Cabin Circlet MTF

Hello friends and happy Tuesday! I am posting on Tuesday this week instead of Monday and today I have a masculine card to share using one of the new Ai Circlet MTF sets. Here I used the 4981- Cabin Circlet MTF set. I have already shared 2 ways that I used the new Circlets and here’s the third card I made. I’ll share one more style later!

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I wouldn’t normally make a circle shaped card for a masculine card, but by incorporating some masculine papers and cross-stitched dies, I think it works. First, I stamped and colored each image. The first two were not fully colored where the matching dies will cut them.

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Next, each image was die cut with circle dies and the inside of the first two were die cut with the dies included in the set. Then 3 blue layers were die cut. They are not attached yet here.

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Some patterned paper layers were added to the first two and then the circle images were adhered. The matching dies were laid back inside the images and held in place with low-tack tape. These were run through the machine again to cut a window through the first two blue layers.

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Now each layer is ready to be assembled. (I decided to add some paper scraps and die cut holes on that first one!)

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Using my Scor-Pal, I scored a half inch line at the top of the SECOND and THIRD circles. I didn’t want the top of my card to have score marks, for a nice finished look. Then I adhered the layers together using Scor-Tape on those top 1/2″ scored areas.

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I love how you can peek through from the top circle to the back one!

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This circle card opens sort-of like a book.

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Great masculine images!

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Have a great Tuesday and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4981- Cabin Circlet MTF; paper- white, SU! Bermuda Bay, MME- Hello Gorgeous; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Large Circle Nestabilities, Die-Namics Cross Stitched Circles, Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape, enamel dot.

Butterfly Basics Impossible Card

Good morning! My usual Monday post will be on Tuesday this week, so I am popping in with a card I made just for fun. I love different card styles with various cuts and folds and wanted to try this new one. It’s called the Impossible Card but it’s really super easy! I don’t know who came up with this but it was inspired by a magic card trick. The whole card base is done with a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 piece of cardstock (including the pop up)! Fun! I also made a few in a 6×6 size which I will share next week. If you search for Impossible Card, you will find a few video tutorials.

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I tried to put a small dent in some of my old 12×12 papers and I’ve been wanting to use this SU! set called Butterfly Basics. I was pretty happy with how it turned out. This is a fun card. Here’s a view from above…

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Have a great Monday!

stamps- SU! Butterfly Basics; paper- white, SU! Crumb Cake, Artichoke, So Saffron, Rich Razzleberry, Paisley Petals dsp; ink- SU! Crumb Cake, Artichoke, So Saffron, Rich Razzleberry; accessories- SU! Butterflies Thinlits, gemstones, 1/2″ circle punch, dimensionals, EK Success flower punches.

Birthday Circlet MTF

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “Good Goes Around” and we are featuring the NEW Circlet MTF Release! These are similar to the current Mini TryFolds but they have a fun circle twist!

You are probably familiar with using the MTF sets to create fun trifold cards so when I made my Circlet cards, I created 4 different card styles to give you extra ideas. On Monday I showed one way I used them with the Cottage Circlet MTF Set. Here I used the 4980- Birthday Circlet MTF to create a flip card. Keep checking back the next few weeks to see the other 2 card styles I made!

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I used the Sizzix Circle Card Flip-its #2 dies to cut my card base and layers but there are tutorials to make flip cards if you want to cut & score your own. I colored and die cut all 3 images with the matching dies included in the set. I also used some Spellbinders circle dies to cut around them. Then I layered the first two onto the front of the circle-shaped part that flips. I cut very skinny pieces of foam tape to place around the edge of the balloon image and pop it up a bit.

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Normally the third image would be peeking through from behind the other two but this time I adhered it to the other side.

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Here’s a few close-ups.

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Such a nice sentiment! (a 2 3/8″ circle die is perfect to cut this out)

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Now it’s your turn to break out your favorite stamps, make a card, and join us in the “Good Goes Around” Challenge!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4980- Birthday Circlet MTF; paper- white, SU! Daffodil Delight, doodlebug- sugar shoppe; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Sizzix Circle Card Flip-its #2, MFT Blueprints 26, Small & Large Circle Nestabilities, foam tape, Clear Wink of Stella, ribbon, Scor-Tape, glue pen, enamel dots.

Proverbs 12:26

Good morning! Last week I did a bible journaling page with the new Sweet ‘n Sassy Girl Power Printable Bundle. This is a cute printable but is also a little teaser for something coming next month…I think you’ll love it!

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“The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.”

The first part of this verse varies a bit in different translations but the second part seems to stay pretty much the same. Other translations read more as “leading & guiding” our friends rather than “choosing” them. Do you know someone who seems to enjoy seeing others fail? God wants us to care for our friends and neighbors and guide them in the right direction, not lead them astray. “The righteous man is not “better” than his neighbor; he only cares about where he is going.” This is a good reminder for all of us. I think I will add some more journaling to this page.

Besides the printable, I also used God is Good, Child of the King, Choose Faith, Teeny Alpha, Furry Friends, Whimsy Bouquet, and Texture Tiles 1. The background is acrylics.

Have a great day!

rose banner x3

Hello! Yesterday I shared on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog a couple cards using a new Sweet ‘n Sassy stamp set from the April Release. This is the April Stamp of the Month set, called Rose Banner, and it’s free with your $75 purchase through 4/30/18!

For my first card, I stamped the top of the roses twice onto a strip of white cardstock, cut around the top of the roses, and layered them over an embossed panel. The roses were colored with Copics.

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For my second card, I first scored a piece of tan cardstock diagonally every inch in both directions. Then I masked and sponged the squares to make a tiled or quilted look. Then I placed the rose stamp in my MISTI tool and inked it with Distress Chipped Sapphire. I had a few missed spots and an idea hit. lol.  Instead of re-inking and stamping with the same color, I inked it with Distress Peacock Feathers. This gave a nice two-toned image!

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My third card is a CAS one…again using my MISTI. Here I stamped it twice with 2 colors. The second time was stamped on a diecut panel and layered over the first one.

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Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Rose Banner and Texture Tiles 1; paper- white, black, SU! Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Bermuda Bay, Strawberry Slush; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Vintage Photo, Peacock Feathers & Chipped Sapphire, SU! Smoky Slate & Strawberry Slush; accessories- Copics, MISTI, Scor-Pal, The Paper Studio Lattice Circles embossing folder, foam tape, rhinestones, pearl, twine, glue dots, Gina Marie Scalloped Stitched Rectangles, Rectangle Nestabilities, enamel dots.

Cottage Circlet Set

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using one of the new Ai Circlet MTF sets. Here I used the 4982- Cottage Circlet MTF set. Instead of using the new Circlet MTF sets to create fun trifold cards, I created 4 different card styles to give you extra ideas. Keep checking back to see the other 3 card styles I made…I’ll share another one on Thursday.

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For this card, I pulled out some circle dies and used them on each of my three layers. I diecut my images and also patterned papers to layer on the white diecut bases. The first two layers (the fence and cottage) also have a portion of the images cut out with matching dies that are included in the set. When layered, you can peek through each layer to the next image!

I used two Ai mini white brads to attach my circle layers together and placed them on opposite sides so you see each one when they are turned to open. Here’s the first, top layer, turned to open.

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When you also turn the second layer, you see all three.

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Here’s a few close ups.

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Such sweet images!

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Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4982- Cottage Circlet MTF; paper- white, Pebbles- Garden Party; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Small & Large Circle Nestabilities, Lg. Scalloped Circle Nestabilities, Die-Namics Cross Stitched Circles, Ai mini white brads, adhesive pearls.

from the heart

A few weeks ago I was at a friend’s party and our demonstrator friend prepared a pretty card for us to make using one of the techniques with Brushos. We die cut the branch in the Petals & More Thinlits dies from watercolor paper and I couldn’t see throwing the negative from the diecut away so I tucked it in my bag. Later, I got out my Brushos and used the same colors on the leftover piece. Here’s the card I created with it…

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I layered the panel over a piece of shiny gold paper and it’s difficult to show the shine so I took a few pics. I used markers to ink the bird, flowers, and sentiment from the Petal Palette set. Then finished with a few gold Nuvo drops.

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This set is so pretty…I look forward to using it again!

Have a great day!

let’s fla-mingle

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using one of the new Ai Twist Ties sets. Here I used 4984- Flamingo Twist Ties. Instead of making a gate-fold card, I used just one of the flamingos on a normal card front.

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This card didn’t turn out how I first envisioned. Somehow I ended up with an embossed tag and decided to add my sentiment on a tag as well. I kind-of like the layout I ended up with and I love these flamingos! The new Twist Ties are super cute whether you use them as intended or as stand-alone images!

Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4984- Flamingo Twist Ties; paper- white, black, SU! Pretty in Pink, Pear Pizzazz, and Flirty Flamingo, Colorbok- Carnival; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, MFT Stitched Traditional Tags, Couture Creations Pretty in Pink embossing folder, Momenta Cut & Emboss Flamingo and Pineapple, Stickles, Nuvo drops, foam squares.

giraffe twist tie

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “Gatefold Cards” and we are featuring the NEW Twist Ties Release!

Here I used 4986- Giraffe Twist Ties to create a cute trifold card. The sets include special dies that cut the shape of each animal and also cut an opening around them! Their necks are wrapped around each other to hold the card closed….SO cute! The measurements and directions are given on the package. The cards would be simple to cut and fold yourself, but Ai sells packs of precut/scored cards and envelopes at a great price!

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I chose a big polka dot print to layer on the inside and then cut strips of a stripe for the outside. I added a cloud for the sentiment and a few rhinestones to finish it off.

While my stamps were in my MISTI, I decided to decorate the envelope too.

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Here’s the card open…

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Now it’s your turn to break out your favorite stamps, make a card, and join us in the “Gatefold Cards” Challenge!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4986- Giraffe Twist Ties; paper- white, The Paper Studio- Be Jeweled; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, 4983- Twist Ties Card & Envelope Pack, PTI Clouds, foam tape, gemstones.

the best birthday ever

Just popping in quick with a second post today. I had a little time yesterday to stamp just for fun again and I was anxious to try some new happy mail! This is my first time using Gina K stamps (I know, I know!) and my first card with her fabulous Wreath Builder Kit.

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The kit includes 2 templates to use in your MISTI which help get perfectly aligned wreaths (or any other images you want to stamp in a circle). Instead of a full wreath, I stamped my images in just 2 corners.

I’ve also been a bit unhappy with my red inkpads over the years and so I am trying two of Gina’s red ink cubes. Love them so far!

stamps- Gina K Wreath Builder Kit; paper- white, black, SU! Pool Party; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Gina K Cherry Red, SU! Certainly Celery, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight; accessories- MISTI, pearls.