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Thursday, February 20, 2020

2020 Stash Party #7 - You Are Unforgettable - Birthday Card

Hello, Crafty Peeps!
Ann Butler and Jennifer McGuire are two of my favorites designers!  I was able to combine techniques from both of them to create this birthday card for a very special lady.
If you have been following me, you know that I have become addicted to the Split Card design 
created by Jennifer McGuire.
I have now fallen in love with the stenciled background technique that Ann Butler shared last week.
I used a combination of inks (Chalk, Dye, Washable, and Distress Oxide) to create this background.  The Chalk, Dye and Washable Inks were Inkadinkado inks that have been in my stash since 2010.  The stencil is a Heidi Swapp.  I have had it for about 8 years.
I used another 10-year-old ink product to stamp the sentiment and the cute little baby elephant!

Tomorrow, I plan to spend the day experimenting with my stencils and my orphaned inks to see what kind of fun backgrounds I can create!  You should try it!
Thanks, Ann!
Thanks, Jennifer!
Thank You, Crafty Peeps, for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

2020 Stash Party # 6 - The Color of Love

Hello, Crafty Peeps!
This is project #6 in my 2020 Stash Self-Challenge
All of the projects I have made this year have been made from items already in my stash. 
I created this project for the Color Challenge at The Outlawz!  
My project uses the last three colors: Mauve, Beige, and Green.   For some reason, I saw was blue/violet so that is what I used on my flower.  We'll see how it works in the challenge.
The Optional Twist for the challenge was to use the word "Love!"  I only have one script die of the word love so that was an easy choice.  The difficulty was in finding the right position.  I didn't like it in any of the corners.  I absolutely love it across the flower and I think the black adds a little drama and a little tension between itself and the other focal objects!
The green gingham ribbon on this card was the catalyst for my project.  I used the ribbon on a previous project and I had a small piece still in my scrap pile.  All of the papers used in this project are over 10 years old.  The Bazzill colored card came in a pack of 25 assorted sheets. Bazzill papers.  I bought them back in 2011 at Big Lots for $2.00/package. Each time I went into the store, I would purchase at least ten packages.  So I still have tons.  My envelope photographed weird, but IRL it is a pretty salmon color that goes surprisingly well with the card!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you found some inspiration here!
Challenges Entered:
The Outlawz- Tuesday Color Challenge (Must be a member to sign in)

Stuff I Used:
Dies : Gina Marie Designs
Ribbon - Really Reasonable Ribbon

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Shopping Our Stash #414 - The Great Outdoors

Hello, Crafty Makers!
Today starts another fortnight challenge at Shopping Our Stash.
The challenge theme is "The Great Outdoors,"  
Share with us any project that has anything related to the "Outdoors" or "Nature."
I am doing a series of split cards and this challenge seemed a perfect opportunity to experiment more with the technique.
Solitary Bees invade our yard each year. I really want to reclaim our lawn and get back to the beautiful street appeal we once had but, in order to do, that we would have to put down chemicals that would kill the Bees and that does not work for us. Also, the county extension office told us that it is illegal to kill Solitary Bees because they are often more efficient at pollination than Honey Bees.  And, if you add to that my compromised immune system, you can see our dilemma.  
The inside of the card is very simple!  I may stamp a birthday sentiment at the very top. I might be able to do that and still leave room for a personal note.
The most fun part of creating these split cards is figuring out how to arrange the focal grouping.  It should tell a story, I think. My honeycomb was originally totally on the outside of the card but it accidentally slipped behind my top panel and I thought, "oh, yeah, that will work!"   I used Stickles on the bee's wings and "Glossy Accents" on his body.  I also used "Wink of Stella" on the honeycomb and the sun!
As for our real bees, we could have the entire yard dug up after they leave.  Turning the yard would destroy their tunnels and we can hope that they won't return but that could be expensive and possibly futile since it is the flowers that attract them.  In the meantime, at least I honored the bees with a fun, crafty card!
You can find my Step Tutorial for Split Cards HERE
You can link to Jennifer McQuire's Video Tutorial HERE
Challenges Entered:

Stuff I Used: