I have never been asked to be a part of any design groups before and I am super excited to be a part of this one! The Creative Crew on Splitcoaststampers.com asked me and couldn’t hardly contain myself! I love challenges!! So! I want to give you a bit more details on some of the challenges for the month of May.

The theme for May is “Sweet Surprises” or “Suite Surprises”. I want to show the first challenge. SIP – Step it up! – Create a CAS project of you choosing with the theme in mind. Then create a second project, amped up with more enrichments, additions, layers…whatever you choose to really step it up.

So, here is my clean and simple card. I chose to make it a Sweet Suite Card. hehe. I used the Cool Treats Suite for both cards. I cut a Whisper White piece of paper that measures 3 x 5 1/2″.  I used the exact same size on the stepped-up version too.  This piece is popped up with dimensionals.  This card uses the Cool Treats Stamp set and Frozen Treats Framelits… plus, I just used the Tasty Treats washi tape as an accessory.  You will also notice that I have a banner (though it’s hard to see) popped up on the card as well.  I inked up the sentiment with chocolate chip ink, except for “sweet” which is in Watermelon Wonder.

This card, however, I used Watercolor paper instead of Whisper White for the 3 x 5 1/2″ piece and the banner.  I used the Tasty Treats DSP, the Sprinkles Embellishments, added a spoon with silver foil, added a highlight on the ice cream dish and a water color background in Peekaboo Peach.

Tomorrow, i will show you the second challenge, stay tuned!

Challenge #8

sprinklesDon’t worry, I am not skipping #7!  I wanted to post #8 first because…. well… it’s a birthday card.  And…. today is my birthday!  I can’t believe I have made it this far! LOL!!!  Anyway, challenge #8 was about doing a fancy folded card.  So…. I did a little running around different sites, looking for something I haven’t done before.  I found the Z-fold card.  I can’t believe I have NEVER done it before!  You will probably see this fold again soon.  Not too soon… but soon!  LOL  Click on the thumbnail of the inside of the card to see it enlarged.

It’s not hard at all…. take a regular card, 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 and fold it in half.  Then, fold back (I scored, of course) 1 1/4 inches.  Decorate!  Well…. What do you think of that??  I would love to see what you come up with!!  Post a link to your card design (could be posted on your blog or pinterest or wherever….) in the comment section below!  I will put your name into a hat and draw one winner! The winner will get a hand-stamped card from me and a gift!  OOOOOOooooooo! Rules: Card must have the Z-fold and use a current stamp set!

sprinkles2List of supplies: (each link opens a new window)

Challenge #3

beautifulbirthdayOk.  I have to pat myself on the back for this one.  Ever make a card and think, “Oh my word! That’s stunning??”  I have times where that happens.  Other times I think, “Eh, not bad.  It needs something.”  And still, other times I think, “yikes!”  Others might like it but there is something really missing!

This card, though.  Perfect!  Yeah, I said it, “perfect!”  Could I have added more embellishments?  Of course, but… I wanted this card to be simple and stunning.  Yes, this hits the mark! *pat, pat, pat on the back*  So, if you haven’t guessed, this challenge was about watercoloring.  I knew what I was going to do before I did.  I was thinking about the new Lift Me Up stamp set with the hot air balloon….. but….. I am a butterfly girl!  I wasn’t always but thanks to a trip that I took, thanks to Stampin’ Up!, I became one.  I haven’t stopped since.  I may still do a hot air balloon….

I started with the watercolor pencils and the aqua painters.  It just wasn’t bold enough for me.  So, I moved to ink.  I did it right on top of the watercolor pencils. WOW’ser!

List of supplies: (each link opens a new window)

I did it!

celebrate-youSee, I told you that I moved away from that color combination.  This one I got from the Annual catalog.  I meant to get it out of the Occasions Catalog.  There is a card in the catalog that I really liked.  I mistook one of the colors.  I thought it was Mint Macaron.  It was Soft Sky.  So, I dug through the Annual catalog and found the Blooms & Bliss.  I pulled this color combination from that paper pack.  Whisper White, Mint Macaron, Island Indigo and Blushing Bride.

Now, this card has a special surprise inside.  You will see the picture later but I really liked the way this one turned out.  Notice the bow?  It’s the Sale-a-bration ribbon!  It’s attached to a mini paper clip that keeps the card closed.  Why would we need to keep the card closed?  I am glad you asked that question!   See the picture below!

celebrate-you-insideI scored the center of the cut out image (the star blast as I like to call it).  I added 2 score lines on either stem of the cut out; folding them in opposite direction.  The stems are folded valley and the star blast folded mountain.

List of supplies: (each link opens a new window)

Happy Birthday, once more!

Here’s the second card that I made with the Mega Mosaic BG technique.  I have one more card for you tomorrow.  But look at yesterday’s card and today’s.  They are similar but VERY different.  I like any technique that makes me more productive, don’t you?  I got three cards done in a short time!  I just had to figure out how to cover up my mistakes!  (Like I said yesterday, be careful with your pieces.)  I think that this is my favorite of the three.  Is it?  Hm…. I will think on that and let you know.

List of supplies: (each link opens a new window)


Happy Birthday… Again!

happybdayMy fabulous upline has released another challenge. This one was a little more than – Stamp. This one was, in essence, find a technique you have never done before. When looking for ideas, I go to my old stamp-by (pun intended) Splitcoast Stampers. I found a thread called TLC591. Basically, it’s take 3 pieces of paper, cut them up 4 – 6 times at the same time, then make a background for your card.

Ok. They warned me. Be careful. Eh, what can I say? I thought I was being careful. I moved from the cutting table to the desk and something happened! LOL. The pieces don’t quite fit right.  Anyway!!!  I know I told you that I would try and get away from this color combination.  Eh, that was so yesterday!  I am back to it!  I have two more cards to share with you and they are also in the same color combination.  I promise…. after I post those two, I will TRY again to move on to a new color combination!  TRY being the operative word!  Of the three cards, I think this one is my favorite.  What do you think of this card?

List of supplies: (each link opens a new window)


Challenge accepted

makeawishThis morning, my amazing upline posted a challenge to our group page on Facebook.  The challenge was… Stamp!  LOL.  There’s 9 more challenges, I hope I can keep up as I am sure they will get harder and harder as time goes on…

Anyway, I ran downstairs to my craft room and stamped this little beauty.  NOW that the Occasion’s Catalog is out, I can post links again for you for the supplies.

This card uses the Window Shopping Bundle and some of the Falling in Love Suite.  Now the Window Shopping Bundle is meant for a box. I was trying to think OUTSIDE the box…. LOL. Maybe in the next day or two, I will actually use the box for the box! Wait. huh? That didn’t make sense, did it? Anyway…. I have to try and pull myself away from this color scheme!  I just can’t! But I promise to try in my next post!! hehehehe

List of supplies: (each link opens a new window)