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Stretch Your Dies – Day 1

Day 1 brought us some interesting techniques for using dies.  I was really interested in trying out Jennifer McGuire’s technique of shrinking fun foam.  I had never tried nor heard of this technique before and I am always ready to try a new technique!

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The die is the Simon Says Stamp “Big Thanks” die.  I love this die, but find it too large for some projects.  This is the beauty of the shrinking fun foam technique.  I was able to shrink the foam down to a very workable size for my project.  However, I didn’t have black fun foam (only pink).  I found this part frustrating.  I used a black copic marker, heat set the marker and allowed the foam to dry overnight before adhering to my card front.  First, coloring the fun foam was a huge pain and really really messy.  I don’t mind messy, but this was ridiculous.  I ended up putting on gloves becomes my fingers were black.  The copic just didn’t dry well on the foam I was using (which I found rather surprising).  After the extended drying time, I tried to adhere the foam die to the card front which was tricky because, well it’s foam.  It likes to bend and move and not stay where you want it.  If this wasn’t frustrating enough, when I applied liquid adhesive (multi-medium) to the die cut, it reactivated the copic marker and consequently left black smudges ALL OVER THE FRONT OF MY CARD!!!!  At this point I had to walk away as I was close to throwing everything out the window and declaring my kingdom craft free forever!

The next day, after mulling things over, I decided to create a new front to selvage the work.  It took a relatively long time to adhere all my green sequence, so I knew I needed to try to do something with it.  I also wasn’t going to allow that fun foam to get the best of me.  I was going to conquer it.  I still needed to use a liquid adhesive (the foam likes to move and using a dry adhesive just wasn’t working for me).  The copic still smeared like crazy, but I was a bit more cautious and was able to make it work.

I have to say that it was one of the most frustrating techniques that I have tried to date.  I will never do this technique again UNLESS I have the proper color of fun foam.  There were some great suggestions in the forum regarding coloring the foam (like coloring the foam before die cutting it) but I think it still would be a mess as I would still need to color the edges (which I found to be the messiest part).  It just isn’t worth the time and frustration to color it.  I don’t think it should be called fun foam anymore.  How about frustrating foam?

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Day 4 of Clean & Simple 4

Continuing with day 4, I decided to try Jennifer McGuire’s technique – stitching.  Another time intensive project.  I really wanted to get another card finished today, but it was not meant to be.  While the technique isn’t difficult, it is a bit tedious.  I really lucked out with my layout.  It wasn’t a well thought out plan by me, but it ended up somehow working.  Yay!

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Adding Texture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was inspired by one of my pins on Pinterest.

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Day 4 of Clean & Simple 4

I am revisiting the faux embossing technique.  I wanted to try this technique as a background.  I used my silhouette to cut out the words “feel better” to create my background.  I have to admit, for me, this was anything but simple.  I thought it was quite tedious.  When I try this again, I will choose something a bit simpler to adhere as my faux embossed background.  Midway through I was asking myself if it was even worth all the trouble.  My thought was that this could easily be done with an embossing folder or some tone on tone heat embossing.  However, I really did like the final outcome.  It was neat to totally customize the background with whatever die cut I choose.  It’s a new to me technique, so that is a good thing 🙂

Faux Embossing Technique

Faux Embossing Technique

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Day 4 of Clean & Simple 4

Continuing on my journey through the OCC Clean and Simple 4 I found myself really really struggling to come up with something.  I really wasn’t inspired to create anything, so decided to take the day off to enjoy all the other inspired designers.  I am glad I did because there was a lot of great cards to look through!

Coincidentally, once the sun came out, so did my mojo.  I decided to combine two of the techniques presented in class – Faux Paper Cutting and Faux Embossing.  These ideas were presented on different days, but I thought they went rather well together.  This card took me an unusually long time to put together.  So, I only had time to make one!  I am sure, once time allows, that I will try this technique again with a few changes.  At any rate, I leave you with one lonely card today.

Faux Embossing and Paper Cutting Technique

Faux Embossing and Paper Cutting Technique

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, I like it.  I die cut all those hearts using my silhouette and arranged them inside a larger heart template before adhering the hearts down.  I had never tried either technique before, so it was new to me.  I thought it was cool, albeit a bit frustrating when I went to blow a piece of eraser away and inadvertently blew away all the hearts that hadn’t been adhered down yet.

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Day 3 of Clean & Simple 4

Day three brought us three more techniques involving inked backgrounds.  I chose to play with the Velveteen technique.  Although I had seen it done before, I had never created a card using this technique.  It was fun to see what worked and what didn’t.

Velveteen Stamping Technique

Velveteen Stamping Technique

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Velveteen Stamping Technique

Velveteen Stamping Technique

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Velveteen Stamping Technique

Velveteen Stamping Technique

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Which one worked for you?

Overall, I am pleased with the first two.  I am not a big fan of the last one.  I also really want to try this technique using the Hero Arts Unicorn White Ink.  I think the Memento Luxe white kind of appears creamish (oddly, not my horrid picture taking skills…that’s what it looks like in real life).  This technique is also messy.  Every time I looked at the card front there was another random ink smudge.  I should blame the craftaster and not the technique though 😉

Starting to snow again and there still isn’t any sun.  blah.

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Day 1 of Clean & Simple 4

Here is my take on Julie’s Faux Ceramic Tile technique that she shared during day 1 of the OCC class Clean & Simple 4.  Although this technique is certainly not new to the card making world, it was fun to revisit.  I really enjoyed Julie’s take on it.  Here are a few variations of the same idea.  I have a habit of taking one idea and trying two or three different ideas with it.  The changes are small, but I like to play around with different techniques/layouts.  At any rate, here are the three I would like to share.  If you would like, please let me know which one you prefer and why!

Faux Tile Technique

Faux Tile Technique

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faux Tile Technique

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Faux Tile Technique

Faux Tile Technique

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please forgive the pictures.  I am struggling to learn the ins and outs of a new camera.  Plus, I am not exactly gifted in the photography department.  A picture that I think looks good on that little digital screen never quite looks as nice on the larger computer screen.  I also haven’t worked much with photo editing software, once I learn that, I am sure the pictures will improve.  Lastly, since it has snowed here everyday for weeks and the sun is nowhere to be found, my lighting was very poor.

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Review: The Other Queen

The Other Queen
The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The more I read Gregory, the more I dislike the repetitiveness of her writing. She fills pages and pages of the same thoughts. Her characters go on and on about the same thing over and over again. Gregory’s books have become a bit boring to me. Also, the point of views that this story is told from is a bit boring as well. Kind of a snoozer. Glad to be done with this series.

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