Monday, 26 July 2021

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #431

Hi Crafty Friends! Are you enjoying watching the Olympics? I am. I just wish we didn't have such a large time difference between Japan and the Pacific Northwest. I think that the gold medal pairings for surfing are scheduled for some time after midnight (my time, obviously). 

Anyway, it's Monday and that means that it's time for a new challenge at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge


I think that this is the perfect sketch to use up scraps of patterned paper. Here's my card


I like using 6x6 paper packs because I know that all the papers coordinate. I chose My Minds' Eye Six By Six Happy Day paper pack. I chose 6 different papers and cut 5/8" strips. They varied in length from 3 3/8" to 4 1/8". I arranged them on a light blue A2 card panel. Don't look too carefully because I am now realizing that I didn't weave the vertical strips like the sketch. Oh well, I think it still looks ok! For the sentiment, I used Papertry Ink's Keep It Simple Thank You stamp set.

We'd love to see what you do with this week's sketch.

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sue

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Tuesday, 20 July 2021

Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge #410

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

Here's my card


I must say that I'm loving layered stencils. Using them, makes it appear that I have some skill when in fact, I'm just adding color with stencils. For this card, I've used Pink Fresh Fancy Floral Print Stencils. Pink Fresh makes it so easy - there are marks on the stencils to show where a A2 card panel fits and the stencils are numbered so you know in what order to proceed, which way is up (LOL!) and how to align the stencil on the panel. I added color with Distress inks - abandoned coral, picked raspberry, mustard seed, mowed lawn, wild honey, bundled sage, all applied with an ink blending tool. I didn't want to cover the pretty panel, so I decided to make an eclipse card, using Birch Design Big Thanks Sugar Script die. I also die cut a piece of white fun foam to add dimension to the die cut. 

We'd love for you to join us - you can use a stencil or die or both!

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sue

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Try Stampin' On Tuesday ~ Challenge 516

It's time for a new challenge at Try Stampin' On Tuesday. Here's the sketch for the next two weeks.


Here's my card


When I made this card


I was inspired by Jennifer McGuire when she made these cards


So I gave her "Easy Faux Metallic Texture" technique a try. I started with some dark blue/purple shiny cardstock and Sizzix Tim Holtz Cirque embossing folder. After embossing, I lightly sanded with a sanding block to expose some of the underlying silver color. I had some more of the panel left after making the first card, so I cut a piece 2.25" x 2.5" for this card. I adhered it to a 3" x 4.25" of silver shimmer cardstock. I heat embossed with silver embossing powder the sentiment using Poppy Stamps Peony Stamps and Blossoms set. I then used my Stampin' Up's oval punch to punch out the sentiment. I used a scrap of dark gray cardstock to make a 0.75" x 3 7/8" strip. I found some large purple sparkly brads to add on the ends of the dark gray strip. I decided that the card panel showed best on a black A2 card panel. 

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sue

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Saturday, 17 July 2021

Addicted to CAS ~ Challenge #202

Well, I'm glad that it has cooled down some and that I am back at my crafting table. We have a new challenge for you at Addicted to CAS


Isn't this a great code word? I was inspired. Here's my clean and simple and one-layer card.


I used Catherine Pooler's Geobuilders stamp set with Hero Arts inks - Green Hills, Butter Bar, Soft Cantaloupe inks. I dusted off my Fiskar's Easy Stamping Press. I remember it was one tool I had to have but that was before the MISTI. I thought that it would be easier for me to stamp this card with the stamping press. The disadvantage was that I wouldn't be able to re-stamp using this tool. I was ok with the weathered look that resulted. I added a sentiment with Hero Arts Soft Granite ink and Papertrey Ink's Keep It Simple: Thank You II stamp set. 

We'd love to see how you're inspired by the code word, GEOMETRIC.

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sue

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Wednesday, 14 July 2021

Perfectly CAS ~ Challenge #17 July

Hello Crafty Friends! It's time for a new challenge at Perfectly CAS. This month our challenge is


Here's my card


I was inspired by Jennifer McGuire when she made these cards


So I gave her "Easy Faux Metallic Texture" technique a try. I started with some dark blue/purple shiny cardstock and Sizzix Tim Holtz Cirque embossing folder. After embossing, I lightly sanded with a sanding block to expose some of the underlying silver color. I trimmed the panel to 2.25" x 3". I adhered the embossed panel to a light gray A2 card base. I heat embossed with silver embossing powder the sentiment using Poppy Stamps' Peony Stems and Blossoms to complete the card.

We'd love for your to join us with your "embossed" card. Don't forget to only cover less than one-third of your card as that is the main premise of Perfectly CAS. 

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sue

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Monday, 12 July 2021

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #429

It's Monday and it's time for a new sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. Here is the sketch which we hope will inspire you


I'll be honest with you. I stared at this sketch for some time. I put it down and went and did something else. I came back, hoping I was inspired - nope! I started looking through some stamp sets for some inspiration. I found this super sweet Gina K Designs' You're The Best stamp set and decided to use the cute flower.


I stamped the flower four times using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I added color with Copic markers - BG09, C2, R05, Y38, YG63. I trimmed them down to 1.25" x 1.75" rectangles. I'll be honest, I found the scrap of striped patterned paper before I colored the flowers. So, I used the colors of the stripes to guide my color selection of my Copics. The sentiment uses Mint Owl Studio's Banner Sentiments I and was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Everything was adhered to a light gray A2 card base.

I'm looking forward to seeing how others were inspired by this week's sketch. 

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sue

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Friday, 9 July 2021

Die Cut Divas ~ July Challenge

Phew! So glad that the heat wave has moved on. I can get back to doing the things I love like crafting. We have a new challenge at Die Cut Divas. Our theme this month is 

Tone On Tone

Our sponsor this month is Birch Press Design. They will be giving our winner a $20 gift certificate.


Here's my card


It's a simple card. I found some tone on tone patterned houndstooth paper. I trimmed it to 4 1/8" x 5 3/8" and adhered it to a natural A2 card base. I die cut the sentiment from a scrap of natural cardstock using Birch Press Design's Big Thanks Sugar Script die. The card seemed a bit stark, so I added a paper flower with a gold brad.

We'd love to see your tone on tone creations.

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sue

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Tuesday, 6 July 2021

Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge #409

Yup, so I'm a bit late with my card. I know that Mother's Day was almost two months ago. Just thought I'd share though. We have a new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More


Here's my clean and simple, one layer card


I stamped these pretty spring flowers using Clearly Besotted's Scene It Flowers with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I added color with Copic markers. I really like the daffodils that have a bit of orange on them. I'm not sure if there is a similar daffodil in real life but in my mind there is - LOL! The sentiment uses Clearly Besotted's Happy Days stamp set and Hero Arts Charcoal ink. 

We'd love to see your "occasion" creation. 

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sue

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Happy Little Stampers ~ July Stencil Challenge

 Happy July! It's time for a new challenge at Happy Little Stampers ~ Stencil Challenge.


Here's my card


I started this card with one of Simon Says STAMP's Simple Patterns Trio stencils - the horizontal stripes. I added color with distress inks (worn lipstick, stormy sky, scattered straw) applied with an ink blending tool. I thought about stamping some kind of silhouette but decided on using Paper Smooches' dainty flowers die and black cardstock. I think it's quite striking against the pretty background. I added the sentiment from Poppy Stamps Peony Stems and Blossoms using Memento Tuxedo Black ink to complete the card.

I really like the simplicity of this stencil. I can see myself using it again and again and again.

We'd love to see your stencil creations.

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sue

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Try Stampin' On Tuesday ~ Challenge #514

 It's Tuesday and that means we have a new challenge for you at Try Stampin' On Tuesday. Here's our sketch that hopefully will inspire you



Here's my card


I just donated 75 "thank you" cards to my favorite non-profit. They have received good feedback from their donors when they receive one of my handmade "thank you" cards. I figure it makes space for my next card creations - right? I think it's a win-win situation. So, I thought I'd start to replenish my "thank you" card stash. For this card, I decided to use kraft cardstock. I haven't played with it recently and it was time. I started by embossing a A2 card panel with Provocraft Cuttlebug Chicken Wire embossing folder. I found a scrap of polka dot cardstock that I cut into a 0.75" x 4.25" strip. For the scallop border, I used a Simon Says STAMP's Scallop Stitches die. For the sentiment, I stamped onto a scrap of natural cardstock the sentiment using Ink Blot Shop's Botanical Borders stamp set and Hero Arts Tide Pool ink. I then used Stampin' Up's oval punch to punch out the sentiment. I also used Stampin' Up's scalloped oval punch to punch out a mat using a darker kraft cardstock. I used some hemp twine to add a bit of texture to the card.

I hope you're inspired by this week's sketch. We'd love for you to join us.

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sue

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Sunday, 4 July 2021

Happy Little Stampers ~ July Christmas Challenge

After several days of scorching hot temperatures and humidity, with no air conditioning (I live in the Pacific Northwest and AC is pretty rare), it's feeling a bit more normal. It definitely doesn't feel like the beginning of July at all.

Anyway, it's time for a new challenge at Happy Little Stampers ~ Christmas Challenge


Here's my card


I went with something totally different for Christmas - no traditional Christmas color and no traditional "icons" - you know, Christmas trees, wreaths, Santa, holly. For this card, I used The Ton's Holiday Flourish stamp set with Hero Art inks - Ultra Pink, Lime Green, Summer Sky, Charcoal and Soft Granite. I added some sequins for a bit of shine and sparkle. Maybe, if it didn't say "Merry Christmas", people wouldn't recognize it as a Christmas card. What do you think?

We'd love to see your Christmas card.

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sue

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Saturday, 3 July 2021

Addicted to CAS ~ Challenge #201

We've been going through a bit of a heat wave here in the Pacific Northwest. People will laugh at us - we've had temperatures around 100 degrees fahrenheit. However, these temperatures are not common and most of us don't have air conditioners. In fact, there have been at least 65 sudden death calls, related to the extreme heat, in my city alone over the last few days. It's even too hot to craft (oh my)!

However, I did manage to make a card for the current challenge at Addicted to CAS


At least, thinking about winter and snow, helped to cool me down. Here's my card


I had my watercolors out and picked up my Simon Says STAMP's Chunky Christmas stamp set. I started out with an A2 panel of 96 lb bristol. I heat embossed the "MERRY" with gold embossing powder and added some distress ink (salty ocean, peacock feathers, twisted citron) with some water and a paint brush. I was trying for a bit of an ombre look. To complete the card, I heat embossed the word "Christmas" from the same stamp set onto a scrap of teal cardstock, again with gold embossing powder. That's my one layer, clean and simple Christmas card.

We'd love to have you join us.

Thanks for stopping by

sue


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Thursday, 1 July 2021

Rainbow Card Challenge ~ July Challenge

UGH - I feel like I've lost several days due to a crazy heat wave here in the Pacific Northwest. Most of us don't have AC in our homes and some don't have AC in their cars either. My apartment was around 90 degrees F. It was impossible for me to craft; heck I could barely think. I'm grateful that it now seems that we're getting more comfortable temperatures and there is a nice cool breeze today. So, it's time to catch up.

We have a new challenge at Rainbow Card Challenge


Here's my card


My card highlights mostly patterned papers using Stampin' Up's Designer Series Paper Patterns Pack - In Color 2010-12. Yup, I collect patterned paper. I used Simon Says STAMP's Hexagon Tiles die to die cut the hexagons from a variety of patterned papers. I arranged them on a light gray A2 card panel and adhered them in a bit of an organic pattern, leaving a void for the sentiment. I die cut the sentiment using Simon Says STAMP's Just Words No. 1 from some "cherry" cardstock.

We'd love to see what you create

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sue

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Wednesday, 30 June 2021

Happy Little Stamper ~ Watercolour Challenge

July! What? Already? It's hard to believe but it's time for the July Challenge at Happy Little Stampers ~ Watercolour Challenge 


Here's my card


I was looking around my craft space for some inspiration for this month's card when I noticed my much neglected Ken OIiver Color Bursts. I pulled out some glossy cardstock along with Lemon Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, Pthalo Green, Ultramarine Blue and Violet Color Bursts. I lightly tapped some of the color bursts onto the cardstock, in rainbow order. I then carefully spritzed water on them and I watched the colors "burst". The effect is so magical. I left the panel to dry. Onto my next dilemma, what to do next! I decided to make an eclipse card. I used My Favorite Things Thank You die set to die cut the letters. To pop them up, I also die cut a piece of white fun foam. I adhered the die cut cardstock letters to the die cut fun foam letters and then in the negative space with some liquid glue. Here's a close up.


I searched through my stamps to find the word "you" to add to the card. I selected Papertrey Ink's Phrase Play #5, which I white heat embossed onto black cardstock which I trimmed down. I adhered the panel to a white A2 card to complete the card. 

We'd love for you to join us this month showing off your watercolour creation.

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sue

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Die Cut Divas ~ Last Hours of our Bugaboo Challenge

How is it possible that it's the end of June? Seriously, half of 2021 has come and gone. There is still some time for you to join our challenge at Die Cut Divas. The theme for the challenge is BIRTHDAYS. Don't know about you, I can always use more birthday cards. Also, this month, we are sponsored by Bugaboo Digital Stamps. They will be giving our winner a $12 gift code to shop in their online store.

Here's my card


I used Bugaboo's Birthday Bear image. I printed it out with my inkjet printer and added color with Copic markers - E02, E43, E47, RV04, V04. I die cut the image with a My Favorite Things Stitched Circle STAX die. I found some super fun polka dot paper for the background. For the sentiment, I used Paper Smooches' Sentiment Sampler stamp set and Hero Arts Ultra Pink ink.

There are still a few hours for you to join our Birthday challenge.

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sue

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Monday, 28 June 2021

STAMPlorations ~ 8th Birthday Celebration

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Who doesn't love a birthday celebration? Certainly not this girl! So proud and happy to be part of day one of STAMPlorations 8th Birthday Celebration. My projects make use of STAMPlorations  Birthday Bundle 1.


I have two cards for you today. Here is card 1


For this card, I started with my Gelli press and wilted violet, peacock feathers and salty ocean distress oxides. I smooshed the distress oxides randomly on the Gelli press and smoothed it out using a brayer. I made several prints. The one I used for this card was a second generation print - meaning I took one print where the colors were quite vibrant and without adding more ink, I took a second print were the colors are more muted. I was trying to decide how I was going to use the STAMPlorations Blossom Sprays #4 stamp. Stamping it with black ink didn't seem right, this time. So, after I inked up the Gelli press with the same oxides, I used it as a ink pad and then stamped onto the second generation print. To complete the card, I used STAMPlorations Art Border Die #1 with some dark teal cardstock. I felt it was missing something when placed beside the inked panel, so I added a strip of silver shimmer cardstock, behind the die cut. Ah yes, this was better. I adhered everything to a white A2 card base to complete the card.

Card 2


This card was also made while my Gelli plate was out. For the background, I started with peacock feathers, seedless preserves and faded jeans distress oxides smooshed randomly and smoothed out with a brayer. I inked up a white A2 card panel with the ink. I then placed STAMPlorations ARTplorations Design Blox #5 stencil onto the gelli plate and added more distress oxide ink - this time the same colors as the previous card - salty ocean, wilted violet, peacock feathers. I used the same card panel and printed the next layer of ink on top. I really liked the panel and was a bit reluctant to cover it up. I didn't want whatever I did to out-compete the background. So, I decided to stamp the STAMPlorations Blossom Spray #4 with Versafine Onyx Black ink on white cardstock. I fussy cut the image and adhered it to the background. For the sentiment, I stamped it using STAMPlorations Radiate Happy stamp set and Versafine Onyx Black ink to complete the card. 

There couldn't be a birthday celebration without gifts. STAMPlorations has a variety of gifts up for grabs. Full details on the STAMPlorations blog.

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


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sue 

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Wednesday, 23 June 2021

STAMPlorations ~ Rainbows Ephemera Tiles

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! There are some new paper products in the STAMPlorations Online Store - they're called "ephemera". The Rainbows Ephemera Tiles are super fun "squares" of colored rainbows on 130 lb cardstock. I experimented with them and this is what I came up with.


Going to be honest - I wasn't sure what to do with them. I cut them out and played with them a bit and decided a color blocked card would work. So I picked three of the rainbows and added some yellow cardstock as "blocks". I used a clear sticker from STAMPlorations New Day clear sticker pack to complete card #1.


For this card, I decided to play on the "rainbow" theme and used STAMPlorations ARTplorations Dots All Over stencil with distress inks (tumbled glass, cracked pistachio, squeezed lemonade, dried marigold, worn lipstick, shaded lilac) added in rainbow order, of course, with an ink blending tool. For the sentiment, I chose another clear sticker from the STAMPlorations New Day clear sticker pack.


Continuing on the "weather-theme", I masked with STAMPlorations ARTplorations Squares Flexi-Template and applied distress ink (squeezed lemonade, dried marigold, worn lipstick, shaded lilac, tumbled glass, cracked pistachio) with STAMPlorations ARTplorations Clouds stencil. I used one of the ephemera squares, matted with black and placed it in the middle of the clouds. The sentiment is a clear sticker from STAMPlorations New Day clear sticker pack.

It was fun not stamping on any of the cards. The ephemera tiles, some stencils, some scraps of cardstock, some distress inks and some clear stickers and look what you could create. Really, the sky's the limit (yep - still on the weather theme!)

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sue

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Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge #408

Happy 9th Birthday to Addicted to Stamps and More! We're starting a new challenge today. Is it any surprise that our challenge for the next two weeks will be


Here's my card


For my card, I started with a strip of Doodlebug patterned paper. I love all the bright colors. To complement the patterned paper, I used Stampin' Up's Amazing Birthday stamp set with Hero Arts inks - Neon Pink, Neon Green, Butter Bar, Neon Blue, Orange Soda. For the multi-color panel, I masked off sections as I added each ink color, one at a time. Of course, I used my MISTI to keep everything in line. For the cake, I punched it out using a 1 1/4" circle punch. For something a bit different for me, I used a kraft card base. 

We'd love for you to join our birthday celebration!

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sue

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Try Stampin' On Tuesday ~ Challenge #512

OK, that was exciting! I came to write my blog post for the next challenge at Try Stampin' On Tuesday and I used the wrong sketch. YIKES! Once I settled down, I was able to create a new card using the correct sketch.

Here's my card

I searched through some of my stamps for something square. I used this stamp from STAMPlorations' Hope Blooms stamp set. I stamped it with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and added color with Copic markers - BV23, C2, C5, R22, R32, V04, V15. I trimmed the image, keeping the black frame. I found some lilac cardstock and used two dies from My Favorite Things' Stitched Square STAX to create the square frame, that I adhered on point. For the sentiment, I used Poppy Stamps Peony Stems and Blossoms stamp set with Versafine Onyx Black ink. Phew, I did it!

We'd love to see how you're inspired by our sketch. We've joined up with Double Trouble for this challenge.

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sue

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Saturday, 19 June 2021

Addicted to CAS ~ Challenge #200

It's time for a new challenge at Addicted to CAS. I'm proud to be the host for this challenge. 


I picked the code word "sun" quite awhile back and I can't recall what I had in mind. I thought about sun rays or sun stencils. However, I thought I'd do something a bit different, how about a setting sun? Here's my card


For this one layer card, I created a circle mask using Sizzix circle dies and a post-it note. I added colors using distress inks - wild honey, ripe persimmon, fired brick, dusty concord, applied with an ink blending tool. I added the silhouettes using Technique Tuesday's Wildflowers stamp set and Versafine Onyx Black ink. I removed the mask and added the sentiment, using Poppy Stamps' Peony Stems and Blossoms stamp set and Versafine Onyx Black ink. 

We'd love to see how "sun" inspires you!

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sue

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Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #425

WOW! Am I ever feeling like a slug or at least, I'm moving like one (minus the gooey trail). It's already Tuesday and I missed posting my card for the new challenge at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge


Here's my card


I started with some striped patterned paper. I had my Lawn Fawn Life is Good stamp set out so I proceeded to stamp the shovel and pail and the tiny shell with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I colored the images with Copic markers E21, E33, E43, R29, W2, Y17, trying to match the colors of the patterned paper. I die cut the images out with the matching Life is Good dies. I die cut the light teal circle using Sizzix circle dies. I die cut the "sand" using dark craft paper, Creative Memories 12" decorative trimmer and the same Sizzix circle die. I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set using Hero Arts Strawberry ink.

Maybe I need some down time at the beach ...

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sue

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STAMPlorations CAS ~ Mid-way through June

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Hi Friends. I'm here to remind you of our June challenge at STAMPlorations CAS


Here's my card


Earlier this month, I added light blue to cream cardstock to use the optional theme of light blue and cream. Now, I'm adding cream to light blue cardstock. On a light blue A2 card panel, I used STAMPlorations ARTplorations Bloomdalascopic #3 stencil and Color Box Frost White Pigment stamp pad, applied with an ink dauber. For the sentiment, I used a stamp from STAMPlorations Gratitude Trees stamp set. I used Versamark ink with white embossing powder on a scrap of black cardstock. The sentiment was heat set and trimmed to a small rectangle. 


We'd love for you to join us this month. You still have time.

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sue

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