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Merry & Bright Artful Card Kit

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This week’s card is another Christmas card! This one is a step card, so more little panels to fill with die-cut delights! As you can see, I’ve filled them with as many as I could without going overboard! The Merry & Bright Artful Card Kit is a cute, whimsical take on Christmas, with a bright color palette and lovely little illustrations. The white pearl sheets are beautiful and perfect to use in small amounts to add impact to the card. I especially like what I’ve added to the card last minute: Diamond Ice Stickles! You’ve seen me use this before, and it gives just that extra pop of glitter where you want it. Need I say more?

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Lacy Ornaments Cutting Dies

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Today’s card is simple and elegant, with a touch of sparkle from the gold holographic sparkle paper! It’s now well into into holiday card-making season, so I hope you’re having fun! I like the Vintage Christmas Papers and ribbons used here, very lovely designs. But the star of the show is the Lacy Ornaments Cutting Dies– they are so easy to use and cut through the gold holographic paper no problem! Thanks for joining me this week, and I hope you had fun watching the Week of Webisodes (“Ann’s Fall Look”)! If you missed it, just go to the Webisodes homepage and click on “Webisode Gallery & Archive”. See ya later!

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Halloween & Darkroom

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Today’s project is a Halloween card using the interesting combination of Darkroom papers, a Haunted House stamp, and Spooky Dazzles. I like the sparkling touch of the brown Fireworks Holographic paper. It is also a Side Step card, which is you can either make with a template, or buy in a pack. I hope you all enjoy!

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Honeysuckle Collection

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This week’s card is bright and cheery, and is sure to brighten anyone’s day. I’m showcasing the Honeysuckle collection from Hot Off The Press today, including a double-sided paper pack, papier tole, scrapbooking Dazzles, Embellies, and more! Whew. That’s a lot to use on one card, but I think it turned out well. Everything was glued down with the fabulous photo glue stick (except things attached with foam tape). I matted things on black cardstock to break up the patterns and give more definition to the elements on the card. I hope you like it! The fabulous thing about this week’s bundle is that it is chock full of stuff you will love (if you love Honeysuckle!) and you can make so many more projects with it–way more than just this card! I hope you check it out, and, as always, enjoy!

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Pop-Up Slider Card Template

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This week’s card has a wintery yet cozy theme. The special thing about it is the pop-up slider mechanism, which I explain how to create in the video. Don’t worry, the template also has all the instructions you need! Just be sure to follow them carefully. If you are more of a hands-on visual learner, then just follow along as I take you through it. This pop-up slider card is sure to delight any of your friends, especially with the cozy Winter Flannel papers, cute small stamps, and White Jewel Dazzles!

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Winter Wishes Artful Card Kit

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Today’s card is wintery and whimsical! It is a shutter card, similar to the one I did with the Honeysuckle ACK on August 24th. I like the fun colors of the Winter Wishes Artful Card Kit, but my favorite parts are the adorable animal characters! The penguin, polar bear, and little bird die cuts are to die for! (pun intended). I also use one of my favorite and most versatile items to add sparkle and shine: Stickles! Here I use Diamond Ice Stickles, which comes in a bigger bottle and has a thicker tip which operates so smoothly. Just make sure to let it dry overnight, since it comes out thick. I even checked it after about 3+ hours and it still wasn’t dry…so be patient and let it sit while you sleep. (This may have something to do with the fact that this video was posted Tuesday instead of Monday…maybe.) :) Whether or not you’re in cold weather, I hope this card will cheer you up and inspire your creativity!

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Unforgettable Papers, Die-Cuts & Stamps

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UPDATE 9-12-14: The bundle is finally here!

Sorry for the delay! This week’s project is a pretty, simple, and elegant card. It features several items from the lovely Unforgettable collection, including papers, die-cuts, and stamps. I also jazzed it up just a bit with Pink Flower Jewel Dazzles–they go a long way!

P.S. I’m busy working on another Week of Webisodes! I’ll keep you updated on that. (That’s my excuse for posting late) :)

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Christmas Cheer Papers & Naughty & Nice Stamps

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Today’s card is a Christmas card! I know Christmas isn’t for another 3 months, but I just couldn’t wait. In this episode I showcase some of the hottest new holiday items from Hot Off The Press: Christmas Cheer Paper Pack (awesome chalkboard designs), Naughty & Nice Stamp Set (for all those “naughty” ones on your list!), and Joyous Greetings Papier Tole (also in the elegant chalkboard realm). I also use some little essentials to add a little “pop”–Zing Red Glitter embossing powder, Silver Holographic Ripple Paper, and the sheer ribbon is from the Lace Ribbon Set (although you could use practically any red ribbon). It’s getting just a touch cooler here in Oregon; I feel fall coming on…and making Christmas cards is a great way to celebrate! Oh, and a large mug of hot spiced apple cider, of course!

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Honeysuckle Artful Card Kit

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This week I have a fun and fanciful birthday card. I love the Honeysuckle Artful Card Kit, especially the contrast of the bright pink and green with red, black, and gray. The patterned papers are gorgeous. I also am using some very versatile Tiny Words & Phrases Dazzles, Honeysuckle ribbons, and the blank shutter card. That’s right, you don’t have to meticulously cut and score your own cardstock to get this great look! Hot Off The Press offers them in a pack of five, with five matching envelopes. They are really great to create a unique look for your cards. Enjoy this week’s project!

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Cake, Candle & Flower Cutting Die

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Today’s post is a very detailed wedding card! The cake is fanciful, but the background shines with sparkly Tiny Flower Dazzles! Even though this card is a bit tedious to make, you are sure to wow anyone who receives it! Also, you can make a modified version by just placing rows of flower Dazzles at the top and bottom instead of covering the whole background. One tip for get out those stubborn innies of your die cut shapes: Run the die through with wax paper as the layer closest to the die, then whatever paper/cardstock you want to cut. This “waxes up” the die and die blades so that the paper or cardstock falls out really easily. It lasts for several uses after using the wax paper. Also, I use a craft pick (basically a retractable needle tool) to poke out the small innies from the die. When lifting and placing all the Dazzles, I always use my X-acto knife to place them exactly where I want them. I had fun creating this card, and I hope you do too! Cheers!

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