Thinking of You

I haven’t been doing much in way of cards and challenges this summer, even though I wish I had.  I saw this color combo at Color Throwdown, and really liked it so I decided to pair it with this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge and try to get myself back in the card making groove.

Here’s my card for CTD404 and FMS248.  I used SU Tempting Turquoise ink and Papertrey Ink white and kraft card stock.  The stamps are SU Long Stemmed (and oldie but a goodie, in my humble opinion) and Kind & Caring Thoughts, which I feel has the most beautifully scripted sentiments.  The shell button is something I found in one of my button jars.  I masked off a rectangle for the sentiment, then framed it in black pen.



D is for Darth

Another day, another Star Wars themed birthday card. This one if for my friend’s son who is turning five and obsessed with Darth Vader.

This is something of a twist on this week’s Splitcoast Stampers sketch challenge SC593.  Rather than angling out the shapes in the background, I kept them rectangular.  Also,  since the main image is so large, I used just three pieces rather than four.  It just seemed to work better for this card.


The card base is SU Green Galore (I think!), the image is printed on PTI white, and the DP is SU Pick Your Poison. I downloaded the image from the internet, along with the Star Wars font, which came from

Yoda Birthday

My nephew’s 7th birthday is coming up, and I was stuck on a card idea (he’s not a little boy anymore, after all!) when I came across the PTI Make it Monday – Make it With Money.  We were planning on giving him a gift card for a new video game he’s been wanting (or my brother’s been wanting??), so I thought the wallet project was perfect.  He’s a huge Star Wars fan, so I had to incorporate that, too.


I used SU Wild Wasabi for the wallet.  I kept the outside pretty simple, using the SU Stamping’ Around Star wheel with VersaMark to create the background, and I stamped his initial in Chocolate Chip.


I printed the image on the insert from the internet on Papertrey Ink White card stock. I cut some velcro to hold it shut, an drew on some stitching detail.

More Holiday Sparkle

Ok, so I’m using the heck out of my new Sparkle and Shine set.  Here’s the latest one I made for Freshly Made Sketches Sketch 216.  I unearthed an old sChristmas Cheer designer mat pad  from K & Company that I got at Michaels for $1.97 years ago.  What! I’m also using the heck out of that this year.  “Sparkle” was stamped in Versamark then embossed using silver Ranger embossing tinsel.

FMS Final 216-001IMG_1099

Card details: Paper: SU Purely Pomegranate, Old Olive, and Very Vanilla, K&Co Christmas Cheer; Ink: SU Purely Pomegranate, Versamark; Other: SU Scallop edge punch, Ranger embossing tinsel in silver

Holiday Sparkle

I just treated myself to my first new stamps in a very long time.  I love the Papertrey Ink Sparkle and Shine set, along with the holiday add-ons and dies.  I plan on using the holiday set for this year’s cards, and I can see myself using the main set year round.

I used Splitcoaststampers color challenge CC557  for my color inspiration.  It called for Cherry Cobbler, Wild Wasabi, and Soft Sky.  Well, Wild Wasabi was the only color I actually had, so I went with my closest matches.  I layered Purely Pomegranate and Rose Red in place of the Cherry Cobbler, and used PTI Spring Rain in place of Soft Sky.  I also added some other colors in the lights.

SCS CC 557







My layout is from Freshly Made Sketches challenge FMS213



I like how the sparkly jelly roll pen gave a little something to the “Sparkle.”





Heart-y Thanks

I started back to school this week, and it is taking it out of me trying to get into the swing of things.  Last time I was in college was the late 90s, so needless to say things have changed a lot and this was an exhausting week!  Today was my first chance to stamp all week.
I made this card for Freshly Made Sketches 201using the colors for Color Throwdown #357.

FMS Final 201-001swatch+357
IMG_1091Card details: Paper: SU Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue, Summer Picnic DP, PTI True Black and Stampers Select White, Stamps/Dies: Lawn Fawn Summertime Charms, Ink: Staz-On Jet Black, SU Regal Rose

Triple Threat

I think this is the first time I’ve attempted to combine three different challenges – technique, color, and sketch.  I had a lot of anxiety about tracing the frame on this one by hand, and all I see when I look at it is that tiny little bloop near the top.  Other than that, I’m pleased with how this turned out.  I really like the technique of masking the sentiment – I’ve done lots of masking, especially with my PTI stamps, but never specifically with the sentiment.

For this card, I used Papertrey Ink’s Make It Monday #221: Masking Sentiments, Freshly Made Sketches #200 (How awesome are all those prizes, BTW?!), and Color Throwdown #356

FMS Final 200 Vers_2-001  swatch+356

Card details: Cardstock – Papertrey Ink white and black, Stamps – Papertrey Ink “Floral Fusion”, Ink – Stamping’ Up! Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive, black Zig pen, Dies: Sizzix “Hello”