Double Play


This is my first time playing along with the CAS challenge at Splitcoast.  The challenge this week was to use the children’s bedroom sets at JC Penney’s for inspiration.  I chose this set of bedding.   I was part way through designing by ladybug card when I realised that I could play along with Sharon’s piping challenge at the same time.  Like Sharon my sewing background goes back further than my stamping background so I often see card designs the same way I see fabric and sewing projects.   Piping is a fiddly but classy touch on sewn items:  I did it on cushions and bed covers occasionally, but the main area where I used it was on the smocked dresses I made for my girls.

The little lady bugs on this card remind me of some of the ‘oh so cute” outfits my girls had when they were little.  I wish I had a photo of one to post but my pictures of them at that age were not digital.      When I searched through the choices on the JC Penney site, the bugs jumped out at me because of the colours and the chance to do a little doodling on the card.  The canvas background stamp was perfect to add a little gingham touch.

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Stamps: Garden Whimsy, Hugs & Wishes, Canvas, Itty Bitty Buds
Inks: Real Red, Basic Black, Garden Green and Black markers
Cardstock: Whisper White, Real Red, Basic Black

Rainbow Whimsy


This card started out as something of a limited supplies challenge.  I was babysitting the other night and took with me three stamp sets and about a dozen markers.  I didn’t have a plan in mind but decided to see what some rainbow colouring on the butterfly stamp would look like.  I didn’t even have a spray bottle to mist the colours together.  I was quite happy with the overall effect and the placement of the two butterflies one above the other.  I took them home to work on later.

When I was browsing blogs the next day I decided this week’s sketch on CPS would work for my butterflies.   I stamped the other critters and the flower from Garden Whimsy using the markers again.    The butterflies were surrounded with a lot of white space so I filled it with some doodled dashes mimicking those on the stamps.  The background paper is mostly covered but actually has a nice gradation from yellow and orange through to pink.

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Stamps: Garden Whimsy
Inks:  Rich Regals markers, Garden Green marker, Not quite Navy marker
Cardstock: Whisper White, Regal Rose, Not quite Navy, Rose Red, Elegant Eggplant, Ballet Blue, designer paper from a Michael’s slab
Also: Pink grosgrain ribbon

Simply White


Sharon’s Stamp Simply challenge this week is to use a white mat in your card.  I was surprised how hard it was.  I usually pick a colour from the stamped  image for my mats so I ended up stamping in versamark and embossing  a white image on designer paper  then matting each square in white.  Sharon’s design team made some beautiful cards, several using white on white which was lovely, but I couldn’t seem to get that to work for me today.

I gave my white base rectangle a little bit of texture with the Large Dots Texturz plate (which I just noticed you cannot see at all!) and added a strip of Sahara Sand behind my little square images.   I used the bug, butterfly and snail from Garden Whimsy and Delicate Dots d.p. as they were in keeping with my dotty theme.  The  ribbon is  narrow white satin from my ribbon basket.


Stamps: Garden Whimsy
Inks:  Versamark
Cardstock: Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Delicate Dots d.p.
Also: White e.p., white satin ribbon

Stampers Dream January Challenge

Stampers dream Jan challenge

I  haven’t tried a Stampers Dream challenge before but I was inspired by the sketch  when I saw it on Laurie’s blog.

All the paper is  Berry Bliss designer paper which I co-ordinated with a Pretty in Pink card and a Whisper White oval for the butterfly.  I started with a little faux stitching around the butterfly, then a little more around the rectangles and so on.  I have stamped a smaller butterfly inside the card and added a little stitching there as well.  I keep meaning to get out my sewing machine and try some real stitching, but the marker works so well…  The happy birthday is hand written and there is pink sponging around the butterfly.

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Stamps: Garden Whimsy
Inks: Close to Cocoa, Pretty in Pink
Cardstock:  Whisper white, Pretty in Pink, Berry Bliss designer paper
Also:  Pink gingham ribbon, Close to Cocoa Stampin marker, Creative Memories oval cutters

Butterfly basket

butterfly basket

Over the weekend I was preparing for a stamping party on Monday night. I scanned my display board and worked out which cards I should alter for demonstrating and which should be the make and take. After I had worked on three cards, and was not all that happy with any of them I realised they all had green as a featured colour! Different greens, but still too much green. So, I decided on a little basket, partly because it can be an egg basket and partly as my hostess has a delightful daughter who will probably like this. And then I went ahead and made it green?!

It uses the same pattern that I used before Christmas to make my candle boxes, I just cut the sides lower. The pink butterfly is stamped on three separate layers, two cardstock and one vellum.


Stamps: Garden Whimsy
Inks: Pixie Pink, Gable Green
Cardstock: Pixie Pink, Gable Green, Whisper White, Vellum
Also: Bold Brights Brads

Sponged butterflies


Another card from our card making challenge the other night. I like the soft effect of resist embossing, I used clear embossing powder on Vanilla cardstock and then sponged with Bashful Blue, More Mustard and Mellow Moss. You can’t tell but the gingham ribbon is layered over taffeta ribbon.


Stamps: Garden Whimsy, Whimsy jumbo roller
Inks: Mellow Moss, Versamark, Bashful Blue, More Mustard
Cardstock: Mellow Moss, Bashful Blue, Le Jardin Designer paper, Very Vanilla
Also: Moss gingham ribbon, Blue taffeta ribbon, Clear e.p, corner rounder

Cards by my girls


My older daughter has a simple classic style as you can see in the card above. The little butterfly is a single stamp I have had for years and have no idea where it comes from. She stamped the sentiment in the same colour as the cardstock along the bottom.


My younger daughter likes a bit of sparkle. Once again it was a bit hard to photograph but she embossed the butterfly from Garden Whimsy with iridescent ice and then sponged around it.

Butterfly Breeze


Here is another 3D butterfly card. This time there is a card stock layer then a cardstock and a vellum butterfly stuck on top with sticky strip. I’m not that keen on this colour scheme but I might modify it and make the card again.


Stamps: Garden Whimsy, Whimsy wheel
Inks: River Rock, Real Red
Cardstock: River Rock, Real Red, Vanilla, Soft Sky, Vellum
Also: Red gingham ribbon, red brads

Pink and whimsical


The polka dot paper from Petals & Paisley paper makes the perfect background for a sweet “girl” card. Both the wings of the butterfly and the beetle are stamped on vellum and then attached with sticky strip to give the 3D effect.


Stamps: Garden Whimsy
Inks: Old Olive, Rose Red, Pretty in Pink
Cardstock: Purely Pomegranate, Whisper white, Pretty in Pink, Petals & Paisley designer paper
Also: Vellum, Pink gingham ribbon

August Stampers’ Club


I decided to feature the designer paper at Stampers’ club this month with the new Garden Whimsy set. The butterfly is embossed with clear e.p. on White cardstock and then sponged with Pretty in Pink and So Saffron.

Stamps: Garden Whimsy
Inks: Pretty in Pink, So Saffron, Versamark
Cardstock: Old Olive, Pretty in Pink, So Saffron, Whisper White, Petals &Paisley D.P.
Also: Fresh Favourites Eyelets, Pink Gingham ribbon, clear embossing powder.


You can’t see it in this picture but the Not quite Navy cardstock is the new textured cardstock which is just like linen. I tried several times to add to this card but ended up wanting it  simple like this. The delicate design of the Queen Anne’s Lace is pretty enough on its own.


Stamps: Garden Silhouettes, Short and Sweet
Inks: Not Quite Navy
Cardstock: Not Quite Navy, Soft Sky, Confetti Cream