Friday, September 22, 2017

Coffee Café

Today I needed a little push to get creative, so I thought it's time to follow a sketch challenge. The one hosted by "Freshly Made Sketches" felt good, so I went for it!

Here is my card:

I textured the black piece of cardstock behind the coffee cup with the Quilt Top embossing folder. Even though you don't see much of it, it gives it enough texture to add some interest to the card.

The oval greeting was ink up with Versa Mark ink and then in black Memeento ink...then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. It's hard to read or make out on the picture, but looks just fine on the original card.. It was just the angle of me taking the photo...

Here is the sketch I followed:

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Pick a Pumpkin

Today's card is a little smaller than usual but still suited to go in a regular invitation sized envelope ... it is 4 1/4 square.

I don't know what it is about pumpkins but they just give me the warm and fuzzy dare I say happy feeling...

I think the little strip of burlap ribbon makes this card, don't you agree?

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Retired Stamp meets current and on trend

Well yesterday I showed you several of the 3D Eclipse cards and told you about one that I made using a retired stamp... While I try to only showcase current products, every now and then I might sneak in a retired one because A) I needed something for a special reason and B) it's great for you to see how to combine new and old...

Soooo while the motorcycle stamp has been retired for a long time, the other 2 are current! And we do have a "new" motorcycle stamp set in the catalog now too... which I added to the supply list below!

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Thailand Achievers Blog Hop - Holiday Catalog Favorites

Welcome to the Thailand Incentive Trip Achievers Blog Hop for August 2017. This month is the last month of the Thailand Achievers blog hop but I can happily announce that I will be part of the future Alaska Achievers Blog hops too as I've earned it last month, Yay! Our theme this month is the "Holiday Catalog Favorites". There are so MANY amazing products in this catalog that we want to make sure you'll get to see plenty samples to get great ideas for your crafting..

If you are reading my blog in an email, please be sure to click over to my blog to see all of the samples and the hop list underneath...

I am still absolutely in love with the "Painted Harvest" stamp set and came across a neat idea that is called "3D Eclipse". I needed several birthday cards recently and decided to use the technique and stamp set on them but in different colors...

The first one... more traditional.. in sunflower colors. I used Crushed Curry and Pumpkin Pie:

Then a little brighter... I used Flirty Flamingo and Berry Burst

And lastly, toned down again... I used Sugar Plum and Fresh Fig

How to:

  • The sentiment was stamped first, then the rest of the flowers, leafs and dots
  • The Large Letters thinlits were used to die-cut the name from the stamped layer. Inside pieces of letters are needed too and kept
  • The name was die-cut another time from black CS
  • Stamped layer was added to colored layer and then attached to card
  • Black die-cut letters were glued into letter openings using liquid glue. Then the white/stamped inside letter pieces were added into the black letters
  • Stamped die-cut letters were added over the black letters with adhesive foam strips

You should give it a try! It's much easier than it may seem and you will get stunning results! I'll be showing another card tomorrow that uses a retired stamp set to show you it doesn't have to be flowers...

You may just be starting the blog hop here at my blog - Claudia Perry or may have come from the person previous to me in the list. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects. At the moment you are visiting Claudia Perry. 

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Fun Confetti Flinger Card

Every now and then you just have to make an extra fun card... I needed one of those the other day and had a blast making it. It looks totally "normal" on the outside... but it's like special effects on the inside!

Well you might wonder how I got the beer mug facing "the other way" so they could toast? I stamped it once onto the card and then I stamped it another time but on a piece of window sheet (acetate). I then flipped the window sheet over and place next to the stamped image on the card front and gently rubbed over the top to transfer the image from the plastic onto the card front! Mirror stamping at it's easiest ;-)

Oh wait ... you want to know what the inside did? See my quick impromptu video:

And here is a picture of the inside:

I think I will be doing a little class on this fun "technique" because we all have friends/family members that would appreciate a fun card like this...

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