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As many of you have probably figured out, I’m an animal lover. I believe they can teach us so much with their generosity of happiness and unconditional love. I strive to be the person our dog Tucker (you can meet him here) seems to think that I am.

With that said I love that Kriss combined these two images. I think she did a wonderful job with the bright colors and adding the little felt flower accents just makes it even more special.

As always, here are her instructions…

  1. Adhere 1.75” x 4.25” strip of pattern paper to 4.25” x 5.5” top-folded blue card.
  2. Stamp Unselfishness with black ink on white cardstock. Color with watercolor pencils and blend. Trim to size and ink edges with black ink. Mount to yellow cardstock panel, and mount to front of card.
  3. Stamp Dog Believes saying to lower right corner of card with black ink.
  4. Embellish card by layering felt flowers and inserting brads into flowers and card.

Finished card: 4.25” x 5.5”
eat cake graphics stamps used:
1137-M Unselfishness
8080-E Dog Believes

Other supplies:
Archival™ Ink Stamp Pad – Jet Black, Ranger Industries
Watercolor Pencils, Faber-Castell
Blender Pen, Marvy-Uchida
Felt Flowers, Prima Marketing
Brads, Making Memories
White, Bright Yellow & Blue Cardstock
Pattern Paper

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Oh what fun! Kriss is making things pop with her color combinations and they’re perfect for this card featuring Herbert and Mildred, affectionately known as “Main Squeeze”. I love the lime green frame and the fact that she used the same green and purple in Mildred’s dress. And oh doesn’t Herbert look fashionable in his own shirt! Great job Kriss!

Here’s what she did…

  1. Run 3 ½” x 5 ¼” purple cardstock through embossing folder. Adhere to the left-side front of a 4 ¼” x 5 ½” white side-folded card. Add ½” x 5 ¼”strip of pattern paper to the right-side.
  2. Stamp couple with black ink on white cardstock and cut out with oval die. Color with watercolor pencils and blend. Ink oval’s edge with black ink.
  3. Cut out coordinating scallop oval die with lime green cardstock. Use Japanese Screw Punch to punch holes in scallops. Mount two ovals together and then onto the embossed part of the card.
  4. Stamp saying twice on lime cardstock with black ink. Cut out individual words, ink edges with black ink, and mount to card.
  5. Highlight lady’s dress by apply dots of Glossy Accents to each polka-dot. Let dry.

Finished card: 4.25” x 5.5”
eat cake graphics stamps used:
1016-J Main Squeeze
8168-D Here’s A Happy

Other supplies:
Archival™ Ink Stamp Pad – Jet Black, Ranger Industries
Glossy Accents, Ranger Industries
Watercolor Pencils, Faber-Castell
Blender Pen, Marvy-Uchida
Oval and Scallop Oval Dies, Nestabilities by Spellbinders
Embossing Folder , Provo Craft
Cuttlebug, Die Cutting Machine, Provo Craft
Pattern Paper, BasicGrey
White, Lime & Purple Cardstock
Japanese Screw Punch

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If you need a little something to send to someone “just because”, Kriss has created this wonderful card. Taking color clues from the center floral paper she found the perfect match of orange and lime green. What a wonderful idea to make someone’s day.

Here’s what Kriss did…

  1. Cover the front of a 4 ¼” x 5 ½” white top-folded card with three coordinating pattern papers. Center section is 3” x 4 ¼” and the outside sections are 1 ¼” x 4 ½”.
  2. Wrap orange gingham ribbon around front of card and tie bow to left side.
  3. Stamp greeting with orange ink on manila cardstock and cut out with oval die. Cut out coordinating pattern paper with oval scallop die, mount both together and add to card with Pop Dots.
  4. Add stick pin. Glue rhinestone to center of flower with Glossy Accents.

Finished card size: 4.25” x 5.5”
eat cake graphics stamps used:
8168-D Here’s A Happy

Other supplies:
Adirondack Ink Pad, Sunset Orange, Ranger Industries
Pop Dot, Ranger Industries
Pattern Paper, Gypsy, BasicGrey
Manila Cardstock
Oval and Scallop Oval Dies, Nestabilities by Spellbinders
Cuttlebug, Die Cutting Machine, Provo Craft
Orange Gingham Ribbon, Michaels
Stick Pin, Making Memories
Glossy Accents, Ranger Industries
Clear Rhinestone, Darcie’s

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Who wouldn’t want to keep track of their chores with this darling little chore chart Pam’s created. She laid out the days of the week along the top and the “Chores to do” down the left. There’s room in the boxes for a gold star – yeah! And if you click on the picture you’ll get a detail of the orange framed part of the picture.

I’m seriously contemplating…would I be more likely to do my grown up chores if I had a chore chart and a box of gold star stickers? Hmmm…

eat cake graphics stamps used:
1139-M Responsibility

Other supplies:
Project dimensions – 8 1/2 X 11 (letter paper sized)
Materials: CS – (Bazzill); Paper –Accademia (Fabriano); Ink – Black StazOn (Tsukineko); Tombow markers, water brush, foam tape, computer generated chore chart (in Excel).

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Long before Twitter and Tweeting there were the original Tweeters..birds.  Pam’s created a project showcasing a new home specially made for Crackers and Keebler. She started out with an A2 shaped card (4 ¼ ” x 5 ½ ”) and went from there. The basic shapes are pretty simple…the house, a circle, the roof – which looks like a humongous photo corner. I think her orange accent throughout (the birds, the saying and even the embroidery floss) really add a great little pop of color.

Home tweet home!

Here’s Pam’s Tombow marker coloring chart:

pam-Birds colour chart

eat cake graphics stamps used:
5025-E Crackers (bird looks right)
5026-E Keebler (bird looks left)

Other supplies:
Materials: CS – (Bazzill); Paper –Accademia (Fabriano); Ink – Black StazOn (Tsukineko), ivy ink pad (CTMH); Punches – 1” circle punch (SU!), 1/8 “ (Cropadile); Tombow markers, water brush, foam tape, embroidery floss, computer generated colored sentiment.

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I love this stamp because it celebrates the happiness puppies bring. Judy did a great job with layering – which is a really nice to way to showcase a single stamp. And of course the brads add just that little something extra.

eat cake graphics stamps used:
1063-I Felicia and Sparky

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Here’s another technique post, this one uses positioning (and a little bit of masking).

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Using positioning you can precisely line an image up with another. In the card above I wanted to put the kitty on the chair.

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With this card I wanted to line up all the windows and them fill them with animals.
For instructions on this technique, click here, or go to the Techniques & Supplies link at the top under the banner.

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Judy created a very ribbiting card using the Go froggie go stamp. :)

The frog is stamped multiple times and colored in. I love the way he’s jumping off the page and the fact that she added the little dots – gives it a very playful look. She layered everything with plaids and solids and finished it off with three little brads and wonderful shiny ribbon.

eat cake graphics stamps used:
5032-E Go froggie go!

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Georgia created this little card wrapped up in gingham and twine and finished with a button.

Her color choices are so fresh – the green gingham bordered with the darker green, the browns and then her pops of color in the flowers. A delightful card for that special friend.

eat cake graphics stamps used:
7001-E Row of little flowers

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One of the goals I had for this blog was to not only show great cards and projects, but to also share tips and show some technique tutorials. This one is about “masking”.

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Have you ever wanted to put one image in front of another but weren’t sure how? Like in the above card, the dog is in front of the trees. Well if you have, click here to see what the trick is.

Or, have you ever wanted to put one image inside of another (like putting something inside a window) but weren’t sure what to do? Click here to see how it’s done.

I wanted all of the tips, techniques and supplies to be easy to find so I’m actually locating them on one page. Just click on “TECHNIQUES & SUPPLIES” located directly under the banner of this page (or here too).

A little bit about the finished card above…I used the masking technique to create the card and then used colored pencils to color everything in. I cut out some clouds and glued them on. I added the little corner pieces and the sentiment but thought they needed a bit of sparkle. So I pulled out my jar of Claudine Hellmuth’s Multi Medium, brushed a coat on the pieces and sprinkled them with glitter. Since it dries clear and the glitter wasn’t opaque the color and words were still visible.

eat cake graphics stamps used:
3055-I Leaping Tucker
7069-O Little line of trees

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