Thinking about Next year!

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Last year I made the cutest mini-cards to welcome new staff to our middle school. I wanted to get a jump on them this year, because we have SO many new staff coming in! All 15 came out very cute. Take a look:

To create this card, I used a retired Concord and 9th turnabout stamp that I adore. I have a bit of trouble aligning the stamp properly. I went to their website and ordered the turnabout jig and a new template to hopefully help me get it right! On the inside I wrote, well, typed: We are so glad you are here, Welcome to the Ben Hill Family. Then I stamped the back. I even used my cricut to make mini envies for these 4" by 4" cards.
I said mini, right! Hope I inspired you. Thanks for stopping by! See you soon.


Flower Challenge #33

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I have been itching to get back to my card making. I pulled out my wreath builder template and started playing around. Taking after Jennifer McGuire, I started playing with small stamps.Take a look.

These were a small themed set I bought 10 years ago from Hero Arts. I used Distress Oxide inks and the Wreath Builder template to create the background. The sentiment is from a new Picket Fence stamp set I purchased. I stamped it in Black ink and then a second time with Veramark ink and used clear embossing powder for a finished look. I think I have to make a few more of these! Thanks for stopping by!

Summer, Summer Summer!

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Summer school is underway, and I am crafting my little heart out! Would you believe that my grandbaby is a YEAR OLD? We had her first birthday party, it was ELMO themed! I made a cute small banner for the front of her high chair for pictures of her smash cupcake. Take a look:
Here she is smashing her cake:
She LOVED her party!
I also made cookie monster print and cut images for her cookies. I will add the picture as soon as my son comes over. These are on his camera.
My cricut is the best!
Thanks for dropping in!


Simple cards - distressed patterned paper

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I am so relieved that the school year is over. I have been de-stressing by creating distressed birthday cards! (that's funny). I purchased a new bookcase to replace a smaller shelving unit in my craft room. OMG, what a huge difference. I loaded it up with items I haven't touched in a long time....including patterned papers.
Just looking at that new bookcase gets me inspired to get creative. So I pulled out my patterned papers and made some backgrounds. Take a look:

 I found some honey comb themed papers that were already pink and yellow. I distressed them a bit more by adding more ink.

 These papers came from a Tim Holtz style paper pack from another company. I had to give them a try. I think they look rather male-like, right?

 These remind me of an old desk with faded papers covering the top of it. I love the playing card peeking out! Same grunge type paper pack.
The left one is interesting, but my husband says it is like snake skin to him! whaaa? I like how they turned out. This stamp is new from Picket Fences. I think it will get a lot of use in my collection.Glad you dropped in!


Crafting with a head cold!

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What a month! I knew that that these last two and a half months after spring break would be crazy, what I didn't expect was to get a head cold and laryngitis in the middle of it! I really am just getting my energy back, and I will be back to normal in a few days, I am sure. Meanwhile, I have two similar happy anniversary cards to post, take a look:

 The background was my main focus, I created a much larger panel with the new distress oxide sprays. I only have 3 colors so far - Mermaid Lagoon, Picked Raspberry and Fossilized Amber. I love how the colors mixed and blended on their own. I them splashed some picked fence paint to create the white dots. It looks like a night sky sort of to me.  :)

On both panels, I used the Happy die cut from Pink & Main, and and the stamp Anniversary from a older Hero Arts set. I wanted to not distract from the background. Clean, and simple. Thanks for dropping by. I would love a comment before you go!