Monthly Archives: August 2015

Unleash the Kraken!

I had so much fun making this card!  Constructing the card made me think.  First off………………what exactly is a Kraken???  Ok got it…………….then what colour do you colour a Kraken……………how can I make it fit the sketch from the challenge…………………..can I make it into a shaker card…….etc etc.

This is one card that turned out pretty much like I had envisioned it in my mind.

Newton's Nook Sketch Challenge


Supplies:  Newton’s Nook Message in a Bottle, Bo Bunny Boardwalk patterned paper, Simon says stamp Sailing stamp set,  Authentique patterned paper, Recollections white embossing powder,  Teresa Collins, Pretty Pink Posh and Craft Medley sequins and seed beads, Acetate, Pico Shimmer embellisher, Recollections card base and cardstock, and Scor tape

Gotta Wear Shades

This is a layout of my Niece’s son, dear sweet Maddock who obviously took to the Phoenix lifestyle when he came to visit us last winter. You just cam’t get much cooler than this!


Paper Smooches Designer Draft

Paper SmoochesThis is the sketch for the Paqper Smooches Designer Draft:


Here is Sandra’s very cute take on the challenge:

_DSC3684 paper smooches Aug 23 Sandra

Supplies:  Paper Smooches Zoo Crew stamp set, Neenah cardstock, Grapic45 patterned paper,  Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, Copic markers, Stampin Up punches.

Papertrey Ink Kissing with Die Cuts

The Papertrey Make it Monday Challenge this week is a twist on the Kissing Technique.  This usually means that you touch or kiss a second stamp on to an inked up first stamp.  The result is that the pattern from the second stamp is transferred onto the first stamp. Then when you stamp on your card using the first stamp the pattern from the second stamp is transferred as well.  This makes for an interesting outcome.  Same thing happens when you kiss someone at work.  Lipstick gets transferred to his collar and there is an interesting outcome when he gets home from work!  But I digress ……………..  In this challenge instead of using a second stamp, we are using an intricate diecut to create the secondary pattern and transfer it to the stamp.  To further add interest, bits of the multi-stamped diecuts are also used on the card.  In the case of this card,  I used Friendly Flowers as the base stamp and the Scribbles die for the secondary pattern.  I then cut out the centres of the smallest scribbles die cuts to use as the flower centres.   Epoxy Bubbles from Close to My Heart finish off the flower centres.


This card is just plain “Charmin”

No, it really is Charmin.

A while ago I took a class from the immensely talented Christy Riopel.  Truth be told, she is both a talented artist and an equally talented Chef.  I confess, I mostly took her classes because of the gourmet lunches she provided.  Just to prove I was listening when she talked about something other than what she was making for lunch, though, I have used her “toilet paper” technique on this card entered in the Newton’s Nook sketch challenge.

You heard me right……………………toilet paper.  Apparently, I WAS distracted by thinking about lunch when she explained how to do the technique, as it took me three tries to get the toilet paper mat to not ooze out all over and disintegrate.  I won’t tell you how long it took to get these sticky failures cleaned off my Bigshot cutting plates and my embossing folder.

Anyway, when I finally got it right,  I thought the result was cute and matched perfectly with Naughty Newton’s toilet paper adventure.

Here is the sketch followed by my entry into the challenge:

Newton's Nook Sketch Challenge


Supplies:  Newton’s Nook Naughty Newton stamp set, Recollections Cardstock, Pebbles Lakeside patterned 6 X 6 collection, Recollections card base, Darice paw print embossing folder, Scor tape and in the interest of truth in reporting……………Kleenix (Christy had said that the no pattern single ply cheap toilet paper worked best.  Well the toilet paper in my house was TOO deluxe and had a quilted design and disintegrated on  contact with the glue)

Penny Black August-challenge Summer-flowers

LogoSandra has made this card to enter in the Penny Black August Summer Flowers Challenge

_DSC3674 Sandra Penny Black August Summer Flowers

Take a look at the challenge at:


Supplies: Penny Black Tiny Wishes Stamp Set, Bazzill Stampin Up and X-Press It cardstocks, Copic markers, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, Grapic 45 patterned paper and Michael’s ribbon.

Papertrey Ink August Blog Hop Challenge

This is the third and I promise last post of the day.  Papertrey Ink sponsors a one day Blog Hop Challenge for customers.  They provide an inspiration photo and it is up to the customers to provide the blog hop.

Here is the inspiration photo:

Papertrey ink inspiration photo

And here is my entry:


I realized as I was making this that I watch way too many crime shows on TV.  I couldn’t help but feel like the Miniature Killer from CSI Las Vegas as I was rolling up these little balls of wool and stuffing them in the little jar.  I did stop short of depicting a dead body somewhere in the scene I created. 🙂

My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge

_DSC3678 Sandra my favorite things


Sandra’s card is just so cute.  I love the embossed tree background.  This is the second post for today in order to get this card in the challenge.


Supplies:y Favorite Things Fred Bear and the Butterfly, Copic markers,  Memento Tuxedo Black ink,  Cuttlebug embossing folder, Tim Holtz Frayed Burlap Distress Ink, Spellbinders oval die.



Cute and Colourful

Pretty Cute Stamps has an Any Card Challenge going on right now and Sandra decided to put her Superheroes Stamp set to work.

_DSC3683 Sandra Pretty Cute Stamps

Supplies:  Pretty Cute Stamps Superheroes Stamp Set, Ranger Dylusions Ink Sprays, Tim Holtz Watercolor paper, Tombow markers, Bazzill  and X-Press It cardstock and Doodlebug sequins

Photo Inspiration Challenge Altenew

When I first looked at the photo given for this Inspiration challenge, I was a bit stumped.  Usually, I try to incorporate all that I see in some way.  This was impossible with the multiple elements in the photo.  It was a good challenge as I had to pick out the pieces that spoke to me and create something from that.  I decided that wedding  (even though I understand it is a bakery window), ivory, gold and lace were the elements that stood out for me and could serve as the inspiration.  Here is the inspiration photo, followed by my entry into the challenge.

Altenew inspiration photo Aug challenge




Supplies:  Altenew Layered Lily, Sketchy Cities America and Fresh Freesia stamp sets,  Delicata gold Golden Glitz ink,  Tim Holtz Doilky stencil,  Hero Arts Soft Sand, Soft Yellow and Sparrow inks,  Neenah 80 lb natural white and ivory card stock.  Recollections ivory card base, Spellbinders Fanciful Lattice die, DCWV foiled cardstock, Recollections Gold embossing powder and Scor tape.