Thursday, May 21, 2015

One card -- Two Challenges

Sometimes creating a card can be a challenge. Challenges can be a creative way to get started.

This is the card that resulted for both challenges. It needed to be a "girly" thank you card for The Paper Players challenge, and it needed to follow the design for the sketch challenge. I used SU Pretty in Pink card stock for the base, a light pink for layer 1 and white for all the other layers. The lacey edges were made from a new die that I recently purchased, cut down the center and glued to the back of the white card stock. The image is from an old stamp set from Stampin' Up called "Summer By The Sea" which was colored with Prisma colored pencils. I used heart shaped enamel dots for the ribbon (layers 5 and 6) because of the small space available. As I was assembling the card, there was not enough contrast between the pinks so I sponged "worn lipstick" distress ink around the edges of the card base. I love the resulting color.
I wish everyone a safe and fun "Memorial Day Weekend".
May 25, 2015
This card was in the  Favorites for the week ending May 24, 2015 in the General Stamping forum at Splitcoast Stampers.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Using The Leftovers

On Monday, I made a card for two challenges. I cut the SU hexagon hive die twice--once out of Pistachio Pudding and then Lost Lagoon. I used the pieces I needed for my card but still had leftovers that I could not throw away. Since I needed an anniversary card for my son and daughter-in-law, I made a second card using those pieces and the same stamp set.  I was a couple of days late getting it in the mail. Hope they will forgive me.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015


Today there was a new sketch challenge at SplitCoast Stampers. Because of other responsibilities, I am really late at getting my card finished and posted. I am not really happy about the way the card turned out, but I don't have time to remake it. I think I would have been happier with the card had I made an accent layer for the top panel, OR maybe the top layer is just too busy for the designer paper. If I have a chance, I would like to try making another card with this sketch.


I used SU Pool Party card stock for the base and Crisp Cantaloupe as the accent color. The designer paper was from a 6 x 6-inch pad by We R Memory Keepers called "simply spring". I used SU "Circle Circus" and peg stamps from Stamps by Judith for the top panel.

Monday, May 11, 2015

New Week -- New Challenges

This afternoon I made one card for two challenges. That does not happen often. I seem to go one at a time. The challenge this week at The Paper Players is a color challenge. The colors of choice are: Lost Lagoon, Pistachio Pudding and Sahara Sand. I have the first two colors but not the Sahara Sand. I tried my best to find a good match in all my papers but really did not come up with a good one. I did the best I could. I chose a sheet of Bazzill card stock in the color "Taffy". It is much lighter than Sahara Sand but seemed to be the best match.

The second challenge was the CAS challenge at SplitCoast Stampers which was to make a "thank you" card. I need one of these so the challenge was a perfect fit.

I was able to attend the Michigan Scrapbooker's Mega Meet on Saturday in Novi, Michigan. It was fun to shop with several of my favorite vendors and see all the new things on the market. One stop was "The Stamps of Life" booth. I purchased a set of dies with two coordinating stamp sets. The stamps I used today were from the set called "chalk sayings 2 stamp". The card base is the Bazzill Taffy card stock. I used the hexagon hive die cut from Pistachio Pudding for the second layer. I cut the die a second time using Lost Lagoon. I layered some of the Lost Lagoon cut outs onto the Pistachio Pudding layer. Then I added three little flowers which were stamped with the SU "Pictogram Punches" set. They were stamped with Lost Lagoon ink onto Lost Lagoon card stock and punched out using the coordinating punch.
Thank you for stopping by my blog.
May 16,2015 -- Listed in the Paper Players Cut Above List.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

SC539 -- Mother's Day

Mother's Day is always a bittersweet time for me. My mother has been gone 15 years and my mother-in-law 14 years. They both were very special ladies and had much influence on my life. I have a daughter and a son. Both are married, have families of their own and live two too three hundred miles away. They both make Mother's Day special for me. I wanted to make a card for my daughter and daughter-in-law so I chose to use this week's sketch challenge as my inspiration.

I had a new stamp set from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps called "Treasured" that I had not yet used. As I looked at the words, I realized that both Angela and Janet were all of these: Mother, Daughter, Sister Friend and Aunt. There was also a phrase that said "You are treasured". I used all those words to create my background paper and then followed the sketch for all the other layers. SU Primrose Petals was the card stock and ink that I used along with white and green for the leaves. I was very pleased with the result.
Wishing each of my friends a "Happy Mother's Day".
May 10, 2015 -- This card was a CAS Favorite for the week ending May 10, 2015.

Monday, May 4, 2015

CAS323 -- Happy May

I have been able to make a card for this week's CAS challenge at Splitcoast Stampers. We were to use the letters in the word "MAY" as our guide.

Here is what I came up with--
M -- Morning Meadows stamp set
A -- Always Artichoke ink and aqua (from Lost Lagoon ink which looks more blue in the picture than in real life).
Y -- You're Lovely stamp set and yellow stickles
I started out to make a one layer card, but when I messed up on the stamping, I cut the layer off and continued to make my card without starting over. For the final touch, I used one of my stencils and added a little color to the opposite corners.
This is how I put it all together--

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

SC538 -- Flower Patch Doodle

I have tried all day to do my card. It is now 11 o'clock p.m. I have it finished and am trying to get it posted before the day is over.

Stamps from these three Stampin' Up sets: Flower Patch, Bloom with Hope and Crazy About You.
Inks used: Rich Razzleberry, Pear Pizzazz and Pretty in Pink.
Papers: SU Rich Razzleberry, small piece of Pretty in Pink polka dots and white card stock
After stamping the flowers, I used a fine tip journaling marker to add details to each image. I saw a video on this technique by Connie Stewart called "ZenDoodle". Here is a link to her video. I am having lots of fun with it.

May 3, 2015 -- This card was listed in the "favorites for the week" at SplitCoast Stampers.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

SC536--New Creature

Today's sketch was super simple and challenging at the same time. There are some beautiful cards that have been posted to the gallery at SCS.

The colors that I chose were SU Crushed Curry, So Saffron and Soft Suede. The ink was SU Soft Suede. The images were from a new set I recently got from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps called "New Creature".

Monday, April 13, 2015

CAS320 -- Stencil It

"Stencil It" is the theme for today's CAS challenge at SCS. A couple of weeks ago I prepared a class on "Stencils -- Ways To Use Them". I made several images and cards demonstrating the use of stencils. None of the cards have been posted so I am going to use two of them for this week's challenge.

This sunburst stencil is from Tim Holtz. I have used it several times and love it. For both of my cards, I was trying to create a early morning feel. I used SU so saffron and crushed curry inks on this sunburst but I can't remember to name of the blue I used. The stamp for the sentiment is one from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps set "Be Encouraged".

This was an Easter card I was working on. The stamps were from the old Cornish Heritage Farms company which went out of business several years ago. The company re-opened under new owners but I don't think they ever brought back this stamp set. The tomb stamp was a line image. Since I wanted a solid image, I colored the image in with the darkest gray Copic marker I have. You can still see a little of the stamp details but I thought it added interest to the image.

This last card was listed in the "Favorites of the Week" ending April 19 at SCS.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


This week's Paper Player challenge--

 My card for this challenge--

I had seen this layout on Pinterest a number of times and have wanted to try it for several weeks. I made the background paper some time ago using distress inks and then flicking water onto it to create the water spots. Of course, it was just waiting to be used. The black flower stem is a new Memory Box die called "Chandra Stem". The "hello" was also cut using a die from Cuttlebug. Now I wished I had used a stamp instead so that the hello would have been smaller. I think that would have made the flower stem and background stand out more.

This card was listed in "Favorites of the Week ending April 12" at SCS.