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A Little Mixed Media and a Lot of Stamps – Sketch 168


I love Sunday mornings; a new sketch, the Sunday paper, hot coffee…….Sigh.  As a “paper addict,” I have to admit I do anxiously anticipate the Sunday morning OWH weekly sketch challenge.

Sketch #168 is very versatile.  With so many layers, I saw an excellent opportunity to add texture, popups and a little mixed media.  Even with all the layers going on, it is easy to make this card look “flat.”  I added quite a bit of embellishment without making the card too thick to mail by using embellishments stamped and cut from paper.  Nothing on this card is over 1/8″ in high.  I used a lot of different stamp sets on both cards.  The stamp and supply list appears below.

I made a batch of cards yesterday (shown below) using these same components.  I had a pocket watch left over and loved the rabbit, so I wanted to make the sketch conform to the components I already had out.  Since my rabbit needed more than 3″ of vertical space, I flipped the 3″ x 3.25″ squares to accommodate it.  The sketch shows the components adhered directly to the card, but I wanted to use background “paper.”  Since I am dealing with an added quarter inch, all of my components are a little more squeezed together.

Thanks for stopping by, now go create!

My own card creation:

Beau is late

Beau is late

The soft appearance of the sentiment is intentional, as I wanted it to look more like a background.  The sentiment is repeated inside the card.

Supply List:

Supplies From Stampin’ Up!

Beau Chateau DSP (currently on SU clearance rack), Crumb Cake and Pink Piroutte CS, Paper Doilie Card 2 (clearance rack), Crumb Cake Classic Ink, “Vintage Trinkets” (safety pin), “Crumb Cake” dotted grosgrain (Card 2 retired).


“Square Lattice” Texture Impressions embossing folder (SU), “Cogs” punch (Card 1 SU-retired), “Doily” triple-layer punch (Card 2 SU-retired), small heart and “Sea Pearls” corner punches (Card 2 Fiskars), ink daubers. 1/16″ hole punch, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig

Stamp Sets:

Fiskars:  Thinking of You sentiment Card 1 “All Year Greetings” set

Hero Arts: Thinking … round the clock sentiment, Item #CL579 (not sure what the set name is, I found it at Overstock.com), and “Watch Gear” background stamp on both cards

Stampers Best:  “White Rabbit – I’m Late”

Stampin Up:  “Clockworks,” (page 105 of current catalog – two step stamping, needs a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig).  The pocket watch is three separate stamps combined to make the watch and face.

Stampin' Up! Clear Mount "Clockworks"

Stampin’ Up! Clear Mount


Challenge Week March 17, 2013


I love waking up on Sunday Mornings to the Sunday Paper, and the Sketch Challenge.  As soon as I saw Sketch #164, I imagined it holding a large sentiment.  I had just received a great Thank You sentiment stamp from Stamper’s Best and thought it just perfect.  I recall a while back, Heroes asking for red/white/blue thank you cards they could send a note of thanks for care packages, etc… on.  I think this card is striking and simple at the same time.  I have to admit I cheated a bit, but achieved the same look by cutting one strip of red 5.5 x 1.5″ instead of two 1.5 x 2″ pieces.

Challenge #1 – Sketch Challenge – OWH Sketch #164

All of the paper is from SU, Nearly Navy, Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White card stock.  The DSP is from my stash, something I got off of the Clearance Rack a while back.  The stamp is from Stamper’s Best.  It is called “International Thank You.”  The Star embossing folder was from Cuttlebug.

Challenge #2 – Mid Week Throw Down “Ombr’e Card”

As I learned this week, an Ombr’e Card is a card that uses the same color graduating from light to dark.  For mine, I used a series of light yellow to oranges.  The idea for this card came from Jen Arkfeld “Flowers in a Jar” shown as the Inspiration piece.  I wanted to try and duplicate it, but didn’t have the same flower stamp.  The recipe for my version appears below the card.

Recipe for my card:  DSP; Attic Boutique and Polka Dot Parade/Ink and Card Stock Colors; Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard, Daffodil Delight, So Saffron, Whisper White, StazonOn Black/Stamp Sets; Flower Fest and Perfectly Preserved/Ribbon; Daffodil Delight Ribbon Seam Binding (wadded up then tied), Embellishment; White Tea Lace paper doily.  All supplies used were Stampin’ Up.

The Rest of the Box

I am working on Father’s Day Cards.  This first card was made with my newest stamps from Stamper’s Best as well as a couple of stamps from Stampin’ Up!

Stamp Sets:  John Rooster Wayne – Stampers Best Hollywood Icon Series; My Hero Sentiments Set-Stampers Best Operation Write Home Series; Family Reunion-SU (retired), Clockworks-SU

Paper:  Soft Suede and Crumb Cake – SU, Well Worn DSP – Currently available on the the SU Clearance Rack.  The Well Worn Suite is so perfect for masculine cards.

Inks:  Soft Suede and Crumb Cake,  Embellishments: Linen Thread, Texture: Argyle Embossing folder-SU

Hero Dad

Hero Dad

This card was made with Sycamore Street DSP, Nearly Navy and Tangerine Tango CS and the Blue Ribbon Stamp Set (All SU)

Blue Ribbon Dad

Blue Ribbon Dad

Mid-week Throwdown Challenge – No Sentiment


Good morning followers and fellow OWHers.  Today’s MWT Challenge is to create cards with no sentiment.  I hope the addition of a little heart qualifies as no sentiment.

This card is dedicated to my special friend Liz H, who allowed me into her “crap room,” and let me take any stamps I thought I would use for OWH for free.  These were just two of the treasures I acquired.  I call this card, “Vintage Pooh.”

The stamps are from Rubber Stampede’s Pooh collection.  I don’t know how old they are, or if they are still available.  The larger is Pooh and Piglet, the smaller is Hugs.  I used a heart from one of my Stampin’ Up! sets, attached with a cut from the Tiny Tags punch, and a cute little button brad from Antique Hardward (SU).  The paper is SU Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake.  I used a SU dots embossing folder and the retired Crumb Cake dotted swiss grosgrain ribbon.  The Image pieces are 2.25 x 2.25 and 1.75×1.75.  The crumb cake backing for both the images and the cards, were cut 1/8 inch larger instead of the standard 1/4 inch larger, to get the “tight edge” look.  For less of a vintage look, add a colored background, or color the images with ink pens and increase the edges to the standard 1/4.”

Okay, now I need to make about 6 more of these.  Till the next challenge.

Vintage Pooh

Vintage Pooh

Craft Paper Challenge-OWH


What is craft paper, you ask?  Craft paper is a brown paper that looks like a supermarket bag, or khaki’s.  Todays MWT (Midweek Throwdown) challenge for OWH (Operation Write Home), was to make a card of craft paper with a few other colors.  I have never made a card where craft paper was the “star.”

This wasn’t too hard to design, because “Crumb Cake” is my all time favorite card stock.  I use it with most of my cards.  It goes with everything!  The embossing makes the top piece stand out while highlighting the sentiment.

I am happy to report all of the supplies used ARE Stampin’ Up! and are currently available 24/7 at my online store.

So, here goes, the recipe is below:

You’re Amazing Crumb Cake

Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Midnight Muse

Inks:  Midnight Muse, Cherry Cobbler and Summer Starfruit

Stamp Set:  You’re Amazing, from the World Spectacular Suite  (I love this suite!).

Tools:  Houndstooth Embossing Folder, Apothecary Accents Framelit, Big Shot, Paper Piercing Tool, Essential Paper-Piercing Pak, Stampin’ Pierce Mat.  You will notice the piercing mat matches the design of the Framelit.

Embellishments:  Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine, silver mini brads.

“Triple Time Dare…”


Silly me.  I finished a box of 84 cards to send to Operation Write Home, and was getting ready to clean my “disaster area” aka craft room when (you know what is coming,), I checked the OWH website to check out the “Midweek Throwdown

Challenge.”  Two hours later, I am posting this card as my entry!  Disaster area will need to be “roped off, I guess.”

This week’s challenge was to make “cards of encouragement” for the heroes to send home.  This one had me stuck.  I usually think the heroes are the ones who need encouragement, but the people left at home, certainly need it too.  What to say, what to say.  I checked out my own gallery.  Finding nothing inspirational for the challenge, I went to the “Stampin’ Connection” website (another perk of being a demonstrator), and found the instructions for what is called a “Triple Time” card.

I had been seeing these layered cards pop up on the card sites and thought they were beautiful, but my little brain could not figure out the “rocket science” required to construct one.  Fortunately Dawn O., had an instructional video on the “Stampin’ Connection” site.

OMG, this card was so easy!  Basically you stack three sizes of your neutral stock and stamp them at the same time.  The “frames” are 1/4 inch larger on each side than the stamped stock.  The bottom frame is actually the card base.

All products used are Stampin’ Up! unless otherwise noted, and are currently available at my online store.  Shop online for your 10% discount and have the products shipped directly to you.

Recipe:  Card stock – “Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla”

Inks Used: “River Rock, Primrose Petals,” and the sentiment was an accidental blend of leftover “Primrose Petals and River Rock” (forgot to clean the stamp, but loved the result).

Stamp Sets Used:  “Blooming with Kindness, Loving Thoughts and Simply Soft (retired Hostess set).”

To Embellish, I wrapped linen thread and added an “Antique Brad.”  The second layer is lifted off of the  bottom layer by using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

You will want to do this card, so here are the measurements: Card Base – 5.5 x 8.5.  Fold in half to create one 5.5 x 4.25 card.  The other two layers are 3.25 x 4.5 and 2.25 x 3.5.  For the neutral layer cut three pieces of card stock as follows:2 x 3.25, 3 x 4.25 and 4 x 5.25.  Stack your neutral card stock one atop another, centered.  You can use a tiny bit of tacky glue to adhere them while you stamp.  Stamp your images.  Separate the neutral stamped layers and adhere them to the frames (same as the card base)  Adhere layer one to layer two, embellish.  Attach layer two to layer three with dimensionals.

Triple Time Dare

Beach Tote – party favor


Today’s creation is a party favor.  Since it is summer and I feel like I would rather be at the beach, I put together some mini beach supplies so I would feel a bit cooler!  The tote contains a beach towel, sunglasses, beach umbrella and a lip balm.  The only thing missing is the beach.

All supplies used (with the exception of the lip balm, can be currently purchased online 24/7 at my Stampin’ Up Store.

Beach Bag Party Favor

Supplies Used:  Crumb Cake and Basic Black cardstock, Flower District Designer Series Paper, Subtles Pattern Pack, Square Lattice Textured Impressions folder, Large Scallop Circle Die, Petite Purse Die, Boho Blossoms Punch, Island Indigo Ruffled Ribbon, Daffodil Delight 1/4″ stitched grosgrain ribbon, White Baker’s Twine,  Silver Brads, Basic Diamonds. (Tutorial avail soon-check back).