We don’t even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward. In times of tragedy, of war, of necessity, people do amazing things. The human capacity for survival and renewal is awesome. ~ Isabel Allende
I love donuts ... especially a warm glazed donut, which has always been my kryptonite. Because of my donut-love, I tend to collect donut-themed paper products (because they have no calories). Today I'm sharing several fun Donut Birthday Cards at the Technique Junkies Blog.
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Having grown-up in a house filled with an intense love of the Beatles, I am always drawn to their music and lyrics ... so when I saw this new In My Life Stamp (C14709) at Impression Obsession, I had to have it.
It was perfect for the current Impression Obsession Challenge ... I Adore You. I used the remainder of my Gel Press Print from yesterday's card, together with a scrap of navy cardstock embossed with hearts. I thought it made a nice masculine valentine card.
This morning, I was going through all of the Gel Press Prints that I made during the Advanced Gel Press class I took with Sally Lynn McDonald at Creativation ... I had the extra treat of taking the class with Iliana Myska, so we could share paints & stencils and create together.
This week at Jingle Belles it's all about the TEXT - it might mean using letter stickers, book pages, dictionary pages, phone book pages, texty patterned paper or just creating a card where the sentiment is the star of the show … make sure you get TEXTY.
As often happens in my studio, I go in search of one thing and get distracted by another ... in this case the distraction was a piece of Texty paper from My Mind's Eye the Merry Days of Christmas ... I love the randomness of the sizes and colors of text ... and I ended-up covering my favorite phrase (cookie taster) with part of my tag.
I started by creating my background using Violet & Orchid Color Burst (I got to spend some time creating with Color Burst (and Ken Oliver) at Creativation ... so fun). I die cut my strands, attached the watercolor paper to my background, and then replaced a few of the die cut pieces.
I die cut my whale from the same background after stamping in Versafine Black & Clear Embossing, so it would pop against the colorful background.
For this week's card, I had fun exploring a Washi Tape Collage Technique. I started with a scrap of white cardstock and then randomly began applying washi tape to the background.
I kept going to fill-up my background, incorporating lots of different designs. I kept my tape vertical, horizontal or diagonal.
Then, to help bring all of the patterns together, I used several washi tapes in muted colors for the top layer.
Next I die cut lots of letters from my background and made two cards. The first one uses the big PEACE Die Cut from Simon Says Stamp ... I love how the bits of flowers peek through in the design.
Next I die cut the entire alphabet using Lawn Fawn Cole's Alphabet Dies (with a few extra letters from the spaces I had left) and created this birthday card.
It was so much fun to put my alphabet background puzzle together. I started from the middle and worked my way to the edges, keeping all of my letters vertical or horizontal to the cardstock square. When I was done I trimmed the edges and finished with my Happy Birthday sentiment.
I hope this gives you ideas for ways to use your Eyelet Outlet Washi Tape stash.