Smooch Draft

I’ve been sick most of this week and haven’t stamped. I spent yesterday and today making tags for Christmas presents. Tonight I decided to get some fun stamping in.

I created the following two cards for the Paper Smooches Draft challenge this week.

The first thing I thought when I looked at the sketch was Christmas lights.


I hand-drew the lines and added the lights. To get the halo effect, I used the back side of the bulb image and used a lighter shade of ink. Then I used Copics to color in the bulbs.

I wanted to create a non-Christmas card too, so I came up with this one.


I love this little squirrel! I’m really happy with the colors on this one too. I ended up with the dropsies on this card, but man am I lucky – the smudge happened under where the squirrel was going – I didn’t have to re-design or start over, whew!

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Let’s Be Merry
Stamps: All Yule Need, Christmas Sampler (Paper Smooches);
Colors: Pure Poppy, White (PTI); Tuxedo Black (Memento);
Hang in There
Stamps: Hang Ups (Paper Smooches);
Colors: Berry Sorbet, Cream (PTI); Brown (Memento);

Picture Purrrfect

This card is for the latest Trend Watch at the Paper Smooches Sparks challenge blog (cameras).

I started the card last night but had to ‘sleep on it’ before finishing it. I finally decided to keep the card very simple so the focus stayed on the kitty (love him!). To add some interest I embossed the background with circles – reminiscent of camera flashes.

Oh, while I do love the kitty image, I did pick him on purpose – he had paws just in the right position (i.e., would be covered by the camera). To add the paws back in, I just stamped them again and cut them out and glued them on top (in the right orientation).

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You’re Purrr-fect
Stamps: Chubby Chums, Teen Routine, He Said She Said (Paper Smooches);
Colors: Baja Breeze (SU); White (PTI); Black (Memento);
Other: markers (Copics); Stone DSP, Sunshine circles impression plate (PTI); Square die (Spellbinders);

Moose Day

I created this card for my husband’s birthday last month.

For some reason moose is his favorite word lately. So that is why I chose this image.

The balloon is created using the pumpkin from a recent Paper Smooches set (a trick I learned from the awesome DT).

Thanks for taking a peek!

It’s Your Day
Stamps: Chubby Chum Pals, Spookalicious, Party Posse – sentiment (Paper Smooches);
Colors: Kraft, Rustic Cream, White (PTI), Black (Memento); scrap blue;
Other: markers (Copic); Twine (PaperSmooches); Wood Grain Impression Plate, hill die (PTI); Minuet pattern paper (Memory Box);

Rockin’ Birthday

I created this card for my niece. I wanted something colorful and fun.

I used the harlequin stamp from Potpourri to create the floor – which turned out so much better than I thought it would – so happy!

The jukebox is stamped, colored, cut-out, and popped-up.

I love the added texture the striped impression plates – makes it look like paneling (which is what I was going for). The serendipitous part is that I was trying to get the stripes all the way down to the floor, but I gauged wrong and ended up with baseboard – and I love that extra touch! Now I just hope I can do it again the next time, lol!

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Let the Good Times Roll
Stamps: Perpetual Bliss, Potpourri (Paper Smooches);
Colors: Raspberry Fizz, White (PTI); Black (Memento ink);
Other: Simple Stripes impression plate (PTI); Markers (Copic);

Birthday Ride

This is the final card I made while at my mom’s house.

This time I wanted to have a bright sunny watercolored scene. I pulled out the hostess set – Summer Afternoon and went at it.

I mounted the watercolored panel on Daffodil yellow to help bring out the sunny background.

The sentiment is normally two lines, but I wanted all on one – so some simple masking and I got it done.

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happy birthday
All supplies StampinUp unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Summer Afternoon, Made for You;
Colors: Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo, Crumb Cake, Basic Grey, Lucky Limeade;
Other: nothing!

Summer at Night

CAS-ual Friday’s latest challenge is: Back in Black.

I admit I was a little intimidated at first. Even a traipse through my digital index didn’t come up with anything immediately.

Then I found a cool fabric on Pinterest (first photo at this source).

I loved the bold waves of color and used that inspiration to create my card. I love how the black makes those bright colors pop even more!

The sentiment is stamped with white craft ink and embossed with glitter/clear embossing powder.

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Happy Birthday
All supplies Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Birthday Bash Sentiments;
Colors: Black, Rapsberry Fizz, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise;
Other: Ric-Rac die; Hologram Highlights glitter/clear embossing powder (SU);

Tiered Patterns

I’m squeezing in a card just before the deadline for the Paper Smooches Sparks Picture Perfect challenge.

When I saw the picture, I was drawn to the tiered platter and all the different patterns. I used those as my inspiration for my card.

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Happy Birthday
Stamps: Party Posse, Friendly Flowers, Sentiment Sampler (Paper Smooches); Background: Houndstooth (PTI);
Colors: Hibiscus, Hawaiian Shores, White (PTI); Black (Memento);
Other: Markers (Copic); red stickles;

Celebrate with Sugar

I haven’t had a lot of time to stamp lately, but there are some challenges that I really enjoy playing so when it was time to do some stamping, I made sure I pulled up those challenges first.

I used the Paper Smooches Cool Shades challenge (PBJ) for my colors, and a Retro Sketch (#16) for the layout.

I recently purchased the Paper Smooches Sugar Rush stamp set and thought it would be perfect for these colors. The layout really lended itself to making a cascade of sugary treats with which to celebrate. You can’t tell in the photo, but all the bits have glitter on them.

This is my first time using the Gina K paper for coloring with Copics. My verdict is still out. There seems to be more streaky marks left (like the paper soaks it up before I can do my next stroke). I do like the weight and the brightness of the paper.

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Stamps: Sugar Rush (Paper Smooches);
Colors: Lavender Moon (PTI); White (Gina K);
Other: markers (Copic); glitter pen (Spica);

Hippity Hoppity

I know it seems a little late for an Easter card, but I couldn’t post this when I made it as I sent it to my secret sister. Instead of holding on to it for next year, I figure a little whimsy is a good thing 🙂

I had just received the Scrambled Eggs set from Papertrey and had to use it to make a card. I love this set because I’ll be able to add ears to many things, lol.

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Hippity Hoppity
All supplies Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Scrambled Eggs;
Colors: Melon Berry, White, True Black;
Other: Picnic Plaid impression plate, Mat Stack 4 die, Pink Patterns paper, Chartreuse felt, Scrambled Eggs dies; marker (Copic); grass die (MFT);


May is always hectic for me – between Teacher Apprecation & Mother’s Day at the beginning of the month and end of school stuff at the end…I just don’t have a whole lot of time for fun stamping.

I needed to make a RAK card today and decided to pull up a challenge – the Paper Smooches Sparks challenge. They’ve changed their format and now they have different challenges every week. This week’s challenge is a color challenge (May21 Cool Shades). I interpreted the colors as light blue, medium blue, yellow-green, and orange.

I thought the “woohoo” sentiment was perfect for what I needed so I created the scene around the owl image. Things just kept jumping into the scene – definitely not my typical CAS style, lol. I love how even though the owl isn’t all that big, because he’s the only orange thing, he pops and draws your eye.

When coloring the owl I chose to do straight color instead of shading and did his feathers in a gradient of oranges.

Stamps: Cubby Chums (Paper Smooches);
Colors: Marina, Bashful, Crumb, Celery (StampinUp); Brown (Memento);
Other: YR12, YR15, YR18, YR23, E44 Markers (Copic); Branch & Wonky Border dies (My Favorite Things); Grass die (Memory Box); Cloud impression plate (my own creation);