Freshly Made Sketches #243

I’m playing along with the Freshly Made Sketches #243 Challenge.


My take on the sketch:


One of my favorite things about challenges is the opportunity to pull from a variety of supplies, often ones I’ve rarely used, as is the case here. For this sketch, I pulled out the Clearly Besotted “Take Flight” stamp set with coordinating dies (I believe it’s now discontinued). I couldn’t picture the plane in any color but red (and didn’t even consider any other colors!), and turned to my favorite color scheme – red/white/blue – for the other elements. I chose a tailored Pink Paislee patterned paper for the background and used a Taylored Expressions embossing folder for the clouds.

Splash! – colourQ challenge #348

I’m playing along with colourQ challenge #348 with a CAS summer-themed card.


I thought about this combination of colors for a bit and kept trying to figure out which color should have the most emphasis and which the least. In the end, I decided to give the colors more or less the same amount of emphasis and employed my design friend – repetition.

colourQ challenge #348

I colored Ranger Glossy Cardstock with Distress Inks to cut with the Little Bits – Beach Ball die. I cut the base of the balls and the Mini Caps Alpha & #’s from uncolored Glossy Cardstock. I like how the glossy cardstock emulates the plastic of blow-up beach balls. I colored the background using Loll Thompson‘s “splash” watercolor technique using Tumbled Glass Distress Ink- her video is here. I had “splash” on the brain, since that’s what I used for the sentiment!

colourQ challenge #348

Supplies: Tim Holtz wave embossing folder

Summer of Creative Chemistry Week 4

This week the challenge at Summer of Creative Chemistry with Tim Holtz over at Online Card Classes is to create a tag, card, or other project using ARCHIVAL INK.


For the challenge, I created tags using the Dapper and Mixed Media 2 stamp sets with the Archival Resist technique. I stamped glossy cardstock with Archival inks and then applied Distress Inks to the background. Because of the difference in the properties of the two inks, the images stamped with Archival Ink resist the Distress Inks.

 Summer of Creative Chemistry with Tim Holtz

For the tag on the left, I stamped all of the images (including the hat and shoulders) before applying the Distress Inks. For the tag on the right, I stamped the hat/shoulders image after I colored the tag background, so it’s more prominent. I made at least five of these tags trying different images and colors.

I also revisited the Distress Powder Resist Technique from Day Seven of Creative Chemistry 101. I liked the tag and the technique but wasn’t entirely happy with the design.

Summer of Creative Chemistry with Tim Holtz

However, once I started creating tags similar to Tim’s 12 Tags of 2016 – June, using the Sizzix Dapper die, I decided to cut up the tag I had made and used it to back the negative cut that the Sizzix Dapper Die creates (left).

I also cut another tag with the Dapper die, dry-embossed it with the Tailored Embossing Folder and backed it with a black tag (right).

Finally, I revisited last week’s challenge to create with Perfect Pearls and Distress Inks and Stains.

Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry Week 4

I used Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls on a tag stamped with the Distress Ink Newsprint background and glued on the positive pieces from the Sizzix Dapper Die.

Mixed media is fun as long as you allow yourself to experiment!

Supplies: Sizzix Dapper Die

Living the Salt Life

I’m constantly on the lookout for nautical-themed stamps and dies. Today I’m sharing a card celebrating the “salt life” in which I’ve combined products from several different companies.

Living the Salt Life

I used two CottageCutz die sets- Pelican and Seagull – to create the seagull standing on the pilings. I colored the die-cut pieces with Distress Inks so that there would be greater variation than I would have achieved had I simply cut the pieces from colored cardstock.

The waves were created with Distress Inks and a Memory Box stencil. The sentiment is from Impression Obsession’s Nautical set.

Hello Summer – TE Share Joy Challenge #41

I’m playing along with Taylored Expressions Share Joy Challenge #41.

TE Share Joy Challenge 41

I used the sketch and the colors to create a summer-themed card:

TE Share Joy Challenge #41

I used the Eventful – Pool Party die to do the “heavy lifting” of my design. The big “hello” from Bold Brushstrokes was heat-embossed on the Candy Corn cardstock rectangle. To embellish, I couldn’t resist using another pair of Little Bits – Flip Flops on this card (I’ve used these on half a dozen cards this summer!).

TE Share Joy Challenge #41

Be sure to head over to the Share Joy Challenge Blog to see more inspiration and to link up your entry!


Bzz, bzz … Hello!

Today I’m sharing a playful “Hello” card showcasing some Paper Smooches supplies.

Paper Smooches Bees & Flowers

I die cut the bees from several different cardstock colors. I cut the flowers from white cardstock and decided to use just the outlines so that the emphasis would be on the colorful bees. The sentiment (a Savvy wood stamp I bought at Impress) was stamped on cardstock that I cut with the smallest die in the Lawn Fawn set. I used the largest die in that set to cut the woodgrain paper.


CAS(E) this Sketch #177

I’m playing along with CAS(E) this Sketch! #177 with Penny Black stamps and dies.


Here’s my take on the fabulous sketch:

CAS(E) this Sketch #177

To begin, I cut the flowers and flourishes with the 51-207 Layered Flower and 51-198 Flourish & Butterflies sets from cardstock which I’d colored with Distress Inks.

I stamped the sentiment from 30-297 Sprinkles and Smiles onto a white cardstock panel. I stamped 40-314 Fronds (a background stamp with a tropical feel) with white pigment ink onto turquoise cardstock for the accent strip on the left. The flowers and flourishes were added with foam adhesive.

Happy Birthday! TE Share Joy Challenge #40

I’m playing along with Taylored Expressions Share Joy Challenge #40.

TE Share Joy Challenge #40

I used the sketch (rotated 90 degrees) to create a CAS Birthday shaker card.

TE Share Joy Challenge #40

I took my color cues from the patterned paper background (TE 6×6 Paper Pack – Rainbow Brights). I framed the Happy Birthday Banner (which is actually sitting on top of an Acrylic Sheet) with a frame cut with the Stitched Frame Stacklets 1 set. I embellished the scene with the Little Bits – Balloons to which I added strings from the Party Time set.

TE Share Joy Challenge #40

Be sure to head over to the Share Joy Challenge Blog to see more inspiration and to link up your entry!


Summer of Creative Chemistry Week 3

I’ve finally had a chance to play along with the challenges at Summer of Creative Chemistry with Tim Holtz over at Online Card Classes.


This week, participants were challenged to create with Perfect Pearls and Distress Inks and Stains.

Here’s my tag using Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls over a stamped Distress Ink background.


I stamped the background (Tim Holtz’s Seasonal Catalog 1) with a variety of Distress Inks onto a manila tag to which I’d earlier applied (and dried) Antique Linen Distress Stain.


Once stamped, I brushed on the Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold. After applying the Perfect Pearls, I added Distress Inks to the edges. The Perfect Pearls are brushed away to some extent on the edges.


I die cut the Umbrella Man from Kraft-Core cardstock and added a Tim Holtz Word Band, in lieu of any sentiment. I don’t have any Tim Holtz Halloween dies, but I figured that the Umbrella Man was “curious” about the Halloween items in the background.

It was a lot of fun (albeit outside of my comfort zone) to delve into a more layered project!

Lawn Fawn Father’s Day

Today, I’m sharing a card created for Father’s Day using the color scheme from colourQ Challenge #346.


I used an older Lawn Fawn set – Dad’s Day.

Lawn Fawn Father's Day

After stamping the ties in the four ink colors, I added a heat-embossed sentiment, attached to the card panel with foam adhesive. I tried a number of different inks – both dye and pigment – while creating this card! I need to add a light blue pigment ink to my collection and get a reinker for my Fresh Inks navy pad. (My ink collection knows no bounds!)

Supplies: Fresh Inks gray + navy