It has been a long time since the last time I created a mini album. I have made a few for my mom and  for myself but honestly, I had forgotten how easy and fun it can be to make them. Today, I am sharing a mini album  of my trip to Arizona and I created it using products from the Noteworthy Collection by Richard Garay.

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Along with the fabulous Noteworthy products, I used some other supplies that I already had in my stash: rings, punches, decorative tape, foil card stock, ribbons, and some clear badge holders that I used as mini page protectors😀

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I started by printing out a small size of my pictures and matting them with white card stock. Then I cut six  rectangles (4″x3″) from black card stock and from different Noteworthy Prints (double sided patterned papers).  I trimmed the patterned papers in half, some horizontally and some vertically, and I adhered them over the black rectangles.

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I randomly sorted the mini pages and I started adhering the pictures, one on each page. I used some of the words that are included in a stamp set called Noteworthy. I gold embossed the words over vellum strips, and I used them as titles on some of the pages, including the very first page.

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As embellishments for the pages, I put small pieces of decorative tape and some heart and star shapes that were punched from foil card stock. The pages are really small, so the only extra embellishments that I put were some clear gemstones here and there.  I did not want to make the pages too bulky, because I knew they had to fit inside the protectors.

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To make the base of the album, where the journal  is (last page), I used a thick card stock (4.5″ x 4″)  covered with patterned paper on both sides, and  I perforated two holes for the rings. I adorned those ring with pieces of ribbon.

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Here you can see the order of the pages, before I assembled the album…

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I made a few changes after I took these pictures (I changed some of the words, I added more gemstones, etc) but basically is the same and you can see better what I did on each page.  One of the things that I like about this type of mini album with rings, is that you can always add more pages later if you want:)

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Well, that’s all from me for today, I will be back soon to share another project.

Thanks for stopping by :) Have a wonderful crafty rest of the week!

marianasignat

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Just a little post to share about this…

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If you have some Hero Arts on your wish list… This is a great opportunity to shop:)

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Happy Friday everyone!  One of my favorite stamp sets from the Hero Arts 2016 Catalog is the one that I am featuring today. This pretty set is called You’re So Lovely

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What I like the most about this set is that the designs of the flowers and leaves are clean and graphic, which made me feel inspired to create with them.   I chose a two color combination to create a partial background.

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I started by stamping the three flowers over a white panel with Bubble Gum Mid Tone Shadow Ink. Then, I stamped the leaves images several times in between and over the floral images with Soft Olive Shadow Ink. I did not worry about overlapping the images because I knew since the beginning that I was going to create dimensional elements that would cover the overlapped images😉  To create the dimensional flowers,  I stamped the flowers again on a piece of white card stock, and I die cut them using its matching dies. I also die cut a piece of foam, which  I used to add dimension.

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I adhered the two pieces and I placed them over the panel, covering the previously stamped flower images. To finish this card,  the sentiment was stamped with the new Intense Black ink , the panel adhered over a green card base, and embellished with some yummy sequins that coordinate with the color combo.

Another reason for creating this card using floral motifs was to remind you that there is still time to  participate  in the current Hero Arts challenge :) Please click on the image below to see the details…

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Well, that’s all from me for today, I will be back soon to share another project.

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Thanks for stopping by :) Have a wonderful crafty weekend!

marianasignat

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Hello! Today I am featuring products from the Make Amazing Happen Collection by Richard Garay. This collection is very pretty. It includes floral motifs, geometric patterns as well as handwritten sentiments. So, I created a layered card to showcase some of those fun products:

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For this card, I started by creating a card base from red card stock. Then, I made a rectangle with patterned paper from the Make Amazing Printed Paper.  I also die cut a red rectangle with the  Abstract Pattern shape and I layered the two pieces on top of the card base.

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After that, I die a cut circle from vellum, and I adhered it to the card with glue dots. Then, I stamped and die cut three leaves from the Amazing Blooms stamp/die set.  Next, I arranged the leaves over the card with glue dots.

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Then, I stamped and die cut the sentiment from the Make Amazing stamp/die set.  I also die cut the shape using foam to add a little bit of dimension. I adhered the two pieces together and I layered them over  the vellum circle and leaves.

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After that, I stamped the flower from the same set, and I trimmed it with scissors. Next,  I adhered the flower with a foam square. Finally, I embellished the card with some clear gemstones.

Here you can see the steps:

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If you liked the products that I showed today, please click >>>HERE<<< to see the complete collection and there you can also  pre-order your favorite products.

Well, that’s all from me for today, I will be back soon to share another project.

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Thanks for stopping by :) Have a wonderful crafty week!

marianasignat

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I have always thought that creating something for my husband or my sons is kind of difficult, specially because I love using all sort of girly stuff, like flowers, birds, butterflies, etc.  So, when I saw the complete collection of Lumberjack by Richard Garay, I just loved it. This collection  can be  used for the men in your life, and you can always give your projects a feminine twist if you want.

Today I am sharing a simple project using this new collection. I create a set of bookmarks for my husband. He loves reading with his iPad, but he still reads normal books… and besides that he has a beard now:)

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I began by cutting long rectangles from three different colors of card stock.  Then, I stamped the backgrounds by using some of the small images of the following stamp sets:  Hey Bro!, So Plaid, Plaid Shirt, and Bromance. I used white pigment ink to create the background  on the darker colors of card stock, and red  and gray for the lighter colors.

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I stamped the big images to create a focal point for each of the bookmarks, and then I die cut them with their matching frames. I aligned them towards the right edge, and I trimmed off part of the image.

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I also stamped a sentiment and I enhanced them with Journey Glaze. I love doing this. Journey Glaze is by far one of my favorites products from Fun Stampers Journey:)

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Next, I trimmed the upper corners of the bookmarks with scissors. You can use a pre-madetag as a guide to get a perfect cut of the corners:) After that, I adhered a small black circle as reinforcement  and I punched a hole to it. Finally, I put a mix of bakers twine to embellish them.

If you haven’t seen all the new Richard Gary Collections, you can take a look in the link below. The new collections will be released in the next few months, so stay tuned 😉

Well, that’s all from me for today, I will be back soon to share another project.

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Thanks for stopping by :) Have a wonderful crafty rest of the week!

marianasignat

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Hello! Today I am back to share a card that I made using a couple of products from the new Hero Arts 2016 Catalog.

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First, I created a background with a  watercolor paper panel and watercolors. I adhered the panel to a card base ( Sunshine Layering Paper) and then, I stitched left and right edges. After that I created the focal images, which are two woodblock stamps called  Potted Succulent and Small Potted Succulent.

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I stamped the images over a piece of watercolor paper with Intense Black ink (this ink is waterproof for watercolor and markers), and then I colored them with watercolors:) Next, I used their matching dies to cut the images.  Finally,  I stamped a sentiment  with Intense Black Ink (Celebrate Tag Stamp & Cut by Lia), and I adhered the potted Succulents with foam dots.

If you haven’t seen it yet, here is the Hero Arts 2016 Catalog:

Please don’t forget that the Hero Arts Challenge is still waiting for you to participate:) Please click on the image below to see the details about it.

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Well, that’s all from me for today, I will be back soon to share another project.

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Thanks for stopping by :) Have a wonderful crafty week!

marianasignat

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Happy Friday, everyone! Here is a card that I created using a stamp set from the Richard Garay Collection called Noteworthy. This particular set is also named Noteworthy and it includes several sentiments that can either be used independently or as a combination of two or more.

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To create the background I stamped an image from a Celebrations Collection set called Brush Strokes along with two colors of ink (grey and yellow). The word “thanks” was simply stamped with black ink, and enhanced with Journey Glaze. I also splattered Fun Stampers Journey Silver Silk all over the panel.

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Finally, I added a thin strip of patterned paper at the bottom of the panel, and I embellished the card with linen thread along with some clear gemstones .

If you haven’t seen all the new Richard Gary Collections, you can take a look in the link below. The new collections will be released in the next few months, so stay tuned 😉

Well, that’s all from me for today, I will be back soon to share another project.

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Thanks for stopping by :) Have a wonderful crafty weekend!

marianasignat

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If you are coming from Kathy Rascoosin’s blog you are in the right direction :D Today is special because  ALL the new amazing 2016 products have been added to the Hero Arts store, so this is the right time to fulfill your wish-list😉

So as part of the celebration, I  made a card featuring a set called: Mason Jar Bugs

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First, I created the main panel of my card with  watercolor paper. I created the watercolor background using three colors of Gelatos (pink, purple, blue). Then, I stamped the Mason jar image with the new Intense Black Ink. I have to point out that this new ink is alcohol-marker friendly :):):) I love that.  After that, I matted the panel with a layering paper rectangle (Azure Color), and I stitched the edges.

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Next, I stamped the bugs images with Intense Black Ink, and I colored them with alcohol markers on a piece of watercolor paper. Then, I die cut the images with its matching dies.  I adhered them onto the panel with foam squares. Then, using Passion Flower Mid-Tone Shadow Ink,  I stamped Garden Bold Prints over a folded card (Iris color). Next, I adhered the main panel over the card base. Finally, I white-embossed a short sentiment over a strip of black card stock, I adhered it with foam squares, and I embellished the card with some gemstones.

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As always, Hero Arts is giving away four $25 shopping sprees, drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop. Please comment by 11:59pm PT on Sunday, February 14.  The winner will be announce on the Hero Arts blog the following week. Hop along and comment for more chances to win! Your next stop is the blog of talented Debby Hughes :)

Here is the complete list of participants:

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Lia Griffith
Kelly Purkey
Jennifer McGuire
Yana Smakula
Lucy Abrams
Kristina Werner
Kathy Racoosin
Mariana Grigsby <<< me!
Debby Hughes
Nichol Magouirk
Joan Bardee
Lydia Fiedler
Sandy Allnock
Julie Ebersole
Amy Tsuruta
Kelly Rasmussen
Suzanne Dahlberg
Wanda Guess
Clare Prezzia
Tami Hartley
Libby Hickson

Well, that’s all from me for today, I will be back soon to share another card.

Good Luck to ALL!

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Thanks for stopping by:) Have a wonderful crafty week!

marianasignat

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Hi! Here is a sneak peek of my card that today has been posted on the Hero Arts blog:

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This card features a pretty woodblock stamp included in the new Hero Arts 2016 Catalog along with other  fabulous products. Please click HERE to see the complete post.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you all have a wonderful crafty weekend!

marianasignat

Welcome to the Hero Arts…

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Today this fun challenge starts and I am glad to be sharing a card that I made using the new Paper Layering Die called Large Lotus. This is a pop-up die that gives the paper a 3-D effect.

For this card, I began by creating negative and positive masks with the die. I die cut the shape on paper, and then, using scissors I carefully detached the flower (positive mask) to obtain a flower shaped window (negative mask). I used the negative mask to outline the Lotus shape with a pencil over a watercolor paper panel .

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I thought it would be a good idea to complement the flower with some leaves. But, because I didn’t have a Lotus leaf stamp, I created my own. I die cut a circle from foam, and then I cut out a slice of it with scissors. I placed the foam leaf onto an acrylic block with adhesive, and I used it as a stamp.

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Then, I placed the positive mask over the outlined flower, and I stamped the leaf using green watercolor as the ink.  I complemented with two more leaves. After that, I used the flower outline as a guide to paint the flower with pink watercolor and the rest of the panel with blue.

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Next, I die cut the Lotus on the panel, I stamped a sentiment with black ink, and I curled and folded the Lotus petals to reveal its shape. I adhered the panel over a card base and I embellished it with some gemstones.

Don’t forget that this contest will be open until the end of the month, and of course there are some prizes for the winners. Please visit the Hero Arts Blog for more details.

Well, that’s all from me for today, I will be back soon to share another project.

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Thanks for stopping by :) Have a wonderful crafty week!

marianasignat

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