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Sending Best Wishes

Toolshed Kit, Scrapbook Kits, Maja Design, Fairy Garden KitTracie ShumanComment
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Oh my goodness, will winter ever end?  I am still loving snowflakes on the day after St. Valentine's Day.  I have this great "Sending Best Wishes" that I dearly love.  It came in a Downton Abbey set.  What better way to show  it off than to add it to a card with beautiful snowflakes.  I used two of the snowflakes from the Toolshed Kit bonus chipboard.  I painted them with two coats of white gesso, allowing them to dry between application, and once the gesso had dried I sprayed them with the Kaisercraft Kaiser Mists in Denim and let them dry.  The swirl below was created with a very old stencil that I have for swirls, using Shimmerz texturez in Tidy Widy, which was featured in the Toolshed Kit: the Spiders Web Mixed Media add on. I absolutely adore the Shimmerz line and the three media in the add on kit do not disappoint!

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All of these beautiful papers are in the Toolshed Kit:  Winter Adventures Fairy Garden Bonus Paper. This paper is so versatile and beautifully coordinated you cannot go wrong!  I have to admit I am saving the Earth paper for something special.  I'll be back next week with another card.  You have absolutely got to see the papers I will be working with next week!

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In the meantime, happy crafting!

~ Victoria

Spells and Fortunes

Toolshed Kit, Scrapbook KitsTracie ShumanComment

Hello and welcome!!!   I'm Vivian Lake and today I'm sharing with you another project.

Our January kit reveal has been postponed until tomorrow so be sure to come back and check out the new kits and some exciting news.  You will not be disappointed!

Today I'm sharing with you another project using International Scrapbook Garden's Toolshed kit . . . The Spider's Web.  I think it's comical that we crafter's can use more supplies to make a card or tag than an actual scrapbook page. Do you?

For this tag, I really wanted to try and use the web stamp that comes in the main kit but I couldn't figure out how to make it "look good". Well, I've been watching a lot of mixed media tutorials lately and there is something I've forgotten about . . . embossing powders!!! Duh!

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I hope this tag inspires you. Basically, just make a fun background and layer your embellishments. Piece of cake!

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THANK YOU FOR STOPPING BY TODAY!

Kit Supplies:
ISB: Spider's Web Main Kit
ISB: Spider's Web Embellishment Kit
ISB: Mixed Media Kit

Extra Supplies:
Glitter Tulle (craft section at Hobby Lobby)
Twine
Spellbinder dies and punch for foliage
Black Embossing powder
Black Thread
Background "word" stamp
Lindy's Spray: Moon Shadow Mist (just a touch)
Tim Holtz' Distress Ink: Spiced Marmalade
Clear Duck Tape (adds unique texture)

Valentines from Christmas

scrapbooking, Maja DesignTracie ShumanComment
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Have you ever found yourself needing a quick card for a holiday and you don't have that holiday's special papers?  If so join the club!  Today at the International Scrapbook Garden blog, I want to show you a quick Valentine made from (gasp!) Christmas papers.

Today I was at my day job and had my two breaks and lunch to finish a card, including drying time.  So I packed up a small kit before I left for work and decided I would see what happened.

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This is my "kit":

  1. One pre-folded grey card blank
  2. A Tim Holtz mini stencil in argyle
  3. Shimmerz Texturez in Tidy Widy * available in the store
  4. Maja Designs Home for the Holidays * available in the store
  5. Viva Glitter Pen Silver
  6. Scissors
  7. Adhesive and
  8. A heart punch.  

Everything fit in a 1 quart bag in my tote.

I needed to make my card in a couple of steps to have everything dried and ready to assemble on my afternoon break.  After cutting the two base pieces from Christmas papers and adhering them to each other, I used the stencil and the Tidy Widy Texturez.  I used an old credit card I carry with me to apply the medium over the stencil.  This paste is super white, which I love.  I put a thin layer on and some of the red shows through, so it ended up having a pinkish shimmer.

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Often I am super careful to get a very even layer, but I wanted some rough interest on the card.  The photo above is wet.  

At the same time I punched the heart out.  I used the Viva glitter around the edges.  To keep my workspace clean for this and to have a place to dry, I used a trusty yellow post-it note.  That way I could move it out of my workspace to a drying area, while I was doing my day job!

Here is a close up of the heart and the stencil on the card.  See the pinkish shimmer?  Cool huh?

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So I used some beautiful Christmas papers and some great mediums.  Who would know it's Christmas paper?   A new kit will be debuting in the next few days and we have some talented new members of our team.

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Victoria