Warm Wishes

My card this evening is for Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge - Pretty Peacock, Pool Party and Very Vanilla.  I created a card that is also a gift card holder for a Starbucks GC.

I used mostly die cuts with only the sentiment stamped.  I did use Distress Oxide Vintage Photo to antique the edges.

My post is short today as this card is pretty self-explanatory.  Like everyone, I am very busy just before the holiday.

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and get to spend some quality time with family and friends!

Products used:

  • Stamps: MFT Merry Christmoose
  • Dies: Penny Black What's in Your Cup?, Stamppin' Up! Tailor Made Tags
  • Paper: Very Vanilla, Pretty Peacock, Pool Party, Basic White, Snowflake Splendor DSP
  • Ink: Pretty Peacock, DO Vintage Photo
  • Accessories: White Crinkle Ribbon, Rhinestones

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Zippy Zebra Scootin' By

Happy Friday!  I have a card today that I made almost two years ago and forgot to post!  I realized it when I was looking for cards that I had made with this stamp set - My Favorite things Zippy Zebras.  I found my photos in folder on my computer that indicated I had posted them; however I had not.  Better late than never!

This was a birthday card for a friend with an early January birthday.  I'm sure I was pressed for time and the zebras in this set make adorable cards and are simple to color.  Just a little bit of shading.  I added some flowers in a classic color palette - red, black, grey and white to make a fun birthday card.

I hope you've enjoyed my card today and It's given you some inspiration for the new year.  (I don't know about you but I'm ready to be done with Christmas cards and work on others!)

Products used:

All stamps My Favorite Things.  Sorry I don't have the names of all of them as I made this card awhile ago and I'm just too lazy to go find all the stamps now - LOL, but the Zebra is from Zippy Zebras

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A Milestone Challenge Card

Happy Tuesday everyone!  I was a bit out of pocket last week and didn't post much.  I was in Hawaii.  And after almost two years of not being able to visit the office, I went the week of torrential rain...of course.  Oh well - a good portion of my time was spent looking at the four walls of my office there anyway.  So does it really matter if I had nice or foul weather?  Probably not.

Now on to this week's card.

CAS Colours & Sketches is celebrating its 450th challenge this week!  WOW!  To celebrate they have prizes and are leaving the challenge open a bit longer than usual.  The challenge is to take any challenge from 2021 and make it seasonal.

I opted for two challenges - a color and a sketch - which is allowed.  After traveling all week this made creating go a bit faster this weekend since my colors AND layout were decided for me.  


I always enjoy non-traditional color Christmas cards.  The colors from challenge 431 worked perfectly because I could make my kitty gray and the stocking the berry and blue.  I changed the sketch slightly by putting the kitty and stocking on top of the sentiment panel instead of behind it.  I also added two panels of the Rich Razzleberry under the panel for a bit of color.  To give the background a bit of texture I used an embossing folder.  These are just a few ways to give interest to a CAS card while still keeping it clean and simple.

I hope you will join us for this week's challenge!  We love seeing all that you create!

Products used:

  • Stamps: Stampin' Up! Sweet Little Stockings
  • Dies: Stampin' Up! Stockings Dies, Stitched So Sweetly Dies
  • Markers: Stampin' Blends Rich Razzleberry Light & Dark, Balmy Blue Light & Dark, Smoky Slate Light & Dark; Copics N0 (for a very light Smoky Slate)
  • Cardstock: Basic White, Rich Razzleberry
  • Accessories: Stampin' Up! Tasteful Textures Embossing Folder; Christmas Trinket

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Tweet Songbirds

I have two cards for you today!  The hostesses at two different color challenges chose similar colors so I chose to make similar cards.  Actually there is only one color that overlaps but it was enough with the rest of the colors for me to think of them together.  I had two stamp sets that coordinate so decided to use those - My Favorite Things Songbirds.  I have the Winter and Spring versions.  I don't know if they have Summer and Fall but I really love these little birds.

My first card is for CAS Colours & Sketches.  Patricia's colors this week are So Saffron, Mint Macaron and Cherry Cobbler.  At first the cherry threw me off as it's pretty bright compared to the others but it makes for a lovely little red bird!

The second card is for Karen's colors at Splitcoaststampers - Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron and Crumb Cake.  The spring birds make adorable little "sparrows."

Both are colored using a combination of Stampin' Blends and Copic markers to match the colors.  I used Prismacolor pencils over the maker to blend out and add a little detail.

Sorry, I don't have the marker and pencil colors written down.  With the markers I try to match the lightest of the Stampin Blends with a Copic and then use a lighter Copic marker in the same number range as my lightest marker.  I find Stampin" Up! doesn't make a light enough "light" marker for a great blend.  If there is no Stampin Blend in the color I match my Copic to a cardstock piece.  As for the pencils - I just choose the color by eye.  I love using pencils because they are "what you see is what you get" when you look at the lead color! 

Products used:

  • Stamps: MFT Winter Songbirds, Spring Songbirds
  • Dies: Cottage Cutz Stitched Circles, Scalloped Stitched Circles, Stampin' Up! Penned Flowers Dies
  • Paper: Basic White, SU Birthday Bouquet, Bird Ballad

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Sweet Sugarplums

I had the pleasure of being the hostess for Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge for the week of November 29.  The fun thing about being the hostess - using colors you love.  The no-so-fun thing - using colors you love!  Sometimes it's just easier when someone else makes the choices for you; then you really have to think outside the box.  And sometimes when it's your choice there are too many options!


Fresh Freesia, Just Jade, Misty Moonlight, Soft Sea Foam

This week was one of those weeks.  I had lots of ideas. But I narrowed it down to this Stamping Bella Oddball.  I just LOVE those Oddballs.  I did not love them when they first came out, but the more I see them the more I love them.

For this little fairy I did several quick flat colorings to decide hair color vs dress etc.  I asked my husband what he thought and he asked if she was supposed to be scary.  When I said "no", he said "definitely the one with the green hair."  Apparently Misty Moonlight hair is scary!

I colored her first with Stampin' Blends and Copic to color match.  Both greens are used to color her hair.  After I was pleased with the marker base layer, I added the Prismacolor pencils to enhance the details.  Finally I added Wink of Stella to her wand and skirt along with sequins for more sparkle.  A fairy needs sparkle after all!

Products used:
  • Stamps: Stamping Bella Oddball Sugar Plum Fairy
  • Dies: MFT Scalloped Stitched Rectangles, MFT Snowflakes
  • Paper: Stampin’ Up! Penguin Playmates, Misty Moonlight, Glitter paper
  • Markers: Stampin’ Blends Just Jade Light & Dark, Soft Sea Foam Light & Dark, Fresh Freesia Light & Dark; Copics V000, V01, BG0000, B91, B93, B95, B97, E50, E51, E11, N0, N1
  • Pencils: Prismacolors 938, 934, 995, 901, 1079, 1024, 908, 120, 1020
  • Accessories: Pretty Pink Posh Lavender Moon, Wink of Stella
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