Monday, May 30, 2022

AHSC #475 You're Beautiful


Good morning! Monday is new sketch time for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

This one is a bit different - sketch #475 looked like a quilt to me, so I made many 1/2" strips from some pieces from my patterned paper box. Most are bits from Simon Says kits. I arranged them on a panel following the sketch design and then trimmed it down to mat on a black piece. The stamped sentiment is from an Altenew set, and the die cut from Simon Says. Butterflies were cut with punches.  

I'm excited to see what fun creative ways this sketch is interpreted. Hope you will play along!

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Allsorts "Anything but a Birthday'

 This week at Allsorts - Challenge #678 Anything but a Birthday

My design team inspiration uses a new Paint-a-Flower: Magnolia Rustica from Altenew stamped several times in black to fill the panel and once again on another piece that I colored with Altenew Artist Markers and fussy cut. I also cut out a rectangle from the back panel and put in back in place with foam tape. The sentiment is from the same set, and a few sequins for sparkle.

There are two fabulous prizes for the challenge this week at Allsorts:  Paper Boutique 8x8 Sunflowers paper pad and Tattered Lace Cut & Emboss Sweetpeas

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

TSOT 557 Congrats

 Happy to share my design team inspiration card for Sketch #557 at  Try Stampin' On Tuesday!  

It's time for graduations and I will need a few cards this year. My card uses some paper from My Favorite Things, a stencil from Brutus Monroe used to emboss, stamps from a long retired Close To My Heart set called Blue Ribbon, a star punch, and a sentiment die from Impression Obsession. And, of course, some sparkly confetti from Pretty Pink Posh.  I did use the 'Congrats' option with the sketch.

I hope you will check out the rest of the Design Team creations at TSOT and play along with the sketch and perhaps the option to use Congrats as well!

Saturday, May 21, 2022



New design for the bi-weekly challenge at Sketch Saturday.

My design team card uses some patterned paper from my stash and the new Altenew Mini-Delight stamp and die set, You're a Classic. And some twine for that sketch element.  Nuvo drops provide embellishment accents  This is a very fun set to stamp. I used several reds and blues to get some shading on the cars. I ink blended the same colors on scraps of white before cutting out the sentiment die included in the set.

I hope you will play along with  sketch #701

Happy Birthday Allsorts!

 An amazing challenge and Birthday celebration at Allsorts!  They will celebrate 13 years with 13 wonderful prizes.  The main prize will be Sizzix and Paper Boutique colored card, DP's and Scrapbook kit.

Plus stamps from various makers, and three images from Ruth Hamilton Design.

 I hope you will check the Design Team inspiration and join us in celebrating crafting!

For my card I ink blended a birthday candle stencil from Brutus Monroe. After cutting with a stitched square, I tied a bit of white and gold twine and matted my 'gift package' on some shimmer card stock and foam popped it on the blue card base. The candle flames were enhanced with a shimmer pen, and sentiment from Gina K Designs was gold heat embossed.

Monday, May 16, 2022

Lending a hand AHSC 473


Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge has a new one for you today!

I used paper from My Favorite things for the card base front. The inside panel  4"x2 3/4" was given a light blend of ink and then I gold embossed a pattern from Concord & 9th Painted Shapes set.  The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Big Thanks Words set.  I added some tiny flowers punched and tiny leaves die cut using Mama Elephant Botanic Envelope dies.

I am hostess for a large tea this Thursday, and made several of these as thank you cards for my helpers.

Hope you will play along!

                                              lots of shine from embossing and gold confetti

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Allsorts Sparkles!

 A fun new theme at Allsorts begins today with challenge #676 "Add Some Sparkle"

There are two prizes for this challenge: a store voucher for WOWVOW and two Paper Boutique stencils.

I added my sparkle with a gold embossed sentiment, gold gel pen flower centers, gold thread and some gold confetti embellishments.  Coloring the panel was a very pleasant way to spend the rainy day. It looks like fancy patterned paper, but I got lots of alcohol ink blending practice!


Products used:   CAS-ual Friday floral stamp                                                                                                                        Altenew Artists Markers; gold thread                                                                                                            Gina K Designs sentiment and die

Please get out your sparkly products and have some fun. Link up HERE so we can see what you create!


Some exciting upcoming celebration at Allsorts! 

Monday, May 9, 2022

Z Fold Thanks

New sketch at Try Stampin' On Tuesday!   

Sketch  #555 has an optional theme to use pastels.

This one is fantastic - so many ideas for this and went with a Z Fold card first.  I didn't use the pastel option for this card.

Check out the rest of the Design Team inspiration. We hope you will join us at TSOT!

The Gina K Designs sentiment was stamped in Versafine Magestic Blue and cut with the coordinating die.  This set, Thank You Greetings, has several sentiments that fit in the banner.  I used a border punch, and stamped and cut the flowers and butterfly with Fab Flowers set from Lawn Fawn. The paper is from my scrap stash.

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Crafty Notes

New at Sketch Saturday!  Sketch #700 - option to try distressing.

I have created my inspiration for you with a new set to me - Gina K Designs Crafty Notes. I masked some card and ink blended a rainbow of color and cut out with a stitched rectangle. The stamped images were colored with Copics and cut with the coordinating dies. I did a light ink distressing around the sentiment.  A fun colorful card for a crafty friend.

I hope you will link up your take on the sketch

Hanging Garden Die

The new challenge theme at Allsorts is to create using your favorite stamps or dies.  The sponsor for this week is Oakwood Direct offering two prizes - a surprise craft pack and a stencil.  I hope you will play along with Allsorts #675!

 Currently, my favorite stamps and dies are from Gina K Designs and Altenew.  My card today uses the Hanging Gardens die from Altenew cut from a mat gold card stock.  Die cuts are a wonderful way to finish a background piece.  My panel on the left was created using a very fun technique from Chrissy Stokes. She has a video HERE about inking with tissue paper and then crunching it up on the card stock. Once dry you lightly rub with Luster Wax.

The right side was stamped with a very old text stamp in Old Paper Distress Oxide, and splattered Black Soot. The sentiment is from Gina K's Bitty Botanicals.


Monday, May 2, 2022

Spring Thanks

 It's always a happy Monday because of a new sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!

Sketch #471 inspired me to create a mini-slimline card. I was cleaning my workspace and found some pretty snippets I just couldn't throw away. One was perfect for the lone rectangle on the left. The rest was done with CTMH paper stash and Gina K Designs Spring Greetings and Painted Blossoms set. I did a bit of stenciling on the green patterned paper and white circle with a Gina K stencil.

You can see the creations of my design team colleagues on Wednesday on the AHSC site.

Hope you will get crafty and share your creation with us at AHSC this week!