Fabulous Finds Friday — Balloon Bonanza

I love dies for so many reasons, but mostly because they make cutting easy and I can often USE UP MY SCRAPS!!!

Which is exactly what I did to with this set of balloon dies (*Party Balloons QF176) from Cheery Lynn. I gathered a bunch of scraps and did some serial die cutting.  Here’s my Cheery Lynn balloon explosion:


And a group shot of a few of the cards:


Once you have the dies cut, these cards come together quickly. Great to have in a card emergency.

A few close-ups:




(Cuttlebug embossing folder)

*(Sorry, I could not find a direct link.)

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Quick All-Purpose Card

Here’s a quick card I made while I was playing with some feather die cuts (from Spellbinders):



I haven’t added a greeting because I may use it for a fall birthday (this is a good masculine card) … or it may be for a Thanksgiving hello. The card base is 4 7/8 x about 7″, then folded in half. The bottom embossed design is from a Darice embossing folder. The leaves were cut from random scraps, then the tips were embossed in copper powder. This was so fast and easy!

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Simple Stories … Cards

Almost a year ago I received some journaling stamps from Simple Stories. These papers sat … and they sat … and they sat some more. This week I decided enough is enough! Use these! Since I am a cardmaker at heart, that’s what I did. And I found these journaling cards  made quick, pretty backgrounds.


I trimmed some the papers to fit the front of my A2 card, then I looked around for images to adorn them. I looked first in my stash of pre-stamped images. Here are two using the Stampin’ Up! layered cupcake set:simpstories-su-cupcake-746-orange-dsc_0778

(Gave it some bling with yellow Stickles.)


And another using Tim Holtz’s Crazy Bird set (watercolored and hit with some Wink of Stella clear sparkle.)


And one more, using two of the same journaling cards, just using the opposite sides:


These are so easy I’m going to make a few sets to give away as holiday gifts.

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Book ’em, Again

In a previous post, I showed a book made using a coaster and the Cinch easy binding machine from We R Memory Keepers.

Here’s a different style made using the Zutter Bind-it-all:

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I first covered chipboard with a pretty wrapping paper from the Paper Source, making pretty front and back covers.

Here are some inside pages:
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I LOVE adding envelopes to these books.

I use this book for samples — here some samples made playing with (then) new inks:

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Here’s another book, made using lots of envelopes:

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And the cover of that book:
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Book ’em … the Easy Way

I love making little books for various occasions — some I keep, many I give away. But I also love taking the easy way, which I found using two machines: the Cinch by We R Memory Keepers and the Zutter Bind-it-all. Both are good and easy to use.

Here are some projects:

First, this one was made using the Cinch and coasters I picked up for $1!

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Here’s a look at the inside and a close-up of the cover:

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(I used a lot of scraps to make the inside pages — yay for using scraps!)

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Stay tuned for a Zutter-bound book!

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Inspired by … My Messy Desk

I think we all know by now that I am crazy about using up my scraps. And that my desk is usually a big fat mess of scraps and tools and ephemera.

Every so often I clean it off. I gather my little pile and challenge myself to use up at least half of it. (The rest I give to a friend or donate to a women’s shelter for art projects.)

Check it out:

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This silhouette image (from Technique Tuesday) always makes me smile. Such exuberance! The speckled background is a leftover piece from another, long forgotten play time with color misting. The sentiment is an old one from Hero Arts.

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Another leftover background … I believe it was made using alcohol inks. Images from Hero Arts.

Note: Just because these images are discontinued, don’t be discouraged! Substitute a similar image from your own stash!

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Pretty Poseys

I’ve always loved this big, bold, beautiful floral from Stampendous! And it makes an easy, fast card:

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It’s just perfect for watercoloring. The image was stamped on Ranger Specialty Watercolor paper (love it because one side is smooth, great for stamping, but it still holds up to watercolor!) in VersaMark ink, then embossed with black powder. (By the way, before stamping with VersaMark, I used I used my  ScraPerfect Perfect Embossing Pouch to eliminate static and stray powder), and  Zig Kuretake Clean Color Watercolor markers for coloring. And of course, a dash of clear Wink of Stella … why not?

After it dried, the panel was trimmed, edged with a black permanent marker, and mounted on a moss green folded card. The sentiment (Technique Tuesday) and stamped in VersaFine black on piece of white scrap, edged in black, then mounted with foam tape. The sequins are from Doodlebug Design.

Here’s to a great weekend!