Warm Wishes for Cool Friends – My Favorite Things

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I think this brick wall looks warm and cozy, for my frozen friends. What do you think? I was playing with stencils this week and I love how this one turned out. I ink blended Orange Peel (CP Designs) all around the edges and then blended the same ink color through edges of the brick wall stencil (My Favorite Things).

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After that step, I added Nuvo drops (spread them out) and glitter stickles, through the brick stencil. Just here and there. And I LOVE the result! It really gave some great texture and shimmer, with a nice opening in the middle for my critters.

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I figured this would work well for the ‘warm wishes’ sentiment.

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Winter is here for good, I think. I’ll just keep warm and keep crafting!

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A Snowflake Birthday – Catherine Pooler Designs

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I don’t know about you, but when I saw these snowflakes, I fell in love. I mean, are you in love now, too? What an awesome die-cut, if you ask me (from CP Designs). I couldn’t wait to play with it.

In this case, I used water color paper, made an ombre of blues… and pressed it down with saran wrap to dry. Once you lift off the saran wrap, it gives a really cool textured look.

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I cut out two of the snowflake panels and put their edges together in the center. I just love how intricate and delicate they are.

The card didn’t need much, but I thought the butterflies were cute. Do they fly in the winter? LOL. Probably not. I added a white panel behind and just added simple score markings.

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The sentiment and butterflies are from the November Club Sursee kit by Catherine Pooler Designs. I’ve used the butterflies a lot lately, and the Happy Birthday sentiment is the perfect size for a lot of my cards. What I love even more about Club Sursee is just getting a beautiful, crafty surprise each month. It keeps me crafting and keeps me excited!

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Now, off to shovel the driveway! Well, maybe…

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We’ll Always Be Pals – MFT Sketch Challenge

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Snow and pals. What a great mix! I started playing around with some of my stencils this week, inspired by a weekend video from Catherine Pooler. It really led me to start playing around to see what kind of look I could get.

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In this case, I used one of my favorite My Favorite Things circle stencils. I inked up the stencil with Pink Champagne ink (from CPDesigns) and sprayed it with water before ‘stamping’ it onto my paper. I didn’t use water color paper, so I didn’t over water it.

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Once the first part dried… I went in and moved the stencil a bit, to add more texture. I used Nuvo drops, actually, and spread that out through the stencil to see what I would get. And, I used stickles glitter glue for some of the other dots.

This card came together quickly due to the My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge of this week (love these, if you didn’t notice from my other posts!).

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At first, I was worried that I should have kept the stencil in the same place and added the dimensional elements on the actual polka dots. But… after I pulled it all together, I felt like it was kind of fun and whimsical. Maybe perfect for these cutie penguins.

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Let’s talk about these penguins. I colored them in with copics and tried to match/complement the colors I was already using for the background. You might wonder why I included 4 penguins. Besides the fact that they are oh so cute, they each stand for someone in my friend group. These ladies make me laugh, cry, and feel blessed to have found such amazing and real friends.

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I think we’ll always be pals. 🙂 I hope you have a group you feel this way about, too!

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Club Sursee Butterflies and an Icy Background

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This watercolor technique is definitely my favorite. I don’t have to be careful. I can just add color to the paper, brush it around, and then let the saran wrap do all the hard work. It’s a technique I saw Jennifer McGuire do this past year. Once I tried it, I knew it would be one of my go-to looks.

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This card started out a bit differently than it ended. At first, I masked off the butterflies before painting the blue gradient. Once it dried, I saw that I had some color seepage. So the butterflies were not fully protected. I didn’t like how it looked, so I cut new butterflies and let them float on top. In the end, in person, the card is really striking. I love it!

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I added some shimmer pen to parts of the wings. Just a little glitz. These sweet butterflies are from the November Club Sursee from Catherine Pooler Designs. I can’t really say enough about her Club Sursee. It’s just the right amount of fun and creative designs to keep you wanting to create more and more. Plus, I know I’ll reach for these butterflies in the future.

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For now, they will float on this beautiful icy blue background and reflect the weather around me. Icy, cold, but oh so beautiful.

Stay warm!

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The Cutest Seal for a Brrr-fect Friend – My Favorite Things

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I can’t even. The cuteness of this card! The colors (love them!), the sweet little raised tag, and of course the adorable seal. It might be one of my favorite simple cards of this past month!

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I got the inspiration for this from the My Favorite Things sketch challenge. The stamp set I used for the border along the left side is from Catherine Pooler’s November Club Sursee. Her monthly surprise kits always have some fun border stamp options and this one was perfect for my seal card. If you join Club Sursee, you can access all of the past kits/stamps from months when you weren’t a member.

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The rounded ‘anytime tag’ is from Lil’ Inker Designs. Everything in her shop is 50% off today if you grab it! I have used it on many cards over the years and I never get tired of it. Love the shape and design of it. I popped up just the border part and set the seal on top. He’s from my cold weather friends stamp set from My Favorite Things. I believe everything from MFT is also on sale through today! The sequins are the ‘Cincinnati’ mix from Catherine Pooler and they match the inks perfectly.

I’ll be giving this one to a friend soon. Have a great week!

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Thankful Poppies – MFT Stamps

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Every day, I am thankful. Not just today. But, Happy Thanksgiving to all! I’m thankful for family, friends, crafting, and so much more. The latest My Favorite Things color challenge gave me some inspiration for this thankful card.

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This poppy background stamp is so wonderful. I only colored in three of the flowers for this card, but I could have kept going. They look so cool. And I couldn’t cut the card down… so the size of this one is gigantic. But that’s okay, because I need to give this card to some friends I am very thankful for.

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The color challenge was to use a deep orange, brown, green, and gray. For the green, mine is a bit lighter because the darkest green was hard to see around the edging. And, I added yellow to the flowers, as well as come glitter marker.

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I cut out the three colored flowers and popped them up. So when I die-cut my ‘thankful,’ I needed to pop that up, too. I stacked three ‘thankful’ words and also added a bit of darker brown ink around the edges. The word die-cut and the ink is from Catherine Pooler Designs.

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I hope you enjoy this day with friends and family. We will be doing just that. And I hope they enjoy this card!

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Cutie Mugs and a Watercolor Background – Catherine Pooler Designs

Even though it’s a bit warmer now… I know that the cold will soon return. So I’m still happy to play with hot cocoas with whip cream.

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I admitted to a friend that I think I’m addicted to Starbuck’s hot chocolate. There is just something about it. Maybe the yummy chocolate syrup… the peppermint flavoring they add in… okay, enough about that. But it is what I think about when I use this stamp set! It’s from Catherine Pooler Designs and it’s my favorite warm-up set right now.

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For the background piece on this card, I tried a little something new. At least I think it was new for me. I wanted to use multiple colors, but didn’t want my stamp pads to get other inks on them. So, I did this background in layers. First, I did the Bellini and Garden Party. They are the lighter color inks. Then, I wiped off the stamp and added in the Rouge just where I wanted it. Doing this in layers was fun because I could place the colors in the right spots… and I think I will try it more. I sprayed it all down with water and then stamped it. I was going for a watercolor look and these inks are perfect for that.

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These mugs. Right?!! So cute!

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The background piece was pretty busy, so I added a white panel and popped up the main mug. I die-cut with a large scallop rectangle shape from a former Stamp of Approval collection. Added some Crater Lake sequins, and all set!

Now, off to Starbucks I go! Hahahaha.

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Club Sursee Butterflies – Catherine Pooler Designs

These four cards came from the same grouping of products – the November Club Sursee from Catherine Pooler.

I don’t know about you, but I love that I was able to create so many looks, so quickly, with the same products. The club kit came with a geometric stamp set and also a butterfly set. There is also a die-cut that was perfect for a shaker card! I had so much fun playing.

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For this card, I thought it would be fun to make the butterflies come right off the page. Make their wings flap a little. I used CP inks, which are my favorite. A mix of the gray, pink and green had me going for both this card and the shaker card.

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I had to do a shaker card from this set. The die-cut was just perfectly sized for it. It also comes with a woven die cut piece that I used to blend the pattern on the inside of the shaker.

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The sentiments are perfect in this set. I believe in you. You will do great things. I can use these again and again on cards to encourage those I love. For this one, I did an ombre of color for the geo shapes and then I did a partial die-cut around the edges of the butterflies.

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I went with some brighter colors for this ‘You will do great things’ card. It was simple and sweet. Quick to just add a couple of butterflies and let the sentiment be on a peek through circle.

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Finally, I went for some blues and oranges… into a blend with faded geo shapes. I love how this one turned out! I kept it simple and popped up the card panels so I could put the ‘Happy Birthday’ below. Some splatters of water for interest.

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What do you think? Lots of fun with Club Sursee? Yes! I can’t wait to play with these a little more… and to get inspired by what comes in the next club kit!

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Shaking Up a Birthday with Icy Friends – MFT Birthday Challenge

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Everybody knows somebody with a winter birthday. That’s why the ongoing Birthday Challenge by My Favorite Things is so perfect. I needed a birthday card for a special person. In fact, I need a lot of winter birthday cards for special people. I’d better get busy!

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This one came together really quickly. I had these cute and icy animals (from MFT) ready to go. And, I thought it would be fun to do an ink blended background with water splatters. The perfect ink for this is by Catherine Pooler Designs. I blended Juniper Mist, Stone Blue, and Hot Tub. At the end, I added the darkest color around all edges, just because I liked the look. With a quick spritz of water, I think it looks pretty cool!

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The birthday challenge this month is for shaker cards. I love shaker cards, so I couldn’t resist. I have these really cool snowflake die-cuts, from Close to My Heart. I thought they’d be perfect sprinkled inside the shaker. I also added my cute narwhal. So he’s swimming with the amazing sequins that I added – two sequin mix colorways from Catherine Pooler Designs – Crater Lake and my new favorite, Cincinnati.

This one is going in the mail within the next month. Thanks for the great challenge and for keeping me going with birthday cards!

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Cold Weather Pals – MFT Stamps

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I can’t deny the cute-ness of this card. I just love these arctic animals. And how they are pals. I pretty much live in the arctic… so any of my friends here would think this card is perfect.

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This card came from both a color and sketch challenge idea over on My Favorite Things blog. I’ve said it before, but I’m always inspired by their challenges. I made two cards that fit into this week’s challenges because I just kept creating. Why not?!

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This stamp set was something I picked up mainly because I live in such a cold area. We have winter almost half the year. I figured these chilly animals would get plenty of love in my craft room while I’m freezing and stamping.

I used my favorite inks to do a dry embossed run through in an embossing folder. This is Sangria and Juniper Mist – both by Catherine Pooler Designs. The really cool doily die-cut is also from CPDesigns.

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I love how easy it is to do ink smooshing and then run it through with the embossing folder. I added water to it, before running it through, and it just creates a fun look. This time, instead of using the back, more muted side, I went full on with the color! I like how it turned out.

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Hope this week gets a little warmer for all of us!

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