Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Tic Tac Toe Challenge TTTC131

It sure is nice to find some time to spend at my craft table. I found the current challenge at Tic Tac Toe Challenge and was immediately inspired.


I chose the furthest right column - Brown/Beige; Wood; Animal. Here's my card


I started with a brown A2 card panel. I cut a circle out of it with a Sizzix circle die. I then embossed it with Sizzix Stampin' Up's Woodgrain embossing folder. I tried it in the opposite order - emboss then die cut and found that the embossing was "flattened" when the circle die cut was cut. I stamped the little mouse using Unity Stamps' meow.purr.baa. stamp set with Memento Tuxedo black ink on a scrap of white cardstock. I added color with Copic markers C2, E02. I trimmed the white cardstock so that the mouse appeared in the circle cut out and no white cardstock extended beyond the edge of the brown card panel. For the sentiment, I die cut the speech bubble using a Simon Says STAMP's Thought Bubbles die. I found a small scrap of red cardstock that I adhered to the back of the speech bubble. I adhered the speech bubble to the front of the panel and adhered the entire panel to a white card base to complete the card.

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Retro Rubber Challenge #167

My favorite type of card challenge is a sketch challenge. Sometimes, I follow the sketch quite "literally" and other times, I take a little creative license. There is a sketch challenge at Retro Rubber Challenge and I just couldn't resist.


Here's my card


For my card, I started with a A2-sized piece of Strathmore 140 lb watercolor paper. I used a circle acrylic block and inked up one side with salty ocean, peacock feathers and tumbled glass. I spritzed the acrylic block before "stamping" on the watercolor paper. I repeated the process a few times until I had an inked circle. I then made a mask from a larger post-it note using a circle die. I then stamped the grasses and dragonflies using Technique Tuesday's Wildflowers stamp set and Versafine Onyx Black ink. While I don't remember when I purchased this stamp set, it was one of the first I purchased many many years ago. I see some people posted using this stamp set in 2013. I carefully removed the mask and stamped the sentiment using Poppy Stamps Peony Stems and Bloosoms stamp set. I trimmed the watercolor panel to 2.75" wide. I added strips of white cardstock that I had embossed with Provocraft Cuttlebug Forest Branches embossing folder. I was looking for some texture but didn't want to distract from the focal image. For the black strip, I used EK Success Postage Stamp border punch and some black cardstock.

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sue

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Monday, 20 September 2021

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge ~ Challenge #439

It's Monday, at least for a few more hours, so it's time for a new challenge at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge



Here's my card


For my card, I found some fun patterned papers to use for the background. I found a blue cardstock that complemented the patterned papers. I stamped the sentiment using Simon Says STAMP's Big Scripty Greetings and Versafine Onyx Black ink. I used a Sizzix circle die to die cut the sentiment circle. I adhered the patterned paper triangles and sentiment circle to a white A2 card base. I added some paper flowers with brads as flower centers 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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Sunday, 19 September 2021

Simon Says STAMP ~ Monday Challenge

So happy to find some time to sit at my craft table and play with paper. I saw the challenge at Simon Says STAMP's Monday Challenge

Fun With Stencils


Here's my card


I started with Lawn Fawn's Tropical Leaves Background stencil. It's a two stencil set. With stencil one, I added distress inks (spiced marmalade, ripe persimmon, picked raspberry) applied with ink blending tools. With stencil two, I added other distress inks (twisted citron, cracked pistachio, peacock feathers). I just love how the panel turned out. For the sentiment, I die cut the "happy" using Memory Box's Paintbrush Happy from a scrap of light green cardstock. I stamped the "BIRTHDAY" using Technique Tuesday's Look Out World stamp set, masking the word "HAPPY" from the stamp with some washi tape while inking up the stamp. I stamped onto a scrap of orange cardstock that I trimmed down to a small sentiment strip. 

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Friday, 17 September 2021

AAA Cards ~ Challenge #198

It's so great to have time to create at my craft table. It's so therapeutic for me. I was inspired by the challenge at AAA Cards


Here's my card


I had just purchased Lawn Fawn's Ladybug and Leaf die set. This was a great opportunity to use it. I die cut several times using the leaf die with scraps of cardstock. I wanted to make a colorful leaf. I adhered the pieces of the leaf onto a light gray A2 card panel. For the sentiment, I used Paper Smooches' Word Salad stamp set. I stamped the sentiment on a scrap of yellow cardstock that I trimmed into a thin sentiment strip. I adhered the sentiment strip to complete the card.

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sue

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CAS Colours & Sketches ~ Challenge #437

On this rainy day, I've had some time to sit at my craft table and make a card. I was inspired by the challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches. This week, it's a sketch challenge


Here's my card


For my card, I started with a light blue mini slimline card panel. I inked up using Simon Says STAMP's Waves stencil with salty ocean and peacock feathers distress ink, applied with an ink blending tool. For the fish, I stamped using Rubbernecker Stamps Fish Group stamp set with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I added color with Copic markers E50, V12, V15 and fussy cut the fish. I added glossy accents to the fish's eyes to add a bit of shine and dimension. For the sentiment, I stamped it using Simon Says STAMP's Best Fishes stamp set. To complete, the card, I adhered the fish to the waves and adhered the panel to a mini slimline card base.

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sue

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Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge #414

Hello Crafty Friends! I think that summer may be over. Kids have gone back to school, temperatures are more tolerable and nights are cool (great for sleeping)! While I like sunshine, I really can't handle hot temperatures. Well, unless, I'm at the beach!

It's time for a new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More! Our challenge for the next two weeks is


Here's my card


I chose to make a sympathy card. It's so sad that I seem to always need these cards. I guess that I'm at that age where my friends are losing their parents. For my card, I used Inkadinkado Meadow stamp set. I stamped it on white cardstock and added distress inks (dusty concord, faded jeans, stormy sky) with ink blending tools to create the sky behind the flowers and grasses silhouettes. I trimmed the panel to 2.5" x 3.5". On a dark blue A2 panel, I heat embossed the sentiment, using Papertrey Ink's Keep It Simple - Sympathy Mini Stamp set and silver embossing powder. To complete the card, I adhered the inked panel above the sentiment and I adhered the panel to a white A2 cardbase.

We'd love to see you "any occasion" card.

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sue

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