Tuesday, 13 February 2018

The Merry Christmas Challenge #7

Hi there! I have a new card for the current challenge at The Merry Christmas Challenge where the challenge is 

Always Anything Goes + Christmas
optional: Reindeer

Here's my card



I started with Echo Park's Magical Plaid stencil and inked it up with distress inks (mowed lawn and candied apple) for the background. For the focal panel, I used Technique Tuesday's Holly stamp set and Catherine Pooler Design's Candy Cane Lane with Hero Arts field greens and pale tomato inks. I matted the focal panel to help it "pop".

Hope you'll be able to join us this week. It's never too early to start your Christmas cards!

Thanks for stopping by
sue

Simon Says STAMP Wednesday Challenge

The one thing about being retired, is the amount of time I get to play at my craft table. I worked for over 26 years to be able to do THIS! I'm joining in at Simon Says STAMP Wednesday challenge where their challenge is

This week the challenge is

It Must Be Love 

We are showcasing our very own Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Products this week. You don’t have to use them to join in but if you have them we would love to see them used.

Here's my card



I used Simon Says STAMP's Heart Parade die to die cut various printed papers. Instead of also die cutting the outline, I adhered the hearts onto black cardstock with no outline. The illusion is that there is a black outline. The sentiment is from Simon Says STAMP Favorite Flowers stamp set and heat embossed with silver embossing powder.

Thanks for stopping by
sue

Monday, 12 February 2018

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #251

Hi ... back with another card for the current sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. Here's this week's sketch

Image may contain: text


Here's my card


I'll admit it. This one was a real challenge. I wasn't sure how to start. In the end, I started with a scrap of Christmas patterned paper. I punched out a 1.5" circle and built the card from there. Found some green and red cardstock which matched the patterned paper. Used Paper Smooches Holly dies for the holly leaves and berries. The sentiment is from Simon Says STAMP Holiday Hellos.

Thanks for stopping by
sue

Sunday, 11 February 2018

CASology: Week 286: Butterfly

I'm loving all the Olympics telecasts on TV. Go CANADA Go! I have the TV on while sitting at my craft table. I'm joining in at CASology this week where the cue card is



Here's my card



I started by inking up a piece of 96 lb bristol with blue and purple Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. I blended the colours with a waterbrush. I die cut using Memory Box's Vivienne Butterfly craft die both the inked up panel and a dark gray cardstock for the outline. I carefully adhered all the small pieces to create the butterfly on a neutral textured card panel. For the body and antennae piece, I added a bit of sparkle with a Wink of Stella pen. The sentiment is from My Favorite Things Blissful Butterflies.

Thanks for stopping by
sue

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Less is More #364 - 7th Birthday: Music

Over at Less is More, they are celebrating their 7th Birthday. Who doesn't love a party - not me! The theme for this challenge is 



Here's my card



I have a couple of stamp sets from CAS-ual Fridays - Big Treble and Love Notes which feature music symbols and music-inspired sentiments. I reached for Big Treble for this challenge. I used my MISTI for this card. For the treble clef, I stamped using Hero Arts inks (strawberry, grape juice, deep ocean, emerald green). I also picked up some of the same inks to colour in the treble clef. Before I could finish the panel, I accidentally knocked it off my craft table. When I picked it up, I noticed that some of the ink had run. UGH - so much for a clean and simple look. Then I saw the sentiment, stamped with Hero Arts Charcoal ink and thought - why not? So I added a few more "smudges" to add to the character of the panel. I matted with black to complete the card.

Thanks for stopping by
sue

Simon Says STAMP Wednesday Challenge

Joining in at Simon Says STAMP Wednesday Challenge where this week's challenge is

Anything Goes


Here's my card



I started with Pinkfresh's floral Background stamp set. I stamped with Antique Linen distress ink (thought I'd try the no line watercolouring) on watercolour paper. I added colour with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a waterbrush. Since there was a lot of bright colours, I added a neutral striped strip of patterned paper to balance out all the colour. For the sentiment, I die cut using Simon Says STAMP Painted Thanks die, which I covered in a layer of Wink of Stella for a bit of sparkle.

Thanks for stopping by
sue

Heart Card #1

There are two current challenges where the theme is "heart" - CAS Watercolour and Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge





Here's my first card


Using Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, I scribbled on a 96 lb bristol panel with various red and pink markers. With a water brush, I blended the colours around. I die cut this panel with Paper Smooches Linked Hearts, as well as a piece of dark gray cardstock. I adhered the outline and small heart pieces with a glue pen. The sentiment is stamped with Simon Says STAMP Lots of Thanks stamp set with Hero Arts Pale Tomato ink. 

Thanks for stopping by
sue