Wednesday, 19 July 2017

A Blog Named Hero - July Challenge

It's been awhile since I've "played" along with the gang at A Blog Named Hero. I always seem to run out of time at the end of the month. This month, I started early and yippee, I've finished in time and even in time to post before the deadline! Yeah, me!

The challenge is




Here's my card



I started with Winnie & Walter's Bed of Roses stamp set and Versafine Onyx black ink. I added some gelatos over each flower. Using my finger, I spread out the colour and blended a bit. To get more blending, I used a paint brush and some water. I placed the card on a bold background cardstock. The sentiment is from Hero Arts Happy Mother's Day stamp set.

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sue

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

CAS(E) this Sketch #230

Loving the current sketch for the challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch



Here's my card



I started by heat embossing with white embossing powder and Impression Obsession Cover-a-Card Flourishes stamp. I added colour using my two favourite distress ink colours - twisted citron and peacock feathers. I cut the panel into three pieces, to follow the sketch. I used Memory Box's paintbrush happy die and Simon Says STAMP Happy stamp set for the sentiment. 

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sue

Simon Says STAMP: Wednesday Challenge

Made a card for the current challenge at Simon Says STAMP Wednesday Challenge

This week the challenge is
Use Plaid
You can use a designer paper with a plaid/tartan print or you can make your own using striped stamps and ink pads!
This week we are showcasing Lawn Fawn 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 was inspired by this card by Virginia Lu

happy birthday


I loved her plaid village. So I decided to make plaid palm trees and a plaid hammock. I used MFT Plaid Patterns Merry & Bright 6x6 paper pack. Gee, that hammock looks inviting. I used Lawn Fawn's Life is Good stamp set and coordinating dies. For the background, I smooshed some distress inks (tumbled glass, salty ocean and pumice stone) on some 96 lb bristol. 

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sue

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Freshly Made Sketches #296

Joining in at Freshly Made Sketches for their current sketch challenge



Here's my card





I just love the Sneak a Peek stamp set by Taylored Expressions. I know that the stamps were intended for use on planners. I just love all the cute little critters peaking out.   For my card, I chose the one hanging upside down, the bat. I stamped it and coloured it in with copics. For the central panel, I smooshed distress inks (tumbled glass and salty ocean). The sentiment is from Simon Says STAMP Flower Friend stamp set.

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sue

CASology: Week 257

Just received this new stamp set (Monster Mania) from Cratin Desert Divas and was anxious to try it out. The current challenge at CASology gave me the opportunity. Here's this week's cue card




Here's my card - with monster-ous birthday wishes





I stamped one monster and coloured it in with copics. I trimmed the panel and matted with black to make it pop. The sentiment is from the same stamp set.

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sue

Muse Challenge #224

I loved the graphic look to this week's inspiration card at Muse, created by Tracey McNeely




I was kind of stumped - not sure what to do. That was until, I found the dylusions' raindrops small stencil at Joann's. 

I was inspired by:

  • the drop shapes
  • the colours
  • the "hello" diecut
  • the popped up sentiment
Here's my card



I used distress inks (tumbled glass, peeled paint, mustard seed, ripe persimmon, spun sugar, shaded lilac) and ink daubers to add colour to the raindrop shapes. I chose to place them randomly at the bottom of the panel. I used MFT Die-namics Happy Hellos to die cut the sentiment and the fun foam (to pop up the sentiment).

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sue

Friday, 14 July 2017

a2z Scrapbooking Post

It's my turn to be up at a2z Scrapbooking

Here's my card



I was so excited to get this stamp set, Hero Arts CM170 I'm a Puffer For You. The images are so cute and I love funny play-on-words sentiments. I stamped the puffer fish with permanent ink and added colour with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. I fussy cut the fish and added googly eyes. For the background, I smooshed distress inks (tumbled glass and salty ocean) onto a piece of watercolour paper. The sentiment is from the same stamp set. I popped the purple puffer fish up for added dimension. 

We'd love for you to join us this month at a2z Scrapbooking for our current challenge



Just be sure to have a Hero Arts product as the focal image. If you need Hero Arts products, come shopping at the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy store. When your cart exceeds $25, please use my code Sue15 for 15% off your purchase.

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sue





Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Time Out Challenges: Challenge #87

Loving the current challenge at Time Out Challenges where the challenge is to CASE with your own twist this beautiful card by Cornelia


Here's my interpretation of Cornelia's card


For the background, I didn't have a "tree round" so I cut a 3" circle from masking paper and used a Hero Arts Sea & Sky Stencil pair with distress ink (pumice stone) to mimic the tree round. I die cut the branch using Memory Box's Woodland Branch die. The bird is from Tim Holtz's collection Stamp/Stencil Mixed Media 8 set. I stamped with Memento Tuxedo black ink and coloured with copics. I added glossy accents for the eyes and fussy cut the bird. The sentiment is from STAMPlorations Fond Expressions2. I chose this sentiment because it was encouraging, like the sentiments on Cornelia's card. 

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sue

Christmas Card Throwdown July - Sketch Challenge

It's Christmas in July. Had some fun making a Christmas card for the current challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown





Here's my card



I used Hero Arts Stamp & Cut Ornament set for the three items of the card. I stamped using Versamark and WOW! Rose Gold embossing powder, which was heat set. Have you tried WOW! Rose Gold embossing powder - trust me, you need to. I love the colour - so pretty. I've always had difficulty lining up the dies with the stamped/heat embossed images. I saw a trick somewhere (can't remember where), to die cut a post-it note. Using the negative as a template, it helps me to align the die, as the die fits into the positive space of the post-it note. The sentiment is from the same stamp set. I used silver thread to "hang" the ornaments.

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sue

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

CAS on Friday: Challenge #111 - Flowers

It's a wee bit confusing - the challenge is CAS on Friday but the website is CAS on Sunday and the current challenge is

We have another FUN challenge for you .....

FLOWERS

*Please Don't forget to make it CAS!*

Here's my card



The stems were stamped using Simon Says STAMP Floral Bookmarking. I punched out circles - 3/8", 3/4" and 1" from three different colours of cardstock. I adhered the three sizes of circles to form the flower. Here's a close-up.



I trimmed the main panel to 4" square and popped it up on the card using fun foam, cut just a bit smaller than 4" x 4". The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Keep It Simple: Thank You stamp set.

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sue

Monday, 10 July 2017

CAS(E) this Sketch! #229

Joining in at CAS(E) this Sketch! this week, where the sketch is




Here's my card




I decided to use some Queen & Co. washi tape that I picked up at the Scrapbook Expo in Puyallup, WA for the background. I used MFT Fancy Flourish die-namics to diecut the black flourish. The sentiment is from Simon Says STAMP Thanks stamp set.

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sue

Tic Tac Toe TTTC 005

Another fun challenge at Tic Tac Toe Challenge



For my card, I chose the center column - summer, die-cut, pattern paper. Living in the Pacific Northwest, I think of the sun when I think of summer. Here's my card



I used Reverse Confetti's Sun 'n Clouds Confetti cuts to diecut the sun. I added colour with ink blending tools and distress inks (squeezed lemonade and mustard seed). The sentiment is from Simon Says STAMP Bring the Sunshine stamp set. The patterned paper is from Echo Park's Happy Days 6x6 paper pack.

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sue


Sunday, 9 July 2017

Simon Says STAMP Wednesday Challenge

Made a card for the current challenge at Simon Says STAMP Wednesday Challenge


This week the challenge is
Summer Sunshine 
This week we are showcasing our very own Simon Says Stamp 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 Simon Says STAMP Bring the Sunshine stamp set. I stamped the sentiment with Hero Arts Shadow Ink - Charcoal. I added the sun and cloud using Simon Says STAMP Make a Scene stencil and distress inks (squeezed lemonade, mustard seed and hickory smoke). I matted the panel with yellow cardstock and popped the panel up using a piece of white fun foam.

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sue

MFT Card Sketch Challenge - Sketch 340

Woohoo - another fun sketch challenge. This time it's at MFT Card Challenges.

Sketch Challenge 340 #mftstamps

Here's my card



OK - So, I totally love MFT Seaside Seagulls stamp set. I've used it again and coloured the seagulls with copics. I cut masks and added the "background" with distress inks (tumbled glass for the sky and salty ocean and faded jeans for the water). I stamped the sentiment on white but I found that it got "lost" on the card. So, I decided to mat the sentiment strip - much better, in my opinion. I added some black and white diagonal striped washi tape on the left.

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sue

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge; Sketch #219

Totally love sketch challenges. Getting a bit better at being a little more creative and less "strictly by the rules". In case you can't guess, I'm a rule-follower. It's difficult to push myself "outside the box". It's a work in progress.

Joining in at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge this week.




Here's my card (it's a bit bright, you might need some sunglasses!)


Anyone else a fan of Doodlebug Design papers? I love all the happy colours! I used papers from their Hello Sunshine 6x6 paper pack. I used some turquoise grosgrain ribbon. The sentiment is stamped from Simon Says STAMP Lots of Thanks stamp set and the scallop was cut using Stampin' Up's Scalloped circle punch. 

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sue

Friday, 7 July 2017

AAA Cards: CAS Game #93 - Words Take Centre Stage

I was intrigued by the current challenge at AAA Cards



Here's my card



I looked for a stamp that had lots of words and a great message. I chose the CAS-ual Fridays Dream Then Do stamp set. I stamped the sentiment with Versamark, sprinkled WOW! - Rose Gold embossing powder and heat set the panel. Have you tried Rose Gold embossing powder? It's awesome - loving the unique colour. I also stamped onto scraps of pink and red with Versamark, again using the WOW! Rose Gold embossing powder and heat set. Using heart dies, I die cut hearts from the red and pink, ensuring that they wouldn't overlap (i.e. one from the left side, one on the right side). I chose to pop up the pink heart with dimensionals. Here's a close-up.


I matted the entire panel on pink to complete the card. I think that the sentiment is a great reminder on how to live our lives.

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sue

Muse Card Club Challenge #223

For a change, it isn't Sunday evening and I'm scrambling to get my card for this week's Muse challenge #223. It's a beauty created by Anita Bowden.





I was inspired by

  • the colours
  • the "sketch"
  • the birthday greeting
  • a black butterfly (mine was diecut)

Here's my card




The gals over at Stamp Nation have been showing us how to use gelatos - you know, one of those crafting items I've been hoarding but not using! I wasn't sure how to use them. So, I was inspired to use gelatos. I scribbled the gelatos, then added quite a bit of water with a brush, leaving little puddles over each colour. I then blew across the panel, creating the "bursts" of colour. This wasn't easy, as I'm fighting a cough and it was difficult to generate enough breath to get the colour to move. However, I'm persistent. The butterfly was diecut using Paper Smooches Butterfly Duet. The sentiment is from SImon Says STAMP Birthday Messages stamp set.

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sue

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Addicted to CAS: Challenge #114

Loving the current challenge at Addicted to CAS





I admit it - sometimes, I worry about too much white space. However, for this challenge, I don't think there could be too much white space! Here's my card



I die cut the sentiment using Simon Says STAMP believe die. For the focal image, I used shimmery white cardstock and die cut using Penny Black's Peaceful Wishes die. I wanted to add more but decided to just walk away. Is it just me, or is it difficult to photograph a white on white card? Here's a close-up that shows the card a bit better


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sue

Less is More Challenge #335

We just celebrated the 150th birthday of Canada and I noticed the current challenge at Less is More




Here's my card


I was feeling a bit patriotic and introduced red maple leaves onto my card. I used Hero Arts Color Layering Grateful Leaves and stamped them with Stampin' Up's Poppy Parade and the veining with Simon Says STAMP White pigment ink. The sentiment was created by stacking three die cuts from My Favorite Things Happy Hellos Die-namics.

Thanks for visiting - O Canada!
sue

Time Out Challenges - Challenge #86

Fun challenge at Time Out Challenges

We have our Theme challenge for you this time and the theme is:

Celebrations with the Optional Twist of One Layer Cards


Here's my card


I stamped the bird and flowers from Your Next Stamp's Spring Birds stamp set with Versafine Onyx Black ink. I added colour with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. I matted the panel with a scrap of pink cardstock. The sentiment is from the same stamp set. 

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sue

Monday, 3 July 2017

Simon Says STAMP Wednesday Challenge

Joining in the fun at Simon Says STAMP Wednesday Challenge where the challenge is

This week the challenge is
Anything Goes  
This week we are showcasing Art Impressions 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



Now, to be honest, I don't own many Art Impressions stamps. I picked up the 4290 - Spectacular Set at CKC last year. I couldn't resist the super cute critter. I stamped the critter with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured him in with Copics. I realized that I didn't leave enough room for a sentiment, so I stamped the sentiment on scrap piece of cardstock. I matted the two on a piece of kraft and then on a scalloped square. 


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sue

Ellen Hutson June Pin-Sights Challenge

Love the photo inspiration for this month's Pin-Sights Challenge at Ellen Hutson

July2017

Here's my card



I used Ellen Hutson's Wish Big by Julie for my card. I focused on the yellow, orange and red colours. I coloured the bird and balloon with copics. I found some patterned paper in my stash that worked with the image and matches the photo inspiration.

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sue

Tic Tac Toe Challenge TTTC004

Another fun challenge at Tic Tac Toe Challenge




Here's my card - I chose the left column.


I used an "old" Stampin' Up's DSP - Ice Cream Parlor - as the background for the gift and for the background for the sentiment. The gift is a three-part die system from STAMPlorations CUTplorations Gift Builder #1. The sentiment is from Simon Says STAMP Birthday Messages stamp set. I interpreted "accent" as focal point and made the gift the focal point.

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sue

MFT Card Challenge: Sketch 339

Having so much fun creating cards this long weekend. I recently received MFT's Seaside Seagulls stamp set and was anxious to use it. The current sketch challenge at MFT Card Challenges was a perfect time.

Sketch Challenge 339 #mftstamps


Here's my card




Honestly, all the seagulls on the stamp set are super cute. I chose the guy standing on a post. I stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then added colour with Copics. I cut the panel down, matted with black and then finished with a scalloped square.

I have a feeling I'll be using this stamp set more.

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sue

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Freshly Made Sketches #294

There's a great sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week.




Here's my card



I started by using Tim Holtz's Latticework stencil with distress inks (spun sugar and picked raspberry) with ink blending tools. I looked through my collection of 6x6 paper packs until I found some patterned paper that works with the colours of the stencilled panel in America Crafts Spring 6x6 paper pack. I felt that I needed to mat the stencil panel with a solid colour to make the panel pop. I found some scrap green cardstock, that worked with the patterned paper for the banner. The sentiment is from Simon Says STAMP Flower Friend stamp set. I added a few sequins for a bit of shine.

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sue

CASology: Week 255: FLY

I love long weekends - more opportunity to sit at my craft table and create. I made a card for the current challenge at CASology where the cue card is



Here's my card



At first, I wondered if I had a "fly" stamp - I don't. Then I thought about an airplane - again, I don't own one. I remembered a stamp set, which I thought was perfect for this challenge. I smooshed distress inks (tumbled glass, salty ocean and faded jeans) on a piece of 96lb bristol. I tried to keep the ink towards the top of the panel. When dry, I stamped the birds using Lavinia Stamps - Birds stamp. The sentiment is from My Favorite Things Blissful Butterflies.

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sue