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‘Tis The Season: A plethora of ideas…

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One of my favoritest–truly–stampy things to do is take a set and develop a bunch of different ideas with it. These have all been rolling around in my head for ‘Tis The Season and  it was really fun to make ‘em real!  And, I tried to film ‘em in the process.  Well, you know what they say about the road to Hades being paved with good intentions… I won’t tell you about my week, but suffice it to say that there were numerous interruptions to the mojo that ultimately led to me not realizing I hadn’t turned the camera back ON, after each interruption.   Yeaaaaaahhhhh.  In the grand scheme of life, this is nothing, really, but it does make a girl cranky… #cursewords  Keepin’ it real, folks… Just keepin’ it real…

 

 

Thanks for giving the video a thumbs’ up on YouTube!   

 

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(Not in the video).  This is a speedy quick 4 bar size card (3.5 x 5″); stamp the two sentiments inside a kraft note card, wrap it with twine and Bob’s yer uncle!

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Perfect for those who are more the “no fuss, no muss” type. ‘Nuff said.

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I love that little car…. The camera was off on this one…. *sigh*  Stamp with bleed-proof ink, watercolor it, die cut it, white emboss a greeting, and slap it onto a woodgrain card with a messy thread nest and sequins. Swipe some Stickles on there, and call it a day.

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Again, camera was off. But, I love.  LOVE!!!

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The tangle lights were clear embossed over black pigment ink, colored quickly and die cut. Masked off a section on the top panel and sponged ink, allowing it to fade as I moved towards the top. I seem to do a better blending job on Bristol than Neenah Solar White. Hard to tell in the pic, but I brushed a little Wink of Stella over the tops of the bulbs for some subtle sparkle.   Did I say I love this card?

 

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Camera was on for this one. *insert rolling eyeballs* I love making my own tags with the WRMK Angle Corner Chomper; no limits to size, and the thing can punch through multiple layers of card stock at the same time! *fist pump*  Wish I were skinny enough to fit into that sweater… *sigh*

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In the video. I forced myself to use some Lawn Fawn patterned paper I’ve been hoarding….

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Yay! Ginger made the video! I think the glittery stripes helped set the whole thing off…

Hope these inspire!

1Julie

 

Share Handmade Kindness…

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My buddy Jennifer McGuire has launched a pretty cool project, and one I’m pretty honored to participate in! You can read more about that right here:  Share Handmade Kindness

I’m a little late to the party, but when she first contacted me, I was (am) so honored to have been invited to participate! They say better late than never, right?! So, here I am with my small, but hopefully helpful bit!

The video is not intended to be a tutorial, but more of a sharing some info about the project, and some ideas for getting involved, and some card ideas I made.

 

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Yes, we are makers of cards–it’s what we do. But, I think Jennifer is right on the mark:  The joy of creating something is equaled, or even surpassed by the sharing of that creation.  You can support The Kind Campaign by making a donation, and/or purchasing the stamps created for the movement by Hero Arts–they are donating 25% of the proceeds of the sale of the stamps to The Kind Campaign! Pretty doggone awesome, right?!

Spreading kindness through our art & craft is just one avenue–there are many other ways. In essence it’s more an attitude, than anything else.  Kindly spoken words, even to a complete stranger, never fade and take only a scant few seconds of time…

More kindness? Yes, we’d love some!

1Julie

Supplies used in projects:

 

Happy Friday, An Announcement + A Card

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The winners of the Essentials by Ellen Holiday II release have all been posted over at the CLASSroom blog–be sure to pop over and see if your name is on the winners’ list!

I have a quick share today–the brush script sentiments in the Holly Jolly set make me so happy–they are big enough to take center stage all by their onesies! *grin*

I watercolored a quarter sheet of watercolor paper with Distress Stains, added some droplets of water, let it dry, prepped it with the powder tool, and then white embossed over the top.  There’s only two cute brushy trees in the set, but I stamped the smaller one again so I could have a trio.

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After trimming down and mounting to a standard A-2 card, glued on my beloved Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins and then added Silver Stickles along the edge. My friend Stephanie, who owns the Paper Garden, taught me how she adds Stickles to the edges of her hand-made invitations and wedding announcements and I’ve been practicing to get as fast as she is at it–I think my jaw hits the floor every time I watch her do it!

Next Hello, Monday over in the CLASSroom, I’ll show you how on a different card I created. :)

Have a fab Friday, and hope your Halloween tomorrow is spook-a-licious! ;)

 

1Julie

 

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