News from the Crop

I spent last weekend at the Oakland County Fairgrounds fund-raiser crop. It is tiring, but so much fun. I love the people there.

This time, I had a brand-new product in my store … button flowers made by my friend Kendra. One of the croppers was so excited, she showed me how she used them.

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Aren’t they adorable?!

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I also had a customer who learned how to make Mosaic Moments pages last year, make this one this year … isn’t it gorgeous!

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And, of course, I taught some new people how to create with Mosaic Moments … this one isn’t finished (she has to add her title and journaling), but isn’t it fabulous! She learned some advanced cutting techniques in order to do it. I love it!

This weekend, I’m in Grand Blanc at Holy Family Church’s Parish Center. Stop by and say hi!

Ludington Lighthouse

This spring, my husband and I took a little vacation to Ludington, a town on Lake Michigan in northern Michigan. It was a working vacation (I was a vendor at a crop there), but we stayed in a hotel and enjoyed the drive and it was a nice break.

I created this page of our trip to see the lighthouse …

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We only spent a few minutes at the lake because the wind was strong and cold, but I still managed to take dozens of photos.

I wanted to keep it simple and let the photos shine, so I just did a bit of embellishing on the title block.

I started with the new Pumpkin colored grid paper from Mosaic Moments. I combined two pictures across the top to make a panoramic view.

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I used some of the new Lighthouse Peel-Offs from Elizabeth Craft Designs. I put them upside down (sticky side up) on my non-stick craft sheet. Then I placed a sheet of white cardstock on top, flipped the whole thing over and then colored it with Copics.

I used Stampin’ Up cardstock (by accident) which worked surprisingly well with the Copic Markers. I would not use it for blending, but I was able to get smooth color on it.

Once colored, I cut the images out and then adhered them to the title block. I used dimensional foam adhesive under the life-preserver to add a bit of depth.

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Finally, I added cork letter stickers from American Crafts.

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Ruby Rock-It and Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog Hop

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Hello Ruby Rock-It and Elizabeth Craft Designs Fans! We are very excited to be partnering together this month, and to bring you this fun blog hop!

Each of our companies is offering a beautiful prize! Here’s all the fun details on how you will be eligible to win!
Start at the beginning of our hop right here! And then simply follow the order listed below, making sure you stop and leave some love in the comments section for each designer! Please make sure to include your email in the comments section, so we will be able to contact you should you win!
For additional chances to win:
“Like” Ruby Rock-It and Elizabeth Craft Designs on Facebook, and leave a comment, letting us know you came from our blog hop.
Comments will close Friday, October 10th at 11:59pm PST, and we will announce our winners the following week! Be sure to come back next week to see if you have won!
Ruby Rock-It is offering our beautiful Essence Empire Bebe collection to one lucky winner!
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And the Elizabeth Craft Designs prize is a package full of fun Peel-Offs from their new collection, Stand Up Helpers Set 2 and a pack of Watercolor paper.
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I am the last stop on the hop … thank you for continuing all the way to the end! You should have arrived here from Kaka Costa‘s blog.
 I created a card with papers and embellishments from Ruby Rock-It’s Handi Scandi collection and the Katie Label Accordion Die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs. I fell in love with the glittered moose paper and I wanted it to be prominent in my design.ruby_Candy_spiegel2Here is the front of my card …
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1. Cut out 2 panels with the Katie Label die set and one panel without using the die.
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3. Ink the edges and and adhere the panels together as shown above. Cut off the tabs from each of the panels.
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4. Cut an extra piece and adhere just the edges to the third panel to serve as a pocket. Tuck tags inside.
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5. Use the decorative corner die that comes with the Katie Label die set and cut out four corners. Adhere them to the pocket and add Glitter Dots to them. Then, add apple embellishments.
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6. For the first panel, add pear embellishments.
7. For the second panel, cut out the word Thank You from an Elizabeth Craft Designs’ die and adhere it. Add an apple embellishment and a few Glitter Dots.
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8. For the cover, I cut one of the floral borders into three pieces and attached it to the front. Add the Hello embellishment.
I hope you enjoyed this blog hop. Good luck at winning one of the fabulous prizes!
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Embossing the Possibilities

This month’s challenge on Scrap It Girl is to use embossing folders … or, if you don’t have any, pre-embossed paper.

I wanted to show off a couple of techniques, so I made a card.

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I started with Shimmer Sheetz in blue, red and silver.

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For the background, I embossed blue Shimmer Sheetz with the Bouquet embossing folder from Elizabeth Craft Designs. Then, I sanded the top, which made parts of it clear. I mounted this to a white cardstock base.

Next, I cut flowers out of both silver and red Shimmer Sheetz using dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs and a metal adaptor plate.

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I used the dotted folder (also from ECD) to emboss the silver flower. Then, I swiped a StazOn ink pad over the top to color the raised dots.

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I added a little ribbon, and the card is done … simple, but detailed!

Now it is your turn. Create a project with embossing folders and share your link at Scrap It Girl. You could win some fabulous prizes!

Celebrate Fall

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Welcome Fall! I love fall. It is one of my favorite times of year. I love those crisp, cool evenings and mild, sunny days. The sky seems bluer and the sun seems brighter in the fall. And then Mother Nature offers a generous treat as leaves turn orange, yellow and red. It is beautiful!

So, when we were asked to make a fall project for this month’s Elizabeth Crafts Designs’ Designers Challenge, I jumped at the opportunity to bring some of those fall colors into my house with a banner.

This banner uses BRAND-NEW TAG DIES from Elizabeth Crafts Designs. The dies come in pieces so you can make dozens of different tags out of the same set of dies. I chose to use Tags & More 3 — Leaves to make the banner.

The banners are easy to use and I wanted to give you step-by-step directions to show you how.IMGP0838 1. Cut cardstock 4×5″. Tape outer die onto cardstock with removable tape (I use Washi Tape). Run it through die-cutter.IMGP0839 2. Remove first die and lay on leaves die — matching holes and making sure it is even. Tape it down and die cut it.IMGP0841 3. Use scissors to trim the edge of the die-cut portion off. Then use a paper trimmer to make the rest of the tag the same width. With this system, the tag can be any length.

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IMGP0843 5. To create a back panel to provide color behind the leaves, cut a piece of cardstock (or paper) 4×2″. Tape the curved die and die cut it. Then adhere it to the back of the tags.

IMGP08466. Use a variety of colors and patterns to repeat the tags, so they look like this. (I used paper from Doodlebug’s new fall line Friendly Forest).

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7. Cut out a variety of photo corners, flowers and leaves from the die set and adhere as shown. I also added some strips of paper. Coat fall Peel-Offs with Elizabeth Craft Designs Silk Microfine Glitter and color with Copics. Cut out designs and adhere as shown.
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8. I painted chipboard letters and included those, as well. I used brads to cover the hole in the flowers, but you could also paper or a gem.

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9. Tie tulle (May Arts) to first and last tags at the top. Also use it to connect each of the tags together.

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10. I decided to go back to my finished banner and add hangers. I used a Crop-A-Dile and decorative eyelet, but you could also use the circle die to make the holes, if you did it before the tags were all decorated. Then, attach twine (May Arts) to the tags to serve as hangers.

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