Messy Collage

I was inspired to create these “messy collage” cards by an article in Paper Crafts magazine (probably a year ago). The article talks about taking all the random pieces from your messy desk (who doesn’t have these? I am the QUEEN of the messy desk and the person who never met a scrap she didn’t love) and just making a “messy collage.” Can you tell this article SPOKE to me?

Anyway … here’s what happened:

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I stamped some Hero Arts images in Marvy grey and Hero Arts Soft Stone on a piece of white card stock, then rummaged around until I pulled these scraps together (patterned paper, I think, is from an old Making Memories pad… doily is a My Favorite Things die … butterflies from a Martha Stewart punch … sentiment and text from Hero Arts …

Here are two more:

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What’s on YOUR desk?

Mum’s the Word … Fast & Easy Stamping

It’s been a tough two weeks here, but I needed to make a fast and easy card.
Couldn’t get much easier than this:

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I love using solid and outline stamps that coordinate. First I stamped the solid image using Chalk ink from ColorBox. Then I overstamped using the outline image.
Add a sentiment, some bling, layer it and bam! Done!

Remember, stamping doesn’t have to be complicated to be effective!

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Fabulous Finds Friday — Cool Tool

Last Friday, I showed a nifty new typewriter die from Spellbinders (see it here). Which brings me to today’s Fabulous Find: the new Tool ‘n One from Spellbinders.

Check it out:

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Notice that the typewriter has teeny hole where the keys would be? Instead of poking and poking and poking at them, I used the brush on the tool to quickly poke out those holes. Here’s another look:

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There is also a sharp awl-like tool and a spatula, all interchangeable. The parts store neatly in the barrel and more tools are in the works.

Here’s a look at the spatula:

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Happy crafting!

Fabulous Finds Friday Typewriter Die

Yes, yes, I’ve been away a while… but here is a Fabulous Find that maybe makes up for it!

The journalist in me loves anything having to do with newspapers, typewriters, and all the things associated with writing. And I love dies. It’s a magical mix. Naturally, I went nuts for this typewriter die from Spellbinders.

I love how easy these cards were to make:

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The typewriter was cut from a scrap piece of black paper. The background paper is a monoprint, made using acrylic paint on a Gelli Plate. The stencil is ColorBox Art Screen Jumbled. (I’ll have more on monoprinting with Gelli Plates in an upcoming article in Craftideas magazine.)
(My journalism friends went nuts over these!)

Two similar cards, using background paper by Basic Grey, from the Carte Postal collection:

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