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HALLOWEEN, THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS CARDS, OH MY!

There was a lotta chuckling and monkey-clapping goin’ on when I finished this one—and I know just who to send it to, LOL! Hands and feet were hand drawn, and then the little guys were coated with Glossy Accents.

The Bears are ready for Turkey Day—I’m laughing because I remember the last time the Mister and I were in Disneyland, and he just had to have one of those turkey legs—they’re ginormous, LOL! I

I haven’t shown off the Mondo Amaryllis yet, so here’s one way to use it. I white embossed it with a detail/fine white powder and watercolored it. I’ve learned (after many fails, LOL!) to use a fine/detail embossing powder if I plan to die cut the shape later because when I use regular, the embossing seems to crack and chip off from the pressure.

Hope you found today’s shares inspiring!


CHICKENS & PICNICS

Brandi’s chickens crack me up—just look at what happened to Mama Hen and Papa Rooster!!!

These images were just stamped with Versafine Clair Nocturne and then watercolored using Peerless Watercolors and an Aquash.

This is totally what happens when Easter Eggs hatch. Totally. (chortle)

I know this idea has been done before—the ants makin’ off with all the picnic goods—but I’ve never made one myself so I wanted to try. These were all stamped with Gina K Amalgam Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers. I will say I’m not entirely happy with my color scheme for this one, but it was a first attempt, so I’m trying not to be too hard on myself. Sometimes on a design like this, where there is a lot going on, I struggle bringing so many colors together. In hindsight, I think it’s the color I chose for the bottled wine that’s got me buggered more than anything else . . . Note to self: Next time, go with white wine.

I did borrow the pickle jar from Cooking Lady.

Anyhoo, I die cut a quarter sheet with one of the grassy Landscape Dies, and ink blended one side, before piecing and gluing them back together onto my card front—I wasn’t sure how much I’d be popping things up and didn’t want the card to get too bulky.

Hope you’re having a fab weekend!


3 CARDS USING SQUEEZE THE DAY

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I was having a hellacious time trying to shoot these against a white backdrop (bright sunny days are an exposure nightmare for me when I need to photograph something. Of course, so are dreary rainy days, too. Whenever I have to shoot something, I hope it will be a cloudy day; no such luck since last Friday. LOL!).

After a lot of frustration, I tossed aside all the white backdrops I had on hand and grabbed this lovely, minimalist woodgrain tray I found at Nitori while I was in Japan. I love woodgrain, and when I spied these trays that came in different wood finishes and a ton of different sizes, I had to bring at least two home with me. I mean, c’mon—something utilitarian that can also do double duty as a photography backdrop? No brainer. •fist pump• And I love the contrast they provide to my typical mostly-white cards!

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So. How ‘bout those limes? I love having a citrusy rainbow of color behind them and used that fun background from Wonky Backdrops—it’s so good for so many things!

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I taped together two Hero Arts Infinity Circle dies to make a die cut ring to cluster my lemons, etc. into. I was having trouble clustering all the elements how I wanted them and corralling them like this led me to a pleasing arrangement. Before I mounted them, I scored a trio of lines across my card front just for a little added texture and interest—gave it just enough without going over the top or cluttering things up.

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When life hands ya’ lemons, just remember . . . •chortle•

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I cut the sentiment apart before popping it up—Hey, Mikey! I likey!

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It’s hard to tell in the first photo, but I put a layer of Clear Pico Embellisher by Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts over the top of the lemons to make ‘em all juicy and what not. Hopefully, this angle shows it off much better. You could use Glossy Accents or NUVO Clear Drops, of course, if that’s what you have on hand.

All of today’s designs were stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento and colored in with Copics (specific colors I used are listed down below in the supplies).

Are you a fan of citrus? I love it. And margaritas. Shaken, not frozen. •chinkle•

Alrighty, then! That’s all I got today. Have a gooder!


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