Retro Sketch #103


For today's project I stopped by the Retro Sketches blog to see what's new this week. Ooh, a tag sketch, fun! 


Here are the supplies I used:

Stamps: Wild for Watermelong (Flourishes)

Copics: R20, R22, R24, YG000, YG01, YG03, YG07, E37, E74, E77

Paper: Real Red (SU!), XPressIt Blending Card, radom piece of DSP

Accessories: Crystal Effects, Silver Cord, Bling, Dimensionals (SU!), Stitched Circle Die (MFT Stamps), Circle Die (Spellbinders), Red Ribbon (LSS)

Thanks so much for stopping by today 🙂

Fusion Challenge #1


For today's card I'm playing along with the new challenge on the Fusion Card Challenge blog. This challenge has a cool twist, play with the sketch, the inspiration, or both! I started out trying to "fuse" both the sketch and inspiration together, but once I got started I had to stick to the sketch only. I spotted this cute little set I've had for years(??) and hadn't really used, and I knew I would build my card around it. 

Here's the challenge:


Here are the supplies I used for my card:

Stamps: Tiny Treats Birthday (Papertrey Ink), Teeny Tiny Wishes (SU!)

Paper: The Sweetest Thing (My Mind's Eye), Terra Cotta, Emerald Coast collections (Flourishes), So Saffron (SU!), XPressIt Blending Card

Copics: Y32, Y35, Y38 (Lion), BG10, BG11, BG13 (Elephant), YR23, YR24, YR27, E27 (Monkey)

Accessories: Daffodil Delight Satin Ribbon, Mini Safety Pin, Word Window Punch, 1-1/4" Punch, 1-3/8" Punch (all SU!)

Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

The Card Concept – Design Team Member

Designer Badge

I have some very exciting news to share with you today! Lesley Croghan is starting a new challenge blog called The Card Concept, and she has invited me to be on the design team! The Card Concept will be a bi-weekly challenge blog, exploring different styles of card making. I will be one of the clean & layered designers. What is clean & layered you ask?

  • clean lines
  • lots of layers
  • designer papers/embossing
  • embellishments/accents
  • clean and fresh looking
  • some coloured images at times
  • white space

This is the perfect spot for me 🙂 I love clean looking cards, but have never been able to stop at one or two layers!! 

Here is an example of my clean and layered card style:


I am so thrilled to be part of this amazing team. Wait until you see the talent Lesley has gathered, and the spectrum of styles being represented! I hope you'll join us in our challenges, and explore your creative style!

Supplies used for my card:

Stamps: PI Owl Costume (My Favorite Things)

Paper: Reunion DSP (My Mind's Eye), Early Espresso (SU!), Emerald Coast Collection (Flourishes), XPressIt Blending Card


    Owl Costume/Hair: E33, E35, E37

    Tights: Y32, Y35, Y38

    Shoes: BG10, BG11, BG13

    Skin: E00, E31, E33 with a touch of R20 on her cheeks

Thanks so much for stopping by today!



The Paper Players #174 – Evergreen Theme


For today's card I'm playing along with The Paper Players:


The first set that popped into my head when I read about the "evergreen-y" theme for this week was Country Time Christmas by Flourishes. I really wish you could see this card in real life, because the sparkly, snowy ground just makes it for me. 

Here are the Copic colors I used:

Christmas Trees: YG93, YG99

Bare Trees/Horse/Hat/Ground: E31, E33, E35, E37

Jacket: C00, C3

Pants: B91, B93, B95

Thanks so much for stopping by today 🙂


Timeless Tuesday #249 – Stitching (Real of Faux)


I'm super excited to be hosting this week's Timeless Tuesday Challenge! I have been playing along with the Flourishes challenges for some time now, and I was beyond thrilled when they chose me to be one of their hostesses this month!

My challenge to you is something that I wanted to challenge myself with as well:


For my card I used the Warm Winter Wishes set stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, because we could use some warm wishes right about now in the Northeast!

My stamped image and designer paper are both mounted on card stock from the Color Made Easy – Emerald Coast Collection. I used the following Copics to color my snowman:

Hat & Scarf: BG10, BG11, BG13, BG18

Bird & Buttons: R22, R24, R27, R29

Carrot Nose: YR14, YR15, YR16

Twig arms: E33, E35, E37

Shading on snowman body and ground: C00, C3

I stitched around my middle layer with a zigzag stitch an white thread. I finished off my card by adding some Teal Blue Seam Binding Ribbon and a snowflake gem, along with some stamped snowflakes with rhinestone centers.

I hope you'll join us for this week's challenge and your chance to win! For plenty of inspiration, check out the other creations by the Timeless Tuesday Team:

Allison Cope

Cheryl Lea

Deborah Anton

Jenny Gropp

Katie Sims

Thanks so much for stopping by today 🙂

Mojo Monday 321


For today's card I'm playing along with the Mojo Monday sketch challenge. Here's the sketch:


Here are the supplies I used for my card:

Stamps: Warm Winter Wishes (Flourishes)

Paper: Lost & Found Christmas (My Mind's Eye), Early Espresso & Crumb Cake (SU!)

Copics: BG10, BG11, BG13, E50, E31, E33

Accessories: Early Espresso Satin Ribbon, Linen Thread, Crumb Cake Button (SU!)

Thanks so much for stopping by today 🙂

Mojo Monday 316


Ooh I'm so excited about today's card, and I know right where I'm sending this little cutie too! My niece Grace is THE sweetest Girl Scout around, and with cookie time right around the corner, this is perfect for her. 

I hopped over to the Mojo Monday blog to see what the sketch is this week, and I was so excited when the whole card plan came together with it! I really enjoyed coloring this adorable stamp called Pure Innocence – Girl Scout from My Favorite Things.

I selected my DSP, which is from the My Mind's Eye Reunion pad, along with some green card stock from the Color Made Easy Pistachio Collection from Flourishes. The brown card stock is Early Espresso from Stampin' Up!, and the white is X-PressIt Blending Card. 

And how about that ribbon? I got it from my friend Selene Kempton, and that perfect bow was already made for me! She always sends little goody bags when I order Stampin' Up! product from her 🙂

Here are the Copic colors I used (lots of 'em!)

Dress & Socks – YG61, YG63, YG67

Hair – E00, E31, E33, E35

Sash, Shoes & Bow Tie – E35, E37, E47

Skin – E000, E31

Badges – Y32, Y35, Y38, B91, B93, B95, R22, R24, R277

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Deconstructed Sketch 122


Last night I made a card for a challenge I found last week and have been itching to try, the Deconstructed Sketch Challenge 122. I'm a huge fan of sketch challenges, mostly because it is so much easier for me to create something I'm happy with if the layout is already figured out for me. Pulling together papers and stamps is the easy part, figuring out where to put them all is the trick! 

I'm a little late on the challenge, since it changes each Thursday, but I'm jumping on board anyway. I was pretty happy to see the new sketch, since I'm stamping again tonight and I just got some beautiful new sets from Flourishes to play with!

For tonight's card I pulled out a little cutie I adore, called Doodle Garden Party Time, from My Favorite Things. I just ordered some more stamps from them today, can't wait for them to arrive! I also did a little stitching on my card for the first time ever! The sewing machine I had for 20 years broke last winter so I have been wanting one ever since, well yesterday was the day 🙂 I can't wait to try it out some more on my cards!

The rest of the items I used on this card are below:

Copics: E33, E35, E37 (hair & shoes), E000, E31, E33 (skin), E95, E97 (shirt), BG10, BG11, BG13 (bow), Y15, Y17 (present & barrette)

Paper: XPressIt Blending Card, Sweater Weather DSP (SU!)

Accessories: Pop-Up Posies Designer Kit (SU!), Oval die with paper piercing tool, Antique Brads, Linen Thread (SU!)

Thanks for stopping by!

Christmas with a Twist



Sunday afternoon and hubby is watching the Patriots game, what better place for me to be than in my stamp room? I've got my favorite country music station on, a nice glass of wine, and lots of stamps to keep me occupied 🙂

My first stop for inspiration is of course the Flourishes blog to see what's new & exciting. I'm not really ready for Christmas yet, but this Christmas with a Twist challenge got me going. Make a Christmas card without using red or green? Fun!

While organizing my stash of designer paper today, I came across a new pad called Winter Frost from Stampin' Up!. It has all aqua/white/gray patterns. This made a perfect launching point for my card. My first thought for a stamp to use was the Flourishes Seasonal Wreaths set. I've had this set since last year but had yet to use the stamp that looked like those glass ornament wreaths you see around. I actually made one of those wreaths last year and loved it on my front door, until a windy day when it got whisked off my door and smashed all over my front steps! Luckily most of the glass shards are behind the bushes and won't hurt anyone, but what a mess that was!! 

Here are the other supplies I used for my card:

Copics: BG10, BG11, BG13, RV0000, RV02, RV06, B000, B02, B05, V01, V04, V06

Card Stock: SU! Basic Grey, X-PressIt Blending Card

Accessories: Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon, Silver Cord, Rhinestones, Mini Jingle Bells, Paper Piercing Tool (all SU!), Perfectly Pieced Victorian Ovals Die Set (Flourishes)


Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge – Paper Piecing


Today I'm joining in on the Flourishes challenge to create a stamped project which includes paper piecing. Not to be confused with paper piercing, paper piecing is when you stamp portions of your image on paper (usually decorative paper), cut out that portion and adhere it to your stamped image in place of coloring the image in. In my card above, I used paper piecing on my pinwheels to make them more colorful. 

The Pinwheels & Popsicles set is so stinkin' cute, I find myself using it over & over again! Here are the other supplies used on this card:

Ink: Copics (R20, R22, R24, BG10, BG11, BG14), Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper: Color Made Easy CS (Emerald Coast Collection), XPressIt Blending Card (White), Echo Park Beautiful Life

Accessories: Seam Binding Ribbon Teal Blue, Flat-backed Rhinestones colored with Copics, Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Circle Punches, Die & Border punch, dimensionals – all SU!

Thanks for stopping by!