Thinking of You – Retro Sketches #153

made a couple cards using Retro Sketches #153— a Valentine for my sweetie and this masculine “thinking of you” card.



Cardstockk: brown

Patterned paper: My Mind’s Eye Stella Rose, Mabel

Stamp: Simon Says Stamp Handwritten Borders

Ink: Distress Ink Gathered Twigs; VersaMark

Other: Judi King white embossing powder; buttons; twine

Thinking of You – CAS(E) this Sketch #110

It was exciting to receive an honorable mention at CAS(E) this Sketch for the card in my last post. Many thanks to the designers over there. I also appreciate all the kind comments.

They have another great sketch this week, CAS(E) this Sketch #110 by Leigh Penner. I always enjoy Leigh’s blog, to the full. This sketch has been more challenging for me. I played around with some grey ink and paper and this big flower stamp and ended up with this monochromatic Thinking of You card. I’m not entirely happy with that it yet  I’m hopeful I’ll get more time or more inspired- or both.


Card Supplies

Cardstock: silver, white

Ink: Memento London Fog

Stamps: Hero Arts flower, Stampin’ Up sentiment

Other: Basic Grey pearls

Happy 18 – CAS(E) this Sketch 109

My son turned 18 this week.  Where did the time go?

I find that cards for the men in my life are the hardest to create, so I was happy to have CAS(E) this Sketch #109 to start with.


Card stock- black, orange Bazzill, Coredinations grey

Patterned paper- My Minds Eye Life of the Party

Stamps- Simon Says Stamp Happy

Ink- Versamark, Hero Arts Soft Granite

Other- Zing black embossing powder, Silhouette Cameo



Just a little note – Retro Sketches #146

This paper from My Mind’s Eye is some of my favorite right now. I love the colors and it reminds me of my girl and makes me smile. I used it to paper piece the cute hedgehog from Unity and layered it similar to Retro Sketches #146.



Supplies for  Just a Little Note


Patterned Paper- My Mind’s Eye My Girl

Stamps- Unity

Ink- Hero Arts black, orange soda

Other- Punch, gem

Circles Thank You Card – CAS(E) this Sketch #104

I made a few cards using CAS(E) this Sketch #104. I was grateful for the inspiration after being away from my craft space for so long. I’ll use these to say thanks for the gifts I was blessed with at Christmas.
imageSupplies for circles thank you card

Cardstock- silver, white

Stamps- Stampin’ Up circles; Simon Says Stamp Handwritten Borders sentiment

Ink- Hero Arts Soft Gray and Butter Bar

Other- Maya Road ribbon

You Are My Happ- SYS2 bonus day

I’m catching up on the Stretch Your Stamps 2 lessons from Online Card Classes. I’ve spent a couple afternoons in the last couple weeks playing with ‘color me’ stamps. I gave this card to the man who makes me most happy on our 21st wedding anniversary. It’s similar in design to Stephanie Klauk’s card from the SYS2 bonus day. I also used her mirror stamping technique to create the frogs.



Patterned paper: The Sweetest Thing, My Mind’s Eye

Stamps: Hero Arts

Ink: Hero Arts black dye ink

Other: vellum, silver embossing powder, Glossy Accents, Wink of Stella pen, colored pencils, gamsol
Today, I played with this cute elephant, making a baby card and a thinking of you card. Similar to the technique Debby Hughes shared on the bonus day of SYS2, I used Distress Inks on watercolor paper to create a watercolor wash that I stamped the elephant and balloon on. I then fussy cut them out and paper pieced them together.



Patterned paper: Serendipity, Heidi Swap

Stamps: Hero Arts

Ink: Distress Inks- weathered wood, worn lipstick, mustard seed

Other: watercolor paper, gems, Wink of Stella pen

Thinking of You- SYS2

Here is my day 2 project from Stretch Your Stamps 2 by Online Card Classes. It was great to see Jennifer McGuire’s use of Perfect Pearls. I’ve had some Perfect Pearls for a while, but haven’t used them much  I think this is a great way to use them– the shine on this floral card is beautiful.


Cardstock: teal from Simon Says stamp; black; vellum

Stamps: floral background stamp, Hero Arts; tiny specks, Stampin’ Up!; sentiment, Simon Says Stamp

Ink: Versamark

Other: Perfect Pearls turquoise; Hero Arts gems; Zing black embossing powder; Silhouette Cameo