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Monday, March 4, 2019

A Place To Start: Official Launch - ATG w/Optional Twist: A Single Layer Card w/Matching Envelope

Hello, Crafty Peeps!
March is the official launch of my new challenge blog:
A Place To Start
We need peeps for our Design Team
You can apply HERE
  Although APTS is a "Just For Fun" blog, my great friend, artist Rick St. Dennis is graciously sponsoring our launch.  I love his monthly image packages and some lucky maker will win his Easter/Spring collection.

This month, I thought it would be fun to tackle the single layer card.  I have avoided this style, like the plague, because is it always CAS and that (along with pile it on and shabby vintage) have always been my Achilles heel.  But 2019 is the year of facing my paper crafting fears so...
 Birthday Wish
Personal Challenges Met:
1. CAS Design, Single Layer Card w/Envelope
2. Techniques: Splatter, blending, corner masking
3. Ancient Supplies Used:  Unity Stamps Itty Bitty Stamps
Again, I used my mermaid brushes instead of blending tools and I really like them. 
My masking technique still needs a little work, but this is the first time I have ever masked anything, so I am quite pleased with my lil old self! 
I stamped the image with VersaMark™ and then embossed with clear EP.
Roller  Coaster
 Personal Challenges Met:
1. CAS Design, Single Layer Card w/Envelope
2. Techniques: Splatter, blending, corner masking
3. Ancient Supplies Used:  Inkadinkado Clear Stamp, ColorBox Art Screen
I used one of my favorite ColorBox® Art Screens and one of 

 Inkadinkado's® adorable "Kid Quotes" stamp to create this project.  
Stuff I Used:
ColorBox ® Art Screen - Swirldot
Inkadinkado Clear Stamp - Kid Quotes
Unity Stamps Itty Bitty Stamps:
   One Single Wish
   Sucks To Get Old (Sentiment Only)
   Tulip Wishes (Sentiment Only - Birthday)



Sunday, March 3, 2019

613 Avenue Create - ATG w/Optional Twist: Create a Kinetic Card

Hello, Crafty Makers!
Welcome to another month of creativity at 
As always, you may choose to play the ATG option, you may choose to play our twist or you may choose both.

Dictionary result for kineticadjective

    • (of a work of art) depending on movement for its effect.
Butterfly Kisses
A Slider Card
This little ribbon slider card was so easy to make.  I don't create many interactive cards because so many of them are very labor intensive or require a special die.  I long ago ceased buying dies and stamps for one-time use.
I love this.  I wanted to use ribbon but none of my green ribbons matched my envelope, so I went with twine. 
Next time, I think I will make the version that pulls from the top.  
Here is the Jennifer McGuire Tutorial I used.
Thanks so much for visiting.
I hope you found some inspiration.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

A Single Layer of Love - Single Layer Card - Focus on Sentiment

Hello, Crafter Makers!
Last night I made two quick cards for my gallery at Splitcoast Stampers.
The real payoff for me is that both help me further my 
2019 Personal Crafting Goals
This happy puppy was great fun to create. 
I created an envelope for this card.
I used my very, very favorite Distress colors and my Mermaid Brushes.
Personal Challenges Met:
1. CAS Design
2. New Technique - Sponged background and Sponging w/stencils and dies, splattering
3. Antique Stuff - Heidi Swapp Mini Word Stencils, Honeycomb Corner Die
White CS
Distress or other ink
Die (with medium to large openings)
Blending Tool
Masking Tape or Post It™Notes
Paint or Splattering Brush
Easy Tutorial
1.  Cut a piece of white cs to A2 size (4.5"x11.0") and score at 5.5"
2.  Use Post It™notes or masking tape to cover approximately 1/4" on the top bottom and both sides on the front of your cs base.
3.  Using your blending tool, apply your first background color (I used Twisted Citron).  Start blending on the masking paper and gently work your way onto the face of your card.  Continue adding color until you achieve your desired pattern.  Leave a small spot near the center of your card slightly lighter in color than the surrounding areas.  My additional colors were Broken China and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxides.
4.  Position your die to the desired area (mine is in the upper lefthand corner) and use your sponge to apply the ink.  I used a light dabbing motion.  If you want a darker impression, 
5.  Center your stencil on the colored area and use your sponge to apply ink.
6.  Remove masking tape.
7.  Choose one of your ink colors to use as splatter on your project. Vary the size of your splatter for a more artistic impression.  Size is determined by the distance and force.

Distress Inks used: Twisted Citron, Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Fired Brick, Wilted Violet
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Stuff I Used