Sunday, July 17, 2016

A Bit of “Repitition”– LESS IS MORE 285


I decided to try my hand at this “Less is More” Challenge #285 -


First I stamped these sweet florals into postion using a Tricia Santry Studio stamp (Fiskars) and Versafine ink then embossed the lot.  Next I decided to create a simple stencil for the circles using my Silhouette Cameo.  Now I used Tim Holtz (mini) distress inks in three pretty shades to color the circles in. My final touch was to add the ‘grateful’ stamp by Stampin’ Up.

And I’m not quite sure but I may add a few sequins in the middle of each if the temptation strikes me later on.

I hope you were inspired here today!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

FREE Corny download for Silhoutte Cutting File


Ah I was just playing around with some reflective yellow vinyl the other day and thought it might make a sweet card  when the sentiment jumped right out at me too. I don’t have an actual stamp that says corn-grats, but I have several sets of individual letter stamps that I pieced together to make the wording the way I wanted it.


I decided it would be fun to whip up a cut file right there on the spot and so this I did.  In my original cut file, unfortunately, I crossed the twisted leaf lines over and it created that leaf in two peices so I’ve since gone in and corrected it.  I bumped the corn out using foam tape.  You can’t see in the bottom photo (took it using my ipad so the quality is just not there) but I used something small but blunt to “carve in” some kernels in a pattern.  You could easily use nice cardstock for your project! 

I hope you enjoy! 


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Friday, July 15, 2016

My version of MFT Sketch Challenge 289

It’s a blowy day outside, and cool – the perfect kind of day to snuggle in and craft but not so good for taking pics of my cards out of doors for they tend to want to do the paper airplane thing.  Do YOU prefer to use natural light to take your photos or do you use a lightbox or window?  I’d love to know.

MFT Wednesday 289 Barb Derksen

My card is based on this sketch from My Favorite Things Challenge #289

Love the clean-ness (you know when you spell a word one way and it just doesn’t look right?  I tend to make up my own spellings then) of this layout – great sketch MFT!


I let the paper do all the work on this one! 

I used two different neutral shades of textured cardstock from American Traditional designs and ran it through a We R Memory Keepers embossing folder for the wonderful crinkle effect.  Don’t you just  ♥ the height and texture this embossing folder creates? 

I sliced and diced and layered up and fixed it all to the cardbase.  I added some punched stars, placing teeny tiny gems in the centers.  The final touch is this sentiment from MFT – I tend to use this stamp set over and over and OVER!  (to the neglect of many other sets I’m afraid!)

I hope you’re creating up a storm today too – thanks for taking time to stop in.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

My card for Freshly Made 245


On the last day of my sister’s visit we whipped up a froth of cards – they just kept coming on.  This was my second take on Freshly Made Sketches 245 challenge (the first I just was not happy with).  Based on this sketch:


I didn’t use much in the way of stamping for this card other than the sentiment from Your Next Stamp.  The paper is K & Company while the chipboard is Bo Bunny.  All I really had to add was a twist of twine and highlights with Wink of Stella.

Sometimes simple is best!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

My take on Mojo Monday #456


Howdy and hope you’re enjoying summer!  I’ve got my sister Nina visiting and we are whipping up a couple of challenge cards while we get the chance and in between some serious snacking and just catching up.

This card is my take on Mojo Monday #456 Challenge – going off the following sketch:

I used a nice slice of Crate Paper for the base, layering it up with a few circle cuts. The top circle is a brown/green shade cardstock which I embossed in leaves using Close to my Heart Romantic Backgrounds with a copper embossing powder. I punched a few dots out fo paper and used the same embossing on them to coordinate.  Lastly I created a tag and stamped it with a My Favorite Things sentiment. 

Stay tuned as I’m hoping to post a few more cards in the coming days!

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