Monthly Archives: July 2013

Another Summer Card Camp Card


  • Die cuts – Simon Says Stamp/Memory Box: Outline Dahlia, Delicate Dahlia, Tilted Banners
  • Stamp – Simon Says Stamp: Tilted Banner Sayings
  • Patterned papers – Echo Park: All About A Boy
  • Button embellishment – Heidi Grace Sunshower chipboard button
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Baker’s Twine – Doodlebug Designs



This was a fun card, even though it was a little bit of a stretch for me with the color scheme. It is another I made while taking the Online Card Classes Summer Card Camp 2, which is nearing its end. I got some inspiration from one of the three card sketches offered this week and then selected one of the new color combos shared for us to play with this weekend. I used three different die cuts for this: two for the dahlia blossom and then another for the banner–all from Simon Says Stamp. All of the elements add up to a really brightly colored card! I added faux stitching (dots) around three sides and a little chipboard button in the flower’s center. Thanks for the visit.

Summer Card Camp 2 – Hello


  • Patterned papers – My Mind’s Eye “Blush” and “A Beautiful Life” 6 X 6″ pads; American Crafts (SKU 96436) 6 X 6″ paper pad
  • Alphabet stickers – Pebbles “New Arrival ABC” – Brown
  • Epoxy dimensional stickers – Sticko “Mosaic stickers” Clear Square
  • Ranger Distress Inks

Welcome to my 401st post! I made this card as I followed along with the Online Card Classes Summer Card Camp 2. I was inspired by the weekly sketch and one of the featured artist’s take on it, which used epoxy stickers and patterned paper. I’ve had epoxy stickers in my stash for YEARS, but seldom use them. So seeing them used was a great reminder and I do like the effect that the dimension gives. We were also challenged to work outside our comfort zone, and this sketch, along with the color palette for the week and using stickers were not overly comfortable for me, so I was stretched! Not only that I didn’t use stamps for this card, but I must confess to using my trusty Distress Inks around the edges! Thanks for visiting today.

Summer Card Camp 2 – Thank You


  • Stamps – Stamper’s Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection “Reflections” and My Favorite Things “Pretty Poppies” (Thank You)
  • Stencil – Crafter’s Workshop mini stencil “Harlequin”
  • Dies – Spellbinders “Vintage Labels Three”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Baker’s Twine
  • Ranger Distress Inks and ColorBox Chalk Inks

I’m taking the Online Card Classes Summer Card Camp 2, which is really packed with great information. I would highly recommend this class and have been pleased with many other classes offered by them. This week we are challenged to work with a specific color palette and three sketches, if we so desire. The color palette includes light and dark brown, light and dark magenta/purple and a light blue. I was inspired by a lesson Kristina Werner gave us and created the focal image on this card by creating a panel with Distress Inks on watercolor paper. I added some home-made spritzes of Distress ink with Perfect Pearls and layered some stamping and stenciled images. I then die cut this inkiness using a Spellbinders Vintage Label die and layered it atop a cardstock die cut a hair bigger that I offset. I created the sentiment and inked up all of the elements with chalk ink to tie together the color scheme with the lighter purple. Before I built the card, I tied baker’s twine onto the base and then applied the other elements on it using dimensional adhesive. Thanks for visiting!


Floral Thank You – 365 Cards Day 195


  • Stamps – Avery Elle “Petals & Stems” and Inkadinkado “Expressions”
  • Dies – Spellbinders “Vintage Labels Three”
  • Patterned papers – Creative Imaginations “Christine Adolph: Boho” paper pad and Basic Grey “Out of Print” 6 X 6″ paper pad
  • Border punch – EK Success “Open Scallop”
  • Cardstock – BoBunny and Bazzill

The design for this card was inspired by the Super Sketchy Sunday Sketch – Day 195. I stamped the flower stamp and leaves and added some lines with a fine-tip Micron pen, which brings out the black paper accents. I also added faux stitching around the smaller die cut and at the top and bottom borders to tie the elements together. Thanks for checking in.


OWH – I Love You S’more


  • Stamps – My Favorite Things “Flopsy Goes Camping”
  • Stencil – The Crafter’s Workshop “Quatrefoil” by Ronda Palazzari
  • Patterned paper – Basic Grey “Out of Print”
  • Copic Markers and Ranger Distress Ink
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

It is my habit to take a little bit of stamping and cardmaking stuff with me when I go camping. I set-up on a picnic table or a stump (really!) and ink away. I seem to be particularly drawn to distress techniques, since they are already kind of messy and a little dirt won’t hurt! I managed to make five cards and a couple of tags on our trip this past weekend. So in the spirit of camping, I thought I’d use this marshmallow-toasting bunny stamp I received during the OWH fundraiser. I also followed the color theory recommendations in the most recent OWH Design Bootcamp to use a major, minor and accent color for a nicely balanced palette. I created the background using Chipped Sapphire Distress ink and pounced it through the stencil. It really looks like patterned paper when it’s done. I tried to vary the application of ink so it is lighter and darker across the background, and if you use your imagination, could emulate the night sky. The little campfire is colored with Copics. The bunny is pure white and popped up for a little dimension. Thanks for visiting.

OWH – Dreaming of a White Christmas


  • Stamps – Our Craft Lounge “Penguin Fun” and Penny Black “Christmas Cheer”
  • Patterned paper – KaiserCraft “Just Believe” paper pad
  • Ribbon – American Craft
  • Copic markers and Ranger Distress Inks
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

It is hard for me to do it, but I made a Christmas card in July. I’m one of those people who need it to be mid-December before I’m really in the mood to make a Christmas card, which is a real problem in order for me to actually get any created and in the mail for people! This past week’s Operation Write Home Midweek Throwdown challenge was Christmas in July. I do need to make some Christmas and winter-themed cards for our heroes, so I’m okay with getting some made during the summer months! So for my first Christmas card, I thought I needed to show off a penguin! After stamping the image, I colored it with Copic markers and then added some distress inks along the border of it. I then added the sentiment at a jaunty angle with some ribbon behind it. Enjoy and hopefully the snow will help cool you off–it has been a hot weekend for us! Thanks for stopping by.

Cardabilities Sketch #79 – Thank You


  • Die cuts – KaiserCraft “Secret Admirer Icons”
  • Stamp – Verve Stamps
  • Cardstock – BoBunny Turquoise Flourish and Bazzill Bling
  • Rhinestones – KaiserCraft and Michael Richards, Inc.

This card features the KaiserCraft Victorian-looking die cuts I picked up recently. I grouped together four different die cut images with the sentiment banner to create the focal point. I used Sketch #79 at Cardabilities for inspiration. Thanks for visiting today.

Thinking of You – Mustache Style



  • Stamps – My Mind’s Eye “Find Your Wings and Fly”
  • Sentiment stamp – Impression Obsession “Thinking of You”
  • Patterned papers – Fancy Pants “Swagger” 6 X 6″ paper pad
  • Tape sticker – Fancy Pants “Swagger”
  • Diecuts made from Spellbinders Nestabilities “Labels Nine”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Kraft paper

Here we have a mustachioed card! The Operation Write Home Midweek Throwdown challenge this week was to create masculine cards for our heroes to send home. I really wanted to use the “Swagger” patterned papers for this and decided that they would work well with the 365 Cards Day 188 Super Sketchy Sunday Sketch. I had a good time stretching this sketch to work with the elements I’d chosen. Thanks for stopping by!


You’re the Cat’s Meow


  • Stamps – Lawn Fawn “Critters in the Burbs” set
  • Patterned papers – Echo Park “All About A Boy”
  • Bling – Mark Richards Crystal Stickers
  • Cardstock – Bazzill and BoBunny Dots

I created this card from ideas offered during the first week of Online Card Classes Summer Card Camp 2 — and also ideas I gleaned from the Pattern Play class a few months ago. I used this week’s color scheme, along with one of the three sketches provided this week. I added some sparkly touches with my Sakura Gel Pens on the cat and in faux stitching around the edges. Thanks for visiting.

OWH – Midweek Throwdown – Red, White, Blue & Kraft


  • Stamp – from Hero Arts “Live Life” set
  • Embossing Folder – from Cuttlebug “Decorative Tile” set
  • Twine – The Cat’s Pajamas “Peppermint”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

Here is another card for my OWH box, which I should send off pretty soon. I made it for the OWH Midweek Throwdown Color Challenge this week to use a red, white, blue and Kraft color scheme on a card. I created a simple design with some a little bit of texture to enhance it. I like the contrast you get with this color scheme. Didn’t get it posted in time for the 4th! Have a great day!