Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Challenge #9 - Happy Birthday

We're having a stamping party on the Stamping Forum at Two Peas in a Bucket - WSW14! (WSW stands for Worldwide Stamping Week.) Challenges are run by the members and members participate, it's a lot of fun and I have learned so many things from the Stamping Peas! One challenge happening right now is called Getting Sentimental. So that's the inspiration for this card.

This is the first time I put the Sweet Stamp Shop set "Happy Birthday" to use. I really wanted to do a subway art kind of look. I actually lined up all of the sentiments on my workspace first, then placed a large acrylic block over them so I could ink them up and stamp all at once. This ensured that I kept everything in line.

I'm pretty happy with how that turned out! Before I take the stamps off of the block, I think I'll have to ink up some more card stock with all the happy sentiments for future use.

I used The Challenge #9 sketch:
Thanks for taking a look today! If you are interested in stamping, I invite you to come over to the Two Peas Stamping Forum and see what's going on. It's a friendly group, and we invite you to jump right in with forum posts or participating in challenges! Hope to see you over there!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Paper Girls - "Vacation"

Deb has a great challenge this time at The Paper Girls Challenge Blog. She's asking us to use the title of a summer song in the title of a layout or in the journaling. I'm actually terrible at remembering song titles, so I just did some Google searches for summer songs and found lots of songs titles to sort through. "Vacation" by The Go-Go's was perfect for a recent vacay photo of my daughter, and now I seriously cannot get that song out of my head! Love it!

I used this week's Daisy #8 sketch at, substituting embellies in place of the 3x4 cards.

Here's my layout:

You've got almost 3 full weeks to link up at The Paper Girls, so start humming those summer tunes and get to work!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Color Me Sweet and The Challenge

One of the fab designers for the Sweet Stamp Shop, Danni, has created a new color challenge called Color Me Sweet! Of course I had to play along. Here's the color combo we need to use:

And then I found a sketch by Leslie Croghan for The Challenge that I thought would work well for the papers and Sweet stamp I had in mind:

My card:

I heat embossed "I Love You" in gold, and then the other gold accents on the card are rub-ons by Pink Paislee. Pretty cool, right?

If you decide to play along with the Color Me Sweet Challenge, be sure to add a picture of your project to the Sweet Stamp Shop flickr page found here.

Sunday, June 8, 2014


The Paper Bakery has this great sketch right now:

There are really a ton of options here, patterned paper, stamping, etc. I settled on using washi tape and vellum tape to create the horizontal strips. And then some chipboard stickers, flair, and enamel dots for the circle elements on the sketch.

This layout came together really quickly, why don't you give the sketch a try, too?