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What kind of card do you get with White Daisy Cardstock and Thin Cuts?

This week’s challenge over at H2H is all about the thin cuts!  Well, let me share with you a card that is ONLY white daisy cardstock.  (well, and three white dots for embellishment . . )  The card came together really rather easily!!

I used the postage frames thin cuts to get my frame.  Then I took the inside piece, and used the decorative texture background thin cut to get all those itty bitty dots and petals cut out of the center . . . AFTER I added some distress oxide to it.  I used Mustard Seed, PIcked Raspberry, and Peacock Feathers on that panel, making sure to overlap them to get some additional blended colors.  I put some Peacock Feathers onto some more white daisy cardstock, and then used the Sending Hugs thin cut.  I cut it two more times from white, to make it a bit thicker for my card.

I colored a corner of more white daisy with the picked raspberry and used the heart from Teddy Bear Hugs to cut that out.  I had a bit of space on the peacock feathers, so cut out another heart for the inside of the card.  And, last, but not least in the thin cuts is the mini envelope thin cut.

I did use some pumice stone on the card base, and a line on the inside of the card to bring that color inside as well.  I like how it turned out!  And no scissors, no paper trimmer!  Just thin cuts and white daisy paper!

I hope that you like my little project today!  I think it turned out super cute!  

You should dig into your stash, show us what you can do with your thin cuts!


Until next time!


H2H’s Peace on Earth

This week’s challenge over at the H2H blog is “Peace on Earth”.  This was a hard one for me, at first, because I don’t have any nativity type stamp sets.  So, I had to do some thinking as to how to make that work.  I think I succeeded!  🙂

I grabbed a piece of the watercolor paper, and decided to do a slimline card.  I cut my piece down to 3.5 x 9, and then started ink blending.  I used mostly our water based inks on here, however did not add any extra water.  I used: Glacier, Bluebird, Peacock, Sapphire inks, and then completed the blending with some black soot distress oxide.

Once I finished with the blending, I grabbed my clear shimmer brush and created some splatters, and then added some white dots with a white gel pen.  Next up was some snow banks, made easy with the fancy borders thin cuts and some white daisy cardstock!  I used some thin foam tape behind the top of the hills, and glued the bottom of the hills flat.  It gives it such a unique look!

Once I was done with that, I decided I needed something else for the card.  I couldn’t find a sentiment that was small enough, and understated enough for the card.  The first star I was going to go with, wasn’t quite big enough.  It got lost with some of those larger spots of shimmer brush.  But, I started thinking outside of the box, I mean, that IS how the whole thing got started, right?  I found this fairly perfect ‘star’!  It is actually the asterisk from the Brushed Letters Alphabet!  Stamped it with versa mark ink, and heat embossed it with some silver embossing powder.

I really love how this card turned out!  I hope you like it as well!  I would love to hear your thoughts, should I have stuck with the silver, or should I have gone with gold for the star?  

CTMH Items used:


I look forward to hearing from you all!  Thanks for checking out my card!  

Until next time!

H2H’s New To You

Welcome to another weekly challenge hosted over at the Heart 2 Heart blog! This week is all about what’s new to you! And the majority of this card is all NEW TO ME!

Isn’t this card just adorable? I LOVE this little guy! So, I started by die cutting the gnome (From Garden Gnomes) twice, and then stamping with intense black ink. I also stamped him on the red pattern paper from the Comfort and Joy, and on the mistletoe paper (for the bottom of his parka). I let those dry while I moved onto the next step.

Next I used chipped sapphire distress ink with the ink blending tool to create the background for this cute guy! Then I took my card base, and again used the chipped sapphire distress ink for the edges, and went lighter on the ink the further down I went on the card base. Then I used the black soot distress ink to start at the bottom of the card base and work up, blending the two colors together.

While those were drying, I grabbed a few tri-blend markers and colored in the beard, nose, gloves, and boots on one of the stamped die cuts. (I’ll list them below) I cut out those pieces. I then cut out the pieces stamped on the B&T papers (the pretty ones). I used my liquid glass and glued the pieces, layered, onto the other stamped gnome!

I used the three dots to simulate snow falling, and stamped with versa mark ink and covered that with white embossing powder. The heat gun made quick work of the heating of those, and they popped quite nicely against the distressed background! I popped that up over the card base with some 3-d Foam tape.

Next I used a piece of white daisy cardstock, and tore it twice to get the fun snow hills behind my gnome! Pop up Mr. Gnome with some thin and regular 3-D foam tape!

Viola! Our card is DONE! I love the little gnomie! I didn’t add a sentiment, but can do that inside, or add a flagged sentiment later when sending it.

What papers do YOU think would be fun to use for his hat and parka? I would LOVE to know!

Thanks for stopping by! I do hope you play along with the H2H challenge!

~ Michelle

CTMH Items used:

Comfort & Joy paper packet
White daisy cardstock
Intense Black Ink
Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide Ink
Black Soot Distress Oxide Ink
Versamark Ink
White Embossing Powder
Black Marker
Earth Brown Blend
Pale Pink Blend
Yellow Green Blend
Brown Grey Blend
3-D Foam Tape
Thin 3-D Foam Tape
Liquid Glass
Non Stick Microtip Scissors
Mini Ink Blending Tool

April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop – O-fish-ally Awesome

Welcome one, welcome all! Ok, so that sounds like it’s a circus today, but it’s just time to jump into the pond with the rest of us! Since we can’t do that right now in person, let’s do it virtually! This is going to be O-Fish-ally Awesome!! (hahaha!) So, you should have gotten here via Becca’s blog, but if not, that’s ok! You can start here and follow the fishy tails! If you get lost along the way, Melinda has the whole blog hop list up here.

So, let’s get swimming, shall we? I went crazy pinning a BUNCH of ideas for this set, because it’s just adorable! And with so many fish options, who couldn’t find a good reason for using it?? So, I picked this one to be inspired by, and just started coloring!

I used a handful of the Spectrum Noir alcohol markers to color everything in, after stamping it in intense black ink. Then I cut them all out by hand using our micro tip scissors! (they give some great fine line details!)

Next, I did some ink blending. I started with bluebird ink and then moved to sapphire ink. I just LOVE how much depth there is to this coloring! (I truly am amazed!!) Then I needed to add in the bubbles. At first I was thinking of using water drops, but then I decided that I wanted to actually use the bubbles in the stamp set. So, I loaded them onto three different 1×1 blocks, and stamped them with linen ink! (There really is a use for this ink color, I promise!!) It is very light, but it looks like it lifted some of the blue color, but still also stamped in the linen color where it was white (or mostly white)! I did swipe the stamps after every press with the shammy, so that I didn’t transfer any of the blue ink to the linen ink pad!

I stamped one of the coral pieces in evergreen ink at the bottom. I also stamped one of the seaweed pieces with the linen ink, so that I would know how to place it, and it wouldn’t ruin anything if I wasn’t perfect in placing it! Then I used the tombow glue to add my seaweed pieces to the bottom of the card, and also the fishes that are flat on the card front. I used some thin 3-D foam tape for a few of the fishes, to give some dimension to this not so many layer card! (I can’t and won’t call it a CAS (Clean and Simple) card, since it does have things attached to it, whereas a CAS card does not.)

I got everything glued on, and realized I hadn’t done my sentiment yet! OH NO!! I was terrified! I know you know how that felt! I didn’t want to do it, I was debating just leaving it blank, and maybe putting something on the inside! I didn’t want to mess it up! LOL!! So, I consulted hubby (who really liked the card!) and we came up with something fun. So, first I grabbed a ruler and made a SUPER light line on my card, in pencil. Then I worked backwards with my sentiment, since I wanted it on the right side of the card. I used the Simply Said alphabet to stamp the word “OLD!”, and then I used some tape and masked off the word ‘awesome’ from the sentiment. (I did test it on a scrap piece first, just so that I knew it would look good!) Success!! It worked! The only little annoying part, is there was a hair on the stamp! (or ink pad, not sure, but darn cats!) If that’s the only ‘ooo-bo’, I’m ok with it! LOL!

I would LOVE to hear what you think of this card! Who would you send it to? What might you have done differently? After you leave me a comment, please hop over to Miss. Carrie’s Creations, because (a) she’s next and (b) she ALWAYS has fantastic things to share!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Seeing Stars!

Do you know that I do a Facebook live every Sunday evening? It is at 5pm pacific time, and I do all sorts of crafty things! I have always had great intentions of putting the photos and dimensions up on my blog after the video, and, well, life seems to always get in the way! So, now I am going to turn over a new leaf, and get them up on the blog on the Tuesday following! So, welcome to the first Tuesday repost of the Sunday live! LOL!!

Click here for the FB Live video!

Sunday we were playing with stencils and different things that you can do with them! I have a few examples to show you, and we made a card with one as well! If you want to play along, here is the star stencil that I used. It is on the Artbooking cartridge, so you will need to have that cartridge to cut this stencil. It is slightly different than that image, as I wanted to add a few more stars. So, at the end of the post are the steps that I did to get this stencil, in case you want to try it with one of yours!

We used a variety of mediums in the video, including dye ink, pigment ink, texture paste, & embossing powder. Different things will give you different looks, so you should try them all out!

This card was so fun to put together! And super easy, as well! Maybe a smidge time consuming, but not too bad, overall! I hope that you make one too! Please show me what you make, I love knowing that my tutorials are helpful to you!

Click here for the FB Live video! While you are there, make sure to click ‘like’ on my fb page!

Paper size info:
Willow: 6 x 4 {Trimmed after stenciling to 5 1/2 x 3 1/4 & 5 1/4 x 3/4}
Into the Wild, Wood Grain B&T: 5 1/2 x 1 1/4
White Daisy: 2 x 3/8 & 5 1/2 x 4 & scraps for “thanks” letters

Step by step how to make your own stencil:

1. Open Image: #M3D15D Stars overlay from Artbooking cartridge and make it be 6×6
2. Add Shape>Square to your mat
3. Click and drag square to be slightly larger than your star overlay
4. Select both images and slice
5. Select the grey image that looks like your stencil, and delete.
6. Move the grey stars & outline to the side of your overlay
7. Add Shape>Circle & duplicate it
8. Shrink one circle to fit over just one star in the grey overlay
9. Select that circle and the grey overlay and slice
10. Step 9 will give you 2 grey stars separate from everything.
11. Delete the circle with a start cut from it.
12. Repeat steps 8 & 9 & 11 with the 2nd circle.
13. Select all 4 grey stars, and like with the grey square, click and drag, but make smaller instead of larger
14. Place the individual stars on the original overlay (mine is a lagoon color) in the solid portions of the overlay
15. Select ONE grey star and the overlay, and slice. (you can ONLY slice 2 layers at one time)
16. Delete (or move) both the grey and the lagoon stars. (move if you might want to cut more stars from the overlay)
17. Repeat steps 15 & 16 for the other 3 stars.
18. You are now ready to cut your stencil!

If you don’t want to do all of those steps (looks harder in writing than it really actually is!!), here is the link to my stencil that I am using in the video!

Star Stencil Design Space Link

Products used in the video:
Willow cardstock
Sapphire Cardstock
White Daisy Cardstock
Into the Wild Paper Packet
White Daisy Pigment Ink
Willow Dye Ink
Texture Paste Trio (Transparent Gloss)
Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder
Gold Shimmer Brush
Marigold Shinhan Touch Twin Marker
Liquid Glass
Archival Black Ink
Bitty Sparkles
Block Alphabet Thin Cut Die

I really do love seeing the creations that you guys and gals come up with! Leave me a comment and let me know what you think, and show me what YOU come up with!