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Exciting and New!

Our New Catalog Fill the long, hot summer days with crafting!  Our brand new catalog features new collections, loads of fun stamps, and so much more.  Take a look here and be sure to download our free recipe guide. Don’t Miss July’s Stamp of the Month For My Beautiful Friend is our brand new Stamp of the Month.  Watch this space for card projects featuring this gorgeous new stamp set!

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A Million Little Things card
Florals
The Witch

A Million Little Things Stamp Set

Stop and Smell the Roses Floral stamp sets are some of our most versatile offerings.  Think about all of the occasions when you might send flowers.  We send them in happy times to say congratulations, happy birthday, or thank you.  We send them in times of sadness to say get well soon, cheer up, or I’m sorry for your loss.   We bring them to hostesses at dinner parties and we long to receive them from that special someone.  Floral images can be used for all of the same occasions or just to say ‘I’m thinking of you’. Step By Step Project Instructions Supplies White Daisy card with envelope Sweet Leaf cardstock 1 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, diecut dotted oval White Daisy cardstock diecut stitched oval Mix In pattern paper 1 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ A Million Little Things stamp set Exclusive inks stamp pads in Black and Sage TriBlend markers in Dark Red and Citrus Green Tape runner Using black ink, stamp rose image on White Daisy die cut oval.  Color with TriBlend markers. Mat stamped oval with Sweet Leaf oval. Adhere Sweet Leaf cardstock strip to left edge of card. Adhere pattern paper to left edge od card as shown. Stamp sentiment on lower right corner of card front using Sage ink. Adhere stamped ovals to card center. Do you have a favorite floral stamp set?  Leave me a comment and let me know.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Deep Blue Bargello Card
Techniques
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Deep Blue Bargello Card

More Bargello Technique Yesterday I posted my first Bargello technique card using shades of green ink to create a jungle background.  Bargello uses a blend of inks to create cards that have a unique play of light feel.  I couldn’t wait to try it with other stamp sets and color patterns.  Check out this blend of blue and turquoise inks I’ve used to create an ocean background. Amp Up Your Bargello Technique Cards Ready to take your Bargello technique cards to the next level?  Start with the basic method (instructions can be found here).  This time we’re working with blue and turquoise inks, and the From the Deep stamp + Thin Cuts.  The stand out elements on this card are the stamped bubbles in the background.  Simply stamp the bubble in black ink and then fill in with a heavy coat of Diamond Stickles Glitter Gel.   Give your die cut seahorse image texture and shine with a coating of Liquid Glass.  Be sure to allow plenty of dry time for both of these applications. Want more ideas for stunning Bargello technqiue cards?  Be sure to follow me on Facebook to see my newest creations.

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Palm Paradise Bargello Card
Techniques
The Witch

Stunning Bargello Technique Cards

Blend Gorgeous Color with the Bargello Technique Card makers, I was recently introduced to an incredible method to produce uniquely beautiful backgrounds.   A sister consultant inspired me to give the Bargello technique a try and I am thrilled with the effect.  Not only does it use what I have on hand, but I can use it with a wide variety of stamp sets.  Give this a try! Step-by-Step Instructions Supplies: White Daisy card with envelope White Daisy cardstock 4 1/2″ x 5 3/4″, 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, plus scraps for die cutting Black cardstock 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ Palm Paradise stamp + Thin Cuts Stitched Rectangle die Exclusive Inks stamp pads in Black, Peach, Mint, Sage, Green Apple, Willow, New England Ivy TriBlend Markers in Coral, Citrus, Turquoise Blue, Brown Grey Liquid Adhesive Tape Runner Sponge or ink daubers Using a sponge or dauber, apply Mint ink to White Daisy cardstock panel in a row across the card roughly 1 1/4″ high.  Blend in rows of Sage, Green Apple, Willow and New Endland Ivy to cover cardstock. Using a paper trimmer, cut the inked cardstock into 1/2″ strips (each 5 3/4″ long). Apply liquid adhesive to White Daisy cardstock and stagger inked strips to cover.  Some strips will over hang the top and others should over hang the bottom.  Turn some strips to have the lightest color ink at the top and turn others to have the darkest ink at the top to create a pleasing color combination.  Allow glue to dry 2 to 3 minutes. Die cut inked panel with Stitched Rectangle die and mat with Black cardstock. Using Black ink, random stamp foliage images from Palm Paradise on the inked background.  Most of the images in the sample go off the edge. Stamp three flowers and

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Paris and the Pont au Charge
Podcast
The Witch

Wanderlust On The Podcast

In these strange days of Safer At Home, I find myself with few obligations on my calendar.  The time I always wished I could carve out for a big trip is suddenly available.  The urge to see new places is so strong I can taste it.  Of course, it’s not safe to travel and I’m stuck putting all my plans on hold, but I take solace in the photos and scrapbooks of my many trips and the great memories they bring to life. Listen to the full episode here or find me on iTunes or Google Play

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handmade thank you card
Thank You Cards
The Witch

Handmade Thank You Cards

There’s No Better Way to Say Thank You Call me old fashioned, but I am a firm believer in the handmade thank you card.  It just feels good to show your appreciation for a gift or a kindness.  When you take the time to make it yourself, you’ve put extra effort into expressing your gratitude.  Ready to get started?  I’ve got an elegant thank you card project you can create quickly with just a few supplies. Step By Step Instructions Supplies White Daisy card with envelope Black Cardstock 5 1/4″ x 4″ plus scrap for die cutting White Daisy Cardstock 5″ x 3 3/4″ Sentiment die (I used the Thanks Thin Cut)  March Stamp of the Month Family Legacy Exclusive Inks stamp pad in Black TriBlend Marker in Ice Grey Shimmer Brush Tape Runner Liquid Adhesive Using Black ink, random stamp flourish shapes over the edges of the White Daisy cardstock. Color flourishes with TriBlend marker in Ice Grey.  Add shadows and shading by blending the three tones in each shape. Use Shimmer Brush to add subtle sparkle to each colored flourish. Mat White Daisy stamped panel with Black cardstock and secure to card front. Die cut sentiment from Black cardstock and adhere to card front with liquid adhesive Variations I’ve created several cards with this same stamp set and I am so pleased with the results!  Each time, I have stamped the flourishes over the edges of the cardstock, colored with a TriBlend marker and added sparkle with the Shimmer Brush.  Take a look. For this version of the card, I have swapped out the mat of black cardstock and replaced it with Silver Foil Paper.  I’ve stamped my sentiment in Pewter ink. I really wanted this wedding card to shine so I swapped out the black mat for

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