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Making Cards for Scrapendipity

The other day Selena (owner of Scrapendipity) asked me if I would make a couple of cards as samples for the store .  In one case, she was thinking of bringing in “3D”stamps made by Spellbinders and wanted some Calgary Stampede cards to show how they work.  In the other case, she wanted a shaker card for Canada’s 150 birthday, that used a sequin mix made exclusively for Scrapendipity.

The Canada Birthday shaker card was made from a shaker kit from Cheery Lynn designs, and was a snap to make.  It was like using a cake mix, rather than baking from scratch, and the result was great, too.

I thought the cactus stamp from Spellbinders was going to be more difficult.  How do I make the cactus the focal point, but still dress up the rest of the card.  Once I got going, the ideas multiplied like rabbits (sorry I was talking with my Mom about the rabbits eating her flower garden this morning) and before I knew it, I had 5 cards made and ideas for about 10 more floating about in the debris of the scraproom.  I decided it would be interesting to see how the stamped image turned out depending on the medium used to colour it.  Turns out that you can use any medium you like and the results are good with these 3D stamps.  The image has the shading built into it and it just blends into whatever medium you decide to use.  The results are good, no matter what, and you don’t need a ton of colours.

The mediums I used were; simply two ink pads, copic markers, Zig Real Brush Markers, Prismacolor pencils with Gamsol, and Gansai Tambi watercolours.  Can you tell which was which?


Here is the Canada 150 birthday card:


Coffee Lovers Bloghop Day 2

The last time you saw this turkey, he was green, eating tuna and celebrating St Paddy’s Day.  Today he is back to a more normal colour and is just celebrating the joy of a good cup of coffee.  Love this stamp from Judith and Heather.


Supplies:  Stamp Judith and Heather, Doodlebug patterned paper Sugar and Cream, City Girls Retail Therapy stamp set from The Ton, Memory Box cross stitched rectangles dies, copic markers, Stickles, fun foam, X-pressit cardstock, Simon Says Stamp card base and Scor tape.

Sandra and Deb Challenge

This was supposed to be two cards for the Papertrey Ink Bloghop Challenge.  What I forgot though is that this is a one day challenge with that day being yesterday!  Oh well, it is now just a Sandra and I Challenge.

Here is the inspiration photo:


Here is my card:


It is fairly obvious that I was inspired by the colour scheme and the bottle brush trees.  I have to tell you that originally I had the penguin placed between the bear and the fox, but Sandra told me that it looked like the fox was farting on the penguin.  Well of course, I had to change things up a bit.

Now here is Sandra’s card using the same inspiration photo.  You will note that no one is farting on anyone else, BUT there is a giant icicle about to fall down and kill the bear!  Just saying!


Supplies:  Papertrey Ink Joyful Christmas and Warmest Wishes stamp set, Impression Obsession icicle.  Sandra’s card is coloured with Copic Markers while mine is coloured with my super sized set of Prismacolor pencils that I got for Christmas and Gamsol.

My Favorite Things Colour Challenge

Sandra has found a few minutes between hockey games to make a card for this challenge.

The challenge is to use the suggested colours on the card entry.  Here is the chart of colours to be used:


Now here is how Sandra took those colours and created a “delightful” and yet “frightful” card:




Copic Markers, Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Memento Ink, Pattern Paper (Recollection), Cardstock (Xpress It and Bazzill), Stamp Set (Lucky Dog and My Minds Eye) and 1” punch.

It’s all about the Stripes on Make it Monday Papertrey Ink

I recently got the Friendship Jar Fall Fillers from Papertrey Ink.  Their stamps sets are large and chock a block full of different stamps and sentiments that always make them versatile and timeless.  I have been wanting to do something with the Candy Corn stamp ever since I got the stamp set.  Here is the thing………………………….I love the look of Candy Corn….. especially in large quantities.  That obsession led me to buy a huge Costco sized bag of the stuff……………just to look at……………as I don’t actually like taste of Candy Corn.  Never did………… was always in my “trade for something edible” pile when I was sorting my haul from Trick or Treating, when I was a child.

With that introduction, I will bet you think I did a card with the Candy Corn stamp.  Well, nope, I fooled you.  The challenge today was to use stripes and I chose a stripe from the Ombre Builder stamp set.  I felt that the Candy Corn would have been too busy and would have competed with the stripes.  Instead, I used the Pumpkins on Sticks stamp.

I am loving the Friendship Jar as a shaker die, too.  It makes constructing a shaker card pretty easy.  It is always fun to make up a unique mix of shaker ingredients .  I used some delightful little orange flowers from the Shakers and Sprinkles Kit and added some dollar store sequins and seed beads.


Supplies:  Papertrey Ink Friendship Jar Shaker die, Ombre Builder and Friendship Fall Fillers stamp sets, Papertrey Ink sequins,  Craft Medley sequins and seed beads, Hero Arts dye ink, DCWV foil card stock,  Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, Copic Markers, Pico Shimmer Embellisher,  Wink of Stella Purple glitter brush, SSS card base an Scor tape.

The Human Rainbow

Today Sandra and I decided to do our take on the Human Rainbow.  One of the blogs we follow is Sandy Allnock and she has made available a chart to colour in various shades of skin colour.  I found the chart extremely helpful and you sure can’t beat the price which is “Free”.    I have had limited experience in colouring multiple skin colours with copics, so I found making this card, challenging and definitely time consuming, but very enjoyable.

IMG_9218 sandra human rainbow


Supplies “Selfie”:  Mama Elephant Photo Bomb stamp set, Simon Says Stamp Woodgrain Cardstock, Doodlebug Happy and Smile 6 X ^6 Paper,  Mama Elephant Creative Cuts die, Polaroid frame Pazzles cutter, copic markers, scor tape.

Supplies “Happy”:  Bo Bunny patterned paper, Gorguss Stamp, Create a smile stamp, Copic markers.


So in the continuing saga of my Bunny.  I guess the bunny was miffed at me for putting lettuce in her resting spot because she did not show up here for two days.  I became quite worried about her as they are creatures of habit, same place same time, everyday.  I began to imagine all sorts of horrible things that might have happened to her.  Well last night on my way home from dinner out with a friend,  I saw her bounding across the field down from my house.  I stopped my car, opened the door and invited her to come back home with me………………..she declined.  Today though, I went out the front door to get the paper and there she was.  She moved the “offending” and now totally wilted lettuce from her resting spot and settled right back in.