Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Celebrate Hot Air Balloon

For today's card I used a circle stamp from Lawn Fawn's Let's Bokeh. I started at the bottom with the lightest color of green ink and moved up from there with darker green ink. The balloon and banner die cuts are by Studio G. I covered them with Mod Podge to see what it would look like and didn't care for it. But it is what it is. I liked the die cuts with the background so I put it together. The green cardstock is by Sunborn and the black and white patterned paper is unknown.

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Preschool Layout

I really like this layout for two reasons: I made the circle grid all by myself in Cricut Craft Room and I love that I was able to fit 5 misc pictures into this one LO without it looking strange. Okay one more, I liked that I was able up some of those embellishments by Little Yellow Bicycle. The title sticker is by Me and My Big Ideas.

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Deep Red Stamps Crochet Thanks

Today's card uses a Crochet stamp by Deep Red Stamps. I heat embossed it with Versa Mark ink and white embossing powder. Then I added some distress inks onto my craft sheet and sprinkled it with Perfect Pearls. I sprayed the area generously with water and swirled the inks and Perfect Pearls together. I ran the stamped tag thru the colors and let it dry. I set a large silver eyelet through the hole.

The patterned paper is old by All My Memories and the yellow cardstock is by Sunborn. I used a border punch by Fiskars on the green paper. I dry embossed the paper under that with the Swiss dot embossing folder by Provo Craft. The sentiment at the bottom is a sticker by K and Co.

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Sleigh Ride Layout

I have another layout for the Christmas card books that I am constantly working on. All but the green patterned paper on the left is by Die Cuts with a View. The green cardstock is by Bazzill and the white by Recollections. I cut out the circle on the left with my Cricut and the George cartridge. Just below that is a flower circle sticker by Martha Stewart. There are number stickers on the right and they are by Little Yellow Bicycle. Nice and simple.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Thank You Background Card

I've used this background stamp multiple times and have had great results with each color combo. We need to try new color combos to really explore all the options that you may be missing.
I heat embossed a background stamp by Hero Arts with Versa Mark ink and clear embossing powder onto Ranger's watercolor paper. I pulled out the Peerless water colors and the Ranger water pen to mix the colors into the floral pattern. After it dried I trimmed it down and matted some purple cardstock behind it. I used the same purple cardstock for the sentiment (stamp and black ink by Hero Arts).There's yellow cardstock behind the purple on the sentiment.

Here are my other cards using the same background stamp:

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Love tag

For this tag I heat embossed a Hero Arts background stamp using Versa Mark ink and WOW! embossing powder. Then I inked it with distress ink and sprayed it with water mixed with Perfect Pearls. 

The flower is chipboard by Maya Road-maybe, that I painted with Ranger's Crackle Paint (Fired Brick). Once it dried I inked the edges with a dark brown distress ink. The center of the flower is a Spellbinders die cut which shows another way to use the smallest die cuts that no one ever knows what to do with. The love sentiment die cut is by K and Co and the rope around the hole at the top is by Wyla Inc. I should have set the hole with a heavy duty eyelet but it is what it is. 

I hope the recipient likes the tag. Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

1st Birthday Layout

I have an easy layout to share today. The star background paper is by Best Creations. The title is a die cut that I cut out with my Cricut and the Stamping cartridge. The green frame under the title was painted with Pebbles paint. The patterned paper under the frame is by Basic Grey-I think. The cupcake is a Cricut cut from the First Few Years cartridge. The blue die cut is foam by Tiny Crafts.

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Complete Recovery Card

This card came together after making a different card with similar products. Those 6x6 pads of paper are not ideal for my card size which is 4 x 5 1/2. I use the Recollections card bases because they come with an envelope and that makes it easier with out wasting a ton of time, in my opinion.

The patterned paper is by Prima. The border die cuts and the white oval die cut are both by Spellbinders and the cardstock is by Recollections. The blue oval is a Sizzix die cut out of Color-Aid colored paper. The stamp is by Stampin Up with black ink by Hero Arts.

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Lucky Stars Card

My card today is not your normal card for it doesn't open and close. It's purple cardstock that I dry embossed and then sprayed with water and Perfect Pearls. I inked the edges of the cardstock and the purple rectangle die cut with Dusty Concord distress ink. The sentiment stamp and it's black ink are by Hero Arts. The rectangle die cuts are by Spellbinders. The peachy color cardstock is by Bazzill. I cut the bottom border with my Cricut and the Ribbons and Rosettes cartridge. I die cut some purple foam by Tiny Crafts with a Lawn Fawn stars and arrows dies. The second picture shows the back of the card to write my message.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Laugh Tag

I have a tag to share today. I stamped on gray cardstock a Lawn Fawn border stamp with blue ink by SU and then added Glossy Accents to some of the holes in the pattern. The patterned paper at the bottom is by My Mind's Eye and I used a Fiskar border punch on the top of the patterned paper. I added rub-on flowers by American Crafts to the left of the patterned paper. The sentiment is a die cut by K and Co. I added ribbon from Joann's around the top of the stamped border and then added dollar store rope through the hole at the top.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Joy to You and Yours

This Christmas card uses an old stamped image that I borrowed at a crop. I'm not sure the manufacturer but I stamped it with brown SU ink and colored it in with with paint and powdered chalk mixed together. I used a Spellbinders die to die cut the image out and I inked the inside with red distress ink. The background paper is by SU and the red is by Die Cuts with a View. The sentiment is stamped with Versa Mark ink and heat embossed with red embossing powder by Ranger on kraft colored cardstock The kraft cardstock and green behind it are are both by CM.

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Friday, October 7, 2016

Sketches in Thyme Project Life

It's my turn on the Sketches in Thyme Project Life blog using the following sketch:

I'm working on these pocket page (We R Memory Keepers) books for my brothers-in-law. Each boy will gets a book with pictures from their childhood. There are 5 boys. Yes 5. (Ugh!) Therefore, my layouts for these books aren't like uber detailed for two reasons: 

First - I have a deadline and I really want to meet that goal-I'm not sure if it's really possible to get them all done by Christmas but I'll try. 

Second - They're boys and according to my husband, when he looks at a page he doesn't see the same things as I do. He sees the pictures and the memories that go with them not the embellishments. He doesn't like the pages when they're too busy so I keep them plain and simple.

The grid patterned paper is by October Afternoon and the green is by Making Memories. I stamped the train and stars (The Paper Company) and the numbers and letters (Lawn Fawn) with Hero Arts black ink. The arrow and the number 6 are Cricut cuts.

All the different patterned papers on this page are by Making Memories. I circle cut a photo and added some birthday stickers to the right upper card.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Stampendous Birthday

I was trying new color combinations for the card today. The background is the card base and is by Recollections. The flower and sentiment are stamps by Stampendous. The flower is stamped with Colorbox pigment ink and the sentiment with Hero Arts black ink.

I matted the flower with aqua paper by Hot off the Press and then yellow cardstock by Bazzill. The patterned paper that the sentiment is on is by Die cuts with a View. The punched the edge with a border punch by Fiskars.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Friend Michelle Christmas Card Layout

My layout today is one for the Christmas card book(s) that I'm always working on. I'm a little behind with these books but they are a work in progress. I've noticed people are sending less and less cards these days which makes me think this book series could come to an end one of these years. Big bummer. I really like seeing their kids grow from year to year.

The background paper is unknown but the paper for the die cuts are by Hot off the press. I welded the leaves together in Cricut Craft Room from the Art Philosophy cartridge. The poinsettias flowers are by Prima and I've placed a enamel dot in the center. The cream colored enamel dots are by Fiskars and the pinkish ones are by Cloud 9. The bird sticker is by American Crafts, the ribbon by Offray and the 2013 is cut out using the same cartridge as mentioned above. 

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Christmas card layout

Here's another layout for my Christmas card book(s). I followed the sketch at the bottom.

 The tree background paper is by Making Memories as well as the strip of green under the photo and behind the red chipboard swirl. The red patterned paper behind the photo is by Die cuts with a View. The white cardstock is by Recollections and the green corner piece by Sunborn. I inked that corner piece with distress ink. 

The Joy tag is by Jolee's/EK Success. The red chipboard has been painted red with paint by Studio Calico.

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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Sunflower Cart

On my blog today are some fall seasoned cards using powdered chalk and paint by Stamp N Plus. The image is dry embossed with an embossing folder by Darice and I painted over the design with a mixture of chalk and paint.  There's not a ton of difference between the two until the assemble. I used yellow cardstock behind the first and orange behind the second. I die cut the Spellbinders sentiment out of orange cardstock by Coredinations and adhered it to the front of the card.

For the second one I chose to forego the sentiment and instead added some die cuts by Lawn Fawn out of glitter paper by Die Cuts with a View.

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Friday, September 30, 2016

Family Fall Layout

I have a calendar layout to share today. The title die cut "Family" is a Cricut cut from the cartridge Cricut Sampler. Leaves are stamps by Studio G that I inked with Colorbox pigment ink and let dry before cutting them out. The only patterned paper that I know is the striped paper is by MME. 

I received a bunch of paper (a lot on this layout) from my mom who would cut off the strips at the top which had the manufacturer name on it. Oh well what can you do? Im not one to complain about free paper. 

The border punch on the left (by EK Success) is cut with Bazzill cardstock. I think my favorite part about this layout is I was able to use a bunch of scraps and get them out of my way. 

Thanks for stopping by. See you tomorrow.

Thursday, September 29, 2016


Today's card is very Stampin Up and by that I mean the aqua cardstock under the white, the embossing folder, the yellow mosaic ink, stamp and matching punch, and the aqua stamped character are all by Stampin Up. Ink color is called Daffodil Delight and the aqua is by Colorbox. The sentiment sticker is Pebbles.

Easy-peasy today. Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Destiny Card

I made this card for a sweet lady who (or is it whom?) my husband fondly refers to as "The English Chick" because she taught English at the same high school. She accepted a new job and I wanted her to know we care.

The black paper is by Die Cuts with a View, black ribbon by Doodlebug and the black ink by Hero Arts. The stamp and the star brad at unknown. The star background is a The Crafter's Workshop stencil. I taped the stencil to my cardstock by Strathmore and applied silver embossing paste (Dreamweaver Stencils) over top.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Deep Red Stamps Merry Christmas

I stamped the Merry Christmas Deep Red Stamps image onto Strathmore watercolor cardstock with Hero Arts black ink. I colored the image in with distress inks and added some iridescent paint in a few areas. I trimmed it down and inked the edges with red distress ink before adhering it to a green patterned paper by Pink Paislee.

I almost always work on a piece of cardstock or patterned paper and then add that panel to the card base. This embossed border is a reason why I do that. If I were to emboss the card base you would be able to see it inside the card. Although the border might not be the best example because it might look really nice on the inside but when using brads I don't want the prongs sticking out when the recipient opens the card. Just personal preference.

This embossed border is by Darice. The patterned paper is unknown. The snowflake sticker on the left is by We R Memory Keepers. I cut a Spellbinders die called Dahlia out of Die Cuts with a View green cardstock. I inked the edges with Forest Moss distress ink before adhering the sticker to it.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Manly Monday Anchor

Manly Monday card today has an anchor stamp which is sponge stamp that I was able to get a good impression with regular Stampin Up navy blue ink. Die cut the image with a Spellbinders die. Die cut a Design Objectives die for behind and with the same die, cut out blue foam by Tiny Crafts. Adhere the three die cuts together.

Stamp a card base by Recollections with a Hero Arts background stamp with blue Stampin Up ink. Cover the top left corner with navy cardstock and cover the seam with Creative Memories patterned paper that has been cut with a swirly paper trimmer.Die cut the arrows and sentiment from Cricut and adhere all the parts together.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fall Stencil ATC's

These ATC's were for last month but I didn't get a chance to blog about them. For the background paper of these cards I used old packaging because I wasn't sure what I was doing at the time and didn't want to waste good paper. That "waste good paper" statement makes me laugh. What project do I think deserves "good paper"? Silly.

I added acrylic paint to white embossing powder and applied it to a Dreamweaver Stencils fall leaves stencil. After they dried, I covered each one with Perfect Pearls gold, bronze and copper. I liked the gold the best (left side). 

The leaf is a punch that I covered with Scattered Straw Crackle Distress paint (Ranger). After they dried, I stamped the word fall using My Stamp Box letter and Close to my Heart orange ink. I tied raffia in a bow around the stem of the leaf and covered the center with a leaf punch. Lots of leaves but they turned out pretty.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Purple Arrows Thank you Card

I'm really into arrows and love this arrow embossing folder by Provo Craft. After I embossed the purple cardstock (The Paper Studio), I covered it with Perfect Pearls (Ranger). I die cut the two scallop circles (Spellbinders). One out of polka dot patterned paper and the other out of white cardstock. 

The center stamped image...I guess you may call it a flower, was stamped with multiple Colorbox cat eye pigment inks on a mint cardstock (Recollections). After it dried, I cut out the stamped image using the matching die cut (Sizzix). I die cut a label (Tim Holtz with Sizzix) and stamped an American Crafts sentiment with Hero Arts charcoal ink. 

I found the two strips of paper in my stash that happened to go together perfectly without having to cut them. I adhered the polka dot die cut behind the strips of paper and then layered the other two on top of that. I finished by adhering the sentiment. 

Have a great day and thanks for looking.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

1950's Decade ATC's

I made these ATC's for a decades swap on Scrapbook.com. I stamped the Deep Red Stamps Jukebox image onto Strathmore watercolor cardstock with Hero Arts black ink. I colored the image in with distress inks and a few areas with distress markers. I fussy cut the image out and went to work on the background.

I daubed distress ink colors: Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Ripe Persimmon, onto my craft sheet. I sprinkled the area with some powdered chalks such as gold, sunshine yellow and fluorescent colors pink orange and yellow. I had a bottle of iridescent paint that was almost empty which made it easy for me to splatter some onto the work area along with the inks and chalks. I sprayed the area generously with water and swirled the paint, inks and chalks together but just a little bit. I wanted to see what was going to come out of this witch's brew. I took some packaging that was white on one side and swiped it through the mixture in different areas and at different angles.

After I did the initial paper swipe, I thought that I should stop with this piece of paper now and grab another piece of paper to see what we will get next. So I played some more with other papers and noticed that the first one didn't have a good showing of yellow. 

When the colors get all mixed together yellow loses to the darker colors. I decided that while the paper was still drying I had time to sprinkle on some bright yellow (think sunflower) powdered chalk on top. You have to have a light hand when adding something at this point of the "make your own background" craziness or you'll have to start over. Ugh! Not happening. I put some chalk onto a tool to scrape off pictures that has a flat surface and tapped a little off with the one hand as the other moved around. I think it turned out really pretty. It's sad sometimes that all the hard work on the background gets covered it up with stuff. I wish I could become "one" with white space.  (Hard work is really more like a little kid playing with paints)

Here's a look at all three. The sentiment stickers are by Stampabilities, the music note is a Cricut die cut that I wrote on with a ZIG Millennium pink pen and the small stamp in between the notes/under the 1950's writing is a stamp by My Sentiments Exactly that I stamped with Hero Arts ink.

Sorry for the long post. Thanks for coming by.