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Tea for Two...or Three

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Is there anything more peaceful than having a cup of tea and a long visit with a friend? Taking time from our busy days and just “being” instead of “doing” is a rare treat. I have dedicated some time before the rush of Christmas and the New Year to just sit and share the moments with a few friends and let them know how much they mean to me. Serve special teas and homemade cookies!



Supplies:

•Any of the Arnold Grummer® paper making kits & paper press
•Blender, strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
•A sunny window
•Scraps of off white & tan paper (think junk mail, etc.)
•Dark brown card stock for cards
•Envelopes to fit cards
Rycraft®  # 353 “Cup of Tea”, #318 “Tea Time” & # 495 Tea Leaves cookie or paper
        casting stamps
•Stamps: Marianne Designs™ #KJ1710 “Tea is like…..” & #KJ1707 “There is…..”
         Unknown: “A cup of tea…”
•Tonic Studios™ paper trimmer
•Scor-Pal™
•Beacon ZipDryTM adhesive
•Double sided foam
•ColorBox™ Archival ink pad “Mudslide”
•Prismacol…

Falling In Love With Fall

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Fall really is my favorite time of year…perhaps being born in early November has something to do with it…smile. I breathe in the cool air and marvel at the changing colors of the leaves. Knowing that it is the beginning of a time of rest for the plants, animals, people and the planet  is soothing.




Supplies:

•Any of the Arnold Grummer® paper making kits & paper press
•Blender, cello sponges and soft towels
•A sunny window
•Scraps of off white/tan paper (think junk mail, etc.)
•Kraft and brown card stock for card bases & layers.
•Envelopes to fit cards
•Embossing folders: Darice™ “Fall”, Creative Expressions™  “Woven”
•Stamp: Quiet Fire Designs™ #5930 “I am the connection….”
•Tonic Studios™ Tangerine die cutting and embossing machine
•Tonic Studios™ paper trimmer
•Hinged stamp positioner
•Scor-Pal™
•Beacon ZipDryTM adhesive
•Thin linen cord
•ColorBox™ Dyestress Blendable ink pads: Fall colors
                                 ColorBox Archival ink pad Mudslide

Instructions:

1.Follo…

Christmas Shaker Cards

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Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here with a new set of Christmas Shaker cards using Arnold Grummer Papermaking kits.


I've used left over papers from other projects.  For each card, I used the remaining die cut panels and frayed the edges.


I adhered a plastic sheet to each panel, and Using my MISTI, I stamped phrases in the lower corner with StazOn ink.  Using the MISTI ensured that if I had to restamp the phrase that it would line up correctly.


I placed foam tape around the panels and placed dew drops in the cavities before adhering the backing.

Finally I added flowers and leaves to the corners.

Thanks for stopping by.

Steph


People & Time

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I fell in love with these two stamps from Suzanne Cannon at QuietFire Designs and knew they would be perfect for some friends “cheering up” cards. Since I always make extra sheets of handmade papers and often add color to several sheets of handmade paper at a time, I already had the makings ready to go. The cards actually went together in about 5 minutes each but I am including the instructions from the beginning…smile.



Supplies:

•Any of the Arnold Grummerr® paper making kits & paper press
•Blender, cello sponges and soft towels
•A sunny window
•Scraps of white paper (think junk mail, etc.)
•AG Flower/Leaf Press #395
•Real leaves (pressed and dried)
•Hinged stamp positioner
•Stamps: Quiet Fire Designs™ : # 6249 “Some people….”. #6331 “The only time…”
•Peach & Turquoise card stock 5 ½ x 8 ½”
•Envelopes to fit cards
•Scor-Pal™
Beacon ZipDryTM adhesive
•ColorBox™ Dystress Blendable inks:#23109 Graphite, # 23102 salmon, # 23111 Palomino,
        #23101 Fruit Punch, # 23116 Capri, …

Christmas Cards with handmade papers

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Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here with Christmas cards.  Christmas is not too far away so it's never too early to start creating.



Selecting  red and green handmade papers, I decided to create a Christmas card using Stampendous Stamps and dies.


The truck and phrase were stamped and die cut from red paper.  The tree and packages were stamped and die cut from green paper.

The background paper was embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder and then lightly inked with VersaFine Clair green ink.

A large green circle was added to the card and the car was adhered on top.  The packages and trees were colored with markers and added to the truck with foam adhesives. 

The phrase was stamped and die cut and added to the card with foam adhesives.


Thanks for stopping by.

You Are Always In My Thoughts

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With the holidays getting closer, more people find themselves needing some cheering up. I wonder if it is because the days are getting shorter, trees are starting to loss their leaves, the year is coming to an end and we are all needing a good rest! But life is getting busier and more hectic with the three major holidays to deal with. Time to get busy and create some cards with uplifting messages….just might send some to myself…smile.


Supplies:
•Any of the Arnold Grummer® paper making kits & paper press •Blender, cello sponges and soft towels •A sunny window •Scraps of white paper (think junk mail, etc.)   •Stamps: QuietFire Designs™ #6407 “You never know…..” & #6005 “Invisible tears…”          (LOVE these stamps!!!) •Beacon ZipDryTM adhesive •Double sided foam tape •ColorBox™ Dyestress Blendable inks: #23109 Graphite, #23117 Bumble Bee (grey card),          @23113 Aster, #2308 Heather, # 23100 Posey, # 23101 Fruit Punch, # #23106 Scuba          (purple card), Archival ink pad:…

Buffalo & Quail Icons

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So many of the Native Peoples designs and icons resonate with me and are beautiful all on their own. The buffalo and quail are two of my favorites and are perfect to use for some fall and autumn cards.


Supplies:

•Any of the Arnold Grummer® paper making kits
•Blender, strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
•A sunny window
•Scraps of tan paper (think junk mail, etc.)
•Scraps of tan handmade paper to die cut
•Medium brown card stock and envelopes
•Dies: Fall and Autumn: unknown
Tonic Studios™ Tangerine die cutting and embossing machine
•Tonic Studios™ paper trimmer
•Scor-Pal™
•Tonic Studios™ Craft Tacky
•Prismacolor™  brown pencil
•Paper stump 
•Organic patterned embossing folder

Instructions:

1.Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create
        tan slurry and cast one or more of each of the Native American designs. 
2.Allow the casting to dry.
3.Use the brown pencil to lightly apply shading around the icons, darker next to them and
        li…