Tag You're It 48!

Friday, May 27, 2016

All I can say today is TGIF!  It's a long weekend coming up for us in the US and it will be so nice to have three days off in a row!  It's the unofficial start of summer and more importantly, Monday is Memorial Day where we take time to remember and honor those who died while serving in the armed forces.  Our latest inspiration at Tag You're It, designed by Bobby, honors this day.



This is my one and only flag stamp.  It's got a bit of a faded look to it and I love it.  I stamped some firework images in kraft ink behind it to break up all the white space and added a simple, heartfelt sentiment.  There's an Anything Goes challenge going on at Simon Says Stamps so I'll be adding this over there as well!

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to pop on over to Tag You're It and check out the tags from my fellow teamies.  You'r going to love them!  I hope you can join us in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Old Glory (Deep Red); USA 1776 (Waltzingmouse)
Paper:  Night of Navy, Real Red, Whisper White (SU)
Ink:  Kraft (Papertrey Ink); Night of Navy, Real Red, Soft Suede (SU)
Accessories:  Tag Sale Quilted die (Papertrey Ink); seam binding ribbon; baker's twine

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CAS(E) This Sketch 174!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Oops!  Totally forgot to post this Thursday morning!  Must be from lack of sleep!  Read on....

Here we are at  Thursday again.  I may have had a sleepless night last night because the night crews were out paving my street (I don't really know for sure because I'm typing this Wednesday night so I don't know if I slept good or not! LOL)!  But it's all good because Thursday means a new sketch from your friends at CAS(E) This Sketch!



I had a bunch of different ideas about how I wanted my card to go for this sketch, but then I saw the masculine theme at The Challenge and decided that using some of the colors in the inspiration photo would be perfect.  I don't have nearly enough masculine cards in my stash so any excuse to add one...


I made a card very similar to this a couple of years ago and for some reason it came to mind when I saw this sketch.  From there it was easy to pick out some of the colors from The Challenge and CASE myself with a thank you inspired card.  The sentiment was embossed first and the ink sponged around it using a stencil.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you've got some time to join us in the CAS(E) This Sketch gallery this week!

Supplies
Stamps:  Big Words (Mama Elephant)
Paper:  Sweet Tooth (My Favorite Things)
Ink:  Kraft, Smoky Shadow (Papertrey Ink); Ruby Red (SU); Versamark
Accessories:  Splatters stencil (Tim Holtz); clear embossing powder


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Freshly Made Sketches 238!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

My card for this week's challenge at Freshly Made Sketches has a few stamps on it that I haven't used in a while.  Our sketch is designed by Kim and I love all the layered shapes on it.  I replicated those layers with stamps and a few flowers  popped up on foam tape.



When I sat down to make this card I went through my stamps and came across SU's Off the Grid.  I love that stamp and for some reason I had forgotten all about it.  I decided it would make a great little base layer image.  Then I dug out another SU set that I've had for ages and hadn't used lately and added the flowers and stem.  A little sentiment in a hand-written style plus a few enamel dots and I was done!  Easy peasy.

The colors for my card come from the latest challenge at Sunday Stamps.  The inspiration photo is so beautiful with these vibrant colors.


Only a few more days until the long weekend!  Yay!  I hope to do some puttering in the garden this weekend because the weeds have already come a-calling!   Thanks for stopping by and be sure to head on over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog to see the inpsiration from the rest of the design team.  I hope you've got some time to join us in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Summer Silhouettes, Off the Grid (SU); Mini Stamp Thank You (Heidi Swapp)
Paper:  Sweet Tooth (My Favorite Things); Mossy Meadow, Whisper White (SU)
Ink:  Certainly Celery, Mossy Meadow, Pacific Point, Night of Navy (SU)
Accessories:  Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX (My Favorite Things); enamel dots (Studio Calico)

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colourQ 343!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

After a shaky start spring around these parts has turned out to be pretty nice.  Almost every day the sun is shining, the breeze is gentle and warm, and the flowers are beginning to show their pretty faces!  And speaking of flowers, some of those inspired my colourQ card this week.



Oh, what a fabulous color combo this is!  I love the gold and used a bit of washi to take care of that.  The layout for my card comes from the Sketch Saturday challenge.


The colourQ design team has put together some beautiful cards this week with these colors so be sure to check them out.  I hope to see you in the gallery!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps:  Poppy Field (Rubbernecker Stamps); Thanks (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  White Linen (Ellen Hutson); Basic Black, Cameo  Coral, Whisper White (SU)
Ink:  Cameo Coral (SU); Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Pierced Square STAX (My Favorite Things); Bitty Butterfly punch, Basic Pearls (SU); washi tape

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CAS(E) This Sketch 173!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

It's Thursday and time for a new sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch!  As I sat down at my stamping desk over the weekend and contemplated how I wanted my card to look I had a sudden vision of speech bubbles!  Never one to ignore a good vision, I went with that idea!



I did shift the focal point of the card to the opposite side to accommodate the direction of the speech bubbles and I put my sentiment a bit low - but you get the idea!  I used colors inspired by the Fusion challenge and I'm so pleased with how this came out!


Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have a chance to check out the cards from the design team at  CAS(E) This Sketch.  There is a lot of inspiration to be found there!  We'd love to see you in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Sentiment Sampler (Paper Smooches)
Paper:  Sweet Tooth (My Favorite Things); Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Real Red (SU)
Ink:  Night of Navy (SU)
Accessories:  A Birdie Told Me die (Lawn Fawn); Blueprints 13 die (My Favorite Things)

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Freshly Made Sketches 237!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

I am woefully behind on my Christmas cards this year.  Worse than usual, even!  So I took the opportunity to use Linda's new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches to add one to my meager collection.



This card, simple as it looks, gave me all sorts of trouble when I was trying to put it together.  I was using the colors from Cupcake Inspirations and the challenge at CAS Mix Up was to use stamps, heat embossing, and another thing of my choice (in my case washi tape) so I thought I'd emboss my sentiment in gold.  Bad idea.  My first three or four attempts didn't look embossed at all so I finally blamed it on a somewhat dry Versamark pad.  I finally had good luck with a gold pigment pad so I moved on to the ribbon stamps.

After I stamped the first image I found an ink smudge.  So much for adding another card to my Christmas card collection!  But the smudge was small and I knew I could edit it out so that at least it would look ok posted here.  I kept stamping away and by the time I had all those ribbons done I had about a million smudges all over the place.  I don't know where they came from, all I know is that I had to start over again.  This is the last attempt and I'm sad to report that there is a small smudge on here too, but thanks to the powers of photo editing software you can't see it!


I love this sketch and I predict that you will too and that the Freshly Made Sketches gallery this week will be filled with beautiful cards.  The FMS design team has made some beautiful cards so be sure to check them out!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps:  Holiday Bows (The Ton); Joyous Noel (Verve)
Paper:  Sweet Tooth (My Favorite Things)
Ink:  Blushing Bride, Cherry Cobbler (SU); Gold (Encore)
Accessories:  washi tape

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colourQ 342!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Happy Tuesday! And that means it's time for a new challenge at colourQ.  The colors this week are kind of bold and I got to work on my card right away with some new floral stamps.



I don't have a lot of Coastal Cabana left so I substituted another color that is a bit lighter.  I chose this color because it looked so close when I was perusing my stash of card stock but my pic makes it look so much lighter!  Rats!

The layout on my card comes from the latest Mojo challenge.  It has been ages and ages since I've played along there.  I actually checked and the last time was July 14, 2015!  How time flies!  This time around I was inspired by the tilted layers and that little round focal point, which I interpreted with my flowers.  I hemmed and hawed about adding a sentiment but decided to leave it blank so that I can use it for whatever occasion comes up in the future.


Thanks so much for stopping by and please head on over to colourQ to see what the rest of the design team has got up to with this sketch.  I hope you can play along with us!

Supplies
Stamps:  Wildflower (Concord & 9th)
Paper:  Sweet Tooth (My Favorite Things); Midnight Muse, Vellum (SU); X-Press It Blending Card; Sea Glass, Sorbet Collection (Avery Elle)
Ink:  Black Licorice (My Favorite Things); Copics
Accessories:  Inside & Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangle STAX (My Favorite Things); Leaves die (Penny Black); Black Rhinestones (KaiserCraft)

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CAS(E) This Sketch 172

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Hello Thursday! We've got a brand new sketch for you at CAS(E) This Sketch.  It's got some angular features that I tried to duplicate with some broken glass.  Take a look.




I smeared some sparkle medium across a stencil in an attempt to replicate the angular features of the focal point on the sketch.  I must have been thinking circles as I swirled the paste around because this certainly isn't a square (or a diamond for that matter)!  At least I got the sentiment in the right place!   By the way, this sparkle medium stuff is amazing.  The photo, of course, does not give it justice.  But trust me when I say that there is a lot of sparkle going on here!

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the amazing inspiration from the CAS(E) This Sketch design team.  I hope to see  you in the gallery this week!

Supplies
Paper:  Sweet Tooth (My Favorite Things); Melon Mambo (SU)
Accessories:  Many Thanks die (Ellen Hutson); Broken Glass stencil (Prima); Silver Sparkle Medium (Imagination Crafts)

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