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Today’s Technique Challenge (TLC570) turned out to be a REAL challenge! We are supposed to emboss using a stencil & though the sandwiches were given for different machines, my first attempt was a disaster! It shredded the card stock & worse, it broke the plastic stencil into a multitude of pieces. Oh well! So I used something I knew would work, because I’ve done many times…I used a piece of plastic canvas (from the cross stitch section) to emboss. These plastic & mesh canvases are much tougher than stencils & are also much more flexible.
Pink Wishing Well 08308 Even so, I still had trouble trying to run it through my Big Shot. So I pulled out my old original Ol’ Red Sizzix, so I could apply the amount of pressure I knew would work. I had a 6″ round piece of plastic canvas & to make it fit Ol’ Red, I cut it in half, misted the heavy card stock lightly, then embossed it onto the card stock.  I like how it mimics the round stacked rocks of the well. I went with some different colors for the well then die cut it w/ a Double Stitched Circle. The outer ring was colored to match & put back. 

Here’s a look at the inside & below it are the Copics I used.
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Thanks so much for stopping by! Be sure to check back on Feb. 1st for the ODBD new release blog hop. We’ll have some fabulous new dies & images to show you!
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Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs – Wishing Well,  Trois Jolies Papillons (Happy Birthday miniinside)
Paper: heavy white (Recollections), Hammermill white
Ink:  Adirondack denim
Accessories: ODBD Flourished Star Pattern, Double Stitched RectanglesDouble Stitched Circles, Trois Papillon, Pennant diesCopic markers, Misti, Spellbinders circles dies, 6″ circular cross stitch canvas, sequins

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Today’s Inspiration Challenge (IC529) is a site full of fun items. I saw THIS and thought the bicycle theme would make a cute Valentine. 
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The bicycle was die cut and added to a sponged background. I had already stamped the heart tree & masking it would have been a nightmare so I just carefully sponged around it & used a marker to fill in any blank spots. I did have to do a little out of the box on the left side of three before I added it to a polka dot stamped layer. The big solid hearts were stamped & fussy cut then I added red stickles to them & some Wink of Stella to the hearts on the tree.

Here’s a look at the inside w/ just some simple stamping.
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Thanks so much for stopping by! If you haven’t, please head on over and check out the DRS Thursday Challenge..this week it’s a color challenge. DRS images are not required & there’s a nice prize up for grabs!
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Stamps: DRS Designs-  Valentine Tree, Triple Silhouette Hearts, Small Silhouette Heart, Happy Valentine’s Day, Polka Dot Bg,  (inside –Be My Valentine Question Mark )
Paper: Neenah white, scraps of black & red (for bicycle)
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Versafine onyx, Distress inks spun sugar, worn lipstick, tumbled glass
Accessories:  Spellbinders A2 matting basics B  dies, Lil’ Inkers stitched rectangles dies, Copic markers (for heart tree), Wink of Stella, red stickles, Bicycle die (Quickutz, Denmark collection), small bow (Memory Box Precious Stars die)

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Today’s Ways to Use It Challenge (WT567) is about how cold it is! It’s definitely been on the chilly side here…we had sleet most of the the afternoon & we’re supposed to have snow tomorrow afternoon & on into Sat. morning. Maybe it’s just me, but when it’s already that cold, just go ahead and snow. It’s much preferable to the frozen rain, sleet & ice. Those are just accidents waiting to happen! And besides…I would much rather see lacy, pretty snowflakes like these than frozen pellets of ice. 
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To make my wintry blue card, I first die cut the largest layer, then die cut the smaller inset w/ a stitched rectangle.  Then I heat embossed the large & smaller snowflakes w/ white powder onto the smaller inset then sponged on the blue inks from the Kaleidacolor ink pad. I also sponged the larger frame but reversed the colors w/ the dark on top & light at the bottom. 

The greeting took a bit of finagling. I used a stamp positioner & masking to rearrange the vertical SNOW into a horizontal direction & colored it w/ a few blue & blue-violet Copics. I added a couple of die cut shapes that reminded me of snowflakes, a few punched snowflakes & some stickles for a little sparkle.


Here’s a look at the inside..just some simple stamping.
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Thanks so much for stopping by! If you haven’t, please head on over and check out the DRS Thursday Challenge..this week it’s a color challenge. DRS images are not required & there’s a nice prize up for grabs!
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Stamps: DRS Designs – Med. Filigree SnowflakeLg. Filigree Snowflake,Vertical Let it Snow,  (Warm Thoughts-inside)
Paper:  Neenah white
Ink:   Kaleidacolor blue breeze, Colorbox frost white pigment
Accessories:  Spellbinders pierced A2 matting basics A , Persian Accents dies, Lil’ Inkers Stitched Rectangles, stickles, Copic markers, snowflake punches