Create Your Own Background with MMM #209

Welcome to the Make My Monday challenge # 209. Our host for this challenge, Johanna, chose create your own background for the theme. When you finish here, please visit the challenge site to see the projects created by the rest of the design team. Our hope is that you will be inspired to play along and upload your project to the gallery. We can’t wait to see what you create!

I chose to create a Christmas card. Here’s my monochromatic project:

While the card is mainly Boho Blue, with touches of white, there is some sparkle thanks to Wink of Stella.


  • The Boho Blue base measures 11 by 4-1/4 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches.
  • After I embossed another piece of Boho Blue cardstock using the Christmas Tidings embossing folder, I trimmed it to 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches.
  • The white cardstock for the inside measures 4 by 5-1/4 inches.
  • I used scrap white cardstock for the sentiment.
  • Finally, I trimmed a piece of Boho Blue 6 x 6 inch DSP to 6 by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap. I also punched a 1-inch circle for the envelope seal and then ran it through my XYRON create-a-sticker.
  • That’s it for the measurements.

What I Did:

  • After trimming the embossed Boho Blue cardstock, I outlined it using Wink of Stella.
  • Then, I very lightly swiped the Wink of Stella brush over the embossed cardstock. I held the brush parallel to the cardstock so that the swipes would be very light.
  • Even doing light swipes, I thought that there was too much shine. Therefore, I used Boho Blue ink and a blending brush to add ink over the shiny Wink of Stella. This also made the embossed piece pop off the Boho Blue base.
  • Since I didn’t have any Boho Blue twine, I took a length of jute and pulled the strands apart.
  • Then, I wrapped the twine around the embossed cardstock, and added some Elegant Essentials silver thread to the square knot.
  • I used a sentiment from the _____ set, and stamped it in Boho Blue ink.
  • I cropped the sentiment using one of the Nested Essentials dies, which can be found in the September – December mini-catalog.
  • Next, I added dimensionals to the back of the sentiment panel so it would straddle the jute.
  • Using three In Color Boho Blue enamel dots on the sentiment panel, I was able to hide a couple of small smudges of ink.
  • I also added dimensionals to the back of the embossed cardstock to allow for the width of the jute.
  • After stamping the inside sentiment in Boho Blue, I adhered it to base using multipurpose liquid glue.
  • With that, I’d finished this coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal set.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Have a Peachy Day!


Colors Used:

Supplies Used:

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#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!


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

A Celebration for FMS, combined with Just Add Ink

Freshly Made Sketches Turns 400!

FMS has a month-long celebration planned, and this week’s sketch is from FMS#1.  The original sketch remains classic.  I’ve combined the two challenges, mixing the old classic with new colors.

Here are the banners for both FMS and Just Add Ink:


Here’s my card:

Pretty Peacock, Terracotta Tile, and Grapefruit Grove, Oh My!

The bold, new In Colors of Pretty Peacock and Terracotta Tile are balanced with the subtle Grapefruit Grove.  I chose to use two of the In Color DSP patterns.  Imagine my happiness when I noticed that the Terracotta Tile square could easily be lined up on a perfect diagonal from the Pretty Peacock pattern.

After putting those two DSP pieces down, I tried to figure out what shape I wanted to add.  Basically, this card came together very quickly and easily, especially when I decided to use the large and medium daisy stamps and punches from the Daisy Lane cling stamp set.  I used Grapefruit Grove for all three pieces of the daisy, and stamped two with Terracotta Tile and one with the Grapefruit Grove, which I then punched out.  For the required horizontal component, I layered Polka Dot tulle ribbon and the end of the SAB Grapefruit Grove ribbon tied in a square knot.  A little tip for layering ribbon:  I used tear and tape on the ribbon on the underside of the card before I tried tying it.

Adding Height and Interest

Dimensionals add dimension to the top two parts of the daisy.   I just glued the bottom layer to the front of the card. After adhering the daisy, I really thought I needed to add something to it without adding any more height.   Therefore,  I added a couple of layers of clear Wink of Stella to the center of the daisy.  As I colored, I thought I would also add dimension to the middle layer, especially since I stamped Grapefruit Grove on itself.  It would have been much easier to outline each petal with the Wink of Stella before putting all the layers together.  However,  the clear bling on the petals really created a more detailed middle layer.  

Here’s a close-up of the daisy with the Wink of Stella:

I added Pretty Peacock punched sprigs under the flower, and three Grapefruit Grove enamel dots from the Happiness Blooms enamel dots.  The sentiment comes from the same stamp set, as does the inside sentiment, which I also stamped in Pretty Peacock.  I stamped the inside sentiment over a two layer large daisy.  The first stamping was full strength and without reinking, I stamped the second set of petals. 

Here’s the inside of the card:

With that,I’d finished the card.  After glueing In Color DSP on the envelope flap, I stamped the smaller daisy on the front of it.  Now, I’ve finished all the parts of this card/envelope set.

Thank you for stopping by today to check out Daisy Lane for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches and Just Add Ink challenges.  

Happy a Peachy day!


Supply List:

Daisy Lane cling stamp set, item # 149325

In Color DSP 2019 – 2021, item # 149617

Pretty Peacock ink pad, item #150083

Pretty Peacock cardstock, item # 150880

Grapefruit Grove cardstock, item # 146972

Terracotta Tile ink pad, item # 150086

Daisy punches,  item # 143713, medium daisy, item # 149517

Wink of Stella, item # 141897

Dimensionals, items #104430

TomBow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, item # 110755

Polka Dot Tulle ribbon, item # 146912

Happiness Blooms Enamel Dots, item # 148805

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

You Know You Want to …….

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GDP#199 combined with CTD#533

Crafting Forever for Global Design Project #199 and Color Throwdown #533

Global Design Project’s theme this week is For the Love of Craft, which means I wanted to use the Crafting Forever stamp set.  Then I saw the colors for Color Throwdown, pink, yellow, and orange, and I knew I could combine both challenges.

Here are the challenge banners:


Here’s the card I created:

I used Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, and Grapefruit Grove for the required colors.  First, I stamped and colored the flower pot of art tools.  The actual pot looked so bland, so I started pulling out DSP looking for something to match the colors I chose.  That’s when I decided on a gingham pot.  All I needed to do was to stamp the pot on a scrap of DSP and fussy cut it out.  

The barrels of the tools needed some color, therefore, I used the Smoky Slate blends.  Wink of Stella provided some bling on the bands of the tools as well as the blade of the knife.  After stamping and cropping the sentiment using the Stitched Shapes and Layered Squares die sets.  Once again, I used the marker to color the stitches in the ditch, which I also did on the white mat on top.

I knew I needed another element on the front of the card, and the Grapefruit Grove ribbon from SAB fit the bill.

New Embossing 3D Folder to the Rescue

My intention was to keep the card basically clean and simple.  However, as I dry-fit the three front elements on the front, I thought the Melon Mambo mat looked too plain.  I started going through my embossing folders to find something appropriate.  To my surprise, my brand new Button Button folder almost jumped into my hands begging me to use it.  The depth of the embossing provided just the perfect touch to tie everything together.  

I have gotten to the point that every card I create needs to have a coordinating envelope.  For this envelope, I stamped the scissors from the Crafting Forever stamp set on the front.  I finished the envelope with a piece of Grapefruit Grove gingham DSP on the envelope flap, and that finished my challenge card and envelope.

Supplies I used:

Melon Mambo cardstock, item 115320

Whisper White cardstock, item 100730

Grapefruit Grove marker, item 150079 95 In Color Markers)

Whisper White envelopes, item 107301

Crafting Forever, item 151231

Layering Squares dies, item 141708

Stitched Shapes dies, item 145372

Button Button embossing folder, item 149581

Smoky Slate blend combo, item 147942

Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad, item 132708

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!  

Have a Peachy day!


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