Thursday, June 30, 2016

Crayon Embossing Folder Technique


The map background has been sitting on my desk all week, 

and I needed to do something with it. 

The embossing folder used is called Global. (retired SU)

I tried something new. First I embossed the white cardstock

took it out of the big shot and just opened up the folder. 

While the cardstock was still in place I used the side of 

a crayon (it had the paper wrapper completely removed)

to color the raised area. Crayon color was blue/green. 
 
By keeping the cardstock in the folder it kept the raised image from 
 
being pushed flat while the coloring was done. 

Embossed panel is layered on Marina Mist, and I drew little

dashed lines around it. 

Stamps used are from a retired SAB set. 


I did the same plane on the inside and added a few dashed lines. 
 
So the Cleveland Indians have won 12 games in a row! 
 
The last time they done that was in 1951. WOW!
 
Something has lit a fire under them. They are heading to Canada to 
 
take on Toronto this weekend. Lets see if they can make it a bakers dozen. 
 
GO TRIBE!!!!!
 
Stamping trails
Karen 


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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

First Harvest of the Season


We harvested our first crop of the season. 

This is a new crop for us. Hubby has never planted radishes before.
 
 
They grew very well. Only thing...I really don't care for radishes. 
 
 
I found a recipe on the web to saute them. So I tried that today on the

grill, and they were actually good that way. 


And forget the old saying "knee high by the 4th of July". Our corn

is up past my chest. 


It is growing so well. The whole garden is doing well. 

We should be able to harvest the potatoes next. That is another new crop for us.
 
The Brunswick fair starts tomorrow. We are going to go this year, but I'm not
 
sure which day. They will be shooting fireworks off on Saturday. Its always so
 
cool as you can see them very well from our backyard. 
 
Stamping trails
Karen 


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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

My Mailbox was Running Over!


I had such a happy mail day! This is my first pocket letter swap from 

the Pocket Letter Pals on FaceBook. Monique made this one for me. 

So pretty. Love all the pinks, and gold. 


She wrapped it up really pretty with pink tissue paper. She

also used washi tape to wrap it up. Oh and she also used the tape on the

outside of her envelope. Thanks for the great idea Monique! I have a ton of washi tape, so

this is a great way for me to start using it.


Photo of the back with neat little supplies. 


I really loved the tassel she made. Great add on for the side of the letter. 

Thanks Monique! 


Did I say happy mail day? Yes I did. My friend Kat also sent me a pack of 

cards. Same design in all different colors with different greetings inside. 
 
Thank Kat! 


Did I say happy mail day? Yes I did! 

I also received the last of the swaps that I am hosting. I'll be showing photos

of those later as I want the swappers to receive there swaps first before I share them on the blog. 

And there were a few more artist trading cards in the mail box. 

Yup my mailbox was thrilled, and so was I! 

Stamping trails
Karen
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Monday, June 27, 2016

Mailable Monday #157


Good Morning! 

Can you believe that June is almost over. 

Seems like Summer just got here and its already flying by. 

This is an alternate card  made using the June Paper Pumpkin kit. 
 
I like the concentric circle stamps. The washi tape and the sequins are
 
also part of the kit. The kit came with supplies to fill little banners with
 
sequins, but I normally never make the kits the way the instructions tell you to. 
 
Seems like I'm always changing them. 
 
Stamping trails
Karen 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Frames for ABC Swap


I'm hosting an ABC swap (anything but a card), and I also

signed up for a slot, so I wanted to post what I made for it. 

These are frames I got at Michael's yesterday. They

came in a package of four. 

Stamp set Grateful Bunch. Colors: crushed curry, island indigo, rose red,

crumb cake, and jet black StazOn. 

I stamped on watercolor paper and colored using an aqua painter. 


So lets talk about recycling. I reused the packaging the frames came in to

display the magnet frames. 


I cut a magnetic sheet to fit the card board that the frames were attached to, 

and stuck it down. Next I cut designer paper and glued it over the 

magnet sheet. After gluing a magnet to the back of each frame

I slipped it all back into the plastic packaging. 

I was feeling good yesterday and I did some running around.

Went to Pat Catan's, Michael's and Hollos. Also went to the post office

and grocery store. Haven't did that much running around at one time in

a long while. 

Friday night we went to the drive in and saw Independence Day Resurgence. 

It wasn't a bad movie, but not as good as the first one. Summer is officially here now that

we went to the drive in! 
 
Stamping trails
Karen
 
 


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Saturday, June 25, 2016

VC Rocks June Blog Hop Cruising with Flowers


Welcome to the VC Rocks June Blog Hop. 

Theme is Cruising with Flowers.

I found a video on Pinterest to make this cute holder for

stampin dimensionals, pearls, and rhinestones. 

It is perfect to sit on my desk as I'm always reaching for dimensionals. 


Front view. I used Botanical Blooms, with retired in line colors. I'm 

going to miss them! Just loved Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow, and Blue Lagoon.


This is a clean and simple card. Would be great for my Mailable Monday editions! 

Used Grateful Bunch stamp set. The flower was stamped on Hello Honey with black ink then

embossed with clear embossing powder. 


Inside card view.


And because June is just full of brides I made this flower card. 

Uses Petite Flowers with Blushing Bride ink. I just did an all over stamping with 

the same flower. Stamped panel was layered on Basic Gray cardstock, and then mounted

on Blushing Bride base card. 

The "love" thinlit is retired. It was also done in basic gray. 


Inside view. I left it blank so I can add a greeting later. 

Don't forget to check what the other designers did with flowers. 

Go visit VC Rocks blog.


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Friday, June 24, 2016

Bird Crazy 4th of July


These birds are so ugly they are cute! 

I stamped the bird on watercolor paper and then colored

with distress crayons and a aqua painter 

The hat was die cut with real red, an daffodil delight cardstock. 

Designer paper Tim Hotlz. The side design was cut with the

new swirly scribbles thinlits. 

And since I was making a 4th of July card....


I went ahead and made ATC's for the month of July swap. 


I like how the stars on the paper show in the birds eye. 

Flag stamped on watercolor paper, and again the coloring was

done with distress crayons and aqua painter. It was easy to bend

the damp watercolor paper after the cutting was done. I makes

the flag look like it is waving. 

Stamping trails
Karen
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