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    Neutral quarters

    Hi crafters. It’s been raining, which is the perfect time for paper piecing. I pulled out the SSS Geometric Circles dies and started playing with various neutral papers. The card was inspired by the beautiful handmade paper I found, which I used as the background. I made various circles and then decided to separate out the darker ones for a separate, darker card for which I used a wooden shelf liner for the background. I had some left over circles so I made a third card with less dimension. I used the same SSS sentiment die for all 3 cards. For the darker card, I clear embossed the diecut to…

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    Birthday squares

    Hi crafters. The Simon says Stamp Wednesday challenge is to use 2 or more pattern papers. I decided this was a great opportunity to use the SSS Geometric Builder Squares dies. I cut one from 3 different papers and put them back together with a lighter and a darker in each square. I used different bits of the same paper for the last row. From a distance it looks a bit 3D. I glued the panel to fun foam and placed it on a silver cardbase. The SSS sentiment was cut from silver cardstock 3 times. Happy crafting, Christine

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    Adventures in plastic

    Hi crafters. Well I couldn’t resist doing some more recycling for the Simon says Stamp Monday challenge. Instead of alcohol ink, I coated bubble wrap with paint. This was bubble wrap with no backing. I dribbled and rubbed rose gold and copper liquid acrylic paints on it. When that was dry, I taped it to a board and added brown liquid acrylic ink to the edges and misted and tilted, till it ran through the cracks. I put a book page behind it as bits are still see-through. The black, twisted foliage is plastic spiral book binding. I held my heat gun between my knees and put the plastic coil…

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    Sunset party

    Hi crafters. I used my other alcohol inked and foiled bubble wrap piece to form the background for my partying cow. The Simon says Stamp Burst die was dry embossed onto recycled black cardboard as well as cut from red cardstock. The cow is from Tim Holtz Funny Farm and the sentiment and hat are from the Taylored Expressions If Cows Could Talk stamp set. I cut a shiny, textured, orange scrap with a MFT Grassy Fields die. I am entering this card in the Simon says Stamp Monday challenge which is recycle.

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    You are ready

    Hi crafters. This week’s Simon says Stamp Monday challenge is recycle. I’ve been playing with bubble wrap to make some backgrounds. This bubble wrap had a white plastic backing which is perfect for letting the colours of alcohol ink show on it. This piece has various blues and greens on it. I used scraps of leftover foil to lay on the drying alcohol ink to give foiled accents. When I sewed it onto a cardbase the sewing machine foot rubbed off some ink, so I dabbed some more back on with a brush. The lady is from an old nameless woodblock stamp. I put a Simon says Stamp Burst diecut…

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    Recycled stencil stand

    Hi crafters. The Simon says Stamp Monday challenge is recycle. I thought I would share my stencil stand in it. This was inspired by a Stencil Girl video. I am one of those people who can’t park in their garage because it has a lot of “useful” things in there. I went rummaging and used an old Ikea weighted lamp base, a threaded rod left over from renovation, a lampshade frame, metal motor casing from an old dryer, metal tubing from a lamp, wire that came with the house and a few nuts and washers. This project has evolved due to it falling over early on as the weight was…

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    A Pop Art Scene

    Hi crafters. Sometimes an accident is the best thing in making a card.I was painting tear-off calendar pages to use in collage, and I decided to stamp the Judikins wood block 2499G stamp on it. I was stamping with Staz On which was a bit dry. When I lifted the stamp, some paper and paint tore off the top. I decided this could be an opportunity, so I stamped again on top. I thought the acrylic paint would resist water based media, so I rubbed Mustard Seed Distress Stain on the bare patches. The background is the waste from a Kaisercraft Mixed Media Circles diecut which I had glued down…

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    Love letter

    Hi crafters. I was inspired by a feather made by Tiffany of Southern Gals designs which she sent Kristin Van Valkenburgh to as part of a collaboration. In honour of the Simon says Stamp Monday challenge (Use something green), I have added green to my feather. I dropped alcohol inks on my feather: green on the white bits and gold mixative on the black. I liked the gold, so I painted the spine of the feather with a matching gold paint. I felt like some black for this card. The background was made by adding matt texture paste to glossy black paper. The stencil is from Little Birdie. To finish…

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    Foiled face

    Hi crafters. I tried foiling with Heidi Swapp toner ink today. The background was collaged bits with gesso and stencilling on top. This was probably not the best surface to try this on as it was uneven. I took the Dina Wakley Scribbled faces stencil and sponged the toner ink through with a makeup sponge. For the right side of the face, I drew using toner ink inside a refillable marker. I traced the Moroccan lattice pattern (Kaisercraft stencil) with the pen in places, on the left page. I then wondered how to get this through my small Minc. I put turquoise foil over it and folded the piece of…

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    Song bird

    Hi crafters. This paper had Dina Wakley gloss acrylics on it from the spray box. It was just a scrap printout on copy paper originally so you can still see the text. I added stencilling with paints and paste plus some spatters. The bird from Darkroom Door was stamped with Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide and heat embossed. The title was cut with dies from The Stamp Market. The bird and the hand drawn branches were fussy cut from kraft cardstock. I am entering this page in the Simon says Stamp Monday challenge which is ‘art journal’. Thanks for visiting, Christine