Woodland Scene

The awesome techniques used in making this card certainly aren’t new, but I finally got around to trying it myself.  I have always wanted to, and last weekend I had the perfect opportunity.  Interestingly enough, I spend enough time preparing to teach others, I often neglect teaching myself.  Thank you YouTube!  And of course all of those terribly creative crafters who share their videos.


This project didn’t take too long to create in its basic form, but I did spend a good amount of time water coloring it.  The truck stamp was stamped with versafine ink on the recessed side of the embossing folder.  Then the paper was placed and those pieces were run through the big shot machine.  This gave me the embossed trees and the stamped truck. A brayer was inked up with crumb cake and gently rolled over the embossed trees. That is how they became colored so tidily.

After that, it all came down to painting.  Some parts went quickly, like the sky and grass, but I took my time on the truck.  I went over areas several times to get the tones I liked and fix the creative moments I might not have wanted to happen.  When I finished the painting it looked a bit too crisp for the setting, so I sponged over all the the card front and then heavily around the edges.  That worked.


I did make a tag with the stitched framelits that says happy birthday.  I just couldn’t bring myself to place it on the front.  I didn’t want to cover up any of the picture.  It ended up being placed inside.  It isn’t like me to have a layered sentiment inside of a card, but today ended up being that day.

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Open Me Already!

These two guys do nothing but make me grin!  I haven’t used them together before, but here they are in all their glory.  Also, I changed up the big monster by turning his closed eyes into eyebrows and giving him some google eyes as well.  Thought that was cute.


This kit was a birthday card and I think this one could work for that as well.  But any type of celebration could enjoy a project like this.  The hexagon dynamic texture embossing folder got to work in a different way.  I used the debossed side, the normal version has the hexagons raised up instead of recessed.  To bring in a little color I lightly sponged over the top of the embossed paper and look what happened!  What a great effect.  Also, I couldn’t wait to get my chicken stamps back out and use this background like it was chicken wire.  What a fun find.

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The confetti image from the balloon adventures stamp set really got some work.  It was used on the sentiment tag, the card front as well as the inside.  Pretty darn fun if you ask me.  I have another one of these kits left, I think I will get that put together pretty quick.

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You’re a Good Egg

I know Sale-a-bration is over this year, but I had to play again with my favorite chicken stamp.  This guy just makes me giggle, and that is why I create things like this, to make me and others smile.  I do hope you got yourself this stamp set while it was available though.  I usually end up purging a bit after the sale is over since those products aren’t available anymore, but this Hey Chick set is a keeper.  That is why I got it in a wood mount set.


This combination might look familiar since I just did a card with this kit making a floral thank you project.  This is the sixth of seven projects re-using left over workshop kits making them into something totally different.  Mission accomplished here once again.

The background was stamped with the Hardwood stamp in smokey slate and sponged heavily.  That is such a classic stamp.  I am sure it will be around for a long time.  The chicken was stamped in the upper center of the card front as to leave room for the ribbon and sentiment below.  Water color pencils came in handy for a quick color job and touched up with an aqua pen to blend the colors in.

Instead of a bow like the last card, I wrapped it twice around and gave it a little know. It looks great!  To keep with the sponged look of the wood background I sponged the card front equally well.  That also helped to draw additional focus to that awesome chicken, as if he needed help.

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The inside got a little stamp from the same set and a second sentiment.  The cute egg got the same coloring treatment and a touch of sponging around the edges of the paper.  It was a fairly quick project, always faster when the papers are all ready to go.

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Sweet Happy Birthday

This recycled kit was originally a valentines card with all kinds of little die cuts and stamping.  Real big difference and I am totally in love with it.  It is so sweet, and I came across a stamping technique that it going to be used again and again.  It isn’t new I am sure, but new to me, so it counts.


I love this particular balloon stamp set.  The outline images and then the fill stamp to give it a little interest and fun.  My first thought for the card front involved several free floating balloons with hand drawn strings.  Those strings just didn’t do it for me, they were distracting from the pretty balloons.  So I tried again using the bouquet of strings for the balloons.  That worked much better for me.  I then adhered punched out balloons over the top of the stamping using a glue dot at the base of each balloon.  It was enough to hold it in place and I don’t even mind that you can see the adhesive, totally worth it.

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I had to add some on the inside as well.  Giving the interest I love without a lot of bulk. Don’t get me wrong, when it is time to pile it on I go for it, but sometimes it is nice to not worry about putting something through the mail.

The tag was fun to add.  The stitched framelits are adorable.  They give a lovely finished edge so easily.  I wanted to use the ribbon from the kit but I didn’t want to interrupt the lines of the balloons, so I kept the ribbon to the tag.  I thought that worked out nicely.

While I love the look of a clean and simple card, the tag had a burst of color and it left the balloons out of balance.  So I went back to the stamp set looking for some help. There are these two little dandelion flower guys that I thought could work.  I placed them on the same block and stamped them across the bottom of the card in a bit of an upward angle.  I thought it looked like the breeze was blowing them gently up into the air.  The tag looked a bit bleak, so I gave it the same treatment.  For me, the new technique was to carry the look of motion, or the flowers blowing, across the front of the tag.  So fun!

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Taking these old kits and putting them to work in a different way has been so much fun. Only two more days of sharing this little series, but I think it will change how I work. I always want to have kits on hand to play with.

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Artistically Asian

Here we are at day four of this little series and I loved the challenge.   Although the original card was one of my favorites, this one sure does bring a smile to my face.  I have really enjoyed playing with these left over kits.  I might even make a habit of making some every so often just to play with like this.


The photo may look like part of the card is missing, but it is actually kind of a z-fold.  I had to modify it some to cover some damaged areas of cardstock.  Not all of the kits come back home from workshop is good working order.  That is okay, no mistakes, only opportunities.

The stamping kind of looks 3-D instead of a shadow.  I should have stamped the second time closer, but I was distracted I guess.  No mistakes though, right?  On I went.  I tried to soften the green image some and connect the two by brushing the area with an aqua brush to push the color around.  It worked for me.  The best part of this is the lovely stamp in the right lower corner.  I believe it is a phrase that talks about having faith in God.  So beautiful, the concept and the stamp.  I would love to be able to write like that.

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I put the layers together, raised the floral sentiment area up some, and wrapped it in some beautiful from the recent Sale-a-bration catalog.  I hope you got some of that, I have absolutely loved it.  A second floral stamp was placed on the inside to tie it together.  I really do love inside stamping.  I like being able to use more of the stamps in a set and having access to the inside is like another canvas to work with.  Good stuff.

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You’re in my Thoughts & Prayers

This is day three of seven projects re-purposing leftover workshop kits.  The only thing this card has in common with the first sample is color and a floral motif.  Wow, I love how it turned out.  When I made this I thought it was lovely, but didn’t have a special someone to give it to. Sad to say that now I do.  I do love having somewhere to express sincere thoughts and feelings. This will be perfect.


The card front was stamped with the huge image from Rose Wonder.  The small flower image is also from the same set and I used it plenty all around.  I then sponged color lightly over all of the images.  I wanted soft color not exact or even water coloring.  The color almost glows. Then I ran it through the big shot with the elegant dots embossing folder.  The look was stunning.  I nearly left the rest of the decoration off.  It was lovely enough to be a one layer card.  But I kept on and dressed it up some more.

The doily was sponged with sweet sugarplum to match perfectly, love that option.  I crumpled it up some to offer more texture.  I was surprised on how many flowers I got out of that little piece of glimmer paper in the kit.  Careful use of specialty paper sure does make it last.  I staged the doily and sentiment tag before putting down all of those flowers.  There was a nice spot for everything if I do say so myself, and I do.

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Everything was sponged and sponged some more.  It put everything in a soft focus look which lends itself to a card like this.  I didn’t want any harsh lines.  I don’t always re-create a project, but I can see myself making this one again.

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You Deserve a Happy Birthday!

Here we go with day two of this little seven day adventure.  Use up my extra kits and make them look different.  Some parts I like better than others, but here it is just the same.


The background cardstock had some floral stamping from the flower shop stamp set and then was run through the big shot with the lovely lace embossing folder.  The patterns might not have gone the best, but I stuck with it.  When I continued the stamping on the sentiment layer I wasn’t sure again.  I thought black wording would look too similar to the night of navy so I went with flirty flamingo.  Wouldn’t you know it that one of the words got hidden in a flower. So I stamped the sentiment again offset with versamark and then sprinkled on copper embossing powder.  It coordinates nicely with the foiled pattern on the designer series paper.

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It did give it a bit of a 3-D look, but you could read it easier.  I still wasn’t sure about all of the patterns going on here.  It seems like they are fighting for attention.  I don’t think I could tell you who won, but I kept on with it anyway.  I tilted the card a bit for this photo trying to show the foiled paper and matching embossing, you get the idea I think.

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