Nail Polish Isn't Always For Nails!

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Who thought nail polish was only for your nails????

This card was made with the "Nail Polish Backgrounds", a great technique I learned years ago at Technique Junkies.

My friend came over to craft the other day and she brought with her 3 bottles of blue/green/teal nail polishes. I couldn't wait to dig into them and start playing. So, this is the first card that I created.

I didn't stop with just making backgrounds. I figured out that painting the half circular plastic beads that I purchased at Michael's ($6 for a bag of 1,000 in the floral section) made for some spectacular opaque Faux Dew Drops. Woot!! And it's wonderful to be able to make them to MATCH the project.

After making the background, I Cuttlebug'd the piece of cardstock. I loved it so much I didn't want to put a single thing on it to cover up one little inch of the background.

UPDATE: A few papercrafter's have asked me how I painted such a small object. Easy! I put two sided tape on a piece of scratch paper. Then, I placed the drops onto the tape and painted them. Let them dry and when you're ready to use them, they easily come off the tape.

Hope you enjoyed the project and thanks for stopping by today!! If you haven't signed my Guestbook, please do!! I love to see all of your comments and smiling faces!


Sympathy in Peach

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I made this card for someone dear to me who lost her husband recently. I used some lovely background paper that was a gift from a friend. Same friend gave me the peach/gold swiss dotted paper that coordinated nicely. (Gotta love great friends who give paper as gifts!)The design was case'd from one of my stamping heroes, Tosh Leyendecker of Stamp Talk With Tosh. Her blog is so fabulous!! You can see Tosh's card HERE.

I added the stitching with my Janome Sew Mini sewing machine. The die cuts are all from Spellbinders, the flowers and lace are all from a local mill ends fabric store.

Thank you for stopping by!!


Kokopelli Flute Player

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This is a fun little card I made using three different techniques that I learned from the Technique Junkies group. I loved it because the sketch (also from the TJ group) helped me use up so many of my scraps that I'd been saving for years (packrat alert!).

The image is from Taylored Artwork, a fabulous stamp company that's right here in AZ!

Hope you enjoy the card! Happy Super Bowl Sunday!!

Thanks for stopping by!


Faux Torquoise Stone in Pinks

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I used some of my favorite products on this "Faux Torquoise Stone" card. The technique is something that I used for the entire background/base of the card; I learned it over at the Technique Junkies group.

I added some Flower Soft to the trees, some Dew Drops to the corners and the little leaf (might be hard to see) is an embellishment that I picked up at Michael's in the jewelry section.

Hope you enjoy my "Faux Torquoise Stone" card and thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Stampin' Up!/Stampendous
Punches: Martha Stewart, Marvy
Dew Drops: Michael's Clear Drop, in the floral section. I colored them with Alcohol Inks.


Technique Junkies Sketch Hop

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Hello Blog Hoppers!! Weren't Judy and Vada's projects full of inspiration? (If you didn't arrive here from the Technique Junkie blog, you don't want to miss what our whole DT has in store for you! The Technique By Design Challenge starts HERE, so be sure to go back and start from the beginning).

I hope you like the card I created especially for this hop. It uses two techniques: Starch Smoosh and Brayered Brilliance. Both fast and easy techiques with some eye popping results. The center flower was made from scrap cardstock; the silver flourishes are from a Sizzix die cut. The material used for those flourishes was an ice tea can! Recycling!! Woot!

Now, let's move on to the exciting new challenge that we've created for you!!

Here's how the "Technique By Design Challenge/Contest works:

You can have an opportunity to BECOME A JUNKIE FOR LIFE!
Here is how:

1. Follow the sketch...The sketch uses Six 1-1/2" pieces; three sets of two different techniques or cardstock pieces. This is a great way to incorporate technique backgrounds into your cards. Just make sure the colors coordinate and you can mix and match different techniques on your card with a stunning effect! If you make extra backgrounds when trying out the techniques, you will love being able to use them here. Note: in order to qualify for the drawing, at least two different TJ techniques must be used on the card, and one of those two techniques must be used on the squares.
2. Post a link to Pat's Blog
3. The deadline to the challenge is March 15th.

We hope that all of you join us in our first challenge of this kind!! This was such a fun project for all of us on the design team. We want you to have some too, so come and join us!!

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop and see the next fabulous TJ Designer, Jane Bosi HERE