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Cards in Envy Challenge – Bug Me!

For this Cards in Envy Challenge, we are bugging out with a “Bug Me” theme.  Choose any insect or bug on your card to enter.  Our challenge runs through Sunday, August 20th and the design team will be picking their favorites. As a quick reminder, Cards in Envy asks that you make your card fit into a standard A2 card, which is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches.

My card today features an old Close to My Heart stamp set called “Beetle Bug”.  I stamped him using tombow (443 & 173) markers on watercolor paper.  Once the image was stamped, I went back with an aqua brush and dropped it additional color.  I then highlighted the bug with a Fabercastell pen and added back ground with Daniel Smith watercolors in Hematite. Last, I stamped a club scrap foliage stamp and cut out the design using a My Favorite Things stitched flag die. My paper pad is “We Are Family” by Echo Park and the sentiment Lawn Fawn “On the Mend”.

I hope you will join us at Cards in Envy this week and show us your “Bug Me” cards.

Cards in Envy Challenge: You’re The Man

Happy Monday!  We are celebrating “You’re The Man” for the Cards in Envy challenge this week. That means we’d love to see cards that showcase boys, men or masculine cards of any occasion.  Please make sure your card fits into a standard A2 size envelope.

My card features Artistic Impressions “Gordon Golf”.  After stamping him on Copic X-Press it paper with Momento Tuxedo Black ink, I colored him with Copic Markers.  The design on the pants was inspired by the stamps packaging. For my background, I took a stamp from Club Scrap’s 2008 Mirror, Mirror collection and stamped a plaid pattern with using Navy, Cornflower, & Web Cement shadow inks.

You have until Sunday, June 18th to enter the “You’re The Man” challenge over at Cards in Envy.   Can’t wait to see what you do.

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Cards in Envy Challenge -Hip To Be Square!

For this Cards in Envy Challenge I used one of the Creative Chemistry techniques, Luminous Mica, using Distress Ink and Distress Mica to create this gorgeous rainbow background.   WOW, does this give some dynamic results.

Remember, at Cards in Envy we ask that you make your card fit into a standard A2 card though, we have loosened up our requirements and no longer require a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch card as long as it fits in the A2 Envy.

The colors I used with this card are Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon, Ripe Persimmon, Frayed Burlap, Candy Apple Red, and Mustard Seed.  My background stamp is an older Club Scrap wood mounted and my sentiment and candles are from “Wish Big” by Ellen Hutson.

I hope you will join us at Cards in Envy this week and show us some “Hip To Be Square” cards!  The challenge will run through Sunday, August 29th.


Cards in Envy – Sparkle & Shine Challenge

Hello Friends!  It’s Monday morning and time for a new Cards in Envy challenge. Today we are celebrating “Sparkle & Shine.”  You have until Sunday, January 17th to submit your entry.  As our name states, your card must fit nicely in a standard sized A2 envelope with no big lumps, bumps, or large embellishments.

I kept my card fairly simple and gold heat embossed a Club Scrap sentiment and border.  I then ran the whole thing through an embossing folder and backed with gold paper.

Sparkle & Shine

We sure hope you’ll join the “Sparkle & Shine” challenge at Cards in Envy in celebration of the new year.  We can’t wait to see your cards. Have fun!

Ellen Hutson Mix it up Challenge

For this Ellen Hutson’s Challenge, cards are to include a combination of Alte New & Ellen Hutson products.  My card uses the “Mondo Magnolia” sentiment from Ellen and “Sketchy Cities America” from Alte New.  The skyline is Boston and is a design case from Jen Rzasa that she taught in the Online Card Classes Watercolor.   In class she used Inktense pencils, however, I played with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  I also tested them on Bristol Smooth 100lb paper and they work FABULOUSLY.  I had tried them on Neenah Solar White and they didn’t blend so I was pleased to find another surface besides watercolor paper for my new markers.

The background stamp is from Club Scrap.  I created the background on another card base then stamped the city, colored it and then fussy cut it out, popping it up on the background sheet.  I also used a brush and side water rather than a water brush.  I’m finding this works better for me.

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Ellen Hutson: Pin-Site Challenge; Alte New


Open-Minded Crafting Challenge #37 Song Inspiration

Happy Saturday crafters!  It’s time to sing at Open-Minded Crafting! Ha, Ha, just seeing if you are paying attention.  Well, we are kind of singing today as our challenge will be based on a song inspiration.

As usual we have some great sponsors for this challenge so I hope you’ll join us.  You have until Friday, June 5th to enter.  Our design team will also choose their favorite so check back to see if your card was featured at Open-Minded Crafting Challenges.

Here’s our sponsors this week and the prizes they are offering:

ChiChiMemoriesBadge_zps0a05c393Prize:One Digi Under $3.00 and a one time 15% off coupon

EnchantedPrize: 3 Free Images of Winners Choice

WonderstrangePrize: Custom Digital Image for Winner

Sentimental SusanPrize: 7 Images of Winners Choice

For my card today, I used, “Cute Giraffe” by Chi Chi Memories.  The song that inspired my card was a child’s book called “Giraffe’s Can’t Dance.”   If you want a chuckle, I’ve linked you to a cute video with the song on YouTube.

The “Cute Giraffe” was colored with copic markers and fussy cut.  The background and sentiment was created using an older Club Scrap stamp set called “Cute As A Button” stamped with Hero Arts Shadow Ink.  The squares are cut out using My Favorite Things Stitched dies and I finished off the card with a few pearls.

I can’t wait to see what you are singing this challenge!

Giraffe by Chi Chi-wm

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Inspiration Destination: ATG

Our Daily Bread for Operation Write Home

Every month Our Daily Bread holds a monthly challenge on the Operation Write Home website.  For every 25 cards that are entered, ODBD offers to ship a box of cards to our heroes.  If there are 50 entries, which is the OWH goal, then 2 free boxes are offered.

This month the theme is a sentiment.  I’ve taken a Club Scrap stamp and heat embossed it with white.  I then took some distress inks and applied them to an acrylic block (see my tutorial on The House That Stamps Built), to create a background. I finished off the card with some sequins.

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ODBD for OWH: Sentiment

Virginia’s View – Embossing


Herringbone Washi


This background is made from washi tape in a Herringbone Pattern as learned at Technique Junkies, an excellent subscription technique site that provides hundreds and hundreds of techniques for cards.  The base was run through a Cuttlebug Embossing Folder “Swiss Dots” and the sentiment is from Club Scrap and embossed with Versafine Black Onyx and Clear Powder.

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Bloggers Challenge: Lisa Somersville: Quotes

Friday Mash-up: Backgrounds

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday Lawn Fawn

Here’s another card for Operation Write Home’s Virtual Card Making Party.  I used Pan Pastel’s to create the background with Tim Holtz Stencil then paper pieced the stamp set from Lawn Fawn called “Critters From the Past” with Doodle Bug’s “take note”.  The hill was created with Simon Says Stamp die.  I heat embossed all the images and stamped the shadowed steps with Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Green Hills. Sentiment is Club Scrap.

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Simon Says Stamp June Kit – Card 2

SSS June - Card 2

SSS June – Card 2


Card 2 for Simon Says Stamp June kit uses Seize the Sketch #21 sketch on a kraft card stock base stamped with Hero Arts Shadow Inks in Butter Bar, Wet Cement and Soft Stone.  The image is a Club Scrap Stamp from Simply Beautiful Kit, embossed and colored using Distress Inks on 140 lb watercolor paper by Strathmore.   The frame is card stock and washi tape from kit.

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