Tuesday, July 31, 2012


I came across this challenge while looking at entries on another challenge.  Thought I would give it a try.  All the cards are Christmas cards.  The challenge is to tie a ribbon.  Easey Peasey.  I decided to try non-usual Christmas colors.  The cardstock is Recollections, the cardbase GP110.  I ran the large white background piece through my Big Shot using a Cuttlebug embossing folder. I stamped the image with an Inkadinkado stamp and colored it with Copics.  The ribbon is from Michael's holiday ribbons.

Speedy Fox 7/31

The challenge on this site is a sketch.


My card:

The card base is GP110, the pink cardstock is from my scrap bucket.  Ribbon is from my stash (unknown).  The XO is from Hero Arts XO stamp set. 

IDIC - Summer Fun


I picked up this cute flip flop stamp at one of the shop hop stores over the weekend.  It is perfect for this summer fun card.  I can see the wearer leaving them on the sand and diving into the water while the little clam watches.

I also bought the yellow set of Spectrum Noir pens so that I could compare them with my Copics.  I don't share my friends' thoughts about them.  I didn't find them easier to use than Copics.  I don't think they blended as well.  My opinion is that the Copics do a much better job and so I will stick with them.

The blue paper background and the yellow sun and die cuts are from my scrap bucket.  The sand is cork that I've had for quite awhile.  I used the Fiskar's wave punch for the waves.  The wave paper is Bella Blvd.  It is actually a blue just like the zebra paper. The flip flops stamp is from Imaginesce. The sentiment and the clam are from Hero Arts Oceans of Joy set.  Pearls are Want2Scrap.  Dies are Spellbinders.

CPS 276 and Doodle Pantry

I am entering this in CPS Card Sketches.  I think it is the first time I have entered their challenge.   I am also entering this in Doodle Pantry Shop's Best Let's Get Stripey challenge.  I purchased the Bo Bunny Camp-A-Lot 6x6 collection on the shop hop.  I also bought some accessories for it and put them away nicely.  Where?  I have no idea.  I am going to have to search for them later today before making more cards with this collection.  I have been getting a jump on fall cards for OWH and had these pumpkins colored.  The pumpkins go along with the fall theme so they got a chance to be used here.  I had colored them with Copics.

Wags N Whiskers Technique

The challenge at Wags 'n Whiskers this week is to use a new technique.  I did alcohol ink on glossy paper.

CFC 63

As soon as I saw the color combination, I knew what I wanted to do.  I had just purchased these faux Washi tapes at Target.  They were in the right colors for this challenge.  I had also just bought the Impression Obsession sentiment stamp set with all vertical sentiments.  I used just the purple ink in the Kaleidacolor Berry Blaze rainbow color stamp pad.  It's great that the ink pads are so thin in these ink pads.  It was perfect for the vertical stamp.

Monday, July 30, 2012

The Outlawz Color Challenge July 31

When I first saw this color challenge, my thoughts went immediately to Christmas.  I had a couple of winter charms left from years ago from a scrapbook page.  I used pieces of blue and white from Recollections. The snowflakes were from the $1 bins at Michaels from a long time ago.  The ribbon is also from Michaels.  I inked the Sizzix snowflake embossing folder with SU Tempting Turquoise and ran the white cardstock through the Big Shot.

ODBD 117

I used GP110 for the card base.  The dp is Basic Grey Autumn Leaves.  The flower came from that same collection.  The ribbon is some I had in my stash.  I used a ODBD stamp for the sentiment.  It is one of my favorite Psalms.

Stampin' Sisters in Christ

The challenge is to use the torn paper technique.

I used SU Early Espresso for my card base, Soft Suede for the larger Sizzix Framelit die cut.  The dp is Basic Grey Lime Rickey.  The Our Daily Bread Design stamp is stamped on a piece of scrap.  The felt piece is from Basic Grey Indian Summer collection.  Ribbon is American Crafts.

OWH Stars and Stamps Sketch 131

I used Recollections Orange, SU Early Espresso, Little Yellow Bicycle and SEI dp.  The leaves are from Hero Arts Real Leaves stamp set.  I colored them with Copics and fussy cut them.  The banner was cut with SU Bitty Banner dies and stamped with Hero Arts Year Round stamp set.

Dynammic Duos #13

I think both of the colors in the challenge are SU papers.  I only had the Early Espresso so I used a lighter brown from my stash.  I stamped the lighter brown with SU Mixed Bunch with Memento Rich Cocoa.  The flower is from my stash and I don't remember whose it is.  I used the honeycomb embossing folder on the strip of Early Espresso.  The sentiment was stamped with Rich Cocoa.  The stamp is from Hero Arts Year Round Sentiment set.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Words of Encouragement - Stars and Stamps MWT

The theme for the Stars and Stamps midweek throwdown is words of encouragement.  I can't think of a much nicer thing than to tell someone how much you you appreciate them.

CASology Week #3 - Fruit

I made this card in a beginning quilling class taught by Linda Howard at Scrapbooking Made Simple.  I had never done quilling and for some reason, it looked very difficult to me.  I couldn't believe how easy it was.  I ended up buying the materials necessary to do quilling.  I can't wait to get started on some projects.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

SYS Class - Day 4 - Card 4

This is the Alpha Stamps Creating A Background Technique.

SYS Class - Day 4 - Part 3

This is the Simple White Embossing Technique.

SYS Day 4 - Part 2

This is the Stamped Acetate technique.  I heat set the stamp after I stamped it on the acetate because it kept wanting to rub off.

SYS Day 4 Part 1

For this card I used the kissed layered embossing technique by Jennifer McGuire.

SYS Day 3

These were all cards I made using the techniques on Day 3 of StretchYour Stamps.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Mojo Monday 251

Materials used:
Cardstock - Recollections
Printed paper - Doodlebug Design, Bella Blvd.
Die - Spellbinders scalloped die, classic circle
Sentiment - Stampendous
Copics - B0000, C7, E11, E37, E55, E57,G24, R21, R22

I can't believe that I totally forgot to enter this into the Mojo Monday site.  I checked it on Sunday night and the link was already closed. 

Monday, July 23, 2012

The Outlawz Color Challenge for July 24

I liked this image enough to use it again this week.  It is from A Day for Daisies.  I used papers from my stash and don't have a clue who made them.  I colored the image with Copic markers and added Stickles to give it a little pizzaz.  The flowers are from Recollections.  I added a little Liquid Pearls to the flower center.  The ribbon is from Michaels.

OWH Stars and Stamps 130

I am trying to do some re-organization in my scrap room because I have stuff all over the place.  I found a whole pile of scraps to add to my scrap bin.  I was able to make this card from the newfound scraps.  I have no idea who any of the makers of the paper are.  I used Kalidacolor Melon Melody to stamp the yellow piece for my background.  The die for the sentiment is from SU Labels Collection.  The heart diecut is from a Creative Memories die.  The edge die is a Recollections die.  The sentiment is a stamp that I got at Michaels years ago.  It had a flower on it, but I only wanted to use the sentiment so I cut the flower off.  The bling is from Want2Scrap.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

The Sweet Stop 168

Materials used:

brown cardstock:  Bazzill
kraft cardstock:  Recollections
Printed cardstock: Echo Park This & That
Stamp: Sweet 'N Sassy All Star Coco
Ribbon:  American Crafts
Fiskar's edge punch
Sentiment stamp: Unknown
Copic Markers

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A New Blog to Post to

Teresa from The Outlawz started a new blog called Avadares Challenge Blog.  The first challenge was to use the digi she provided to make a card.

This is what I came up with after looking at this simple flower for awhile. 

I used the Floral Ovals  and Classic Ovals dies from Spellbinders, Crayola color pencils, SU die for the sentiment and Hero Arts sentiment stamp.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

SYS Day 6 - Second Card

I didn't follow the lesson exactly for this card because I didn't have a butterfly stamp and die set. The stamp and die sets I have wouldn't have worked as well.  I guess the sample was just an inspiration for me.  I used the Spellbinders butterfly set.  The background for the butterfly was cut with SookWang tape.  I covered it with Glitter Ritz Dark Gold.  I cut the outline butterfly from black cardstock and adhered it to the gold base.    I stamped the flowers with Color Box gold ink.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts.  I used a piece of Tim Holtz's tissue tape.

SYS Day 6

This was the card in the video from Jennifer.  It took me a couple tries to get the cut right, but it finally worked.  I wasn't sure at first that I would like it but after I was done, I did.  After I took the picture, I added Stickles to the body of the dragonfly and outlined the wings and the feelers with black Spica pen.  I also ran a line of Spica pen down the black strip to give the card a little sparkle.

Monday, July 16, 2012

The Outlawz Color Challenge July 17

I started with a card I saw on Pinterest for my inspiration.  It turned out to be basically the same sketch pattern, with my own twists to make it my own.  I used a pure (water squirt) white for the card base, the background color, the vertical strip and the die cut.  My next layer was black for the die cut, the strip, and the background color.  I used Recollections Horizon ink for the background and the flourish.  I inked an embossing folder with the Horizon ink and ran the white paper through my Big Shot to make the background.  I stamped the flourish with the same ink and used Hero Arts Fabulous Flourish stamp.  The dies cuts are done with Spellbinders.  The image is a digi from A Day for Daisies.  I used Copic markers to color the image and the ribbon.  The only blue ribbon I had was either very pale or very dark.  I took a piece of the pale ribbon and colored it darker with the same dark blue I used in the girl's dress.  I added some Frosted Lace Stickles to the dark blue balloons and the darkest part of her skirt. 

Sunday, July 15, 2012

The Sweet Stop #167

 I am in a masculine card mood today since the challenge on another sitee was to make a masculine birthday card.  I used more paper from the My Mind's Eye six by six All Spice paper pack.  I distressed the edges and then used the distressing tool to make them ragged.  The card base is kraft paper and the oval and sentiment paper are from my scrap bucket. I used the same die from the JustRite Antique Labels One set.  The sentiment is from the coordinating stamps for the dies.  I used Distress Ink to distress the sentiment label. Since the mouse stamp was more oval, I used an oval die to stamp him instead of the circle in the sketch.  He is colored with colored pencils.

Stars and Stripes OWH 129 & Speedy Fox 116

The sketch is for the OWH #129 weekly sketch challenge.  I used the sketch for both of these challenges. 

Materials used:  My Minds Eye 6x6 All Spice, Bazzill, Hemptique Hemp Cord, JustRite Antique Labels One die, The Paper Company sentiment stamp.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Day 5 Wrapped Sentiment

I know, I'm skipping around in the class, but I wanted to try this.  I didn't have the right type or size of alpha stamps so I really couldn't do the 3rd day and I'm still waiting for the stamps from Simon Says to do day 4.  So, here is my first card for Day 5.  I don't like it.  I don't like the slits in the creases or the way the twine is wrapped, but it is what it is.  If I were to try this again, I have several ideas as to  how to attach the twine.  First of all, I would not run it through slits in the creases.  I would wrap it around each separate paper.  I could also just do a decorative punch on a different color paper and adhere it over each page.  Just a couple ideas of how I think I could improve it.

Day 2 Water Embossing

This lesson was called water embossing.  Jennifer McGuire also did a technique called iron-off.  I skipped that part.  I only did the water embossing.  I had to bite my tongue as I cut my cling stamp apart to make all the pieces fit nicely in the window.  I didn't have the rectangle dies so I used thi ornate one from Spellbinders and a large oval to cut the center.  The butterflies are from Recollections and the sentiment is Hero Arts.

Last One for Day 1

This was not the easiest card I have ever made.  I doubt if I will do one on this level again.  It was the last card for day 1 by Amber Daigre.  I bought the thinnest sheet of acrylic my LSS had and even it was a little too thick.  I stamped the Hero Arts Daisy Outline background stamp on it with Stazon Black ink.  I ruined the first one because the acrylic moved a little when I stamped it.  And Stazon stays on.    I scored the acylic with my Martha Stewart scoring tool, but it didn't fold as flat as I would have liked.  I lined it with a piece of floral printed Hero Arts paper.  The ribbon was from my stash.  The sentiment is stmped on a piece of white scrap cardstock with a Hero Arts sentiment.

One More for Day 1

This is the pieced background by Kristina.  I used Hero Arts Daisy Outline pattern stamp for the all-over stamp.  I don't have a hexagon punch so I cut 3/4" squares and pieced them together on the cardstock, then adhered it to the card base.  I used a Martha Stewart stamp for the sentiment background.  I had to cut it to a square because it was a rectangle.  I used my Crop-a-Dile to make the postage stamp shape.  Then I stamped the sentiment by Heartfelt Creations onto a piece of yellow cardstock and adhered it to the piece of vellum with the ribbon.  I'm pleased with the way it turned out

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

More Day 2

Done using the Pigment Powder technique from Day 2.

I first stamped the blue with Versamark and brushed Perfect Pearls over it.  Then I stamped the same butterflies on white cardstock, colored them with colored pencils (the tutorial suggested using Perfect Pearls with water).  I added the sentiment from Hero Arts, a piece of bling and ribbon from my stash.  The butterfly feelers are super thin pieces of black cut with my Tonic trimmer and attached with a tiny glue dot. I only glued the body of the butterflies so that their wings can be dimensional.