The Card Concept #40 {Forest Friends}

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Hey stamping friends šŸ™‚ It’s time for a new challenge atĀ The Card ConceptĀ and this week we’ve got a fun theme for you to try: Forest Friends. How cute is this inspiration photo?!?


I was inspired by the cute animals and found this sweet moose to use. He is from There She Goes Stamps, which sadly went out of business some time ago, but I scooped up some stampy goodness before they closed.

I colored my moose with the following Copics:

Moose: E31, E33, E35, E37, E47

Trees: G20, G24, G28

Scarf: B91, B93, B97

I created my background by using distress inks in Chipped Sapphire, Salty Ocean and Tumbled Glass, then I flicked water on it to make a speckled sky. I found some sparkly card stock to die cut my stars from and of course being a clean and layered girl added a few more layers before applying it all to a white base.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you’ll find some time to join us this week, we’d love to see what you create šŸ™‚

Sweet Sunday Sketch #287


Hey stamping friends šŸ™‚ I hope you’ve had a great weekend. We’ve been quite busy, with lots of yard work done yesterday and grocery shopping and meal planning for the week done today. Jeff told me today that fall is his favorite season, not only because it’s nice working weather, but because I start cooking “real” meals again. Yep, I am quite a slacker in the summer with a menu that pretty much includes cheeseburgers and grilled chicken, and everything is accompanied by corn on the cob lol. How does the change of seasons change your meal cooking?

It’s about this time on Sunday afternoon that I start getting the work week blues, so I’m combating the dread of work starting again with some stamp therapy.

I turned to one of my favorite sketch sites for some inspiration, and of course the gals at theĀ Sweet Sunday Sketch ChallengeĀ did not disappoint!


I flipped the sketch upside down and switched out the butterfly for a balloon bow. What a quick and easy card, I can see myself making this card over & over by changing up the DSP and colors. Hmmm, that might be a nice gift pack, who can’t use a stack of pre-made birthday cards? I used theĀ Blueprints 26 Die-namicsĀ fromĀ MFT Stamps, and the DSP is from theĀ Hello AgainĀ collection of Carta Bella Paper

Thanks so much for stopping by šŸ™‚

MFT You Could Be a Card Design Superstar!


Hey stamping friends šŸ™‚ Yep, I’m back with another card for theĀ My Favorite ThingsĀ contest,Ā You Could Be a Card Design Superstar. I happen to be home alone tonight, so what better thing to do than stamp?!?

Here’s another cutie I got fromĀ My Favorite ThingsĀ last month calledĀ Clowning Around. And, I was even smart enough this time to pick up theĀ matching dieĀ so that I could avoid fussy cutting him, yay! I colored him in with Copics, but for his shorts/suspenders, I used some fun striped DSP. I added another layer to his gloves too, to make them look a little more 3-D.

I used the sketch fromĀ Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge. This is definitely my go to place when I sit down to stamp, why come up with a fancy layout when it’s all done for you right there ?!?



Thanks so much for stopping by!

MFT Stamps You Could Be a Card Design Superstar!


0916152Hey stamping friends šŸ™‚ As you probably know by now,Ā My Favorite ThingsĀ is truly my favorite stamp company out there.

Guess what?! They’re hosting a contest calledĀ You Could Be a Card Design Superstar. I could not resist getting inky on this one. There are about a zillion entries, but I had to throw my hat in the ring! This is actually the second card I’m submitting, and with a deadline of Friday who knows, maybe there will be more…

Here are the MFT supplies I used for my card:

Stamp set:Ā Witch Way Is the Candy?Ā (note to self, buy theĀ matching die setĀ to avoid fussy cutting next time!)

Card Stock:Ā Wild Wisteria,Ā Black Licorice,Ā X-Press It Blending CardĀ (white)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tag You’re It Challenge #30


Hey stamping friends šŸ™‚ Today I’m playing along with the currentĀ Tag You’re ItĀ challenge, which is to create a tag using this inspiration photo:TYIC #30


What a fun theme! I was inspired by the festive colors and little pops of bling around the cupcake. There is some sparkle to my cupcakes as well which for the life of me I could not capture in my photo! I took a separate one to give you a look:0915152


I added the sparkle with a Sakura Gelly Roll pen. I was going to add glitter, but I just knew I would make a mess on those sweet little cupcakes!

The stamp set I used is calledĀ Sweet Birthday Wishes, and I used about half my Copics to color them in (ha just kidding, but boy there are a lot of markers covering my desk right now!). The tag is made using theĀ Die-namics Traditional Stitched Tags, and I used theĀ Stitched Fishtail FlagsĀ for the Happy Birthday tag. I also added a few rhinestone gems from SU!.

Thanks so much for stopping by šŸ™‚

Retro Sketches Challenge #180


091015Hey stamping friends šŸ™‚ I’m playing along with theĀ Retro SketchesĀ challenge again this week, here’s the sketch:rs180


I’m also entering this into theĀ You Could be a Card Design SuperstarĀ contest for My Favorite Things. You can enter up to 5 cards! Time to get crackin’ on some more MFT Stamps creations!

I knew this sketch would be perfect for some new goodies I got fromĀ My Favorite ThingsĀ last month. They had an unbelievable selection of birthday themed stamps and dies in their release so I just couldn’t resist!

The only stamping on this card is the word “birthday” and I used the SU! set called Fundamental Phrases for that, the rest are all die cuts fromĀ Blueprints 26Ā andĀ Die-namics Birthday Balloons. I added a fewĀ sprinklesĀ for a little something extra.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

The Card Concept #39 {Daisies}


Well hello there stamping friends! We have had quite a hiatus over atĀ The Card ConceptĀ blog, we took the entire summer off. It was nice to relax and refresh, but it’s also SO nice to be back to our challenges! Lesley has come up with a fabulous inspiration photo as usual:


My style is Clean and Layered, and I was inspired by the sweet daisies and of course I couldn’t help but highlight a bit of the aqua blue as well!

The stamp set I used is called Gerber Daisies by Flourishes (unfortunately they are closed, oh how I miss that store!). I colored it with my Copics and added several layers of card stock.

We hope you’re ready to get stamping again too, we’d love to see what you create! Thanks for stopping by šŸ™‚

Retro Sketches #179


090115Hey stamping friends šŸ™‚ Well I’m still working on organization after the big move of my stamp room, but with the help of my IKEA purchases this past weekend I’m well on my way. I will post some pics after I get a few more drawer sets for the shelving unit I bought. I was going to do half drawers and half shelves, but I’m loving the clean look of the drawers.

Meanwhile, I’m so happy to be stamping again now that I’m back upstairs šŸ™‚ I checked out this week’s challenge atĀ Retro Sketches:rs179


While moving my zillions of supplies I found this beautiful flower from SU! called Blended Bloom (I tried to find a link for you online, but maybe it’s retired?). How have I never cracked this case open before?!?! This DSP was another fun find, actually I found a whole stack of DSP I had forgotten I had. Good thing I didn’t get over to my favorite LSS while we were camping in the area because I probably would have bought most of these patterns again! This one’s called Ā Now and Then Milo Friends Fallow Paper by My Mind’s Eye. The tag is made fromĀ THISĀ die fromĀ MFT Stamps. I added some Vanilla satin ribbon and half back pearls, and mounted the whole thing on Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla card stock (all from SU!)

And of course I colored my flower with Copics, here are the colors I used: BG000, BG10, BG11, BG15, Y02, Y17, YR23.

Thanks so much for stopping by šŸ™‚

Retro Sketches #178


DSC_0003 copyHey stamping friends! Well I made the big move…I’ve got a good portion of my stamping stuff back to my upstairs craft room. This weekend I’ll take a trip to IKEA and get more shelving to complete the move and I can’t wait! It is so nice to be up here with the family, amidst the action of the house and free from the spiders of the basement ewwwww. The only thing that is going to take some getting used to is sitting at a desk to color & craft. I’ve always stood at the counters Jeff built for me, but when I proposed the big move his only request was that I NOT ask him to move the counters (again – this will be the third stamp room I’ve had).

So here’s my first card from my new space. I popped over to theĀ Retro SketchesĀ blog to see what the DT has been up to and decided to take a stab at this week’s sketch:rs178


I was inspired byĀ THISĀ amazing post by Kathy atĀ The Daily Marker. I can’t get over the amazing coloring on everything she does. I so admire her work. I receive her post updates by email and let me tell you that is dangerous! Step 1: open email. Step 2: order whatever Kathy is using today. Yikes let’s not tell Jeff about that one! So, of course I orderedĀ THISĀ gorgeous butterfly set fromĀ Clearly BesottedĀ stamps.

Here’s a side view of my butterfly:DSC_0010


I colored the butterflies in Copics (of course): RV00, V01, V04, V06, V09 and I added a little FRV1 to my main butterfly to make it more pink than the others for a little extra pop. The embossed background is from Stampin’ Up!.

Thanks so much for stopping by šŸ™‚

Freshly Made Sketches #200


0819152Hey stampers! Wow it’s been a long while since I’ve stamped! We just returned from a two week camping trip. This weekend we’re off again, this time to Old Orchard Beach, Maine. But, summer will come to a close soon and the camping trips will be over šŸ™

I’ve been watching theĀ Freshly Made SketchesĀ team for quite some time now, and their 200th sketch celebration is today! I actually found this sketch a little tricky for me since there isn’t much to it and I’m a big fan of layers, but I think it worked šŸ˜‰ Here’s the sketch:FMS Final 200 Vers_2-001


I have been dying to get this little cutie inked up ever sinceĀ THISĀ set came out! It’s called I Knead You…how cute is that?!? There are so many fun images in this set, and what’s better than matching die cuts to help cut down on the fussy cutting! I colored my little kitty with Copics in E31, E33, E35, E37. For the yarn I used B21, B23, B24.

Thanks for stopping by!