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Graphic 45 2018 Brand Ambassador Audition

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Hello, Friends! I have been a fan of Graphic 45 for as long as I have loved vintage. I was excited to see that they currently have an Ambassador Call going on right now, so I thought I would put my name in the hat, so to speak.  Now I know there are a lot of talented designers out there who love Graphic 45, so I decided to approach this just as another project and share my love for the product. I have had the Ladies Diary set for over a year and a half. It is so beautiful that I didn't have the heart to cut into it until I had the perfect project in mind. I decided to create a travel journal for my niece who will be graduating this May. it will make the perfect keepsake. 
For the journal, I used the new Sizzix die cut. I also created matching tags to go along with this journal. 
What I love about the Graphic 45 sets is that you have most everything you need in it. The set has double sided card card stock, a Chipboard set and matching stickers.   To begin, I adhered a 6" x 9.5"…

Taking the Scenic Route

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Hello friends! I know many of you are still getting snow, but we here in Arizona are starting to see some long awaited blooms.

If you would like to see how I created this panel, you can see the video below.


I created this panel to frame to remind me of Spring time in full bloom. I started out with a resist panel from from Heidi Swapp and added some Liquitex acrylic paint. Once that was dry, I added the Architexture chicken wire.


I fussy cut several flowers and images from Spring Showers Flowers on Ivory paper and adhered them to the panel using collage medium. I then colored the images using my copic markers. 


Once everything was colored, I sealed the colors in with more collage medium and added an ephemera butterfly and chip board from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology collection. 

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A country Road

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Hi everyone! With Spring just around the corner, we are finally starting to see flowers start to bloom.  Soon people will start to plant their own gardens and barrels of herbs.  
I have two barrels that I plan on planting herbs in so when I saw these stamps, I knew I had to get them. 

The background was created using the stamp called Large Trail Scene.  This is a fantastic stamp with so many possibilities.  I also used the barrel planter and wheel barrow as my focal points. I had two choices of signs, Weeds or Herbs. I decided to go with herb, but the weeks sign is also available over at I brake for stamps. 


Don't forget you can get 10% off your purchase over at I Brake for Stamps using my coupon code SAVE10MONICA.

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CCB Challenge Butterflies and Spring

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Hello Crafty friends. I wanted to share with you my project for the challenge currently going on over at Canvas Corp Brands
We would love to have you play along this month! Our theme is Butterflies and Spring.  You can make anything you want, Cards, Scrapbook layouts, mixed media...your imagination is the limit. 

It is so easy to create layers using just a few products. 

To begin, I cut corrugated paper into a 5 x 7 tage and tore off some of the corrugated stips . I then added texture paste with a stence and added peeled paint distress crayon and spritzed it with some Rusty Red Glimmer Mist.


I then cut out a frame using a die cut and some corrugated paper. 

I adhered the frame with some glue and then attached some straws I created with some designer paper and twine. 

To further add to my layers, I added some die cut leaves and stickers.

Finally, I added my colored butterfly and my sentiment.

This was an easy project and so fun to create. I am not sure what I am going to do with the tag yet,…

It's all perspective!

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Hi everyone! You know when you have an idea in your brain for a card design...and it turns out so much better than you imagined? Well, this is that card for me. 

I had seen a card that had a cityscape mirrored and I thought that would be fun to re create. But when I started stamping...the idea flourished and this is what I ended up with.  
The stamps that I am using are from I Brake for stamps. The Cityscape and the plan are from a stamp set called Full Sheet Travel, Planes and letters.   I wanted the view from the point of view of the plane to be exactly the same..so I created a mirrored image. The eye glass stamp is called glasses and the sentiment is from Tim Holtz. 

I flipped the card around and now the plane is on the other side, but the view view is exactly the same...it's all perspective!
Don't forget you can get 10% off your purchase over at I Brake for Stamps using my coupon code SAVE10MONICA.

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7Gypsies meets Tim Holtz!

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Hi crafty friends. Today I am here to share with you a wall hanging I created for Canvas Corp "Friday with Friends" segment. This project was featured last week on the CCB blog , so I thought I should probably share it on my blog as well. 

I have been a fan of Tim Holtz probably as long as I have been a fan of 7gypsies. They both play so well together that it is easy to mix and match to create wonderful vintage projects. 

While shadow boxes can be a bit of a big project to take on, I decided to share with you a faux shadow box using some great products from the 7gypsies Architexture line along with some idea-ology from Tim Holtz. 


STEP 1Cut paper to 9″ x 9″ and distressed edges with Distress ink – Walnut stain. Adhere it to 12 x 12 Canvas Corp ~ Postal printed cardboard.

STEP 2Add 8 x 8 paper from 7gypsies Architextures paper pad, to create the faux vignette boxes.

STEP 3Add ephemera, 7gypies Architexture Findings and elements from 7gypsies Architextures Junque Packs

STEP 4Use…

Easter Sunday !

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Hi everyone! I know we are all anxious for Spring...and with Spring comes Easter. I decided to create an Easter card this year and share with you this cute little girl holding a bunny from I brake for stamps. 


I just love this little girl! The stamp is called Sunday Best. She was great for this little Easter scene.

I colored up this large flower to use as my background. Each piece, including the little girl was fussy cut to create a scene.I also had a fence die cut that was a great addition to my background.

Don't forget you can get 10% off your purchase over at I Brake for Stamps using my coupon codeSAVE10MONICA.



Follow your BLISS!

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It's truly the simple things in life that make me happy! A good cup of coffee, a great book and enjoying my BLISS!

I love creating these heritage cards and the printables from VectoriaDesigns make it so simple.  I love that I can re create this background over and over again and never run out of paper. Printables are also great because it requires no storage. I just print it when I need it. 



The background set I used is called Grunge ephemera digital and it is from VectoriaDesigns. I used two stamp sets from STAMPlorations for this card. One is called Follow your Arrow and the other is called Good Books and Coffee. STAMPGIRLMONICA gets you 20% off over at STAMPLORATIONS.


This second card was created using the same paper stack from VectoriaDesigns. I also used the stamp set called Purveyor from Stampers Anonymous.

I was able to use my Stamp Platform to get a perfect image every time!

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Nautical Gift Set

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Hello crafty friends. Yesterday I shared with you a cute little sailor card. Today I wanted to share with you the complete set I created including a Nautical travel Journal. 

To create the travel journal I cut the corrugated paper 8″ x 8. 5″. For each insert I cut the paper 8″ x8″.



On the pages that did not have a design, I added some distress Oxide ink to give them some color.


I used cute little stamps to decorate the insides of my journals. 



I cut down an envelope to measure 4″ and placed it in the center of my journal. I then punched 3 holes starting from the center to bind my journal. I bound the journal using some DMC navy blue thread and and needle. The binding was done in the middle of the envelope, which was sealed to hide the thread. I tied some blue rope to the back binding to be used to close the journal.


I had enough scraps to create 4 A6 size cards. Each card design was a little different from the next, but the theme was consistent.

I used the Nautical Sayings paper to add cute…