Bee, Candles, Balloons, Butterflies

I have been busy today creating cards for challenges and a featured stamper. All were posted at Split Coast Stampers. I wanted to share them with my buddies on this blog.

Butterfly Bookmark

This bookmark was created with the current Paper Smooches Animals challenge, as well as the Mod Squad Challenge. I used a Paper Smooches set called Flap Happy, colored with Copic markers. I enhanced the butterflies with a white gel pen. The scallop top was created with a retired SU punch.

Balloon Birthday
Birthday Candles

The above two cards were based on a card by the featured stamper at Split Coast Stampers, Sheri Gilson. I have admired her work for several years and have used her work for inspiration. Here is the card I used for inspiration:

Lawn Fawn stamps were used. For both cards I used Simply Celebrate and Wavy Sayings. I made two as I had the supplies out and couldn’t decide which single stamp to use. The candle piece of patterned paper is from My Favorite Things. I used two pieces from the pack for color inspiration.

Just BeeCause

This last card was created with the inspiration of Ellen Hutson’s blog. There is a post by Gina K Design where she used the wreath builder and Ellen Hutson stamps. I got inspired to use other stamps and make a wreath. I chose a bee from Flap Happy, a Paper Smooches stamp. This was also posted to the current challenge of Animals at their blog.

I had a fun day of creating. We had rain when I woke up, then snow, now it is just cold. Crazy weather for March as it should be windy. I had to be inside and I was inspired. Thanks for reading the long post.

Record Birthday

Following is a birthday card for my brother, who is turning 61. This is not a record birthday, but I chose records and music for his card. This is using colors and stamps for the current Paper Smooches challenge.

The main stamp set used is Be Boppin from Paper Smooches. The words “happy birthday” are from SU Paper Pumpkin, and the snare drum is a Paper Trey Ink stamp. The record from the front is a MFT die. All paper is SU. The inks are various colors from GKD, Memento, and Lawn Fawn.

I chose the snare drum as my brother played a drum in high school and continues to play to this day. He listened to a lot of records, so the records fit. He used to sing so I added the notes. Being an artist, paint and drawing, the various colors work well. I always love finding an idea that fits the personality of the recipient.

This card will also be entered in the Sweet Stampin Challenge Blog:

What’s the Buzz

Love when a design will work for more than one challenge. I chose Paper Smooches stamps as I have not used them in a while and it was time to stamp with them once again. The CAS sketch worked perfectly for my idea.

I used Paper Smooches Courteous Cuties and Courteous Cuties 2 for my stamping. I colored the bee with Spectrum Noir CT1, 2, and 3 markers, and Copic CG1 and 0 for the wings. I added sparkle with a gel pen. I used GKD/Thermoweb stitched dies to cut out my rectangle. I used Cuttlebug Honeycomb embossing folder to add a bit of texture to the background. My yellow patterned paper is Lawn Fawn Knock on Wood paper pack. I felt my rectangle image was a bit unbalanced, so I added gemstones from The Paper Studio. Thanks for looking.

Christmas Dove

I have another card for the October Paper Smooches challenge:

Christmas Dove

I used Michele Boyer’s card style for inspiration. She loves white space. I basically copied a card, but changed the greeting. Stamp sets used are Christmas Sampler and A Blessed Christmas. Here is a link showing the inspiration card:

Retro Rubber Challenge #121

I have a card made with older supplies for the Retro Rubber Challenge.

I used Chubby Chums from Paper Smooches, which was released in 2013. I used the Sizzix Circle #2 Flip-it Die set, which I have had for at least three years. The patterned paper used is a pack from Hobby Lobby, sitting in my stash for at least 10 years. I pull it out when I need a baby card. I followed the first column on the tic-tac-toe grid: pastel colors, baby, die cut or punch.


Camellia One in a Million


This card is for two challenges, Power Poppy and Paper Smooches.

The Power Poppy challenge is all about emboss resist. I chose to place my flowers around the border. They are watercolored with pink toned Stampin’Up markers and a water brush.

The Paper Smooches challenge is to use flowers on your card. I chose to use the Kindness Sampler set for my greeting.

Camellia One in a Million

Power Poppy has a challenge to use emboss resist. I chose to use the Simply Camellias stamp set, along with a Paper Smooches greeting from Kindness Sampler. This card will go along with both challenges.


I decided to place the flowers as a border with the greeting in the middle. I colored the flowers with Stampin’Up markers, that were from 2002. They still work great and were quite easy to add a bit of water to spread the color.

Beautiful Day

I am creating along with Connie Stewart at, with her Saturday idea. I do not have the stamp she is using, so I pulled from my stash.

Stamps used: Kindness Sampler from Paper Smooches, Happy Hibiscus from Maymay Made It. Paper is Gina K Designs: White layering Weight, Key Lime. Ink is GKD: Passionate Pink, Blue Lagoon, Keylime, Black Onyx, and SU Mango Melody. The ribbon is from Hobby Lobby.

Creative Sketch #2 #simplystamping

Here is the inside:

Beautiful Day inside

This will be entered in the May Paper Smooches challenge which is using flowers. I needed to use one Paper Smooches stamp to fit the rules of the challenge.

This will also be entered in the May is for Makin’ from Maymay Made It. It has been a hard month at times to just sit and stamp, so that is why I am posting with Maymay. I enjoyed sitting and stamping following a video idea.