Sunday, February 7, 2021

Cards 4 Guys #263

 I finally made it to my local (independent) paper craft store yesterday. If we were not in pandemic times, I think that I would have visited before living here 6 months. I bought 2 new Distress Oxide pads, so I am trying them out on some cards. Speckled Egg is my newest blue to compliment Tumbled Glass and Peacock Feathers. Here is my first color combination for blending:


I splattered some white and silver paint for the background. I added the soccer ball stamp and some die cuts to turn this into a masculine birthday card. I used the Cards 4 Guys #263 as my inspiration. The challenge is to make a card with any sport or sports. 

Supplies used:

Distress Oxides 

Close to My Heart black card stock

Close to My Heart Soccer stamp 

Versa Mark ink

Memento Tuxedo Black ink 

Stampin' Up! silver embossing powder

Stampin Up! Playful Alphabet dies

Lawn Fawn Happy Everything stamp

Stampin! Up! circle die and label punch (retired) 

Marco's Paper white card base

White acrylic and silver watercolor paints for splattering 

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Friday, February 5, 2021

Paper Players #526

 I made another valentine card. This time I played along with Paper Players Challenge #526. For this tic-tac-toe challenge, I chose the row across with red, embossing, and sparkle. I used Real Red card stock  and a heart embossing folder (retired) from Stampin' Up!. I punched some red glitter paper (from my stash) with a heart punch to add the sparkle. The stamp is from the Happy Everything set from Lawn Fawn

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Thursday, February 4, 2021

Otter Valentine

 I kept using my plaid paper and two more challenges to make another valentine card. 

I was happy to find the Retro Rubber Stamp Challenge because it encourages us to use our older stamps. Each card must use a stamp that is at least a year old. I started stamping in 2008. I did not keep some of my oldest wood mount sets, but most of my stamps are over a year old. 

For this card, I am using two older stamps from Lawn Fawn. I love the font and mix of greetings in the Happy Everything set. The set was released in 2012, so I estimate that I purchased it in 2012 or 2013. I think that I purchased the Year 5 stamp set when it was released in 2015 because I think that both river and sea otters are so cute. For this card, I wanted to color it gray using my sole gray (C05) Copic marker and the colorless blender. 

I was still playing with my card design until I found Freshly Made Sketches #471 to tie the card elements together. 

Additional Supplies:
Neenah Solar White Card Stock 
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Glossy Accents
Stampin' Up! Read Red Card Stock
Stampin' Up! heart punch and stitched circle die (retired) 

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Mad for Plaid

 Thank you to my friend Pam who sent me some retired plaid papers from Stampin' Up! after my last order. It is fun to play with these! I made this card for the TGIF Challenges #301 with a plaid theme. 

It's been colder here, so it's a good time to stay inside to make cards. I am revisiting a variety of challenge blogs to find inspiration. 


Current from Stampin' Up! 

Real Red card stock

Smokey Slate card stock

Playful Alphabet dies

Banners Pick a Punch

Current from Close To My Heart

White cards and envelopes value pack

White Daisy card stock

Retired Supplies

Embossing Folder and Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up! 

Monday, February 1, 2021

Thank You Card

 I made a thank you card for a new friend who helped us out last week. I used Freshly Made Sketches #470 with an old and new stamp to put this card together. I still have a few wood mount stamps that have made the cut after a few moves. I focused on using the color Bermuda Bay. 

Current Supplies:
from Stampin Up!
Oh So Ombre 6x6 Paper (Sale-a-bration)
A Touch of Ink Stamp Set (Sale-a-bration)

from Close To My Heart

Next up I plan to use the hummingbird image from this new stamp set. 

I also figured out how to import blog posts from 2015. I kept a separate blog called Craft Break while I was a Stampin' Up! hobby demonstrator. I like to be able to look back over my past cards sometimes.