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I looking, yet again, through my retired stamp sets and espied Bronco Buster. It made me think of my friend Cheyenne and the cards she makes for her dad’s birthdays. I had looked at the SUO Challenge and TGIF card challenge for this week and felt I could use this card for both challenges.

The SUO Challenge is to use a DSP (Designer Series Paper) as a major part of your card design and TGIF color challenge is . . . . .TGIFC10

I immediately thought of the new Bohemian DSP featured in the SU! 2015-2016 catalog.

I made an initial mat out of Smoky Slate and placed the Bohemian DSP paper on top. I took the Blackberry Bliss ink pad and inked up the Hardwood background stamp, and I stamped the image onto Island Indigo card stock. It look really cool! I then cut out strips and made a frame to border around the cowboy stamped image in Blackberry Bliss on Very Vanilla card stock. I accented the card with a miniature lariat. I think the card is really cute.

SUO and TGIFC10Supplies: not pictured – SU! Bronco Buster and twine


Thanks for coming back for the details if you got my initial post. For some reason, I am always under the wire getting my PPA card challenge completed and submitted by the time deadline of 12 noon on Tuesdays. Thus, I didn’t have time to give any details on the project until I got the card submitted right on time.

This week’s Pals Paper Arts challenge are the following colors:6a011572200a0f970b01b8d12445b4970c-300wi

I had originally wanted to us the SU! stamp set Wood You Be Mine?, but I couldn’t pull the card together in my mind’s eye. Then, I thought of the retired SU! stamp set Seaside. I layered the shells from this stamp set using a mask and, quite by accident, I made a stamped image from a newly inked pad where the ink had not settled into the pad of the large conch shell. I had already stamped initial image and I cut out the darker portions of the over inked image and layered it on top of the original image. I made a double layered mat from Marina Mist card stock layered on Sahara Sand card stock and stamped coral as a back drop for the fish from By The Tide which was stamped with Early Espresso onto Pool Party card stock and highlighted with Stampin’ Write markers. The shells, fish, and sentiment (“Happy Birthday” – Sprinkles of Life SU! stamp set) are raised with SU! dimensionals.


Supplies: Seaside SU! retired stamp set; Stampin’ Write Markers – Calypso Coral, Pistachio Pudding, Hello Honey, Coastal Cabana

While looking for inspiration for card challenges, I came across Virginia’s View Challenge. I had just completed a monochromatic card for my next make-n-take, and I decided to enter this challenge. She specified Ombre & Monocromatic and gave a couple of examples:

Ombre Monochromatic

Ombre Monochromatic

I think these cards are gorgeous!

For my regular blog readers this card was featured as a Paper Craft Crew Challenge as well (might as well kill two birds with one stone). Here is one of June’s make-n-take cards as well as Virginia’s View Challenge:



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This week Freshly Made Sketches #190 features this card sketch:

FMS Final 190-001

As you will see, I just can’t get enough of the new SU! 2015-2017 In-Colors. For my interpretation of the card sketch, I chose the Sprinkles of Life SU! stamp set and featured an ice cream cone topped with scoops of Delightful Dijon, Cucumber Crush, and Watermelon Wonder. I placed the ice cream cone on an oval mat I created by sponging Daffodil Delight ink onto the Whisper White oval cardstock. I created a background with the sunburst stamp from Perpetual Birthday Calendar stamp set and then accented with a panel of DSP from the Cherry On Top DSP paper stack. “Sweet Moments” seemed an appropriate sentiment from the Project Life stamp set Remember This.


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I have missed out on at least the last two Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch challenges due to making wedding invitations with a deadline and going on vacation. So glad to get back to making a card for this weeks challenge:


As usual, I started off with a completely different layout and stamp choice for this card than what I ended up making, but I’m really happy with how this card looked once I had changed the stamp choices. I really, really, really LOVE the watercolor technique I used on this card and several other previous cards to make a subtle color transition (this is the initial technique for Bokeh cards, but using only one color and smoothing out any rough transition areas). I chose SU! Watermelon Wonder as my monochromatic color for this card. I’m loving the new 2015-2017 In-Colors!

The matted flower was supposed to be laying on a landscape layout, but the OCD in me noticed I had not centered my striped paper and one side of the mat would have a white stripe while the other side would have a red stripe, and I didn’t want to cut anymore paper since I still have to use this paper for my catalog open house event. So, I made the card a portrait layout and placed the matted flower parallel with the stripes; it worked perfectly. I added diamond rhinestones tinted with the Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities marker, but decided to not included any other type of embellishment along with it. I decided to leave off the sentiment as well since everything I tried just didn’t “fit” the card. I almost forgot! I stamped the You’ve Got This flower in Black Staz-On onto a piece of Watermelon Wonder cardstock, and I watercolored shading onto the flower, stem, and leaf. I really love the way this card developed into a stunning card:


This week’s Pals Paper Arts Challenge is a color challenge:6a00e54f95df92883401b8d121b7dc970c-800wi


On this challenge I wanted to do something a little different. Instead of stamping on Whisper White or Very Vanilla cardstock, I decided to stamp the sentiment from SU! Friendly Wishes onto a piece of So Saffron cardstock using Soft Suede ink and cut it out using the Labels Framelits dies. I had tried several different looks with the soft suede background mat. I started off just doing nothing to it. It just wasn’t quite right (if you know what I mean); then, I tried stamping the small dot lines from Friendly Wishes in soft suede onto the mat. Yuk! So, I decided to try something else and realized I had used the last piece of cardstock scrap in the size I needed and I didn’t have any full sheets of Soft Suede cardstock. What??? How did that happen? No problem I left the original mat on the card and cut two pieces of Soft Suede cardstock to the width of the card; embossed it with the Scallop embossing folder and adhered the pieces to the Yuk, Yuk piece of cardstock. From there, I stamped a piece of Strawberry Slush cardstock with the flower from the same stamp set using Strawberry Slush ink. The card still needed something, but I didn’t want to detract from the sentiment focal point so I cut two small strips of So Saffron and placed them behind the sentiment (I didn’t have any ribbon that worked with this color challenge). Last but not least, I colored in the heart with the Strawberry Slush Stampin’ Write marker. And, here it is:



Freshly Made Sketches #189 is a great sketch to feature the new Stampin’ Up! In-Colors along with the new Envelope Paper.

FMS Final 189I am having an SU! catalog open house and I wanted a clean and simple card to showcase the new 2015-2017 In-Colors. I used the striped side of the Mint Macaron envelope paper for the circle; then, I stamped the flower from You’ve Got This in Mint Macaron on Whisper White and matted the stamped image askew onto a solid piece of Mint Macaron. I added a sentiment from You’ve Got This in Mint Macaron on a Whisper White banner. Very monochromatic. I plan on using this card sketch and duplicating this card in all of the five new In-Colors as a quick make-n-take at the catalog open-house. I’m sure all of my stampers will LOVE this design as well as the new In-Colors and stamp sets I will be featuring.


I have really been having a great time playing with all the Card Challenge websites. One of my favorite sites is Paper Craft Crew. This week the team is featuring a card sketch.

PCCCS144sketchI wanted to focus on a new SU! product this challenge and decided to use SU! Build A Birthday stamp set along with the new paper stack and In Colors. I managed to finish right before it turned dark and got a quick snapshot of the card. Oddly enough, the flash caused the surrounding background to appear black as if it were night-time. Here is this week’s entry:


I think this is a fun, cute card sure to make anyone happy on their birthday. Enjoy!



Pals Paper Arts 251 challenge this week is a color challenge featuring Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo and Tempting Turquoise.


These colors are part of the Bold Brights. which happens to be my favorite SU! Color Collection. As you can see from previous posts I tend to gravitate toward bright colors unless a card/color challenge specifies something different.

I’m sure all of you papercrafters have this dilemma quite often, you have a shelf/shelves full of stamps and you can’t find a stamp that really works for what you’re trying to create on paper. I finally settled on one, the new SU! stamp set Friendly Wishes. It just seemed to fit the card. I took the Melon Mambo cardstock and stamped on it with the Hardwood background stamp in Basic Gray to mute the Melon Mambo and allow the word phrase to stand out. I used markers to color in the areas of the stamp and then accented it with a Daffodil Delight mat and butterfiles cut from watercolor paper that had been water washed and the featured colors (ink dyes) applied directly to the paper. I accented the butterflies with pearls colored with my Daffodil Delight Blendabilities marker (the medium shade). I think this card says it all for a special friend or family member.



Note: I used Melon Mambo and Tempting Turquoise Stampin’ Write Markers to ink directly to the rubber stamp.

I also used the retired butterfly embosslit folder.

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Freshly Made Sketches #185 is a card sketch this week:

FMS Final 185-001In a previous post, I had mentioned wanting to make a sympathy card, but the card for that challenge turned out to be a Father’s Day card. I have successfully completed a sympathy card for the FMS185 Card Challenge. I really think the SU! Thoughts & Prayers stamp set is fitting for sympathy and get well occasion cards. I chose the tree and the sentiment “Sharing in your Sorrow.” I went with a color combo of Baked Brown Sugar, Hello Honey, and Pistachio Pudding. It took me two efforts to make the watercolor tree portion. This was due to the fact, I usually have “ants in my pants” and can’t wait for the paper to fully dry; therefore, the inks tend to smear easily where I don’t want them to smear.

Here is the card I made:


Note: Some reinkers and stampin’ write markers are not showing up on the supply list. I used Baked Brown Sugar, Soft Suede, and Pistachio Pudding Stampin’ Write Markers and the Pistachio Pudding re-inker.