Tuesday, 2 March 2021

Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge #400

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


For my card, I chose to only use a stencil. So, that option is open to you too - die cuts &/or stencils.

For this card, I started with a white A2 panel and STAMPlorations ARTplorations Bamboo slimline stencil. I added color with ink daubers and distress inks (crushed olive and forest moss). I trimmed the panel slightly to add an A2 olive panel. For the sentiment, I used a scrap of the same olive color and stamped the sentiment from Lawn Fawn's Let's Roll stamp set. In case you don't know, "arigato" means thank you in Japanese. 

We'd love to have you join us for our die cuts &/or stencil challenge.

Thanks for stopping by

sue


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Try Stampin' On Tuesday ~ Challenge #496

Hi Friends

It's time for a new challenge at Try Stampin' On Tuesday. Here's our sketch

Optional: Bold & Bright

Here's my card


For my card, I found some pretty patterned papers that coordinated, from my stash for the background. For the circle element, I die cut a red heart using a Memory Box Cherub Hearts die, the white circle using a Sizzix circle die and the scalloped circle using a Spellbinders Scalloped circle die. I added Wink of Stella to the heart to add a bit of sparkle. The sentiment is from WPlus9's Fresh Cut Florals stamp set and stamped onto a strip of light blue. 

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

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sue

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Monday, 1 March 2021

Rainbow Card Challenge ~ March Challenge

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


Here's my card


For my card, I started with an A2 sized panel of 96 lb bristol. I inked up a square acrylic block with mowed lawn distress ink. I spritzed with water and "stamped" the acrylic block onto the 96 lb bristol. I had to repeat the process a few times, to get good ink coverage. When the ink dried, I stamped the floral image from Penny Black's Floral Fusion stamp set with Hero Arts Moss ink. For the sentiment, I used Clearly Besotted's Flowers & Flourishes and the same Hero Arts Moss ink. 

When I look at the inspiration photo and my "interpretation" of jade, perhaps, I was a bit off. Nonetheless, it's a monochromatic green card!

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sue

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STAMPlorations ~ March CAS Challenge

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Ahhh ... enjoyed our little break and it's back to our regular scheduled monthly challenge at STAMPlorations CAS. Here's our next challenge


Well, it's obvious, I didn't use the optional color twist for my card. Here's my card.


I'm very anxious for Spring and all the beautiful colors of the Spring flowers. So, I pulled out STAMPlorations ARTplorations Sanna Lippert Designs Flowers 1 stencil and distress inks - ripe persimmon and peeled paint. I added color to the stencil with ink daubers and some scrap paper to keep the color where I wanted it. For the sentiment, I used STAMPlorations Grateful Flutters stamp set and Hero Arts Field Green ink. 

A nice one layer card that brings a bit of Spring color to your day!

We'd love for you to join our challenge. 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. 



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sue

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Sunday, 28 February 2021

Cupcake Inspirations ~ Challenge #513 Week 2

There is one week left for the current challenge at Cupcake Inspirations

For this challenge, we are sponsored by Joy Clair Designs. They will be giving the winner, three digital designs of the winner's choice. 

   


Here's my card


I started with this cute bunny sitting in a flower pot using Joy Clair Designs Bunny Greetings digital set. I sized the image and printed it onto some cardstock using my inkjet printer. I added color with Copic markers - C2, C5, E41, E43, R22. I may have stretched the red color a bit, to pink-red. I fussy cut the image and adhered it to a beige panel, 3.75" x 5". I printed out the sentiment from the same digital set and trimmed it to fit under the flower pot. I found some patterned paper roughly repeating the same beige color to complete the card.

We'd love to have you join us in our color challenge.

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sue

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Happy Little Stampers ~ March Watercolour Challenge

Phew! We've made it to March. Spring must be right around the corner, right? I sure hope so. I can't wait to see the pretty Spring flowers make their appearance. It's time for a new challenge at Happy Little Stampers ~ Watercolour Challenge


Here's my card


I started by heat embossing with white embossing powder, the sentiment using Mama Elephant's Merci stamp set onto an A2 panel of 96 lb bristol. As a little aside, if anyone has any idea where I put that stamp set after I used it to make this card, I'd appreciate it if they could share. LOL! 

I then added colour with distress inks (mustard seed, picked raspberry, peacock feathers, seedless preserves). I smooshed some distress ink onto a plastic sheet and picked up the ink with a slightly wet paint brush. I added more water with the paint brush to make the ink "move" and blend. When the inks dried, I spritzed some water by wetting my fingers and flicking the water onto the panel. The panel ended up a bit "bubbly". So, to flatten it, I placed it under a heavy stack of paper overnight. To complete the card, I added a few sequins for a bit of shine.

We'd love to see your watercolour projects.

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sue

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Die Cut Divas ~ Last Day of February Challenge

It's the last day of the February challenge at Die Cut Divas. Our challenge this month is "fun folds". You have until 9pm (Pacific) to join. We have been sponsored by Hero Arts who will be providing our winner with a $25 gift certificate.


Here's my card


I started this card by creating the background with STAMPlorations ARTplorations Placid stencil, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and Mermaid Lagoon distress inks applied with an ink blending too and a white A2 card panel. I trimmed the A2 panel slightly and cut into two halves with a vertical cut (and the paper in the landscape position). I adhered each half to a light teal z-fold card base. To create a z-fold card base, start with a piece of cardstock cut 4.25" x 11" and score at 2.75" and 5.5". For the main panel, I stamped the turtle using Hero Arts Color Layering Sea Turtle with Hero Arts Lime Green and Field Greens and Simon Says STAMP Fern inks. I fussy cut the turtle out. I used a My Favorite Things Stitched Square STAX die and some turquoise cardstock for the background of the turtle. 

When the card is opened, the MAHALO (thank you in Hawaiian) is revealed. I stamped the sentiment with Hero Arts Summer Sky ink and used a Stampin' Up Oval Punch.


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sue

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Saturday, 27 February 2021

Addicted to CAS ~ Challenge #192

It's time for a new challenge at Addicted to CAS


Here's my card


For the code word "animal", I chose this cute turtle. I started by masking off a 1.5" x 4.25" strip on a light teal A2 card panel. I used STAMPlorations ARTplorations Placid stencil and Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean distress ink, applied with an ink blending tool. I stamped this cute little turtle, using The Alley Way Stamps Sea Mates stamp set and Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I added color with Copic markers - G82, G85, YG63, YG91 and fussy cut the turtle out. I added glossy accents to the turtle's eyes for a bit of shine. I didn't want to cover up too much of the stenciled waves, so I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set using Versamark ink on vellum. I used silver embossing powder and heat set the sentiment. 

How will you use this month's code word, animal, onto your card? We'd love to see it.

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sue

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Monday, 22 February 2021

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #409

I was craving signs of Spring when I created my next card. I had had enough of winter! I was able to use bright and cheery colors for the sketch challenge at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge


Here's my card


I rotated the diamond shapes to squares so that I could use my Simon Says STAMP Tri Square die. I used some papers from a Doodlebug 6x6 paper pack for the main panel and the horizontal stripe. I find Doodlebug papers to be so cheery. For the flowers, I stamped them using Gina K Design's Hello Sunshine stamp set and Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I added color with Copic markers - BG05, G07, R29, Y06, Y17 and fussy cut the flowers. I planned to have some light blue cardstock behind the square "windows" and adhered the flowers to that paper through the "windows". I then adhered the dotted paper and horizontal strip. For the sentiment, I used Stampin' Up's Made For You stamp set, Stampin' Up's Oval and Scalloped Oval punches.

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

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sue

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Sunday, 21 February 2021

Cupcake Inspirations ~ Challenge #513

Time for a new challenge at Cupcake Inspirations. For the next two weeks, our challenge is

For this color challenge, we are sponsored by Joy Clair Designs who will be giving the winner 3 digital images of their choice.


Here's my card


This card is made with Joy Clair Designs Bunny Greetings digital set. I sized the image and printed it with my inkjet printer. I added color with Copic markers (C5, E43, R29). I trimmed the panel down and matted with black. I found some fun chevron printed paper for the background. 

We'd love to see your red, gray and beige creations.

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sue

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Tuesday, 16 February 2021

Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge #399

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

Here's my card


I started with 5 different silver cardstocks - some with shimmer, some with shine, one with glitter and one embossed. I used Memory Box's Cherub Hearts to die cut the hearts.  I decided on a dark red A2 card panel for the background. For the sentiment, I used CTMH's Say It All stamp set, Versamark, silver embossing powder and my heat tool. I adhered the silver hearts in a somewhat random way to complete the card.

We'd love to see your "ANY OCCASION" card.

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sue

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Try Stampin' On Tuesday ~ Challenge# 494

We're back with a new challenge for you at Try Stampin' On Tuesday

I haven't use the "bleaching technique" on my card for years. Actually, I don't use bleach. However, the last time I tried the "bleaching technique", my neighbour gave me a small container with some bleach. I wasn't sure if bleach loses it's "bleach-iness", is that a word, with time. I gave it a go. Here's my card


The results of my "experiment", are that bleach does not lose it's "bleach-iness" over time. I inked up an A2 sized panel of 96 lb bristol with distress inks (peacock feathers and faded jeans) with an ink blending tool. I used a leaf stamp from Lawn Fawn's Flutter stamp set with Versamark ink and clear embossing powder which was heat set. I found that it was easiest for me to stamp a few leaves and heat emboss them. Otherwise, I thought that I'd end up overlapping the leaves, which is an effect I wasn't after. I used a paint brush and applied the bleach to the areas within the embossed area. I loved the effect. To complete the card, I used a STAMPlorations clear sticker from the Happy Happy pack.

The "bleaching technique" is an easy one (assuming you have bleach) and the results can be quite stunning. Why don't you give it a try?

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sue

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Sunday, 14 February 2021

Cupcake Inspiration ~ Challenge# 512 Week 2

Hi Friends. It's pretty chilly outside so I'm enjoying staying indoors and playing in my craft space. This is a reminder post for challenge #512 at Cupcake Inspirations


This challenge is sponsored by Little Scraps of Heaven Designs who will be awarding our winner four digital files of their choice.

Here's my card


I started this card with Little Scraps of Heaven Designs' Love You Watts digital stamp, which I sized and printed with my inkjet printer onto white cardstock. I added color with Copic markers - 100, C5, E21, E29, E43, Y02. The sentiment is from The Alley Way Stamps' Fa-La-La stamp set. I trimmed the panel to just slightly smaller than an A2 card panel before adhering it to a black A2 card panel.

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sue

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Perfectly CAS ~ February Challenge

Time for a new challenge at Perfectly CAS. This month our challenge is


When thinking about the inspiration word, SPLASH, I thought about waves or spritzing water on distress inks. I ended up with this idea


I stamped the coffee cup using The Alley Way's Breakfast Club stamp set and Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I added color with Copic markers - E41, B02, B24 and fussy cut it out. For the splashes and the coffee ring stains, I used Tim Holtz' Layering Mini Stencil Set 3 and ground espresso distress ink, applied with an ink blending tool onto a kraft A2 card panel. The sentiment is from the same stamp set, stamped with Hero Arts Cup O' Joe ink. I popped the coffee cup up with dimensionals. 

When you think of "splash" what do you think of?

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sue

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Saturday, 13 February 2021

Addicted to CAS ~ Challenge # 191

It's cold outside. I guess it's really winter! It's a great time to stay indoors and play at my craft table. We have a new challenge for you at Addicted to CAS. For the next two weeks, the code word will be 


Here's my card


For my card, I dusted off Simon Says STAMP's Heart Parade die. When I first got this die, I was kind of obsessed and made many cards. However, for the last couple of years, it's been neglected. I started by die cutting the outline from black cardstock. I then die cut the hearts from scraps of patterned paper from my collection of 6x6 paper packs (LOL!). For the sentiment, I used Clearly Besotted's Sentimental Type. Originally, I stamped directly onto the white A2 card base. However, it wasn't straight. UGH! Onto plan B, I stamped the sentiment onto a scrap of pink cardstock and found my Stampin' Up Word Window punch. I adhered it to cover up my mistake. 

We'd love to see how you're inspired by our code word, HEARTS.

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sue

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Tuesday, 9 February 2021

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #407

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


Here's my interpretation of this sketch


I started with STAMPlorations ARTplorations Flair slimline stencil and distress inks (cracked pistachio, evergreen bough, shaded lilac) applied with an ink blending tool. I trimmed the panel to size. I also added scraps for the middle and lower rectangles. For the sentiment, I used Paper Smooches' Salutation stamp set stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink onto a scrap of light gray cardstock, cut into a fishtail banner. I adhered everything to a A2 teal card panel before adhering it to a white A2 card base.

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

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sue

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Die Cut Divas ~ February Challenge

Hi Friends! It's time for a new challenge at Die Cut Divas. This month, our challenge is sponsored by Hero Arts. The winner of our challenge will receive a $25 gift certificate to Hero Arts.


This month's challenge is FUN FOLD


Here's my card


I started with Hero Arts Three Japanese Dolls woodblock stamps. I stamped this Japanese doll with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I used a new ink pad because I was using a woodblock stamp and repeated stamping wouldn't be possible. I did have to touch up a bit with a thin black marker. I added color with Copic markers - E41, E93, BG13, B93. I trimmed the panel and matted with black. For the gatefold card, I started with cardstock that was 5.5" x 8.5 and scored at 2 1/8" from each end. For the background, I used a taupe colored cardstock with Darice's Bamboo embossing folder and cut 2 panels 2" x 5 3/8"; one for each of the flaps. When adhering the main doll panel, I was careful to only add adhesive to one half (so that I wouldn't glue the card shut!). 

Here's a photo of it slightly opened


We'd love to see your fun fold cards. Please join us.

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sue

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Sunday, 7 February 2021

Cupcake Inspirations ~ Challenge #512

 It's time for a new challenge at Cupcake Inspirations. Here's the graphic for our next challenge

This challenge is sponsored by Little Scraps of Heaven Designs who will be awarding our winner four digital files of their choice.

Here's my card


For my card, I started with Tin Man With Heart Chain digital stamp from Little Scraps of Heaven Designs. I sized it and printed it with my inkjet printer. I added color with Copic markers - C2, C5, E41, E43, R29. For the sentiment, I used Stampin' Up's Best of Greetings stamp set with Versafine Onyx Black ink. I trimmed the panel, matted with black. I found some patterned paper to frame my panel. 

We'd love to see how you are inspired by our "For Those You Love" challenge.

Thanks for stopping by
sue

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Saturday, 6 February 2021

Happy Little Stampers ~ Stencil Challenge

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


Here's my card


Since it'll soon be Valentine's Day, I thought I'd make a Valentine's Day card. I started with STAMPlorations ARTplorations Zen Hearts stencil and Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry and Festive Berries distress inks applied with an ink blending tool. For the sentiment, I used Paper Smooches' Word Salad stamp set and white embossing powder on a scrap of black cardstock. 

We'd love for you to pull out a stencil or two and join us this month.

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sue

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Thursday, 4 February 2021

Happy Little Stampers ~ Christmas Challenge

I'm super proud to tell you that I'm now a member of the design team at Happy Little Stampers ~ Christmas Challenge. This is going to be fun because I always need more Christmas cards! Our challenge this month is


Here's my card


I looked through my vast collection of Christmas stamp sets and looked for one I haven't used yet. OMG! I picked out Paper Smooches' Warm Hearts stamp set, specifically this group of four trees. I stamped it onto a white A2 card base with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I added color with Copic markers - E46, G05, G007, R46, YG63, YG67. I stamped the sentiment from The Ton's Holiday Flourish stamp set with Hero Arts Field Greens ink. There you have it, a one-layer Christmas card!

We'd love for you to join us and to add to your Christmas card stash.

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sue

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Tuesday, 2 February 2021

Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge #398

When I'm sitting at my craft table, I'm able to forget about the world's issues, at least for a little while. I'm in my own world and I love it there! There is not much better than playing with pretty paper!

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


Fortunately, for me, I needed a birthday card for a friend of mine who loves fast cars. Here's the card I made for him.


I stamped the race car using CTMH's Finish Line stamp set with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I added color with Copic markers B24, C5. I trimmed the panel and matted with a bright blue cardstock. I found some fun diagonally striped patterned paper with a bit of shimmer for the background. The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted's Sentiment Type stamp set. My friend liked the card but wished the car was parked outside for him - ha!

We'd love for you to join us for our "birthday" challenge.

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sue

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Try Stampin' On Tuesday ~ Challenge #492

February 2nd is Groundhog Day, right? Wonder if we'll have six more weeks of Winter or will we have an early Spring? If 2021 is anything like 2020, we'll probably have six more months of Winter - right? LOL!

Today is the day for a new challenge at Try Stampin' On Tuesday


Here's my card


Since, it's less than two weeks until Valentine's Day, I kept with the same theme as the sketch. I found some pink patterned paper that went with my theme. I die cut the heart using Memory Box's Cherub Hearts from a scrap of red cardstock. The sentiment is from Stampin' Up's Best of Greetings stamp set and is stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink on a scrap of natural cardstock. I adhered everything to a natural A2 card panel. 

Hmm - now if I only had a valentine to give this to.

We'd love for you to join us. How are you inspired by this week's sketch?

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sue

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Monday, 1 February 2021

Rainbow Card Challenge ~ February Challenge

Happy February! We've made it through the first month of 2021 and are still here. That's a good thing, right? We have a new challenge at Rainbow Card Challenge. This month, our challenge is


Here's my card

I started this card by heat embossing with white embossing powder the stem of a flower (or is it a weed) using a stamp from Inkadinkado Meadow stamp set. I added shaded lilac distress ink around the embossed image with an ink blending tool. For the sentiment, I used Mint Owl Studio Banner Sentiments with Hero Arts Passion Flower ink. I trimmed the panel to 3" x 4". I trimmed a mauve cardstock to 3.25" x 4.25" and was going to use it to mat the focal panel. However, I was feeling a bit more whimsical, and decided to tilt the mauve panel. I found some patterned mauve paper and added a 2.5" x 4.25" horizontal strip behind the mauve and focal panels. To complete the card, I added a bow made with mauve organza ribbon.

We'd love to see your mauve projects.

Thanks for stopping by

sue


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