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Friday, May 19, 2017

Create Along With Us: May 2017

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I love this card of Betsy's. I always spend a lot of time cutting waves and land with In the Meadow dies...very time consuming...I LOVE the land and sea with water color. There could be no better use of water color...its the sea!!!


My cliff is a bit...um, sheer!!! I didn't notice it until I compared it to Betsy's...


Oh well...My lighthouse will certainly do it's job perched up so high!


Anyway, I LOVE the technique of  water color land and sea...
Genius! The design team always is...
Thanks Betsy!!!

Thank you for looking at my Blog!
Susan

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Make It Monday #284: Background Stamping with Sentiment Stamps

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Create a project utilizing your take on the challenge. Your project must use at least one Papertrey product and background stamping with sentiment stamps.

Melissa...Beautifully layered, soft and oh so pretty!

Susan...bold, loud, fast!!!


Back in February when Papertrey had the paper sale, I bought 10 packs of Vintage linen and 10 packs of Bold Blossoms paper.
I can make GORGEOUS, QUICK cards with both of those packs.
And an added bonus...I have lots of pre-cut papers for background panels.


So, I have lots to use up!
That is where my background paper came from, Vintage linen.
I also have a thing for floral sprays...Garden Grace, Beautiful Berries and Fresh Bouquet.
There is something about a spray...


Paired with a BIG and BOLD Happy Birthday that I used as my background sentiment stamp...

Yep! Fits me to a tee!
 Bold! Loud!
...and pretty darn fast!

Thank you for looking at my blog!
Susan



Saturday, May 6, 2017

MAKE IT MONDAY #283: WATERCOLOR WASH BACKGROUNDS

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-Create a project utilizing your take on the challenge. Your project must use at least one Papertrey product and a watercolor wash background.


This actually was really fast.
I used the line images from Floral Sketches...


I only have the basic set of Zig Water color markers, so that is what I used.


I am pretty sure my little water colored floral image is from Stamp-A-Faire last year.
That amazing technique Melissa had us do...I have to make some more of those cards this summer...
Anyway, it was in my envelope of die cuts and it matched, so why not!!!


I thought all the extra water was going to be a problem, but it wasn't...
SO much faster than individual coloring...

Thank you for looking at my blog!
Susan


Thursday, April 27, 2017

MAKE IT MONDAY #282: STENCILED WATERCOLOR BACKGROUNDS

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Create a project utilizing your take on the challenge. Your project must use at least one Papertrey product and a stenciled watercolor background.


I didn't want to use the same stencil as Betsy...but I should have.
Her's certainly turned out better... beside the fact she is a more amazing card maker...


I also used a Woodblock Prints Stencil. I used the smaller, repetitive one. It looks Damask'y to me...
Wasn't a perfect choice...maybe too symmetrical?


Maybe I should have used just one color? But I was looking for a similar look to Betsy's...


I used 2 smaller dies from  Flower Mandalas 1 die.  LOVE that die so much.
It has been used...NON-STOP!

I think I do better ink blending but knowing you can water color is a great option...

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

APRIL 2017 BLOG HOP

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April Inspiration


I was going to stamp that inspiration on a panel for my card...epic fail!!
So I pulled out my brand new Fresh Bouquet set.


To me a spray works well for this type of inspiration.
I really LOVE sprays...

I LOVE Dove Gray, Pink and Yellow!
I used an OLD, really old Stampin Up gray cube and Papertrey Buttercup, Sweet Blush and Orange Zest ink.


I think it is pretty card. I would totally (and probably will) use this color combo, again.

I wish Papertrey had a pretty dove gray ink!!! And card stock...

Thank you for looking at my blog!
Susan

Saturday, April 22, 2017

MAKE IT MONDAY #281: PATTERNS BEHIND DIE-CUT WINDOWS

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Create a project utilizing your take on the challenge. Your project must use at least one Papertrey product and a pattern behind a die-cut window.


I LOVE this challenge. A lot of impact without a lot of extra work.
I should, RIGHT NOW, go cut several panels and have them ready so I can make more cards just like this!


Dawns card is so pretty, but I am VERY happy with mine.
I did use Sweet Blush, Berry Sorbet and Pure Poppy...
You cannot really tell...the image is so big the Sweet Blush is completely behind the panel and most of the Berry Sorbet is, too. Mostly Pure poppy shows, but I am fine with that.


I used Woodblock Prints stencil and Beautiful Berries.
Oh my goodness. Not sure how I lived without that set!
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!


I just wanted to update those of you who left a supportive comment for me a couple of weeks ago about my Spring/Easter sale...It was a HUGE success.
At the sale I sold just under $1200, but overall, I sold $1500 for the Spring. I basically sold out.
Almost all of the Easter things I made sold. Just a few pillow boxes were left.
I still have a few cards left but I sold a LOT.
I am VERY blessed! Very grateful...very burned out!!!

Thank you for looking at my blog!
Susan

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

MAKE IT MONDAY #280: STAMPING OUTSIDE OF THE BOX

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Create a project utilizing your take on the challenge. Your project must use at least one Papertrey product and stamping outside of a box.

So when I first saw this challenge I was a little unsure about the technique.
After I watched Lexi's video and finished my card, I totally get it.
It really does add interest to a simple card.

I needed a simple card. I am having my card sale tomorrow. I made 380+ cards the last 6 weeks...I only had 6 Get Well cards. So I got busy and made 12...


I actually love this idea. ESPECIALLY for quick and easy cards..


That little block of color adds to the card and gives more texture.
And the embellishment peeking over the top is fun!


This card took no time to make...
That was good...I needed more than one of them!

Lexi always has AWESOME techniques. I LOVE her style!

Thank you for looking at my blog!
Susan

Saturday, April 1, 2017

MAKE IT MONDAY #279: CURVED SENTIMENTS

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Create a project utilizing your take on the challenge. Your project must use at least one Papertrey product and a curved sentiment.

So I chose a large sentiment...a Think Big Favorites.
I tried a smaller sentiment but my card needed a big one.
The sentiment got totally lost...
So, I curved it, I REALLY did...but is doesn't show up that much...


It is indeed curved and it looks much better with the floral medallion, Flower Mandalas.
Oh boy...I LOVE that die set. Thank you Kay. I make SO many cards...a LOT of cards...
I LOVE big, bold stamps and embellishments...

 


I made this one purple to put a smile on my sister Pat's *Hi Pat* face!!!
She loves purple. She is...Purple Girl!


I need to curve sentiments more often. It is visually pleasing to have a curved sentiment with a round embellishment.

Thank you for looking at my blog!
Susan

Saturday, March 25, 2017

MARCH 2017 BLOG HOP

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I have had a SUPER busy week.
My baby is home for his last Spring Break before he graduates in may.
We never got a trip planned. We had a stay-cation and had a great week.

It is The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!!!
NCAA Tournament time.
Rock Chalk Jayhawk!!!
Elite 8 baby!!!

Just got my card made...


I love Spring Woods so much. To me it was the perfect choice.


I also used a small bird from Songbirds.


I am very short on Thank you cards for my spring sale. I am going to have to work over-time next week!!!
I hope my order shows up so I can make some carrot boxes...

Thank you for looking at my blog!
Susan

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

MAKE IT MONDAY #278: WINDOW CHIPBOARD SENTIMENTS

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Create a project utilizing your take on the challenge. Your project must use at least one Papertrey product and a window "chipboard" sentiment.

I thought this was a cool technique.
MY biggest challenge was not having my cutting plate and the post it note I used to hold my die crease my card front.

It's kind of funny. I didn't notice until I was editing my pictures that the stamping looks like a heart.
Did't see it when I made the card.


I do think cutting the window at the top of the card is the way to go.
Also, a less curvy word might work better. The little "tabs" between the e and the o snag a bit, but not too bad. I ordered the Thank You Stephanie used.
I don't have my order yet...:( so I cannot try it.

There is a bit too much white space at the bottom for me...
I might need to adjust that...

Welcome to Make it Monday Stephanie!
Fun challenge!!!

Thank you for looking at my blog!
Susan



Sunday, March 12, 2017

10th Anniversary Challenge: Multiply



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Create a new project that incorporates multiples of a single shape, stamped or die-cut.

I use the flowers from Pencil Blooms frequently...just not for pencils!

They make the cutest little dimensional flowers...


I love to use ink splattered panels as background paper.
I am not sure who to give the credit to because a lot of the design team had used it for various challenges...including but not just... Lizzie.


When I need one I make several. I have a "splatter" box and I make a pile.
So I had this one already to go.

I stacked 3 of the petals and there you go!
A cute little multiplied die cut flower!


I added a couple of clear sequins and called it a card!

Thank you for looking at my blog!
Susan

10th Anniversary Challenge: Favorite Florals

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Create a new project that incorporates your all-time favorite floral set.

So I have to say, I did not use my all-time favorite floral.
That is Vintage Linen.
I use it so much I chose to...stretch myself!!!

I was going through pictures last night for my friend Ann who is having my Spring Card sale.
She wanted pictures for her Facebook posting about the sale.
I found a card I had made a LONG time ago with With All My Heart Stamp Set.
Just the flowers cluster.
I realized how much I liked that card and decided I needed to use it.


It is a VERY flat card for me. I usually need a lot more dimension, but I stuck with it.
Just two of the floral clusters and several extra leaf sections from the leaf stamp.


I did pop my white panel up with fun foam.
For those of you who use fun foam for that purpose did you know Michael's carries a roll that is WAY less expensive than by the sheet. It is near where the foam is. I bought it a while back so I cannot remember what I paid but it was a great price using a coupon, of course.


I liked this card well enough I made 8 more for my sale.

Thank you for looking at my blog!
Susan







Thursday, March 9, 2017

MAKE IT MONDAY #277: NAIL POLISH MARBLING

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-Create a project utilizing your take on the challenge. Your project must use at least one Papertrey product and nail polish marbling.


Have you tried this?
Not so easy....
I used some old polish which I think caused me problems.
I glopped up and when I tried to swirl it all adhered to my skewer.


So the second time I only used newer polish. I still did't try and swirl it too much...
My biggest complaint  about the technique (besides how much the polish smells and gave me a headache...) is how saturated the paper got with the water and how BADLY it warped.
I dried it overnight, but...


It is a cute idea and Lizzies black and green is AWESOME!!!

Mine kinda looks like the Scream mask...

Thank you for looking at my blog!
Susan