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Have a Donut!

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I needed to make a card for my honey’s 80th birthday.  I used the sketch from Technique Junkies challenge to create my card (I flipped the sketch):

Dick Birthday

My dear one is a donut lover and so when I saw this Birthdays and Donuts stamp I had to buy it in anticipation of his birthday.  I separated the donuts from the sentiment so could create  a background without masking.  Tip: I drew three straight lines on the back of the stamp before I cut it.  That way I can easily line it back up if I want to.

After I stamped the background, I stamped some extra donuts.  I colored the donuts with alcohol markers.  For the extra donuts, I used regular hole punch to cut out the holes and 3/4″ circle punch for the donuts.  I used tiny pieces of foam tape to mount the extra donuts around the card.

Not shown on the inside, I used Donuts Happy Birthday.

I hope you like the card I created and join me in wishing Dick a very happy birthday!



Back to School

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My grand kids are getting ready to start a new school year next week.  I’ve taken them each out to lunch and shopping.  Tomorrow will be time to finish my grandson’s shopping and getting a haircut.  Over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog the theme for this week is Back to School.  I made each of the kids a card to wish them a successful school year.

I recently got Tim Holtz’ Hipster stamp set and the matching dies.  For Hailey’s card I used the ostrich:

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For Tristan’s card I used the cat, I figured starting middle school makes him a cool cat:

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I had fun coloring the hipsters and then cutting and layering the pieces.  I used a school-themed paper pad from my stash to create the backgrounds.  I used Ranger Enamel Accents and embossing powders to add color and shine.

Thanks for stopping by my long-neglected blog, I’d love to know what you think of my cards.


Happy 4th of July!

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The Summer of Creative Chemistry continues with Creative Chemistry 102!  This week’s challenge is to create with three or more colors of Distress Paint.  I used two of Tim’s techniques to create some cards.

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I used the monoprint technique with Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans and Candied Apple Distress Paints to create the background for this card.

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The same paint colors and marbling created the background for these three cards.  I used one piece of paper and cut it apart to make the cards.

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This last one has stars stamped with Brushed Pewter and sprinkled with Pumice Stone Distress Glitter.

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I’m having fun going back and visiting the techniques from past Creative Chemistry  classes and looking forward to Creative Chemistry 103.

I hope everyone has a safe & happy 4th of July.  God bless the U.S.A.


Creating with Tim!

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Tim Holtz is having the Summer of Creative Chemistry going on at Online Card Classes.  Reviews of Creative Chemistry 101 & 102 are going on right now, CC 103 will begin August 1.  As part of the reviews, Tim has been issuing challenges using techniques learned in the classes.  This week the challenge was to use Ranger Archival Ink.  I created these three note cards:

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I used Tim’s technique featured over at the Ranger site, using alcohol inks on Yupo paper to create the background.  I had recently purchased some Yupo and decided to give it a try.  I followed Tim’s instructions including stamping (and embossing) using Archival Ink but then finished off my cards a bit differently.

I love how they turned out.  They are ready to add a personal note inside, pop in an envelope and mail to someone in my thoughts.

I’m adding these to the Summer Of Creative Chemistry week 4 challenge gallery.

Thanks for stopping by for a look at my latest creation, your comments make me smile.




The time has come!

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With Christmas only about a month away, I decided it’s time for me to dedicate some art time to the festive holiday.  The latest Studio L3 CofC3 challenge, number 15, is the Cabinet Card Pocket. The Cabinet Card Pocket technique is found on page 38 of Compendium of Curiosities 3, by Tim Holtz.  There’s a chance to win some fabulous prizes donated by the ever generous Tim and Mario, and this challenge’s sponsor, Inspiration Emporium.

I used a Santa photo of my sister and me taken in 1960!  My uncle stopped by our house and took us to a fire station to visit with Santa.  As you can see in the photo, my little sister was not impressed!

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After I painted my 8 x 10 canvas with Faded Jeans Distress Paint, I used Snowflake Tinsel Embossing Powder for the snowflakes and Seafoam White EP for the swirls.  A red glaze pen made the little dots on the swirls.  I used goodies from my stash to finish it off.

I’m so glad you stopped by and, as always, I love reading you comments. Until next time, Vic

Colored Crackle

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Challenge #14 at Studio L3 is a very cool way to add a crackle finish to many surfaces. You can find the technique on page 53 of Tim Holtz’s  A Compendium of Curiosities, Vol.3.

The Funkie Junkie Boutique is the sponsor of Challenge 14, with a fabulous $25 shopping spree for a lucky challenge entrant.  And as in all the challenges, the “Curiosity Crew’s Choice” will chose a winner who will receive an awesome assortment Tim’s products, courtesy of Tim himself.

I created two projects using the colored crackle technique.  The first one was an up-cycled box:

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Over at the Inspiration Journal blog the challenge for October is “In Disguise” and my box is a disguise of this box:

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The colored crackle worked like a charm on the lightweight cardboard.  I, also, used the technique on a wooden frame.  The crackle isn’t very noticeable, I should have sealed or painted the wood first but I do like how it turned out.

14-1 frame colored crackle 10-27-2014 3-20-19 PMThanks for coming by.  I encourage you to go visit Studio L3 to check out all the different ways the colored crackle technique has been used.


13th on a Friday!

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I right up to the deadline for getting my CCC #3 challenge posted.  We’re up to number 13, you can read the details at Studio L3.  As usual we use a product from Tim Holtz’s A Compendium of Curiosities, Vol.3.

The challenge is found on page 35, Worn Covers.  I altered my cover to make an album to put the many pumpkin patch visit photos I have of my grandchildren.  I know they will enjoy looking through it often.

I used a technique I came across while browsing the web.  I glued Grungeboard shapes on the cover and used Glue n seal to adhere one ply of a damp paper towel. After it was dry, I painted the whole cover with Black Soot Distress Paint.  Once the black paint was dry, I used metallic paints to highlight the shapes and texture.  It turned out great but taking a good photo turned out to be nearly impossible!

35 worn cover

I think I’ll try a Christmas-themed album using the same technique.  The sponsor for challenge 13 is Inspiration Emporium and the Curiosity Crew will pick a winner for a fun gift from Tim.

Thanks for coming by and, as always, I love reading your comments.


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