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Jun 24, 2022

Freshly Made Sketches #541 & NBUS#39

Today I am joining in on Freshly Made Sketches #541:


I needed to make a Sympathy card and while they are not always the most fun to create they are needed (sadly).
So I started out with the first card below and wasn't sure if it was a bit much for a Sympathy card so I created a second card.  Tell me which is your favorite & which you think is most appropriate for a Sympathy card.
Card #1 
Card Base, Extra Heavy White
Next Layer Bashful Blue - Retired SU color (which I really miss) that I embossed with Birds & Swirls embossing folder (Cuttlebug)
Next I layered a strip of Night of Navy cs and a strip of Bashful blue with a tiny piece of designer paper (Paper Studio) - I also distressed the edges of the Navy piece.  I glued down a piece of the designer paper on white card stock and cut the heart die and also the bird die wing out.  The main bird was bashful blue.  I also used a rectangle die for the first time from Sizzix.  I cut that out in white and used the negative piece from Night of Navy.  The banner was cut with fishtail die (MFT) and the sentiment is from SU - Heal Your Heart stamp set.  I used Memento Tuxedo black ink on that.
Card #2 - I angled the rectangle portion of the sketch on this card.
Card Base - Bashful Blue
Embossed Layer - Basic White
Heart Die & Rectangle Die - Night of Navy cs
Multicolor deisgner paper - Paper Studio.
Other: Foam Tape
Baby Blue Stickles for the centers of the 3 flowers.
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Fishtail Dies
 Stock for the strip across the card.Textured Piece of Navy Card
Entering in for NBUS #39 as well since I used New Dies on these cards.
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There you have it.  2 cards using the same colors, dies & stamps.  
Which one is your favorite?

Jun 22, 2022

Paper Players CAS One Layer Challenge #596 and NBUS#39

Before I get to today's card I wanted to share that I made the "Cut Above" for my card featured HERE for challenge #594.  It's always a fun surprise when you receive good news like that.Badge of Honor

Now on to this weeks, Clean and Simple challenge.  Something that is totally out of my comfort zone. - Clean and Simple is hard for me to start out with but combine it with a, One Layer card and yep, I'm a little intimidated. 

I decided to give it a try though. I'll also be posting this as an NBUS#39 card since the stamp set I used is brand new and this was it's first use along with the Distress inks that I used.

Here is my card:

Card base: White Card Stock - This was a thicker card stock that I believe I purchased from Papertrey Ink many years ago.

I used a stencil from Tim Holtz Halloween set and sponged on,Spiced Marigold, Mustard Seed and Crushed Olive Inks.  Next I stamped the drink stamp (Unity - Itty Bitty - Chillin) with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored it with colored pencils blended with gamsol.  I stamped the sentiment with Versamark ink and embossed with Basic Black embossing powder to complete the card.  

So how did I do?  I'm still not sure that this is a style I'll grow to love but at least I gave it a try.

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Jun 10, 2022

Color Throwdown#696

Hello!  Welcome back to my blog.


Today I am joining the Color Throwdown blog for challenge number 696.

What a fun group of colors with lots of possibilities to use them.

I debated about what I wanted to do and then decided to dig out my Nuts About Squirrels stamp set again.  I just love how cute and cheery looking those little squirrels are.

Here is the card I created using the colors (Kraft, Cream and Green) and whatever neutral you wanted to use.


Stamps:  Nuts about Squirrels, Itty Bitty Bakcgrounds - (SU)

Card Stock: Mossy Meadow, Crumb Cake, Old Olive and Very Vanilla.

Designer Paper - Heartwarming Designers Series (which after I had already finished the card I noticed that it has white in it and not vanilla - oops!)

Ink: Early Espresso (neutral color), Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive - Granny Apple Green Marker (for the eye)

Other: Circle Nestabilitie Die, Burlap Card Stock, Foam Mounting Tape

All images were stamped on the Vanilla Card Stock, Fussy cut and mounted with the foam tape.

This card was fun to create and I hope it makes you smile.

Have a great day.

Jun 8, 2022

Paper Players #594

 Hooray I finally stamped a card!

Today I'm sharing a card I created for the Paper Players Challenge #594


I recently purchased some new paper at JoAnn's (well new to me) with lemons on them so I thought this would be the perfect time to use them. - I remembered that I had an old StampinUp
stamp set that had a lemon image in it so I located the set and got busy creating the card below.

 Card Base: Old Olive (SU)
Lemon Designer Paper - American Crafts
Yellow Dot Paper - Core'dinations
Lemon Stamp - SU (retired) set, Sun RipenedII
Sentiment - Inkadinkado
Enamel Dots - Paper Studio
Swiss Dot Embossing Folder
Oval Nestabilitie Dies
Basic Black Embossing Powder - SU
Prisma Colored Pencils
Foam Mounting Tape

I stamped the image in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, colored it with pencils and blended with Gamsol then fussy cut it out.

Be sure to check out the Design Teams inspiration and the other entries as well.  - Have a great day.