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Monday, October 12th, 2020

Hi Everyone!  Happy Thanksgiving to all that are celebrating this weekend. We did our dinner on Saturday and even with a power failure during part of the evening it was fantastic. Our daughters and their boyfriends were all here, we ate turkey, drank wine, played games and laughed a LOT.

The word prompt for today is Thanks and seeing as we’re celebrating Thanksgiving in Canada I thought it was appropriate.

My card is really easy to do. For those of you that say watercoloring is too hard you need to check out the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers – they make it so easy. I started by stamping one of the flowers from MFT’s Painted Poppies stamp set with Versafine Nocturne ink twice. Next I chose two red markers and added the darker one to the base of each petal – about 1/4 of the way up. I grabbed the lighter red and overlapping where the darker color ended I added the lighter color and pulled it out further – about 1/2 of the way up the petal. I finished off the petal with a small wet paintbrush pulling the color the rest of the way leaving a little bit of white at the tips. I did this to both of the flowers. On one of them I added a yellow center.

Next I stamped out the leaves, colored them in with two shades of green marker and drew in some fine lines in the center. I fussy cut everything out. The flower with the yellow center I cut around the top two petals and layered it on top of the other flower with some craft foam. I adhered the  it all to a panel that I had die cut with MFT’s Square Peek-a-Boo Window Die. The sentiment is from Penny Blacks Sentiment Collection and is stamped with Versafine Nocturne ink – this is one of my favorite black inks. I added craft foam behind the panel and the flower and added it to a white card base.

The layers on the flower don’t show that well in the pic but it sure adds some detail in real life.

Where ever you are today and if you’re celebrating Thanksgiving or not I hope you’ll join us in today’s challenge and share it with us over on the Facebook Challenge Page.

Happy Stampin’

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Cozy Companions for Fall

Friday, October 9th, 2020

Hello there! It’s Deb here, from the Design Team. Today’s prompt for the Scrap ‘N Stamp Daily Challenge is ‘cozy’. That of course led me directly to my My Favorite Things Cozy Companions set for this fall themed card. These critters are doing what I love – curling up by the fireplace, with a book & favourite beverage.


I know that this set is from last year, but it’s still one of my favourites! And with the new slimline card craze, you can create this cozy scene with room to spare.

Cozy Companions for Fall


I knew that I wanted to watercolour the images, so I start with a piece of watercolour paper. Next, stamp the images in Nocturne ink. Make sure the ink is dry, before you start colouring. Use the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and a water brush for colouring. Apply the marker directly to the watercolour paper, and then use the water brush to ‘pull’ the colour into the image.  It’s a nice, meditative process to colour these images – just enjoy and choose your favourite colours.

Once the colouring is done, use the coordinating Cozy Companion dies with a Big Shot to die cut each image.  Now, prepare your card base. Take an 8 1/2″ x 7″ piece of cardstock, score & fold it in  half at 3 1/2″. Next, glue on a lighter green piece of cardstock. Now, to create the wallpaper look, add a strip from the Lavinia Dream-Scape Colour burst Collection to the top. Now you can add your die cut images, to create the scene. Finally, stamp the sentiment in Nocturne on a strip of white paper, and attach it over the fireplace, using foam tape or squares.

Cozy Companions for Fall

Do you have a friend or favourite person that you like to sit with, in front of a fire? Sometimes companionable silence is the best.


I hope that you’ll join the Daily Challenge, and share your projects. You can play along with as many days as you like, throughout the month. Just add your project photo to the challenge page HERE, and use the hashtag #SNSCHALLENGE there, and when you post it to other social media sites. At the end of the month, one lucky participant is randomly chosen as the WINNER of a $50 Gift Card to Scrap ‘N Stamp!

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Cozy Companions

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Tuesday with Tara {take 266} Yay, Fall!

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

Happy Tuesday and Happy OFFICIAL First Day of Autumn!  Yay, fall!  It’s my favorite time of the year as the days are getting cooler (my dog is happy too, since the heat and humidity are bearable to walk him in) and here in the south I’m beginning to see colors changing on some of the trees… so today’s card celebrates all of that!  I’ll say it again, yay, fall!

Today’s card uses some of the same materials as the card I shared last week.  The leaf & sentiment stamps are from Autumn Blessings by MFT and I’ve once again paired it with the Lumber 3D embossing folder.   The sentiment (perfect for today!) was heat embossed in copper on green card stock cut from a label die. I love copper with the autumn tones I used on the leaves- each which was watercolored quite imperfectly, but together make a pretty autumn display of color!  I was experimenting with Distress Oxide Ink & layering regular Distress Ink over it for a variety of tones for these leaves.  The woodgrain background was another experiment left from last week, this time much simpler.  I embossed on brown card stock then inked over it with a deeper shade of brown Distress Ink.  I learned with a design like this it is best to ink along with the grain of the design instead of against it as this gives more realistic shading (the back side of this same piece is not so pretty!).

I played around with a few different arrangements for my leaves, but am so glad I settled on this simple border intertwined with some thin jute.  Each leaf is slightly raised with a 3D foam square on one side and regular adhesive on the other.  I use this technique quite often to add dimension and depth without simply having a flat, raised layer.  I didn’t have any copper bling to add, but some warm brown gemstones adds extra shimmer across the card.

Yay, fall!

Inky hugs,