Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop

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The most wonderful time of the year has come along, the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! You can get all the details and link up your Spring Coffee card right here: http://coffeelovingcardmakers.com/2017/03/2017-spring-coffee-lovers-blog-hop/

I’m starting off the hop on Day 1 with this adorable coffee loving kitty! He’ll take his with lots of cream! He’s also here to spill a little secret . . .

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That’s right, I’ve got a surprise for one lucky person who leaves a comment and follows my blog, Crimson Owl Creations! One winner will be randomly selected to win from all the comments left on my Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop posts this week. Good luck!

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Fusion Challenge

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Today I am playing along with the Fusion Challenge with a clean and crisp nautical themed card! You can get all the details and play along with Fusion right here: http://fusioncardchallenge.blogspot.com/2017/03/fusion-scrambled-letters.html

I love the crisp white space of the inspiration photo, and the nautical feel. I fused the sketch and the photo a little bit by making the globe the main focus, and adding the shiny black anchor. It reminds me of little boys and toy boats and dreams of sailing the world.

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Pretty Preppy Flowers with Poppystamps

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Today I am over on the Poppystamps blog showcasing the beautiful new die, Preppy Flowers! See the details over at Poppystamps right here: http://poppystamps.typepad.com/poppystamps/2017/03/preppy-flowers-by-michele-k-henderson.html

From March 6 to March 17, our Poppystamps team will be sharing beautiful inspiration and ideas from our amazing new mini release! You will want every new die! Stop by and leave a comment every day and you might be selected to win! You have until midnight on Tuesday, March 21 to leave a comment on every post that you want to enter. Winners will be notified on the Poppystamps blog March 25th!

While you’re there, check out our March challenge, Go for Gold!

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Winnie and Walter: 3rd Birthday Bash

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Today I am celebrating Winnie & Walter’s 3rd Big Birthday Bash with the Sequins Challenge with Kate! You can get all the details and add your sequins inspired project at the Winnie & Walter blog right here: http://www.blog.winniewalter.com/2017/02/w-3rd-birthday-bash-sequin-challenge.html

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I created a cheerful and bright card using Winnie & Walter’s In a Word Love Cutaway, and embellished it with tiny birds and sequins. I love the little touch of sparkle!

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Winnie and Walter Off the Page Challenge

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I’m so glad you could join me today! Today, I am celebrating Winnie & Walter’s 3rd Big Birthday Bash with the Off the Page Challenge with Keren!

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You can get all the details and play along with Winnie & Walter right here: http://www.blog.winniewalter.com/2017/02/w-3rd-birthday-bash-off-page-challenge.html

I have been creating “Off the Page” projects for a long time! I love to extend leaves and branches over the edge of the card. But Keren’s Challenge inspired me to do something a little different and try something new. She used acetate strips to mount a moon and stars to extend off the card. So I decided to create an acetate embossed twig to extend my butterflies off the page too. Take a closer look!

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It’s a fun technique and I love the way it turned out!

I also added the Cutaways die, HOME, by Winnie & Walter. I painted a watercolor scrap in the same fashion as the background octagon, made the die cut, the added it behind the butterfly, in one of those trendy “hidden messages.” It feels great on the card too!

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House of Cards February Challenge

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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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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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Live your life in color!

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