Sunday, November 29, 2015

Sketchy Christmas Tag

It seems like I've been focusing on Christmas a lot lately!  I've been making some tags but I think I need to go and count the number I've got because I think I'm a little short!  LOL!  That being said, I've got another tag for you today.

It's my third project as a guest designer at Precious Remembrance showing the new Sketchy Christmas stamp set.  Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone I'm feeling the pressure to get those Christmas gift tags done!  Today I've this nice square tag with lots of white space to show off these images.  I stamped a sketchy tree first in a bright aqua color then stamped over it with another tree in a dark, mossy green.  I added a few sequins and the sentiment in red to complete the classic Christmas color scheme.

I can't take credit for these colors - they are the latest challenge at As You See It - but I loved them and couldn't resist using them on this tag!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Sketchy Christmas (Precious Remembrance)
Paper:  Real Red,  Mossy Meadow, Whisper White (SU)
Ink:  Real Red, Mossy Meadow, Bermuda Bay (SU)
Accessories:  Tag Sale Quilted die (Papertrey Ink); Classic Christmas Mix sequins (Neat & Tangled); seam binding ribbon, baker's twine

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Freshly Made Sketches 214

Here we are at another Wednesday which means it's time for a new sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  This week we've got a classic from Jen Timko!

This is not the first card I started making for this challenge.  But my first attempt looked like an exact copy of the sketch and I wanted something a bit different.  So back to the drawing board I went.  On my second attempt I was going to use a poinsettia instead of a snowflake but I ended up not liking that either.  So I went with a big "peace" die cut along with a snowflake cut from some really sparkly paper and added some pearlescent snow to the background.  I know the photo does not give this justice but it is super sparkly in real life!  I even added some sparkly enamel dots which I think are hard to see, but trust me they are there!

The colors for my card are inspired by the latest challenge at Merry Monday to use blue, white, and texture.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to pop on over to Freshly Made Sketches to check out the amazing cards from our design team.  I hope we get to see you in the gallery this week!

Paper:  Sweet Tooth (My Favorite Things); Pacific Point, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper (SU)
Accessories:  Snowflake Trio die (amuse studio); Wonderful Words Holiday die (Papertrey Ink); Falling Snow stencil (Simon Says Stamp); pearlescent embossing paste (Dreamweaver); enamel dots (Doodlebug)

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

colourQ 318!

Since we're only a couple of days away from Thanksgiving I decided to have one more go at a card for that holiday.  I've actually made a very similar card to this before but I couldn't resist making it again one using these so-appropriate colors from colourQ!

What every turkey is thinking around this time of year don't you think?  The layout for my card comes from the sketch at Can You Case It and it was just dumb luck that it was perfect for how I like to show off my little turkey friend - CAS with no fuss!  I did take a little poetic license with the sketch by putting my sentiment on the opposite side but I really wanted my feathered friend to be facing the sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by and please head on over to colourQ and check out the cards the design team has made with these colors.  I hope to see you in the gallery!

Stamps:  My Peeps, Alphadot (Paper Smooches)
Paper:  Sweet Tooth (My Favorite Things)
Ink:  Hot Fudge (My Favorite Things); Early Espresso (SU); Copics
Accessories:  Autumn Harvest sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Monday, November 23, 2015

Merry Christmas Tag

I'm back with another project that I made guest designing for Precious Remembrance using the new Sketchy Christmas stamp set.

I love to use non-traditional colors on my Christmas projects sometimes so today I've made a gift tag using some shades of pink, courtesy of the color challenge at Stampin' Royalty.  I started with a base of kraft and white then stamped a sketchy tree a couple of times in a vibrant pink.  Then I glammed it up a bit with some shimmery golden ink for one more tree plus the sentiment.  A little gold cord tied around my seam binding ribbon ties all those gold touches together nicely.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps:  Sketchy Christmas (Precious Remembrance)
Paper:  Crumbcake (SU); Sweet Tooth (My Favorite Things)
Ink:  Berry Sorbet (Papertrey Ink); Golden Glitz Delicata
Accessories:  Traditional Tags STAX, Pierced Traditional Tags STAX (My Favorite Things); Crumb Cake seam binding ribbon, gold cord (SU); Sugar Blend sequins (Avery Elle)

Friday, November 20, 2015

Tag You're It 35

Happy Friday!  I've actually been on vacation from work this week and I can hardly believe that it's Friday already.  One week down, another to go.  Hopefully the next one will go a little slower!

Today there's a new challenge at Tag You're It.  And this week we are joining the amazing Tracey McNeely for her 25 Days of Christmas Tags.

I don't have one of those big old-fashioned Christmas lights but I do have holly leaves and I do have polka dots so I used both of those on my tag.  And I kept the sentiment the same because "joy" is really what that season is all about!

The challenge this week at Simon Says Stamp is Christmas so I'm going to enter this over there as well.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to pop on by Tag You're It and Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags for loads of inspiration!

Stamps:  Spruce & Sprigs (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Naturals White (Neenah); Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink); Gold Foil (SU)
Ink:  Ripe Avocado, Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories:  Basic Bookmark II die, Wet Paint hholidaly die (Papertrey Ink); Grove Branch die (Memory Box)

Thursday, November 19, 2015

CAS(E) This Sketch 150

Hello!  And welcome to a new edition of CAS(E) This Sketch!   This sketch made me think of snowflakes!

Many years ago, when I first started stamping, I made silver and navy card at a workshop featuring a big embossed snowflake.  To this day it's one of my favorite cards and I try to re-design it every so often.  For this card I tried embossing the snowflakes but they were too small and the embossing powder muddied the details so I die cut some snowflakes instead with some silver glimmer paper.  I did emboss the sentiment, though.  And I added the silver cord, just because!

I'm also playing along with The Paper Players where we are challenged to make a clean and simple Christmas card.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to pop on by CAS(E) This Sketch and check out the design team cards.  They're pretty amazing, just sayin'!

Stamps:  Jingle All the Way (Technique Tuesday)
Paper:  Midnight Muse, Brushed Silver, Silver Glimmer (SU)
Ink:  Silver Shimmer Delicata
Accessories:  Blueprints 20 die (My Favorite Things); Make a Snowflake die (Taylored Expressions); silver cord (SU)

Time Out Challenges

I'm back again with another card for Time Out Challenges where I'm guest designing!  Our inspiration comes from Karen.

Karen's card (on the right) featured a sponged stencil design so that's what I did with my card.  I used some yellow and green ink to sponge the rays of that grungy sun stencil.  Then I stamped over it in black with this long, subway-style sentiment.  I thought that it sort of echoed the theme of Karen's.

Once again, I want to send a big thank you to everyone at Time Out Challenges for inviting me to play along with them for this challenge!

And thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Going Somewhere (Tim Holtz)
Paper:  White (Spectrum Noir)
Ink:  Squeezed Lemonade, Crushed Olive (Distress); Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Urban Insiders Square Stencil (Stencil Girl Products)

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Freshly Made Sketches 213

It's Wednesday so that means there's a new sketch debuting at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week Amy is our hostess and she's created a classic sketch that I'm pretty sure you will love!

That wide horizontal layer towards the bottom of the sketch made me think of my long-neglected washi tape.  I have a few that are wide widths and this red, checkered one fit what I was looking for.  I was inspired by the reindeer challenge at Merry Monday and wanted to incorporate kraft, red and brown into my card.  As I was pondering exactly how I was going to put that all together, I remembered this big sunburst stamp and figured it would look good in a warm yellow behind my leaping reindeer.

Thanks so much for stopping by and hop on over to Freshly Made Sketches to check out the cards made by my teammates.  I hope we'll see you in the gallery this week!

Stamps:  Kinda Eclectic (SU); Signature Christmas (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Crushed Curry (SU); Sweet Tooth (My Favorite Things)
Ink:  Early Espresso, Crushed Curry (SU)
Accessories:  Pierced Rectangle STAX (My Favorite Things); Leaping Deer die (Memory Box); washi tape

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


We've got some pretty colors  for you this week at colourQ!  The inspiration photo made me think of a long forgotten wreath stamp set that I had in my stash.

I found one lonely sheet of Lovely Lilac cardstock in my stash so I used that for my card base. It looks blue in the photo but I promise that it's not.  Unfortunately I didn't have the same ink so I had to substitute another ink for the berries on the wreath and it's not even remotely the same color purple. I hope it doesn't look too weird!
The sketch challenge at Just Add Ink was perfect for this wreath.  My wreath doesn't hang over the edge but I like it all the same!  I hope the ladies there will forgive me!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a chance to check out our challenge at colourQ!  My lovely teamies have created some beautiful cards for you to see this week.  I hope you can join us in the gallery!

Stamps:  Wreath For All Seasons (Papertrey Ink); Artful Flowers (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Lovely Lilac (SU); White (Spectrum Noir)
Ink:  Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Sky (SU); Lavender Moon (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories:  Diagonal Stripes stencil (Simon Says Stamp); translucent embossing paste (Dreamweave); Clear Droplets (Pretty Pink Posh)

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Precious Remembrance Guest Designer!

Today I am so excited to share some news!  Dyane from Precious Remembrance has asked me to be a guest designer for her for the next few weeks showcasing her new stamp set Sketchy Christmas!  I didn't have to think twice about my answer, especially since that stamp set was on my "to be bought soon" list!

I am really loving the sketchy trees in this set.  They are perfect for doing some stamping off which is exactly what I did with my card.  I chose a traditional green color and stamped the tree once to get the deeper color image then immediately stamped the tree again to give the softer image in the background.  This sentimet, which reminds me of a label maker, is perfect for hanging off the edge of my layers.  I added sequins and some snowfall in the background because what Christmas tree design is complete without some snow?

I want to thank Dyane for inviting me along on this adventure.  I'll be posting a few more projects with this set so stay tuned!  And if you want to see more of this Sketchy Christmas set you can find it in the Precious Remembrance shop!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Sketchy Christmas (Precious Remembrance)
Paper:  White (Spectrum Noir); Heidi Swapp patterned paper
Ink:  Ripe Avocado (Papertrey Ink); Ruby Red (SU)
Accessories:  Pierced Rectangle STAX (My Favorite Things); Falling Snow stencil (Simon Says Stamp); white embossing paste (Dreamweaver)

Thursday, November 12, 2015

CAS(E) This Sketch 149

This is my second week posting as a card-carrying member of the CAS(E) This Sketch design team.  Annnnd I almost didn't make it.  Monday night one of my cats knocked over a glass and all the contents spilled onto my laptop.  Within a few minutes the laptop started making a sound like the backup signal on a big truck.  Not good.  A quick look confirmed the worst.  The computer was giving me a message that it was shutting down for my own good.  (Actually it said a lot of technical mumbo-jumbo but I can read between the lines.).

After waiting a bit I rebooted.  Sorry, it said, I can't find the hard drive.  That's crazy I replied.  I know the hard drive is there.  Look again.  So it looked again with the same result.  So out came the hair dryer.  And the battery.  Finally all that heat paid off because the computer booted up but wouldn't recognize the keyboard.  Fearing the worst I went to bed.

I left it alone while I was at work on Tuesday thinking it needed some time to dry out and think about its actions.  I've been very nice to this laptop over the last few years.  There's no reason it should treat me this way.  Long story short, the keyboard is most likely fried.  I ordered a new one but in the meantime I'm using an old USB keyboard that was attached to a desktop computer that I had a millions years ago.  Seriously, the keyboard is bigger than the laptop but it works and that's good.  At least it helped me put together my card for CAS(E) This Sketch which is really the reason that you're here.  Thanks for sticking with me for my little saga.  And without further ado.....

Truth be told I wish that poinsettia was a teeny bit smaller, at least for this card. I think it's over-powering my background stamp just a bit.  I got the color inspiration from The Challenge where the inspiration photo also had a big poinsettia on it so I was powerless to resist and used one on my card!

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you can play along with us at CAS(E) This Sketch.  And special thanks if you stayed with me during this wordy post and made it this far!

Stamps:  So 80's (WPlus9); Handy Christmas Greeting (Amy R Stamps)
Paper:  White (Spectrum Noir); Cherry Cobbler, Silver Glimmer (SU)
Ink:  Classic Kraft (Papertrey Ink); Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Blooming Poinsettias die (Memory Box)

Time Out Challenge #44

Good morning!  A few weeks ago I played along in a Time Out Challenge and you'll never guess what happened.  The ladies over there liked my card so much they chose it as their Top Card and asked me to play along with their current challenge which is starting today!

The challenge is to CASE the card you see below which was designed by Design Team member Karen.

That's my card on top, in case you didn't know. :)  As soon as I saw Karen's card I recognized the stencil that she used.  As luck would have it I also own that stencil so I thought it would be a good idea to use it.  I didn't want to create a card that was a near copy of Karen's so I embossed the stencil with my new pearlescent embossing paste instead of sponging it like Karen did then die cut the sentiment in black and green to carry on the colors.  I think it's hard to see in the photo but the black die cuts are slightly off from the green one so that you can just see a hint of color.

Here's a bit of a close up of the pearlescent embossing paste.  It's really pretty in real life!  I think is a better pic of the sentiment too.  And you can probably see that I went over the black die cut with my clear Wink of Stella to give it a little shimmer.

Thanks for stopping by today and special thanks to the ladies at Time Out Challenges for inviting me to play along with them!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Freshly Made Sketches 212

Welcome to Wednesday.  Today is Veteran's Day in the United States where we honor the veterans, both past and present, of the United States military.  My own father served in the Marines in the Korean War and I couldn't be more proud of him and his service so I wanted to post a picture of him in his dress blues.  He passed away in 2013 and I miss him every day.  Not so ironically, my parents were married on this day in 1956.  November 11th was a special day for my parents in more ways than one.

Now for what you really came here to see.  Today we reveal a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  The sketch is designed by my friend from down under, Narelle.  I spent a lot of time thinking about this card before I sat down to make it.

After weighing the pros and cons of actual square/rectangular images I decided to go with some of my favorite Christmas images - those triangle trees.  And on my drive home from work on Monday it occurred to me that falling snow would make a pretty cool background for those trees.

The colors this week at the Paper Players the colors were a bit elegant so I wanted to see if I could use them successfully.  My card may not be described as elegant but I like how it turned out just the same!

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out my teamies designs at Freshly Made Sketches.  I hope you will be inspired to join us!

Stamps:  Modern Christmas (Clearly Besotted)
Paper:  Sweet Tooth (My Favorite Things); Basic Black, Real Red (SU)
Ink:  Silvery Shimmer Delicata
Accessories:  Blueprints 13 and Blueprints 20 dies (My Favorite Things); Hand Lettered Holiday die (WPlus9); Falling Snow Stencil (Simon Says Stamp); white embossing paste (Dreamweaver)

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

colourQ 316

Hello!  Today there's a new color palette for you at colourQ and the inspiration for it comes from these placemats.  The colors are so rich and perfect for an autumn-themed card.

I don't usually make Thanksgiving cards but I wanted a single line, simple sentiment to put to the left of those leaves and this one fit the bill perfectly!  My layout comes from the sketch at As You See It.

Be sure to stop on by colourQ and check out the cards made by my fellow design teamies.  They are gorgeous, I can tell you!  Thanks for stopping by here!

Stamps:  French Foliage (SU); Fall Colors (Precious Remembrance)
Paper:  White (Spectrum Noir); Not Quite Navy, Hello Honey, Dusty Durango, Old Olive, Whisper White (SU)
Ink:  Dusty Durango, Hello Honey, Old Olive, Not Quite Navy (SU)
Accessories:  Horizontal Stitched Strips die (My Favorite Things); Dotted Borders die (Avery Elle)

Friday, November 6, 2015

Tag You're It 34

Hello!  It's Friday and that means it's time for a new challenge at Tag You're It!  This week our tag inspiration comes from Susan.

I didn't have any birdhouse images but I did have this cool die which features a stitched branch and a sweet little birdie.  I took some of the colors from Susan's tag like the brown, yellow, and green and voila!  I was done!

My teamies at Tag You're It have created some wonderful tags for this challenge so be sure to check them out!  I hope we get to see you in the gallery!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Doodlie-Doo (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Chocolate Chip, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Whisper White (SU)
Ink:  Truffle (Avery Elle)
Accessories:  Songbirds die (Papertrey Ink); Traditional Tags STAX, Pierced Traditional Tags STAX (My Favorite Things)

Thursday, November 5, 2015

CAS(E) This Sketch 148

Hello, hello!  Today I've got some EXCITING news to share!  I am now a card-carrying member of the CAS(E) This Sketch design team!  Woo Hoo!  Can you believe it?  I was floored when Chrissy asked me to join them and, of course, said yes.  A resounding YES!  For my inaugural week we've got this fabulous sketch from Leigh Penner.

I decided to go one-layer with my card so I could play along with the Just Us Girls challenge and I was inspired by the poppy design and colors at Fusion.  At first I thought I wanted to add a sentiment off center to the left of the poppies but couldn't find something that looked right.  After I had hunted through my stash for a while I realized that I didn't need a sentiment after all and let the images stand on their own.

I'm still pinching myself that I'm part of the amazing group of talented stampers at CASE(E) This Sketch and I'm looking forward to designing alongside them for as long as they'll have me!!  Woo Hoo!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Brushed Off (Papertrey Ink); Poppy Field (Rubbernecker Stamps)
Paper:  White (Spectrum Noir)
Ink:  Harvest Gold (Papertrey Ink); Poppy Parade (SU)

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Freshly Made Sketches 211

Welcome to Wednesday and another new sketch from your friends at Freshly Made Sketches!  This week our designer comes from halfway around the world from me!  It's Karren from New Zealand of course!  She's designed a great sketch for you this week and when you stop by her blog be prepared - she's an enabler of the first order.  Her techniques make you want to sign up for tutorials and her supplies might make you want to bust your crafting budget!  But don't be afraid there's lots of inspiration there too!

I pretty much followed the sketch exactly. My only regret is that I wish I had stamped the sentiment in a dark ink so that it showed up better.  It looks better in real life but it's really difficult to see here.  In case you're wondering it says "thank you!"

The challenge this week at The Paper Players is all about autumn and thanks so I'll be adding this over there as well.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to pop on over to Freshly Made Sketches for loads of inspiration from our design team.  I hope we get to see you in the gallery this week!

Stamps:  Label Love (Altenew)
Paper:  Kraft (Papertrey Ink); Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, So Saffron, Whisper White (SU)
Ink:  So Saffron
Accessories:  Starburst Framelits (SU); Pierced Circle STAX, Blueprints 15 (My Favorite Things); Stitched Leaves die (Lawn Fawn);Curvy Leaves die (Elizabeth Craft Designs)

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

colourQ 315

Hello, hello!  It's time for another challenge from colourQ!  The colors this week are bold and (eventually) made me think of fall!  They are inspired by this napkin.

The colors had me a bit stymied at first.  Then I decided to just start layering them and see how they all looked together.  I followed the sketch from As You See It (with the leaves taking the place of the round doily shape) and added an autumn themed sentiment so that I could play along with Can You Case It too.  In the end, I am pretty pleased at how this turned out!

My fellow colourQ teamies have got some gorgeous cards to show you this week, so be sure to stop on by check them out.  I hope that we'll see you in the gallery!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Fall Colors (Precious Remembrance)
Paper:  Lost Lagoon, Raspberry Ripple, Cajun Craze, Always Artichoke, Vellum (SU)
Ink:  Cajun Craze
Accessories:  Pierced Fishtail Flag STAX, Sentiment Strips die (My Favorite Things); Labels Four die (Spellbinders); Leaves die (Penny Black); Stripes stencil (Tim Holtz); translucent embossing paste (Dreamweaver)