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Yesterday I had a Spectrum Noir Alcohol Marker coloring class, which focused on shading clothing. I had recently ordered from Etsy a Sherri Baldy digi stamp (there were two images to my surprise and delight). I thought this would be a great image to practice clothing coloring. A color palette of blues and pinks was chosen. When she was finished, I knew I had to submit another card to the Fusion Card Challenge – Pretty in Pink Card Challenge.

She was so much fun to color. Here are the markers we used: Hair – base from roots to midway of hair GB11 then GB4 to the ends. TN3, GB 10, TN5, EB4, EB5 (dots throughout hair); skin – EB1, FS7, FS9 and FS8 for cheeks and lips; dress and headband- TB1, TB4, TB5; Pants – LY1, CT4; Flowers PP1 and PP3 and Blender throughout project.

The flowers are from the Heartfelt Creations – Botanical Rose. The base of the card is FSJ Whip Cream with FSJ Watermelon Fusion and FSJ Bubble Gum cardstocks as mats. The oval was cut from Heartfelt Creations Strawberry Fields 12 x 12 paper pack. The pearl accents are FSJ pearls and they were colored with Spectrum Noir PP2 marker to make them pink. A layer of Journey Glaze was added to all the flowers to make them shine and pop. And, finally the bow is SU! silk ribbon made into a double bow.

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Super excited to receive the notice from Pam Staples with Paper Craft Crew I had made the Top Picks for Challenge #230!!!

The card that made the top picks is the adorable Penguin card letting someone special know, “i love you”. Here is the card:

Click here for the post detailing how the card was created and what products were used. All the products used on this card are Fun Stampers Journey products. If you are interested in learning more about Fun Stampers Journey or purchasing products, please go to my website www.funstampersjourney.com/martymcgee (my Coach number is 818561).

Wow, it has been a while since I have posted a card creation. I have been super busy with my part-time job,
getting paper cut and supplies pulled together for my annual Christmas Stamp-a-Stack, creating a game
for our annual Stamp Camp long weekend get-a-way. By the end of the day, I’m so tired I can’t think. I’m sure
most of you reading this have been where I am and know what I’m talking about. No brain thinky = no creativity.

Anyway, I’m posting to Paper Craft Crew Card Challenge #169. Of course, I couldn’t think of anything other than
a Christmas theme. I’ve been in Christmas theme mode for five or six weeks. There are so many awesome SU!
Christmas Cards on Pinterest. Pin, Pin, Pin, . . . . . . and, one of my favorite Holiday items is the edgelit Sleigh Ride set.
LOVE IT! Needless to say, I made a card for this week’s sketch using this set. Here is the PCCCS169 sketch.


I took Island Indigo and made it my base mat along with the decorative tab and mat for the sleigh rider and horse. I used some retired DSP for the bottom portion of the second mat with Whisper White at the top. The ribbon is retired double-stitched Regal Rose. I cut out the trees in Silver Glimmer paper ’cause every Christmas card needs a little bling. I accented the sleigh ride scene with a Snowflake Element wooden snowflake covered in liquid glue and dipped in Dazzling Diamonds glitter. This is a cute, simple card. I hope you enjoy it!

Supplies: Retired SU! paper (please feel free to let me know the name of the DSP paper and I’ll update the post), retired SU! Regal Rose double-stitched ribbon.


This week’s Paper Craft Crew Card Challenge #165 is featuring the Hearth and Home Thinlit set. I mentioned in the previous post I love this set. It is so versatile and just makes the most darn cute cards you have ever seen that I’m entering another card for this challenge. The card sketch is below:


This card was one of September Make-n-Take cards. My stampers love this die set and several of them have purchased it already and others have it on their wish list.

This card, also, features the new SU! Brick Embossing folder. It is an outdoor scene using the Hearth & Home Thinlit set. It looks very much like a Spring card, but I couldn’t help myself; I just had to put flowers in the flower box die that comes with the set.

PCCCS 165 Card 2

I matted the entire card with a thin layer of Basic Black to make the Cherry Cobbler brick wall stand out. I gave it a worn look by adding Very Vanilla Craft Ink to the embossing folder and then running the mat through the Big Shot. The flowers and leaves were made using punches. The grass was cut out with a die (it might have come from My Favorite Things – I’m not sure since I purchased it from one of my stampers who was getting rid of their stash). The shade was punched with a retired ribbon type punch from Stampin’ Up!. I love this card and I hope you do too.



A great Monday morning to play with Freshly Made Sketches #186. Here is the FMS186 sketch:

FMS Final 186-001

This past week was a very hectic week as well as this weekend, and I had a major mental block trying to design cards for the current card challenge websites I like to play. Well, I woke up this morning and double checked the deadline for the FMS186 challenge and voila, I had an idea. I love the clean and simple lines of this card. And, I’m excited to be using some of the new SU! 2015-2017 In-Colors!


Note: If you look closely you can see where I scored the card stock to create two diagonal lines (the lighting doesn’t capture the scored lines very well). I also embossed the crazy circle lines with gold embossing powder.


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Wow, Wow, Wow! I LOVE this Color Challenge for FabFriday 63 .


In fact, I LOVED this challenge so much, I’m entering two cards for this challenge. I have also combined FabFriday 63 color challenge with two other sketch challenges to sort of “kill two birds with one stone.”  Both of my designs are Father’s Day cards and these colors capture how I remember my father. He was was gregarious, hilarious, vibrant, etc., and these colors fit him to a “T.” Honestly, I don’t know why we stay with neutral colors, for the most part, when we make masculine/male cards. I think this color challenge really makes the two Father’s Day cards I designed really pop!

The next Father’s Day card makes me want to go to the beach. The wash of colors makes you want to dive right in to experience this vibrant under the sea creation. I combined the FabFriday63 challenge with FMS#184 sketch challenge (link will take you to my blog post for this card challenge to get the sketch design details).


I thoroughly enjoyed making both of these cards. I hope you enjoy them as well.

Supplies: see links for details.


This week I have several card challenges I want to enter. One of these is Freshly Made Sketches #184. I had sketched out my design two nights ago on a post it note with the intention of being ahead of the game. In other words, getting my card posted with commentary when I published the post instead of just pictures. But, alas, I was behind due to my own lack of focus. I was thinking the post didn’t have to be entered until 11:50 p.m., Monday, May 4th. It’s a good thing I doubled checked the upload time this morning. Anyway, here is this week’s sketch:

FMS184One of the other challenges I plan to enter had a gorgeous color combination using the retiring In Colors. This really inspired me to create an under the sea card as a Father’s Day card. The Freshly Made Card Sketch #184 was the ideal sketch to make it happen. This is the first time I’ve used my By The Tide SU! stamp set to make a card (it has been sitting on the shelf for several months). I used watercolor paper to create the blend of colors you see below in the challenge card:FMS184

I stamped in Black StazOn the lobster and seahorse onto the watercolor paper and watercolored them with Strawberry Slush reinker for the lobster and a combination of Pistachio Pudding and Coastal Cabana reinkers with touch up on the seahorse belly and back using the Crisp Cantaloupe and Calypso Coral Stampin’ Write markers. The coral was stamped with Versa Mark and embossed with Melon Mambo embossing powder. I layered the sea floor because I had an opportunity to embellish with 3D layers. For those of you new to stamping, this means I made a boo boo and I had to cover it up and NOT restart the card all over again. As you seasoned stampers know, boo boos seem to happen right before you finish the card. LOL

I hope you enjoy this Father’s Day card!


Note: The supply list website I use did not list the Pistachio Pudding reinker; therefore I put the ink pad in it’s place.

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