Queen of the sponge takes it to the edge!

Ardyth left a comment on my last post which made me laugh  and prompted the title to this post!

You are the Queen of the Sponge. And I mean that better than it sounds! LOL

After a comment like that it seemed appropriate to post my latest card, a one-layer covered entirely in sponging.  This is one of those cards that evolved.  I certainly didn’t set out to sponged the entire card front.  As I sponged and moved the mask to randomly place more sponging I kept wanting to increase the amount of colour until I had covered the whole card.

The inspiration for this card came from my daughter’s violin teacher.  She was wearing a top the other day with these colours and flowers printed in a batik style.  I stamped the flowers in versamark and mustard so I could emboss them in clear.  I then began to sponge in turquoise, garden green, brilliant blue and mustard.  I moved a post-it note around to create criss cross patterns of colour which, now that it is finished, remind me of light coming through stain glass windows.

As this card was quite experimental I am going to play with the technique a little more when I get the chance and see how other colour combinations work.  Thanks for stopping by today and thanks for the kind comments you have left me, they are so encouraging.


Stamps: Upsy Daisy, One of a Kind
Inks: Versamark, More Mustard,  Tempting Turquoise, Brilliant Blue, Garden Green
Cardstock: Flourishes Classic White

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

Black, white and teal


This card is a bit of a departure from the soft spring designs I have been creating lately.  I wanted to use the beautiful digital paper designed by Jak Heath, and decided not to reach for red as an accent colour but teal, a colour I rarely pull out.  The layout is a sketch by Kurt on StampTV.

I embossed the  flowers on the black cardstock with white e.p and stamped the other flowers with black or teal, colouring one in with a teal marker and adding a rhinestone to the other.  Not my usual style, but it is fun to try something a little different from time to time.


Stamps: Boho backgrounds, One of a Kind
Inks: Basic Black, Taken with Teal, Versamark
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Taken with Teal, Damask d.p.(from Jak Heath)
Also: Rhinesones, Boho Blossoms punch, stampin’ dimensionals

Black Ink only


It’s challenge #75 with Sharon at No Time To Stamp again and I had a ball with this one.  The challenge was to use black ink only, no pencils, markers, chalks or coloured inks,  just BLACK!

I have been doing some doodling related art lessons with my children lately so I thought I would do some doodling on my card.  I used the flower stamps from Baroque Motifs and One of a Kind to create a row of flowers, then drew all my stems and leaves with a fineliner.  I gave a few of the flowers  rhinestone centres as well as adding a  matted greeting.  I punched out a red flower and a stamped black flower and layered them with stampin’ dimensionals  to add to the greeting. To make the red lace at the bottom I used decorative edged scissors and a tiny whole punch.

I had a great  time doodling and decorating this card,  I think I will try a few more along the same theme.  Make sure you check out all the design  team’s ideas for this one.

Dee, Tammy, Janine, AJ, Jennifer, Becky, Julie and Sharon


Stamps: Baroque Motifs, One of a Kind
Inks: Basic Black
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red
Also: Fiskars Seagull edge scissors, Rhinesones, Pilot fineliner, Making Memories hole punch from tool kit, Boho Blossoms punch, stampin’ dimensionals

A Sweet Little Thankyou


I posted a drawing set decorated by my younger daughter a few days ago.  Today I have a little gift bag made by my older daughter.  She didn’t make it with anyone in mind, but just thought it would be good to have in reserve.  I think she did a beautiful job and it is just the size for a few chocolates or cookies or perhaps  some pretty  soap.  The dimensions are 4½” high, 4″ across and 2″ wide.  She made the bag out of Berry Bliss Designer Paper and used Whisper white, Pretty in Pink and Close to Cocoa for the “Many Thanks” panel.


Stamps: One of a Kind, All Year Cheer
Inks: Pretty In Pink,  Close to Cocoa
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pretty In Pink,  Close to Cocoa
Also: Taupe grosgrain ribbon

More Celery


This designer paper is my daughter’s favourite out of all my stash.  It is not surprising really as it always looks crisp and fresh with very little needed in the stamping department.  For the card above I decided to try the CPS sketch#7 again.  Once I find a sketch I like I tend to use it over and over.  The stamped images are from Pocket Silhouettes and the sentiment is from One of a Kind.


Here is another one I did using d.p. as the feature.  I stamped and embossed the flower from One of a Kind on three different pieces of Celery d.p. and cut them out.  They are stuck on with Stampin’ dimensionals to raise them above the layers of cardstock, dp and ribbon.

I’m hoping to get to some stamping later tonight, but we have a skating party here tonight for my daughter’s Sunday school class and the rink we plan to skate on is covered in snow!


Stamps:  Pocket Silhouettes, Upsy Daisy, One of a Kind
Inks: Versamark, Certainly Celery
Cardstock: Whisper white, Certainly Celery, Certainly Celery Designer papers
Also:  White e.p. , White grosgrain ribbon, circle punch, circle nestabilities(Spellbinders)

Lace and panels

lace and panels

This is another card I made for Sharon’s Stamp Simply Challenge #35, where we had to use three panels. Like the last one I stamped my design as one panel and then cut it into three once all the colour had been added. I started by embossing on Vanilla cardstock with clear embossing powder and then sponged over the embossing. This time I split the panels a little further apart and matted each one separately. At this stage it was looking a little like tie dye so I decided to continue the shabby chic type of feel and add scallops and lace. When I was digging through my lace basket I realised there are some nice pieces in there which might also make their way onto cards.

I cut the scallops along the bottom using my corner rounder punch with the guide removed and sponged the edge. Inside the card I also sponged all around the edges leaving the centre blank to write in.

Stamps: One of a Kind
Inks: Rose Red, Always Artichoke, Bashful Blue
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke
Also: Clear embossing powder, lace

Only Berry Bliss

berry bliss

For the Ways To Use It Challenge at Splitcoast today the requirement was to use only patterned paper to make the card design. Cardstock was permitted only for the card base. My card is made from papers in the Berry Bliss designer paper pack and the matching flower stamps from the One of a Kind set. I punched out flowers from the designer paper with the co-ordinating punch.


Stamps: One of a Kind
Cardstock: Berry Bliss designer paper, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Close to Cocoa
Also: Boho Blossoms punch

Simple flap challenge

flap card

For this challenge from Sharon at No Time to Stamp I wanted the aged look of an old cupboard door. I’m not sure that many cupboard doors start out Apricot coloured but I like the effect of the distressed embossing. This is my second finished cuttlebug project and I’m having fun with it.

To create the flap I embossed two flower images and then rubbed the choc chip and the pumpkin pie stamp pads directly over the embossing before sponging on some Encore gold ink. I sponged all the other layers with a choc chip and/or pumpkin pie ink. Under the flap I created an unsponged area by sponging over a rectangle of cardstock.
open flap card

side flap card


Stamps: One of a Kind
Inks: Chocolate chip, Pumpkin pie, Encore Gold
Cardstock: Chocolate chip, Pumpkin pie, Apricot Appeal, Confetti cream
Also: Gold eyelets, Fancy Corners embossing folder

Boho Frames

boho frames

Beate’s current weekend sketch features six rectangles, this is my take on it. One of the rectangles became a little blue flower in my version, I didn’t want to cover any of that intricate circle in the middle. It was only when I finished that I realised in the three weekend sketch challenges I have participated in so far I have used the same set. It wasn’t intentional, I will force myself to reach for something else next week.


Stamps: Boho Backgrounds, One of a Kind
Inks: Black, Bashful Blue
Cardstock: Whisper White, Black, Bashful Blue
Also: Boho Blossoms punch, black eyelet