CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #150

CAS-challenge-150-kerin-sylHi stamping friends 🙂 This week CAS Colours & Sketches challenge blog is celebrating its 3rd year anniversary with sketch #150, and some of the Crafter’s Companion DT members are joining in on the fun! You’ll definitely want to check out the challenge, I hear there are prizes 🙂 Here’s the sketch:

CAS sketch #150


For my card I used the Makey Bakey – Make a Wish set. Oh my I just love these little mice! I colored them with Spectrum Aqua markers (have you tried these markers yet??? They are a MUST have!), and there is a FABULOUS SALE going on right now!!! Check it out HERE.  Here are the colors I used:

Mice: Terracotta & Tan (fur), Peach & Slate (bellies)

Cupcake: Red Violet, Scarlet, Peach (frosting), Crimson & Red Violet (cherry), Chocolate & Tan (wrapper)

Flame/Candle: Orange & Gold

Matchstick & Ladder: Chocolate

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you’ll join the challenge this week!

Virginia’s View Challenge #20 {Texture}

moose-kerin-sylvesterHi stamping friends 🙂 Today I’m playing along with a new-to-me challenge called Virginia’s View. This is a monthly challenge, and once I saw the inspiration photo and cards I was hooked. This month’s challenge is to use texture:

V. V. Challenge #20

For my card I added texture by using three different embossing folders, adding some liquid applique to my moose’s hat, and of course what would a Christmas tree be without some sparkly ornaments?! I used a little floral DSP for the rug to give it a textured appearance. The stamp set is called Merry Christmoose from MFT Stamps. How cute is this little guy?!? AND there’s even a matching die set so no fussy cutting!

The moose and tree were colored with the following Copics:

Moose/Tree Holder: E33, E35, E37, E59

Hat/Mug: R14, R17, R29

Pants: N2, N5, N7

Sweater: B21, B24, B26

Tree: YG95, YG97, G29 on top of a sponged layer of Old Olive and Garden Green SU! inks

Star: Y15, Y18

For the ornaments on the tree I colored some flat-backed sticky rhinestones with Copics in RV09, R29, B24, Y15, YR07, V09, YG05

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Crafter’s Companion – Makey Bakey Mice

Thanks-Petal-KS-WMHi stamping friends 🙂 Today I’m sharing a card I made with some new supplies from Crafter’s Companion. You’ll be seeing a lot of these little mice, I find them totally adorable (and so much fun to color)!

This set is called Makey Bakey Mice – Thanks Petal. This little cutie was stamped on Spectrum Aqua Watercolour Cardstock, then colored with Spectrum Aqua Markers in Tan, Chocolate, Charcoal, Terracotta, Peach, Spice, Scarlet & Moss. Once I was finished coloring him, I added a background using the Sheena Decorative Stencil called Distress Grid.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you find some time to get inky 🙂


Merry Monday and Freshly Made Sketches

jolly-hello-kerin-sylvesterHi stamping friends 🙂 Today I’ve created my first Christmas card of the year to go along with two fun challenges, Merry Monday and Freshly Made Sketches:

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I was so excited when I found some gold cardstock for the Merry Monday challenge to use Red & Gold! I used it for his mittens and the little heart on his hat, along with the circle beneath him. I paired it with the Christmas Cuteness set from My Favorite Stamps, which, YAY, has a matching die-namics set so no fussy cutting!

I colored Santa in with Copics in R14, R17, R29, R39, and added a little E40 to his beard and hair, along with a little R30 for some rosy cheeks. The snowflake embossing folder is from SU!, but apparently it’s retired.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you found a little time to get crafty this weekend!

The Card Concept #43

43-kerin-sylvesterHi stamping friends 🙂 It’s that time again, time for a new challenge at The Card Concept, and this week we’ve got a fabulous fall photo to inspire you!


My style is clean & layered, and I was inspired by the colors and rustic look of the photo. I saw some berry twigs in the background and thought of this wreath. I used the Seasonal Wreaths set from Flourishes (did you hear they are going to be re-opening?!?!), colored with Copics in Y15, Y18, Y38, YR15, YR18, R17, YG91.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you find time to join us this week!

Crafter’s Companion – Exciting News!

enjoy-the-silence-kerin-sylHey stamping friends 🙂 I’m super excited to finally get to share some news with you! Today I’m beginning a new adventure…I’ve been chosen to be on the design team for Crafter’s Companion. I can’t even begin to explain how thrilling this is for me. Crafter’s Companion not only has a fabulous assortment of stamps, paper, embossing folders, tools and accessories, they also have Spectrum Aqua (what I’ve used on this card), and Spectrum Noir Markers!! Ooh la la I’m in heaven 🙂 You know me and coloring 😉

For today’s card I used a stamp set called Enjoy the Silence by Sheena Douglass, along with Spectrum Aqua markers in Moss, Aquamarine, Teal, Gold, Orange and Crimson, all on fabulous Watercolour Cardstock. Usually watercolor paper has a creamy off-white look to it, not this cardstock, it’s extra white and the best I’ve used for watercoloring!

Stay tuned for more fun creations with Crafter’s Companion products, woohoo!

MFT Sketch Challenge #252

MFTWSC252-kerin-sylvesterHi stamping friends 🙂 Guess what?! The Patriots are on Thursday night football…awwww too bad I’ll have to stamp all night while Jeff watches the game 😉 I’m going to try and squeeze in as much coloring as possible before Kathy’s 30 Day Coloring Challenge ends! I will be sad to see it end. Kathy is a huge source of inspiration to so many stampers.

Today I’m playing along with the sketch challenge on the MFT Stamps blog:252

I love, love, love this stamp set from MFT Stamps called Knead You. OMG how sweet is this little kitty?! My niece is a huge fan of cats so I think this one will be heading her way. And bonus, it has a matching die-namics set so no fussy cutting!

I colored this little cutie in with Copics:

Kitty: N1, N2, N3, N4, N5, N6 Nose/Bow: RV21, RV23

Box: E30, E33, E35, E35, E37, E47

Fish: N1, BG02, BG10

Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂


Flourishes Zinnias

flourishes-zinnias-kerin-syHi stamping friends 🙂 Today I’m sharing a card I made with the Flourishes set Zinnias. I heard some VERY exciting news this past weekend that Flourishes will be re-opening! Woohooo! I have long loved their stamps and was super sad when they closed, so to hear that they will be back is a dream come true! Their sets are perfect for coloring 😉 Speaking of coloring, Kathy’s 30 Day Coloring Challenge is almost over! She has been so inspirational this month with her fabulous projects. I will definitely continue to color more once the challenge is over. It truly is very relaxing after a long day at work.

I was playing with distress inks again on this one. I’m getting more comfortable with distress inks, although I still go through a LOT of watercolor paper trying to get the look I want. Sometimes I’m not happy with the finished look until it’s completely dry…which is what happened on this one. I almost threw this background away! I used Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass and Mustard Seed, and I colored the zinnias in Copics to match. I added a few sequins to add a little sparkle.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you find some time to get inky 🙂

Crafty Card Gallery Fall Themed Blog Hop


crafty-card-gallery-blog-hoWelcome to the Crafty Card Gallery Fall themed blog hop! Thanks so much for joining us!

We have 9 very talented card makers who have each designed a fall themed card.

If you’ve never done a hop before, it’s a group of bloggers that have joined together. You hop from blog to blog using the links in each post.

Be sure to visit each of the blogs and comment on the posts and follow their blogs. Some of the bloggers are giving away prizes – so you want to be sure to comment so you can be eligible to win.

You should have arrived from Jennifer Restivo’s blog

If you didn’t, please go back to the start so you can do the whole hop:

Your next stop in the hop is: Tonya Tratham

Here’s the full list in case you get lost:

Jennifer Restivo

Kerin Sylvester (that’s me!)

Tonya Tratham

Shawnee Penkacik

Francine Clouden

Thia Gielow

Carla Blake

Beth McGee

Christina Sedor

For my fall themed card I used a long time favorite called Lovely as a Tree from Stampin’ Up!. I paired it with some DSP called Harvest Plaid by Echo Park Paper. I colored my leaves with Copics and fussy cut them to mount on Very Vanilla card stock. I added a little linen thread around my sentiment for a more rustic look.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I’m sure you’ll love the rest of the hop!

Sweet Sunday Sketch 291 – A Halloween Hello


Hey stamping friends 🙂 I’m back with another card for this week’s challenge at the Sweet Sunday Sketch blog because I loved the sketch that much! Here it is:


For this card I used the Witch Way is the Candy set from MFT Stamps, on a background created with distress inks in Ripe Persimmon, Wild Honey and Spiced Marmalade. Ooh, and another chance to color for Kathy’s 30 Day Coloring Challenge! The pumpkins were colored with the following Copics: Y15, YR15, YR16, YR18, with YG63 and YG67 for the stems.

I’m participating in a fall themed blog hop this Saturday, I hope you’ll stop by! I’m sure the rest of the ladies will have some fabulous creations! Thanks so much for popping in, see you soon!