Wednesday, October 1, 2014


Hi all!  Here's a card I made using the colors from CTD312 and the sketch from the Splitcoaststampers challenge SC508.  The leaves, sentiment and script (on the orange fizz layer that's mostly covered, ha!) is all from the Thankful Leaves set.  I used orange fizz, tangy orange and kraft inks.  The stamping off technique on a few of the leaves gives extra dimension.  The layer behind the 3 panels and the bottom part of the larger panel are grout gray card stock.  That bottom layer, by the way, was stamped using plaid background builder with grout gray ink.  A trio of kraft buttons and hemp thread add a finishing touch.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Thanks a latte

Hi all!  Here's a fun and quick card I made for the Coffee Lovers Bloghop {check it out HERE}and these challenges:  FMS155 and CTD311.  

Being that it's a Coffee Lovers bloghop, how could I NOT use this super cute Thanks a Latte YNS set?!  The card base is grout gray, as well as the strip on the left stamped with my pinstripe BG.  I used the matching Thanks a Latte die set to cut out the cup from Sno Cone card stock.  See those cute little coffee beans on the cup?!  Hehe!  The lid was stamped with grout gray ink and cut out of smooth white card stock.  The coffee band was cut out of an actual Starbucks coffee band!  And I couldn't resist stamping some "spilled" coffee (which is from the stamp set) in chocolate brown ink.  The sour apple tag was cut out using an element from Blueprints 6.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thinking of You

Hi all!  Here's a card I made for a trio of challenges:  CQC260, SCS sketch SC507 and the SCS WT498.  This cool tree and sentiment are from the new LJD Out on a Limb set - love it!  I inked the tree itself with kraft ink, then inked my woodgrain BG stamp with hot chocolate and used the good ol' kissing technique to create the woodgrain tree!  The other colors used are lemon drop and tangy orange.  I used that same woodgrain BG on the tangy orange layer (behind the main image).  That cool plaid strip on the left was created using the Plaid background builder in nightshift blue, kraft, lemon drop and tangy orange inks.  The sentiment is stamped on vellum and then attached over the main image with gold brads.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wishing you...

Hi all!  Here's a card I made for the Curtain Call: Wishing Well challenge using the September Gallery theme sketch challenge on SCS ~ you have to be a member to participate in these and worth every. penny.  So I finally got one of those craft mats about a month ago, you know the ones that are heat and ink resistant?  Love it!  For my flowers (lily die-namics), leaves and stems, I took a few ink pads and pressed them directly onto the mat, spritzed the ink with water  so it was nice and wet, then smushed (technical term) a piece of watercolor paper over it and moved it around until it had soaked up just about all of the ink and water.  Voila!  Love how it turned out!  I used my R12 Copic to fill in the embossed lines of the flowers then adhered them to my circle STAX.  The steel blue layer was sponged using the brick wall stencil in steel blue ink.  The sentiment is from my well-loved Celebrate Big set and was cut out using one of the Blueprints 1 elements.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Hope you're on the mend...

Hi all!  Here's a card I made using a new set I got from Sugar Pea Designs called Undying Love.  I used their current sketch challenge, SPDSS11, to showcase this, uh, darling image, lol!  Hopefully you're not like my hubby and think that her eyes look like peppermints!  ;)  As soon as he said that, I added more yellow and green (for eyeballs), then used my colorless blender to blur the red 'veins' in her eyes.  She looks a little under the weather, so as much as I love the sentiments in the set, I thought this would make for a funny get well card, which fits Linda's Catered Crop latest challenge, Good Medicine.  The card base and sentiment layer are grout gray card stock, which pairs perfectly with the Teresa Collins Memorabilia DP that I used.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

JAVA a great day!

Hi all!  Here's a card I made for two challenges:  colourQ and CTS93.  All images are from the totally cute Thanks a Latte set  by YNS.  The cup, lid and bellyband were cut out using the matching die set - gotta love matching dies!  I used my Copics on the cup and lid to match the colors of the challenge.  The bellyband was cut out of a scrap piece of DP.  The pink lemonade scallop was cut out using one of the elements from the open scallop die set.  I cut the card down to 4 inches so the flag sentiment would still fit in a standard envelope.  A few coffee beans stamped in chocolate ink make this card even more fun :D

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Merry Christmas - trio of challenges

*2nd post of the day - scroll down to see my Your Next Stamp Fun Friday post, please*

Hi all!  Here's a card I made using this week's color challenge, CC496 on SCS, the WT497 challenge to use stencils and the MFTWSC194 sketch.  The 'dessert' part of the color challenge was to make a Christmas card, so I thought, why not!   I used the Damask Designs set on the traditional tag STAX  -even though it's not a Christmas set, it sure does work for any occasion!  I used the large polka dot stencil on the pacific blue and electric red layers.  I then used the diagonal stripes stencil on the Sno cone strip and the tiny Sno cone pierced flag.  The pacific blue and Sno Cone layers were distressed.  The sentiment is from the Cheerful Christmas Greetings set (love the font!), which I stamped on one of the Blueprints 1 elements and cut to fit over the tag.  Another pierced flag and a wild cherry button with twine plus some old SU! ribbon add the finishing touches.  Oh, and the card base is smooth white (FAVORITE white card stock!!!), in case you were wondering ;)

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