Bubble Greetings…

Hi there!

I’m back today with a fun set of cards to share with you!  Fun to give, but even better, fun to make!

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I used all the stamps from the Taylored Expressions Bubble Greetings set.  Let me say, if you buy only one stamp set  and you want it to cover all your card giving needs, make it this one.  It says what you most often need to send a card to say, and it has an was and fun component in the coloring of the letters.

I stamped the “hello FRIEND” and “THANK you” stamps onto watercolor paper and white heat embossed them, then smeared Distress Oxide inks onto my craft mat, spritzed them with water and smooshed the stamped card fronts into the color puddles several times, letting each layer dry before going back for more.

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After the ink was dry, I went in with a matching Copic pen and “emphasized” the color at the bottom of each letter, lightening as it went higher.

The coral colored card below was die cut with a decorative die and had more of the Distress ink sponged on around the edges.

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Next, I stamped the remaining two sentiments in Versafine Onyx black ink onto Strathmore smooth cardstock and colored those letters with Zig real brush markers.  Because the paper has a smooth surface to it, the colors move around and blend nicely before they’re absorbed into the paper and dry.

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On the Happy Birthday card above, I’ve colored each letter individually with two different colors of markers, then blended them together with a water brush.

The Just a Note card below was super quick and simple because I just colored each letter with it’s own color and added a few puffy hearts from Bella Blvd to complete it.

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Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you’ve found a fun idea to try when you get a moment to be creative!

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This post was written by Norine on February 7, 2018

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Merry Christmas Eve….

We’ve reached the end of the #12daysofholidaygiftwrap and none too soon!  In fact, we’re packing the last two days into one post today.  I hope one of these ideas can help with your last minute packing, wrapping and gifting!

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We’ll start with a couple of food-safe gift bags.  I got these from the Love is in the Details store some time ago, and they have come in SO handy a number of times so I hope they’ll be coming back if they’re currently sold out.

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One bag, I filled with a coconut clusters mix and the second bag is filled with mini gingerbread snaps.  I stamped on the bags themselves with a couple of different stamps; a snowflake background stamp for the top half and a tree stamp for the bottom.  Because I knew I could anticipate trouble with a perfectly stamped impression because of the folds of the bag creating ridges and valleys, I used my MISTI stamping tool, with a bar magnet AND I also taped down the corners of the bag.  It was a good thing too, because this was a repeated stamping situation.

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One more trick you need to be aware of is about the heat embossing.  Because these bags are meant for food and they have that transparency covered window, they are lined with a coating of plastic.  What does transparency plastic do when you point a heat tool at it?  That’s right, it melts!  So before you start to melt the embossing powder, let it run for at least 30 seconds to get good and hot, so that the job is accomplished with just a few short blasts.  Keep the tool moving and move somewhat quickly.

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If you’re wondering why these tags look familiar, it’s because they’re leftovers of the tags I designed for the store last year.  They’ve been white foiled with the Minc machine.

For day 12 of this gift-wrap-apalooza, we have these small, sheet-music wrapped boxes.  Our neighbors have 3 very musical boys whose practicing we can hear inside our house.  Occasionally they’ll even come over and perform their recital songs for us, just for the practice on a different piano.  So wrapping these items in sheet music was a no-brainer.

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I also die cut some snowflakes from black glitter paper, dug out some of the remaining pieces of wood veneer alphabet letters (and by some stroke of luck, I found all of the letters I needed!?), adhered it all down and tied it all up with red cord.  Pictured below are the supplies I used for these packages.

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Thank you for stopping by again today!  Have a very happy holiday season with all the best of your favorite people and traditions!!

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