Category Archives: Sketch Challenges

It’s here! It’s here!

My new blog is up and running! Please stop over to visit me at — you’ll find my entry for today’s Mojo Monday sketch challenge and much more!

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Mojo Monday 253: An Everyday Card Idea

What a fun sketch for today’s Mojo Monday card challenge! I pulled out my Birds of a Feather designer series paper, Pursuit of Happiness stamp set, and a few accessories to put together this card idea for you. Here are some pictures for you…




The ribbon is the 1/8″ taffeta in Marina Mist (119257), the button is tied on with Baker’s Twine in Early Espresso and Whisper White (123124), the button is from the Bright Designer Buttons collection (119747) and I used my Stampin’ Write markers in Night of Navy and Lucky Limeade to color the stamped image. This quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson is perfect for a summer day…or any day really.

Next Monday I will be launching my new blog and I am excited to introduce it to you soon!



Birds of a Feather Thank You Card Idea

In honor of the release of mds2 (that is short for My Digital Studio 2), I decided to digitally design my entry in the latest Pals Paper Arts color challenge. I love the colors that the Pals chose — summer starfruit, marina mist, and real red. What fabulous summer choices!

To create the card I used the My Digital Studio, a sheet of whisper white card stock (100730), my Simply Scored Scoring Tool (122334), the Birds of a Feather Collection DVD (127216) which contains all the fun bird images you will see on the card as well as the printed Designer Series Paper on the front of the card and the sentiment on the inside. Oh, and of course my printer and paper trimmer!

Take a look at my finished card and a few detail photos that show the card in the process of being scored…






Do you love the fact that this is a tri-fold card? It is a fabulous alternative to the standard 4.25″ x5.5″ card. Each panel of the card measures 3.5″ x 5″ and in total it measures 5″ x 10.5…but really it is confession time…I goofed when cutting the card and accidentally trimmed it to be 10″ rather than 10.5. Of course all I need to do is re-print the card and cut to the proper dimensions and I can easily use this same card again and again.

If you’ve read my post from yesterday, you’ll know that there is currently a sale on professionally printed cards (and other digitally designed projects) during the month of August. So that I could get this card ready to show you I had to print it at home. Also, as a I mentioned at the beginning, this week is the release of mds2. You can try it out for free by visiting my demonstrator website — if you have yet to try out digital designing, consider giving it a try!

Thanks to the Pals Paper Arts team for inspiring me with this fun summer color combination!



Mojo Monday 252: Cupcake Builder Birthday Card

The last Monday of the month is always fun with the Mojo Monday sketch challenge. This is the week each month that we are challenged to create either a round or square card (or both!)…always fun to make a different sized card than the usual 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ rectangular one.

Our ink cartridges have been refilled (not a drop of ink left was left in any of them) and I can show you both the sketch with my measurements and the card I created. Here you go…




Today I dared to be a little risky and pull out my Whisper White Craft ink…I say risky since I used it for the sentiment after adhering everything to the card. And a little risky also since the “happy birthday” greeting that I choose is so small (the set is called Teeny Tiny Wishes so no surprise that it is petite) rather than a large bold image which I often prefer when using my craft ink. Because craft ink is wetter than the classic ink, you do have to be careful and make sure it dries toughly before touch it so that you do not put a nice smudge on your creation.

This card could certainly be given to either a male or a female recipient…sometimes it seems a little harder to find masculine card samples. If you ask me, this one definitely works.



Ingredient list: card stock in lucky limeade (122926), island indigo (122923), night of navy (100867), old olive (100702), rich razzleberry (115316), naturals white (102316) and soft suede (115318); summer smooches designer series paper (125409); cupcake builder punch (121807), teeny tiny wishes stamp set (115370 wood / 127802 clear), and whisper white craft pad (101731).

Mojo Monday 251: a shower, wedding or anniversary card idea

This year is one of those years where we have weddings and showers to attend. When I saw today’s Mojo Monday sketch challenge, I decided to use it to create a card that could be used for a wedding, a bridal shower, or to send anniversary wishes to friends or family. I love the simplicity of this week’s sketch. Take a peek at the sketch and what it inspired me to create…






A few items to note:
* My printer is on strike until it is “fed” more ink so I could not print out the sketch photo and write in the dimensions. The card stock on the left side measures 2″ by 3-3/4″ and the pieces on the right are 1-3/4″ by 2-3/4″
* As you can see in a couple of the photos, I elected to use Stampin’ Dimensionals for both the butterflies and the base that they sit on…this simply adds a little more interest to the card.
* My last step was to stamp the image (yes, after adhering all the card stock)…however, that became the second to last step. The “t” in together was too faint and so I used one of my markers to draw it in. Truly one of things that I love most about Stampin’ Up! is that the products work with one another such that the ink and marker colors are the same.



Products used: happy you hostess stamp set (122800 wood/ 122802 clear), beautiful butterflies Bigz die (114507), stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), stampin’ write markers 2011-2013 in colors (123002), and the following card stock: island indigo (122923), lucky limeade (122926), pool party (122924), wisteria wonder (122922), naturals white (102316).

Mojo Monday 248: a floral thank you card

Hope you’ve had a great week! I have missed you…life was a little hectic and I did not make it to my stamping space. But I am back!

This week I am starting off with a card I made for the Mojo Monday sketch challenge. Take a peek at what I created…




Do you notice the edge of the smaller butterfly? I choose to carefully outline it with Gumball Green to help make it “pop” given that it was being layered over the larger butterfly in the same shade (daffodil delight). In additional I used stampin’ Dimensionals for the smaller butterfly for the very same reason.



Mojo Monday 247: sweet treats card

Hope everyone is having a fabulous week! While I made my Mojo Monday entry yesterday, I am just now getting it posted for you to see. This week is a fun square card and I have been an
E to use some of my InColors stampin write markers for coloring in the gum balls on my stamped image. Hmmm…gum ball green is one of this year’s in colors. While I did not intentionally choose to use it for this reason, a perfect choice! Here are some photos to inspire you!






A couple quick notes for you…
Did you notice that I showed essentially two finished card ideas? I originally was going to use just the midnight blue on the right side but I felt it needed a little something else so I added on the summer star fruit.
My covered edges are not perfect…notice the difference between the top and bottom corners…however, the true beauty of handmade is that everything need not be entirely precise to yield fabulous results.
To add some real dimension, I used stampin dimensionals for both layers of the circle…hopefully you can see that in the last photo.
Have a fabulous day!