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Caffeine and Sarcasm

It's not that often a sentiment stamp makes me literally laugh out loud, but Technique Junkies' "Prison Orange" Cling Stamp definitely did, so I couldn't wait to pair it with my Eyelet Outlet Coffee Brads for snarky card perfection: I put Hickory Smoke Distress Ink through the smaller side of Michelle Ward's Hex Pattern Stencil, then outlined with a Sepia Pitt Pen. I traced one of the hexagons from the larger side of the same stencil to use as a home for my coffee cup and coffee bean; then I stamped the sentiment in Vintage Photo Distress Ink and traced...

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Seal of Approval

My love affair with sealing wax continues! This time I'm playing with Elegant Icon XL Brass Wax Seals in Rose, Fleur de Lis, Cherub and Teapot designs from The Ink Pad. I've made a bunch of sweet vintage style tags to show them off. This style of seal makes a square impression, which frankly took me a few tries to get right; but once I realized that the crucial factor is *centering* the seal on the puddle of wax, I was good to go! I really like using Glue Gun Sealing Wax, and these tags we made with Freund Mayer's...

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On the Grid

The Ink Pad's exclusive line of NYC-themed stamps and stencils, designed by Michelle Ward, is a constant source of inspiration. This card features Michelle's beautiful Downtown Map Stamp against a grid of Manhole Covers.   The card makes use of both the Manhole Hex and the Manhole NYC sets, each of which contains three different 2" round manhole stamps and two very useful 3.75 x 2.75" stamps which are patterns inspired by the various manhole covers that can be seen around Manhattan. There's also a Mini Manhole set which has 1" versions of all six manhole covers, plus two fun...

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Bloomin' Awesome

I love stickers, generally; and Appree Pressed Flower Stickers particularly. There are nearly thirty different varieties and I expect I will work my way through most of them, but today I decided to use up some open packs of Lilac, Apple Blossom, Ivy, Bracken, Rapeseed Flowers and Butterflies. I've paired them with my Dina Wakley Alphabet Stencils. In each letter of my sentiments, I blended Bundled Sage and Rustic Wilderness Distress Oxides with Picket Fence Studios' Life Changing Blender Brushes and when dry I outlined with a Pitt Artist Pen. Then came the fun part... adding the stickers! As noted...

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The Magic of Opaque Pens

There are few things more magical in the Craftiverse than an opaque pen which writes smoothly and shows up really well on black paper. Here are the newest ones I've added to my arsenal: Metallic Poscas, Zig Acrylistas and the good old Uniball Signo which, if anything, is even better than I remembered!   Posca Pens are arguably *the* name in opaque paint pens for use on a variety of surfaces, so it won't be too surprising to hear that their metallic paint pens are every bit as good. In these samples I've used the 5mm bullet tip in Metallic...

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