Tuesday, March 5, 2024

A Friend Like You


A new sketch for you to try!

Visit Try a Sketch On Tuesday to see the rest of the design team inspiration for this Sketch #642. TSOT sketch challenges run for two weeks.

My card used the Mod Layering Leaves stencil from Simon Says Stamp and Altenew Green Valley inks. I chose the ink colors to go with some card scraps I had in my stash. I stenciled on the darker piece with white pigment ink and embossed and fussy cut. The sentiment is from My Creative Time Friendship set. The center die cut is Daisies & Leaves from Simon Says Stamp.

Hope to see your creations at TSOT!

Saturday, March 2, 2024

Spring! (almost)

 The theme this week at Allsorts challenge # 770 is SPRING or the Anything Goes option if you prefer.

                                     Prizes from AALL and Create and Aldridge Crafts

My card uses a new to me die - Crocus Floral Window - from Simon Says Stamp.  I ink blended a sunrise on the panel behind and stamped a greeting from Gina K Designs. The weather in my neck of the woods has been wildly swinging between winter and spring.  But patience...we know it will arrive soon. :-)  Meanwhile, keep crafting!  

Monday, February 26, 2024

Best Birthday

                      Good Morning!

          Sketch #566 at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge provided me with an opportunity to use a Gel plate background made earlier this week with stencils, stamps and acrylic paints.  I backed it with heavier card stock and cut it in strips.  The leaf piece was in my folder from an earlier paint session. I stamped the Gina K Designs sentiment with Distress Oxide inks to try to replicate the paint colors.

It really does make me happy when a sketch inspires me to cut into those backgrounds.  They are too much fun to stay in a box.

Hope you will be inspired and will share your creation at AHSC this week.

Saturday, February 24, 2024

Northern Cardinal


This week at Allsorts the challenge theme is THINGS THAT FLY or you may use the Anything Goes option if you prefer.

There are prizes for this month's challenges from AALL and Create and Aldridge Crafts

My stash of 'flying' stamps is very limited - I have lots of different beautiful butterflies, but only a few birds and I have used both the butterflies and hummingbird in my most recent posts. So I attempted to water color the Tim Holtz Cardinal die.  As I have painted it, this is a female Northern Cardinal. (I used Google images to find some color inspiration.)  The branches are heavily trimmed pieces from Altenew's Leaf Canopy set.  I need a lot of practice with my water coloring. haha!  But it was good exercise.  

Hope to see your creations on the Allsorts blog!

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Slim Deco

               Try A Sketch On Tuesday has a new challenge!

This challenge will run from February 20-March 5th at TSOT

My card used Altenew stamps and dies.  The floral is Glowing Gardenia stamp, layering stencil, and die bundle. The Deco Frame die and and Essential Sentiments die were cut from purple card stock that somehow photographs much darker. This is a mini-slim line card.

The team loves seeing your creations!

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Use Pink!

 It is my week to select the theme at Allsorts - so for challenge #768 I would like to see PINK projects. Though you may always choose the Anything Goes option.

There are marvelous prizes to be drawn at the end of the month from AALL and Create and Lavinia

My inspiration for you used many different products:                                                               
My Favorite Things  Best Friend  background stamp for aperture background                       Altenew Budding Wallpaper stamp and die Mini Delight set                                                     Gina K Designs Friendly Silhouettes sentiment stamp; ML 7 & ML9 for dies                        Provo Craft Swiss Dots embossing folder

Looking forward to seeing your creations on the Allsorts blog!

Monday, February 12, 2024

Friends & Coffee

 Happy Monday!  

There is a new sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. I made my design team inspiration for you with my dear friend in mind. We meet most Saturday mornings for coffee and lots of conversation. We both rely on this session for laughter and real friend-therapy. This will go in the mail to her today :-)

The stamps and coordinating dies used are from Gina K Designs latest kit, and this set is titled Coffee Critters. I colored with Copic markers. The embossing folder used is Spellbinders, Tiled Hearts. Patterned paper from my stash.

Hope to see you at the Atlantic Hearts blog this week!