Wednesday, 19 October 2016

52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown

There is a new challenge over at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown.  Here's the theme challenge.

Here's my card

I started with the cute deer from The Alley Way Stamps Fa-la-la stamp set. Anyone else super sad that this stamp company is no longer producing super cute stamp sets? I colored it with copics and fussy cut it. I added glossy accents to the nose - you know, to make it shiny like Rudolph's nose! To create the background, I started by using a dotted embossing folder and then die cut the panel with Simon Says STAMP Stitched Slopes and Hills die. For the sky, I used ink blending tools and distress inks (tumbled glass and salty ocean). The sentiment is from Paper Smooches' Christmas Sampler stamp set.

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Sunday, 16 October 2016

Calling All Sistahs Blog Hop - October Edition

Calling All Sistahs is a campaign started by Michele Gross of CAS-ual Fridays Stamps after her discovery of breast cancer.   The idea behind it is to remind our sistahs to do their monthly self exams and annual mammograms.  Michele designed the Calling All Sistahs collection during her cancer treatment and is now donating 50% of her profits from that line to National Breast Cancer Foundation.  This is an important reminder for all my sistahs.

Did you know that 1 in 8 women in the US and 1 in 9 women in Canada will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. Look around, do you see 8 (or 9) women? Think about it, on average, one of them will develop breast cancer. It's up to us to do something to do what we can to reduce that incidence. Annual mammograms and monthly self exams are one way for us to take an active role. This is your monthly reminder.

Michele is being super generous by offering to the winner, the new release from CASual Fridays, including a new Calling All Sistahs style stamp those leaving comments on the various stops of the blog hop. Only the comments left before 12:00am on the 19th of October will be considered for the great prize.

We'd love to have you join us on this important Blog Hop. So, next month, the Calling All Sistahs' Blog Hop will require the use of any CASual Fridays product, no longer restricted to the Calling All Sistahs' product line. Won't you join us and help us to spread the word?

Here's a list of those participating in this month's blog hop where the theme is to encourage a sistah!

Cas-ual Fridays Stamps


Kara Stainbrook

Kelly Griglione

Kimberly Rendino

Laurel Beard

Lisa Lahiff

Lori Kobular

Lori McAree

Lydia Evans

Nora Noll

Penny Ward

Rahmat Gouse

Sandi Pressley

Shona Chambers

Sue Nagata (that's me, and you're here!)

Vicki Dutcher

Heather North

Here's my card

I started with Kite Stencil's Aladdin's Screen stencil. I added different shades of pink with ink blending tools. I matted this panel with a bright pink. For the sentiment, I used my MISTI (who was I to think that I didn't need this tool?). The sentiment is from CAS-ual Fridays' Calling All Sistahs stamp set. I matted the sentiment using the same bright pink as the card matte using a Spellbinders die. It felt that the card needed a bit more, so I added some sheer pink ribbon.

Next on the blog hop is Vicki Dutcher

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Friday, 14 October 2016

a2z Scrapbooking Post

The current challenge at a2z Scrapbooking is


Here is my card and a link to my post

I was trying to be a bit of an over-achiever and using a color layering stamp and with several layers of cardstock and a layer of a lace/weave/ribbon-thingy.

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Tuesday, 11 October 2016

52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown

Who doesn't love a color challenge, especially with non-traditional Christmas colors? Not me! Over at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown, the current color challenge is

Here's my card

I masked off the top 0.5" and bottom 3.25" with post-it tape. I added the colour with ink blending tools and distress inks (broken china and twisted citron) in a random manner. I carefully removed the post-it tape. I used a stamp set from Unity Stamps - Ornamental Season, stamped with Hero Arts shadow ink - Charcoal. I used both the main image and the sentiment from this stamp set.

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Friday, 7 October 2016

52 (Christmas) Card Throwdown

As the weather is getting cooler, it's starting to feel like Christmas is indeed coming. What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than to make Christmas cards. I found a new challenge (who doesn't need a new challenge) to expand my Christmas card collection, it's at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown

This week's challenge is a sketch challenge. Here's the versatile sketch.

Here's my card

I started with by cutting out a 2 3/8" circle from a scrap piece of paper to use as a mask. To add some definition to the circle, I used distress ink (pumice stone) applied with an ink blending tool.The sentiment is from Simon Says STAMP Holly Jolly stamp set. The holly is from Catherine Pooler's Holiday Magic Stamp of Approval box, Holiday Flourishes from The Ton.

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Monday, 3 October 2016

Simon Says STAMP Wednesday Challenge

Well, since Saturday was World Cardmaking Day, I had to make at least, one card. I like how this card turned out.

The current challenge at Simon Says STAMP Wednesday Challenge is

Anything Goes

Here's my card

So, when this Simon Says STAMP One With Nature stamp set came out, However, this is the first time that I actually took it out of its packaging. Perhaps, I should have waited for one of Darnell's NBUS challenges! I stamped the trees on green patterned paper and then fussy cut them out. I like the added interest that the printed paper gives to the trees. The sentiment is by Catherine Pooler - Butterfly Notes. A little ribbon and bow and a thin black mat completed the card.

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Sunday, 2 October 2016

Freshly Made Sketches #256

Did you know that yesterday was World Cardmaking Day? Well, yes, most (if not all of you) who are here visiting of course, knew that! I was fortunate enough to be away at a weekend craft retreat where I was able to make a few cards.

For the current challenge at Freshly Made Sketches, here is the sketch

Here is my card

I started with Tim Holtz' Latticework stencil with ink daubers and distress inks (ripe persimmon, picked raspberry and peacock feathers) applied in a random fashion. I cut the panel into a banner. The sentiment is from Simon Says STAMP Flower Friend stamp set. Completed the card with a small bow and teal coloured background.

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