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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Guest Designing for So Suzy Stamps! - Day Three

Hello all,

Well, I've had so much fun creating some cards for So Suzy Stamps, and I'm grateful and honored she  asked me to be a guest designer these last few weeks. :)

For my last card, I wanted to give some shout-out to Clyde, this cute little shark who stole my heart.

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I want to show you a close-up of Clyde, in hopes that you can see I used my Scan-N-Cut to cut him out of PTI's silver shimmer paper:

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I wanted to be true to that great sentiment, so I stamped several versions of Clyde on Enchanted Evening paper with Enchanted Evening ink. I then propped Clyde up by himself in the upper left corner. I adorned the finished work with the hilarious sentiment, as well as some sequins for watery bubbles! :)

Such a fun card to send to somebody who needs some encouragement! (Or you can also send it during Shark Week!)  ;)

And check out this sale!  :)



Thanks so much for visiting me these last few weeks as I've done my best to give some props to So Suzy Stamps. Great company with great service!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Clyde Shark, Swim with the Sharks (both So Suzy Stamps)
Dies:
Paper: Enchanted Evening, Silver Shimmer, True Black, Stamper's Select (all PTI)
Ink: Enchanted Evening (PTI); Onyx Black (Versafine)
Other: Sequins; Scan-N-Cut (Brother)


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Ted
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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Guest Designing for So Suzy Stamps! - Day Two

Hello all,

Welcome back. If you're visiting from So Suzy Stamps, you'll know that I was chosen by Suzy herself to be a guest designer! :) So happy!

As a school teacher, I know how loved apples are. They represent growth, wisdom, and I guess a way to keep pesky people away! LOL!

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I love that sentiment -- it would be great to use on a card when you want to send it to somebody who may be dealing with a difficult person in their life. ;)

I stamped the Basket of Apples image and had my buddy, Scan-N-Cut, cut it out. I wanted it to take center stage, so I popped it up on dimensionals. I used the Apple Branch image to be the background, and then topped off the entire center panel with the Apple a Day sentiment before surrounding it with some blue Copic (to emulate the sky).

Here's a close-up of the cute apple basket:

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These images would also be great to create some teacher gift projects for your kids' favorite educators!

In case you didn't know...



Please come back next Saturday, December 17, when I offer my final project created for Suzy!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Apple a Day, Basket of Apples, Apple Branch (all So Suzy Stamps)
Dies:
Paper: New Leaf Pattern, Stamper's Select, Classic Kraft (all PTI)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Copics; Scan-N-Cut (Brother)


Thanks for visiting!
Ted

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Guest Designing for So Suzy Stamps! - Day One

Hello all,

When Suzy herself, of So Suzy Stamps, sent me a message asking for me to be a guest designer, I was thrilled! She is so personable and friendly, and I have always received fast service from her!

There were so many cute images to choose from, so I'm going to show you a card I made with this cute little Honey Bear image.

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I used my trusty Scan-N-Cut to cut him out and then placed him on a background that would joyfully remind him of his favorite go-to snack. :) I did this by cutting strips of Summer Sunrise patterned paper and arranging them behind him.

How about a close-up of that happy, hungry critter?!

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The sentiment is a perfect match. You can find it here.

Go check out her store. You will NOT be disappointed! :)

Also, you should know about this!  :)



Check back here on December 10th for my next project I made.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Honey Hugs, Bear With Honey (both So Suzy Stamps)
Dies:
Paper: Stamper's Select, Summer Sunrise patterns (both PTI)
Ink: Cornflower (MFT); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Copics, Wink of Stella, Scan-N-Cut (Brother)


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Ted
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Monday, October 31, 2016

Hedgehog Thank You!

Hello all,

It's been over two weeks since I last put in a card here. Sorry!

I wanted to make a little thank you card for my classroom room mom who is awesome! She does pretty much everything to make my class run so incredibly smoothly!

What better way to thank her than to send a hedgehog messenger?!

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And when it opens up...

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And a close-up of the inside...

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I hope she likes it! :)

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Distressed Patterns, Happy Hedgehogs (both MFT); Take Three: Spring (PTI)
Dies: Flop Card: Circle (MFT)
Paper: Boysenberry (MFT); Stamper's Select, Blueberry Sky, Aqua Mist (cardstock and patterned paper) (all PTI)
Ink: Boysenberry (MFT); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Scan-n-Cut (Brother); Copics; Wink of Stella


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Ted
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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Sending Happy Your Way

Hello all,

I realize it's been a LOOOOOONG time since I have posted. I apologize. :)

(Not sure anybody even reads my blog, but an apology is an apology!  ;) )

I had a chance to get back into my Craft Cave and make a couple of cards. Here's one of them...

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Supplies Used:
Stamps: Totally Happy, Watercolor Flowers, Distressed Patterns (all MFT)
Dies: Horizontal Stitched Blocks (MFT)
Paper: Classic Kraft, Stamper's Select (both PTI)
Ink: Onyx Black (Versafine); Cornflower, Gumdrop Green, Orange Fizz, Ripe Raspberry (all MFT)
Other:


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Ted
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Saturday, September 17, 2016

MFT Card Design Superstar Contest 2016 - Entry 2 - Jumping Raccoons!

Hello all,

Okay, another entry for the awesome contest that MFT is hosting! :) (Click on "contest" to take you there!)

I recently got the Circle Spinner Channels die and wanted to try it out. I didn't have too much luck with it, so you won't be seeing a video of my card in action. :( It seems to get stuck in the channel.

Here's my card, just the same.

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I'm somewhat bummed that he won't jump without some SERIOUS shaking of the card. :( Somebody kindly suggested I try baby powder along the channels, so I may give that a shot.

Thank you for looking!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Harvest Buddies (MFT)
Dies: Circle Spinner Channels, Stitched Basic Edges (both MFT)
Paper: Simply Chartreuse, Stamper's Select, Blueberry Sky (all PTI)
Ink: Simply Chartreuse (PTI); White (Wplus9); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Copics, Scan-N-Cut (Brother); Crosshatch Stencil, Cloudy Day Stencil (both MFT)

#mftstamps

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Ted
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Monday, September 12, 2016

MFT Card Design Superstar Contest 2016 - Entry 1 - Hello Plaid!

Hello all,

Well, being a fairly new My Favorite Things (MFT) customer, this is my first year learning about their Card Design Superstar Contest.  :)

Very exciting, and the other contestants are blowing this out of the park! So much talent!

It's quite intimidating, but as I tell my students, if you never try, you'll always regret wondering. :)

So here is my humble entry...

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Hehe, as you see... nothing special. :)

I was proud of how I used the Stitched Scallop Edges die up on top to make a snaky type stitching. :) I simply alternated how I placed it on top of itself. Easier to explain in person, I promise!  ;)

Thank you very much for taking time out of your day to stop by and taking a gander at my entry.

Good luck to all who enter!


Supplies Used:
Stamps: None! (Crazy, huh? :) )
Dies: Stitched Alphabet, Stitched Scallop Edges, Basic Stitch Lines, Stitched Basic Edges, Stitched Scallop Basic Edges, Stitched Flowers (all MFT)
Paper: Cornflower, Subtle Plaids, Orange Fizz (all MFT); Stamper's Select, Limeade Ice Patterns (both PTI)
Ink: None! :)
Other: Enamel Dots

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Ted
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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Thank You Berry Much!

Hello all,

This morning, a very sweet fellow teacher surprised me with some fresh organic fruit, including the sweetest strawberries I have tasted in a long time!

So, I had to come home and whip this card up pretty fast. :)

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And of course I needed to have a matching envelope! :)

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Supplies Used:
Stamps: Fruit Fusion: Berry
Dies: Stitched Mats: Dual Stitched Rectangles; Stitched Mats: Circles (both Lil Inker Designs)
Paper: Classic Kraft, Fresh Snow Linen (both PTI)
Ink: Berry Sorbet (PTI); Gumdrop Green (MFT)
Other: Baker's Twine


Thanks for visiting!
Ted

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Absolutely Fabulous Wonky Chevrons!

Hello all,

Have I mentioned how much I love Clarity stencil brushes? Love 'em!

I had a go with them and blending...this time with GLOSSY white paper. :) I was surprised how quickly it dried!

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And a close-up to see if you can spot the glossy paper. :)

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I realize I didn't do a great job blending...but I did have fun just the same! :)

Supplies Used:
Stamps: None
Dies: Absolutely Fabulous (MFT)
Paper: Lush Lagoon, Pure Plum (both MFT); Glossy cardstock, True Black (both PTI)
Ink: Lush Lagoon, Pure Plum, Gumdrop Green (both MFT)
Other: Wonky Chevron Stencil (MFT)

#mftstamps

Thanks for visiting!
Ted

Congratulations on your Pregnancy!

Hello all,

Well, it appears I'm going to be a great-uncle again! My niece and nephew-in-law are expecting their first in March of next year!  :)

So, of course, I took the opportunity to make a card!

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My first intention was to color those flowers with Copic markers, but after looking at the detail, I thought I'd take a chance and just leave them black and white. I wanted a tiny bit of color to set them off, so I used MFT's Distressed Patterns to added a bit of character!

Here's a close-up of the sentiment on Vellum. It's heat embossed.  :)

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I hope they'll enjoy the card. I'm praying that they'll have a smooth, healthy pregnancy and that the little one will arrive ready to take on the world! :)

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Congrats all Ways (PTI); Funky Flowers, Distressed Patterns (both MFT)
Dies: Horizontal Stitched Stripes (MFT)
Paper: Peach Bellini (MFT); Stamper's Select, Vellum (both PTI)
Ink: Peach Bellini, Steel Blue (both MFT); Tuxedo Black (Memento); Versamark
Other: Black embossing powder (Ranger)

#mftstamps

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Ted
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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Matthew 6:34 - Do not worry

Hello all,

Have you heard of Corrie Ten Boom? She's a remarkable woman who survived the Nazi death camps to be an inspiration to all Christ-followers.

One of my favorite quotes of hers:

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Here's a card I created using a quote from a very important Book.  :)

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Both quotes are reassuring to me when I feel the temptation to worry about things (especially those I can't control).

I hope they'll become reassuring to you as well!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: New Every Morning (PTI)
Dies: Blueprints 23, Stitched Flowers (both MFT)
Paper: Wild Wisteria, Boysenberry, Lush Lagoon, Cotton Candy, Ripe Raspberry (all MFT); Aqua Mist, Classic Kraft Patterned Paper, Vintage Cream, Rustic White (all PTI)
Ink: Classic Kraft (PTI)
Other: Wood buttons

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Ted
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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Happy Birthday Brooke!

Hello all,

The second card I made today... a card for my niece who will celebrate her birthday later this month. :)

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I hope she likes it! :)

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Think Big Favorites #14 (PTI); Party Balloons (MFT)
Dies: Stitched Alphabet (MFT)
Paper: Stamper's Select (PTI); Cotton Candy, Periwinkle (both MFT)
Ink: Onyx Black (Versafine); Cotton Candy, Periwinkle, Sno Cone (all MFT)
Other: Enamel Dots

#mftstamps

Thanks for visiting!
Ted

Thank You Bouquet

Hello all,

I found some time to get back into my craft room today to make two cards! :)

Here's one of them...

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As you can figure, the longest duration of time in making this card came by using the Copics. Here's a close-up:

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Supplies Used:
Stamps: Build-able Bouquet, Kind Thanks (both MFT)
Dies: Twice the Thanks (MFT)
Paper: Classic Kraft, Stamper's Select (both PTI); Ripe Raspberry (MFT)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Copics

#mftstamps

Thanks for visiting!
Ted

Saturday, August 20, 2016

You Make My Life Magical

Hello all,

I apologize for being away for so long (although not even sure if anybody reads this blog to miss me! ;) )

School started this last Monday and I've been scrambling to keep my class above water along with all the assessments, Back-to-School Night, etc.

I took some "me" time today to make a card. Just one card, but it took some time. ;)

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Are these dragons not the cutest! :) Here is a mama dragon teaching her dragonling how to land on the end of a rainbow.  ;)

Here's a close-up to show off their sparkly torsos!

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Thanks for stopping by! I am hoping that tomorrow I can maybe get ANOTHER card on this ol' blog! :)

Happy Saturday!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Magical Dragons (MFT)
Dies: Stitched Cloud Edges, End of the Rainbow (both MFT)
Paper: Pure Poppy, Stamper's Select, Raspberry Fizz, Orange Zest, Soft Stone (all PTI); Sunshine, Gumdrop Green, Cornflower, Boysenberry (all MFT)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Weathered Wood (Tim Holtz)
Other: Scan-N-Cut (Brother); Wink of Stella; Enamel Dots (Eyelet Co.); Copics


Thanks for visiting!
Ted

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Because You're Amazing

Hello all,

Yeah, I'm going to say it... my new love is Clarity Brushes with stencils. Such fun! :)

Here's a card I did with them...

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And the fact that I found the Leaves stencil from Simon Says Stamps...that's going to be an added fun element! :)

I'm not too crazy about the Simply Chartreuse felt leaves in back... I wish they were a different green. Ah well, nobody's perfect! :)


Supplies Used:
Stamps: Because You (MFT)
Dies: Wonky Stitched Oval STAX, Leafy Greenery, Because (all MFT)
Paper: Stamper's Select (PTI); Cement Gray (MFT)
Ink: Cement Gray (MFT); Onyx Black (Versafine); Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn (both Distressed Inks from Ranger)
Other: Leaves stencil (SSS); English Brick Wall stencil (MFT); Simply Chartreuse felt (PTI)

#mftstamps

Thanks for visiting!
Ted

Friday, August 5, 2016

Butterfly Prayers

Hello all,

I recently purchased a few things from Simon Says Stamp.  :)

Here's what I made with said purchases:

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And some obligatory close-ups:

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I'm really digging this color combination. I'll need to remember it! :)


Supplies Used:
Stamps: Prayers (Simon Says Stamp)
Dies: Prayers, Butterfly Drift (both SSS)
Paper: Stamper's Select, Hawaiian Shores, Raspberry Fizz, True Black (all PTI)
Ink: Onyx Black (Versafine)
Other: Sequins


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Ted
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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Color Throwdown #404 - Feature Stamper!

Hello all,

I'm super excited to be a Guest Featured Stamper for the Color Throwdown Challenge Blog's #404 post! :)

Here's the shiny badge I earned! :)



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I was so happy when I saw the color combination... as it's a classic!

Here's the card I came up with:

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Aren't those two little buddies adorable? Here's a close-up so you can verify that!

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I wanted to offer a tremendous THANK YOU to everybody at Color Throwdown who gave me this great opportunity... I'm truly honored!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Snuggle Bunnies (MFT)
Dies: Big Birthday Balloons, Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frames (both MFT)
Paper: Aqua Mist patterns, Kraft, Stamper's Select (all PTI)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Scan-N-Cut (Brother); Copics; Twine (PTI)

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Thanks for visiting!
Ted