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18
Jan

Rainbow bright!

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Good morning!  I was up late, late late last night doing my favorite thing – playing in my craft room while the TV played quietly in the background.  Well, it was netflix, and not so quiet, but I digress…  What was on my craft table?  A very odd assortment – a rainbow, a jam jar and a vest – the beginnings of a plan for a class I like to call “a random bunch of cards”.  I played with the rainbow first, a quirky stamp set from Concord and 9th.  I ended up with a card that was perfect for this week’s challenge at  Shopping our stash, since it had a sprinkling of hearts on it.  Entirely stamped in an assortment of bright Ranger Archival inks, (carnation red, tiger lily,  yellow chrome, vivid chartreuse, manganese blue and violet)  all I could think of the whole time was Ranger’s new release for creativation – 12 new mini archival inks to match the Distress line of colors, and we won’t have to wait too long as they should be shipping in a couple weeks.  I can’t wait to get my hands on them!!!  Anyways, here’s the card, hope you like it!

 

 

Thanks for stopping by!  If you’ve got a sec, leave a comment – I love seeing who’s been here!

~elisabeth

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17
Jan

Class update!

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Hi Everyone, for all of you that have been waiting patiently for pictures of Shari’s classes, I just want you to know it was definitely worth the wait!

 

Valentines Card and Treat class:

 

 

Join Shari for this adorable Valentine’s class featuring 2 cards and 2 treat containers!  Featuring stamps and dies from Mama Elephant, Taylored Expressions and Lawn Fawn – they’ll be the perfect little gifts for your Valentine!

Supplies:  Please bring your basic class kit.

Instructor:  Shari

Cost:  $22

Dates Offered:

Monday, 1/28/19:  6-9

Saturday, 2/2/19:  12-3

Monday, 2/4/19:  6-9

 

Boxed Card Set:

 

 

Join Shari to create this lovely A2 card set with box – makes a lovely gift!  She’s featuring a beautiful stamp set from Altenew, nestled in pastel spring colors,  and you’ll learn how to create the perfect sized box – no dies involved!

Supplies:  Please bring your basic class kit, a scorepal and bone folder.

Instructor: Shari

Cost: $25

Dates Offered:

Wednesday, 1/23/19: 6-9

Saturday, 2/16/19: 12-3

Monday, 2/25/19:  6-9

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06
Jan

No Time Like the Presents

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The girls at Jingle Belles are back with a challenge for the new year – asking us to make a card featuring wrapping paper or gift tags.  Well hey, this one is perfect for me this year!  Short back story:  I am notoriously late with present wrapping, most often staying up late into the night at the last minute to get things done in time, and doing a half ass job of it.    Not this year!  I had a plan – turned it into a crafty project, and was done with days to spare!  Everything was wrapped in kraft paper, then I added beautiful ribbon, die cut greenery, tags, stamped with the Stampers Anonymous “Festive Overlay” stamp set,  and pretty metal embellishments from Idea-ology.  (Holiday Hacks abound!).  Once the festivities were over, all the bits and pieces were saved in a box, hopefully to be repurposed next year.  So that being said, this was probably the fastest card I have ever put together – I just recreated on of my presents; slapped it on a card and called it a day!

 

29
Dec

Class Sneak Peek!

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Thought I would share a photo of some of the cards coming up in classes for the January/February schedule – we’ll be playing with foiling, stickers, glitter, polychromos pencils, washi tape, 3D florals and so much more!

 

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11
Dec

Last challenge of the year!

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This is the last challenge of the year at Shopping Our Stash – Tis the Season!  A Holiday card!  Yes!  I’m solidly in the holiday creativity mode, so I was excited for this one.  The Sabres are playing tonight – another nail biting game –  so, to ease the tension a bit I decided to make a card while the game played in the background.   Well, my desk was strewn with the left overs of holiday tag and present decoration making (more Holiday hacks) and I decided to use one of the tags on my card:

 

 

I’ve been heavily into reds and greens lately so this time I decided to go a different direction.  I used the Stampers Anonymous Festive Overlay set – CMS357 and Ornate Trims – CMS326.  A cringled bit of seam binding, an alcohol inked and glittered pinecone and some greenery…Happy New Year a few weeks early!

 

Thanks for stopping by!

~elisabeth

06
Dec

Christmas Card Swap!

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Ladies your cards are ready to be picked up!  I have to applaud each and every one of you, what gorgeous cards!!!   Sharing three cards that really caught my eye (it was a very tough decision!)

 

Linda S. created this clean and simple card with a background die from Taylored Expressions and a sentiment die from Impression Obsession – classic and striking!

Gail P. used a Concord and 9th turnabout stamp and the triple step stamping technique.  The mirricard die cut sentiment is the perfect touch!

Shelly D. created a beautiful scene combining Taylored Expressions stamps, a  Penny Black Lamppost die and an Impression Obsession carolers die.  An inky background and sparkly snow sets the scene perfectly!

 

…and yes, I just HAD to create the Tim Holtz Holiday Hack with the ombre bottle brush trees on the vintage ruler – such a cute decoration and really quick and easy to make!

 

Thanks for stopping by – please leave a note so I know you visited!

 

~elisabeth

04
Dec

It’s a guy card!

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Over and over again I hear how hard it is to create a guy card – very challenging,people say, not much stuff out there for masculine cards, they say… So when I saw this weeks challenge at Shopping Our Stash  – “Happy Birthday Dude” I really thought about what would make a card personal for my husband.  We live in a lake house with wood virtually everywhere – wood paneling, wood floors, wood burning stove, 7 cords of wood stacked outside, you get the idea.  So, I knew wood had to be featured, and anyways, I really wanted to try the new Tim Holtz wood planks die and 3D embossing folder.  Now, my husband has this old flannel shirt that he wears ALL THE TIME, I mean he really loves this shirt   (and I love plaid and green)  so I decided to recreate the look for a background panel.  First I stamped the Altenew Buffalo check background stamp on moss green paper with Bluebird Archival ink, then I used one of the lines from the MFT Plaid Builder stamp set and alternated Prickly Pear and Peat Moss archival inks in between the Buffalo check..a touch of vintage photo distress ink to soften the edges and viola – an old plaid shirt.  The letters are die cut from Tim Holtz’ metallic kraft stock with the Sizzix Alphanumeric dies – 3/4″, then sanded roughly and inked with more vintage photo.  This was one of those rare times when the card ended up looking exactly like I saw it in my mind!


 

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~elisabeth

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01
Dec

Christmas Swap

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Every year we do a Christmas card swap at Paper Anthology and I’m always in awe at the beautiful designs everyone comes up with.  For those of you that haven’t submitted your cards yet for this year, please get them to the store as soon as possible so I can get all the cards out to everyone.  Once they’re all in, I’ll choose 3 to spotlight here on the blog.    I haven’t joined the fun for several years as November is a very busy time of the year at the store, but this year I vowed to carve out some time!   I may have mentioned once or twice how much I loved Taylored Expressions’ Holiday release this year- honestly every single thing was fantastic – so I decided to feature a few things from them on my swap card:

 

I die cut the Taylored Expressions moose from Altenew’s wood paper ( this is super cool ultra thin real wood that die cuts like a dream)  The background is stamped with Taylored Expressions Buffalo check background stamp.  The sentiment is from Stampers Anonymous “Christmastime” set (adore these sentiments!)  The blanket stitch die cut is from Waffle Flower and the smaller die cut is from Sizzix, stitched rectangles.  The tiny twine bow just added the perfect touch!

 

Thanks for stopping by  – I’d appreciate it if you’d leave a comment, I LOVE to see who’s visited!

 

~elisabeth

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27
Nov

Got Washi?

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This week’s challenge at Shopping our stash is “Washi, Washi, Washi!  While I don’t have a stash quite like Lauren’s, I was able to pull together a nice collection for this nature inspired, fall hued card.  While Washi tape is the focal point here, I couldn’t resist a bit of stamping.  I used The Concord and 9th set-Just Because and added a tree ring stamp from the Honey Bee stamp set – Hello Gorgeous!  Inks used are Archival ink (potting soil, of course)  and Wendy Vecchi blendable dye inks -stamped and watercolored. (orange blossom, sunflower, acorn and fern green).  Be proud of me – I’ve kept that cactus alive for almost a month now!

Thanks for stopping by!

~elisabeth

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25
Nov

On a roll!

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With all the Christmas cards I design throughout the year, you’d think I would have done a Jingle Belles challenge before this!  Well, I finally did one, just in time for their Holiday break!   The girls at Jingle Belles asked us to “bring them some Figgy pudding” and design a card inspired by festive food!  Since Lauren says her favorite holiday treat is Xmas cookies, I decided to make her a plate full!

I used a bunch of Sizzix dies on this one:  Stitched circles, Doily and Fresh Baked # 1 and # 2.  Sentiment and Frame is from one of my favorite sets from Stampers Anonymous, Simple Saying – CMS155.  (If you don’t have this one in your collection, get it – you will reach for it over and over again!)   The patterned paper is from the Authentique “Jingle” collection.  Oh, and glossy accents – lots of glossy accents.

 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

~Elisabeth

 

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