Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge # 347

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




Make Your Mark - requires that you entry MUST contain the use of anything that can make a mark - markers, paints, chalks, watercolors, sponges, stencils, masks, etc.

Here's my card



I started by inking up a square acrylic block by "scribbling" blue and green Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. I spritzed the acrylic block with water and I stamped it onto a piece of 96 lb bristol paper. I added the silhouettes using Technique Tuesday's Wildflowers stamp set, stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink. The sentiment is from Hero Arts You'r So Lovely stamp set. I added some dots with a thin black marker, behind the dragonfly to mimic its "flight path". 

I matted the panel onto green cardstock to complete the card.

Thanks for stopping by
sue


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Monday, 17 June 2019

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #321

I'm running a bit behind schedule. I've been busy but it's still Monday - at least here on the West Coast. There is a new challenge at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge this week. Here's this week's sketch



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Here's my card




My sister has a love for all things lamb/sheep. Her stuffy growing up was a lamb. So, when I see a lamb/sheep inspired stamp set, I just have to have it to make cards for her. Wonder if she's tired of receiving lamb/sheep cards! I stamped this cute lamb/sheep using Gerda Steiner's How Are Ewe stamp set with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I added color using Copic markers. I fussy cut the image. 

For the mottled background, I applied Mowed Lawn and Shabby Shutters distress inks using ink blending tools. I used a scrap strip of light grey cardstock for the horizontal strip and stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set. I just love "pun-ny sentiments. 

Hope you can join us this week. 

Thanks for stopping by
sue


Friday, 14 June 2019

STAMPlorations - Mid June Reminder Post

It's mid-month and it's time for a reminder post at STAMPlorations to remind you that you still have time to join this month's CAS challenge


Here's my card


I tried to stick to the optional color twist of mahogany. I started out with STAMPlorations Artplorations Prim Triangles and aged mahogany distress ink, applied with an ink blending tool. I masked off two repeats of the pattern to keep the card, clean and simple. I found a scrap of mahogany cardstock from which I die cut a tag, using My Favorite Things Die-Namics Ta Builder Blueprints 2. I stamped a sentiment from STAMPlorations Fond Expressions 2 onto a scrap of white cardstock and trimmed it down to fit on the tag. I found some silver ribbon for the tag and popped the tag up with dimensionals for some depth.

Hope you'll join the challenge at STAMPlorations. You still have time!

Thanks for stopping by
sue

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge # 345

We're celebrating the 7th birthday of Addicted to Stamps and More! this week. We have a photo to inspire you.


Here's my card


I was inspired by the balloons and the colors of the balloons. I started by stamping the sentiment from Simon Says STAMP's Happy Every Day stamp onto a white A2 card base. I also stamped the sentiment on scraps of cardstock in colors similar to those found on the inspiration photo. I die cut balloons using Paper Smooches Balloons dies from different parts of the sentiment. I adhered the balloons, placing them directly over the corresponding part of the original image stamped on the card base. I drew in the balloon strings with a fine black marker.

Hope you're inspired by this week's photo.

Thanks for stopping by
sue

Thursday, 6 June 2019

STAMPlorations CAS ~ June Challenge

It's a new month which means that there is a new challenge at STAMPlorations CAS. This month the challenge is 



Here's my card




I couldn't think of how to incorporate mahogany onto my card, so CAS  card it is. I started with an A2 kraft panel. On a separate piece of kraft, with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, I stamped two birds from the STAMPlorations Fowl Play stamp set. I added color with Copic markers and using a Sizzix circle die, have the birds on a circle. I added a blue scalloped edge using a Spellbinders Scalloped circle die. Using a fine black tip marker, I added some dots to mimic gravel for the chicks to peck at. On a lighter shade of beige, I added a sentiment, from the same stamp set.

We'd love for you to join us this month.

Thanks for stopping by
sue


Monday, 3 June 2019

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #319

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


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Here's my card



I love making tags. I don't really use them so putting them onto cards makes sense to me. I started by lightly drawing a circle, with a pencil. This provided me with a guideline of where to place my flowers and leaves to make a wreath. I used flowers and leaves from Hero Arts Spring Hello by Lia and the inks used were Hero Arts Butter Bar, Green Hills and Fresh Peach. The sentiment is from Your Next Stamp's Whatnot Sentiments Four stamp set and was stamped with Hero Arts Soft Granite ink. I used some shiny silver twine to complete the tag. I adhered the tag to a kraft panel, slightly smaller than the A2 white card base.

Thanks for stopping by
sue

Saturday, 1 June 2019

The Rainbow Card Challenge - Guest Designer

I'm so honoured to be a guest designer at The Rainbow Card Challenge this month. WOOHOOO!

Here's the colour prompt for this month



Don't you just love the bright and yummy colours? I certainly do. Here is my card 


For this one-layer card, I started by lightly marking a 3.5" x 2.5" rectangle. I then randomly stamped flowers and leaves from Hero Arts Spring Hello by Lia, Hero Arts Garden Flowers by Lia and STAMPlorations Frames and Flowers stamp sets with Hero Arts Neon inks (blue, pink, green, orange) and Hero Arts Lemon Yellow ink. With a fine black marker, I drew a frame around the stamped images. The sentiment is from Hero Arts Year Round Sentiments stamp set. 

Can't wait to see how you're inspired by this month's colour prompt.

Thanks for stopping by
sue


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Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge #343

Hi! Welcome to a new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More! This week, the challenge is 




I love making Christmas cards. They make me happy. Also, on a warm day here, it makes me feel cooler. Bring on the snow!

Here's my card


I used Unity Stamps' Tis the Season to be Jolly Itty Bitty stamp. I stamped the image and sentiment with Versamark, applied silver embossing powder and heat set the them. I added color with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers (Cool Gray I, Gray Brown, May Green, Carmine Red). 

Here's a close-up of the snowman.



I trimmed the image panel to 3.5" x 5.5" and adhered it to an A2 card base. I added a strip of silver cardstock, 0.75" x 5.5" to the left to complete my card.

Please join us this week with your Holiday creation.

Thanks for stopping by
sue


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Monday, 27 May 2019

STAMPlorations ~ Clear Stickers - NEW!!!!

Exciting news to share with you! STAMPlorations now has clear sentiment stickers in their store. Now, clear sentiment stickers may not take the place of stamping sentiments. However, there are many situations where this sentiment stickers will make things easier. I'm involved with a non-profit where we are attempting to get people involved in making cards as a way to combat social isolation. I think that these stickers are the perfect solution for beginner card makers and those with little experience with stamping. 

I've made a few cards to demonstrate how these stickers can be used.


I started by making this card using STAMPlorations Lupinus ARTplorations stencil and distress inks.


I decided to add a strip of purple cardstock for the sentiment.


I added the sentiment to complete the card.

Here's another example


I masked off an area and then used STAMPlorations Prim Triangles ARTplorations stencil with distress inks. I cut a blue rectangle for the sentiment. I could choose any of these stickers.


I chose this one and added a few sequins for a bit of shine and sparkle.

Here are the last two cards


For this card, I used STAMPlorations Tweet Love stamp set. I added color with some Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils. 


For this card, I used STAMPlorations Clouds ARTplorations stencil and some patterned paper.

Thanks for stopping by
sue

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

STAMPlorations Things with Wings Blog Hop and Linky Party

I'm very honoured to be part of the STAMPlorations Things with Wings Blog Hop and Linky Party - Part 3


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We'd love for you to participate and be eligible for prizes by leaving me a comment, leaving comments on the other STAMPlorations' designers posts and on the STAMPlorations blog post here. Another way, you could be eligible for prizes is by creating a wing-themed project and linking it up at the end of this post. There will be five winners of a $10 gift code selected randomly from all comments left on my blog, other designers' blogs and the STAMPlorations blog post here. Also, there will be three winners of $15 gift certificate, randomly selected from the Things with Wings linky party entries. Commenting and linking ends on June 4th with winners announced on June 10th. As if that's not enough, there is a sale of products in the Things with Wings section are 15% off. If you also use my  code, STAMPGIRLSUE, you'll get an additional 20% off for purchases for a total of 35% off items in the Things with Wings section. Sale ends May 31st.

Here's my card


I started with an A2 card panel and stamped three butterflies from STAMPlorations Grateful Flutters stamp set. I added color with Prismacolor Premier colored pencils. I purposely chose bright colors - they make me happy! For the sentiment, I chose one from STAMPlorations Trendy Butterflies 2 stamp set. I used a Kaleidacolor Spectrum Raised Rainbow Dye Inkpad to achieve the rainbow-like effect. I moved the stamp pad slightly left and right to ensure that there isn't a line between colors but rather gentle blending between the colors.

Thanks for stopping by
sue



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Monday, 20 May 2019

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #317

It's Monday - here in Canada, it's a statutory holiday, Victoria Day, a nice three day weekend. It means that it's time for a new sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

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Here's my card


I started by stamping the flowers/leaves at the top of the card using Simon Says STAMP's Floral Bookmarking and Paper Smooches Botanicals 3 stamp sets and a little masking of the blooms. The inks used were Hero Arts Pale Tomato, Summer Sky, Grape Juice, Green HIlls, Soft Granite. For the sentiment, I used Clearly Besotted's To You With Love stamp set, stamped with Hero Arts Soft Granite ink. To add some interest behind the sentiment, I used Tim Holtz' Mini Stencil Set 8 and Old Paper distress ink.  

Thanks for stopping by
sue

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Friday, 17 May 2019

STAMPlorations - Mid May Reminder Post

It's time for a post to remind you of the current challenge at STAMPlorations CAS where this month's challenge is


Here's my reminder card


I started with the background where I used a white A2 card panel and stencilled clouds using STAMPlorations Clouds - ARTplorations stencil and tumbled glass distress ink, applied with an ink blending tool. I also stamped the pterodactyl from STAMPlorations DINO things stamp set. I added color with coloured pencils and fussy cut the image out. In order to get the eye brows and other fine details, like toes (which I couldn't fussy cut), I stamped the image onto the card panel and adhered the fussy cut bird onto the card, directly above the stamped image. For the image, I was going to adhere one of the new STAMPlorations New Day clear stickers onto the card panel. But of course, I accidentally got too close to the card panel when I wasn't ready and it was starting to adhere crooked. Boy, those stickers are really sticky and are not forgiving. Instead, I found a scrap of purple cardstock and adhered the sticker sentiment onto the scrap and trimmed it to size.

Thanks for stopping by
sue



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Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge #341

I have a card for the new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More! This week, the challenge is


Here's my one-layer card


I used Simon Says STAMP's Look for Miracles stamp set with Hero Arts inks - butter bar, green hills, soft cantaloupe for the diagonal design. I also used my MISTI to help me with positioning of the stamps and for re-stamping when I didn't get a good impression. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches' Salutations stamp set, stamped with Hero Arts Soft Granite ink. Hope you're inspired by my clean and simple, one-layer card.

Thanks for stopping by
sue

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Friday, 10 May 2019

Tea Time Blog Hop

Thank you for joining us for  
The Tea Time BLOG HOP

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This is a blog hop featuring projects based on a hot cup of tea.
So grab a nice cup of tea and sip along while you hop!
Connie Can Crop , is the beginning of this hop! But you should have arrived from Alicia.

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 three awesome sponsors for this hop!!



 has graciously donated this beautiful Tea cup and saucer

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is giving away this gorgeous Set of 8 Ribbons!! WOW!

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is giving away 2 wonderful Stamp Sets from CTMH

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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. Free Shipping to our USA friends but Worldwide will be asked to pay shipping if they win.

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 5/15/19 at Connie Can Crop.
Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!



Here's my one-layer card.




I started by masking an area 1.75" x 4.25" towards the top of my A2 card base with post-it tape. Using STAMPlorations Tribal Weave Stencil, I added distress inks (twisted citron, cracked pistachio, peacock feathers and salty ocean) with ink blending tools. I also added extra color with the same distress inks after removing the stencil. I carefully removed the post-it tape. I stamped the image from Unity Stamps Tea Love in the inked strip. The sentiment is from the same stamp set.


Be sure to hop over to my friend Veronica 



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

Be sure to join us next month for our

Love Sports Blog hop!



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2019 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Excited to be able to join the group at the 2019 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop



Often I have good intentions but the execution requires some more work! However, not this time. I think there is still almost 8 hours to go ...

Here's my card



For the background, I started with Tim Holtz' Layering Stencil - Splatters and Layering Stencil Set Mini #3 (which is a smaller version of the Splatters' stencil) and distress inks (tea dye, ground espresso and brushed corduroy) applied with ink blending tools. I stamped the coffee cup from Create-A-Smile's Coffee First stamp set with Versafine Onyx Black ink. I added some color with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and fussy cut the cup. I used a strip of kraft cardstock for the sentiment band. The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted's Warm Solutions II.

Thanks for stopping by
sue


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Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #315

Oh my - when I take a long weekend, it messes with my head and I'm late with my card for the current sketch challenge at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

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Here's my card






I started by heat embossing three stars from Your Next Stamp's Blast Off Stars with silver embossing powder, in the upper left corner of a light blue A2 card panel. I masked off the lower right corner with post-it tape and added distress inks (salty ocean, chipped sapphire, black soot) with ink blending tools. I carefully removed the post-it tape. I heat embossed the sentiment from Hero Arts Year Round Sentiments with silver embossing powder. I added some silver strips along the diagonal and a large silver star punched with Creative Memories 1.5" star punch.

Thanks for visiting
sue

Thursday, 2 May 2019

STAMPlorations CAS May Challenge

It's May and time for a new CAS challenge at STAMPlorations CAS.



I've made a card to inspire you to join us. Here's my card.




I started with STAMPlorations Row of Roses stamp set and used Versamark ink with silver embossing powder which was heat set. I added color to the petals with Zig Clean Color Real Brush (lilac) and softened the color with a water brush. For the leaves, I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush (pale dawn gray). Here's a close-up.


The sentiment is from STAMPlorations The Birds and the Blooms stamp set and was also heat embossed with silver embossing powder. 

Won't you join us this month?

Thanks for stopping by
sue



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Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge #339

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


Just a reminder - Clean and Simple (CAS) refers to cards that have clean and crisp lines, minimal or no embellishments and lots of 'white' space. White space doesn't need to be white - it can be any color. However, white space refers to areas of your card with no stamping or embellishments.

Here's my card



For this card, I started by creating a circle mask using a 4" x 6" repositionable label and Sizzix circle dies. I also made the flower mask using a 3" x 3" post it note and My Favorite Things Die-namics Flower and Leaf Trio dies. I used salty ocean distress ink, applied with an ink blending tool and carefully removed the flower mask. I added the sentiment from Clear Besotted Flowers and Flourishes stamp set with Hero Arts Navy ink. I added an enamel dot in the center of the flower to complete the card.

I was inspired by this card by MASKerade



Thanks for dropping by
sue

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