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Aug 31, 2023

Freshly Made Sketches #601 (Spooky Spirits) and NBUS#53

Welcome back! 
Well it's time for a new sketch over on Freshly Made Sketches.  They just celebrated sketch #600 and now it's on to FMS#601 
Here is the card that I created for this sketch selected by Design Team member, Linda Callahan.
Since I'm using brand new stuff this is also going in for NBUS#53
Card Details - Stamp Set - Unity (Spooky Spirits) which is brand new.
Card Stock: Gorgeous Grape, Lemon Lime Twist, and Tangerine Tango*retired SU
Also Basic White for the image.
Designer Paper - Piece of Basic Grey - Eerie Paper Pad. I also used (for the first time) a piece of Washi Tape with "eye balls" on it that I've had in my stash for some time waiting for the right card.
I emobssed the Lemon Lime Twist cs with a Spiderweb Embossing Folder.  Added the designer paper and washi tape.
The images were stamped with Memento Tuxedo ink and colored with Prismacolor Pencils. They were cut out with Nestabilite dies. The edge was distressed with Gorgeous Grape ink. I added some Key Lime Glitter (Art Institute) to the rim of the cocktail glass.  The panel was mounted with foam tape and some sequins (Picket Fence Studio) were added to complete the card.
Here is a picture of the inside of the card:  The sentiment is actually all one piece : (I see you. You deserve a cocktail.) so I just inked up a portion of it for the front of the card and also the inside by masking off the portions I didn't want to use and then removing the masking tape before stamping down. - Hence the alignment on the outside of the card is a little off (but I wasn't about to recolor another entire piece).

That's it for today. - I hope you've enjoyed your visit.  Don't forget to check out the Design Teams cards & maybe participate yourself!



Aug 29, 2023

Paper Players Sketch Challenge #655

Before I get started on today's card I wanted to post a, Thank You for being chosen as one of the, CUT ABOVE for this card a couple of weeks ago. It's always an honor when you get chosen.

Now let's move on to this weeks Paper Players Challenge #655 which is a Sketch Challenge.  LeAnne was the design team member this for this weeks challenge and she chose a fun sketch with many possibilities for creativity.  

Here is what I came up with for my card:


I started with a card base of Basic Black card stock.  Next I found a piece of patterned paper, (DCWV - Halloween Town) - I remembered that I had a rubber stamp of some, Jail Birds from a Inkadinkado Stamp set that reminded me of the paper patterned.

I stamped the birds on Basic White card stock and colored them with pencils.  I added some Key Lime glitter (Art Institute) on their eyes for added sparkle.  I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set with Memento Tuxedo black ink on a piece of Tangerine Tango* retired SU card stock.  It was cut out with a Stylish Die from SU and mounted on a black piece of card stock cut out with a Nestability die.  I mounted the birds with some foam tape for dimension and added some sequins (Picket Fence Studios) to complete the card.  The little strip is the same piece of patterned paper just cut differently.

I kept this one pretty CAS but I think it's a rather fun little Halloween card and hope you do as well.



Aug 25, 2023

3 in One Challenge

 Had to hurry to get this in under the wire:  PP654

Our computer periodically acts up (today was one of those days) and I barely got this posted in time to meet the deadline.


The first challenge was for the Paper Player CAS - Don't Bug Me #PP654.


 Then Freshly Made Sketches is celebrating their 600th sketch challenge this week. - That is amazing & wonderful.

Finally the Color Throwdown colors were: Grey, Aqua and Green.  - Here is what I created for these three challenges combined in this one card.

My card for Paper Players, Freshly Made Sketches and Color Throwdown.


Details will follow soon.   - Card Base, Basic Gray, Pool Party (I almost typed Poop party)....

Next a piece of unknown origin designer paper that was white, aqua and had hints of green.  I used a punched border of Lemon Lime Twist. - The punch is from, EK Success.

The butterfly (Stampendous - Winged Cup stamp set) and was stamped with Memento Tuxedo black ink and colored with pencils.  I also used a butterfly stamp from a retired SU set, Beyond the Basics.  I stamped it on the circle with the Lemon Lime Ink and on the Pool party piece with Pool Party ink.  Added a piece of Bakers Twine, Some Enamel Dots (Paper Studio) - The sentiment was stamped in Basic Gray ink and punched with a retired SU punch.  The sentiment is from Amuse Studio.

Aug 18, 2023

CTD, FMS & NBUS Challenges

 Did you ever have an idea for a card in your head and try to create it to fit that image? - Well that's exactly what happened when I saw this weeks Color Throwdown#756 and the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches#599

I wanted to combine the two challenges and also use some new stamps from this months KOM from Unity (Phases) so this will also be entered for NBUS#53

 Here is what I came up with for these two challenges.

This was a card of (trial and error) as I stamped several of the image trying to figure out just how I wanted it to look.

Card Details:  Card Base: Mossy Meadow (SU) Orange layer is Tangerine Tango (*retired SU - Oh how I miss that orange)
Designer Paper is from an old Basic Grey pad I've had for years and just found a piece of that fit the colors in the throwdown challenge.

Next I used a piece of Early Espresso (SU) and a Martha Stewart Punch to create the drip.  That was sprayed with some Distressed Bronze Mica Spray (Tim Holtz - Ranger)

I then made a tag with Crumb Cake (Kraft - SU) card stock and blended some Espresso Ink around the edges.  I stamped the background  image from the KOM with the Early Espresso Ink.  Then I used my Versa Mark pad and stamped the Witch Image and embossed her with Terra Cotta Tapestry embossing Powder (Personal Stamp Exchange - which I believe is no longer in business.)

I stamped the sentiment (Boo and Stuff) also in the KOM with Early Espresso Ink and used some clear Embossing Powder on it.  That was layered on top of the Witch with foam tape and the tag was also mounted with foam tape.  The ribbon was a piece of *retired SU Chocolate Grosgrain that I pulled loose and looped through the tag so it has a frayed look.  I also brushed the Espresso Ink over it to darken it up a little.

Finally I added some sequins from Picket Fence Studio (Witches Brew) to complete the card. - I was super happy with how this turned out.

This shows a little of the detail of the embossing powder and the Mica Spray:

Aug 13, 2023

Color Throwdown #755 - Card2

 I liked the colors in the CTD#755 challenge so much that I played around and created a second card for the challenge.  This was the first card I posted: (Click for larger view)

Here is my second card:
I went a totally different direction on this card.  I happened to spot some patterned paper in my stash and thought it would make a fun Christmas card with some not so traditional colors and patterns.
Card Base: Real Red, Basic White Layer, Patterned Paper is from DCWV-Basics and Brights.  I used the red piece because the patterned reminded me of poinsettias.  Then I got out my Waffle Flower Poinsettia die and cut of 2 in red and one in white.  I layered the patterned paper on a circle of Granny Apple Green cs and die cut some leaves in the same paper.  The leaves are from another company.  Next I added a distressed piece of Summer Sun* (retired SU) card stock and a piece of patterned paper in a yellow tone.
I embossed the sentiment (Brightest Glow - SU) with Bold Black embossing powder.  I finished off the card with some sequins and added some yellow glitter to the center of the poinsettia berries.
Another CAS design and my very first Christmas card of the year!

Aug 11, 2023

Color Throwdown #755 and NBUS#53

 Today I'm sharing a card I created for this weeks Color Throwdown Challenge #755.
The colors are so fun!

Here is the card I created for the challenge:

How cute is that little Chameleon! - I found this set at the Dollar store (although now you pay, 1.25).  - It had 18 stamps in the set.  You can't go wrong with a bargain like that.  I worried that they might now be very high quality stamps but I didn't have any problems with them.
Also going in for NBUS#53 since it's a brand new set.

I started with a card base of Granny Apple Green.  Then a layer of Basic White.  I added a strip of Real Red cs that I stamped the paint brush and paint roller images on with Real Red ink.  The chameleon was stamped with Memento Tuxedo black ink and colored with various colored pencils.  I layered that to a piece of Summer Sun* (retired SU) card stock.  I used the Stylish Dies (SU) for the circle the chameleon was on and a Nestability die for the summer sun circle.  I mounted that with foam tape.  The sentiment was stamped in the same black ink and mounted on a piece of the summer sun cs.  To finish the card off I added some green enamel dots (Paper Studio).

Click on the image to enlarge and I hope you can see the images on the red piece a bit better.
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Aug 8, 2023

Beautiful Summer - Paper Player Theme Challenge #652 and NBUS#53



 Sometimes I'm a "day late and a dollar short" as they say on the challenges.  This card was supposed to go in for one of the Freshly Made sketches a couple of weeks ago. - Trouble was I couldn't seem to finish it in a way that I thought looked good so it's sat on my desk until today.  I finally finished it and am entering for The Paper Players Theme Challenge.

Here is the sketch (FMS#596) - Note this is just so you can see where I got my inspiration from as it's way to late to enter it for the sketch challenge.

Here is the mood board for The Paper Players PP652 


Here is the card I made:


 So for this card I used one of the Mermaid tales from the Unity July KOM along with the Seagulls, Wave & Sentiment from the same kit.  Since these are being used for the first time they will also go in for NBUS#53


So for this card my card base is: Blueberry Bushel (SU) my first time using this color (I like it).  Then I stamped the way image on a piece of Basis White cs with Blueberry Bushel ink and colored it in with a Copic marker.  I also stamped some dots (retired SU Itty Bitty Backgrounds) with Pretty Peacock ink randomly on the wave image.  Next the Mermaid tail was stamped with Memento Tuxedo black ink and colored with Copic Markers and fussy cut.  I then pressed the image onto a Versa Mark pad and embossed with Iridescent Ice EP (which I believe is retired SU) - You can see in the 2nd shot how shimmery it is.  I mounted it with foam tape after stamping the seagulls with black ink.  The sentiment was stamped with MTB ink and mounted on a piece of Pool Party cs.  To complete the card I added some enamel dots (Paper Studio).

Hope you enjoy this card.  It's a CAS card again and I'm actually starting to get the hang of them I think.

Aug 2, 2023

Color Throwdown #754 and NBUS#53

Welcome.  Today I am joining the Color Throwdown Challenge #754
Below is the inspiration photo for the challenge:


 Here is the card that I created for the challenge:


This is a pretty CAS card (and for me that is something I find hard to do) but I really like how this one turned out.

Card Base: Mossy Meadow - Layered with Basic White (SU)

Crumb Cake Layer - Stamped with Mossy Meadow and Crumb Cake inks. (SU) Plants are from Unity - April 2023 KOM

I also used White Pigment Ink (Stampabilities) and the Itty Bitty Backgrounds (SU) that I stamped randomly on the crumb cake piece.

Sentiment Stamped with Crumb Cake ink. (SU)

Designer Paper - Strip from Safari Chic Matstack (DCWV) 

Finished off with some soft chocolate colored pearls. 

Also going in for NBUS #53  Since the plants and sentiment are being used for the first time.