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01
Dec

So Thankful

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Sharing a card from the anniversary party make and take that’s just perfect for the current challenge at Shopping our stash – something related to Thanksgiving, being grateful or a thank you somewhere on the project.  The image and sentiment is from Taylored Expressions – colored in with Polychromos pencils.  The gingham background stamp is from Studio 490, stamped with fern green archival ink.  The letters are die cut using my old school Quick Kutz squeeze (I LOVE this tool) and stamped with a woodgrain background stamp from Stampers Anonymous.

 

 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

~elisabeth

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17
Nov

My Favorite Snowman!

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This month for Christmas Card Club I turned to an old favorite – an adorable snowman image from Serendipity Stamps (now owned by Impression Obsession)  I paired him up with a beautiful embossing folder from Taylored Expressions and a glitter paper bow using a Sizzix die.  He’s colored in with Polychromos pencils and adorned with loose glitter, stickles and glossy accents – I love this happy fellow!  This card is perfect for the current challenge at Jingle Belles   – Baby it’s Cold Outside; cards featuring things you wear when it’s cold outside …

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20
Jul

Christmas in July!

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Christmas in July is the new challenge at Shopping our Stash!   Just perfect for me…I had to come up with a card quick for this month’s Christmas Card Club.  I really wanted to play with the new Hero Arts set that came in from the ShopBox as I’ve been all about Scandinavian prints lately, and I really wanted to break out some embossing powders.  I embraced my love of green and came up with this:

 

Background stamp is from Studio 490, inks are from Catherine Pooler and embossing powders are from Ranger.   A touch of Antique linen and Tea dye to grunge it up and finish it off!

 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

~elisabeth

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14
Jul

One Layer Card:

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The current challenge at Shopping out Stash is the dreaded one layer card ( That means everything on your card must be directly stamped, embossed, drawn, coloured etc. directly on your card base…no layers!!)  Well, about 4 months ago, I ordered a stamp set from Northwood’s Stamps, specifically to make a birthday card for my husband.  His Birthday is tomorrow.  I work best under pressure.   Super simple:  Watercolor paper card base.  Image stamped in Gina K Amalgam ink.  A soft wash of distress inks, then a light splatter.  Sentiment from Cat’s Life Press.  voilà  – 5 minute card!

 

 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

~elisabeth

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14
May

An Old-Fashioned Christmas

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This week at Jingle Belles they’ve asked us to go vintage.  (Yay!!!)   I stamped the plaid flannel background stamp from Studio 490 with Peat Moss Archival Ink from Ranger.   I sticky embossed the beautiful retro-font sentiment from Stampers Anonymous Christmas time set (CMS352) and added loose red glitter. (the sparkle in real life is to die for!)   The Santa is from the Festive overlay set (CMS357), stamped with black archival and a little color added with Tombow markers.  The scalloped and stitched dies are from Taylored Expressions.  A super simple, quick card that lets that beautiful sentiment be the star of the show!

 

 

Thanks for stopping by – leave a comment so I know you were here!

 

~elisabeth

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13
May

May Flowers!

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Playing along with the current Shopping our Stash challenge – celebrating May Flowers!  I dug deep in my stash for this October Afternoon paper and paired it with a Penny Black image that I watercolored with Tombow markers,  a Stampers Anonymous sentiment from my favorite set CMS155 – Simple Sayings (a must have!)and some stitching from the Stampers Anonymous set, CMS365 – Stitches.

 

 

 

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24
Jan

Quilty

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Good morning everyone!  I’ve been playing with the Concord and 9th stamp set – Bits and Pieces to get some “Hi, How are you?” cards made for our Cards Pals group when I saw this weeks challenge at Shopping our Stash – SOS 387 : inspired by quilting!  Well, this set has some bits and pieces that totally had me feeling quilty, so I pulled together a quick thank you card using distress inks and a great new word die from Hero Arts.  A little bit of faux stitching pulls everything together!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

~elisabeth

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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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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!


 

Thanks for stopping by and leave a message so I know you 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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