Friday, 12 February 2016


And it's Friday evening... :)  I took some time this evening to do a bit of coloring and once I was finished, I decided to make it into a card.  This card is for the cat/dog challenge at Paper Players, the sketch at Retro Sketches and the colors at Sunday Stamps.

I stamped and colored the wee dog using Copics, then used an old towel and some colorless blender to give him some texture.  He was then mounted onto a white panel using foam tape, onto which I'd stamped part of the sentiment and die-cut the rest.

The Schoolhouse Red layer was sponged with a stencil to add some interest.  When I originally went to write my blog post for this card, I realised I'd forgotten the flags in the top right corner of the sketch, so I quickly went back to my craft room to rectify that problem.  The close-up photo was taken before that correction:

Thanks for visiting.

Products used:

Stamps:  You Are Pawesome
Ink:  Black Licorice Hybrid (MFT), Schoolhouse Red
Cardstock:  Desert Storm, Dark Chocolate, Schoolhouse Red, X-Press It, White, Slate
Dies:  Cat and Dog Pawsome, Stitched Flags (SugarPea Designs)
Accessories:  Scribble Script stencil (Donna Downey), Copics, button


Thursday, 11 February 2016

Espresso my Gratitude

Hi and apologies for the late post!  A long weekend just past has played havoc with my working week and I'm a day behind!

Here's the fabulous sketch this week for the SugarPea Designs Sketch Challenge.

I flipped the sketch on its side and used some new goodies on my card this week:

I colored the cup and saucer last week as part of Kathy Rac's Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge and I really like the blue color, so decided to stick with blue, brown and soft grey for my color scheme.  To match the blue Copics I used, I pulled out some Blue Jay ink by SSS and smooshed it onto some white card to make the vertical panel.

The cup and saucer were adhered onto a Zig Zag Stitched Circle die using foam tape.  I also used the new Espresso Yourself set and Coffee Words dies for the sentiment, which I placed onto two flags cut from the Stitched Flags die set.

Some die-cut coffee beans finished the card.

Thanks for visiting.  Be sure to check out the rest of the design team's fabulous creations with this fun sketch.

  • Create a new card or project using the sketch provided.
  • SugarPea Designs stamps are NOT required to play along or to win but would be appreciated :)
  • You may rotate/flip the sketch & replace shapes – so long as the original sketch layout is recognizable.
  • Upload to your blog or other Online Gallery using Keyword: SPDSS40 so that we may check out your beautiful work.
  • One randomly selected winner will receive a $25 Gift Certificate to the SugarPea Designs store. However, if the winning entry features a SugarPea Designs stamp we will increase the prize to $75!
  • We will announce our Sweet Picks and our Main Winner at the end of each month.
  • The more times you play along during the month, the better chance you have of winning!
Be sure to visit the rest of the design team - they have some wonderful inspiration for you:

Products used:

Stamps:  Caffeine Addict, Espresso Yourself (SugarPea Designs)
Ink:  Blue Jay, Memento Tuxedo Black, Dark Chocolate
Cardstock:  Fog, White, Dark Chocolate, X-Press It
Dies:  Coffee Words, Zig Zag Stitched Circles Dies, Stitched Flags (SugarPea Designs)
Accessories:  Copics


Rock Candy Flower

Hi!  This post is late but we've had a long weekend and I'm a day behind all week :)  Our sketch artist at Freshly Made Sketches is the lovely and talented Amy O'Neill and she has a wonderful sketch for us.

And here's my card:

For my card, I decided to use a leaf die for the diagonal strips.  I pulled out the gorgeous Single Roses die and after blending various inks together, I die-cut both the flower and the leaves.  I then covered the pieces with liquid adhesive and dipped them into Rock Candy Distress Glitter.

They were mounted onto a black circle and then onto a Soft Stone layer and the white card base.  The sentiment comes from Avery Elle's Party Animal set.

Be sure to check out the rest of the design team's gorgeous creations.

Thanks for visiting.

Products used:  Stamps:  Party Animal (Avery Elle)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Twisted Citron, Crushed Olive, Squeezed Lemonade, Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade
Cardstock:  White, black, Soft Stone, Watercolor
Dies:  Single Roses (SSS), Pierced Circle Stax, Blueprints 21 (MFT)
Accessories:  Tim Holtz Rock Candy Distress Glitter, Rainstones (PTI)


Monday, 8 February 2016

Silver Love

Hi, again!  This is my third post today, but the linky at CASology is closing and I want to link my card to that challenge.

I just had to make a card for this week's challenge at Less Is More - white on white is such a hard challenge, but so beautiful!  I went for a love card and am also linking it to the current Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge, CAS on Sunday and AAA Cards - the latter two both have love/Valentine themed challenges.  For Tic-Tac-Toe I'm using the top row - Love, Shimmer and Hearts.

It's hard to see in the photo, but I've white embossed cascading hearts all down the front panel of this card.  You can see them slightly better in the close-up photo below.  I adhered two strips of silver glimmer paper down each side of the panel then used craft foam as a backing and mounted it onto a white card base.  I also adhered some white cardstock to some craft foam before die-cutting the sentiment.

It's so hard to photograph white-on-white card, but trust me when I say this is much prettier IRL :)

Thanks for visiting.  It's back to work for me tomorrow, but at least it's a short week!  It's been so nice having a long weekend.

For your blog

"Less is More"

Products used:

Stamps:  Charming Cascades (CTMH)
Ink:  Versamark
Cardstock:  White, silver glimmer
Dies:  Little Letters (MFT), You (SSS)
Accessories:  Craft Foam, White EP


Edited to Add: This card got a shout out at CASology.

Critter Love

Hi and welcome back for my second card today!  I'm rushing to get this posted as I just realised the linky at Mojo Monday closes in two hours!

This card was made for the following challenges:  Mojo Monday; Just Us Girls and Sweet Stampin' Challenge.

I'll be quick with my explanation :)  I stamped and Copic-colored the adorable little dog holding his rose, then die-cut both the image panel and a Smoke panel using pierced square dies.  I cut a Slate layer and die-cut the top and bottom with a Basic Stitch Lines die.  The image panel is popped up with foam tape.  The Smoke panel was lightly sponged with Smoke ink and a grid stencil to add interest.  Finally, I colored the rose with Wink of Stella.

Thanks for visiting.

Sweet Stampin' Challenge Blog

Products used:

Stamps:  Critter Party (Penny Black), KIS Valentine (PTI)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black, Smoke
Cardstock:  White, Smoke, Slate, X-Press it
Dies:  Pierced Square Stax dies, Basic Stitch Lines (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, Wink of Stella, Large Grid Stencil (MFT)


Big Thanks

Hi!  I made this card late last night and while the background came together quickly, the front panel took a bit longer as I couldn't decide what to put in it.  This is version 3.0:

I used Linda's sketch at Pals Paper Arts and the current challenge at Pinterest Inspired Challenge.  I wanted a long narrow front panel but couldn't find anything appropriate to fit, so ended up with this sentiment and lots of white space :)

For my background panel, I took a piece of watercolor paper and white embossed the Worn Grid stamp from Unity.  I then used Sonja's controlled watercolor technique to apply ink.  I used several distress inks, trying to match the colors of the inspiration picture.  Once it was dry, it looked a bit patchy so I went over the whole thing with Tumbled Glass ink to give it some cohesion, then went round the edges with Vintage Photo ink before die-cutting it with an angled die.

I layered that onto a black card base and put another thin strip of black on the bottom panel to match the sketch.  The sentiment was stamped with High Dive ink and layered onto a black panel.  I finished with some dark grey enamel dots.

I'm also entering this into Stampin' Royalty's Card for Guys challenge.  This is my second entry there.


Wear Our Badge

Thanks for visiting.

Products used:

Stamps:  Worn Grid (Unity), Big Thanks (CAS-ual Fridays)
Ink:  Versamark, High Dive, Scattered Straw, Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, Faded Jeans, Hickory Smoke, Vintage Photo
Cardstock:  Black, white, watercolor
Dies:  Blueprints 18
Accessories:  White EP, enamel dots


Edited to Add:  This card got a shout out at Pals Paper Arts.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Oriental Happiness

Hi, I had so much fun making this card!  The theme at The Male Room is "Oriental" and it gave me the opportunity to pull out some unmounted plates I've had since the early 2000's from a stamp company called Non Sequitur.  I'm also linking to the "Cards for Guys" challenge at Stampin' Royalty.

I started by making the vertical panel by sponging various distress inks onto a piece of white cardstock.  I then used the Crocodile stencil and Pumice Stone ink to add a bit of interest, before flicking some water onto the panel.  Once I was happy with the result, I sponged Vintage Photo around the edges before stamping the Asian Text image three times down the panel, using my Misti for placement.

The panel was then layered onto some black cardstock and then onto a Neenah Desert Storm card base.  I then went looking for an Asian-looking sentiment and found the Ori Kami set by Altenew.  I stamped the sentiment onto the card base using black ink then stamped the bird onto a piece of white card onto which I'd smooshed Blueprint Sketch ink and then flicked water on.  I fussy cut the bird and adhered him using foam tape.

Thanks for visiting.

Wear Our Badge

Before I go, my son asked me to post his first attempt at watercoloring.  This is an Art Impressions image and he found some cheap, old watercolors of mine and wanted to try them out.  Not too bad for a first attempt :)

Products used:

Stamps:  Oriental Love Letters plate (Non Sequitur), Ori Kami (Altenew)
Ink:  Ranger Archival Black, Cracked Pistachio, Tumbled Glass, Blueprint Sketch, Peacock Feathers, Pumice Stone, Vintage Photo Distress Inks
Cardstock:  Desert Storm, white, black
Accessories:  Crocodile stencil (Tim Holtz)