Wednesday, April 22, 2015


Hello blog friends!  

It's Wednesday and if you're a regular follower, you know each Wednesday, there's a new challenge over at The House That Stamps Built.  This week it's a sketch challenge.  Come on over and join the fun and get in a drawing to win some awesome Repeat Impressions stamps.

Wendy, owner and amazing artist of Repeat Impressions stamps, comes up with a sketch each month for us to play with and this month she came up with this

So, what do you think?  Pretty neat sketch, don't you think?  Lots of opportunity here to use some awesome bg papers or scraps or even give the sketch a flip.  

Here is my card using the sketch.  

For this card I used three of the Repeat Impressions patriotic type stamps  RI#1701-P "Bald Eagle" , RI#5104-C "Star Sil Sm." and RI#3711-G "God Bless America".  I decided to keep this monochromatic and used kraft paper plain and embossed with gold embossing powder (although I don't think you can see that one strip very well in the bg).  

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you'll join the challenge this week.  For more inspiration, check out these awesome blogs 

                          Debbie Deonna - Joy Karen - Kathy - Melissa - Patti J

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


Happy Wednesday, blog friends!!  

It's time for another What If? Wednesday challenge at The House That Stamps Built and this week it's an inspiration challenge.  I love playing with inspiration challenges (I know that's weird....most people don't like them) and have lots of fun seeing what I can create using them.  

Here's the inspiration we're challenged with this week...

Are your creative wheels spinning?  This is such a great inspiration piece and I hope you'll give it a try and play along.  If you do, you'll be in the running for some great RI stamps.  You ecan see the details at The House.

Here is a card I made using this inspiration

I was drawn to the "swirls" and "streaks" of rain as much as the colors.  I chose to use RI Stamp #6909-M "Pinwheel Positive" and used heat embossing with white ep to create the "swirls".  I then used watercolor paints to add the background color and once dry, I added stickles in streaks to create the pouring rain.  My sentiment die is from My Favorite Things and was a freebie.  I cut the sentiment 3 times with different cs colors and off set them in order to get the "shadow" look.  The stitched rectangle frame die is also from MFT.    

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll join the challenge at The House.  If you'd like to see more inspiration, check out the other Rock'll see some fabulous cards.  

                      Debbie Deonna - Joy Karen - Kathy - Melissa - Patti J

Have a great week!

Sunday, April 12, 2015


Hi there, blog friends!  

There's a new CAS challenge at Outlawz Challenes and it's all about humor.  The challenge is hosted by the very talented Linda Anderson and here is her challenge.

April is National Humor Month. Laughter is the best medicine. It's infectious, and far more contagious than any cough, sniffle or sneeze. Let's make a CAS card this week filled with humor, a joke, or something punny.

Here is a card I made for the challenge using this Bugaboo digi.   I don't often use digi stamps because I have a healthy (understatement) collection of rubber and clear stamps and love using them.  That said, the sponsors for some of the CAS challenges have been digi stamp companies and I wanted to try using them in an effor to support their sponsorship.  I have to say, these stamps are really fun to use.  

My image can been seen here.  I printed it on Copic Xpress paper and colored with (my favorites) Copic markers.  

I hope to see you playing in the challenge.  You have until mid-night Saturday, April 18 to play and enter into the drawing for some awesome prizes.  

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a fabulous week.  

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


Hi blog friends!  

I hope you all had a blessed Easter and shared some time with family and friends.  

It's Wednesday, once again, and time for another challenge at The House That Stamps Built.  Today, it's a Designer's Choice Challenge and the designer challenging us is the incredibly talented Kathy Stacy.  If you haven't seen her creative projects, do yourself a favor and check out her blog.  You won't be disappointed, I promise.  

So, Kathy's challenge for us this week is "heat embossing".  Easy and fun!

Here is my card for a little inspiration and to get your going.

For this card I used Repeat Impressions Stamp #1704-P "Great Blue Heron".  This is a beautifully detailed stamp and large enough to fit beautifully on the front of an A2 card front.  

I first stamped the image on black cs with Versamark ink then added white embossing powder.  I then centered the embossed image within a Spellbinder die and cut it out.  I had a scrap piece of white cs and backed it but thought it needed some additional color so I used the same die cut and cut out four more using different colors and embedded random pieces inside negative areas around the image.  I drew the "horizon" line with my white gel pen and added "stars" with it too.  I then mounted it to a black card base and voila!  Card done!  

I hope you'll join the challenge at The House!  You can get the detail by clicking on the link and once entered, you might win some of these awesome RI stamps!  

You're going to love the inspiration by the other Rock Stars.  Take a look!

                      Debbie Deonna - Joy Karen - Kathy - Melissa - Patti J

Thanks so much for stopping by!  

Sunday, April 5, 2015


Happy Easter, blog friends!  This is one of my favorite Christian holidays for so many reasons.  

There's a new CAS challenge over at Outlawz Challenges and it's a good one hosted by Pryn and here it is:

Name that embellishment!  This week's challenge may require a thinking cap ;)  We challenge you to create a CAS card or project that uses an embellishment and/or image that begins with the first letter of either your first or last name.  For example, if your name is Sue Thompson, you could use a Sequin (S for Sue) or a Turtle stamped image (T for Thompson).  Your choice of first or last name, but you must keep it CAS!  

I had such a difficult time with something to fit this challenge - my initials are CW, and I got stuck spinning my wheels with this one.  I decided to use the cross image for the "C" and while only one initial is required for this challenge, I just got some new watercolor paints and wanted to use them, so I got a "W" added too.  

My card was created using an older GKD set by Rupa Shrevde (no longer available), and some watercolor paints I recently purchased at Michaels.  (Artist Loft).  I added sequin embellishments whole and some I had cut up into tiny pieces for little shards to scatter around too.  

I hope you'll head on over to the Outlawz CAS challenge and play along with us this week.  There are some great prizes to win and Outlawz Challenges has a new challenge every day of the week for lots of fun for crafters.  

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great week!!!  

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