Welcome to the Peek-a-boo! Technique Hop

 118073669_10157701359427934_5611536582782664203_nThis month, we are going to show you some fun ways to use windows and shaker elements on your projects. I can’t wait to see all the amazing creations that are going to be showcased. If you have come here from Alyson Mayo ’s Blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished taking a look at my Fall Faux Shaker Card, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melissa’s Blog.


When I first saw the icon for this technique hop, I wasn’t quite sure what to feature for my project.  I haven’t had a chance to purchase that adorable Tabbed Door die, yet, and I have already made quite a few projects using the Windows Dies, so I decided to go back and look through my past projects for inspiration. That’s when I realized that I once featured a faux shaker border on a scrapbook page, but never showed anyone how I made it, so I decided to remake it in a whole new way. 

This Fall Faux Shaker card design turned out so much better than I had hoped.  The background for the card was created using our Multi Circle Window thin cuts which I elongated to make a slimline card.  The background is a beautiful wood-grain paper onto which I popped up the circle frame to make it appear like a shaker card. 

When I say “faux shaker”, I mean “false or fake” shaker card.  Those little sequins to not move or shake at all. They are glued into place in the windows.  

The multi circle thin cut die measures 4″ × 5¼” with one-inch circles. To make it larger, I had to cut two images one right after the other on a piece of white cardstock.  The space between the circles is quite small and it would have been difficult to try to make a shaker – not impossible, just too difficult for this lazy crafter to attempt today – so I chose to make it appear like the sequins were moving around in the windows instead. 

The 3-D Flower is one our new thin cut dies that I use to create a fall flower using White Cardstock, Vellum, and Copper Ore paper. This flower is HUGE! I only used the three smaller dies on my card. Can you imagine the size of the flower if I had use the largest die??

The two bottom layers of the flower were shaded using some Distress Oxide Inks then layered using foam tape.  The center was cut from our beautiful Copper Ore paper then rolled and shaped to form the stamens. 

I also used the Copper Ore paper to create some leaves behind the flower. I love the subtly of that copper color paired with the stamped leaf images and wood shapes. 

Once the leaves and flower were in place, I glued down the Rose Gold Sequins and added a wooden sentiment to the card. I had debated on adding a stamped sentiment, but it just didn’t seem to fit anywhere, hence the wooden sentiment – it was the perfect fit to this design. 

Do you remember how I said that I would show you how I made this card? In the video I will show you how I elongated that Multi Circle Window die and how I used Distressed Oxide inks to create the flowers and the leaves. 

You will also learn how to assemble our new three-dimensional flower and a few ideas for creatiing your own faux shaker card.   If you want to be notified when I add future video to my YouTube Channel, please take a few minutes to subscribe


I hope this project inspired you to try a few new techniques on your next project.  Now ‘Hop” on over to Melissa Robinson’s Blog to see her work!  Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun Peek-A-Book ideas you can use on your projects.  

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Here is a List of the Items I Used Today

Color Your World Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to the Color Your World Technique Blog Hop where we will be showing you a variety of ways to COLOR what you love as we highlight a few of our current Close to My Heart products! 79834512_10156957929042934_4413576352637124608_oIf you have come here from Valerie Kapsha’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melissa’s Blog.

I never saw myself as a person who would enjoy “coloring”, but it is something I have become fond of especially when using our TriBlend Markers and Watercolors. For this month’s Technique Blog Hop, I chose to feature these two wonderful items on my Shaded Seashell card that I created for my husband.

I knew that I wanted to keep this card simple and easy to re-create, so I began designing a blue background on a piece of watercolor paper.  I swished paint onto the paper using a Flat Waterbrush, quickly dried it with my heat tool, then stamped some random “sand” along the base with Almond Ink.  I used that same “sand” image to create white sea foam.

After stamping the sentiment with Intense Black Ink, I adhered the watercolor paper to a card base, then framed it with a Stitched Glacier Rectangle. Now the fun can begin! After stamping the seashell images with Intense Black, I pulled out a my TriBlend Markers and a few Shimmer Brushes. I was delighted by the fact that each marker had ALL THREE shades I needed to create shadows and dimension – no extra thought needed

Once the sea shell images were shaded, I used a Wisteria Shimmer Brush to add a little color, applied a touch of Gold Shimmer to the Sand Dollar, and drew a few little highlights with a White Gel Pen.  The shells were attached to the card with Foam Tape and a few Rose Gold Sequins added. How simple is that? 

Those TriBlends are some of my favorites to shade images with.  Each one comes with all three colors needed to shade and highlight your design.  Members of my VIP Group were able to watch a video showing how these NEW Markers work as they watched me use them to shade my Warm Wishes Card. To me, these are one of the better alcohol markers for crafters, like you and me, who wish create beautifully shaded images without breaking the bank.

Now ‘Hop” on over to Maz Wood’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas for Coloring Your World.

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Here is a list of some of the items I used on my project

Emboss It! – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to the Emboss It! CTMH Technique Blog Hop where we will be featuring a variety of projects using embossing techniques.  MissCarriesCreations-EmbossItBlogHop.jpgIf you have come here from Terry Metzger’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melissa’s Blog.

When it comes to paper crafting, there are two types of embossing techniques – Dry Embossing and Heat Embossing.  For my Birthday Wish card, I chose to feature Heat Embossing as I created a “faux” shaker card. I love how well the Mint and Almond play together with the vellum and white embossing powder. misscarriescreations-birthdaywishcard.jpgI began by stamping the background images onto Mint cardstock with VersaMark™ Ink using the Dandelion Wishes stamp set.  I found that the stamping was best done in stages. I stamped the top half of the cardstock with the large Dandelion image, added White Embossing Powder, then stamped the bottom half.

I then placed the three small “fluffs” onto a one-inch block, added a few random stampings, then sprinkled powder again. By stamping in stages, I was able to see where my images would best fit. After heating the embossing powder with a Heat Tool, I splattered Clear Shimmer onto the background.MissCarriesCreations-BirthdayWishDetail

The sentiment was also heat embossing on Vellum paper that had been inked on the back with Almond Ink. I chose to ink the vellum so that it would match the frame and dull the “whiteness” of the vellum. Once the Stitched frame was added, I adhered Sequins to the background to make it appear like a shaker card. I like how “faux” shaker cards have the look of a true shaker, but less bulk when mailing.

Now ‘Hop” on over to Melissa Robinson’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas. Remember, the Dandelion Wishes stamp set is only available through April 30th! Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit my website to order.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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