Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge # 355

Hi Friends! It's time for a new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More! This week, it's a photo inspiration challenge.



Here's my card



I was inspired by the colours, the beachy feeling and the wood slats of the central photo. I used Avery Elle's Beside the Sea stamp set and coordinating dies. I stamped the beach houses and added colour with Prismacolor Premiere colored pencils. I used the die to cut out the houses. For the background, I used distress inks (tumbled glass and antique linen) applied with ink blending tools to create the sky and sand. When I placed the houses on the background, it looked "weird", as the stark white border didn't fit. So I inked the white spaces, so the sky and sand matched. I added a top sheet, from which a large circle was diecut out, to frame the scene. The sentiment is from the same stamp set, stamped with Hero Arts mint julep ink. I added a few sequins for a bit of sparkle.

We'd love to see how you are inspired by the photos above.

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sue


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Sunday, 18 August 2019

CAS(E) this Sketch! #335

Loving the new sketch this week at CAS(E) this Sketch!



I just had to join in. Here's my card


I went for a rainbow look using STAMPlorations ARTplorations Prim Triangles stencil and distress inks (salty ocean, twisted citron, mustard seed, spiced marmalade, candied apple, wilted violet). I used a post-it note to help keep the colours separate, so that the colours looked like strips through the stencil. The sentiment is from Simon Says STAMP Many Thanks stamp set. I trimmed the panel down and matted on black cardstock.

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sue


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Less is More Challenge #402 OLC Stencils

I was stumped by the challenge last week at Less is More. However, this week, I was inspired.



Here's my card


On my white A2 cardbase, I masked off a 1.75" horizontal strip on the bottom half, with post-it tape. I used Hero Arts Mermaid Sea Waves stencil and added colour with Distress inks (cracked pistachio, peacock feathers, salty ocean) with ink daubers. I carefully removed the post-it tape. I stamped the sentiment and a few fish using Simon Says STAMP's Best Fishes stamp set. 

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sue


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Your Next Stamp - Challenge #120

Congratulations to Your Next Stamp's 10th Anniversary! Their challenge right now, on their blog is 

THANK YOU

I don't know about you. I can always use more "thank you" cards. Here's my card


I used YNS's Many Thanks stamp set for my card. For this one-layer card,  I masked off a 1.5" area with post-it tape on my A2 card base. I stamped the many sentiments from the stamp set, using my MISTI, and Hero Arts charcoal and pale tomato ink. I then added some distress ink (spun sugar) to the masked area and carefully removed the post-it tape. 

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sue


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Thursday, 15 August 2019

AAA Cards CAS Game #146

There's a card challenge at AAA Cards - CAS Game #146




I decided to make a card for this challenge. Often, the time-consuming part is trying t decide what to do. If I'm trying to create something in a short period of time, I tend to go back to some of my favorite card styles. I decided not to add the optional twist of Summer to my card. Here's my one-layer card.


So, one-layer cards tend to intimidate me. I mean, what happens when you make a mistake or drop your stamp or smudge something? Right, it's just half a piece of cardstock. Move on ... right? I started by stamping the cute tea party image from Unity Stamps' Tea Love stamp set with Versafine Onyx Black ink onto an A2 card base, using my MISTI. I let the ink dry a bit before moving to my next step. I masked off an area, just over 1.5" wide using post-it tape. I then added distress oxides (peacock feathers, twisted citron, salty ocean) using one of those oval make-up brushes. Those make-up brushes are so easy to use and make ink application seem so smooth. I carefully removed the post-it tape - emphasis on "carefully". I have ruined a few cards by not carefully removing the post-it tape. I stamped the sentiment, from the same stamp set to complete the card. Once I decided what to do, it took me less than 5 minutes to complete. 

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sue

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Tuesday, 13 August 2019

CAS(E) this Sketch! #334

WOW! Two cards posted on the same day. Hoping this creative mojo continues. I find that playing with paper is good for me - it's so relaxing, well, except when things don't go according to plan!

I have a card for the current sketch challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch!




Here's my one layer card




On an A2 card base, I started by stamping the sentiment from Simon Says STAMP's Flower Friend stamp set with Versafine Onyx Black ink. I used my MISTI to be sure of a good impression. I then lightly marked with a pencil, a rectangle, approximately 2.25" x 2.5". I did this to try to keep my stamping within the rectangle. I stamped various flowers and leaves from Hero Arts Spring Hello by Lia and Hero Arts Garden Flowers by Lia using Hero Arts Soft Cantaloupe, Fresh Peach, Green Hills and Butter Bar inks. I hand-drew a frame with a fine tip black marker. When I was sure that the ink had dried, I carefully erased my pencil marks.

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sue



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Simon Says STAMP Wednesday Challenge

It seems that my crafting mojo is making an appearance. I've been able to keep up with my design team obligations. However, I haven't seemed to find neither the inspiration nor the time to join in with other card challenges. Hoping that this is a trend that I can continue.

Today, I have a card for the current challenge at Simon Says STAMP Wednesday Challenge


This week the challenge is
ADD A DIE CUT
We are showcasing Memory Box Products this week. You don’t have to use them to join in but if you have some we would love to see them used


Here's my card


 


It was difficult to chose the die to use. I have quite a few - many, in fact, that I've never used. I can't recall, if I've ever used this die before. It's Memory Box's Verona Bouquet. I die cut using white cardstock and kept the pieces together. I find it easier to add colour with ink daubers when the panel is still somewhat intact. I added distress inks (wilted violet, mustard seed and peeled paint) to the die. I felt that it looked best on kraft card. I stamped the sentiment from Paper Smooches Salutations stamp set with Hero Arts Soft Granite ink. I trimmed the kraft panel down and adhered it to a white A2 card base.

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sue


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Monday, 12 August 2019

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #329

It's Monday, so it must be time for a new sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge



Here's my card





I started with STAMPlorations ARTplorations Leaves stencil and distress inks (mowed lawn, shabby shutters, lucky clover, peeled paint, twisted citron, tumbled glass). I used an ink blending tool and some scraps of paper (for masking) to add the color, just where I wanted the colors to be. I trimmed the panel down and matted with a green cardstock. I then used Hero Arts You're So Lovely stamp set with peeled paint and twisted citron distress inks, and my MISTI. I find that when stamping with distress inks, it can take more than one stamping to get a good impression. I also matted this panel with the same green cardstock. The sentiment is from Your Next Stamp's Whatnot Sentiments Four, stamped with Hero Arts Soft Granite ink. I adhered the panels to a kraft A2 card base and added a few adhesive pearls to add a bit of shine and dimension to finish the card.

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

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sue

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Sunday, 11 August 2019

a2z Scrapbooking ~ Guest Designer

It feels like going home - heading to some place, so welcoming and familiar. I'm back here at a2z Scrapbooking. I am honoured to be back as a guest designer and I have a card to share for this month's challenge


a2z scrapbooking august challenge
Here's my card



I used Sugartree Stamps' Party Animal digital kit for my card - specifically, the awesome partying penguin and the sentiment. I printed the penguin with my inkjet printer on white cardstock, trimmed to A2 card size and added colour with Copic markers. I printed the sentiment on some orange/gold cardstock and trimmed it to a double ended fishtail banner. To complete the card, I added a shiny "pompom" with a rhinestone. 

To the a2z folks, thanks for having me back. To all of you, thanks for stopping by.
sue


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Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge #353

It's time for a new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More!




It's interesting digging through my collection of stamps - you never know what you might find. Well, I find that I use the same stamps over and over again - that's why they're my favorites. However, it is refreshing to pull and "oldie" out of the stash. 

Here's my card





I "found" the Inspired by Stamping's Elegant Christmas stamp set and used the holly stamp for my tag. I heat embossed it, using silver embossing powder, and added color with Copic Markers  YG63, YG67, R29. I used My Favorite Things Die-namics Tag Builder Blueprints 2 die to diecut the tag. The sentiment was also heat embossed with silver embossing powder and is from Paper Smooches' Mistletoe Kisses stamp set. I used patterned paper from Teresa Collins 6x6 Christmas Cottage designer pad to complement the tag. I thought that the card would look good on kraft and added some jute twin on the tag to complete the card.

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sue


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Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor - August 2019

UGH! I'm late again. Trust me, jet lag is a "thing". It has totally affected my thinking or lack of thinking. 

I missed the deadline to post my card and blog link at Happy Little Stampers - Watercolour Challenge, where this month's challenge is




Here's my card




I started by inking a 96 lb bristol A2 panel randomly with distress inks (salty ocean, peacock feathers, mermaid lagoon) and placed the Hero Arts Mermaid Sea Waves stencil on the panel and spritzed water through the stencil. I carefully lifted the stencil and used a paper towel to pick up excess water. I let the panel dry. For the fish, I used Rubbernecker Stamps Fish Group stamp set. I stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink on 96 lb bristol. I added colour using distress inks (peacock feathers, carved pumpkin, seedless preserves) with a water brush. I fussy cut the fish. I added crystal effects to their eyes for a bit of shine.  I popped them up with dimensional adhesive. The  sentiment is from Paper Smooches Birthday Buddies stamp set.

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sue


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Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #327

I'm late! Jet lag seems to have affected my brain and my thinking, or lack of thinking. 

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


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Here's my card



Just a simple card using patterned papers for the background, from Authentique Seasons: Winter 6x6 bundle. I added some scrap cardstock for the next layer. For the flower, I stamped the image from Hero Arts Color Layering Graphic Flowers with Hero Arts Bubble Gum ink. I fussy cut the image, adhered it and added an adhesive rhinestone. For the tag, I stamped the sentiment from Poppy Stamps' Peony Stems and Blossoms and added a thin strip for the striped patterned paper to help bring everything together.

Hope you'll be able to join us this week.

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sue


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Sunday, 28 July 2019

Stencil Sunday at STAMPlorations

I'm up again at STAMPlorations with a couple of cards for Stencil Sunday. It's a nice change for me to work with stencils. I tend to grab stamps and inks when I'm making cards. 

Here's my first card


I wasn't quite sure what colours to use for this flower so I "googled" lupinus. I found that there are some which are reddish near the top and the rest is purple. So, I tried to re-create that variety. I used STAMPlorations ARTplorations Lupinus stencil and added colours to the flowers with distress inks (fired brick and seedless preserves) applied with ink daubers. I used peeled paint distress ink for the leaves and stems. I added the sentiment using STAMPlorations New Day clear stickers. I trimmed the panel down a bit and added a green mat to complete the card. 

Here's a close-up.


Here's the second card I made




For this card, I started by stamping a scripty background stamp (Stampin Up's French Script stamp) with Hero Arts Soft Brown ink on kraft cardstock for a tone-on-tone look. I chose to use some Faber-Castell polychromos coloured pencils with STAMPlorations ARTplorations Abstract Oats stencil. A hint, if you're wanting to try this, is to be sure that your coloured pencils are sharp - to get into the "little bits" of the stencil. I love how vibrant the colours of the polychromos pencils are. To complete the card, I stamped the sentiment on a scrap of yellow cardstock from STAMPlorations Noteworthy 2 stamp set and used a strip of kraft cardstock for contrast. 

Here's a close-up



There will be three Stencil Sunday posts at STAMPlorations blog during the month of July. One person who leaves a comment will be picked randomly from the three July Stencil posts and win a $15 gift code.

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sue


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Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge # 351

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



Do you like "anything goes" challenges? For me, sometimes, "anything goes" is just too much freedom and I get stuck with too many ideas swirling in my little brain. Sometimes, I need a theme or a sketch or a color scheme to get me started. What about you?

Here's my card


I was at the Stamp and Scrapbook Expo in Puyallup Washington a few weeks ago and saw some examples of cards made with Gina K's Art Stencil - Floral. They were so pretty, I just HAD to buy the stencil. My first card made with the stencil was this card. I find stencils really help me achieve an artistic look to my cards because an artist likely designed the stencil. I used distress inks (wilted violet, shaded lilac and peeled paint), applied with ink blending tools. I used some scraps of paper, to help keep the ink in areas where I wanted the ink and to not "bleed" into other areas. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Communique Curves sentiments stamp set, inked with Hero Arts Soft Granite ink. The card panel is matted by some gray cardstock.

So ... what will you create this week? We'd love for you to join us.

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sue


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Monday, 15 July 2019

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge # 325

It's Monday so 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 Unity Stamps' Moments in Bloom and added ink using Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers (pale dawn gray, mustard, dark oatmeal and yellow). Before stamping on 96 lb bristol, I spritzed the stamp a few times with water. Spritzing the stamp with water gives a watercolor look to the image. I stamped the sentiment from Poppy Stamps' Peony Stems and Blossoms with Hero Arts Cup O' Joe ink. I trimmed the panel down slightly and matted with dark brown cardstock.

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

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sue


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Sunday, 14 July 2019

Stencil Sunday at STAMPlorations

I'm being featured on the STAMPlorations blog here with a Stencil Sunday post. I have a collection of stencils and working on the cards for this post reminds me how much I love working with them. My artistic skills are stuck in kindergarten with stickman images. However, working with stencils designed by talented artists, I can give the illusion that I have artistic skills. When in fact, I'm using an artistic tool and a super affordable craft tool at that!

I have two cards to share today.

Here's the first one



I used STAMPlorations' ARTplorations Prim Triangles stencil with distress inks (barn door, spiced marmalade, mustard seed mowed lawn and salty ocean), applied with an ink blending tool. I used a 0.75" strip of red cardstock. I cut a 2 5/8" circle using Sizzix circle dies from white cardstock. I used one of STAMPlorations New Day clear stickers - "find your tribe", which I cut into two pieces for the sentiment. To complete the card, I die cut using a Spellbinders scalloped circle die to frame the sentiment circle. Here's a close-up.




Here's the second card



For this card, I created the background by inking up an A2 card panel using an ink blending tool and distress inks (tumbled glass and salty ocean), in random fashion. I then added the birds with STAMPlorations' ARTplorations Some Birds stencil, hickory smoke distress ink and an ink blending tool. Again, I added a clear sticker sentiment, which I felt was perfect for the birds, from STAMPlorations New Day clear stickers.

There will be three Stencil Sunday posts at STAMPlorations blog during the month of July. One person who leaves a comment will be picked randomly from the three July Stencil Sunday posts and win a $15 gift code. 

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sue


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Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge # 349

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



Clean and simple is my favorite type of card. Here's my card.



I stamped Unity Stamps' Hang in there Lady stamp, inked with Versafine Onyx Black ink onto an A2 card panel. I also stamped the ladybug onto a scrap piece of red cardstock and fussy cut the ladybug out. I carefully positioned the ladybug onto the stamped image and adhered it in place. I used Wink of Stella on the ladybug to make it sparkle! Here's a close-up.



The sentiment is from the same stamp set. I trimmed the A2 panel down a bit and used a black A2 panel to frame the ladybug panel. 

We'd love for you to join us this week. Show us your clean and simple style.

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sue


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Monday, 1 July 2019

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #323

It's Monday, which means that 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 one of my favorite techniques - one I've seen by Jennifer McGuire. She's called it Faux Textured Metal Paper. It looks impressive and it's so easy to do. I rotated the sketch so that it's horizontal. I masked off the outside 0.75" on each edge with post-it tape. I randomly added spun sugar and shaded violet distress inks with ink blending tools. Then I added perfect pearls with a dry brush over the inked area. The perfect pearls makes the inked area shimmer.  I carefully removed the post-it tape. I embossed the panel with We R Memory Keepers Geometric embossing folder. Here's a close-up.



I diecut the sentiment using Papertrey Ink's Wondrous Words: Thank You die. For the flowers, I used scraps of cardstock and My Favorite Things Die-namics Flower and Leaf Trio dies. To complete the card, I added some rhinestones to the centers of the flowers, for a bit of sparkle.

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sue


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Sunday, 30 June 2019

Happy Little Stampers ~ July Watercolor Challenge

I'm so honoured and excited to let you know that I'm joining the design team at Happy Little Stampers - Watercolour Challenge. The challenge for this month is





Here's my card




I started with a simple card. I smooshed some tumbled glass distress ink on a craft sheet and picked the ink with a water brush and scribbled in a diagonal direction - upper right to lower left on an A2 sized piece of 96 lb bristol. I then added some salty ocean distress ink, applied in the same way to create a "sky". For the "optional: Wings" part of the challenge, I used STAMPlorations Trendy Birds 2 stamp set. I stamped the birds and the sentiment using Versafine Onyx black ink with my MISTI, to ensure a good impression.

Would love to see how you're inspired by this month's challenge.

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sue

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.

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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


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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!

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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.

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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.

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sue