Sponged Circles

The Less is More challenge for this week is to use circles.  I had fun creating this card with plenty of circles sponged across it.  I started by randomly stamping and embossing a bunch of little flowers from SU’s Itty Bitty Buds set.  As they were embossed in clear they were not easily seen at this stage.  To reveal them I sponged green, purple, orange and pink circles over the top.  The fun part was watching parts of the flowers appear. The sponging was done through post-it notes masks made with circle punches.

As usual there is oodles of inspiration to be found on the Less is More blog.  Check it out.

Thank you to everyone who gave me suggestions for solving my black stamp pad dilemma.  I appreciate the time you took sharing the techniques and products which work for you.  I might experiment with a few new products.  I think the problem may have been that my stamp pad and my stamp were both a little concave as neither were new and both get quite a bit of use.


Stamps:  Itty Bitty Buds(SU), Best is Yet
Inks: Versamark, Passion Pink, Lovely Lilac, Only Orange, Old Olive
Cardstock: Flourishes Classic White
Also: Clear e.p.

OLW 62 Make it personal

Susan from Simplicity has designed a one layer challenge for this week which requires us to create a card with a personal touch.  Her card features a map of the USA with the states coloured in where she and her husband have lived; a very cool idea.   As it is my daughter’s birthday today and no, I did not have the card made ahead of time, I decided to make hers my challenge card.  Her favourite colour is yellow so I chose to feature yellow on her card.  For her I would usually match it with green but for a change I decided to throw some pink into the mix which, when blended, added a bit of orange.  I made the birthday greeting using a funky alphabet from Close to my Heart.  She also likes funky designs.

I masked the area first and stamped the letters in versamark before embossing in clear.  I then stamped the flowers randomly around the panel in yellow and pink.  I sponged in yellow and pink then added the rose red flowers and a bit more sponging.


Stamps:  Itty Bitty Buds(SU), Alphabet from Close to my Heart
Inks: Versamark, Summer Sun, Pretty in pink, Rose Red
Cardstock: Flourishes Classic White

Birthday girls


Above is the card my 15 year old daughter made for her 13 year sister on her birthday.

Below is the card my 13 year old made for her sister for her birthday.

Two very different cards.
Two very striking cards.
Two lovely and talented girls, but then I am biased!



Stamps:  Branch Out, Itty Bitty Buds, Simple Sayings 2
Inks: Basic Black, Bold Brights & Rich Regals markers, Summer Sun, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie
Cardstock: Whisper white, Basic Black, Pixie Pink, Summer Sun, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie

Andy Warhol inspired

The title should really read ” Andy Warhol and Lateblossom inspired!  A few days ago Susan at Simplicity by Lateblossom  issued a  challenge to search through our stamp collections and try making a Andy Warhol inspired card along the same lines as her two cards here and here.


I was pretty certain that the only images I had that would work were  flowers and snowflakes.  Susan had already made a striking snowflake card so I tried flowers and then realized I might have enough leaves to try again.  The flowers are stamped on Whisper White and the leaves on Confetti Cream.


Thanks for dropping in, hope you are having a great day.

Supplies (Flower Card):

Stamps: Itty Bitty Buds, Baroque Motifs, One of a Kind, Pocket Silhouettes, Season of Friendship
Inks:  Bravo Burgandy, Rose Red, Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Ruby Red
Cardstock: Whisper White

Supplies (Leaf Card):

Stamps: Itty Bitty Buds, With Gratitude, Lovely as a Tree, Pocket Silhouettes, Season of Friendship
Inks:  Ruby Red, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, Handsome Hunter, Garden Green
Cardstock: Confetti Cream

Simple indeed


I came across two very appealing blogs this week, featuring Clean and Simple, totally  classy cards:   Simplicity by Late Blossom and New England Stamper.  I didn’t have much time last night to stamp, but it had been a week since I’d even touched my stamps so they were calling to me.  CAS was the way to go.   I used the very clever ribbon technique described by Susan on this post and the stamps from the Itty Bitty Buds hostess set.


Stamps: Itty Bitty Buds, Best Yet
Inks:  Elegant Eggplant, Glorious Green
Cardstock: Elegant Eggplant, Glorious Green, Whisper White,  Confetti White
Also: Stampin’ dimensionals, Green grosgrain ribbon

Pink Posies


Just a quick post tonight with my take on CPS sketch 106.   I really like the simpicity of the sketch and may try it again with a square card.  I have used the flowers, flourishes and leaves from Itty Bitty Buds, some  stamped directly on the white base and some cut out and raised with stampin’ dimensionals.  The sentiment needed to have a little swirl to it so this one from Best Yet worked well.  I know I left  plenty of white space, but I like the clean look.

I hope to be back tomorrow to play in Sharon’s Stamp Simply challenge.


Stamps: Itty Bitty Buds, Best Yet
Inks:  Pink Passion, Green Galore
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pink Passion, Green Galore
Also: Stampin’ dimensionals

Add a doodle


I pulled out the black fneliner again to  doodle for the challenge at Our Creative Corner. This time I used a new set; the flowers from hostess set Itty Bitty Buds are perfect for  doodling stems and leaves.  Rather than add bling with rhinestones like I did here, I decided to add a colour on a few flowers.  I chose Cameo Coral, and just happened to find some matching satin ribbon in my ribbon box which I folded into tabs on one side of the oval sentiment.

The card is black so I needed a little more doodling inside on the white panel.



Stamps: Itty Bitty Buds, Hugs & Wishes
Inks: Basic Black, Cameo Coral
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Cameo Coral
Also: Pilot fineliner, Coral satin ribbon, Creative Memories oval cutters

Getting Sentimental


Flourishes is releasing three new stamp sets at the end of this week and to celebrate they have posted a challenge where the sentiment is to be the main event on the card.  My first Flourishes set is enroute as I write this, a birthday present from my daughter.

As I have some new texturz embossing plates from SU I thought I would use the Flourish plate to provide the background for my sentiment.  I put it through the cuttlebug and then wiped the Bashful Blue stamp pad back and forth across it to highlight the swirls.  I had to try a couple of times before I found the right “sandwich” but it worked with “A” plate, silicone rubber, cardstock, texturz plate, cardstock+paper(as shim) and finally Texturz impressions pad.   I split my background piece in two and then put lace and ribbon either side of the white strip, then added a bow.  I decided to triple matte the sentiment and add one little flower and sparkle using stamps from the hostess set Itty Bitty Buds.

Thanks so much for dropping in and for leaving such encouraging comments.


Inks: Bashful Blue
Cardstock: Whisper White, Bashful Blue
Stamps:  Itty Bitty Buds, All Year Cheer
Also:  Rhinestone, Flourish Texturz plate, Bashful Blue taffeta ribbon, cotton lace from my lace basket