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Sketch Saturday
From the Heart Stamps

You’re a good egg

In order to get the embellishment mousse colors where I wanted them on this card, I finger painted with them. That was actually really fun. I don’t think as adults we take the time to finger paint nearly enough. Granted, it was messy, and I had paint all over the place, but it was worth it.

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Some bunny loves you

This card was fun to make, the detail on the egg is yet another product from tonic studios, this time I used Nuvo Embellishment Mousse. I am in love with another one of their products! I already have a bit of a collection of the drops going, and I adore the glitter paste. One of the best things is we have a locally owned craft store that actually carries quite a bit of their products, so I can feel good about picking them up there when I get the chance, which I like.

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Teacup fairy

I just love this little fairy! She even got me to break out one of those coveted pieces of paper that I hate to cut into. Ok, I have come to the realization that the paper is so much better if it actually gets used on cards than if it gets hoarded in my paper boxes for that future ‘perfect’ card. It is similar to the cleaning method of reminding myself that ‘Things aren’t memories, memories are memories.’, so if I am holding on to something just because it reminds me of something is silly.

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Candy for the birds

I guess these birds would like some candy. Honestly, I couldn’t think of anything to put on their little signs, and then I thought well everyone likes Easter candy. Well, at least they are cute. Which is what we say about the kids when they do the exact same thing. Huh, maybe that’s where the idea came from…

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Flower bunny

Years ago my oldest niece was spending the night at our house right around Easter and when we pulled up to our house there was a bunny just hanging out in our side yard. The magic of Auntie and Uncles house is you just never know when you might spy the Easter bunny doing a little recon work. This card reminds me of that very special bunny.

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Hoppy Easter

This is the card I started working on earlier this morning with this sketch. Isn’t the bunny just the cutest? Ok, the other day I said something about not liking Easter all that much. It’s true, but I love the bunnies and the flowers. I think the big problem is that it coincides with allergy season, which is just no fun at all. I am finally not having to wear 25 layers in order to leave the house, but the trees are starting to make it so I can’t breathe or see. There is a reason I am only truly a human in the fall.

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Birthday birdie

I kept putting off a challenge thinking that I had no way of doing it. That was what a lot of the work at the start of the week was about. I forgot a lot. I didn’t use to, but now I do, and because of that I need to work on ways to keep from buying the same thing twice or forgetting I have something I can use. I now make myself write things down, I build a lot of spreadsheets, and my husband constantly hears me say “I need to figure out how to organize this”. On the other hand, it’s nice when I find that I do have something that works!

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Baby clothes congrats

I normally would show the boy version as well as the girl version of a card like this, because you know there is one. It’s just that there is one currently in the mail to someone who follows me, and it is kind of an obvious card as to who that might be. So, the boy version is posted if a person was motivated to want to see it, however, I am trying to keep it a bit of a secret until the mail delivers it to whomever it might be on it’s way too. Then again I am kind of late getting the card made and sent because, well, do you see how freaking cute these clothes and hangers are and it felt like I had to wait forever to get the stuff to make them.

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Hoppy Easter bunny

It’s kind of funny to me, every year I get into making Easter cards and all of a sudden I have this thought “I don’t really like Easter”. Why then do I get so into making Easter cards? My theory is that it has to do with where we live more than anything. This house used to be my husband’s grandmothers, and she always had an Easter celebration. The funny thing is that there was always an egg hunt but all of the eggs never were found. Since we have moved in we have a small collection of eggs we have found.

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Coffee blessings

I am finally done doing administration type stuff, well I am always doing some but I am done with the big block I was doing. I hate trying to keep on top of stuff that isn’t fun creative stuff. I know it seems like I probably don’t have a lot of ‘work’ to do, but honestly, it sneaks up. Keeping everything organized is a job in itself. Anyway, that’s done for at least a couple of months (if I keep up with things).

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Advanced Tape Glider

It’s time for tool talk! This week I wanted to talk about something that I use on every single card and tag that I make. It is in my hand every single day that I am working. The Scotch Advanced Tape Glider is an indispensable tool in my opinion if you are doing paper crafting. It seems to have come down in price a bit since I got mine, but I got mine at Michael’s using coupons so it wasn’t too terribly expensive anyway. It was one of the biggest investments I had made at the time, though and was definitely worth it. I have had mine for a year and a half now and only once had some slight problems that ended up being due to user error, and you can’t blame it for that. It does take a bit of trial time to get the hang of it, but so does every tool really.

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Happiness and sunshine

I think it worked! My card wished for sunshine and there was actual sunshine coming through my window today! I would be even more excited if I didn’t know the next week’s forecast is for rain almost every day. At least it seems to be getting a little bit warmer around here.

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Sorry pets are sorry

I love the sketch for this weeks challenge! I made both a puppy and a kitty version of this card. I couldn’t just choose one. The funny thing is the idea for this card is what got me out of bed this morning. The only reason I think that is funny is because with the time change I could have easily stayed in bed a lot longer. I just really wanted to get out and get started on making this card.

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Library birthday card

I just couldn’t resist getting this stamp when I saw it. My love of the library is one of the cornerstones of who I am. Talking to one of my nephews the realization that I failed to become a librarian made him, and me, sad that I hadn’t fulfilled something in my life that I should have. When you are suited for something and it is a dream of yours but it remains out of reach, that is just how life works sometimes. It’s ok. I have other forms of fulfillment, and I can still go to the library any time I want.

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Looking pretty

This card turned out perfect in some ways and not so much in others. Isn’t that just the way it works sometimes? I still like the card, I just know that I am going to want to make it again in the future to hopefully live up to the potential that I know it has. This card is going to be used as a birthday card, and I think it is just perfect for that.

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Bunny with carrots

This was a fun card to make. I tried a couple of new things. You may have seen my carrots before when I was in the process of trying to make them. I used a cake decorating technique with enamels in order to make them, and I think they turned out pretty well. I also used photo paper and my distress markers for my bunny. I love how that turned out! Definitely a new technique I will be using more of!

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Thank you for your order

I have wanted to include more of a thank you card with my orders for awhile and I had a bit of an aha moment when I saw this weeks sketch for some reason. Why not make a ‘postcard’ using the flower stamps that look a lot like the flowers on my logo, and use the gift card holder dies to add my business cards to the backs? That way I can include a bit of creativity instead of just a business card. I am sure that this idea is going to evolve, but I am excited about how it is starting out.

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Happy spring flower

I totally overlooked the first day of spring coming because of it not being on the calendar I use for birthdays, and it being so close to St. Patrick’s day. I must admit that we have several calendars hanging up in out house so it really is just a case of which one I happen to look at. I also have at least three on my computer/phone/tablet. You would think I would be better at not missing dates, but the truth is it is still kind of hit or miss. I also have to admit that for friends and family instead of asking a lot of the time I play ‘private detective’ and try and figure out dates by using social media, I don’t know how accurate I am or how many I miss that way. It’s already hard enough trying to get everyone’s address.

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Happy Easter Chickie

I believe that I have officially started making Easter cards. I was going to wait a bit longer but I guess I am in need of pastel and bunnies and eggs and chickies. I think the fact that we are still getting snow here might have a bit to do with it. I am convinced that we moved at some point and no one thought to tell me. Then I find out that Chicago didn’t get any snow this year?!?!?!? What? Is this some weird alternate reality? Portland Oregon is not supposed to get more snow than Chicago. Nope. Ok, spring needs to get here now.

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Cozy reading

A lot of times I am working on what to write here while I am making my card. Sometimes, I get here and don’t remember a single thing I was going to write. Other times I get here and realize I haven’t thought of anything to write. Yesterday as I was trying to fall asleep I realized that I was going to write something different about the tags I had made. Today my mind is completely blank, I was thinking way too much about tiny flaws in my painting.

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