One final Case Study creation…

Hello again. I’m back with one last Case Study Design Team submission. Another Lisa Spangler case going on here today. I love her watercolor look and also her use of patterned paper – 2 things I often reach for myself in my arsenal of paper crafting. It is hard to tell in this photo (not sure why – any advice greatly appreciated here!), but the sentiment is heat-embossed in gold. It is from the Studio Calico Bluegrass Farm card add-on kit – just adore the font.

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Here is Lisa’s gorgeous card  -
Alright, friends. That is all from me today. Hope you are having a great week!
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XOXO

Hello friends. Hope you had a great weekend. The weather has been rainy here in Zurich, but we’re staying busy. We are only here 2 more weeks until we head off again for a 2 week trip to see my parents-in-law in Israel. So, with an upcoming fair at the end of May and a whole load of other work, there is plenty to keep me busy in this very short 2 weeks!

XOXO

I’m here today sharing a card for the current Hero Arts sketch challenge – I pulled out some older Hero Arts/Studio Calico sets for this card. I love these images paired with the Basic Grey Capture line – great, bold patterns in this collection. I used sketch #3.

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This card is another entry for the Case Study Design Team call as well – it is inspired by Lisa Spangler – who has been a long-time muse of mine!

Thanks for stopping by today & have a great day!

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Bold & Bright Watercolor

Morning blog friends. Can’t believe it is already April 27th – seriously, where does time go? Nearly May. Just crazy.

I am stopping in for a very quick post this morning to share a card I made for the current Case this Sketch/Runway Inspired challenge. I loved the inspiration photos & the sketch. I was also inspired by this Donna Mikasa card – she is definitely one of my ‘muse’s’ and I chose this card for its angles, complemented by a gorgeous watercolor floral image – I am also entering this for the Case Study DT search.

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Here is Donna’s lovely card  
And here is the Sketch & Runway Inspired inspiration 
Thanks so much for stopping by today and enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

Hey friends.

I’m so sorry for the quiet blog this week – life is crazy right now. We have a lot of travel plans, thanks to a break in my husband’s work, so right now when we are home it is a mad rush to do laundry and get chores done around the house. Unfortunately, card making has taken a back seat.

I am trying to sneak in some creating as and when though and wanted to participate in the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop. The theme this month is Embroidered Inspiration. I was tempted to get out the hand-stitching for this, but opted with some simple stamping to keep it easy. I went with Papertrey Ink’s Stitches & Swirls set for this handmade notebook.

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I stamped the inside pages with other images from the set. I used Avery Elle pigment ink for this – I loved the result. I definitely prefer pigment ink on kraft to get a vibrant look.

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Ok, that is all for me today. I will be back sharing some other projects soon! Thanks for stopping by today – I really appreciate it!
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Paper Smooches Sparks Anything Goes

Hey Paper Smooches fans! A fun new challenge for today and the holiday weekend – it is Anything Goes time! So, no excuses – get in that craft room & ink up some Paper Smooches and share your creative creations with us – we love to see them!

I wanted to do something super simple for my card today. I think it can be easy to get carried away sometimes with all the products, clever die-cutting, etc. And, whilst I love all that, I felt the need to just let the lovely images from Botanicals 2 shine with some generational stamping. This is quite easily one of my favorite leaf & floral sets ever – I just adore it. The sentiment is from another great set – Salutations.
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Thanks so much for stopping by today – have a great weekend and make sure to check out all the amazing DT creations & play along! This is also being linked up for the Paper Crafts April challenge!

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True Friend

So, I have had this Mama Elephant stamp set sitting in my ‘to be inked’ pile for a LONG time. I love the set, just never seemed to get around to using it for some reason. I finally inked it up & it didn’t disappoint! I love the gorgeous tree & the sentiment is really heartfelt.

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I saw the inspiration photo for the current Mama Elephant challenge and knew I wanted to use the tree and play on the colors in the challenge for my watercolor background. The little butterfly is die cut from 3 pieces of vellum and colored on the back with various shades of blue and green and stapled in the center – it has really nice dimension and pulls all the colors together nicely. Bonus – it hides a tiny spot of not-so-perfect embossing!

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That is all for me today. Thanks so much for stopping by – as always, I truly appreciate it!

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Hello Chevrons

Hey again. I’m currently en route to London – hoping for an easy, breezy trip with Jacob. The 90 minute trip to London should feel like nothing compared to the 12 hour solo trip to California that I’m used to doing!

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More embossing paste fun today. Truth is, this card did not turn out how I wanted. I am going to share it anyway, and hope for any suggestions on how to improve what happened. I used this Avery Elle die to create the chevron border, which I then used as my stencil.

I wanted an ombre effect of chevrons along the top – I colored white paste with various shades of yellow & orange re-inkers. By the time I got to the darkest row of chevrons on the right, the stencil would no longer lay flat against the cardstock, thanks to the previous chevrons. So, I didn’t get the crisp lines on the last row. I’m not sure if I could have done anything to prevent this, but after many failed attempts, this was the best one, so I’m just accepting it and moving on!

This is another one for Virginia’s View Stencil challenge!

Thanks so much for stopping by – I really appreciate each & every visit from you guys.

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Owl Cuteness

Hey friends. What a whirlwind week for me. Last night was the Passover seder, so there was a lot to prepare. We had a great time celebrating with some friends here. And today is all about appointments – hair cut, that sort of thing – and tomorrow, off to London for a week! Haven’t packed a thing & to do list is a mile long before we head off, but that is just life lately!

Onto today’s card. I saw the stencil challenge at Virginia’s View and knew I wanted to play along. I have gained quite the collection of stencils in the last few months and don’t put them to good use often enough. I also love embossing paste, but never get around to using it – what a cool medium though! Love what you can achieve with it.

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For this card, I used a Heidi Swapp star/heart stencil to create the cascading stars. I tinted the embossing paste yellow with a Papertrey Ink re-inker. I chose the dark grey cardstock to create a nighttime feel for my little owl. I did cover the stars with Wink of Stella, but it is very hard to see on the pictures – in real life it has just a touch of sparkle though.

Thanks so much for visiting today & have a great week!

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Paper Smooches Sparks – Picture Perfect

Hello! Its the best time of the week! Time for a new Paper Smooches Sparks challenge. I love these. And today’s inspiration photo is so much fun – check it

I wanted to capture the fun mood of all the gorgeous pennants & the bright colors. I used Bold Buzzwords to stamp ‘Hello Friend’ and fussy cut the words. I threaded these through the twine and embellished the twine with a few more flags & a stamped heart from the same set. 
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Here is my thrifty tip for this card: those cute little flags were made out of the scrap of paper that comes on the top of a sheet of 6×6 paper (this is from the Amy Tangerine Plus One pad) – definitely getting the most out of my paper here!

Thanks so much for stopping by today – have a great weekend and make sure to check out all the amazing DT creations & play along!

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Thank You

Hello again! I hope your weekend is off to a fab start! I’m back today for another challenge – this time the Avery Elle Watercolor challenge.

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I just received the Thanks a Bunch stamp set and I couldn’t wait to ink it up! I was not disappointed – the set is so much fun! I kept the stamping crisp for the most part and focused my watercoloring on the background. I scribbled my Tumbled Glass Distress Marker in small areas and then added water to the surrounding areas, encouraging the color to move. It is really subtle, but I think it adds that extra something to the card.

I die cut the central panel with the Lil Inker stitched rectangle die and finished it off with a sentiment on vellum wrapped around the central panel. Everything is mounted with foam adhesive on kraft woodgrain paper.

Thanks so much for visiting today – enjoy your Saturday!

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