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Sunday, January 21, 2018


Hey there, so, did you notice I disappeared for a while?  I think I shared in my last post (over a year ago) that we bought a new house.  Hubby and I remodeled it until it was ready to move in, moved, remodeled the old house and now we are working on the new house again.  Sooo needless to say, it's been a super busy year with absolutely no time to color.  To be honest, I wasn't even sure if I could remember how to get into my blog let alone create a post.  Sheesh...getting old!  LOL

Anyway, here's a shout out to one of my blog followers, Julie S.  She emailed me last month asking if everything was going well in my life and to say she misses seeing my creations.  It was very touching and, Julie, I appreciate your emails more than you know.  Julie gave me the much needed kick in the hiney to get back to my favorite hobby...paper crafting!  So here I am, dipping my toes back into the kiddie pool, with Kathy Racoosin's 30-day coloring challenge.  I haven't participated every day, but at least I'm coloring again!  *grin*  If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, I've been posting updates as I go.

Now, onto the aunt's birthday is next weekend, so I decided to make her a special card.  The adorable dragons were stamped with Tuxedo Black onto Neenah Solar White then colored with Copic markers.  I used the current MFT Color Challenge as inspiration...I'm so rusty, it seemed like a great starting point!  For the slider element, I actually cut three dragons and glued/stacked them for extra stability.  In hindsight, I think I should have stopped at two.  He's kind of heavy and doesn't slide as easily as he should.  Oh well, pretty sure my aunt will love him anyway!  I also used the cupcake from Happy Hippo to put in the dragon's arms.  I used MFT stencils and Clarity brushes for the sun and clouds.  Although I like the brushes, I think I prefer sponging...but that's just me.  *confession time*  After the card front was assembled, I noticed a fingerprint above the sentiment.  *sigh*  There was no way I was going to start over, so, out came the Flat Bottom Cloud dies!  I inked up the bottoms of them then popped them up on foam.  Problem solved!  Clear glaze pen was used on the cherry, and a clear sparkle pen was used on the dragon's wings, the frosting part of the cupcake and also on the tops of the clouds.  You can't see it in the pictures, but it was the perfect touch!

Here's the inside...I decided to color another of the dragons and masked his little face before stamping the balloons from Beary Special Birthday.  I added sparkle pen to his wings, balloons and the sentiment die cut before putting clear glaze pen on the balloons.

DRAGON'S BODY, EARS, WINGS:  R37, R35, R32  DRAGON'S TUMMY, NAILS, HORNS, SPINES:  R32, R30  CUPCAKE:  YR16, YR12, YR00, Y02, Y0000  CHERRY:  R37, R35  BALLOONS:  YR16, YR12, Y02, Y0000, B12, B00  GROUND:  C3, C1  CELEBRATE DIE CUT:  YR16, YR12

MFT THE BIRTHDAY PROJECT ~ Celebrate Good Times (it just said to incorporate the word "celebrate" into our card design; mine is on the inside panel...hope that's OK)
THE DAILY MARKER ~ 30-day Color Challenge

Well, I guess that's it...I hope I didn't forget anything.  Thanks for stopping by!

STAMPS:  MFT Birdie Brown (Magical Dragons, Beary Special Birthday, Happy Hippos)
PAPER:   Neenah Solar White 
INK:  Copic markers; Memento Tuxedo Black; Ranger Distress Ink (Tumbled Glass, Mustard Seed) 
ACCESSORIES:  Sizzix Big Shot, Spellbinders Prizm, MFT Die-namics (Magical Dragons, Hit the Slopes, Flat Bottom Cloud, Stitched Rectangle STAXS); PB Celebrations Creative Dies; TE Cloud Border; MFT Mix-ables Stencil (Radiating Rays, Mini Cloud Edges); Clarity Brushes; MISTI; MFT Spin & Slide Discs; scissors; Sakura Clear Glaze pen; Spectrum Noir Crystal Clear Sparkle pen; Zig 2-way Glue Pen; Inkssentials Glossy Accents; Scotch Permanent Mounting Tape; ATG tape
TECHNIQUE(S):  Slider card; masking
SIZE OF FINISHED PROJECT:  A2 (4 1/4" x 5 1/2")
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