Hi there!  It’s a fifth Thursday of the month, and that means we have a double challenge for you at CAS – Colours and Sketches!  This week we’re asking our challenge participants to use the provided colors and sketch to create a clean and simple styled card.

I have to admit it took me a while to figure out what to do to combine the required colors with the sketch.  I was browsing through some of my older stamp sets, trying to get ideas for a different project, when I came across this set of monster images.  And the one monster image clicked in my head as being doable for this challenge.  I even was able to separate a two-line sentiment and use it for each of the narrow horizontal panels by using markers to ink up each line of the sentiment.  I’ve stretched the sketch into a rectangle.  It wasn’t until I started assembling the card that I realized didn’t center the monster vertically on the panel very well, but at that point I wasn’t going to do it over.  It’ll be all right.



Just in case you can’t read the sentiment, the top panel says “Your age doesn’t scare me.”  The bottom says “Well, maybe a little.”  This humorous sentiment lets the card work for Kathy’s Hope You Can Cling To challenge, “Laughter is the Best Medicine”.

What will you make for the double challenge?  Be sure to visit the CAS – Colours and Sketches site to see what the rest of the design team has done.  Then link your own card at the site by 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, November 5.

Stamps: Little Monsters (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Cardstock: Pear Pizzazz, Chocolate Chip (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (SU)
Other: navy grosgrain ribbon (SU); markers (Copic)

I really liked the sketch this past week at CAS(E) this Sketch!, but I never seemed to make the time to create anything for it until just now.  I would have liked to have spent more time with it because it has a lot of really cool potential.  However, this is what I came up with for it.  I did get to play around with inlaid die cuts for the first time, which was fun.  I’ve combined the sketch with the “Pretty Pink Balloons” Hope You Can Cling To challenge over at Splitcoaststampers.com.  The ink color is supposed to match the balloon color… oh well.


Thanks for stopping by today!  Comments are always welcome and appreciated – I do read each one!

Stamps: All Squared Up (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Regal Rose (SU)
Other: Medium Balloons die (Sizzix); Cotton Candy twine (Really Reasonable Ribbon)

Hello!  Once again, it’s stash challenge week at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown, where we invite our challenge participants to use particular items from their crafting stash to create a Christmas or wintry card.  This time the chosen item is enamel dots.

I’ve combined a couple of other challenges in with this one.  The layout for this card is the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  I also tied in tomorrow’s Hope You Can Cling To challenge requirements – but since that challenge hasn’t gone live yet, I can’t give any details on that!  Heh heh heh.  I’ve used one of my favorite little penguin images – oh what am I saying, I love all my little penguin images.  🙂  I did add a bit to the sketch by working in my enamel dots and by using a die-cut snowflake to mat the penguin.  The sentiment is from an older sentiment set by Purple Onion Designs.  I looked on their website to try to get the name of the set, but I couldn’t find it, so I’m guessing it’s been retired.

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How will you use your enamel dots?  We’d love to see!  Link your card at the 52{C}CT site by 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, October 31.  Be sure to check out the rest of the design team members’ cards for more inspiration.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Critters in the Snow (Lawn Fawn); Kissmas & Mistletoe (Unity Stamp Company); sentiment stamp from Purple Onion Designs
Cardstock: Marina Mist, Basic Black (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Craft White (SU)
Other: Festive Flurries die, enamel dots (SU); markers (Copic); standard circle Nestabilities die (Spellbinders)

Well hi there!  It’s Thursday, which means it’s time for a new challenge at CAS – Colours and Sketches.  This time we have a sketch for you.  I’ve combined the sketch with my Get Inked! Hope You Can Cling To challenge to create today’s card.

First off, I’ve stretched the sketch out to a rectangle and turned it 90° on its side.  I’ve used some pink ink and a gold spray mist to create a spotted background for this cute SuperGirl image.  The pink dots were made by dipping a paintbrush into the ink, holding it over the cardstock, and tapping the brush so the ink splattered onto the cardstock.  Once the pink ink was dry, I sprayed the cardstock with the gold mist.  The gold has a hint of shimmer to it, which I hope was picked up in the photo.  I used brushed gold cardstock for the scalloped element of the sketch to tie it in with the gold mist.



What will you do with this sketch?  There are so many possibilities!  I hope you’ll try out something and share what you create with us!  Link your work to the CAS – Colours and Sketches blog by 1:00 p.m. eastern time Wednesday, October 29.  Consider taking part in Hope You Can Cling To, also!

Thank you for stopping by today!  Comments are always welcome and appreciated!

Stamps: Super Duo (Mama Elephant for Simon Says Stamp)
Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose, Brushed Gold, Whisper White Textured (SU); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Pink Pirouette ink refill (SU); Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger); markers (Copic); Crusader Kids die (Mama Elephant for Simon Says Stamp); small scallop die (Papertrey Ink); mini star brad (The Paper Studio); corner rounder (EK Success)

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Oct 212014

Happy Tuesday!  All during the month of October, Splitcoaststampers is sponsoring Hope You Can Cling To to benefit the MD Anderson Cancer Center. A different challenge is being presented each day of the month.  I’m excited today because it’s my day to host the challenge!

My challenge is called “Get Inked”, and it’s dedicated to my mom and to other cancer patients who have received, or who are currently receiving, radiation treatment.  In preparation for radiation treatments, frequently the affected area of the patient’s body is tattooed with dots so that the technicians can line up the machines accurately each day of treatment.  So my challenge is to use a liquid ink to create dots or spots somewhere on your artwork.  You can drip or spray the ink, and your inked piece can be used as part of your main focal point or as a background.  The choices are up to you!

The card I’m sharing today features some inked leaves.  The leaves are from a digital stamp set.  I printed them and then watercolored them with ink from stamp pad refills.  Once the leaves were dry, I dipped a paintbrush into a small pool of ink, held the brush over the leaves, and tapped the brush so the ink would splatter randomly onto the leaves.  I repeated this process with several different colors of ink.  For the background of the card, I scored double lines across the cardstock and used them to frame the leaves.

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I hope you’ll join in the Hope You Can Cling To challenges at Splitcoaststampers.com and help bring cheer to the cancer patients at MD Anderson!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Digital Images: Autumn Leaves (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Sentiment Stamp: Birthday Whimsy (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Cajun Craze, Naturals White (SU); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: printer ink, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Daffodil Delight, More Mustard, Wild Wasabi, and Cajun Craze ink refills (SU); score board (Martha Stewart)

Hello, and welcome to another Monday!  Since it’s the third Monday of the month, it’s time for a new challenge at Cards in Envy.  For the next couple of weeks we’re getting into a Halloween mood by focusing on a theme of “Any Witch Way You Can”.  Cards for this challenge should show a witch, or something that easily depicts a witch (such as a witch’s hat or shoes) – and be an A2 card (4.25″ x 5.5″) and flat enough to fit in an envelope for mailing.  Your card can be scary, cute, or anything in between.

I took the cute route with my card.  I really don’t have any witch stamps, but I do have a Lawn Fawn Halloween-themed set.  The cat wearing a witch hat was my solution for this challenge.  I felt that making her appear to be riding the broom helped her look even more like a witch.  I colored the cat as close to black as I could without losing the details of her face and still providing contrast with the hat.  I pieced the background together using a few designer papers.  The stars are cut from the blue paper to show the yellow underneath.  I’ve used one of my go-to sketches from the OWH Stars & Stamps blog for the layout, but scooted the image panel toward the center of the card since I decided not to put a sentiment on it.

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This card just “might” be a sneak peek of an upcoming Hope You Can Cling To challenge at Splitcoaststampers.com, too!  I’m not at liberty yet to reveal just what the details of that challenge could be.  You’ll just have to keep checking in at SCS to see.  It also fits in with the current Lawnscaping challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Now go check out what the rest of the Cards in Envy design team has made.  I’m sure they’d love it if you visit their blogs and leave a comment.  Then share your own witchy card with us at the CIE site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, November 2.  We’d love to have you play along with us!

Stamps: Critters in Costume (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Marigold Morning (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs); designer papers from Oh Baby! Boy collection (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); Landscape Trio and Starburst Cover dies (Mama Elephant)

Hello!  This week is recipe challenge week at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown.  It’s one with very few crafting “ingredients” – the challenge is to make a one-layer card.  No designer papers, no added cardstock.  Just one layer.  You may add pearls or rhinestones as embellishments.

I used one of my favorite Christmas tree images on my card.  I stamped the tree, covered the image with a mask, and masked off an area for the sentiment.  Then I dipped an old toothbrush (appropriated for crafting purposes only!) into yellow ink and spritzed it over the card.  I repeated that process with green ink.  (It’s a messy but fun process.  I did wear a disposable glove so my fingers and thumb wouldn’t turn colorful, LOL!  I also covered my work area with scrap paper.)  Then I removed the masks and added the sentiment.  To help set off the sentiment area, I made tiny dots with a green marker near the edges of the area, using a ruler to space the dots evenly.  Rounding the corners was the finishing touch.  I debated adding a green ribbon and bow but decided against it to keep the card clean and simple.

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Hint alert: This card just might be a sample for one of the Hope You Can Cling To challenges coming up before the end of October on Splitcoaststampers.com!  😉

And there you have it.  If you need more inspiration, be sure to stop by the 52{C}CT website and see what the rest of the design team has made.  Then share your own one-layer creation with us by 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, October 24.  We’d love to have you join us!

Supplies are from Stampin’ Up unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Season of Joy, Christmas Greetings
Cardstock: Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight
Other: corner rounder (EK Success); Wild Wasabi and Daffodil Delight ink refills, Wild Wasabi marker

Hello there!  It’s hard to believe October is halfway over!  It’s Thursday again, which means that it’s time for a new challenge at CAS – Colours and Sketches.  This week we have a color challenge for you – two shades of a peachy color, plus a dark green.

I decided to go floral with the colors.  I stamped the blossom onto a scrap of cardstock first.  To color it, I pressed my ink pads onto a piece of acetate, and then picked up the color with a damp paintbrush and painted it onto the flower.  When it was dry, I fussy cut it.  The petals curved upward naturally, which gives some nice dimension to the card.  The leaves were stamped directly onto the focal panel.  To get the color variance in them, I stamped off the image onto a scrap piece of copy paper and then used the rock-n-roll technique to add a bit more ink to the edges of the leaves.  I also reapplied the ink to the stems.  I’ve been wanting to try the bokeh technique for a while and figured this was a good time for it.  The green dots were made with the eraser from a mechanical pencil, and their irregular shape is because the eraser has been used.  The peach dots were made with a brand-new eraser on a standard #2 pencil.  This card isn’t quite as clean and simple as some of my other work, but I think it can still be considered CAS.



What will you create with these colors?  Check out the CC&S blog for more inspiration from the rest of the design team.  Then link your own card there by 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 22.  We’d love to have you join in the fun and creativity there!

Supplies are from Stampin’ Up unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Delight in Life, Best Blossoms
Cardstock: Crisp Canteloupe, Very Vanilla
Ink: Crisp Canteloupe, Calypso Coral, Mossy Meadow
Other: assorted pencil erasers, paint brush (sources unknown)

OK, I admit it – I’m kind of addicted to cute little birdie stamps lately!  These seemed perfect for the “Heart Song” Hope You Can Cling To challenge at Splitcoaststampers.com, which asks participants to create a card using music, birds, and/or hearts along with words of encouragement.  I’ve turned the current CAS(E) this Sketch! layout on its side to create a landscape scene with the die-cut grass.  The color variations in the green and yellow designer papers are subtle, but the papers still let this card qualify as a just-before-time-expires entry for the current Lawnscaping challenge. The birds were stamped onto both the card base and the yellow paper. I colored in the beaks with a marker before fussy cutting the birds and attaching them to the card base. (I wasn’t about to attempt cutting around their tiny little legs!)


Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you’ll consider joining in the fun of Hope You Can Cling To and using your cards to brighten the day of cancer patients.

Stamps: Feathered Friends for Simon Says Stamp, So Much To Say (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Soft Sky (Stampin’ Up); designer papers from Oh Baby! Boy collection (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Landscape Trio dies (Mama Elephant); marker (Copic)

Hello! This week is color challenge week at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown.  We have a bright, non-traditional color palette this time.  The challenge graphic shows five colors and you should choose at least three of them for your creation.  Using a few neutral colors for stamping outline images and sentiments is also allowed.

I’ve used four of the five colors for my card: the bright blue, the turquoise, and the two shades of pink.  The vivid colors suggested bright Christmas lights to me, so I pulled out my stamp set with Christmas lights and used that theme for my card.  The lights also fit into the “Shine On” challenge for Splitcoaststampers.com’s Hope You Can Cling To challenges.  It’s nice using up some of this retired pink cardstock, LOL!  The card seemed kind of bland when I laid it all out just before adhering everything, so I decided to fussy cut adjacent to the line of the lights strand.  Cutting the white cardstock was easy, but I’ll admit that trimming the black to give a consistent look with the straight edges of the panel was more difficult.  I’ve put a couple of small twinkly rhinestones in place of the dots over the letter “i”s in the sentiment, and added some larger rhinestones in the corner to balance out the look.

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And now it’s your turn to show us what you can create!  We’d love it if you joined our challenge this week.  You have until 1:00 pm Eastern time Friday, October 17 to link your card at the 52{C}CT site. Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Holiday Baubles (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps); Magic of Christmas (Technique Tuesday)
Cardstock: Pixie Pink, Basic Black, Whisper White (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Pink Passion, Tempting Turquoise, Pixie Pink, Brilliant Blue (SU)
Other: rhinestones (SU)

Hello again!  This week at CAS – Colours and Sketches we have a simple little sketch challenge up for the offering.

I’ve stretched the sketch out into a 4.25″ x 5.5″ rectangular card.  I resisted the urge to use cute birdies for a third week in a row, LOL – but I did stick with a cute image.  I’ve combined the sketch challenge with the “Spoonful of Sugar” Hope You Can Cling To challenge at Splitcoaststampers.com, using this ice cream cone for my something sweet.  The ice cream cone is paper pieced.  Although it’s not the most imaginative use of designer paper, it does fit the theme of the current Lawnscaping challenge.  It felt good to use up some scraps!


I hope you’ll join us at CAS – Colours & Sketches for the sketch challenge, which closes at 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, October 15.  I also hope you’ll consider playing along in Hope You Can Cling To – there will be one challenge presented each day of October, and the deadline for participating is noon Central time Friday, November 7.

Stamps: Here’s the Scoop (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Blushing Bride, Very Vanilla textured (Stampin’ Up); designer papers from Blush 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: corner rounder, dimensionals (SU)

Today’s card is a relatively quick one that I made up to include in the shipment I sent to Operation Write Home yesterday.  It’s based off of this week’s sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch!; I’ve used the mirror image of the sketch because it worked better with the direction the cherub is facing.  I’ve used clouds in place of the chevrons on the sketch.  The little angel on his own cloud takes the place of the arrow element.  I used some scrap cardstock as shims underneath him, to raise him off off the background clouds a bit.  In the photo, you can see some of the shadow created by that.  The sentiment pretty well speaks for itself.  It’s a good one for OWH cards!


Thanks for stopping by to take a closer look at my card!  🙂  All comments are read and greatly appreciated.

Stamps: Love From Above, In My Heart (Mama Elephant)
Cardstock: Bashful Blue (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); Clouds & Raindrops dies (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)

Cards in Envy - Autumn Leaves

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Good morning!  It’s the first Monday of October, so that means it’s time for a new challenge at Cards in Envy.  This fortnight we’re encouraging our challenge participants to get in a seasonal mood and make cards showcasing autumn leaves.  Cards for this challenge should be A2 sized and be less than 1/4″ thick, since the “in Envy” part of our challenge name means that the cards should be able to be mailed in an envelope at the regular first-class postage rate.

When I look closely at leaves, especially in the fall, I don’t see just one solid color.  They tend to be multiple colors – sometimes various shades of red or yellow or orange, and sometimes one dominant color speckled with other colors.  Similar to snowflakes, there seems to be no two exactly alike.  So I’ve created some speckled leaves for my card for this challenge.  The leaf images I used are from a digital stamp set, and I printed several off in slightly different sizes onto white cardstock.  I gave them a base color of yellow by watercoloring them.  After they were dry, I dipped my paintbrush into a couple different colors of ink and flicked the brush to splatter the ink randomly on the leaves.  I scored a couple of horizontal lines on the card base to “frame” the leaves, but the scored lines don’t show very well in the photo.

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What kind of leaves will you use on your card?  If you need additional inspiration, please go check out the Cards in Envy site and see what the rest of the design team has made.  Then create a card following our challenge guidelines and share it with us using the linky tool on the Cards in Envy site.  The challenge will close at 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, October 19. We’d love to have you play along with us!

Digital Image: Autumn Leaves (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Stamp: Year Round Sentiments (Hero Arts)
Cardstock: Dusty Durango (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: printer ink; Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie ink refills (SU)


Hello! Welcome to my stop on the Operation Write Home World Card Making Day Blog Hop! Today we’re celebrating the fun and joy of making cards by sharing cards made for the purpose of sending to our military members stationed overseas, so that they may write to their family and friends back at home. Be sure to check this page of the Operation Write Home website to find out more about exactly what types/themes of cards are needed.

For today’s blog hop, we’ve been asked to create cards with a love theme.  That’s a theme that can be used in so many ways – as a card from a husband to his wife back home, or from a woman to her parents, or from a mom or dad to their child(ren).  Really, pretty much any family situation is perfect for a love-themed card!

I’ve opted to create a card that can be sent home to a child.  I think that at some point, every child wishes she or he could be a super hero.  It seems only natural that a super hero would give and receive super hugs!  I’ve also tied this card into today’s Splitcoaststampers.com Hope You Can Cling To challenge.

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Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoy the hop and come back to visit my blog again, and that you’ll join me in creating cards for both of these wonderful causes!  Click on the OWH badge at the top of this post to find out where you should hop next.

Supplies used for this card:
Stamps: Super Duo (Mama Elephant for Simon Says Stamp)
Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Soft Sky (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); Crusader Kids die (Mama Elephant for Simon Says Stamp); Clouds & Raindrops Dies (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps); embroidery floss (DMC); mini star brad (The Paper Studio)

Hello there, and happy Saturday to you!  Can you believe it’s October already?  There’s less than 3 months until Christmas – but if you’ve been playing along at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown, you should have built a nice stash of holiday cards ready to use during the swiftly approaching season.

This week we have a sketch challenge for you.  I have to be honest and admit that I wasn’t terribly thrilled with the sketch in its graphic form.  Something about the double blocks wasn’t sitting right with me.  However, now that I’ve worked with it, it wasn’t so bad.  And I’m pretty pleased with how my card ended up. Then again – it’s hard not to like a card with these super cute birdies.  I stamped the birds twice – once on the “snowy” polka dotted paper, and once on a scrap of white cardstock.  I colored the ones on the white cardstock, fussy cut them (except for their legs – that’s tooooo fussy for me!), and then glued them over the ones on the print paper.

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Because the card base is such a dark chocolatey brown, I’ve lined it with lighter cardstock coordinating with the front of the card.  That got me to thinking about decorating the inside.  Here are a couple of photos showing a peek at the inside, and then the full view.

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October is Hope You Can Cling To month at Splitcoaststampers.com, and because I’m hosting one of the HYCCT challenges later during the month, I have advance notice of all the challenges.  I was able to use the 52{C}CT sketch for an upcoming HYCCT challenge.  However – I can’t tell you any more about how this card fits for the HYCCT challenge!  You’ll have to tune in over there periodically and check it out for yourself.

Go see what the rest of the 52{C}CT design team has done with this sketch, and then show us your own take on it!  We’d love to have you link your card at the 52{C}CT site.  The challenge deadline is 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, October 10.  Please join in the fun and creativity!

Stamps: Winter Sparrows (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Sahara Sand, Soft Sky Prints designer series paper (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (SU)
Other: markers (Copic)

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