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Christy hand-crafed this journal using chipboard coasters – I think this is way more fun than using them for drinks!

The coasters were painted with Tim Holtz crackle paint and set aside to dry. The fence and Penny were stamped, colored with Copics, and cut out.  Once the coasters were dry the Pine Tree was stamped directly on the coaster that was being used for the front cover.  She attached the fence and sat little Penny just perfectly on the top.  The title was cut out of a magazine.

She says, “this will be the perfect summer journal for my daughter to record all her favorite camping memories.” I couldn’t agree more!

eat cake graphics stamps used:
1018-E Penny sits
6035-I Summer fence
7017-M Pine tree

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Christy wrote…

This card was created for my daughter to send along to her grandma. Spending the night at Grandma’s house is always a treat and it will be fun to remind Grandma that she really IS magical and she really DOES make her granddaughter feel like a fairy.

The card uses the Gran’s got hot chocolate image, although the cups of hot chocolate were cut off and replaced with none other than Grandma’s best box of fairy dust. Isn’t it grand to alter images to create a special scene? And of course my daughter, who really believes she is a fairy was stamped with Pixie Poppy. The images were colored with Copics and cut out. The glittery silver ribbon was added with 3 heart brads to give the layout that added magical touch.

I love this card…makes me wish my grandmas were still here.

eat cake graphics stamps used:
1094-M Gran’s got hot chocolate
1153-G Pixie Poppy
9048-C Box of fairy dust

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Christy wrote…

This card was an attempt to use coloring to demonstrate the movement of Stuart and his puppy. The first image was ever so lightly colored with Prisma Colored Pencils, the middle image was colored a little darker with Prisma Colored Pencils and Gamsol. The final image, giving the impression that Stuart and his puppy are right in front of you was colored with Copics. May this card encourage you to used various mediums to give images the idea of movement.

Once the images were colored they were cut out and placed in order. Going around the outer edges of the cut images with a black fine point pen made them just pop right off the paper. Appropriate shadowing and a few black dots gave a nice grounding effect. The ribbon used was a nice carry though of color movement. A few pieces of the same ribbon were cut and tied onto a large circle brad. The frayed tiny pieces were just the right touch. It was fun to brainstorm a new embellishment using what I already had.

What a great idea to go from faded image to vibrant one. I think the black outline really pulls things together and ties in nicely with the Dymo tape words. And of course it’s always nice to be able to use something you already have in a new way! Wahooooo!

eat cake graphics stamps used:
1074-G Stuart and puppy Scooter fly

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Christy wrote…

A card to welcome all the discovery that can be made when warm weather arrives! The main image, colored with Copics, is Stuart the bug-ologist. He is standing on a layer of stamped stones, with some of the stones cut out and attached with foam squares for a more 3D effect. Joining him on this outdoor adventure is Aunt Annie & Jr Ant. Can you spot them? Any outdoor adventure isn’t complete without a cold drink for refreshment, so the bottled water image was fun to place just perfectly among the stone pile.

I just love the use of the black Dymo tape for the word “Discover” and the little frog that seems to have parked himself on Stuart’s head! Such a fun summer card!

eat cake graphics stamps used:
1132-I Stuart the bug-ologist
5009-G Aunt Annie & Jr Ant (set of 2)
9037-B Bottled water

Other stamps & supplies used:
Martha Stewart punch, Stamps by Judith

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Christy told me she recently had some instruction in the “art of doodling” and for this project she thought she’d give it a try. The “hi” was hand-drawn using some of her new “art of doodling” knowledge. Using a masking technique a few Little Sylvie images were stamped around the greeting as if they were playing a game of peek-a-boo. The fairies were colored with Copics and it gave the overall card a wonderfully simple touch of color.

Doodling is so much fun – with pen in hand and a moment to spare, maybe a long phone call or sitting, waiting for an appointment… Now just think if that were channeled into something fun!

Great job Christy! Thanks for sharing your new found instruction in doodling art.

eat cake graphics stamps used:
1091-D Little Sylvie (a wee one)

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This card celebrates love using “Main Squeeze” image. Oh don’t Herbert and Mildred look so happy.

Christy colored the image with Copics and adhered to the main card base with foam squares. The hearts around the edge were stamped and colored with Sakura Glaze gel Pen. Can you see the shiny coating the glaze pens create? I sure can. I think I’m going to have to try one of those markers myself!  The sentiment was attached with thread and a few frayed edges give the card a softer feel.

What a lovely card and adding those shiny little red hearts was a grand idea!

eat cake graphics stamps used:
1016-J Main Squeeze

Other stamps used:
Stamps by Judith

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Christy says this card came about because of a silly joke, so the card sentiment of course could be changed to fit other occasions as well.

The image was stamped and colored with Copics.  The tiny graduation hats are computer generated, cut out, and glued to the heads of those intelligent robots. The black ribbon was added to the top and the 2010 is hanging down with a little yellow safety pin.

She adds, “While this is a silly card, its seriously filled with wonderful graduation wishes.”

Thanks for the project Christy. When I first drew these guys I thought they were just silly. Apparently I was wrong since they are all sporting mortar boards – this most certainly means they must have passed all their exams!

eat cake graphics stamps used:
1053-S The Boys (stick robots)

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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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Christy used a “spotlight” technique for this months project. Too cool!

She say’s this technique is accomplished by stamping the image twice. Take one of the images and using a circle punch choose a portion of the image to punch out. In this case, she colored the image inside the circle with Prisma Colored Pencils and Gamsol, and added some googly eyes. After coloring the punched out portion, line it up and adhere on top of the first unpunched image.

The tulips were cut using the Cricut, and made a nice spring garden for the robots. The layered ribbon adds some wonderful texture. The red ribbon was actually white, but she inked it up with red ink to match the paper and robots perfectly.

Well I for one can’t wait to try this! Thanks for sharing a new technique!

eat cake graphics stamps used:
1053-S The Boys (stick robots)

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