Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Lovely Day

Dear Friends and Readers,

Are you enjoying the Olympics Games? I love watching some of the competitions; I know I can really not relate to the whole winter sports, but some of the sports are beautiful to watch.


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While watching the games, I have thoughts and wishes for Spring to come and settle in so we can start gardening, enjoying fresh air throughout the house, smell of fresh cut grass, flowers, and the beauty of it all. Until then, we craft our dreams.

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Yes, crafting gives me the opportunity to create the dreams I have of a warmer season. The Dostamper Stars 269 inspiration gave thoughts of colors and since I have gone a bit crazy with baking lately, I chose to stay away from cakes! With the exception of the splatters - from Timeless Textures -  the images and sentiments are all from the Lovely Wishes stamp set. When I saw the set I knew I could not pass on this one. I love the soft images and how light and free flowing it feels. You may not be able to see but I placed several rhinestones all over it, the smallest size, and I like how it adds to the card without overcoming the images. A simple and quick to make card with a minimal amount of supplies. Sure to please!

Thank you for your visit today. Come back again. Be well

Miriam




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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Bright.

Dear Friends & Readers,

We got another punch of cold and snow. The sun has been shining, it is cold, but with the fresh snow on the ground it is bright and beautiful. Not my favorite season, but beauty cannot be denied.


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I worked on today's card for the DoStamper Stars and I love the brightness of the colors. Make me think of the Spring that will come soon in all its glory and beauty.


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Does this card make you think of Spring? I debated over sentiment but the "hello" won me over as if it is just a greeting soon to be here. This card is a mix of supplies. Sometimes I like using just one stamp set so I can stretch the possibilities. This time I used the Hello friends stamp set for image and sentiment, for the flower I used the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits. The "leaf" I just cut from the flower itself and have the leaf. The flower is easily built by cutting 2 flowers and overlapping them together. I love the looks and how easy it was to put together. Give it a try, I promise you will like it.

Thank you for your visit today. I am always happy when you visit. Have a wonderful day. Be well

Miriam




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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Gorgeous Birthday

Dear Friends and Readers,

Thank you so much for all the condolences messages you took the time to write. We went to Indiana and the funeral and burial was on Saturday. It was a very different experience to me as in Brazil things are done very fast, the emotions are normally raw, and the entire thing is rather somber. I sure learned a lot.

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I got back and needed some time in my craft corner to just contemplate life and get myself a bit of respite. I prepare the card for Dostamper Stars 267 and the card turned so beautiful I gave it to my friend whom just celebrated her birthday on Sunday.



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Oh, I think I will make another one of this, as I loved how it turned out. I used the Beautiful You stamp set for image and sentiment. The texture area was done with the new Petal Pair TIEF, how beautiful is that? The dress and hat were colored using the new Brusho Crystal Colour. I honestly was not looking into purchasing it, but I am happy I did. Make sure that when using the Brusho, it is ideal to use either Memento or Archival ink. The colors are beautiful and it is super easy to use. more on that to come soon. I layered the image to give an extra boost and rhinestones are just about mandatory! Love the results.

Hope you enjoyed today's project and please stop back again for more. Be well

Miriam




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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Life happens.

Greetings dear Friends and Readers,

This past week, turning to crafting has been essential as my husband lost his father after years of dealing with many health problems. We know he is resting now.

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I found some time to craft a bit and that was wonderful to get the mind a bit more relaxed. I created the card for the Dostamper Stars 266 and could not pass on the opportunity of using the Beautiful Peacock stamp set along with the embossing paste and mask. Honestly, I never thought I would like the paste that much as it seems messy, but I got the hang of it and love it.

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Now, when using the paste and stencils, there are few things to take in consideration:

- Keep a shallow tube with water and a drop of soap nearby. As you use the stencils and tools, place it in the water immediately. Makes for a much easier clean up;
- Go easy on adding color. The saturation can happen rather quickly and it may makes for a waste of good paste. In today's card, I used a tool to dab on the ink pad and then add to the paste, making sure to clean the paste as more ink was added. A drop of ink from the reinker bottle can turn the paste very dark;
- Cover your work surface. Again, makes for an easier clean up;
- Give time for the paste to dry before completing the project. I did the paste first, set it aside and work on the other components of the card before adhering it all.
- Above all, have fun!

Hope you have enjoy and learned something today. Have a blessed day. Be well

Miriam




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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Love Note

Hello dear Readers and Friends,

Valentine's day is coming up soon and why not get started on some ideas for cards and gifts?

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Dostamper Stars 265 has gotten us started. I made this as a gift enclosure card rather than a full size, but it can easily be made in a full size card.



While this appear a bit tricky, it is really not. The hearts are cut using the Love Notes framelit. I did cut in a diagonal so the positioning would be easier. That was done with both the Bundle of Love Specialty DSP and Chocolate Chip card stock. The sentiment I used is from the Sealed with Love stamp set. The ribbon is sadly retired, but I have a bit still a small amount in my stash. Of course the card would not be complete without a bit of bling.

Thank you for your visit today. Make yourself comfortable and spend some time browsing and getting ideas.  Come back soon. Be well

Miriam




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