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Christmas Presents

Started this discussion. Last reply by Daphne Aug 28, 2014. 16 Replies

Hello All,I am thinking about making sets of occasion cards to be used for 2015 as Christmas presents for family and friends.  Have any of you done this?  Were they well received?  Any tips on making…Continue

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Metal Flakes - The Ugly Side of Pretty

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 8:00pm 0 Comments

"Aside from crafting in a vacuum-sealed room, how can I keep control over these metal flakes?!"  

This is a question I asked myself after opening the bag of flakes just to watch them glitter'splode all over the table.  And the cat.  So I did some research, and here are a few tips compiled from others and myself that will reduce clean up, product waste, and unhappy kitties.

1.  GENTLY open the bag of flakes.  Very, very gently.

2.  Open the bag over a…


Design on the Diagonal

Posted on August 24, 2014 at 11:30am 0 Comments

Creating a diagonal background with multiple papers is surprisingly easy and fun.  It looks like a hot mess as you work it, but the final achievement is eye popping!

Step 1:  Cut a piece of plain card stock that will act as a template for your design papers.  Hint:  This is a good way to use those scraps!

Step 2:  Choose a few design papers that coordinate or compliment each other.  

Step 3:  Find dye inks that coordinate with the papers chosen,…


Slide Mechanism - 14 Steps with Pictures!

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 10:00pm 1 Comment

The slide mechanism is not my own development.  I saw a YouTube video with the information and adapted it to create a 3D card with a secret message.  It's really easy, and kinda fun!

Here are the components you will need to make a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 card.  These pieces / measurements can always be finagled to suit your own needs. 

A.  Standard 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 card. 

    (Not Pictured:  Cut 2 scenery pieces:  One 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 piece, and the second piece should be 5 1/2…


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Posted on January 21, 2014 at 8:30am 0 Comments

This is the 2nd of the two pre-made cards for when I'm gone.  I wasn't sure where I was going with this one, but it turned out cuter than I expected!  The little bee is so stinking cute.

Thoughts:  I'm a little disappointed with the embossing powder.  I watched a video where a lady layered EP's to get a multi colored, raised effect.  I tried to add red tinsel EP to the heart wings, and it got every-frickin-where.  I don't know if it's the dry air due to it being winter, or if…


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At 4:10pm on September 17, 2014, Gerry Morse said…

Andrea, thank you so much for your comment on my Witchy-Poo Junior card. I just can't resist using googly eyes especially on Halloween cards. I just looked at your very lovely gallery and I especially like the Patriotic Flower Power card.

At 2:31pm on September 17, 2014, Penny ODell said…

Andrea, thank you for commenting on my card!! I really appreciate it.

At 8:09pm on September 12, 2014, Virginia Burns said…

Thanks so much Andrea, for the lovely comment you left under my Yorkshire photo. I appreciate it a lot!!

At 10:18am on September 11, 2014, Doris W. said…

Hi Andrea, thanks for the friend request.  I think the art journal is just more for me to enjoy.  It will be fun to try different techniques.  If I like something from there I guess I could try it on a canvas to display.

The card you asked me about I think I just die cut and took a piece of vellum and used copics ( spectum noir would work) on the back side of the vellum.  I just used colors I wanted behind the cutouts. Hope that makes sense.  

At 9:36am on September 9, 2014, Lisa Babitz said…

Thanks Andrea, for your nice comment on my School Spirit card.  I really appreciate it!

At 12:06pm on August 25, 2014, Karen Hightower-GKD-DT-Moderator said…

I'm glad you liked my card. I really love that die. I just picked it up and couldn't wait to use it.  :)

At 4:11pm on August 24, 2014, Joyce Erb said…

Thanks so much for the lovely comments on my plaid card. I just saw yours and loved it!

At 6:14pm on August 11, 2014, Virginia Burns said…

Andrea ~ Hi!! Thanks for the nice comment you left for my 'Little One' card. The background was done with Flat Fabios [by Lindy's Stamp Gang]. I just used the Carribean Blue and Pineapple]. I hope it's not 'cheating' to use sprays, but I'm just learning to use them, and like them a lot!

At 8:59pm on August 10, 2014, Lisa Babitz said…

Thanks Andrea, for checking out my gallery and for your nice comment.  I really appreciate it!

At 8:45pm on August 10, 2014, Lisa Babitz said…

Thanks Andrea, for checking out my gallery and for your kind words.  I really appreciate it!!



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