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accordian book

I love kits.  What is not to love?  So much of the manual work is done for you, everything is color coordinated and all you have to do is put it together and add your special touch to it to make it your own.  Such is the case with this accordion album kit from The Angel Company – which is from the Natalee  collection .  I kid you not – this was so easy to put together.  It took maybe 10 minutes.  The pieces were pre cut and prescored, so all you have to do is decide how you want each inside page to look.

On the front I used a digital image from TAC Digi Design House, called Cottage Rose.  It’s an absolutely gorgeous image (I’ll be using it often!) and colored it with prisma pencils.  I chose the purple because the patterned paper has shades of purple throughout it.  To “make it my own” I added a purple silk ribbon from May Arts and square rhinestones from Basic Grey.   I’ll add a title on the front later in the small circle tag.

One of the things I like about this kit is that the pages are scored to allow you to actually add things to the inside pockets while retaining the shape of the book.

And – the kit includes a pre cut band to fit around the album so that everything stays in place. 

Here is a look at one of the inside pages.  Each page has a different pocket.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

blog hopping!

Hello friends!  Today I am blog hopping with the talented ladies from the DigiDesign House!   The theme for this hop is “Follow Your Dreams”.    I’ve gone with a masculine themed card because I am always dreaming of my man!! Plus it reminds me of the wonderful vacations we took throughout the southwest.  And you can never have too many masculine cards.

The card uses two images from the Western set.  I uploaded both the hat and boot images onto one file, resized them and printed the image on copic x-press it blending cardstock.  I used the following copics to color:  R35, R39, R59, R89, Eoo, E08, E11, E15 and E18.

Once I was finished coloring I used the “ragging” technique to add a little texture to the hat.  Ragging is taking a piece of an old rag, applying a little bit of copic colorless blender fluid to it, then pressing the rag onto the image.  The colorless blender removes some of the color and leaves a textured look.  Here is a closer look at the hat image.  The center image is “before” the right image is after applying the rag.  If you look closely at the one on the right you can see it is more “mottled”.

I’ve been stamping for many, many years and when I first started it was wood mounted rubber only.  Then I went to a stamp convention and saw bins of unmounted rubber – I initially thought I would never go unmounted until I saw some wonderful images that were available only unmounted and ended up with a bunch!

Fast forward a few years and clear stamps started making their way onto the market.  Again I thought I would never stray from rubber, but, once again I saw some beautiful images that I just had to have.  My stamp collection is now about half rubber and half clear.

Fast forward again to the present day and the wonderful world of digital stamping.  Well, never say never!  There are some incredible digital images available.  The great thing about digis is that you can resize them and flip them around to fit your needs.  The DigiDesign House, which is the digital side of The Angel Company has some great digis – this card uses the Western set and I know I will get much use out of this set!

As part of the blog hop three mystery Design Team members will be giving away the Cool Chicks set from Digi Design House to a random commenter on their blog post. You have until 6:00PM CST on Thursday, March 3 to comment. At 6:01PM, the number of comments will be tallied, and the random number generator will do its magic to pick the winner. You don’t know which team members have the candy, so make sure you comment on EACH stop in the hop. Additionally, all of the names of our faithful (those of you who comment on EVERY stop on the hop) will be put in a hat to draw an additional set! Oh yes, we are giving away FOUR FREE STAMP SETS!   So – continue hopping and you can be a winner!  So, if you came here from Michelle’s blog you can continue on to Paula-Kay’s blog.  If you came here on your own, you can start from the beginning with Christine’s blog.

*Christine Pennington
* Debra Miller
* Dee Pritschet 
* Hannah Clark
* Mandi-Lee Klinger (Guest Designer) 
* Michelle Single (Coordinator)
* Nancy Kirk (Guest Designer)   <—you are here!
* Paula-Kay Bourland
* Stephanie Serrano
* Teresa Jenkins
* Tracy Jackson

Thanks so much!

more clean and simple

We finally have some Florida weather.  It’s been in the 70’s for the past several days – and no humidity either!   

Here is another clean and simple card for this weeks challenge at SCS – which is to make your own background.

The background could not be simpler I used Stamp Zia colorwash sprays on watercolor paper.    You just randomly spray whatever colors you want, allowing each color to dry before applying the next.  That’s it!   You can make up pages at a time and cut them later for use on cards.   For added interest you can spray over a mask – anything will do – artificial leaves, plastic shapes, etc.   Zia’s sprays are very vibrant, as you can see here, but there are other sprays out there – Adirondack and Ranger come to mind, and there are also glimmer sprays that provide a beautiful shimmer.

Once the colors were applied I stamped some random squiggle lines (also from Stamp Zia) in black  and added dots of metallic ink.   At this point I knew I would use this as an underwater scene – but in looking through my stamp collection I couldn’t find any “cute” fish to go with it.  Fortunately I had this digi fish image.  I have no idea where it came from (really need to label my digis better) so if you recognize it let me know!   

The fish were colored with several copics in the YR series, cut out and popped up, with one fish placed slightly off the page. 

The sentiment is from one of the first clear sets I purchased many, many years ago, probably at Hobby Lobby and I don’t have the original packaging and don’t know the company.

Thanks for stopping by today!!

there’s no place like home

Especially on a day like today.  Gauging from the weather reports today much of the country is covered in snow.  Many schools and businesses are closed and I hope all of you are warm and comfy inside.   Here in northern Florida is cold – cold for us that is.  Only in the 40’s today and will stay that way for the next few days. 

My card today is for the SCS sketch challenge and gave me a good opportunity to use this free digital cottage stamp.    The image is from Beccy Muir and she generously provides free digis on her blog, Beccy’s Place.   

I printed the image on copic x-press it blending cardstock and colored with copics.  Once I was done I thought it had a little too much green, so the next time I’ll probably make the ground more brown.    

Thanks for stopping by today!


Stamps:  Beccy’s Place, Mark’s Finest Papers (sentiment)
Paper:  Copic X-Press It, SU Chocolate Chip, Basic Grey Origins green paper. 
Copics used:  E37-E33-E31-E00
C7-C5-C3-C1,   W3
Y15m   B0000-Boo
Other:  EK Sucess border punch, chocolate satin ribbon

clean and simple monday – rock and roll

This weeks Clean and Simple challenge at SCS is “rock and roll”  so what better way to jump start the challenge than  with the king of rock n roll himself, Elvis!

This  no layer card  was quick and easy – first I printed “Elvis” on white cardstock.  I elongated the font so that it would fill most of the front.  Then I stamped the Elvis image (Viva  Las Vegas Stamps)  in black.  I had to add a little bling and black rhinestones seemed just enough to keep this card clean and simple.

This next card is done in a similar manner – with no layers.  I printed the star burst background on paper – the image is one of the “shapes” on photoshop elements.  I like the bright blue.

Then I stamped the guitar and sentiment in black.  Both images are from Inkadinkado.  Easy peasy!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you will join us over at SCS for this weeks Clean and Simple Challenge!