Friday, October 21, 2016

Exploring Family History Blog Hop

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You've reached the last stop on today's hop and we hope you've enjoyed the journey.
If you arrived from Card A Day Challenge Blog, then you've traveled the course.  If you arrived from somewhere else be sure to check out all the hop stops listed at the bottom of the post.

Whether you've inherited family pictures, just written down the stories you've heard or
are starting now for future generations, family history is important to us all.

What was in Grandma's recipes?  What did Great Grandpa do for a living?
Where are we from and how did we get here?

These are all questions that we ask ourselves as scrapbookers, genealogists and family historians.

We've shown you lots of different takes on preserving and celebrating that history.

I've got a couple of projects for you too.
So take a peek and don't forget to comment for your chance to win a $20 gift from

I'll start with the projects I shared on my very first post on this blog back in 2010.

These were the gifts I gave for Christmas in 2009 to my Grandmother and my Mom.

I made my version of a Wordle , but made it with my Cricut and CDS (Cricut Design Studio) . The first one is a 12x24 that I created for my Grandmother who will be 85 this May and it has the word Family in the center with her name and Grandpa's surrounded by all the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren's names. This was a challenge and I made the mistake of using heavy watercolor paper which I had used a metallic gold stamp pad to highlight the texture of the paper. The problem with using this paper was that it was so thick that the fine details did not cut well and of course I had welded the whole thing so it was a bear to get off the mat without tearing. I used the Stone Script font and it was just to delicate for this application but I'd already jumped in with both feet so I changed it up for the remaining ones. My beautiful daughter Rachel helped to glue it down and it is by no means perfect or straight but Grandma Bernie loved it and it is proudly hanging in her living room.

When I did the second one I used just a good heavy cardstock and of course it was smaller but I did not weld the names together in CDS and just glued them down next to each other and it turned out much better. Mom loved it, although she wasn't surprised since we had already been to Christmas at Gram's house before she got hers.

Hope you enjoy them. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

I'll also share a fun page I made with me and my Grandma Bernie.
Don't think that heritage pages have to be stuffy, find the humor and make them colorful.

Thanks for hopping!
Happy Crafting

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Friday, October 7, 2016

A Year of Card Techniques October Blog Hop

It's month ten of our year long adventure 
into different card-making techniques, folds and paper crafting products.  
We hope you got the chance to hop with us each month.

It's not to late to hop and comment to be entered into our prize drawing.
If you missed any of the previous months,
 you can click on the month to be taken directly to the start of that month's hop. 
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This month we are playing with the Joseph's Coat or Black Magic technique.

We really love feedback,  
so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in today's hop.  
Each comment on the 12 hops throughout the year will be 
entered into a drawing for a $25 or Stampin' Up gift certificate 
(Winner's Choice). 

Here's a video to help you get started with this technique.

Now on with the projects!

I started with fall leaves and got creative with the colors I used as the overlay.
I used Ranger Distress Inks for the coloring and Ranger Gold Embossing Powder and Brutus Monroe Gilded and Silver powders too for a few of the leaves. 
I really like how the layering looks. 

For this next one I used blues and greens for the base layer and brown over the top.
I then used a silver over the top of all of it and burnished it.

I used the same silver ink and clear embossing powder to create the strip on the side 
and for the sentiment.

For the last card I used only red for the base layer and brown for the top. 

For the sentiments, I repeatedly stamped it with Versa Mark and then used burnished gold 
Perfect Pearls powder over it. 

I really like playing with this technique and hope you'll give it a try!

Happy Crafting

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