Love You Grunge

I’ve got a “messy” card for you today.  At least, that’s what my youngest daughter calls it.  🙂  I am definitely drawn to clean lines when stamping, so a “messy” look is not exactly my style.  But the Gorgeous Grunge set just speaks to me, and I like it.  I find that I try to combine my clean-lines style with it though.

Love You Grunge


I used gold embossing powder for the word bubble and some little scraps of Sweet Sorbet dsp and Kaleidoscope dsp.  I’ll miss that dsp when Sale-a-Bration is over next week.  And of course, I had to add some sequins!

Love You Grunge Close Up 1I also used some little scraps of ribbon at the top, as well as a small heart that I punched out of a Gold Foil sheet.  I basically just used lots of my favorite things!

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Enjoy your Saturday!  Thanks for stopping by!


An Epic Day Happy Banner — FMS127

It’s Wednesday, and Spring Break is going by way too fast!  I think I enjoy Spring Break just as much, if not more, than the kids do.  It’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and Jennifer Timko has a very fresh and clean sketch for us.

I used some of the Epic Day This and That suite of products — dsp and washi tape.  I still love this suite!  I also pulled out Gorgeous Grunge and Clockworks, two stamp sets I haven’t used in a while.  I stamped off these images first on scratch paper before stamping the background on the card, as I wanted a subtle look.

Epic Day Clockworks

You can check out what the other designers made with the sketch at the Freshly Made Sketches site.  Then, we hope you’ll make your own card and post it to the gallery so we can admire your creation.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Clockworks, Gorgeous Grunge, Perfect Pennants
Ink:  Calypso Coral, Basic Gray
Paper:  Basic Gray, Gumball Green, Very Vanilla, Epic Day This and That dsp
Embellishments:  Brights Candy Dots, Regals Designer Buttons, Calypso Coral Baker’s Twine, Epic Day This and That Designer Washi Tape, Banners Framelits Dies

Make a Wish upon a Star — FMS121

It’s Wednesday, which is also known as new sketch day over at Freshly Made Sketches. This week the super fab Linda Callahan is our hostess, and she has a fun sketch for us:

I have to say that I was stumped for a while with this one.  I pulled out quite a few stamp sets before I finally decided what I wanted to do with this sketch.  I ended up using an old favorite, Gorgeous Grunge, and another great set, Simply Stars.

Make a Wish on Grungey StarsMy color scheme is Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay and Pumpkin Pie.  I think this card would work great for a guy or girl, and would even work well for a kid.

I hope you can join us in this challenge and post your card in the gallery.  I think we’ll have a great variety this week.  This is definitely a sketch where you can let your creativity loose!  If you need a little inspiration, head on over to the Freshly Made Sketches site, where the design team has some fabulous samples.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!


Simple Stems Mix

It’s here!  The new Spring Catalog is out today!  And there are so many fun, pretty things from which to choose.

I made a card with the Simple Stems stamp set for today.  I am always a sucker for floral sets, and this card has a coordinating framelits set that you may already have in your collection — the Secret Garden framelits dies.  I love it when you can use framelits with more than one stamp set!  Of course, I picked one of the flowers in the stamp set that doesn’t have a framelit, so I hand cut it three times.

Simple Stems

I ended up using a mix of stamps for this card.  The flowers are from Simple Stems, but I also pulled out my Gorgeous Grunge set, Another Thank You (a photopolymer set), and I snuck in one of the cute banners from an upcoming Sale-a-Bration set called Banner Blast (it has a coordinating punch too).  I had to force myself to stop there.  🙂

It has been so fun to use Spring-like colors this week instead of Christmas colors.  It may still be winter, but I am enjoying using these colors.

Enjoy your Friday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamp:  Simple Stems, Gorgeous Grunge, Another Thank You, Banner Blast (available Jan. 28)
Ink:  So Saffron, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Soft Sky
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Basic Black, So Saffron, Modern Medley dsp, Afternoon Picnic dsp
Embellishments:  Calypso Coral Baker’s Twine, Subtles Designer Buttons

Using Some Old Favorites

I really love the sketch over at CAS(e) This Sketch this week, so I decided I needed to play along.

I don’t have any airplane stamps, so I decided to pull out a hot air balloon stamp from one of my favorite “old” stamp sets, “You’re Amazing.”  I used this set so much last year, and this year not so much.  But I still love it!  I also pulled out some “old” washi tape, and I must say that I still love the This and That Epic Day collection of products.  It’s fun to pull out some old favorites every now and then.

Washi and BalloonsEnjoy your Tuesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  You’re Amazing, Express Yourself, Gorgeous Grunge
Ink:  Gumball Green, Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake, Pool Party
Paper:  Pool Party, Whisper White
Embellishments:  Epic Day This and That Designer Washi Tape, Subtles Designer Buttons, Calypso Coral Baker’s Twine, Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack


Same Technique, Same Sketch, Two Different Cards — Monday Montage #5

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We have another Monday Montage blog hop prepared for you this evening.  At the end of this post, just click on one of the buttons to continue or start your journey through all ten blog postings.

I  have been wanting to play with a technique I first saw a few months ago — using stencils and fiber paste.  I’m sure this technique has been around for a lot longer than that, but that’s when I first saw it.  Another stamper, Mona Pendleton, uses this technique to perfection, and I love her style.  Her style is totally different than mine — she uses lots of mixed media products and is able to incorporate so many beautiful elements onto each scrapbook page and card.  Each of her creations is like a work of art.

I bought a jar of fiber paste at a big box craft store and decided to play around with it using the stencils from the Build a Banner Simply Created Kit.  I made two cards last night using the same sketch.

On the first card, I just scooped out some of the fiber paste onto the stencil and spread it out with a popsicle stick.  After the paste dried, I embellished the rest of the card.

Leaf Fiber PasteI wanted it to have a rough and uneven texture, so I didn’t smooth it out completely.  Here’s a closer view of the fiber paste:

Leaf Fiber Paste Close-upFor the second card, I wanted to see how the fiber paste would look if I added ink and colored it.  I just mixed a scoop of the paste and three drops of Tempting Turquoise re-inker in a small cup, and then spread it on the stencil.

Bright Fiber PasteI love how you could easily make any color of fiber paste you like.  It was really simple and fun.  Here’s a closer look at the paste on this one:

Bright Fiber Paste Close-upWhen I try this again next time (there will definitely be a next time), I think I’ll apply a thicker layer of the paste and see how that works.

If you’ve used fiber paste before on your paper crafting, let me know any tips or tricks you have!  I’d love to know!

Now you’re ready to hop on over to the talented Breelin Renwick’s blog, or you can work your way backwards by starting with Wendy Weixler’s blog.  Either way, just follow along until you see all ten blogs.  Enjoy!

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Have a great Sunday evening!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used (Card 1):
Stamps:  Magnificent Maple, Truly Grateful, Gorgeous Grunge
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Sweater Weather dsp
Embellishments:  Fiber Paste (non SU), Build a Banner Simply Created Kit, Naturals Designer Buttons, Crushed Curry 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon, Early Espresso Baker’s Twine, Color Spritzer tool (retired)

Supplies Used (Card 2):
Stamps:  Hello, Lovely; Gorgeous Grunge
Ink:  Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry
Paper:  Whisper White, Quatrefancy Specialty dsp
Embellishments:  Fiber Paste (non SU), Brights Designer Buttons, White Baker’s Twine, Smoky Slate 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon, Build a Banner Simply Created Kit, Typeset Alphabet Bigz die, Color Spritzer tool (retired)

A Bright and Happy Note Card — FMS107

Our Artisan award-winning and super talented Jennifer Timko has a fabulous sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches:

Now that we have the super cool Envelope Punch Board, we can make cards of any size and have a coordinating envelope.  When I saw this square sketch, I thought I’d make a 4″ x 4″ note card.  I pulled out my Tape It stamp set, which is so much fun, and went to work with some bright colors.

Faux Washi


You’ll want to go check out what the other designers did with the sketch at the Freshly Made Sketches site.  And then I hope you’ll join us and make a card of your own.  We love to see your interpretation of the sketch too!

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Tape It, Gorgeous Grunge
Ink:  Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo
Paper:  Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Gingham Garden dsp
Embellishments:  Floral Frames Collection framelits, Pumpkin Pie 3/4″ Chevron ribbon, Brights Designer buttons, White Baker’s Twine, Boho Blossoms punch, sequins (non-SU)