Saturday, February 4, 2023

Putting It In Reverse

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I have emerged from the disaster that is Austin, TX and now have power! It's the little things, right? It's too soon and I'm too tired to tell the tale here, so I'll just sneak peek you today to Monday's new kit! This month has an exciting upgrade too - a premium option with extra goodies, so read about all those details here, and then join me for a live with Aaron later this week for the inside scoop!

My friend Alison is the inspiration for today - she had posted a card with her zero drawing technique and then remembered that I had asked about it and linked me to her video on it - she's a peach! (PS I called it zero coloring in my demonstration of the technique here, so forgive me.)

It's pretty simple and really cool. I added a twist today with the gorgeous new butterfly themed kit - embossing! 

To do the base technique, I rubbed this graphite powder over an ink blended background to give that dark, smoky look. Then I used my electric eraser to remove the graphite through the layering stencil that comes with the new kit - I used the wing details layer. When that was done, I added embossing ink through the bold layer for the butterfly bodies on top of the erased layer and clear embossed it, so they are raised and shiny! I added some accents with Hero Pearls.


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And this is just the tip of the iceberg with this kit. Wait until you see the beautiful butterfly rub-ons that come with the new premium kit! My project today just uses the standard kit - but you'll see both in my post on Monday!

I'll be back Monday with my other kit cards - see you then! Hope the lights stay on!

Loveyameanitbye.


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Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Yellow Greetings - Why Not? We've Survived the DARK MONTHS

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It's so grey and cold, y'all. And it has been for far too long. My friend Rebecca posted that we've officially made it through the darkest ten weeks though. So I guess there's that. It's a sheet of ice outside and I'm just trying to make it to Thursday when at least we can walk to the mailbox without getting a debilitating traumatic brain injury from falling on icy concrete!

Can you tell I'm not a winter person yet? Because I can make it clearer and more dramatic if I need to. 

So I've been drawn to bright happy colors to combat the grey, and I realized when I was making a card that I would normally put a black sentiment on that I've never done a cheery yellow sentiment! So for this card, I started with the floral oversized club embossing folder, and then I used the little club floral dies, colored with OLO markers for three focal points on the left. They make sort of geometric terrariums and are so clean and crisp! And as I was reaching for the black cardstock with this thanks die, I was stopped in my tracks by the yellow flower, so I just cut it out of white and colored it to match! Why don't I do this more often? An eternal mystery, for sure. 



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There's some GREAT inspiration with these dies on this page - be sure and look at the symmetrical ones that look like a kaleidoscope! Amazing. 

Hope it's warmer where you are. I'm ready for summer. Loveyameanitbye.


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Friday, January 27, 2023

VIDEO: One Embossing Folder, Five Ways!

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In this world where eggs are $9, I'm on a mission to stretch things! Especially complete luxuries like craft supplies. So I have some stretches for you today!

I feel like people think Valentines themed products can be limiting, but I disagree. The imagery of Valentine's day is all-year imagery - hearts and flowers. But this time of year, we see hearts and we think pink! So I'm taking a different approach to help you transition those fun Valentine purchases into more versatile cards.

The color theory in this first project is one you can apply to ANY layering stencil you have. I'm using this layering heart and flower stencil. All I did was choose two warms and two cools, as you'll see in the video. I also have a very fun and easy trick for lining up layering stencils. These stencils are clear, which I think is the easiest to use. 

I did all my stenciling on top of a card panel embossed with this 3D embossing folder - I think this would be great for St. Patrick's Day because it almost has a shamrock pattern. It's hard to see the pattern in this flat photo - but you'll see it better in the video. I used a sentiment set from this same release, and I separated that with ink blended circles I cut with infinity dies. I added these gems - matching the colors to where they are on the card.

I have to say - using 3D folders is dramatically easier with the universal platform/plates. I struggled SO hard with shims and all sorts of nonsense that came with my machine whenever I tried to use them. Every since Vic on Splitcoast suggested this and I bought it my life is infinitely easier!

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This next card actually is one of FOUR looks you can get with exactly the same process! It's so fun! I used this gold paint, my gel plate, and the same 3D embossing folder and sentiment. All I had to add was a little gold glitter paper to have a really elegant card (plus three more you'll see in the video!)

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Here's the video! Come back for CAKE!




So I made this INCREDIBLE coconut cake this week my friend Bev found on TikTok. As a matter of fact I had a piece with some Earl Greyer this cold morning and it was a DELIGHT. You need to read my notes though.

I realized with this and the tomato bisque recipe I posted yesterday that I've probably exceeded my recommended daily allowance of coconut this week. Sorry not sorry!

I hope you have a great weekend! Loveyameanitbye.





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