Birthday Fishes

I had a bit of fun with the Birthday Buddies stamp set from Paper Smooches. This has been a favorite of mine for the last five or so years.

The Paper Smooches challenge is to make a birthday card. The My Favorite Things Day 1 is about the visual triangle. I used the fish to make a visual triangle with your eye following the three fish, with three water bubbles, then the googly eyes. I love having an excuse to use googly eyes!

The paper is MFT Birthday Brights patterned paper. I used Tombow marker colors that matched with the balloons on the paper. The fish are stamped and embossed on Bristol paper, colored with a water brush and Tombow markers from the Tropical collection. Fun challenges and a fun card to create.

Pink Ink

This started out as an experiment. I saw an interesting gatefold card in my Pinterest feed. It led to a Stampin’ Up demontrator’s blog where she did a video.  This starts out as a regular gatefold card, but then you attach a horizontal flap to the top part of the left flap and another horizontal flap the lower right flap – this keeps the card closed without a belly band.  Begin with a 5 x 8 ½ card base, scored at 2 1/8” at each end on the long side. The solid layers for the flaps are 2 x 5 3/8; the pattern paper layer is 1 7/8 x 5 1/4. The horizontal flaps are 2 1/2 x 3 7/8 for the solid layer and 2 1/8 x 3 3/4 for the pattern paper layer. I added an additional layer for the sentiment, cut at 2 1/8 x 3 1/2. I had to play with the layers a little bit because not only am I terrible at fractions, I’m also challenged when it comes to putting my cardstock on the right line on my cutting board. The sample card only had a sentiment on the lower flap and some lovely flowered paper at the top. The pp I chose was a small pattern from a pad by In My Mind’s Eye and needed something at the top. I had separated the Birthday Wishes stamp from Massive Message a long time ago, so stamped that on each word on one of the solid panels in Passionate Pink. The flower is from the Autumn Wreath Builder and the leaves are from the Mini Wreath Builder. I added a bit of bling from Pawsitvely Awersome in the center of the flowers.  Since the card is mostly pink, I decided to enter it in Just Add Ink #516 Challenge, which this week has an inspiration photo with lots of pink. The pp also kind of picks up the turquoise in the picture.  This was fun to do and I’m really pleased how it turned out.

Clean and Golden

AAA Cards CAS Game #170

Getting this CAS card in under the AAA Cards deadline challenge of maxi white space + optional twist flowers. The flower I chose for this card is a SU ‘From The Garden” which is a beautiful stamp but it is very large so in my attempt to have maxi white space stamped it off the side of my layering panel in versamark and gold embossing powder, adding a sentiment from GKD’s The Northwoods by Theresa Momber.

These challenges with AAA Cards are always fun and help me to enjoy the CAS concept. Have a great weekend. Stay Safe.

A Little Bit of Pink

Just Add Ink #516 Inspiration!

Inspiration picture on the Just Add Ink #516 challenge is this amazing pink Christmas tree….oh how I wish we would have kept some of those retro white, silver and pink trees….so for my card I pulled out my pink cardstock and cut 1/2 inch strips to create my background. I did case this idea from Yana Smakula and her beautiful blue hues card. My stamp set is a Catherine Pooler Designs Stamp of Approval Hip Holiday set. I stamped the sections of my tree in different inks, embossing powder to create my “hip” tree.

Wonderful Friend

This week My Favorite Things Stamps is celebrating the 500th sketch challenge. I completed a card using Bring Out the Sunshine set by Birdie Brown, illustrator for My Favorite Things. Love this little girl with her basket and bird.

I colored this pretty girl with Copic and Spectrum Noir markers. Most of the cardstock is MFT. I enjoyed following the sketch. Thanks for looking!


I had fun creating this card. It is entered in Always Fun Challenges using stencils. The sunray stencil is from Spellbinder’s Fun Stampers Journey, ink blended with Lawn Fawn lemonade and butter ink pads. The waves are from A Colorful Life stencil, blended with Mowed Lawn distress oxide ink. The floaties are from The Stamps of Life, floaties2stamp, morefloaties2stamp, and the matching dies, colored on Bristol paper using markers and a water brush. I use a variety of markers, so these are either Tombow or Stampin Up as they are always close by when stamping and coloring.

Floaties inside

I placed a large hello from Big Time Saying by Maymay Made It, along with the other floaties that were colored and die cut. I did add a bit of pool ink from Lawn Fawn to the inside for a bit of color so the floaties could float.

Thanks for looking.

Sketchy Carnival

SSC236 – Getting Sketchy Just Us Girls Photo Week #546

Carnivals and fairs near me have been cancelled this year due to Covid-19 but the colorful photo week challenge with Just Us Girls seemed inviting as did the sketch with Sunday Stamps. My carnival is located on the boardwalk at the shore. This stamp is an older red rubber wood mounted Inkadinkadoo stamped in Distress Vintage Photo ink and popped up on some red cardstock. The next layer for the sketch challenge is white cardstock embossed with a Happy Birthday cuttlebug embossing folder. This was getting as little busy even for me so I opted for some ribbon as the next layer and finished off with fireworks using simple stories fireworks stencil and GKD glitz glitter gel.

Moral of the card — no carnivals but we can still be happy and enjoy fireworks as long as they aren’t lighting the sky every night.

Beachy Sketch

The Sisterhood of Crafters The Paper Players Sketch Challenge PP501


It’s a hot, hot day once again outside so I have been playing in my stamp room catching up with challenges. The first challenge is The Sisterhood of Crafters and and Ocean/Beachy theme. The second challenge is from The Paper Players Sketch Challenge: PP501. To meet these challenges, I created a background using Hero Arts Color Layering Waves stamp set and since I’m working on some Christmas Cards for troops I pulled out Newton’s Nook Sun Soaked Christmas which is also a beach themed stamp set. More waves were added for the sketch layer by using Pretty Pink Posh waves stencil and my diagonal stripe bubbles patterned paper is from GKD.

Hopefully we will get a little break in temperatures so we can get ready for the dog days of summer.

Thanks for stopping by. Stay Cool!

Birds of Three

AYSI Challenge #230 Race in Triplicate

I always enjoy the speed challenges at the As You See It challenge blog and this challenge was not only an under 10 minute timed challenge but an Elements of Three twist in which to repeat the image three times. Reaching into my never seen ink before stamp sets, I found this Hampton Arts Jillibean Soup’s You’re Tweet. I chose this set because of the sentiment. Definitely need “happy” in our world right now. After I collected all of my supplies, I anxiously hit the start on my timer. Using a sizzix branch/tree embossing folder, I dry embossed on some neutral cardstock and stamped my birds from the stamp set onto the branches in Blue Raspberry, Cherry Red and Black Onyx (Blue Bird, Black Bird and Red….well maybe cardinal….Bird. Added a little layering colored card stock and a piece of patterned paper finishing off with some Sakura Clear Star Gelly Roll pen and wink of stella.

Finished under 10 minutes. Actual time 08:34.35. Fun challenge.