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The Calgary Stampede was when?

It appears that I am out of sync with the calendar.  Today I made a couple of cards that would have been great at Stampede time, but somehow they didn’t get made.  Actually, the longhorn skull was just purchased as an add-on to my Hero Arts Kit of the month, but I have had the cowboy boot for awhile so no excuse for that one.  Anyway, I teamed up the two dies to make a couple of cards that turned out well.  So well, in fact, that I am thinking of framing them as an Art Card shadow box for my wall.

I love the Authentique barbed wire paper so much, that I immediately began to think of where I have to go to replenish my stash of it. I also love the Tonic Soft Leather Jacket speciality paper I used for the boot and skull frame.



Thank You Card

We have a wonderful neighbour and friend who looks after our golf cart while we are at home in Canada.  We found out the hard way a few years ago, that electric golf carts don’t really like either idleness or hot weather.  Seven new batteries later (that is how many you need to run these things), we didn’t need a repeat of that lesson.  I decided to make a Thank You card for our cart caregiver.

Holiday Online Card Class

I am taking the latest course offered at Online Card Classes.  This year, each class day they are offering instruction in various styles of cards for the Holiday Season.  Today’s class is on the CAS or Clean and Simple Style.  This style is a favourite of mine, so I was anxious to try a few of the card examples.

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Supplies:  Papertrey Ink Sprigs and Spruce stamp set, Mama Elephant Landscape Trio die, Hero Arts and Simon Says Stamp dye inks, WeR Banner die,  Simion Says Stamp card base and Scor tape


Simon Says Pick your Favorite Technique!

The Monday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp is to use your favourite technique.  I have several techniques on my Favourites list but one of the techniques that I have been using a lot lately is to use Pico Embellisher (Shimmer) to emphasize elements of a card.  On my entry for the challenge, I decided to use both the Clear and the Shimmer Embellishers to turn the childrens’ raincoats into “Rain Slickers”.  The Pico Embellisher is thinner than Glossy Accents so it flows out of the precision bottle much easier.

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So I have to tell you that Sandra told me that it looks like these children are being mean to their stuffed bear friend by holding him by his ears!  In actual fact they are very considerate children, holding the umbrella over the little bear’s head while enduring some of the raindrops themselves.  I don’t want anyone to think that these children would do anything bad, when it is purely poor placement by the card creator.

I was happy that the second picture was able to capture the “glare” of the raincoats and even the shimmer in the peach coloured one if you zoom in on the picture.

Supplies:  Mama Elephant Chance of Rain stamp set, Memory Box Cross Stitched Frame Border die,  Studio Calico Print Shop patterned paper,  Copic markers, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Creatology Fun Foam, Recollections card base and scor tape.



Taya is 2

My granddaughter Taya turned 2 yesterday and I made this card to celebrate the occasion.  Sadly, I failed to put it in the bag with her present when I raced over to her house just before her bedtime (well my bedtime too, but I don’t like to admit that).

I think it may qualify for a few challenges too, as there is no less than four stamp companies represented in this card.  Making an appearance is WPlus9, Mama Elephant, Simon Says Stamp and Taylored Expressions.