Monday, February 5, 2018

My Cards and Tags: Dina Wakley's Collaged Hearts

"Love is in the air" is our heart-happy theme over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and we're also featuring the fab products of Carabelle Studio.  I made two matchbook cards to celebrate all things love:


I started by cutting the matchbook shapes out of Strathmore Mixed Media paper and Tim Holtz's Matchbook die set.  Next, I heat-embossed some Carabelle Studio stamp images with white embossing powder.  The circle images are from an "art texture printing plate," but I use them as stamps all the time.  The only consideration is that your images will be backwards (notice my backwards number 2, for example), but that doesn't bother me much.

Confession time!  I've had Jane Davenport's Mermaid Markers for several months but was too dang chicken to give them a try.  I hope I'm not the only one who gets excited then intimidated by cool crafting products!  Anyway, I finally gave them a whirl and they are fantastic!  A little color goes a long way, so I touched around the images with the Mermaid Markers then blended the colors together with a paintbrush and some water.  Once the covers were drying, I decided to make some pages out of paper bags, which I cut to size and sewed down the center.

The next step was to sew the pages into my matchbooks, which you can see here:

The last step was to add a little more decor to the fronts of the matchbooks.  I glued on some Washi Tape and made tabs (cause I love me some tabs).  I added a heart and then stamped some Dina Wakley sentiments onto tissue paper, which I glued on top of everything else.

I got out the trusty Sharpie and sketched around the edges for some faux stitching to finish these off.

One thing is for sure: since our theme was love, I have to say I LOVE Mermaid Markers once I finally played with them.

Here are the supplies I used, which you can find at Simon Says Stamp:


How will you show some love this week?  Be sure to upload your creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store.

19 comments:

  1. First off...amazing matchbooks Andrea! Then I am so relieved I'm not the only one to buy craft goodies and then being scared of using them! (For me it is a big box of Prismacolor pencils) Anyway you did those Mermaid markers justice with this fantastic project! Hugs xxx

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  2. I LOVE these, Andrea! They make me happy with their bright colors and great designs. Wonderful quotes about love on them too. So, as they say, confession is good for the soul, and I like how you admit you were intimidated by a new product, but when you stepped up and tried them, bam! you loved them. (btw, they are now on my wishlist!) Oh yes, I have felt this way too, and sometimes even after I've used them (like gelatos - I know they can do so much more). Kudos! hugs, Maura

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  3. My gosh, Andrea, everything you make puts a smile on my face. You know how much I love your bright and cheerful colors as I mention that almost every week. These are so pretty and the sentiments are perfect and so, so true. I admit, there have been products I've been afraid to try after I purchase them and sometimes my first attempt is a complete disaster. You did a beautiful job with the mermaid markers!

    Cathie ♥

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  4. fabulous project Andrea!! Love the explosion of colors. Thanks for sharing about the Mermaid markers too. I've seen them but haven't tried them-they look great!

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  5. Oh these matchbooks are brilliant, Andrea ... the level of detailing on them is fantastic ... a riot of gorgeous colour, sweet and fun tabs, and lovely sentiments! Anita :)

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  6. Gorgeous little ,matchbooks Andrea, the white embossing looks fabulous with the lovely colours, so pretty! I love how you recycled paper bags too! Very cute and very clever :-)

    luv
    Lols x x x

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  7. Aren't you a clever girl!!! And I just got this matchbook die in the mail! This one hit me hard, the sentiments are really powerful, just what I need to make for myself to look at on my bad pain days! THANK YOU ANDREA!!!! Sending you big Valentine's hugs!!!

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  8. Wow, talk about a match made in heaven! You rocked it!

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  9. WOW...WOW...WOW....I LOVE all your creations. I have bought the Jane Davenport fountain pen and it broke almost immediately (other people have had this experience too ) so i have been hesitant about the markers. Thank you for the great inspiration here

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  10. Perfectly made! But... if you think you're a chicken then I guess I would never give them a try at all! I see you as the bravest artist I know while crafting, girl! What chicken are we talking about? lol. The colors are really amazing and so vibrant and soft at the same time. I love the stamped and embossed patterns, too. Hugs, Marzena

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  11. What a neat idea! I love the quotes! : )

    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  12. Oh my gosh Andrea, these little matchbooks are just so amazing! And also right there with you, I have not used the JD MM since I got them and you just gave me inspiration to try them :) Thank you!! xo Cheetarah

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  13. Beautiful matchbook cards! The marker colours and textures look amazing with the pretty white embossing - perfect 😁. Thanks for the inspiration and wishing you a happy weekend! J 😊

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  14. You are simply a genius Andrea!!!!! Love this project so much! You create stuninng things even in smaller size! Seriously, I am impressed everytime! Your blog is such a joy to check out! <3

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  15. These matchbook cards are just fabulous, Andrea! As always, I love the colours you've used, a visit to your blog always makes me smile and brightens my day and I just adore the project itself...they are such a wonderful idea and perfect in every way! <3

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  16. you have worked your magic with these colours Andrea and those matchbooks are just darling, hugs kath xxx

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  17. Wow.. this is such a fun and fabulous project, Andrea. The texture and colors on these matchbook cards gorgeous. :)

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  18. Totally in love with your work! I'm so impressed by your use of Jane Davenport Markers, they are outstanding and you made an incredible work! They are at the first place of my wish list! BArbara

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  19. These are so pretty, Andrea! Love the bright colors and the watercolor effect is amazing! Those Mermaid Markers are fabulous! Hugs, Sandra

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