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Cards in Envy – Another Year Older Challenge

Hello Friends!  It’s Monday morning and time for a new Cards in Envy challenge. Today we are having a PARTY!!!  A “birthday party” to be more specific. You have until Sunday, May 1st to submit your entry and as our name states, your card must fit nicely in a standard sized A2 envelope.  That means no big lumps, bumps, or large embellishments.

I have been wanting to break out my Crazy Bird set for some time and thought this is a perfect challenge to do some low level layering so that my card still fits well into a standard envelope.  I began by creating a watercolor background using Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron, Mustard Seed and Carved Pumpkin. I then ran that through a Cuttlebug folder and cut it out with a Simon Says Stamp stitched die.  My balloon and tie are colored with more of the Mustard Seed and Carved Pumpkin adding in a little Spiced Marmalade and Wild Honey and Fossilized Amber.  The hat is Black Soot and Hickory Smoke.  Finally, I used the Tim Holtz sentiment stamped with archival and watercolored again with distress inks as above.

Crazy Bird

We sure hope you’ll join the party over at Cards in Envy!  We can’t wait to see your cards. Have fun!

Sketch Saturday Challenge #389

Happy Saturday!  Today’s new Sketch Saturday challenge is sponsored by The Paper Shelter who is offering a $10.00 gift certificate to their store for our random winner.  You have until Friday, December 4th to enter for a chance to win.

Here’s the sketch:


The Paper Shelter digital stamp used for my card is called “December 26th.”  You can use the pre-colored image like I did or you can color up your own image.  I printed two images out and popped up the second one over the first to give shadow and dimension. For the paper I used a Studio Calico 6 x 6 pad called, “Wonderland” and added a Tim Holtz label tag and sentiment. Using pre-colored images is a great way to get lots of homemade Christmas cards in a hurry.

Sketch 389-wm

Come on over to the Sketch Saturday Blog to enter and don’t forget to stop by the Sketch Saturday Facebook Page and give is a like!

Lindy’s Stamp Gang March 2015 Color Challenge

Today was full of color and I was able to finish my entry for Lindy’s Stamp Gang March Challenge.  I used Flat Fabio Spray in, “C’iest la vie Cerise”, South Shore Sand, I’m Late, I’m Late Slate, and Starburst Sprays, Bit of Bubbly and Frostbitten Fushia.    I also used Angel Wings Mauve embossing powder on the panel behind the butterfly which is Sticky Back Canvas.  I created a pattern using washi tape, then applied versamark and embossing powder.  I then sprayed with the Frostbitten Fushia and distressed the edges. The butterfly and number background is the new “perspective” stamp set by Tim Holtz.

March Lindy's Color Challenge


March Lindy's Close

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Simon Says Stamp: Things That Fly

Marker Pop: ATG

March Tim Holtz Tag 2015

Today I finished the March 2015 Tim Holtz Tag.  It uses distress paint for the background on top of some washi.  The butterfly stamp is from the new set called “Perspective”.  I heat embossed and masked it off to place the gold ferro over the tag in place of the recommended texture paste with embossing powder.  It skips several steps and I think it turns out just as nice.  I embellished the tag with some Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprayed ribbon in Grab a Guy Gold and some metallic gold thread my sweet friend Lynn gave to me in a care package.



March Tim Holtz Tag

Here’s a few close ups:

March Tim Holtz Tag Closeup


March Tim HOltz Close up2

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The Mixed Media Challenge: Birds of a Feather

Simon Says Stamp: Things that Fly

Try Stampin’ on Tuesday Sketch Challenge

It’s Tuesday and that means it’s time for another Try Stampin’ on Tuesday sketch challenge!  Today, our sketch was contributed by Sarah of the Try Stampin’ on Tuesday Design Team – Go Sarah!  All entries should be posted by Monday, March 9th. As usual, all you have to do is start out with a sketch and add your own special touches.

Here’s our sketch this week:

Sketch 49-001

For my inspiration this week, I’ve chosen a to take a trip to Paris!  I used the Tim Holtz stamp and die set called, “French Flight”.  I stamped the tower onto paper from Echo Park’s “Getaway” 6 x 6 pack using Hero Arts shadow ink.  I used the Lawn Fawn Journaling die as the center focal to hold my image and fussy cut the map element from the paper pack.  I finished off the card with some gold enamel dots and distressed ink.  Makes me say Oooh La La!

I can’t wait to see what you enter this week!

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Try Stampin’ on Tuesday – Challenge #204

As we scoop ourselves out of the snow here in New York, we’ve got another Try Stampin’ on Tuesday Sketch Challenge.   The challenge will remain open until Monday, February 9th and to keep it light and easy, there is no specific theme.

Here’s the sketch:



I chose to go with a masculine/boy style card and rotate the sketch making a horizontal card.  I used the “Boy oh Boy” 6 x 6 paper pad from Carta Bella.  The eyeglass die is My Favorite Things and the “eye chart” and sentiment is Tim Holtz. Background is Impression Obsession. My plan is to donate this to Send a Smile 4 Kids because they are expanding and have gotten more hospitals in need of cards.  Those of you who were sending tons of cards to Operation Write Home and have extras now they have slowed down, please consider donating to this great cause.  Here’s how.


One last tidbit.  If you like my new Watermark I got it from Karen Giron, at the Sweetest Thing blog who is offering these at a GREAT price.  Please support her new endeavor and pass the word to your groups as watermarks are always needed.


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Designer Challenge

Simon Says Stamp: ATG


Joining Repeat Impressions Design Team!

Hello Friends.  I was thrilled when Wendy at Repeat Impressions asked me to join her design team.  Repeat Impressions sells high quality red rubber stamps that can be purchased both mounted or unmounted.  Wendy has generously provided my blog followers with a 10% discount to purchase stamps from her site anytime by using the code (rr10ks)!  Thanks Wendy.

Each Wednesday, the talented design team, called Rock Stars (I always wanted to be a Rock Star, yeah!), will be providing great inspiration on Wendy’s Blog, The House That Stamps Built.   Wendy’s blog hosts great challenges with even better give aways, including a $25.00 gift certificate to her store!  There is a little something for everyone like sketch challenges, color challenges, and photo inspiration challenges.  The design team also hosts a “Project of the Week” where a tip or technique to better your card making and crafting skills is provided.

This weeks challenge theme is monochromatic colors using Brown, Black, and White.  As soon as I saw this theme I knew which stamp I wanted to use. You can find these stamps over at Repeat Impressions: Bear – 816-N,  2719-K, Lg Pine Tree, 2710-D, Sm Pine Tree.  I used distress inks to create a “burnt edge” look by building up antique linen, vintage photo, walnut stain, and black soot distress inks.  I distressed the edges of a Sizzix “parchment”die and finished off with a sentiment from Tim Holtz “Simple Sayings”.

I hope I will see some of your entries at The House That Stamps Built, where you can enter a card with any type of stamp digital or rubber, but extra entries are given for using Repeat Impressions stamps.  See you there!

Monochromatic Black, Brown & White-wm


12 Tags from Tim Holtz – August

August 12 Tags

August 12 Tags

I love to participate in Tim’s 12 Tags.  This month’s was SUPER easy.  I love how the washi tape acted as a resist so none of the stains, paints or inks colored it.  I also like the Distress embossing powder and how it looks like rust.  I didn’t have the Vintago Photo color, but did have tea dye and I think it still works.  If you are going to do this, I recommend  (as did Tim but I failed to pay attention) you do your heat embossing before you attach the plastic film strip because it melts……   I didn’t have his Texture Paste, but used standard molding paste from the art store and it colored just as nicely.  I also brought out some old sewing rub-ons as I don’t have my sewing machine out.   Hope you enjoy!

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Tim Holtz 12 Tags: August


Distress Ink Finger Painting





I’m playing with the new Technique Junkies newsletter for August/September using a technique called Distress Finger Painting, then edged with distress ink in gathered twigs.  I think I like the 2nd one better, what do you think? The images are Tim Holtz Autumn Blueprints stamps on bazzill card shoppe card stock.  The  sentiment on top card is Simon Says Stamp ‘Friendship Messages” and the second card is Avery Elle “Oh Happy Day”.  Button dies, which I love using on OWH cards are from My Favorite Things and the leaf die is Impression Obsession.

Entered in Fusion Card Challenge using only Sketch

Watercolor From the Heart


I love this little image from My Favorite Things called “I’m raptor around your finger”.  I clear heat embossed over Black Versafine ink and then colored him with distress ink and my watercolor brush on watercolor paper.  The background is tumbled glass diluted with lots of water.  The sketch is also from My Favorite Things offered at the Wednesday Stamp Club challenge.  The paper is Bazzill called “Dino-Mite”.  Sentiment is Tim Holtz “Simple Sayings” and heart is die cut from Spellbinders die and covered with glossy accents.

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Art By Miran: ATG

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Fan-Tastic Tuesday: ATG

Through The Craftroom Door: ATG

Penny’s Paper Challenge: ATG


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