Sunday, October 30, 2022

Autumn Greetings for Sunday Stamps

Hello and welcome!  It's time for a new challenge at Sunday Stamps and this time it is a new color combo to spark your creativity! 

I'm also playing along with the Anything Goes Challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

I decided to make one last autumn card and chose to use brown, yellow and orange.  

I started by die cutting the large maple and oak leaves from watercolor paper, then used Distress Mica Stain sprays in Flickering Candle, Jack-O-Lantern and Crooked Broomstick to color them.  The brown didn't really show, I think I used much more of the other two colors.  While the leaves dried, I stamped and die cut the sentiment and worked on the background.

Since the brown spray didn't show adequately, I decided to incorporate the color into the background.  I had the die cut leaf background in craft that was left over from another project but it certainly wasn't dark enough.  I die cut another out of Soft Suede but it was too dark behind the leaves, so I used it as a shadow to the craft layer.  I adhered them together, trimmed off the excess brown, then added it to an ivory card base.  The yellow oak leaf was adhered directly to the panel and the maple was die cut twice more from Soft Suede, layered together then added to the card front after tying on a bow of Early Espresso Baker's Twine.  With the sentiment adhered, I then finished thigs off with a few satin gold baubles.

Thanks for taking time to stop by!  I hope you'll use the link above to see all the beautiful cards by the other DT members and hopefully join us - you'll have until Friday, November 11th.

Take care!


Stamps:  Grateful Florals (Studio Katia/Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Hero Arts Antique Ivory, Stampin' Up Soft Suede, Neenah Desert Storm, Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor
Ink:  Versafine Clair Acorn
Other:  Flickering Candle, Jack-O-Lantern and Crooked Broomstick Distress Mica Stain Spray, Simon Says Stamp Large Stitched Maple and Oak Leaf dies, Honey Bee Autumn Splendor A2 cover die, SU Early Espresso Baker's Twine, Trinity Stamps Gold Satin Baubles

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Happy Thanksgiving for the Tic Tac Toe Challenge

Hello friends!  It's time for a new Tic Tac Toe Challenge and this week the lovely Claire has given us this wonderful board for our inspiration!

I went down the left row for my card - thankful, brown, die cuts.

I started with the autumn floral that came out during Simon Say Stamp's Stamptember, where Simon releases a new collaboration stamp set nearly every day and when they sell out, they're gone. Fortunately for my pocketbook, I only bought a couple, this sweet stamp set being one from Studio Katia.  I stamped both the sentiment and main image, then colored the florals and pumpkin with alcohol markers.  To get more contrast in the yellow flowers, I used three polychromos colored pencils to deepen the shaded areas, although unfortunately the photos does not fully capture that. :-(  Everything was then die cut with coordinating dies.

The Scallop cover die provided some wonderful white texture over an off-white card base, then a strip of brown textured cardstock was added to ground the image.  The pumpkin floral was added to the front with thin foam squares, then I die cut the sentiment twice more, cutting off the part that overlapped the pumpkin and adhered it to the brown strip, and that finished things off.

Thanks for visiting, I appreciate it.  The link above will take you over to the challenge where you can take a look at the cards by the other DT members and hopefully be inspired to join us this week!

Take care!


Stamps:  Grateful Florals (SSS/SK)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White and Natural White, Early Espresso textured cardstock (ret. SU)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Other:  Grateful Florals dies, Scallops Cover die (Altenew)
Copics:  E29, 37, 31, YR18, 07, 16, Y17, 08, 06, 02, 00, G28, 09, 02, YG99, 97, 95, 91, 21, 000, V01
Sketchmarker Brush Pro:  V111, 114
PolyChromos:  182 Brown Ochre, 184 Dark Naples Ochre, 185 Naples Yellow

Friday, October 21, 2022

Sending Hugs

Hello and welcome!  Today's card is one that I made for the current Color Hues challenge, where the lovely Cindy has chosen the colors orange and green.  

While I was tempted to make a Halloween card because these colors are so perfect for it, but instead used a stamp set that I purchased a short time ago and was eager to get it inky.

I think peonies are my favorite flowers (they sure are in our garden), so I was irresistibly drawn to the Gracious Peonies from Altenew.  I stamped the huge floral on white cardstock then colored in the challenge colors with Copic markers.  When that was complete, the image was die cut.

Next a panel of white cardstock was embossed with a 3D embossing folder then adhered to a white card base.  The peony image was glued directly to the embossed panel, then I lightly splattered it was gold metallic paint.  While that dried, the large sentiment was die cut from brushed gold paper and black cardstock, and the sub-sentiment gold heat embossed on black, then die cut.  After they were adhered to the card, I was done.  Note that the sub-sentiment did not photograph well, especially in the photo below, but in real life it looks fine.  There's something about photographing metallics or shiny things...

Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Take care!


All products from Altenew unless otherwise noted.
Stamps:  Gracious Peonies 
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Pitch Black (Hero Arts), Brushed Gold
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Altenew Obsidian Black, Versamark
Other:  Gracious Peonies die, Versatile Greetings dies, Featured Sentiment die, Diamond Stars 3D embossing folder, Antique Gold embossing powder, Metallic Gold paint
Copics:  YR09, 16, Y38, 17, G28, 05, 14

Sunday, October 16, 2022

Is it Halloween Yet? for Sunday Stamps

Hello friends!  It's time for a new challenge at Sunday Stamps and this time it is a sketch brought to you by yours truly.  I hope you like it and are inspired to join us!

I'll also joining the lovely ladies at Festive Friday for their Halloween challenge - my card features moon, pumpkin orange, black and ghost from the inspo list - and the Anything Goes Fall Challenge at The Four Seasons Challenge.

My family loves to celebrate Halloween so it's been tradition since I started card making back in 2007 for me to send the three grandkids Halloween cards.  And I love making Halloween cards!  

This was a fun one to put together.  I bought dies that are intended to build dimensional tags but can also be used on card fronts.  I started by die cutting the top (frame with wrought-iron fence) and bottom (spooky house) from black cardstock.  Two additional layers are added in-between were cut from white cardstock and colored with Copic markers.  I also used Copics to color the house windows (cut separately from white cardstock) and the pumpkins.  The backer piece was die cut from white and ink blended to create the moon and spooky purple sky.  When that was complete, all the layers were glued together, the white ghosts added floating in the sky, the pumpkins to the front left and the two bats die cut from black glitter paper adhered at the top.

The banner was cut from some Halloween patterned paper and layered on a black cardbase.  The orange strip across the top seemed rather boring compared to the remainder of the card, and then I remembered I still have oodles of long retired black spider web doilies.  I used one, cutting it down to fit on the corners, then adhered the focal image on top.  The sentiment was white heat embossed and added to the card front then the last step was to add Glossy Accents to the door and all the windows in house. 

Thanks so much for visiting, I appreciate it.  Please use the link above to check out the fabulous cards by the other SSC DT members and hopefully join us with your take on my sketch!

Take care!


Stamps:  Wicked Together (sentiment/Picket Fence Studios)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Pitch Black (Hero Arts), Pumpkin Pie (SU), Spooktacular 6" x 8.5" paper pad (Honey Bee Stamps), 6" x 6" Glitter Paper Assortment pack (SSS)
Ink:  Versamark; Scattered Straw, Wilted Violet, Villainous Potion, Black Soot Distress Inks
Other:  Haunted Entrance Dome Layer die, Winterwood Dome Layer die, Haunted House Dome Layer die, Nested Globes die (all Memory Box); Skinny Strip die (MFT), Spider Web Doily, White embossing powder, Glossy Accents
Copics:  YR18, 07, 04, BG99, E79, 100

Saturday, October 15, 2022

Thinking of You for The Flower Challenge

Hello and welcome!  I have my reminder card for The Flower Challenge to share with you today.  If you choose to join us (remember -it's our birthday and there are lots of prizes to be won!) you have until the 25th to upload your card, and we'd love to have you celebrate with us this month!

I'm also joining current challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More, which is to use die cuts and/or stencils.

For this card I decided to use a beautiful embossing folder and matching stencil to create my floral images.

I started with a panel of #110 Neenah Solar White, misted it lightly on both sides than ran it through my die cutting machine with the Fragrant Florals 3D embossing folder.  I used the low temp on my heat gun to dry it before ink blending through the stencils.

I used three colors of purple in coloring the flowers, two on the petals and the darkest in the flower centers and for the berries.  I used two shades of green for the leaves, intensifying some to give a little bit of variation.  With the stenciling complete, a white gel pen was used to highlight the ends of the flower stamen and a light brown Copic marker for the thin stems.  The panel was then trimmed down to A2 size and adhered directly to the white card base.  The sentiment was stamped in the darkest purple, die cut and layered on two additional die cuts, then adhered to the card.  It was a fun change from using my Copic markers and to achieve a different look.

I'm so glad you took time to stop by!  Please be sure to use the link above to take a peek at all the beautiful inspiration by the other DT members and hopefully join us this month!

Take care!


Stamps:  Black-Eyed Susans (sentiment/Simon Says Stamps)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White
Ink:  Heather, Violet, Iris Aspen, Sage and Pine (SSS)
Other:  Fragrant Florals embossing folder and stencils, Black-Eyed Susans word die, Sakura White Gelly Roll pen, E43 Copic marker

Thursday, October 13, 2022

With Gratitude for the Tic Tac Toe Challenge

Hello friends!  It's time for a new Tic Tac Toe challenge and this week Silke has given us lots of options for making fun fall cards.

I'm also joining the Fall Colors Challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, along with the fall themed/October challenges at Double D Challenges and the Four Seasons Challenge.

For my card I went down the middle column of the Tic Tac Toe board - slim card, grateful and mixed medium.  My mixed mediums are Copics and dye inks.  I was going to make a fold card but time got away from me and I chose the easier route. ;-)

I used one of my favorite Birdie Brown images for fall to make this card.  I stamped all the images in brown, Copic safe ink, colored them then die cut them with the matching dies.  The sentiment was stamped in brown pigment ink, die cut with a label die. 

For the slim layers I used dies from Pinkfresh Studio's Mini Slimline Essential dies, cutting both from Neenah Solar White.  I used various distress inks to create the background, along with a cloud stencil.  When complete the layers were adhered to a 3"x 6" base.  I adhered the girl on the pumpkin and 2nd largest pumpkin directly to the panel then used thin foam squares to mount the squirrel and the smallest pumpkin.  The sentiment strip was trimmed down to fit the card front, then also added with thin foam squares.  Lastly, I used a white gel pen to add polka dots and the little girl's sweater.

Thanks so much for visiting, I appreciate it.  Be sure to use the link above to check out the fabulous cards by the rest of the design team and hopefully join us this week!

Take care!


Stamps:  Fall Friends (Birdie Brown/MFT)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White
Ink:  Gina K Chocolate Truffle Amalgam; Versafine Clair Pinecone; Dried Marigold, Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed and Salvaged Patina Distress Ink
Other:  Fall Friends dies, Mini Slimline Essential Bundle dies, Mini Cloud Edge Stencil (MFT), Copic markers, white gel pen

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Very Best Wishes

Hello friends!  Today I have a very CAS fall card to share with you.  It's one I made for the autumn themed challenge at The Paper Players using the colors from the CAS Colours & Sketches challenge.

This card came together quickly - that's the beauty of making a CAS card, right?

I began by die cutting an A2 panel of white with the Folk Edge Rectangle die, then I put it in my Misti stamp positioner and stamped the sentiment and floral spray with a Copic friendly ink, the proceeded to color with markers similar to the CC&S challenge colors.

I know the leaves are turning but we still do have some bushes with green leaves so that's why I decided to color the leaves the Shaded Spruce color.  After the coloring was complete I put the panel back in the Misti and restamped it with a brown pigment ink for a sharper image and sentiment.  The panel was adhered to a white A2 base, then I added shimmer to the berries, then covered them with Glossy Accents for a bit of sparkle and shine, which you can see better in the photo below.  

Thanks for taking time to stop by, I appreciate it.

Take care!


Stamps:  Beautiful Moments (Memory Box/Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White
Ink:  Gina K Chocolate Truffle Amalgam, Versafine Clair Pinecone 
Other:  Folk Edge Rectangle die (Pinkfresh Studio), Aqua Shimmer pen (Tonic Nuvo), Glossy Accents (Ranger)
Copics:  [YR23, Y08, 06, 02], [YR09, 16, Y38], [G28, 09, 02]

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Birthday Roses for The Flower Challenge

Hello friends!  It's time for a new challenge at The Flower Challenge, where we're celebrating our 6th birthday!  Woo hoo!  And while it's our birthday, all the winners and a several random participants will be receiving prizes.  All you have to do is share your lovely floral card and be sure to include a sentiment.

We're also very fortunate to have the lovely Emily Midgett as our guest designer this month, plus she has generously contributed a few of her original illustrated panel sets as prizes.

I'm also joining the current CAS themed challenge at Seize the Birthday.

I had to make a birthday card for this wonderful celebration (plus it worked for sharing at STB!) and used one of my favorite floral images, which coincidentally was designed by Emily for Simon Says Stamp. 

The floral image was stamped and colored with Copic markers, then die cut with the coordinating die.  It's a very large image of which I had to trim down to fit on the ink blended panel.  I used Salvaged Patina Distress ink in one corner, going lighter as I moved across the panel and left one corner white.  

When it was time to adhere the floral die cut to the panel, I realized there was a large amount of white space in the center of the die cut piece and thought it was look odd against the blue background.  I remedied this by coloring all the white around the flowers and leaves with two blue-green markers, using the tip-to-tip method for creating a color similar to Salvaged Patina.  With that done, the die cut was adhered to the panel, then I stamped a birthday greeting in the upper left corner before adhering the panel to the card base with thin foam tape.  The final step was to add a few sparkly gems around the sentiment.

So pop on over to the blog (link above) to check out all the amazing inspiration by the DT and Emily, along with all the wonderful prizes to be given away!

Thanks for stopping by and take care.


Stamps:  Celebrate Rose Corner (SSS), Bitty Buzzwords (sentiment/Honey Bee Stamps)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Clair Nocturne, Salvaged Patina Distress
Other:  Celebrate Rose Corner, Marvelous Moments Gem Stickers (HB)
Copics:  RV69, 66, 55, 52, G99, 85, 94, 82, BG45, 10