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What I’m Working On WEDNESDAYS

The Copper Tea Tins are so easy to emboss on or add vinyl stickers. I am super thrilled on how these turned out.

I made 4 all a little different. Prior to embossing I rubbed the tins with the Embossing Buddy to ensure that there would be no little “runaways” of copper embossing powder.

Would love to hear what you think ! Click on the photos to enlarge.
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Manly Mondays

Manly Mondays

While blog surfing this morning I came across a “new to me” card layout so I thought I would give it a try for a manly card.

April 1

I started with a piece of Basic Black Cardstock measuring 5″x7″, scored in half on the 7″ side. To that, I added a piece of designer paper. Using the Layering Squares Framelits I made 3 layers using Basic Black, Basic Gray and Designer paper. When I attached this to the base I ensured the height was just enough to be able to fit it in a medium envelope.

The “you” is a die cut from the Well Written Framelits Dies and that was cut in Basic Black and Basic Gray. I adhered these two with the Fine Tip Glue Pen offsetting them a bit. Amazing was cut with Galvanized Cardstock and also adhered with the Fine Tip Glue Pen. The “ARE” was stamp in Memento Black from the Brushwork Alphabet stamp set.

What do you think? Is this something you would be willing to try?

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Manly Mondays

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Paper, Paper and more Paper.  The number one comment I hear as a demonstrator is “I have so much paper I don’t want to get anymore”.  I can sure attest to that as I spent over 4 hours yesterday going thru all the Designer 12×12 paper I have while deciding what to keep.  I recently read a post that stated something like If it doesn’t bring you joy when you feel it get rid of it that inspired me to take another New Year Resolution off my list.  In future posts I will be using retired paper.  Hopefully it will bring you inspiration on what to do with yours.  On to today’s card ! 

march 25 2019

I started with a base of Basic Gray.  I then made a frame using the Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies.  The foliage and sentiment dies come from Foliage Framelits Dies and the Floral Frames Stamp Set. Once I stamped the sentiment and ran it through the Big Shot I colored some of the leaves with the Tranquil Tide Stampin’ Write Marker. I attached this to the harlequin patterned paper with dimensionals.  The foliage was cut with Tranquil Tide and attached inside the frame.

Wouldn’t this perfect to give to the guy in your life starting a new job or moving into a new apartment?

As for the paper I don’t want to keep I will be selling it at markets/events that I will be attending for 25¢ for single sided and 50¢ for double sided.

My next event is at Marci’s Bar and Grill 102 Erie St S # 15, Devon, Alberta T9G 2J4.  Hope to see you there.   I will be auctioning off two items.

quarted auction march 28

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Manly Mondays

Manly Mondays using Paper Pumpkin

This morning while I was having my morning coffee and watching Designing Women on YouTube (love that show but I have the say sometimes it makes feel old with some of the references they make) my monthly subscription of Paper Pumpkin arrived.  Perfect timing and I was especially curious to receive this one as there was 2 stamp sets included.

This card was so easy to put together !!  I didn’t even follow the instructions.  I just dug in.

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The kit came with a Poppy Parade Ink Spot but I choose to go with Bermuda Bay.  And look at the inside

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How cute is that !!  It took me less than 5 minutes.  I made it a 53 since I know a guy who’s celebrating his 53rd soon.

Contact me to get your hands on a Paper Pumpkin Kit so you can try it out for yourself.

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Cling Mount Stamps Versus Clear Mount

Stampin’ Up announced this past fall that they would no longer produce wood mounted stamps.  I thought “now what…”  as wood as always been my favorite.

I’ve never been a fan of clear mount stamps.  When they first came out I was thrilled that they would require less space.  After purchasing close to 100 sets I discovered that they began to curl and would not hold well on a block.  And embossing with them is practically non-existent as they stick in the Versamark pad and come off the block.  Sure there has been plenty of tips and tricks on what to do to make them stick better.  I’m obsessively opposed to the difficult.

The introduction of Cling Mount Stamps has made a big impact on how I feel about “mount” stamps – meaning adding them to a block when you want to stamp a particular image.  I love how they stay on the block and the crisp image they provide.  Storing them however can  be a little tricky since they stick so well.

Once I’ve put a stamp set together I trim the page the images come on to fit into the case and tape it down into the case.  Then I put the images back into their spot much like puzzle pieces.

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This makes the stamp easy to remove when I want to use it and an added bonus is that I know instantly when and if one is missing.  Should you leave a stamp on the block for quite some time it could be hard to remove it.  Make sure you pull from the bottom (the clingy part) and not the red rubber.  Use the palette from the Take Your Pick tool if you have a problem remove it.  This would make it so much easier especially if you don’t have nails.


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Manly Mondays

Manly Mondays

I was messing around this afternoon and came up with this card.

march 11 2019

The list of products that I used took long to list then it did to make the card 🙂  Started with a base of Basic Gray.  On a panel of Pool Party I stamped the waves from High Tide by stamping off first in some areas.  Since I was using Basic Gray ink I did not want the waves too dark.

I then stamped the frog (Old Olive) and bees (Daffodil Delight) from So Hoppy Together, again in Basic Gray, cut those out with the Hop Around Framelits.  Using Mossy Meadow I cut the lily pad and flowers.  Since these dies are rather small I was able to do all this in one pass on the Big Shot. To give the lily pad and flowers some texture I ran those through the Subtle Textured Embossing Folder.  I used Score Tape for the Lily Pad, all other cuts were adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Once I was finished with the Pool Party Panel I attached a piece of Animal Expedition DSP behind it.  The sentiment is from So Hoppy Together and that was stamped using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and punched with a scalloped circle.

For some reason when I see a frog I always think of a grammar school friend of mine.  We might have chased frogs together in a creek close to home when we were kids.  I just might send him this card.

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