Monday, 26 June 2017

Muse: Christmas Visions #81

So ... yesterday was June 25th - 6 months to Christmas. It's never too soon to think Christmas - right? I thought that I'd join the fun at Muse: Christmas Visions

Here's the Muse card by Chriss Blagrave



I was inspired by:

  • the circular design
  • the colours
  • the "Peace on Earth" sentiment

Here's my card





I didn't have a "house" stamp that I could useS so I searched through my Christmas stamp sets and found this stocking from Sunny Studio's Christmas Icons stamp set that I thought would work. I added colour with a water brush and distress inks (worn lipstick, cracked pistacchio, faded jeans and mustard seed). The sentiment is from Simon Says STAMP Peace on Earth stamp set. 

Thanks for visiting
sue

Simon Says STAMP Wednesday Challenge

Love having the opportunity to craft with a friend - especially when it's for an extra long weekend. I made a card for the current challenge at Simon Says STAMP Wednesday Challenge

This week the challenge is
Use Patterned Paper 
You might like to use paper from a pack but you can also choose to make your own patterned backgrounds. Whatever you choose to use we will be looking forward to seeing what you create!
This week we are showcasing Doodlebug Products. You don’t have to use them for the challenge but if you have them we would love to see them used.


I'm not sure why I don't stamp in printed paper more often. I am hesitant but am pleasantly surprised how "cool" the effect is. My card this week features a flower, from Simon Says STAMP's Look for the Miracles stamp set, stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black ink on a piece of Doodlebug's paper from Hello Sunshine 6x6 pack. I fussy cut the flower and popped it up with dimensionals. The sentiment is from Hero Arts Spring Hello by Lia. 

Here's my card


Thanks for visiting
sue

Tic Tac Toe Challenge TTTC003

Just back from an extra long weekend crafting with a friend. It's so nice to craft with a friend. I made a card for the current challenge at Tic Tac Toe Challege TTTC003



For my card, my tic tac toe is with the left column - blue, one layer, yellow




i lightly marked off a 3" x 2 1/4" rectangle. I used Hero Arts Spring Hello by Lia stamp set and Hero Arts Shadow Ink Butter Bar and Stampin' Up's Brocade Blue ink. I stamped the flowers in a random manner. Once complete, I drew the frame lines with a thin black marker. The sentiment is from Simon Says STAMP Lots of Thanks stamp set.

Thanks for visiting
sue

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Muse Card Challenge - #221 - Goodbye Jenni

The current challenge at Muse Card Club is this beautiful card by Jenni Murray





Sadly, she's moving on to other opportunities and I wish here the very best in whatever she's going to be doing. Looking forward to seeing her beautiful work in "blogland". 

Here's my card





I'm visiting a friend for the weekend, so only had a few stamp sets at my disposal. Happily, I was able to create something that was inspired by Jenni's card.

I was inspired by the 

  • central sentiment on teal/turquoise
  • thank you theme
  • square card
  • colour scheme
  • general layout (although I moved the heart)
I used Papertrey Ink's Keep it SImple: Thank You stamp set, Simon Says STAMP Lot of Thanks stamp set, Simon Says STAMP Thanks stamp set, Clearly Besotted's Flowers and Flourishes stamp set and Hero Arts Color Layering Sea Turtle stamp set with Hero Arts inks (Soft Cantaloupe, Butter Bar, Pale Tomato, Greeh Hills, Tide Pool).

edited to add: I used my MISTI to create the card. Pretty sure, I would not have attempted this style of card, without it!

Thanks for visiting and thank you Jenni for all the inspiration here at Muse.
sue

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Simply Irresistible with Heather Telford and the Foiled Fox

Something on Facebook caught my eye - a challenge hosted by both Heather Telford and the Foiled Fox - titled Simply Irresistible. With a name like that, who wouldn't be intrigued. 

The challenge is to use the Emboss Resist technique with distress oxides.  

I checked out Heather's blog and tried to re-create her card, with my own twist. 

Here's my card


I used Altenew's Adore You stamp set, Versamark ink and WOW!'s Rose Gold embossing powder which was heat set. (Aside, if you haven't tried WOW!'s Rose Gold embossing powder, you need to - the colour is incredible!) Using ink blending tools, I applied distress oxides (wilted violet and worn lipstick - trying to focus the worn lipstick around the flowers). Like Heather, I added Wink of Stella over the flower petals for some added sparkle. 

Here's a close-up. 


I matted the panel on gold cardstock to emphasize the rose gold embossing.

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sue


CAS(E) this Sketch #226

When I saw the current challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch




I just knew what to do. I flipped the sketch. Here's my card.



I decided to try out my distress oxides - spiced marmalade, worn lipstick and vintage photo. I smooshed them on a teflon sheet and spritzed some water. I placed the 96 lb bristol panel in the puddles of colour and moved the panel around. I used my heat tool to heat set the ink. I also spritzed water for some droplets. I kept placing the panel in the puddles of colour until I was happy with the result. I was so happy to use my new stamp set - Sneak a Peek from Taylored Expressions. I had such a difficult time trying to chose an image. I settled on the kitty and added colour with Copics. I decided to mat the watercolour panel with black for a bit of pop. I added glossy accents to the kitty's eyes. The sentiment was diecut from gold cardstock with MFT Die-namics Happy Hellos. I added a few sequins to complete the card. 

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sue

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Guest Designer at CASology - Week 254

Someone pinch me. I can't really believe that my card here was selected "Winner for the Week 250" and included an opportunity to be a Guest Designer at CASology




Here's this week's Cue Card



Here's my card


I started with Your Next Stamp's Home Sweet Home stamp set, stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I cut out a 3.5" circle from masking paper. I adhered it, slightly offset to the right. I also punched a 7/8" circle from masking paper and placed it "partially" behind the house to mimic the sun. I added distress inks to look like a sunset - mustard seed, spiced marmalade, picked raspberry and faded jeans. I wasn't sure what sentiment to add - settled on this gratitude sentiment, from Simon Says STAMP Lots of Thanks stamp set. 

Thanks so much to the gang at CASology for this opportunity.

Thanks for visiting
sue

Monday, 19 June 2017

Tic Tac Toe Challenge - TTTC002

Who doesn't love a game of tic tac toe? OK, maybe not a game, but a challenge with flexibility at Tic Tac Toe Challenge


Here's my card


I chose the centre column - embossing, gray and diecut. I started with a piece of gray cardstock and Cuttlebug's Chicken Wire embossing folder. The die cuts were made with scraps of pink cardstock and MFT DIe-Namics Flower and Leaf Trio. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Keep it Simple Thank You stamp set. 

Thanks for visiting
sue

Thursday, 15 June 2017

STAMPlorations CAS Mid-June Post

Reminding you of the current challenge at STAMPlorations CAS


I've created another card for this challenge.

 





I used STAMPlorations Birds of Paradise stamp set, stamped the bird with Archival ink. With a water brush and distress inks (faded jeans, dusty concord and hickory smoke), I coloured in the bird. For the background, I "diluted" distress inks (tumbled glass and hickory smoke) to mimic the sky and the ground. The sentiment is from STAMPlorations Fond Expressions 2 stamp set.

Thaks for visiting
sue

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

AAA Cards: CAS Game #91

Happy 3rd Birthday to AAA Cards. This week, there's a birthday bash there and "a birthday-themed challenge".

Here's my card



I've had the Paper Smooches' Birthday Buddies stamp set for some time and haven't really played with it. I stamped the worm on a piece of watercolour paper and added colour with distress inks and a water brush. I matted the watercolour panel with a piece of kraft cardstock and popped it up with dimensionals. The sentiment is from the same stamp set.

Thanks for visiting
sue

The Paper Players: PP 347

So much fun this past weekend at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Puyallup. Took a few classes, learned a few things, did a bit of shopping (OK, maybe more than a bit - LOL!) and participated in two crops so was able to make some cards!

The current challenge at The Paper Players is



Here's my card



I started with Simon Says STAMP's One with Nature stamp set, stamped with Archival Ink on watercolour paper. I added colour with a water brush and distress inks (mustard seed, spiced marmalade and picked raspberry). I cut the panel down and matted it with black cardstock. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches' Salutations stamp set.

Thanks for visiting
sue

CAS on Sunday: Challenge #109

There's an interesting challenge at CAS on Sunday.

Use a Repetition Image


Here's my card




I chose to repeat the main sentiment by stamping the "happy" from Your Next Stamp's Happy Everything stamp set three times, without re-inking, moving left and slightly up, each time. I stamped the "birthday" on a scrap piece of red cardstock. I popped it up with dimensionals. I added sequins for a bit of sparkle and shine. 

Thanks for visiting
sue

Simon Says STAMP Wednesday Challenge

Had a great craft-y weekend and was able to create some new cards. The current challenge at Simon Says STAMP Wednesday Challenge is

This week the challenge is

Anything Goes 

This is the perfect challenge to let your creativity run loose and make whatever takes your fancy! We will be looking forward to seeing what you decide to create!
This week we are showcasing Technique Tuesday Products. You don’t have to use them for the challenge but if you have them we would love to see them used.

Here's my card


I started by punching a 2" circle from a piece of masking paper, which I positioned on my card front. With ink daubers, I added colour with distress inks (mustard seed, spiced marmalade, picked raspberry and faded jeans). I picked up one of my favorite stamp sets, Technique Tuesday's Wildflowers and stamped the grass a few times and the cute little dragonflies. The sentiment is from Simon Says STAMP Lot of Thanks stamp set. I matted the card front on black to help focus the eye to the centre of the card.

Thanks for visiting
sue

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Muse Challenge #218 - Happy Birthday Ardyth

The current challenge at Muse is from Ardyth:


Choose your 'Muse' from any card that I've made and play along.
You can choose from my Instagram Feed or my blog MASKerade or my Splitcoaststampers account (hint, I've been on IG for about a year, my blog goes back 5 years and my SCS feed goes back more than 10 - if you go way back, you'll find definitely find something to make you smile, laugh, even!)



Well, it sounds easy enough right? There are hundreds, well maybe thousands of cards on her blog. I went to Pinterest and pinned oh maybe thirty different cards, I was inspired by and I wasn't even close to being done. I had to draw the line somewhere! Ardyth - I really love your work.

Here's her card (tag) posted here


I was inspired by
  • Christmas tag
  • colors
  • dove
  • sparkled thin line

Here's my tag



I inked up the front panel of bristol card with distress inks (tumbled glass, salty ocean and faded jeans). I carefully spritzed with water (carefully - because the first time I tried, I guess I added too much water and the tag, basically turned white!) to add some splotches. I trimmed the panel to 2" and used Stampin' Up's Ornate Tag topper punch to make the tag. I also cut a plain white tag. For the dove, I used Penny Black's Peaceful Wishes die. I added some Wink of Stella for a bit of shimmer. I found a scrap of silver sparkle paper, cut a thin strip and adhered towards the bottom of the tag. I found some silver ribbon to adhere the two tags together. 

Thanks Ardyth for all the inspiration you provide us with.

Thanks for visiting
sue

STAMPlorations CAS June Challenge

Can't believe that it's already June. What happened to May? As a child, I remember how long it seemed to take for it to be my birthday or Christmas. Now as an adult, I'm sure that someone has made time go faster - or is it that we just have so much to do and not enough time to do it?

June means it's time for a new challenge at STAMPlorations CAS


Here's my card




For my card, I used ARTplorations Ethnic Organic One and distress inks (faded jeans, hickory smoke and ground espresso), applied with ink blending tools. I trimmed the panel down and matted it with dark gray to leave a nice border of "white space". The sentiment is from STAMPlorations Fond Espressions 2.

We'd love for you to link up your creations at STAMPlorations CAS

Thanks for visiting
sue

House of Cards - Blog Hop

WOW - it's crazy that it's already June. That means, that it's time for a blog hop at House of Cards. Here is the photo inspiration:


Here's my card


I was inspired by the nautical theme. i used this Sea Creatures Digital Stamp Set from MHK Designs, one of the sponsors of our blog hop. I love being by the ocean - I feel so at peace listening to the waves roll in. So, I chose this sentiment to be a focus of the card. I also, couldn't resist a cute seahorse (wait, can seahorses be cute?). For the background, I thought I'd try something a bit different. I inked up the background with distress inks (tumbled glass and salty ocean) and ink blending tools. Then, with a scrap piece of cardstock, I diecut, using my WPlus9 Wave Border Designer die. I experimented using the "wavy" edge of the diecut, an ink blending tool and faded jeans distress ink on a piece of scrap paper. I found that if I placed the diecut upside down and then inked, the resulting image looked most like waves. I repeated this several times, randomly over the panel. I matted the card with a piece of blue cardstock and added a few sequins to complete the card. 

We'd love to see your creations and how you were inspired by our photo. Note our earlier than usual deadline - June 15th at noon CST.

There are prizes - prizes are hidden in random stops along the blog hop. To increase your chance of winning, please leave us a comment at each stop and also, link up your card for an added chance of winning.

We have great sponsors - check them out:

Prize: Any three products of your choice!


Prize: 2 Images



Prize: $10 to use in store



Prize $10 Gift Certificate to use in store


The House of Cards design team all used products from our sponsors. You should have arrived from Shirley.  The next stop is Susan.  If you'd like to check out the entire blog hop, the first stop is 

House of Cards Challenge Blog


Thanks for visiting
sue

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Christmas Card Throwdown - May Colours

What??? Working on Christmas cards in May? Is that crazy talk? I don't think so - I will probably be grateful in December when I'm scrambling trying to get my Christmas cards made before the man in red visits.

Joining in at Christmas Card Throwdown for their colour challenge



Here's my card



When I think of traditional Christmas colours, these aren't it. However, it was fun to try to create a Christmas card with untraditional Christmas colours. I used Simon Says STAMP Lined Trees dies to cut the trees out of both gold and yellow cardstock. I carefully adhered the gold outlines and yellow "little bits"  onto a piece of kraft cardstock. The sentiment is from Simon Says STAMP Ornaments stamp set, heat embossed with gold. I cut the panel down a bit and adhered it to my white card base.

Thanks for visiting

sue

Monday, 29 May 2017

Inkspirational: Challenge #135

One more card tonight. This time, it's for the current challenge at Inkspirational where 



Here's my card

 

Using a circle die, I cut out a 2.5" circle from some masking paper. I placed the mask over a card base and stamped using the cityscape from MFT You're Super stamp set with black ink. I felt that this cityscape was close to the "urban" feel, I was going for. I cut a 1" circle from a post-it note and placed it (it will form the sun). I added distress ink with ink blending tools - mustard seed closest to the sun and finishing with spiced marmalade. I decided to not put a sentiment on the card so that it could be used for a variety of occasions. I usually hesitate to make one layer cards, because inevitably, I mess it up. However, pleasantly surprised, it turned out!

Thanks for visiting
sue

Simon Says STAMP Wednesday Challenge

Love that I'm finding time to create at my craft desk. I couldn't resist the current challenge at Simon Says STAMP Wednesday Challenge 


This week the challenge is

Furry Friends 

Most of us love our little furry friends, whether you are a cat, dog or wild animal lover we will be looking forward to seeing what furry friends you choose to feature on your creation!
This week we are showcasing Paper Smooches Products. You don’t have to use them for the challenge but if you have them we would love to see them used.

So, I thought that I had some Paper Smooches stamps with furry friends. I looked but couldn't find any. So, instead, I picked up Unity Stamps Meow.Purr.Baa. and stamped the cute mouse on a piece of scrap cardstock. I coloured in the mouse with Copics, R22, W2 and W3. Then I took a piece of kraft cardstock, punched a 1 5/8" hole in the center (horizontally) and closer to the top. I used Stampin' Up's Woodgrain embossing folder. I positioned the mouse to peek out throught the hole. I couldn't decide where to put the sentiment, so I left one off - LOL!

Here's my card




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sue

a2z Scrapbooking - Hero Arts E6217 Purring Kitty card

I'm up again at a2z Scrapbooking with this card.



For those who know me, I love kitties. When I saw this cute Hero Arts kitty, I knew I had to have it, even if it is a woodblock stamp. I find it more difficult to store woodblock stamps - however, I just couldn't resist. 

I stamped the kitty and coloured it with Copics W2, W3, R22 and R35. I matted the panel using Spellbinders Nestabilities Label 8. For the background, I used distress inks (stormy sky, tumbled glass, shaded lilac and hickory smoke) for the background panel. I found a scrap of a complementary piece of cardstock for the horizontal piece. I popped the kitty panel up with dimensionals. I couldn't decide on a sentiment so left it without one for now. It will be a nice card for one of my kitty-loving friends.

It's a bit ironic that my card doesn't have a sentiment because the current challenge for May at a2z Scrapbooking is


We'd love for you to join us. There are a couple of days left. Just be sure to use a Hero Arts product prominently on your card. If you need some Hero Arts products, be sure to check out a2z Scrapbooking etsy store. When your cart exceeds $25, be sure to use my code Sue15 for 15% off.

Thanks for visiting
sue

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Freshly Made Sketches #289 & Less is More #330

So happy to have found my card-making mojo. I'm back to join the gang at Freshly Made Sketches, where the sketch is




Here's my card



I'm a little obsessed with Perfect Pearls. For my card, I used a faux-metal technique I saw Jennifer McGuire do. I masked off a small rectangle area with post-it tape. I added distress inks (peacock feathers) with an ink blending tool and then added some perfect pearls with a small brush. I then carefully removed the post-it tape and put the panel through my Big Shot with the WeRMemory Keepers Geometric embossing folder. I also inked up small areas with distress inks (mustard seed, spiced marmalade and peacock feathers and added perfect pearls to each. I stamped the jewels, using Winnie & Walter's My Precious stamp set. Frankly, I wasn't sure if I should have stamped the jewels first, then add the distress ink and perfect pearls. However, it worked out fine in the order i did it. I fussy cut the jewels and added them to the embossed panel. Here's a close-up.



I decided to leave the card without a sentiment because I couldn't figure out where to put it and how to do it!

Edited to add: I noticed that the recipe over at Less is More is



I think this card qualifies as there is a lot of shimmer. So, I'm adding it there too.

Thanks for visiting
sue

CASology Week 250: LOUD

Now that I'm back to working regular hours, instead of crazy overtime hours, I'm finding that I'm having more time to craft. Good for me; not so great for the pocketbook! I was inspired by the current challenge at CASology, where the cue card is



Here's my card



I guess after watching on the news, how law enforcement is starting to go after the loud motorcycles, I thought that I'd make a card with a motorcycle. The motorcycle is from Stampin' Up's Rev Up the Fun stamp set. The flame, which I stamped with my MISTI, once with Hero Arts Butter Bar ink and then with Hero Arts Orange Soda, where I lightly dabbed the flames, is from CTMH's Born to Ride stamp set. The sentiment is from CTMH's Finish Line stamp set. I matted the card with black cardstock.

Thanks for visiting
sue

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Addicted to CAS - Challenge #111 - Pink

Joining in at Addicted to CAS for the current challenge


Here's my card



I used Tim Holtz's Latticework stencil and applied distress inks (spun sugar and picked raspberry) with ink blending tools. I matted the panel with bright pink cardstock. The sentiment is from STAMPlorations Fond Expressions 2 stamp set and the ink I used was Hero Arts Ultra Pink. I added a few sequins for a bit of bling.

Thanks for visiting
sue

Less is More Challenge #329 - Geometric

Made a card to join the fun at Less is More where the current challenge is 






Here's my card



I used Catherine Pooler's Stamp of Approval - Beautiful World Collection's Geobuilders stamp set and Kaleidacolor Spectrum Raised Rainbow Dye Inkpad to create the left side of the card. I love the way this inkpad adds so much colour with the one inkpad. In order to "blend" the colours, I move the inkpad slightly to the left and right to ensure that the colours blend. The sentiment is from Simon Says STAMP Flower Friend stamp set and stamped with Hero Arts Grape Juice ink cube.

Thanks for visiting
sue