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XOXO CAS(E) this Sketch!

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope y’all had a great weekend.

My card share today is for another challenge blog – I am trying to do better about participating in these things, they are so much fun! This one is called CAS(E) this Sketch! and it’s for clean and simple style sketches.  I was thrilled to find it, because I like a less fussy style of card, myself.

Here is the sketch we were given:


Now, remember that I said I was participating in the ongoing Use Your Stamps challenge to use (or lose) every stamp I own? I thought I’d have fun with it for this card, so I literally closed my eyes and reached into a bin of clear stamps that I have yet to organize, committing myself to using whatever my hand grabbed first! And it was this awesome Hero Arts set, Typewriter Notes.   This card came together easily after that!  However, when I put this set on my spreadsheet, I entered it as a ‘maybe’ because I know that somewhere in my stash I have another typewriter themed set, and I don’t need two of them.  Once I use the other one, I’ll make a decision about which one to keep.  Maybe I’ll take a vote ;)

Hero Arts Typewriter Notes CAS(e) this Sketch |

The typewriter and the message are heat embossed, and I thought that little clip (retired SU!, I think) was a cute office-supply like tie in.  It reminds me of my all-time favorite office supply, binder clips (they can do anything! I once fixed a broken drawstring in a pair of pajama pants using a binder clip. True story!)  The black and white patterned graph-type paper was random from my scraps bin.

Specific products used on this card:


My go-to favorites for all cardmaking:



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Happy Birthday

Hello friends! Today’s card share is another one from the series I am working on using the Authentique Strong collection 6×6 paper pad. These papers are more in the masculine range so I challenged myself to make a feminine card with them.

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I think I succeeded, although it certainly isn’t a “girly” card by any stretch.

This card uses my favorite Happy Birthday sentiment – the one included in the Hero Arts OWH Year Round Sentiments set. I just love the size of it and especially the font.   Also please note, my button is not naked!

And as you can see below, I am trying something new, linking my products with Inlinkz Project Manager.  Most of these links are Amazon Affiliate links which would net me a small commission should you decide to follow the link and purchase the product.  SU! products are linked to the SU! store which I am not affiliated with.  I’m hoping this will be an easier way for me to keep track of what is what and for you to find something if you happen to fall in love with it.


Specific products used on this card:

My go-to favorites for all cardmaking:


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Operation Write Home Memorial Weekend Bloghop!

Yay, it’s finally here! The big blowout OWH bloghop that I’ve been looking forward to! We have over 140 blogs this year (wow!) and tons and tons of cute inspiration – and all for a great cause, handmade cards for our deployed troops to use to keep in touch with home.  If you didn’t arrive here from OWH, please go to the main bloghop page to visit the other bloggers!

Our task for this bloghop was to use an OWH sketch to create a thank you card.  OWH sketches have a special place in my heart since I created many of them and hosted the sketch challenge for two years! I love seeing my older sketches get some love in a bloghop like this!  Some time ago one of our awesome OWHers, Kathryn, created a PDF document checklist for folks to use to keep up with which sketches they had tried.  Using that, I decided for this bloghop to use the oldest sketch I had never used before, and that turned out to be #21:


I don’t know what took me so long, this is a great sketch! (And no, not one I created, lol!) So enough yakking, here’s the card I came up with:


I recently got this beautiful peacock feather stamp (Stampendous!) and I have been itching to ink it up.  I used Distress Ink markers (Broken China, Wild Honey, Shabby Shutters, Vintage Photo) to ink it up, then misted water on it and on my watercolor paper before stamping – gives this great watercolor effect.  I heat embossed the sentiment from Technique Tuesday with Ranger gold detail embossing powder to give a little sparkle.  Here’s a closer view:


I kept the rest of the card fairly clean and simple, with some patterned paper (mystery source, it was a gift from a friend) and cardstock (Stampin’ Up! Taken with Teal and Crumb Cake).  The stamped panel is on dimensional adhesives and I used a corner rounder on four of the patterned paper corners.

I hope you enjoyed this stop on the hop and all the other stops too! Thank you for supporting Operation Write Home!


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Quickie Scraps Cards

Two more cards to share today that I made with scraps I found laying around on the table at my friend Donna’s house.  SU! Demos have the greatest scraps, right?

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These’ll go right into my OWH box :)

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Season’s Greetings

Today’s card share is another duo from my Stampin’ Up! holiday card class.   These are really cute little 4 x 4 cards that would be great as cards or attached to a gift, I think.


About these cards: All supplies here from Stampin’ Up! The card base is Crumb Cake, the light cardstock is Very Vanilla, the dark is Early Espresso.  The ornament stamp is from Ornament Keepsakes and is stamped in Raspberry Ripple and Marina Mist and die cut on the Big Shot with the coordinating Framelits die.  The glitter paper is called Champagne but it’s more bronze-y looking to me and it is so so pretty in person. Not sure what set the sentiment is from, and the designer paper is SU! but I don’t know what series (maybe Donna will comment and fill in the blanks for us!) 

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O Come Let Us Adore Him

Happy Tuesday, all! I have two more cards to show you from the SU! card class I attended over the weekend.  Again these are variations on the same kit.

I love this one because it is clean and simple and it’s on kraft cardstock!  The one on the right is the first one I did, where the stamping is directly on the card base.  That makes me nervous so on my next one I stamped on a second piece of kraft instead.  On the first one the red strip is adhered to the inside of the card, on the second it’s adhered to the card front.


Closer view of both cards:

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About these cards:  All supplies are from Stampin’ Up!  The kraft cardstock is Crumb Cake and the red is Real Red.  I punched the bottom of both cards with the scallop border punch.  The sentiment and image are from the Come to Bethlehem stamp set and are stamped in Early Espresso and Real Red.  A little adhesive rhinestone finishes the card.

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You’re In My Thoughts…

Today’s card is a result of a little creativity shared between friends.   A few weeks ago my friend D’Arcy emailed me a link and picture of this card set on the blog of Shelli Gardner, CEO of Stampin’ Up!


D’Arcy thought it would make a great card for Operation Write Home – and she was right! It’s perfect for my upcoming OWH Cardmaking party, and it’s a great way to use some cute patterned papers that were donated.

I tweaked it a little bit, adding a button and a rounded corner, and I did the sentiment in a darker ink, but I love the result…


Thank you, D’Arcy, for the idea!

About this card:  The button is made using the Sizzix Sweet Buttons embosslit and a scrap of patterned paper.  I then coated the button in Crystal Effects clear laquer to give it shine, and threaded it with a scrap of embroidery thread.   The ribbon and patterned paper are both from my scraps bin.  The sentiment from Stampin’ Up! Word Play is stamped in SU! Chocolate Chip ink on SU! Crumb Cake cardstock.  I used a corner rounder from Marvy/Uchida on both the Crumb Cake layer and the white card base in the upper right corner.

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Pinspiring Monday!

Hello friends! I have a new card to share with you today, inspired by a photograph I found on my Pinspiring! board on Pinterest.

I had a hard time deciding which photo to use this time, because there are so many good ones now.  I ended up going back to the beginning of the board and using one that has been there awhile, this adorably designed bedroom.   Following the links back, I found that this is the bedroom of a lucky girl named Isabella, from her mom’s blog The Boo and the Boy.


I just love the old window turned into art, and of course the multicolored pennant banner.  I also like the mix of patterns found all over the room, and the amount of white keeps them from being overwhelming.

In my card, I used six panels of blue patterned paper to mimic the window, and ribbons for the pennants.  This is a great way to use up those odd patterned ribbons that find their way into my stash.   The floral stamping on the sentiment panel was another way to mix in more pattern.


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About this card:  The ribbons for the pennants were all random bits from my stash and are threaded onto hemp twine.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts Year Round Sentiments and is stamped in Versafine Onyx Black.  The flowers and butterfly are from Bo Bunny Sophie clear stamps.  The flowers were stamped by coloring the stamp with various Distress Ink markers, the butterfly stamped in Versafine and colored with markers then cut out and adhered to the panel with a glue dot.  I used Viva Pearl Pen in Pearl to embellish the centers of the flowers. The mat for that panel is Stampin’ Up! Old Olive.  The blue pattern paper is from the SU! Spice Cake designer series, and is adhered to the SU! Crumb Cake mat with dimensional adhesives. That entire panel is adhered to the cardbase with more dimensionals.

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Pinspiring Monday!

Happy Monday, all! I have a new card to share with you today, inspired by a photograph that was pinned to my Pinterest: Pinspiring! board.

I’m afraid I don’t have a good credit for the photo, it appears to be from a stock photography website.  It was labeled “India.”  As usual, I was drawn to bold colors and a graphic pattern!


I decided to do a single layer card, which you know is unusual for me! I heat embossed my stamping with white detail embossing powder, colored with colored pencils, and then stamped a second time with just Versamark, slightly off set from the white, to leave a drop-shadow effect.  I really like the results, what do you think?


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About this card:  The sentiment is from Hero Arts Year Round Sentiments and the doily is Hero Arts Circle Lace.  Both were stamped in Versamark on Stampin’ Up! Crumb Cake cardstock, then heat embossed with Ranger Ultra Fine Detail embossing powder in white.  I colored the doily with Derwent colored pencils.  I used a Versamarker to draw a shadow around the edge of the doily.  I overstamped my sentiment with Versamark to create the drop shadow.   I colored some plain clear rhinestones with a copic marker and added them on, then rounded my bottom corners with a Marvy/Uchida corner rounder punch.

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CASE the Catalog Monday!

Happy Monday, all! As always, I have a new card to show you today, inspired by a project in the current Stampin’ Up! Idea Book & Catalog. 

I really love their card from page 97.  It has texture, soft colors, and beautiful stamping.


I tried to keep all of those elements in my version, although I used a different stamp set and  slightly different colors. I also pulled my sentiment onto it’s own panel and popped it up.


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About this card:  The sentiment from Hero Arts was stamped in Stampin’ Up! Early Espresso ink on white cardstock and matted with SU! Crumb Cake.   The yellow and white baker’s twine is from Reasonable Ribbon.  The floral panel is the SU! set Inspired By Nature which I had colored with SU! markers in Early Espresso, Summer Sun, Apricot Appeal, Old Olive, and Always Artichoke, stamped on white cardstock that had been misted with water first.  I accented this panel with a strip of SU! Crumb Cake that had been punched with my scallop border punch.  The background is SU! Blush Blossom cardstock that has been dry embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder, and accented with two strips of cardstock (SU! Bashful Blue and SU! Old Olive) that were punched with a Paper Studio Lattice border punch.

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