Posts Tagged Karin Akesdotter

Jan 21 2015

Super Easy Watercolor Card Tutorial by Karin Akesdotter

Hi Everyone!

Karin here to inspire you to use your watercolors to create some fast, and easy (yet beautiful ) cards!

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A lot of people think watercolor is a difficult media and even though I paint quite a lot I totally agree (-: – but it doesn’t have to be difficult. I’ll show how easy it is to create a landscape scene that I think will be appreciated by the reciever no matter what age or gender.

I start out by wetting my watercolor paper – if you use a 140 lb paper there is no need to stretch it, but if your paper is thinner than that you might want to tape it to a cardboard before you start to prevent it from bulging while you’re painting.

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When the paper is still wet I  add the sky/cloud colors so they spred on the wet paper and create realistic looking cloudes; I like Ultramarine mixed with a little bit of paynes grey or burt sienna for this. I let that dry completely  before I go on with the next step.

Then I simply paint stripes of different colors to create mountains, hills, fields and grass, making sure I use cool colors for the mountains and hills and warmer colors for the grass and fields that are closer. This is an easy way to create distance in a painting and especially important in a simple scene like this where there isn’t much else to guide the eye.

I used mixes of ultamarine and viridian for the distat hillsa and then raw sienna, burnt sienna and burnt umber for the fields and grass. For the very darks I mix ultramarine with burnt umber. You can of course choose any colors you like but try to stick to a limited number of colors – that way it is easier to create harmony in your painting.

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I then spatter some darker colors (ultramarine mixed with burnt umber)  to the bottom to create a bit of texture.  Make sure you protect the rest of the painting with a piece of scrap paper before doing this!

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You can of course also use stamps to create leaves or plants. In this example I’ve used Paper Smooches Botanicals 2.

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When I’m happy with my painting it is time to “frame” it. I used Lawn Fawn’s wonderful stitched rectangles for this. I put a smaller die inside a larger one and use washi tape to keep them in place like that when I diecut them.

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I then adhere my little painting to a cardbase, stamp a sentiment underneath and then adhere the frame using foam adhesive.

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Supplies I used to create this card:

Winsor Newton’s watercolor paints

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Lawn Fawn Dies; Stiched Rectangles

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Watercolor paper (daler Rowena)

For more of my cards and watercolors, please visit my blog;

http://peppermintpattys-papercraft.blogspot.com

Jan 20 2015

Weekly Inspiration

Wow, what a busy month with wrapping everything up from the holidays and CHA…hard to believe we are over half way through January already.  Our team has been busy this month with inspirational projects to share but before getting to them I would like to congratulate a couple of our girls on recent accomplishments.

Our very talented Danielle Lounds has been designing stamps for Taylored Expressions and while at CHA we got to see them on display.  Super cute designs Danielle and way to go!

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CHA 2015 was a super exciting show for our sweet Yvonne Blair who debuted her very own line of stamps with Impression Obsession.  Congratulations on a dream come true for you Yvonne and wishes of great success coming your way!

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All of our projects this month fit perfectly with our monthly challenge because being A Fresh Start…everything goes! Be sure to get your projects in on the draw HERE before January 31 for your chance to win $50 to spend with us at Inspiration Emporium.

 

Bobbi Smith shares with us this beautiful frayed fabric tag created for our monthly challenge as well as the Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge 20 with Linda Leadbetter.  Great project Bobbi!

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There is no better project to kick off the new year than a desk calendar. Anne Redfern has created this beauty that will be a perfect addition to anyone’s desk which can be used for years to come.

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Another year of amazing inspirational tags from Tim Holtz and Kath Stewart has taken the idea and created this stunning worn cover album using January’s tag idea.  A perfect home for your 12 Tags of 2015 Kath!

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Kath Stewart is keeping very busy and having fun this month and is sharing a second incredible project.  These vintage canisters is beautiful pieces using Prima’s Engraver papers.

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I am sure this piece from Lisa Hoel certainly lifted the spirits of her friend that is ill.  What a warm, cheery and thoughtful arrangement! Love the bright colours and gumdrop centers Lisa!

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We are always in awe of Karin Akesdotter‘s watercolouring.  This fun card is a great example of her talent.

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Have a great week everyone and be creative! h

Dec 8 2014

Weekly Inspiration

Happy Monday everyone!  We hope you enjoyed your weekend and took some time for yourself during this busy time of the year.  It is important to enjoy the now and being present in whatever you are doing and not thinking about all the things you may have coming up or worrying about things outside of your control.  Before you know it the Christmas season will be behind us so we need to slow things down and enjoy it as it is not all about the gifts we get or give.  Its about spending time with those we love and feeling blessed about the those we have in our lives.  Don’t get lost in the material things this Christmas season and enjoy the things that are priceless and do not cost a penny.

This week we have incredible talent shared once again from our fantastic design team.  We are so grateful for this amazingly talented group of ladies that share with us each week.  They always amaze us with their projects and artwork!

 

Karin Akesdotter’s clean and simple lines in this adorable Christmas card are perfect and oh so cute!

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Keeping with the cute factor Karin Akesdotter shares with us this ‘lovely’ card using Mama Elephant.  Look at that little turtle!

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Shelly Hickox has challenged herself to create ornaments for the Twelve Days of Christmas! Be sure to check out her blog and follow along, they are all fabulous and she shares how she made each one.  Can’t get any better than that! Incredible job Shelly!  This is day 1 and 2 and the rest are just as stunning!

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Wait until to you see this piece from Lisa Hoel.  What an incredible home decor centerpiece and Lisa is a master of creating them time and time again.  WOW…WOW…WOW!

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Kath Stewart has created a beautiful piece playing along with our Monthly Challenge of Sing, Sing it Loud!  Loving the gold and all the layers!

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Layering Stencil Embossing was the challenge over at CC3 and Bobbi Smith created this fantastic tag with so much texture and dimension.  This is a gift in itself Bobbi, love this and the bold red bow just sets everything off!

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We finish up this week with a little dreaming of a pink Christmas by Yvonne Blair.  So glad this came to you in your dreams!

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Be sure to get your projects linked for our December Challenge HERE as you have until December 31 at midnight.

Have a great week and remember to live in the now and enjoy the present! h

Dec 3 2014

November Inspiration Wrap Up and Winner

Good Morning all!  I wanted to make sure we got all of November’s inspiration posted because there are some super awesome ideas you can take into your own holiday creating.  Hopefully they have inspired you to look at your supplies in a little different way in how you might already use them and create beautiful art.

Sue Kment has created this fantastic gift bag using her Silhouette and lawn fawn die cuts and stamps.  This is adorable Sue!

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How cute is this card by Sue Kment also using Lawn Fawn!?

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Merry and Bright and everything nice! This cute cute shaker card is certain to be loved by anyone receiving it this holiday season from Karin Akesdotter.  Karin, I can send you an address that sure would enjoy it!IMG_0399a

It is a treat to get to see Yvonne Blair‘s page from her Inky Artist Journal.  In the last inspiration post we saw her cover which was stunning.  This journal will be amazing as a finished piece! Thank you for sharing Yvonne.

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Alice Wertz creates cute like no other in her own little way!  This Chubby Chums set from Paper Smooches is SO cute and the label maker addition is perfect!

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We just wanted to say a huge thank you and WOW to all of those that participated in our monthly challenge for November.  There were 104 amazing submissions so if you haven’t taken some time to check them out and visit the blogs they have come from, I encourage you to do so.  We are so grateful that you have chosen to share your art with us and all of our readers.  This craft truly brings some incredible people together and in touch with one another creating lifetime friendships while doing what we all love.  We can’t ask for anything better than that so thank you for being a part of our Inspiration Emporium family!  We want to congratulate the random winner of November’s monthly Challenge – Happy Holidays…

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Congratulations ZOE HILLMAN!!!!

please contact heather@inspirationemporium.com to claim your prize.

Please check back tomorrow for the announcement of the December challenge.  Enjoy your day today! h

Nov 18 2014

Inspiration Galore!

Happy day to you all!  I hope it is shaping up to be a great week for you and if you are in need of inspiration we have you covered.  The submissions are coming in for this month’s challenge of Happy Holidays but there is still time for YOU!

 

Sue Kment is having fun with this month’s challenge and has created this adorable holiday card.  Mimi by Penny Black is SO cute!

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I am not sure I would open this package if I found it under the Christmas tree.  Stunning work Anne!  Be sure to check out her BLOG for instructions to make your very own.

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Anne Redfern is certainly going to be ready for the holidays with her amazing pieces she has created already.  Note to self…let a move on!

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Karin Akesdotter has a great tutorial video on wax resist creating this beautiful card…lots of Lawn Fawn goodness!

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Tim Holtz’s November tag has inspired a lot of people to create.  Here are  Lisa Hoel’s pieces spotlighting the use of corrugated cardboard. Love these!!

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This classic holiday card is stunning by Shelly Hickox.  What a great use of the Pop It Up Dies and accordion dies together.

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It is serious Christmas Cuteness by Kath Stewart with this adorable Christmas card! Love the warmth of this Kath.

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Finally for this week but certainly not least we have this gorgeous cabinet card tag by Bobbi Smith.  She has shared a great blog post showing just how she created this. So much detail and a great alternative to to classic card design.

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I hope you are inspired to create! Have a great week! h

Nov 15 2014

Weekly Inspiration

Wow, where has this week gone???  Before we know it we will be writing January so we need to slow things down and enjoy this upcoming holiday season.  Our design team has been busy at work creating some incredible artwork that we would love to share.  Many of them are perfect pieces for our monthly challenge of Happy Holidays!  It is a great time to get started on the card or gift making so be sure to share your creations with us for your chance to win a $50 shopping spree with us at Inspiration Emporium.

Tim Holtz is always providing us with everlasting inspiration and the November Tag challenge is no different.  Yvonne Blair shares with us her version and what a stunning one it is!

 

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Alice Wertz is playing along with our monthly challenge and has created this beautiful unconventional holiday card using A Holy Holiday from Paper Smooches.

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Make sure you check out Alice’s blog post to see how see created this beautiful water coloured card.  Stunning work Alice!

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Wow, the dimension Anne Redfern created with this piece is fantastic! The new snowflake dies can be found HERE and HERE from Tim Holtz and are a must have and perfect for the holidays. Make you you pick yours up before they are gone to create your very own.

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Karin Akesdotter has created this elegant holiday card.  Be sure to check out all of the detail included in this card as it draws you in.  Beautiful card Karin!

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Are you looking to make a beautiful home decor piece for the holiday season? Lisa Hoel shows you exactly what you need to recreate this stunning piece.

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Many of our pieces this week have included the Coloured Crackle technique as part of the Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge hosted by our very own sweet Linda Ledbetter.  Bobbi Smith has created this stunning ornament which would be perfect as part of a Christmas gift this season.  On her blog she has provided a tutorial on just how she made this so you are able to make your very own.

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  We always love seeing what Sue Kment has created and these are adorable using  Lawn Fawn stamps! Perfect for any package!IMG_0053

Be sure to check out Shelly Hickox’s blog for her take on Tim’s November Tag.  Shelly used the supplies she had to create this beautiful version so I hope it will inspire you to do the same! Never miss out on an opportunity to put what you have to use because the possibilities are endless and equally as gorgeous.

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Lastly for today, we have this stunning card also from Shelly Hickox.  I simply love this colour combination and this card Shelly!

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I am certain we have inspired you with these amazing pieces to create your very own and we can’t wait to see them!  Enjoy your weekend with a little ink (or alot)! h

Nov 4 2014

Weekly Inspiration

Action…And we are back this evening with this week’s inspiration from our design team.  Let’s give a round of a plau….wait one minute…we aren’t on a talk show!  Ok, let’s start this over!  Hi folks, I am glad you stopped back today to check out all of the awesome inspiration our design team has been working on. 

Karin Akesdotter watercolors with perfection and this card is a great example of her stunning work. Make sure you check out her post to see just how she creates this stunning snowy background.

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Keeping with the Holiday theme, Karin has also created this adorable card using Avery Elle.

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Pamela Ho creates in a clean and crisp way and this card shows this beautifully.

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Lastly for this week, we have this fantastic Pop it Up Accordian card created by Shelly Hickox perfect for the holiday season.

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We can’t wait to see your artwork for this month’s challenge!  Be sure to see yesterday’s post for all the details and where to link.  Time to get inky! h

Oct 20 2014

Inspiration Monday

Happy Monday all! It’s that time again for some fantastic inspiration and you won’t be disappointed.  Hopefully you are all working on your very own In Disguise project for our monthly challenge this month and if you are just hearing about it make sure you check out all the challenge details and place to link your own project HERE.  The deadline is October 31 at midnight so make sure to put your creative thinking caps on and create because you never know, you might just be this month’s winner of 50 Emporium Dollars to feed your crafting passion.  There are already some really incredible projects linked up by our readers so make sure you take some time to check them out.  AMAZING!

What a perfect storage idea for your collected Starbucks cards. I know you all have your special ones and Pamela Ho has created a super cute home for hers using this simple plastic packaging.

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Kath Stewart really knows how to do texture and her version of the October tag for 12 Tags for 2014 shows it beautifully. Texture heaven right here! Great job Kath!

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Lisa Hoel had so much fun creating her first In Disguise project, she created a second and we are so glad she did!  Be sure to visit her blog to see the detail inside.

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The next project up is from Karin Akesdotter and this ADORABLE magnet watch box is created from a simple little match box.  What a transformation and so stinkin’ cute Karin!

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The holiday season always seems to come and go and before we know it, it is over.  Bobbi Smith has created this stunning worn cover to hold all of her magical holiday memories.

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Anne Redfern is a genius when it comes to our monthly challenge and has really thought outside the box.  I will never look at a bamboo placemat the same again! The perfect travel companion of a crafter.  Love this idea Anne!

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Have a great week and get inky! h

Oct 14 2014

Weekly Inspiration

Good morning all, I hope you have a nice cup of tea or coffee with you to sit and enjoy this week’s inspirations.  I can’t say enough about the incredible talent of our design team.  They all have their own unique style and creativity and each week I can’t wait to see what they have come up with.  This month’s challenge of In Disguise is turning out to be a great one as it has been allowing people to think outside the box and the projects are fantastic. All of the details are HERE for this month’s challenge and is also the place where you can link your own artwork, we hope you get in on the fun too!  Make sure to visit everyone’s blog links below to see more detail and to leave comments as we all love reading your comments!  A random winner will receive $50 to spend at IE…who wouldn’t enjoy a little shopping spree in crafty heaven?? Dateline is midnight on October 31st.

Let’s get started but make sure your cup is topped up…I’m just saying…

You will never look at a jam/jelly jar the same again once you check out Kath Stewarts transformation.  What great accent pieces to have around the house when the little trick or treaters come around! Love the crackle Kath!

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 Pop Up Box Cards have been very popular lately and I can see why with this great one by Kath Stewart! All of the spooktacular detail is amazing! Who knew a cereal box could look so cool?

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 Shelly Hickox does Pop It Up cards like no other with so much detail.  This transparent card is crazy cool with the great ornate frame showing through!

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If your set of dominoes are missing a couple, I will know where to look.  Anne Redfern has created this fun little mini album that you will want to visit her blog HERE to check out the inside.  Super Cute in a spooky way!

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Anne was on a roll this month thinking outside the box creating this great piece from a tumbler.  Loving the crackled orange and the gravestones, this piece has a a great eery feel!

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Our In Disguise challenge is not limited to Halloween and Yvonne Blair has been thinking ahead creating for the Christmas season.  What a great keepsake ornament created from a magnetic tin.  This could be personalized to be for a first Christmas together or baby’s first Christmas, whatever the reason it is something that could be displayed for years to come.  Beautiful job Yvonne!

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I hope you have taken some time to visit Karin Akesdotter‘s blog to check out her incredible watercolour talent.  It is amazing and she makes it look effortless in today’s projects.  First up is this stunning Christmas card that uses everyday coarse salt to create beautiful and unique snowy background.  I love this idea and will be using it for sure on future cards of mine as it creates such a great textured sky.

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Next up are these two super adorable Christmas cards using stamps from Lawn Fawn.  Karin has created a video that she has linked on her blog post which is a must watch if you would like to learn some great tips and tricks to coloring with watercolur pencils.  Thank Karin for sharing your talent and tips with all of us!

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Keeping with the holiday spirit, Danielle Lounds has created this collection of cute tags perfect for all holiday gift giving.  I personally LOVE the ornate plate painted red, what a great look!

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Check out this adorable mini card created by Pamela Ho using shrinky dink paper and Lawn Fawn stamps.  Cute, cute, cute Pamela and love the stitching!

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Lisa Hoel is amazing when it comes to creating something extraordinary from something ordinary.  Who knew a simple mailer could look so different and stunning but Lisa has accomplished that with this piece.

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Lastly for today, we have two fantastic pieces from Bobbi Smith.  First is this amazing Book of Spells, she has shared all of the crazy awesome detail on her blog.  Great display piece for Halloween Bobbi!

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Next, Bobbi Smith has created this beautiful keepsake chipboard from a large manilla tag.  What a transformation and every detail is a must see! Check out her blog HERE to see just how she created this vintage looking masterpiece.

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Wow, that was some serious inspiration shared this week!  Didn’t I tell you you would need a full cup to sit with and enjoy?! We can’t wait to see your submissions for the monthly challenge and hopefully this has given you some great ideas to get your creativity going!  Have a great week! h

Sep 29 2014

Inspiration Monday

 

Wow, what incredible talent we have displayed this month and today is no different.  I truly think it is impossible to not be inspired by the team and all they have created this month.  After checking out our inspiration here and on the team members’ blogs, make sure you take some time to look at all of the incredible submissions for this month’s challenge  Fall is in the Air .  It is not too late to add your project HERE for a chance to win our month prize giveaway of 50 Emporium Dollars to spend with us. Get ready for operation inspiration…

 

Anne Redfern is certainly playing along with our Fall is in the Air monthly challenge with this beautiful Thanksgiving card!  The colours are stunning Anne!

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Speaking of colours, you have to head over to Bobbi Smith’s blog to check out this amazing Halloween tag.  All I can is WOW to the seedless preserves on this tag! Absolutely in love!

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Karin Akesdotter looks like she had some serious fun with her new Tim Holtz stencils creating this adorable tag! How cute is he???

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Pamela Ho is getting into the holiday spirit with the new releases from Paper Smooches.  All four projects very different and show the versatility of die cuts.  Great job Pamela!

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Keeping with her spooky theme, Shelly Hickox shares a colourful BOO! Make sure to check out the transparent spiderwebs, SO very clever!

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It is always a perfect time to think of all the incredible teachers we have that really make a difference in our kids lives.  Sue Kment has created a fantastic teacher’s gift with this Tissue Box which would look great on any desk!

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Who doesn’t love Snoopy??? Loving the boldness is this card also from Sue Kment.  Make sure you check out her blog HERE for a few other projects using this Group Hugs stamp set from Paper Smooches.

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There is so much detail in this stunning piece by Lisa Hoel.  She has been able to create a floating feeling as if the pieces are suspended in water. Fantastic decor piece Lisa!

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Kath Stewart has created great texture and dimension in her artwork as she says hello to Autumn. The rich and warm colours really draw you in, beautiful Kath!

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I don’t think there is anything better than having a handmade treat bag to go door to door with on that spooktacular night.  Kath has created the envy of the neighbourhood and I think chocolate will taste even better coming from it!

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Is that talent or what?!?!

Enjoy your week! h