Category Archives: Challenges

red, white and blue

It’s not the Fourth of July yet, but I am starting a bit early with these traditional patriotic colors.   The card was made for the Impression Obsession Red, White and Blue challenge – details HERE.


I stamped the image using Memento Tuxedo black in and colored with prisma pencils.  The red background cardstock is also stamped with a canvas cover-a-card stamp.  I added a die cut banner, some pearls (that were colored with copics to make them brown) and paper pierced along the right.

The images I used are:  Three Decoys (H1040) and Canvas Cover-a-Card (CC073)

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pink and grey

This card is for todays color challenge at SCS which calls for a light and dark pink, along with grey.   I love grey with any color – it is a perfect neutral – softer than black. 


I stamped the images, from Mark’s Finest Papers Relax A Bit set released this month, on MFP’s white linen cardstock using Memento Inks.   The teapot was stamped again on copic x-press it cardstock, colored then cut out and adhered on top of the linen base.  The ribbon is also from MFP – a pretty pink sheer!

Stampin Up’s blush and basic grey cardstock were used for the base, along with a cuttlebug embossing folder.

Thanks for stopping by today – and Happy Mardi Gras!!

bleach it out

It’s been awhile since I did a bleach technique on a card,  so while the laundry is going today this was the perfect time to “bleach it out”!  Here is the card:

I stamped the rose with versamark and embossed it with black embossing powder.  Then I applied bleach with a small brush within the embossed lines.   Once dry, the bleach had removed most of the color of the cardstock – leaving a white base on which to apply color.   I used water based markers in green and peach to add the color.

On the base of the card is designer paper from Basic Grey’s Ambrosia line.  I also stamped a leaf image with versamark ink in the background.  

The cardstock is from Mark’s Finest Papers and is called Florida Peach and works well with the bleach technique.  Some cardstocks do not so you will want to test a small sample first if you want to try this.

The images are from Mark’s Finest Papers as well – from the Love Remains set.

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A new year!

Happy New Year Everyone!! After several weeks away from my stamping table I am soooooo glad to be back! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and are ready to face the year. I was not totally a couch potato during the holiday season…. I was able to start and just about finish knitting a scarf – just have about 4 more inches to go and then it is done!

And I got into a cleaning and organizing mode as well. I first went through my bedroom dresser – found out I had 13 pairs of black socks…what’s up with that? I live in Florida!! One pair will suffice! After the dresser I tackled our master bedroom closet. Oy! It’s a decent sized walk in closet that tended to be stuffed with everything. After some major cleaning I ended up with 5 large bags and one large box going to Goodwill and 3 large bags in the trash. We know have tons of space.

The best news of the new year is that I am now a member of the Senior Design Team for Mark’s Finest Papers!!!! Woo Hoo!!! What a wonderful group of ladies – and some beautiful stamps to boot!

So – here is a sneak peek for the January release -the stamps will be available next week. I made this card for todays color challenge at SCS which calls for using the colors of blush, red and baja blue.



The rose postal image and sentiment are from a new set called Sending Happy Thoughts.  I just LOVE postal images – they never seem to go out of style!  I colored the image in copics – using colors in the R and RV for the bud and YG for the leaves.   A little blue memento ink was sponged around the edges. 

A cuttlebug folder was used for the embossing and a pretty pink ribbon to tie it all together!

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nontraditional colors

Stepping away from the traditional red and green, I chose a rich turquoise blue for the ornaments on this tree.

The image is from Peddlers Pack – and they have  a number of images from this particular artist.  The stamp is large – it just about fills the front of a card and makes such an impact when colored.   Since the image itself is so strong I decided to leave off the embellishments and just add a simple sentiment from Papertrey on the front.

I used the following copics: 

  • For the greenery:  G12, G21, G82
  • For the ornaments:  BG10, BG11, BG13, BG15, BG49
  • For the garland – just a touch of N1 and N3.

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