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TGCDT September 2019 Blog Hop - Pretty Peacocks

After a few short technical difficulties with YouTube wanting to stream a blank black box, you get to see my video.  During this comedy special, be sure to watch for the 2019 ink dauber earthquake, my famous Darth Vader impression, and finally my skilled "how to stamp your sentiment after you've already adhered your matte to the front of the card - with dimensional no less...."  please enjoy! 

peacock cards

The Noble Peacock Suite found on pages 24-25-26 of the Annual Catalogue is such a beautiful collection of creative tools.  From the six foil papers - three with embossed patterns, to the intricate dies and layered stamps, there are so many creative possibilities.

I must admit that I was a bit overwhelmed by the bright colours at first, but they quickly grew on me, and I have had such fun creating.  Today I want to share two cards with you, that work well together and use parts of each other in the design.  

Window Card
  • - Card base is Old Olive regular card stock cut at 8.5" x 5.5" and scored in the middle at 4.25"
  • - Peek-through matte cut at 4" x 5.25" from the embossed Old Olive foil sheet
  • - Window cut with the large oval or stitched labels die 
  • - Interior matte cut at 4" x 5.25" from Whisper White
  • - Peacock stamped on Whisper White piece cut at 4" x 5.25" 
  •       - Night of Navy (dark blue) used on body
  •       - sponge daubers used on feathers in Call me Clover (bright green) & Eggplant (purple) inks
  •       - Second layer stamp done in Marina Mist (light blue)
  •       - Coloured in with LIGHT blends: Granny Apple, Balmy Blue, Soft Sea Foam, Purple Posey 
  • - Sentiment stamped in Night of Navy on Whisper White - cut with 1.75" circle punch
  • - 2" Scalloped punch from Blueberry Bushel used behind sentiment 

 Foil Peacock Card
  • - Card base is Pretty Peacock regular card stock cut at 8.5" x 5.5" and scored in the middle at 4.25"
  • - Matte cut at 4" x 5.25" from the embossed Pretty Peacock foil sheet and rounded with Trio Punch
  • - Second layer from the window piece cut from the first card
  • - Interior matte cut at 4" x 5.25" from Whisper White
  • - Foil peacock cut in two layered pieces using the intricate peacock die
  •       - one full one cut from the plain Old Olive foil 
  •       - one body section cut from a scrap of the Blueberry Bushel foil and trimmed  
  • - Sentiment stamped (before gluing the matte to the card!) in Night of Navy
  • - Decorated with Noble Peacock Rhinestones 

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Visit All The Other Talented Crafters In This Blog Hop

Barry & JayBruno BertucciIan PotterJason LoucksMartin Stone

Catching Up & Making Fun Shaker Cards

shaker cards 1
I admit I have been somewhat delinquent in posting here since my first video blog in August for the new Gentlemen Crafters group, but honestly I have been overwhelmed with other daytime-job work and preparing for an upcoming crafting event that I am co-hosting.  That said, I did find some time every day to do a little creating - finishing up old projects, packaging up cards to go to the gift shop, and organizing my Fall and Winter classes.

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August Paper Pumpkin & Add-On Has Amazing Design Potential

August Paper Pumpkin Kit

I am absolutely in love with the August Paper Pumpkin colours - stamps - embellishments and possible design ideas.  The kit itself was not only cute with the little goody bags, but an amazing value too.  They really hit this one out of the park!  I don't think we've had a kit with so many die cut pieces - in so many colours, ribbon and twine, printed vellum elements etc. The box was full, and well worth the money.

If that wasn't enough to tickle your fancy - some didn't like the idea of goody or gift bags, all you had to do was add on the Gift of Fall card and envelope set, and a whole world of other possibilities opened up. We can generally find ways to use Paper Pumpkin supplies to make cards, but with the card pack, you don't even have to think about how you might alter something to use on a card.  As you can see, I used bits and pieces from the kit and the add-on card pack and quickly came up with 8 varied card designs.  The cards in the bottom left are my version of a similar card I saw on Pintrest from Rachael Tessman of Stamp Your Art Out

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TGCDT August 2019 Blog Hop - Creating With Mosaic Moods

I am so privileged and elated to have been invited to join a new all-male group of stampers from around the world; The Gentlemen Crafters Design Team presently consisting of seven stampers/paper crafters. This represents a number of firsts for me, my first blog-hop, my first video blog post, and my first time receiving exposure to stampers all over the world.  I hope you all enjoy what I share here today.
Mosaic Tile Is The Inspiration
From the moment I first saw the Mosaic Moods DSP - I knew I was going to create some beautiful cards with this glossy accents paper, and I knew that I would be fussy cutting all those roses and humming birds and popping them up to be 3D. They are simply GORGEOUS!

I'm sure I'm not the only one who thought about this, and I have indeed seen many beautiful card designs from my fellow crafters doing just that.  I don't propose to present anything earth shattering or totally unique here - just my creative take on how to use these beautiful papers in a couple simple ways.

I'm rarely in the position to have all the parts of a suite, so I try to create the most I can with just the DSP, and maybe the stamp set. I present here for you today, six cards that you can easily make with just the DSP and any stamp sets and paper you have at your disposal. I did use one embossing folder, but it is not absolutely necessary if you don't own one - your cards will be just as beautiful using what you have.  Please enjoy.   

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