CS Take It Make It: Take a Technique Inspiration

Hello everyone!! I’m here with CS Take It Make It: Take a Technique Challenge for our August.

Our theme is Take a Technique!

This months challenge is going to be super fun!!  Its all about Pens and Pencils!

This means using your pens and pencils on your projects!! You could draw or sketch a design, or use your pens and pencils for coloring.  Copics, Distress Markers, Spectrum Noirs, Watercolor Pencils, Paint Pens, and markers, whatever floats your boat!!  You could add detail with fine liner pens, gel pens or smudgy Stabilo pencil…..the only limit is your imagination!! Remember there, MUST be real stamping on your projects.  Digital images CAN be used, but must be used alongside rubber/acrylic stamping!

Take a look at my card:

You're Awesome

I used Mama Elephant Three Amigos stamp set to stamp and die cut my little raccoon.

I used my Copic Markers: W1, W3, W5  to color the raccoon.

I used My Favorite Things Peek-a-Boo Circle Window Die  to cut a window out of my card panel.

I added a piece of Stampin Up! Cherry On Top DSP behind the scallop circle die cut.

I adhered the card panel to my card base with fun foam.

I added the cut out skunk to the card base with Stampin’ Up! dimensional and adhered it to the card front.

Nice and easy!!

Now its your turn to play along with us.

We have a great prize pack for you.

We have two prizes to offer this month, the first is our sponsor prize. This winner will be chosen randomly from all of the entries in the challenge! The sponsor for August is: Chocolate Baroque.bluepark-header-bar-25


 Stamp Plate Artistic Affirmations

Our second winner is our Design Winner. This winner is chosen by our DT, who all vote for their favorite design from all of the entries. This winner will have their winning project published in Craft Stamper Magazine, they will have a GDT slot for an upcoming challenge, and will also feature in their very own Winners Profile blog post!

Now if that isn’t a reason to play along I’m not sure what is!!

I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Supplies used:

THREE_AMIGOS_largeTHREE_AMIGOS die set. jpg MFT Peek-a-Boo Circle DieSU Cherry on Top DSP

Fun Foam Dimesional


Thanks you so much for stopping by!!


Your Next Stamp August 2015 Sneak Peek

Hello everyone!! I’m back again for this months Your Next Stamp Sneak Peek!

We are getting ready for our August Release Blog Hop tomorrow with a sneak peek today.  Are you excited?  I am!!

On top of this being a great release Your Next Stamp is celebrating a birthday!!!  So hold on tight to your seat. We have a lot great stuff to share!!

Take a look at my card that I’m giving you a sneak peek of:

Shhh I'm (YNS)

YNS Supplies: Incognito Stamp Set, Circles – Stitching Marks Die Set

Other Supplies: Copic Markers, My Favorite Things Hybrid Ink, Misti


Here’s the inside!

To create this card was easy:

I used the last 5 circle Stitching Marks Die and added the stitching all over my card front.  Then I stamped and die cut my little men out.  I colored my little men with Copic Markers.  Then I stacked the little man on top of it using foam tape. After that I stamped my sentiment on the outside and the inside of the card.

It looks hard to do but it really isn’t!!  Trust me!!

So are you excited about what you see?  You have to see what my fellow team members came up with the rest of the release!

You can find all of the new projects on the Your Next Stamp Blog!!

I hope I see all of you tomorrow for the August 2015 Release Hop!!

Supplies used:

Stitching marks circle dieCopic Markers MFT Hybrid Black Ink Misti

Thanks for stopping by!!


CASology 158 – Precious

Hello everyone!!  It’s CASology Tuesday!!  We are back with another Cue Card for you!!!

This week’s cue card is super simple!!

Week 158 - Precious


Take a look at my card:

Hello (CAS)

When I thought of the word “precious” I thought of cute and cuddly.  I went straight for WPlus9 Bubble Talk.  I’ve had this set since its release but have never used it!  So why not use it today!

Creating this card was easy.  Here’s how:

I used My Favorite Things Blueprints 14 to cut two pieces of cardstock to form my card base.  I scored the back piece of cardstock a half and inch from the top to create a crease for the card to open. I adhered the two pieces of cardstock with adhesive.

I stamped the elephant and balloon with My Favorite Things Hybrid Ink.  I colored both with Copic markers: R29, C3, C5, O.  I used the ) Copic to create the texture on my baby elephant.  After coloring the balloon, I stamped the sentiment and the small hearts with the same ink.

Super doper easy.

Now its your turn!! I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

For more inspiration, check out my fellow Design Team members blog for more awesome work.



Thanks for stopping by!


So Suzy Stamps August 2015 Challenge

Hello everyone!! I’m here with So Suzy Stamps and our August Challenge!!

  Perfect for our new challenge this month which is Under the Sea!!

Under the Sea

Check out my card:

Happiness is (SoSS)

 Isn’t that little octopus the cutest you’ve seen!!  I must tell you I colored him a couple of times with different mediums until I settled on this guy.  I colored him with my Copic Markers and Wink of Stella!!

I fussy cut him out and adhered him to my cut out Stitched Party Banners from Lawn Fawn.  I used all of the dies in that set to create my card.  I added some orange bakers twine between the big banner and the small banner.

To finish the card off, I added Your Next Stamp Crystal Clear Gumdrops.

So what do you thing?  Please let me know below!!

Check out my fellow design team members!!  You will not want to miss it..

I hope you join in our challenge this month.

Supplies used:

Octopus Stitched Party Banners Tangerine Lawn Trimmings Copic Markers Wink of Stella clearclear gumdrops small

Thanks for stopping by!


Top Dog Dies – Balloon Sneak Peek

Hey everyone!!!  Its Top Dog Dies Wednesday!!  I’m here with a sneak peek of Top Dog Dies Balloon Die Set!!

This set is super cute and versatile.  This set, along with 4 other die sets will go live August 4!!  Your going to love the new dies, trust me!! Plus I’ll have a giveaway on the release date!!

So stay tune!

Now on to my card:

Go and Celebrate (TDD)

The Balloon Die Set comes with 6 balloon dies ranging from small to big!!

I used the largest die to create this card.  Super easy to use and check out that stitching!!  It gives the balloon such a nice finished look.

To create these cards, I just die cut the balloon adhered them to the top left portion of the card.  I used Stampin’ Up! Whisper White Bakers Twine.  I used Mama Elephant Make A Wish Stamp Set to stamp my sentiment using Lawn Fawn Deep Sea Ink.  I added Clear Wink of Stella to the sentiment and the stars. 

Check these out:

Lets Party Celebrate (TDD)


I used some glitter paper to create these balloons.  I love how they turned out.

To create these cards, I just die cut the balloon adhered them to the top left portion of the card.  I used my Copic Multiliner to draw the strings.  I used Simon Says Stamp Birthday Big Wishes Stamp Set to stamp my sentiment using My Favorite Things Hybrid Ink.

Now you see those two stars in between my sentiment?  Well, I had to add those because some of the black ink caught my paper on the pink balloon while I was stamping it.  I think I saved it pretty well. I used Lucy Adams Star Shine Sparkly Sequin to save the day.

So what do you think?  Let me know below.

I can’t wait for you to see the full reveal!!  You are going to love this die set!

Supplies used:

Big Birthday WishesMFT Hybrid Black Ink Copic MultilinerMAKE A WISHDeep Sea Ink

Whisper White Baker's TwineLA Star Shine Sparkly Sequin Wink of Stella clear


Thanks for stopping by!!


OCC: Background Check Homework Day 2

Hello everyone!!  I’m here today just popping in to share my homework for my new Online Card Class called Background Check!!

Its all about creating different backgrounds for our card designs.  Day 2 was all about creating backgrounds using stamping techniques. The possibilities are endless with this type of designs.

So I started with Kristina’s technique which is Dye and Pigment Ink Stamping.

Take a look at my card panel that I created:

Dye and Pigment Stamping Finish (OCC)

I used Lawn Fawn Argyle Backdrops to create this pattern.  I used Papertrey Ink Summer Sunrise, Hawaiian Shores, and Berry Sorbet Dye Ink.  I also used Hero Arts Unicorn Pigment Ink.

Dye and Pigment Stamping (OCC)

I love how this turned out.  I have to try this with other pattern stamps that I have in my stash.

Now I have to go to finish up Day 2 and start on Day 1.  I’m working backwards but I’m ok with that.

What do you think?  Let me know below.

Supplies used:

PTI Berry Sorbet InkPTI Summer Sunrise InkHawaiian ShoresHero Arts Unicorn Pigment InkLF Argyle Backdrops

Thank you for stopping by!!


CASology 157 – Wings

Hello everyone!!  It’s CASology Tuesday!!  We are back with another Cue Card for you!!!

This week’s cue card is super simple!!


Week 157 - WingsTake a look at my card:

Wings (CAS)

My butterflies were punched out of the watercolor panels I created a week ago.  Take a look at how pretty they turned out.

Watercolor pieces

I used Stampin’ Up! Elegant and Bitty Butterfly Punch to punch out my butterflies out of one of the watercolor panels above.

I adhered them with glue dots.

I used stamped and embossed Papertrey Ink Lunchbox Love  with Hero Arts White Embossing Powder.

I rounded the bottom left corner and that’s it!!  I’m done.

I love how this card turned out!!  I hope you do to!  Let me know below.

Now its your turn!! I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

For more inspiration, check out my fellow Design Team members blog for more awesome work.


Gillian Ross

Hannelie Baster

Hazel Hodgkins

Jen Wills

Joyce Mehrberg

Judy Marino

Kimberly Wiener

Kymona Tracey ←Me

Melissa Chipperfield

Tracey McNeely

Our Sponsor this week is 7 Kids College Fund.

Supplies used:

SU Bitty Butterfly PunchElegant Butterfly PunchPTI Lunchbox LoveHero Arts Clear Embossing Powder

Thank you so much for stopping by.


YNS Sketch and Color Challenge #19

Hello everyone!!!  I’m here today with Your Next Stamp (YNS) and this week’s Sketch and Color Challenge #19!!

Each challenge has a sketch and a color combo to choose from.

Take a look at the sketch:


Take a look at the color combo:

YNS Color Challenge 19

I choose to go with the sketch! Take a look at my card:

Hello Fishes

YNS Supplies: Sea Creatures Set One, Sea Creatures Set Two, Whatnot Sentiment Five,
Love Earth Gumdrops

Other Supplies: Broken China Distress Ink, Copic Markers, Versafine Ink, MFT Hybrid Ink, foam adhesive

I cut my front panel to match the sketch. I used Broken China Distress Ink to blend my sea background.  I stamped the seaweed and bubbles using Versafine Ink.

I used My Favorite Things Hybrid Ink to stamped my fish and whale. I colored them using Copic Markers: whale C1, C3, C5, O and the fish B12, YR68

I attached the whale, fish and front panel with foam adhesive.

Staying with the sketch I added YNS Love Earth Gumdrops in the corners of the scene.
I have to admit creating scene are hard for me.  I’m not sure why but they are.  I hope a did a good job here.

So are you ready for the new challenge?

You have until August 6th at midnight EST to play along and submit your project on the YNS Blog post.  One random participant will win a $15 gift certificate to the Your Next Stamp Store.  If YNS stamps or dies are the focal point then the winner receives and additional $5 gift certificate fro a total of $20.  The winner will be announced on the YNS Blog the Sunday after the challenge closes.

Supplies used:

YNS Love EarthSea Creatures One Sea Creatures twoWhatnot Sentiments FiveMFT Hybrid Black InkCopic Markers3M Double Coated Foam TapeDistress Ink Broken ChinaOnyx Versafine Ink

Thank you so much for stopping by!!


Top Dog Dies – Watercoloring

Second Post for today
If your looking for YNS – July Feature Day, click here

Hello everyone!!!  Its Top Dog Die Wednesday!!  I’m here showcasing Top Dog Dies Hot Air Balloon Die Set!!

Hot Air Baloon Die


I love this set.  Its so cute when you die cut the balloons and clouds out!! The detail stitch lines give off a great finishing touch.

Take a look at my card:

Sending Smiles (TDD)

I love how this card turned out.  I used one of those watercolor pieces that I create last week.

Watercolor pieces

Having these ready to go makes it so much easier to get cards done at the last minute.  I used one sheet and cut a bunch of balloons out.  So to use now and some to use later.

Creating this card was super simple.

All I did was die cut the balloons out of the watercolor panel and cut the balloon basket out of black cardstock.

I adhered the pieces the way I wanted with liquid glue and foam adhesive to the card base.

I used Mama Elephant Up and Away Stamp Set to stamp my sentiment under the balloons.

I used We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper to round the bottom right corner of the card.

Sending Smiles

So what do you think?  Let me know below!  I’m sending this card over sees to a great friend of mines. I hope she likes it.

Supplies used:

Hot Air Baloon Die UP AND AWAY We R Memory Keepers Corner ChomperSSS Fog cardstockMFT Hybrid Black InkWhite Vellum


Thank you for stopping by!


YNS – July Feature Day


Hello everyone!!!  I’ here today with another YNS creation to inspire you and a chance to win a stamp set of your choice!!

Since this is my first time participating in feature day let me explain!

On the 22nd of every month, YNS Design Team creates more samples featuring YNS products and shares them with all of you!!

The super duper awesome part of it all besides our awesome samples, you could win a stamp set of your choice!!  Now how super cool is that!!

Scroll to the bottom to find out how!!

This month we are focusing on “Dear Summer = What Sings Summer to You”!!  Yes, summertime!!  How doesn’t love the summer time.  Its the best season for me.  I love the brightness of summer and the long hours!  Oh even the summer rainbows!!

Now take a  look at the card I created to inspire you:

Rainbows (YNS)

Tell me summer rainbows aren’t a pleasant sight in the afternoon sky.  They will make you smile after a small rain shower!

Clean and simple is the name of my summer game.  I hope I’ve inspired you to think of what summer sings to you?

What do you think?  Let me know below!!

Now on to that prize!!


All you have to do is leave a comment on the YNS blog for a chance to WIN a YNS stamp set of your choice!!  Super simple and easy!!  You will get to see my fellow DT’s projects as well.

So head on over, you don’t want to miss this one!!


Supplies used:

Rainbows and Happiness  Copic Markers clear gumdrops small

Thank you for stopping by!!