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#THE100DAYPROJECT

Ready to get creative? Today is the day! I am joining the global community in participating in the 6th annual #The100DayProject.

The100DayProject is a free art project that takes place online. Every spring, thousands of people all around the world commit to 100 days of exploring their creativity. Anyone can join and I am excited to participate! The idea is simple: choose a project, do it every day for 100 days, and share your process on Instagram with the hashtag #The100DayProject.

My project will be to make a little “art” every day for the 100 days. I will post each of my paper pieces on my Instagram account @stampjunkie with the hashtag #dks100days. My hope for this project is to feel more accomplished in my craft projects. At the end of the project I’ll have a nice stash of pieces that I can use to add-on to my handmade cards and tags.

I’m nervous and excited about this commitment and I’m hoping you’ll be here for the ride and encourage me along the way! I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

Here is my first #The100DayProject piece!

 

 

 

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Groovy

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I love my hippie stamps! These tags were fun to make – the flower girl is from a set named ” Hippie Dottie” that was made by Totally Stampalicious (that went out of business about 5 years ago) and the dude is in the stamp set “Hippie” from Deep Red Stamps. I made these tags starting with stenciling on Ranger Inkssentials manila craft tags using Tim Holtz’s “Rays” stencil and distress inks.

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I didn’t really have a layout plan on how I was putting the tags together, so I set the tags aside and began stamping and embossing the hippies and the Peace sentiment.  After coloring them (the fun part!) with Copic markers,  I decided to fussy cut them out and I used a punch instead of scissors for the sentiment.  Since I wanted to match the hippies to the tag, I stamped on Ranger Inkssentials Manila Card Stock so it would coordinate perfectly.

 

 

Dimensional foam dots were used to  attach the hippie cut-outs to the tags.  To finish the tags I added some hemp and a metal peace sign to embellish and a little bling.

 

 

Wishing you peace, love, & happiness! 

 

 

 

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vinTAGe

I was just going through some pictures on my phone and thought I would share this one with you! This tag was made using a vintage Betty Boop rubber stamp that I’ve had for probably 20 years. Ranger’s Manila Craft Tags are the perfect blank surface to stamp and use Tim Holtz Distress Inks on. The smooth finish is great for all types of mediums and the cardstock holds up well with ink & water. I made this card for my friend Dorine,  who I know loves vintage things as much as I do!

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Girly cards

  • Some of my favorite rubber stamps are made by Penny Black, Stamping Bella, Saturated Canary and Totally Stampalicious – which unfortunately is no longer in business.  I thought I’d share some cards and tags I’ve made using the cute girly designs from those companies I love. These girls always seem to fit the sentiment that I’m looking to create. Some of these cards are old, some are new, some are one-of-a-kind, and some I mass-produced! Thanks for looking and make it a great day.

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12 New Chapters

Happy New Year! I thought I would share some pictures of Christmas tags I made last year. Making gift tags and cards that are holiday themed are my favorite to make.  I don’t see my holiday rubber stamps and supplies that often since they are tucked away until a holiday rolls around. There are stamps I use that date back to the 90’s when I really started to get into papercrafting. Some of my most cherished rubber stamps are made by companies that don’t even exist any more. I know there are plenty of  cool, contemporary designs available these days but there is something that makes my heart sing when I break out my box that holds my treasured holiday stamps. It’s like seeing old friends that you haven’t seen in a long time!

I made some tags for my sister using pages torn from an old hymn book along with Tim Holtz’s Tattered Poinsettia die cuts, inks, and stencils. They were so much fun to put together!  In October, I was lucky enough to be able to take two classes taught by the super talented Tim Holtz at my favorite scrapbook store. He has such great energy and his classes are fun, educational, and encouraging. I hope what you see here inspires you to get your crafting on! Cheers to 2017 and to 12 new chapters with 365 new chances.

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Social Networking

Just sharing a few pics of some papercrafting that I don’t think I’ve shown here, along with a cartoon that I love! With all of the social media available these days, I’m thinking of setting up an Instagram account just to post pictures of my creations on, instead of maintaining a website. What social network do you spend the most time on? For me, it’s Facebook and Instagram.  I think the cartoon below sums it all up – the internet has changed our world for sure! Have a great week.

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Watercolored Feathers

I love my Taylored Expression Fine Feather die cuts! They are American made with thin steel and work great with my Big Shot. Six different sizes are in the package. The pictures below show what the feathers look like using watercolor paper and embossing. I used my Kuretake Gansai Tambi Japanese Watercolors – the colors are so vibrant and the application is always consistent. I also embossed the tips of the feathers with Simon Says Stamp rose gold embossing powder.

For the cards I put together, I embossed the sentiment on the front of the card so I could have plenty of room to write a note inside. I am really happy with how the watercolored feathers turned out!