Tag You're It 46

Friday, April 29, 2016

TGIF!  It's always good when Friday comes around.  First, it's the end of my work-week and second it's the start of a new challenge at Tag You're It!  This week our inspiration comes from Susan.


I didn't have any garden gnomes to play around with but I did have a Santa that had a similar fun and festive look to it.  I embossed the background with sparkle medium that I first learned about from Hazel.  Every time she used it I was smitten with how it dazzled the eyes!  She told me where to get it and I proceeded to order a whole bunch of colors.  This is the first time I used it and the look in real life is as dazzling as it gets!  I wish you could see it!

The challenge this week at Christmas Card Challenges is Anything Goes so I think this fits!  Another Christmas project to knock off my list!  Yay me!!


Thanks for stopping by and I hope you can join us at Tag You're It!  Tags aren't just for gifts - they look great on cards too!  I hope we'll see you in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Jingle All the Way (My Favorite Things)
Paper:  Cherry Cobbler (SU); Neenah Solar White
Ink:  Black Licorice (My Favorite Things); White (WPlus9); Copics
Accessories:  Tag Die, Tag Die Layers (My Creative Time); A Birdie Told Me die (Lawn Fawn); Starry Nights stencil (Memory Box); Diamond Sparkle Medium (Imagination Crafts); baker's twine; embroidery floss

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CAS(E) This Sketch 170

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Here we are at Thursday again  and it's time for a new challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch.  Our sketch is designed by Hannelie and it is so cool, you are going to love it!



The other day I made a card with a color block design and I had that on my mind when I sat down to make my card for this challenge.  Using colors inspired by the photo at Just Us Girls I started layering strips of pink first then I intersected those with some thin gray lines.  I cut out several of the sentiment die, glued them together, and layered that on top.  That's it!  An easy card to make, but kind of cool looking, if I do say so myself!


The CAS(E) This Sketch design team has made some really beautiful cards with the sketch this week so I hope you have some time to check them out and join us in the gallery!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Paper:  White (Spectrum Noir); Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Smoky Slate, Basic Black (SU)
Accessories:  Thanks Script die (Mama Elephant)

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Freshly Made Sketches 234!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

What a time I had on the way to making my card this week for the latest challenge at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our design comes from Jen Timko - and what a great design it is!



First of all, I recently got the Clarity Stencil Brushes that everyone is gushing about and everyone else is sold out of.  Luckily I found out they were in stock at an online store and scooped them up before they were all gone again.  I got them just in time for this sketch challenge was excited to try them with a stencil to see if I could apply some color without the streaks I usually get with sponges.  Well it wasn't long before I could see some positive results.  The color was a breeze to apply and the brushes cleaned up easily with just water.  I was so excited at the results that I quickly stamped the floral images in one color, silhouette style, then my sentiment.  And then I realized my mistake.  I put the sentiment in the upper left corner rather than the lower right.  Rats!

As you can see, the sentiment is in the right place on the card you see here.  That's because I couldn't bear the guilt anymore and late Tuesday night re-did the layer with the image in the right place!  The colors on this, by the way, are from the awesome color challenge at As You See It.


Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to pop on by Freshly Made Sketches and see what our design team has got up to with this sketch!  I hope to see you in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Botanical Silhouettes, Signature Greetings (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Classic Ivory (Flourishes); Soft Suede (SU)
Ink:  Soft Sky, Soft Suede (SU)
Accessories:  Basket stencil (StencilGirl Products)

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colourQ 339!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Here we are at Tuesday again and, of course, that means it's time for a new palette at colourQ.  This week's color combination always makes me think of a more masculine card and so that's what I did.  I'm pretty sure that I've made variations of this card before with similar colors, but I just love how these bold colors lend themselves so well to a bit of a color-block design.



I used the April sketch from Viva la Verve as my layout and gave the two background layers some texture with this awesome new embossing folder that I got recently.  The die cut sentiment was cut three times and glued together for a bit of additional dimension.


Be sure to pop on over to colourQ and check out these gorgeous colors and the inspiration from the design team.  It's our last week that design team member Amy will be with us so be sure to pop on over to her blog and give her a little colourQ farewell!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps:  Painted Sayings (Whimsy Stamps)
Paper:  Sweet Tooth (My Favorite Things); Pear Pizzazz, Marina Mist, Night of Navy, Tangerine Tango (SU)
Ink:  Night of Navy (SU)
Accessories:   Weathered embossing folder (Taylored Expressions); Wonderful Words Birthday die (Papertrey Ink)

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Cupcake Inspirations 357!

Sunday, April 24, 2016


Hello, hello!  Today I have the distinct pleasure of being the Surprise Sweetie at Cupcake Inspirations!  I love to play along over there whenever I can and this week they were gracious enough to invite me along for the ride!  This week the theme is ladybugs and the sponsor is Doodle Pantry so I hopped on over to the shop and bought the sweetest digis that I used on my card today.




I think this may be the first (or close to it) time that I printed my own patterned paper and I can't believe how great it looks.  I've got a pretty decent color laser printer and I used heavyweight (32 lb) copy paper and it looks really good.  That's it peeking out from under the little layer with the ladybug.  The sketch from Fab Friday gave me the layout and the perfect opportunity to show off that pretty paper.


That's it for me today!  Special thanks to everyone at Cupcake Inspirations choosing me as your Surprise Sweetie today.  And thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps:  Lady Bug Hugs (Doodle Pantry)
Paper:  Soft Stone (Papertrey Ink); Basic Black, Garden Green, Daffodil Delight (SU); X-Press It Blending Card; Lady Bug Hugs (Doodle Pantry)
Ink:  Black Licorice (My Favorite Things); Copics
Accessories:  Petite Scallop Circle die, Standard Circles die (Spellbinders); Banner Trio die (WPlus 9)

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CAS(E) This Sketch 169

Thursday, April 21, 2016

I can hardly believe it's Thursday already!  My vacation is nearly over but on the bright side there's a new sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch!



I did a pretty liberal interpretation of the sketch this week.  The sentiment is doing double-duty as the horizontal line and since it didn't go all the way across the front of the card I stuck on a sequin to sort of carry the theme across.

My Christmas card stash is sorely lacking this year, surprise surprise, so I figured I better hop to it.  I really liked the challenge this week at Merry Monday to use purple, white, and silver but I can say, with no shame, that this card looked much better in my head than it does in the execution.  But I can at least knock one card off all the ones I'll need come December!


Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the cards from my CAS(E) This Sketch teamies this week.  I hope to see you in the gallery over there!

Supplies
Stamps:  Jingle All the Way (Technique Tuesday)
Paper:  White (Spectrum Noir); Elegant Eggplant, Brushed Silver (SU)
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories:  Sketch Tree die (Memory Box); Midnight Blend sequins (Avery Elle); silver embossing powder

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Freshly Made Sketches 233

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Somehow it is Wednesday already which means that my vacation is half over.  Boo.  But on the bright side it also means there is a new challenge starting at Freshly Made Sketches!  This week our hostess is Amy, our resident fearless color mixologist.



It will come as no shock to find a butterfly on my card.  But in my defense the challenge this week at the Paper Players was to make a clean and simple card with a butterfly.  That's right up my alley so I had to play along!  I also used the colors from Cupcake Inspirations.


I got some new stamps the other day and the scribble image fit nicely into this sketch (that's my circle in case you couldn't tell), a bit of long-unused washi for the horizontal layer, and a butterfly in place of the rectangle.  Easy peasy!

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the cards that my amazing Freshly Made Sketches teamies have made.  I hope you can join us in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Happy Art, Blossom (Precious Remembrance)
Paper:  White (Spectrum Noir); Pretty in Pink, Vellum (SU)
Ink:  Pretty in Pink (SU); Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Cheviot Butterfly die, Delaney Butterfly die (Poppystamps); Lucky Blend sequins (Avery Elle); Basic Pearls (SU); washi tape

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colourQ 338!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

I almost didn't make it this week for my colourQ card!  There's a new palette up but I took a little impromptu trip and didn't have time to make my card when I usually do.  Luckily, I'm off work on vacation this week so I managed to squeeze in a card this morning in between cleaning and unclogging drains!



I started out following the sketch at As You See It, but I guess I wasn't paying very good attention to the layout because I see now that I missed some stuff and got some stuff in the wrong place!  What a mess I am today!


Hopefully the rest of the week will be a bit better for me.  The weather is a little iffy today so it's a good day to stay in and do some cleaning and crafting!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you in the colourQ gallery this week!

Supplies
Stamps:  Amazing (My Favorite Things)
Paper:  White (Spectrum Noir); Basic Black, Cool Caribbean, Berry Blossoms DSP (SU)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Chevron Stripes die (My Favorite Things); Totally Fabulous die (Ellen Hutson); Falling Snow stencil (Simon Says Stamp); translucent embossing paste (Dreamweaver); black button (Amuse Studio); white crochet thread

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