Saturday, 14 December 2019

Perfectly CAS ~ December Challenge

I don't know about you, but making clean and simple cards is very calming. Especially at this crazy busy time, sitting at my craft table and making a clean and simple card helps me to relax and breathe. It's time for a new challenge at Perfectly CAS. This month's challenge is



At this time of year, it's hard to think of anything other that Christmas. So, here's my card


I started with Unity Stamps' Celebrate stamp set which I heat embossed with gold embossing powder. I like how elegant gold embossing looks. I used both the collection of ornaments and also the sentiment from the stamp set. I used Prismacolor Premier colored pencils to add color to the ornaments. I think that this is a perfectly CAS card!

We'd love for you to join us - just remember that we are looking for cards where only one-third of the card panel is covered by stamping or paper or embossing - well, you get the picture. There should be lots of white space.

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sue

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Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge # 371

Can't believe that it's almost Christmas. Where does the time go? It's time for a new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More! This week's challenge is



Some days I love the freedom that an "anything goes" challenge gives me. Other days, I need something specific to work on. What about you? 

Here's my card


I started with the Couture Creations Exotic embossing folder and an A2 white cardstock panel. I cut the embossed panel to 2.75" x 4.25". I wanted to add some colour so I used a rectangular ink blending tool and festive berries distress ink. I felt that I'd be better able to add colour to the raised areas with the rectangular ink blending tool. I found some grosgrain ribbon that worked with the inked embossed panel. For the sentiment, I used Your Next Stamp's Sweet Little Greetings stamp set. I cut out the sentiment with Stampin' Up's oval punch. I found a scrap of teal cardstock and cut out the oval mat with Stampin' Up's scalloped oval punch. I adhered the ribbon to the embossed panel before adhering it to an A2 card base. That way, I was able to "hide" the ends of the ribbon behind the embossed panel.

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sue

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Monday, 2 December 2019

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge # 345

It's hard to believe that it's already December. Where does the time go? It's time for a new challenge at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. Here's this week's sketch



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Here's my card


I started with My Mind's Eye's Collectible Notable 6x6 pad and Catherine Pooler Designs' Leaf Motifs stamp set. I stamped the leaves onto tone-on-tone patterned paper and fussy cut them. I chose two other patterned papers from the 6x6 pad to complete the card. I love working with 6x6 pads as the colours all work together. The sentiment is from Simon Says STAMP's Flower Friend stamp set.

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

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sue

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Sunday, 1 December 2019

STAMPlorations CAS December challenge

Hi Friends! Happy December! Yup, it's already December. I suspect the big guy at the North Pole is getting things ready for his big show on the 25th. Anyway, we have a new challenge at STAMPlorations CAS

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Here's my card


I started by stamping STAMPlorations Typografia Christmas stamp using Versafine Onyx black ink onto an A2 panel of 96 lb bristol. I put the panel aside to ensure that the ink dried completely. I then tried my hand at freehand watercolouring a Christmas tree over the stamped image. I picked up distress ink (mowed lawn, lucky clover) with my water brush with very little water and made some short strokes moving left to right. I ended up with horizontal lines of colour. I added a bit of water to help to lightly blend the ink. I again, set the panel aside to dry completely. I added some adhesive red pearls and used a gold glitter pen to colour in the tiny star atop the tree to complete the card. 

We'd love to have you join us at STAMPlorations CAS Challenge.

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sue

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Saturday, 30 November 2019

Happy Little Stampers - December Challenge

I can't believe that it's already December! It's time for a new challenge at Happy Little Stampers ~ Watercolour Challenge. This month, our challenge is



Here's my card


I stamped the Christmas symbols from Catherine Pooler's Holiday Charm Stamp set, onto a piece of 96 lb bristol. I added colour using a water brush and distress inks (candied apple, mustard seed, mowed lawn, salty ocean). I trimmed the panel and matted it with gold cardstock. The sentiment is from The Ton's Holiday Flourish stamp set, which was heat embossed with gold embossing powder. I added a bit of shine using some glitter gel pens.

Thanks for stopping by. Would love to see what you create.
sue

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Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge #369

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



Clean and Simple - that's a style I'm most comfortable with. Here's my card. Although, it's not as "neat" as my usual cards, there is still a lot of white space to make this a clean and simple card. 


I started with Altenew's Hello Sunshine stamp set. I stamped various plants, arranged horizontally on a piece of 96 lb bristol, with Versafine Onyx Black ink. I gave the ink plenty of time to dry. I then added some smudges of colour using distress inks (ripe persimmon, mowed lawn, mustard seed, picked raspberry, wilted violet, spiced marmalade, mermaid lagoon, candied apple) applied with a water brush. I trimmed the panel down to 4.25" x 2.75" and matted it with black to make the panel pop.The sentiment is from Your Next Stamp's Sweet Little Greetings stamp set.

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sue

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Monday, 18 November 2019

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #343

It's Monday and time for a new sketch challenge at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. Here is this week's sketch to inspire you


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Here's my card

I started with Brutus Monroe's Sunflower stamp which I stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I added colour with copic markers (Y15, YR04, YG63, E37, E47). For the gray frame, I die cut using Lawn Fawn's Say Cheese, Again die. The sentiment is from Newton's Nook's Newton's Day Dream stamp set. I found some scrap striped paper which I used for the horizontal strips. To complete the card, I used Stampin' Up's Scalloped border punch. 

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sue

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Friday, 15 November 2019

STAMPlorations CAS ~ November reminder post

It's time for STAMPlorations reminder post here. Our challenge, this month is 


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Here's my card.


As you can see, I didn't use the optional color twist. LOL! I made a one-layer card using ARTplorations A Bloom and Three Buds stencil and distress oxides (abandoned coral, peeled paint) applied with oval make-up brushes. For the sentiment, I used STAMPloratins Faith Expressions, stamped with Hero Arts Charcoal ink. The sentiment I chose, was one, I needed to read. It's a good reminder. 

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sue


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Thursday, 14 November 2019

Perfectly CAS ~ November Challenge

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


Here's my card


Have I told you how much I enjoy making clean and simple cards? I find all the white space to be pretty calming. As we approach the upcoming crazy Christmas season, it's nice to calm, right? For my one layer card, I started by masking off a 1.5" strip with post-it tape. I then used Kaisercraft's Poinsettia stencil and added colour using distress inks (barn door, fired brick, mowed lawn, mustard seed and aged mahogany) and ink daubers. I carefully removed the post-it tape. The sentiment is from Hero Arts Holiday Ornaments stamp and cut set.

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sue

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Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge # 367

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



Here is my card


I inked up an acrylic block with distress inks (tumbled glass, salty ocean, peacock feathers) and spritzed some water on the block before applying the block onto a piece of 96lb bristol. When the ink dried, I stamped some fish, using Simon Says STAMP's Best Fishes stamp set. I couldn't resist stamping one fish going the wrong way. To make their eyes pop, I used a UniBall Signo white pen for their eyes. The sentiment is from the same stamp set. 

We'd love to see how you "make your mark" this week.

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sue

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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).

Thanks for dropping by
sue


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