Monthly Project Swap: ABAC 2

Well, my bottle etching didn’t go so hot, but I was ready to try another of the Anything But a Card kits from my monthly swap on SplitCoast Stampers.

Sonja sent a “long and skinny” kit, which was a very interesting theme and some very interesting projects!

At her suggestion, I made this bookmark holder tag. The tag was pre-stamped with the feather images and I used the distress crayons she sent to pretty them up. I have never used Distress Crayons and it was interesting! The control is not as good as my markers, but I did find that they leave a bold color behind.

And, the second project I did from her box is this long and skinny notepad. Sonja made the notepad to send. I used a variety of things from my craft room to finish the look. The background pieces came from my last Baker’s Dozen card swap partner, the feathers and border die from this kit, the vellum from a saleabration selection and the flowers from an old card kit!

I love notepads and I love to USE them, so I wanted this relatively flat so that I could flip the top open.

Thanks for an intriguing kit, Sonja! Thank you.



Monthly Project Swap: Techniques 2

The March technique kit came from Susanne. She sent an envelope full of fun supplies to play with both oxide inks and ombre techniques. In the end, looking at my cards, I’m not sure if you can tell quite as much as I thought, that I did play with her ideas! Some of the techniques are a little subtle on this, but boy, did I have fun!

Susanne sent these fun wooden shapes. I’ve never played with wood shapes and it surprised me how fast the ink went on these pieces. This background is completely made with oxide inks, using the sponged ombre instructions. I feel that my inks didn’t have quite the variation I was expecting, so it’s subtle.

I embossed the scripted sentiments she sent and also used the bright washi tape on this card. Love how this turned out!

The other card uses a watercolored ombre technique. But, I used it as the back piece of my shake card, so it’s harder to see. This was, by far, the best shaker card I’ve managed to make.

I have a number of other technique kits to make and will get them stamped up soon! I am on a role and hopefully will have everything posted shortly.

Thanks for stopping by.

Mystery Image Swap – April/May 2018

This has been a great week to catch up on all my swap posts! Too bad I got behind in the first place.

The April Mystery Image came from the lovely Ruby. She sent “Don’t Talk to Me Before My Coffee” from Stamping Bella. I colored this up with absolutely no plan in mind and then had to find papers to make it work. Still, very happy with how it came out.

And, Susanne sent us our May images, a Music and Dance Collection by Sheena Douglass. There was such a great variety of images, all embossed in black or silver. I am in love with how this one came out! Love the pattern paper and the musical collage!

We’ll see you again soon for another month of the Mystery Image Swap.

Unidentified Image Swap June 2018

It’s June 18th, which means another round of the Unidentified Image Swap is winding down. Jeanette was our host this time and beautiful, touching image fro Unity called “Promise Always”.

I had alot of fun coloring this couple. Apologies for the glare. I had packaged everything up and then realized I hadn’t taken a photo for the blog! I didn’t want to waste a clear envelope by opening it up, so I decided just to make it do for this round.

See you in August with our next image!

Dueling Darlings – May & June 2018

Eh, oops! Behind again. I think I need to stop apologizing for it, as I’m sure my readers are like “blah, blah…will be on time next time”….yeah right.

Anyway, Paola and I were the May team and despite being the one to SEND the kids, I somehow managed to not even get my own created. But, she’s done now! And, I had so much trouble selecting WHICH image to work with, that I just said “what the heck, use both”. Here are my two cards from our Tweet Spring kit.

Both images are from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps. I should mention that I have been sketch surfing again, so while I am never quite sure where these sketches are from, chance are if it looks like yours it is….thanks for the inspiration!

And, this months’ kit came a day before deadline from Carol. The theme was Everything Is Coming Up Roses. I decided to go mostly black and white, with the exception of my card base and the image itself.

And, the papers in the kit were beautiful, so I couldn’t help but play again! I debated using another rose image but I actually JUST received my order from the soon-to-be-closed Verve stamps, so I decided to play along with my new stamp set instead.

And, that finally catches me up on the Dueling Darlings (until at least July 15th, right). Thanks for all the inspiration, teammates!


TCCCB – For a Child

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 For a Child. So many things you could do with the challenge this week!

The sponsor I’m working with this time is Scrap N Dipity and I just had to play with their adorable Let’s Be Unicorns image!

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!

Sketch Saturday #517

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 #509:

The sponsor this week is The Paper Nest Dolls and I have for you Flower Cart Avery. Such an adorable image!

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!