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bright poppies

I’ve always loved the bright colors of poppies.  When we lived in California each spring some of the hillsides would be covered with pretty orange poppy blooms and we would  drive up the coast to take in natures splendor.  Those orange poppies set against a bright green field of grass was so pretty, but many people know poppies only in bright red.  I made this card for a recent sketch challenge at SCS.

The poppy image is from Technique Tuesday and was colored with copics.  The designer paper is from Basic Grey’s Indian Summer line – my favorite line of from them.  I only have a few sheets left and will be sad when it is gone!  The sentiment is from Papertrey and both it and the poppy were stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa.  The red cardstock is from Bazzill and the white from Neenah.

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Autumn Subway Art

A stamped sentiment along with a digi background makes a quick and easy card!


I just LOVE this background!  The typography, layout and colors all work so well together.  And guess what – it’s FREE!!  A free file from Pink Ink Doodle found HERE. This style is called  “subway art” and  she has several on her blog so be sure to check them all out.  This particular fall subway art looks good on a card but can also be used for decorations for a Halloween or Thanksgiving party.  You can also google “subway art” and find tons of images.

Once the card was assembled (I used SU cardstock) I wanted to stamp a simple sentiment in white.   Now, I have always had “issues” with white ink and embossing powder.  Without the embossing powder white ink is too opaque.  And I could never find a really bright white powder.  Sometimes, especially with smaller sentiments the embossing looked blurred, not crisp.    I gave up for years when I stumbled across some white EP in one of the craft stores, (I think Hobby Lobby) from Zing so I thought I would give it a try.

I am so glad I did!   I used versamark along with a Papertrey sentiment and the Zing white embossing powder.  It came out true white and the letters did not look blurred, but nice and crisp.

One other nice thing about this card is that it was made with scraps. I had a half sheet of card stock for the base and was able to print the digi art on a scrap piece of white cardstock. The mats are scraps from my stash. Not too long ago I went through my solid color scrap pieces and tossed anything that was smaller than a quarter of a sheet. That really cut down on the smaller pieces that never seemed to be used.    My intent is to go to the scrap file as much as possible before cutting a full sheet of cardstock.

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is it fall yet?

I know it has been awhile since posting here.  Just busy day to day stuff during the last month of summer kept me occupied.  That and doing some cleaning of my craft room.  Goodwill ended up with two very large boxes of crafty stuff – I hope someone out there will get great use of it.

So, it is not quite fall yet – still hot and humid here in Florida but thought I would get started anyway.  The craft stores already have the Christmas stuff displayed – yikes!!  Here is my clean and simple birthday card using fall colors.

The stamps are from Papertrey as is the patterned paper in the background and the cardstock from SU.  The images were inked with Memento inks.

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celebrating autumn

Some parts of the country are almost knee deep in snow, while other parts (here) are basking in temperatures that are hovering around 80.    Then there are those lucky ones who are enjoying perfect crisp autumn weather and celebrating the rainbow of colors that mother nature gives us this time of year.

So today is in celebration of autumn.  A clean and simple card – to go along with the sentiment. 

The colored cardstock is from SU, the white cardstock is Cranes Lettra letterpress paper.

I letterpressed the wavy lines on the side.  The lines are part of a Letterpress Thanksgiving set.  I like how the soft and  curvy lines are almost like a river or stream.  The fern and sentiment are from Flourishes, both stamped with Memento Ink – Dandelion and Rhubarb Stalk for the fern and Tuxedo Black  for the sentiment.

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autumn leaves

I guess fall is kicking in.  The craft stores have had fall/winter items in their stores since July, so we better get going on all those holiday craft items!  It is still summer here – hot and humid and today we are getting much needed  rain from Tropical Storm Lee.

Here is my fall card – for today’s inspiration challenge at SCS.

I used a stamp from SU’s Autumn Leaf Prints – probably one of their best leaf sets that I will never part with!  I colored the stamp with markers tangerine, cajun and espresso.  The sentiment is from Papertrey. 

The embossed background is folder from The Paper Studio – I am so glad other companies are getting into the embossing folder market.  It really gives us crafters much more variety.  The paper I used for the embossing is some cardstock that I have had for ages – probably 10 years now.  I purchased a ream of it at Kelly Paper in California.  It is heavy weight and has tiny blue fibers throughout it. 

The chocolate grosgrain ribbon?  A month ago I purchased a set of white washcloths from Bed Bath and Beyond and they were held together with two of these ribbon pieces.  Of course I had to save the ribbon – I knew it would be used on a card one way or another!

The base card is from SU – probably hunter or forest foliage. 

Thanks for stopping by today.  I’ll be off the grid for awhile visiting family.