Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Yay! I woke up this morning and no vertigo! A huge blessing of the week.

Dianne made a beautiful "clean and simple" card using the white 80 lb. embossed panel for a card top, a Memory Box die, a sentiment stamp from Magenta and her stamp "kissing" technique on the heart that she just shared with us last week.

by Dianne Johnson
I like how she used the 'cut away' from the Memory Box die (Surely Stitched Circle) to ground the die cut on the top. The raised panel was adhered to a red A2 card base. This makes a terrific "go to" thank you card, don't you agree? What's that around the card? It's one of the luscious 12x12 card stock from Ken Oliver . . . we're working on getting Ken to Art 'n Soul for some classes!

Dianne tells me the store has run out of the white embossed panel card stock, so more will be delivered to the store . . . hopefully tomorrow after a late morning appointment.

Marj had fun with the PoppyStamps new Small Iceland Poppy die.  The die has separate parts, so you "build" the flower after die cutting and coloring. Marj cut the die with watercolor paper, then used Distress Markers to color the parts. She used the Wink of Stella clear pen over the poppy petals. Soft watercoloring was used on the background, along with Magenta cloud stamp (CL 0703 O).  She added PoppyStamps Grassland Border die (825) for a nice dimensional touch. Impression Obsession's "Poppies" word is A9280.

by Marj Marion

by Marj Marion
Marj dug into her stash of 6x6 decorative papers and chose a lively design to glue on to the folded white card.  She used leftover scraps to decorate the inside of the card. The message is Impression Obsession's Garden Gift: B9239.

On the Magenta blog, here's another beautiful card using that favorite branch stamp we love so much at Art 'n Soul.

by Bianca van Noort, Design Team Magenta
Click on this link for Bianca's posting:

Inchie Arts has been doing a blog hop with the folks at Copic Markers. I love this card by Debbie Olson.

by Debbie Olson for Copic Markers & Inchie Arts Blog Hop
Click on this link to the blog posting:

On the Penny Black blog, Heather Telford shows how the use of a geometric design die can enhance your card design and give it the final finishing touch!

Penny Black Creative Die - Geometrics 51-130

by Heather Telford for Penny Black

by Jill Foster for Penny Black
Here's the link to Heather's blog posting over at Penny Black:

Elizabeth Allan also shows some beautiful cards using these Penny Black Creative dies . . .

by Elizabeth Allan for Penny Black
Click on this link to more info in her posting:

Through the Dreamweaver Stencil blog site, I came upon Lynn Mercurio. I really liked this card design featuring one of the latest Dreamweaver stencil designs, a large feather.

by Lynn Mercurio for Dreamweaver Stencils
Click on this link for Lynn's how-to:

I loved this card by Tobi Crawford. She has an interesting blog and it includes a separate blog option about her time in China where she is teaching. I digress. The purpose of this posting was to show how to mask and alter the look of your stamp. Since I have a niece and a few friends who are 'ga-ga' over daschunds, I just had to share this.

by Tobi Crawford 
Click on the link to Tobi's Place; this link will take you to her blog for this card which includes a video instruction:

That's all for today. With heartfelt wishes that the snow melts soon in the northeast part of the country, I found these images of our furry friends enjoying snow.

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