October 25, 2011

Try-it Tuesday: Ghosting

As part of my goal for ‘Blogtoberfest’ I am trying to have a schedule for the week. So far, I have H2H Mondays, try-it Tuesdays, 3-for Thursday, and Family Friday.

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For this Halloween card I tried out the ghosting technique.  First step is to stamp your image with VersaMark embossing ink, then cover your wet image with clear embossing powder.  Shake off excess, then use your heat gun to melt the embossing. 

When your embossing is cool, use a sponge or dauber and ink all around your images. The ink won’t stay on the embossing so get in there and ink away!

Next you will need an iron. Warm it to the hottest setting. When it is ready, place a scrap piece of paper over your embossed images. Iron over the top. (I used a towel as a buffer.) The embossing will melt away, and end up on your scrap paper.

And, there you have it! A negative image. Cool huh?

So, give it a try!

Happy Crafting Everyone!

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October 24, 2011

H2H Monday

I am loving the weekly Heart 2 Heart Challenges. I really have to think and step out of my creative comfort zone.

This week’s challenge was a Halloween/Autumn challenge. Check out their blog here.


I made this fun fall card with my mother-in-law in mind. Right now she is serving a LDS mission with her husband Gary. They are serving in the Washington D.C. Temple. She recently blogged about a trip they took to the Shenandoah Valley and gushed about the beautiful autumn colors. I hope this card does them justice.

For this card I used all Close To My Heart products. The paper is Colonial White, and accents from the Elemental paper line. The stamp set is ‘Harvest Happiness.’ And, EVERYTHING was cut using the Cricut- Art Philosophy cartridge. I am so in love with this cartridge!

Just a quick reminder…there is only one week left in October, which means there is only one week left to purchase the Stamp of the Month ‘Holiday Magic’ With a purchase of $50 you qualify to get this great stamp set for just $5!($17.95 value)


I have used this stamp set so much already! I am loving the versatility!

Happy Crafting Everyone!

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October 19, 2011

Wonderland Workshop Card #2

Here is card #2 of the four for this Wonderland Workshop. This workshop includes 8 cards. (4 designs, 2 each) The cost is $15/$5 when you spend $30 on CTMH products. We’ll be meeting on November 3rd at 7pm. I have room for 8-10 people. If you are interested in attending email me:

melissamcdanielscraps (at) gmail (dot) com

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Happy Crafting everyone!

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October 18, 2011

Wonderland Card Workshop #1

Hi again everyone! So today’s post is one of four cards I am offering at my next workshop. This workshop will consist of 8 cards. (4 styles, 2 each) The cost for this workshop will be $15/$5 if you spend $30 in CTMH products. I’m tentatively planning this workshop for Thur., Nov. 3rd at 7pm. I have room for 8-10 people so if you’re interested email me:

melissamcdanielscraps (at) gmail (dot) com

And here is the first card in the workshop: IMG_7813 copyIMG_7814 copy

I just LOVE the brown/blue color combination of the Wonderland kit. Plus, I cannot sing enough praises to the exclusive CTMH Cricut Cartridge, Art Philosophy. I cut out the snowflakes, circle, and scallop with it. Seriously, the last cartridge you’ll ever NEED! But, of course not the last one you’ll WANT! (he!he!)

Just a reminder, October is more than half gone. You really don’t want to miss out on this month’s Stamp of the month ‘Holiday Magic’

Happy Crafting Everyone!

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October 17, 2011

My First Heart 2 Heart Challenge

I have made some goals for my blog. I was inspired by the blog Fabulously Artsy, and her ‘Blogtoberfest’ challenge. So, I stepped out of my comfort zone, and tried this week’s H2H challenge. You can too! Check it out here.

This week’s challenge was all about the numbers, and here is my interpretation of that:

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I used Close to my Heart’s Elemental Line. I think it is the perfect paper for just about anything!

Just a reminder, this month only, when you purchase $50 or more, you qualify for the Stamp of the month for just $5! This month’s ‘Holiday Magic’ is beautiful! I am so loving how versatile it is!



Happy Crafting everyone!

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October 2, 2011

October! Already!

Wow, I can't believe how fast this year has gone. Can you? But, with the coming of a new month means a new Stamp of the Month Set. This month's is "Holiday Magic."  I just ordered this yesterday and am anxiously waiting so I can get my Christmas cards ready this year.

You can pick this stamp set here. And, with a $50 purchase is only $5!

Aren't all these images great!? Show me all your great designs!

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