Sometimes my fingers get really inky, like for instance, while making this background.  But it was totally worth it because sponging is such fun, and I love the effect!!

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One of the fern stems was stamped on acetate and then pressed onto the cardstock so it would bend the other way.

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The solid butterfly was made by using the negative cutout of the top butterfly as a template and then fussy cutting.  By using the inside of the cutout rather than tracing around the actually butterfly, the solid/bottom piece is slightly smaller than the top.  I think it just looks better not to have any overhang of the bottom butterfly.

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*Insert random discovery here*Smiley.GnomeAni
Yeah this is completely random, but when I was playing around with the SU Summer Sun (retired?) cardstock, I noticed that the Copic Y35 marker is a perfect match.  Just an fyi.  (Oh and the Copic is colored on PTI Select White cardstock.)

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Okay back to the card… It is entered into the following challenges:

Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge #483: “Great Big Canvas”

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Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: “Anything Girly/Feminine”

Papertake Weekly Challenge: “Anything Goes”

Stamp and Create March Challenge: “Is It Spring Yet?”

Sister Act Card Challenge #96: “Anything Goes”

The Card Concept Challenge #30: “{Thinking of You}” – Card is Mixed Media… I think!

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Butterfly Basics”

Papers: PTI Vintage Cream and Royal Velvet; SU Summer Sun

Inks: SU Always Artichoke, Bashful Blue, Not Quite Navy, Summer Sun and Basic Black; Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: SU Butterflies Thinlits Die; Rhinestones

Mar 022015

So is this bird cute or what!

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The grass was added and the little bird was colored with Copics.  A black Copic was also used to color the edges of the image circle and sentiment strip.

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The miniature doily was made using a Spellbinder’s die and cutting it from a larger doily.  LOVE how it turned out!

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Here is the card with some pearls added across the top of the patterned paper.  Too much?  Do they distract from the cute little image or just add to all the fun dots and circles that abound?  What do you think?

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Entered into some fun challenges:

Splitcoaststamper’s Clean and Simple – CAS314: “For the Birds”

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: “Anything Goes”

CAS Colours & Sketches – #113: Sketch
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Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Hello Love”

Papers: PTI Select White and True Black; My Mind’s Eye “Notable”

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; White Gel Pen; Copics:
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Accessories: BoBunny Doily; 1-3/8″ Circle Punch; Spellbinders Floral Doily Motif Die

Feb 252015

Pulled this SU set back off from the shelf.  I tried putting it away, but decided this sweet little bird image from it just had to be colored.

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Some more fun textures here with the ridged button, the distressed edges and the grosgrain ribbon.

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AND.. the Flower Soft.  Just a tiny bit of it, but isn’t it pretty!  Love.

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(Oh and I didn’t have any of the special Flower Soft glue, so I just used some Elmer’s.  Seemed to work just fine.) Smiley.Yes1Ani

Challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday:  “No Rules – Anything Goes”
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday:  “Add a Little Texture”
  Textures = Flower Soft, Distressed Edge, Ribbon and Button
Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge: “February 2015”
Die Cut Diva’s Challenge: “Words, Quotes & Sentiments”

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “A Happy Thing”; PTI “Birthday Basics”

Papers: PTI Select White, Canyon Clay and Hawaiian Shores; My Mind’s Eye “Notable”

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; White Gel Pen; Copics:
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Accessories: Flower Soft “Pale Green”; SU Button and Grosgrain Ribbon; Spellbinders “Classic Circle” and “Lacey Circle” Dies

The Blog Candy today is another Stampin’ Up Sale-a-Bration set called, “A Happy Thing.”

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For the main image the lemon was stamped, masked and stamped again.  For just a little dimension a third lemon was stamped, colored, cut out and then adhered to the main image over the front lemon.

TIP: The coloring of the third lemon included using a black Copic Marker on the cut edge.  I think this gives a more finished look and helps the cut image stand out even more. Smiley.Yes1Ani

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BLOG CANDY:
Isn’t this the sweetest set.  You can win this brand new Stampin Up set called, “A Happy Thing,” by leaving a comment below on this post.  Begin your comment with the word “Candy.”  A random entry will be drawn on Saturday, February 14, 2015. You can find more of my blog candy HERE.

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Challenges entered:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – “All Things Bright and Beautiful”
Seize the Birthday – “Anything Goes”
Sister Act Card Challenge #92 – “Anything Goes”

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “A Happy Thing” and “Wetlands”

Papers: PTI Select White and True Black

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black: Copics:
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Accessories: SU Crushed Curry Grosgrain Ribbon, Summer Sun Corduroy Button and Square Lattice Embossing Folder

Jan 272015

Here are a couple of cards that I made for Valentine’s Day.

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A sparkly clear button and black sequin were added to the red hearts for a touch of fun.

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The large heart was die cut out of the card base.  By adhering a piece of double sided designer paper (dp) to the inside of the card, both sides of the dp can be seen.  And it dresses up the inside of the card, too.  LOVE!

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Here are the challenges that the cards are playing along in this week:

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  “Have a Heart”

Muse Challenge #102:  Interpretated Muse by having a large heart and an offset element.

The Card Concept Challenge #27:  I have made a “Clean and Simple” card design.

Fusion Challenge:  “Two Hearts”

Just Us Girls Challenge: #277:  “Photo Week”

Crazy4Challenges – C4C270: “Funky Holidays – Opposites”:  Opposites include Black/White, Large Heart/Small Heart and using both the Front/Back of the designer paper in both card designs.

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Good Greetings”

Papers: PTI Select White and Pure Poppy; My Mind’s Eye “Everyday Basics”

Inks: SU Basic Black

Accessories: Clear Glitter Buttons; Sequins; Spellbinders Nestabilities “Classic Heart” Dies

Oct 142014

My twin granddaughters are turning 10.  They are into double digits!

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The cards I made for them have a fun surprise on the inside.

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The pop-up holder can be used for a gift card or even the old fashioned green stuff.

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Here’s the tutorial for the:  Pop-up Gift Card Holder.

The cards are playing along in two challenges:

Simon Monday Challenge:  The letter “‘O’ is for…”  It’s for Owls!

Seize the Birthday: “Anything Goes”.

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Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: Hero Arts “Birthday (4)”

Papers: PTI Hibiscus Burst, Aqua Mist, Harvest Gold, Select White and True Black; Pebbles “Garden Party” Designer Paper; American Crafts Dear Lizzy “Daydreamer” Designer Paper

Inks: SU Basic Black

Accessories: Satin Ribbon; SU Owl Builder Punch; 2-1/8″ and 1-3/4″ Circle Punches

Apr 242014

These new Dina Wakley sketched images of women are so fun to color!  Finally got a chance to play with one of them from the “Face in the Crowd” set.

Used Copics to color the neutral art flowers, too, for that perfect match.

Playing along in some challenges.  They are:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge “The Big Stamp”
Both the image and sentiment are big stamps!

Muse Challenge #64

Can you see the flower petals and colors in her collar and dress?

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge “Keep It Clean and Simple”
It’s just the card base and a sentiment strip.

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: Dina Media Stamps “Face in the Crowd”; Hero Arts “Birthday (4)”

Papers: PTI Select White

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics:

AccessoriesHero Arts Art Flowers; Hero Arts Black Gemstone; We R Memory Keepers Navy Washi Tape; SU Felt Flower

My DH and I just recently returned home from a month long trip to Mexico.  Of course, I had to take some stamps and papers and Copics on the trip!  Here is a card I made while there. Since there was a limit to the supply of colored cardstock I could fit in my one allotted “play” suitcase, the red border is instead a piece of Select White cardstock which was colored with the Copic for a perfect match to the lanterns.

A white gel pen was used to draw the pattern on the lanterns.

This card is playing along in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge:  “Winged Things”.

Just for fun I thought I would share some pictures of mangroves and critters that I took while on a little side trip into the jungle!  You can click on them to enlarge.


Remember to keep hands (and arms!) inside the boat!!


Thanks for stopping by today!
Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Happy Congratulations”; Clear Art Stamps “Born To Fly”

Papers: PTI Select White

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; White Gel Pen; Copics:

Accessories: Martha Stewart “Royal Butterfly” Punch; KaiserCraft Self-Adhesive Black Pearls

Isn’t it beautiful!?!  It’s more of the Decorative Handmade Paper that a good friend gave me a little over a year ago.

Even the Bitty Blossom and leaves are made with it.

Now don’t tell anyone, but a large area of the bottom layer of this precious paper (the part that is covered with a coordinating designer paper) was actually cut out.  It only looks like it is layered.  So now, instead of being covered up, I have a good sized piece of paper to use another day while still getting the look of layers.  LOVE.


One of the challenges that this card is playing in is Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper April Challenge.  I’m hoping that this little trick on the bottom layer doesn’t break the rules to cover the card base with dp…  I mean there is designer paper all over the front of the card… right? 

There are four other challenges, too:

Simon Says Monday Challenge:  Anything Goes

Papertake Weekly Challenge:  Anything Goes

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Happy Birthday!

Seize the Birthday:  “Buttons and Rhinestones (Any type of Bling will work!)” I used a whole bunch of lovely black KaiserCraft Adhesive Pearls.

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: Amy R Stamps “Birthday Sentiments”

Papers: PTI Lavender Moon and True Black; Handmade Mulberry Papers

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: SU Square Lattice Embossing Folder; Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms and Long Classic Rectangle Dies; KaiserCraft Adhehesive Pearls; Grosgrain Ribbon

Mar 162014

With three brothers-in-law whose birthdays fall very close together, I will often make their birthday cards at the same time and with a similar design.

To begin creating these scenes, I sponged the blue ink lightly at the top of the cardstock.  Then, to create the mountains, a large piece of masking paper was torn and placed across the top of the cardstock with the torn edge facing down.  The blue ink was then sponged on again at the torn edge.  The masking paper was then moved down and slightly to the left or right.  Then the sand colored mountains were sponged.  The process was repeated for the front brown mountains.

If you want to have a lake, a straight edge piece of masking paper should be placed at the bottom part of the cardstock covering the area where you want the lake to be.  This should be placed the entire time you are sponging the mountains.  When you have completed the mountains, turn the straight edge of the masking paper 180 degrees so that it covers the mountains and sponge in the lake.

The trees are then stamped.  Some ink distressing can be added by sponging a dark shadow border.

It always feels so good to get these masculine cards completed!

The first card shown today is playing along in the Creative Knockouts Challenge #28 – “Border Time” and the Fusion Card Challenge #6.  I used the sketch.

The second card is playing along in the Cardz 4 Guys Challenge #9 – “Typography”

The bottom card is playing along in the Simon Says Monday Challenge – “Distress” and the Papertake Weekly Challenge – “Bingo”.  This card’s Bingo = Ribbon / Free / Punched Shape

Thanks for dropping by today!
Happy Crafting!!
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Stamps: SU “Serene Silhouettes”; PTI “Sign Language”; Hero Arts “Birthday (4)”

Papers: PTI Select White and True Black; Masking Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Bashful Blue, Sahara Sand and Chocolate Chip

Accessories: SU Oval Punch; PTI Birthday Trio Die; Grosgrain Ribbon; Brad; Spellbinders “Large Labels”

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