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Christmas in July 2021 – Day 25

Hello everyone and welcome to Day 25 of Christmas in July 2021!

It’s also time for another challenge at AAA Cards!  This fortnight we’d like you to create a CAS card using just an edge of your card. Our optional twist is one of my favourites, dry embossing, which is finally seeing a bit of a resurgence in popularity! Hurrah!

I have lots of embossing folders and last month, I spent some time creating a new system for organising them. I used some cheap cardstock to emboss each folder, added a label with the folder name and the plate sandwich needed to get the best impression and stored them on a book ring. It was totally worth it – I’m already using my folders more!

So this was actually the second card I created for this challenge. The first one looked fine in real life but I could not photograph it properly! So annoying as the image was perfect for along the edge challenge. A lot of my other festive folders create more of a focus on a corner, which is one of our other challenge themes and you know I’m a stickler for rules!!! In the end I embossed a section of a Gemini snowflake background embossing folder and added that to my card base after applying a bit of silver gilding wax. I also adhered a tiny strip of cardstock to the edge of the embossed strip. Finally I added a sentiment from my go-to Mama Elephant set!

And just in case you were wondering about the card I had to replace, here it is! This Darice embossing folder is fabulous but sadly I just couldn’t get a decent photo!

My team mates have come up with some beautiful cards which are on the AAA Cards challenge blog. We are also joined a previous challenge winner, Zoe, who has some lovely inspiration on her blog!

Hope you can play along with us!

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Happy Fall

Hi there!

Today I’m playing along the Freshly Made Sketches challenge .

So many different products/brand on this little card! I embossed some Basic Grey paper with a Darice folder and then adhered a stamped Penny Black image. I added some ink blended leaves (Lawn Fawn) and a squiggle die cut by Simply Graphic before adhering the Hero Arts sentiment.

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Dreaming of Cherry Blossom Season – Part Two

Hello again!

Apologies for the two posts in one day, but I was so inspired by this week’s colour palette over at the Colour Throwdown challenge that I HAD to make another card. And I really wanted to use my ‘new’ cherry blossom embossing folder. Well new-ish! I actually got it when I was in Washington DC for Cherry Blossom season last March!

Anyway, for my card, I created a background using Tattered Rose distress oxide ink which I then embossed it with the sakura folder. I added  Memory Box die cuts and a sentiment from My Sentiments Exactly to finish off the card.

I’m also entering this into the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge.

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Bold happy birthday

Hi everyone!

The snow is almost completely gone here after a horrible evening yesterday. Such a relief! We just don’t ‘do’ snow – and I certainly don’t!

Anyway, onto my card. I find ‘cutesie’ really difficult. I see all these gorgeous cutesie cards on Instagram, I buy the stamps and I just can’t seem to use them! Like the Mama Elephant little cat agenda… I got them as soon as they came out and they have sat untouched ever since! I’ve been really inspired by Ellenor’s beautiful creations – I can’t get over how many creative ways she has used the little kitty images! So today was the day I actually inked them up and started to use them.

I’ve also used a Simon Says Stamp die (with another background created with the glazed distress oxide technique) and so I’m entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge. I’m also counting this as my Work Your Stash Wednesday creation on Instagram as I used an unused stamp and die set and an unused embossing folder!

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Yes – a lyre on one of my cards!

Happy Friyay everyone!

Well, I can honestly say that I never thought that I would make a card with a lyre on it, but here it is! I was using the Waffle Flower ‘Currently Listening’ stamp set and spotted the lyre and just had to include it on this card, even thought I don’t know anyone who plays it!! Such an unusual instrument to include in the set!

I embossed the images and a sentiment stamp by Hero Arts and then stuck them in the frame that I cut from glitter paper using a Memory Box die. I added black glitter paper where the sections were too small for an image.

I adhered the die cut to a panel that I embossed with a Darice folder.

I’m entering this into the current Less is More challenge – music.

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