Would you help me out with a moment of your time, please?!

Dear followers: Today is the day to vote for favorites over at Catherine Pooler’s blog to win the next Stamp of Approval box.  ANYONE can vote on up to 10 cards. Would you help me out with just a few moments of your time, please?

Just go to: http://catherinepooler.com/2016/06/15/win-the-next-stamp-of-approval-box-coming-mid-july/ and scroll down to the 117 card pictures at the bottom of the post and click on the heart in the upper right hand corner of the picture of the card you want to vote for. You have until 11:55 p.m. Eastern time June 22, 2016, to vote.

My cards are #98, #99 and #100. You may remember them:

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I would be tickled pink to win the next box as it wouldn’t fit into my budget otherwise.

Thank you SO MUCH for your support!!

~D.Ann

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Clear & Sheer Class – Day 4 – More Techniques: Embossed Acetate Card

Welcome back! If you’ve been following my recent posts, you know I’ve been having fun with Online Card Classes Clear & Sheer class this week.

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This card was made from Day 4 – More Techniques. One of the videos showed how to emboss clear acetate and use die cuts for your sentiment and writing space on the inside of the card. I upped it a notch by adding a vellum intricate die cut to the front, with a bit hanging over the edge. Believe it or not, it was almost harder to photograph this card than it was to make it!

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What is it about acetate and vellum cards that makes them so intriguing?!! Just holding this card in my hand makes me smile! The acetate came with the stripes on it and I wanted to see if the embossing showed up any different in the colored area versus the clear. Not really.

Here’s the inside of the card with room to write your note on the back of the butterfly…

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And the back has a space for your ‘made by’ signature.

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I used some glossy accents for the antennae and put a dollop of pollen on the tips. : ) I also highlighted the edges of the vellum butterfly with Stickles to make them stand out a bit more.

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As you can tell, there were plenty of cool ideas in this class to get you jump started – and I didn’t even use half of the techniques covered. I look forward to playing around with acetate and vellum more in the future!

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Materials used:

  • We R Memory Keepers: Clearly Bold Neon Teal Strips acetate
  • Cuttlebug: Organic Flourish Border embossing folder
  • Spellbinders: Wonderful Wings dies
  • Stamp of Approval: Beautiful World Collection
    • SugarPea Designs: Enchanted Garden stamp set (butterfly)
    • CAS-ual Fridays:  All About YOU stamp set and YOU die
  • Tsukineko Brilliance pigment ink – Rocket Red Gold
  • Ranger Stickles Tropical Tangerine
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • American Crafts glitter cardstock: carrot
  • Recollections white cardstock
  • Simply Defined 2.5″ wide double sided adhesive (“Stacey Tape”) by Scrapbooking Made Simple
  • Aleene’s Crystal Clear Tacky Spray
  • Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive

I’m going to enter this card into the following galleries, hops and challenges – You can click on each one for more information:

I hope to be back soon with a really amazing interactive card also from this class… if I can get it to work… Please stop by again to see how it turned out!

-D.Ann

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Clear & Sheer Class – Day 3 – Acetate Techniques: Glitter Window Card

On day three of the Online Card Classes Clear & Sheer class, the focus was on Acetate Techniques.

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I especially wanted to try the glitter window card and here is what I came up with:

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I wish I could catch how sparkly it turned out, but here’s the best I could do…

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And the inside:

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It’s a rather simple technique that yields spectacular results. You cover a piece of acetate with double sided tape. This was tricky for me. I had some Stick-It, but I find that when you pull the release paper, some of the adhesive pulls up and would leave me with uncovered areas – not a serious issue with die cuts, but for this technique you need complete coverage. So, I pulled out my ‘Stacey Tape’ from Scrapbooking Made Simple. It wasn’t quite wide enough and my unsteady hand overlapped the two pieces, so there is a slightly noticeable line. Guess I need to spring for the wider tape next time!

The colors were inspired from Verve’s April Diva challenge:

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(There IS some bright orange in the sunset pic!)

I used a Spellbinders butterfly die set that has both the outline and the intricate die cut to cut out the release paper. This helped me to layer my colors nicely. First I laid down the solid outline of the butterfly cut out in release paper and poured the Elizabeth Crafts Warm Diamond Microfine Glitter and burnished it onto the adhesive. A piece of a Swiffer dusting cloth picks up the extra glitter with ease!

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Next, I peeled up the solid butterfly and laid down the intricate butterfly die cut release paper to use as a stencil and added in various colors one at a time, burnishing after each.

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Finally, I took off the release paper, exposing the outline of the butterfly and repeated the process.

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Then it was just a matter of cutting the window and adhering it to the back and covering it with a second window. NOTE TO SELF…. If you’re going to chalk the edges of the windows, do it BEFORE you place the glitter piece in. I knew the glitter would pick up Copic Markers if you colored it, but it also picks up the chalk color, too.

To make the window stand out even more I put cut out a different colored heart for the inside of the card, placing it right behind the window. To add depth, I stamped some butterflies that you can see as shadows through the window. I love using Brilliance inks as they really sparkle and shine depending on how they catch the light.

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I used a Tsukineko Fantastix coloring tool to pick up some of the ink and dot it around for butterfly trails on the front of the card and chalked in some blue sky.

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Materials used:

  • Stamp of Approval Beautiful World Collection
    • Gina K: Beautiful World stamp set (sentiment)
    • SugarPea Designs Enchanted Garden stamp set (butterfly)
    • CAS-ual Fridays:  YOU die
  • Spellbinders Les Papillions & Lace Hearts dies
  • American Crafts: The Color of Memories acetate
  • American Crafts glitter cardstock: carrot
  • Simply Defined 2.5″ wide double sided adhesive (“Stacey Tape”) by Scrapbooking Made Simple
  • Elizabeth Crafts Silk Microfine Glitter – Warm Diamond
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Essential Colors Glitters:
    • Cinnabar, Fire Opal, Garnet
    • Aquamarine Crystal, Feldspar, Lapis Lazuli, Turquoise
  • Tsukineko Brilliance pigment ink – Rocket Red Gold
  • Tsukineko Fantastix color tool
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks
  • Recollections white cardstock
  • Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive

I’m going to enter this card into the following galleries, hops and challenges – You can click on each one for more information:

I hope to be back later this afternoon with the other nifty acetate card I made from day 4. See you later!

-D.Ann

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Clear & Sheer Class – Day 2 – Vellum Techniques on Beautiful World Cards

Good evening! I’m back with the other two cards I made from day two of the Online Card Classes Clear & Sheer class

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It never ceases to amaze me when Jennifer McGuire does a video, I almost always bookmark it as something I want to try and her video for this day’s class was no exception. The technique was making your own colored vellum. All you have to do is take your dye ink pads and rub them on the vellum, then rub them in with a cloth. If you want rich colors, do both sides. Then you can heat emboss on top of it and get a stunner of a card…

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Of course, the beautiful images and script in the latest Stamp of Approval Beautiful World Collection by Catherine Pooler help add to the loveliness! If you didn’t get one, don’t worry, they’ll be out individually by each of the manufacturers in a few months.

Materials used:

  • Stamp of Approval Beautiful World Collection
    • Beautiful World Stamp Set by Gina K
  • Worldwin 48# vellum
  • Memento dye inks: Bamboo Leaves, Nautical Blue, Rhubarb Stalk, Sweet Plum
  • Simon Says Stamp Hybrid Inks: Coral Reef Goldenlocks
  • Versamark Ink
  • Inkadinkado Linen White embossing powder
  • Aleene’s Crystal Clear Tacky Spray
  • Recollections white cardstock

Since it produced such rich colors, I wanted to see what vellum-on-vellum would look like, so I die cut some heat embossed images on vellum and layered them on top for the second card. I even did a little it of dry embossing on some of the leaves. In my honest opinion, you get just as good a look with heat embossing and a lot less fuss!

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With all the heat embossing, the plain vellum butterfly looked too plain, so I stuck some Stickles on him and added a few pops of color to some of the flowers to finish it off.

Materials used:

  • Stamp of Approval Beautiful World Collection
    • SugarPea Designs Enchanted Garden stamps and dies
    • SugarPea Designs Enchanted Butterfly die
  • Worldwin 48# vellum
  • Memento dye inks: Bamboo Leaves, Nautical Blue, Rhubarb Stalk, Sweet Plum
  • Simon Says Stamp Hybrid Inks: Coral Reef Goldenlocks
  • Versamark Ink
  • Inkadinkado Linen White embossing powder
  • Aleene’s Crystal Clear Tacky Spray
  • Recollections white cardstock
  • Ranger Stickles Wonderland
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops – Gloss – Dandelion Yellow

I’m going to enter one or both of these cards (either linked from here or Instagram) into the following galleries, hops and challenges – You can click on each one for more information:

I hope to be back tomorrow to show you the two amazing acetate cards I’ve done and hopefully I’ll have time to do one more that I’ve been wanting to do for ages… Do come back to see!

-D.Ann

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YOU Make Me Happy Card

Helloooooo again! It’s been a rough month and I’m happy to slowly be getting back to crafting!!

This card was inspired by several things…

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The current Virginia’s View Challenge is for any type of friendship card.

The April 2016 Color Challenge over at Clearsnap has this inspiration photo:

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And Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge is: Make It Girlie

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I recently received Catherine Pooler’s latest Stamp of Approval set and have been wanting to ink it up, so I pulled out my ColorBox inks, MISTI and was able to easily make this CAS (Clean And Simple) card:

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(Sigh, I still have trouble getting white pictures to come out even at full resolution. Sorry)

I love that the ColorBox Petal Point inks are shaped perfect for detail coloring on stamps like that top stamp… it’s one continuous stamp, but I was easily able to ink it in 3 colors!

Materials used:

  • Stamp of Approval – Beautiful World Collection
    • Catherine Pooler Designs GeoBuilders stamp set
    • Cas-ual Fridays stamp set: All About YOU
  • ColorBox Petal Point Classic Pigment Inkpads by Clearsnap
    • Pinwheel & Enchantment: Green, Pink, and Royal Blue
  • Core’dinations cardstock – white
  • MISTI stamping tool

I’m playing along in the following challenges… if you’d like to join the fun, just click on the name to get all the details:

Hopefully I’ll be seeing you a little more regularly again. Thanks for stopping by today!

-D.Ann

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