All in a weekend’s work….

You guys.  I got to attend the Birds of a Feather crop in Winkler last weekend!  And play with my own paper the whole time!  The only tricky part was, up until a few days before flying up, I thought I was teaching a class, and prep time for my own activities took a back seat. So, I decided to just bring the basics for stamping and coloring/painting.  I needed a few cards that weekend, and they were the ones I focused on first.

Number one, was a graduation card for my daughter-in-law, who was receiving her MD degree on Sunday!  THAT’s a milestone, let me tell you!  Eight long years of study and sacrifice!  I made a couple of similar cards, (because that’s what I do when all the supplies are out and in use!) and didn’t take a photo of her card, but it’s very similar to this one below.

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I used a Stampendous stamp from the store, and Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers that I’d brought with me.  They are fun to “water color paint” with.  You can color with them as they have lovely real brush tips and the colors are quite intense.  I like to follow the thin line of color laid down, with a clean water brush to give the color a chance to blend and spread.

I also participated in the twoonie challenge on Friday night, to alter a notebook cover.

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My alterations consisted of a paper doily in a darker shade of the same mint green as the spine, a fancy chipboard die cut from the LiitD store, some gesso paint, and then I stamped the bloom and leaves on watercolor paper, painted them, then fussy cut them out and covered them with Glossy Accents.  I’m torn between giving it as a gift and keeping it for myself!

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I also needed a baby girl card to accompany a gift.  I found this card on the inter webs (Pinterest probably) and straight up CASed it!  (CASE = Copy and Share Everywhere).  Sometimes inspiration is just too good to mess with and you have to make it exactly as you see it!

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And lastly, I needed a 1st Mother’s Day card.  Also for my previously mentioned Daughter-in-law.  (Guess which accomplishment she’s more proud of!)

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These stamped images, the onesie and baby deer, are from Stampin’ Up!  I typed my sentiment on the typewriter at the crop and stitched it onto the card panel with a red-threaded sewing machine.

After that I just played.  I stamped and painted a new Magenta stamp.  These are from a company in Quebec and Lori would be able to order them if you ask her.  I stamped the image using Versafine Onyx black ink because it’s good with watercoloring.

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Lastly, I played with some combinations of a Lawn Fawn stamp set.  Whose mouth doesn’t water at the sight of these fun, brightly colored jelly beans, right??  And the Lawn Fawn plaid paper pads or Echo Park paper pads in the store make finishing the cards a breeze.

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The jelly beans on the bottom card have all been covered with Glossy Accents.  (Yes, I did have an unhealthy obsession with Glossy Accents this weekend).  I’m not crazy about the way some of the color bled under the Glossy Accents.  Next time, I’d apply the glaze over the beans in the jar individually, like I did with the loose ones, letting them dry between applications, so they don’t run together and that way, they add a fun texture to the card.

Besides these cards, I got a pile of card panels stamped for coloring and painting, and even painted a few.  Also visited.  And ate.  And went thrifting for books for a project you’ll be seeing soon. And ate again.  If I’d gotten nothing crafty done this weekend it would have been a super-fun time, but the fact that I did get some stuff made is BONUS!  Can’t wait till next time!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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This post was written by Norine on May 17, 2017

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Honey, I’m Home

I love the little altered wooden houses that Lori makes…so much so that I wanted to put my own little spin on them.

I love mini ANYTHING so these are right up my alley.

I’ve used the new Pebbles - Simple Life by Jen Hadfield line that is available in the store. Actually, every single thing I used to make these houses is available in the store. This line is homey and cozy - perfect for the weather here in Southern Manitoba this weekend.

The whole line is available in-store but I used these products specifically:

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Gorgeous patterned papers.

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I am loving puffy stickers right now, aren’t you? They add that extra bit of dimension that I love!

So I started out with 3 plain wooden houses - the perfect little canvas. I knew I wanted them to be a dark wood to match the woodgrain elements in the paper collection. I didn’t have walnut stain so I used watered down walnut stain distress ink to stain the wood. I am ecstatic about how it turned out. I applied it with a wide, flat brush and only needed one coat. Once the stain was dry I cut paper pieces to fit on the faces of the houses, adhered them with BeCreative tape (my fave double sided tape!), and sanded the edges a bit to match the distressed looking wood.

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Next came little strips of corrugated cardboard for the roofs (rooves?). I lightened up the edges of the cardboard with a bit of white Tim Holtz Distress paint as well.

Now the fun part - decorating.

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I tried to keep it simple (ahem, simple life, ahem) as far as embellishing went. Minimal embellishments to keep the layering clean with pieces going over the edges of the wood for interest. The “home” word on the grey house is from the wood veneer package; I just painted it with white distress paint to make it match.

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Let me just say, I’m not a big mixed media person and vintage/distress isn’t my preferred style, but I do love the Tim Holtz distress products. At first I was intimidated by them but now I’ve learnt how to adapt them to my scrapbooking style. I love that crafting products don’t have to be used for a specific thing/style and ANYONE can use them!

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The last step was adding a few Viva Decor Pearls (’member those??) to the tops to fill in the white space.

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Aren’t they sweet? They would make a perfect little gift for a housewarming or even Mother’s day. Maybe they should be a class? Either way, this line is lovely and next time you’re in the store be sure to check it out!

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