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Card Fail and Re-Do!

Card Fail and Re-Do!

It happens more than people think inside this stamp room of mine.


It’s the final moments of creating the card.  All is going beautifully well.  I’m just adding some finishing touches and BAM… RUINED. I mean RUINED.


There are many many cards that have almost hit the trash but somehow I have saved… until this card.  It was a complete disaster and for a challenge card no less.

Let me share….

First, today is Friday so that means it’s time for a TGIF challenge.  It’s a super fun sketch I think you will love.

Card Fail, TGIF Challenge, Stampin' Up!


I started this card using the Beautiful Ride stamp set.  I love this bug car and the other images that go with this set are amazing fun.


Beautiful Ride, TGIF Challenge, Stampin' Up!


Once I had everything watercolored and the entire card set in place and adhered down I thought it needed one more thing… a little splatter.  It’s like an obsession I have.  Kinda like my obsession with doily’s.  I also love me some splatter.  Until it’s out of control like this…

Beautiful Ride, TGIF Challenge, Stampin' Up!

Now my couple looks like they are part of a murder scene.  Who knew Watermelon Wonder ink could look like a bloody mess? I tried to save the card by re-doing the couple.  Nope.  The windows on the bug car were to far gone.  It didn’t look pretty at all.  Most of the time when this happens I have to walk away and gather my thoughts because I’m so mad at myself.  Not this card.  I laughed so hard I almost wet my pants.  This was FUNNY!!


So, I started from scratch.  A complete re-do!


Beautiful Ride, TGIF Challenge, Stampin' Up!

Much cleaner.  No more murder scene.  Just a lovely couple probably enjoying a cozy moment alone.


Beautiful Ride, TGIF Challenge, Stampin' Up!

Tips & Tricks

I used Watercolor Paper and Basic Black Archival Ink to watercolor the Bug and couple images.  One tip before you start watercoloring, heat set the images.   I stamp the images and then I take my heat tool over them to make sure they are good and dry.

The images are watercolored using an Aqua Painter and Inks.  I used Watermelon Wonder for the Bug Car.  You can see all the inks used in the supply list below.

When I first stamped the stars they were really bright using Daffodil Delight. When I was re-creating this card I changed the ink to So Saffron (had to bust out a duster on that ink pad!) Using that color was much softer. Then I added a Vellum overlay to create an even more softer look.


What do you think? Notice the re-created card has NO splatter.  I thought I would not risk it a second time.

Would love to hear from you!  Plus, don’t forget to play along in the challenge.  You can see what the other designers created HERE and play along.

Family News

I’m traveling to Atlanta as you are reading this.  Alexis has her first gym meet of the season.  It’s just the two of us traveling and I cherish these moments with her.  It’s a big weekend for her as she becomes an official teenager on Sunday.  My little peach is 13.  So many of you have watched this girl grow up.  Wanna see a blast from the past? Click on a few of these links below if you have the time.  It makes my heart skip a beat. Okay, actually I have cried looking back at these. Some are funny stories, some are tender moments. Thank you for letting me share my real world with  you along with my stamping.


Seattle Trip

Valentines Blitz

Simple Little Snowflakes

The Beauty of Iowa

A Few Techniques

A Day at the Beach

A True Stamper



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Let’s Have a TGIF Sketch Party!

Sketch Party! 

Let’s get your weekend started off to a good start with a TGIF sketch!


If your mojo is depleted or you just can’t seem to get in the creative spirit a sketch is like the ultimate super hero.  It’s comes to the rescue like no other.

TGIF, Challenges, Stampin' Up!

This weeks sketch is fantastic and you can go crazy with creative options.


Are you ready to hear what I mean?

TGIF Sketch Party, Stampin' Up!, Stampinbythesea

You’ve Got Options!

What makes a sketch great? Personally it means zilcho thinking involved as far as how it’s going to be created.  That piece of work is done for me. Now all I have to do is figure out what stamp set I want to use and colors.


When looking at a sketch think about turning the sketch.  You can create looking at it the orientation that it’s in -OR- turn it to the left or right and see the sketch differently.


TGIF Sketch Party, Stampin' Up!, Stampinbythesea

You can see, I was lazy.  Exactly why I love a sketch.  I didn’t have to turn it or move anything.

No overthinking here, just creating.

I immediately had an idea when I saw the sketch.  I thought wouldn’t it be cool if I could fit those Sleigh Ride Framelits inside the circles.

Wouldn’t you know, they fit.  That = success in my book.

Create It!

TGIF Sketch Party, Stampin' Up!, Stampinbythesea

I started this card by rolling two of the Sleigh Ride framelits with Whisper White cardstock.  I pieced them into the 1 1/4″ circles before cutting to the size I wanted.  This made it easier on me instead of cutting too soon and then having to re-roll the die cuts.


I used the Scallop framelit from the Cutie Pie framelit and die cut my Burlap ribbon.

*Tip:  To get a crisp cut every time roll the burlap through the Big Shot a couple of times.  It should then come out crisply cut and no strings. To attach the back of the card use the Green Tombow Multipurpose Glue.  I attached the Chevron ribbon the same way.  Gives it a better hold.

TGIF Sketch Party, Stampin' Up!, Stampinbythesea

My favorite part of this card is the Silent Night Music Paper from the Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper.  It brings the entire card together from the greeting, the quiet sleigh ride in the background and the music to Silent Night.

Your Turn to Create

Well a sketch party isn’t a party if it’s just me.  Won’t you join me today in a fun challenge using today’s sketch? Click HERE to see what the other designers of TGIF have created using the sketch.  Then play along and share what you have created.  WE LOVE seeing your work.

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Friday Sketch- TGIF Challenge

Friday Sketch- TGIF Challenge

Oh boy!  Get ready for a Friday Sketch!

I decided last week I did not have enough baby cards on hand so I used this sketch to create a neutral baby card.


TGIF, Challenges, Stampin' Up!

TGIF Challenge, Stampin' Up!

Sketch Challenge, TGIF, Stampin' Up!

I worked with the Go Wild DSP stack that has been sitting on my shelf collecting a bit of dust.  Hello!  What is WRONG with me.  This is the cutest paper stack.  So many cute designs and perfect for my giraffe.

Sketch Challenge, TGIF, Stampin' Up!

I used the Zoo Babies stamp set and the animals in this set are adorable.  I love how the giraffe coordinates with the paper and the circles on the giraffe coordinates with my Tangelo Twist Washi.  Win Win.

Sketch Challenge, TGIF, Stampin' Up!

Play Along!

Join us this week and play along with the TGIF design team.  See what the designers have created and be inspired.  Then play along with us and share your creativity.

Click HERE to see all the excitement.

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TGIF- It’s a Sketch!

TGIF- It’s a Sketch! 



TGIF, Challenges, Stampin' Up!

TGIFC16, Sketch Challenge

Oh boy!  It’s Friday and it’s time for a sketch!! Remember, we would love for YOU to take part in these challenges.  We have great designers and participants.  You will DEFINITELY be inspired.

This week I tried something a little different.

I decided to try my hands at the Starburst technique since I thought it was perfect-o for this sketch.  First, I love this sketch because I love love love the SUNSHINE.  Don’t you? Even though it still so dang hot here I love the heat.

TGIF16, Sunshine, I think You're Great stamp set


A couple things about this card when I was designing.  When I used the Gold Designer Vellum it was blending too much into the Whisper White cardstock.  To make this pop a little more I used a ruler and my Project Life Journaling Pens to create a straight line along side the edge of the vellum.  As you can see it wasn’t perfect but I’m totally okay with that.

The cloud with the “HI” inside it comes from the I Think You’re Great stamp set.  I think this set is perfect for anyone because who doesn’t like to be told they’re GREAT once in awhile?  I will definitely use for my kiddos.


I think You're Great stamp set, TGIFC16, Stampin' Up!


Okay! It’s YOUR turn.  I can’t wait to see how you interpret this sketch.  See what the other TGIF designers have created HERE.

Have a GREAT day and stamp something pretty!!



TGIF #11- Love for a Sketch!

TGIF #11- Love for a Sketch!

This weeks challenge is another FANTASTIC one.  I love this sketch this week!  

TGIFC11, Stampin' Up! Challenge, Sketch

Let’s get right to business…. 

TGIFC#11, Watercolor Wings, Stampin' Up!
I’m still making my way through the many new stamp sets I ordered.  I have a stack of beauties just waiting to be inked and this stamp set, Watercolor Wings was at the top of my list to play with.  It’s a 3 Step stamp.  That means you can layer three different stamps on top of each other for a beautiful 3-D effect.  (Dang… is effect or affect? I can never remember!)

As you can see in the photo, the butterfly has a three different ink colors used with each image.  I love it.  What’s more fun is the inside body (I wish my kids were up because they could tell me exactly what that body part is on a butterfly!) was inked separately and stamped.  Hold ON!  There is MORE excitement with this stamp set!!  There is a MATCHING die cut to make your stamping even more simple.  YES YES YES!!  

The Bold Butterfly Framelits are perfecto for this stamp set.  

TGIFC#11, Watercolor Wings, Stampin' Up!
I had fun creating the tag portion for this card.  In fact I had one of those moments where I kept adding and had to say HALT… just leave it.  

You may notice on the underside of the butterfly I have Burlap remnants that are twisted and sticking out.  I unraveled my Burlap ribbon a bit before adding the other ribbon to the top of it.  I noticed those Burlap remnants just “hanging” out and decided to put them to good use.  

I added a bit of Gold to this card because the colors of the butterfly reminded me of a Patina look.  I thought the Gold would really pop and I think it was a success.  It’s been awhile since I used my trusty favorite cardstock Kraft.  Back in the day… that was all I used.  Lately I’m on a Whisper White kick.  It was good to switch things up a bit.  

Are you up for a challenge? Play along this week with our design team and create a card using this sketch.  I love that these challenges kick start my creativity.  Guess what happens when I get that kick start? I end up creating something for the challenge and then I end up creating something else… and it repeats itself.  If you are stuck in a creative RUTT… give this a try.  It’s the perfect solution to kick start your creativity.  Click HERE to join in the fun challenge this week.  Make sure to see what the other designers have created.  They are AMAZING and our readers create BEAUTIFUL cards.  It’s so inspiring to see the work of others.  

You can see all the supplies used below.  

TGIFC#11, Watercolor Wings, Stampin' Up!