Tuesday, 27 September 2022

Addicted to Stamps and More ~ Challenge #439

Loving all the crafty time I seem to have lately. Nothing really makes me happier than playing with paper. We have a new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More! that we hope you'll be able to participate in.


Any occasion? I picked a "thank you" card. I'm always in need of thank you cards because I donate them to my friend's charity. They use them to thank their donors.


Being of Japanese descent, I'm always on the lookout for Japanese-inspired products. I found the Spellbinders Kimono Cutting dies and just knew that I needed to add them to my "collection". I die cut the kimono "outlines" using gold cardstock and a royal blue for the "insides". I chose a black A2 panel to help the gold and blue pop. I heat embossed the sentiment using Waffle Flowers Konnichiwa stamp set and gold embossing powder. I carefully glued all the pieces in place and then adhered the panel to a white A2 card base to complete my card.

We'd love to see your creations in our gallery.

Thanks for stopping by
sue

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Tuesday, 20 September 2022

Try Stampin' On Tuesday ~ Challenge #574

I was supposed to work yesterday. However, with Queen Elizabeth II's funeral being held, we were given the day off to watch the funeral (which happened to come on at 2am). No, I did not get up at 2am to watch. I PVRd it and watched it when I got up. It's heartwarming and amazing to see how many people lined up to attend her majesty's lying-in-state at the Palace of Westminster. She was an incredible monarch doing a difficult job and doing it with such grace and poise. 

We have a new challenge at Try Stampin' On Tuesday


I tried to use both the technique and sketch on my card. I rotated the sketch.


I started with an A2 sized piece of white cardstock. I then used my Make Art STAY-tion to hold my Simon Says STAMP's wave stencil and card panel in place with its magnets. I added color with distress inks - cracked pistachio, mermaid lagoon, salty ocean, peacock feathers, applied 'carefully' with ink daubers. I say 'carefully' because I'm not a fan of Pixie Spray to hold the thin stencil lines in place. I then stamped five fish using The Alley Way's Castaways and Sea Mates stamp set and Simon Says STAMP's Best Fishes stamp set with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I added color with Copic markers - B02, BG05, BG13, R32, R37, V12, Y06, Y17, Y38, YG06, YR04. I then fussy cut the fish and added glossy accents to their eyes (at least, those where their eyes were open - LOL!) The sentiment using a stamp from Sunny Studio's Oceans of Joy stamp set is stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink on some white cardstock and then trimmed to a strip. I arranged all the pieces and glued them in place and then adhered the panel to a white A2 card base to complete the card.

We'd love to see either how you're inspired by our sketch or our listed technique or combine the two!

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sue

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Monday, 19 September 2022

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #491

I'm a bit late in posting today. I spent most of my day watching the Queen's funeral. I didn't actually get up at 2am. I PVRd the show. However, I did get up at 6am, so I started watching then. This afternoon, I went back to watch the beginning. I loved all the pageantry and uniforms. Everything seemed so well planned and executed. RIP your majesty!

It's Monday so that it means we have a new sketch for you at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge


Here's my take on the sketch


I started with the multi-colored chevron patterned paper. I matched up some Concord & 9's inks to the patterned paper - Honeysuckle, Oceanside and Parsley. I inked up some white cardstock with the inks using oval ink blending brushes. I stamped the silhouette using Gina K Design's Wild Blossoms stamp set and Versafine Onyx Black ink. I then die cut the cardstock with a Sizzix circle die. I then cut a 2 1/8" x 3 1/4" navy blue piece of cardstock. I heat embossed the sentiment on the navy blue cardstock using Clearly Besotted's Sentimental Type and silver embossing powder. I glued the focal image circle to the navy cardstock. I used the Oceanside and Parsley inks to ink blend white cardstock, creating the two vertical strips. I glued them to a A2 sized piece of the patterned paper and then adhered the navy rectangle in place. To complete the card, I adhered the panel to a white A2 card base.

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

Thanks for stopping by
sue

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Saturday, 17 September 2022

Addicted to CAS ~ Challenge #229

Are you ready for our next challenge at Addicted to CAS? For the next fortnight, our challenge is


Going to be honest. I had to do a lot of thinking with this code word, CRAFT. I wasn't really sure what to do. Then, I thought about my grandfather, who was a master carpenter. Once retired, he made violins (3 of them), from scratch. Honestly, the first one sounded a bit like strings on a cigar box. However, with each subsequent attempt, it sounded better and better. For some, carpentry is a trade. For others, like my grandfather, it's a craft. Here's my card


For my card, I started with the frame. I swiped a mini ink cube of Hero Arts Cup O' Joe ink on some white cardstock in straight lines. It creates something that looks like wood. I cut pieces and made a frame with some darker kraft cardstock in the center. I stamped the sentiment, using Sunny Studio's Tool Time stamp set and Versafine Onyx Black ink. I then stamped the hammer, with smiley face and the nails using the same stamp set with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I added a bit of color with Copic markers - C2, C5, E33, E43. I don't own the matching dies, so I fussy cut them out. To place the nails into the frame, I used an exacto knife to make a small slit, into which I slid the nail. I added a bit of glue behind the nail head to hold it in place. I adhered the frame onto an A2 card panel of light kraft cardstock. I then added the hammer. To complete my card, I adhered the A2 card panel to a white A2 card base.

We'd love to see how you're inspired by our code word, CRAFT. Please add your creations to our gallery.

Thanks for stopping by
sue

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Wednesday, 14 September 2022

Perfectly CAS ~ Challenge #31 September 2022

With Halloween just around the corner, we have a timely challenge for you at Perfectly CAS. This month, it's 


While I'm not into anything scary, I do enjoy seeing the little ones dressed up, hoping for candy treats. Here's my card


I stamped the little monster and the sentiment using Your Next Stamp's Way Cool Monsters with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white cardstock. I added color with Copic markers - B24, V06, W2, YG03, YR07, YR16. I added some glossy accents to his/her eyes for a bit of shine and dimension. For the stripes, I used Scrapbook.com's Slim Strips dies with purple, blue and green cardstock. I adhered the stripes horizontally on a white A2 card base. I then die cut the little monster using a Sizzix circle die. I felt the little monster got lost a bit, so I die cut a black mat using a My Favorite Things Stitched Circle STAX die to help the focal circle stand out. 

We'd love to see your Halloween inspired cards in our gallery. Please remember to keep it clean and simple, covering one-third or less of the card panel.

Thanks for stopping by
sue

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Tuesday, 13 September 2022

Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge #438

It's starting to feel like Autumn. I'm certainly enjoying the cooler temperatures, especially at night. It sure makes it easier to sleep when it's cool. 

We have a new challenge starting at Addicted to Stamps and More! 


Here's my card


It's a clean and simple, one-layer card. I started with a white A2 card base and used Simon Says STAMP's Slimline Floral stencil along with distress inks - twisted citron, ripe persimmon, picked raspberry, applied with oval ink blending brushes. I used pieces of post-it notes to help keep the colors separate. For the sentiment, I used Papertrey Ink's Sentiment Staples: Birthday and Concord & 9's Dove ink.

We'd love to see your birthday creations in our gallery over the next fortnight.

Thanks for stopping by
sue

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Friday, 9 September 2022

Die Cut Divas ~ September Challenge with STAMPlorations

It's starting to feel like autumn (finally!). While I'm enjoying the cooler temperatures, I'm not really liking the shorter days. At least, there still is some daylight after dinner. 

We have a new challenge at Die Cut Divas and a new sponsor this month. STAMPlorations is our sponsor and will be giving our winner a code worth $20 for digital images in their shop. STAMPlorations' owner, Shery is currently battling breast cancer and many of the "real" products - stamps, stencils, dies, paper goods are currently not available at this time. 


Our challenge this month is
ANYTHING GOES, with optional AUTUMN

Here's my card


For my card, I used STAMPlorations Autumn Pumpkin Mug digital stamp, which I sized on my laptop and then printed with my inkjet printer. I added color with Copic markers - C2, E08, E33, E43, E71, G82, G94, Y15, Y17, Y35, YG63, YR04, YR07, YR16. I die cut the image panel and the black mat panel with two of Waffle Flower A2 Layers dies. For the sentiment, I used STAMPlorations Coffeecionado stamp set, which I stamped onto a scrap of gold color cardstock and trimmed to a thin strip. I popped the sentiment up with dimensionals. 

We'd love to see your ANYTHING GOES, with optional AUTUMN creations in our gallery this month.

Thanks for stopping by

sue


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