Annette’s Birthday Card

It has been a long time since I’ve posted anything. We’ve had a busy Summer but I’m back at it again. Winter will be here before we know it. 😦                                           When I saw this idea for a card I knew I had to make it for Annette. Her daughter is a photographer and has taken many beautiful boken photos. You can find the tutorial here. As usual I didn’t have any of the colors. My first card I didn’t like at all way to bright. I’m much happier with the second color choices.

You get the full effect of a boken from a distance.

Here’s a few pictures of what I’ve been up to this Summer. I’ve been rather obsessed with making macarons. Here is the bubblegum one.

Peach macaron

Well, that’s it for me today. Have a great week!

M

 

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Christmas Planner and Birthday Card for Linda

I’m good at finding cool projects and putting them in a file and looking at the file once a year and then think I need to make that! Well, the Christmas Planner I made for Linda was one of those that I kept saying I NEED to make that. I gave you the link to give credit due to Tracy from I Wanna Build a Memory blog who came up with this awesome tutorial! I had so much fun making this planner, figuring out paper and finding the images. There are a ton of pics so sit back and enjoy. This house is terrible for taking pics so had to take about 100 pics before I got some I liked.

Here is the cover. 

Page 2 & 3

Page 4 & 5

Back Cover

Linda’s card was also something I had wanted to do for a while. I saw it on Pinterest. I had a lot of fun making her card. I used Brusho colors for the background behind the Tim Holtz die from the Mixed Media die set. The flower was from PaperArtsy JOFY 14 stamp set. I colored it with the Brusho powders I had used on the background.

I’ve been spending quite a bit of time trying to learn how to make Macaron cookies. I learn something every time I make them. They have become a challenge to me. 😉

Have a great week everyone! As always I appreciate your visiting with me for a while.

M

 

 

Travel Journal That Only Took Me 5 Years

Yes, I started this travel journal somewhere around 4-5 years ago. For some reason I got a bee in my bonnet to finish it a couple of weeks ago. First of all I followed the “Envelope Mini Album Series” You Tube videos by Kathy Orta. Boy, was that fun trying to figure out where I left off that many years ago. I finally did and it was so worth it. (Forgot to add there are 5 videos).                                                                                                      I’m going to list things first before pictures of the book. First, I used kraft envelopes and blank cards, Tim Holtz “Destinations” 12×12 paper pad. The following Tim Holtz dies:  picture wheel, Adventure words, torn notebook, pocket envelope. Accucut dies were Love Note #1 and envelope. Distress Ink in vintage photo and hickory smoke. EK Success pine forest edge punch.

Cover

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I’m only showing a few pages as there are many pages this book. There are pockets on the left page. the right page has many papers for lists.1

Next page two of the Love Note notes and envelopes. Places for putting pictures or memorabilia.

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More tags for writing on and envelope for receipts, etc.

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Another page of pockets.

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This picture shows the blank kraft notecard that each section of the book contains. It slips in the envelope on the left page of each section. There are many, many places to put pictures or anything else a person may want to keep.

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Even though it took me so long to finish this book I really did enjoy making it. I actually think I would like to make another one.

Thanks for visiting with me for a while. Always enjoy the love you leave.

M

Christmas Cards For My Guys

Wow! This is going to be one loooooong winter here. So far, we have received 46.9″ of snow in December. We had a blizzard starting Christmas Day going into Monday. So both guys were home as nothing was moving that day. We have a tunnel to get out of our driveway. Next week we start the sub-zero temps for the forseeable future.                                                                                                                           On to better things, here is Randy’s Christmas card. I used Christmas Lights Sprite from Aurora Wings. I had so much trouble with the finishing of this card. I kept working on it for days adding things here and there. I used the lights punch from EK Success. Colored them with copic markers and finished them with Diamond Glaze. Everything else was from the Tim Holtz lines. The window die, Merry Christmas Stamp, brick stencil which I then used texture paste. I used Distress Inks on the bricks to highlight them.

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Inside the card is the image.

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Drew’s card is next. I used Chill from Mo’s Digital Pencil. Love this image as this is how we feel here until about June 1st. I kid you not. I used Cotton Ball white Fun Flock for all his fur. I masked the image and sprayed Marshmallow Glimmer Mist all over the background and used Wink of Stella clear on the steam coming out of his mouth.

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The dots that look yellow are not that color in IRL. They are a beautiful sparkle like the rest of the card.

May all of you have a wonderful 2017!

Thank you for all the times you have visited with me over 2016. Know that each time was appreciated. See you next year!

M

Another Christmas Card

Wow! Twice in one day from me. My next card is the one I made for Drew’s God-child for Christmas. I used Snow Princess from Sweet Escape.

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I again used the technique from the previous card with the texture paste on the stars. They too shimmer which the camera didn’t really pick up. I didn’t have a Merry Christmas the right size so it is computer generated.

The part on her dress that has the flowers I used Diamond Glaze and on the sheer area I used Wink of Stella clear. I have never used it and decided I love the stuff!

Last Christmas card as I’ll wait until after Christmas for my guys cards.

Again I appreciate your visiting. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

M

Christmas Card

Merry Christmas!!

I have been slow to get started on my Christmas cards this year. I finally did get cards made for my friends back in Iowa. I made a card that I saw on Jennifer McGuire’s blog. You can find the tutorial here. I have to say I learned quite a bit making these cards. They aren’t something that you can just quickly put together. At least for me they weren’t. I have to say I love how they turned out! I have used parts of the technique I learned on several other cards.

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It’s to bad you can’t see the shimmer on the colored parts. It is well worth giving this technique a try. Even with the learning curve it makes a beautiful card! I won’t give you any directions as you can watch the video. Do give it a try. The colored parts are all texture paste through a stencil.

I have a few more cards to post yet before Christmas so see you soon.

I wish you all a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!

As always appreciate your stopping and visiting for a while.

M

Floral Birthday Card For Annette

It is so nice to stay in touch with friends from Iowa. I miss the times of sharing ideas and learning new things from them. It is such a joy to receive cards and beautiful projects from them and such a joy to send them cards and projects I’ve made.                                                                                                                                                Annette happens to be (in my opinion) one of the best for making CAS, beautiful, elegant cards. Always a thrill to receive a card from her. I have used her ideas for cards more than once.                                                                                                           Anywho, back to her card. We happen to be FB friends also. She posts a grateful post every day. I have noticed she mentions seeing flowers often. So decided on the perfect image for her card. I used Mo’s “Flower Jar” for her card.

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I colored it using Copics

Lavender Flowers:  V12 V04 V28 V99                                                                               Poppies:  R14 R35 R46 R59 Y21 Y28                                                                                 Greenery:  G21 G94 G99                                                                                                       Daisies:  Y17 YR02 YR14 YR18 E15                                                                                              Jar:  C1 C3 C5                                                                                                                                  Outline: C0 C1

Now to start Christmas cards!                                                                                             Thank you for stopping to visit with me for a while. Always appreciate the love you leave.

M