Monday, April 21, 2014

Hello Dear Friend {Card Concept, Art Impressions & Seize the Sketch}

Good morning friends! Today I am sharing a card I made for a couple of challenges. The first challenge is Seize the Sketch! We have a great sketch for you to try, and I hope you will come and play along with us!!! I am also playing along with the Art Impressions stamps...they have a Girlfriend's challenge on where they want two or more "people" on the card front. I am also linking up with the Card Concept and creating a card in the "Clean and Layered" style. We are looking for umbrella's for the Card Concept...come and play along.

One of my favourite things to do is colour. When There She Goes stamps closed up, I was pretty sad and pushed colouring to the side. Luckily for me, I have had the chance to get my Copics out lately and later this week you will see MANY more coloured projects from me. It is so soothing being able to colour. My friend, Karen Day, has turned me onto AI Stamps. I actually have a few in my stash from a couple of years ago and it is so nice to play with them again.

A great way to add some interest to your card is to paper piece a part of the stamp and then have it stick "outside" of your main image. My umbrella is paper pieced and then popped up on dimensionals to give it a more realistic look.

Supplies Used

The Challenge #5 {BINGO!}

Sketch Measurements:
Card Base- 4.25" x 5.5"
Light Gray- 4" x 5.25"
Long Side Rectangle- 2" x 4.75"
Square- 3" x 3"

Hello and welcome to The Challenge. Every other week I post a card that I created and share the sketch with you. I have also included the sketch measurements so you can play along and make your own card from the sketch! 

This week I am using an Art Impressions image. I LOVE colouring with my Copics and was happy to ink up this fun image. It was also nice to use some of the papers I have in my stash! Yep, love my polka dot papers!!! I kept the card clean-lined and hopefully fresh! 

{Supplies Used}
Stamps: Art Impressions
Inks: Copics, Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers: Pattern Paper scraps, White, Kraft
Extras: The Twinery Twine

Remember, the Winner of this challenge is welcome to join me as a Guest Designer on the next Challenge.

Weekly Winners & a new TWIST to The Challenge!

Here are the winners for The Challenge #4...starting now, I would like to offer the Main Winner each week to be a Guest Designer for the 2nd week of my next sketch

As I mentioned before, it is really "challenging" for me to choose winners...I adore everyone's card and I know that each card is created from the heart! But I know as a card maker, I love the thrill of being highlighted at a challenge...and so I have chosen One Main "Winner" and a Top 3. I have also explained why I have chosen these cards. 

My main Winner this week is:

I just could NOT resist Karen Day's ADORABLE Christmas card! Her colouring is soft and so pretty; combined with the fun striped paper and pretty shape for the sentiment, this was an all 'round winner in my book!! Congrats, Karen!!!

Karen, if you would like to join me as a Guest Designer for the next challenge, please email me by clicking the MAIL icon in the top right hand corner of my blog banner. It looks like a little envelope!

My Top 3 picks are (in alphabetical order):

There was something aboout Alli's card that really appealed to me. I loved the pretty, soft colours she used as well as the clean lines. The rectangle of vellum added a softness around the main panel that created a slight glow on the newsprint paper. Really lovely work!

Loved the fun colours and the wood veneer that Angie used on her clean and simple card! Did you see the way she stitched the flags at the bottom of the cute and clever! 

I love bold, bright colours and this card by Kimberly really jumped out at me in the linky! I loved the way she coloured the flowers and the embossed background looks so terrific as a backdrop for her card. 

Congratulations to all the winners and to everyone who played along. I will be back in one hour with a brand new sketch and challenge. Thanks for joining me and for playing along.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Viva la Verve & Mama Elephant {Baby Makes Three}

Playing along with a couple of challenges today! I got home from work and went straight to my craftroom to play along with a sketch at Viva la Verve and some colours from the inspiration photo at the Mama Elephant Inspiration Challenge.

I abolutely loved the colours in the inspiration photo and thought they would be perfect for the sweet Nursery Deco Set. I coloured the teddy bear with Copic markers and kept the card fairly simple. Added some yellow twine for an accent and a couple of pearls. This was a fun sketch and I loved putting this card together!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Have a Lovely Day {Card Concept, Curtain Call & Viva la Verve}

Good morning stamping friends. Today there is a brand new challenge over at The Card Concept. The amazing Lee Ann Barrett is off this week and so I am subbing in for her...taking her place for this challenge. The theme for the next two weeks is "Use an Umbrella"


I did not use the inspiration photo as a jumping off point for my card as I was SO inspired by the challenge over at the Curtain Call...which is Confetti. I loved the feel of the polka dots in the photo...being in larger I went hunting in my paper stash and came up with this pretty designer paper which had big blooms on it...I hope you can see the connection to the dots. I also used 3 different pattern papers, and some flags to "set off" the doily and umbrella. I also kept my card base in the all the colours and designs would hopefully pop. I also used the fabulous sketch over at Viva la Verve. Love the lines of it...I am such a sucker for layers and elements!!!
{Supplies Used}
Stamps: My Favorite Things
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers: SU! DSP, Teresa Collins 6x6, White, Black, Crisp Cantaloupe
Extras: Recollections doily, Rose Die (MFT), Flag Punch (SU!), Pearl

Paper Sweeties April Release Rewind!

The April *new* Paper Sweeties stamp sets and dies are now live in the shop!! 

I want to share a recap of the cards I created with the new Paper Sweeties  products...I absolutely love these new goodies and I know you will too!!!

Be sure to check out what the team did with the new release!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Paper Sweeties April Release Party & Seize the Sketch

Day three of the Paper Sweeties stamp release brings a new sentiment set...I love the font!!! I used the cupcake die. LOVE it! Today is also Seize the Sketch Challenge day and I used the current sketch to make my card for my Paper Sweeties showcase!

The papers come from the new Teresa Collins paper line. The cupcake and the sentiment come from Paper Sweeties. I added a little ribbon, some twine and a couple of other accents. The image is coloured with my Copic markers.

Check out what the Sweeties created!

Monday, April 14, 2014

SRM Graduation Gift Set

If you are looking for my Paper Sweeties project, 
please CLICK HERE.

Had fun using the new grad items from SRM Stickers and I LOVE the embossed kraft bags! Swoon!

These bags come embossed and I was so excited to be able to use the new grad stickers.

Matching pencils are always fun!

Here is a close up of my card!

SRM Goodies I Used:
Solid Black Twine

I am playing along with the new SRM Challenge and linking up!

Paper Sweeties April Release Countdown!

Welcome to DAY 2 of the Paper Sweeties stamp release! Today I am sharing a card I made using the CASE this Sketch layout. I love using my punches and I stamped the sweet daisy image in memento ink and coloured it with Copics. The sentiment is the new stamp set being featured at Paper Sweeties  and has many adorable sentiments with it!!

Come and see what the team has created with the new goodies!

Amber Kroening
Annette Allen
Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Paper Sweeties April Release Sneak Peeks

Welcome to another Paper Sweeties stamp release! I love the sweet graduation cap and gown with this month's stamp set plus there are a lot of great sentiments...just perfect for anyone!

Be sure to check out what the team did with the new release!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Art Impressions {Light the Candles}

Last weekend, I bought my first Art Impressions stamp...I loved the fun image and the hilarious sentiment. It was the perfect set for my friend's birthday which was yesterday!!! She is fully over the hill now and completely fabulous! She laughed her head off when I gave her this card tonight.

I am playing along with their current "Best of Friend's Challenge". I coloured my main image with Copics and kept it pretty simple so that the sentiment would stand out.

Oh good grief...I did not read the directions carefully enough...needed to use 2 more more people on the card! Sorry Art Impressions.

Monday, April 7, 2014

The Challenge #4 {Million & One}

Sketch Measurements:
Card Base- 4.25" x 5.5"
Dark Gray- 4" x 5.25"
Middle Rectangle- 3.25" x 4.25"
Top Middle Rectangle- 3" x 4"

Hello and welcome to The Challenge. Every other week I post a card that I created and share the sketch with you. I have also included the sketch measurements so you can play along and make your own card from the sketch! The sketch above is one that I used to use a lot when I first started stamping. It is a classic design and I hope it inspires you to get crafty!

I love a floral stamp set from Stampin' Up. I used Crisp Cantaloupe and Cajun Craze to create the flowers. The leaves were created using Pistachio and Gumball Green. I stamped the pretty sentiment in Espresso ink and the woodgrain background was stamped in Espresso on Kraft paper.

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