Strawberries and Chocolate

I'm on the Skipping Stones blog using this amazing Chocolate Volume 2 set.

Who doesn't love strawberries and chocolate?

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Winter Snow Cards

Hi everyone, I'm on the ClearScraps blog today with winter themed cards using the snowflake stencil included in the January kit.

I used molding paste through the stencil to create a snowflake background for the cards.

Once the modeling paste dried, I used die cuts, twine and stickers to finish the cards.

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Creating cards with Makin's Clay

Hi everyone, I've got some fun cards on the Makin's Clay blog.  

Did you know that you can emboss damp clay?  Clay can be easily embossed with an embossing folder while still damp and no special preparation of the embossing folder is necessary.  Embossed clay is perfect for creating backgrounds for cards as the clay adds very little weight to cards. 

For my Valentine's Day card, I started by mixing red and white clay. I conditioning them creating pink clay.  Once conditioned, I rolled the clay through the clay machine starting at the highest setting.  I repeated the process, moving the dial down a level and rolling the clay through the clay machine until I had the thickness of clay I wanted. 

I placed the clay in an embossing folder and used the cutter to cut away the excess clay. And this is the embossed panel.  All the details are clearly visible in the damp clay.  I allowed the clay to dry 24 hours before continuing.

Using Beacon Adhesives, I adhered the embossed clay panel to black cardstock.  Then I wrapped red twine down the left side.  The panel was added to the card with foam adhesives to create dimension.  The sentiment was stamped on a white oval and placed atop a black die cut.

For my next two cards, I conditioned white clay, then rolled it through the clay machine starting at setting 1, and moving the dial as noted above.  I also ended on the 7th setting.  I spritzed the panel with Fireworks Summer Sky spray ink, then placed it in a winter embossing folder.

With this method, the spray ink becomes embedded in the crevices as the panel is embossed.  I allowed the clay to dry 24 hours before continuing.  The panel was matted with black cardstock and wrapped with ribbon.  Using foam adhesives, the panel was added to the card.  Winter Wonderland was stamped, die cut then added to the card.

Finally for my Christmas card, I repeated the above process using the left over white clay from the winter card.

I placed the clay in a Christmas embossing folder and used the clay cutter to cut away the excess clay.  After embossing the clay, the details are amazing.  Next, I used assorted VersaMagic Chalk Inks to ink over the embossed clay.  I allowed the clay to dry 24 hours before continuing.

I matted the clay panel with red and black cardstock using Beacon Adhesives.  2 different ribbons were added around the panels which were then adhered to the card.

Remember that clay adds no weight to your creations, so these cards can be easily mailed with negligible or no additional cost.

For more complete details, stop by the Makin's Clay blog.

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Mini Snow Album

Hi everyone, I'm on the ClearScraps blog today with a winter themed mini album.

The January kit includes a mini Tab Album along with papers and a sticker sheet from American Crafts.

Each page was inked with brown and then papers were cut to fit.

Stickers from the sticker sheet were added.

What do you think?

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Party Time

Hi everyone, I'm on the Just For Fun blog today with a party card.

I spritzed white cardstock with assorted colors of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists.  Then I used the Wine Background Stamp on top.

I matted the panel with cranberry cardstock, then added die cut wine glasses on top.

Ciao was die cut and added on a tag which was added across the center of the card.  Then the panel was added to a kraft card.

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January Winter Wonderland Layout

Hi everyone, I'm on the ClearScraps blog today with a winter themed layout.  Since we recently had 12" of snow, I couldn't think of a better layout to create.

The January kit includes 2 - 12" x 12" acrylic panels and a winter stencil along with papers from American Crafts.

I adhered pattern paper behind the panel and used molding paste to create texture around the outside.  Then, I used the included stencil to add trees to the bottom corner with molding paste. 

Once the molding paste dried, I replaced the stencil and spritzed over it with green ink.

I chose elements from the pattern papers and added them to the layout, then die cut several photos, grouping them with the papers.  January was cut from one of the papers and used as a title.

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Treat Bags with Rinea Foils

HI everyone Happy New Year with Rinea Foils.

Now the holidays are behind us, it doesn't mean the fun should stop.  Goodie bags are fun to create and with Rinea Foiled Papers, the options are endless.

Using Spellbinders dies, I die cut an assortment of shapes from the foiled papers.

Once they've been removed for the dies, look at the results and all those beautiful colors of foils -  Emerald/Gold, Sapphire/Gold, Blush/Gold, Silver/Gold, Ruby/Gold, Blush/Gold, Silver/Silver Starstruck, Ruby/Ruby Starstruck.

I inked kraft bags with white dots, then adhered the die cut elements with Helmar Adhesives.

Once the die cuts were adhered to the bags, I die cut initials for each. 

Now the goodie bags are ready for our New Year's party, and, since they are personalized, everyone will know which one is theirs.

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Dare Sign

Hi everyone, it's 2018 and my word for this year is Dare. 

Why not take this year and dare..........to try something new...to use existing supplies....to create something different....to connect with someone you've lost sight of, etc, etc........

Tape off the edges of a metal edged sign, then paint it with Plaid paint.

Select embellishments and adhere to the sign.  This is a great way to use items in your stash.  Remember, this project is a Dare.......or a challenge...to do something different.

Selecting assorted clay elements created with Makin's Clay, I used the Pensander to sand the rough edges.  I added a flower atop clay branches and added leaves created from Rinea foiled paper.  Then I added Dare to the corner.

This sign will hang prominently in my craft room reminding me of this year's challenge.

What is your Dare this year?

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Happy BIrthday

Hi everyone, it's time for a new challenge at Just For Fun Rubber Stamps and this month it's the colors blue, purple, and silver.

You can take this challenge any way you want.  Think snowflakes, think winter theme, anything you like.  I love this Popped Cork stamp - reminds me of times to celebrate.

Using this as a birthday card, I stamped happy birthday to you from Sentiments 1 unmounted sheet.  I added a torn strip of Silver/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper from Rinea under the phrase and some silver dew drops around the popped cork.

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Happy New Year with Bowdabra

Happy New Year everyone.  I created these decorative glasses earlier this month with the help of the Bowdabra.

Using the Bowdabra, create a 4 loop bow. 

I tied the bows to glasses that I filled with candy for a sweet New Year's treat.

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Calendar Fun with Joy Clair

Hi everyone, I'm on the Joy Clair blog using one of their newest stamp sets - Calendar Fun.

I used Memento Inks to stamp the calendar and add the dates and decorative elements.

These is a perfect stamp set to create individual calendar pages or reversible cards.

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Tis the Season

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here again today and I've used some great stamps from the store to create my card, combining both new and old stamps.

This stamp is perfect for seasonal creations.  Who doesn't remember the fun we had using The Back Door, placing our sleds against the house and leaving our boots outside!

I used Memento Markers to color the image then cut it to size, matting it with navy cardstock.  The sentiment is from Sentiments 1.

The background paper sets the mood for the winter scene.

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