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RubberMoon and Copic

Welcome RubberMoon and Copic fans!  Officially this is my last post for RubberMoon, but I am not done yet I have more beautiful stamps to share so over the next few weeks I will continue to share them.  I realized when I put this card all together that I did not plan all my colors very well and that the image clashes a bit with the red hair BUT I do love the pieces separately.   I like the card and I love the image just not sure about them all together.  The beauty is I have never claimed to be a master card maker and the person I extend to send it to will love it all the same!

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I used Bazzill Swiss Dots cardstock and cut it to 5 1/4″ x 10 1/2″ then scored and folded it.  The patterned paper is by Prima and is cut to 5″ x 5″ the mulberry paper is also by Prima.  I stamped the “alter ego” image by Marylinn Kelly 3 separate times, the first in white on a Prima paper then in brown twice on a cream cardstock.  I colored over the white lines with a Sharpie paint pen, and then colored the two other images.

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I colored only the wings on the first image and used E21 and my colorless blender.  Then on the second image for the skin I used E21, E11 and E13, on the lips I used YR14, R20 and R22 (the YR14 I used as a base coat changing the rosy reds to a shade with more flesh tone to it) I used YR31, YY35, Y38, YR16 and YR18 for the hair.

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A special Thank You to the entire RubberMoon stamp team!  I have LOVED working with their beautiful stamps.  You will see more from me!  This is not goodbye just see you later.

Happy Wednesday!

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Making your own stencils

My next tutorial posted at Get It Scrapped this past week.  I had several Creative Team members join me to show off their stencil making skills.  It actually is VERY easy to create your own stencils and there a lot of things around your house that can already be used as stencils.  I just get you pointed in the right direction and the Creative Team shows you how to put them to good use.  On my layout I hand cut a stencil to make the waves and I die cut the sun shape, easy peasy!



Good Eats by Michelle Houghton | Supplies: cardstock; Colorbok, spray ink; Ranger, Tattered Angel and Heidi Swapp, sequins; Jenni Bowlin, buttons and gold letters; American Crafts, blue letters; Bella Blvd

I would encourage you to stop by and take a peek at the rest of the Creative Teams work they did a spectacular job with this assignment!  Read more HERE

Happy creative week to you all!

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Colorado Beauty



Here is our view from the top of Mt. Sneffels the girls, John and I hoofed it to the top and John did this panoramic shot of the view in ALL directions.  It was amazing as you can see.  If you look really close the girls and I are perched out on the rocks smack dab in the middle of the photo.


Yep the best to hikers around!

Happy weekend!

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Back Again and Catching Up

Well we are back from our adventure in Colorado.  I will try to upload a few photos and share later this week.  Traveling trough some of the most beautiful country in the world in Jeeps and hiking produced more than a few amazing shots.

In the meantime while I was traipsing about I had layouts appear in 3 articles over at Get It Scrapped that I thought I would share quickly.  The first posted before we left, but I just did not have the time to get my post together and share:

Cut Aways


Posers by Michelle Houghton | Supplies: patterned paper; SEI, ink; Sharpie and Ranger, letters cut on a Brother Cut and Scan.

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The article is all about Adding Layers Behind Cutaways.  I decided to use photos from a museum visit and thought it my make a good connection to try to imitate what the saber tooth cat might do to my scrapbook paper.  I laid my photos on top of my paper then marked not only the corners, but the diagonal lines where I wanted the “claw marks” to travel along.  I did all of the marking very lightly in pencil so I be able to erase those later.  Then I used a kraft knife to cut a line along my diagonals and tore the paper outward from those cuts by hand.  I would hold the photos up underneath the tears periodically to make sure the holes were large enough to see the portions of the photos I wanted to feature.  I then attached the photos to the back of the torn patterned paper and finished the layout.  I have to say it was fun to see how the rest of the team tackled this particular assignment, I am thinking I will use one or two of their ideas on future layouts!  Check out all the layouts HERE.

Next I created a layout for an article about 2 Page Layouts With a Cluster Foundation.

2 Page Cluster

Who’s Watching Who by Michelle Houghton | Supplies: patterned paper, canvas tags, buttons, butterfly brads and feather; SEI, sticker letters Bella Blvd., ink; Sharpie, twine; American Crafts, kraft speech bubble; Maya Road

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There is not much more to say about this layout then what I shared in the article, but I can tell you that I used 5 different animal photos in my central cluster.  I love taking animal photos at the zoo and this is a great way to include a lot of them on a single layout, especially since we are zoo goers and end up with so many photos every year!  Check out the beautiful pages from the other Creative Team members HERE.

Lastly I did a layout using pocket pages encompassing our entire Hawaii trip last summer.  I am a “newbie” at pocket pages and had so much fun putting this one together. It worked perfectly for this particular layout!

Vacation summery

Hawaii by Michelle Houghton | Supplies: pocket pages; Project Life by Becky Higgins, patterned cards, stickers, chipboard and date tags; My Mind’s Eye, twine ; American Crafts, ribbon; unknown, ink; Sharpie

I used my “memory book” daughter Sara to help me as we travelled home from the trip to write a few notes on every day that we were in Hawaii.  Between the two of us we managed to remember the primary events to all 11 days.  I would recommend doing this during your trip or immediately afterward before you forget!  Somehow I managed to NOT get my complete supply list in the article so I have added it here and I did add small sticker letters and numbers saying Hawaii 2013 on the brown ribbon in the very first journaling card slot.  I loved the creative way the other team members tackled this assignment, you can see all of their work HERE.

Woosh!  As always the list of things to catch up on upon coming home seems endless but I am getting there slowly but surely!  I will post some photos of our trip later this week!

Happy scrapping and coloring to all!

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Winner Winner!

I am super excited to anounce the winner of the blog hop!  Thank you so so much to all of you who hopped by and left so many wonderful comments and congratulations!  They are all much appreciated!

Without further adue the winner is…


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(I did receive a few comments by e-mail as well and do not worry I included you in my count!)

Bette:  “Congratulations on your new job. Sounds exciting and so much fun playing with your fave colics.”

Thank you Bette, now all I need is for you to email me at with your snail mail address so we can send you your fun prize! Yeah!

Happy Doodling and Copic Coloring to all of you!