Thursday, 28 May 2015


It's time for another fabulous challenge at Freshly Made Sketches and this week it's my turn to be hostess!  I came up with a simple sketch that is open to interpretation.  In fact, my own card doesn't completely match the sketch - but that's what makes the whole challenge game fun, right?

When I designed the sketch some weeks ago, I had planned on putting a row of flowers along the bottom.  Somewhere along the way, my flowers changed to a coffee cup...

I started with a white card base (as always, it seems!) and stamped the coffee circle stamp using Memento Toffee Crunch ink.  I die cut the coffee cup using Desert Storm, Very Vanilla and a watercolored piece I had on my desk from another card.  I shaped the coffee cup and lightly sponged the sides to give dimension.  The center of the cup is popped up on two layers of foam tape and the sides only one.  

I hunted for a sentiment that was small enough to fit on the panel along with the coffee cup and found this one from PTI.  However, the bottom looked bare so I carefully lined up the square panel with the coffee circle and over-stamped to get some of the coffee circle on the sentiment panel. 

No embellishments on this card as it's probably destined for a male.

I'm entering this into Seize the Birthday's Anything Goes Challenge.

Thanks for visiting.  Please check out the rest of the design team's fabulous inspiration and I hope you'll find time to have a go.

Products used:

Stamps:  Communique Curves (PTI), Inkadinkado 97100
Ink:  Memento Toffee Crunch,  Dark Chocolate (SSS)
Cardstock: White, black, Desert Storm, Very Vanilla, Watercolor
Accessories:  Coffee Cup die (MFT), Lil' Inkers Stitched Square dies, water color paints


Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Newsprint Christmas

It's time for another Christmas card, courtesy of Merry Monday.  This week, I am the hostess and I've chosen the theme of newsprint.

I love the look of newsprint on cards, so when I saw this photo on Pinterest, I knew it was going to become my challenge.

For my card, I again went CAS, which seems to be my go-to style lately as my card-making time gets condensed.

I die cut a circle mask and placed that over my card base.  I then stamped SU's Dictionary stamp inside the mask with Fog ink and lightly sponged from the outside in to define the circle more.

After that, it was a simple job to die cut a sentiment, color it with Wink of Stella and stick on a few enamel dots.

Thanks for visiting.  I hope you'll find time to join in my challenge.  The rest of the design team have some wonderful and varied uses of the theme in their cards, so be sure to check them out.

Products used:

Stamps:  Dictionary (SU)
Ink:  Fog (SSS)
Cardstock:  White, Green Apple (SSS)
Accessories:  Wet Paint Holiday dies (PTI), Enamel Dots


Sunday, 24 May 2015

More Than Ice Cream

It's time for The Paper Players weekly challenge and this week Anne Marie has a sketch for us.

I sort of went a little bit off-track when it came to following the sketch but I think you can see the elements there :)

This is nothing like my original plan, but I kinda like it!  And I do realise that is not an ice-cream so doesn't really match the sentiment, but I'm claiming artistic license here :)  I colored my ice block (not sure what it's called in the US) with Copics then cut it out.  I used my new Blueprints 25 to cut the curve and inlaid a So Saffron panel cut with the same die.  I then used a stitched die on the outside before splattering some aqua watercolor paint onto the card base.

Once that was dry I stamped my sentiment on a curve and adhered the ice block using foam tape.

I hope you like this interpretation.  Be sure to check out the beautiful cards created by the rest of the design team.

Products used:

Stamps:  Ice Cream Dream (SSS)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock:  White, So Saffron, X-Press It
Accessories:  Blueprints 25 (MFT), Copics, watercolor paints, Lil' Inkers Stitched Rectangle Mats


Gnome Time

It's early Sunday evening here and I'm sneaking in a blog post a few hours before my Paper Players Challenge post goes live.  

While I was waiting for dinner to cook, I decided to color up one of the gnomes from my new set from MFT.  I had it in mind to create a tag for the current Tag You're It challenge, but I had no idea what I was going to do once I'd stamped and colored my gnome.  

I was inspired by the shaped bottom of Lynn's tag; the thanks sentiment, as well as the red/green nature theme.  This is what I came up with:

After I colored my gnome I die-cut him with a Reverse Confetti tag die, keeping him to the left of the tag to allow room for the sentiment.  I used a double-tag approach like Lynn and for the added layer on the bottom, I went with some die-cut grass.  I finished off the tag with some red and green baker's twine.

It was fun playing with this little fella and a nice way to round out the weekend, ready for another week at work.

Thanks for visiting.

Products used:

Stamps:  You Gnome Me (MFT), Happy Hello (Verve)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock:  X-Press It, Lucky Limeade (SU), Schoolhouse Red (SSS)
Accessories:  Copics, Tag Me Too die (Reverse Confetti), Grassy Edges die (MFT)


Thursday, 21 May 2015

You Rock

It's time for another fabulous sketch challenge from Freshly Made Sketches and this week our hostess is the creative and talented Cindy Lovell.  

I decided to pull out the Blueprints dies again for my card and came up with this.

This is a very simple card, only using dies.  I used both Blueprints 11 and Blueprints 20.  Black, white and Island Blue were the colors.  The "You Rock" is inlaid as is the single star in the white panel, but there was no way I was going to inlay all those little circles in the zig zag die cut :)

Thanks for visiting.  As always, the rest of the design team have created some wonderful cards so be sure to check them out.

Products used:

Cardstock:  Black, white, Island Blue (SSS)
Accessories:  Blueprints 11, Blueprints 20


Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Joyful Wishes

Hi and welcome to Merry Monday - where you get to make your Christmas cards one week at a time :)  This week Debbie is our hostess and her challenge is to use a non-evergreen tree on your card.

I have been wanting the Joy to the Woods set from Lawn Fawn since I first saw it and I finally got it a couple of months ago, so I had to use it for my card.

I stamped and cut the birch trees before lightly coloring with Copics.  I also colored the ornament and the little squirrel.  I die cut a snowy slope before sponging and lightly coloring with a paintbrush and water.  I then arranged my pieces on my card and stamped the sentiment.

Be sure to check out the fabulous cards created by the design team and give this fun challenge a go.

Products used:

Stamps:  Joy to the Woods (Lawn Fawn)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Balck, Archival Black, Tumbled Glass
Cardstock:  White, X-Press It
Accessories:  Joy to the Woods dies, Copics, Wink of Stella, Stitched Slopes and Hills dies (SSS)


Sunday, 17 May 2015

Thanks So Much

And it's Paper Players Challenge Day!  This week Jaydee has a very cool challenge theme for us - CAS Girly Thanks.  

For my card, I combined the sketch at Verve with the colors at Just Add Ink to come up with this card.

I ended up not using any Verve stamps on my card but did use a brand new-to-me set from a company I've never bought from before - Stamplorations.  I started my card by sponging some Pear Pizzazz ink onto a white cardbase using the Diagonal Stripes stencil by MFT.    I embossed the "thanks so much" stamps onto a piece of vellum using Pool Party EP then cut it with a stitched rectangle die.  Behind that panel, I second-generation stamped the Tiny Alphabet Background from SSS using Crumb Cake ink. 

I die cut a butterfly with Calypso Coral cardstock and also cut a solid butterfly shape out of vellum.  I dropped some silver thread behind the butterfly and arranged a few enamel dots and my card was done.

Thanks for visiting.  The rest of the design team have some wonderful thank you cards for your viewing pleasure so be sure to check them out.

JAI #262

 Products used:

Stamps:  Sentiment Builders Thanks (Stamplorations), Tiny Alphabet Background (SSS)
Ink:  Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake, Versamark
Cardstock:  White, Vellum, Calypso Coral, Black
Accessories:  Effera Butterfly Wings, Rhone Butterfly Wings (Memory Box), Pool Party EP, Silver Thread, Enamel Dots, Diagonal Strips Stencil (MFT)