Sunday, March 24, 2019


You can never have enough birthday cards in your stash...especially for masculine recipients! I am playing along with Just Us Girls where it's photo week and I was inspired by the balloons and birthday theme!  I'm also using the sketch for the Sketch Saturday Challenge. 

I started with a base of Yupo paper with alcohol inks swiped
horizontally for a subtle striped effect.  Unfortunately, I nearly covered it all up so it's difficult to see the striped variations of color. I used scraps of cardstock that blended with the alcohol inks then hand doodled strings onto the balloons.  

STAMPS: Whole Shebang (CAS-ual Fridays).
INK: Versafine Onyx Black (stamped x 3 using MISTI).
DIES: Stitched Squares and Rectangle STAX (My Favorite Things); Balloons (Simon Says Stamp).

Are you enjoying the March Madness of all the basketball games throughout the US?  Our two top teams are playing later today (UVA and VA Tech), so I'll be getting into cheer mode then! Hopefully, they will make it into the Sweet Sixteen group of teams!

Paper Players #434

Hello and happy Sunday to all! It's sketch week at The Paper Players challenge and Joanne has a really fun layout for us! I started with choosing a panel of alcohol inked Yupo paper.  The emerald green and dark blue inks and gold mixative resulted in this rather intense marbled look.  A simple Prim Poppy die (Memory Box) cut from shiny gold card stock was the only embellishment.  

I recently ordered a newly released sentiment stamp set - Anything-But-Basic Encouragement - by My Favorite Things.  This particular sentiment is probably my favorite of the set...perfect for sending a random card to brighten someone's day!

We'd love to have you join in this challenge!  For more inspiration from the rest of the talented design team, please check out their creations HERE.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

He Is Risen

Hope everyone is having a super Saturday! We're in the middle of Lent meaning Easter is right around the corner and I'm needing several more cards for my stash. In the last Reverse Confetti newsletter, Kathy Schweinfurth gave us a suggested color palette - Rose, Olive, Iced Aqua, Dark Roast, Buttercup - so this is my take on it.  I'm also using the sketch for the current Tuesday Morning Sketches challenge and was also inspired by the polka dots in the Tag, You're It challenge. I immediately went for the whimsical florals in RC's Petals 'n Posies set. I'm also entering this into RC's March Stock Your Stash challenge where we are to use an Easter/Spring theme.

I tweaked the stripes in the sketch a bit and used the Triple Chevies die set by RC for a similar concept. 

Here's a list of what I used:
STAMPS: Easter Blessing, Petals 'n Posies - Reverse Confetti.
PAPER: Stone, Iced Aqua, Dark Roast (RC); White (PTI). 
INK: Rose, Olive, Buttercup (RC); Versafine Onyx Black.
DIES: Triple Chevies, Tag Me, Leafy, Petals 'n Posies - RC.

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Friday, March 22, 2019

Oceans of Joy

 While it was snowing up a storm yesterday afternoon, I was creating this beachy keen card for The Card Concept challenge and for CAS(E) This Sketch challenge!  I'll have to admit, those triangles stumped me a bit, so I went with a smaller triangle collage in the background using an image from WPlus9's Just Geometrics: Triangles stamp set. All of the ink colors were distress oxide inks.

What did I use? 

STAMPS: Color Layering Seahorse (Hero Arts); Just Geometrics: Triangles (WPlus9).
PAPER: X-Press It Blending Card.
INK: Tumbled Glass Antique Linen, Abandoned Coral, Frayed Burlap, Tea Dye, Walnut Stain - all distress oxide inks by Ranger.
OTHER: Dew drop embellishments; Watercolor Stripes stencil by Altenew.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Paper Craft Crew Sketch

It's a very cloudy and rainy/snowy day...just perfect to get a lot of crafting done 'cause gloom isn't conducive for getting any cleaning done - lol! I wanted to use the sketch for the new Paper Craft Crew Challenges, so went with a masculine birthday card using Stampin' Up products. I started with die cutting the gears then colored in the car with Copics (G12, BG72, C1, C2) after stamping with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on X-Press It Blending Card paper. The headlights and windows have Glossy Accents added to them.

Here's what I used...
STAMPS: Geared Up Garage (Stampin' Up).
PAPER: Classic Garage 6x6" designer series paper, True Black (PTI).
DIES: Garage Gears Thinlits (SU), Stitched Sentiment Strips (MFT).
OTHER: Washi tape, Sequins, Glossy Accents.

Fusion Card Challenge

It's time for another Fusion Card Challenge and I was definitely influenced by the eye chart and the black and white stripes in the photo!  I also used the sketch with some minor tweaking by using a rectangle instead of the second circle (I HAD to use this eye chart sentiment - lol!).  I love using a pop of yellow with black and white, so went with it.

STAMPS: Eye Charts (My Favorite Things).
PAPER: Black and White Stripes 6x6" pad (MFT); Classique: Beauty by Authentique.
INK: Versafine Onyx Black.
DIES: Geek is Chic (MFT), Stitched Fishtail Flags, Stitched Circle and Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-Namics (MFT).

For more inspiration, be sure to check out what the rest of the design team has created.. Barb Ghigliotty, Jeanne Jachna, Jen Mitchell, Karren Johnson, Linda Callahan, Lyndal Higgins , Michelle Leone, Michelle Lupton, Wanda Cullen (you are here). Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you in the Fusion gallery!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Hatbox and Gingham

A fun card using a backdrop of gingham with this great new Reverse Confetti image from their newly released Hatbox Florals stamp set with matching dies! I'm using the fun new sketch by Jacquie for Freshly Made Sketches and am also playing along with the gingham theme on the Double D Challenges blog

Images were colored with Copics: Y00, Y02, Y06, Y08, YG21, YG25, YG25, YG93, YG95.

The tiny black squares are from My Favorite Things' Stitched
Square STAX Die-Namics.  The sentiment (Thanks and Hello Word Duos by RC) was cut three times and adhered together to give more dimension. I again used a pop of yellow (one of my faves!) with the black and white gingham paper from Bazzill Basics 'Licorice' patterned paper pad.

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