Archive for ‘Friendship’

December 8, 2014

Paper craft project no. 315: You’re a sweetheart one layer card

It’s a great Monday morning, folks! I have been up since 8 last night (I’m on a weird schedule) and DH and I should be well on our way to town by the time this post is published. I haven’t been out much in the last couple of weeks because of work, school, and my weird sleep schedule, and this week, I’m trying to get turned around and at the same time get a bit of sunshine. I’m dropping packages in the mail and then we’re headed to do some grocery shopping. After that, we’re having a little lunch date at our favorite Thai restaurant (I can almost taste that vegetarian pad thai…). Keeping my fingers crossed I’ll be awake enough to enjoy lunch ;o)

Anyway, this one layer card is to remind you that there’s a little less than 3 weeks left to play in the last sketch challenge at STAMPlorations. Linky is open until December 28, you can link up as many projects as you want (instead of the usual 3 projects max) as long as they’re based on the sketch, and you can win one of two gift certificates!

I made my card by first stamping the butterflies (from the Trendy Butterflies set) in different shades of blue. I masked the big butterfly then stamped the leaves (from the Trendy Leaves set) in different shades of green. Then with a TCW reversed chicken wire stencil, I sponged broken china Distress ink for a bit of interest and then stamped the sentiment (from the Sugar Rush set) in black. Finished the card by rounding the bottom right corner. As you can see, I flipped the sketch and used butterflies instead of circles :o)

Thanks for stopping by!


December 3, 2014

Paper craft project no. 312: You’re a dear friend one layer card

Hello! It’s time for a new challenge at Time Out Challenges and this time, we’re doing the CASE with Your Own Twist Challenge. We’re CASEing the talented Amy Wanford of Crafting Confessions. Here’s the card she made:

I was inspired by the two rows of snowflakes and hearts, as well as the sentiment so I went with that and stamped the butterfly in turquoise and the flower in pink. The sentiment is from the new stamp club set at STAMPlorations called Sugar Rush and I stamped it in black. I finished the card with an artsy border using a pink Japanese watercolor brush pen. So my twist is pretty obvious: a non-winter/holiday one layer card :o) I hope you’ll come check out what my teammates created and how they were inspired by Amy’s card! We’re joined by another talented crafter, Milla of Mustesormi. We can’t wait to see how you’ll CASE Amy’s card!

Thanks for stopping by!


November 24, 2014

Paper craft project no. 306: Sweet friend one layer card

It’s time for a new sketch challenge at the STAMPlorations blog. It’s the last sketch challenge for the year and we’re making it a long one! The linky is open until December 28 and there’s no limit to how many times you can play. Oh, and we have a couple of extra special prizes too! Julie Beech of Crafted by Jules is our guest designer. I hope you’ll come check out the projects that Julie and the STAMPlorations girls made for the sketch!

For my one layer card, I stamped one of the trendy butterflies (new set!) and masked it before stamping the artsy sunflower and smaller butterfly. The sentiment is from Sugar Rush, the December/January stamp club set. I spattered a bit of mustard seed and faded jeans Distress inks and finished the card by running the side of my Japanese watercolor brush pen to create the artsy blue border. The card is rather bright for the season — and I did it because I was getting a little tired of the gloomy days and I needed something with bright, happy colors :o)

Linking up my card to these fun challenges: (1) Crafting When We Can #83 – Clean and Simple; (2) A Little Bit Crafty – CAS; (3) Sister Act #84 – Anything Goes; and (4) Clear It Out – Anything Goes.

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Shery

PS: If you missed the November Stamp Release Blog Hop, you’ve still got time to catch up on hopping and commenting for a chance to win one of the stamps from the release. The hop starts here.

PPS: We’ve got a design team call at STAMPlorations! Interested? Deets are here.

September 29, 2014

Paper craft project no. 274: You are special

2014-09-30 You are special

[Edited to add: Thanks heaps, Shirley, for letting me know of my project numbering error! It’s been corrected and I really am on #274, not #174!]

Apparently, today is National Coffee Day. It has been a stressful Monday so far and the day is far from over. (I’ve been a ball of anxiety all morning.) And I need coffee right now really, really, really badly. My mother would tell me that’s the last thing I should be drinking but during times like right now, coffee is what can help calm me down. I don’t drink coffee often (maybe three or four times a month) because I have caffeine intolerance (even if it’s decaf). (I have Pero and Roma — coffee alternatives — in my cupboard.) But once in a while, I’d give in to the urge — consequences be danged — and splurge on an ultra-customized Starbucks drink: a Venti light decaf mocha frappuccino with soy, no whip cream. Today might just be the day I indulge. [DH walked in the room as I was typing this post, took one look at me, and said, “Come on, dear, I’m taking you to Starbucks just this one time. You look like you need it.” Yep, I married the right guy!]

Anyway, there’s a coffee blog hop hosted by Chaitali at Cuts, Crops & Creativity happening today so I thought I’d join in. I don’t have a coffee stamp, but I do have one that I had drawn a couple of months ago. Yes, this one will be turned into a clear stamp when I finish drawing the other images that’ll go into a coffee-themed set ;o) So I printed out 6 of my coffee cups, fussy cut them, and then colored them with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. I used foam tape to adhere them to my card base. I stamped my sentiment and added a strip of designer paper along the bottom. And the card is done…and to answer a few questions, as suggested by Virginia:

1. When did you start drinking coffee? I don’t really remember, although I do remember drinking coffee that my grandma brewed when I used to stay with her at their farm. I was ten.

2. What is your favorite brand? (You can name up to three). I don’t have a favorite brand, but when I do drink coffee, it’s either I go to Starbucks or drink whatever DH makes for me — I think it’s Maxwell (not sure) and we keep one in the freezer for emergencies.

3. What is the most amazing coffee that you had? Nothing can beat my grandma’s home-brewed coffee. I can still remember its wonderful aroma as if it were yesterday instead of more than a quarter century ago.

4. If I don’t drink my needed coffee, I will…implode — like right now, when I am so stressed out and my anxiety level is at an all-time high.

I based the layout of my card on the current sketch at The Paper Players, and it just so happens that the talented Carol picked “Beverages/Drinks” as the theme at Inkspirational so I’m entering it there! :o)


Thanks for stopping by!



August 17, 2014

Paper craft project nos. 241 and 242: Be merry and bright / Smile you

2014-08-17 OLC Be merry and bright

I sure have been cutting it close several times these last few days! I’ve got cards for a couple of challenges that end in a few hours. First up (above) is a one layer shaped card I made for the current Virginia’s View Challenge #6 – Shape Card. My month wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t create something for this wonderful challenge hosted by the fabulous Virginia Lu. I got a tad ambitious with my card (I made 5 attempts) and grew frustrated with each attempt (there was always something in it that I didn’t like) but I persevered and ended up with a card that so impressed the hubby so it was worth it!

To make this card (it’s 7 inches wide and 6 inches tall), I stamped my poinsettia (from the Holiday Sketches: Christmas Flower set) several times on watercolor paper to make a Christmas wreath then I fussy cut around the outer edge of the stamped images and did the same to the back of the card. I watercolored the poinsettias with Memento inks, then went over them again with Inktense blocks for the darker colors. I also painted a bit of persimmon and sweet alfalfa Twinkling H2Os over the flowers and leaves to give them some shimmer — hard to see in the photo, but the poinsettias shimmer beautifully! I stamped my sentiment in VersaMagic chalk ink (midnight black). My Christmas wreath still looked a little flat to me so I took a white Faber-Castell PITT big brush pen and traced some of the flowers and leaves to give it a 3D frosty look.

I’m also entering this card to 3 other  fun challenges: Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas #190 – Favorite Things (watercolor paper is my favorite card base; I love Inktense blocks for watercoloring; Twinkling H2Os are my newest faves; and the poinsettia stamp has become my favorite stamp); Sweet Stampin’ – Christmas in August; and Addicted to Stamps and More #108 – Holiday (entry #2).


2014-08-17 CAS Smile you

As for my second card…I created it as a last-minute entry to the Clicking Cameras challenge over at Moxie Fab World. I initially thought the challenge was over since it said the deadline was midnight August 17 (as in a minute after 11:59 pm, August 16), but the linky’s still open. On cardstock, I stamped and colored a retro-ish camera image (one I’d drawn and turned into a stamp) with Memento markers and fussy cut it before mounting it onto my card base with foam tape. I paired it with a couple of bold sentiments (from the STAMPlorations Boxed Blooms set). I created the background by stamping one of the square stamps in the Graphic Squares set in 3 different VersaMagic chalk ink colors (red brick, pumpkin spice, thatched straw), I rather like the the autumn/masculine feel of the card. I gotta say I was inspired by this gorgeous card by Deepti, so this is sort of a CASE of her card. (And because I used squares, I’m entering this to the current challenge at Addicted to CAS (#45 – Geometric).

I’m entering my camera-themed card to these other fun challenges: Sister Act Card Challenge #70 – Anything Goes; Sisters of Craft – August Anything Goes Challenge; and Cute Card Thursday #334 – Clean and Simple.

Thanks a bunch for stopping by!



August 13, 2014

Paper craft project no. 237: Hello, dear friend

2014-08-14 OLC Hello dear friend

It’s a brand new challenge at Time Out Challenges! This fortnight, it’s CASE with your own twist. Whose card are we CASE-ing this time around? It’s by the fabulous Anita of My Paper Craft World! We also have Shona of Twine Around guest designing with us! I hope you’ll check out the blog and see how our guest designer and my teammates CASEd Anita’s card.

I took my cue from the blue/aqua/teal color and embossing on her card and gave it my own twist: I made a one layer mixed media card. First, I applied Gelatos (Mango) onto my daisy stamp (from the Bloom Sketches set), spritzed it with water and then stamped. I masked the image before stamping the other daisies the same way. Next, I applied modeling paste through a stencil and let it dry before watercoloring in some Twinkling H2Os (blue zircon) and letting it run and bleed along the side. I stamped my sentiments (from the Boxed Blooms & Bold Sentiments and Bloom Sketches sets) in Memento tuxedo black and Hero Arts tide pool inks. I splattered some metallic mint Gelatos and finished the card by rounding one corner.

Here’s Anita’s card:

I’m playing along these fun challenges: One Layer Simplicity Challenge #8 – Shades of Summer (I picked #3); Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #3 – Stencils with Modeling Paste; Simon Says Wednesday Challenge – Summer (I went with summer colors and flowers); and The Pink Elephant #263 – Stencils.



Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day :o)


August 8, 2014

Paper craft project no. 236: Here for you

2014-08-08 Here for you

We’ve got a new theme for August at the STAMPlorations blog. This month, we’d love to see projects with stamping and die cuts. Any kind of die cut will do — tags, shapes, die cut stickers… We’re so happy to welcome the fabulous Karen Dunbrook of Snippets as our guest designer. Check out the gorgeous card she created for our challenge, as well as the awesome creations of the STAMPlorations girls…they’re all incredibly creative and I’m sure glad they’re on my team! Come play with us and share your projects and win your choice of stamp set (or two) from the shop :o)

For my card, I went clean and graphic and created an almost one layer card. I used a couple of stamps from the upcoming Bloom Sketches set (available starting August 15 now; see it here). I stamped the daisy several times using masking then colored them with Spectrum Noir markers and stamped the sentiment in black ink. I added an adhesive die cut chipboard butterfly from K&Company and the card is done!

I’d like to enter my card to these fun challenges: CAS on Sunday #39 – Butterfly; Addicted to Stamps & More #107 – Make Your Mark; Butterfly Challenge #12 – Summertime Butterflies, and Crafty Creations #269 – Flower Power.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


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