Sketch Saturday #505

Hello Everyone! Welcome to a new sketch challenge over at Sketch Saturday. Every Saturday a new sketch is posted and you have until Friday the following week to enter for a chance to win a prize from their terrific sponsors. We hope you’ll come play with us!

Here is sketch challenge #505:

The sponsor this week is Oddball Art Co and I’m working with this yummy image, Kawaii Ice Creem Cone Sundae with Sprinkles. It’s an adorable image!

I chose to use the main elements of the sketch (oval, banner and sentiment), but play up my background a little bit. I used a partial background that I had sitting on my desk, plus I added a shaker element. Love how this turned out!

I hope you come and play along with us! One lucky challenge entrant will win a prize from our sponsor (and then maybe you’ll own this adorable stamp too!). Head on over to the Sketch Saturday blog to link up your new creation using the sketch. Good luck!


Dueling Darlings – March 2018

It’s the 15th again, and as an added bonus this month, I’m on time for the Dueling Darlings post!

Team Diva’s kit was sent this month by Judy. The theme was Birthdays. Judy sent some ADORABLE images and die cuts….so cute that I had to make three cards with this months kit!

Here are my creations:

Such colorful papers! This card uses the sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch (#262).

And this one was the Viva la Verve sketch for March 2018.

So much fun!! Thanks for the great kit, Judy.

TCCCB – Handmade Flowers

Hello, welcome to the mid-month challenge with The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge Blog!

Twice a month we roll out fantastic challenges for your to play along with and we work with great sponsors so you get to see art from a wide variety of talented artists.

Our challenge this fortnight is Handmade Flowers. Make some beautiful florals and put them on your creation!

The sponsor I’m working with this time is Digi Stamps 4 Joy and I’ve got A Letter for You to play with.

So…I used commercial “handmade” flowers on my card this time. Yes, I admit it. Here’s the thing – challenge are meant to inspire, not restrict you. If you’re not able to make flowers, or are crafting to relieve stress (like I was this week), then don’t put unnecessary pressure on yourself! Come play along with your vision of “handmade” flowers, and let’s inspire each other.

So, come on and play in this great challenge! You can link up your entry over at The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge Blog from now through the end of the month. Come and check us out!

Monthly Project Swap: ABAC

I’m pretty sure I posted WAAAAY back in January that I had joined a monthly project swap at SCS I joined two groups, Techniques and Anything But  A Card.

Sonja sent us a terrific January technique kit, using Brushos. And, Sue sent us a terrific ABAC kit using etching, which I was super stoked to try out.

Unfortunately….it didn’t work for me. I have no idea why!! Sue warned us it might be light, but there is NO evidence of any etching having occurred….and I did it twice!

Plus, the etching shape I initially chose I only had one of, and I started my matching tag. So, when it didn’t work, I was faced with altering my tag design or…..having it mismatched. I decided to go ahead and re-etch and THEN figure out the tag, just in case.

The etching didn’t work a second time, so I went back to my original theme, coffee! I used an extra background from Sonja’s brushos kit to cut the circle for the tag, then I embossed some coffee beans from the Coffee Cup stamp from Prickley Pear.

In the list of other things that didn’t go right this time, I wanted to fill my jar with coffee beans. But, I thought I had a bag of unused beans in the cupboard and when I went to dig it out, it was grounds….not as impressive, in my opinion, but it will do for the photo!

Thanks Sue, for the great idea! I can’t believe that jar shipped so well!




Tess contacted me tonight asking if I wanted to craft a challenge! Um…YES!! First of all, it’s been a long time since Tess and I have crafted together (okay, virtually) and I had an interesting day at work!

I was awoken from my rather joyful slumber tonight at 4am by my co-worker. Together, we are responsible for our office Facilities and there was an alarm call…and for once, it wasn’t a false alarm! There was a fairly small fire onsite last night, but what really caused the issue is the sprinkler system that went off. Anyway, at 4am I was not sleeping, in the office and with extremely wet feet. Luckily, the disruption is manageable. We’re still doing some assessment and should have a clearer picture tomorrow when I get to work (hopefully at a more reasonable hour!).

So not only did I want to craft with Tess, but I wanted to make a thank you card for my co-worker for her great efforts last night.

Tess let me pick the challenge, so I picked the Retro Rubber Challenge (#82), which had a tic-tac-toe board this week. My selected row was THANKS – DIE CUT – YELLOW. And, here it is!

Mmmm, love this!

The image is one of my favs from Two Paper Divas, which closed about  a year ago. My TPD stamps haven’t had much  love since then, so it was a pleasure to pull it back out! I think I received this one in 2016.

The sketch on this one is from Paper Craft Crew (#284). I’m in their sneak peek Facebook group, so I got a jump start on their BEAUTIFUL layout this week!

Thanks for crafting, Tess….let’s do it again soon.

Mystery Image Swap – February 2018

Sue picked our February image in the Mystery Image swap and she chose this adorable llama from Fun Stampers Journey.

She included this great paper, but I had to cut it apart and use it in my background.

Thanks Sue!

We actually have two images for March (fun, fun) and I’ve got both now, so I need to GET CRAFTING and get them finished in time. Think I can do it?

Riley & Company Crafting!

I have a new stamp set in my stash, and it’s the new Dress Up Riley Birthday Accessories from Riley and Company. So, I couldn’t resist sitting down and playing with it a couple days ago. Here’s what I came up with!

This first one is for the Paper Craft Crew Tic Tac Toe challenge (#282). The row I chose was the bottom, Lemon Lime Twist – Vellum – Birthday.

The next card I made was for the CAS(E) this Sketch (#261). I rotated the sketch on it’s side to accommodate my rather large sentiment. The line across the middle was made with three different colors of distress oxide inks. It turned out EXACTLY like I envisioned!

The next card was created using the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (#253).

This card used a sketch, but not a current challenge. It came from the sketch archives of The Deconstructed Sketch (#191). Their sketches are all on their old website, if you’re looking for inspiration.

And, this last one was loosely inspired by a SCS sketch, but there are a few elements I moved around, relocated and left off altogether!

I LOVE how these cards all turned out. I have a couple other new Riley and Company sets and I can’t wait to pull them out and get creating! Hope you enjoyed my projects today.