Friday, November 18, 2016

Give Thanks Blog Hop

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You've reached the last stop in the hop.
If you arrived from the Card A Day Challenge Blog, YEAH!

If not, and you just happened here by chance or from a social media site, then please visit all the blogs listed at the bottom of the post.

We LOVE comments!
Be sure to leave a comment on each blog post on the hop 
to be entered into the  $20 prize drawing.

Now on with the projects...

I went through my archives of cards that I've made over the last couple of years
and thought I'd share with you some of my favorites. 

Multi-colored glitter applied through a stencil.

Distress inks on a background stamp, then sprayed with water.
Flowers are colored with markers.

A little flag inspired Thank You for a military member.

Fall leaves stamped with Distress Inks (1st and 2nd generation).

Stamping over a stenciled background.

Sprays mists through a stencil.

Spray mists through a stencil with distress ink diecut.

I hope you've enjoyed today's hop.
Don't forget to comment!!!!

Happy Crafting

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Friday, November 11, 2016

A Year of Card Techniques November Blog Hop

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Our year of hopping is almost through, if you've not gotten the chance to hop and comment each month, click on the links below to take you to the posts. 

January       February  March     April     May  
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Remember to comment on each blog, each month to be entered into 
the prize drawing.

Each comment on the 12 hops throughout the year will be 
entered into a drawing for a $25 or Stampin' Up gift certificate 
(Winner's Choice). 

Now on with the projects.

This month it's all about the see through stuff...vellum and acetate.

I started off making a few birthday cards using the vellum for diecuts.
I used the May Flowers Framelits by Stampin' Up.
I used the Trellis embossing folder by Sizzix and Ranger Distress Paper.

I used Ranger and Brutus Monroe metallic embossing powders to emboss the sentiments and the brads (I had a bunch of SU brads left over from a discontinued line) so they would match. 

The cards are simple and quick to put together but I like how they turned out.

Here's a few other cards using vellum.  
I really enjoy using embossing powder with vellum.  
It seals the ink so there is no smearing.







Here's a couple using acetate.

I highly recommend you get these staples out of the craft dungeon and dust them off.
Have fun and share with us on social media. #AYEARofCARDS

Happy Crafting

We really love feedback,  
so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in today's hop. 
Your hop destinations are:
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Friday, October 21, 2016

Exploring Family History Blog Hop

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You've reached the last stop on today's hop and we hope you've enjoyed the journey.
If you arrived from Card A Day Challenge Blog, then you've traveled the course.  If you arrived from somewhere else be sure to check out all the hop stops listed at the bottom of the post.

Whether you've inherited family pictures, just written down the stories you've heard or
are starting now for future generations, family history is important to us all.

What was in Grandma's recipes?  What did Great Grandpa do for a living?
Where are we from and how did we get here?

These are all questions that we ask ourselves as scrapbookers, genealogists and family historians.

We've shown you lots of different takes on preserving and celebrating that history.

I've got a couple of projects for you too.
So take a peek and don't forget to comment for your chance to win a $20 gift from

I'll start with the projects I shared on my very first post on this blog back in 2010.

These were the gifts I gave for Christmas in 2009 to my Grandmother and my Mom.

I made my version of a Wordle , but made it with my Cricut and CDS (Cricut Design Studio) . The first one is a 12x24 that I created for my Grandmother who will be 85 this May and it has the word Family in the center with her name and Grandpa's surrounded by all the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren's names. This was a challenge and I made the mistake of using heavy watercolor paper which I had used a metallic gold stamp pad to highlight the texture of the paper. The problem with using this paper was that it was so thick that the fine details did not cut well and of course I had welded the whole thing so it was a bear to get off the mat without tearing. I used the Stone Script font and it was just to delicate for this application but I'd already jumped in with both feet so I changed it up for the remaining ones. My beautiful daughter Rachel helped to glue it down and it is by no means perfect or straight but Grandma Bernie loved it and it is proudly hanging in her living room.

When I did the second one I used just a good heavy cardstock and of course it was smaller but I did not weld the names together in CDS and just glued them down next to each other and it turned out much better. Mom loved it, although she wasn't surprised since we had already been to Christmas at Gram's house before she got hers.

Hope you enjoy them. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

I'll also share a fun page I made with me and my Grandma Bernie.
Don't think that heritage pages have to be stuffy, find the humor and make them colorful.

Thanks for hopping!
Happy Crafting

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