Monday, June 13, 2016

FMS238 and CTS#176

I'm so pleased... Playing along with sketches this week inspired me to get my Father's Day cards done a whole week ahead! {Even the insides are finished!!!} Here's the Freshly Made Sketches sketch:

And here's my card:

Yes, I realize you probably wonder how I came up with that card from the sketch! It was totally inspired by it though! Those long bars reminded me of the trees in the Wonderland stamp set that I've never had a chance to ink up... I was going to put my father's day sentiment popped up on a smaller shape but I didn't have the right shape of sentiment and besides I really like this sentiment from stampin up's Delightful Dozen stamp set. So there you have it... My inspiration from FMS238.  I decided to link up anyways, even if it's not the best copy of the sketch! 

Next up! 
Here's the CAS{E} This Sketch  challenge:

And here's my card:

I realize this isn't a perfect interpretation of the sketch either but again, the card was totally inspired by it.  I loved the curved banner on the sketch! I used a straight banner die and just trimmed the top and bottom to a curve. 
The burlap is a scrap of ribbon that I couldn't throw away because "it might work on a card sometime..." SO GLAD to finally get it off of my desk! 

The leaves are from the Papertrey Branching Out die. I trimmed off one of the leaves that would've covered the word Father and doodled on the rest with my Old Olive marker. The Kraft paper is embossed with the Papertrey Woodgrain cover plate. 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Saturday, June 4, 2016


I love the colors of the TGIF challenge.
Here's the challenge:
And here's my card:
I used my aqua painter and Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie reinkers to create the background. After it was dry I embossed the thank you in gold over the top. I've tried embossing before I watercolor the background but then I have problems with the ink pooling up in the grooves of the embossing. My background paper is Melon Mambo textured cardstock from my stash. I know... It's been a looong time since that was available! Let's just say I have a few supplies on hand that I need to use up! 
Thanks for stopping by! 

Stampin Up Thank You stamp 
Melon Mambo textured cardstock and Watercolor paper 
Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie reinkers 
Versamark ink pad & gold embossing powder

Thursday, June 2, 2016

GDP038 and Sail On Curtain Call Challenge

I love the clean & simple sketch over at Global Design Project this week... Just my style! I'm also playing along at Curtain Call Challenge.
Here's the sketch:
And the challenge:

And here's my card:

I tried "bokeh" for the first time... After my watercoloring had dried I stamped the bubbles above the whale with white. 
The banner from Stampin Up Bitty Banners wasn't quite as long as I wanted so I ran it halfway through the Big Shot, moved it over and ran it halfway through from the other direction. 
The easiest way I've found to do watercoloring is to put a drop of reinker on an acrylic block and then use Stampin Up aqua painters to "paint"  it on watercolor cardstock. 
Thanks for stopping by! 

Stamps - Papertrey Keep Swimming and Birthday Basics 
Dies - Papertrey Keep Swimming, Papertrey Linen embossing plate and Stampin Up Bitty Banners 
Ink - Black Stazon and Stampin Up Craft White 
Paper - Pool Party and Watercolor paper 
Reinkers {for watercoloring} - Pool Party, Island Indigo, Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze  

Monday, May 30, 2016

PPA302 and cQc#343

I've been itching to ink up this cute little whale from Papertrey... I finally had time to make some cards today!  I had fun using the sketch challenge over at Pals Paper Arts. I'll update later with card details... I'm wanting to get more cards made while I have a day at home! 

I liked the sketch well enough that I made another card with it! 😊 I loved the colors of the ColourQ challenge so I went with those.

The next card is one I had made several months ago and never uploaded... I used a slightly different layout for it. The polka dot paper is some that I printed out myself. I was wanting a background with tiny random polka dots and couldn't find paper like it anywhere! If you would like the file to print some yourself, let me know in the comments and I'll email it to you. 

Thanks so much for stopping by! 


Hi! Here's my card for Freshly Made Sketches FMS238... 
Thanks for stopping by!

Cardstock - Watercolor cardstock, Gold foil and Crisp Cantalope (Stampin' Up!)
Dies - Greetings Thinlits (Stampin' Up!), leaves (Papertrey), Linen embossing plate (Papertrey)
Punch - Martha Stewart flower punch
Ink (re-inkers) - pool party, rose red {on the flower}
Other -  Aqua painters (Stampin Up), Gold sequins

Friday, June 26, 2015


I was inspired by the sketch at Pals Paper Arts this week...


Here's my card...

Thanks so much for stopping by!


-Stamp Sets-
Flower Patch (item #134207)
Crazy About You (item #137137)
Papillon Potpourri (item #123759)

-Dies and Punches-
Hello You Thinlits (item #137363)
Flower Fair Framelits (item #133731)
Bitty Butterfly Punch (item #129406)

Pool Party (item #122924)
 Whisper White (item #100730)
Calypso Coral (item #122925)
White Vellum (item #101856)
Gold foil sheets (item #132622)

Calypso Coral (item #126983)
VersaMark (item #102283)

Gold Embossing Powder (item #109129)
Embossing Buddy (item #103083)

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Guest Stamper for Mary Fish!

Hello again! It's been a loooong time! I am so happy to be a guest on Mary Fish's Stampin' Pretty blog. She has to be the best upline ever! :) Mary thought my project might generate a few questions so I'll try to answer some of them up front. Feel free to comment here or email me if you have more questions...

I have loved owls since I was a little girl (fussing with my older brother and sister over who got to use my mom's one and only Owl mug for their hot chocolate!!) and I am excited that owls are so popular now! After seeing some CUTE owl bookends in a catalog I decided to try making some stuffed owls myself... so I made up a pattern and after changing it up a bit, I came up with this owl. I love that Stampin' Up has coordinating fabric and buttons... It definitely makes it easier! For this owl I used the Twitterpated fabric collection from the Occasions Mini Catalog and the cherry cobbler buttons from the regals button package... I cut the owl out using my pattern and then appliqued the belly, eyes, beak and wing insets. Next I sewed on the button eyes and then sewed her all together, leaving an opening in the back for stuffing her. Last I hand stitched the opening shut and she's all ready for hugs! :)

For the card, I pulled out my Fox & Friends stamp set... I inked the owl in soft suede and used the riding hood red marker to color her feet, then stamped it on white cardstock and cut her out. The owls is popped up with dimensionals. I used the bird punch for the branch. I punched one in early espresso and one in old olive. I then cut the leaves off the old olive branch and glued them onto the espresso branch. The background is pretty in pink cardstock that I ran through my BigShot with the perfect polka dots embossing folder.

By the way, I am hoping to get some owls made and into my Etsy shop TheOwlHutch... I've just been too busy at my house lately to get it done!

Here is the picture that inspired my owls. :) These little darlings are from Pottery Barn. :)


For the Owl:
Twitterpated Fabric (Occasions Mini catalog item #125412)
Designer buttons - regals collection (item #119744)
Red fabric (scrap pile!)
Stuffing - poly fiber fill from JoAnn's
WonderUnder for appliqueing belly and eyes

For the card:
Cardstock - pretty in pink, riding hood red, whisper white, old olive, early espresso
Ink - early espresso, soft suede, riding hood red (marker)
Stamp sets - Fox & Friends - item #118565 (clear mount) and 117020 (wood mount)
Bring on the Cake - item #121899 (wood mount) and 121958 (clear mount)
Other - Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder - item #117335
Bird Punch - item #117191
Lucky Limeade ruffled ribbon - item #122977
Corner Rounder - item #119871