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  • Debbie Gaetz, Bella Carta

Making New with the Old

Yesterday was another day of not a lot of time in the studio for anything. So, I spent a good deal of time last night into the wee hours continuing to undo what is visible in the main area of the house from my organization and purging project. My dear husband is getting somewhat anxious because we have a St. Paddy's dinner party for 12 on Thursday.

In between clearing away, I had to do something in the studio. I had come across these mixed media boards we had worked on at a Magenta class a few years back. Helene had put together a wonderful way of tearing scrap papers, tissue papers, and stamped papers layered onto the mixed media boards from Magenta. They were brushed with the Silk Glaze and then stamped. I had two Magenta images stamped onto a semi-finished board and decided today was the day to finish this one.

I colored with the Zig Clean Color Watercolor Brush set, and then I went around some of the edges with Prismacolor colored pencils to soften the edges out. I found some Magenta letter stickers and spelled out "art"; with a Copic MultiLiner pen (0.1) in black, I drew sketchy lines around the stickers so they would look a little more artsy and "sketched" rather than just stickers. Once everything was dry, I sprayed with GooseBumps texture spray in clear. Now I just need to find a frame to go around it.

Today's lunch meeting was a really terrific one. The featured guest speaker was so generous with his information and his recollections of our state's political history. I want to send a "thank you" note to the organization's unelected "leader" for suggesting this program format because it resulted in record attendance. With last night's chores, this card needed to be quick, simple and masculine. I cannot stress how quickly this card came together.

Washi tape, Wordsworth Stamps, Little B, JudiKins, Ranger, iIMAGINE Crafts, Memento Luxe pigment craft ink, GooseBumps texture spray, Queen & Co., Memory Box, Stampendous, VersaMark

I used the same technique from the other day, using washi tape and a background stamp with heat embossing. I added a sentiment from Wordsworth (Rah! S031-M). The sentiment panel and matting panel behind it were both die cut.

JudiKins' Background stamp: Bead Curtain (2639J)

Wordsworth: Rah! S031-M

VersaMark ink (with background stamp) over washi tape & card stock

Ranger: Silver Fine Detail embossing powder

IMAGINE Crafts: Memento Luxe pigment craft ink in Wedding White (sentiment)

Stampendous: embossing powder in white

Memory Box: Stitched Rectangle Layers Craft Dies (30009)

Queen & Co.: droplets in gray/clear

Little B: owl stickerl (Owls 100135)

Washi tapes: unknown source

Conqueror 118# Cover Card Stock in Diamond White (base card & base panel)

Silver embossed metallic card stock (matting panel behind sentiment)I

Black 65# card stock (sentiment)

Over on the Art 'n Soul Facebook page, Marj Marion has posted another one of her gorgeous cards using one of the new Magenta stamps designed by Dianne Johnson.

Isn't this one of the cheeriest cards you've seen? It certainly brightens up an otherwise stormy weather day. You may order these new Magenta stamps at Art 'n Soul. You may email them at or call them at (360) 357-6820. You may see more of their beautiful samples on their blog at

On the Magenta blog, here's another terrific card using a poppy stamp and Nuance. I love poppies and I just happen to have this stamp - yay!

Click on this link to go to the Magenta blog for this posting by Mariette:

If you're still making Easter cards, you might want to look at this cute shaker card from the Memory Box blog. I love the brick background in white and the chicks hiding in the grass.

Click on this link to Shelby's posting on the Memory Box blog:

Oh my! Pam Simpson has made another beautiful card for the PoppyStamps blog. The line of dots that she made are done so finely (they allow shaded parts of the butterfly wings to stand out more); you cannot see them from a distance.

Click on this link to go to Pam's posting on the PoppyStamps' blog:

Thank you for stopping in today, and I hope you'll stop in again often.

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