HLS September 2015 Sketch Challenge-Reminder

Happy Little StampersI’m happy to be sharing a card with you today as a member of the HLS Sketch Design Team as a reminder to play along at HLS’ September Sketch Challenge.


Here is September’s Sketch:

I really like this sketch. I think I could make about 100 different interpretations of this one sketch!

But, here’s just one, fairly literal one, that I have to share with you:


I masked off and sponged (ink blending/sponging is one of my favorite techniques) 4 rectangles, yellow, red,  green and blue on Neenah Solar White card-stock. Then I stamped the black lines around the rectangles with a stamp from PTI’s Super Stripes BG Builder stamp set. I cut the rectangles out and popped them up with 3M foam tape. I’m going to play this card at  SSS Monday’s Challenge: Love This Technique and Virginia’s View September Challenge: Geometric Patterns.

IMG_8125edited Please make sure that you stop by the other HLS Sketch Design Team members blogs to see their creations this month.

Asa Johansson (Sweden), Birgit Norton (USA), Gloria Lee (Canada), Joyce Mehrberg (USA), Kim Heggins (USA), Kylie Purtell (Australia), Loll Thompson (Canada), Melissa Lane (Germany), Sue Trembeth (USA), Tanja Kabel (Germany)

My Sketch Design Teammates and I will be sharing our work for the Sketch Challenges and there is also more going on at HLS. The CAS Challenge designers will be sharing their work AND the Christmas Challenge is up and running too. You can find all of the current challenges here. So please stop on over at the HLS blog for some inspiration from the rest of the design team and to link up your entry.


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Places I’m Playing:

Simon Monday Challenge Blog

September Challenge: Geometric Patterns

 P.S. Please make sure that you stop over at my blog post (goes live on 21st September at 6am AustralianEST) for Happy Little Stampers 1rst Release Blog Hop! We have prizes!!

Here’s a peek at one of my cards:

cropped hls 1rst release butterfly_edited-1Make sure to look for this photo at the end of my post for another chance to win the Butterfly Birthday stamp set, my favorite in this release, from me!!!

IMG_3670edited_edited-1Also make sure you visit all of the designers posts and leave a comment at each one for a chance to win all of the stamps in the first release!


Plaid – 3 color families

Hello! Thanks for visiting. I’m here with a card inspired by CASology’s Week 161 challenge: Plaid. I missed the deadline for CASology though!


First I sponged 3 basic colors, yellow, green and purple. Then I used stamps from PTI’s Plaid Builder and Background Basics: Super Stripes Stamp Set. The “XOXO” sentiment is from Happy Little Stampers’ Bold Birthday Sentiments.I think that this sentiment will be a “go to” sentiment for me!

IMG_0900editedNext I used a Spellbinders square die to cut out 3 squares.

IMG_0901editedI would like to play this card at SSS’s Monday Challenge: A Trio of Colors.

IMG_0926editedI used a new embossing folder, fittingly named “Argyle Textured Impressions”. I really really like this embossing folder!

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Bold Birthday Sentiments

Plaid Builder Stamp SetBackground Basics: Super Stripes Stamp SetSpellbinders S4-126 Nestabilities 7-Piece Concentric Die Template, Large Classic SquareArgyle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Places I’m Playing:

Simon Monday Challenge Blog

Hello – Fusion Inspired w/ Twine

Hi! I’m happy to share this cheerful card with you today. IMG_4370editedThis card was inspired by FUSION: Happy Days!

I’m going to play this at Fusion, Word Art Wednesday and also over at JUGS Week #291 Word Week: Twine. Oops! I can’t this over there! I already exceeded their 3 card limit! Oh dear! Sorry JUGS!


I used PTI stamps for this card, Bitty Bouquets, Super Stripes and Noted. All paper and ink are SU.

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Edited Mon May 11, 2015: This card was chosen by Julia for an Honorable Mention over at Fusion! Thanks Julia!

Muse Inspired

A quick post to share another card for Muse’s Challenge #103:



Vicki’s card (below) is super cute!

Another look at mine.


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Papertrey Ink 8th Anniversary Inspiration Challenge

What a great set of sketches and color inspiration recipes to choose from for PTI’s 8th Anniversary Inspiration Challenge!


 I used the following color recipe and sketch for inspiration.


I masked off a rectangle, did some ink blending and added some stripes. I used PTI’s Background Basics: Super Stripes, Cheerful Heart and Pretty Petals stamp sets for this card.

IMG_9938Thanks for stopping by!