Tuesday, 24 May 2022

Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge #430

Hello Crafty Friends! It's time for a new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More! For the next fortnight, our challenge will be


Here's my card


For my card, I used supplies that I received when I participated in the Crop & Create Delivered Cardmaking event, held March 25-27, 2022. Have you tried any of the virtual events - PinkFresh? Concord & 9th? Scrapbook and Cards Today's Crop & Create Delivered? Brutus Monroe? I have. They are wonderful. You receive a package of crafting goodies, usually unreleased and occasionally exclusive product and then have a series of incredible virtual classes. Yes, they can be pricey. However, if I were to attend if these events were held in person, I'd have to fly and book a hotel room. Those costs add up too. I think, during the pandemic, virtual events were awesome. I hope that virtual events continue to happen, even as the world opens up to give those, who live, not so close to the venues, the opportunity to participate. OK, off my soap box now! Back to my card!

For my card, I used PinkFresh Studio's Simplest Gestures stamp set, stencils (4 layering stencils), and die. I stamped the image with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with silver embossing powder. I added color with the layering stencils and distress inks (tumbled glass, salty ocean, blueprint sketch), applied with oval ink blending brushes. I then die cut the image with the matching die. I adhered it to a panel, which was natural - this was similar to the card that Laura Bassen showed us during the event. For the sentiment, I again used one of the layering stencils with distress inks (carved pumpkin, ripe persimmon) applied with oval ink blending brushes. Once ink blending, I die cut the sentiment and popped it up with dimensionals. I adhered the natural panel to a white A2 card base to complete the card.

We'd love to see your die cut &/or stencil cards in our gallery.

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sue

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Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Try Stampin' On Tuesday ~ Challenge #556

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


Here's my card


I think that it's quite obvious, that I did not use the sketch portion of our challenge, but rather the technique portion of our challenge - die cuts/cutting. For my card, I used Concord and 9th's Grateful Blooms stamp set and die set, which I received as part of Crop and Create Delivered Cardmaking Event - October 1-3, 2021. Using the dies, I used three colors of cardstock (Concord and 9th's Honeysuckle, Sprout, Aqua Sky) and white, carefully collecting all the little pieces. I die cut the white piece twice and adhered the two pieces together and then to a light blue A2 card panel. I then adhered and inset all the little pieces using a glue pen. Thankfully, I hadn't lost any pieces. For the sentiment, I stamped it with Versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder on some honeysuckle cardstock. I die cut it with the matching die. I adhered the panel to a white card base to complete the card.

We'd love to see your creation in our gallery - will you choose the sketch or the technique or both?

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sue

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Monday, 16 May 2022

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #473

It's time for a new challenge at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. Here is our sketch which we hope will inspire you.


Here's my card


I made a one layer card. I started with a white A2 card base, Paper Smooches Essential stencil and my 7x7 Wendy Vecchi Make Art STAY-tion. The Make Art STAY-tion is a great tool - a metal plate with grids and magnets to hold the paper and stencil in place. I added color using distress inks (wilted violet, picked raspberry, carved pumpkin, mustard seed, mowed lawn, salty ocean) applied with oval ink blending brushes, in rainbow color order. For the sentiment, I used Lawn Fawn's Color My World, Gina K Designs inks (bubblegum pink, wild lilac, sweet mango) and my MISTI. 

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

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sue

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Saturday, 14 May 2022

Perfectly CAS ~ Challenge #27 - May 2022

Hello Crafty Friends! We have a new challenge at Perfectly CAS. Our challenge is


Here's my card


When I thought about the word "DISTRESS", I initially thought about a grunge look. However, that's difficult to do and keep the card, clean and simple. I feel distress, in the grunge world is opposite to clean and simple. So then, I thought about using distress inks. I definitely have a collection of those! LOL! I started by masking off a 1.5" band on a white A2 card panel. I added distress inks with oval ink blending brushes. I used picked raspberry, carved pumpkin, mustard seed, mowed lawn, peacock feathers, salty ocean and added the colors in rainbow order. I carefully removed the mask and let the distress inks dry overnight. I then heat embossed the beautiful image using Gina K Designs' Antique Roses stamp set with gold embossing powder. I also heat embossed the sentiment using Simon Says STAMP's Lot of Thanks stamp set, also with gold embossing powder. To complete my card, I adhered the panel to a white A2 card base.

We'd love to see how you are inspired by the "DISTRESS" word. Please remember to keep you card clean and simple and cover no more than one-third of the card.

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sue

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Addicted to CAS ~ Challenge #220

Feeling crafty? We have a new challenge at Addicted to CAS. It's my turn to be hostess, so I chose


I have so many floral stamps, stencils and embossing folders. I was difficult to choose what to do. In the end, I chose PinkFresh Studios layering stencils. Here's my card


For my card, I used PinkFresh Studio's Daisy Slimline Frame Stencils and distress inks (kitsch flamingo, picked raspberry, evergreen bough, pine needle, dried marigold, carved pumpkin) applied with oval ink blending brushes. I then die cut the panel using the matching die, PinkFresh Studio's Daisy Slimline Frame die. I adhered it to a light gray panel. For the sentiment, I die cut the celebrate word using PinkFresh Studio's Scripted Greetings dies from a scrap of white cardstock. I added a bit of color using the ink left on my pink oval ink blending brush. I found it easiest to put the die cut back into the scrap of white cardstock to add the color. Sometimes, if you're just using the die cut, it may curl or bend or move when you're ink blending. I find that it's somewhat protected by the piece you die cut from when added color. I adhered the sentiment in the center of the panel and added a few sequins for a bit of sparkle. Here's a close-up


I adhered the panel to a white slimline card base to complete my card.

We'd love to see your clean and simple "flower" projects in our gallery.

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sue

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Tuesday, 10 May 2022

Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge #429

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


For my "any occasion", I chose Mother's Day for my card.


For my card, I stamped using Simon Says STAMPS' Bouquet of Thanks on a white A2 card panel with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I added some color with Copic markers - R22, Y15, Y38, YG63. I trimmed the panel slightly so that I could mat with a black A2 panel. For the sentiment, I stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink on a scrap of red cardstock, using Simon Says STAMP's Beautiful Mothers stamp set and then covered it with clear embossing powder, which was heat set. I trimmed the sentiment down and adhered it over the stems of the flowers. I adhered the completed panel to a white A2 card base to complete the card.

We'd love to see your "any occasion" card in our gallery.

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sue

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Monday, 9 May 2022

Die Cut Divas ~ May Challenge

Hi Crafty Friends! We have a new challenge at Die Cut Divas

Our theme for May is ANYTHING GOES

Our sponsor this month is CAS-ual Fridays Stamps who will be awarding our winner a $20 gift code. The prize is restricted to US and Canadian participants, only. 


Here's my card


For the background of my card, I used an old CAS-ual Fridays Stamps stamp set called Bold Wishes. I stamped it three times, each time with a different ink color and making use of my MISTI. I put a white A2 card panel flush with the top right corner and placed the stamp, so that it would be in the lowest position on my panel. I stamped with Gina K Designs Blue Raspberry ink. I then moved the card panel down 1" and cleaned off the stamp without removing it from the MISTI. I then stamped with Gina K Designs Turquoise Sea ink. Next, I moved the card down another 1" and cleaned off the stamp again without removing it from the MISTI. Finally, I stamped a third time, this time with Gina K Designs Lucky Clover ink. To complete the background, I then trimmed all the edges of the inked panel slightly to mat with a teal A2 cardstock panel. For the tag, I heat embossed with silver embossing powder and the same stamp set on some vellum. I die cut the vellum with an old CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Funky Square die. I added some silver cord to the tag and adhered the tag to the background to complete my card.

We'd love to see your "ANYTHING GOES" creations. Please remember to use a die cut because we are Die Cut Divas!

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sue

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Friday, 6 May 2022

Happy Little Stampers ~ May Stencil Challenge

Hoping that May indeed does bring May Flowers because I'm tired of the April Showers! LOL! It's time for a new monthly challenge at Happy Little Stampers ~ Stencil Challenge.


Here's my card


To start my card, I made a mask of the peeking little monster using A Colorful Life Designs' Little Peepers stencil, by stenciling it on a post-it note and carefully fussy cutting the image out. I then started with a white A2 card panel, My Favorite Things' Rectangle Extraordinaire Stencil and STAMPlorations Dots All Over stencil all adhered together with some washi tape. I positioned the post-it note mask along the bottom and to the right. I added color in the center of the panel with distress inks (spun sugar, tumbled glass and shaded lilac) applied with oval ink blending brushes. I carefully removed the Dots All Over stencil and the mask, and placed the Little Peepers stencil over the previously masked area. I added color with lucky clover distress ink and an oval ink blending brush. Monsters are green, right? Isn't it adorable? For the sentiment, I used WPlus9's Beautiful Bouquets: Dahlias stamp set and Versafine Onyx black ink. I adhered the panel to a white A2 card base to complete the card.

We'd love to see your stenciled creations. Won't you join us?

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sue

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Wednesday, 4 May 2022

Happy Little Stampers ~ May Christmas Challenge

It's time for another challenge at Happy Little Stampers ~ Christmas Challenge. This month, our challenge is


When I saw the optional theme of HOUSE, I just knew what stamp set to use - Polkadoodles Christmas Scene stamp set. Here's my card


I stamped the little collection of houses and the Christmas word, near the bottom of a white A2 card base with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I added color with Copic markers - B02, C2, E71, R36, RV23, Y15, Y38, YG06. I wanted my little grouping of houses to be bright colored and cheery. I used a silver gel pen, to thicken some of the letters of the Christmas word for a bit of shine. I heat embossed the Merry word using Simon Says STAMP's Chunky Christmas stamp set and silver embossing powder on black cardstock. I trimmed the black panel down and adhered it just above the Christmas word to complete my card.

We'd love for you to join us with your Christmas card - with the optional theme of house.

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sue

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Tuesday, 3 May 2022

Try Stampin' On Tuesday ~ Challenge #554

It's Tuesday, so you know what that means - time for a new challenge at Try Stampin' On Tuesday. For the next fortnight, here's our sketch to inspire you


Optional Theme: Floral

Here's my card. I didn't include the optional theme of floral on my card.


Several weeks ago, I participated in the Crop & Create Delivered March 2022 event. One of the classes was given by Taylored Expressions. As part of our class, we received Taylored Expressions Create in Quads Layering Hexagon stencils. I used the stencils with distress inks (bundled sage, peeled paint, evergreen bough, chipped sapphire) applied with oval ink blending brushes. I trimmed one of the panels to 3 7/8" x 5 1/8" and adhered it to a royal blue A2 card panel. I heat embossed with gold embossing powder the sentiment, using Hero Arts Year Round Sentiments stamp set on some green cardstock, which I trimmed to a fish tail banner. For the little detail on the left, I used Simon Says STAMP's Eucalyptus Leaves die and some gold cardstock. I adhered the panel to a white A2 card base to complete the card.

We'd love to see how you're inspired by our sketch.

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sue

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Monday, 2 May 2022

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #471

It's Monday here so it must be time for a new challenge at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. Here is our sketch which I hope will inspire you


Here's my card



For my card, I started with My Mind's Eye's Notable 6x6 paper pack and pulled out one floral paper and four, sort of monochromatic papers. I die cut the floral with a Sizzix circle die and cut the other papers according to the sketch. For the sentiment, I chose a one-line sentiment and used Clearly Besotted's  A Little Sentimental stamp set with white embossing powder on a scrap of kraft cardstock. I adhered all the pieces to complete my card.

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

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sue

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Happy Little Stampers ~ May CAS Challenge

 It's time for a new challenge at Happy Little Stampers ~ CAS Challenge. This month, our challenge is


When I saw this month's challenge of "BLEND", I thought of using blending brushes and distress inks. Here's my card


In the past, I would use post-it tape to mask off a card panel. In this case, I used one of Simon Says STAMP's A2 masks - there are 4 different sizes in the package. I adhered it with some washi tape to keep it from shifting. I gently added some color with distress inks (spun sugar, shaded lilac, tumbled glass, cracked pistachio) applied with oval blending brushes. For the sentiment, I die cut using PinkFresh Studio's Scripted Greetings dies. I added some color to the word die cut using some of the leftover ink on the blending brushes. I adhered the shadow and word to the ink blended area. I felt that the card needed something more, so I added a few clean and colorless gems to the blended area. Here's a close-up.


I adhered the panel to a white A2 card base to complete my card.

We'd love to see how you're inspired by the word "BLEND" this month.

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sue

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Saturday, 30 April 2022

Happy Little Stampers ~ May Watercolour Challenge

Another month - May already. Crazy, right? With this new month, we have a new challenge at Happy Little Stampers ~ Watercolour Challenge.


Here's my card


For my card, I stamped the image with WPlus9's Beautiful Bouquets: Dahlias stamp set with Versafine Onyx Black ink on an A2 panel of 96 lb bristol. I chose the bristol because I was intending to do some watercolouring. I added the colour with Altenew's Tropical Fiesta Set of watercolor brush markers and a water brush. I added a bit of blue around the flowers and leaves to give a bit of interest to the background. The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted's A Little Sentimental stamp set, stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink. This completes my one layer watercolour card.

We'd love to see your projects - just be sure to add water somehow!

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sue

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Die Cut Divas ~ Last Day of our April Challenge

Hello Crafty Friends. Hard to believe that we're at the end of April. Of course, I can't wait until the "April Showers" are over. Bring on the May Flowers! It's the last day of the challenge at Die Cut Divas.

This month, our challenge is a tic-tac-toe game.


Our sponsor this month is Joy Clair Designs. They sell traditional stamps, as well as digital stamps, dies, stencils and other crafty supplies. They will be giving our winner - three digital stamps. 


For my card, I chose the left column - at least 2 layers, not counting the card base, color yellow, flowers. Here's my card


For my card, I started with Joy Clair's You Are Loved Digital Stamps. I chose the beautiful daffodils, sized it and printed it onto cardstock with my inkjet printer. I added color to the image with Copic markers - Y15, Y38, YG63, YG67. I then die cut the image using a die from Echo Park's Stitched Oval Nesting Die Set. I then looked through my stash of patterned papers for something that would help to set off the daffodils. I found a tone-on-tone gold/yellow that was perfect and I die cut it with a die from Waffle Flowers Additional A2 Layers die set. I also printed out the sentiment using Joy Clair's Always in Style Digital Stamps and I trimmed it to 3/4" x 3". I adhered the oval and sentiment to the tone-on-tone panel which I then adhered to a white A2 card base to complete the card.

Still some hours left in our challenge. We'd love to have you choose a tic-tac-toe line and participate with us. Please remember to use a die cut, because we are Die Cut Divas!

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sue

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Addicted to CAS ~ Challenge #219

There is something so calming about clean and simple cards. It's definitely "my" style of card making. We have a new challenge for you at Addicted to CAS. For the next fortnight, our challenge is


Here's my card


For my card, I heat-embossed the main image using Simon Says STAMP's Beautiful Mothers stamp set and gold embossing powder on an A2 panel of 96 lb bristol. I used distress inks (picked raspberry, ripe persimmon, salty ocean, mowed lawn, mustard seed, wilted violet, fossilized amber) picked up with a thin paint brush. I used some water to make the color "move". When you heat emboss the image, it makes it "easier" to keep the color contained, where you want it! For the sentiment, I used Simon Says STAMP's Bouquet of Thanks stamp set, which was heat embossed with gold embossing powder. I trimmed the panel down so that I could mat it with gold cardstock. Wondering which friend I should send this card to.

We'd love to see your "friendship" inspired clean and simple cards.

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sue

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Tuesday, 26 April 2022

Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge #428

Hey Crafty Friends! How are you doing? It's time for a new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More! Our challenge is


I seem to need a good supply of birthday cards. This challenge is a great way for me to add to my birthday card stash. Here's my card


For my card, I started with CTMH's A Flowering Bunch Stamp of the Month which I heat embossed with white on 96 lb bristol. I added color with Altenew's Tropical Fiesta set watercolor brush markers and a water brush. I didn't spend a lot of time on the details. Rather, I just added color "in the area" and wasn't too concerned about the color staying within the embossed areas. I cut the bristol down to 2.5" x 4.25" and adhered the panel to a white A2 card base. I added the sentiment using Clearly Besotted's A Little Sentiment stamp set, stamped with Hero Arts Fog ink. In retrospect, I probably should have used a darker ink, but I was trying to keep things light (maybe a bit too light)!

We'd love to see your birthday cards in our gallery.

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sue

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Tuesday, 19 April 2022

Try Stampin' On Tuesday ~ Challenge #552

It's Tuesday so it must be time for a new challenge at Try Stampin' On Tuesday. The challenge for the next fortnight is


Optional theme: White/Black and one other color

Here's my card


For my card, I also added the optional theme of black/white and one other color - in my case, red. I started with the patterned paper which I trimmed just slightly smaller than A2 size so that it could be matted with a black A2 panel. For the tag, I used some red patterned paper and die cut it using My Favorite Things' Tag Builder Buleprints 2 die set. For the sentiment, I used Simon Says STAMP's Clean Line Everyday stamp set which I heat embossed with white embossing powder on black cardstock. I die cut a red heart using a Lawn Fawn Hearts die. To complete the card, I used some black and white baker's twine, tied in a bow near the top of the panel. I adhered the panel to a white A2 card base to complete the card.

We'd love to see how you're inspired by our sketch and will you or won't you add the optional theme?

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sue

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Monday, 18 April 2022

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #469

Happy Monday! It's time for a new challenge at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. Our sketch for the next two weeks is


Here's my card


For my card, I cut a white panel that was 3 3/8" x 8 3/8" and a black panel that was 3 1/2" x 8 1/2". I adhered the white panel onto the black panel. I wanted to use these fish from Rubbernecker Stamps Fish Group stamp set. I stamped them with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and added color with Copic markers G14, Y38, YG06, YG09, YR04, YR16. Then I fussy cut them and added glossy accents to the eyes for a bit of shine. For the wavy backgrounds for the fish, I used Simon Says STAMP's Wave stencil with tumbled glass and salty ocean distress ink applied with oval ink blending brushes on white cardstock. I then die cut three circles using Sizzix circle dies. I felt that the circles of the waves didn't pop enough off the white card panel so I added some blue mats, cut with My Favorite Things Stitched Circle STAX dies. I adhered the circles of waves to the blue mats. I adhered the two fish, each to two of the circles. For the sentiment, I used Sunny Studio's Oceans of Joy stamp set, stamped on blue cardstock and trimmed to a double fishtail banner. I adhered it to the center circle to complete the panel, which was then adhered to a white slimline card base.

We'd love for you to be inspired by our sketch and join us.

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sue

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Saturday, 16 April 2022

Addicted to CAS ~ Challenge #218

We have a great challenge starting today at Addicted to CAS.


Don't know about you, but I love one layer cards. Here's my card


I started my one layer card by stamping the image using Stampin' Up's Just Believe stamp set with Versafine Onyx Black ink. To add some color, I masked off a horizontal area, roughly 1 3/4" wide with post-it tape. I added color with distress inks (picked raspberry, carved pumpkin, mustard seed) applied with oval blender brushes. I carefully removed the post-it tape. I added the sentiment from Hero Arts Year Round Sentiments stamp set with Versafine Onyx Black ink. 

We'd love to see your one layer creations.

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sue

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Thursday, 14 April 2022

Perfectly CAS ~ Challenge #26

We have a new challenge at Perfectly CAS. I love Perfectly CAS - clean and simple is definitely my style. All the white space calms me, as does playing with paper. Our challenge is


Here's my GOLD card


For this card, I heat embossed on vellum with gold embossing powder and stamps using Simon Says STAMP's Wild Beauty stamp set. I trimmed the vellum to 1.75" x 4.25". I also heat embossed with gold embossing powder, the sentiment using Clearly Besotted's A Little Sentimental stamp set on a white A2 card base. I adhered the vellum with two strips of 1/8' double sided tape (done along the edge horizontally). I covered the double sided tape with thin strips of gold cardstock to complete the card.

We'd love to see your GOLD creations. Please remember to cover no more than one-third of the card because we are, after all, Perfectly CAS.

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sue

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Tuesday, 12 April 2022

Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge #427

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


Here's my one layer Christmas card


I love using layering stencils. For this card, I used PinkFresh Studio's Holiday Botanical Background stencils, which contains four layering stencils. The layering stencils help to add one specific color at a time. I used distress inks - mowed lawn, evergreen bough, pine needles, fired brick, applied with oval ink blending brushes on a white A2 card base. For the sentiment, I used Catherine Pooler Design's Merry and Bright stamp set which was heat embossed with gold embossing powder. 

We'd love to see your Christmas creations. Why not get a head start on this year's Christmas cards. 

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sue

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Saturday, 9 April 2022

Die Cut Divas ~ April Challenge

Hello Crafty Friends! We have a new challenge at Die Cut Divas. This month, our challenge is a tic-tac-toe game.


Our sponsor this month is Joy Clair Designs. They sell traditional stamps, as well as digital stamps, dies, stencils and other crafty supplies. They will be giving our winner - three digital stamps. 


For my tic-tac-toe, I chose the diagonal from bottom left to top right - flowers, friendship, color red. Here is my card


For my card, I started with Joy Clair's Always in Style Digital Stamps, which I sized and printed with my inkjet printer on white cardstock. I added color with Copic markers R29 and R59. I was interested in keeping the card black, white and red. I die cut the panel with a My Favorite Things Inside & Out Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics die. I matted the focal panel with black. I found some gray on black patterned paper cut to 2.75" x 4.25" to place behind the focal panel. For the sentiment, I used Joy Clair's Sweet Friends Digital Stamps, printed onto white cardstock, trimmed and matted with black. I adhered all the elements onto a white A2 card base to complete the card.

How will you play our "tic-tac-toe" game?

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sue

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Wednesday, 6 April 2022

Happy Little Stampers ~ April Stencil Challenge

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


I love playing with stencils. They are affordable and often make it look like I have some artistic skill when actually I just did some ink blending. An artistic someone did all the hard work. Here's my card


Not to brag but doesn't it look like I have some artistic skill? I don't! I used PinkFresh Studio's Seamless Floral Panel layered stencils. For each of the layers, I added color with distress inks (tumbled glass, peacock feathers, evergreen bough, twisted citron, mowed lawn) and oval ink blending brushes on a white A2 panel. I trimmed the panel slightly and matted on a light blue A2 card panel. For the sentiment, I used a sentiment die cut from PinkFresh Studio's Foiled Sentiments. For a bit more shine, I added three sequins to the card panel. 

We'd love to see your stencil cards.

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sue

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