Sunday, November 10, 2019

Trinity Stamps Succulent Banner for CAS Watercolour Challenge

Hi Friends! I hope you are enjoying your weekend and able to do some fun things before Monday morning back-to-work! It's been mid 60s here in North Carolina, but below freezing at night. Winter is definitely coming.

I wanted to post my card for the November CAS Watercolour challenge - "Monochromatic".
My daughter, Jill, is in the process of buying her first home in Arizona and I thought this was the perfect opportunity to use this really cute stamp and die set I picked up from Trinity Stamps. I saw that they are both in the "Last Chance" category at Trinity Stamps, so if you like them, grab them while you can!

I started with a piece of Arteza Watercolor paper and stamped the image with's Black Hybrid Ink - perfect for watercoloring. I used just one color from my Kuretake Gansi Watercolor set of 24 -#53, a really beautiful green. For watercoloring, my go to brush is a Silver #6. The whole process was really quick. I just went back several times to deepen the color in the shadow areas. Once dry, I ran it through my Big Shot with the matching die.
To put the card together, I used Neenah Solar 80 lb. card stock with Sunny Studio's Dapper Diamond Embossing Folder. Clean lines, but still gives interest. The background is the Neenah paper cut with a Jillian Vance's Basic Rectangle Die.  I like to use a rectangle die for the background to always have a perfect cut. These particular ones just cut smoothly and leave a bit of an indent for a border.
The Dapper Diamond piece was adhered to Fun Foam with Tombow Liquid Adhesive and then to the bottom of the card front. The image was also adhered with liquid glue on the bottom half, while the top half was popped up with's Double-sided Foam Squares.
The white card front was adhered to a layering piece of Gravel Grey card stock by MFT Stamps. A few Forever Green Satin and Metallic Green Confetti Mix were added at the end. The card base is MFT Stamps' Sour Apple card stock.

The inside was stamped with's Charcoal Hybrid Ink with the single house image from Stampendous' "Family Home". I have had this in my stash for a long time, but it was perfect for this situation and is still available for purchase!
I also had the set of MFT's assorted envelopes in my stash and thought I stamp the cute snail and mailbox from Trinity Stamps' "Mr. Snailman" to make a nice matching set. 
Always fun to receive an envelope with some sort of "mail art" on it. I know Jill will love her card and it will have a place on her new refrigerator!
All products I used to create this card and envelope are shown below if you'd like to check them out.

Thank you for visiting today and sticking to the end. The CAS Challenges are monthly and fun to play along and yes, challenge, yourself!

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Saturday, November 2, 2019

MFT New Best Friends with Anything Goes Challenge O2319

I found a fun, new card challenge blog for a company called Repeat Impressions from Freeport, ME. The challenge is open to anyone with any style or stamp company. Always fun to play along and meet some new friends!
My card was made with My Favorite Things stamp set called New Best Friends. I started with Fabriano Watercolor Paper and watercolored the images with Arteza Watercolor Real Brush Markers. Once colored, I used my Brother Scan 'n Cut to cut out all the images and choose to leave no white border.

The background was created with Neenah Solar White using the MFT Staggered Paw Prints stencil and a gentle blending using's Fog ink. This gave a subtle something- something in the background. Next the panel was run through the Big Shot using one of the Kat Scrappiness Cross Stitched Rectangles. I loved it!
The sentiment is from My Favorite Things More Essential Sentiments. I used Brutus Monroe's Ultra Fine Sterling Embossing Power on MFT Black Licorice paper. I really liked how the silver embossing powder performed and want to try more of this brand! I am always on the hunt for the perfect embossing powder and this one is the best so far. I cut the work bubble mostly by hand.

This was such a fun card to make! If you like and enjoyed this card all the products used are linked below. Thanks so much for stopping by! I really appreciate it.

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Paper Smooches for Color Throwdown 566

I am not originally from the South, but for some reason I always feel like starting my blogs with Hi Y'All! 

Today's post is for Color Throwdown #566: orange, grey and cream.

I have had this Paper Smooches city die in my stash for quite a while and I thought a city scape would be fun in these colors.
I started with a piece of My Favorite Things Cream card stock and ink blended with Range Distress Ink Spiced Marmalade. I did get one sort of splotch, but left it in anyway. Couldn't seem to blend it out. Perfection is over-rated, right?!!! 
 The city buildings were cut from Neenah white card stock and colored with a Copic Marker C5 for my grey color. 
I stamped the "Thinking of You." sentiment from the Penny Black Gentle Thoughts set with Rainy Day Hybrid Ink using my MISTI. The dog and little girl image from this Penny Black stamp set is so darling. Definitely one I want to work with soon.

To put the card together, I layered the background onto a piece of fun foam with Gina K Connect glue. Then I adhered the building flat on each side, but popped up the center with foam tape. That front card was then adhered to an A2 (4 1/4" X 5 1/2")size MFT Cement Grey card base.

Clean and simple and I really like the outcome. If you'd like to challenge yourself and expand your creativity a bit, try a card challenge, either sketch, color or both! It's really fun and usually you come up with something very new and fresh!

If you'd like to check out any products I've used today, the links are below and as always, thank you!

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Impression Obsession for Freshly Made Sketches 408

Welcome to my blog post for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge #408. I am running late this week with my entry, so I am going to make this quick!
My plan was to create an ink-blended night sky with lots of stars. I used Ranger Distress Inks (shown below) and splattered with both water droplets and White Ink (watered down on an acrylic block.) 

What inspired this card was actually the sentiment from Impression Obsession. It just appealed to me and the simplicity of this sketch design seemed like a perfect time to use it.

Some of the dimensional stars are from Studio Katia Iridescent Star Embellishments. They are so pretty and sparkly in real life.

Well, as promised, this post is short and hopefully sweet! All products I used are shown below if you are interested in checking them out! Thanks for stopping by.
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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Trinity Stamps Joyeux Noel for CAS Christmas Oct 19

Welcome friends to my blog post for the CAS Christmas Challenge Oct. 2019:
A winter scene! How fun! So many little time.  But I have been wanting to play with my new Joyeux Noel 4 X 6 stamp set from Trinity Stamps:
This set just spoke to me for some reason. I just fell in love with this gentle deer looking up at the stars.
I started with Arteza 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper and stamped the deer, tree and largest star several times each using my MISTI and my Black Hybrid Ink (a non-bleeding ink with watercolors). I normally stamp at least 3 images so that I can practice coloring. Next, using my Scan 'n Cut I had all the images cut out at one time and chose not to have a white border. 

For this card, I pulled out my Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and painted the images with a watercolor brush. I like them not only because they work beautifully, are vibrant and easy to transport, you can buy them in sets or individually. This way you can replace your most loved markers easily.
The card is a base of Lawn Fawn Kraft cardstock cut to 4 1/2" by 11" and scored at 5 1/2". For a CAS card there must be a lot of white space. In this case, I cut a piece of Neenah white cardstock with the Hero Arts Star Confetti Fancy Die. I did not plan to cut out the stars using my Big Shot, but just one pass. This way they did not cut all the way through. The gingham border was left over from a previous card post and I was happy to put it to good use! Right At Home's Gingham Background with black on cream cardstock, perfect. I adhered the 2 side gingham pieces to the white center and glued the whole panel onto Fun Foam which was cut to size. I love to use Fun Foam for it gives a nice even layer, perfect for mailing.
Hard to see, but I cut 2 pieces of white cardstock in the shape of snow hills and brushed Ranger's Distress Broken China along the top edges. I also ran these 2 pieces through Lawn Fawn's Just Stitching Double Rectangles. Some of the images were adhered flat, some popped with foam tape.

The sentiment is white heat embossed with Nuvo Detail Glacier White Embossing Powder. I have been using my Avery Elle Simple Sentiments die cuts to cut out sentiments for almost every card I make. I have such a hard getting even straight borders. They are perfect to use!
Such a pretty font "a star above that shines so bright" and the inside is "brings peace to all this holy night."
Lastly, the trees and nose of the deer were finished with Wink of Stella Glimmer Pen and the star with Stickles Icicle.

I hope you've enjoyed this card and take a look at the Trinity Stamps shop. The stamps work perfectly first time, no prepping! I am looking forward to working more with their products!

All products mentioned are linked below if you are interested. Thanks for sticking to the end!
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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Impression Obsession Maple Branch for CAS Watercolour Challenge Oct. 19

Can you believe another month has rolled around and it is time for the CAS Challenges (Watercolor, Stencil, Christmas & Mix Up) which are usually due on the 24th. I wanted to play along with the watercolor challenge this month. It is also CAS' 3rd birthday!
The theme is Maple Leaf. So here is the challenge - use Maple Leave as an inspiration or image, keep it Clean and Simple and watercolor in some way.
Here is what I came up with using Impression Obsession's Maple Branch red rubber stamp:
I stamped onto Arteza 140 lb. watercolor paper with's Black Hybrid Ink. What is Hybrid ink? Why use it for watercoloring?

Here is the description from's site:
"Our hybrid ink pads are proudly made in the USA and feature an ergonomic design making it easy to hold; the lid snaps on the base that creates a handle so that it is easy to ink your stamps. They are archival, acid-free and feature a non-fading color ensuring that your stamped images will last for years to come. The ink is non-bleeding, you’ll have perfectly stamped images every time you use it and it’s waterproof when dry, so it’s easy to use with your markers and watercolors."

I ended up buying the whole set of inks once I tried them! Each color comes in a family of 4 and are marked 1 through 4, lightest to darkest. Easy to work with using the numbering system. Again, I like to have all the options available and with a coupon code I had, they were half the price of other sets on the market.

But back to the watercoloring. It was really a simple image that didn't take long to color. I used the Arteza Real Brush Pens in various oranges, greens, browns and a little burgundy and a water brush. I cut the image out with my Jillian Vance's Polka Dot Circle Backdrop Die. Nice selection of sizes with that set.

The sentiment comes from Trinity Stamps Autumn Sentiments Stamp set. This is a 3 X 4 stamp set with lots of unique sentiments. I actually cut apart the sentiment because I felt it fit better stacked than one long sentiment. It cut cleanly and I can simply layered it back together at a later time to use as intended.
The card base is MFT's Tangy Orange card stock cut to an A2 card size. Using my Misti, I stamped Right At Home's Grid Background Stamp with's Orange Spice. This is a 6 X 6 Red Rubber stamps that works beautifully. Again, I am always looking for a little something subtle in the background.
Lastly I simply layered the circle to the card base using liquid glue and trimmed of a bit on the top and sides. 
The finishing touch was a few of these Forever Green Confetti circles from Trinity Stamps. Beautiful for Christmas, St. Patty's Day, Spring cards and today an Autumn card!
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As always, thanks for staying with me to the end. All the products discussed on this blog are linked below.

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