Sunday, October 19, 2014


Aside from one rainy day this past week we have had some fantastic weather here in Massachusetts.  The sun has been shining, the temperatures have been more like June than October and it's been truly wonderful.   And it's all coming to and end.  Starting today fall is back and while fall is nice, it really just means that winter is not that far behind.  Good news for some, but bad news for a snow hater like me.

One thing I do like about this time of year is making Christmas cards.  I've been meaning to make a card for the Festive Friday challenge and finally found some time on Saturday to get in my craft room.  The Sketch Saturday provided a nice layout for my idea too.

I was inspired by the colors, the red ribbon and the greenery so I fussy cut some pine branches then added some red circles to simulate berries.  A little ribbon, a simple sentiment and I was done.  The white chairs sure give an impression of white space, so I made sure to leave lots on my card.

Well that's it for me.  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Fantastic Foliage (SU); Joyous Noel (Verve)
Paper:  Early Espresso, Real Red, Whisper White (SU)
Ink:  Garden Green, Early Espresso (SU)
Accessories:  Pierced Square STAX (My Favorite Things); Real Red grosgrain ribbon (SU)

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Freshly Made Sketches 158

Half way through the work week.  Yay!  And, of course, since it's Wednesday we've got a great new sketch for you at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week Jen Timko is our hostess and as soon as I saw the sketch I loved it and I know you will too.

This is also my third week joining the talented design team at Colour Me...! and I've got to say that they have quite a knack for picking color palettes.  The Island Indigo and Soft Sky are complementary and the Crisp Cantaloupe adds such an interesting contrast.  I LOVE how these colors look together!

Don't forget to check out the inspiration from Freshly Made Sketches and Colour Me...!  The design team cards are amazing and I hope you'll join us this week!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Friendly Flowers (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Soft Sky, Island Indigo, Crisp Cantaloupe, Island Indigo DSP, Whisper White (SU)
Ink:  Soft Sky, Island Indigo, Crisp Cantaloupe (SU)
Accessories:  Finishing Touches Edgelit (SU)

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

colourQ 263

Halloween is only a few weeks away so to get you in full swing this week at colourQ we've got some great colors inspired by this wicked door swag.

I thought the graphic sketch at Fusion was pretty cool and that I could take the circles and make them seem like full moons.  Then I just added some icky spiders - because really, all spiders are icky - and a razzleberry bat.  I just happen to have some baker's twine in my stash that I bought especially for Halloween projects and since it has the perfect colors for the challenge I wrapped it around the bottom of my vertical layer. 

The colourQ team have got some great cards to show you, as always, so pop on over there to have a look.  I hope to see you in the gallery!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Bite Me, Autumn Apparitions (SU)
Paper:  Classic White (Flourishes); Basic Black, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Cast-a-Spell DSP (SU)
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Versamark (SU); True Black (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories:  Tangerine Tango embossing  powder; Harvest Corn twine (Maya Road)

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Autumn Wishes

I was so productive yesterday.  I managed to make three cards, try a different take on some shepard's pie, go to the supermarket, watch some football and all of that in plenty of time to watch the season premier of The Walking Dead.  That's a good day I say to myself!

The first card I made was for the color challenge at The Paper Players, uses the layout at Deconstructed Sketch, the Autumn theme at As You See It and a button and sentiment for Sentimental Sundays.  Whew!

I wish the three leaves showed up a little better, but they all seem to blend together a bit.  I rock and rolled the colors on them but was having a hard time adding a little definition between them with my extra juicy Mossy Meadow ink pad.  It kept adding much more color than I wanted so I stopped trying to do it before I ruined them.  They look better in real life!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  French Foliage (SU); Distressed Grid (Creative Embellishments); Fall Colors (Precious Remembrance)
Paper:  Classic Ivory (Flourishes); Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist, Very Vanilla (SU)
Ink:  Hello Honey, Tangerine Tango, Mossy Meadow (SU)
Accessories:  Candy Cane button, Always Artichoke seam binding ribbon, Decorative Dots embossing folder (SU); Pierced Square STAX (My Favorite Things)

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Sunday, October 12, 2014


Day one of the long weekend here found me with some extra time stamping-wise.  Usually my weekends are pretty busy with cleaning, running errands and trying to get design team cards made for the coming week.  But the prospect of an extra day off from work gave me some time to do a little leisurely stamping for no particular reason.

Not surprisingly I made another card to play along with the splatter challenge at CASology and combined it with the one layer challenge at Less is More.

I played no part in adding the splatters on this card - they came with the floral stamp.  I briefly toyed with the idea to add a few more but figured there was a good chance that I'd ruin it so I left it alone.  The flowers are stamped with Distress Ink and after I inked up the stamp I sprayed it with water to smoosh the colors around.  This isn't watercolor paper so the effect is subtle but in real life I can see some depth of color amid the flower petals.

Today I've not nothing planned but some grocery shopping, football watching and card making!  Fall is definitely in the air here and I actually turned on the heat yesterday because it was getting a bit chilly in the house.  Apparently the cats thought I should have done it sooner because as soon as the radiators got warm they were draped all over them!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Poppy Field (Rubbernecker Stamps); Mini Stamp Brilliant (Heidi Swapp)
Paper:  White (Spectrum Noir)
Ink:  Jet Black (Archival); Worn Lipstick (Distress Ink); Onyx Black (Versafine)

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Splatters, Colors and Thanks

The cue card this week at CASology is splatter.  If ever there was a challenge with my name written all over it, this is it!  I love me some grungy splatters, that's for sure.  After seeing that I poked around some and found the gorgeous color challenge at Stampin' Royalty and decided to combine the two.

I've got some coffee splatters to go along with some ink splatters.  And a sentiment die that I cut three times and layered together.  Simple and sweet!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Java Spills (Stamping Bella); Abstract Art (My Favorite Things)
Paper:  White (Spectrum Noir); Blackberry Bliss (SU)
Ink:  Sahara Sand, Soft Sky (SU)
Accessories:  Thanks Word die (Lil' Inker Designs)

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Freshly Made Sketches 157 and Colour Me...! 41

Happy Wednesday everyone!  Time for a new sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and it's my second week guest designing at Colour Me...! so I get to show you some cool colors too!  This week Amy is our sketch hostess and we're going striking with the colors!

Isn't this sketch fantastic?  It's wide open to interpretation and the star can be substituted for any shape.  I started with a little textured layer and since the colors made me think of fall I added some leaves inked up with a little rock and roll technique.

Be sure to head on over to Freshly Made Sketches and Colour Me...! to check out the beautiful cards the respective design teams have made.  They will knock your socks off!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Fall Colors (Precious Remembrance)
Paper:  Classic Ivory (Flourishes); Naturals White (Neenah); Hello Honey (SU)
Ink:  Hello Honey, Cherry Cobbler (SU)
Accessories:  Bricked embossing folder (Tim Holtz); Cherry Cobbler button (SU); baker's twine

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

colourQ 262

October is breast cancer awareness month, so it only seemed appropriate that there be color challenges to mark the event.  At colourQ we have such a challenge and the palette is inspired by this T-Shirt.

Some years ago I got this freebie stamp set from a.muse studio and it's perfect for when I need a card to send someone a positive vibe.  Like many of you, unfortunately I know one too many people who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, my own sister included.  A card is a small thing in the face of all these brave ladies go through, but I also know the power of a hand written card and the joy someone can feel just by knowing that someone is "thinking of you."

The fun layout of my card comes from retro sketches, where they are hosting a "you pick the sketch" challenge.  We get to choose from any of their past sketches and I chose #133 because I loved it when I saw it and never got a chance to play along with them at the time.

The always amazing colourQ design team have got some beauties for you to see this week so be sure to pop on over there to check them out.  I hope you have time to join us in the gallery!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Fight Like a Girl (a.muse studio)
Paper:  Classic White (Flourishes); Basic Black, Welcome Neighbor DSP (SU); White (Spectrum Noir)
Ink:  Pretty in Pink (SU); True Black (PTI)
Accessories:  Silver Basics button (SU); Midtown button (October Afternoon); black button (a.muse studio); Necessities enamel dots (My Mind's Eye)

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