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.

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sue

Monday, 28 August 2017

Tic Tac Toe Challenge TTTC012

I'm enjoying participating in the challenges at Tic Tac Toe Challenge because I feel I have a bit of control as I choose three-in-a-row elements for my card. I find my cardmaking is more inspired when I have either a sketch or elements to include. Here's this week's board




I chose the bottom row - die cut, sentiment, floral. Here's my card



I lightly marked off a 2" x 3" area. I stamped flowers and leaves using Hero Arts Spring Hello by Lia and Hero Arts Garden Flowers by Lia. I erased the marks and drew a frame using a thin black marker. The sentiment uses the Simon Says STAMP Thanks die. 

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sue

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #227

I'm the champion procrastinator. I don't know if I need that jolt of extra adrenaline to push me to the finish line or what. I have the hardest time trying to complete tasks ahead of time. And ... when I have part of the job finished ahead of time, I don't finish the task until, well, the last minute!

Fortunately for me, I attended a two and a half day crafting retreat and I was able to work ahead. Thank goodness for uninterrupted crafting time and someone to prepare meals and clean-up!

Here's this week's sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

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The sketch is for a square card. I stretched out the sketch to make an A2 card. I'm just too lazy to make or find an envelope for a square card!

Here's my card




I started with Simon Says STAMP's Star Flower Background stamp and my MISTI. I added ink (Hero Arts Soft Pool, Green Hills and Butter Bar) to the stamp and "closed the MISTI" to reveal an awesome image. I trimmed it down and matted with dark gray, to set it apart from the white card base. I added a shimmery silver bow on the top, before adhering the panel to the card base. The sentiment on teal is from STAMPlorations Fond Expressions 2 stamp set. 

Can't wait to see what you create from this great sketch.

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sue

Sunday, 27 August 2017

CASology: Week 263

Joining in at CASology where the cue card is




Here's my card



I interpreted the word "bud" as the early stage of a flower. I used Altenew's Hello Sunshine stamp set. I pulled two stamps of what looked like buds to me. I masked off an area of my card and stamped these two stamps randomly, covering most of the area. I added colour with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. I removed the masks and drew around the perimeter with a fine black marker. The sentiment is from Hero Arts Color Layering Fuchsia. 

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sue

Muse Challenge #230

Great inspiration card by Kim Heggins at Muse this week


It was one of those cards that made me really think - that's a good thing! 

I was inspired by:

  • the colours
  • big yellow (gold) die cut
  • black and white accessory
Here's my card




Well, I don't own any pineapples - don't really understand the appeal, except when eating (yum). So, I looked through my dies for something that I could make gold/yellow. I picked Memory Box's Twirling Snowflake. I die cut from two gold cardstocks - one a bit shinier and one with shimmer. I inlaid one and used the other as the outline. I adhered it onto a light green cardstock and backed it with a darker shade of green cardstock. I used Your Next Stamp's Stripe-tastic Diagonal Edge stamp with black ink to create the border stripe. The sentiment is from Hero Arts Color Layering Bouquet.

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sue

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Paper Smooches - July/August Challenge (part 2)

So proud of myself. I found inspiration and time to create a second card for the current challenge at Paper Smooches







I'm thinking that with just over 4 months to Christmas, I better start thinking about my Christmas cards for this year. This one is a contender.



I started with Paper Smooches' A Blessed Christmas and stamped with wise men. I then heat embossed with gold embossing powder the star. Using an ink blending tool and chipped sapphire distress ink, I inked up the "sky". I placed the card on black and gold embossed the sentiment. 

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sue

Paper Smooches - July/August Challenge

Found some time to join in at the current "anything goes" challenge at Paper Smooches








Here's my card



I used my favourite stamp set of all time. Whenever I'm looking for some mojo, I pull out the Paper Smooches Reflections stamp set. I stamped the leaves with Hero Arts Green Hills ink and the blossoms (are they blossoms or buds?) with Hero Arts Fresh Peach ink. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches Uplifters stamp set. 

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sue


Ellen Hutson: August Pin-Sights Challenge

Finally, the stars have aligned and I've been able to complete a card for a challenge at the Classroom at Ellen Hutson. My collection of Ellen Hutson products is a bit limited (gotta fix that) and sometimes I just lack the creativity and motivation to join in. However, this month, I was inspired by the Pin-Sights board

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Here's my card



I loved the colours. I stamped the flowers and leaves from Ellen Hutson's Bold Blooms stamp set and coloured the images with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. I fussy cut out the blooms and leaves. I arrangement them on my background and stamped the sentiment from Ellen Hutson's Mondo Magnolia stamp set. I matted with a bold black border. 

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sue


Sunday Stamps Challenge SSC159

Super summery colour challenge at Sunday Stamps




I couldn't resist the yummy colours. Here's my card



I stamped using Altenew's Bamboo Rose. I added colour using Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a water brush. I fussy cut the flowers (left out the leaves). I arranged the flowers on my card. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Keep It Simple: Thank You stamp set. For a bit of added interest, I added two horizontal score lines, using my scoring tool. Here's a close-up.



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sue

Camp Create 2017 - Day 5: Delightful Die Cutting

Love that My Favorite Things blog holds Camp Create to show new techniques with videos and to offer great incentives to us to give the techniques a try.



For Day 5 - it's delightful die cutting.



Here's my card



i started with MFT Stencil Fish Net and added colour with distress inks (tumbled glass, salty ocean and mermaid lagoon). Using MFT Happy Hellos die, I die cut the sentiment from the inked panel and also from a piece of fun foam, being sure to save all the little bits from the inked panel. I adhered the panel and then "popped" up the hello sentiment on the fun foam. It feels sort of camouflaged. Here's a close-up.



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sue