Thursday, February 11, 2016

Flying over to the Can You Case It Challenge

Hello, Stampers!

As promised, here is my second post of the day.  This card is for the Can You Case It challenge.  This week's challenge is a sketch challenge:

Here's how I interpreted the sketch:

I embossed the background in black to give it some shine.  The airplane from the Sky Is The Limit stamp set is also embossed in black.  One of the rectangles is from the Typeset Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I made the Lost Lagoon colored paper using the Baby Oil technique.  I'll be giving a tutorial for this technique in my newsletter next week.  If you'd like to see how it's done, sign up for my newsletter at the bottom of this post.  I added a washi tape strip to the card.  I finished the card by die cutting the letters for the word "soar" out of the Typeset DSP.

If you'd like to see more samples of this sketch, check out the challenge at

Happy Stamping!

Window view for PPA287

Hello, Stampers!

I've been a busy girl today!  This is the first post of two.  Don't forget to check out the second post when you are done drooling over this card!  

This card is for this week's Pals Paper Arts Challenge.  I find color challenges harder than sketches, but I'm happy with the way this one turned out.  Here's the color palette:


And here's my card:

I decided I wanted the window scene to really stand out so I did the rest of the card in white.  I gave my base some dimension with the Brick Wall embossing folder.  I also used Dimensionals to pop the window die cut up.  The three colors in the challenge make a pretty bright combo.  I softened them a bit by water coloring the image from the Happy Home stamp set.  The Brick Wall embossing folder can be found in the Annual Catalog.  The Happy Home stamp set is in the Occasional catalog.

Check out to see what other stampers did with this color challenge.

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Polka Dotted Elephants for GDP021

Hello, Stampers!

I'm an Elementary Music Specialist by day. One of my favorite songs to teach is "All God's Critters".
Maybe you know the song?

"All God's critters have a place in the choir. 
 Some sing low, some sing higher.  
Some sing out loud on the telephone wire, 
And some just clap their hands, or paws or anything they got now...."

There are a gazillion verses to the song that I won't bore you with here.  However, I do have a couple of adorable critters to show you today. I made them for the Global Design Projects color challenge for this week.  Here's the challenge:

And here are my elephant friends:

This cute couple is made with the Playful Pals stamp set and Pyramid Pals Thinlits Dies.  There are so many adorable animals you can make with this set!  You're only limited by your imagination! I have to show you their fancy tails too:

Instead of just using the die, I cut up some pink baker's twine to add something special to their backsides.

I think this bundle is a must have!  I'm planning on using mine for children's birthday party favors and super cute cards.  

I'm going to go make more critters for God's choir!

Happy stamping!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Valentine Flowers for FMS222

Hello, Stampers!

My husband and I don't make a big deal out of Valentine's Day, but I can always count on him bringing me flowers.  Steve is very practical and it bothers him to buy something that will eventually die, but he does it because it makes me happy.

I love the little posies on my card for the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge.  They make me smile, and I hope they make you smile too!  Here's the sketch for this week's challenge:

And here's my card:

The flowers and the banner are from the Number of Years stamp set.  The background is stamped on Blushing Bride cardstock in Blushing Bride with Watercolor Wash.  I stamped off once to give it a softer look.  For the posies I used Mint Macaron, Wisteria Wonder, Blushing Bride and Marina Mist.  The banner is Tip Top Taupe cardstock and ink.  The pretty sentiment is from the And Many More stamp set.

Happy stamping!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Bursting with love for CYCI 105

Hello, Stampers

The card I have for you today is out of my comfort zone in a couple of ways.  It is for the Can You Case It challenge.  This week's challenge is to use the colors black, red, white or neutral.

Take a look at my card and then I'll tell you how I stretched my cardmaking skills:

The background for my card uses Ken Oliver's Color Burst powder.  It's the first time I've played with this vibrant color, so that put me out of my comfort zone in a fun way.  I sprinkled a SMALL amount onto some Shimmer White Cardstock and spritzed it with a Stampin' Spritzer filled with water.  I used my heat gun to move the color around on the paper and then totally blew it dry.  I was going for a blotchy look and I think I succeeded.

The second reason this card is different from most of my others is that there is no stamping on the card.  I used diecuts for the hearts and words.  It seemed so strange to not ink up a stamp!

It was fun to experiment with new approaches to cardmaking today!  I encourage you to try something new the next time you head to your craft room!

Happy stamping!