Featured Artist/Designer: Michelle Leone – 08 13 2015

Welcome to another Featured Artist/Designer Spotlight. Today we’re thrilled to welcome Michelle Leone. Before we show you Michelle’s project, let’s get to know her a little bit more…

MichelleLeoneProfilePic-250W-08132015Hello!  My name is Michelle Leone and I am excited, and honored, to be invited by Andrea to join her in a spotlight feature at the Paper Crafter’s Library!

Just a bit about myself…….I am married (yikes-almost 30 years!), am the mother of three amazing young adults (ages 25, 23, and 20), and live in the Rochester, NY/Finger Lakes area. I love estate sales, public markets, food, wine, cooking/baking, and anything Mackenzie-Childs.

Although I have tried my hand at MANY crafty things, stamping has been my hobby of choice for the last 10 years or so. In addition, I began blogging in 2011 (http://prettyperiwinkle.blogspot.com), just so I could take part in some of my favorite challenges. I am currently on the CAS(E) this Sketch DT (my very first!), which inspires me to stretch my creative boundaries and has provided the opportunity to work with some amazingly talented women!  

Some of my card making ‘favorites’ : CAS cards with lots of white space (and maybe a little something “extra”), dies, vibrant colors, and best of all, the many generous and gifted bloggers/designers that continue to inspire!

Peace and Christmas Wishes

Yes, I know…. it’s only August! However, while enjoying my time as a Guest Designer at Frantic Stamper, I fell in love with this beautiful Peace Card Band die. I’ve used Rustic Cream card stock, a bit of soft and subtle patterned paper and tiny little holly and berry dies to fashion this Christmas card. One can never be too far ahead of the holiday game, right??

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I LOVE the simple dimension/detail and all of the lovely ‘white space’.

Supplies

Stamps. Wplus9 (Hand Lettered Holiday), Papertrey Ink (MIM Kit: Tinsel & Tags)
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (Rustic Cream)
Patterned Paper: October Afternoon (Modern Homemaker)
Dies: Frantic Stamper (Peace Card Band), L’il Inker Designs (Stitched Mats: Rectangles), Papertrey Ink (MIM Kit:Tinsel & Tags)

We hope you have enjoyed today’s project courtesy of Michelle Leone. Be sure to stop by Michelle’s blog to see even more of her beautiful work (and let her know we sent you). You can also follow her on the following links:

CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge (DT): http://casethissketch.blogspot.com
Frantic Stamper Blog (GD): http://franticstamper.blogspot.com

Happy Crafting!

Winner of the Winnie & Walter Give- Away! 08 05 2015

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I’d like to extend a HUGE thank you to Winnie & Walter’s guest designer Vanessa Menhorn for sharing such a wonderful project and to Winnie & Walter for their generous give-away of their collection: The Party + The Big, the Bold and You + In a Word: Happy Cutaway + Big Bang Confetti Cutaways.

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And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for…….the winner is……Carla Farmer!!!

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Congratulations Carla Farmer! Be sure to email us at customerservice@papercrafterslibrary.com to claim your prize. Please be sure to put “Winnie & Walter Winner” in the subject line of the email, and then in the email itself, be sure to include your full mailing address and phone number.

Join us next week when we feature another great company!

Trend Watch – Wreaths

Wreaths are all the rage right now and are always in season. A quick look at Pinterest will show people making wreaths for their front doors in all shapes, sizes, and colors. In fact, I just put together my first attempt at a burlap wreath the other day. The cards you’ll see featured today have all made use of wreaths in different sizes, shapes and forms! You’ll start looking differently at all of the craft supplies around you before long.

Dawn used a stamp set designed for Christmas to create this gorgeous fall card. The background with the woodgrain makes it look like just like it’s hanging on a wooden door!

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Hello Fall by Dawn Olchefske, courtesy DOstamping with Dawn

Wanda featured another season with her Hello card. She used the Lovely Spring set from Simon Says Stamp that allows you to customize the wreath or create your own. The background papers really highlight the red flowers in the wreath.

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Hello by Wanda Guess, courtesy A Blog Called Wanda

The same stamp set is featured in this next card by Laura. She used an ink smooshed background and built her own wreath with the branch stamps. The colors of this card are so appealing!

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Have a Lovely Day by Laura Bassen, courtesy Doublestick Heaven

Laura also assembled a wreath on this next card with individual die cut elements. The flowers and greens go together so well, and her sentiment banner is just perfect to finish off this clean and simple card.

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Celebrate by Laura Bassen, courtesy Doublestick Heaven

This feminine card by Debbie would be so sweet to receive in the mail! Can you believe those little flowers are actually individually die cut? Their dimension just completes the card and takes it over the top.

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Friends Make Life Blossom by Debbie Olson, courtesy Thinking Inking

Nancy’s wreath includes delicious looking strawberries! I love her “thank you berry much” sentiment. It goes perfectly with the cute strawberries!

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You’re So Sweet by Nancy Krueger, courtesy Happy Heart Studio

Now, lest you be looking at your stamp collection and panicking that you don’t have any wreaths or wreath-building stamps, have no fear! You can make a wreath out of most anything! Betsy made a wreath of peaches for this card, and filled in the gaps with some cute little flowers and leaves.

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Thanks by Betsy Veldman, courtesy Paper, Scissors, SuperHeroes

Sarah made this cute wreath out of brads, and while she didn’t call it a wreath, I think it definitely fits the bill! I love how she interspersed the smaller brads in matching colors between the larger ones. I bet you have some spare brads floating around just waiting to be turned into a cute wreath.

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Cheering You On by Sarah Moerman, courtesy My Impressions

There are plenty of great wreath stamps out there, including some of the ones featured in today’s post!

Wondrous Wreath by Stampin Up

Wondrous Wreath stamp set by Stampin’ Up

Lovely Spring by Simon Says Stamp

Lovely Spring clear stamps by Simon Says Stamp

Simply Scrumptious by Clearly Besotted

Simply Scrumptious clear stamps by Clearly Besotted

I hope you can find some fun things to create wreaths for any season in your stash today!

Featured Artist/Designer: Tobi Crawford 08 06 2015

Welcome to another Featured Artist/Designer Spotlight. Today we’re thrilled to welcome Tobi Crawford. Before we show you Tobi’s project, let’s get to know her a little bit more…

TobiCrawfordProfilePic-250W-08062015Hi there! My name is Tobi Crawford and currently I am teaching Choir and Musical Theatre at a Canadian school in Shanghai, China! My degree is in Jazz and I double-majored on voice and piano and all day I am singing and playing with my kids! I needed something other than music to keep my mind occupied at night and on the weekend and that’s how I got started with paper crating. Card-making has been my passion for the past 9 years but lately mixed media is becoming a pretty huge part of my “artsy” life too.. I just love getting messy!! I don’t have one particular style of paper-crafting because I really like to try it all and just have fun.

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This is a quick and easy journal page that any stamper could easily do. I had this quote in mind when I started the page and that’s why I used the alphabet set, but this technique would work with any pattern, motif, or just repetitive stamping of an image or like-images.

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Here is a video instruction for my project:

Supplies

Big Timber Outline and Big Timber Lowercase (Technique Tuesday)
Tim Holtz Cling Mount Stamps “Watercolor” (Stamper’s Anonymous)
Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and Blending Tool (Ranger)
Versamark Watermark Ink Pad (Tsukineko)
Clear Embossing Powder (Stampendous!)
Watercolor Paint (Sakura)
Black Archival Ink (Ranger)

We hope you have enjoyed today’s project courtesy of Tobi Crawford. Be sure to stop by Tobi’s blog to see even more of her beautiful work (and let her know we sent you). The following are the links to find her and more of her works:
Blog: http://tobicrawford.blogspot.ca/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/jazzytobi/
Instagram: @jazzytobi

Happy Crafting!

Featured Company: Winnie & Walter 08 05 2015

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This week we are thrilled to featuring a company that is new to Paper Crafter’s Library –  Winnie & Walter. Here’s what they have to say about their company:

Winnie & Walter is a small pup of a company with a big heart and a simple philosophy: to have fun creating and create products that are fun to create with.  With their versatile and timeless designs, dedication to the crafting community, boundless enthusiasm, and sunny eager-to-please attitude, Winnie & Walter is sure to become one of your best crafty friends.

These are the links to find them:

Website: http://www.winniewalter.com
Blog: http://www.blog.winniewalter.com/
Instagram: http://instagram.com/winnieandwalter
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/winnieandwalter
Twitter: https://twitter.com/winnie_walter
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/winniewalter/

This week they are giving away: The Party + The Big, the Bold and You + In a Word: Happy Cutaway + Big Bang Confetti Cutaways. (Details at the end of the post.)

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Winnie & Walter Designer – Vanessa Menhorn

Today we welcome Vanessa Menhorn. We are so excited to have her showcase her work today on Paper Crafter’s Library. You can see Vanessa’s fabulous project below, but first, here is a little more about her:

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Hi everyone! My name is Vanessa Menhorn and I am living in Germany with my husband and our sweet little girl. Since I started stamping and card making in 2008, I haven’t been able to stay away from my supplies for very long. They just want me to create something pretty every day 🙂

I am working part time, but as soon as I get some time, you’ll find me sitting in the midst of my stamps and inks. I love trying new techniques creating mostly CAS cards.

I am happy to be here today and hope you’ll like the card I created with my beloved Winnie & Walter supplies!

Happy Everything

For this card, I combined various stamp sets and dies.

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First, I die-cut the pierced rectangle from watercolor paper and stamped the balloons and strings. For more dimension, I die-cut another panel from fun foam and adhered it to the stamped piece, before adhering it to the cardbase. Then I used an ink blending tool to apply ink to another piece of watercolor paper, creating an ombre effect. I die-cut the “happy” from the inked piece and adhered it to the panel. Now I die-cut the notched strip from cardstock and stamped and heat-embossed the word “everything”. I trimmed the strip and adhered it to the card. Finally, I die-cut little stars from a blue inked piece of paper and adhered them.

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Supplies

Stamps: Winnie & Walter The Party, The Big, the Bold and You
Dies: Winnie & Walter Essentials: Katharine Cutaways, Big Bang Confetti Cutaways, In a Word: Happy Cutaway
Paper: Watercolor Paper, grey Cardstock
Ink: Versamark, grey ink (Tsukineko), green Pigment ink (Clearsnap), blue, turquoise ink (Mama Elephant), white Unicorn ink (Hero Arts)
Embossing Powder: Ranger Industries

We hope you have enjoyed today’s feature. We want to extend a sincere thank you to Vanessa Menhorn for her fabulous project and Winnie & Walter for sharing their company with us. Be sure to visit Winnie & Walter to see more of their products and their blog for some inspiration!

In order to enter the give-away to win the prize shown above, please leave us a comment in the comments section of this post. The winner will be announced next Wednesday.

Happy Crafting!

Winner of the Avery Elle Give-Away! 07 29 2015

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I’d like to extend a HUGE thank you to Avery Elle‘s guest designer  Heather Campbell for sharing such a wonderful project and to Avery Elle for their generous give-away of their collection shown below.

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And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for…….the winner is……Marci Collins!!!

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Congratulations Marci Collins! Be sure to email us at customerservice@papercrafterslibrary.com to claim your prize. Please be sure to put “Avery Elle Winner” in the subject line of the email, and then in the email itself, be sure to include your full mailing address and phone number.

Join us next week when we feature another great company!

Trend Watch – Pocket Letters

At first glance, pocket letters look a lot like Project Life, the system that uses pouches to preserve your memories, thoughts and occasions.  But Pocket Letters is different in that they are like opening up a fantastic crafter’s Christmas present.  Each of these 3 by 3 pockets is filled with crafty goodness of the senders choice.  And as the sender collects pocket “pals” they exchange these packets back and forth across the miles.  You can have pen pals that you exchange pocket letters with once, or indefinitely.

The idea was created by Janette Lane as a new way to send mail to pen pals.  And just like paper crafting, the ideas are endless.  You can put anything that fits in the pocket rectangles: stickers, sequins, quotes, embellishments or anything that fits.  You can also include a short note.   When you mail them to your pocket pal, the pocket trading card protector folds up in thirds and fits in a standard size 10 envelope.  After you exchange them, you can use the exchanged goodies on your own creations or keep them in a folder in a collection.   I have a collection of pocket notes to show you what I mean.

This first pocket letter by Karenika uses her skills as a mixed media artist.  Each one is an affirming or positive message about her life now.  They are each a beautiful piece of artwork that her recipient can reflect on.
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Pocket letter created Karenika photo courtesy of Karenika

This next pocket letter used an owl theme.  Look how cool the book mark on the outside of the pockets is!  I am also showing you a picture of the back so you can see the stickers and paper clips and other treats Ann Marie included.

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Pocket letter created by Ann Marie photo courtesy of Ann Marie’s Stamping Adventures

Michelle started this pocket letter with a scrapbook kit and then layered on fun elements like the die cuts, flowers, tags and coordinating ribbon.

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Pocket letter by Michelle Wallace photo courtesy of The Art of Scrapbooking is the art of Living

I love that there are so few rules with pocket letters.  You can have a theme but you don’t have to.  You can gift supplies to other crafters that you haven’t used in awhile to get new life out of them.  You can create something personal for the person you are sending the letter to and include their name and/or initials in many of the cards or things they like to do.  The color explosion in Rachel’s letter looks so fun.

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Pocket Letter by Rachel photo courtesy of Scrappin Love

They can also be a source of encouragement.  I just love all of the positive messages in this letter by Debbie.  I think I might have this paper pad in my craft room to create something inspiring too.

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Pocket Letter by Debbie photo courtesy of Scraps from a Broad

Different styles are welcome too.  I love the clean and simple look of Bree’s letter and of course the coffee theme.

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Pocket Letter by Bree photo courtesy of The Crafty Cupcake

I can’t get enough gold foiling and look at this shiny tribute.  It is just glowing.  I so want to play with all of the treats in this pocket letter.

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Pocket Letter by Lorrie photo courtesy of Lorrie’s Story

The sweetness and the darkness of this pocket letter is just awesome.  But the thing I love the most is the square that has the build a bow kit.  I just love that Serena labels some of her squares.

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Pocket Letter by Serena Bee photo courtesy of Serena Bee

If you take your caffeine fix in the tea bag variety, this next pocket letter could be for you.  Again, Virginia brings in the gold foil elements and adds many pieces that could be ready to go for a project and some that need your creativity to make them into something cool.

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Pocket letter by Virginia Tillery photo courtesy of Backflipsflops Designs

Each square was prepared with so much detail and layer.  I just love the smiling cat theme too.  Very cool.

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Pocket letter by Tini A. photo courtesy of Arts by Tini

While most of the elements are tucked into squares, there also the cool things that can hang from the tabs.  I love the picture design that Belen created and cut to fit each of the squares.  The tassels on the outside add even more interest.

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Pocket letter by Belen Sotelo photo courtesy of Art Whimsy

I don’t know about you, but I feel like I am always drawn to the newest thing I see in the paper crafting world.  This pocket letter thing kind of snuck up on me.  I received my first one a few months ago and didn’t know it was a ‘thing’.  I want to make cards with the treats inside and I just love getting mail.   And the idea that I can be making friends with other paper crafters all over the world… I think I might have a new addiction on my hands.

Have you ever heard of pocket letters?  How many pocket pals do you have?  Do you use the treats inside or keep them looking beautiful in a folder?  Let me know what you think.  And in the meantime, here are some inspirational embellishment pieces you can use to create your own pocket letters.

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Pocket Letter protectors from Walmart.com

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Pocket Letter Goodies Kit from Janette Lane

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Simple Stories Bit and Pieces from Scrapbook.com

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Pink fresh studio acetate card set from Scrapbook.com

So go ahead… make something pretty.

 

 

Featured Artist/Designer: Virginia Lu 07 30 2015

Our  Guest Designer for this week is Virginia Lu. You can see Virginia’s fabulous project below, but first, here is a little more about her.

VirginiaLuProfilePic-250W-07102015I am Virginia Lu from southern Ontario, Canada. Originally from Taiwan, I am an avid stamper and have been stamping since my son was born. He is now 20!

I became very active in stamping after my daughter went to college and that was in 2009. It has been a huge learning curve for me to become a better stamper.

This is such a wonderful hobby and passion of mine. I have learned so much about stamping in the last few years with some success in publications and contests. I also got to meet wonderful paper crafters from all over the world (from Taiwan, UK, Denmark, Netherlands and Greece).

I have retired from running my husband’s (a family doctor) medical office and now am enjoying the simple life with card-making and traveling. Currently, I am on Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge DT and I also run a challenge blog called Virginia’s View Challenge.

How to Incorporate Watercolours with Pattern Paper and Die

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1. Inspired by a fashion magazine’s colors, I first swiped the Spectrum Aqua Markers across the Strathmore watercolour paper
2. Sprayed a few spritz of water
3. Sprayed more water (if needed) and let the colors dry completely
4-5. With the help of Washi Tape, made the die cut with Simon Says Stamp Sailboat die
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6. Tore up the pattern paper in one direction with the white edges showing
7. Assembled the pattern paper with double-sided tape
8. With the negative die as a guide, placed and positioned the sailboats on the card
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9. Arranged the sail boats with various heights and dimensions
10. Stamped the sentiment with the help of MISTI. Added sequins and Wink of Stella for finishing touches.
Here is the finished card.
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Here is the close-up.
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Lastly, I am sharing a “thank you” card made with the same approach.
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Thank you, Paper Crafter’s Library, for the guest design feature. I am absolutely delighted and honoured.

Supplies

Stamps: Sailing, Birthday Wishes (Simon Says Stamp)
Inks: Versafine (Onyx Black), Soft Navy ( Simon Says Stamp)
Paper: Strathmore Watercolor paper (110Lb), white card stock (Simon Says Stamp), Authentique (Seaside Collection)
Accessories: Sailboat Die (Simon Says Stamp), Spectrum Aqua Markers (Primary, Floral, Nature and Essentials), 3D Scotch Double-sided Foam Tape
Tools: MISTI, Cuttlebug
We hope you have enjoyed today’s feature. We want to extend a sincere thank you to Virginia Lu for her fabulous project and  for sharing it with us.

Happy Crafting!

Featured Company: Avery Elle 07 29 2015

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We are happy to bring you this week’s Featured Company: Avery Elle

Avery Elle is a small corporation located in Southern California. We launched our first set of clear photopolymer stamps in June 2012. We offer fun and fresh clear stamps, custom steel dies, patterned paper pads and coordinating colors of premium pigment ink pads. All of our stamps and dies are proudly made right here in the USA. 

This week we are giving away Peonies Stamp & Die Set. (Details at the end of the post.)

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Avery Elle Designer – Heather Campbell

Today we welcome Heather Campbell.  We are so excited to have her showcase her work today on Paper Crafter’s Library. You can see Heather’s fabulous project below, but first, here is a little more about her:

HeatherCampbellProfilePic-250W-07222015Hello!  My name is Heather Campbell.  I live just 20 minutes outside of Seattle with my husband David and two children, Parker & Molly.  I’m also a full-time Manufacturing Engineer for one the world’s top aerospace manufacturing companies.  I absolutely love my job but need a creative outlet to keep balance.  I’ve always been crafty, and dabbled in scrapbooking, both digital and physical.  I didn’t start card making until 2011 when I decided I needed a hobby that I could do with limited amounts of time, that required minimal space in the house, and not make much of a mess.  Yeah, obviously I had no idea what I was getting into but I’m so glad I did!

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I’m so excited to be here today sharing projects using the new Peonies stamp set and coordinating dies.
On my first card, I used a combination of traditional and dot style Copic marker coloring to color in the peony.  I kept this card simple so the peony would be the focal point of the card and used a die cut faux lace strip to draw the eye to the peony.

 

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Supplies

Stamps: Avery Elle Peonies stamp set
Dies:Avery Elle Peonies stamp set, Avery Elle Dotted Border dies
Ink: Avery Elle Magenta, Celery ink.  VersaMark Ink.
Paper:  Avery Elle Top Folding Notecard Sugar Collection.
Other:  Copic markers, white embossing powder, Sequins, Corner Rounder

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For my next card, I wanted a totally different look using the same set.  Here I used gold as the theme and chose watercolors that would be light and elegant against the gold.

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Supplies

Stamps: Avery Elle Peonies stamp set
Dies:Avery Elle Peonies stamp set
Ink: VersaMark Ink.
Other:  Kuretaki Gansai Watercolors, gold embossing powder, gold glitter embossing paste, Sequins, Little Bee Washi Tape
Thanks for letting me play in the Paper Crafter’s Library today!

We hope you have enjoyed today’s feature. We want to extend a sincere thank you to Heather Campbell for her fabulous project and Avery Elle for sharing their company with us. Be sure to visit Avery Elle to see more of their products and their blog for some inspiration!

In order to enter the give-away to win the prize shown above, please leave us a comment in the comments section of this post. The winner will be announced next Wednesday.

Happy Crafting!

Winner of the Lil’ Inker Designs Give-Away! 07 22 2015

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I’d like to extend a HUGE thank you to Lil’ Inker Designs guest designer Laura Pryor for sharing such a wonderful project and to Lil’ Inker Designs  for their generous give-away of their collection shown below. It contains 2 brand new release items! Included are our fun and funky Pineapple Panache Stamps and coordinating Pineapple Panache Die as well as our popular Dual Dotted Rectangle Die Set. It’s a prize valued over $45!

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And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for…….the winner is……Magaret Schuering !!

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Congratulations Magaret Schuering! Be sure to email us at customerservice@papercrafterslibrary.com to claim your prize. Please be sure to put “(Lil’ Inker Designs Winner” in the subject line of the email, and then in the email itself, be sure to include your full mailing address and phone number.

Join us next week when we feature another great company!