Sunday, August 27, 2017

It’s Time For Our Winner…

It’s time, once again, to post the name of the winner from the A Year Of Card Techniques Stamping On Patterned Paper blog hop!  If you are just reading this now and haven’t had a chance to jump through the hop, you can still do that by going HERE.

Our winner for this hop is


Congratulations, foleysfriend!   You have won 2 great stamp sets from our sponsor, the Card A Day Challenge Blog.  Please contact me at with your mailing address and I will forward it to Denise so she can send you your awesome prize!

Thanks for playing along, everyone! Don’t forget to check back with us on September 16th for our “Inlaid & Lifted Die Cut Cards” hop! You won’t want to miss your chance to win another fantastic prize!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

*New Release* Koala T Crafts Frightful Fall Digis

Hi there, crafty friends.  I have enjoyed my holidays this summer but now it’s time to get back to reality and head back to work on Monday.  With reality comes Fall, and with Fall, comes some fun new digis from Koala T Crafts!   Only $1.99 per digi OR a SPECIAL OFFER of only $14.00 for the whole bundle!  And just to make this great deal even better, use discount code SHARON when checking out for an extra 10% off the price.  This code is good through midnight CST today (8.27).   Just click on the image below to go grab these cute digis from the store!

Frightful Fall Special Bundle

Don’t forget about our challenge which runs until the end of August so you still have time to enter, but you’d better be quick!  Click HERE for more details.


Friday, August 18, 2017

A Year In Card Techniques–Stamping On Patterned Paper

Welcome to

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Welcome to A Year Of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique.  We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas.

We all love our stamp sets and we all love our patterned paper.  Well, this month we’re combining the two by stamping ON patterned paper for some unique projects.  It will be fun to see what stamps and papers our team decides to pair together.   And if you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:

Our amazing sponsor this month is Card a Day Challenge Blog.


Please take a moment to check out the CADC blog here.

And the awesome prize this month is:



We really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today.   The winner will be announced on Sunday,  August 27, 2017 on my blog, so be sure to go back here to see if you are the winner!  If you would prefer to be notified if you win, please leave your email address in the comments and someone will contact you.    The winner will have until September 9, 2017 to claim their prize. 

Since I am the first blog in the hop, let’s get going.

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I only made one card for this hop and I decided to try out paper piecing.  Paper piecing is when you stamp your image onto designer paper and then cut out the pieces to lay on top of the same image you’ve stamped onto a piece of white cardstock.

Balloon Girl_patterned paper_pieced_ocmI stamped this cute little girl from the Penny Black Betsy Bluebell Stamp Set onto a piece of turquoise polkadot paper and some pink distressed paper.  I cut the skirt from the polkadot paper and the shirt as well as 2 balloons from the pink distressed paper.  I also stamped it onto a piece of blue distressed paper for the 3rd balloon.


Once everything was cut out, it was time to start adhering the pieces to the stamped image on the white cardstock.  I used Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue for this because it allowed me to manipulate the pieces into just the right place before drying. 

I colored the girl in with some Copic markers.

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Copics Used

Hair – E25, E49

Face – E11, E13, E15

Cheeks – R20, R22

Hair Bows & Socks – BG18

To finish it off, I cut a couple of pieces of  designer cardstock into rectangles to lay behind my image as well as a cute pink ribbon.  I popped up the colored and paper pieced image with dimensionals and stamped “Happy Birthday To You” directly onto the designer paper just below the ribbon.

That’s it for me.  I hope you enjoyed my card today.  Make sure you complete the hop to increase your chances of winning by commenting on each blog.

Now you’re off to visit with the wonderful and amazing Claudia. Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by.  See you next month with another technique!

Here’s the full line-up in case you get lost:

Card A Day Challenge Team

Monday, August 14, 2017

10-Minute Craft–Refrigerator Note Holder

Hi there crafty friends!  Today I wanted to share with you a little craft I made for my refrigerator.  It holds my appointment cards and any other notes that I don’t want to lose.  It only takes a few minutes to make.  It’s super cute and perfect if you need a last-minute item to add to any gift!

I used a digital image from Jen’s Koala T Crafts store.  I colored my koala digitally but you can color with any markers, pencil crayons, or medium of your choice.  You can also purchase an already colored version and speed up the process.  I used my digital imaging software to add the sign and to take a “bite” out of the cookie.  I cut him out with my Silhouette Cameo electronic cutting machine.

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Materials Needed:

  • 1 digital image or stamped image of your choice
  • 1 clothespin
  • 1 roll of washi tape
  • 1 magnet
  • a Glue Gun and Glue Stick

Here’s how I did it:

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First thing you need is a clothespin.

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Carefully take the clothespin apart and lay your pieces aside.

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Grab your washi tape and begin rolling it tightly around one of the wooden pieces.  Be careful not to pull too hard so your tape doesn’t break.  Smooth the edges down as you go.

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Use an embossing tool or a pencil and gently rub it over the tape to push it down into the dips in the clothespin and smooth it out.

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Once you are finished wrapping the first wooden piece, lay it aside and do the same thing with the second piece.

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When both pieces are wrapped, carefully put the clothespin back together making sure not to rip the tape as you do so.

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I cut a piece of  magnet from a roll I had on hand and used my glue gun to add  a strip of hot glue down the middle.  You can also use an individual magnet if it’s not too heavy.

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I adhered the magnetic piece to one side of my clothespin and glued my colored digi to the other side to complete my project!

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Take a look at it in action! (and now that you all know that I have a dentist appointment on February 6th @ 3:45pm., don’t forget to remind me, lol)

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I had another colored (by me) koala digi left over from a previous project so I decided to glue a magnet to the back of it for my fridge as well.

That’s it for my 10-minute project!  I hope you enjoyed it.  If you have some time, please take a minute to visit Jen’s store and check out all her fabulous digi stamps among lots of other fun products as well.  You can also find Jen on YouTube where she posts tutorials that will teach you how to make all kinds of fun stuff.  Live Video tutorials on Thursdays from 6pm – 7pm CST and Sundays from 2pm to 3pm CST each week.

Don’t forget we have our KTC Challenge #2 running until August 31st.  Graciellie Design is our fabulous sponsor this month and I hope you will take some time to join us for the fun!


Monday, August 7, 2017

Enamel Dots Using A Glue Gun

Hi there crafty friends, last week when I posted my card for the Koala T Crafts challenge blog, I promised you I would let you in on the secret to how I created the enamel dots on the front of the card (click here to see that card). 

I am back today with my quick tutorial on how to make enamel dots using a glue gun and a Copic Marker or Alcohol Ink.  When I created my card for the Koala T Crafts Challenge #2, I used a Copic marker but for the purpose of this tutorial, I decided to try a couple of other ways using different types of alcohol inks to see what would happen.

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  To create these dots you will need:

  • a hot glue gun
  • a hot glue stick
  • some form of heat resistant mat (I used an old craft mat that I cut up into smaller pieces)
  • Copic markers or your choice of alcohol ink

Let's get started!

1.  Drop a dab of glue onto your heat resistant mat.

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2.  Continue to do this making different sizes of dots.

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3.  Let the glue dots dry. It takes approximately 20 to 25 minutes. 
You will know they are dry when they begin to turn cloudy in color.

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4.  Use your alcohol marker and color the dots.  Set them aside to dry for about 10 minutes.  Once they are dry you can start using them on your cards or projects.

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Now it was time to start experimenting with different kinds of alcohol ink.
I have an ink refill, an ink spray, and an ink dauber here.

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I tried with the spray first and the ink slid right off the dot and pooled onto the mat.

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Next I tried the alcohol refill.  The ink stayed on the dot but also pooled on the surface of the dot as well as the mat.

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I used a paint brush to move the ink around and make it more evenly
coated on the glue dot.

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When I used the ink dauber the ink didn't adhere to the glue dot at all. 
If you look closely, you can see splotches of ink on the dot but that's about it.

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The last experiment I tried was to use a Copic marker and color a circle on my paper.

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I adhered my glue dot on top of the colored circle using a light coat of
Tombow Aqua glue.  I think I like this result the best.

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Here is a side-by-side example of each test that I did.  Leave me a comment
and let me know which one you like the best?

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That's it for me today.  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  I'd be thrilled to see you enter our challenge on the Koala T Crafts Challenge Blog using one of these homemade enamel dots on your card.

Our challenge runs from August 1-31, 2017 and we would absolutely LOVE to have you join us!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Koala T Crafts Challenge #2–Sweet Birthday

Hi there crafty friends.  I’m here today to share my card for Challenge #2.  This card was made with a very special friend in mind.  Kim and I “met” through a blog hop group and since we are both a little cray cray, we hit it off right from the start.  Kim celebrated her birthday back in July so when I chose this scrumptious cupcake and sentiment from this month’s sponsor, Graciellie Design, I had her in mind.

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The theme this month is Turquoise OR Yellow OR Balloons.  I chose this teal colored cardstock from Michael’s for my card base.  I already had the perfect digital designer papers in my collection so I created a faux matted look by layering the patterned digital paper on top of a teal digital paper in my Photo Imaging software and merging the two into one graphic.  I duplicated the image three times and printed them onto some white cardstock and after cutting each one out I set them aside for just a moment.  Then I printed my sentiment onto some white cardstock and cut it into a 3.75x5-inch piece on which I adhered the three rectangular pieces side-by-side.

Next I cut a teal scallop and a pink polka-dot circle and adhered the two together.  I used my Cameo to cut out the cupcake leaving a small white border around the edge.  I colored the cupcake using Copic markers:

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The pink circle embellishments were made with my glue gun, some hot glue, and a pink Copic marker.  I will go into that in more detail in an upcoming blog post.

Once I had the front looking the way I wanted it to, I set about to pretty up the inside with another sentiment.  Once again I used the magic of my Photo Imaging software to create the matted look for the paper and sentiment.  This completed my card.

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Don’t forget that our challenge runs from August 1-31, 2017 and we would absolutely LOVE to have you join us!

Visit our sponsor Graciellie Design in August and save 40% off most items with coupon code SUMMER2017

Check out Jen’s blog for some inspiration from our talented Design Team.  You should also check out Jen’s YouTube video where you can watch her create something fabulous using a Graciellie Design.  Don’t forget to hit that like button and subscribe to her channel while you are there *wink*.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Koala T Crafts Challenge #2

Hi there crafty friends, it’s August and that means we have another challenge for you.  This month’s challenge is sponsored by Graciellie Design.  Go and check her out because she has some beautiful stamps in her store.

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August  Challenge Theme Choices
Turquoise OR Yellow OR Balloons

* R U L E S *

  1. Be a follower of Jen’s blog - Jen's Koala T Crafts
  2. Create any project using any one, or all, of the monthly themes
  3. Post a direct permalink URL that leads to your challenge card post using our Mr. Linky Magical Widget
  4. NEW projects only please, no back linking
  5. Limit 3 entries per person

Challenge runs August 1-31, 2017

Visit our sponsor Graciellie Design in August and save 40% off most items with coupon code SUMMER2017

I’ll be back tomorrow to share my card for the challenge.  In the meantime, check out Jen’s blog for some inspiration from our talented Design Team.  You should also check out Jen’s YouTube video where you can watch her create something fabulous using a Graciellie Design.