and faded it out then stitched the butterfly onto this card.

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The other notable technique – a favorite – is the background. I stamped the butterflies in pistachio ink, then stamped my sentiment with embossing ink. I then covered the sentiment with black embossing powder and shook off the excess. When I did this? In a few spots where the ink was wet on the butterflies it stuck. I just LOVE the contrast and detail this adds having those bits of black embossing powder here and there.

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I’m really happy with this card – and it is the perfect entry for me this week as our challenge is “Thank you” or in my case – thankful. Hope you have a lovely and creative week!

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Simon is offering a generous $50 voucher that will be randomly drawn from the eligible entries each week. Join the fun by creating a project this week – and for your chance to win a $50 voucher you should hop on over and join in the challenge here.

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Adventures of Scrappy & Ranger…

A cattle dog should have a bandana, don’t you think?

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I used this Tim Holtz fabric to craft Ranger a bandana – and I even cut a slit/stitched it so that his leash can go right in and his fashionable look go on walks with us.

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As you can see, he looks beautiful in my studio! As my husband told him – “hey buddy if you sit still in her studio long enough she’s gonna decorate you!”

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Above you can see where he’s most often found – near the studio door. He’s a wanderer (and still pretty new here) so I tend to keep the baby turned doggie gate up when I’m working. In addition to his new bandana he had a check-up at our vet and is totally healthy- something I had assumed but it was great to hear it confirmed.

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So we walk on. Entering week #2 being a 2-dog family and celebrating with some long ago planned camping… hope you’re having a great weekend as well!

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ScanNCut: Watercolor paper word

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A current favorite supply? Water color paper. Give me some water color paper and color mediums and I’ll go color crazy! Even better, I can take a computer font and use my ScanNCut to get nearly instant words ready to play with.

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Supplies needed: Watercolor paper, color mediums (blendable with other colors), cardstock, black ink, thread, stamp, and ScanNCut

Here is my finished card-

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How-to:

1. Scan, then cut out word/shape using watercolor paper

2. Color as desired with fluid mediums

3. Color background with stamp and color mediums, add splatter. Then stitch around the edges.

4. Stitch background onto 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″ cardstock card base.

5. Edge word with black ink (bold tip pen), then attach with foam adhesive to card


I am a paid consultant for Brother International Corporation and have received a ScanNCut from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my use of the product.

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Birthday layout featuring Maggie Holmes Confetti line

The next week… no the next MONTH is going to be so wild! I’m hanging on and enjoying the mix of work, family trips, and end of the school year events. Today I’ve got a layout to share with you – one featuring Maggie Holmes (Crate Paper) Confetti line + the ScanNCut (my homemade banners)

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Once in a while, it really is fun to just PLAY! This is a layout I made celebrating a special birthday – and most of the product featured is the new Maggie Holmes Confetti line. LOVE how her line is great for a birthday – or not.

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I also had a lot of fun using a lot of my current signature moves – from kraft background to sequins to Heidi Swapp mist splatters.

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I’m currently debating a strictly embellishments class (in my free time – haha!) and I’m excited about all of the projects + fun coming your way this summer. My way too – as we have a lot of fun in store.

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Operation Clean Studio: Patterned Paper

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Over the years I have stored my paper in MANY ways. Vertical, horizontal, inside a carrier, cupboard… the thing is paper is the base for ALL that I do, so I need it out, easy to access, and simple. Paper is my #1 pain storage wise because to have it up it has to be on a HEAVY DUTY desk/surface. A regular shelf is too delicate. This was my biggest “ARG” as I re-did my studio.

The solution was to line it up along my big dresser (aka the former diaper table picked because it would be great for crafting once babies outgrew it!) and for once I’ve got all paper in the same spot. Gotta tell you – this has worked WELL so far!

The longest standing system I have in place is the plastic magazine style holders for patterned paper. I purchased these over 10 years ago, when I was a scrapbook store manager and I still use the originals! I use these for patterned paper, divided by manufacturer.

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I also have a cube-style for cardstock that I purchased at Michael’s 4+ years ago. Around that time, I also simplified (as in, stopped buying) almost all cardstock colors! I keep white, cream, straw, kraft, navy blue, a soft aqua blue, grey, 2 greens, and 1 pink. that is all I’ve purchased in the last few years, and I STILL have “other” colors of cardstock!

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Oh if the need arises I will buy a single sheet for a specific project, but so far? So far I really still have all that OLD loads of colors of cardstock stash I’m working through! I’ve only had to purchase cardstock twice that wasn’t in my regular stock.

The one addition I have now is that I got a 8 1/2 x 11″ sized holder for all my specialty papers/random cardstock sheets that are that size, as well as sizeable chunks of random colors.

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The other thing you see above is that my one cube has storage for bigger sticker sheets. This works well here also because all of these items need to have clear space (for me to pull things out/in) and so far, so good.

As time allows, and as I am sure I like how things are I will keep sharing the storage solutions (or long time favorites) here. Everything is somewhat settled here, but I’m still adjusting and adding so I am not ready to do a “full tour” just yet. Got questions? I love to answer! Just let me know.

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