PCCCS#133 – Card Sketch

Happy Monday, stamping friends!

I hope your day outside is as lovely as mine; once again we have blue sky and sunshine.  It started out at 0 degrees, but it’s slowly warming up!

I’m back today with another sketch challenge for the Paper Craft Crew; this one was a bit more challenging, in that there was a lot of different shapes to incorporate. This is the sketch posted for PCCCS133:


I went through quite a few stamp set options in my mind, before I finally decided on using a set that hasn’t seen nearly enough ink – it’s from the Annual Catalogue, and it’s called Traveler.  It’s a great set with 8 images, all of course having to do with travel.  There are no sentiments, so you’re free to add what you want from any other set.  If you know someone who does like to travel, this is a wonderful set; it’s also great for those ‘hard to make’ cards for men!

Here’s what I came up with:

PCCCS133 traveler card

I started with a card base of Basic Black card stock, then added a panel of  Flashback Designer Series Paper in this wonderfully worn grid pattern.  Using my go-to Gorgeous Grunge stamp set, I randomly stamped the splotches of Memento Black and Lost Lagoon inks onto the DSP.  I stamped the World Map stamp in Soft Suede onto Very Vanilla card stock, and sponged some Lost Lagoon, Old Olive and Crumb Cake inks onto it using a Sponge Dauber.  I layer it on top of a panel of Basic Black ink, and attached it on top of the DSP using a Glue Stick.

I stamped the passport and globe images from the Traveler set in Soft Suede, and sponged a bit of Crumb Cake onto them both, and a bit of Lost Lagoon onto the globe.  You can see that I actually stamped & cut the passport twice & layered them, for a bit more dimension – it looks like it’s been randomly opened to that page.

The sentiment is stamped in Memento Black ink onto a piece of Lost Lagoon card stock, with a smaller piece of the Flashback DSP layered below.

I added a few of the now retired wooden buttons, some black Candy Dots, and some Linen Thread wrapped around the globe, and my card was complete!

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my card for this challenge; I do  hope you’ll pop over to the Paper Craft Crew page to see what the designers created, as well as seeing all the other great cards that were designed for this challenge.

While you’re there, I’d appreciate your vote for my last card for the current challenge – voting ends today – it’s challenge #132, and mine is card #6.  Thanks in advance!

Leave me a message here, and let me know if you’re enjoying seeing me entering all these challenges!  As usual, if you’d like to order any of the products I’ve used in creating today’s card, just click on the images below!

Until next time – happy stamping!

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Creation Station Blog Tour – Oh, Baby!

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Oh, Baby!  It’s the Creation Station Blog Tour, and it’s all about the babies!

We like to have a theme for each of our blog tours, and this time around it’s all about the babies :)  Spring is on the way (honest, it is!), and that means lots of babies about – in Nature, anyway.

You may have noticed the others in the design team using the stamp sets Little Sunshine (Occasions Catalogue) or Simply Wonderful (Sale-a-bration brochure)- but I don’t have either of those sets :(  Not to worry – I have other sets to use, and I’m sure you’ll like them anyway (at least, I  hope so!).

If you haven’t taken one of our blog tours before, they’re very easy.  All of our blogs are linked together like a big circle, so as long as you keep heading in one direction (next, or back) you’ll tour through all of them, then arrive back at your starting place.

If you’ve been traveling forward (via the ‘next’ button) then you’ve arrived here from Jennifer Downey’s blog; she has such great projects, don’t you agree?!  If you’re traveled backwards, then you’ve landed here from Jen Arkfeld’s blog – she’s our amazing team leader!

Up first I have for you a card for the new parents:

creation station-baby

If you have children, do you remember that day when they first came home?  Besides the day of their birth (which, in my mind, was so overwhelming it boggled my mind), bringing them home really was the best.day.ever.  It meant that it was real; you were together, a family, and those long months of waiting were over!

This style of card is called a ‘center-step’ card, because of the way the center fold stands out separately from the sides.  You can see it better in this side view:

creation station-baby-side view

I started with a card base of Tangelo Twist, and used the Sweet Dreams designer series paper for the background panels.  I used the Something for Baby stamp set and the Baby’s First Framelits Dies (did you know you can buy these together as a bundle, and SAVE 15%! woot!).  I just love the coordinating framelits – life becomes so much easier :)  The ink colours I used were Crushed Curry, Tangelo Twist, Smoky Slate, Blushing Bride, Soft Sky and Old Olive.  For the images where I wanted multiple colours, I used my Stampin’ Write Markers to colour directly onto the stamp.  Again – life, simplified!

The sentiment is from a Sale-a-bration stamp set titled, appropriately enough, Best Day Ever.  At a price of FREE – you can’t beat it! :)  After stamping the sentiment in Tangelo Twist, I used the Labels Thinlits Dies to cut it out with the Big Shot.  Everything was popped up onto the card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

My next project is to go along with the card; it’s a little gift tag:

creation station -baby-gift tag

I cut the Tangelo Twist card stock base at 3″ x 6″, scored and folded it in half.  I used the same Sweet Dreams DSP as on the card, and cut out the form of the rubber duck in Whisper White card stock, and stamped the word ‘baby’ from the Crazy About You stamp set.  The ‘hello’ is die cut again from Tangelo Twist card stock, using the Hello You Thinlits Dies (another bundle you can buy and SAVE 15%!).  I used Dimensionals to attach the duck, and lightly touched my glue stick to the back of the ‘hello’ to attach it.  While the colours aren’t an exact match, the FREE ribbon from the Best Year Ever Accessory Pack (SAB) in Crushed Curry and Calypso Coral finish off the tag.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my projects; I’d appreciate it if you could leave a comment, and let me know what  you think!  I always love reading your thoughts :)

Now you’re off to check out what Jen has created to wow you with – just click the Next button.  Or, if you want to go & have another look at Jennifer’s projects, just click on the ‘Back’ button.

If you want to order the products I used for these projects, just click on the images below & you’ll be taken directly to my online store.

Thanks again for joining us on the Tour today – until next time – Happy Stamping!

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Participating Blogs:

Jen Arkfeld

Deborah Smart – You are Here!



Fun with my Technique Junquies Club!

I always look forward to the last Friday night of each month – that’s when my Technique Junquies Club gets together!  I plan at least 2 new techniques to teach the group; they can include inking, stamping, creative card folds, different types of cards (spinner, waterfall, etc.).  And I always keep the upcoming techniques a secret, so it’s a pleasant surprise for everyone!

Last night we did two techniques; the first one was ‘Floating Re-inkers’.  This is such a fun technique, using (of course) re-inkers, Aqua Painters, water spritzers and fun!!

I chose to use the gorgeous Blended Bloom stamp, as it’s perfect for this technique.  All the separate petals lend themselves perfectly to adding colour to each one individually.

First we stamped the image in Versamark ink & Melon Mambo ink; then heat embossed it with Clear embossing powder.  After spritzing it with water, we added the ink colours using the Aqua Painters.

You can see the concentration happening here:

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They’re working inside an empty stamp case, since there was water spritzing happening, and remember – it is called ‘floating re-inkers’! :)  You can only see Amanda (front) and Debbie in this picture.

Here is the end result of my card – I really wish I had gotten a picture of everyone’s cards, because even though we all did the same technique, no card looks the same! Maybe the ladies can email me pictures of their cards, and I’ll share them on here! (hint, hint!)

floating reinkers tech card

Isn’t this pretty!?  The ink colours we used were Melon Mambo (initial stamp), then Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe and Daffodil Delight inks.

The next technique is a stamping technique, that also involves some paper technique – mainly, the cutting of the layers of card stock correctly, so that your card turns out the way you want!  We did the Triple Time Stamping Technique, using the Kinda Eclectic stamp set.

triple time stamping tech club

The variety of images in this stamp set lend itself wonderfully to this technique.  You don’t even need a sentiment on the outside of the card!

I chose to use alternating panels of Whisper White (for stamping) and Old Olive (for the framing).  Our ink colours used are Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry and Cajun Craze.

If you live in the area (I’m in Burnaby, B.C.) and would like to join our Technique Club, we’d love to have you!  We meet the last Friday of each month, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.  Each class we do 2-3 techniques, with at least 1 full project/card.  You leave the class with your project(s), full written step-by-step instructions for each technique, and a sample of each technique done.  When you first join, your first class includes the binder for keeping your technique instructions and samples for future use, plus sheet protectors.  This way, you can always refer back to figure out ‘how did I make this?’, and you’ll be able to re-create our projects, or create a brand new one – because you’ll be confident in your ability to do it!

So if you’d like to join our fun club, just send me an email debsmart@shaw.ca or give me a call at 604.298.0472.  I’m looking forward to have you join the fun!

I hope you’ll come back tomorrow, when I’ll be posting for another Creation Station Blog Tour!

Until then – happy stamping!

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Freshly Made Sketches – FMS#175

Hello stamping friends!  I’m back today with another sketch challenge – this time it’s with Freshly Made Sketches.  I really enjoyed making my card for their challenge last week – it’s nice to find out that I can make a ‘clean’ card :)

Here is the sketch – wow, talk about a clean slate, right?!



Here is my card, based on the sketch:


Yes, I’m still in ‘is it Spring?’ mode!  We have had great weather here (sorry, East Coast!), and I’ve been distracted all day by the variety of birds, hummingbirds and squirrels outside my windows :)

Anyway – I wanted bright & cheery, so I used a card base of Calypso Coral, then layered designer series paper from the new Painted Blooms; I love the Crushed Curry stripes that look as if they were water coloured.

Using the Ovals Framelits Dies and Big Shot, I die cut an oval in Whisper White card stock to use for my image base.  I stamped the flower image from the Butterfly Basics stamp set in Smoky Slate, as I didn’t want a hard outline showing.  To colour the leaves I used my Old Olive Blendabilities Markers; to colour the flowers I used my Calypso Coral ink and a Blender Pen.  I added just a touch of Daffodil Delight Blendabilities in the very center of the largest flower.  I wanted to create a bit more dimension to the image, so I took my Soft Sky Stampin’ Write Marker, and very lightly traced around the entire image.  I then used a Sponge Dauber & Crushed Curry ink to sponge around the edges of the oval.

I attached the stamped image to the DSP with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I used my FREE Calypso Coral ribbon – from the Best Year Ever Accessory Pack in the Sale-a-bration brochure – to finish off the top, and then attached the card base using more Dimensionals.

Thanks for visiting my blog today – if you have time to leave a comment, I always love to read what you’ve written!  (I reply, as well!)  If you have some free time, you should head on over to the Freshly Made Sketches page, and check out all the great submissions, as well as the design team cards – they’re awesome!

Until next time – happy stamping!

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Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop – Spring Fever!

Wacky Watercooler February 2015 Spring Fever BannerWelcome back to the Spring edition of the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop!

We’re so glad to have you back with us for another inspiration-filled hop, featuring stamps & products from all of the current catalogues – including the Annual, the Occasions and the Sale-a-bration brochure.  We’re staying with a Spring theme this time; while the weather here on the West Coast has been quite mild and sunny, I think practically all of the rest of the world is very tired of winter!

If this is your first blog hop with us – no worries!  All of the participating blogs are linked to each other in a circular fashion, so whether  you click ‘next’ or ‘previous’, you will travel in a circle, and see all of the amazing projects we have for you!  If you’d rather randomly hop about, you can use the list of blogs, at the bottom of this post.

We have started a new ‘tradition’ of having our names randomly chosen by another blog participant, and we choose one of their past projects to ‘CASE’ (Copy And Share Everything).  This has been a lot of fun for us; I hope you’re enjoying seeing past and current versions, too.

For this hop, I was thrilled to have Marsha Reed to CASE.  If you haven’t visited Marsha’s blog before – you’re in for a real treat!

Here is Marsha’s card that I chose to CASE;  you can find her post about it HERE

Marsha's cardIsn’t this card gorgeous?  The bling, the shine – and that butterfly!  It’s made from Washi Tape!!  Bet you didn’t know that! :)  Yup!  So, now you know one of the reasons why I chose this card to CASE – I wanted to try making the butterfly!

Here is my version of the card, adjusted to fit in with our ‘Spring’ theme:

watercooler caseI knew I wanted to keep it bright, since we are doing a Spring theme, after all.  I didn’t have any current Washi Tape in the right colours, so I used some retired Gingham Gardens washi tape to make the butterfly.  I tied the center of the butterfly using the Thick Baker’s Twine in Strawberry Slush.  I used the Hello You Thinlits Die and cut the ‘Hello’ twice; once in Strawberry Slush and once in Whisper White card stock, then layered them just a bit offset.  I stamped the ‘Spring’ in Strawberry Slush ink using the Crazy About You stamp set, then cut it out using the Bitty Banners Framelits.  I created the larger banner shape behind it by tracing the Framelit onto a piece of Strawberry Slush card stock, then cutting it out using my Paper Snips.

How do you like the embossed Silver Foil card stock?  I used the Lovely Lace Embossing Folder – I think the design is great for the Spring theme :)  I layered everything onto a card base of Strawberry Slush; I think this card looks appropriately ‘spring-y’, and a pretty good CASE of Marsha’s card!

For my next project, I decided to go with a 3D project, with an Easter theme.  I haven’t used my Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits since Christmas, and I’ve been itching to bring it back out!

Curvy keepsake chick

Isn’t this cute?!  And so easy – I can see me making enough of these for everyone’s place at the dinner table for Easter :)   I simply cut the Curvy Keepsake Box in Daffodil Yellow card stock, and assembled it.  I made the wings using Large Oval Punch, and the feet were punched using the Modern Label punch, from Pumpkin Pie card stock.  The beak, also from Pumpkin Pie card stock, is a small hand cut square, folded diagonally to make a beak.  I used the Owl Builder Punch for making the eyes from Basic Black & Whisper White card stock.

I think to ‘dress up’ this little peep for Easter dinner, I’ll add a tag with each person’s name on it, and maybe use my Fringe Scissors on the wings.  That’s it – an easy peasy decoration that will also  hold some chocolate treats – that can’t be beat!

My final project is a card that can be used for any happy occasion – a birthday, a congratulations, or ‘just because’ kind of card.

watercooler spring card

Instead of using Designer Series Paper, I made my own background by using the Perpetual Calendar stamp set and stamping the flowers in Coastal Cabana and Strawberry Slush onto Whisper White card stock.  Isn’t that so bright & pretty?!  Well, you can’t have spring without a butterfly, so I pulled out my Butterfly Thinlets, and cut the medium sized butterfly from Basic Black card stock.  (what would I do without my Big Shot?!  I shudder to think of it!)  I knew I wanted some colour with my butterfly, so I took the cut-out silhouette of the butterfly, and traced it onto a piece of Vellum Card stock.  After cutting it out with my Paper Snips, I pulled out my Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana and Daffodil Delight inks and my Aqua Painter, and did some watercolouring.  I love the look with the Basic Black outline layered on top.  I used a card base of Coastal Cabana, and layered the stamped Whisper White panels onto Strawberry Slush card stock panels.  The sentiment is stamped using the Fabulous Four set; I achieved the 2 different colours by using my Stampin’ Write Markers to colour the letters.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my projects for this Spring Fever version of the Watercooler Hop; I’d appreciate it if you have time to leave a comment, to let me know you were here, and what you think of my projects.  I love reading all of your comments!

To head forward over to Stefanie’s blog, just click the ‘Next’ button below.  If you’d like to go back and check out Heidi’s projects (and no one would blame you!), just click the ‘Previous’ button.

If you’d like to order any of the products I’ve used in making these projects, you can click on the images below, & be taken to my online store.

Until next time – enjoy the Hop, and happy stamping!

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Participating Blogs:

Buffy Cooper – http://buffycooper.com/

Jackie Susnik – http://jackotterstamp.blogspot.com/

Christine Giuda – http://www.dancinstamps.blogspot.ca

Penny Hanuszak – http://pennytokensstampinspot.blogspot.ca/

Heidi Weaver –  http://heidistampinalong.blogspot.com/

Deborah Smart – www.stampandcreate.net  YOU ARE HERE :)

Stefanie Pletscher – http://www.craftymedic.blogspot.ca/

 Marsha Reed – http://coffeepotstampingcafe.com

Priscilla Ivler – http://priscillastamps.blogspot.com/

Gail Allen – http://stampingandotherstuff.blogspot.ca/

Kath R. – http://kath-allthatscrap.blogspot.com/

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CCMC344 – Create with Connie & Mary Colour Challenge!

Hello stamping friends!   Our weather here has taken a bit of a turn; it’s cooled down, gone a bit gray outside with some rain showers expected.  Considering our lack of snow this winter, we can use all the rain we get, for our reservoirs.  It’s going to be a drryyy summer!

The colour challenge at Create with Connie & Mary helped perk up my morning :)  It includes one of my favourite In Colours, Blackberry Bliss!

Here are the colours that we are to use in our project for this challenge:

CCMC344 colours

Since I’m still in ‘birthday’ mode – we’ve had several in our family since the start of January – I came up with this card:

CCMC344 card

I started with a card base of Rose Red, then layered a panel of Blushing Bride on top of that, first using my 1″ Circle Punch to snip out two opposite corners.

I love using the Balloon Bash stamp set – it’s got lots of great sentiments and image stamps – and I love that cheeky little #your welcome at the bottom of this stamp!

Are you wondering how I got the perfectly shaped background to the sentiment stamp?!  Well, I used a trick that I learned from the Leadership convention – I inked up and stamped the reverse side of the stamp, in Blushing Bride!  That’s right – simply apply the stamp with the words side (the side you usually apply the ink to) against the block – then ink up the flat back, and stamp onto your card stock!  Then I reversed the stamp (after cleaning the back, of course) to the proper way, and stamped the sentiment in Blackberry Bliss on top of the Blushing Bride background.  I stamped the banner portion again on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock, cut it out with my Snips, and layered it on top using Stampin’ Dimensionals, to add some extra pop to it.

I then stamped the 2 balloons onto the Whisper White panel in Rose Red, then stamped & embossed them again on scrap Whisper White card stock, cut them out & layered them, again using Dimensionals, so they look more like they’re floating.

I again used my 1″ Circle Punch to punch off the same corners as on the Blushing Bride, sponged the edges with a Dauber and Blackberry Bliss ink, and used Stampin’ Dimensionals to add this layer to the card base.

I hope you’ve enjoyed  this challenge card – I hope you’ll head over to the Create with Connie & Mary site and check out the other submission for this challenge, along with the great cards that the design team created for inspiration!

Remember to come back later today, for the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop!

See you then,

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Create with Connie & Mary -Card Challenge

That’s right – I’m back with another challenge card entry! :)  What can I say – these challenges can be addictive – in a good way, of course!

This time, I went over to the Create with Connie & Mary page, to see what was happening there.  I’ve been a ‘lurker’ of sorts on the CCM challenges; I’ve been seeing all the creations of both Connie & Mary, and all of their design team- they’re all so talented, and to be honest, I felt a bit intimidated.  We’re all our own worst critics, aren’t we?  But that’s what keeps us striving to do better, and try new things; at least, it works for me!

So, I’ve decided to take the plunge, and submit a card for the CCMC343.  You never know until you try, right? ;)

Here is the sketch for this challenge:

CCMC343 sketch

And here is my interpretation of the sketch:

CCMC343 card


I started with the Confetti Celebrations Designer Series Paper as my colour inspiration.  The Basic Gray background is the perfect neutral, don’t you think?  From there, it was easy to use the colours in the DSP to pull onto the rest of the card.  I stamped the Petite Petals 3 times, using  Strawberry Slush, Crushed Curry and Bermuda Bay inks, then used the Petite Petals punch for punching them out.  (Have I mentioned before how I LOVE having coordinating stamps and punches?! :) )  I layered them onto the DSP, following the cut angle, then added a sequin in the centre of each flower.

I then stamped the sentiment from the Fabulous Four  set in Versamark, and heat embossed it using Pewter embossing powder, to mimic the Basic Gray in the DSP.  A couple more sequins, and this quick & easy card was done!

I hope you’ll head on over and see what the design team has made, and take a look at all of the other great card submissions!  The blog is Create with Connie and Mary - have fun looking!

Until next time – happy stamping!

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Brand New Sale-a-bration Products!

Stampin’ Up! has done it again – for the first time ever, they are adding 4 completely new products for your to earn for FREE during Sale-a-bration, between March 1st and 31st!

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I mean, I was thrilled with the options already in the Sale-a-bration Brochure; these products are amazing!  I absolutely love the In Colours buttons and Thick Baker’s Twine; this Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum Stack is incredible!  Just think of the fun you’ll have with your markers & blendabilities, colouring in these amazing patterns!  I can see using the Natures Perfection stamp set all year long; and of course the ‘For Being You’ stamp – well, of course you can use that ALL the time!

So – what is first on your list to get FOR FREE?!  Remember, these products are not going to carry over into the new catalogue in June (boohoo!! :(  I love these!), so you have to get them now – and the only way is to place your order!  Each $60 equals 1 FREE item – either from the selection above (starting March 1st) or from the brochure.  Order $120 – get 2 free items!  Combine your order with a friend, and you can share the products :)

Of course, there’s another way you can get more of what you want – JOIN MY TEAM!  Become a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, and during Sale-a-bration, you get even more!  For $125 you get a Starter Kit, which includes up to $155 in Stampin’ Up! products, PLUS a free business kit, PLUS 2 months of free Demonstrator Business Web Site, PLUS you’ll get to choose one of these 2 options – absolutely FREE!

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Choosing a Kit means you’ll be instantly ready for your first home party or class!SU SAB join option 2

Choosing more Sale-a-bration products means that you’ll have LOTS to choose from in preparing for your first home party or class, and you’ll have lots of samples to show off!

Still not sure?  Here are some common concerns people have, and the answers:

“If I join, I have to sell stuff”.  Not true!  You can be your own best customer!  After all, you’re buying the products for yourself already; being a demonstrator means you buy from yourself, and get a 20% discount on all products!

“If I join, I’ll have to go to meetings”.  Only if you want to!  All Stampin’ Up! events are voluntary to attend, and the team meetings I hold are voluntary attendance, as well.  Of course, you won’t want to miss out on the fun, free tips, techniques and stamping time, so you’ll want to come, anyway :)

“If I join, I’ll have to hold home parties”.  Nope!  If you decide to sell to other people, you can do it online, you can do it in classes, or you can hold ‘virtual’ or ‘catalogue’ parties.  If you do want to pursue the great business opportunity, I’m here to help you on your way, plus Stampin’ Up! has tons of great webinars and video training.

If you have more questions, I’m here to answer them for you!  Just give me a call at 604.298.0472, or send me an email at debsmart@shaw.ca, and I’ll get right back to you.

If you already know this is the right step for you, just CLICK HERE and you’ll be taken to my online sign-up page.  Fill out your information, and you’ll be getting a ‘Welcome to the Team’ call and email from me!

So whether you want to place an order, hold a party or class, or join my team – I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

Until then – happy stamping!

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Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge #132

Wow, these challenges just keep on comin’!  :)  I’m back with another card made for the Paper Craft Crew sketch challenge #132.  (Challenge #131 is still open for voting – if you’d like  to vote for my last card, it’s #2; I ‘flipped’ the design upside down (totally legit-we’re allowed to do that!)  for it to suit the set I used.  You can click HERE to vote!

Here’s what challenge #131 card looks like, so you know you’re voting for the right one!

PCCCS131 card

For this new challenge, we were given another card sketch – here it is:


Here is my interpretation of the sketch:

pcccs132 my card

I had just received my new order from Stampin’ Up! and I just HAD to try out the new Colourbox Chalk Inks and the Chalkboard paper.

Using the stamp set Everything Eleanor, I stamped the flowers on the Chalkboard paper in Rose Coral, and hand-cut them.  I then stamped the label shape in Aquamarine onto Whisper White card stock, and hand cut that out.  Doesn’t it look amazing on the white?!  On the Whisper White panel, I stamped the flourish in Rose Coral chalk ink, then using the Butterfly Basics set, stamped the border stamp in Yellow Citrus Chalk ink.  I think that all of the colours look amazing on Whisper White, and the have a beautiful, smooth feeling to them.  I was impatient to put my card together, so I used my Heat Tool to ‘set’ the ink.  Since it’s consistency is heavier than our classic ink – more like a craft ink – you do have to allow a bit of drying time.

I layered the Whisper White panel using Stampin’ Dimensionals onto a card base of Soft Sky, after rounding the left corners using the Project Life Corner punch.

I cut off the top 1/3 of a Doily, and layered it underneath the Aquamarine label shape.  I used the Butterfly Basics ‘Happy Birthday’ stamp to stamp on top of both the label & doily in Memento Black ink, and attached the flowers using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  To finish off the card, in place of a bow I stamped & hand cut the smallest butterfly from the Butterfly Basics set, and added 3 Candy Dots.

So that’s my latest challenge card; I hope you like it, and are enjoying my new creative ‘bent’!

This weekend I’m working on something really special – my youngest son’s 17th Birthday! :)  His big day isn’t actually until next Tuesday, but we’re doing the family dinner this weekend.  I am also working on projects for our upcoming Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop, which is next Thursday, Feb. 26th.  I hope you’ll be back for it – we have a new participant; I’m proud to call her a friend, and she’s also a Canadian from here in B.C. – Penny Hanuszuk!  Penny is incredibly creative, and we’re so pleased that she’ll be joining us – you can check out her blog HERE .  Please tell her I sent you, and leave her a little ‘love’ in the comment section :)

Remember to get your Sale-a-bration orders in – and remember that for every order that includes the Balloon Bash stamp set and the Birthday Bash DSP, I’ll give you FREE shipping* (up to $10).  Make it worth your while – if your order is $60 pre-tax/shipping, you’ll  get 1 FREE SAB PRODUCT, PLUS I’LL PAY YOUR SHIPPING!  Really – it’s a great deal! :)  But my free shipping offer is only thru next Tuesday, Feb. 24th – so ORDER NOW!  *Stampin’ Up! regulations means that your order has to originate in, and be shipped within Canada.*

Until next time – happy shopping & stamping! :)

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Freshly Made Sketches

Hello again, stamping friends!

I’ve joined a new challenge today – this one is by Freshly Made Sketches!  This is a real challenge for me; the ‘fresh’ part of their name refers to the fact that the cards/projects made are to be kept ‘clean’.  That means no torn edging, ‘fussy’ embellishments, clean lines, and lots of ‘white space’ and clean edges.

Sounds easy, right?  Sure – until you realize that it means *not* using every stamp in a set on just the one card!  Or every sequin in a container! LOL  Okay, I don’t think I’m that bad; it just seems more drastic when you’re focused on leaving white space.

Here is the sketch for this FMS174 challenge :

FMS Final 174-001

And here is my interpretation of the sketch:


Since the sketch said that the focal point could be ‘any shape’, I decided to pull out one of my favourite bundles from the Annual Catalogue – Flower Patch stamp set and Flower Fair Framelits Dies!  I love how the large flower looks, paired with the Best Year Ever DSP  and the matching Best Year Ever Accessory Pack ribbons (both FREE during Sale-a-bration!).  The card base is the beautiful Soft Sky, and the flower was stamped twice in Calypso Coral (the 2nd flower was hand cut & popped up in the centre of the full flower).  I used Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive classic inks for the leaves – and can I say how much I love having the Framelits to cut these out?!!  I stamped the sentiment in Calypso Coral ink onto Whisper White card stock, and punched it out using my Large Oval Punch.  Scattering a few Basic Rhinestone Jewels around, and I was done!  I even managed to leave some blank ‘white’ space! :)

I hope that you like this clean card; I’m actually quite pleased with how it turned out, if I do say so myself! ;)  I hope you’ll head on over to the Freshly Made Sketches page, and check out not just the samples made by the design team, but also the wonderful cards submitted for this challenge (boy, there’s a lot of awesome competition)!

Before you go – remember that I’m offering FREE SHIPPING up to $10 on any order that includes at least the Balloon Bash stamp set and the Birthday Bash DSP.  This offer is  only good until next Tuesday, Feb. 24th, so take advantage of it NOW!  **Due to Stampin’ Up! rules, I can only fulfill orders that are placed in & shipped within Canada, which is my country of residence**.   This offer is made by me, not Stampin’ Up!, so you must place your order directly through me – either call or email at 604.298.0472 debsmart@shaw.ca  I’m looking forward to hearing from you, and giving you FREE SHIPPING!

If you’d like to order any of the products I used to make this challenge card, just click on the image(s) below, and you’ll be taken to my online store.  Or, contact me directly and I’ll place your order for you.

Come back again tomorrow – I’ll have another challenge card for you!

Until then – happy stamping!

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