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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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Autumn’s Palette

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A few years ago a friend of mine gave me a big bag of pinecones. I have been using them to fill a jar at Christmas time since pinecones and poinsettias are my usual decorating theme in December. This year I thought I would change it up by using some of the pinecones as Autumn decor. I have some really pretty, fine, Martha Stewart glitter and glittering glue that I used to add some sparkle to my plain jane bag of pinecones. I’ve glittered a few and I am loving the way it looks!

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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!

Guadalupe

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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!

Always Wear Your Invisible Crown

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Cheers to this New Year

It’s hard to believe that this is the first day of February! Time sure has flown by in this new year. I am posting pictures of cards and tags I have made over the past couple of months. Pictured are:

  • New Year cards using a rubber stamp titled Cherry Blossom by Saturated Canary, along with pretty Japanese paper
  • A couple of fun wine bottle tags
  • Christmas gift tags using black chalkboard paper stamped with white pigment ink and a large round scallop punch
  • Happy owl card, using Hero Arts rubber stamp titled Big Owl
  • Sweet little lamb tag, attached to a baby shower party favor

I wish I was the kind of person who makes new year resolutions so I could resolve to keeping my blog updated more often. I  will get back on track, so please stay tuned for more of my paper craft projects. Hope your 2015 is off to a fantastic start!

asian new year2    asian new year  Big Owl by Hero Arts rubber stamp; Martha Stewart heart punch

    wine bottle tag       Wine bottle tag    Thank ewe; baby shower favor

Chalkboard tag on Christmas giftChalkboard paper with white pigment ink

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Valentine tags

I came across these pictures that I took last year, and thought I would post them since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. This Stampin’Up stamp set is one of my favorites. It’s called “Greeting Card Kids” and I love that the stamps have a nostalgic look of early twentieth century children’s book illustrations. I think the set is now retired, but it contains back-to-school, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, and Christmas themes. I’m always looking for an excuse to create something with these cute stamps. I have used this stamp for Valentine’s, thank you notes, and thinking of you cards and tags. Have a Happy Valentine’s Day and send someone you love a card!

Greeting card kid

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“Semi-homemade” lighthouse notepads

I have always loved lighthouses. Living in Florida, I’ve had the pleasure of seeing probably over a dozen of them from the Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse in South Florida, to the lighthouse on Sanibel Island on the west coast, to the Garden Key lighthouse on top of Fort Jefferson at Dry Tortugas National Park.

Recently I attended an event in St. Augustine, and I made several of these notepads to give to a few special key people at a business meeting.  I knew when I saw the black and white striped notepads at Michael’s I had to take them home with me and add something to them.  Since I have a couple of rubber stamps of Florida lighthouses, I used my St. Augustine lighthouse stamp to embellished these matchbook notepads. I stamped & embossed the image on white cardstock, added the sun & clouds in the background, rounded the corners, used Copic markers to color, added a ribbon & mat, then attached with pop dots to the notepad. I was happy with how my “semi-homemade” project turned out!

stamp and stamped image  Stamped images ready to attach to notepads

Finished lighthouse matchbook notepad notepad before & after