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Today’s Color Challenge (CC675) is a denim blue, lime green & purply fig color. Love the first 2..not so crazy about the last one. This was my solution to using these colors together.

Though there’s not much to this card, it gave me trouble from start to finish. Sigh…one of those days. After I used the distress inks to sponge the bg, I used my Misti to stamp these silhouette wellies & umbrella. That was a chore all in itself. I tried a bunch of different inks & colors but the black chalk ink looked the best w/ this bg. I still had to add a few of the lines back in w/ a white gel pen. And a little color was added w/ a green & a pink marker.

Then I proceeded to somehow get ink in places I didn’t mean to but thankfully, it was covered up by the placement of the images. Here’s a look at the inside.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Stamps: Sparkle N Sprinkle – Spring Swirl 425  (inside – DRS Designs- Sunny Birthday)
Paper: Staples 110# white
Ink: Versamagic midnight black chalk ink, Distress inks twisted citron, shabby shutters, tumbled glass, stormy sky, milled lavender, seedless preserves, Versafine onyx, Memento flannel gray
Accessories: Tombow markers, Lil’ Inker stitched rectangle dies, MFT stitched flags dies



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When I saw the technique challenge on Splitcoast (TLC676) was a fancy fold, the first thing I thought was “it’s gonna be trouble”. I was right. But at least I had resigned myself to that fact going in. And it was really only trouble for a few reasons…

1. I also decided I HAD to give the Gilded Faux Silk another try (first time was horrible). It made the sliding top really stiff & hard to fold.
2. My measurements were a little different so I had to reverse engineer it. Sheesh! Will I never learn?
3. I keep getting sucked into the bottomless pit of hubby’s plumbing reconfigurations. Not only has he acquired every plumbing tool known to man, he also constantly borrows MY crafting tools. Apparently, my tools are better than his tools, lol. And I have to help him reengineer the problem. (He’s NOT a plumber..he’s not even particularly mechanically inclined, lol.)

So..the gilded faux silk turned out better this time, probably because I needed snowflakes & blue & that looks good together. The fold finally cooperated. But then a fourth problem..silver & fancy folds are very HARD to photograph. It is what it is & here it is.

And here’s a look at the inside. I went simple since the front was an engineering feat!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Stamps: DRS Designs –Blizzard of Thanks, Interlocking Snow, Snow Bg, Med. Filigree Snowflake (inside:Brush Thank You )
Paper: Staples 110# white, lt blue, cobalt blue, metallic silver
Ink: Kaliedacolor blue breeze, Distress ink blueprint sketch, chipped sapphire, Encore ultimate metallic silver, Versamark, Versafine majestic blue 
Accessories:  Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B, exquisite circles, snowflakes, circles dies, Reverse Confetti squared off tag topper die, ODBD double stitched circle, snowflakes dies, silver embossing powder

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It’s my turn to host the Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge (IC635) & I chose Theme Rooms for our site. Since we recently moved, I find I’m always on the look out for ideas for our new place. The pictures are also pretty inspiring for creating cards & I was inspired by THIS picture.

I had a lot of fun making this one. I used the greeting as background & stamped it over & over in white then heat embossed it in white powder. I know a lot of people will use clear ink/white or black powder or else white or black ink & clear powder, but in my experience, I get a much better, clearer result (especially when using black) if I use the same color ink & powder. Just my 2 cents…well, w/ inflation it’s probably a dollar now. 

So after it was all embossed, I sponged on inks from a Kaleidacolor rainbow ink pad called Cappuccino over most of it. Then I stamped the coffee cup on a separate piece of white & sponged it w/ the same colors. The band was done again, masking it & stamping w/ the argyle pattern then cut & attached on top. Since the greeting was all over the bg, I made a little flag w/ just the die cut letters Coffee on it.

Here’s a look at the inside.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great weekend!


Stamps: DRS Designs –Paper Coffee Cup , Argyle BgArgyle Diamond (inside: Esspresso-ly Wonderful )
Paper: Staples 110# white
Ink: Colorbox frost white pigment, Memtento rich cocoa, Kaleidacolor cappuccino 
Accessories:  Spellbinders A2 matting basics B, Font One alphabet dies, white embossing powder, MFT fishtail flag die

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