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    Birthday candles

    Hi crafters. Before I ever saw a Jennifer McGuire video or ordered stamps online, I found this stamp. I was treasure hunting at the second hand shop and got lucky by finding this Hero Arts Five big candles woodblock rubber stamp. It was probably the first larger rubber stamp I owned.  I often wonder about the person who relinquishes a second hand stamp – did they go into a nursing home or worse?  I rarely see good craft items like this as crafters don’t part willingly with their items very often.  I am sharing this for the Hero Arts’ 45th anniversary as they are having a show and tell about…

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    Ornate florals

    Hi crafters. A bit more of a vintage card today. I started by stencilling the Prima ornate lace stencil with brown and black texture paste onto book paper. I stained the paper with distress stains when the paste was dry. I wanted to try out the Tim Holtz small tattered floral dies so cut these from book paper and stained them too. Once dry, I layered the flowers and shaped them. The book paper was a little smaller than a 5×7 card so I added brown strips on the edges and then stuck it down. I glued Kaisercraft Horizontal damask border over the edges. I should have made more flowers…

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    Oval blossoms

    Hi crafters. I had flower pieces left over from the last card so I made another one. I had Pinkfresh Studio dainty blossoms black outlines and coloured photo paper insets. I put double sided tape across the back of the open flower outlines and inlaid the coloured pieces. I burnished them to make sure they were stuck. Then I had to trim the double sided tape from the outside edges of the flowers. This was fiddly. There may be a better way to do this. I cut an oval from a black piece of paper and adhered acetate to the back. I cut a slightly smaller rectangle of yellow funfoam…

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    Spring flowers

    Hi crafters. I created this card using the colours from the Pinkfresh April challenge. I used the Pinkfresh dainty blossoms dies to cut a piece of black paper. I adhered a slightly smaller piece of acetate behind the black. I created the paper for the flowers by colouring photo paper. The yellow and the pink/red were made by lightly applying distress oxides wild honey and worn lipstick on the photo paper. The green and blue were made by colouring the photo paper with alcohol markers. Once the flowers were cut out I inlaid them onto the acetate. I created many small shaker areas with black foam tape on the back…

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    Beautiful Blooms

    Hi crafters. I was inspired by Sandra’s card last week where she used alcohol inks over texture paste on yupo. I decided to try that. I used a 5×7 piece of Yupo paper and applied texture paste through the Prima ornate lace stencil. I wanted to try to foil on wet embossing paste so I put some foil over it while it dried. This was a mistake. The yupo doesn’t absorb any moisture and with the foil over it, it can’t evaporate so it doesn’t dry. I ended up with wet paste for about 36 hours. As it turned out I shouldn’t have bothered. Some foil did stick. I applied…

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    MFT challenges

    Hi crafters. I decided to try a card for the current MFT sketch challenge 432 and the Color challenge 115. I decided to try and make some paper to use with the gel press. I tried adding these colours and using MFT background stamps to remove colour. The main piece I used here has the MFT diagonal design background stamp showing in it. Not much of the lighter blue showed in this piece so I used another piece with lighter blue to do the stripe. I used cardstock with rose gold foil on it to cut the happy birthday die cut from. I lost the dot from the i so…

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    Hey chick

    Hi crafters. This is a card for the Simon says Stamp challenges this week. I started with a piece of paper that I had printed using green paint and Neat and Tangled Landscape textures line stamp. I cut this piece with MFT grassy fields dies. I swiped these pieces with distress stain daubers in green using dark greens at the front and lighter ones at the back. The sky paper was gel press brayer paper that I added tumbled glass, shaded lilac and mermaid lagoons stains to, to colour the unpainted paper. I layered these pieces with double sided tape at the lower edges and then arranged the animals. The…

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    Owl good

    Hi crafters. I started tidying and found some things to try out and this card is the result. The paper is very smooth and came as packaging. I stamped the Picket fence Owl in Memento tuxedo black and coloured him with alcohol markers. I also stamped his feet on the branch from Tim Holtz small tattered florals. I adhered a couple of branches and some leaves. The strip on the side was ribbon for gift wrapping to which I added a couple of washi tapes. The happy birthday is Hero Arts Hero greetings occasions. The lower sentiment was stamped with Sugar Pea designs Handwritten script alphabet. I am entering this…

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    Something’s fishy

    Hi crafters. When the world’s going crazy I think the best thing to do is colour cats. For this card I stamped the Lil Inkers Cat Hugs with coffee Archival ink and coloured with alcohol markers. I used a black copic multi liner to go over some details and extend the image a little wider. I cut the cats with the coordinating die. I contrasted the cats with green/teal fish which I covered in Jo Sonja’s opal dust to make them sparkly. I had a precut pearlised card base which I swiped with blue and teal makers. The sentiment is from the same set. I am entering this card in…

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    Navy CAS

    Hi crafters. I wanted to use the Artplorations plaid maker stencil for this card. I was looking for a scrap of white paper and I found this circle of photo paper. I thought I’d try that and see what happened. I used the stencil with my Versafine Clair Twilight ink pad to make initial stripes. As these stripes won’t dry on photo paper, I decided to grab the clear embossing powder to heat emboss them. When I grabbed the powder, I accidentally grabbed the white instead of the clear powder. I realised when I poured it on but decided to press on anyway. At first the powder went white, but…