Monday, 4 November 2019

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #341

It's Monday and time for a new sketch for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge


Here's my card


I flipped the sketch. The bird is from Tim Holtz' Collection Stamps/Stencil Mixed Media 8 set. I stamped it with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and added color with Copic markers (YG06, YG09, E41, Y17). I fussy cut the bird. For the background, I used My Favorite Things Mini Cloudedges stencil with tumbled glass distress ink, applied with an ink blending tool. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches' Birthday Buddies stamp set.

How is this week's sketch inspiring you?

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sue

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Friday, 1 November 2019

STAMPlorations and Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

So proud to be representing STAMPlorations at the 2019 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. STAMPlorations is a small family business selling clear stamps, clear stickers, stencils, coloring books and dies, all made in the USA.

Here is my card


I used the STAMPlorations' Coffee to go: Fall and Winter stamp set. I chose the Christmas-y cup. I stamped it with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and added colour with Copic markers (B60, BG10, R35, R37, Y15, G05, G07). The sentiment is from STAMPlorations' The BIrds and the Blooms stamp set. I added a strip of plaid paper found in my scrap stash.

If you're interested in seeing the other STAMPlorations' creations, check it out here

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sue

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STAMPlorations CAS ~ November Challenge

WOW! It's already November. Time sure is flying by. It's time for a new CAS challenge at STAMPlorations CAS.


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Here's my card


For my one-layer card, I started by masking off a 1.5" horizontal strip area on my A2 card base with post-it tape. I stamped the leaves from STAMPlorations Trendy Leaves stamp set with Hero Arts inks Soft Vanilla, Soft Brown and Cup O' Joe. I added some distress ink (frayed burlap) with an ink blending tool. I carefully removed the post-it tape and stamped the sentiment, from STAMPlorations' The Birds and The Blooms stamp set with Hero Arts Cup O' Joe ink. 

We'd love to see what you create.

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sue

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Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge #365

It's time for a new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More!. This week the challenge is a photo inspiration.


I was inspired by the colours of Halloween and the pumpkin. Here's my card


I started by stamping the pumpkin using Unity's Bountiful Fall stamp with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I used Copic markers (C2, Y06, G82, Y38, V12, YR04, BG10, E21) to add colour to the image. I used a Sizzix circle die to diecut the image. I found a scrap of striped patterned papers and cut it to 5.5" x 1.25". The sentiment is from Your Next Stamp's Many Thanks stamp set. I put everything on an A2 kraft card panel. 

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sue

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Thursday, 24 October 2019

STAMPlorations ~ Birthday Celebration (a little late)

Life happens and sometimes things don't go according to plan. Take STAMPlorations' birthday celebrations - it was planned for June and well, things happened and required time to re-group. So here we are, now, celebrating STAMPlorations Birthday!


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For our birthday celebration, I've used STAMPlorations clear stickers - you can find them here. Here's my first card



I masked off a 1.75" horizontal strip with post-it tape. I added distress oxides (twisted citron, peacock feathers, salty ocean) with an oval makeup brush. I then stamped the images from STAMPlorations' Party Mates stamp set. I carefully removed the post-it tape. I then trimmed the clear sticker from STAMPlorations Clear Stickers Sampler Pack and carefully adhered it to my card.

For my second card


I challenged myself to make a card in less than 5 minutes. You know, for those times, you need a card, now! I believe that these clear stickers are the perfect way to make a card quickly. I chose some patterned paper and a coordinating solid cardstock for the A2 card base. I adhered the clear sticker from STAMPlorations Birthday Word set to the patterned paper and adhered it to the blue cardstock. I added a few sequins for a bit of sparkle. A pretty birthday card that looks like you've spent a great deal of time making. Your secret is safe with me!

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sue

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Monday, 21 October 2019

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #339

It's a rainy Monday here in Vancouver. It's time for a new challenge at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. Here's this week's sketch




Here's my card


I started by stamping the flower and leaves using Hero Arts Graphic Flowers stamp set with Hero Arts Orchid and Field Greens inks. I fussy cut the images. I used Pink & Main Spring Flings 6x6 paper pack for the coordinating papers. The sentiment is from Your Next Stamp's Many Thanks stamp set. I added a sparkly adhesive dot in the center of the flower for a bit of bling.

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sue

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Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge # 363

It's time for a new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More! This week, the challenge is


Here's my card


I started with Gina K's Mini Wreath builder template and Gina K's Mini Wreath builder stamp set. Using my "regular sized" MISTI, I created the wreath by stamping the holly leaf, the pine bough and berries using Hero Arts inks (field greens, pale tomato and pine, respectively). The trick for me was finding a sentiment that would fit inside the wreath. I used Clearly Besotted's Say What? stamp set for the sentiment, stamped with Hero Arts Charcoal ink. I found some patterned papers that went with my colors and added a few sequins for a bit of sparkle.

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sue


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STAMPlorations ~ October Reminder Post

It's time for a reminder post for our current challenge at STAMPlorations CAS Challenge. This month's challenge is 



Here' my card


I obviously didn't apply the optional color twist for my card. Using post-it tape, I masked off a 1.5" strip. Using the flower outline stamp from STAMPlorations It's A Girl Thing: Sunshine stamp set, I stamped it repeatedly with Versafine Onyx Black ink. I carefully removed the post-it tape. The flowers appeared to be floating, so to "ground them", using a fine black marker, I drew horizontal lines, outlining the stamped area. I stamped the sentiment, from the same stamp set onto a teal blue cardstock. I trimmed it and hand-drew a frame. I think that the pop of colour helps to bring out the sentiment - which is a  nice reminder of a helpful life lesson.

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sue


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Monday, 14 October 2019

Perfectly CAS ~ October Challenge

It's time for a new challenge at Perfectly CAS. This month's challenge is



Here's my card


For my card, I started out by inking up an A2 card panel with distress oxide inks (mustard seed, spiced marmalade and picked raspberry) with an oval makeup brush. To add the bokeh-inspired circles, I punched out circles with circle punches (0.75", 1", 1.25" using post-it notes) to use as masks. I then randomly placed them and added Color BOx Frost White Pigment ink with an ink dauber. I cut a 1.5" strip to use for this card and am saving the rest for another project. I adhered the strip and added a simple sentiment, stamped from Clearly Besotted's A Little Sentimental stamp set to complete the card. 

I noticed, that for the most-part, the majority of people who joined us last month for the challenge, understood the CAS (only covering one-third of your card) part of the challenge. It was fun to see what you created.

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sue

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Monday, 7 October 2019

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #337

Happy Monday! It's time for a new challenge at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. Here's this week's sketch



Here's my card


I started with papers from Echo Park's 6x6 Country Drive paper pack. Those 6x6 paper packs make coordinating patterned paper so easy! I added the green strip from my scrap pile. The sentiment is from Simon Says STAMP's Floral Bliss stamp set and I die cut the heart using Memory Box's Cherub Hearts dies. To complete the card, I added a thin strip of silver cardstock.

We'd love to see how you're inspired by this week's sketch.

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sue

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Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Addicted to Stamps and More #361

It's time for a new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More!  This week's challenge is



Here's my card


I love using stencils.This card was made with Simon Says STAMP's Bouquet of Roses and distress inks (picked raspberry, mowed lawn), applied with ink blending tools on an A2 card base. I added a small banner for the sentiment from Papertrey Ink's Communique Curves Sentiments Stamp Set. 

Having the freedom to create whatever your heart desires is an advantage to the Anything Goes challenge. We'd love to see how you're inspired.

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sue


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STAMPlorations CAS - October Challenge

And ... we're back from our summer vacation. It's time to get back to CAS (clean and simple) challenges. This month, the challenge is

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Here's my card


To start, I masked an area 1.75" x 4.25" using Post-it tape. I stamped some of the small images using STAMPlorations Party Mates and Versafine Onyx Black ink. I added colour with distress oxides (mustard seed, spiced marmalade, picked raspberry) using an oval makeup brush. I carefully removed the Post-it tape. I added the sentiment from STAMPlorations The Birds and the Blooms stamp set to complete my one-layer card.

We'd love to see what you create.

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sue


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Monday, 23 September 2019

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #335

It's another Monday and it's time for a new sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. Here is the sketch


Here's my card


I started with the butterfly stamped with Hero Arts Color Layering Butterflies stamp set and Hero Arts Orange Soda and Tangerine inks. I trimmed the panel to 2.25" x 5.5". I added the sentiment from My Favorite Things Blissful Butterflies stamped with Hero Arts Soft Granite ink. I found some printed paper to complement the card. I added a few sequins to complete the card. 

We'd love to see how you're inspired by this week's sketch.

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sue


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Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge #359

It's time for a new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More!. This week's challenge is 



A Clean and Simple card should have clean and crisp lines, minimal or no embellishments and lots of 'white" space.

Here's my card


I started with a circle acrylic block (about 2.75" in diameter) and inked half with Salty Ocean distress ink and the other half with Cracked Pistachio distress ink. I spritzed the acrylic block with water and applied the acrylic block, water-side down onto a piece of 96 lb bristol. When dry, I stamped using the image from Unity Stamps' Flower of the Fall using Versafine Onyx Black ink. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Communique Curves Sentiments stamp set. I trimmed the panel down slightly to mat with black cardstock. 

We'd love to see what you create, remember it must be Clean and Simple.

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sue

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Saturday, 14 September 2019

Perfectly CAS - September Challenge

Hi! Introducing a new challenge site for you - Perfectly CAS. The premise of this challenge site is to cover one-third or less of a card (in other words, lots of white space)! Here's our first challenge




Here's my card



For my card, I stamped the leaves/flourishes from Clearly Besotted's Flowers and Flourishes with Hero Arts Green Hills ink in the upper left area of an A2 card. I stamped the flower from the same stamp set using Hero Arts Bubble Gum, Tide Pool and Orchid and then fussy cut the images. I adhered the flowers and popped up the tide pool one with dimensionals. For the sentiment, I had planned to stamp the sentiment from Your Next Stamp's Many Thanks stamp set on the A2 card. However, I didn't stamp it straight. So, to cover my oops, I stamped the sentiment on a scrap of teal cardstock, cut it into a banner and adhered it over my oops.

We'd love for you to join us. Please remember, lots of white space (actually, at least 2/3).

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sue


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Monday, 9 September 2019

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #333

It's time for a new challenge at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. Here is this week's sketch

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Here's my card


I started by die-cutting a circle mask using Sizzix circle dies. I placed the mask on an A2 white card panel. I added colour to inside the circle, using distress oxides (salty ocean, broken china, faded jeans) applied with an oval makeup brush. Before removing the mask, I added the silhouettes, using Technique Tuesday's Growing Wild and Wildflowers stamp sets and Versafine Onyx Black ink. I carefully removed the mask and added the sentiment, from STAMPlorations The Birds and The Blooms stamp set.

We'd love to see how you're inspired by this week's sketch.

Thanks for stopping by
sue

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Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge #357

Hi! It's time for a new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More! This week the challenge is


A "Make Your Mark" challenge is one where you use anything that can make a mark - like markers, paints, chalks, watercolours, sponges, stencils, masks, etc. Here's my card


For my card, I started with an A2 white card panel. I then used My Favorite Things Mix-ables Sun Ray stencil and distress inks (mustard seed and spiced marmalade). I added ink with an ink blending tool. For the sentiment, I used a stamp from Technique Tuesday's Bring on the Sun stamp set and Versafine Onyx Black ink. To complete the card, I trimmed the panel slightly and matted on a bright yellow-orange card and added a few adhesive rhinestones for a bit of shine and sparkle.

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sue

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Saturday, 31 August 2019

Happy Little Stampers ~ September Watercolour Challenge

How is it possible that summer is already over? I mean, kids will soon be back in school, if they haven't already returned. Wasn't it just June? 

It's time for a new watercolour challenge at Happy Little Stampers ~ Watercolour Challenge



Here's my card




I started with an A2 sized panel of watercolour paper. I added frayed burlap and salty ocean distress inks with a water brush, for the background. I then stamped the images using Lawn Fawn's Life is Good stamp set using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I added colour with a water brush and distress inks (brushed corduroy, mowed lawn, dried marigold, worn lipstick, pumice stone). The images were diecut with Lawn Fawn's Life is Good dies. I adhered them to the card to complete the card. I couldn't decide on a sentiment, so I left the card without a sentiment. 

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sue


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Thursday, 29 August 2019

AAA Cards ~ Challenge #147

I was intrigued by the current challenge at AAA Cards



I decided to try to come up with a card that had something "along the edge" and that was "inspired by a song". I remembered Simon Says STAMPS' Bring the Sunshine stamp set. One of the stamps contained some of the lyrics of "You are my sunshine". I thought that a "sun" rise along the bottom of the card would work best. Here's my card


I used Stampers' Anonymous' Rays Layering stencil with squeezed lemonade and mustard seed distress inks, applied with ink blending tools along the bottom of an A2 card base. I stamped the sentiment using Hero Arts Charcoal ink. 

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sue

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Addicted to CAS ~ Challenge #166

My favourite style of card is clean and simple. I'm really not into frilly, multiple layers, lumpy-bumpy. Perhaps, I just don't have the attention span to create one of those fancy works of art. 

The current challenge at Addicted to CAS is


Here's my one-layer card


I started by creating a circle mask using a repositionable label and a Sizzix's circle die. I also created a daisy flower mask using a post-it note and My Favorite Things' Flowers and Leaf trio dies. Once I had the circle and daisy masks in place, I added colour with an ink-blending tool and mustard seed and spiced marmalade distress inks. I carefully removed the masks. The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted's Flowers and Flourishes stamp set. I added an enamel dot, to complete the card.

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sue


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Monday, 26 August 2019

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge # 331

It's Monday, which must mean that it's time for a new challenge at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

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Here's my card


I'll admit it - this was a difficult sketch for me. Perhaps, I made it more difficult for myself by starting with a busy background. Nonetheless, I like how it turned out. I started with Hero Arts Deco Pattern stencil and lots of distress inks (mowed lawn, peacock feathers, worn lipstick, twisted citron, dusty concord, seedless preserves, wilted violet, abandoned coral, mustard seed, salty ocean, tumbled glass, shaded lilac, cracked pistachio, picked raspberry, barn door, ripe persimmon), applied with ink daubers. I tried to restrict colors overlapping by using scrap paper to mask areas. When cutting the inked panel, I removed the thin strips where the black background comes through. Does that make sense? I didn't just cut the panel and move the pieces apart. The sentiment is from Hero Arts Year Round Sentiments stamp set. The small die cut heart was cut with Lawn Fawn's hearts die.

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sue


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Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge # 355

Hi Friends! It's time for a new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More! This week, it's a photo inspiration challenge.



Here's my card



I was inspired by the colours, the beachy feeling and the wood slats of the central photo. I used Avery Elle's Beside the Sea stamp set and coordinating dies. I stamped the beach houses and added colour with Prismacolor Premiere colored pencils. I used the die to cut out the houses. For the background, I used distress inks (tumbled glass and antique linen) applied with ink blending tools to create the sky and sand. When I placed the houses on the background, it looked "weird", as the stark white border didn't fit. So I inked the white spaces, so the sky and sand matched. I added a top sheet, from which a large circle was diecut out, to frame the scene. The sentiment is from the same stamp set, stamped with Hero Arts mint julep ink. I added a few sequins for a bit of sparkle.

We'd love to see how you are inspired by the photos above.

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sue


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Sunday, 18 August 2019

CAS(E) this Sketch! #335

Loving the new sketch this week at CAS(E) this Sketch!



I just had to join in. Here's my card


I went for a rainbow look using STAMPlorations ARTplorations Prim Triangles stencil and distress inks (salty ocean, twisted citron, mustard seed, spiced marmalade, candied apple, wilted violet). I used a post-it note to help keep the colours separate, so that the colours looked like strips through the stencil. The sentiment is from Simon Says STAMP Many Thanks stamp set. I trimmed the panel down and matted on black cardstock.

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sue


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Less is More Challenge #402 OLC Stencils

I was stumped by the challenge last week at Less is More. However, this week, I was inspired.



Here's my card


On my white A2 cardbase, I masked off a 1.75" horizontal strip on the bottom half, with post-it tape. I used Hero Arts Mermaid Sea Waves stencil and added colour with Distress inks (cracked pistachio, peacock feathers, salty ocean) with ink daubers. I carefully removed the post-it tape. I stamped the sentiment and a few fish using Simon Says STAMP's Best Fishes stamp set. 

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sue


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Your Next Stamp - Challenge #120

Congratulations to Your Next Stamp's 10th Anniversary! Their challenge right now, on their blog is 

THANK YOU

I don't know about you. I can always use more "thank you" cards. Here's my card


I used YNS's Many Thanks stamp set for my card. For this one-layer card,  I masked off a 1.5" area with post-it tape on my A2 card base. I stamped the many sentiments from the stamp set, using my MISTI, and Hero Arts charcoal and pale tomato ink. I then added some distress ink (spun sugar) to the masked area and carefully removed the post-it tape. 

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sue


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