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Dove of Peace

I love this Stampin’ Up “Dove of Peace” rubber stamp! For the past holiday season, this was my “go-to” stamp that I just couldn’t resist using. I primarily stamped on  white cardstock using either Ranger silver tinsel embossing powder or Recollections gold embossing powder. I think using the metallic is what made the image really come to life. This stamp is so versatile – it looks great using white ink on colored paper or stamping with black ink and coloring it up.  After stamping and embossing, I fussy cut the doves out to attach to cards and tags. Silver and gold foil cardstock were used for matting. Although the stamp has a verse on it underneath the dove, which I love, I thought I would keep it simple and just use the image. For the first time in a long time, I didn’t use any Stickles, which is a rare thing for me since I am obsessed with that glitter glue! Here are a few pictures to share with you that I took with my phone. I thought it was best not to take out my 35mm camera since my crafting space was sprinkled with glitter of some sort throughout the holiday season…I hope you’re a having a great new year – Cheers to 2016!

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Happy gram!

I started this card by using Eat Cake Graphics rubber stamp called “Penelope and kitty Percy”.  After stamping, I colored and cut out the image and added a banner flying behind the fish. The rubber stamp used for the banner is made by Hero Arts. I had some 6×6 paper with little fluffy clouds and sunshine that I used for the background. I attached the stamped images with foam dots for dimension. To finish it off, I added some Star Dust Stickles to the fish fins, put some liquid glass on Penelope’s eye glasses, and added a couple of blings on the banner. Hope you have a Happy New Year! happy gram

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Jeepers Creepers

Here is my latest design team project for Eat Cake Graphics. When I first saw this haunted house stamp, I wanted to color the “stripes” on the house the colors of a candy corn…but I decided to go with a violet color instead. It was a simple card, I just stamped, embossed, colored, matted, and attached with pop dots to a card base. I added an orange moon above the roof by punching out a 1″ circle and using the negative paper as a moon “template”. A sponge was used to swirl in the ink color inside the circle. I have a sentiment stamp “Jeepers Creepers” that I think fits the card perfectly. I stamped the sentiment, cut it to size and stapled it on. Stardust Stickles was added for a little bling on the rooftop. And there you have it!

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More Catnip!

This project was pretty simple to make. I found the clipboard frame on clearance at Michael’s (for less than a buck!) and thought it was really cute, so it became my inspiration. I love this cute little kitty stamp, since I am a cat lover. The background colors on the board of red and dark mint really drew me in, so I used complementary Copic marker colors on the kitty. After stamping and embossing the kitty, I cropped the paper to a square and corner rounded the top corners. I popped dotted it to the colored paper background. I stamped and hand cut the sentiment, attached it with glue, tied some twine on it and just clipped it on the board. A little bling was added to the collar for some sparkle, and that was it!

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Eat Cake Graphics stamp used: 2035-F Tiny Toby. Here is the link: http://www.eatcakegraphics.com/cakenew/index.php?main_page=advanced_search_result&search_in_description=1&keyword=2035-F+Tiny+Toby

Sentiment stamp:  http://www.ebay.ca/usr/rubberhedgehog.com

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Guadalupe

On a recent trip to New Mexico, I walked by a store downtown in Santa Fe called “Guadalupe’s Fun Rubber Stamps” (http://stampafe.com/shop). The store was closed, but I was there the next morning waiting for them to open! One of the stamps I bought was the one I used to create the card shown below. The StampaFe rubber stamp line reflects the quirky nature of New Mexico, and the stamps are all made in Santa Fe. I love to buy rubber stamps that are made in the USA! This card pulled together quickly. I used a sheet of watercolor paper, a few watercolor pencils and my AquaBrush to create the striped layered background. After the paper was dry, I stamped the Guadalupe with black ink on to the paper, trimmed it out, added a lime colored mat, then adhered to a card base. Diamond Dust Stickles were added to the angel wings for a little sparkle. The whole process took less than a half an hour and I love the way it turned out. I’m so happy I got this rubber stamp with the namesake of the store that I bought it at. I couldn’t have picked a better souvenir for myself!

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Little Ladybug Stamp

5029-A Ladybug (front) - Click Image to Close  This little ladybug stamp measures only 0.4 x 0.5 inches. I made the postcard below stamping the bug once, while the other picture is a card made stamping the bug multiple times.  The postcard features a little branch with some tiny paper flowers and the cute little ladybug. The card with the red flowery print reminds me of an easy, breezy summer. l randomly stamped the ladybug on Stampin Up Whisper White cardstock, colored her in, then used a circle punch. I layered the circle with foam dots to a larger punched circle for some added dimension.  To sum it all up, I used the sentiment “Happy Everything”! Have a great day.

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Always Wear Your Invisible Crown!

We probably all have our own way of interpreting what “always wear your invisible crown” means. To me, it means that we can’t all wear sashes & crowns and be queens or princesses, but we can act like them and wear invisible crowns!  We can show it by maintaining self-confidence, by being aware of our own self-worth without flaunting it, and by being humble. Maybe it means that we should imagine our worth through different eyes so we can have a confidence that we have never experienced before. Whatever this quote means, I love the way it sounds and the way it makes me feel!  Hold your head high and have a glorious day!

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