#Elfie for ctd572

#Elfie is Absolutely Adorable!

I just love all three of the elves in the #Elfie stamp set. Color Throwdown 572 consists of aqua, green, gold, and white. I’ve wanted to do a non-traidtional Christmas color elf card, and this challenge seemed perfect for just that.

Here’s the challenge banner:

Here’s my card:

Meeting the Color Throwdown Challenge

In order to meet the ctd challenge, I used Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Shaded Spruce, Whisper White, and Delicata Golden Glitz.

Shaded Spruce provided the color for the base and the present. After stamping the present on a scrap piece of Shaded Spruce DSP, I fussy cut it out. I also stamped a bow in Coastal Cabana, then fussy cut that as well. The result is a fun wrapping on the present for a pop of color.

I used Pool Party blends combo for the elf’s outfit and part of the ornament. Then I used the Shaded Spruce and Bermuda Bay blends combo for the rest of the ornament. I finished it off with a touch of gold provided by the gold Wink of Stella.

While coloring the elf, I found myself wishing I had gotten the puff paint from the holiday catalog so I could give the trim on the elf’s outfit some dimension. I wound up using the Fine Tip Glue Pen and then covered each piece of trim with some Dazzling Diamonds. Even though I’d already used the gold Wink of Stella on the bell on the top of the elf’s hat, I added Dazzling Diamonds there as well.

More Than Coloring

I knew I couldn’t just put the elf panel on plain Coastal Cabana cardstock. Therefore, I ran the cardstock through my Big Shot using the Brick and Mortar 3D embossing folder. Snowflakes seemed to be a must embellishment, so I grabbed the three from the Seasonal Layer Dies. I already had the Whisper White circle cropped, and the sentiment from #Elfie fit perfectly.

Using gold is part of the challenge, but I didn’t want to use some of the gold foil. I finally decided to outline the elf panel and sentiment circle using the Delicata Golden Glitz ink. Just those small touches of gold really pop off the card.

Short and sweet tonight. I must grade……. I must grade…….

As always,

Thanks so much for checking out my blog and card.

Have a Peachy Day!


Sunday Stamps 218 Meets #GDP217

Daisy Lane Bundle

Sometimes a card just comes together in a flash. This card did just that. Global Design Project # 217’s color challenge for this week consists of Flirty Flamingo, Mossy Meadow, and Crumb Cake. I had no idea what I could or would create. Then, I checked the Sunday Stamps challenge, and it all came together quickly.

Here’s my card:

Here are the challenge banners:

Sunday Stamps 218

Once I saw the circles on the sketch, I knew exactly what I was going to use to meet the sketch requirement. Daisies. Three daisies. Three Flirty Flamingo daisies.

I used the Stamparatus to stamp the daisies in Flirty Flamingo on the matching cardstock. The Stamparatus makes it so completely easy to stamp layers of ink perfectly aligned. Since I wanted something different, I grabbed the Flirty Flamingo DSP from the Brights 6 x 6 DSP and again used my Stamparatus. Then, all I had to do was use the large and small daisy punches to crop the flower parts. There’s one dimensional between the two layers of each of the daisies.

For the base, I layered Mossy Meadow on the bottom and Crumb Cake in the middle. The top layer had to be Whisper White in order for the daisies to pop.

In order to get the Mossy Meadow ferns, from the Daisy Lane stamp set, in the right places on the white, I needed to dry fit the flowers. Then it was a matter of figuring out where I wanted the ferns, stamp, dry fit again, and repeat.

Finishing Up

I stamped the sentiment in Mossy Meadow on Whisper White. Then, I used the Rectangle Stitched dies to crop both the sentiment and the mat under it. The only two places I used the Crumb Cake are the middle base layer and the sentiment mat layer. However, I met the challenge.

After taking pictures for this post, I decided I needed some bling. Therefore, I added a small and large clear faceted gem to the center of two of the daisies. I feel like I should add another gem, but can figure out where to put it, so I guess I am done.

I stamped the small full daisy on the front of the envelope. Another DSP print, and the script is my favorite pattern, for the envelope flap.

As always,

Thank you so very much for stopping by my blog today. I appreciate your the time you take to read, and comment, on my cards.

Have a Peachy Day!


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Supplies Used

Daisy Lane stamp set, item # 149325

Daisy punch, item # 143713

Medium Daisy punch, item # 149517

Brights 6′ x 6″ DSP, item # 149613

Flirty Flamingo cardstock, item # 141416

Crumb Cake cardstock, item # 120953

Mossy Meadow cardstock, item # 133676

(OR Neutrals cardstock pack, item # 146977

Whisper White cardstock, 100730

Flirty Flamingo stamp pad, item # 147052

Mossy Meadow stamp pad, item # 147111

Stitched Rectangles die set, item # 148551

Dimensionals, item # 104430

Mini-dimensionals, item # 144108

Tombow liquid adhesive (my fav!), item # 110755

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October’s SPOOKY InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Welcome to Spooky!

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s October Blog Hop! This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by a single word – and this month our projects are centered around SPOOKY. With Halloween just around the corner, we are excited to share our spooky, fun projects with our neighbors, coworkers and family – and we’re excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

But First……Color Throwdown #564 Quickly

One of the challenges I really enjoy is the Color Throwdown challenge.  It’s even better when I can pair it with a sketch challenge, in this case the Fusion card challenge.  Last night I was over the top honored, floored, bewildered, surprised, and awestruck that my card was chosen for this week’s Color Throwdown featured stamper.  What?!?!?  I earned a place as the guest stamper on the October 23 challenge, and I am so honored.  You can see that card here


I have to admit I didn’t think I would be able to create a card worthy of this blog hop since I didn’t purchase anything specifically for Halloween.  Therefore, I had to get very creative with what I already had in my possession.  

I’ve used the pumpkin from Harvest Hellos quite a lot for Thanksgiving cards.  At least I had a pumpkin, and a Jack-o-Lantern face from that set.  While looking for a sentiment, I came across my Everything Festive stamp set.  

Here’s my card:


A Spooky Card was Born

I gathered the cardstock and DSP colors I thought I would use and got busy….. having so much fun!  The bottom base is Basic Black cardstock, with a layer of the Gorgeous Grape gingham from the Brights DSP pack.  SincemI knew this card really wanted to be a collage, I knew I needed to leave some open space.    When I started putting pieces together, I decided to use a Stamping Write Basic Black marker to color just the bats from the sentiment.  This card really needed something subtle, so I stamped the two bats four or five times before recoloring the stamp.  I didn’t want a pattern for the bats, so all my stamping needed to remain random.  

The Stamparatus really saved me when I stamped the sentiment.  With that stamping done, I cropped both the Whisper White and Gorgeous Grape using the ovals from the Stitched Shapes die set. I also used it for the Jack-o-Lantern face on my colored pumpkin and I am so happy I did that.  Because of the coloring with the light and dark Pumpkin Pie blends, I really needed a dark face so it would pop.  Using the Stamparatus allowed me to have the face as dark as I wanted and still be perfectly lined up.  

The punch from the Harvest Hellos bundle saved me from fussy cutting.  I used the Shaded Spruce DSP for the stem and leaf, then outlined each with the black marker.

Let the (Messy) Fun Begin!

When I started dry-fitting all my pieces together, I just knew something was missing.  I stamped and cropped two of the pumpkin sets from the Gather Together bundle and placed them behind my cute as a button focal pumpkin.  I still wasn’t satisfied, and thought about adding a black mat.  This did get me closer to a spooky look, but plain black cardstock didn’t seem right.

Therefore, I used the splatter stamp from Gather Together and some of the silver ink and splattered the whole piece of cardstock.  It still didn’t  it look cute and spooky, so I went another step further.  

Wink of Stella added the sparkle I really wanted. I made sure the brush end had a full load of the glitter ink, and started tapping away to create a really sparkly black base without having to use glitter (which is not really allowed in my blue/craft room).  I continued to load the brush and tap/splatter until I had an abundance of sparkle on the black.  LOVE!  

I really though I moved all of the other card elements out of the way before I started splattering.  However, the stray splatters of Wink of Stella all over the other pieces indicated I did not succeed in moving them out of the splatter zone.

Finishing Touches

Once again, I dry-fit all of my pieces,and tied a square knot in the ribbon,  then popped up the pumpkin and the sentiment using dimensionals.  After I adhered all the pieces down, I decided another little touch needed to be added.  I grabbed my dark Basic Black blend and colored three of the smallest epoxy droplets, waited for them to dy, and placed them within the collage so they made sense.

I created a coordinating envelope using a piece of the Gorgeous Grape DSP on the flap and stamped pumkins and bat on the front.  With that, I’d completed my spooky card without anything specifically purchased for Halloween.  Yeah!

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Linda Krueger at the Stamp Coach. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

Have a Peachy day!


  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  3. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink
  4. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  5. Kelly Kent at My Papercraft Journey
  6. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  7. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  8. Sheryl Abernathy at Elegant Sentiments
  9. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  10. Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach