Monday, January 2, 2017

613 Avenue Create #193 - Anything Goes-Option Totally Technical-Use Your Favorite Technique

Happy 2017, my crafty friends!  At 613 Avenue Create we're starting off the New Year by highlighting techniques. I've used the technique of oragami paper folding as the focal point of my card. My daughter-in-law recently got a new job in the fashion industry. To congratulate her, I decided to make a card. I didn't have any stamps that I thought were appropriate so I surfed the internet for ideas. I ran across a You Tube video (click here for video) on making an oragami dress and decided to give it a try. This technique is brand new to me, but I love how it turned out. The paper for the dress is a bit shiny so there's a slight glare in the photo. I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder which I had never used before on the card base. The sentiment is from a Cricut cartridge (I don't remember which one). A few sequins round out the design.

We are now a just for fun challenge with occasional prizes. We hope you join us monthly as our designers are free to use any medium or image we desire. Doesn't that sound like fun?

Are you making any resolutions for this New Year? I don't do that any more, mostly because I never seem to follow through for very long. I've decided to resolve to be the best me I can be. Nothing specific, but I'm determined to live my life fully and to be engaged every day.

Peace and Blessing, friends!

Card Base:  Recollections 110 lb
DP: My stash
Sentiment:  Cricut cartridge
Sequins:  My stash
Embossing Folder:  Cuttlebug 

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

613 Avenue Create #192-Anything Goes-Option Holiday Happiness

Hi, All. I haven't posted in a several weeks, but I'm here today with the December challenge at 613 Avenue Create.  We're Anything Goes with the option of Holiday Happiness.  Be sure to enter our final challenge of 2016.  And be on the lookout for changes in 2017. I'm using an image from Bugaboo. Here's my card:

Hot cocoa with marshmallows makes for a happy time, especially at Christmas, don't you think?  Our grandson has always loved hot chocolate so even though he's a teen now, this little teddy bear makes me think of him.

Card Base:  Recollections 110 lb.
DP:  American Crafts Noel Paper Pack
Red Card stock:  My stash
Snowflake Punch:  EK Success
Dies:  TODO Snowflake Strip Die; Sizzix Oval Dies
Chalk:  My Stash
Spectrum Noir Markers:  DR 1, 2, 3; IG 4, 5, 8; GB 2, 4; TN 7; JC 1, 2

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

613 Avenue Create #191 - Anything Goes

Hi!  Due to internet issues, I'm late posting about this month's 613 Avenue Create challenge which is, of course, Anything Goes. Our sponsors this month are All Dressed Up, Doodle Pantry, A Day for Daisies, QKR Stampede and the Cutting Cafe. The DT has some wonderful inspiration for you. Click over and look at all the beautiful creations and to see who won last month's challenge.

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Saturday, October 29, 2016


Here I am enjoying simply gorgeous and unseasonably warm Fall days. I just love being in my craft room filled with natural sunlight. It makes creating cards a bit easier as I feel so happy. This card is for my brother-in-law's birthday

I stamped the leaves and fussy cut them, adding a bit of color randomly with colored pencils. I think the card has a nice masculine look.

Cardstock:  Recollections (white and kraft)
Inks:  Memento, Close to my Heart
Stamps:  Close to my Heart (retired)

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

CAS Flower Card

This card is for a line dance friend who is recovering from a serious illness. I sponged Spun Sugar Distress ink onto water color paper and sprayed it with water to create the background.  The flower is a retired Close to My Heart stamp. I created the paper for the flower by smooshing 3 distress inks separately on a craft sheet. I sprayed each area with water, and using a paint brush, splashed each onto some water color paper to create a random pattern. After stamping the flower, I fussy cut it and glued it on the pink panel. I added a sentiment and some sequins. Voila!

  I like the flower from my hand made designer paper. I stamped and fussy cut two other (different) flowers and saved them to use another time. I'm really liking distress inks. I recently added some mini ones to my collection and intend to use them soon. I want to work on my blending.

Card stock:  Recollections 110 lb; Canson Water Color Paper
Inks:  Distress - Picked Raspberry, Dusty Concord, Squeezed Lemonade, Spun Sugar; Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps:  Paper Smooches Spiritual Sampler; Close to My Heart
Accessories:  Sequins - Pretty Pink Posh

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Emboss Resist Card

This card is for the husband of a friend of mine. He suffered a stroke, but is progressing well, thank God. I wanted to try something new so I gave the emboss resist technique a try.  After embossing some Martha Stewart leaf stamps in white, I sponged on distress inks. The Paper Smooches sentiment is also embossed, but on vellum. I am quite pleased with how it turned out.  Take a look:

Distress Inks:  Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade
Ink:  Versamark,
Embossing Powder:  Wow Clear, Wow White
Card stock:  My Stash
Stamps:  Martha Stewart (leaves); Paper Smooches Spiritual Sampler
Accessories:  Vellum (my stash), Theresa Collins enamel dots

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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Happy Birthday Flowers

Today is a beautiful Fall day where I live. I know some people are dealing with extreme weather issues, and I pray for their safety.

I used my MISTI (boy, do I love it!) and made this birthday card for a friend:

Stamps:  Altenew Painted Flowers, Close to My Heart sentiment
Card stock:  Recollections
Embossing Powder:  Stampendous White
Inks:  Close to My Heart
Sequins:  My stash

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