Sunday, June 30, 2019

Playing along with CAS(e) This Sketch

I really should have called this the "let's see what challenge Julie is playing along with today" blog.  :-)

Soooo...let's see what challenge Julie is playing along with today, shall we?  Oh look!  It's the CAS(e) This Sketch Blog Challenge !  Today's card was created using Sketch #328 which apparently is a repeat of Sketch #32.

This is the sketch.

Using it as a guide I came up with this thank you card.

I stamped the vine vertically and used a border stitching die to create the zigzag line.  I then stamped the Thanks in blue and cut it out with the accompanying die.  I added some dimension to the sentiment by die cutting and gluing two additional pieces underneath the stamped image. To finish it off I added some striped paper to the left side and a few strategically placed clear droplets 

I really love the colors and the simplicity.  If you're searching for some lost mojo, sketches are a great way to go. 


MFT Stamps - Green striped paper and zigzag border, both of which appear to be discontinued
Clear Droplets
MFT Limelight Ink
Catherine Pooler Blue Suede Shoes Ink (a gorgeous color!)

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Somewhere Over the Rainbow....

Today I'm playing along with another challenge at The Library Craft Challenge blog where this week's book inspiration is The Rainbow by D.H. Lawrence.  I have not read it personally but apparently it was quite scandalous when written in 1915.  There appear to be many versions of the cover but this is the one Marina chose as her inspiration.

An Unrushed Walk Through A Very Different Time - The Rainbow by D.H. Lawrence | Byte The Book

I once again took the color palette as my inspiration and came up with this card.  

I created the look of painted stripes by swiping each individual stripe on the large rubber stamp with Distress Oxide in a horizontal motion.  (You can see that my stamp is very well loved.)  The Happy Birthday sentiment is cut from a large die set from The Stamp Market.  I added a few drops of Glossy Accents to finish it off.  I think this card will work for both genders but I will most likely save it for a masculine birthday since guy cards seem to be so difficult for me to create.  


The Stamp Market Time to Celebrate Die Set - appears to be discontinued, sorry.
Distress Oxides
Ranger Glossy Accents

Thanks again!


Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Challenge Accepted!

Welcome Back!

I love participating in card challenges.  They get me stash diving while also prodding me to use colors and styles outside my normal zone.  One of my favorite challenges of late is the Inspired By Challenge with Laurel.  Her inspiration board this week is themed Bright and Cheery using a bright blue and lime green color scheme.  Taking my cue from the colors led me to this fun little card.

I combined a scooter die from Spellbinders with an Ellen Hutson background die to create my fun little scene.  The balloons (part of the scooter die set) were colored with Distress Oxides as was the lime green background you see peeking out from behind the die cut diamonds.  (I used a clear embossing powder over the green background to give it a bit of shine.)  The sentiment strip was created using white embossing powder onto a strip of black cardstock.  (Again, the totally awesome Simple Strips Set from Taylored Expressions.  I love this set sooooo much!)  It's topped off with a striped background paper from The Stamp Market.

This second photo illustrates the shine I mentioned above.  I used a thick embossing powder which gave it not only shine but also texture.  I believe the bling accents are dew drops from HoneyBee Stamps however I'm not currently seeing them on their website.   (All other product links are below.)

Overall, I think it's such a fun card and with the slightly generic sentiment it's not limited to just birthdays.

Off to see what's next on "my" challenge list!



Enjoy the Ride Scooter Die - Spellbinders
Diamond Background Die - Pattern Die set from Ellen Hutson
Sentiment - Simple Sentiment Strips from Taylored Expressions
Patterned Paper - Color Crush Paper Pack from The Stamp Market
Embossing Powder - Ranger Ultra Thick Clear Embossing Powder

Friday, June 21, 2019

Simple Father's Day Card

Some years I go all out on Father's Day cards for the men in my life and some years I like to keep it simple.  This year was one of the simple years.  This is the card I created for my dad.

The focal point is one of Cathy Zielske's die designs.  If you don't follow her, you should.  I've been a fan since my early scrapbooking days almost eighteen years ago.  

The background was achieved with an embossing folder.  It's easier to see in the second photo.  It adds just the right amount of  "oomph" to an otherwise simple background.

Add in a simple heat embossed sentiment and a few die cut hearts and voila!  

This card says it all in simple style.


Misc heart dies
White embossing powder



Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Playing Along with another Library Craft Challenge

Today I have another card inspired by the current Library Craft Challenge .  The selected book this time is To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf.  The idea behind the challenge is to take away what inspires you and create a card.  It can be the colors, the cover, the title or even the novel itself. 

One would think that this long time Florida gal would own a lighthouse stamp and/or die but apparently I do not.  (Shocker, I know!)  I decided to go with the blue and yellow color scheme and keeping it somewhat nautical, came up with this.  

Her's a closer look at the mermaid.  Her tail moves around a bit in the slit created by the die which makes it a fun little interactive card.

Most all of my supplies are from the Taylored Expressions website. An IG post I made recently about their awesome Sentiment Strips stamp & die combo created a lot of buzz for their product and they surprised me by generously gifting me $50 to their storefront as a thank you.  Many of the products used here were part of my shopping spree.  :-) 

(By the way, if you don't have the Simple Sentiments stamp and die set you NEED it.  I have them linked below and use them ALL the time.) 

Today Supply List...

Taylored Expressions Build a Background Stamp/die
Taylored Expressions Simple Strips Background Stamps
Taylored Expressions Simple Strips Die
Taylored Expressions Be A Mermaid Die Set
MFT Radiating Rays Stencil
Assorted Distress Oxide Inks
Misc white embossing powder

Thanks for your interest!


Fabulous Fifty Birthday Card

One of my very dear friends shares a birthday with my daughter.  She just turned 50 which in JulieWorld definitely calls for flamingos.  :-)  I used one of my all time favorite stamp sets from WPlus9 and pulled out my Copics to color it all in.  

A closer look at the coloring.  The striped paper border is from MFT Stamps.  The touch of blue in the background was achieved by blending a small amount of Distress Ink in the middle of the card front.

Simon Says Stamp has a Summer IG Challenge going on right now so I took the opportunity to submit this card to their #sssigchallenge board.  

Supply Links --

Copic Markers

Thanks ! 


Tuesday, June 18, 2019

A Very Special 18th Birthday Card

My youngest turns 18 years old today which of course requires a special card.   She's recently redecorated her room into something a bit more grown up and I've taken my inspiration from her bedding purchased recently from Urban Outfitters.

Combining the leaf motif of her comforter with gold metallics (the accent color in her room) resulted in this card.  She's already opened it and loves it.  (Makes a mama happy!)  

Supplies used:

WaffleFlower Craft Greenery Dies (these also look fabulous when done white on white)
PaperTrey Ink Number Dies (very old and no longer available)
PaperTrey Ink Canvas Impression Plate (probably my most used die ever!)
Miscellaneous Cardstocks in White, Cream and Gold Foil

If I've left something out that interests you, please let me know in the comments.  



Monday, June 17, 2019

Playing Along with Simon Says Stamp

Hello!  Please bear with me as I take baby steps back in to the world of blogging.  You will soon discover that I love to participate in online challenges.  They tend to get me to use my stash in ways that I would not otherwise have thought of on my own.  I may not always be able to identify some products nor always use current products but I will do my best to provide names and/or links whenever possible.

I created today's card with the current  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge in mind. The theme for this week is wedding/anniversary.  I kept this card very simple and really love the elegant feel to it.

My supply list is as follows:

Simon Says Stamp Congratulations Set
Mama Elephant Bold Banner
Spellbinders Flutter Tree Etched Die
Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock
PaperTrey Ink Vintage Cream Linen Cardstock

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, June 15, 2019

Testing, Testing, One, Two, Three


Welcome to my creative world.  If you're new to my blog, that makes two of us.  I appreciate your interest in my crafty endeavors and hope you stick with me during this learning process.  

Thank you!