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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.

From The Heart Stamps May Blog Hop!

Welcome to our From the Heart Stamps May blog hop. This month our theme is “CASE it”!

As you hop along, please leave a comment on each blog. One random commenter will be selected on each blog to win an image of choice from the FTHS store.

If you have arrived from Kathy Curry’s website, you are in the right place, if not why don’t you start on the From the Heart Stamps blog, so you don’t miss anything.

My card today “CASEs” Kelly Schelske’s card from February 2017.  One of Kelly’s talents is the use of pattern papers.  Here is her card:

I wanted to go out of my comfort zone and break out some patter paper, which is Echo Park’s “We Are Family”.  I colored up “Gratitude” from the Faithful Friends collection with my favorite medium, Copic Markers. The green is: G99, G94 and YG03, the blue B39, B34, B32, and the red in R46 & R27.  I hope I did Kelly proud!

Now head over to Kelly Schelske’s and see what she has created.

Thanks for hopping with us today. The hop will end on Sunday, May 7th at 6 am EST. Winners will be posted on the From the Heart Stamps Blog on Wednesday May 9th.

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, November 1st to enter for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate at Repeat Impressions.

Here’s the Sketch:


For this sketch I started by some classic paper piecing of the vampire image found on Repeat Impressions Unmounted Halloween Sheet 2300.  Also on this sheet you’ll find some great images include sentiments and these cool bats.


Hope you’ll join us at The House That Stamps Built, you may be our next winner!  Oh and don’t forget, if you enter our challenge using Repeat Impressions stamps, you get extra entries.  You can take advantage of the discount code from my blogs sidebar when you shop at Repeat Impressions Stamps.

Sketch Saturday Challenge #423 – Choose your own sketch!

It’s the 5th week of the month and at Sketch Saturday, that means, pick any sketch between 215 through 422! That’s a lot to choose from.  Here is the link to get you started.  I chose sketch #405 by Niki.  Also this week we are being sponsored by StarStampz who is offering the random winner 3 images of their choice!

Any Sketch 405

The image I chose is “My Sweet Sunflower”, isn’t she beautiful?  I colored her with Copic Markers and used Echo Park “So Happy Together” 6 x 6 paper pad.  The dies are My Favorite Things and my sentiment is Wplus9 “That is all”.

Sketch 423

You have until Friday, August 5th to enter at Sketch Saturday choosing your own sketch.  See you there!

Sketch Saturday Challenge #415

Happy Saturday!  Today’s new Sketch Saturday challenge is sponsored by A Day For Daisies who is offering a very generous $12.00 gift certificate to her store for our random winner. Thanks Tammy! You have until Friday, June 10th for a chance to win.

Here’s the sketch:


For my card I chose the sweet image from A Day For Daisies called, Curious Daughter.”  I colored the image with Copic Markers  and used Echo Park’s “Sunshine” 6 x 6 paper pack.

The sun, tag, and vertical strip are My Favorite Things Dies.  The clouds are Memory Box and the oval scallop is Spellbinders. Finally, the sentiment is Wplus9.

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



Sketch Saturday Challenge #397 – Pick Any Sketch

Happy Saturday!  Today’s new Sketch Saturday challenge is sponsored by The Paper Shelter who is offering a generous $10.00 gift certificate to our random winner.  Thanks Paper Shelter!  You have until Friday, February 5th to enter your card for a chance to win.

For our challenge this week it’s “Pick Any Sketch” from the Sketch Saturday previous sketches 215 through 396.  I’ve gone way back into the archives and chosen sketch #230 for my card.

Here’s the sketch:


My image today is  Paper Shelter’s “Casual Boy” which I colored with Copic Markers.  The design paper is “Note To Self” by Echo Park.   The card base is cut out with a Simon Says Stamp die and the tab element is a My Favorite Things label die. I finished off with a few Hero Arts gems and a sentiment also from Simon Says Stamp.

I can’t wait to see what sketch you choose this week for the “Pick Your Own” week at Sketch Saturday!

Sketch 397


Sketch Saturday Challenge #393 – Sami Stamps

It’s the first Saturday of 2016 and time for a new Sketch Saturday challenge.  This week we are being sponsored by the talented Sami Stamps who is offering a generous $12.00 gift certificate to the random winner of the challenge.

Here’s the Sketch:


This gorgeous flower image from Sami is called, “Pretty Flowers”.  I colored them with Copic Markers and used the “Creative Agenda” 6 x 6 Echo Park Collection for the pattern paper.  I also used the Simon Says Stamp “vent” die as well as the Lawn Fawn rectangle stitches die.  My sentiment is from WPlus9 “Doodle Buds” stamp.

Sketch 393

We would love for you to enter this week at Sketch Saturday.  Happy New Year!!

From The Heart Stamps DT Inspiration

Happy Wednesday!  I’m here today with a little DT Inspiration for From The Heart Stamps. I love this Faithful Friends image called “Angel Joy”.  I paired it with Echo Park’s “Holly Jolly Christmas” and a few die cuts from Simon Says Stamp.  Isn’t she sweet?

Hope you are enjoying your holidays so far!


Don’t forget to join us in our weekly sketch challenge as well as our Progressive Image Challenge over at the From The Heart Stamps Blog.

Brown Sugar Challenge #167 Use a Number

It’s Friday! Woohoo!  That means it’s time for a new challenge at Brown Sugar Challenges featuring numbers.  This week’s challenge is sponsored by Morgan’s Artworld who is offering 3 digital images for our random winners choice.  You have until Thursday October 15th to enter.

For my card today, I’ve used Morgan’s Artworld, “Sports 5” to showcase my “Numbers” card.  I colored this great masculine stamp with Copic Markers and used “Echo Park’s Note To Self” paper pack. The circle dies is My Favorite Things, the numbers die is Paper Smooches, and the grass is Lawn Fawn.

Golfer-Morgan's Artworld-wm

I can’t wait to see your “Numbers” card this week at Brown Sugar Challenges!

Sketch Saturday Challenge #378

Happy Saturday!  Today’s new Sketch Saturday challenge is sponsored by Simon Says Stamp!  That means a $25.00 gift certificate to our random winner!  You have until Friday, September 18th for a chance to win.

Here’s the sketch:


For my card I chose an Art Impressions Watercolor set called, “WC Series 6 Set 1 – 3497.”  These sets really allow for easy scene building and more can be found at the Simon Says Stamp Store.

To color the images I used Distressed Markers on good quality Strathmore #140 watercolor paper.  You can find some videos on the stamping/watercoloring techniques on YouTube.   My project was cut out using the My Favorite Things stitched square die and the pattern paper is Echo Parks “Getaway.”  I finished by stamping Simon Says Stamp “Circle Sayings” for the sentiment.

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

Sketch 378- wm


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