Tuesday, 25 January 2022

Try Stampin' On Tuesday ~ Challenge #540

We have a new challenge for you at Try Stampin' On Tuesday. For the next twelve days, the challenge will be


Here's my card


I obviously did not make a monochromatic card - LOL! I simply followed the sketch. I started out by die cutting a circle from white cardstock using a Sizzix circle die. I then stamped some birthday symbols using STAMPlorations Party Mates stamp set onto the circle, with Versafine Onyx Black. To make it more festive, I created masks with a ek success 3/8" circle punch and post it notes. I then added some color with distress inks (mowed lawn, peacock feathers, salty ocean, twisted citron, squeezed lemonade, carved pumpkin, abandoned coral, wilted violet) and the post it note masks. For the balloons, I used scraps of cardstock that matched three of the dots and die cut them using Paper Smooches Balloons and My Favorite Things Birthday Wishes & Balloons dies. For the balloons string, I used some upholstery thread. For the sentiment, I stamped it using Clearly Besotted's A Little Sentiment and die cut using My Favorite Things Skinny Strips dies. I adhered the pieces to a light gray A2 card base to complete the card. 

We'd love to see how you're inspired by our sketch or to see your monochromatic card or both!

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sue

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Monday, 24 January 2022

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #457

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


Going to be honest. This sketch wasn't easy for me. Here's my card


I flipped through my stencils hoping for some inspiration. I picked out Hero Arts Deco Pattern Stencil. I think it looks like ginkgo leaves and what do you know? I have a ginkgo die cut. OK - going to see if I can put these things together. I started by using the stencil on some white cardstock and adding twisted citron and mowed lawn distress inks, applied with oval brushes. I trimmed the panel down to 2" x 4.75". I inked up some white cardstock with the same distress inks I used with the stencil - twisted citron and mowed lawn because I didn't have any cardstock that matched. I used CC Designs' Ginkgo Leaf die and this inked up white cardstock to die cut three leaves. They, however were missing something. They were too plain so I added some colored pencil lines using a dark green Prismacolor Premier colored pencil to mimic the ridges of the leaf. I was happier now. For the sentiment, I stamped using Mint Owl Studio's Banner Sentiments stamp set and Versafine Onyx Black ink onto some more of the inked up white cardstock. I die cut the stamped sentiment using a My Favorite Things Stitched Square STAX die. I assembled the pieces onto a light gray A2 card panel and then adhered it to a white A2 card base 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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Saturday, 22 January 2022

Addicted to CAS ~ Challenge #212

It's time for a new challenge at Addicted to CAS. This challenge is


Here's my card


For the code word "triangles", I dusted off my Stampin' Up Petite Pennants' Builder punch. I also pulled out my Stampin' Up's 2010-12 In Color 6x6 Designer Series Paper and pulled out three papers with the same pattern - green, red, purple. I punched out a bunch of triangles, arranged them and adhered them on a natural A2 card base. For the sentiment, I die cut using Simon Says STAMP's Just Words No. 1 die set, one in gray and two in black. I stacked the die cuts and adhered them together and then to the card, to complete the card.

We'd love to see how you're inspired by our "triangles" code word.

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sue

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Tuesday, 18 January 2022

Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge #421

Have you put away your Christmas crafting stuff? I'm not very good at putting things away. I just keep piling things up until basically, the pile falls over and then I tidy up (a bit!). We have a new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More!


Here's the one layer card I made with one of my new stamp sets.


I managed to grab the Simon Says STAMP/Clearly Besotted's STAMPtember 2021 Magical Christmas stamp set. I stamped this scene with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on a white A2 card base. I added color with Copic markers - B00, B12, B93, C2, C3, R32, V15, Y02, YG06. I stamped the sentiment in the lower right corner using the stamp from the same stamp set with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I feel like I'm looking at this winter scene through a porthole of a ship! It kind of makes me smile - thinking about that. Maybe this is the North Pole, where Santa lives. 

We'd love to see your "Make Your Mark" card.

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sue

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Friday, 14 January 2022

Perfectly CAS ~ January 2022Challenge

Happy New Year to my Perfectly CAS friends. We have a new challenge to start off 2022 for you. This month, it's 


What a great theme for our challenge. It sure beats all the rain and snow we've been having this winter. Here's my card


I decided to be bold with my colors. I used Simon Says STAMP's Bouquet of Roses and distress inks (carved pumpkin, ripe persimmon, mowed lawn) applied with oval brushes. To try to minimize the overlap of color (which I wasn't totally successful at), I used scraps of paper to try to control where I was applying color. I trimmed the panel to 2.5" x 2.5". I matted with black cardstock. I decided to put the square on point, just for something different for me. I adhered it to a white A2 card base. For the sentiment, I used a scrap of orange cardstock and Clearly Besotted's A Little Sentimental stamp set. I popped the sentiment stripe up with dimensionals. 

We'd love to see your flower creations. Looking forward to Spring!

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sue

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Tuesday, 11 January 2022

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #455

Hi Friends! I'm still not back "on schedule" after the Christmas holidays. Oh well. Hoping I get back on track soon. It's time for a new challenge at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. Here's our sketch


Here's my card


Can you handle another Christmas card? Well, I'm working on next Christmas' stash of cards. For this card, I used Catherine Pooler's Peppermint Stick background stamp and Hero Arts Pale Tomato ink which I stamped onto a white A2 card panel. For the lower right corner, I started by die cutting a circle from white cardstock using a Sizzix circle die. I heat embossed the sentiment, using Hero Arts Ornament Stamp & Cut set and silver embossing powder. I used a Spellbinders scalloped circle die to die cut the scalloped circle which I used to mat the white circle. For the tree, I used Simon Says STAMP's Line Trees die set, some silver cardstock and some scraps of green cardstock. I chose not to add enamel dots because I like to keep my cards pretty flat for mailing.

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

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sue

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Try Stampin' On Tuesday ~ Challenge #538

Happy New Year to the Try Stampin' On Tuesday friends and any other crafty friends who might have dropped by. We have a new challenge at Try Stampin' On Tuesday which will run for the next twelve (or so) days.


Here's my take on the sketch


I was looking for something that reminded me of Spring. I am pretty tired of winter! I used Simon Says STAMP's Bouquet of Flowers stencil. I added color with distress inks (peacock feathers, cracked pistachio and mowed lawn, applied with oval brushes on a panel of white cardstock. I trimmed the cardstock to 2.25" x 4.25". I looked through my scraps of cardstock and found some tone on tone patterned paper in teal and green colors. I cut 1.25" x 0.5" strips from each. For the sentiment, I used My Favorite Things' Itty Bitty Basics, stamped onto a scrap of teal cardstock which I also trimmed to 1.25" x 0.5". I adhered everything to a light teal A2 card panel and then adhered it to a white A2 card base to complete my card.

We'd love to see your interpretation of this sketch.

Thanks for stopping by
sue


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