You Are The Key To My Heart ~ Birthday Card

It might not seem but this is a birthday card, birthday wishes inside. Letting someone know how much you love them is a great birthday present, in my opinion.

It’s been awhile since my last post, and that is not because I haven’t been crafting. I have… Somewhat… But nothing worthy of being shared. Or, might just be not having what it takes to take step by step pictures to make a blog post… Just know that I haven’t abandoned this space yet.

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In Love & Gratitude,

Denise

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Season’s Greetings ~ Postcard

I had to put an end to my battle over Christmas and just get on with it so to stop the season cards procrastination. As the theme for this project was Christmas and Happy New Year wishes, I pulled my relevant stamp sets out, rolled my sleeves up, and I came up with these Postcards.

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I started with the postmarks2stamp stamp set (from TSOL),

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then I used the Happy New Year inside stamp, from the same stamp set, combined with gold ink.

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Made the stamps.

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Here I used the lines2journal stamp set (from TSOL).

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And here, the calendar2build #2 (from TSOL).

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And this side was done.

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For the reverse side, after distressing my pieces of cardstock, I used the fancy scissors to make a nice edge. 

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Those were the stamps selected from the stamp sets I had, they are all from the TSOL. You can look here for the names.

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I added the heat embossed snowflakes. 

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And attached those pieces into the back of the postcard. Voilà! it’s done. Merry Christmas to the people who celebrate this season.

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Denise, xx

Fly with me ~ Card

This card is my entry to the Vandicrafts Artistry Challenge #15: Bye Bye Birdy.

What I had in mind was slightly different, I could swear I had a stamp that said “you’re nuts about”, my mistake, so I had to make some alterations to my plans and this was the result.

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It was already dark when I finished, much is not needed for that now, it was about 4pm… Anyway, I didn’t feel like dragging the furniture to my bay window to take a better picture. I would need to drag a chair, the craft lamp, the handyman electric extension to connect the light… I’m already tired! So I took the pictures on my craft table, I hope they are not that bad.

For the first panel I used a stamp by the Stamps of Life and DIY texture paste with the 6×6″ stencil template Birds of a Feather.

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For the second one I used the bird builder punch (by Stampin’ Up!), covered with clear crackle paint, the leaves and the sentiment are again from the Stamps of Life, and I also used the texture paste with a stencil Zoe had sent me a while ago.

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I applied the crackle paint last night and set it aside, today when I retrieved the pieces they were all curled, so I removed the excess, turned the pieces and tried to get them straight with a clear block, but I had to apply some weight. When I returned from the supermarket shopping they were good to go. I think the problem might have been that I didn’t dry the distress ink before applying the crackle paint… Oh well, there is a remedy for everything 😉

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In the third panel I used the bird and cage from the Tim Holtz die (also courtesy of Zoe) and the branch is from the bird builder punch. I used the Cracks & Specks stamp set (by Tim Holtz) with embossing powder. The music stamp is from the It is written stamp set (by Bo Bunny).

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For the last one I used the same stencil, again with DIY texture paste, and the Vintage stamp set (by Crelando).

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Denise, xx

Japanese Screen Card ~ Happy Birthday

Hopefully, by the time this post is published my dear friend already received this card.

 

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The panels ready.

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The template of this card is a CASED project.

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For the bottom part I used the Decorative Label Punch, but I’ve seen other shapes. If you happen to have a nice (and strong) border punch it makes a beautiful top. Unfortunately, my border punches only go through paper or thin cardstock. 

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In this case I wanted to add a quote that was too big, and for that reason I made my measurements around that quote… Well, almost. In fact when I cut the panels, not for a second I remembered to leave space to punch the bottom, I was leaving margins of 0.5 cm on all four sides. So, because of that I didn’t punch as deep as I thought I would, and the top margin shrank to about 1mm. But you know what? It was my first attempt on this kind of card, so overall I’m happy with the result. 

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For the first panel, as this is a birthday card, I used happyBday2you and birthday4Cookie stamp sets (by The Stamps of Life), and just coloured the cake with Promarkers. I wanted to keep the colours to pink and brown but I didn’t happen to have any dark brown Promarker to make a chocolate cake.

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For this panel I used the Manuscript Background stamp set (by Artemio) stamped with Pearlescent Orchid ink (by Dew Drop Brilliance), a strip of washi tape, a square of printed tissue paper that I distressed with vintage photo distress ink (by Tim Holtz), the bird and the bird cage are die cuts. The flowers were punched out with the Petite Petals Punch, and for the centre of the flower I used the, recently retired, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack by Stampin’ Up!. I also used the Elegant Butterfly Punch, the Bitty Butterfly Punch as well as the Papillon Potpourri Stamp Set. Plus, the also retired, Small Heart Punch. To finish this panel I added the gems and some Stickles on the bird and around the cage.

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This was how I made the pocket to hold the bookmark.

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I left my quote for the last panel, for this piece I just tore the top and bottom and inked the edges with vintage photo distress ink (by Tim Holtz). I also added a panel on the back where I wrote a handmade note for my beloved friend. 

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In Love & Gratitude,
Denise, xx

From London To Paris ~ Thank you card

I just returned from Paris on Monday, and this was one of the cards I made to the person I went there to meet with.

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This is a A7 card.

Materials used on the making of this card:

Elegant Eggplant Cardstock

Very Vanilla Cardstock

banners4all stamp set by TSOL

Paris to London Stamp Set by Tim Holtz

Mustard Yellow distress re-inker by Tim Holtz

Dusty Concord distress re-inker by Tim Holtz

Alcohol

Stampin’ Spritzer Bottle

Liquid glue

 

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Quick notes:

I’m having so much fun with this background technique! It’s so easy to make, just fill a spray bottle with some alcohol, pop some  re-inker, shake it and it’s ready to go!

I’m making small cards, and in this case if you feel the need, put some paper to mask your project avoiding to spray too much ink in one spot. And… Have fun!

 

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In Love & Gratitude,
Denise, xx

Happy Birthday ~ Girl Card

Today I bring you a card made with a fun technique that can be used in a multitude of ways. Try it out and have fun!

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This is a A7 card.

Materials used on the making of this card:

 

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Quick notes:

I started by spraying the white cardstock with the Picked Raspberry re-inker, that I mixed with alcohol in the Stampin’ Spritzer Bottle.

Then I punched out a couple of butterflies and flowers, displayed them on my ‘white’ cardstock, that at this point was more pink, and mixed the Seedless Preserves re-inker with the alcohol, and sprayed it on top of the cardstock. Once done, I removed the butterflies and the flowers.

It was time now to stamp the word ‘Happy Birthday’ on a piece of white scrap paper, inked the edges with the same ink, Pearlescent Purple.

I had a piece of scrap of the Wisteria Wonder cardstock from the Subtles collection, so I punched it out with the Oval Scallop punch.

I had some flowers left over, that I had stamped and punched out, from another card. So, I added one that was stamped with the Pearlescent Purple ink.

To finish I assembled everything with liquid glue.

 

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Denise, xx

Sea You Soon ~ Card

Another card for today, enjoy.

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This is a A7 card.

Materials used on the making of this card:

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Quick notes:

I started by filling the Stampin’ Spritzer Bottles with alcohol and the re-inkers, then I sprayed my white piece of cardstock.

I then stamped the corals with the Whisper White ink, but I didn’t like the result, so I put some white embossing powder on top of the ink and heat embossed it.

Next I stamped the bubbles, followed by the turtles. I filled in the bubbles with a wet brush and the Tumbled Glass distress ink.

Last I stamped the sentence on a distressed piece of scrap paper, Punched it out with the Oval Large punch, sponged the edges. Punched out another piece of scrap paper with the Oval Scallop punch to layer it behind my sentence, and assembled everything with liquid glue.

Once again, because the cardstock is dark, I added a layer of white paper on the inside.

 

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In Love & Gratitude,
Denise, xx