TGIFC90 - Sketch Challenge

Hello and welcome back! Today I'm back with the next sketch challenge for the TGIF Challenge Blog. We're at challenge #90!


I took a few liberties with the sketch, and moved my focal point away from the center a bit. Hopefully you can still see the resemblance to the sketch! I stamped rows of the plants from the Oh So Succulent Stamp Set using Mint Macaron, Old Olive and Bermuda Bay inks. Below this background, I added a strip of Bermuda Bay Cardstock and the Sweet Sugarplum ribbon from the Succulent Garden 3/8" Ribbon Combo Pack.


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#TGIFC82 - Theme

Hello and welcome back! So, today I have some exciting news. I have joined the Design Team over at TGIF Challenges! There is a fabulous group of designers there, and I'm so excited to start working with them on a regular basis. I've participated in the past with as many challenges as I could fit into my schedule, as they have some really fun and unique challenges!

So, today's challenge is a theme / inspiration challenge. We started with this graphic.


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Playing along with TGIF Sketch Challenge 68

Hello and welcome back! I'm sharing a project I made for the TGIF Challenge Blog using the Thoughtful Branches bundle and their Sketch Challenge #68. Have you seen all of the terrific samples made with this limited time bundle? Here and here are links to two blog hops with lots of amazing samples made by this year's Stampin' Up Artisan Design Team if you need more temptation to purchase these items! Get it while you can, as it is only available until August 31 (while supplies last).

This is the great sketch that I started with today. Diagonal designs are very popular right now, and this was a lot of fun to work with.


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OSAT Blog Hop - Dog Days of Summer

Hello and welcome back! Today is our monthly One Stamp At a Time Blog Hop, and our theme this month is the Dog Days of Summer! I think some on the hop will also share some ideas for Back to School projects, so you'll have lots of interesting things to see. I went with the summer theme, and inked up a new set I have called Pop of Paradise. I colored the pineapples with a few different colors of yellow and green markers, spritzed them with water and then stamped. This gives the fruit lots of variations in color, and it gives the card more interest I think.

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Summery card and gift box with tag featuring the Pop of Paradise stamp set from Stampin' Up by Marisa Gunn

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Playing along with TGIFC51 Get Your Shine On Challenge

Hello and welcome back! I'm popping in tonight with a quick card for the TGIF Challenge Blog, and their 51st Challenge to "get your shine on". The idea was to use silver, gold, glitter, pearls...anything shiny and fancy. I can certainly do that!

I've been wanting to put this diamond die cut from the You're So Lovely Project Kit with the gemstone print from the Shine On paper, and today was the day! This is the perfect challenge for it. I backed the diamond die cut with Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, and put that over a layer of the White Filter Paper to help it stand out from the background a little more.


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Playing along with Freshly Made Sketches 230

Hello and welcome back! I had fun making another card for a different challenge, so here is my card for Freshly Made Sketches #230.

I had an idea to make a plaid using the striped mask and watercolors. I think maybe the background is a bit bright, but it definitely makes a statement! I'll have to try it again with more water and less ink, or even lighter colors. I used Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry, Pool Party and Wild Wasabi for this plaid. I alternated green and yellow stripes one way, and aqua and red the other way. I used a piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock with the Ornate Tag Topper Punch, and some White Baker's Twine below.

Mother's Day card for #FMS230 using the Circle of Spring stamp set from Stampin' Up by Marisa Gunn

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Playing along with Global Design Project 029 Color Challenge

Hello and welcome back! I'm here to share a couple of card for the Global Design Project #029 Color Challenge, and what a challenge it was. Look at those colors! While there's nothing wrong with these colors, let's just way that they are not my go-to colors.

That said, I love the cards I came up with. I thought these colors would work well with butterflies, so I pulled out my Watercolor Wings and both butterfly die sets, Butterflies Thinlits and Bold Butterfly Framelits. I cut the outline butterfly image from watercolor paper, and colored it with Tangelo Twist and Bermuda Bay, blending in the middle. The detailed outline butterfly was cut from Early Espresso Cardstock. I just adhered it in the middle, so the edges lift a little for more dimension.

Friendship cards for #GDP029 using Watercolor Wings stamp set and Butterflies Thinlits and Bold Butterfly Framelits from Stampin' Up by Marisa Gunn

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