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Spring Card Camp 2 Day 8

Whew! I thought I was in trouble with today’s tutorial.  It was presented by Kristina Werner.  In the video, she indicated that it took her about 1 1/2 hours to do the faux dip painting.  My immediate reaction was that if it took her 1 1/2 hours, that meant it was going to take me over my newly imposed 4-hour limit.   I came up with a solution though…………………….I just didn’t do as good a job as Kristina.

All in all though, I liked the resulting card.


Fall Coffee Lovers Bloghop #5

This might be my last card for the fall bloghop.  I do have another stamp set, that I don’t think I have ever used for these bloghops but time is running out.

This card came out of no where.  I wanted to make a card with a coffee bean background that I had made with distress crayons, but by the time I picked out the stamp and sentiment, my mind went in a totally different direction. It was going to be a bit of a throw in card without much thought, but surprisingly, I ended up liking it a lot.  I think it is because I really wanted to use the sentiment and it went well with the other elements I chose.




Skipping Stones Designs Funny Coffee Vol #1,  Wplus9 A Pocketful stamp set, SEI canvas blue jean paper, Simon Says Stamp cardstock, Peerless watercolors,Simon Says Stamp card base, real coffee beans and Scor tape.

WPlus9 Sketch Challenge

Sandra wanted to try her hand at the Sketch Challenge over at WPlus9.


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Let’s take a look at her version:

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Stamp Set –Winter Pals

Cardstock – Xpress It, Craft Smith

Pattern Paper – BoBunny & Graphic 45

Memento Ink

Copic Markers


Taya is 2

My granddaughter Taya turned 2 yesterday and I made this card to celebrate the occasion.  Sadly, I failed to put it in the bag with her present when I raced over to her house just before her bedtime (well my bedtime too, but I don’t like to admit that).

I think it may qualify for a few challenges too, as there is no less than four stamp companies represented in this card.  Making an appearance is WPlus9, Mama Elephant, Simon Says Stamp and Taylored Expressions.


WPlus9 Sketch Challenge

WPlus9 has a new challenge on their blog and I had a stamp set from WPlus9 that was begging to be let out of the “new” drawer, so it was a match made in heaven.  In fact thinking about heaven got me to thinking about “pennies from heaven”  which got me to thinking about squirrels and how they would prefer “acorns from heaven” and that got me to thinking about where I might have stored that giant acorn stamp I have.  Which got me to thinking that I am just like the squirrels…………..don’t know where I stored my nuts, and feel the need to tear up my entire craft room looking for them.  Dragging my self away from this convoluted train of thought, I put together this card from this sketch.imageimage

Supplies: WPlus 9 Happy Mail stamp set,  Posh Impressions and Simon Says Stamp Giving Thanks acorn stamps, copic markers, Copic Air Brush system,  homemade cloud stencil, Wink of Stella glitter pen, Hero Arts card base, unknown wood grain card-stock, and scor tape

P.S.  Even though it looks like these two squirrels will be knocked unconscious in about a nano second………………..I assure you no animals were hurt in the making of this card!



This Post is a little Sketchy Too!

Sandra also participated in the Wplus9 Sketch challenge and I suspect did not agonize over card fronts as much as I did.  This is because working woman’s (Sandra) only available time slot to make this card was 1:30 AM and that probably prompted her to be efficient.  Anyway, here is the sketch again followed by Sandra’s entry.

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Supplies: Wplus9 Winter Pals stamp set, Sizzix Clouds and Cuttlebug Swirls embossing folders, Neenah and Bazzill cardstock, Prismacolor pencils, Stampin up ink pad, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Stormy Sky

Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend but I wouldn’t turn down Rubies, Emeralds and Sapphires either!

Challenge at Wplus9 right now is to pull out the first Wplus9 stamp set each crafter bought and make something with it.  I have to confess I cheated just a tad.  I think the first set I got was Fresh Cut Florals, but that set is SO timeless I have used it countless times before and recently.  So I opted for a stamp set with a few less layers of ink on it, and pulled out Sparkle and Shine.  I knew I wanted to use embossing and watercolour, but I also wanted MEGA intensity as well as sparkle and shine.  I pulled out a recent purchase of  Ken Oliver’s Color Burst powder watercolours and Voila!  instant intensity.  Clear embossing powder, Imagine Crafts Sparkle Spritz and Glossy Accents provided the sparkle and shine.

Although it is hard to capture in a picture, these gems sparkle like the real thing!

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Supplies:  Wplus9 Sparkle and Shine Stamp Set and dies,  Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Paper, Ken Oliver Color Burst watercolour, Recollections card base,  Recollections Clear detail embossing powder, Versafine Black Onyx ink, Creatology fun foam, clear adhesive squares from Forever in Time, Recollections card base and Scor tape.


Helpful tip of the day:  Do NOT, I repeat DO NOT place your card face side down on your bookshelf under a heavy book when your Glossy Accents is not yet dry!  NOT good….just saying!