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  • Everything You Do

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    A flowery card for Mother’s Day, birthday, or a thank you to someone special. The top layer w/ the diagonal cut is not as hard as it looks, so I took extra pics to show the steps.

    It’s my turn to host the Splitcoast Inspiration Challenge (IC957) & I chose On Sutton Place & their Pinterest Board where I found THIS lovely picture.

    The top white panel was cut before I stamped the flowers. Since I was trying something new w/ the dies, I didn’t want to have to start over w/ coloring the flowers if it didn’t work out. Here are the instructions for how I did the diagonal half cut background.

    After I used the largest rectangle to cut the entire front, I placed the smaller rectangle evenly on top. Then I used a smaller top cutting plate, placed it diagonally from corner to corner, and ran it thru the machine. Since only half of die was covered by the top plate, it only cut that half. Above pic is how it looked after cutting only half.

    I took a ruler w/ a metal edge, placed it diagonally from corner to corner of the cut, and used a craft knife to cut the diagonal.

    Yay! It worked perfectly. Then the flowers & greeting were stamped on the uncut diagonal half. I masked the short jar of flowers then stamped the tall one behind it. All except the edge of the tall one on the right. Since they’re both glass, you’d still be able to see that edge thru the top jar.  I placed the plaid cut background behind the opening, then the scraped acrylic paint background under all of it. This is a background I made a long while back. Basically, you put drops of acrylic paint on card stock, then scrape across the paint w/ a tool. I used a credit card & metallic shimmer acrylic paint.

    Here are the Copics I used:

    Thanks so much for stopping by!


    Stamps: Brass & Bliss: Flowers & Vase set
     Paper:  Staples 110# white, lt blue 
    Ink: VersaClair nocturne, Memento tuxedo black
    Accessories:  Brass & Bliss/Rubbernecker Stamps: Rectangles, Plaid Cover dies,  MISTI, Copic Markers, sequins, metallic shimmer acrylic paint

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  • Best Butterfly

    Looking for a little drama in a card? This may be just what you need. The colors pop & this card uses both heat embossing & dry embossing. Bright colored butterflies against a black background were created using an old technique but it is sure to be an attention grabber.

    A big congrats to Sherri, the newest Featured Stamper (FS890). She has a really beautiful gallery & I was drawn to THIS dramatic card. I loved the bright colors surrounded by black, so I kept that & the layout, but I used a different technique, different images, embossing folder & dies.

    I didn’t have the scratch off paper she used, so I used an old technique for the butterflies on black circle. It’s called Joseph’s Coat & there is a tutorial HERE. The original technique has a brayered background under the embossing & black, but I just sponged 4 colorful inks around the circle. After drying the area & tapping over it w/ an embossing buddy, I clear embossed the butterflies using Versamark & clear powder. Then comes the fun. I took black soot Distress ink & sponged it over the entire circle, trying to get it as dark as possible. Immediately, I used a soft paper towel to wipe the ink off of the embossing, In places where it seemed a little dull, I took a water brush, lightly went over the embossing, then wiped it again to bring back the brightness of the colors.

    The greeting was stamped on a narrow strip then I cut the end using the tag die. I added a black tag behind it, just slightly wider. After using an embossing folder on the white panel, I put it all together.

    Thanks so much for stopping  by! 


    Stamps: Brass & Bliss/Rubbernecker Stamps: Butterfly Flowers, BFF Phrases set #1
    Paper:  Staples 110# white, black
    Ink:   Versaclair nocturne, Versamark, Distress ink black soot,  Brass & Bliss/Rubbernecker Stamps: Color Fuse inks set #5, set #7, set #9 & set #11
    Accessories: Brass & Bliss/Rubbernecker Stamps: Stitched Circles, Offset Tags, Butterfly Flowers dies,  clear embossing powder, Crossover II, Misti, Quickurz/Lifestyle Dainty embossing folder

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  • Floral Smile

    A flowery, all occasion card for a friend or relative featuring beautiful dies & paper w/ a short tutorial showing how I did the partial die cut edge. 

    A big congrats to Diane, the newest Featured Stamper (FS856)! She has a really lovely gallery & after much browsing, I chose THIS card to case. I loved the fancy lower edge & layout, so I kept those, but I used different dies, colors & papers.

    For my card, I did something I don’t usually do..I picked the floral paper first & die cut it. I wanted to make sure it would stand out enough behind the top panel. Then I cut a smaller white panel & used an oval die to do a partial die cut edge.
    Here’s how I did that:

    I placed the large stitched oval where I wanted the edge to be (shown above).

    Then I placed the top plate over just the area I wanted to cut. (I’m using the Big Shot here so you can see it, above). The machine will only cut what the top plate covers.

    All cut & turned out perfectly! Now I have the curved edge I wanted.

    I then die cut the fancy oval & the envelope of flowers out of white & trimmed off what I wasn’t going to use. I placed the section of the fancy oval under the curved edge & the flowers/leave of the flower envelope I trimmed to fit on top. I cut some pieces of 2 different dusty pinks to place behind the 2 big flowers & 2 small buds. The greeting was stamped in black & heat embossed. I didn’t have the right color of gems, so I used a Copic marker (RV34) to color the clear stones. The greeting circles were popped up just a bit.

    so much for stopping by!


    Stamps:  Rubbernecker Stamps: Petunia Blooms set (greeting)
    Paper:  Staples 110# white, lt pink, dusty pink, Rubbernecker Stamps: Welcome Spring paper pad
    Ink: Versaclair nocturne
    Accessories:  Rubbernecker Stamps :  Nested Stitched Rectangles, Letter Full of Flowers,  Petunia Blooms, Decorative Floral Circle, Stitched Circles, Stitched Ovals dies ,  Crossover II, embossing powder ,rhinestones

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