Thursday, 19 October 2017

STAMPlorations CAS Reminder Post

I'm here with a new card for the STAMPlorations CAS blog. This month's challenge is




Here's my card



What a super fun set, STAMPlorations Fowl Play is. I love pun-ny stamps. I stamped the birds and added colour with Copic markers. I matted the panel with orange, our optional twist for the monthly challenge. The sentiment is from the same stamp set.

We'd love for you to join us at our challenge. Players can join with up to 3 cards that are CAS and using (or not) the optional twist - orange. Prizes are a $10 gift certificate and $5 gift certificates for the top picks to STAMPlorations. 

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sue

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

STAMPlorations Typografia In Faith Blog Hop

We're back with a blog hop for the newly released Typografia IN FAITH stamp collection at STAMPlorations. 

The blog hop details:

Prize: One commenter will win their choice of 3 Typografia In Faith stamps. The winner will be randomly drawn from all comments left on the STAMPlorations blog and participating designers' blogs.

Commenting closes on October 23rd.

Winner announced on October 24th.

Check out all the Typografia In Faith stamps at STAMPlorations. Use my code STAMPGIRLSUE for an additional 20% off.

Here's my first card



I started by inking a panel with mustard seed distress ink. In retrospect, I probably could have used a piece of yellow cardstock. I stamped using the new Ask In Prayer - Typografia In Faith stamp and cut the oval using my Creative Memories Custom Cutting system. I looked around for some bright, colourful cardstock and found this striped paper. I added a green strip horizontally for a bit of added interest.

Here's my second card



I thought I'd try something new. I picked up some Confetti circles (1") cut from tissue paper. I watered down some white glue and adhered the circles a bit randomly, by applying the watered down glue with a brush. I made sure that the glue dried. The card warped a bit, so I weighted it down with a heavy book. I used my MISTI to stamp the Bless the Lord - Typografia In Faith stamp. I found that I had to stamp a few times to get good coverage, as the tissue paper isn't perfectly flat. I matted the card with a light blue cardstock and added some sequins for a bit of sparkle.

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sue

Saturday, 14 October 2017

a2z Scrapbooking - October 14th post

It's my turn up at a2z Scrapbooking. I have another Christmas card for you.




I used the same stamp, from Hero Arts CM179 Winter Silhouettes set here. I used another non-traditional Christmas color, tumbled glass distress ink, for the trees. The light blue color reminds me of newly fallen snow. I added the deer for contrast - although, perhaps I should have added a friend for the deer. The deer looks a bit lonely. I matted the panel on teal to make the stamped panel "pop". The sentiment is from the same stamp set. I added some White Blizzard Nuvo drops for a bit of sparkle on the trees.

Join us at a2z Scrapbooking for our current challenge


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sue

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

The Merry Christmas Challenge #38

Well, it's the Holly & Ivy team's turn to post their cards at The Merry Christmas Challenge for this week's challenge

Anything Goes + Christmas


Here's my card


I love this card sketch. The images are from The Alley Way's Mistletoe Kisses. I really miss this stamp company - their stamps were so cute! I coloured the Christmas icons with markers. I trimmed the panels to 1.5" squares and adhered them to a 2" green strip. The sentiment is from the same stamp set, cut out with Stampin' Up's oval punch and embellished with Stampin' Up's scalloped oval punch. I found some festive printed paper to serve as a background. 

We'd love for you to add your Christmas-inspired projects to our current challenge.

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sue

Monday, 9 October 2017

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #233

There's a new challenge at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

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Here's my card


I started with Echo Park's Magical Plaid stencil. I added colour with distress inks (picked raspberry, cracked pistachio, wilted violet) and ink blending tools with a light hand. I wanted a subtle background. I stamped a flower from Hero Arts Color Layering Graphic Flowers stamp set with Hero Arts Passion Flower ink and fussy cut the image. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches Salutations stamp set. 

We'd love for you to join us this week. What will you create with the sketch?

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sue

Friday, 6 October 2017

a2z Scrapbooking Post

I have a new card posting at a2z Scrapbooking today. Since it's less that three months to Christmas, I'm adding to my collection of Christmas cards. Here's today's card.


I'm loving the 2017 Christmas release of Hero Arts stamps. I've used parts of three different stamp sets for this card - Hero Arts CM186 Color Layering Joy Message, Hero Arts CM181 Bird Words (just for the holly berries) and Hero Arts Color Layering Holly. I used Hero Arts inks (Field Greens, Cup O' Joe, Pale Tomato). I matted the panel on a piece of red cardstock.  That's my clean & simple Christmas card for today.

We'd love for you to join us at the current challenge at a2z Scrapbooking 


We've changed the rules up a bit. A winner will be chosen randomly and will win a digital stamp set - this month, it's Go Wild. If the winner also used a Hero Arts product, there's an additional prize of a $20 gift certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking etsy store. If you're looking for Hero Arts products, consider the a2z Scrapbooking etsy store. When your cart exceeds $25, use my code Sue15 for 15% off. 

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sue

Thursday, 5 October 2017

STAMPlorations CAS October Challenge

And ... we're back. After a summer break, we have a new challenge at STAMPlorations CAS.



Here's my card




I started with STAMPlorations Blossom Sprays #3 which I stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink. I added colour using distress inks (carved pumpkin and pumice stone). I smooshed some ink on an acrylic sheet and picked up the colour with the waterbrush and added to the image. For the stamen, I added a bit of colour with a Stampin' Up Summer Starfruit marker. The sentiment is from STAMPlorations Fond Expressions 2 stamp set. To complete the card, I matted the panel on bright orange cardstock and added a few sequins for a bit of sparkle.

We'd love for you to join us at STAMPlorations CAS with your cards using any products you have, which either utilizes the optional color twist (or not). 

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sue

Monday, 2 October 2017

Stamp Nation - Challenge #259

Love the current challenge at Stamp Nation - Just Add Water. So, I'm still working on watercoloring - not sure if I should be using my Gansai Tambi watercolours or my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers or distress inks. I just need more time experimenting. 




I had heat embossed the image using STAMPlorations SKETCHED: Tulips stamp and white embossing powder on 96 lb bristol. While away on vacation, I added the colour with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a waterbrush and matted on some purple cardstock. 

To complete the card, I adhered the panel to an A2 card base and added a bow with purple shimmer ribbon.

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sue

Sunday, 1 October 2017

a2z Scrapbooking October Challenge

The weather has been so hot here in Vancouver, it doesn't seem possible that it's already October. That means, there is a new challenge at a2z Scrapbooking


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Here's my card




Well, it may not be watercolor in the traditional sense. However, I did use water to spritz the inked stamp, before stamping and of course, used a heavier weight 96 lb bristol for the card panel. I used Hero Arts CM180 Color Layering Holly stamp set and distress inks (twisted citron, mowed lawn and forest moss). For the sentiment, I used vellum, gold embossing powder and Hero Arts CM186 Color Layering Joy Message stamp set. I used small glue dots to adhere the vellum strip. I hid the adhesive under the small pearls.

We'd sure love to see your creations using this month's theme, Watercolor. We've changed our rules. Now you can use any products on your project. The winner will receive this free digital kit. If you also used a Hero Arts product, you'll win an additional $20 gift certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking etsy store. If you need Hero Arts products, check out the 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 - October Challenge

October 1st - how is that possible? Our temperatures this September have been so high that it still feels like summer. Well, except that the kids are back in school! It's time for a new challenge at House of Cards

CAS Halloween and/or Colors



Here's my card
























What does one do, when one doesn't own any Halloween stamps? I know - I need to rectify that. However, using ovals, using Stampin' Up's oval punch, I could "make" a pumpkin. I cut three ovals and inked the edges for some definition. I cut a small circle for the "top" and freehand cut a leaf and stem, which were also had the edges inked. I found some weathered boards printed paper, which I thought  was in line with the rustic look of the photo inspiration, while keeping the colours of the challenge in mind. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches Salutations stamp set.

We'd sure love for you to join us this month. Show us your CAS Halloween cards or create something using our colour inspiration.

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sue

Friday, 29 September 2017

a2z Scrapbooking - September 29th post

Well it's my turn to be up at a2z Scrapbooking with a new Christmas card. It is, after all, less than 3 months until Christmas. 

Here's my card


I ordered the Hero Arts CM181 Bird Words stamp set. I thought it was cute. When it arrived, I couldn't really figure out what to do with it - I liked the messages on the birds. I decided to go with a monochromatic look, with a pop of colour. I chose three birds - noel, merry and hope. Using my MISTI, I stamped the birds using Hero Arts Soft Granite ink, leaving a space for the hope bird, which I stamped with Hero Arts Pale Tomato ink. The one layer card seemed to be missing something. So, I added a thin strip of sparkly silver cardstock to add a bit of sparkle to the card.

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sue

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

The Merry Christmas Challenge #36

It's time for the Holly & Ivy team to post at The Merry Christmas Challenge where the challenge is always 

Anything Goes + Christmas

Here's my card for this week


I chose some non-traditional colours for my card. I started by adding colour with distress inks (picked raspberry, cracked pistachio, peacock feathers) with a waterbrush onto watercolour paper. Using Simon Says STAMP Lined Trees die, I cut the watercoloured panel and some silver shimmer cardstock. I liked the look of the trees on black - a bit of drama. The sentiment is from The Ton's Holiday Flourish stamp set, heat embossed with silver embossing powder.

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sue

Monday, 25 September 2017

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #231

There's a new challenge at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge this week

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Here's my card



I stamped a bunch of the flowers using Altenew's Bamboo Rose stamp set. I added colour with a water brush and distress inks (mustard seed, spiced marmalade, picked raspberry, peacock feathers). I fussy cut the flowers. I found some scraps of a dark printed paper and dark gray on which I stamped the sentiment using Hero  Arts Color Layering Bouquet stamp set. 

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sue

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

STAMPlorations Typografia IN FAITH Blog Hop

Very excited to be part of the Typografia IN FAITH blog hop at STAMPlorations. Typografia IN FAITH is a release of Faith-inspired stamps. 




The blog hop details:

Prize: One commenter will win their choice of 3 Typografia In Faith stamps. The winner will be randomly drawn from all comments left on the STAMPlorations blog and participating designers' blogs. 

Commenting closes Monday, September 18

Winner announced on Tuesday, September 19

Loving what you're seeing? All Typografia In Faith stamps are available in the store. Click here to find the In Faith stamps. All stamps are 5% off and with my code  STAMPGIRLSUE for an additional 20% off.


Here's my first card




I used the Typografia IN FAITH Delight in the Lord stamp. Using my MISTI, to ensure a good impression, I stamped on my main panel with Versafine Onyx Black ink. I also stamped on some scraps of pink and red cardstock. I used some heart dies to cut hearts from the coloured and stamped cardstock, making sure that the areas where the hearts were die cut, did not overlap. I then adhered them to the "correct" place, difectly overlapping the white panel. I matted the panel on red cardstock.

Here's my second card





I used Typografia IN FAITH's All Things Through Christ. I started by heat embossing using silver embossing powder. With a water brush, I added colour using distress inks (mustard seed, spiced marmalade, picked raspberry, peacock feathers). I matted the panel on yellow cardstock and added some sequins for a bit of sparkle.



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sue

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

The Merry Christmas Challenge #34

So excited to share my news, I'm now a member of The Merry Christmas Challenge design team. WOOHOO for me! There's a bit of pressure to create Christmas cards, every other week. However, I know that I'll end up with a nice collection of Christmas cards, by Christmas.

The challenges are "Anything Goes + Christmas".  We'd love for you to join us.

Here's my card


I used The Ton's Holiday Flourish with Hero Arts Field Greens and Pale Tomato ink. For the smaller "berries", I used Catherine Pooler's Candy Cane Lane. For the sentiment, I cut a strip of vellum and die cut, using shiny gold cardstock and Simon Says STAMP Deco Tree die for the sentiment. Here's a close-up.


To adhere the vellum to my card, I hid glue dots under the small faux pearls.

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sue

Monday, 11 September 2017

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #229

I'm back with a card for the new challenge at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. Here's the sketch

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Here's my card




I flipped the sketch a couple of ways. I masked a 2" circle. I added distress inks (mustard seed, spiced marmalade, chipped sapphire) in ink blending tools to mimic a sunrise sky. I added the bulrushes from Technique Tuesdays' Growing Wild stamp set and the dragonfly from Technique Tuesdays' Wildflowers stamp set. I matted the focal panel with black. The sentiment is from TT's Wildflowers stamp set and is stamped on a scrap of the vertical strip used. I found some printed paper that I felt worked with the focal panel. 

We'd love to see what you can create starting with our sketch #229.

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sue

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Stamp Nation Challenge #255 - Part 2

The sketch for Challenge #255 at Stamp Nation is a versatile sketch. I just had to give it another try. Here's the sketch

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Here's my card



I heat embossed using clear embossing powder on white cardstock and the CASual Fridays Full On Floral stamp. I added colour with an ink blending tool and ripe persimmon distress ink. I cut a 1.5" strip for this card. The sentiment is from Simon Says STAMP Lots of Thanks stamp set. Finished the card with a few sequins.

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sue

Stamp Nation Challenge #255

Saw this sketch challenge at Stamp Nation

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and knew that I wanted to try to do this using bright colours of cardstock. Here's my card



I cut some scraps of coloured cardstock 1.5" wide and various thicknesses.The sentiment is from Simon Says STAMP Lots of Thanks stamp set. I added a few sequins for a bit of shine.

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sue

Simon Says STAMP Wednesday Challenge

Just back from a relaxing extra long weekend visiting with my friend in Lynnwood, WA. I made this card while we were crafting for the challenge at Simon Says STAMP Wednesday Challenge

This week the challenge is
Anything Goes 
This week we are showcasing Hero Arts 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 by using some post-it tape to mask a strip 1.25" from the bottom of the panel. Then, I grabbed my Hero Arts Color Layering Graphic Flowers and a collection of my Hero Arts inks. I carefully removed the post-it tape. I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set and with a ruler and fine black marker, drew the two horizontal black lines. I matted the card panel on black.

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sue

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Muse Challenge #231

Away for the long weekend, visiting a friend and I couldn't resist not playing along with Muse this week after seeing this beautiful card by Cat Craig



I was inspired by

  • the beautiful spray of flowers
  • the colours
  • the general sketch
  • the scripty sentiment in black

Here's my card



I chose to start with STAMPlorations Blossom Sprays #1 which I colored using Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a water brush. I'm away from home so I needed to use the closest colours to Cat's card that I had with me. The sentiment is Simon Says STAMP Thanks die (which I borrowed from my friend). I didn't have any fun foam, so used "plain" black cardstock. 

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sue

Saturday, 2 September 2017

a2z Scrapbooking - September 14th post

I'm up at a2z Scrapbooking today with a new card. It's a Christmas card because it will be here before I know it. Hero Arts has some great new Christmas-inspired stamp sets. I'm using one of the new releases. 

Here's my card




I went for a non-traditional Christmas colour. I remember my Auntie's home where she had a pink Christmas tree back in the 70s. I think that she was ahead of her time - they seem quite trendy now.

I stamped the trees from Hero Arts CM179 Winter Silhouettes with Hero Arts bubble gum ink. For the silhouettes, I stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink. I used silver embossing powder for the sentiment from the same stamp set.

We'd love for you to join us for the current challenge at a2z Scrapbooking where it's 
All you have to do, is CASE an a2z Scrapbooking designer and use a Hero Arts product as the focal point. 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

Friday, 1 September 2017

Christmas Card Throwdown August - Technique Challenge

Cutting it pretty close as the current challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown closes in less than 2 hours. 



Here's my card



I used Unity Stamps Ornamental Season, Versamark and WOW! Rose Gold embossing powder. The ornaments were coloured in using Frixion gel pens. Obviously, not using traditional Christmas colours, I was going for a bright and fun look. The sentiment is from the same stamp set.

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sue

House of Cards - September Challenge

September? How is that possible? Well, it is September 1st so that means that it's time for a new challenge at House of Cards. This month's challenge is


SEPTEMBER 2017
Add text and/or Colors


Here's my card



I started with STAMPlorations Trendy Leaves stamp set. I chose the leaf with the text on it - to adhere with the challenge of add text. I grabbed my inks that most closely matched the colours of the challenge (Hero Arts Soft Brown, Distress inks - Antique Linen, Rusty Hinge, Tea Dye, Aged Mahogany). I inked each leaf with two different colours, making good use of my MISTI. The sentiment is from Simon Says STAMP Big Scripty Greetings. I found some printed paper that coordinated with the colours and matted the main card panel.

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sue

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

AAA Cards Game #97

I have a card for the current challenge at AAA Cards where the current challenge is




Here's my card



I used post-it tape to mask the "water" while inking the sky and punched a 3/4" circle from a post-it note to mask the sun. For the sky, I used distress inks (mustard seed, spiced marmalade, picked raspberry). I carefully removed the post-it tape and masked the sky. I then added salty ocean distress ink for the water. I removed the post-it tape and post-it note circle. I added the grass using Technique Tuesday's Wildflowers stamp set. I then used a circle die to die cut the panel. The sentiment is from Hero Arts Color Layering Bouquet stamp set.

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sue

Addicted to CAS Challenge #118

Joining in at Addicted to CAS where the current challenge is 



Here's my card



I started by stamping using Simon Says STAMP Look for the Miracles stamp set. I added colour with distress inks (mustard seed, peacock feathers, seedless preserves, picked raspberry) using ink daubers. I fussy cut the flowers. The sentiment used Catherine Pooler's Friendship Collection Stamp of Approval's CASual Fridays Girlfriend stamp set.

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sue

Less Is More Challenge #343

Super fun challenge at Less is More this week




So, this really made me think. What "real" object could I add to my card? I looked around and picked up the Hero Arts I'm A Puffer for You stamp set and the thought of googly eyes. I hope they qualify as a real object. Here's my card



I inked the background with salty ocean distress ink and an ink blending tool. I stamped two fish using the Hero Arts I'm A Puffer for You stamp set with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I added colour with Copics and fussy cut the fish. The sentiment is from the same stamp set. I adhered the fish and using glue dots, added the googly eyes to the fish.

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sue

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

a2z Scrapbooking - August 29th post

It's my turn to be "up" at a2z Scrapbooking. I have a Christmas card for you. After all, it's less than four months until Santa comes to visit. I have a lot to do before then. Getting a start on my Christmas cards helps.

Here's my card



I used Hero Arts DC215 Holiday Ornaments Stamp & Cut and my MISTI. I like using clear stamps as one can curve stamps, when you need to, like I did with the sprigs stamp to get them to overlap. I used Hero Arts Mid-Tone Field Green Shadow Ink for the sprigs. For the bow, I stamped using Hero Arts Strawberry Bold Ink and die cut the bow using the Stamp & Cut set. I felt that the stamped panel was a bit too much white space, so I matted the stamped panel with a dark neutral. The sentiment is from the same stamp set. I added Nuvo drops for a bit of dimension and shine.

There are just a couple of days left for you to join us at a2z Scrapbooking for our current monthly challenge - just be sure to use a Hero Arts product as the focus.


If you're looking for Hero Arts products, check out the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy store. When your cart reaches $25, use my code Sue15 for 15% off.

Thanks for visiting
sue