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A Black and White Thank You


Finally, I can actually create a card that is new to my brain. This past week has been no bueno – walked into my basement on Tuesday morning, only to discover that the monsoon rains we’d had the previous night had poured in, covering the entire floor in a fine layer of water and mud. Spent the day removing wet boxes, drying out family pictures and dealing with damp fabric items. Installed new window well covers, added plywood overlayment to them and prayed to the Basement Gods that they take pity on us. I even offered a Suburbanload of soggy cardboard as sacrifice. My prayers must have worked as we had no issues with the ugly weather than came through on Thursday. Now, I just have to get all the now dry dirt off the floor. I can live with dirt. I do not like water.

So anyway, today’s card makes use of Blog Candy that I received from she who is known as Sandy, Queen of Copics. I won this

from the OWH Memorial Day Bloghop and it was filled with all sorts of fun and tiny stamps. And it came with Dudley on a card * – you can see him being created here –

Here’s my card –

Xerox Flecs Cover, DP is Scrapbook Walls Black Gallery Blossoms, black Scallop is TPC Corduroy. The Precious. Sentiment is Stampin’ Up in Memento Tuxedo Black. I got a few of these round stamps in the candy. Wasn’t sure what to do with the solid one I got until I stamped this. It will make great googly eyes.

*Dudley is what I have decided this dragon’s name is – he’s from Dustin Pike.

OWH Tutorial – Ribbon Brad Trick


Operation Write Home has a new tutorial up for Sandy Allnock’s Ribbon Brad Trick.

I’ve posted this video before – it was the video that caused me to realize that Heat Embossing is magical.

I took the Ribbon Brad trick to heart and did it six times.

The card looks wonky as I haven’t put it on a card base yet.

Wausau Fleck cardstock. Ribbons are Dashes Dots and Checks from Michaels. Brads are Recollections. Sentiment is Doodlebug in Versacolor Black with Hampton Arts Clear Embossing Powder.

The Play Date Cafe Challenge #170


The Play Date Cafe has a new challenge up – #170.

The color story is Stone, Buttercream and Denim.

Here’s my submission –

I totally CASEd Sandy Allnock’s card from yesterday’s OWHtv.

This is a 4.25″ card. Black paper from stash. Pattern papers are no ID. Grey is Paper Garden Cropping Block Black and White. Wausau Fleck cardstock. Sentiment is Studio G Lynette Anderson Taylor in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. Distress Inks Faded Jeans. Twine from Pick Your Plum. Dimensional Adhesive.

Heat embossing…


…where have you been my whole life?

So, as I’ve said before, I’m totally new to this card making thing – started September 2012. Over the course of these past few months, I’ve watched loads of videos about various aspects of card making. I’ve learned a thing or 47 along the way. I’d seen videos that featured heat embossing but was never pushed to try it.

Along came the May Arts blog hop. I jumped right to Sandy Allnock’s post. Her card was beautiful – brown with turquoise plus a vintage phone. She had a video to go with it, to explain the card construction as well as her nifty “attach a ribbon to a card with a brad” technique.

At 1:19, I was mesmerized. That’s the point where she just started to heat emboss the telephone. Something about seeing that flat image blossom into textural loveliness made me go “OK, now I get it.”

Went out and bought a heat gun, embossing powders, black pigment ink and a clear embossing ink. Came home and tried out a simple sentiment with curly border. Having never done it, I was distressed when, after pouring on the clear embossing powder, the image became pale but then BOOM, a little bit of heat and my “thanks” just popped.

Wausau Fleck cardstock base, pattern papers from DCWV Summer Stack, Sentiment from Doodlebug Design, Embossing Powder from Hampton, Ribbon is American Crafts.

*This card is my submission to this week’s Shopping Our Stash Challenge – Use your oldest ribbon. This ribbon is, I think,  4 or so years old. Bought it originally for making hair clips that I stock in my Etsy store. It looks like an accessory item to this paper.

Sandy Allnock – Interactive Cardmaking Project


Wow. Sandy Allnock, president of Operation Write Home is some kind of card making overachiever.

She has created an interactive cardmaking project on youtube – it’s like those choose your own ending books. Choose a Sketch, then a Type, then a theme, then a style and finally a card design.

There are all kinds of tutorials, from Copic coloring to paper piecing. Grab a drink and get ready to learn something new.