Duck Tape

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An old stamp that a friend GAVE me because she was getting rid of her stamp collection (don't fret, I bought a bunch so that's probably why she threw Mr. Duck Tape in with the deal). The company listed on the side of the stamp is Diamonds. Not sure if they're in business anymore but they were/are the company that has a little rhinestone inlaid on the top of every stamp. Bling! I got this stamp about 7 years ago and I finally just used him~poor guy! What brought him out of solitary confinement was the text stamp that you can't see inside the card. I saw it in a magazine and immediately ordered it. It goes like this:

Man's best friend
For years without fail
Has had four legs
A snout and a tail

All this has changed
To a new form and shape
Now his best friend
Is a roll of duct tape

I just loved the poem and ordered it from Lots of other terrific stamps there too. I don't know who writes the poetry/greetings that they carry but WOW-ZA! Hallmark should be shaking in their boots! It's incredible stuff.

I colored the images, layered them onto some silver veined leatherette cardstock that I found on the floor in my step-dad's print shop many years ago (a stamper can't be TOO proud), added another layer of black and that's mounted onto some golden cardstock from my paper stash. The corners are paint chips that were punched with the Stampin' Up! corner punch and pierced with a push pin.

And to tie this work of art together, a beloved piece of REAL duct tape! I hope you enjoy!!

Jungle Parrots

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Image is "I Brake For Stamps"

Technique (for coloring the image) is something I learned at

I actually used two different stamps, both from I Brake For Stamps.
I stamped the image twice~my first image became the main one. The second image I used to cut up and add to the lower right hand corner of the card. The image at the upper left hand corner of the card was borrowed from another great I Brake For Stamps image~it's part of a gorgeous stamp featuring 3 cockatoos sitting on a branch in a similar jungle setting. It was fun to combine the two and I thought this was a nice way to get extra mileage out of two stamps!

I poked the holes with a push pin and used an awesome tool called a Fiber Friend from Timeless Touches. It's intended for use with fibers and stitching etc but I find it incredible for this use here. It's a plastic ruler with lots of great marks and holes that you can poke through. I like it for larger format cards like this one (5 1/2" X 6") because the ruler is about 12" long. A Google search will tell you who carries and sells them.


Lace Dragonfly

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Card measures 6" X 6"
Background paper is from Michael's
Mulberry papers (both blue and white) is from local art supply store
Cardstock is Bazzill Basics
Corner embellishment is Cuttlebug die from silver cardstock
Ribbon is from Michael's
Silver string is Stampin' Up!
Oval punches are Stampin' Up!
Dragonfly image and text: Yvonne Albritton Designs
I watercolored the blue mulberry paper a bit on the edges. I used a Stampin' Up! aqua painter and SU Night of Navy ink. I created the blue splatters with a children's Blo Pen that I bought at Michaels a long time ago. I stitched the edge of the background paper with my Janome Sew Mini Sewing Machine. After I handcut the dragonfly, I gently bent the wings upward and then pulled outward by holding the wing between my thumbnail and my middle finger to get them to arch and bend. Realistic looking!

Faux Pink Denim

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"Faux Denim" is what the background is called on this card. I learned the technique here: It's a subscriber type group~WELL worth the few dollars it costs per month to join. I've been a member for about 5 or 6 years now and I just LOVE it!! The vellum heart was traced from a Paper Zone Template and cut out. I folded the flaps and secured them with Stampin' Up brads. The pink heart image was stamped with VersaMark ink onto pink cardstock, embossed with white EP, and colored (inside area) with a pink marker. I added some pink rhinestones from WalMart, cut it out and inserted it into the vellum pocket. The corners are die cuts from my Cuttlebug collection and the ribbon is from Michael's. The stitched edge was done on my Janome Sew Mini sewing machine. Enjoy!!

Time Well Spent

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A fun card I made with a new Stampin' Up! hostess set. I made it for a great stamping friend! The images are stamped with VersaMark and embossed with white embossing powder on vellum cardstock. They were then turned over, dry embossed with a stylus, and chalked~then attached to the card with pop dots. My friend LOVED it so "Mission Accomplished!!"