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Hot, Hot Days of Summer

SSSSShiver Me Timbers! is right!  It’s been so hot in Iowa this Summer!   I think the heat effects my creativity!  eek! This card took a few twists and turns before it turned into this diorama style card!

I used my Coluzzle templates to cut the ovals… Kraftin’ Kimmie Pirate Phrases stamp set…Tim Holtz screw brads around the oval frame…Martha Stewart Shells border punch…Hero Arts woodgrain background stamp.

The card/diorama is 5/8 inch deep,  so you can move it to make it flat (folds down to 6×6) to fit in an envelope!  Love this style of card… I made one for Christmas when I was the guest designer for All That Scraps back in Nov. ’09, HERE.  Years ago I made a snowman scene that I still keep out on top of a bookcase! lol

Here’s the back… this is going to our Grandson Henry for his 5th birthday.  Today is our Granddaughter Gena’s 4th birthday and my dear friend Alice’s birthday too!  Happy Birthday to YOU!

Linking to Just Magnolia Challenge blog… Anything Goes is the theme, Papertake Weekly Challenge blog…Anything Goes – add metal is the theme and Cute Card Thursday Challenge blog…No designer paper is the theme.

Here’s the stamps and stuff I used to create this card…

Thanks for stopping by!  I LOVE hearing from you and sharing stamping inspiration back and forth!

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Tilda and Edwin….She said…He said….

I’m not a fishing lady but my DH loves to fish!  My Dad loved to fish too… I always made sure I had plenty of books to read if I had to go along! lol   So, maybe she said,  “let’s go home” and he said, “not until I catch something”!  Magnolia named this Edwin, “Waiting for Fish”!  That pretty much sums it up! lol

I LOVE these images… but you knew that!  *big grin*  This Sweet Rainbow collection is fabulous!

The branches at the top are from the new tree branch stamp… I just didn’t use the big branch part this time!  The dock is an Art Impressions rubber stamp… I need to get the Magnolia dock.  The Vacation filmstrip stamp is from Hero Arts and the HE SAID, SHE SAID stamps are from Technique Tuesday, Read all about it set.  I do love filmstrips… the next one I’m going to use is this cool new mini filmstrip die from MFT… in the store HERE.  I did the sky with another treasure that I unearthed from one of the piles I’ve been going through!  YEA!  It’s from Rosie’s Roadshow and I used the ink blending tool (tip – start on the stencil and move up and off the scallop edge) and Tumbled Glass Distress ink.

I stamped the images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic sketch markers.  A lot of crazy coloring again…Hair – E50, YR21, 23,  24, 31, E27 (see,  I told you)…Skin – E000, 00, 21, R30 on Edwin and diluted R20 on Tilda for cheeks…Greens – YG91, 93,95, W1, 3…boots – E40’s and a little YG91 down the front/center…basket and tree branch – E30’s…Edwin’s shirt – B32,34, W0, 1…Tilda’s shirt – Ro2, 05…tree branch leaves – YG61, 63, 67, E42.

I’m linking my card to some challenges… Stamp Something Challenge blog – pretty papers… Stamptacular Sunday Challenge – Fun in the Sun… Anything Goes Challenge blog – Here Comes Summer… Papertake Weekly Challenge blog – Dads & Lads…

Stamps and stuff I used on this card…

Thanks for stopping by!   I’m sure they made you smile!


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Edwin and Butterfly Dreams…

Good morning! Edwin has something “just for YOU”!

Here’s some more pictures of my card…

Some crazy coloring on this one… his shirt started out with YG11,  added teeny bits of YG 13 & 17 but it was a little bright so I colored over with W00 then went back in with some of the greens again, then some YG0000… and so it goes!  Do you want to know about the jeans then? lol  More crazy! lol  Started by coloring all with BG0000,  then did tip to tip with BG13 & then BG18 but you have to swipe on scrap paper before you color it on the image. eek!  it’s fun!  crazy coloring is why I haven’t made any videos! lol Well the real reason is because I don’t have a video camera or maybe I would have been persuaded by now!

Couldn’t decide between these last two so bear with me,  I’m posting both! I LOVE these new Doohickey’s Butterfly Dreams dies!  I used all of the new ones except one! lol  Links below for everything.

I used my new stopper idea again too!  This time I used oval punches…three of them… the back one goes the opposite direction and is scored in half and the bottom half is taped under the brown base.  I just love this stopper stuff! lol   oh and can you see that cool arrow brad?  so happy I bought those!  I usually resist that stuff,  but you need extras for boys,  so it was a good thing!

I used the sketch from Sweet Stop Sketches Challenge blog but I think the main image is supposed to be a sentiment,  so not sure if I can link up yet or not!  Probably not… but I love Korin’s sketches so I used it anyway cuz I needed a jump start yesterday! : )) ETA – Korin says, “yes, link up!”  Linking to the new Craft Us Crazy challenge blog… use something NEW.

Here’s the stamps and stuff I used on this Easel card…

Thanks for visiting today!  I LOVE hearing from you…I’m still in awe of all the friends I’ve made out here in the stamping WWW!  Thanks for taking the time to comment, make me smile and so many times laugh out loud!
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It’s a Butterfly Dreams post!

Some super sweet stamps from Magnolia on my stair step card today!  The latest collection, Butterfly Dreams…they just keep getting cuter!  I also used a few Magnolia Doohickey’s dies… I’ll link to them all in the photos below.

I made this a back panel stair step.  I didn’t take time to search to see if anyone has already done this.  I didn’t like it as tall either so I did some changing.  The pattern paper is from the Webster’s Pages 6×6 pad called Spring Market/Yacht Club.  Some really neat designs in the collection… link below.

Linking up to the Just Magnolia Challenge for this week, they’re celebrating birthdays! It’s HERE!  Linking to the Wee Memories Challenge post, HERE, the challenge is “All Things Adorable”… well, that’d be Tilda and Edwin! : )

Here’s a side view to see the stair step…

And some close ups…

Made ‘ya smile! Thanks for stopping by… links below take you to the products I used when you click on the pictures!  Happy Weekend!

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Tilda with Straw Hat…

She is so precious!  I love her… wish I had time to take my photos over though… just didn’t quite capture her charm! boohoo! I will forever be trying to get better photos! ugh!

This is Tilda with Straw Hat from the Butterfly Dreams Collection!  I colored her with Distress ink refills on cold press watercolor paper.  The pattern papers are from the Stella Rose line from My Minds Eye called Mabel… they just…go together!  EASY! gotta love that!  whew!

I used the new Lacy Oval Nestabilites die to frame her and back stitched between the loops… can you see it? I also hand stitched and I’ll tell you what I’ve learned from trying this a few times now.  I emailed some bloggers but didn’t get replies or else their products weren’t in the USA.  So I will share what I’ve found from trial and error as you’ll see here!!! haha! I love to sew and hand sew.  It’s just therapeutic I guess.

  • Finally found the thread I like… Coats and Clark Button/Carpet thread.
  • pierce your holes with the needle you’re going to sew with,  then your holes won’t be so huge!
  • figure out the size of your paper with the ruler/tool you are going to use that has the holes guide for piercing in it… notice here that I didn’t do this and I have extra holes in a few places and had to cut my layers down…all of life is education…that’s my excuse and I’m stickin’ to it! : )
  • the other trick is keeping the pierced holes straight… gotta work on that! haha  But,  you’ll notice on commercially made items that their stitching isn’t always perfect either,  so go w/the charm of crooked! lol

To dye the seam binding,  I was in a hurry,  so I just cut off 3 yards (yes, I cheated and measured the nose to stretched out arm length way),  laid the cut length on my craft mat in a loose scattered pile and started pouncing on it with my Rusty Hinge Distress ink pad.  After I had ink pretty much on most of it,  I spritzed it with water to blend the ink but leaving dark and light areas.  Not sopping wet though.  Squashed it in a plastic bag to get it good and wrinkled.  Pulled it out and dried it with my heat tool.  Worked great!

Linking my Tilda card to the new German Magnolia Mania Challenge blog – Happy Easter!

Getting ready for stamp club this afternoon…looking forward to some fun with my stamping friends! Thanks for stopping by !

Here’s the links to the products I used on my card…

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A Spring “thing”…

Spring is in the air, flowers everywhere (well, that’s stretching it for Iowa) and a color curve… pastels and a touch of brown.

I used Will you be my Valentine Tilda from the You Are So Special Collection. I don’t think she’s just for Valentines Day, so I’m using her for Spring!  I also used the NEW Vintage Flowers/Leaves dies and the NEW Antique Lace die. I also used the Doohickey’s Swirl die, poinsettia die (leaves under the flowers) and fence die. I added lines on the flowers, the leaves under the flowers and the branch type leaves with copic markers…the same colors for the reds and greens below… I used two colors of Twinery Twine …the Birds and Swirls Cuttlebug embossing folder and the Gertie 6×6 paper pad in the store.

At stamp club last Friday,  Annette challenged us with her program to use embossing folders more often…so guess what…I did it! lol  Thanks Annette!  I embossed and sanded… love this look.

A couple more pictures…

I only used one punch on this card!  Martha Stewart’s grass border punch.  Tilda is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink  and colored with a combination of Tria, Promarkers and Copic markers…that’s why her face looks different! lol  On her skin I used ivory, blush and sunkissed pink.  Her hair is E50, 31, 33, 35, 37.  Shoes W1, 3, 5.  Flowers and hearts in the bouquet are R21,22,24. Her dress Buttercup, tulip yellow, YR30, 31. Green on the bouquet YG91, 93.

I cut my circles with my coluzzle templates.. I know, oldies but I still use them… I love nestabilities and they would work too.

 Thanks for stopping by!