So Sweet Freebie Friday #53

So sweet is exactly what this card is.  I started out with this card as a Valentine Card.  HOWEVER, after finishing it I really think you could use this card for any event.  I saw that beautiful washi tape sitting on my craft counter and it was calling my name.  Melon Mambo, Black and White all go together so nicely.


Here is a video to show you how I got the ink splatters on this card and the rest of the card assembly.  Next time you make a card try adding ink splatter.  It’s so fun.



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Wowza Wednesday #6 You Little Turkey

Back by popular demand.  Another treat holder creature.  This time I went with Turkey.  Since you know, we are about two months from the Thanksgiving Holiday.  These would make really cute favors to have on the table for everyone.

Tips & Tricks:

  • Heat Embossing:  I did not favor the heat embossing in Gold on this card.  I ended up settling on Crushed Curry for my embossing because it really popped so much better.
  • Products:  I realized when I was creating this blog post that there are lots of different products used on this card.  I want to share that if you need to simplify it you could make the feathers by cutting ovals and folding them in half and then snipping in close to the fold line in order to make a fringe.  
  • Sleepy eyes:  There is just something about cutting those top punches on the eyes in half and layering them on that makes your turkey look sleepy or lazy.

Here is my video on how to put this little turkey together.

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Wowza Wednesday #5 Founders Circle Swap Cards

Welp here they are.  These are my 2014 Founders Circle Swaps.  I really think they turned out great.  I absolutely love the Holiday Home stamp set and Framelits.  They are adorable.  I’ve seen so many cute things done with this stamp set.  I am really hoping to do a few of them in the coming weeks.  


I will be traveling to Founders Circle today! YAY!  I am so excited.  This is the second year I have earned this achievement but was unable to attend the retreat last year.  It feels like my first time earning in a way.  I will be keeping you posted on how it’s going this week 🙂

Here is my video.

Tips & Tricks

  • Sponging:  I don’t show it in the video but using a sponge in a swirling motion is a great way to add texture and color to white card stock. Or even color card stock.  You just dip the sponge directly into your ink pad and then use a swirling motion over your card stock.
  • Gold Encore Ink:  I would suggest using your heat tool on the Gold Encore Ink and the Silver for that matter.  They don’t set up very well on their own and need a little help.
  • Make a Scene:  No, don’t throw a fit. I mean, make a scene with our cards.  sometimes when I am creating a card I am not always trying to convey something visual, sometimes I am trying to convey a feeling.  That is what I was trying to do with this card.  You know at the beginning of fall when it is still warm out, but not hot, and the leaves have fallen and the world seems still and quiet in the mornings and the air is crisp.  I love that time of year.  I tried to make this card feel like that time of year.  Sometimes when you are creating close your eyes and think about how something feels and then try to convey that through your work.  It’s fun to do.  Takes some practice but you’ll get there.

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CCC13 Creative Challenge Monday

The photo of this card really doesn’t do it justice.  I couldn’t get my lighting just right so I feel like you don’t see the richness in this card that it is in person.  So sorry.  

Here is what the challenge looks like.  Please go over to Creative Challenge Club and play along with us. Last week we were able to giveaway a $15 shopping spree! YAY!  We would love to do that again.  



Here is the video on how to put my version of the card together.

Tips & Tricks

  • Heat Embossing: Best tip about heat embossing is to use your embossing buddy.  It’s a little duster thing you use before you stamp and put your powder on.  I ALWAYS FORGET THIS STEP, and I regret it later.  It keeps your embossing powder from sticking all over your paper.
  • The rule of odd #’s:  In any design having odd numbers is good.  Thus the 3 circles instead of say 4 circles.  It’s good to have odd numbers, not just in card making, but in home decor and/or party decor.
  • Pops of color:  This card is basically monochromatic except for the obvious Melon Mambo pop of color.  This brings the card to life.  Using a bring color against neutral muted colors is generally a good thing.

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Freebie Friday #32 Gratitude for Days

Welcome to Freebie Friday.  I have Gratitude for Days so I am doing a $45 giveaway this week.  I LOVE this kit.  It’s so amazing and simple.  Every year during the holidays I like to do 30 days of thanks, and this is the perfect solution.  Check out the video below and see details below on how to get in on the $45 product giveaway!
Last weeks Freebie Friday Winner is: Marie Smith

Samples of how to use this amazing kit in alternative ways.  These are from the Stampin UP! corporate blog.

You can order your Gratitude Kit in my online store HERE.
Here’s the video I made for you.  Listen at the end to find out how to be entered to win a $45 Shopping Spree free from me.
Freebie Friday Giveaway Details from Sept 12:
  • Anyone can win
  • Leave a comment on my you tube video or blog post to get 1 ticket in the drawing *1 ticket*
  • Order $25 in product (before tax and shipping) and get 2 tickets in plus 1 for commenting *3 tickets total*
  • Order $50 in product (before tax and shipping) and get 4 tickets in the drawing plus 1 for commenting.  *5 tickets total*
  • You must check back here next week on Sept 19th to see if you won.  Then email me at wendy.cranford@live.com
  • If one week goes by with no claim to the prize I will choose another winner from that week.
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Wowza Wednesday #4 What Does the Fox Say?

What does the fox say?  I honestly have no idea. HAHA!  Now you probably have that crazy song going on in your head.  Last week I made the Frog Card.  As promised here is the fox card.  I hope you enjoy today’s tutorial and if you need any of the products listed below I would much appreciate you picking them up in my online store.

Here is what the indside of the card/treat holder is like.  I did a printable tutorial for this card like I did for last weeks card.

Here is the video for you.  I hope you enjoy it.

Here is the printable tutorial.  

Product ordering list is here.  Just click on the images below to order.  Thank you! 🙂

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CCC12 Creative Challenge Monday – NOT SANTA ALREADY!

Here is this weeks Creative Challenge Club challenge.  I really enjoy Color Challenges.  We hope you go over and play along with us.  Rumor has it that we had 16 link ups and there will be a winner announced.  YAY!

Ok so this dude is a little more like a Robertson Family member and not so much like Santa.  LOL… I love the Visions of Santa stamp set.  I think this set definitely falls in the category, LOVE IT OR HATE IT.  I have heard several of my demo friends say that they really hate this set.  I think they are totally crazy.  I love it!  It cracks me up.  It fulfills the country, hillbilly Christmas side of me.  This will likely be the first of many cards you will see from me using this stamp set.

Tips & Tricks

  • Tearing Paper:  When I tear paper I try to hold one hand still and pull the paper away with the other hand.  I am not sure if that makes any sense, but that’s the best way I can describe it.
  • Color Combo:  When I saw this color combo I immediately thought of the earth.  It has the blue sky, and then the ground colors.  I really couldn’t get past it feeling and looking like earth, thus the reason it looks like my Santa is dancing in the muddy grass.  Which works well for this Santa.
  • Dimension:  With every card I try to add an element of dimension.  I want something on the card to stand out.  If I can achieve that with dimensionals that is great.  However on this card I added the clothespin and the linen thread to give the card an extra element.  I feel like it came together very nice.
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