some days and some people are just AWESOME!

awesome by rheddhedd
awesome, a photo by rheddhedd on Flickr.

Fun for a challenge on Splitcoast Stampers – to white emboss on Kraft card stock and color in with a watercolor or color wash technique.
I used the Hero Arts stamp Tall Flowers and the “awesome” sentiment is from the Incredible set from Technique Tuesday (Ali Edwards).
I colored using Inktense pencils and a water brush. I was really happy with the vibrancy of the colors.
Thanks for checking it out,


Masculine Birthday Card

Hi, I’ve been really lax in posting new projects the last few weeks … not sure where the time goes! Anyway, I’m finally here with a new one!

I have a dear friend with a birthday today. Sadly, but par for the course, I just made his card yesterday! I should make a batch of belated birthday cards to have on hand! He is as big a baseball fan as I – if not bigger, so the choice of a baseball theme was easy. I wrote on the inside : I struck out and missed your birthday –  hope it was a GRAND SLAM! Hopefully it will make up in creativity what it lacks in punctuality!!

On to the card:  I made the card base with Kraft card stock folded to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.  I embossed a piece of brown card stock with my Bigshot and a Sizzix embossing folder “diamonds”. I lightly sponged it with Black Soot Distress Ink from Ranger. All of the other designer papers are from the MVP line from W R Memory Keepers.  I layered the  embossed piece on a “lightly” patterned piece (I have such a hard time covering up a great pattern!!) I would usually cut this piece about 1/4″ smaller on all sides than the base but I knew I wanted to do some faux stitching around it, so I cut it a bit smaller.

I then had fun with the patterned paper! I cut a plain piece of “typing” paper to approx 2 1/2″ by 3 3/4″. I cut the patterned paper into strip of varying widths and glued them on the diagonal to the plain paper. I trimmed off the edges and sponged them lightly with the Black Soot ink. I added brads to the 4 corners and adhered with dimensionals.  I tied hemp around and debated on having the hemp go on top of or underneath the  paper-pieced element – underneath won!  Both the brads and the hemp are from my stash of unidentified embellishments!

The baseball was stamped with a PSX stamp on white glossy card stock. I inked the stitching with a red Marvy marker and the ball with Chestnut Roan Chalk ink. I punched it out with a 1″ in punch and distressed the ball and the edges (it stood out like new white sneakers!!) with several shades of brown, blue and burgundy ink. I then covered it with Glossy Accents by Ranger. I mounted it on the same paper as the 1st layer and attached with a foam dimensional. I added my friends initials with Thickers that I sponged with the same browns, blues and burgundy ink. A little faux stitching with a white gel pen finished it off.

I’m adding this to the CAS-ual Friday Challenge this week which is to use embossing. Hope you enjoyed and that it inspires you to create!



A new twist!


This card took me in a totally different direction…. I drew it.

Often, I will sketch out a card design…. not that I follow it (!) but it gives me a jumping off point. Lately, I’ve been sketching them on my iPad.  My husband was looking at the sketches and said some of these “are” cards – why don’t you use them? My first reaction was “I can’t do that – I can’t draw!” These sketches are for me. As I looked at them, I had to agree that some of them were exactly what I wanted the finished card to look like. In many cases, the finished card doesn’t look like my sketch because the stamp I use isn’t like my drawing and the sentiment is definitely not like my handwriting .  I use the sketch as an idea – for example this sketch would remind me I wanted to make a “thinking of you” card with flowers and a layout “somewhat” like this and using the colors indicated.

So, I decided to test this. I printed out the sketch and mounted it on a soft lilac cards stock to pick up the color in the flowers and mounted both on Kraft cards stock.  I did this with a few of my sketches and will post them over the next few days. I feel a little like I’m cheating since I didn’t stamp anything! I think I will play around with ways of combining the two.

I hope you like it and that it will really inspire you to create and that you will also be willing to step outside your comfort zone and try.  Let me know how it works for you!




Let’s patch things up

Hi! I hope you enjoyed your weekend – they go by soooo fast!

This was such a fun card to make. I really love the Bright Side paper from Lawn Fawn – really colorful and fun. I wanted to use several of them so I decided to do a patchwork design. I cut the paper that I wanted to use in strips 1″ wide and adhered them to a piece of plain (copy) paper side by side. I then turned the paper so the “stripes” made by the side by side papers were horizontal and I cut across those stripes into 1″ strips. I then had 6 1″ strips made up of 4 1″ squares. (clear as mud?) I then laid these out so that it formed the patchwork pattern and trimmed it to a square.

I laid my new patchwork square on the Kraft cardstock and with a pencil traced the outline lightly onto the Kraft stock. This way I could move the patchwork out of my way while I stamped “im sorry” around the square. I wanted it to be simple, so I chose to use all lower case and to omit the apostrophe. (my apologies to those who grammar sensibilities I’ve offended!) I stamped this with Dark Brown Chalk ink using Lawn Fawn’s Sally’s ABCs (which was a birthday present to this Sally!) It’s such a cute font! I stamped the little heart with a tiny heart stamp from Lawn fawn’s Love N Breakfast. I stamped it with Color Box Chalk ink in Alabaster and it was really too light on the Kraft card stock, so I drew over it with a white gel pen.

I tied the lavender ribbon around the patchwork part before adhering it to the Kraft stock. I was originally going to layer the patchwork directly on the Kraft card base but I felt it needed a bit of color, so I cut a piece of lavender card stock the same size as the card front and attached it to the base. Then I adhered the Kraft card stock on the lavender.  I wanted the play on the word patch so I stamped it  in the upper case of Sally’s ABCs on a small square of the same lavender card stock. I stamped the rest of the sentiment using a set of itsy-bitsy letter stamps by Hampton Arts – Studio G. I finished up with some faux stitching.

I hope you enjoyed this card – I really had fun making it. At this time, I don’t have anyone to give it to – hopefully it will stay in my stash for a long time! But it’s so cute, I might have to pick a fight so I have someone to send it to! 😉

My hope (as always) is that it will inspire you to create.



If you have any questions, you can leave a comment or send me an email through the contact tab above. Some things are just not easy follow without a visual (or is that just me??)!

Still on a birthday cloud!


I had such a great birthday yesterday! Since I’m still on a birthday high, I thought I’d post another birthday card.

I started with Kraft card stock  and decided I wanted the fold at the top. I love combining polka dots and stripes – so much fun! I used paper from the Brights and Basics pad (from Michael’s) in happy pinks. The stamps are from 2 different stamp sets: the cupcake is from Birthday Cupcakes from Inkadinkado and the candles are from Fifteen Candles by Stampendous. Love, love, love the candles – you can just keep adding them! I punched a circle from Kraft card stock with a 2″ circle punch and stamped the cupcake with Versamark ink and embossed with white embossing powder. I then punched circles with my 1″ circle punch from the different papers and positioned them behind the 2″ circle to form petals. I stamped the candles across the page with Versamark and embossed with white embossing powder. I colored the flames with a light touch of a yellow marker. I finished off by rounding the bottom corners, adding some faux stitching and used cotton candy Stickles as the icing on the cupcake!

Thanks so much for visiting and I hope it inspires you,


My first Challenge card!!

So many challenges – so little time!! I wanted to make a card for the Splitcoast Stampers CAS challenge  to use letters (my first challenge – yay me!!).  My first thought was letter blocks for babies…

I had the Sasparilla 8×8 paper pad from October Afternoon that I hadn’t played with yet and since it had a great piece with letter/number blocks, it was the winner.  I paper-pieced from that collection and accented with the word BABY with Thickers.  I love Thickers – they make adding a bold sentiment so easy. So often I find I want to say something and I don’t have a stamp with the appropriate sentiment (I am letter stamp challenged!  They never seem to go exactly where I’d like – but I keep trying!) Stick on letters (like Thickers) are perfect for these times, so I always keep some on hand. I really like the white ones because you can ink them to match your project if white doesn’t work.

I finished it off with some faux stitching with a white gel pen and a bow of bakers twine.

Thanks so much for looking and I hope it inspires you to create your own!