Monday, 19 October 2020

STAMPlorations ~ 7th Birthday ~ Day 1

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2020 has been a crazy, mixed-up year because of COVID. So, it just seems natural that the birthday celebration at STAMPlorations has been delayed - until now! It's time for a party!!!!



Here's my card



I started with the new STAMPlorations ARTplorations Flexi-Template squares. If I label the components of the flexi-template squares, starting with the full square as one, the next size as two, and so on. I picked out number two and number four templates (leaving the space between, which is the size of number three template, for inking). I started with a 4.25" x 4.25" white cardstock square. I adhered the templates with post-it tape, using template three as a space holder to position number four template. I added cracked pistachio distress ink with an ink blending tool to the space between the two templates. I wanted a bit more interest. I used STAMPlorations ARTplorations Flair stencil with peacock feathers and mermaid lagoon distress inks, applied with ink blending tools, to add some detail to the area. Here's a close-up.


For the sentiment, I used STAMPlorations Say it Big: Do What You Love stamp with Hero Arts pale tomato ink. I trimmed the panel down to 3.75" x 3.75", matted with a light teal and adhered it to a 4.25" x 4.25" white card base.

I love that these flexi-templates make me think outside the box. I'm pretty happy how my first experiment turned out. 

We're going to have projects for the next four days to continue our belated 7th birthday celebration!


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Sunday, 18 October 2020

Cupcake Inspirations ~ Challenge #504 Reminder Post

Have you had a chance to join our current challenge at Cupcake Inspirations? It's a color combination challenge



Here's my card


I used Hero Arts Color Layering For You Flowers stamp set with Hero Arts Passion Flower, Raspberry Jam, Red Royal, Moss inks and Crushed Olive distress ink for the flowers and leaves. I stamped the layered leaves onto a white A2 card and stamped the flowers onto scrap cardstock and fussy cut the flowers. When adhering the flowers, I popped up the largest flower with dimensionals. The sentiment uses Simon Says STAMP's Big Scripty Greetings and Hero Arts Soft Granite ink. 

There's still a few days left in our challenge. We'd love to see your creations there.

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sue

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Thursday, 15 October 2020

STAMPlorations CAS ~ October Reminder Post

How is it possible the middle of October? It's seems crazy how quickly the days and months go by. However, it is mid-month, and it's time for a reminder to join the current challenge at STAMPlorations CAS


Here's my card


I decided to add the "optional twist of gray and orange". I started by inking up a square acrylic block with distress inks (dried marigold, spiced marmalade, carved pumpkin). I spritzed the ink a few times with water and "stamped" the acrylic block onto 96 lb bristol. There were some areas that didn't get enough coverage, so I repeated the process a few times. I waited for the panel to dry. I then stamped the butterfly and sentiment from STAMPlorations Trendy Butterflies 2. I trimmed the A2 panel down and matted with orange cardstock. 

There is still time for you to join us.

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sue

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Sunday, 11 October 2020

Cupcake Inspirations ~ Challenge #504

 We have a new challenge at Cupcake Inspirations


Isn't this an interesting color combination? I would never have thought to have combined these colors. Here's my card


Since I have a rather large collection of patterned papers, I looked through to find some papers that were olive, red and lavender. I cut the papers into 1" squares and then rounded two opposite corners with my Crop-o-dile Corner Chomper. I adhered the squares onto an natural A2 card. For the sentiment, I used scrap olive and black paper and Simon Says STAMP's Script Thanks die set.

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

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sue

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Friday, 9 October 2020

Die Cut Divas ~ October Challenge

 We have a new challenge at Die Cut Divas. In time for autumn  our challenge is

THOUGHTS OF AUTUMN

We're grateful to have Bugaboo Digi Stamps as our sponsor this month. They will give the winner a $12 gift code to stock up on digi stamps from their store.


Here's my card


When I think of autumn, I think of Halloween. I started with this darling Bugaboo digital stamp called Halloween Kitty which I printed out on cardstock with my inkjet printer. I added color with Copic markers - 100, BV08, C2, C5, R11, Y17, YR04. I die cut the kitty using My Favorite Things Die-Namics stitched circle. I found some autumnal colored patterned paper cut to 2.75" x 5.5" and adhered to an orange A2 card. The sentiment is stamped on a scrap of gray cardstock using Your Next Stamp's Way Cool Monsters stamp set. 

We'd love to see your autumn-inspired card. Don't forget to use a die-cut.

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sue


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Tuesday, 6 October 2020

Try Stampin' On Tuesday ~ Challenge #478

 It's Tuesday so that could only mean one thing! It's time for a new challenge at Try Stampin' on Tuesday. For the next two weeks, our challenge is


Our optional theme is spooky

Here's my card


Clearly, I did not follow the optional theme of spooky! I started with the three horizontal strips. I used Simon Says STAMP's Clouds for Days stencil with Salty Ocean Distress ink, applied with an ink blending tool on some white cardstock. I cut the three horizontal strips - 4" x 1". I then stamped the cute seagull from My Favorite Things' Seaside Seagulls stamp set with Memento Tuxedo black ink. I added some color with Copic markers C2, Y38, YR04. I die cut using Sizzix circle dies. To make the circle pop, I matted with a scalloped circle die cut from black cardstock using Spellbinders' Scalloped circle dies. For the vertical banner, I used scrap blue cardstock, cut into a fish-tailed banner and stamped with a sentiment from the same MFT stamp set. I adhered the pieces onto a light blue A2 card.

We'd love to see what you create.

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sue

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Monday, 5 October 2020

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #389

Is it just me, or do the days seem to go by faster than usual? I don't know if it's the "covid" thing or if I just can't get organized enough to get anything accomplished. I put things off and before I know it, it's the next month! UGH! Breathe - right?

Anyway, it's time for a new challenge at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. Here is this week's sketch

Here's my card



To start this card, I picked a 6x6 paper pack. In this case, I chose My Mind's Eye's Notable 6x6 paper pack. I chose three patterned papers that worked together - one for the background, one for the triangle and one to mat the sentiment panel. The sentiment is a stamp from Simon Says STAMP's Big Scripty stamp set, stamped with Hero Arts Charcoal ink. I double matted the sentiment panel to help it pop off the patterned paper. The flower is made with Paper Smooches' Dainty Flowers die. I added a few sequins for a bit of shine.


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Sunday, 4 October 2020

Cupcake Inspirations ~ Challenge #503 Reminder Post

 Popping by with a reminder of the current challenge at Cupcake Inspirations


This week's card is a hockey card

I purchased the CTMH Power Play stamp set back when my nephew played hockey. I don't think he's played for 5 years or maybe more! I stamped the player and puck with Memento Tuxedo black ink and my MISTI. It was good that I used my MISTI because I had to re-stamp several times for the black to get good coverage. I added color with Copic markers E43, E50, Y17. I used my nephew's team colors as inspiration. For the sentiment, I used Ink Blot Shop's Simple Sentiments stamp set. 

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sue

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Thursday, 1 October 2020

Rainbow Card Challenge ~ October Challenge

Really? It's October? Does Covid make the days and months go faster? It sure does feel that way. Nonetheless, it's time for a new challenge at Rainbow Card Challenge. This month, our challenge is

Do you ever have an idea in your head, execute it and it doesn't exactly look the way you thought? Yup, that happened to me for my "smoky slate" card. It was OK but it just lacked something. So, I tried again. I was much happier with this result. Here's my card


I started with Altenew's Feeling Dotty stencil, light gray cardstock and weathered wood distress ink, applied with an oval makeup brush. I stamped the butterfly using Stampin' Up's God's Beauty stamp set and Versafine Onyx Black ink. I added some grasses using Technique Tuesday's Wildflowers and Growing Wild stamp sets. Then, I brushed off my Creative Memories' oval custom cutting system and cut a large oval. I adhered the oval to some dark gray cardstock, matted with a medium gray. I found some tone on tone patterned paper for the vertical strip to complete the card.

We'd love to see what kind of "smoky slate" card you create.

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sue

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STAMPlorations CAS Card Challenge ~ October

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Welcome! It's nice to be back after our summer vacation. It's time for a new challenge at STAMPlorations CAS. This month our challenge is



Here's my card


I started this card by applying an anti-static bag over some white cardstock. I then stamped the "inside" of the coffee cup using STAMPlorations Coffee to Go: Fall + Winter stamp set with Hero Arts soft granite ink. I immediately applied clear embossing powder to the "wet" ink and heat set the image. I focused on the pumpkin because I was wanting to add color with a Copic marker. It was a good thing that I was using my MISTI because I needed to re-apply the ink and embossing powder to get good coverage of the pumpkin outline before heat setting it. I haven't yet mastered being able to use my heat tool without warping the paper. I set the image under some paper to flatten it out. I then used Copic YR16 to add color to the pumpkin. I then stamped the outline of the coffee cup using the same stamp set and fussy cut the image out. For the background, I used some post-it tape to mask off a horizontal area and used ARTplorations Dots 'N Beans stencil with hickory smoke distress ink to create the background stripe. I completed my card with a small nest of silver thread, placed behind the coffee cup. Here's a close-up.



We'd love to see how you're inspired to create a clean and simple card. 

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Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Die Cut Divas ~ Last Day of September Challenge

You know, I thought I'd have lots of time to do stuff, especially crafting, once I retired. Then, came offers to work for two weeks here, three weeks there. Sure, my bank account appreciates the increase in funds but I don't spend nearly enough time at my craft table. I need to make me and my crafting more of a priority next year!

Well, it's the end of another month and there are mere hours left of our current challenge at Die Cut Divas. This month, our sponsor is Cheapo Dies and they are offering our winner a $15 gift certificate. 


Our challenge this month is an "All Kinds of Holidays Time". 

Here's my card

I started by punching out triangles from different Christmas patterned papers using my Stampin' Up's Pennant Punch. This was actually the first time I had used it. I had recently tried to organize my punches by punching a 2.5" x 3.5" piece of cardstock. I then slid the 2.5" x 3.5" pieces into trading card pages which I store in a duotang folder. I came across this punch and thought I should probably try to use it (at least once!). I arranged the triangles onto an A2 white card panel and adhered them with tape runner. I added a small trunk with a scrap of brown cardstock. I then ran the panel using Sizzix/Stampin' Up's Square Lattice embossing folder through my Big Shot. Here's a close-up.

To complete the card, I die cut a small star using Lawn Fawn's Puffy Stars die set from a scrap of gold cardstock and I stamped the sentiment using Hero Arts Stamp & Cut Holiday Ornaments Stamp and Cut set. I made the sentiment into a 3D banner using Simon Says STAMP's Small Folded Banners die. I placed some dimensionals under the banner to help with the 3D effect.

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sue

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Sunday, 27 September 2020

Cupcake Inspirations ~ Challenge #503

 It's time for a new challenge at Cupcake Inspirations



Here's my card


When I was looking around for Sports stamp sets, who knew that I would find a lacrosse set? A co-worker of a friend of mine plays lacrosse. I was thinking of him as I made the card. The team he plays for wears a white or black jersey - pretty boring colors, if you ask me! I used Your Next Stamp's Sports Fanatics - Lacrosse stamp set. I stamped the image with Memento tuxedo black ink and added color with Copic markers B24, C2, E40, G07, R11. I used the colors of our local hockey team and the NFL team, down the road! I used a Sizzix circle die to die cut the panel and matted using My Favorite Things Stitched Circle STAX. The sentiment is from the same stamp set. i found some green patterned paper for the wide horizontal stripe.

We'd love to see what how you add sports to your project.

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sue


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Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Try Stampin' On Tuesday ~ Challenge #476

It's Tuesday and time for a new challenge at Try Stampin' on Tuesday. Here's our sketch to inspire you to create



I have to admit that when I saw this sketch, all I could see was Mickey Mouse. Despite trying to come up with a different theme, I just couldn't resist. So, here's my card


I used Sizzix circle dies to die cut three black circles, two for ears and on for Mickey's head. I grabbed some of my Disney paper stash. I used Color Play - A Day at the Park Multi Stripe/Dot paper for the background and the sentiment uses Simple Stories Say Cheese 4 paper. I had to separate and trim the words to make them fit on my card.

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

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sue


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Monday, 21 September 2020

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #387

Monday, Monday a song by the Mamas and Papas was released in 1966. Wait, what??? It doesn't seem that long ago. However, when you watch an old video and see their clothes, maybe it was that long ago. OK - I'm off-topic. Monday is the time for a new challenge at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. Here's the sketch to inspire you

Here's my card


I started by pulling out a cute 6x6 paper pack - Docrafts 6x6 spots and stripes pastels paper pack. I chose 5 different patterned papers and cut strips of varying widths. I used some printer paper cut to A2 size and adhered the strips to the printer paper. I then cut the printer paper, similar to the "check-mark" shape of the sketch. Instead of three "check-mark" shape strips, I moved the strips to verticals. I adhered my patterned paper strips to a light blue A2 card panel. For the sentiment, I stamped Thank You from Hero Arts Year Round Sentiment stamp set on a scrap of white cardstock. I used the Stampin' Up's oval punch to punch out the sentiment. I matted it with yellow, using Stampin' Up's scalloped oval punch. 

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sue


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Sunday, 20 September 2020

Cupcake Inspirations ~ Challenge #502 - Reminder Post

Just a reminder of the current challenge at Cupcake Inspirations


When I think about these colors - lime, pink, green, all I think about are flowers. So, it's flowers again this week. Here's my card


I used this cute image from Clearly Besotted's Scene It Flowers stamp set. I stamped it with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I added color with Copic markers - G07, R32, RV04, RV23, YG03. The sentiment is from the same stamp set. I trimmed the panel and matted it on a lime A2 card panel. 

Hope the colors "lime, pink and green" inspire you to create something. 

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sue


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Saturday, 19 September 2020

Rainbow Card Challenge ~ Happy 80th Birthday Elena Blog Hop

When you find out your team mate at Rainbow Card Challenge is having a special birthday? Why you plan a special blog hop in her honor, of course. 



Sue N  <<<< you're here
Elena (our birthday girl!)   - in case you'd like to leave her birthday greetings



Here's a photo of the card I sent her


Apparently Elena's favorite colors are burgundy and sapphire. I tried to incorporate her favorite colors onto my card. I started with a bright blue A2 card panel. I used one of the stamps from Altenew's Floral Shadow stamp set with Color Box Frost White Pigment Ink. I waited for the ink to dry. I then used some Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils to add color, to where I had stamped. For the sentiment, I used Clearly Besotted's Say What stamp set. I used Stampin' Up's Oval and Scalloped Oval punch to make the sentiment element. 

Happy Birthday Elena

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Sunday, 13 September 2020

Cupcake Inspirations ~ Challenge # 502

Hi! We're starting a new challenge at Cupcake Inspirations



Fun colours, right? Here's my card


I started my card with STAMPlorations In Bloom: Charmed Cherry Blossoms stamp, which I inked up with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and stamped in the upper left quadrant of a white A2 card base. I added color with Copic markers G07, R22, R35, YG03. To balance the image, I added the sentiment from STAMPlorations Sweet Spring Wishes stamp set on a scrap of green cardstock which I cut into a fishtail banner. The sentiment "be kind" is a reminder of what our Provincial Health Officer tells us at the end of each of her press conferences on Covid 19 - be calm, be kind, be safe. 

We'd love for you to join us.

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sue

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Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Die Cut Divas ~ September Challenge

The current challenge at Die Cut Divas is "Holidays", with our sponsor Cheapo Dies


Before joining the Die Cut Divas team, I hadn't heard of Cheapo Dies. They have a huge selection of brand name dies. They are offering a $15 gift certificate to our monthly winner. Will it be you?

Here's my card. No surprise, it's a Christmas card. I have so much Christmas stuff!


I started with a piece of 96 lb watercolor paper, a Carmine Red Zig Clean Color Real Brush marker and a water brush. I scribbled onto the watercolor paper with the marker and diluted and moved the color around with a water brush. Even though the marker is labelled red, it did take on a pink hue. I put the watercolor paper aside for a bit to make sure that the water and ink dried. I then used Elizabeth Craft Design's Ornament Set #2, which was available at Cheapo Dies (now sold out) to die cut the background from the watercolored panel and the outline with silver shimmer cardstock. There are many choices of Christmas ornament dies at Cheapo Dies that you could use to create a similar card. Here's a close up of the ornament.


I found some scripty red and pink Christmas patterned paper to provide the background for my ornament. I added some silver cord to complete the ornament. I popped the ornament up with some dimensionals. I put everything onto some light gray cardstock. 

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sue

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Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Try Stampin' on Tuesday ~ Challenge # 474

It's time for a new challenge at Try Stampin' on Tuesday. Here's this week's sketch and photo inspiration.



I chose to be inspired by the photo inspiration. Here's my card



I started with STAMPlorations Coffee to Go: Fall and Winter stamp set. I stamped the cup design onto some white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I added color with Copic markers C2, E29, E47, R05, R29, R59, Y15, Y17, Y38, YG06, YG63, YG67, YR04, YR07, YR16 trying to use colors from the photo inspiration. I then stamped the cup outline over the cup design. I stamped the lid separately onto white cardstock. I then fussy cut both the cut and lid. For the background, I used some light brown cardstock and Cricut Cuttlebug's Swiss Dots embossing folder. For the sentiment, I used Papertrey Ink's What the Doodle: Tea Time Stamp Set, stamped onto a scrap of mustard cardstock. When adhering the cup and lid, I used dimensional adhesives. 

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sue

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Monday, 7 September 2020

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #385

Monday .... again? Time is flying by. It's time for a new sketch challenge at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. Here is this week's sketch


Image may contain: text that says 'Sketch 385 Sentiment Createdb Michelle Stewart for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge'

Here's my card




I saw an idea for lanterns here

002 copy

I just love them. I started with Stampin' Up's Circle Circus stamp set and stamped the circle with Hero Arts Butter Bar, Fresh Peach, Soft Cantaloupe. I punched them out with a 3/4" circle punch. I then ran the circle through my Fiskars paper crimper. Remember paper crimpers? They were "the tool" to have and there is sits, in the far corner of my craft room. I dusted it off (LOL!) before using it. I cut black strips for the top and bottom of the lanterns (in fact, I just adhered the crimped circles to them, creating the top and bottom). Here's a close-up of my lanterns.



I used patterned papers from a 6x6 paper pack. For the sentiment, I stamped the "thank you" from Ink Blot Shop's Botanical Borders stamp set on a scrap of kraft cardstock. I cut it into a double fish tail banner.

Hoping this week's sketch inspired you to create something.

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sue

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Sunday, 6 September 2020

Cupcake Inspirations ~ Challenge #501 Reminder Post

It's time for a post to remind you of the current "On the Farm" challenge at Cupcake Inspirations


I ordered some "farm" inspired stamps but they didn't arrive in time. So, I checked out some digital stamps and bought the Farm digital stamps from Jo Kavanagh Designs. Here's my card


There were several digital stamps to choose from. I settled on this cute cow. I sized it and printed it onto 80 lb cardstock with my inkjet printer. I added color using Copic markers E21, E37, E41, E59, R11, YG63. I just purchased some googly eyes and thought they would make this cow even cuter. For the sentiment, I used my Dymo Letratag device. It's a great way to add a sentiment when you have neither a real nor digital sentiment stamp. 

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sue

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Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Rainbow Card Challenge ~ September Challenge

WOW - how is it possible that it's September? Crazy!

It's time for a new challenge at Rainbow Card Challenge. This month, our theme is


Image may contain: 1 person, food

For my card, I was inspired by Jennifer McGuire with these cards.

Stamp Layering Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here's my card


I used the technique Jennifer described. I started with an A2 piece of amber cardstock. I stamped with Winnie and Walter's In Bloom: Eva's Favorite Flowers with Hero Arts Butter Bar ink. I did experiment with other inks and liked the effect best with the Butter Bar ink for the solid stamps. I used Color Box Frost White pigment ink for the outlines. For the sentiment, I used Clearly Besotted's Flowers and Flourishes stamp set and Stampin' Up's oval punch and scalloped oval punch. I popped the sentiment up with dimensionals to complete the card.

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sue

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