Sunday, 9 May 2021

Die Cut Divas ~ May Challenge

We have a new challenge at Die Cut Divas this month. Our sponsor this month is CASual Fridays Stamps


They will be giving our winner a $20 gift code

Our challenge this month is a tic-tac-toe challenge. Here's the grid


For my card, I chose the diagonal line from upper left to lower right - uneven edge, friendship, flowers.


I started my card by stamping the flower image using CASual Fridays Stamps' Mon Ami stamp set and Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I added color with Copic markers Y02, Y06. I fussy cut the image. I die cut the gray stitched circle with My Favorite Things Die-namics Stitched Circle STAX dies. The friend sentiment from the same stamp set was stamped with Hero Arts Soft Granite and Dandelion inks. For the uneven edge, I found a patterned paper and tore one edge. 

We'd love for you to join us this month using our fun tic-tac-toe board for inspiration. 

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sue

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Saturday, 8 May 2021

Addicted to CAS ~ Challenge #197

Hi Friends! It's time for a new challenge at Addicted to CAS. For the next two weeks, our challenge is

Isn't this an interesting code word? I went searching through my stamp stash until I found some bugs on a stamp set. I ended up with Your Next Stamp's Bitty Bugs. Here's my card.



I stamped this inch worm on a white A2 card panel with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I added color with Copic markers C2, G05, G07, YG06. I also made a mask of the inch worm by stamping onto a post-it note and fussy cutting it out. On a white A2 card panel, I covered the inch worm with the mask and added clouds using Simon Says STAMP's Clouds for Days stencil and distress inks (tumbled glass, shaded lilac, spun sugar, twisted citron) and the hill using Simon Says STAMP's Waves and Hills stencil with peeled paint distress ink. On another white A2 card panel, I die cut the circle, that would serve as a window to the inch worm and clouds and hill. I also stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set with Versafine Onyx Black ink. I wanted a bit of separation between the two white A2 card panels, so I added some white fun foam, with a die cut circle where the window is. 

I'm normally not a fan of bugs, except when they are this cute! We'd love you see your bug-inspired cards.

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sue


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Thursday, 6 May 2021

Happy Little Stampers ~ Stencil Challenge MAY

Do you like working with stencils? I love working with stencils. Often, they make me look more talented because someone talented designed the stencils, I just have to add colour. We have a new challenge at Happy Little Stampers ~ Stencil Challenge


Here's my card


See what I mean? It looks like I planned and placed all the leaves and petals. But no, what I did was use Pinkfresh Hanging Garden stencils (5 layered stencils). The stencils are numbered and there are markings to help you align the stencils. All one has to do is add color. I used distress inks (tumbled glass, peacock feathers, peeled paint, ripe persimmon, mustard seed). For the sentiment, I used Ink Blot Shop's Botanical Borders stamp set and Hero Arts Tide Pool ink. That's it - a one-layer card!

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sue

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Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Happy Little Stampers ~ Christmas Challenge MAY

How are you doing? The COVID 19 restrictions have put a bit of a damper on my life. However, I understand the importance of flattening the curve. For me, a way to do this, is stay home and craft! 

We have a new challenge at Happy Little Stampers ~ Christmas Challenge


Here's my card


I looked around my stash for a mistletoe stamp or mistletoe-like stamp. I found this one in Stampin' Up's Easy Events stamp set. I stamped it with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and added a bit of color with Copic markers - R46, YG63, YG67. While I realize that mistletoe doesn't have red berries. I wanted to use traditional Christmas colors on my card - so red and green. I like that the stamp included the sentiment so that I didn't have to struggle to get it "straight". I trimmed the panel to 2.5" x 2.5" and matted the square with dark green. I decided to use a kraft A2 card panel for the background. I felt that the card needed a little something something - you know what I mean? I looked around and found some wide shiny ribbon and used that behind the stamped panel. 

We'd love to see your creations.

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sue

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Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #419

Oops, I missed posting on Monday. It's time for a new challenge at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. Here's the sketch for this week's challenge.


Here's my card


For this card, I went with a black, white, gray color palette with a "pop" of pink. I went through my black, white and gray patterned paper scraps to find four different patterns. I cut fish tail banners from three of them and a thin strip from the fourth. For the sentiment, I used Paper Smooches' Salutations stamp set and a Spellbinders' Labels 8 die. I adhered everything onto a light gray A2 card base.

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sue

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Monday, 3 May 2021

STAMPlorations ~ Sticker Monday

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I'm so excited to have the opportunity to participate at Sticker Monday at STAMPlorations. I have three cards that I've made using the amazing Clear Stickers by STAMPlorations. There are so many to choose from, from sentiments to washi tape to colored backgrounds. I will say one thing. They are incredibly sticky. Once it starts to adhere, you're not going to be able to move it. Trust me, I've tried. What I find works for me, is to cut the sticker out, remove a bit of the backing, line the sticker up and then remove the backing. Hopefully, the sticker adheres where you want it to!

Here's card #1


For this card, I die cut a white A2 panel with STAMPlorations CUTplorations Happy word die. I added the word thoughts using STAMPlorations CRAFTplorations Shine Bright sticker. The sticker actually says "happy thoughts". I just cut the word "thoughts" out for this card. I guess I have a spare "happy" sticker for another day! On a white A2 side folding card base, I adhered several strips of washi tape stickers using STAMPlorations CRAFTplorations Bits of Washi #2. I placed the washi tape stickers so that they would be visible through the die cut sentiment. I also made sure to adhere all the little bits from inside the letters, using the die cut "happy" as a guide. I adhered the front panel to the card base and voilĂ , the card is complete.

Onto card #2


For this card, I started with a natural A2 card base. I adhered some of STAMPlorations CRAFTplorations Bits of Washi #2 clear stickers, arranged somewhat vertically in the bottom right quadrant of the card panel. For the sentiment, I had a scrap of cardstock where I had used a gelli plate and tumbled glass and salty ocean distress inks. I die cut the scrap using STAMPlorations CUTplorations Kudos word die. I also cut 3 more "kudos" with black cardstock which I used to stack to give the sentiment some dimension. I used a fine black marker to hand-draw the frame.

Finally, card #3


I've been experimenting with my gelli plate. For this background, I used twisted citron, peacock feathers, ripe persimmon, picked raspberry distress inks as well as STAMPlorations ARTplorations Art Flowers 2 stencil. When I was happy with the background, I used STAMPlorations ARTplorations Circles Flexi Template to create a mask and inked up the center of the circle with peacock feathers distress ink. When dry, I adhered the sentiment sticker from STAMPlorations CRAFTplorations Inspirational #4 clear sticker set. I trimmed the panel slightly so I could mat with a teal cardstock. 


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Saturday, 1 May 2021

Rainbow Card Challenge ~ May 2021

Welcome to May! I'm looking forward to this month as I'll be getting my first COVID 19 vaccine in about a week. I'm so appreciative of all those who have been working so hard to keep us safe and for those who worked so diligently to get us vaccines against this horrible virus. 

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


Here's my card


I started with My Favorite Things Trendy Triangles stamp set and Hero Arts Cornflower ink. I stamped many triangles on white cardstock and then used My Favorite Things Die-namics Triangles to die cut the triangles. I arranged the on a periwinkle A2 card panel and adhered them when I found a design I liked. I added a sentiment using Simon Says STAMP Lots of Thanks stamp set with Hero Arts Cornflower ink.

We'd love to see your periwinkle cards.

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sue

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STAMPlorations CAS ~ May Challenge

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It's May! Crazy, right? I'm hoping that this month, I'll be able to get my first vaccine shot. With the original plan, it was supposed to be June. I'll take it, one month earlier. I have an appointment. However, knowing all the challenges with vaccine availability, I kind of won't believe it until it's in my arm. I know so many people are working so hard to keep us safe. Sure hope, COVID will be in our rear-view mirror soon.

It's time for a new challenge at STAMPlorations CAS


Full disclosure, I tried a few times to create something with the optional color twist of copper and yellow. My ideas didn't turn out the way I had envisioned and actually, they ended up in the recycle bin. So, onto plan B. Here's my card.


I stuck with the yellow and just couldn't figure out how to add the copper. That's OK though. It's an optional color twist. I stamped the row of roses with STAMPlorations Row of Roses with Versafine onyx black ink on 96 lb bristol. I added color with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers in Yellow and Pale Green. I moved a bit of the color with a water brush. I trimmed the 96 lb bristol to 2" x 5.5" and matted it with black cardstock. The sentiment is from STAMPlorations Gratitude Trees stamp set, stamped onto a yellow A2 card with Versafine onyx black ink. I adhered the row of roses onto the yellow A2 card to complete my clean and simple card.

We'd love for you to join us this month. If you'd like to check out all of the gorgeous STAMPlorations products, you can do that here. Also, please use my 20% off your purchase code STAMPGIRLSUE


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sue

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Friday, 30 April 2021

Happy Little Stampers ~ Watercolour Challenge May 2021

Hi Friends! It's time for a new challenge at Happy Little Stampers ~ Watercolour Challenge where our challenge is always


I like that you don't have to be a watercolour artist to join in our monthly challenges. Essentially, if you use water, in some way, you can join us. Here's my card


For my card, I started with Your Next Stamp's Celebrating You stamp set. The row of gifts, I stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder on an A2 sized piece of 96 lb bristol. I added color with distress inks (festive berries, spiced marmalade, mustard seed, mowed lawn, peacock feathers) with a water brush and some water. I was sure to blend the colours when they overlapped. I also spritzed them with water for a bit of a polka dot effect and picked up any extra water with a paper towel. I used the matching die, Your Next Stamp's Celebrating You die to die cut the row of gifts. I added a bit of salty ocean distress ink to provide a background for the row of gifts. The sentiment is from the same stamp set and stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink. 

We'd love for you to join us and show us your watercolour projects.

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sue

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Die Cut Divas ~ April Challenge Last Day

It's the last day of our challenge at Die Cut Divas. This month our challenge is

WINDOW or APERTURE CARD

We are sponsored this month by Poppystamps who will be giving our winner a $20 gift certificate.

Here's my card


I started with Poppystamps Holly Frame and Stencil. This was the first time I used a stencil/die combination. I decided to use the stencil and add color on the holly leaves with Lucky Clover distress ink. I then die cut the panel with the matching die. I added red adhesive mini pearls to mimic holly berries. To frame the window, I used the die with gold cardstock. I carefully trimmed away the vines and leaves, leaving just the gold ring. I adhered the die cut to an A2 white card base after die cutting the central circle with a Sizzix circle die. I stamped the sentiment on the inside of the card using Catherine Pooler Designs Merry and Bright stamp set with Versamark and heat set the gold embossing powder.  

Here's a photo of the card partially opened.


To be honest, I think that this is the first aperture/window card I've made. I think it turned out OK. You have a few hours left to show us your aperture/window card.

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sue


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Tuesday, 27 April 2021

Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge #404

I love this time of year - more daylight and pretty, colorful flowers around. What I don't appreciate, is my allergies like to make their annual appearance. So happy to have antihistamines to make things tolerable. 

It's time for a new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More! Our challenge for the next two weeks is


Here's my card


I'm finding that I'm needing more birthday cards these days. I have to say I prefer that, to needing sympathy cards! For my one layer card, I started with Simon Says STAMP's Artsy Flowers Parts stamp set and Versafine Onyx Black ink on a white A2 panel of 96 lb bristol. I added color with my Gansi Tambi Watercolor Paints, a brush and some water. I was looking for a "messy" watercolor look, because that's easier than trying to stay in the lines! LOL! For the sentiment, I used Simon Says STAMP's Big Scripty Greetings. 

We'd love to see your creations.

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sue

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Try Stampin' On Tuesday ~ Challenge #504

Wow, it's almost the end of April. Where is the time going? It seems to be flying by. It's time for a new challenge at Try Stampin' On Tuesday. Here's our sketch for the next two weeks

The optional theme is NATURE

Here's my card


For my card, I started with a panel that I had created some time ago and then changed my mind on a card I was making. I stamped with Paper Smooches Reflections stamp set and Hero Arts inks (Green Hills, Grape Juice) onto some tone on tone plaid patterned paper. I like the effect of stamping onto patterned paper as I believe it adds a bit of interest to the card. I trimmed the panel down and added the purple and green cardstock to match the sketch. To cut the circle (or part of a circle), I used a Sizzix circle die. For the sentiment, I used Ink Blot Shop's Botanical Borders stamp set with Hero Arts Green Hills ink. Everything is adhered to a beige cardstock.

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

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sue

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Sunday, 25 April 2021

Cupcake Inspirations ~ Reminder Challenge #517

There is still some time left in our challenge at Cupcake Inspirations. Our challenge is


I'm a little obsessed with multicolored cloud backgrounds using a stencil. For this card, I started with a white A2 panel. I added "clouds" using Simon Says STAMP's Clouds for Days stencil and distress inks (squeezed lemonade, spun sugar, tumbled glass, shaded lilac) applied with an ink blending tool. I then stamped the cute panda with his/her balloon using Stampin' Up's Party Pandas with Versafine Onyx Black ink on a scrap of white cardstock. I also stamped the sentiment on the balloon using the same stamp set. I fussy cut the panda and the balloon. I also stamped the panda and balloon on my card panel - because there is no way I'd be able to fussy cut the balloon string. I then adhered the panda and balloon. Do you think the panda is floating away?

We'd love for you to join us with your pastel creation.

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sue

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Saturday, 24 April 2021

Addicted to CAS ~ Challenge #196

It's time for a new challenge at Addicted to CAS. For the next two weeks, our challenge is


Isn't this a great code word? I've been a bit obsessed with multi-color clouds in the sky cards. So, here's another


Seeing these multi-colored clouds just makes me so happy! You'll probably see more like this from me in the future. I started with a white A2 card panel. I used Simon Says STAMP's Clouds for Days stencil and distress inks (spun sugar, wilted violet, salty ocean, cracked pistachio, fossilized amber) applied with an ink blending tool. I added one color at a time and used different parts of the stencil to keep the clouds "different". I then stamped the balloons using STAMPlorations Tweet Love stamp set with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and added color with Copic markers - BG13, R05, V15, Y38. I fussy cut the hearts out. I stamped the same image onto the card panel, for the balloon strings. I adhered the fussy cut hearts in place. For the sentiment, I used a sentiment sticker from STAMPlorations CRAFTplorations New Day clear sticker pack. I adhered the card panel to a white A2 card base to complete the card. 

We'd love to see your sky-inspired card.

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sue

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Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #417

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


Here's my take on the sketch


For my card, I started with Doodlebug Designs Hello Sunshine 6x6 paper pack. Aren't the colors fabulous? I chose the multi-scalloped patterned paper, a scrap of criss-crossed lines patterned paper and some colored cardstock that coordinated. I cut the papers in line with the sketch and adhered them to a white A2 card base. For the sentiment, I used STAMPlorations Happy Happy clear sticker pack. Once I chose the papers, this card came together pretty easily.

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

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sue

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Sunday, 18 April 2021

Cupcake Inspirations ~ Challenge #517

Hello Friends! It's time for a new challenge at Cupcake Inspirations. The challenge for the next two weeks is

Here's my "pastel" card


Sorry, my card didn't photograph very well and my "pastel" colors were quite light on my card. If you look closely, you can see some hints of pastel colors. It was the look I was trying to achieve. I started with an A2 watercolor paper panel and Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers (tea rose, green shadow, lilac, light blue). I scribbled a little with each marker and lightened and move the color with a water brush. I continued adding color until I was pleased with the result. For the sentiment, I die cut several using Simon Says STAMP's Painted Thanks wafer die and stacked them for a bit of dimension. I added a few sequins for a bit of shine and sparkle.

We'd love to see your "pastel"-inspired cards.

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sue

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Thursday, 15 April 2021

STAMPlorations CAS ~ April Reminder Post

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Well, it's the 15th of April and time for us to remind you of our current challenge at STAMPlorations CAS

I didn't use the optional color twist for my card - obviously!

Here's my one layer card. I stamped the floral image using STAMPlorations Blossom Sprays #3 onto a white A2 card using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I then masked off a 1.75" x 4.25" area with Post-it tape and added distress inks (mustard seed, festive berries, ripe persimmon) using an ink blending tool. I carefully removed the Post-it tape. For the sentiment, I used STAMPlorations Gratitude Trees.

There are still a couple of weeks left in our current CAS challenge. We'd love for you to join us. If you'd like to check out all of the gorgeous STAMPlorations products, you can do that here. Also, please use my 20% off your purchase code STAMPGIRLSUE


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sue

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Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Perfectly CAS ~ April Challenge

WOW! It's already mid-month? Time sure is flying by. It's time for a new challenge at Perfectly CAS. This month, the challenge is


Here's my card


For my card, I actually started with the sentiment which I received in a grab bag of stamps from Unity Stamps. I did a little research and find that it comes from the Own Wings stamp set. I love the essence of the sentiment. It's a good reminder for us to trust and believe in ourselves. I looked around my stamp sets for a tree and a bird. I ended up using The Alley Way Stamps Trees Company stamp set. I stamped the tree with Hero Art's Cup O' Joe ink. For the bird, I stamped it with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and added color with Copic markers BG05, W3 and Y17. That's it for my one layer card.

We'd love for you to join us. Please remember that the main characteristic of your card is that less that one-third of your card be covered. In other words, two-thirds of your card should be white space. 

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sue

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Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge #403

It time! There is a new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More!


I don't know about you but I always need more "Birthday Cards". This is a great way to add to your birthday card stash. Here's my card


I started by embossing some black cardstock with Stampin' Up/Sizzix' Stripes embossing folder. I cut it to 2.5" x 5.5" and adhered it to a white A2 card base. This card reminded me of a school uniform of a white blouse and black pleated skirt. So I wanted to add a colorful "belt" which I created with flowers using Paper Smooches' Flowers 2 dies and scraps of colored cardstock. I adhered the flowers and added a small rhinestone to the center of each flower for a bit of sparkle. For the sentiment, I used Stampin' Up's Made for You stamp set and Stampin' Up's oval punch and scalloped oval punch. I put the pieces of the sentiment element together and adhered it to the embossed black cardstock. Ta da - done!

We'd love to see your birthday cards.

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sue

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Try Stampin' On Tuesday ~ Challenge #502

Hello Friends! It's time for a new challenge at Try Stampin' On Tuesday. For the next two weeks, our challenge will be


I couldn't figure out how to incorporate more than one fold on my card. So, I just followed the sketch. Here's my card


I started this card with the cool patterned paper. I found some plain teal cardstock that went with the patterned paper. I cut a 2.5" strip and used Simon Says STAMP's Scallop Stitches to add the scalloped border. Also, I found some scraps of patterned paper that I felt had some of the colors of the patterned paper. I used that to die cut the flowers, using My Favorite Things Flower and Leaf Trio Die-namics. On a strip of light pink cardstock, I stamped the sentiment using Your Next Stamps' Cool Tag Banner Sentiments and trimmed it to a fishtail banner. I didn't have any bakers' twine that "worked" with the colors of this card, so I remember my stash of embroidery floss. I found one that "worked" and used it for the criss-cross detail. 

We'd love to see what you create.

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sue

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Sunday, 11 April 2021

Cupcake Inspirations ~ Challenge #516 Week 2

Hi Friends! It's time for a new challenge at Cupcake Inspirations. For this challenge, we are sponsored by Bugaboo Digi Stamps. They are offering to a randomly selected winner, a $12 gift code to their store.


We are also teaming up with Double Trouble Challenges. Their challenges are

Our theme for this month is


Here's my card




I started with Bugaboo Digi's Summer Collage digi stamp. I sized it, printed it on white cardstock. The digi stamp is actually 3 squares by 3 squares. I chose three squares where the image stayed pretty much within the square. For me, a fruity beverage with a paper umbrella, flip flops and watermelon are definitely signs of summer. I added color with Copic markers (B12, BG10, BG23, E29, E50, E71, G07, R46, YG91). I adhered the three squares to a 1 7/8" x 5.5" strip of kraft cardstock. I adhered this strip to the left side of an A2 white card base. The sentiment uses Lawn Fawn's Life is Good stamp set and is stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink. 

We'd love to see how you're inspired by our "dreaming of summer" theme. 

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sue

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Saturday, 10 April 2021

Addicted to CAS ~ Challenge #195

It's time for a new challenge at Addicted to CAS. For the next two weeks, our challenge will be


What a great code word for the Spring season - right? Here's my card


I love making clean and simple cards. For this card, I started with Paper Smooches' Dainty Flowers die and some white cardstock. I added color to the "insides" with Copic markers (V04, Y17, Y38, YG63). I felt that I needed a bit of shading to allow the flower outline to show, against the white card panel. Of course, I could have used a colored background panel but really wanted to use the white. So, I used tumbled glass distress ink with an ink blending tool, to create a little "cloud" behind the flower. I then adhered the die cut flower and all the "inside" bits. For the sentiment, I used Clearly Besotted's Many Mini Messages stamped with Hero Arts Field Greens ink. That completes my card for this challenge.

We'd love for you to join us. Don't forget to keep it clean and simple!

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sue

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Friday, 9 April 2021

Die Cut Divas ~ April Challenge

We have a new monthly challenge at Die Cut Divas where our challenge is

WINDOW OR APERTURE CARD

Also, we have a sponsor this month, PoppyStamps who will be offering our winner a $20 gift certificate to their online store.


Here's my card


So, I took a little bit of creative license for my card. It "sort of" has a window or aperture but my "window" is closed! I used Poppystamps Simple Lantern Oval die to create my card. I die cut with black cardstock and again with white cardstock. On the white cardstock "center" piece, I added color with squeezed lemonade, mustard seed, blueprint sketch and black soot distress ink and ink daubers (for a bit more control of where the color was being put down). I wanted a bit more of an "eerie" feeling to the card, so I "closed" the window with some vellum. I placed the "center" piece behind the vellum for a frosted, "eerie" feel to my card. I used a darker gray card base. For the sentiment, I used STAMPlorations Shine Bright clear stickers. 

We'd love to see your window/aperture card.

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sue

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