Monday, August 21, 2017

When Peace Like A River...Hymn Blocks


 Hi Friends!

I hope all of you had a great weekend! Today I am sharing a card designed with the new Hymn Blocks Clear Stamp Set (designed by NinaB Designs) available at Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps.

The Hymn Blocks Clear Stamp Set includes some of my favorites hymns and I think that they will work so well for many different occasions.


If you have not had a chance to visit the above challenge sites or SNSS Blog/FB Page yet, I encourage you to do so- wonderful inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). Ink the “It Is Well With My Soul” Hymn Block image using Walnut Stain Distress Oxide Ink and stamp onto a piece of vanilla cardstock. Apply Clear Embossing Powder, heat set with the Heat Tool, die cut with a stitched square die and mount onto a piece of espresso cardstock.  Use a sponge dauber to lightly apply espresso ink to distress the image.

2). Trim a piece of pale green designer paper for the background (I used a retired piece from my stash), emboss the paper with the retired Finial Press Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder, lightly sand with a sanding block, distress the edges and lightly sponge espresso ink over the edges and embossing.  Mount onto piece of espresso cardstock, distress the edges and mount onto the white card base.

3). Repeatedly stamp the Hymn Blocks image onto a piece of olive cardstock using Walnut Stain Distress Oxide Ink, trim the panel and mount onto a piece of espresso cardstock.  Mount a piece of soft yellow designer paper onto espresso cardstock, layer the vertical strips onto the card front.

4). Die cut a doily from espresso cardstock, mount behind the Hymn Blocks image and adhere to the card front with dimensional foam.

5). Add the triple ⅜” Artichoke Denim ribbon bow with the espresso button and gold metallic thread.

7). Finish off the card with a few Pearls.


Ink/Mediums: Tim Holtz® Distress Oxide Walnut Stain, Early Espresso Classic Ink

Paper/Cardstock: Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Old Olive; retired So Saffron DSP

Accessories/Tools: Big Shot™, MFT Stitched Square STAX Dies, retired Finial Press Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder, Embossing Buddy®, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool,  3/8” Artichoke Denim Ribbon, Early Espresso Button, Gold Metallic Thread, Pearls, Distressing Tool, Sponge Daubers


Thanks again for taking the time to stop by- hugs and I hope all of you have a great week!  

Thursday, August 17, 2017

SC658 Hello Friend



Hi Friends!

It’s time for the new SC658 sketch at Splitcoaststampers and I just love the sketch that Carey created for us this week, it is so versatile!

I have a few new cat stamps from Stampendous® that I have not had a chance to ink up yet, so I pulled out Curious Feline and paired it with Sunday Sentiments from Mama Elephant.  I decided to color the image based off my sweet "Angel"- this image reminded me of her! She is always by my side when I am stamping or whatever I am doing, so the "Hello Friend" sentiment applies to her as well!

In addition to using the Splitcoaststampers SC658 Sketch for the layout, I am also linking this card to the CAS-ual Fridays #180 “Friendship” Challenge, the PINSpirational #197 Photo Inspiration Challenge and the Tuesday Throwdown #356 “Anything Goes” Challenge.

If you have not had a chance to check out the above challenges yet, I hope you will find the time to do so- as always, gorgeous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). Ink the Curious Feline (Stampendous®) image with Versafine™ Onyx Black Ink and stamp onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Color the image with Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Pencils- I used Daffodil Delight and Old Olive for the eyes, Basic Black for the fur and Whisper White for the hairs in the ears.  I tried to mimic the fur with the pencil strokes and continued to add layers once I added water with an AquaPainter™.  Once the image was colored to my satisfaction, I added a bit more color with a Conté ά Paris Black Pastel Pencil, blending with a paper stump.  Fussy-cut the image and set aside.

2). Layer a piece of Whisper White cardstock onto the Basic Black card base, add a strip of striped black and white designer paper (from my stash) per the sketch.  Mount the card front onto the Extra Thick Whisper White card base.

3). Use the Big Shot™ with the Darice™ Pawprints Embossing Folder to emboss a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Trim the panel and mount onto a piece of Basic Black cardstock for the front vertical panel.

4). Trim a piece of Certainly Celery designer paper (retired from my massive stash of paper- lol!), mount onto the Basic Black cardstock and create the second vertical panel per the sketch.  Mount directly onto the card front.

5). Add the fussy cut cat image behind the first panel and mount onto the card front with dimensional foam.

6). Stamp the sentiment from Sunday Sentiments with Versafine™ Onyx Black Ink and stamp onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Create the fishtail banner with a Hexagon Punch, layer onto Basic Black cardstock, and mount onto the card front with dimensional foam.

7). Use a Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen to add shimmer to the eyes and an Extra Fine Sharpie® White Paint Pen to add highlights.  Once the paint has dried, use Glossy Accents™ to fill in the eyes to finish off the card (make sure you allow the Glossy Accents™ to dry overnight). 

Stamp Sets: Curious Feline (Stampendous®), Sunday Sentiments (Mama Elephant)

Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black; Stampin’ Write Watercolor Pencils- Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Basic Black, Whisper White; Conté ά Paris Black Pastel Pencil , Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen, Extra Fine White Sharpie® Paint Pen

Paper: Whisper White, Extra Thick Whisper White, Basic Black, retired Stampin’ Up! Certainly Celery Designer Series Paper; Misc Black and White designer paper

Accessories/Tools: retired Hexagon Punch, AquaPainter™


Thanks again for taking the time to visit- hugs and have a great week/weekend!

One Layer CAS Timeless Classic Thank You


Hi Friends!!

I am still working on organizing my stamping area but decided to take a break to create a One Layer CAS (Clean and Simple) card using the Timeless Classic stamp set along with the large splatter image from the retired Stampin’ Up! Gorgeous Grunge stamp set.  I  had originally purchased the Timeless Classic stamp set from Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps several years ago (it is retired now from SNSS but is still available from Impression Obsession™ t/a I/O Stamps) and have only inked it up once before today :-)



If you have not already had a chance to visit the above challenge sites, I hope you will do so- fabulous examples from their Design Teams as well as in their galleries!

To create this card:

1). Score a 4 ¼” x 11” piece of Stampin’ Up! Naturals White (retired) cardstock in half and stamp the Timeless Classic truck image onto the front of the card using Versafine™ Onyx Black Ink.  Heat set the ink with a heat tool and color using an AquaPainter™ with ink from the Bermuda Bay, Pear Pizzazz and Calypso Coral Classic Ink Pads.  Use a Spectrum Noir™ CB8 Alcohol Marker to add additional color to the truck and the Calypso Coral Stampin’ Write Marker for shadows.

2). Mask the entire truck image and stamp the large splatter image from Gorgeous Grunge with Bermuda Bay and Pear Pizzazz Classic Ink (I did use the AquaPainter™ to blend the ink a bit).

3). Remove the mask and use a Faber-Castell™ Silver Pitt Pen Marker to color the gears, border frame, wheel covers and fender.  Add shimmer to the truck panels with a Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen and white highlights to the wheels with an Extra Fine Sharpie® White Paint Pen.

4). Finish off the card by stamping the sentiment from Timeless Classic with Versafine™ Onyx Black Ink and adding a few drops to the center of the gears using Nuvo™ Gloss Black Crystal Drops.
Stamp Sets: Timeless Classic (I/O Stamps), Gorgeous Grunge (retired Stampin’ Up!)

Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black; SU! Classic Ink- Bermuda Bay, Pear Pizzazz, Calypso Coral; Stampin’ Write Calypso Coral Marker, Spectrum Noir™ CT8 Alcohol Marker and Clear Glitter Pen, Extra Fine Sharpie® White Paint Pen, Faber-Castell™ Pitt-Pen Silver Marker, Nuvo™ Gloss Black Crystal Drops

Paper: Naturals White 

Accessories/Tools:  AquaPainter™, Masking Paper


Thanks again for stopping by- hugs and I hope all of you have a wonderful week!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

SUO181 Butterfly Basics- Brick Wall Technique


Hi Friends!   


I wanted to try the Splitcoaststampers TLC650 “Another Brick in the Wall” Technique challenge (see tutorial here) and decided to use the CC647 Color Challenge (including “dessert”).  I am also linking this card to the Word Art Wednesday #294-#295 “Anything Goes” Challenge.

If you have not had a chance to stop by the SU-Only Challenge site to check out the rest of the Design Team projects or the other challenge sites yet, I encourage you to do so- wonderful inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). Tap the So Saffron Classic Ink pad onto an acrylic block or silicone mat, spritz with water and lay a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock into the ink.  Repeat the process until you are satisfied with the results. Heat the paper with the Heat Tool to dry between layers of ink.

2). Ink the fern image from Butterfly Basics with Pear Pizzazz Classic Ink and stamp repeatedly onto the background panel. Stamp the honeycomb image with So Saffron Classic Ink repeatedly over the panel and add a bit of splatter with the small splatter stamp from Timeless Textures using Pear Pizzazz Classic Ink. 

3). Trim the panel and using the Paper Trimmer, cut the panel into ½” horizontal pieces (as you cut, lightly number the pieces on the back in 4 different places- trust me, this will help immensely in remembering where the pieces go back into place).

4). After you cut the horizontal strips, take each strip and cut into “bricks” (I used 1 ¼” and 1” segments).  Lightly sponge Soft Suede Classic Ink over the edges and adhere to a piece of Pear Pizzazz cardstock.  ***FYI- On my first attempt, I did not number the rows as I cut the initial strips and put them in order on my craft mat, but as I sponged the pieces, I accidentally flipped my mat and after a few hours of trying to piece them back together, I gave up and started again. The second time I numbered the rows as I cut the strips and it worked so well.***

5). Stamp the honeycomb image with So Saffon Classic Ink onto another piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, sponge the edges with Soft Suede Classic Ink, trim and mount onto a piece of Pear Pizzazz cardstock, trim and mount onto a piece of Berry Burst cardstock.  Adhere the panel to the Extra Thick Whisper White card base.

6). Ink the flowers from Butterfly Basics using Stampin’ Archival™ Basic Black Ink and stamp two sets of the images onto Whisper White cardstock.  Using Berry Burst and Pear Pizzazz Classic Ink, watercolor the flowers with an AquaPainter™ (adding shadows with the same colors of Stampin’ Write Markers).  Once you are satisfied with the coloring, fussy-cut each of the flowers.

7). Adhere the background flowers directly to the card front and mount the flowers in the foreground using Stampin’ Dimensionals®. 

8). Use Clear Wink of Stella® to add shimmer to the flower petals and the White Gel Pen to add a few highlights to the flower centers.

9). Ink the butterflies from Butterfly Basics using Berry Burst Classic Ink, fussy-cut the butterflies and mount onto the card front.

10). Stamp the sentiment from Rose Wonder using Berry Burst Classic Ink onto Very Vanilla cardstock, die  cut with the Stitched Layering Framelits™ , sponge Soft Suede Classic Ink over the edges and mount onto a die cut circle of Berry Burst cardstock (die cut with the Layering Circle Framelits™). 

11). Adhere a strip of Berry Burst cardstock with Stampin’ Dimensionals® (on the area around the popped-up flower), add the Berry Burst bow (created with the Bow Builder Punch) and mount the layered sentiment.  Mount the retired button with a strand of burlap ribbon to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets: Butterfly Basics, Rose Wonder, Timeless Textures

Ink/Mediums: Stampin’ Archival™ Basic Black, Classic Ink- Berry Burst, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Suede, So Saffron; Clear Wink of Stella® , White Gel Pen
Paper: Very Vanilla, Berry Burst, Pear Pizzazz, Extra Thick Whisper White
Accessories/Tools: Big Shot™, Stitched Layering and Layering Circle Framelits™, Heat Tool, Bow Builder Punch, retired items- Subtles Button, strand from 1 ¼”  Burlap Ribbon
Thanks again for taking the time to visit and I hope that you will create your own Stampin’ Up! Only project and play along with our “Butterflies and Dragonflies” challenge!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

F4A390 Thy Word is A Lamp Unto My Feet



Hi Friends!

It’s time for the Splitcoaststampers F4A390 “See the Light” Challenge and I decided to create a card using the Shining Light Clear Stamp Set (designed by Korin Sutherland) from Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps.

I also incorporated the Time Out Challenges #89 Home Sweet Home Inspiration Challenge (I was inspired by the map, lamp and neutral colors) into the design and as well as the Word Art Wednesday #294-#295 “Anything Goes” Challenge.

If you have not had a chance to visit the above challenge sites or SNSS Blog/FB Page yet, I encourage you to do so- fabulous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). Ink the lighthouse and sentiment images from Shining Light with Versafine™ Onyx Black ink and stamp onto a piece of vanilla cardstock.

2). Die cut the lighthouse image with a pierced tag die and the sentiment with a stitched square die.

3). Use a black watercolor pencil to color the lighthouse and draw a few clouds in the background and apply water with a water brush to blend the color.  Dry the image with a heat tool and use a yellow watercolor pencil for the “light”.  Repeat the clouds on the sentiment and apply a thin wash of yellow as well.

4). Use a clear glitter pen over the yellow areas and a fine black india ink pen to draw a few birds on the tag.

5). Mount both the lighthouse tag and sentiment square onto black cardstock and trim close to the die cut edges.

6). Trim a piece of designer paper and mount onto black cardstock.  Add the horizontal strip with the knotted twine and adhere the entire background panel onto the white card base.

7). Add the lighthouse tag and sentiment with dimensional foam.

8). Knot a few scraps of burlap ribbon pieces around a brass spiral clip and add to the corner of the sentiment to finish off the card.



Stamp Sets:  Shining Light (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)

Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black, Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Pencils- Basic Black, Daffodil Delight;  Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen, Faber-Castell™  XS Black Pitt Pen Marker

Paper/Cardstock: Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Basic Black; retired Going Places DSP (all Stampin’ Up!)

Accessories/Tools: AquaPainter™, Burlap Ribbon (pulled apart or HempTwine), Brass Spiral Clip


Thanks again for taking the time to stop by- hugs and I hope all of you have a great week/weekend!  

In All Things, Give Thanks



Hi Friends! 

I hope all of you are having a great week so far! Today I am sharing another Mixed Media card that I created using digital images from Power Poppy for a few online challenges. 

I wanted to participate with the Power Poppy August “Mix &Match” Challenge (I used two Power Poppy Digital Stamp Sets) along with the Litte Red Wagon #406 “Bugs & Slugs” Challenge, the Sunny Day Crafting  “F is forFlowers” Challenge and the Splitcoaststampers SC641 Sketch Challenge (I flipped the sketch).

If you have not had a chance to visit the challenge blogs yet, I encourage you to do so- gorgeous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). Using a photo editing software (I used the retired My Digital Studio™ from Stampin’ Up!) or Word, import the floral image from Pure Prairie Bouquet and the sentiment from Bittersweet Wreath (both Power Poppy), re-size and print out onto Whisper White cardstock.

2). Color the floral image using am AquaPainter™ (water brush) with Derwent® and Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Pencils, add a few shadows with Spectrum Noir™ Alcohol Markers (I used TB2, CT1, PL3) along with Stampin’ Write Markers- Daffodil Delight and Tip Top Taupe and fill in the sky with a Conté ά Paris™ Pastel #56 Pencil.  Add additional highlights with an Extra Fine White Sharpie® Paint Pen and use the Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen to add shimmer to the butterfly. 

3).  Once you are satisfied with the coloring of the image, use the Big Shot™ with Sizzix™ Circle Framelits™ to cut out the image and cut out another circle (the same size) from Basic Black cardstock.

4). Trim a piece of Whisper White cardstock, mount onto a piece of Basic Black cardstock, trim and mount onto the white card base.

5). Layer the circle die cut with the Basic Black circle, trim off the side and mount onto the card front.

6). Use the Big Shot™ with the MFT Fishtail Flags STAX Dies to die cut the sentiment as well as a piece of Basic Black cardstock, trim the ends, layer together and mount onto the card front with dimensional foam.

7). Add the strip of Basic Black cardstock to the far right hand side with dimensional foam.

8). Use Nuvo™ Limoncello Crystal Jewel Drops to add a few accents and finish off the card.

Stamp Sets: Pure Prairie Bouquet, Bittersweet Wreath (Power Poppy- digital)

Ink/Mediums: Printer Ink- Black; Derwent™ and Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Pencils, Spectrum Noir™ Alcohol Markers- TB2, CT1, PL3; Stampin’ Write Markers- Daffodil Delight, Tip Top Taupe; Extra Fine White Sharpie® Paint Pen, Spectrum Noir™Clear Glitter Pen,  Nuvo™ Limoncello Jewel Drops

 Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black

Accessories/Tools: Big Shot™, Sizzix™ Circle Framelits™, NFT Fishtail Flags STAX Dies, AquaPainter™

Thanks again for taking the time to stop by and visit- hugs and I hope you have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Happiness Is...A Little Bit of Coffee and a Whole Lot of Jesus

Hi Friends!

It’s time for the new SC657 Sketch Challenge at Splitcoaststampers and I just love this layout that Diane designed, don’t you? Perfect for so many occasions!

I decided to pull out a few brand new stamp sets from Verve Stamps, Fill Me Up and Happiness Is along with the coordinating Happiness In A Cup Dies and paired them with some of my retired designer series paper, ribbon and embellishments.  

I am still trying to make sure that I use my retired stash with new stamps so I can justify buying new “stuff”- it seems to be working for now :-)

I also am linking this card to the Word Art Wednesday #294-#295 “Anything Goes”Challenge as well as a few other Splitcoaststampers challenges.

If you have not had a chance to check out the above challenges yet, I hope you will find the time to do so- as always, gorgeous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). Ink the sentiment from Fill Me Up with Versafine™ Onyx Black Ink and stamp onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Apply Clear Embossing Powder, heat set with the Heat Tool and once cooled, die cut with the MFT Stitched Square STAX Dies.  Mount onto a piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock and trim close to the die cut edge.

2). Die cut the cup images from Whisper White cardstock using the Happiness In A Cup Dies (Verve Stamps).  Ink the coordinating images from the Fill Me Up and Happiness Is stamp sets with Versafine™  Onyx Black Ink, heat set the ink and watercolor with Distress Ink and Stampin’ Write markers.

3). Trim the background panels from the retired Stampin’ Up! Parisian Breeze Specialty Designer Series Paper, mount onto Chocolate Chip cardstock and adhere the panels per the sketch to the white card base (I used dimensional foam for the sentiment panel).

4). Mount the colored die cut images with dimensional foam and add the ribbon bow with the wooden heart to the card front.

5). Use a clear glitter pen to add shimmer to the heart on the coffee cup as well as the lid and add a few Rhinestones to the hearts to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets: Fill Me Up, Happiness Is (Verve Stamps™)

Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black; Stampin’ Write Markers- Baja Breeze (retired), Sweet Sugarplum, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake; Clear Wink of Stella®, Tim Holtz™ Gathered Twigs Distress Ink

Paper: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, retired Stampin’ Up! Specialty Designer Series Paper- Parisian Breeze

Accessories/Tools: Big Shot™, Verve Stamps™ Happiness In A Cup Dies, MFT Stitched Square Dies, Embossing Buddy®, Heat Tool, Stampin’ Emboss® Clear Embossing Powder, ½” Baja Breeze Seam Binding Ribbon (retired), Wooden Heart (retired SU!), Rhinestones


Thanks again for taking the time to visit- I hope all of you have a wonderful week!
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