House of Cards February Challenge

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Hello Everyone!

Today, the talented ladies from House of Cards Group 3 are sharing their amazing designs for our February Challenge! Create a card or project with a little bit of love!

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There’s still plenty of time to play along and link up your love ideas over at the House of Cards right here: http://houseofcardschallenge.blogspot.com/2017/02/group-2-february-challenge-love-theme.html

You can more great inspiration and ideas over at the House of Cards blog!

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Thanks so much for joining me today!

Live your life in color!

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The Gossip Column No. 6: Marble

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I am so glad you could join me today! Today I am sharing a card I created for the challenge from the Gossip Column, No. 6, Marble, sponsored by Winnie and Walter. I love reading the Gossip Column, because it is so well-written and I always learn something new! This month, the theme is marble, and I couldn’t be more thrilled! I absolutely love marble! Would you believe that I collect tiny rocks, gems, and stones from my travels all over the world, including natural marble? On my bucket list is pure white marble from Italy, along with some white marble from the Dolomite mountain range. I also read a lot about rocks and minerals and even take classes too! last year, I took a class on Roman Architecture from Yale University, and we discussed in great detail early Roman Empire marble and its significance. So, this month’s Gossip Column was right up my marble alley!

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Taheerah had challenged us to create a card inspired by marble, and there are a number of ways you can do that. You can read all about Taheerah’s technique and her designs over on the Winnie and Walter blog right here: http://www.blog.winniewalter.com/2017/01/the-gossip-column-with-taheerah-atchia.html

I decided to try to create my own marble paper with nail polish, a technique I had NEVER even tried before. I thought it would be a disaster, but I was wrong! Look at the “marble” papers I created!

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The technique was really fun, and got a little easier every time I tried another color combination. I can’t wait to stock up on some cheap nail polish to make some more.

In early Roman architecture, expensive marble, along with other rocks and minerals like lapis lazuli from Egypt, or purple agates from Northern Africa, were used in home decor. The early Romans were surprisingly structured in their design. They liked to use long strips or blocks of color to decorate walls, and often used marble or stone tile pieces like an inlay. In later centuries, the inlay marble and tile work gave way to more opulent painted murals of well-known Roman conquests, and of course, styles and designs copied from the Greeks.

I shall be using more of the “marble” papers I created to make more Roman inspired cards that feature some structured designs and color blocks. For today’s card, however, I used one bright pattern piece for the background, and another lighter pink piece for my golden Roman mosaic heart.

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Thank you so much for joining me today!

Live your life in color!

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Addicted to CAS: PETS

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Today I am playing along with the Addicted to CAS Challenge, code word PETS! Can you see my sweet little Omar Kitty in the rocket? I love him to the moon and back!

You can get all the details and play along with Addicted to CAS at their blog right here: http://addictedtocas.blogspot.com/2017/02/challenge-104-pets.html

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When I started this card, this was a great CAS idea, but then I made the background blue, then added the moon, then a few stars, and I suppose it has a few more layers and colors than usual. But it’s so darn cute, right?

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Thanks so much for joining me today!

Live your life in color!

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Paper Sweeties February 2017 New Release Rewind!

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Welcome to the Paper Sweeties February New Release Rewind! Today is the final day of our big blog hop sharing our brand new release, Hoppy Easter! You can find even more inspiration and ideas from the Paper Sweeties Blog right here: https://papersweeties.com/blog/

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Today I’m sharing a pretty Easter card created with the new Hoppy Easter, and the pretty pastel flags from Mason Jar! The Mason Jar label makes a fun little flag that can add a little color to your card.

Take a look at what the design team has created for you today!

What’s New

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There’s so much fun going on over at paper Sweeties, you won’t want to miss a thing!

Thanks so much for joining us today!

Live your life in color!

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The Card Concept #67: Vintage

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It’s time for another challenge at The Card Concept, and this week’s theme is just as gorgeous as ever! We’re going back in time with vintage romance! You can get all the details and link up your vintage card over at The Card Concept right here: http://thecardconcept.blogspot.com/

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When I first saw this week’s inspiration photo, I was reminded of a heart-shaped Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup! Of course, no chocolate would ever last long enough to become “vintage” in my house!

Along with the “chocolate” heart, I also fell in love with the swirly gold details, and that beautiful script. I felt inspired to create a card that looked like a vintage secret romantic diary. I found some beautiful, thick patterned papers that felt hand-made, with different shades of gold and gold leaf that I used for the background pieces and leaves. I die cut the pears from card stock then inked them with some of my brand new Altenew inks, from the Summer Afternoon 4 pack, creating this Freestyle Collage card.

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The beautiful paper worked well for this. Now it’s your turn! We can’t wait to see what you will create, and how you will be inspired!

Thanks so much for joining us today!

Live your life in color!

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Paper Sweeties February 2017 New Release Party!

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Welcome to our Paper Sweeties February 2017 New Release Party! I am so excited to bring you another card from our whimsical new release, Hoppy Easter! You can find more great inspiration and ideas from the Paper Sweeties blog right here: https://papersweeties.com/

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Look who is at the window? Isn’t that bunny adorable!? I could put him on everything! I used stamps and dies from the brand new Hoppy Easter, and added die cuts from Window Add-On: Elements, and Thinking of You.Take a look at what our design team has created for you today!

What’s New

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There’s so much going on at Paper Sweeties, you won;t want to miss a thing!

Thanks so much for joining us today!

Live your life in color!

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Paper Sweeties February 2017 New Release Sneak Peeks!

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Hello Everybody!

Welcome to the Paper Sweeties February 2017 New Release Sneak Peeks! We have the CUTEST new release to share with you today, Hoppy Easter! You can start at the beginning of the hop, and see more great inspiration and ideas over at The Paper Sweeties Blog right here: https://papersweeties.com/

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I wanted to say Happy Valentine’s Day in a big bright way, so I used the trendy #bunnylove! This cute little guy is in LOVE!

Take a look at what the Design Team has created for you this month!