Monthly Archives: October 2014

Simon Says Stamp November Card Kit; Card 2

Here is my second card using the Simon Says Stamp November kit with the addition of a woodland friend from Lawn Fawn’s “Snow Day”.  I also used the Birch Die from Impression Obsessions and the cloud die from My Favorite Things.  The trees are stamped with Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Field Green and Archival Ink in Library Green.  The hills were created with the Simon Says Stamp hills die and the trunks are stamped with SSS Lipstick Red using the candy cane stamp from the kit.  Hope you enjoy!

Seasons Greetings


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Crafting by Designs: Christmas

Brown Sugar Challenge: ATG

Marker Pop: ATG

Pile it on

Simon Says Stamp November Card Kit; Card 1

Yippee!  I got my November Simon Says Stamp Card kit and it’s CHRISTMAS in the house!  My first card is using the My Favorite Things Sketch MFTWSC199.  The ornaments are also My Favorite Things Christmas Ornaments cut from American Crafts foil paper in 6 x 6 packs from Ellen Hutson.   The sentiment is from the companion stamp set for the Christmas ornaments by MFT called, “Christmas Ornaments”.  I finished it off by stamping and embossing some snowflakes, also from the same stamp set.  The paper is from the Kit, as is the heart.   Enjoy!


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Brown Sugar Challenge: ATG

Crafting By Design: Get Ready For Christmas

613 Ave Create: ATG

Crafty Sentiments: Use Sentiment


Lindy’s Stamp Gang October Color Challenge

Happy Sunday!  Today I went in a completely different direction after being inspired by Sparkle Tart, a fantastic artist from Australia.  She has a great video on using Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magical Mica’s which I have lots of and enjoyed learning about more ways to use them.  These techniques can be applied to most other mica powders as well, so check her video out.  I didn’t have all the exact colors of the challenge, but did my best to create the same palette.

The card I’m making is to enter the October Color Challenge.  I have been using Lindy’s since 2005 and adore these products.  The colors used for my card are Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magical Mica’s in: Claim Bake Beige, Whale Watch Blue, Cape Code Coral, Black Orchid Black, and Silver Night Silver.   The stamp is from Hero Arts “Leafy Vine” and the sentiment is Clearly Besotted “Love Quotes”.  The flag die is My Favorite Things.

Compared to many of the entries, which are elaborate pages and canvases, my card project is simple, but I like how the colors blend so beautifully together.  I wish you can see the sparkle coming off this card, it’s amazing.

Lindy's October





Open-Minded Crafting Challenge #22: Halloween or Dressing Up

Happy Saturday Friends!  It’s almost All Hallows Eve, or better known to us in America as Halloween.  All the little kiddies will be out going door to door and expecting candy in return for the declaration of “Trick or Treat”!  I miss living in a house because when you live in an apartment, you don’t get many kids.  Guess me and the hubby will stay home and watch reruns of The Walking Dead – wow – this is some season, huh?

Back to the challenge, Open-Minded Crafting is asking for cards that have imagery from halloween or any type of dressing up of costume in case you don’t celebrate Halloween.  Once again, we have some  great sponsors who are giving away a lot of great prizes.   Winners will be chosen by random and the design team will also choose their favorite entries and those cards will be highlighted on the Open-Minded Crafting Blog.

Now, let’s get to some goodies……Trick or Treat!

Flat Friends

Prize:  4 Images of Winners Choice


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Prize:  3 Images of Winners Choice


Scrappers Delight

Prize:  3 Images of Winners Choice


Stamping Boutique

Prize:  4 Images of Winners Choice

To inspire you, I’ve chosen a digital image called, Harriett – Witchy Ride from Crafty Sentiments.  I colored her with Copic Markers and created the moon using a My Favorite Things Stitched circle die and paper from Authentique’s 6 x 6 “Enchanted” pad.  The other paper on the card is My Minds Eye “Mischievous”.  The tree is Paper Smooches and to give a bleak feel, I didn’t use any of leaves that come with the die.  The spiders are from my stash and the two houses were cut out of a DCWV paper pad.   Last, I created the hill using two different dies before everyone else came out with the combined stitched dies, I had a Lawn Fawn stitched die combined with the Simon Says Stamp hill die.  Oh well – doesn’t match, but I can live with it – art isn’t perfect!

I really hope we will see some of your Halloween or dress-up creations over at Open-Minded Crafting Challenge.  Trick or Treat!


From The Heart Stamps: Midweek Design Team Inspiration

It’s Wednesday and time for the From The Heart Design Team Highlights.  Today, I made a fall card using the Sunflowers and Pumpkin digital image by From the Heart Digital Images.   For this image I used my distress inks to watercolor.  Along with everyone else in cardmaking I’m obsessed with watercoloring and using digital images is a great way to start your watercolor journey.    The paper is from Lawn Fawn’s “Into the Woods” and the sentiment is My Favorite Things.

Hope we see you this week at From the Heart Stamps to participate in the Sketch challenge or the Stamp of the Month Challenge.  Both are offering prizes for participating.  How fun is that?  Happy Fall!


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October Simon Says Stamp – Birthday Card

Birthday - Oct 2014

Still working through the October Simon Says Stamp kit, this time using the Deconstructed Sketch #173 by Deconstructed Jen.   If you ever need a sketch idea, Jen has some fabulous ideas.  The die cut “Birthday” is My Favorite Things and the “Happy” sentiment is from Clearly Besotted. I die cut and stamped some stars from Simon Says Stamp and the circles below birthday are My Favorite Things stitched circles.

Lawn Fawn Halloween

I’m enjoying another day off and having fun with my stamps and ink.  Today I am playing with the Lawn Fawn “Monster Mash” and “Wish You Were Here” stamp set to make a Halloween card.  The background is distress ink in Chipped Sapphire, Seedless Preserves, Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed, and Black Soot.  I added some Perfect Pearls mixed with water for the “stars” and the white uniball pen to add spots on the monsters.  The wire is stamped with the dot pattern from “Wish You Were Here”.  The monsters are colored with Copic Markers and the spider is from the “Halloweenies” Paper Smooches stamp set. The ground is paper from Authentique and I used the curved Simon Says Stamp die and the Paper Smooches stitched curve.

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Crafty Sentiments:  Use a Sentiment

Shopping Our Stash: Halloween

Love to Scrap Challenge: Seeing Dots (white on monsters)

House of Cards: Use a punch or die (Moon is circle die)

Paper Players: Use Silver or Gold (Silver Perfect Pearls)

Simon Says Stamp: Color Challenge

Try Stampin’ on Tuesday Challenge: Spooky & Scary

It’s Tuesday and time for a Try Stampin’ on Tuesday Challenge.  This week is a little different over at the blog and instead of a card, we’d love for you to create a project.  It can be anything, except a card. Think out of the box and create something fun.  For example, you can make a treat bag, a costume, home decor, a canvas, a journal page, how about baking a cake or cookies?  Use the theme to really use your creativity and make us something fun.

For inspiration I’ve chosen to make a journal page for you.  I started by painting the page with gesso, then applied a combination of Dina Wakley Blackberry Violet and Magenta.  I then cut out the ghosts with a bigz Sizzix die and the bat from Paper Smooches.  The digital image is from Tiddly Inks and colored with copic markers.  I hand painted the tree with a few shades of browns and black then I spritzed the entire page with Tim Holtz Distress marker in Black Soot, WHICH WAS MY MISTAKE.  This is water based and when I went to collage the page, it smeared from heck to high water. You can see where there are black smears I couldn’t get it all off, but I don’t think it’s horrible.  I sure wish I remembered not to use collage medium over water markers. GRRR.  For future reference, I saw Tim use a sharpie to make black splats on a journal page when wet medium was going to be applied afterwards.   The only other issue I had was the moon.  I should have laid it down before I made the tree, but didn’t.  I also couldn’t find my masking fluid, so I painted over the tree and then filled the tree back in with brown, allowing for the moon to recess into the background.

Art Journal Halloween 1


Art Journal Close up


Art Journal Close Up2


Entered in Simon Says Stamp: ATG Challenge

Tiddly Inks: Non-Traditional Colors

Lawn Fawn Facebook Inspiration Team

The following card is intended as an application for the Lawn Fawn Facebook Inspiration team.   I adore Lawn Fawn’s images and would love to participate in inspiring others.  Today, I used the “Our Friendship Grows” stamp set colored with distress inks & markers in scattered straw, gathered twigs, rusty hinge, frayed burlap, walnut stain, peeled paint, shabby shutters,  and worn lipstick.  The design paper is from the October Simon Says Stamp kit and the sunflowers are stamped on Strathmore’s 140lb Watercolor paper.


Watercolor Sunflower-wmEntered in SSSFlickrwatercolor Group


October Simon Says Stamp Card Kit – Celebrate

Still working on finishing my October Card kit in preparation for Novembers kit soon arriving.  In celebration of my Birthday, I’ve created a Birthday card using a My Favorite Things “Celebrate” die.  I backed it with black card stock so it would stand out in front of the striped paper.  I added some faux stitching and some paper pieced balloons from a dollar stamp set from Michael’s.


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