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Sketch Saturday Challenge #355

Happy Saturday!  Today’s new Sketch Saturday challenge is sponsored by Sami Stamps who is offering a generous $12.00 gift certificate to our random winner.  Thanks Sami!  You have until Friday, April 10th to enter your card for a chance to win.

Here’s the sketch:


For my card I chose Sami’s gorgeous “Purple Pansies” and colored them with Copic Markers.  The design paper is from Basic Grey’s “Fresh Cut” collection.  The background, circle, rectangle, and flag dies are from My Favorite Things.  The flower and sentiment are from Papertrey ink’s “Tiny Tags.”  To mimic the background I added white dots with a uniball signo white gel pen.

I can’t wait to see what you come up with using the new Sketch Saturday Sketch!

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From The Heart Stamps Monthly Challenge

Happy Thursday!  Today I’ve finished my March Stamp of the Month for From The Heart Stamps.  It’s a sweet Easter image.  If you enter this month, you’ll get a free stamp for April.  There are some other stamps on sale too, so go check them out!  I colored the image with Copic Markers and used a the Basic Grey “Paper Cottage” 6 x 6 pack.  I cut out a My Favorite Things border die to make the awning and finished it with Via Pearl Pen.

FTHS March Monthly StampEntered in:

From The Heart Stamps: March Challenge

Love to Scrap: ATG

Crafting By Design: Flowers

Simon Says Stamp: ATG


Send a Smile 4 Kids: Easter & Spring 4 Kids

Happy Saturday!  That means it’s time for a new Send a Smile 4 Kids challenge and we are celebrating Easter and Spring 4 Kids!  With all the snow we’ve been getting, this is surely a lovely thought.

Again, we have some really great sponsors this week.  You have until Friday, March 20th to enter.

Also, a quick reminder that Send a Smile 4 Kids is growing and has added more hospitals and volunteers to take your donated cards.  We hope you’ll consider donating some cards for kids in need.  Check out how.

Now, let’s get on to those sponsors:

1) Crackerbox Palace – offering 3 digital images of winners choice

2) Cutting Cafe – offering 3 digital images or cut files of winners choice

3) Kitchen Sink – offering a #25.00 Gift Certificate to Kitchen Sink store.

My first card uses Crackerbox Palace “Bunny in a Hat” and “Happy Easter Fun” sentiment.  He’s colored with Copic’s and the paper is Basic Grey’s “Fresh Cut” collection.  The Square and banner dies are My Favorite Things.

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The next card features “Pocket Full of Posies” from Cutting Cafe. I printed out the cut file on pattern paper.  To do that I run a test image on plain copy paper, then place my design paper back on top of that image and re-run it through the printer a second time.  I then cut out the images as I don’t have a die machine and distressed the edges with distress ink.

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I can’t wait to see what you come up with using Spring and Easter images 4 Kids.

The House That Stamps Built: Sketch Challenge

It’s the fourth Wednesday of the Month and time for The House That Stamps Built sketch challenge.  You have until Tuesday, March 3rd to enter for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate at Repeat Impressions.

Here’s the Sketch:

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For my card I’ve created a flower using the Repeat Impressions Hot Air Balloon 9116-N and Hugs and Kisses Stencil 1215-H.  Last week I mentioned you can ink up your sentiment stamps any way you like to create a new or different sentiment.

This week I wanted to share with you how to think about your stamps completely differently.  When I looked at the Hot Air Balloon’s, I saw a flower. I used several different Hero Arts inks to create the rainbow of color and Basic Grey’s Kneehigh’s paper pack.

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Come join us at The House That Stamps Built, you may be our next winner!  Oh, and don’t forget to get your discount code from my blogs sidebar when you shop at Repeat Impressions Stamps.


Make it Monday – Papertrey Ink

As you all know I love learning new techniques.  I found this great tutorial on Nicole Heady’s blog for Make it Monday’s project this week and I definitely wanted to share it.   It calls for using cover plate dies in a different way.  Her recommendation was to offset the same die to create a shadow.  Instead of doing that, I took the Center State Die cover plate and turned it upside down.  I used Basic Grey’s “What’s Up” 6 x 6 pack and selected one solid and one with a design.  The sentiment is “lots of love” from Paper Smooches cut on a Simon Says Stamp flag die.  I colored it with copic markers in R05, R24 and R27, then covered it with wink of stella and ended it with diamond glaze from Judikins.

I like the way it came out – what do you think?

PTI Monday Challenge 2-2-15


Entered in:

PaperTrey Ink: MIM

Simon Says Stamp: ATG

Crafty Gals; Try Something New (Dies used new way)

CAS-ual: Friday: C&S

House of Cards: Love

Paper Smooches: ATG

Send a Smile 4 Kids – Anything Goes Challenge!

Happy Saturday!  Today Send a Smile 4 Kids begins a new Anything Goes Challenge!  We have some great prizes being offered by our very generous sponsors for our randomly chosen winner.  The design team will also be choosing their favorites and those cards will be featured on the Send a Smile 4 Kids blog.

Our sponsors are:

1)  Digi Stamps 4 Joy:  Prize $10.00 Gift Certificate to their store

2)  Whimsy Stamps:  Prize $15.00 Gift Certificate to their store

3)  The Cutting Cafe:  Prize  3 sets of digital images or cutting files

Now, how about a little inspiration to get you going?

My first card uses Party Dress Pretties – Patty, which I colored in copics.  The paper pack is Basic Grey KneeHigh collection, the scallop die is My Favorite Things, and the journaling spot die is Lawn Fawn.

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My next card uses a cut file from The Cuffing Cafe called “Hey Foxy”.  I don’t have an electronic die cutting machine, but was still able to print out these cut files on Neenah Solar White paper using my laser printer.  I then fussy cut the image, distressed the edges and colored the fox images with Copics to make this adorable shaped card.  This is just one of the many files  in this one download!



I sure hope you will join us at Send a Smile 4 Kids this challenge for a chance to win some great prizes in our Anything Goes Challenge!



A Day For Daisies Traditional Christmas

This sweet image is from A Day For Daisies that I colored using Copics and Basic Grey’s 25th & Pine collection.  The die is Spellbinders.  I finished him off with a little white gel pen.  Thanks for stopping by!

ADFD ReindeerEntered in:

ADFD: Traditional Christmas

Love to Scrap: When Nature Calls (Reindeer lives in nature)

Shopping Our Stash: Red Alert

Brown Sugar Challenge: Christmas

Pile it on: ATG Christmas


Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags with a Feminine Twist

For those of you who don’t know about Ellen Hutson’s Classroom, you are missing a great blog where so much creativity is offered and taught.  Each year Ellen hosts her own version of 12 Tags and asks they have a feminine twist.  I was inspired by Kittie Caracciolo on Day 3.  There was something about the window that caught my eye.  Initially when I created my card I left the window open with no backing, but I didn’t like the look so I created some “wallpaper” from Basic Grey’s “Aspen” collection to frame my pink window which I sprayed with Lindy’s Stamp Gang spray.  The deer is from Ellen’s Essentials and the trees are from Impression Obsessions.  The date is a wood element from KaiserCraft I kindly received as a freebie from Simon Says Stamp in my last order that I sprayed with Tarnished Bronze Distress Spray.  The snowflakes are embossed with white using the My Favorite Things “Christmas Ornaments”.  The red ribbon is another Freebie, but from Ellen Hutson’s store.  I just love the personalized cards she sends with each order.  Thanks Ellen!  The small Poinsettia die is Memory Box and the gold ribbon under the window is from Darice called Sparkle Tape in  Yellow Amarillo.   Thanks for stopping by and checking out my feminine tag!

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Entered in:

Crafty By Designs: Anything Goes for Christmas

Crafty Sentiments: Christmas

Sentimental Sunday : Embossing

Shopping our Stash: Favorite Technique (Embossing)

Open-Minded Crafting Challenge #25 “Unusual Christmas”

Happy Saturday Friends!  It’s time for some Open-Minded Crafting fun with an “Unusual Christmas” challenge. This can be anything you see or interpret as unusual.  We are, after all, “open-minded”.  Our sponsors have again offered some generous gifts for our randomly chosen winners.  The design team will also choose their favorites and highlight those entries on the Open-Minded Crafting blog.  I sure hope to see your card in the challenge.  You have until Friday, December 19, 2014 to enter.

Our sponsors are:

A T & T Digital Designs

 Prize: 2 Images of Winners Choice

Delicious Doodles pic

Prize: 4 Images of Winners Choice

Dilly Beans

Prize: 3 Images of Winners Choice


Prize: 5 Images of Winners Choice

For inspiration I’ve chosen an image from A & T Digital Designs coloring them with Copics and using Basic Grey 25th & Pine 6 x 6 collection. The sentiment is from My Favorite Things.  I thought it a little unusual to see fairies kissing under the mistletoe, but who knows, right, perhaps that’s normal!

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Entered in:

Simon Says Stamp: Holiday Challenge

Sentimental Sunday: Lots of Layers

Marker Pop: Christmas/Holiday

From The Heart Stamps: Sketch Challenge 88

It’s Monday time for another From The Heart Sketch Challenge!  This sketch is easily reproducible and could be used for your Holiday cards. The theme this week is using woodgrain.  You don’t have to use the theme as long as you use the sketch and a FTHS Sketch.

Here is the inspiration board that Faith created.  The woodgrain theme is found in my embellishment under the “Joy To The World” sticker.  I colored the “Kitten Surprise” digital image with Copic Markers and used the Basic Grey “25th & Pine” 6 x 6 paper pad.  Hope to see your creations!

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