Yay! – Three Room Studio New Release

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Time for a new Three Room Studio release!

As soon as I saw this new image from the new Yay! set, I thought “that’s me, excited about my giant stack of birthday presents”.  Except my hair isn’t that good and my waist isn’t that thin.

(And a quick note on the coloring – her pants are colored with C5, C7 and C10.  I intended for them to look like black pants but somehow that color combo was a perfect “dark wash denim”.  It’s like some kind of crazy Copic magic!)

I searched through some of my other sets for the “presents” and used the following:

I just added some lines with a Copic safe pen for the ribbons, a little bit of easy masking and a mountain of presents just waiting to be opened was created!

Now my mind is racing – what else could she be excited about!?

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Use My Stuff – Easter/Spring Challenge

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Some of you may have a little extra crafting time right now – the perfect opportunity to Use Your Stuff!!  So I’m going to continue to post these challenges (and hopefully get back on track with timing).

However, if you are currently finding yourself in a position with very little crafty time because you are an essential worker, adjusting to a new virtual working model or taking care of family members, these challenges will be here for you when you come back!  There is no time limit – even if you are creating Easter cards in the fall, I would love to see them!

A reminder of the basic “rules” of the challenge are:⁠

  • ⁠A new challenge theme will be posted twice a month on the 1st and the 15th both here on my blog and on Instagram.⁠
  • Use your stuff and share using the hashtags in this graphic.
  • Tag me so I can see what you’re up to!
  • You are welcome to use the hashtag with projects that you have created for other challenges.

And just because there is a new theme – that doesn’t mean you can’t keep creating using the old ones!  I’ll keep a running list of past themes here too:

Thanks for visiting!

Use My Stuff – Beach Challenge

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Although it’s been a relatively mild winter, I’m still tired of the cold!

So I’m going to find all of my beachy stamps and dies and think about being somewhere warm and tropical (while I’m crafting in my fuzzy slippers and layers!)

A reminder of the basic “rules” of the challenge are:⁠

  • ⁠A new challenge theme will be posted twice a month on the 1st and the 15th both here on my blog and on Instagram.⁠
  • Use your stuff and share using the hashtags in this graphic.
  • Tag me so I can see what you’re up to!
  • You are welcome to use the hashtag with projects that you have created for other challenges.

And just because there is a new theme – that doesn’t mean you can’t keep creating using the old ones!  I’ll keep a running list of past themes here too:

Thanks for visiting!

Use My Stuff – Layering Challenge

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Welcome to another challenge!

Let’s put all of those layering products to use this time – stamps, dies, stencils – if it layers, it works!

A reminder of the basic “rules” of the challenge are:⁠

  • ⁠A new challenge theme will be posted twice a month on the 1st and the 15th both here on my blog and on Instagram.⁠
  • Use your stuff and share using the hashtags in this graphic.
  • Tag me so I can see what you’re up to!
  • You are welcome to use the hashtag with projects that you have created for other challenges.

And just because there is a new theme – that doesn’t mean you can’t keep creating using the old ones!  I’ll keep a running list of past themes here too:

Thanks for visiting!

Use My Stuff – Sympathy Challenge

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Time to add another challenge!

I recently needed a sympathy card and realized I had none on hand – these are never the cards you want to make, but they are some of the most important to send.  My go-to for sympathy cards is muted colors and usually some kind of leaves.  It just feels like a calming combination.

A reminder of the basic “rules” of the challenge are:⁠

  • ⁠A new challenge theme will be posted twice a month on the 1st and the 15th both here on my blog and on Instagram.⁠
  • Use your stuff and share using the hashtags in this graphic.
  • Tag me so I can see what you’re up to!
  • You are welcome to use the hashtag with projects that you have created for other challenges.

And just because there is a new theme – that doesn’t mean you can’t keep creating using the old ones!  I’ll keep a running list of past themes here too:

Thanks for visiting!

Use My Stuff Love Challenge – Happy Heart Day

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I’m really starting to like this “just don’t color it” technique!

I used a combination of images from Lawn Fawn for this card.  The circle in the background is another one that came from my backgrounds stash.

I heat embossed a heart background stamp with onto watercolor paper (it’s an older Simon Says Stamp background that is discontinued but I’m sure you can find something similar).  After the heat embossing cooled, I used Distress Ink mini cubes to smear color onto the paper, sprayed generously with water and let it dry.

Once it was dry, I die cut it using a really old wonky circle die from my stash – you could either cut a regular circle and leave it as is or trace it and hand-cut it for a similar look.

Everything was attached to standard A2 card with foam tape for dimension.

Thanks for visiting!

Products Used:

Lawn Fawn Butterfly Kisses stamp set and dies

Lawn Fawn Open Me stamp set and dies

Lawn Fawn How You Bean? Conversation Hearts Add On stamps

Get Cracking on Christmas – January

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Super excited to be joining in on the Get Cracking on Christmas fun this year!

I usually create card parts in batches – like lots of inked backgrounds at one time.  And if the background is blue, chances are good I’m going to stick a snowman on it at some point.  Something like this:

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These Honey Bee snowmen are some of my favorites!  There’s just something about the expressions on their faces that I love.  Although, really I don’t want it to snow.  But at least he’s happy about it!

Products Used:

Honey Bee Stamps Snow Buddies stamp set and dies

Hello Bluebird Hill and Dale dies

Use My Stuff – Love Challenge

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Thanks to everyone that played along with the birthday challenge!!

Now let’s add something new.  What is pink and red with hearts all over it?  Instagram!  Or any other place you look for crafty inspiration.  So let’s put all those ideas and our supplies to use and start making some love themed projects.

A reminder of the basic “rules” of the challenge are:⁠

  • ⁠A new challenge theme will be posted twice a month on the 1st and the 15th both here on my blog and on Instagram.⁠
  • Use your stuff and share using the hashtags in this graphic.
  • Tag me so I can see what you’re up to!
  • You are welcome to use the hashtag with projects that you have created for other challenges.

And just because there is a new theme – that doesn’t mean you can’t keep creating using the old ones!  I’ll keep a running list of past themes here too:

Now start spreading the love!

Thanks for visiting!

Use My Stuff – Birthday Challenge

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Over this holiday week, I’ve spent time organizing my craft room and putting away all of my crafty gifts (aka stuff I bought for myself over Black Friday weekend and asked my husband to wrap so I would feel less guilty). And I’m feeling pretty overwhelmed with the amount of “stuff” I have that I haven’t used yet.⁠

I tried approaching the idea of using my supplies in an organized way at the end of the last year and found it really helped me stay focused (one month I only used MFT products and the second month I only made holiday cards). So I’m going to continue with the idea of periodic themes and thought it might help others if I shared them!⁠

So the basic “rules” of the challenge are:⁠

  • I will try to post a new challenge theme twice a month both here on my blog and on Instagram (shooting for the 1st and 16th but as you can see, I’m already late so plan to get used to that).⁠
  • Use your stuff and share using the hashtags in this graphic.
  • Tag me so I can see what you’re up to!
  • You are welcome to use the hashtag with projects that you have created for other challenges.

Simple, right?  Like me, my card making style and my social media graphics.⁠

Thanks for visiting!

Thankful for You – Brutus Monroe

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There are so many ways to use the branch image from the Feathered Homes stamp set from Brutus Monroe! I especially liked using just a portion of the stamp off the edge of my card panel to create an all-over pattern.

There is something about the way the image is drawn that reminds me of toile fabric patterns so keeping this card very simple with black and white stamping was my first thought.

The sentiment panel covers the center so I only stamped around the edges and it filled in perfectly.

The sentiment is from the Tree of Thanks set – so many well designed sentiments in that one!  I added a small pop of color behind the sentiment panel – just find a scrap of your favorite color cardstock!

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If you don’t want to stamp the entire border, you can just try a few at the top of a panel to give the impression of a canopy of trees.

For this card, I embossed the branches and sentiment with Alabaster embossing powder and ink blended over top with green and blue Distress Oxide inks using a blender brush.

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I popped this smaller panel on top of a white card base that had been embossed with a woodgrain pattern (any pattern would work to just give a little texture here).

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Thanks so much for stopping by!