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Happy Easter

>> Monday, February 20, 2017

It has been unseasonable warm here these past several days and that has inspired me to get started on Easter cards. I recently saw a video on You Tube by Jennifer McGuire where she used toile as a window on her card. I really liked the look and decided to give it a try.

I started with the blue panel and die cut a square large enough for the bunny. I then die cut the same square on the white card base. Next the white toile was attached to the card base with strong adhesive and then the blue panel. I did use another nestie square to emboss the frame around the opening before attaching it to the card base.

The bunny was stamped with Memento Black ink, colored with Copics and then I used a clear Wink of Stella pen to add some shimmer and sparkle. While the Wink of Stella dried, I stamped another bunny and fussy cut him out, then I cut the colored bunny. Using score pal tape I attached the colored bunny to the front of the card, tucking him in between the toile and the blue frame. The other bunny was attached on the inside of the card so he lined up perfectly. This way the tape doesn't get stuck on the inside of the card when you close it. You could stamp a mirror image, color, fussy cut and attach it so the bunny is colored on both the inside and out. Since I don't have much luck with mirror images, I left mine plain.

Once the bunnies were attached, I stamped the Happy Easter greeting with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.

Here's a picture with the card opened just a bit.

This next card uses the same technique only with a  smaller image attached in the middle of the toile so it looks like it's floating. I really like this one.

I used a different bunny image, colors and die cut. Other than that, it's the same. I'll be doing a few more of these for my grandkids for Easter. Here's another picture of this one sort of opened. It does look like the bunny is floating, doesn't it?

Thanks for stopping by,



>> Sunday, February 19, 2017

It's really starting to feel like spring here the flowers are blooming, the birds are back and the squirrel are playing.

So I thought I would show a ST. Patrick's Day card.

I started by stamping the Tall Shamrocks and coloring with Zig Clean Color markers. Then I stamped the Four Leaf Clover  and the One Line St. Pat's Day Greeting these were also colored with the Zig's. For the background I used the Zigs then die cut but didn't remove all the little pieces.

The lay out is from Splitcoast Card sketch.

Have a wonderful day,


Lucky to have you!

>> Saturday, February 18, 2017

Good morning!

Today I have a four leaf clover card for you.
I found a kids cut out pattern on the net and used it to make this 
shaped card.

The inside of my card.

I cut the pattern freehand so it is a bit rustic and my lining was totally freestyle.
To finish the edges a bit, I did some faux stitching with a multi-liner.
I colored the Shamrock Swag with G43 (just basic, no shading).
The ink for sponging was Bazzill Lt. Green. The clover die is from I.O. and I used a corner rounder by EK Success.
You can pretty much make any shape card with any pattern by folding the base card stock in half and then lining up the pattern to hang off the folded edge about 1/4" to keep the card in one folded piece.

Since I'm doing shaped cards, I'll show you an Easter card that is shaped like and egg AND it's an easel card.

The dies are ODBD and Spellbinders.
Cut the egg on a folded card making sure top hangs over folded edge.  Cut another egg from white, the filigree egg from pink shimmer and a darker pink to line the back of the filigree egg. 
Fold top of egg shape card in half and attach other white egg to just the bottom folded in.  Now decorate the top and the inside.  You will need a raised "something" to catch your top so that it stays open.  My bunny is raise and the rhinestone decor is raised, of course.
Fast and easy.
Thanks for visiting today!!
Have a great weekend and keep on crafting!


Winter Mittens

>> Friday, February 17, 2017

by Julie Warner - The Write Stuff

Happy Friday!
I hope your week has gone well & you had a lovely Valentine's Day! Hubs hurt his back over the weekend so there wasn't much Valentine-ing going on around here. Just a whole lot of me doing chores for both of us, lol. I tell you, I really love this Winter Wonder Words bg. And I love making winter cards. I even like the winter season..I really wish we had one this year. With no fall to speak of & hardly even a sweater day so far, I feel like a bank teller in an old movie..."I've been robbed!!" But I made a winter card anyway. And I used the colors from the Splitcoast color challenge. I think they make a really cheerful winter card. The dessert option was to use designer paper, so I made my dp on the coral/watermelon bg & mint bg. 
I stamped the winter words on the mint first using white pigment ink, then stamped them again, slightly offset in the pistachio ink. On the watermelon strip, I stamped them first w/ the coral ink, then w/ the white ink, slightly offset. The mittens were die cut 4 times: once in white, and again in the watermelon, mint & navy colors then paper pieced together. The white snowflake centerpiece was added w/ just one word of the greeting in navy on a leftover circle of white linen c/s. 

Here's a look at the inside, w/ the entire greeting.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great weekend!
stamps: DRS Designs – Winter Wonder WordsSnowy Days,  (inside – Interlocking Snow Bg, )
paper: white, navy, mint, dk coral
ink: Memento Paris dusk, Distress inks abandoned coral, cracked pistachio, Colorbox frost white pigment
accessories: Lil' Inker stitched rectangles & long skinny stitched mats dies, Spellbinders A2 matting basics B dies, Memory Box snowflake centerpiece die, Elizabeth Craft mittens dies, ODBD double stitched circles dies


Filigree Snowflakes

>> Thursday, February 16, 2017


Last week as I posted my card I asked you to cross your fingers that we would get lots of snow in the upcoming storm.  This week's card is my thank you for your help in the 14 inches that we got :)

I started my card by making a mask of our Medium Filigree Snowflake stamp.  Once that was done I stamped the snowflake on my card in the center using turquoise ink.  After masking it I stamped the snowflake on both sides (giving it a 1/4 turn) using lavender ink, and then once again using turquoise ink.

The Warm Thoughts greeting was stamped using turquoise ink and then trimmed to size.  For my fancy edges I used a corner punch - slightly differently than normal.  Instead of putting the paper in to punch each corner I put it in straight as you can see here...

Just make sure it's as centered as possible.  I did the same thing to the purple layer and adhered it all together on a folded purple card and then added a bit of bling to the center of the flakes and the sides of the greeting.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for all those crossed fingers!!


Glory in the Cross

>> Wednesday, February 15, 2017

I am moving in my crafting to St. Pats, Spring and Easter now - wishing for short sleeves, budding flowers, and trips to the beach.  I am also super addicted to Bible Art Journaling and I have a new page to show you.

To start out this page, I stamped the Script Font Background stamp in a SU! Crumb Cake ink.  Next I stamped the Lighthouse, He is Risen, and Sailboat images in the same ink.  I find it is easier for me to stamp everything in a light color so it doesn't bleed through, then I can skip the normal page prep.  I outline my images in a Micron Pen.  I colored up everything with watercolor pencils which I finger blended, and then I put in a few white highlights with a gel pen.  I was lucky that I had a blank page in my Journaling Bible at the end of Galatians so I could do this page up really big. 

These verses are so magical (Galatians 3:26-29) - they tell of how once we become a Christian, the lines that formally separated us are gone.  No more man versus woman, no more fat versus thin, no more judging by skin color or physical beauty or money.  God judges us by our hearts and our love for Him and not by all that other meaningless and petty stuff.  Freeing isn't it?



Happy Valentine's Day with a little Easter thrown your way...

>> Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Hi Everyone,

Happy Valentine's Day crafty friends!  I hope by now you've made all the valentines that you need, but if not, I suggest you get inky in a hurry :)  Technically you have until!  Since I finished all of mine, I'm jumping a bit ahead in the holiday department with my card share today.  

I did a mass production of my Easter invitation for dinner this year.  It's all the same people that come,  but my little invite has become a tradition.  

I began by creating my patterned paper, using the Easy Dot Background stamp using green, pink and lavender ink.  I used an embossing folder for the other half of my background, choosing colors that matched the ink.  I then stamped the Cute Bunny with Egg, also coloring them to match, using Copic markers, and fussy cut them, layering them onto some punched circles.  I was able to go through my paper scraps and use up lots of little pieces for this project.

I get easily bored, so simply mixing up the papers, center ribbon, and the design of the egg was enough to keep me interested in finishing them in one sitting :)

I chose the One Line Happy Easter Greeting which I punched and layered to finish it off.

Here's shot of most of them. Nothing says spring time like pastels!

Thanks for stopping by today!


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