Love you, cupcake

I tried my hand at making ink blots on a card for the first time with this one –

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I used a mixture of silver acrylic craft paint and water to create an “ink.” I dropped onto the paper using a small, angled paintbrush to create the “splatter,” and the end of a small water bottle sprayer attachment to create the larger drops.

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I used shapes from my Silhouette library to cut the cupcake and arrow with my Cameo.

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Because of the non-traditional color scheme, I think this is a cute card that can be given not only at Valentine’s Day but at anytime of the year.

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I am entering this card into Freshly Made Sketches 119, Colour Q 224, and Silhouette Weekly Challenge.

Stamped Specimen Art

Till next time!

Supplies used:
Paper – Recollections Cardstock in Light Turquoise & Dark Turquoise from Cool Water collection. Recollections Cardstock in Dark Coral Pink and Dark Gray. Canson watercolor paper.
Ink – Ditto Pigment Ink in Bubblegum. Folk Art Metallic acrylic paint in Gunmetal Gray + water.
Stamps – Avery Elle photopolymer clear stamps in Oh Happy Day.
Silhouette Cameo/Shapes – 3 cupcakes. Arrows.
Recollections Foam Adhesive Squares.

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Happy BD Banner

This is the first Birthday card that I’ve made for the year. It is filled to the hilt with….Banners!

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I created the actual card out of banner-printed cardstock. I overlayed the top at an angle with some cloud-printed vellum. The bottom is lined with a little brown and white striped piece of card.

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For the banners….I laid out the text in Silhouette software. I initially tried cutting them out with the Silhouette using the print and cut feature, but dang if I can get the Recollections white cardstock to cut without tearing! I don’t know what it is about that white card, but it tears every time…it’s really quite frustrating.  So I reprinted. And measured. And cut. Out. By. Hand.  I know.  It’s incredible.  I used a sewing needle to punch holes in the tops of each little flag and then ran them through with taupe-colored thread.  Finally, I adhered the flags with foam tape squares to give them some pop.

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I am entering this card into PaperCrafts January Gallery Challenge contest.  TGIF, folks!

Supplies used:
Paper – Recollections Paper Pad, 12″x12″ in Neapolitan Inspiration. Recollections Cardstock in white.
Adhesive – Tombow Permanent Adhesive Tape Runner, Recollections Foam Adhesive Squares.
Silhouette Cameo (software only)
Font – KG Skinny Latte
Coats & Clark thread in taupe.

Celebrate Cake

The yellow, creamy colors of this card just make me happy – they also remind me of cake, which is a definite plus!

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I am loving my new Paper Smooches Alphadot stamp set. It is a collection of different sized photopolymer letter stamps that I can use to spell out any basic sentiment that I need – in this case I chose the word, “Celebrate.”  I just line the letters up on my acrylic stamp block and stamp away. Super easy.

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I stamped the letters using Versamark ink and heat embossed using Recollections embossing powder in Snow. The embossing adds a nice, shimmery “icing” effect!

I digitally cut a basic birthday cake shape that I already had in my Silhouette library. I topped off with some homemade “enamel” dots using hole punched yellow cardstock and Ranger Glossy Accents.

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I am entering this card into Paper Smooches’ SPARKS Jan. 12-18 Picture Perfect Challenge.  Here is the inspiration photo:

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Supplies used:
Paper – Recollections Cardstock in Cream, White, and Dark Gray. Yellow polka dot paper from my stash.
Stamps – Paper Smooches Alphadot.
Silhouette Cameo. Hole punch. Ranger Glossy Accents. Recollections Detail Embossing Powder in Snow. Versamark Watermark Stamp Pad.
Card size: 5″ x 5 1/2″

Love U

Love is in the air, and it’s time to start making those Valentine’s Day cards.

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I am entering this card into this week’s challenges over at ColourQ Challenge #223 and Freshly Made Sketches #118.

I busted out my new Paper Smooches Alphadot and Hero Arts Brush Stroke stamps that I ordered during Black Friday weekend. I love the way the ink blotches turned out using the gray pigment ink. The card came together with coordinating patterned paper and some handmade “enamel” dots using hole punched paper and Ranger Glossy Accents.

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Supplies used:
Paper – Recollections Cards & Envelopes, 5″x6.5″ in White. Recollections Paper Pad, 12″x12″ in The Neapolitan Collections. Recollections Cardstock in Dark Coral Pink and Burgundy.
Ink – Studio G Pigment Ink in gray.
Stamps – Paper Smooches Alphadot. Hero Arts Brush Strokes.
Recollections Foam Adhesive Squares. Hole punch. Ranger Glossy Accents.

Way to go

Today’s card is a tribute to the stars….

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I am entering this card into the Constellations: Trendy Star Power Challenge in the Moxie Fab World.

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Supplies used:
Paper – Recollections Cards and Envelopes, 5″x6.5″ in Kraft. DCVW The Natural Matstack 4.5″ x 6.5″ Printed Cardstock. Recollections cardstock in Orange and Rust from Spice Market collection.
Silhouette Cameo/Shapes – Star from 3-happy birthday masculine card kit.
Font – Amatic
Adhesive – Tombow Permanent Adhesive Tape Runner, Recollections Foam Adhesive Squares.
Colorbok 3/16″ brad

Hold on to your Sox….

I made this set of note cards for a friend for Christmas:

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The superb thing about the Silhouette Cameo is that I can cut WHATEVER shape that I want to using the Trace feature in the Silhouette software.

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Shapes were cut out of Kraft cardstock and backed with red, blue, black and white cardstock.

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And the folks at boston.redsox.mlb.com provide Halloween pumpkin carving stencils, making my job infinitely easier!

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Supplies used:
Paper – Recollections Kraft, Red, Blue, Black and White Cardstock
Silhouette Cameo/Shapes – Peace sign (clipart found online,) Heart from Mail Stamp Set and Red Sox Get Beard Pumpkin Stencil
Font – Bosox

The most awesome, paper-crafted, Christmas photo card. Ever.

Back in a post from early November, I referred to the fact that I was formulating a design for a photo Christmas card. Well, behold our family’s Christmas card for this year:

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I purchased a frame shape from the online Silhouette store. With some slight adjustment to the inner frame, it was perfect for a wallet-sized photo.  I also purchased some new Christmas sentiment shapes, and despite their delicacy, they cut surprisingly well.

The frame has a pop-out stand on the back:

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Here is how it looks from the side:

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Using the Silhouette’s print and cut feature, I made a custom family newsletter insert that simply slides out from behind the photograph:

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I used a coordinating Christmas card stack that I found at Michael’s and made several different versions:

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These Christmas card frames were a GREAT way to share with family those small, wallet-sized images that came with a portrait package we had taken of my son back in the Fall. (Yes! Multi-tasking!)

And if there was any question as to how to proceed with the photo card once it was opened,

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I included an instruction sheet!

Happy Holidays!!!

Supplies used:
Silhouette Cameo/Shapes – 3d standing frame – rectangle, merry and bright phrase, merry christmas phrase
Fonts – CK Tipsy (all caps)
Paper – 12×12 DCWV Home for Christmas

Christmas is coming….

Are you ready? I definitely am – I have our decorations up, our presents wrapped, and the front of our house is decked out for the first time EVER!

Here is a collection of four holiday cards –

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I was inspired by Lucy Abrams’ Inked Christmas Card Set in this month’s Paper Crafts Magazine –

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Some special features of these cards include….

*Unique colored card – I loved going with the bright colors of pink, blue, and shimmery gold as an alternative to the traditional Christmas colors of red and green.

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*Sentiment using PW Christmas Font – I went with this bold, Christmasy font to really emphasize the single word sentiments of Joy, Peace, Cheer, and Jolly. I used my Silhouette Cameo’s print and cut feature to position and print the text directly onto sheets of watercolor paper.

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*Ink splatter technique – I tried recreating Lucy’s ink splatter that she describes in her project. I didn’t use a craft sheet like she indicated, but rather an acrylic stamping block to apply the ink and spritz with water. I flung the ink onto the paper with a paintbrush just as she described and achieved a nice snowy effect with the ink splatters.  This is definitely a technique that I’m going to be playing around a lot more with in the near future.

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*Watercolor paper – I don’t know if it’s the type of cardstock that I use, but I never have much luck using it for ink splattering – the ink mixture runs and makes the paper bubble up and, quite frankly, just looks yucky. My go-to for any kind of water-related inking project is watercolor paper. It’s sturdy, it’s printable, it has a slight texture, but it makes the ink look great and maintains a nice, flat surface.

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*Matching envelopes – I custom made the card base using colored cardstock, so I had to make matching envelopes. I suppose I could mix-and-match the envelopes if I were feeling particularly bold….

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*Inside sentiment – I stamped a basic sentiment inside the card along with a happy little snowflake. (Yeah, Bob Ross fan here.)

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I particularly love how the gold ink turned out on the gold shimmer cardstock.

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Supplies used:
Paper – Recollections cardstock in Magenta, Light Blue, and Light Turquoise. Recollections 12×12 Shimmer Cardstock in Gold. Watercolor paper.
Ink – Color Box Pigment in Razzberry and Gold. Studio G Pigment Ink in aqua blue.
Font – PW Christmas Font
Stamps – Enjoy the Season Sentiment and Snowflakes Woodblock Rubber Stamp set.
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I’ve Been Published!!!

I’m really excited to share that my cards have been published in my first magazine EVER!!!  MPT was chosen to be featured as the “Blogger Spotlight” in Die Cut Crazy Magazine’s December 2013 issue!

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You can check out the Die Cut Crazy Magazine world here.  It’s really a fabulous magazine that publishes to Iphone, Ipad and PDF. It has great examples of die cuts and cards, and offers step-by-step instructions for a variety of cards and cardmaking techniques. If you are a fan of cardmaking, I would definitely recommend checking out this magazine. (By the way, I was not asked to write a review – I honestly think this is a great magazine!)

I would like to give a big shout out to Stephanie Shock, editor-in-chief for finding my cards online and inviting me to contribute. She was so professional throughout the process. I wish her and her cohorts the best of luck on the future success of the magazine.

P.S. One of my Christmas cards is also featured in the Reader Gallery section!  What a great way to end the year on a high note!

Papercrafted Kid-Friendly Thanksgiving Centerpiece

I don’t know about your family, but if it’s there, (“it” being two flat screen tv’s for example,) my kid tends to break it. Therefore I keep all of my breakables up high, or I don’t display them. I never cease to be amazed at pleasant, family images of children playing calmly beside their parents, complete with loving looks, in a room full of expensive pottery, tchotchkes, flat-screen tv’s, etc. – all right down there at kid level (Better Homes and Gardens, I’m talking to you.) So, what’s a mom to do when she wants to have a festive Thanksgiving centerpiece but without all the danger?

Enter – my awesome kid-friendly version – that my kiddo helped me make!

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I used paper, felt, burlap, flameless candles and a few natural materials to create a durable centerpiece.  I made paper pumpkins by cutting 2-inch strips of cardstock and taping the ends together.  I free-handed some leaves and curled some leftover strips of cardstock with scissors to create the tops.

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I traced my son’s hand to create a good, old-fashioned paper turkey and glued it onto the side of a pinecone to act as a stand.

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I already had a burlap table runner and a felt leaf garland that I made a couple of years ago. My son added the finishing touch – a small gourd purchased at our local dairy farm.  Other than the glass candle holders, this is an unbreakable centerpiece that, miracle of miracles, my child has enjoyed looking at, but hasn’t bothered to touch!

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Here’s wishing you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving!

Supplied used:
Paper – Recollections Carstock from Spice Market collection.