Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Scrapbook.com Hello Sunshine for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

Today I am playing with my new Scrapbook.com Fruit Slices A2 Decorative die and the latest Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  I had fun playing with the fruit dies and background die. I also threw in some inking behind the fruits on the background die.

Here's the sketch.

Close up of my sentiment. I chose to ink the popped up fruit with black to help it pop off the yellow citrus background.

Tim Holtz Distress Squeezed Lemonade ink
misc card stock and paper

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

Don't forget to play along until Sunday at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

Thank you for reading today.


Sunday, June 16, 2024

Stampin Up Whiskey Business Father's Day cards

Greetings.  I am posting some recent cards I created for the holiday. I have had this set for a while and this year I was determined to make Father's Day cards with it.  I got my motivation when I recently participated in Justine Hovey's Fearless Card Making challenge.  Although using premade pieces was not an actual part of the challenge I was inspired to do so by the challenge.  Essentially, Justine gave us "deep thoughts on card making".  One of the these questions to think about was what is holding you up?  And I have piles of ideas/half made cards that have stalled because of my indecisiveness.  I was motivated to grab some pieces, stamp and die cut more to create these cards.

The first card began with the idea of using the Whiskey Business set and the embossed and inked wood grain background.  It ripped on the edge and I just added it to my embossed background pile.  Every time I picked it up, I was like ugh...I can't use this.  However, this go round I was inspired to die cut the piece and get rid of the ripped area.  I experimented with Distress inking on this panel.  I wasn't that happy with it but I was encouraged by the challenge to push on through and make a card.  

The inside of the card is where I stamped the Father's Day sentiment.

Here is a second card I made with same stamp set.  I colored the pieces the same but here I used a different sentiment.  I sent this one to my friend's father who turned 101 this month.  this one began with the premade card base.  I went with one layer die cut panel.

Stampin Up Whiskey Business stamps and dies
Copic Markers:  B00, Y32, YR18, E35
Spectrum Noir: Bright Orange
Prismacolor: Cool Grey 10% and 20%

I would like to enter these in the following challenges:

Thank you for stopping by


Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Stampin Up Tree Rings with Hero Arts Mushrooms & Ferns for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

Hello and welcome to my blog today.  I created this beauty as soon as the embossing folder and dies arrived from Stampin Up.  However, they sent me the wrong stamp set, so I had to make do with another sentiment.  I also added dies from Hero Arts.

Here is the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge sketch:

I die cut in primarily white/off white and used distress inks to color the die cuts.

The embossing here is very three dimensional so I went ahead and put a foam dot underneath to keep the dimension.  I also dotted the white dots of the red mushroom with a white gel pen to make them pop.

Stampin Up Tree Rings embossing folder and dies
Hero Arts Fancy Dies Mushrooms and Ferns 
Tim Holtz Ranger Distress inks:  Fired Brick, Hickory Smoke, Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo
Brutus Monroe Enchanted Forest stamps
Stampin Up gems
White gel pen
misc papers

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

Don't forget to play along until Sunday at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

Thanks for stopping by.


Saturday, May 25, 2024

Mystic Pizza Layout for Sketches in Thyme

Welcome to my blog today. I hope you are enjoying the holiday weekend.  I am scrapping for Sketches in Thyme today.  I have a some photos from my visit to Mystic, Connecticut.  We visited a pizza joint made famous in the movie of the same name Mystic Pizza starring Julia Roberts and one of my favorite actors Vincent D'Onofrio.  

Here is the sketch I used from Sketches in Thyme.

All of the printed papers I used were from Kindred Stamps, don't you just love the darling pepperonis?  

This image I colored with my alcohol markers is also from Kindred Stamps.

I stamped, colored and die cut all these little pizza slices from the same Kindred Stamps set.  The larger slice is part of the pizza sign.  I just trimmed off the sign to create a couple of different size pizza slices.  I die cut the entire sign and snipped off the words.

The paper pack is a 6x6 so I pieced the strips of red gingham "table cloth" to cross the scrapbook page.  I cut the title with my Cricut.

Alcohol inks:
Prismacolor Crimson Red
Spectrum Noir TriBlends:  Muted Brown Blends, Red Brown Blends, Ice Grey Blend, Ice Grey Shades, Brown Grey Blend, Tan Blend, Tan Shades, Light Green Blend
Spellbinders Circle Nesting Dies
Cricut Title cut
misc card stock and papers

I would like to enter this in the following challenge:

Thank you for stopping by today and you can play along with Sketches in Thyme until the last day of the month.


Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Magical Crystal Ball card for Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge

Welcome to this week's magical inspiration for Atlantic Hearts Challenge.  I recently obtained this Sizzix die set and could not wait to play with it.  The first card is always kind of a protype.  I definitely learned some tips to construct my next crystal ball.  I could not find any details on what all the pieces cut.  I will do better next time.

Here is this week's sketch.  It should be an easy one with which to play along.

I had fun selecting the fanciest complimentary papers I could find in my stash.

I had to select a few views since the iridescent papers catch the light different in every photo.  

Craft Smart Stay Magical 12x12 paper
Momenta Alcohol ink paper 12x2
Sizzix Crystal Ball die set
Kindred Stamps Magical word die set
misc papers and iridescent card stock

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

Don't forget to play along with Atlantic Hearts Challenge until Sunday evening.

Have a great day!


Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Scrapbook.com Boots cards with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

Hello and welcome to this week's inspiration for Atlantic Hearts Challenge.  I cut lots of little bits and pieces to create some unique boots using the Scrapbook.com Disco dies.  I had these small scraps of floral paper that began this pair.  I added complimentary pieces and layered on a goldenrod background.  

Here is the sketch.  I used the same goldenrod paper and more papers from Scrapbook.com Vacation paper pad to create the strips.  I die cut more pieces for the scallop.

I adhered all the die cut pieces and strips to a neutral card base.

I made a masculine version as well using a few different products.  Lawn Fawn paper for the strips and I die cut barbed wire from metallic paper.

Stampin Up Baked Brown Sugar
lace border dies (feminine version)
Cheery Lynn Designs Barbed Wire (masculine version)
misc card stock

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

Don't forget to play along with Atlantic Hearts Challenge until Sunday.

Have a great day!


Monday, April 29, 2024

Stamps of Life Pinata stamps and dies for Cinco de Mayo and Double Trouble Guest Designer

Welcome to my final installment as April's Guest Designer for Double Trouble Challenge #165 "SomeThing, AnyThing, EveryThing". This Challenge runs from Monday, April 29th thru Sunday, May 4th.  The Twisted Sister twist is to use an image from the prompt which celebrate Cinco de Mayo.  I searched my stash and found this adorable pinata set from Stamps of Life. 

Here is the prompt for Challenge #165 for more details and to enter follow the link.

I used several dies for this project besides the Stamps of Life Pinata set, I used a Catherine Pooler slimline die. I actually cut the inside to create a frame. 

I chose to use an Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge sketch for the Double Dare.

I purchased the set second hand.  I was thrilled to learn the odd die included with the set was the bonus fringe die!  My new favorite.  It just made this card. Apparently SOL sell a larger version independently but this one was a mini included with the monthly subscription.

Catherine Pooler Slimline Essentials (frame)
Stamps of Life Pinata 2 stamp and dies
Stampin Up Festive Birthday paper
Versafine Onyx Black ink
misc card stock and papers

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

Thanks for stopping by

Thursday, April 25, 2024

Pink Paislee Travel layout for Sketches in Thyme

It's time for my monthly inspiration for Sketches in Thyme.  Join us at over on Facebook to play with this sketch or any of the other three for April. You have until April 30 to play along. Now I will tell you a bit about my take on the sketch.  I decided to mimic the stripes with strips of paper from a Pink Paislee collection.  I fussy cut several images and put them on pop dots for embellishments.  I also added die cuts and hand made tags.

Here is the sketch.

Pink Paislee
Spellbinders August 2020 Around the World dies (airplane)
Heart globe die 
arrow paper clips
tag made with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks
Foiled tag
Bramblefox travel icons
misc die cuts
travel ephemera 

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Stampin Up Label Love and Artisan Punch with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

Hello and welcome to my blog today.  I like to keep some premade backgrounds in my stash and I ran across this embossed card.  I thought it would be a perfect compliment for the current Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  

Here is this week's sketch. It is so versatile.

I stamped and embossed the sentiment.  Then I punched it with the coordinating punch.  I used pop dots to allow for room to loop my fiber under it.  I distressed the top of the embossed background with some copper ink to highlight a "happy".

Here's a close up of my sentiment.  My banner is on a thick paper with specks of glitter inside.  I chose the embossing powder to match the flecks. I finished the card off with copper fiber and stars.

Cuttlebug Happy Birthday embossing folder
Stampin Up Label Love stamp (age about 10 years)
Stampin Up Artisan Label Punch
Brillance Cosmic Copper ink
Ranger Embossing Tinsel: Copper
Stampin Up Sizzix Banners Framelits
Stampin Up Elements: Stars
Stampin Up Copper fiber
misc card stock and papers

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

Play along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge until Sunday.

Thank you so much for reading my blog today.



Monday, April 15, 2024

Stampin Up Seas the Day CAS Less but Better for Double Trouble Challenge #164

Today is my second installment as guest designer for Double Trouble Challenge for Challenge 164 which is CAS Less but Better.  CAS is a little hard for me to create.  I like inky and I am pretty messy.  The Twisted Sister twist did help a bit, use color cardstock for the "white" space.  As you can see, that worked for me.

Here is the prompt from Double Trouble Challenge 164.  You can find all the details following the link.

I recently acquired this Stampin Up set.  There are so many wonderful layered cards with the set, however, I easily envisioned this CAS design with the deep sea creatures featured on a shimmer ink splatter.

I created a second card with the same set, different creature and colors.  You can see why I am not a fan of CAS.  After I was completely done, I smeared ink at the bottom toward the left.  It's visible in the photo but really apparent in person as the ink is black.  I was also a bit disappointed with the ink I used for the sentiment.  It is the same as the jellyfish but it does not "pop" off the shimmer spray.  Again, in real life all the shimmer inks and sprays do look very pretty.

Another view of the iridescent inked jelly fish and sentiment.

Here are both cards.

Stampin Up Seas the Day stamps and dies
Scrapbook.com Vacation cardstock
Tim Holtz Distress inks: Peacock Feathers, Salvage Patina and Tumbled Glass
Tattered Angels Dazzling Diamonds glimmer mist
Stampin Up Crisp Cantaloupe ink
Versafine Onyx Black
Radiance White Cover stock from Marco's

jellyfish-Brillance Pearlescent Purple and Pearlescent Twilight ink

Play along with Double Trouble Challenge #164 "CAS Less But Better"  from Monday, April 15th - thru Sunday, April 28th.  And also played along with The Crafter's Cafe.

THING  2:  Double Dare 
says, "If you have met Thing 1's requirement to create a CAS project you are eligible to enter your project HERE for The Crafter's Cafe Challenge #307 "CAS" and you will qualify for an additional chance in our random drawing.  

Special Notes:  April 15th is the start of The Crafter's Cafe Challenge and their challenge runs through May 12th. Double Trouble  partnership for this challenge will end on April 28th

In addition I would like to enter into the following challenges:

Thanks for stopping by