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Christmas in July - Week 2 layered backgrounds

Hi everyone and welcome to week two of my Christmas in July series. This week we are creating a layered background using some texture paste, stencils and ephemera. 

If you would like to see my process video, you can check out the link below. 

This is one of my favorite techniques. It is one of the easier techniques in my opinion, but many people seem to have difficulty with this one.  Perhaps because it is all about aesthetics.  

When I am creating my layered card, I try several variations of my background until I get it exactly how i want it. Once I am happy with the background, I take a picture of it so that I have a visual to re create the layout.

To create the background, I used a Tim Holtz stencil, and some texture paste.  Once the texture paste was dry, I added some color using some distress crayons. I also added some gold highlights using some Nuvo paste. 

When layering my ephemera, I begin by just adding collage medium to the middle part of the ephemera. This enables me to add laye…

Happy Birthday Shery - STAMPlorations

Hi everyone and welcome to our Birthday celebration! We are celebrating Shery's birthday who is the owner of STAMPlorations!  
It has been a privilege to be part of the design team and I am so thankful we  have such a wonder leader and friend in Shery!

I decided to go traditional and create a black and white birthday card. I created the background using a stencil and some texture paste.  To create a little more interest, I added some washi tape.

finally I stamped my happy birthday sentiment with some black archival ink.

Be sure to check out the shop as there is a sale going on right now that will get you 25% off! 

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Christmas in July - Week 1

Hello crafty friends and Merry Christmas!!? What? Yes I said Merry Christmas! All month long I will be celebrating Christmas in July! I will be creating a Christmas project every week and sharing it with you. I hope to give you some inspiration and ideas so you can have a head start on your holiday projects.

For my first project, I created a Polar Express theme'd Christmas card. I used the Pocket die from Tim Holtz that houses a printed Polar Express ticket.

If you would like to see my process video, you can check it out here. 

The tickets were free printables I found on Pinterest. I created links below so you can find them as well. This ticket was created by TGIF-This Grandma is fun. You can download her printable, but you will need to re size it.  I resized the ticket below and it fits perfectly for use with Sizzix Ticket Booth Die set.

The Smaller ticket was created by Par-tay like a Cherry. I resized this ticket as well to fit into one of the smaller ticket die cuts.
I was able to …

Travelers Postcard Notebook

Whenever I go on trips, I like to collect pieces of ephemera to remind me of my adventure. These could be ticket stubs to museums, receipts and even hotel stationary.

I also like to make little notes to document our memories. I created this Patriotic Post Card Journal to capture such moments for travels through the U.S.A. 
Using the Sizzix die cut, Cut out the Front, Back and binding of the Book from the Hot Fudge Thickstock. Cut out the Red and white paper and Blue and white Floral paper using the same die set and adhere to the Brown Thickstock

Cut out 12 pages using the die cut from various Americana theme'd paper Packs.
Book has three signatures. Each Signature has 4 pages. Bind these signatures together using the twine.
Create pockets using scraps of the Paper to tuck journal cards and ephemera
Cut out mini post cards from the American Vintage Paper Pack and add to various tucks and pockets. Decorate outside of Book With Patriotic ephemera, stamps and Paper doll.
This is a fun little…