Before I start my post today I would like to welcome my newest follower, Paula owner of Precious Pages by Paula. Thank you so much for following, Paula, I hope you will find some inspiration and a few giggles!! Please check out Paula's blog and tell her Patti sent you : )
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Erin Lincoln is one of the best designers out there right now as far as I'm concerned! Check out her blog "Procrastination Station" she truly is a gifted paper crafter. If I lived near her I would stalk her and try to bribe her to be my friend. She is funny and playful and just... normal (in a good way!) LOL Take this week's "Make It Monday" video. Erin creates an amazing card giving helpful design and tool tips along the way - all the while you hear the voices of her kids playing in the background - I'm guessing it was her kids. She doesn't fall apart like a cheap suit because she is being watched WORLD WIDE : ) and the kidos are making a little noise - she doesn't even seem to notice! I love it!! See what I mean? who wouldn't want to be friends with a gal who can work at home with such grace and style and talent!!!
Erin challenged us to create a card using heat embossing and two step stamping - then! cut out with a coordinating die. She shows in THIS VIDEO the most amazingly easy way to handle these tiny dies. My card is an A-2 size card and look at all the space I have around my EMBOSSED die cut flowers! The die cut is teeny but with Erin's suggestion it was a breeze.... ok a slight wind.
I admit I did have a few problems but I perservered and after only 2 or 3 hours! I had a card I liked so much I decided I better make two : ) It may be a "slight" exaggeration how long it took me. heehee
I like to decorate the inside of my cards too so I inked up the flower stamps and built myself TWO insides - because you remember now I have two of these cards made. Well! much to my surprise when I went to tape my inside to the card I had stamped the flower in the wrong orientation! grrrr!!
Part of my personal challenge to myself is to USE my stuff. I just could not bring myself to toss them out so two more cards were born!!
And I think they are pretty darn cute! : ) I had completely run out of time so I did not heat emboss or layer the die cut but, even though it is not showing up well in my picture, I ran a zig zag stitch to attach my ribbon. : ) There are also a trio of sequins to complete my TRIANGLE! thanks for the tip, Erin!!
So one simple silly little card took all afternoon and turned into four cards - which is not so bad at all!! I loved the tips she shared and will no doubt use them again and again.
Please consider joining the Make It Monday challenge! There is a nice prize too!! : )
These cards make my 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th cards completed in my personal challenge to make 100. Only 90 more days to go!!! Thank you everyone who is cheering me on! It's great fun to read all the encouraging comments!!
Have a wonderful day!
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Flower Fusion #6 Stamp Set by PTI with coordinating flower die
Stampendous "Detail White" embossing powder
American Crafts green ribbon and tan Baker's Twine