• I like when stamp designers make smaller sets with a few stamps. I don't feel as guilty spending money for a few very useful stamps.
    This one is Elegant flowers by Sweet Stamp Shop. This might be one I'd make into a set to give as a gift. a few of each color. Also, I really love the gold splatters. I made the black splatters on the pink card a bit too big.
    Stamps: Avery Elle - Oh Happy Day, Sweet Stamp Shop - Elegant Flowers

  • Favorite food in the whole world? SUSHI!!!
    My sister and I have talked about this before.. If we were stranded on an island and could only eat 1 thing forever, it would be.. sushi. hands down. Now of course, this is a pretty ridiculous scenario because what are the chances we have a rice cooker, nori, soy sauce, and an awesome sushi chef all on a desert island. A girl can dream!

     This adorable stamp set is from Lawn Fawn called "Let's Roll". Hooray for sushi! I realized after taking this photo, that it looks like the soy sauce bottle is somehow floating right next to the sushi plate. I'm pretty sure I set the bottle slightly behind the sushi. I colored the images with colored pencils blended with gamsol and cut an extra stamped soy sauce bottle from transparency film to glue over the original image so it looks like glass! I'll be mailing this to my sister soon probably. She'll get a kick out of it.
    Stamps: Lawn Fawn - Let's Roll
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    So lessons for this course are over (boo!) and this is one design idea I was determined to try before the class finished. I followed Pamela Ho's card design but haven't done the embossing powder portion of the tutorial yet (clear embossing one or a couple of triangles). But the design is so cool. The hardest part is making the shapes appear random. Her card design is larger, but I figured this would be a good start. I really like this idea. It's simple, but bold. I could make a bunch of these pretty easily (it would just take time to lay out the masked shapes.

    Stamp: Avery Elle - Handwritten Notes
    Ink: Ranger Distress Ink - Pumice Stone, Chipped Sapphire, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers
  • I saw this design in a magazine and loved the style!

    Stamps: Avery Elle - Oh Happy Day, Sweet Stamp Shop - Triangle Play (discontinued)

  • My cat, Mini, is a bit of a talkative one. Especially when it comes to food or wanting to go outside. She's not afraid to tell me what's on her mind. Often, when she's begging for food, I look at her and ask her questions back - and yes, I'm obviously a crazy cat lady because I talk to her as if she's responding to me!

    And off the crazy cat lady train, we come. I'm totally in love with the cute cat and dog stamp sets recently released from Sweet Stamp Shop! So of course, I would color my first stamp with this set to look like Mini. The "meow" stamp is by Some Odd Girl called Clever Kitties. I used Gamsol (and Jennifer McGuire's tutorials) to color her in.

    Stamps: Sweet Stamp Shop - Kitty Cat, Some Odd Girl - Clever Kitties

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  • I'm embarrassed to say that oftentimes I'm inspired by certain card designers and it almost seems as if every card the designer makes can get me super excited about a product. I'm a big Laura Bassen fan because of her designs and color choices. I'd seen her use these Paper Smooches dies on a card and HAD to have them! Aren't the flowers just adorable?? :D
    The retirement card is a commission from my sister for a coworker who was retiring from working at the hospital. And of course, I was desperately hoping to use my new stamp set from Winnie and Walter - The Big, the Bold, and the Happy. Isn't the handwriting font too fabulous?!
     This card was also a commission - one for my coworker to give to her fellowship leader. She requested flowers and I decided it was the perfect opportunity to use this die set again. And if you couldn't tell, I'm in LOVE with handwritten stamps so of course I had to get this Scripty Sayings set by Paper Smooches.
  • I'm loving the direction scrapbooking and craft design has gone over the years - more graphic! Clean lines, fun shapes, and great colors. I was inspired by a sketch but I can't recall where from. The Love stamp is from Mama Elephant's Confetti stamp set. What a fun set!

    Dies: Paper Smooches - Thanks Word die, Avery Elle - Chevrons

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    Stamping outside the shape. I like both versions of this. It works up relatively quickly and color combinations are endless! I will try a monochromatic version next - similar to the heart masking card.
    Stamps: Simon Says Stamp - Life is a Journey & Sketchy Banner Greetings, Avery Elle - Oh Happy Day
    Ink: Versacolor - Mountain Lake, Lilac, Heliotrope, Boysenberry, Cinammon, Blue Smoke, Polar Blue; Avery Elle - Sea Glass, Lemongrass

  • I would never have thought to ink up the inner edge of a stencil too! I used the negative of the bracket rectangle I cut on my silhouette to make this card. So cute!
    Stamps: Mama Elephant - Water Blooms, Sweet Stamp Shop - Elegant Sentiments, Simon Says Stamp - Life is a Journey
    Inks: Hero Arts black dye ink; Versacolor - Boysenberry, Mountain Lake, Raspberry, Celadon; Avery Elle - Lemongrass, Sea Glass

    Stamps: Simon Says Stamp - Lots of Dots, Paper Smooches - Birthday Sampler
    Inks: Hero Arts  - Cornflower, Soft Cantaloupe, Soft Pool, Field Greens, Butter Bar

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    Day 3 is about Optical Illusions - FUN!

    I love this design/style even more than I'd anticipated. It's so versatile and playful! I followed Laura Bassen's masked and circle stamp idea. And I'm always happy if I can make cards that are masculine-ish b/c that's the hardest for me. The 1" post-it tape is so handy for masking off a border like this. Ill have to try some bigger dies and some masking sheets (which I have yet to buy - as if i need to shop more!).

    I cheated a bit b/c I messed up doing this straight on the card. So I stamped it all on a separate sheet that I can mount on a card. AND of course right when I'm about to finish, I realized there was a big ol' nasty smudge at the bottom of the card in the white space. I used a blade to sort of scratch off the surface but it's a bit fuzzy now. So I think I'll end up trimming the card front down to have a white space around the inked area and mount it on a Kraft card. I didn't think of that until this morning so I haven't had a chance to do it yet since I took this picture last night.

    Stamps: Simon Says Stamp - Lots of Dots & Life is a Journey, Ali Edwards Technique Tuesday - Fun Flair 
    Inks: Ranger Distress Ink - Pumice Stone, Bundled Sage, Iced Spruce; Versacolor - Laurel Leaf, Mountain Lake, Blue Smoke; Avery Elle - Lemongrass, Sea Glass; Hero Arts - black dye ink
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    I followed Heather Campbell's day 2 example here. I get the idea, but it's a bit challenging to keep all of the pieces in the appropriate order. I used post it tape to keep the chevrons in place while I fiddled with the other die cut pieces.

    dies: Avery Elle - Chevron Bits Elle-ments, Paper Smooches - Thanks Word die
  • Saw some watercolor techniques with distress inks from Kristina Werner so I definitely had to try it out. Plus some paper piecing which I LOVE but I'm often too lazy to do! haha

    Inks: Distress Inks - Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers, Mustard Seed
    Dies: Avery Elle - Die: Simply Said: Hello Elle-ments, Mama Elephant - Confetti
    Stamps: Studio Calico - Cat Lover's Kit, Avery Elle - Simply Said: Hello Clear Stamps

  • Based on Freshly Made Sketches #126