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Splitting the paper (2 cards)

One of my favorite ways to be instantly inspired to make a card is by doing a “one sheet wonder” challenge (where you cut a piece of 8.5×11 or 12×12 patterned paper into various sized pieces).

These cards weren’t specifically from a one sheet wonder, but I did get the idea to cut the pieces in half this way from that kind of challenge.

The pink-ish paper is one that was given to me in a swap (it’s hand colored and embossed).

I love the juxtaposition of the really bold background papers and the very vintage/muted styling of these Tim Holtz die-cuts.



By the way…The shadows underneath the dress-form are real. You’ve seen cards I’ve made where I’ve only glued down the center and rolled up the edges of the die-cut to give it dimension. This one is essentially in this style, but it wasn’t done on purpose.

You see, the die-cut had fallen on the floor at some point and I rolled over it with my chair (on carpet). It was practically boat-shaped, but neither torn nor dirty. So, I glued her down and I’m thrilled with the result! Waste not, want not :-).

Since the Simon Says Stamp challenge for this week’s Monday Challenge is “Birds of a Feather”, I’ll be submitting the second of these cards there.

I really enjoy looking through the submissions to these uber-popular challenges and seeing submissions made to look specifically for multiples (such as the MFT sketch with the SSS theme). If I were better at planning, I’d totally do this, but my reality is that I’m working with a lot of really random bits and bobs and I’m lucky if I can find the right stuff to make a card that works for a single challenge. In this specific case, I made the cards without any thought to the challenges running and it was all luck that I made a card that fits it :-). And I’m very cool with that, haha.

By the way, don’t forget that my Giveaway is still open until Jan 31, 2018!

Also, I’m starting to think about which 3 cards I’ve made in January to offer for my February Giveaway, so leave a comment if you have a favorite!

MFT Sketch #368


After 2 weeks of school work where I wasn’t sure which way my head was going, I decided to take a solid Saturday to myself. The cards I made today were either inspired by this week’s My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge #368 or were the result of me sorting through my scraps bin. I’m quite happy with the results :-).

Here is my first card, the one most directly inspired by the challenge:


This image is from one of the random sets of Tim Holtz die-cuts I got via a swap or act of kindness. It’s amazing what adding just a tiny bit of a frame with the dark paper behind the image does.

MFT Sketch #366

I really liked how this card turned out!

Though this photo is really fuzzy. Yikes!


Anyway, I only recently learned the trick for cutting paper into flags, so I was pretty excited to try it out. You just cut up the center to how ever much you want the flag to be, then cut diagonally from the corners of the paper to the top of the cut you made. Easy Peasy!

I made the rounded corners using my envelope punch board. I had considered purchasing a dedicated corner rounder a few months ago, but the punch board has a perfectly good one!

I’m entering this into the My Favorite Things Sketch #366

MFT Sketch Challenge #365

So apparently My Favorite Things does 3 different kinds of challenges! I made this is for their Sketch Challenge this week:


So…I was definitely more interested in playing with the background than matching the sketch for this week’s challenge (I told you I was going to be having fun with Ombre and my free fancy paper).

Funny enough, before I made that last card, I’d scribbled a bit of the marker on some scrap paper to see what would happen if I added some water to it. Pretty much nothing, so I was kind of bummed, but still happy with my markers. Well, I guess I’m a messy drinker or something because while I was coloring the background, I saw a splatter appear where the paper I use to protect my workspace from glue and whatnot had a drop of water on it. Apparently, water does affect these markers at least a little bit while they’re wet. Since this paper is so thin, I actually did most of the water splattering on the back of the paper and got some really pretty results. I added a few more to the front of the paper and was less happy, but that might be the difference between the lighter and the darker markers.

I wasn’t going to add the Happy Birthday at first, but the card seemed really bare without it. This card is a bit too girly for me as it is, but there’s so much potential in the techniques that I’m loving it!

MFT Color Challenge #84

This is my first color challenge! Usually I stick to sketch challenges because while I like coloring, I’m not great at it and I have a really random collection of pretty papers which rarely lend themselves to a color challenge.

But, today I decided to expand my repertoire and…yeah…I’m super happy with how this one turned out!!


The Ohuhu markers were a treat for myself using my Amazon money (I have an Amazon credit card that gives me cash back) and I really like them.

Well, except, I’m not sure how the quality compares to other brands. You see that red marker in the corner of the picture? It’s my Geranium and I adore this shade of red! It was definitely love at first sight when I was first playing with these. It’s so deep, but not necessarily dark…it’s just perfect! BUT, both ends are broken already and I haven’t been doing that much coloring with them, despite it being my favorite color of the set. Poo. I’ve never been a heavy handed colorer, even as a kid with my crayons, so I know it wasn’t because I hurt the marker; I figure I just got a bad marker. It happens. This is the only one that has broken so far, so I’m reserving judgment on the rest of the set. Color-wise, they’re pretty fantastic and they lay down color beautifully!

I wasn’t really trying to do any fancy shading with the flowers. I just outlined each segment pretty quickly, then lightly filled them in. Each section was colored with a different color, except for the centers which are the same as the main body of the flowers.

The color challenge was specifically called for My Favorite Things colors Lemon Chiffon, Cornflower, Orange Fizz, and Nightshift Blue. I don’t own anything My Favorite Things specific (well, I might have received some items through swaps without my knowledge), so I just grabbed the Ohuhu colors that seemed to match best, then added a couple of shades lighter or darker to give me some variety:

Pastel Peach, Fruit Pink, Light Orange, and Marigold for the oranges and Sky Blue, Napoleon Blue, and Prussian Blue for the Blues (I feel like there’s some irony with Napoleon and Prussian blues).

I tried my hand at a bit of ombreing with the background since I didn’t have the color card stock I wanted. Yeah….There will be a lot more of that in my future! I used a piece of probably expensive, high end linen letterhead paper for the ombre. There are some serious perks to working in a print shop! I have easily 1500 sheets (8.5×11) of this paper from where we were cleaning out the warehouse and it’s soo soft! The watermark says Beckett Enhanced Writing and it’s a warm shade of white (I didn’t pay too much attention of the box it came out of). My fountain pen (which has Platinum Mix-Free Cyclamen Pink in it right now) bled straight through a scrap piece, but it wrote pretty good. A Pilot G2 wrote perfectly and didn’t bleed through. Anyway, I like that the linen texture is very noticeable, but doesn’t affect the performance of the paper. It gives a little bit of depth to the ombre I created.

Ombreing is also the reason I’ve kept my Geranium because it won’t matter that the tip is broken when I’m just laying down the color :-).

The flowers are from a page of an adult coloring book I got for Christmas last year. I love the idea of adult coloring books (the detail of the images), but I don’t have the patience for all the detail. I prefer to color just the main bits and leave the rest of the image uncolored so that everything just pops better. But in this case, I decided to fussy-cut the flowers out and not even worry about the background details. I used a black Sharpie to darken all the cut edges and I’m amazed by what a difference it makes!

I’m ridiculously excited by how cute this card turned out! I love that the ombre isn’t perfect. I tossed in the bit of bronze-foiled washi tape so that I could also enter this into the Freshly Made Sketches challenge for this week as well. And since Simon Says Stamp is still an “Anything Goes”, well, I’ll share this one there as well.

By the way, keep an eye out for my post scheduled for Monday morning!!

A third card tonight

This final card for the evening doesn’t exactly fit the Freshly Made Sketches idea of “cleanliness” in my opinion (but maybe I’m wrong), so it’ll only be submitted to Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge

I hadn’t intended to make it, but when I glanced at my scrap paper stash, I saw the dress-form and immediately thought, “I have a die-cut that complements that perfectly!” I popped up the die-cut with some foam dots and yeah, that’s it. I don’t even feel tempted to add any rhinestones, haha.


I love that there’s actually a third dress-form on this card (as the highlight/shadow around the drawn one). It kind of feels like a scene transition in a film where one scene fades out while the next fades in :-).

Freshly Made Sketches #318 pt.2

I admit that I like the second card I made for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge so much more than I liked the first one!


I’m really loving the birds! This card actually measures 8.75 x 5.75 because the bird print was just too big for a standard A2-size card. I purposefully didn’t glue it all the way to the edges and I like the depth that is gained form the slightly curled up corners!

This card will also be submitted to the Simon Says Stamp Challenge this week, as well.