Sunday, April 23, 2017


For the first time I'm attempting to combine the two My Favorite Things challenges, Sketch and Colours

I've rotated the sketch to the horizontal way I've used it: 

I watercoloured a couple of the cuties from the Cat-itude set and paired them with the "Pawesome" sentiment. By adding a layer of vellum behind the die cut frame, I was able to add a background behind the kitties without overwhelming them or adding a third pattern to the mix. I'm going to say the polka dots were inspired by the circle element on the card that I didn't incorporate. πŸ˜‰

Supplies: white cardstock, vellum, Lilybee Designs Pinwheel & Pebbles Lakeside patterned papers, MFT Cat-itude stamps & dies, MFT black licorice & Memento Luxe Danube blue inks, Ranger clear embossing powder, Zig clean colour real brush markers, MFT blueprints 24 & diagonal stitched dies, Spectrum Noir clear overlay sparkle marker, pop-dot tape

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Springtime Pin-Sights

There's a new Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights challenge, and it's full of spring colours and blossoms. 

Lots of pastel pinks and purples, floral images... here's where it took me:

The Bold Blossom die cuts are thoroughly coated in sparkle shimmer mist, which of course doesn't want to show in the photo. I sponged pink, lilac and green inks in the spots where I wanted the blooms. The sentiment is stamped in grey and embossed with sparkly embossing powder to go with the flowers. I'm thinking this will be either a wedding card (there's one we're going to next month) or perhaps a Mother's Day card. 
I'm also adding this to the Happy Little Stampers April Anything Goes with Dies challenge. 

Supplies: Neenah solar white & Stampin' Up almost amethyst cardstock, Essentials by Ellen All Inside stamp, Versafine smoky grey & spun sugar, shaded lilac & bundled sage distress inks, Hero Arts csparkle clear embossing powder, Spectrum Noir clear overlay sparkle marker, Tsukineko sheer sparkle spritz

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Pastel Tulips

I had a little time to get out the stamps and inks on this cool, rainy day and make a card to fit three coordinating challenges. My starting point was the pastel colour palette at the current Just Us Girls challenge: 

Then I added the Curtain Call challenge... well as the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge, Showers and/or Flowers. When I mixed them all together, this is what I got: 

To be honest, I started with a set of tulip layering stamps, but after three attempts realized that some days I am not meant to try to line up stamps that precisely. I blame the overcast day. πŸ˜‰ So instead I pulled out this tulip stamp, embossing it in sparkly embossing powder, before sponging the three colours of ink to match the challenge palette. I didn't want to cover up too much of the panel, so used some twine to add a small tag with a simple sentiment. If I hadn't used sparkly embossing powder, I might have considered making this a sympathy card for the stash... but I've also discovered seasonal ones aren't as versatile if you are suddenly in need of a sympathy card. 
I'm hoping tomorrow is a play-with-ink day, too, before a busy weekend! 

Supplies: white & Hero Arts layering cardstock, Hero Arts Newspaper Tulips & Mama Elephant Party Kit stamps, Versamark, Memento cantaloupe & dandelion & spun sugar distress inks, Wow white & Hero Arts sparkle clear embossing powders, Winnie & Walter Katharine & Sizzix traditional tag dies, yellow Divine Twine, fun foam

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Roses and Muse

This week I decided I'd like to play in some card challenges... and look, it's already Wednesday, sigh. At least I have a card that purposely fits two challenges! Monday, the latest Muse challenge began, with this card by Jenni Murray

Right away, I had an idea of what I wanted to do. Then yesterday, Shopping Our Stash came out with its new challenge, A Rose By Any Other Name. A perfect fit! Here's my card:

Obviously, I focused on Jenni's overall floral panel in white on a coloured background, with a sentiment across the lower third. While I really liked the blue Jenni used, I decided to go with purple for mine. I embossed a rose background stamp in white — I really liked the effect when I used it for my Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers card. Instead of overlaying a sentiment, I cut my panel and embossed the sentiment on the background panel. I also kept my panels larger than Jenni's with less of the card base showing around the edges. 
I've started another two-in-one challenge card... will it be done in time? We'll see. πŸ˜‚

Supplies: purple & Bazzill marshmallow cardstock, Impression Obsession Roses & Altenew Tulip stamps, Versamark ink, Wow white embossing powder, fun foam 

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Lots of Threes

My second post of the day! 
The new Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers post
is right here

Hard to believe, but we're halfway through April! The Troublemakers want to remind you that our current challenge is going strong:

I managed many threes for my latest card!

-three dress images
-three patterned papers
-three inks
-three embossing powders
-two sets of three gems! 

I'm adding this to the Current Seize the Birthday link-up with the option of using two patterned papers — yes, I used two (plus one πŸ˜‰). This does say "happy birthday" on the inside, and will be going to my niece. 
You have until April 25th to come and play along with us! Join us here

Supplies: white cardstock, American Crafts Hip Hip Hooray patterned paper, Unity Undeniably You stamps, Versamark, Versafine onyx black & Memento Luxe love letter inks, Ranger clear, Wow white & Hero Arts clear sparkle embossing powders, MFT wonky stitching die, Hero Arts clear gems, fun foam 

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Elegant Edna!

Happy Saturday! For the latest Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge, Edna has gone formal... 

E is for Elegant! Show us your most elegant creations, snark optional but always welcome. Mine is *almost* completely snark-free today: 

The centrepiece of my card is this oh-so-elegant panel from Graphic 45. To echo the pretty lace detail, I embossed a rose background stamp in white on black. A sentiment seemed superfluous. 
You may be wondering... the snark? Take a closer look at the model's hand. Creepy or what? So I say that's my hidden snark on the card. It may end up in my dreams tonight. 😱
Remember to check the elegance on display by my sisters in snark, as well as this week's Queen and guest designer, Josefine! I hope you'll join us. 

Supplies: black & cream cardstock, Graphic 45 Couture Beautiful patterned paper, Impression Obsession roses stamp, Versamark ink, Wow white embossing powder, fun foam 

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Just Fur You... and MFT

I'm playing along with the My Favourite Things Sketch Challenge this week with, what else, a kitty card! Here's the sketch:

And my reasonably faithful take on it...

I coloured my boxed cat quite simply, concentrating mostly on his big grey patch. He's on a distress ink-sponged and water-splattered panel, which also qualifies this for Happy Little Stampers April CAS challenge to use blending on a card. For the diagonal element, some pawprint washi tape seemed just right. 
And thanks to a reminder from Lols, I can enter this in the current Wednesday Simon Says Stamp spring colour inspiration challenge! (Thank you!) 
If it's your celebration, enjoy this start to the Easter long weekend! 

Supplies: white & grey cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, MFT I Knead You stamps and die, Versafine onyx black & tumbled glass, broken china & shaded lilac distress inks, Ranger clear embossing powder, Spectrum Noir markers & clear glitter marker, MFT blueprints 24 dies, Queen&Co washi tape, pop-dot tape

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Happy Birthday!

I didn't want to miss a chance to play at Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge this week... they are celebrating eight years of challenges with a Happy Birthday theme! I also wanted to participate in fellow Troublemaker Amy's new Always Fun Challenges. For the first challenge, the theme is Anything Goes, so a birthday card will fit just fine. πŸ˜‰ Here it is: 

I've been trying to use some of the images I coloured during last month's colouring challenge, rather than adding them to my UFO (unfinished objects) bin, to be forgotten for untold lengths of time. This kitty with his fishbowl are two of them. For the background, I didn't want my clocks too defined, so brushed a watercolour panel with water before inking up the stamp with two colours of distress ink and stamping it. The sentiment I used is actually a two-line one, so I masked off the second line before stamping and embossing the first. This saved the punchline for the inside... "unless you wish to be younger... then you're screwed". Plus a big Happy Birthday, of course. πŸ˜„

Supplies: Stampin' Up crumb cake cardstock, Hero Arts layering cardstock, Strathmore watercolour paper, Paper Smooches Nine Lives stamps & dies, Hero Arts Time to Stamp & CAS-ual Fridays Whole Shebang stamps, Versafine onyx black & antique linen & vintage photo distress inks, Ranger clear & Hero Arts clear sparkle embossing powders, Zig clean colour real brush markers, Twinkling H2Os, MFT blueprints 24 rectangular stitched frame die, Glossy Accents, pop-dot tape

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Three Glasses of Wine

April!!! April Fools' Day, of course, but also the latest Naughty or Nice challenge

THREE OF SOMETHING! And those cute bunny triplets are the hint that we're offering the option of making your creation an Easter one. I couldn't wrap my brain around a three-of-something Easter card, so I went with wine instead. πŸ˜‰

I have my three wineglasses, but also happened to use three colours of cardstock as well. 
The Troublemakers are showing off all sorts of ways you can incorporate three of something with their inspiration pieces, so you have no excuse not to join us! 

P.S. This is my second post of the day! My post for the newest 
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge can be found here

Supplies: white, black & grey cardstock, Hampton Arts /Laugh Out Loud Wine Theme stamps, Memento Luxe Love Letter ink, Ranger clear embossing powder, MFT diagonal stitched & Avery Elle Cheers dies

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Snarky Silliness

Oh oh... a new Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge falls on APRIL 1st??? Let the shenanigans begin!!! 

S is for SILLY! The Sisterhood does silly almost as well as it does snarky, so you know you're in for a fun challenge. Here is my contribution...

My Crazy Dog was coloured a few weeks ago as part of The Daily Marker 30 Day colouring challenge, so it was simply a matter of giving him this silly, over-sized Easter headband. I used blue and purple watercolour powders to make a border that looks vaguely like a pattern on a dye-dipped egg, then used a speech bubble to die cut my computer-generated sentiment. 
You'll want to check out all the silliness my snarky sisters have been up to, as well as our current Queen of Snark, Margo. I hope you feel inspired to come and join in on the silliness! 

Supplies: blue cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mini Crazy Cats & Dogs & Crazy Things stamps & dies, MFT black licorice & tumbled glass distress inks, Paper Smooches Word Bubbles die, Magenta Nuance water colour powders, watercolour pencils, pop-dot tape

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Friday, March 31, 2017

A Broken Streak

Eighteen days. I managed to colour eighteen straight days in a row for The Daily Marker 30 day colouring challenge. Yesterday was the last day... and I missed it. 😑 Shopping and cooking for a birthday dinner had a lot to do with it, so at least there was good food instead. πŸ˜‰ But then today I decided to make a get well card for a friend recovering from knee surgery, so I'm making up for yesterday. 

Yesterday I did have time to stamp and emboss this flower cluster in sparkly embossing powder, and colour the yellow flower. Today I finished it off, although I overworked a couple of the flowers a bit. Then I discovered my lack of get well sentiments! So I used a put-your-own sentiment-together set instead. The layout of my card had been in my head from the start, so it was easy to put together.
Looking for something to do this weekend? I'm back tomorrow with inspiration for the latest Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers AND Naughty or Nice challenges! 

Supplies: black & Bazzill marshmallow cardstock, Strathmore mixed media paper, Paper Smooches Blossoming Buds & Simon Says Stamp Happy sentiments stamps, Versafine onyx black & Altenew Caribbean sky & Persian blue inks, Hero Arts sparkle clear embossing powder, Spellbinders oval dies

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Birthday Candles

It's the penultimate day of The Daily Marker 30 Day colouring challenge! It's been a lot of fun, but it's also okay that I won't feel the need to be creative every. single. day. πŸ˜‚ But for today, I did a little marker colouring, and looked to the current Tag You're It challenge for a a bit of extra inspiration. Here is the inspiration tag: 

Cute!!! I took inspiration from the crazy dog, the stencilling, and the two-part sentiment. Of course I used a cat. And decided to incorporate mine into a card...

It's an obvious oversight that I don't have a bricks stencil, but I used a burlap stencil instead. This may be the first time a mini cat has made it onto a project; I'm usually quite happy to use my full size ones. I almost feel I should get colouring credit for the cake, too — it was not easy inking it in four different colours! Brown for the chocolate layers, green for the candle, and yellow rock-and-rolled with orange for the flame and, um, aura. (?) 
I used the same stencil to add some texture to the background blue panel — if I ever need to make an alligator-textured card, I have what I need. 
Tomorrow is shaping up to be a busy day for me... wonder what I'll colour? 

Supplies: white, blue & black cardstock, Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Mini Cats & Dogs, Neat & Tangled Gidts for You, Simon Says Stamp Happy Sentiments & Paper Issues/Snarky Stamps Ahhhh Birthday stamps, Versamark, Versafine onyx black, Memento rich cocoa, dandelion & tangelo & twisted citron & blueprint sketch distress inks, Ranger clear & Wow ultrafine white embossing powders, Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mini Cats & Dogs & Winnie & Walter Katharine dies, Tim Holtz burlap stencil, Spectrum Noir markers, Hemptique blue twine, May Arts ribbon, pop-dot tape

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Watercolour Musing

For Day 27 of The Daily Marker 30 Day colouring challenge, I decided to use the brand new Muse challenge as inspiration. Here is Sonja's pretty inspiration card: 

From Sonja's card, I took inspiration from the framed central flower, metallic embossing and the use of kraft cardstock. I used a flower stamp I've had for more than ten years, and had been thinking would be fun to use as part of this month's colouring: 

I'd only ever used Prismacolour pencils for this sunflower, and even that was quite a while ago! I started by putting a loose wash of blue Twinkling H2Os for the background, then coloured the sunflowers and leaves with Zig markers. Coincidentally, the sentiment comes from a totally different sunflower stamp set. I added a trio of tiny sequins to set it off. (I love those little sparkly sequins, but man, they are tricky to work with!) 
A little closeup of the pretty Moonstone embossing powder: 

Supplies: white & Neenah desert storm cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, Rubber Stampede Sunflower II & Papertrey Ink Simple Sunflower stamps, Versamark, Colourbox mango tango & Memento rich cocoa inks, Stampendous moonstone & Ranger clear embossing powders, Zig clean colour real brush markers, Twinkling H2Os, MFT Peek-a-Boo circle window die, Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequins, pop dot tape

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Happy Purr-thday

I almost didn't colour today for The Daily Marker 30 Day colouring challenge! I spent a little time turning things I'd already coloured into cards (they'll show up here eventually) and almost ran out of time before dinner prep needed to start. Oops. For a little inspiration, I turned to the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches

Butterflies changed to cats and, and strangely for me, the sketch became a little bit less CAS...

Since my Distress Markers were already out on the table, I used them to colour my two cats. I was going to sponge a background but it was a disaster used an oval of patterned paper as a background instead. The long sentiment strip grounds the kitties yet leaves the sentiment where it belongs in the sketch. 

Supplies: white cardstock, Canson watercolor paper, Simple Stories Vintage Bliss patterned paper, My Favorite Things Cat-itude stamps & dies, MFT black licorice ink, distress markers, MFT Blueprints 24 & Spellbinders oval dies, pop-dot tape 

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Spring Tulips

It wasn't quite like spring here today, so I thought I'd put a little spring on a card. 

This card went together remarkably quickly. I stamped the tulips and watercoloured them with distress markers — with less than a week to go in The Daily Marker 30 Day colouring challenge, I had yet to use them, so decided this was a good opportunity. This sentiment keeps the use of the card flexible... it could be get well, sympathy, even a birthday card with the right inside sentiment. 

Supplies: Canson watercolour paper, Craft Smith red card base, Unity Tulips and Daisies stamps, Versafine onyx black ink, distress markers, MFT blueprints 24 stitched rectangle die

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

When in Doubt... Go Crazy?

A self-imposed need to keep up my daily colouring streak for The Daily Marker 30 Day challenge did not go well at first today. I began by *attempting* to watercolour a bunch of images from a My Favorite Things stamp set called "Our Story". All but a teeny cat and a tiny pile of books are now in recycling. But instead of giving up, I moved on to a Crazy Bird! For me, they more or less colour themselves, which seemed wise today. 

I watercoloured the bird and his lovely bouquet of wildflowers, then was trying to decide on a background when I came across this piece of patterned paper on the table that went perfectly! I die cut it and gave it some woodgrain texture for a little added fun. A sentiment strip to perch on and everything was done. Now I just hope tomorrow won't begin quite as frustratingly as today did. πŸ˜‰

Supplies: white cardstock, Strathmore mixed media paper, Authentique Be(you)tiful patterned paper, Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Crazy Birds & Crazy Things stamps & dies, Tim Holtz/Stamper's Anonymous Hashtags stamp, MFT black licorice ink, Zig clean colour real brush markers, MFT wonky stitched rectangle dies, Papertrey Ink woodgrain impression plate, pop-dot tape

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Waving Hello

*waves hello* 😊
I managed a little colouring and card-making time again today: 

I adapted the current sketch from CAS Colours and Sketches for this clean and simple design. My sailboat is also pretty clean and simple, coloured with Spectrum Noir markers. The waves have been in my basket of dies so long, I have no idea of their origin, but along with the partial circle, this also qualifies for the Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge for March. And I'm extending my streak for The Daily Marker 30 Day colouring challenge! 

Supplies: white & blue cardstock, My Minds Eye Go Fly a Kite patterned paper, Neat & Tangled Sailmates & Paper Smooches Wicked Nauticool stamps, Versafine onyx black & Memories black inks, Ranger clear embossing powder, ? and Spellbinders circle dies, Spectrum Noir markers

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It's Not Easy Being Queen

Saturday greetings! It's time for the latest Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge — Q IS FOR QUEEN! Edna is obviously a direct descendent of Victoria, and was certainly cheated out of her rightful crown somewhere along the line. πŸ˜‰
Where will this week's challenge theme take you? Here's where it took me: 

For the many times I've used this Unity image, I am pretty sure this is the first time I've used the sentiment. It was an obvious choice for this challenge! I inked the classy dame, then masked her so I could play with my new distress oxide ink using a sunburst stamp. A little misting with water allowed the ink to spread and oxidize a bit. Luckily, this crown paper matched perfectly. 
There are lots of ways to interpret this challenge... for proof, just check out the projects made by my snarky sisters, along with this week's Queen of Snark and guest designer, Paula! Please come and join us! 

Supplies: white & black cardstock, Strathmore mixed media paper, Authentique Be-you-tiful patterned paper, Unity Queen of the Universe & Neat & Tangled Sunburst stamps, MFT black licorice & fossilized amber distress oxide inks

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Thursday, March 16, 2017


For today's edition of "how many day's in a row can I actually have time to colour something" (five!!!), I thought it would be fun to go through my box of UFOs (unfinished objects) and see if something caught my fancy. It didn't take long to decide on a stack of books. 

My friend Ang sent a few me a few stamped panels of these ages ago, and till today, I'd only coloured one. I started out with trying to watercolour them, but decided the bristol they were stamped on didn't really like the amount of water I tried to use. So I pulled out my Prismacolor pencils. I'm never sure I really like Prismacolors; I usually have better colouring luck with watercolours, and I'm not overly fond of the somewhat shiny finish from the wax in them. But I'm sort of liking the end result here. Sponging around the edges of the panel and the (what ARE those things???) library due date slips give the card a vintage look. 
Another day successfully completed in The Daily Marker 30 day colouring challenge! 

Supplies: white cardstock, bristol, October Afternoons patterned paper, Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Book Sketch stamp, Memories black & antique linen distress inks, Prismacolor pencils

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