Wednesday, 16 August 2017

AAA Cards: CAS Game #96 - Summer Fun

Joining in with the gang at AAA Cards for their current challenge





Here's my card



I used Lawn Fawn's Life is Good stamp set. I stamped the images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and added colour with Copics. I trimmed the images to be equally wide and varied the heights. I felt that a kraft background was appropriate for a summer "beach" card. The sentiment is from the same stamp set.

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sue

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Christmas Card Throwdown August Theme Challenge

Here's the current theme challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown.




This challenge really challenged me to think "outside the box". I know that there are some cute stamp sets with Santa on surfboards and other tropical Christmas sets. I don't own any of those. So I thought that I'd have to pass - then inspiration struck. Here's my card



I stamped the palm tree from Lawn Fawn's Life is Good stamp set and coloured them with Copics. I used the tree decorations from Neat & Tangled Bright Baubles stamp set, stamped in different non-traditional colours. I think that I was able to create a tropical Christmas tree. The sentiments is from the Neat & Tangled stamp set.

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sue

Monday, 14 August 2017

CAS(E) this Sketch #234

Great sketch this week for the challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch




Here's my card



I stamped this cute fish from Avery Elle's that Bites stamp set with Memento Tuxedo black ink and coloured with Copics. I fussy cut the fish out and used glossy accents on it's eye. For the background circle and right strip, I inked up some cardstock with distress inks (mermaid lagoon, salty ocean, faded jeans). The sentiment is from the same stamp set.

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sue

Simon Says STAMP Wednesday Challenge

Super fun challenge at Simon Says STAMP Wednesday Challenge this week

This week the challenge is
For A Child 
This week we are showcasing Neat and Tangled Products. You don’t have to use them for the challenge but if you have them we would love to see them used.


Here's my card



I started with Your Next Stamp's Blast Off stamp set. I stamped the rocketship image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured the image with Copic markers. I masked off the rocket ship and added faded jeans and chipped sapphire distress ink with ink blending tools. I added some spatter with Gansai Tambi Pearl colors - with a wet paint brush, I picked up some silver pearl paint and put it on an acrylic block. With the paint brush, I flicked the paint onto my panel (to look like sparkly stars). I removed the mask and die cut the panel with a circle die. I popped this up with some fun foam. The sentiment is from the same stamp set. i think that a child or someone young at heart would like this card.

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sue

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #225

Gotta brag for a minute. I'm now a design team member at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. If you're one who loves sketch challenges, then Atlantic Hearts is a place you'll want to visit weekly. 

Here's this week's sketch

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Here's my card





I love bright colours. So I pulled some out for this week's card. I started with STAMPlorations' ARTplorations Ethnic Organic 2 stencil. I added distress inks (mustard seed, spiced marmalade, picked raspberry) in a random way. The sentiment is from Simon Says STAMP Big Scripty Greetings stamp set put on a die cut 1.75" circle cut from a scrap of bright pink cardstock.

We'd love for you to join us and share what you created with this sketch.

a2z Scrapbooking August 14th post

If it's the 14th of the month, then it's my turn to post over at a2z Scrapbooking. Our current challenge is 

Hero Arts Bright and Beautiful Challenge

Here's my card - I think that it fits the bright and beautiful challenge




I inked up a 96 lb bristol card front with distress inks (wilted violet, ripe persimmon, barn door, picked raspberry, carved pumpkin). I spritzed the Hero Arts SA073 Asian Flower stencil and placed into onto the inked panel. I let the stencil sit for a bit. I carefully lifted the stencil and dried up any little puddles with some paper towel. I trimmed the panel and added an orange panel to make the card. The sentiment is from Hero Arts CM124 Color Layering Fuchsia. I added a thin strip of purple cardstock to complete the card.

We'd love for you to join the current challenge at a2z Scrapbooking. Please be sure to use a Hero Arts product as your focal point. If you're looking to add to your Hero Arts stash, check out thea2z Scrapbooking etsy store. When your cart exceeds $25, use my code Sue15 for 15% off.

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sue

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Tic Tac Toe Challenge TTTC010

I made a card for the current challenge at Tic Tac Toe Challenge. Here's this week's game board.




Here's my card



I chose the top row for my card - metallic, emboss, insect or bug. I pulled out CTMH's Quick Cards-Dragonfly stamp. I inked with Versamark, applied WOW!'s Rose Gold embossing powder and heat set the image. I love the shine/shimmer of the embossing powder. I matted the focal panel with a silver shimmer paper to continue the shimmer look to the card. 

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sue

CASology: Week 261

Have a card for the current challenge at CASology. Here's the cue card.


Here's my card


So, when I looked around my stamp collection, I didn't find many "safari-type" stamps. In fact, my choices were few. I chose this stamp from Stampin' Up Pun Fun stamp set. I love pun-ny sentiments. I stamped the hippo with  Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured it in with Copics. I found a scrap of purple to help make the focal image pop and some printed paper for the background.

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sue

Papertrey Ink: Make It Monday #294

It's been awhile since I've been able to make a card for Make It Monday at Papertrey Ink. No real excuse, mostly just not enough crafting time and a very limited Papertrey Ink supply list. However, this week, I'm here! YIPPEE!

The challenge this week is:  Monochrome Color Pop

Here's my card



I started by using Papertrey Ink's Think Big Favorites: #24 Stamp Set for the sentiment, stamped with a dark red ink. Then I stamped around the sentiment with a dark gray ink using Papertrey Ink's Bitty Bouquets stamp set. Using my MISTI, made stamping the layered stamps easy.

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sue

Muse Card Challenge #228

Joining in with the gang at Muse this week with this card by Anita Bowden



I was inspired by:

  • the colours used
  • die cut flower
  • especially for you sentiment
  • white and black card with pop of colour

Here's my card




I used Paper Smooches' Dainty Flowers die with black cardstock. I also die cut the flower and leaf using white cardstock and then applied distress inks (mustard seed, spiced marmalade, picked raspberry, mermaid lagoon and wilted violet) with ink blending tools. I used the inlaid die cut technique to make the flower. I matted the focal panel with black cardstock to match the flower outline and sentiment. The sentiment is from Stampin' Up's Made for You stamp set.

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sue

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Stamp Nation - Christmas Card Challenge #3 - Ornaments

Last Christmas card for awhile. I created this one by gold heat embossing the ornaments from Avery Elle's Retro Ornaments stamp set onto non-traditional (non-red/green) coloured cardstock. I fussy cut the ornaments. I attached some gold cord to hang the ornaments. I felt that black provided the perfect dramatic background for the ornaments. I gold embossed the sentiment from the same stamp set. 



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sue

Stamp Nation - Christmas Card Challenge #5 - Plaid

There was a time before the MISTI, that I used border stamps to carefully try to create my own plaid paper. This process is much easier using Echo Park's Magic Plaid Stencil. I used the stencil and applied colour using Distress inks (lucky clover and candied apple) with ink blending tools. I have found that the results are better when the colours are applied randomly. My logical brain thought that keeping the colours in the straight lines would work better - it didn't, in my opinion! The sentiment is from Avery Elle's Retro Ornaments stamp set. I added a few sequins for some shine and a glimmery ribbon to complete the card.


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sue

Stamp Nation - Christmas Card Challenge #10 - Religious

Over at Stamp Nation, there are some Christmas Card challenges to help us get an early start on our Christmas cards. Challenge #10 was for a religious card. 



I started with a 3" x 4" panel. I stamped the three Wise Men using Paper Smooches' A Blessed Christmas stamp set with black ink and with gold embossing powder, heat embossed the star from the same stamp set. I inked up the panel with chipped sapphire distress in and an ink blending tool. I adhered the panel to a black card front, to which I gold embossed the sentiment from the same stamp set. 

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sue

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

A Blog Named Hero Challenge: Embossing with WOW!

Have a card to enter to the current challenge at A Blog Named Hero






Here's my card





I started by masking off a 1.25" vertical stripe. I used Hero Arts CL980 Happy Mother's Day stamp set for the flowers and Hero Arts CL862 Color Layering Graphic Flowers with Versamark ink and WOW!'s Rose Gold. Have you tried WOW!'s Rose Gold - it's so gorgeous. I kept the card monochromatic because I love the Rose Gold so much. 

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sue

Uniko Studio: Challenge #42 - Flowers

Haven't been playing along at Uniko Studio for some time. However, this month's challenge worked for me and I finished the card before the challenged ended.





Here's my card



I used Uniko Studio's Flower Power #7, my MISTI and Hero Arts shadow inks (Ultra Pink, Tangerine, Cornflower, Butter Bar, Strawberry). The sentiment is also Uniko Studio's All Occasion Sentiments #1. 

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sue

Sunday Stamps SSC 158

So, I just noticed that the current challenge at Sunday Stamps is SSC 158: Be Square. Here's the sketch.




Well, my card isn't exactly square. However, I was inspired by the sketch - I just stretched it a bit to make it an A2 card. Here's my card



I started with Hero Arts Large Lotus Pattern stencil with distress inks (ripe persimmon, peacock feathers and shabby shutters). I matted the panel with a teal coloured cardstock. I found some scraps of patterned paper for the banners. Instead of the horizontal strip on the sketch, I used a horizontal strip for the sentiment and moved the strip from the back to the front.

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sue

The Paper Players PP356

Interesting challenge this week at The Paper Players




Here's my card. I don't have any camping stamps but came up with this "outdoor" scene.



I started with Your Next Stamp's Home Sweet Home stamp set. Masked off the house. Cut a 3/4" circle out of the sticky part of a post-it note to mask the sun and masked below the scene to keep unwanted colours from sneaking onto the card! Added distress inks (mustard seed, spiced marmalade, picked raspberry and faded jeans) with ink blending tools and removed the masks.I matted the scene on black. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches' Group Hugs stamp set.

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sue

Monday, 7 August 2017

Simon Says STAMP Wednesday Challenge

For those who know me, I like clean and simple cards. If they are remotely messy, like texture paste, I tend to shy away. I was, however, intrigued by the current challenge at Simon Says STAMP Wednesday Challenge

This week the challenge is
Splatter It 
This week we are showcasing Ranger Products. You don’t have to use them for the challenge but if you have them we would love to see them used.

Here's my card



I started with STAMPlorations Blossom Sprays #1. I added colour with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. Love how vibrant the colours are. I felt that the splatter needed to have a bit of a shimmer so I pulled out my Gansai Tambi Pearl Colours. Using a paint brush, i added some water to the little trays of pigments. I picked up some paint and placed it on the edge of an acrylic block. Using the same paint brush, I flicked ink onto my card. I will admit this was fun! So much fun in fact, I repeated it several times with different colours. I just may have overdone the splatter.

Here's a close-up



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sue

Tic Tac Toe Challenge TTTC009 and Addicted to CAS Challenge #117

I made a card for the current challenge at Tic Tac Toe Challenge using their board by choosing the left column - thank you, silhouette, one layer.




Then, I noticed the current challenge at Addicted to CAS where the current challenge is 



Here's my card



This is one of my favourite style of cards to make. I start with a 2" mask which I adhere to the card. Using distress inks (mustard seed, spiced marmalade and chipped sapphire) and ink blending tools, I created a sunset sky. I stamped the silhouette images from Technique Tuesday's Growing Wild and Wildflowers stamp sets. The sentiment is from Hero Arts CL43 Color Layering Bouquet.

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sue



Sunday, 6 August 2017

CASology: Week 260: Juicy

Fun challenge at CASology this week. Here's the cue card.




Here's my card



OK - so I wasn't sure I'd be able to join this challenge. I don't own any "fruit-y", "juicy" type stamps or dies. Then I thought about the word juicy and it brought a vision of juice running down my arms while eating a yummy ripe peach. This was my inspiration. I used gelatos - yellow, orange, red at the top of the card panel. I added water until it formed a bit of a puddle, then using a straw, blew the coloured water towards the bottom of the card (like juice running down my arms). I used STAMPlorations' Bold Sentiments - Sweet stamp set for the sentiment.

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sue

Muse Challenge #227

It's a bit different this week at Muse Challenge. There is no Muse card and it's anything goes! The part I really enjoy about the Muse challenges is the attempt at interpreting a card created by someone else. I tend to "literally" interpret and I'm working on "stretching outside my comfort zone". So, while I could have made a card off the top of my head, I decided to look for some inspiration - where better, than Ardyth's APRInspiration board on Pinterest. I found this image which I thought was interesting. By the way, there are over 5500 pins - I didn't need to check through them all before I found one that caught my eye.

Petite Plates by LaPellaPottery  #pottery #plate #socute

I was inspired by:
- the quarter design (a flower cut into quarters)
- bright colours
- the black outline an border


Here's my card




I started with Technique Tuesday's Garden of Life stamp set. I chose the largest flower, stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured with Copics YG06, R35, GB05 and YR04. I cut the flower into quarters, chose one I liked and matted with black. The sentiment is from Hero Arts Color Layering Bouquet.

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sue

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

CAS(E) this Sketch #232

Here's the current sketch for the challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch 



It seems, at first glance, a "simple" sketch. There are so many possibilities, so many ideas racing through my head. I went with "simple". Here's my card



I started with the tire tread stamp from CTMH Fast and Furious, stamped with Stampin' Up's Early Espresso. I added the sentiment from CTMH Finish Line, which I inked up with Hero Arts Butter Bar and Tangerine inks. I matted the card on black. I felt that there was something missing - however, I decided to walk away and leave it a real clean and simple card. 

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sue

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

a2z Scrapbooking - August Challenge

It's the 1st of August. That means, it's time for a new challenge at a2z Scrapbooking. This month, the challenge is 

Image may contain: flower and text
For those who know me, I love bright colours. This is my kind of challenge. Here's my card




I started with Hero Arts CM130 Color Layering Hydrangea, inked with Hero Arts Bubble Gum, Ultra Pink, Green Hill and Emerald Green inks. The flowers and leaves were fussy cut. Does anyone else find fussy cutting relaxing - as long as the edges aren't too complex! For the background, I used ink blending tools to apply distress inks (faded jeans, picked raspberry, mustard seed, peacock feathers, spiced marmalade, salty ocean, barn door). The sentiment is from Hero Arts CL943 Color Layering Bouquet. I popped one flower up using dimensionals for some added interest.

We'd love for you to join us this month for our Bright and Beautiful challenge. Please be sure that your focal image showcases a Hero Arts product. If you're looking for Hero Arts products, check out a2z Scrapbooking etsy store. When your cart reaches $25, use my code Sue15 for 15% off your purchase.

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sue

House of Cards - August Challenge

It's hard to believe that it's already August. It's sad to see that the days are getting shorter. Since it's August 1st, there must be a new challenge at House of Cards.


Floral Images and/or Colors




Here's my card




I tried to incorporate as many of the colours on the photo inspiration (as I had ink colours) and used a floral stamp set. I used MFT Sketched Blooms stamp set with Hero Arts inks (Orchid, Passion Flower, Raspberry Jam) and Simon Says STAMP ink (fossil). The sentiment is from Stampin' Up's Made for You stamp set and cut out with Stampin' Up's oval punch. I found a scrap of printed paper that complemented the colours, so I used that as a background for the sentiment. 

We'd love for you to join us by creating a card using floral images or the colours posted above.

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sue


Sunday, 30 July 2017

AAA Cards: CAS Game #95 - Rainbow

Yeah - third post of the day. It's for the current challenge at AAA Cards



Here's my card



I started with 96 lb bristol. With a waterbrush, I applied distress inks (barn door, spiced marmalade, mustard seed, lucky clover, faded jeans, wilted violet). For each new colour, I would overlap a bit to blend the colours. Once dry, I stamped using STAMPlorations Say It Big: Congrats stamp. To complete the card, I added a few clear sequins.

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sue

Simon Says STAMP Wednesday Challenge

Second post of the day. This time, I'm joining in at Simon Says STAMP Wednesday Challenge.

This week the challenge is
Anything Goes
This week we are showcasing Wild Rose Studio Products. You don’t have to use them for the challenge but if you have them we would love to see them used.


I love "anything goes" challenges since I'm away at a retreat and don't have access to all my crap (I mean papercrafting supplies - LOL), I could make something that obviously fits the "anything goes" challenge. Unfortunately, I don't own any Wild Rose Studio Products so I thought, I'd do the next best thing and use a Simon Says STAMP product.

Here's my card




I used the Simon Says STAMP Star Medallion stencil I just recently purchased along with distress inks (ripe persimmon, picked raspberry, peacock feathers and wilted violet) applied with ink blending tools. I then cut out the inked panel (because I wasn't careful enough and got ink "outside" the stencil that I didn't appreciate). I added a banner with a sentiment from Papertrey Ink's Keep It Simple: Thank You Stamp set. 

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sue

Freshly Made Sketches #298

I'm at a weekend retreat and totally enjoying the opportunity to do nothing besides craft ... and eat! It's given me the opportunity to make some cards for various challenges. This card is for the current challenge at Freshly Made Sketches



Here's my card. I rotated the sketch 90 degrees.



i've noticed lately that there have recently been a few challenges with rainbows as the theme. I guess I still have rainbows on the mind, when I made this card. I used Hero Arts Tribal Shapes stencil along with distress inks (mustard seed, spiced marmalade, barn door, picked raspberry, wilted violet, faded jeans, mowed lawn and pumice stone), added with daubers. The sentiment is from Simon Says STAMP Handlettered Encouragement stamp set. I added a few sequins, because it was just "too" CAS for me, today!

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sue

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Muse: Christmas Visions

In the heat of summer, it sure is fun to think about Christmas in July. While, it took me the entire month to finally make a card, I'm so happy to be able to join in at Muse: Christmas Visions

Here's this month's Muse, created by Jessica Frost-Ballas





Here's my card




Her card is so lovely and festive. I was inspired by:
- the colours she chose (although my red isn't as bright as her's)
- the use of gold embossing 
- poinsettias
- general layout - sentiment on the left, poinsettias on the right
- scripty sentiment

Apologies for the photo, I'm at a retreat and the lighting isn't what I'm used to.  I started by using Simon Says STAMP's Poinsettia stamp set which I inked with distress ink (fired brick) and spritzed with water before stamping to give it the watercolour look. Once dry, I added gold embossing. The sentiment is from Simon Says STAMP Peace on Earth stamp set, also gold embossed.

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sue