Friday, April 21, 2017

Simple Birthday

Hello!  Today I'm posting the card I made using this weeks CAS(E) this Sketch card sketch.

I ended up playing around with some of my new stamps and dies from Concord and 9th.  

This is the first card that I can remember using washi tape on.  I bought a pretty pack of coordinating Recollections washi tape at Michael's a few months ago.  When I was trying to come up with an idea, I remembered that I had this tape and decided to try it for a quick and easy background.  I die cut happy with a scrap of metallic gold paper that I had laying next to my Big Shot.  I cut the banner from the Happy Card Frames Dies and stamped birthday using Close to My Hearts Hollyhock ink and the stamp from the Happy Words bundle (linked above) set from Concord and 9th.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Hi!  I'm so excited for today's card.  I was able to use so many of my newer crafty supplies.  I received my first order from Concord & 9th, and just had to try them out.  I had been thinking about getting a banner die set for a while now because every time I go to add a banner to anything, I end up cutting the bottom lopsided (please tell me I'm not alone).  I was cruising around the crafty blogs and found Concord & 9th.  While I was checking out their latest release, I found their Select-A-Size Edge Dies set that cut not one, but 7 different bottom edges for banners - and because of the tabs on the bottom each die can be used for multiple sizes.  Yes PLEASE!!!  So I ordered myself a set, and a few other goodies, and qualified for their customer appreciation promotion, the Lovely stamp set.

To make this card, I cut a banner that would fit my new stamp with one of the Select-A-Size Edge Dies from watercolor paper.  I decided to do an emboss resist technique, so I stamped the sentiment with Versamark and heat embossed with black embossing powder from Close to My Heart.  Then I used my Tim Holtz Distress Inks (which to me are new, I'm a late bloomer) and smeared them on a silicone mat and spritzed with water.  I swooshed my watercolor paper banner over the ink.  Once it was dry, I colored the flowers and leaves with my new gel pens (from Walmart, I went economical).  The green pen I used for the leaves was a glitter pen, so they have a shine to them.  I layered Vintage Cream and Plum Pudding cardstock from Papertrey Ink to create some depth.  I embossed the top layer of Vintage Cream with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder from Stampin' Up for some interest and texture.

I'm entering this in the weekly Simon Say Stamp Monday challenge, this week the theme is Splash It On.  I used the watercolor paper, distress inks, and water to create the background of the banner.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Magical Day

Hello.  Today, I wanted to use this weeks sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch.  I just couldn't decide on a theme for it.  However, when I saw the cupcakes for this weeks Cupcake Inspirations, I knew exactly which stamp set I was reaching for.  Here are the pictures for the inspiration:

I just loved the unicorn cupcakes, they are so fun!  I used my stamps and die combo called Dreamer from Taylored Expressions to stamp and cut out my unicorn. I colored using Copic markers, then I brushed her with Wink of Stella for some extra shimmer.  I decided to put her on a hill that I cut out using the Sleigh Ride Edgelits from Stampin' Up and Sweet Leaf cardstock from Close to My Heart.  I embossed the cloud background using the Cloudy Day embossing folder from Stampin' Up.  

Monday, April 17, 2017

Birthday Color Sketch Challenge

Hello.  I combined two challenges for todays card.  The sketch was from Freshly Made Sketches.

The color challenge from the Color Throwdown was to use coral, leaf green, yellow, and white.

Here is the card I created using both challenges:

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Happy Birthday, Aspiration - Close to My Heart, Petunia Builder - WPlus9
Inks:  Tuxedo Black - Memento, Sorbet, Smoothie, Pear, Topiary - Close to My Heart
Paper: Sun Kiss Collection - Prima
Brad - Close to My Heart
Petunia Builder Dies - WPlus9

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Apple of My Eye

Hello!  I went to a local scrapbooking stores used garage sale.  While I was there, I found this cute stamp set from Close to My Heart.  I really wanted to use it, especially this stamp with water color paper.  I heat embossed the image with black embossing powder before I painted it using my water brush and ink pads.  I used this weeks Mojo Monday sketch for the blueprint for my card.  Here's the sketch:

Here is my card:

I matted it with black card stock that I sponged the edges very lightly with white pigment ink to look like a chalkboard.  After painting the apple, I opted to fussy cut it out and put it on with foam tape for some dimension.  

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  You've Got a Friend - Close to My Heart
Inks:  White Daisy - Close to My Heart, Versamark
Black Embossing Powder - Close to My Heart
Paper - Cherry-O paper pack - Close to My Heart, Crumb Cake - Stampin' Up!
Embossing Folder - Stampin' Up!
Cherry Cobbler ribbon - Stampin' Up!

Friday, April 7, 2017

CAS(E) Birthday Card

Hi, I'm glad you stopped by.  I made a few different versions of this weeks sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch.

I combined it with this weeks Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - Happy Birthday.  My color inspiration was from a picture a friend posted on Facebook of a parakeet.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Happy Birthday, Just Because - Close to My Heart
Inks:  Black - Close to My Heart, Lavender Glaze - Taylored Expressions
Cardstock - Papertrey Ink
Dies - Skinny Mini Party Borders - Taylored Expressions

Thursday, April 6, 2017


Hi.  For my card today, I combined 2 challenges.  I started with the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches:

Then I combined it with the color challenge at Color Throwdown:

I decided that instead of the squares on the sketch, I was going to stamp flowers and fussy cut them out.  Here is my card:

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Aspiration - Close to My Heart
Inks:  Buttercup, Honey, Holiday Red, Cranberry, Black - Close to My Heart
Cardstock:  Aqua Mist - Papertrey Ink, White - Stampin' Up!
Brads - Close to My Heart

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Celebrate Mojo Monday 491

Hello!  I finally found some time to sit down late this afternoon and work on this weeks Mojo Monday.  Here is the sketch:

Yesterday, I stopped at The Pine City Scrapbooking Company, while I was there, I picked up a cute little die set from Taylored Expressions.  I had to use it on today's card.

After I finished the card, I decided that before I put away my new die set, I needed to do something so I don't loose the tiny pieces.  So, I cut some heavy cardstock to the same size as the insert in the packaging from Taylored Expressions and glued them together.  I glued on a piece of magnet that I cut from some magnetic vent covers that I bought at Menards.  Now they stick, and I don't have to worry about loosing one of the dies when I open the package.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Happy Birthday - Close to My Heart
Paper: Madison Avenue - My Mind's Eye
Ink: Cocoa - Close to My Heart
Ribbon: Blushing Bride - Stampin' Up!
Dies: Cake & Stand - Taylored Expressions

Sunday, April 2, 2017

For You CAS(E)

Hello!  I sat down this afternoon after church to create this card from this weeks CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.

Sometimes when I look at a sketch, it makes me think of a stamp that I need to use for creating the card.  This sketch made me think of a set (Field Flowers) that I was given as a surprise hostess gift by my Stampin' Up! consultant.  She knew that I loved this set, and ordered it for me as an extra surprise.  She is so good to me.  Here is the card I created:

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Bitty Banners, Field Flowers - Stampin' Up!
Inks:  Blush, Hollyhock, Tulip, Black - Close to My Heart
Paper:  Hollyhock - Close to My Heart, First Edition DSP - Stampin' Up!