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Creating striped backgrounds for cards

All you need is: a ruler, colored markers (I've used the Stabilo Swanos), white card stock and lot of patience 😅. It's a cheap and funny way to create card backgrounds and I find it interesting because you can match the color of the stripes with the image or embellishments you already have and not the other way around that usually implies buying more expensive crafting paper (not sure I'm explained myself properly.... 😔😕)
Anyways, I made diagonal stripes for three different cards, but you can choose the pattern you prefer: vertical, horizontal and, if you have a curve ruler, you can go for something even fancier!
For my own sake, I changed color every 4 or 5 lines. For example, I drew 4 or 5 parallel lines with the yellow marker and then moved to the orange one and so on. If you are brave and patient enough, you can try the one line/one color approach (good luck with that! 😂)




This is totally optional, but once you're done making the stripes you can stamp, ink and emboss tiny images on the background, like this...




I've used striped paper left overs as a base for the 'Cheers' greeting.


...and that's how I've used my hand-made striped backgrounds.


For the ladies, I've used a Stamping Bella stamp set, Dovecraft Premium black pigment ink and transparent embossing powder.
With my brand new Zig Clean color real brush pens I tried to match the lady's clothes and hair with the corresponding backgrounds.

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Cardmaking and papercraft magazines

Last month I had the chance to get, for the first time, a couple of Cardmaking & papercraft magazines: Papercraft Inspirations and Make Christmas card magazine.
Papercraft Inspiration December issue had a Christmas window build-a-scene embossingfolder and stamp free gift, as well as free festive papers. Make Christmas cards was offering: 2 embossing folder borders, 13 stylish stamps, 32 Christmas papers, 12 découpagesheets, 117 toppers & motifs and 73 festive greetings.
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All cards have been donated to hospitals 

A quick guide to candle making 🕯️

Finally, temperature lowered and I managed to prepare a set of candles for this fall.
Candles are great for any occasion!
Halloween🎃, Xmas🎄, B-days🎂, romantic dinners🥂 or relaxing nights🌃. You can keep 'em for yourself or give them to family and friends as gifts!
If you've never made candles before, but you're eager to try, here you have 10 basic steps to follow.

This is not a comprehensive guide and does not pretend to be a candle-making course.

1) weigh the wax  Do you want to know more about waxes? Follow this LINK
2) Melt it in a double boiler (bain-marie). Stir every now and then...    ⚠ Do not boil the wax ⚠ Neverever place the container with the wax directly on the stove!
3)  At this point, you can add some color HERE, you have a post on candle dyes.

Remember: the final color of your candle depends on the wax too! For example, soy wax iswhite at room temperature and for this reason, it gives back pastel-like colors. A trick to check the final color: drip some melted wax on a…