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When I first set up this blog I called it Life Keeps Surprising Me but, since it has now become more about papercrafting, I changed the name to be more reflective of what is going on here.

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Card Shower

I am going to be making a card (or more) to send to a member of one of the online groups to which I belong.

Some time ago, Kristen posted a request to have cards sent to her daughter, Hailey, for her Sweet Sixteen birthday, a card shower. Now that Kristen is laid up for awhile due to some surgery, Hailey would like to return the favor. Below, is an email I received from Hailey:

If you would like to post it on your blog that would be awesome! I would love to see this get REALLY big! Please feel free to pass it on. My mom really needs something like this to help pick her up!
The address is:
Kristin Keller
Alverton, PA 15612

If you are so inclined, sending a card to Kristin would be much appreciated.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

....................Some new cards

I made this waterfall card using patterned paper from Die Cuts With a View, Nana's Kids, some card stock scraps, ribbon I received in an embellishment swap, a Martha Stewart lace border punch, and some Martha Stewart butterfly stamps that I got in a great deal from Crafty Steals. I colored the butterflies using some glitter gel pens. Its hard to see in the photos but the paper has glittery effects as well.

I made this card using a stamp resist technique I saw on Stamp TV with Gina K. but I changed it up a little bit. I used a linen textured paper as Gina K did and I love the way it looked.  I first stamped butterflies (the same MS stamps mentioned above) using a VersaMark stamp pad. I let those images dry and then stamped some more butterflies. I embossed those using UTEE but next time I think I'll use clear detail embossing powder. I went over everything with 3 colors using a sponge dauber. The VersaMark images that had not been embossed look like shadows while the embossed images really stand out. I'm going to try this technique again using flower stamps next time.