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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, October 4th to enter for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate at Repeat Impressions.

Here’s the Sketch:


For my card I’ve stamped Repeat Impressions Round Pumpkin 2318-G and Boo 2316-G for a sweet Halloween scene.  My spiderwebs are flocked using a rub on from my stash.  I applied glossy accents to my round pumpkin and embossed a circle for him to sit on. The flag die is from My Favorite Things.


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.

Sketch Saturday Challenge #419 – Sami Stamps

It’s Saturday morning and that means it’s 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:


My card today uses a fantastic summer image by Sami called,  “Warm Sand”.  I colored him up with Copic Markers and used Lawn Fawn “Into the Woods” paper pack along with Simon Says Stamp “Happy & Smile”  stamp set to embellish. The square die is My Favorite Things and I made the sand by mixing glossy accents with glitter!


Sure hope you’ll stop by Sketch Saturday and join us for Challenge #419 with Sami Stamps.

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Sami Stamps: ATG

Cards in Envy Challenge: White Wedding

Happy Monday!  That means it’s time for a new Cards in Envy Challenge and this week we are celebrating White Wedding cards! Please make sure your card fits into a standard A2 envelope without any large lumps or bumps.

The challenge will run through Sunday, July 3rd and our design team will be choosing their favorite cards to feature on the The Cards in Envy blog.

For my card I started with Simon Says Stamps “Heart Parade” die which I cut out using Neenah Solar White card stock and adhered using “Stick it”.  The sentiment is also from Simon Says Stamp called, “Congratulations“.  I added wink of stella over a few of the hearts and then topped with Glossy Accents.

White Wedding

I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with this week for the Cards in Envy  “White Wedding” Challenge!

A Blog Named Hero – Rainbow Magic

Hello!  The Crafty Nurse here with a little Hero Arts inspiration for the Rainbow challenge at A Blog Named Hero.


Who doesn’t absolutely love the colors of the rainbow.  I know it gives me a happy feeling with all those vibrant colors.  This month we are collaborating with Avery Elle, who generously provided the Design Team with stamps to play with.

For my card today I started by stamping Avery Elle’s “Pure Magic” bunny in the hat which I then masked and stamped the balloon and stars from Hero Arts.  The image is colored with Copic Markers and finished off with glossy accents and Ranger Enamels.

March ABNH

I hope you’ll join us at A Blog Named Hero for our March Rainbow Card Challenge!  I’ll see you later on this month with another card showing off more Avery Elle goodness.






Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags with a Feminine Twist: Day 10

I’m having so much fun playing over at the Ellen Hutson’s Classroom, where the 12 Tags with a feminine twist is coming to a close. Today, I was inspired by Day 10, Carly Minner who used the provided Sketch as her inspiration.

Sketch Ellen


Ellen's Tag Day 10

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Ellen’s 12 Tags with a Feminine Twist

Lawn Fawn: Tag it

Virginia’s View: Glitter

Crafting By Design: ATG

Casual Friday: Snowflakes

Crazy For Challenges: Use a Tree

Simon Says Stamp: Tag It


Deconstructed Sketch 177

I saw this sketch and immediately thought about using the Bigz Poinsettia die and matching embossing folder as a focal piece.  I cut it out using grunge paper, then applied rock candy crackle paint.  Once that dried I applied Fired Brick and Vintage photo Distress Stains.  After heat setting that I then applied the same colors but in the mini ink pads.  Then, I applied a small amount of Fired Brick distress paint.   The center is some Hero Arts gems applied with glossy accents and glittered. The paper is Lily Bee “Jingle” 6 x 6 pad.  I cut out the circles with My Favorite Things and the string is Close To My Heart wax thread in Cranberry.  I love how this came out.  What do you think?


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Deconstructed Sketch 177

Send a Smile 4 Kids: Challenge 88 – Early Holiday Wishes

Happy Saturday my Friends.  Today is my son Matt’s 22nd Birthday.  Happy Birthday Son!  Just seems like yesterday when he was a little one playing in a cardboard box in our living room and now he is a man off on his own, serving our country as a Marine, and independent.  I guess that’s our job as parents, right?  Being an empty nester has allowed me more time to craft and in doing so, support some great causes like Send a Smile 4 Kids (SAS4Kids).  The great thing about SAS4Kids is their commitment to supporting hospitalized children by providing home-made cards that parents, staff, or even the kids themselves can give during this time of need.  It’s not a sad cause, in fact, we don’t focus on Get Well cards at all, but make the cards happy and fun.   I sure hope you will join both in our challenge and by sending in some cards, especially during this holiday season.  To find out more about donation, look here.

This challenge will run through October 17th and give you a great head start on some holiday card making.  This challenge is sponsored by some very generous donors who are giving away some great gifts for the winning entry.  The design team also chooses their favorite so there are lots of ways to win.

The donors and prizes are:

1) DRS Designs:  Prize: $10.00 Gift Certificate

2) Stitchy Bear: Prize:  3 Digital Images for a total of $10.00

3) Kitchen Sink Stamps: Prize  $25 Dollar Gift Certificate

Wow – thank you sponsors, Send a Smile 4 Kids really appreciates your support.

Now, let’s get to some inspiration!  My first card is from DRS Designs called “Ralph the Reindeer”  I colored Ralph with Copic Markers and used Lawn Fawn’s “Peace, Joy, Love” 6 x 6 paper pack.  The hill is created using the curved die from Simon Says Stamp and I made my own glittered icicles by taking a piece of white card stock, covering it with two-sided tape, cut it out using a My Favorite Things icicle die, then applied glitter for a sparkly icicle border.  I also used Versamark to stamp snowflakes for a subtle background, mimicking falling snow.  The Ice slick Ralph is jumping over is from Lawn Fawn’s “Critters in the Arctic”.




My second card is from Stitchy Bear, specifically designed by Hope Jacare called “Snowman Wreath”.  I also colored this with Copic Markers and gave him a yellow highlight.  If you look closely at the snow at his feet, I applied Glossy Accents for a shinny surface.  The Holiday Cheer die is from Paper Smooches and I cut it out three times and adhered them together to give the sentiment more weight.  The paper pack is Authentique “Joyous Tradition”.

Holiday Cheer1


Holiday Cheer - close up



Miss You

ADFD Miss You


ADFD Birthday Close-up

Good Morning all.  Today I have an adorable A Day For Daisies image colored with my copics. The challenges called for use of Glossy Accents, which I used on her wings.  The paper pack is from Glitz 6 x 6 “Hello Darling”.  I’ve really enjoyed this paper.  I used the Freshly Made Sketches sketch for this week, but that challenge has already closed – just my luck. I chose the sentiment from WPlus 9 to support a birthday theme. I also used the MFT Stitched Flag Dies and Spellbinders Rectangle Dies.

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A Day For Daisies: Glossy Accents 

The Paper Shelter: Punches & Dies

Brown Sugar Challenge: ATG

Marker Pop: Purples

Love To Scrap: ATG


July 2014 Tag – Tim Holtz

July 2014

July 2014


Just finished my July Tim Holtz tag for 12 tags of 2014.   This one was really fun as we made our own sand.  I didn’t have the Antique Linen Glitter so I made my own with the clear dry glitter and antique linen reinker.  You can make all the colors of distress glitter by adding a few drops of the reinker. The shards aren’t as big, but at least you can have lots of colors.  To make sand, mix UTEE, glitter, distress embossing powder in Frayed Burlap and Black soot, then add glossy accepts to moisten.  Apply glossing accents to the surface, then press sand into it and let dry.   The sea horses were also really fun to make.  All the directions are on Tim’s blog and he even gives a 10 percent discount for supplies.   Now go and have some fun!

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