Soaring Swallows Thank You

Today's card is for the new Team O challenge at Tic Tac Toe Challenge.  I chose the left column - sun, birds and thank you.  It's a bit more involved that my other cards this week which were pretty straightforward.  And unlike most of my cards where I plan things out before starting to create, I started on this one with no plan in mind.


I was originally going to use a stencil for my sun but decided to try the new Rays of Light stamp from Stampin' Up!.  I stamped the rays in So Saffron ink and then filled in the white area by using a blending brush and the same color ink (So Saffron).  I like the way the image came out; it was similar to a stencil but the stamp has a weathered, mixed media quality.

I did not want the sun to be the dominant image on the card so I cut a window to let it peek through.  I used an embossing folder to give the main panel a bit of texture.  The birds are the die cut birds (dies are also included in the set that cut out stamped images) and shaded using just a hint of Smoky Slate while the flowers are shaded with Blushing Bride.

I hope you'll visit the challenge this week and join us.  It's great fun to challenge yourself using the elements you choose - no excuse if you don't like the result!  LOL!

Products used: All Stampin' Up!

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CAS Best Butterflies

I played with more new "toys" this week - stamps, dies, paper, new In-Colors - lot's of fun!  When I saw Shannon's sketch challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches I thought about butterflies for the shapes; the dies in this bundle worked out just perfectly.


I took the colors for the butterflies from the coordinating paper that is included in the suite of products.  I used the paper as the border for sketch.

The card is pretty straightforward - no mystery on what I did here!  (My card Thursday will be a bit more complex.) 

Products used: all Stampin' Up!

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Happy Birthday Fishes...

I am the hostess this week at Splitcoaststampers.  I chose colors with this new stamp and punch set in mind.

My colors are Pale Papaya, Calypso Coral and Bermuda Bay.

I love the style of this set - it reminds me of archaeological rock drawings.  The fish are drawn so that you can make them face either way.  So fun!

I stamped the background using Bermuda Bay, both full strength and also stamped off once or twice.  I stamped the small fish using the Pale Papaya with Calypso Coral dabbed on the underside of the fish.  After they were punched out I shaded them with Calypso Coral to give them more definition.

Since I couldn't find the sentiment I wanted I used my label maker!

I hope you'll join the challenge this week!

Products used: all Stampin' Up!

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Double Challenge Tuesday and New Toys!

Happy Tuesday!  I have two cards today for two color challenges at Splitcoaststampers and CAS Colours & Sketches.  And the best part - I used new stamps and dies!  YAY!  I love using things that I receive right away.  It makes me fell like I really got something for my money.  Don't get me wrong, I also like using my favorites; and there is immense satisfaction in using something long ago purchased but never used.  But when using brand new stuff I feel like a kid opening their birthday presents!


My first card is for Splitcoaststampers.  Fresh Freesia, Polished Pink and Evening Evergreen - a beautiful combination perfect for a floral.  Full of Love is a new stamp from Stampin' Up! that is perfect for colorists.  I used Stampin' Blends (filled in with a few Copic markers).  Mary, the hostess gave us the option of vellum for dessert which I thought added to the feminine feel of the card.  I also used the new Designer Tags dies for the main tag and it includes the little leaves I used with vellum.  I'm not much of a tag person, but these really spoke to me and allowed me to add ribbon!  From my last few posts you may have noticed I'm trying to actually use, rather than collect, ribbon.  LOL!


My next card is for CAS Colours & Sketches.  I love the colors Shannon gave us; Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay are two of my favorites.  That said I had a bit of a time deciding what to do.  This new stamp and die bundle - Season of Chic - really caught my eye for it's mixed media look and possibilities.  The shells seemed perfect for the colors.  So the challenge for me here was to make a clean and simple card with it.  I can't wait to start using it in more layered and  complex ways.  For the tag, I used the small tag from the Mini Pocket Envelope Die (a set perfect for gift cards!) and part of a sentiment from Art Gallery.  To get just the word I wanted, I used a marker to ink only that word.  This is so much easier than trying to use a stamp pad and masking.

Both challenges this week offer wonderful colors.  I hope you will join us!

Products used:  All Stampin' Up! (except Copic markers)

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Hello Handsome Father's Day Card

I have the pleasure of being the hostess this week at Tic Tac Toe Challenge.  I love this challenge and creating the board.  It's so much fun to see the variety of cards from one board!


I used to sometimes struggle with making a card after I made the board, often having the card equivalent of writers block.  Then a team mate suggested having a card in mind and creating the board AFTER that.  Ever have one of those "duh" moments?  In any case, for this board I had several cards in mind but this is the one I'm sharing today.  

The theme for this month is Dad/Masculine/Wedding - all perfect for getting a head start on June occasions.  I put bow on my board thinking most wouldn't use it for a masculine card, but this was one set I was thinking of using.  The one thing that caused just a bit of redirection was the paper.  I swore there was a blue pinstripe in it; but no, the pinstripe in the paper pack is grey.  So I pivoted and my suit coat became a Navy blazer and my foulard bow tie became a stripe!

This set - Handsomely Suited - is retired from Stampin' Up!  The best part of this set when it first came out was the paper.  It had the best menswear patterns in it, all perfectly sized for the dies!  It took me back to my college days when I worked in a high-end men's store.  I learned all about fabrics, mixing patterns, choosing ties and how to tie a bow tie. That actually has come in handy in my life.  No man I know in formal wear is ever going to wear a "clip-on"! Ha ha!

I hope you'll join us at the challenge this week.  I think this board has lots of lovely possibilities!

Products used: All Stampin' Up!

  • Stamps and Dies: Handsomely Suited and Suit & Tie (retired)
  • Paper: Well Suited (retired)
  • Dies: Stitched Nested Labels (retired)
  • Cardstock: Creamy Caramel (retired), Basic White, Night of Navy

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