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Rainbows & Ombrés

This week saw me playing around with some nifty ink blending techniques, emboss-resist, and making my own embossed embellishments:

For the teal card, I used a technique that I had attempted a month or so ago, but I used an embossing ink that was terrible and ended up tossing all of my attempts. Thankfully, I switched over to Versamark, and I so wish I had started with that, it is so much better.

For the colors, I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink minis, which I am growing to love passionately.  They blend beautifully, and combined with heat-embossed images, they look amazing. I’ll definitely be doing more with those in the future.

That’s it for now, folks. Happy crafting!

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This Week In Cards

This past week, as per usual, I spent my days off of work cramming in as much crafting time as possible. I ended up making a slew of cards:

I am so proud of these ones in particular, they turned out so well!  To give credit where credit is due, I got the design and technique idea from Jennifer McGuire–check out her versions Here.  It’s kind of hard to tell in the pictures here but they are ombré-shaded ink with a shimmer finish, and dry embossing on the finished paper. I made most of the word embellishments myself, by die-cutting the words then heat embossing them. 

This one was probably my favorite of all of them! (Above)

I loved all of them, and can’t wait to make a bunch for giving away. Let me know in the comments below if you’d like more detailed instructions. Happy crafting!

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The Season of Paper Hearts

I’ve been busy cutting and snipping away at Valentine’s Day cards, which is my first official card-making season since I finished school in December. I thought you might like to see a sample of what I’ve been spending all of my free time doing:

Do you like these? Any ideas of your own? I consider myself a novice, so I was so pleased with myself for having tried several new techniques. Please comment down below if you’d like me to share how I made any of these.

*Note to readers: These were all made in the weeks before the arrival of my Cricut, so these were mostly my own freestyling.

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Welcome to the family!

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My new mint machines! I’m so in love…
Just this past week, I welcomed a new machine into my craft life–the Cricut Explore Air 2, in mint green of course. It matches my cuttlebug so well!  As far as I’m concerned, crafting is so much easier when everything is matchy-matchy.

So many ideas and projects to get me started.  Happy crafting everyone!

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My First Post

My Cuttlebug had to be in mint green, of course.

In December of 2016, I finally finished a graduate degree that had taken up an enormous amount of my life (more than 6 years!), and I found myself longing to jump headfirst into the hobbies that I’ve only been able to dabble in from time to time. One of my biggest obsessions has been working with paper in various forms – scrapbooking to start, and now card-making, and hopefully in the near future, bigger and more intricate paper crafts.  I’ve been so excited to finally have this time back that I bought my first real crafting machine over the Christmas holidays: the Cuttlebug in Mint, pictured above.  I also realized I wanted a way to document the projects I make so if I ever want to repeat them, I can have an archive, and having a blog is the perfect way to archive publicly so that others can see and comment on my work. Ultimately, I want to build a space for creativity to blossom at least for myself, but hopefully for lots of other people too.

Enjoy, and blessings on a new year!