Monday, June 29, 2015


Hello all - here is another sketch challenge that I paired with an inspiration challenge and came up with this.

I was inspired by the photo below for Just us girls. I liked the red gingham picnic table cloth that is stuck in the galvanized bucket.  With the watermelon sticking out it reminded me of all the ants that come with it. Ha Ha.

Ant stamp is from rubber stampede. I did color in the ants using the black Copic marker so that they would show up. The sentiment is from Papertrey, Ink and the red grunge gingham stamp is from My Favorite Things. Sketch is from The Paper Players.

That's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

thanks a bunch

Hello everyone.  Here is my take on this weeks Less is More challenge which just so happens to be a sketch.

Stamps and dies are from Clearly Besotted. I used colorbox inks to stamp the flowers and vase with.

The little red bow was once white until I colored the ribbon with lipstick red Copic marker and then tied it with the bow easy. A little dab of glossy accents glued it right where I wanted it. Tiny yellow pearls added for the flower centers.

The flowers and vase are popped up with tiny squares of foam tape and so are the sentiment and main panel. I used linen cardstock from Papertrey, Ink for this sketch.

Obviously, I kept this very clean and simple with lots of white space as per the directions! (grin) and really like how it turned out. Our heat wave is melting us here in the Pacific Northwest. We are so not used to these 90 degree days. Time to turn on all the fans! Thanks for stopping by. 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Ombre birthday

Hi everyone! Here's a quick, clean and simple birthday card that I put together for either a guy or girl.

The cool designer paper is new from Lil Inker Designs. Comes in a 6 x 6 pad that has a rainbow of colors in in. It's a must have!

Sentiment stamp is from My Favorite Things. I stamped it in Versafine ink, which gave it a pretty even coverage on the stamp and I was happy with how it stamped.

Added three different sized black self adhesive pearls from Kaisercraft and then popped the whole panel up on a white card base using foam tape. Quick, clean and simple.

Adding this into the Anything goes challenge over at Simon Say Stamp.

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Sunday, June 21, 2015


Hi everyone. Less is More and The Friday Mashup are hosting challenges that have to do with stencilling. Here is what I came up with!

The stencil is from Penny Black and I used pan pastels to color it in. Yellow and red are combined to get the bright orange color for the poppies.

Stitched border is done using a Lil Inker Designs die and the "hello" sentiment is from MFT. I die cut the stitches first then placed the stencil over the cardstock and went to town. This is a one layer card and has lots of white space.  This second one, is a bit different.

I used a Memory box die and created my own stencils with a bit of left over acetate. Then I got out some modeling paste and slopped it on some watercolor paper.  Once dried I added color using water color paints. I did stamp the sentiments from Simon Says Stamps prior to adding the blue. I love the texture on this one but it's not my favorite, so I created the top one while I was at it.

ETA: adding this into the AAA Cards challenge of paste and/or stencils.

That's it for today. Thanks for stopping by!

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

happy graduation

Hi everyone. It's that time of year for graduation and I really needed a card this time around. Here is what I came up with. I'm also adding this into the ATS challenge blog where they have a CAS challenge going on, and it's their 3rd Birthday.

Stamps are from Papertrey, Ink, it's the Tag-it's #4 set. Navy cardstock and ink incorporated into the card as part of the school colors.

Stitched tag and outline are from Simon Says Stamp and the circle are from Lil Inker Designs.

I unearthed a large white brad from my stash to add to the tag and then I used some white DMC floss to create the tassel.  Which is what took so long on this card. UGH.

Well, that's it for today. Thanks for popping in.

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Friday, June 19, 2015


Hi everyone! Here is my take on this weeks Freshly Made Sketch.

The "thanks" is a die from Technique Tuesday called straight talk. I backed it with the light green cardstock so that it would stand out. Scalloped die is from Lifestyle crafts.

I used a few flower dies from PTI to cut out the pink flowers. The leaves are punched out using the leaf punch from Martha Stewart. I added some tiny pearls to highlight the centers of the flowers. 

Overall, pretty clean and simple and quick. The most time I spent on this card was to figure out how to arrange the flowers.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Pink tulips

Greetings! Playing around with a newer stamp from Technique Tuesday's Greenhouse Society.

Stamped in black licorice hybrid ink from My Favorite Things. Colored in Copic's and then added some white enamel accents from Ranger on the dots. I was sort of disappointed in the outcome. I expected it to be a bit more white and stand out. Its almost opaque looking.

Cherry lynn die used to cut out the burlap grid in the back ground. Lil Inker stitched die used to cut out the main image.  MFT fishtail banner used to cut out the green cardstock on the side.

That's it for today. Thanks for stopping by!

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Mobile home

Hi everyone. This weeks challenge over at Less is More is a one layer card with the theme of "home." I made mine mobile.

Stamps are from the former Angel Company. I stamped it in black licorice Hybrid ink from My Favorite Things and then colored with Copic's. I also used some glossy accents on the window to give it a bit of shine.

So many people "live" in a 5th wheel trailer or RV and travel the world after they retire. Which is something I would enjoy doing too. There are so many cool places to see, so I think Dr. Seuss had it right and that's why I chose this sentiment.

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Saturday, June 13, 2015


Hi all! Here is a thank you card that I really like to make during the summer. This water melon is cute as can be and works with the challenge over at The house that stamps built of fresh and fruity.

Stamps are from Wildflower stamps that I've had forever and don't seem to be available any longer. Sorry about the dark picture, it was overcast yesterday and I had the shades drawn due to the neighbors having their roof pressure washed. I didn't want the guy on the roof looking into my office/craft room.

Fresh ink in Mojito green and strawberry used to create the melon. The watermelon paper in the background is from A*Muse Studio and the green is from Bazzill. Added some "seeds" to the lower right hand corner and called it done.

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Friday, June 12, 2015


Hi everyone! Saw this sketch come across FB for CASe this sketch and had to give it a whirl.

Dragonfly die is from Clearly Besotted. It's two different dies in the set. The solid is cut from my ombre Kleenex box (its almost gone now) and the outline is done with Black cardstock and some stick it!

The leaf branches and ferns on the squares are from Paper Smooches. I cut out the squares using this die from SSS. Then used some repositional tape to tape them down and randomly stamped the ferns in Mojito ink and the leaf branch in Limeade. Both inks are from Fresh Inks from Impress Rubber Stamps.

Sentiment is from Papertrey, Ink and lastly that yummy green cardstock if from Bazzill.

That's it for today. Thanks for stopping by!

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Need to Venti?

Hi all! Here is my take on this weeks Freshly Made Sketch. I used a few different coffee themed stamp sets to make this one!

I just picked up this set from Lil' Inkers and thought it would go perfect with this sketch. I'll admit that I bought the set for the iced frap just so that I could use some liquid applique for the whipped on it! Turned out very cute! Colored with Copic's in E33 and E35.

I had some left over "sand" (see post below) and used it to paper piece the coffee sleeve.

Sentiment is from My Favorite Things and the beans are from Paper Smooches. Used Chocolate brown Hybrid ink from MFT to get the dark color for the beans.

Notice that I did not add in the sentiment strip but stamped it directly onto the card base. I didn't want to take away from this super cute image. Overall, fun card and sketch to use this week!

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Have a Flippin' great birthday!

Hi everyone! It's been unusually warm here in the Pacific Northwest (87 Degrees right now) and I've been living in my flip flops when ever I can. I've got the fans going trying to keep things cool too. With this in mind, I do believe summer is here ahead of schedule. I'm participating in two challenges with this card.

I tried to take the photo so that you could see the wavy sand that I tried to create with my crimper and some kraft cardstock, so sorry for the cattywampus photo.

Flip flop dies are from Papertrey, Ink as is the sentiment.  The blue on the flip flops are cut from an old kleenex box that has an ombre effect going on with it. I just used the parts that were a bright blue to go with the color combo for the Sunday Stamps color challenge.

I'm also linking this up to the CAS-ual Friday's challenge of summer, which also had a color challenge to it. Hopefully, my blue is considered bright enough!

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