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Cards in Envy Challenge: Winter Chills

Happy Monday and Happy New Year!  Over at Cards in Envy, we are celebrating the challenge with cards that focus on “Winter Chills”. That means we’d love to see cards that showcase anything about winter cold.  Snowmen, snowbirds, snowflakes, scarves, hats, mittens, or anything else you can think of that represents winter chills.  Don’t forget to make sure your card fits into a standard A2 size envelope.

My card today features a few different stamp sets to create this scene. The snowman is from Lawn Fawn’s “Making Frosty Friends”, the penguin is from Lawn Fawn’s “Toboggon Together”, and a few of the embellishments are from Paper Smooches, “Swanky Snowdudes”.  I colored them all with Copic Markers and paper pieced with Carta Bella’s “Bundled Up” design paper.

You have until Sunday, January 14th to enter the “Winter Chills” challenge over at Cards in Envy.   Can’t wait to see what you do.

Cards in Envy Challenge: Framed with Circles

Happy Monday!  It’s time for a new Cards in Envy Challenge.  This week, we are looking for cards that are “Framed with Circles”.  Your circles can be stamped, die cut, drawn, or paper pieced, but please add some circles on your card and make sure it fits into an A2 sized envelope.  The challenge will run through Sunday, December 31st and our design team will be choosing their favorite cards to feature on The Cards in Envy blog.

For my card today I used Lawn Fawns “Snow Day” stamp set.  To make the circle frame, I started with a piece of the pattern paper from the Peace, Love and Joy paper pack and chose a Hero Arts Circle infinity die larger than my design paper, creating a “frame”.  Once the circle was cut out, it created two pieces that I adhered to my card front. I then took two smaller circle dies taped together onto some red design paper and cut those out which created another frame.  I die cut a final circle with green cardstock.  For my focal image, I stamped the heart in red and added snowflakes in white.  I finished off with a bow and a sentiment from the same set.

I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with this week for your “Framed in Circles” card for the Cards in Envy Challenge!

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: Snowy Birds

Happy New Year!  It’s time for another Cards in Envy challenge .  This week our theme is “Snowy Birds.”

As a reminder, Cards in Envy asks that your card fit into a standard A2 envelope for ease of mailing, but that doesn’t mean they have to be one layer or clean and simple.

For today’s card went to an adorable mini set by Lawn Fawn called “Winter Sparrows”.  To compliment the scene, I used the Lawn Fawn “Peace, Joy, Love” 6 x 6 paper pack.  My Winter Sparrows and Copic Colored in B000 & R000 as well as the R35 for their hats.


I Hope 2017 is a great year for you and that you join us throughout this new year by entering your cards over at Cards in Envy.  We really do enjoy your participation.

Cards in Envy Challenge: Celebrate the Season

Happy Monday!  It’s time for another Cards in Envy challenge.  This week our theme is “Celebrate The Season.”

As a reminder, Cards in Envy asks that your card fit into a standard A2 envelope, which is 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 for ease of mailing, but that doesn’t mean they have to be one layer or clean and simple.  You have until January 1st to enter.

For today’s card I used Tim Holtz “Stamptember” Holiday Poinsettia stencil.  This came in combination with a beautiful stamp set called “Holiday”, which can’t be found in the set, but can be purchased separately at Simon Says Stamp.  I began by applying Picket Fence Distress Ink through the stencil, then shifted the stencil down and applied Festive Berries Distress Ink.  I was inspired by Jana Millen who featured this stamp in September when it was released.  I also added a few sequins and placed Stickles in the middle of each for extra bling.


I wish each and every one of you a special holiday season in whatever way your family celebrates.  We hope you’ll join us at Cards in Envy for our “Celebrate the Season” Challenge!

From The Heart Stamps March Blog Hop!


Welcome to our From the Heart Stamps blog hop. This month the theme is “Case It” using one of our fellow design team members as inspiration!  To “case” another’s card, we use those elements of their style and make it our own.

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.

For my card I used the fabulous inspiration of Nazeema “Calypso” Thompson from her post of January 7, 2016 where she created a shaker using sentiments as a background, used partial images, and flag banners.

Here’s her card I “Case-d”:



Here is my card as “case-d” from the design Calypso created.  For the background I used the congrats sentiment from “Cat’s Out of the Bag” which I brought into photo shop and adjusted both size and opacity. My focal image is “Laughing Giraffes” colored with Copic Markers and embellished.  The balloons are from “Birdie and Balloon” also colored with Copics.  After coloring my banner in the same Copics, I added a die cut the Die-Versions birthday die cut from glitter paper, which is also used on the My Favorite Things die frame.March Hop

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

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

Sketch Saturday Challenge #396

It’s Saturday and time for a new sketch at Sketch Saturday.  This week we are sponsored by Drawn With Character who is offering the random winner 3 images of their choice!  You have until Friday, January 29th to enter.


This week I used Drawn With Character’s “Penguin” for my focal image today.  I colored him in watercolors using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  I heat embossed the Hero Arts Snowflake background in white powder, then using the Zig makers created a watered colored distressed background.  I edged with Distress Inks and added a Lawn Fawn sentiment.

Sketch 396

We can’t wait to see how you interpret that Sketch Saturday layout this week.  Come of by!

From The Heart Stamps – Mid-Week Inspiration

I’m here today with a little Mid-Week DT Inspiration for From The Heart Stamps!  My card today is colored with Copic Markers using the “Mitten’s Snowman.”   I hope you’ll stop by this week to check out both the Sketch Challenge and the Stamp of the Month Challenge at the From The Heart Stamps Blog. 

Snow Puppy

I look forward to seeing you over at the From The Heart Stamps Blog  and in the Facebook Community.  We really love to see your work.

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


Cards in Envy Challenge: Very Vintage Christmas

Happy Monday!  It’s time for another Cards in Envy challenge.  This week our theme is “Very Vintage Christmas.”

As a reminder, Cards in Envy asks that your card fit into a standard A2 envelope, which is 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 for ease of mailing, but that doesn’t mean they have to be one layer or clean and simple.

For today’s card I used a sweet vintage image from my stash, but sadly, don’t know the artist. I colored the image with Copic markers and added a few Lawn Fawn silver snowflakes in the sky.


Hope you join us at Cards in Envy for our Very Vintage Christmas!

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