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This card is so serene and lovely. Pam’s really outdone herself with her coloring technique.

She started this scene (this is actually just one stamp) by stamping the image and then coloring the water below the image.

Then she stamped the same image using a regular black ink (not StazOn) onto a clear acetate sheet. She immediately turned it over, ink side down, onto the water right below the main image – so that it looked like the shadow of the shoreline reflecting n the water.

After completely coloring the entire scene – she used Liquid Applique to put snow on the mountain top. But before she heated it up to puff it, sprinkled loose glitter on the wet Liquid Applique – so that it sparkles when it puffed up.

Here is her Tombow marker coloring chart:

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eat cake graphics stamps used:
7068-P Lake shoreline

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Georgia said she used to be afraid of mixing papers. I’m so glad to hear that she’s worked through her fears. :) There’s so much going on in this card, yet it all works beautifully!

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Georgia says she was reading through Paper Crafts magazine and there was a suggestion – pull out a multi-colored focus paper and then use it as your color guide for pulling in other papers. Funny how crafts overlap because that’s exactly what I do in the quilting world too. It’s a sure way to make sure things go together. Great tip Georgia!

eat cake graphics stamps used:
1135-M Abundance

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Cathrine over at Paper Garden Projects always makes the most wonderful projects! She created these too-cute-for-words fairy plant sticks and inserted them into potted begonias.

sproutHere’s a closeup of fairy Sprout.

I love that she mounted them on the dark cardstock – it just makes the fairies stand out even more. If you get a chance, please visit her blog where she shows how she made these – and just in time for Mom’s Day too!

In her online shop, of the same name, she currently sells my stamps in kits and already mounted on cling foam. Do take a peek.

eat cake graphics stamps used:
1154-I Sweet Lily
1155-F Sprout
1157-E Fairy Blossom

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Frankin Fairy never looked so good! I love Georgia’s use of orange and black with a little pop of purple. That and I like that she cut Frank out and floated him on the card.

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She said her inspiration came while she started to thumb through a Paper Crafts magazine. Her eyes landed on the picture of the card called Blue Skies & Sunny Days by Stephanie Halinski. Great job!

eat cake graphics stamps used:
1172-F Frankin Fairy

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Pam said this wasn’t one of her usual card themes but I don’t think she could resist! I agree with her sentiment – some days you’re the fire hydrant but sometimes you get to be the dog! Woof! I love use use of the black borders to give importance to each piece. And the little black bow, I’m sure Mr. Peedles would love – hopefully not to chew on though. :)

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eat cake graphics stamps used:
3016-F Mr. Peedles
9046-E Fire Hydrant

Other supplies:
CS – (Bazzill); Paper –Accademia (Fabriano); Ink – Black StazOn (Tsukineko); Ribbon – ¼” grosgrain (Offray); Tombow makrers, water brush, foam tape, computer generated sentiment.

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Going Going Gone! I don’t know about you but that’s how my time has been going these days.

Christy stamped Mr. Billingsworth inside the square appropriately displaying the idea of flying by. A simple masking technique was used to capture the portion of the Mr. Billingsworth she desired for each square. The squares were then cut out and layered with colored cardstock and adhered in order to the card base.

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eat cake graphics stamps used:
1027-G Mr. Billingsworth

Other supplies used:
square stamp – Stamps By Judith

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Can’t you just hear the birds chirping and smell the flowers blooming! I just love the way Christy put together this card.

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She says she stamped the neighborhood image not once, but twice. On the first stamped image she colored only the houses and trees with Copics and cut them out.

On the second image, she colored everything else, using Prisma Colored Pencils and Gamsol.  The houses that were cut out were then attached to the pencil colored base using foam squares to give them more of a pop off the page.

The trees were also attached using only adhesive tape.  The birds were punched with a Martha Stewart boarder punch, and the fabric flowers were attached and embellished with rhinestones.

eat cake graphics stamps used:
6034-R Summer neighborhood

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So this is a little update to my “Spam spam and more spam!” post. Thanks so very much to everyone for offering your help and suggestions. I was able to install something called “Peter’s Custom Anti-Spam Image Plugin for WordPress” (wow that’s a mouthful!) found here: http://www.theblog.ca/anti-spam

What this does is create a word that you have to type in a box in order to submit a comment. Supposedly this should stop the spam comments…but I don’t want to speak to soon if you know what I mean.

SOOOOO! I’ve tested it and it seems to be working. If you have trouble please let me know. I enjoy reading all the comments and certainly don’t want to deter anyone from leaving a little note.

Thanks again for all your help!
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spamFirst and foremost I have a number of design team projects to post, so stay tuned for some wonderful inspiration!

Second…I’m a pulling my hair out. I actually have two blogs – a personal one and this one. For some reason this blog is getting spammed like crazy! I don’t know why but every day I’m getting dozens of messages in my inbox with comments (spam) to delete. Out of almost 1,000 comments over 800 have been junk. I’m trying to figure out what to do because I’m going crazy trying to keep up with it all. I don’t really want people to have to log in to post comments but it’s almost getting to that point.

word-verifyI’ve seen other blogs that when you type in your comment you also have to type in either letters or a word. This stops almost all, if not all, spammed messages. Unfortunately I haven’t found whatever this is called for WordPress – which is what type of blog I have.

If any of you have an idea of how to do this I would be MOST appreciative.

Ok, toodles for now. I’ll get the new projects posted soon – promise!

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Pam called this a “very big read”. Ms. Eggworth reminded her of the story of the Little Red Hen – the very first book she received when she had her daughter. She says they’ve spent many hours reading this story and even named her children – Peep, Peep and Peep Jr. What a lovely memory.

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Here’s a bit of a detail shot of the card. Pam’s coloring technique utilized Gamsol and colored pencils. She also gave Ms. Eggworth’s glasses a bit of realism by adding Liquid Glass. I’m sure Ms. Eggworth thanks her. :) Wonderful card Pam!

eat cake graphics stamps used:
5004-D Ms. Eggworth (an educated hen)
8052-J Stack of books

Other supplies:
CS – (Bazzill); Paper –Accademia (Fabriano); Ink – Black StazOn (Tsukineko); Ribbon – ¼” grosgrain (Offray); Punches – corner punch (SU!), Prismacolor pencils, Gamsol, Blending stumps, foam tape, Liquid Glass (CTMH), Quickie glue pen, loose glitter, Sharpie fine black marker.

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