Shaker Donut

I’d like to present a sweet little shaker card to you…..

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After making some shaker cards for the first time for Virginia’s View Shaker Challenge, I keep coming up with shaker card ideas. 🙂 They are so much fun!!

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There’s lots going on in this little shaker, homemade embossing paste pink hearts (the recipe is in this post), sequins & beads and a little glossy accents glazed donut with sprinkles. I used a SU triple flower punch for the pink frosting, along a small circle punch.

Despite my bottle of Glossy Accents exPLODing all over me and my table, I had a lot of fun making this card. I’m playing this card at Curtain Call’s Donut Delight Challenge and SSS’s Wednesay Challenge: Simon Says Add A Little Texture.

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Thanks for stopping by!
XO
Melissa

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Manly – Thankful

I have a masculine card to share with you today.

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This card was actually inspired by Michele’s for Muse’s Callenge #104 and is a companion to this one that was also inspired by Michele’s.

Michele’s card:

I know that I totally missed the deadline for that challenge……

However, the current Challenge #04 over at the Male Room happens to be

Make your Own Background Paper”, so I’m going to play this over there!

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XO
Melissa

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More Homemade Embossing Paste

Here I have a white (& black) card to share with you. I’m going to try playing this over at Craft Stamper Magazine’s Take It Make It Challenge : Stenciling.

IMG_1277I used some homemade embossing paste (see the recipe I used in this post) and a homemade stencil which I made with PTI’s Heart Cover Plate Die. The letters are cut with some PTI letter dies, the “&” is from a Stampin’ Up set named “Hello, Lovely”.

 I am trying to improve my CAS card designs. Not sure if this is really all that CAS?

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There’s plenty of white, but not a lot of “space”.
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I’m going to play this card over at CASology’s Week #34: Monochromatic challenge and SSS’s Wednesday: Add a Little Texture.

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XO
Melissa

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Pink Embossing Paste Projects

Today, I have several different embossing paste projects to share with you. This week’s Make It Monday #201 challenge is Cover Plate Stencils and Embossing Paste. I’m also going to play this card over at SSS’s Wednesday Challenge: Add a Little Texture

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I did not have embossing paste, so I made some of my own. (See the recipe below.) I’m pretty happy with the result. PTI’s heart cover plate die is seeing a lot of use around here recently! This time I used it as a stencil. I’m going to be playing some cards over at Craft Stamper Magazine’s Take It Make It February Challenge : Stenciling.

So, to continue with the embossing paste saga……

I’ve been looking around locally for embossing paste, but the best I could come up with was texture/structure paste with some fine sand in it. Here is my experiment with that.

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IMG_1291 I was not happy with the result, so I went looking online for an embossing paste recipe.

 

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3 simple ingredients + H2O

Here’s the recipe that I tried:

Homemade Embossing Paste Recipe

1/2 Cup Talc/Baby Powder

1 TBSP White Liquid Glue

1 TBSP Acrylic Paint (I used Blick Artist’s Iridescent White)

Water, to adjust consistency

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I tinted the paste with some red acrylic paint.

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A nice pink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I haven’t ever used embossing paste before, so I had to guess about the proper consistency. I watched Laura Bassen’s MIM #176 video on coloring embossing paste to see if the paste that I made is close to the store bought kind Laura used. I think it was pretty close in consistency, but I’m not sure about the way mine dries. It seems to be pretty brittle. Is that what regular embossing paste is like? Please let me know! I’m wondering if this will hold up to the stress of being mailed. I made the 9-heart card above for MIM’s Challenge #201.

Here is a slightly different variation of the card above.

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The design for this next card was inspired by Marion Vagg’s beauty over at Muse  and the color scheme was inspired by CASology’s Monochromatic challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!
xo
Melissa

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P.S. I also played around with another homemade stencil using PTI’s Peony Cover Plate die. This was very fussy. I tried this twice. This one was my first attempt; the second attempt was a total mess. I’ll have to try this again another time.

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IMG_1178 This turned out alright, but I wasn’t totally happy with the result. I’m going to try this one again.

 

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IMG_1188 After it dried, I covered the embossing paste with another die cut and sponged some blue onto the card stock. I also used a pink marker to add color to the edges of the petals. I like the blue, but would use a lighter pink or leave the edges white next time.

 

Monochrome Poppies

Today I have a black and white card to share with you!

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I have enjoyed making cards for CASology’s challenges and am endevouring to improve my CAS card designs.

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I’m not sure why, but this card has me thinking of Paul Simon singing “Kodachrome.” One of my earliest memories is of sitting in the sunshine while watching my Dad painting and listening to him sing along to Simon2 and Garfunkel.

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I’m going to play this card over at CASology’s Week #34: Monochramtic challenge.

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Thanks for stopping by!
XO
Melissa