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Fabulous Fall

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 14, 2017 2:22:08 PM / by Jenn posted in Fabulous Fall

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I love fall, it's my favorite season. So when it's time to start with fall cards, I'm all in.

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Out of Africa ... my adventures in stamping

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 11, 2017 4:34:16 PM / by Jenn posted in Stamping

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Set out to make use of the Cosmic Shimmer ink colours that came in a couple of months ago. I used a full A4 sized sheet of paper and painted the "Sunshine" in the middle, the "Lime" on either side of the Sunshine and then the "Electric Blue" on the top and bottom.  Then I spritzed the same colour portions with the same series of Misting Inks and toped the whole background with the Mica Mister in Gold, just to give it a bit of "zing". I cut the paper into 4 equal sizes to allow me to make 4 different cards with this background

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Quick and easy makes for beautiful cards

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 22, 2017 1:33:39 PM / by Jenn posted in Quick Card Making

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For me, part of the joy of paper crafting is the long, laborious task of the design. It is at least 2 hours to design a card but more like 3 hours. I love this time. I love labouring over colour choices, I cut out dies and then rethink them and cut others. Lay them out on the card, stand back, look at it, rearrange, etec. I feel that if I haven't spent 3 hours on a card, I haven't done my job.

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Scenes with stamps from our friends at Frog's Whiskers

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 28, 2017 1:23:34 PM / by Jenn posted in Stamping

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Our friends at Frog's Whiskers practically spoon fed me a blog topic! I recieved an email from Frog's Whiskers this week with some lovely card samples attached. And it got me thinking, aside from the superior quality of their stamps, one aspect of their stamps that I find valuable, is that many are designed to work in combination to create a scene. So you can customize your card scene to suit your personal preferences based on the stamps that are available and that suit your fancy.

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Having fun with some summer dies!

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 20, 2017 5:00:19 PM / by Jenn posted in Summer Fun with Marianne Dies

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Had myself a bit of fun with some of the summer dies from Marianne and Joy (well mostly Marianne). Using my favorite "box card die" (CR1374), I went to town with the background sheet from Marianne .... which appears to be for use in the box card die as it fits the back perfectly!. There are three to choose from in the May sheet (AK0067).

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Stained Glass with PVA Glue revisited ....

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 3, 2017 2:48:57 PM / by Jenn posted in Stained Glass Series by Sue Wilson

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I blogged the other day about the Stained Glass Bonsai using PVA glue and having to improvise.

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Stained Glass technique

[fa icon="calendar'] May 31, 2017 4:09:56 PM / by Jenn posted in Stained Glass Series by Sue Wilson

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An entry from Sue Wilson's Particraft blog, using the Stained Glass Bonsai Tree, came up in my newsfeed and it caught my attention:

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One Crafty Cardmaker! Quick Cards with Decorer Papers

[fa icon="calendar'] May 11, 2017 3:34:24 PM / by Jenn posted in Quick Card Making

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One of our card designers is so quick to be able to come up with card ideas. Virginia whipped together these adorable cards in minutes ... all without the use of dies, emobssing folders, inks or any special equipment.

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Mixed Media Structure Paste DIY

[fa icon="calendar'] May 3, 2017 4:25:22 PM / by Jenn posted in Watercolor background

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We've been playing with the structure paste and quite enjoying the varied uses in cardmaking.

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Technique: sub·strate [səbˌstrāt/] noun

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 28, 2017 6:00:00 AM / by Jenn posted in Watercolor background

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A lesson to be learned!

Substrate:  noun 

a solid substance or medium to which another substance is applied and to which that second substance adheres.

Case in point my latest watercolor technique. This blog wasn't going to be about paper and the significant role it plays in your card projects .... but I figured why waste a good learning opportunity.

Waste adjective

(of a material, substance, or byproduct) eliminated or discarded as no longer useful or required after the completion of a process.
   
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