Tuesday, 14 August 2018

The Merry Christmas Challenge August 15th

It's HOT! Almost too hot to think about Christmas. Hoping that working on Christmas cards will help to cool me off ... not working!

It's time for a new challenge at The Merry Christmas Challenge, where the challenge is always


Anything Goes + Christmas

Here's my card



For this card, I used three images from Sunny Studio Christmas Icons stamp set. I inked them with Versafine Onyx Black ink and added color with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. I like how intense the colors are (I did not add water, although that is always an option). I cut the images so that the panels ended up 1.5" x 1.5". I matted them with black cardstock. I added a Christmas plaid printed strip 1 7/8" x 5.5" behind the stamped images. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches Christmas Sampler stamp set.

Looking forward to seeing what you create.

Thanks for stopping by
sue

Monday, 13 August 2018

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #277

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

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Here's my card




When I saw the sketch, I thought about using some washi tape for the horizontal lines. I have some diagonal stripe washi tape in different colors by Queen & Co. I pulled out three of them - teal, purple and bright green. I rotated the sketch to a landscape card. I arranged them onto my card. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink - Keep It Simple Thank You stamp set, stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink. I added some glittery adhesive dots to complete the card.

We'd love to see what you create with this sketch.

Thanks for stopping by
sue

Friday, 10 August 2018

Tropical Bliss Blog Hop






Welcome to the Tropical Bliss Blog Hop

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This is a blog hop featuring projects inspired by the tropical sun and fun of summer!


Connie Can Crop is the beginning of this fun filled hop! You should have arrived from visiting Angela

This is a one day blog hop, but you have until Sunday at 10pm to finish hopping and leaving your love for all of these talented crafters.


We have an awesome sponsor for this hop!!

ANGELA CORCORAN 
WITH MERMAIDS & MONOGRAMS

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One lucky winner is going to win all these goodies!!

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What do you need to do to win? Easy... become  a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of them a comment letting them know what you like best about their projects.

You will have until 10 pm Sunday to finish the hop and leave your comments on every blog to be eligible to win. 
Winners will be announced on Wednesday 8/15/18 at Connie Can Crop.
Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!


I made two cards for this blog hop. I mean, who doesn't love all things tropical?

Here's my first card


I was away at a Crafters Retreat and went shopping for some "Tropical" inspiration. I bought a sheet of patterned paper by Imaginisce, called Shell-A-Brate. I cut a 4"x4" panel and used a stamp set I purchased at Island Paperie on Maui, called Island Life B to stamp the aloha at the center of the panel. I matted the panel with cardstock, matching one of the shells on the printed paper. I felt that I didn't really "do much" for this card so I thought I'd make another.

Here's my second card


I used the same stamp set as the first card, Island Life B available at Island Paperie on Maui and a Gina K's wreath builder stencil. I stamped the palm leaf image with Hero Arts Field Green ink, eight times, as I rotated the 4"x4" card panel within the stencil. I added a hibiscus flower, stamped with Hero Arts Pale Tomato ink for a "pop" of color. I added the sentiment, stamped with Hero Arts Charcoal ink to complete the panel. I double matted the card to finish off the card.

I'm the last stop on our blog hop. Thanks for hopping with us.


Here's our line up in case you get lost along the way.

Monday, 6 August 2018

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #276

It's the start of a new week which means that it's time for a new sketch challenge at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. Here's the sketch

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Here's my card


A few weeks ago, while I was browsing Facebook, I saw an opportunity to be a {Growing in Unity} girl for one week and I grabbed it. My responsibility was to create 5 cards showcasing Unity Stamps products and I would receive a stamp set of my chose, up to a $52 value. Not bad, eh? While I was trying to decide which Unity Stamp sets to choose, I came across the Little Moments Big Life set and made a card using the set. I loved the set so much that I used it again for this week's card. I stamped the image twice, side by side and colored in the flowers and leaves using Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils. I used a Prismacolor Premier blender pencil to even out the color. I cut the ovals using Creative Memories Custom Cutting System. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches Salutations stamp set die cut into a tag using Impression Obsession's Mini Rectangle Tags 1, which is popped up with dimensionals. I found some patterned paper to complement the colored image.

Thanks for stopping by
sue

Thursday, 2 August 2018

STAMPlorations/National Coloring Book Day BLOSSOM BLISS Blog Hop and Linky Party

STAMPlorations is releasing a new coloring book to celebration National Coloring Book Day and we're having a party - well, OK a blog hop and linky party (no cake, sorry)! You can find the blog hop here. I was so excited to be a part of this blog hop, until I realized that my coloring skills need some work! Well, good thing there are 34 card front designs and I'll have lots of practice. One thing I have noticed that it's important (at least to me) to use good quality colored pencils (pencil crayons for you Canadians, eh!). It really makes a difference in the quality of the coloring. I have found that with the better quality pencils, you get better coverage (less individual pencil lines) and the pencils seem creamier (the color gets applied with less effort).

I have three projects to show you.



Love the beautiful coloring pages of the Blossom Bliss. For this card front, I used Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils. I had heard a lot of good things about these pencils and they did not disappoint. They are very creamy. I chose to keep a lot of white space on this coloring page and added only a bit of color. The sentiment uses a stamp from STAMPlorations Fond Expressions 2 stamp set.



For this card, I used Prismacolor Premier colored pencils and colored in the entire panel. I added a sentiment using STAMPlorations Noteworthy 2 stamp set.



For this card, I went back to the Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils for this card. I was trying to work on shading (I need more practice). It's very relaxing. The sentiment uses STAMPlorations Fond Expressions 2 stamp set.

There is a free sampler at STAMPlorations for you to color and link up. We can't wait to see what you'll create. There will be 2 winners from our blog hop and linky party.


  • one (1) will receive a copy of Blossom Bliss and $15 GC to the store -- randomly drawn from entries in the linky party
  • one (1) will win a $10 GC to the store -- randomly drawn from all comments left on the STAMP blog and designers' blogs.


Linking up and commenting is from August 2 to 9, with the winners announced on August 10.

Thanks for stopping by
sue


Wednesday, 1 August 2018

House of Cards - August 2018

YIKES! I'm late. I guess that's what happens when you go out of town for a week. Everything goes a bit crazy - well, despite my best plans (I thought I had things under control), some things get missed (like flipping the calendar to the next month). Hope there aren't too many English teachers here because that was likely not one sentence!

Anyway - there is a new challenge at House of Cards

Use Patterned Paper and/or Colors

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Here's my card



I looked through my collection of 6x6 paper pads for printed paper that used the colors in this month's inspiration. I chose the Wildflower 6x6 paper pad by Carta Bella. I cut three 1.75" x 4" strips and adhered them onto an A2 card. I then cut at 0.5" x 5.5" strip and adhered it horizontally across the three wider strips. For the sentiment, I used Hero Arts Year Round Sentiments and punched it out with Stampin' Up's oval punch. I matted the sentiment using Stampin' Up's scalloped oval punch.

We'd love to see what you create using this month's prompt &/or photo inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by
sue


Thursday, 26 July 2018

{Growing in Unity} Girl Winners

The winners chosen randomly from those who so kindly left comments on my blog during my week as the {Growing in Unity} Girl are:


  • Rebecca Yahrling
  • Kim Marie

Please contact me by email at snagata@telus.net with your mailing information. I'll pass this info onto Unity and you should be receiving your grab bag soon.

Thanks again to all who left me some love on my blog. I appreciate it.
sue

Monday, 23 July 2018

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #274

Hi! It's the start of a week which means that it's time for a new sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

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Here's my card


For this card, I started by selecting three patterned papers from We R Memory Keepers' Farmers Market 6x6 paper pad. I like using paper pads (you should see my collection) because someone has done the hard work of finding papers that coordinate - using the same colors. I used a Spellbinders Labels 8 die to diecut the flowered paper, that I just noticed, I adhered upside down. Oh well, perhaps the flowers are all falling to the ground? I used My Favorite Things Die-namics Fancy Flourish along with My Favorite Things Die-namics Flower & Leaf Trio for the flourish and flowers. Using the same green as for the flourish, the scalloped border used the die from Simon Says STAMP's Scalloped Stitches dies. The sentiment is from Hero Arts Year Round Sentiments stamp set. A few pearls in the center of the flowers completes the card.

We hope that you'll give this week's sketch a try and post in our gallery.

Thanks for stopping by
sue

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Muse Challenge #275

I saw Ardyth's post Friday evening that her card was the only one in the gallery for this week's challenge at Muse Card Club. This week's Muse is this card by Kim Heggins




I had peeked at Kim's card earlier this week. However, I didn't think I had anything in my stash that would work. Then I saw Ardyth's card here





and was pushed to thinking outside the box.

I was inspired by:

  • the purple polka dot paper
  • coffee theme
Here's my card



I started with Paper Smooches' Cozy Coffee dies and die cut the outline, cup and sleeve and adhered them to my A2 card. The sentiment is from Avery Elle's Cool Beans stamp set, using Hero Arts Cup O' Joe ink. A very clean and simple card this week.

Thanks for stopping by
sue


Friday, 20 July 2018

{Growing in Unity} Girl ~ Day 5

WOW! Friday, already? I can't believe how fast my week as the {Growing in Unity} Girl. I'm so grateful to Unity Stamps Company for this opportunity to showcase some of their stamps.

Here's my card


For this card, I used Unity Stamps' Love to Go stamp set. I stamped the image using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and added color with Copic markers. I trimmed the panel to 3"x2.25" and matted it with black cardstock. I found some red printed paper and made a strip 2"x5.5" for the background. I stamped the sentiment and trimmed it down to 2.75"x0.75". 


Unity Stamps will be giving out grabs bags of 25 stamps to two random people who comment on my {Growing in Unity} posts, this week. I'll announce the winners next week.

Thanks for stopping by
sue

Thursday, 19 July 2018

{Growing in Unity} Girl ~ Day 4

Hi! I'm back with Day 4 as this week's {Growing in Unity} Girl for the Unity Stamps company. I am so honored to have this opportunity.

Here's my card




For this card, I used Unity Stamps' Hang in There stamp set. I stamped the cute image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and added color with Copic markers. I masked the ladybug and added some light background color with Broken China distress ink, applied with an ink blending tool. For a bit of shine, I used a metallic pen for the dots of the dandelion wisp. The sentiment is from the same stamp set.


Unity Stamps will be giving out grabs bags of 25 stamps to two random people who comment on my {Growing in Unity} posts, this week. I'll announce the winners next week.

Thanks for stopping by
sue

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

{Growing in Unity} Girl ~ Day 3

Wow. My week is already half over. I'm so honored to be the {Growing in Unity} Girl for the Unity Stamp Company, this week. It's time for card number 3. Here's my card.




I used Unity Stamp's Focus on the Things stamp set for this card. I stamped the main image using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I was selective as to where I added color - the flowers and greenery using Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. My goal was to "focus" on the contrast between the black and white and the bright colors. The sentiment is from the same stamp set. I added a strip of black striped paper on the left to further emphasize the black/white to anchor the main panel. 


Unity Stamps will be giving out grabs bags of 25 stamps to two random people who comment on my {Growing in Unity} posts, this week. I'll announce the winners next week.

Thanks for stopping by
sue

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

{Growing in Unity} Girl ~ Day 2

Hi! I'm back for Day 2 as this week's {Growing in Unity} Girl. I feel so blessed to be the {Growing in Unity} Girl for Unity Stamps.

Here's my card for today



I stamped the image twice, side by side near the bottom of an A2 card panel, using the Unity Stamp Set Little Moments Big Life. I used three Prismacolor Premier colored pencils, in different orders for the flowers and another Prismacolor Premier colored pencil for the leaves. I "smoothed" out my coloring with a Prismacolor Premier blender pencil. I stamped the sentiment in the upper left corner. It felt like something was missing, so I added a black organza bow to the upper right corner. I trimmed the panel down and rounded the corners. I matted it on a bright orange panel, trimmed and then adhered to an A2 card base.


Unity Stamps will be giving out grabs bags of 25 stamps to two random people who comment on my {Growing in Unity} posts, this week. I'll post the winner next week.

Thanks for stopping by
sue

Monday, 16 July 2018

{Growing in Unity} Girl ~ Day 1

So grateful to be the {Growing in Unity} Girl this week on Facebook. My "addiction" to Facebook comes in handy sometimes. I noticed a post looking for someone to fill in as the {Growing in Unity} Girl this week. All I had to do was, be the first to reply "yes" and the week was mine. 

It was difficult to pick which of my Unity Stamps stamp sets to use. With the sales, my collection keeps growing!

Here's my first card



I started with Unity Stamps' Itty Bitty Cup of Tea stamp set. I stamped the tea bag onto an A2 card panel with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I added a bit of color with Copic markers. I masked the tea bag and tag with a post-it note, trimmed to size and added some color to the background using distress inks (spun sugar, broken glass, shaded lilac) applied with an ink blending tool. I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set onto the bottom right corner of the panel. I trimmed the panel down slightly, matted it onto pink cardstock and adhered it to an A2 card base.

Unity Stamps will be giving out grabs bags of 25 stamps to two random people who comment on my {Growing in Unity} posts, this week. I'll announce the winners next week.

Thanks for stopping by
sue

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #273

Hi! It's Monday so it's time for a new sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

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Here's my card





I love pun-ny stamp sets. They make me giggle (well, once I "get" the pun - LOL!). One such set is Clearly Besotted's Feeling Sheepish stamp set. I stamped one of the sheep with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and the sentiment using Hero Arts Charcoal and Pale Tomato inks. I added a bit of color to the sheep with Copic markers and fussy cut it. For the sentiment, I die cut it with a Sizzix circle die and matted it using Spellbinders Fancy Scallop Edge circles and gray cardstock. For the banners, I used some Martha Stewart Crafts pastel mat pad printed paper and a scrap of light mauve cardstock.

Thanks for stopping by
sue

Saturday, 14 July 2018

The Merry Christmas Challenge - July

It's the 15th of July so it must be time for a new challenge at The Merry Christmas Challenge where the challenge is always


Anything Goes + Christmas


Here's my card



I have a clean and simple card for you. On a 4.25" x 2.75" panel, I stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts Color Layering Holly stamp set with Versafine Onyx Black ink. I aded some holly from the same stamp set using Hero Arts Field Greens ink and the berries from Hero Arts Bird Words stamp set using Hero Arts Pale Tomato ink. I matted the panel with grey cardstock and then matted that with a silver embossed paper to add a bit of shine and texture to the card.

We'd love for you to join us

Thanks for stopping by
sue

Friday, 13 July 2018

Oh Snap! Blog Hop



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Welcome to the Oh Snap Blog Hop



This is a blog hop featuring projects inspired Cameras, which we all LOVE!
You should have arrived from Miranda
but if not
 Connie Can Crop is the beginning of this fun filled hop! 

This is a one day blog hop, but you have until Sunday at 10pm to finish hopping and leaving your love for all of these talented crafters.


We have an awesome sponsor for this hop!!

KIM LAMOS
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One lucky winner is going to win this adorable set.

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What do you need to do to win? Easy... become  a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of them a comment letting them know what you like best about their projects.

You will have until 10 pm Sunday to finish the hop and leave your comments on every blog to be eligible to win. 
Winners will be announced on Wednesday 7/18/18 at Connie Can Crop.
Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!


Here's my card




It's a pretty simple card this time. I stamped the camera and the sentiment from Unity Stamp's Focus on the Things stamp set with Versafine Onyx Black ink. I added color to the flowers and leaves with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and left the camera a stark black. I like the contrast between the super bright colors and the black. 


Be sure to head over to Rebecca


Here's our line up in case you get lost along the way.




Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #272

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

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We'd love to see what you create with this week's sketch.

Here's my card




I started with My Minds Eye's Oh What Fun 6x6 paper pad and picked two printed papers. Using 6x6 paper pads, sure makes it easy to pick printed papers which go together. For the stamped image, I used Hero Arts Winter Silhouettes stamp set with Hero Arts Field Green ink. The sentiment is from Simon Says STAMP's Peace on Earth stamp set, also stamped with Hero Arts Field Green ink.

Thanks for stopping by
sue

Friday, 6 July 2018

Muse Challenge #273

Eventhough I'm leaving town for a few days, I was so inspired by Anita's card at Muse that I just had to create something before packing (just hope I'm not up too late packing!). Here is Anita's card





I was inspired by:

  • one layer card
  • use of shaded lilac, salty ocean, cracked pistachio
  • masking
  • foliage silhouette
  • "just because" sentiment
Here's my card



For my one layer card, I matted off a 1.75" area with post-it tape on the front of the card. I added some distress inks with an ink blending tool (shaded lilac, salty ocean, cracked pistachio). I spritzed the ink with some water and blotted up the extra water with a paper towel. I used my heat tool to ensure everything was dry (and I'm impatient). I carefully removed the post-it tape. I stamped the sprig silhouette, using Catherine Pooler's Wild Garden stamp set. The sentiment is from Simon Says STAMP's Handwritten Sentiments. I added some three dot embellishments using a fine black marker.

Thanks for stopping by (I've gotta get packing!)
sue

Thursday, 5 July 2018

A Special STAMPlorations Birthday

Happy Birthday to Shery! She's the owner of STAMPlorations, which is clear stamp, stencil and die company (and also coloring books). I'm so honored to be on her CAS design team. A few thoughtful teammates thought that it would be fun to have a birthday blog hop in Shery's honor. I'm in! If you'd like to check out the rest of the blog hop, go to STAMPlorations

Here's my card 




I started by stamping the STAMPlorations Bloomtangled ATC #2 onto a card panel with Versafine Onyx Black ink. I added all the vibrant colors with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers with NO water. This way, I could get the very vibrant colors I was looking for. The sentiment uses a stamp from STAMPlorations Fond Expressions 2 stamp set.

Sending a very happy birthday to you, Shery on your special day!

Monday, 2 July 2018

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #271

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

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Here's my card



When I saw the Sunny Studio That Sucks stamp set, I knew that I just had to have it. Honestly, my mom didn't like the expression "that sucks". Don't tell her, OK? I stamped the vacuum cleaner onto cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and added color with Copic markers. I trimmed the panel to 2.25" x 2.25" and matted it with black. I found some printed paper that had the color of the vacuum cleaner bag and trimmed them to size. I stamped the sentiment and punched it out with Stampin' Up's oval punch and then matted with the dark red/brown punched with Stampin' Up's scalloped oval punch. I popped the sentiment up with dimensionals.

We'd love to see what you create using this week's sketch.

Thanks for stopping by
sue

Sunday, 1 July 2018

House of Cards - July 1st

It's July 1st, so it's time for a new challenge at House of Cards

Here's this month's inspiration

Popsicle/Food image and/or Colors
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Here's my card



I'm grateful to my friend Amanda, who let me borrow her stamp supplies for this card. I used Echo Park Summer Days Die/Stamp combo to stamp the popsicles with Hero Arts inks (Green Hills, Fresh Peach, Orange Soda). For the popsicles, I stamped the outlines onto corresponding colors of cardstock and then used the dies to cut the popsicles out. I stamped the popsicle sticks separately with Hero Arts Soft Brown ink and die cut them out too. The sentiment uses Sizzix's Ice Cream stamp set. I noticed that the "dot" below the exclamation point was missing (huh?) so I used a rhinestone as the "dot". I found some printed paper that had many of the colors of in the inspiration photo, to use as a background for the popsicles.

We'd love to see what you create. Won't you join us?

Thanks for stopping by
sue

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Less is More Challenge #374

While checking over at Less is More, where the current challenge is




I was inspired by Sarah's card 



Here's my card


At first, I wasn't sure what a 'bits' box was. Then, I figured it was the box where all of my leftover stuff goes. The stuff that just didn't quite work out the way I thought or the leftover stuff when you ink up a whole card panel but only needed a strip. I dug through my 'bits' box and found this bright panel. There are lots of treasures in my 'bits' box. I should check there more often.

I think that I had inked it up with distress inks (ripe persimmon, picked raspberry and maybe abandoned coral). I then lightly spritzed up Simon Says STAMP's Bold Flower Outline stencil and applied it, wet side down onto the inked panel. I pressed the stencil down and let it sit for a few minutes before carefully removing the stencil. I've seen this technique described as stencil stamping. I inked up two small areas, one with ripe persimmon and one with picked raspberry. I brushed perfect pearls over each before diecutting with Paper Smooches Balloons dies. I stamped the sentiment from Simon Says STAMP's Floral Bliss stamp set on a scrap of red cardstock and trimmed it. To complete the card, I used some silver baker's twine for the balloons strings and a scrap of striped colored printed paper. 

Thanks for stopping by
sue

AAA Cards: CAS Game # 118

I was inspired by the current challenge at AAA Cards




Here's my card



I started with a white card base and lightly marked with a pencil, a rectangle roughly 3" x 3". Then, I stamped a variety of small flowers and leaves using Hero Arts inks (Butter Bar, Orange Soda, Field Greens, Passion Flower, Tide Pool, Pale Tomato) within the rectangle. Once complete, I carefully erased the pencil marks and drew a frame, not worrying too much if the lines weren't perfectly straight. I die cut from a scrap of black cardstock, the word "thanks" using Simon Says STAMP Script Thanks die and adhered it in the middle of the frame.

Thanks for stopping by
sue

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

CAS(E) this Sketch # 277

Found another sketch challenge. This time it's at CAS(E) this Sketch. Here's the sketch.




Here's my card



This is a one layer card. I used the Hero Arts Spring Hello by Lia stamp set, Hero Arts inks (emerald green, cornflower, grape juice, strawberry, orange soda, butter bar) and my regular sized MISTI. I have found that it was easiest for me to position the card into the corner of the MISTI, place the stamp, ink the stamp, stamp (by closing the lid) and then re-position the card by 0.5" each time. Of course, I cleaned the stamp each time before re-inking with a new color. In this way, I didn't have to fuss with the lining up of the stamped images. I would have never attempted something like this without the MISTI. For the sentiment, I used Hero Arts charcoal ink. 

Thanks for stopping by
sue

The Paper Players PP#399

I love sketch challenges. They provide me with enough direction to help me get inspired but are "loose" enough that i could use whatever supplies I have (or can find!). There's a sketch challenge at The Paper Players




Here's my card



I started with a kokeshi doll stamp from a stamp set I purchased several years ago and have no idea what company or what the name of the stamp set is. I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and added color with Copic markers. The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn's Let's Roll stamp set, punched out with a 1.5" circle punch and matted with purple using a Spellbinders scalloped circle die. For the background, I used Darice's Bamboo embossing folder with dark green cardstock.

Thanks for stopping by
sue