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Cards in Envy Challenge: For The KIDS!!

Happy Monday!  That means it’s time for a new Cards in Envy Challenge and this week we are celebrating “For The KIDS! Please make sure your card fits into a standard A2 envelope without any large lumps or bumps.  The challenge will run through Sunday, September 21st and our design team will be choosing their favorite cards to feature on the The Cards in Envy blog.

For my card I used a Mama Elephant Stamptember set from Simon Says Stamp called “Skater Kids”.  I created a scene using a Lawn Fawn stitched die for the grass and the paper pack by Doodlebug called, “Back to School”.  A bit of distress inking and embossing finished off this scene, which I just love.


I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with this week for your “For The KIDS” cards at Cards in Envy Challenge!

Online Card Classes Background Techniques

I’ve made several cards using many of the different Techniques in class last week.  The first four were created using a “homemade” ink pad and the last using with distress ink.

OLCC - Background 4


Sentiment from My Craft Spot and Stamps from Simon Says Stamp

OLCC - Background2

Sentiment from Simon Says Stamp & Stamps from Mama Elephant

OLCC - Background3

Sentiment and stamps from Simon Says Stamp


Sentiment from Clearly Besotted and stamp from Mama Elephant

OLCC - Background5Sentiment from Repeat Impressions & Die from Memory Box

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Simon Says Stamp: ATG

Addicted to Stamps: C&S

Seize the Birthday


New Design Team Announcement for Send a Smile 4 Kids!

I’m absolutely thrilled to announce my addition as a new Design Team Member to the Send a Smile 4 Kids Design Team!  WooHoo.  This is a fantastic group of ladies, lead by Karen Hasheck.  Some reasons I love this site is it is both a challenge blog as well as a card donation program that sends cards to kids (from 1 to 19) who are hospitalized.  I’d love for you to drop by the site and check out the way to donate some of your extra cards to cheer up some hospitalized kids and teens.  For directions on how to donate, please visit SAS4kids site.

In celebration, I’ve prepared a card that would be a great example of the type of cards Send a Smile 4 Kids is looking for.  The stamps are from the new Mama Elephant set called “In My Heart”, which I colored using Copic Markers.  If you look closely at the white circles, I used one of my dies to create an embossed image using a die cut.  To do that, you simply put a silicone matt in your cutting sandwich and instead of cutting, you will emboss.  I do make sure my die is facing upward so that less pressure is created.  The papers and envelope for this card is from the July Simon Says Stamp kit.  I look forward to bringing you all some fun inspiration that will cheer up the hearts and minds of those children who are currently hospitalized.






My first Design Team Challenge will be up on August 2, 2014, so I really hope you will join me then and support Send a Smile 4 Kids!

Brother and Friend


Card made with Sketch from I {heart} card sketches 74 using digital image by From the Heart Stamps colored with Copics.  Sentiment is new Mama Elephant “From the Heart” stamp set that is being sold for 20% donation to Operation Write Home if you purchase directly from Mama Elephant.  This only lasts until 7/31/14, so please stop by and get yours soon.  Back to the card.  I used some old Basic Grey paper called “Hopscotch” and my Lawn Fawn Polaroid die.  The wooden element is from a previous Simon Says Stamp Card Kit.  Thanks for stopping by!

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I {heart} Card Sketches 74

Crafty Sentiments: Anything Goes

Shopping Our Stash: Wooden

Love to Scrap: Anything Goes

Marker Pop: Anything Goes

Beach Turtle


Sketch 073

Sketch 073

Card is based on sketch from I {heart} card sketches using digital image by From The Heart colored with Copics.  Paper is My Minds Eye “Nutmeg”  6 x 6 pack (I didn’t do the twist which was not to use pattern paper).  Dies are from My Favorite Things and sentiment is Mama Elephant.

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I {heart} card sketches

Crazy 4 Challenges: Summer/Winter

Sentimental Sunday: Summer



July Simon Says Stamp Kit Card #2

Happy Mail

Happy Mail

This card uses the envelope stamp, sentiments and card stock from July Kit and the new Mama Elephant & Operation Write Home collaborative stamp set “In My Heart”, which until July 31, 2014, is donating 20% to OWH when purchased on the Mama Elephant Site.  I purchased mine on Saturday and had it on Monday – SUPER FAST shipping.  I colored these envelopes and girl image with copics in (B14, B26, R 14, R27, R46, R59). Background is Hero Arts Soft Vanilla using splatter stamp from my stash.

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