Watercolor Birch Trees

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on this blog. I’ve made a few things, but have not taken the time to share. I really wanted to take the online class Watercolor for Cardmakers, so a few days into the class I decided to take the plunge and sign up. (I tried to win a spot on a few blogs before the class started, but no luck for me!) The class is over and I have yet to make a card or view a video. This is the main reason I hesitated to sign up!! May seems to be the busiest time of year for me, with so many end-of-year school activities with my children. Today I finally took a look at the classes, and I saw that there is a pre-class gallery. I did make a watercolor card a year ago that I sent to MD Anderson during the Hope You Can Cling To drive. This is the card I sent, and I decided to share it in the gallery. I hope I can get another card or two made before the galleries for this class close. At least there is lifelong access to these classes and videos — maybe I will get to them someday, if not this week!

Papertrey Ink Anniversary Challenge – 9 Things

A new challenge is up today at Papertrey Ink. They are coming out with so many fun, new products, I thought I would enter one of their daily challenges to try and win a gift certificate (to offset my next purchase, which is sure to be larger than I anticipate).

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Each PTI designer has a list of design elements on their blog today. I used an element from each designer to build my card. The three colors I used are Hawaiian Shores, Berry Sorbet, and Summer Sunrise. My neutral is white, and my technique selection was inlaid die cuts (the bottom garland is inlaid into the white card panel). I used sketch #1 and my occasion selection, to point out the obvious, is birthday. I embossed the sentiment onto a piece of PTI twill ribbon (my fiber selection) because I wasn’t sure if I could use another neutral (black) to stamp “Happy Birthday”. Finally, I put a dab of glitter onto the candle flames. Whew! I don’t usually have this many building blocks to my cards! Almost all of my supplies are from Papertrey Ink.

I’m looking forward to seeing the new Building Blocks stamp set that inspired this challenge!

Washi Tree

Nothing like a weekly challenge to help me get going on my Christmas card supply for this year. The current challenge at CAS-ual Fridays is to use eight of “something” on a clean and simple-style card.

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If you think my “eight” items are sequins, then you probably think that I can’t count. However, I did use 8 different pieces of washi tape to make the Christmas tree. It’s a good thing that washi tape is repositionable, because it took me several attempts to get the branches lined up!

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Thanks for looking!

Supplies
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (white, kraft); Bazzill (black).
Stamps: Papertrey Ink (‘Tis the Season Sentiments).
Washi tape and sequins.

Silence is Golden

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Here’s an ATC I made for a springtime swap at Vintage Photo Images ATCs. The guidelines were to pick a silent film actor/actress and create an ATC using their image and one primary color (along with black and white). I found these images of Charlie Chaplin on the web and combined them with some digital elements from various Deviant Scrap kits. The ATC base was cut using a die from Papertrey Ink; it is 3.5 inches tall but just under 2.5 inches wide. I added the Tim Holtz filmstrip ribbon to add some width to the ATC. It was a great swap and I got beautiful returns featuring many famous actors from that era. Thanks go out to Terri D. for hosting and coming up with this great theme!!

Hello, Operator?

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I made this ATC for a swap theme of “hard-working women”. When I saw these great vintage images of telephone operators, I knew that was the job I wanted to create my ATC around. I used a page of the phone book (not vintage) for my background and put a layer of Inkssentials ™ Glue n’ seal over the top to protect it from future yellowing. All the images were found on the internet. With the dreamy expression on the operator’s face, I couldn’t help but add the words to this ATC, which I printed from my computer.