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It has been quite a while since I posted. The thing is, I went to Italy! Yep, you read that right, I went to Italy!

My daughter lives there with her husband and 3 children, my grandchildren. What a wonderful time. More about that in another post.

For now, I need to update my “With a Twist” class. While my cards from the previous post were well received by my instructors, they did not quite follow the criteria of the course. I have done some additional cards, “With a Twist” and I  hope you will like them.

I used the technique of creating some interest by cutting away a portion of the card to showcase part of the inside. As you can see, I made the background on the front of the card by stamping out a pattern with the “Adore You” stamp set and creating the center of the flowers with glitter circles to match the side glitter strip. I enjoyed using the Sunkissed Ink with the Frayed Leaf for my flowers. I like the color variations and how this card turned out.

With this card I used my die to create a window, or what’s called a “shaker card”.

I don’t often do cards for welcoming a new baby, but the ‘Little One” stamp and die set are perfect for this. There is just a sweetness to the set I was attracted to. I used the “Forest Glades” ink for my sentiment and to stamp the little onesie. These are random sequins I had on hand for my shaker.  I love how clean and crips the card looks with the white background mounted on a white card.

One little trick I have picked up over the years, is to save my packaging from stamp sets. I often cut them up and use the clear wrap the same way you would the acetate sheets.

Here’s a closer look.


My last card is done using vellum to create interest and mute some of the  silver mirror of this card. The “Forever in Love” stamp and die set is great for a couple at any stage of their relationship.  I adhered this beautiful stamped and colored image to the vellum using a black foam matt behind the bouquet. This not only created a large space to glue the vellum to the mirror card, it popped up my design. I then used additional sequins  and the sentiment to “cover up” my additional glue points. I watercolored this card using the “Fresh Lemon” and “Frayed Leaf” ink pads.

If you don’t have re-inkers you can  use your ink pads for watercoloring.

All you need to do is stamp some ink on a washable surface, and use it as your paint palette. Any acrylic block, or teflon mat will work fine. Here is that beautiful “Fresh Lemon” on an acrylic block.

Thanks for sticking around to the end. I had a lot to cover today, and I appreciate your time.

Thanks Y’all


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