Happy Birthday Art Impressions!

As part of the celebration of Art Impressions 32nd birthday, their monthly challenge this month is Birthdays! I chose to make a card with their Birthday Wishes stamp set. I paired it with a color combo from the July Daring Card Makers challenge, though I didn’t follow their challenge requirements, so I’m not submitting to them. I did a little bit of masking on the balloons, and then colored all the images with Tombow markers and a water brush. If it were not for the card panel being matted on a kraft card base, this would be a one layer card.

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My dad and brother both have January birthdays, which I am notorious for not acknowledging with a card. I think I go into a post-holiday coma or something. LOL  Anyway, I decided to be proactive and make their cards early.

ETA: This card placed in the Top 3 at Createful Heart Design!

I am submitted this card to the following challenges:



Missing You Always beach scene

This card is hopefully going to serve two purposes… one, to tell my friend I miss her, and two, for her to re-purpose and send to her daughter 🙂

I was inspired by a color combo for the current challenge at Crazy 4 Challenges. And there are so many beach and summer challenges this week, so I had plenty of motivation to create this little scene.

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I stamped the images from Stampin’ Up’s By The Seashore in Impression Obsession hybrid inks. I really love their assortment of colors and how there are three shades of each color, perfect for layering stamp sets. Here I only used one shade on each. The water was created by using Tattered Angel glimmer mists (remember those?!?) and tearing the edge of the paper to reveal the white core, which I then coated with Wink of Stella. The card base is kraft, and to create the look of sand I dotted the lower corner with three shades of alcohol markers, a white gel pen, and my trusty Wink of Stella. The sentiment comes from the Brushstroke Expressions set from My Favorite Things and was stamped in Tree Branch Archival Ink in case the glimmer mist gave me any troubles. I realized (not for the first time) that you can never have too many inks 🙂 The shells are glued flat to the card but the crab is popped up on foam tape for dimension. Debated about adding Nuvo drops but I need this card to make it through the mail twice, so I decided against it. My friend can add bling on her end if she chooses. So much more shimmery IRL!

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The inside of the kraft card is lined with 2 white panels, the bottom glued down permanently, and the top with removable glue. My message will be on top but she can remove it to reuse the card for her daughter.

ETA: This card was chosen as winner of The Artist Stamper June challenge!!!

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I am submitting this card in the following challenges:

  1. Always Fun Challenges – #116 Fun at the Beach
  2. Crazy4Challenges – #489 Surf and Sand Color Combo
  3. The Artistic Stamper – By the Seaside
  4. Pile It On – #155 Vacation – beach
  5. Make My Monday – Begins with Letter B – beach
  6. Just Us Girls – #493 Photo Inspiration – beach
  7. Words 2 Craft By – #66 Running Barefoot – on the beach!
  8. Simon Says Stamp – Vacation/Travel – beach
  9. Sasayaki Glitter Stamps – Making Waves –
  10. Daring Cardmakers – Midsummer Day
  11. Sweet Stampin Challenge – Summer
  12. Ellibelle’s Crafty Wednesday – June/July – Summer Scenes, Treats, or Colors
  13. Bastel-Traum – #78 Summer
  14. Angie’s Digital Stamps – #32 AG W/Opt Fun in the Sun

Ice Cream Hugs

My bestie isn’t a chocolate or cookie girl, so I can’t send her a Hershey bar or homemade chocolate chip cookies to show her I care. Her vice is ice cream, and *that* you unfortunately cannot ship 600 miles away and hope it will hold on a porch in the middle of Florida. Next best thing? An ice cream card!!!

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The images are from Close To My Heart’s Ice Cream Dream stamp set. Once again I used my Prismacolor pencils to color the images and fussy cut them. I added Wink of Stella to the brightly colored areas, and then I added Nuvo Crystal Glaze to several areas for a glossy look. The hugs sentiment is a Pink and Main die, cut twice and layered. It too has both Wink of Stella and Nuvo Crystal Glaze. I decorated the inside with the sentiment from the same stamp set. The paper pieced hill was cut with a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Slope die, though the stitching is hard to see in the pictures. As a final touch, I added an Action Wobbler to the little dog, who is very excited to get an ice cream cone!

Please indulge me with some close ups… I am really pleased with how this came out 🙂

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ETA: This card was chosen as 1 of the top 5 in the Incy Wincy Designs challenge! AND one of the Top 3 at Colour Crazy 🙂

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I am submitting this card to the following challenges:

  1. Fusion – VW Hippie – I was inspired by the bright, rainbow colors and knew right away I wanted to use an ice cream truck as the vehicle
  2. Alphabet Challenge Blog – G is for Grunge or Glitz – I have lots of glitz with the Wink of Stella
  3. As You Like It Challenge – Fav Summer Colours – rainbow!!!!
  4. Cards 4 Galz – #99 Favourite Colour Combo – rainbow!!!!
  5. Get Creative Challenges – #81 AG/Opt. Fav Color Combo – rainbow!!!!
  6. Incy Wincy Designs – Things with Wheels – ice cream truck
  7. Pile It On – Transportation – ice cream truck
  8. Stamping Sensations – Show Your True Colors – rainbow!!!!
  9. The Library Challenge – #36 The Rainbow
  10. 2 Crafty Critter Crazies – #27 AG with a Critter – dog
  11. SheepSki Designs Challenge – #27 For Someone Special – my BFF
  12. Colour Crazy Challenge – #24 AG with coloring
  13. C.R.A.F.T. Challenge – #518 Summer – nothing says summer like ice cream
  14. Cute Card Thursday – #587 Summer – nothing says summer like ice cream
  15. Ellibelle’s Crafty Wednesday – June/July – Summer Scenes, Treats, or Colors
  16. A Bit More Time To Craft – #94 AG
  17. Angie’s Digital Stamps – #32 AG w/Opt. Fun in the Sun
  18. Bastel-Traum Challenge – #78 Summer
  19. Cupcake Inspirations – #472 Pop Up Element – Action Wobbler

Bouquet of Thanks for a Friend


So, my BFF is about to face the biggest challenge of her life thus far… her one and only child, now 18 years old, is leaving for college and not only that, she’s leaving this weekend so she can attend a summer session. She’s going to need something… anything… to make her smile when she gets home from dropping her daughter off at the university. I hope this will do that, though I know it won’t… can’t… fill the void. There is only so much I can do from 600 miles away.

For this CAS card, I was inspired by the CAS Colours & Sketch Challenge for the choice in colors, and I think this regal color palette will appeal to my bestie more than the card from a couple days ago. The stamp and sentiment is from SSS’s Bouquet of Thanks, and I love the large image that required no masking. Once again, I used Prismacolor pencils to color my image (greens 908 & 911, purples 932 & 1008, and corals 921 & 922). I find pencils are great for what I call Couch Crafting… a way I can remain crafty while hanging with my family in the living room. My couch crafting has gotten a little complicated this week with the addition of a new puppy to our family, but so far the only thing she’s gotten into were my cup of pencil shavings!

ETA: This card was selected as a Top Pick by the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog 🙂

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I am submitting this card to the following challenges:

  1. CAS Colour & Sketch Challenge – #326 color combo
  2. Retro Rubber Challenge Blog – #113 Anything Goes – SSS released Bouquet of Thanks as part of their One of a Kind Release on June 23rd, 2017 (thank you internet), so this set is 2 years old. I’ve had it 2 years and used it *twice*… must correct that!
  3. Inkspirational Challenge  – #189 Garden
  4. Penny Black and More Challenge – Blossoms and Butterflies
  5. AAA Cards – #142 One Layer Card + opt. Black & White only
  6. A Bit More Time to Craft – #94 Anything Goes
  7. Sheepski Design Challenges – #27 For Someone Special
  8. Make My Monday Challenge Blog – #98 Lots of Flowers
  9. Tuesday Throwdown – #434 Keep It Simple – doesn’t get more simple than 2 stamps on a 1 layer card with 2 color blends for coloring

CAS Christmas card with Close to My Heart


Today’s card is super quick and CAS. This card was made with the CTMH present stamp from the Jingle Borders stamp set and the sentiment from their Say It In Style set. I chose to go with non-traditional colors for this Christmas card for the Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge as well as a couple others listed below. I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils (932, 994, 913, and 992). The border stamp set had 4 to choose from but I selected the presents for the CAS Christmas Challenge. Yay me! I got my second holiday card completed for this year 🙂

ETA: This card was selected by CAS Christmas as an Outstanding Design!!! 😀

I am submitting this card to the following challenges:

  1. Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge – June – Anything Goes + opt. Non-Traditional
  2. CAS Christmas – June – Gifts
  3. The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge – June & July – Anything Goes
  4. Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog – June – Anything Christmas Goes
  5. Crimbo-Crackers Challenge 186 – Anything Christmas/Festive Goes
  6. Christmas at Sweet Stampin’ Challenge Blog – Anything Christmas Goes + opt. Non-Traditional Colors
  7. C.R.A.F.T. Challenge – Christmas 
  8. ABC Christmas Challenge – June – L is for Little (little presents)
  9. Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – #442 Anything Goes + opt. Non-Traditional Colors

Color Throwdown #547

Coming in just under the wire with a card for ctd547, using their inspiration colors:

I used Primacolor pencils to color images from SSS’s Even More Spring Flowers stamp set using the following colors (Grass Green 909, Peacock Green 907, Carmine 926, Crimson Red 924, Pale Vermillion 921, Yellowed Orange 1002, and Canary 916). The background was ink blended with brushes and Abandoned Coral Distress Ink. The sentiment is from SSS’s Bouquet of Thanks and the black and white stripe paper is MFT’s.

I’m entering in the following challenges:


Altenew Hennah Elements March challenge

Squeaking in just under the wire on the deadline for the March inspiration challenge:


I used the Hennah Elements stamp set and colored it with Tombow markers (reds 835, 847, 856, oranges 925, 933, and greens 126, 158). I used the Altenew Halftone stencil for the background with Nuvo Glimmer Paste in Seaweed Quartz. I also added clear Wink of Stella to parts of the flowers to give a little more sparkle. Here is a close ups and the inside:

ETA: This card was selected as an Altenew Inspiration winner!!! Whoo-hoo!

Submitting this card in the following challenges: