I couldn’t resist playing along today with Sharon’s (notimetostamp) “Stamp Simply” challenge. This week it is to use silhouette or solid image stamps. You can use them in the traditional silhouettie way or choose another way such as I have done here. I chose to use my markers and color in this beautiful Forget Me Not image from Flourishes new just released set “Spring Ephemerals”.


Gosh this was fun and fast and so relaxing! Hope you can all get a chance to play along, too.

Stamps: FLLC Spring Ephemerals
Papers: PTI White, Basic Black, DP Basic Grey “Two Scoops”
Inks: Jet Black Stazon and Markers Always Artichoke, Ballet Blue
Accessories: May Arts Sheer 1″ Ribbon in White, Eyelet, Corner Punch

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And speaking of Stamping Simply… Flourishes is gearing up to release a whole new line of stamps the “Stamp Simply” line which will debut on June 10. How about a little sneak peak?!?


Doesn’t this look fun!! You’ll be able to see the whole set on this Tuesday, June 10!!

I don’t know why I pulled out this set and made dinosaur cards. I need to make a graduation card and some Father’s Day cards. And I’m getting way behind on the SCS Christmas Card Challenge. So I know what. Let’s pull out the dinosaur set and make a couple of cards. I dunno. I guess it’s just like the sentiment on one of the cards says, “You’re never too old to do goofy stuff.”


This card’s layout is from Splitcoaststamper’s Sketch Challenge #173.


Stamps: Prehistoric Pals, Older & Wiser, IBB
Papers: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, DP Basic Grey “Archaic”
Inks: Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke
Accessories: Rain Dots

This second card is an SUO (Stampin’ Up! Only) card which means that only products from Stampin’ Up! were used.


Stamps: Prehistoric Pals, Smarty Pants, IBB
Papers: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Real Red, Very Vanilla
Inks: Basic Brown, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Real Red
Accessories: Twill, Jumbo Eyelets, Corner Punch


Today at school my 16 year old got his yearbook. Wow!! This is like the coolest yearbook I’ve ever seen. The “Eastlake” on the front cover is just like the letters that the kids get to sew onto their letterman’s jackets. Oh and the entire book is in color and printed on beautiful glossy paper with full page foldouts! I have to say I’m totally impressed!



It’s Tuesday and time for another one of Beate’s “Be Inspired” Challenges. Here is a picture of her inspiration piece. (Click on it to get the full sized picture.)


When I saw this challenge piece my first thought was how clean and simple my card was bound to be. Well…


Somewhere along the way that clean and simple look got kinda lost! I’m sure it is all those felt flowers with an acetate and white card stock backing. But they sure were fun to play with! Someday I will get the hang of quick and clean, but not today. lol

Stamps: Sentiment from SU!’s “Older and Wiser”
Papers: Night of Navy, Ballet Blue, Whisper White, Very Vanilla, DP from Basic Grey’s “Boxer”
Inks: Night of Navy
Accessories: Felt Flower Fusion, Brads, GG Ribbon, Acetate, Scalloped Circle Punch, Corner Punch, Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder


Well I am home now and all unpacked. Considering that my hubby and 16 year old son were on their own here for over a week, the place looked pretty darn good. And yes… it was sunny where I was visiting my two sons and their families. And yes it was cloudy (and rainy yesterday) here in Seattle. But I promised myself a long time ago that after living in Chicago for 6 years and going through some of the longest and coldest winters EVER that I would never complain about the clouds and the rain when we moved here. My doctor informed me a couple of weeks ago that I should be taking a Vitamin D supplement. And then she added, “Actually everyone who lives here should be taking a Vitamin D supplement.” I don’t know why I thought that was so funny! :/

Now before I disappear into my stamp room I want to be sure and tell you about some really really awesome blog candy!! You know all those great JustRite Monogram stamped cards that have been popping up all over? Well…. Leslie Miller is giving one away… TODAY on her blog Running With Scissors. Get over there quick!!

I am so excited to have been asked to be on the new Flourishes design team!! I hope I didn’t scare Sharon too much with my quick and enthusiastic response! And I was even more excited when I saw their latest and absolutely scrumptious set which is being released today called, “Spring Ephemerals”.


Couldn’t help but bring out the brayer for this silhouetted “Bleeding Heart” floral image. I first stamped the image on Very Vanilla card stock using Jet Black Stazon. Using Versamark I then stamped it again slightly off from the first stamped image and applied clear embossing powder. Next I brayered with So Saffron, More Mustard and Rose Red on top and River Rock and Always Artichoke on the bottom. Using my oval Nestabilities and Cuttlebug I cut out the image. I sponged around the oval with Rose Red. I used my scalloped oval “Nesties” to cut out a second larger oval in black. Using the floral “Forget Me Not” image also from the “Spring Ephemerals” set, I stamped a background on the Basic Gray designer paper from the “Scarlet’s Letter” series. I also sponged around the edges on both the red and green designer papers with Rose Red. The sentiment is from Flourishes “Siberian Iris” set.

I am so loving this set and have another card planned for later this week. And speaking of later this week.. like tomorrow.. check out Leslie Miller’s blog Running With Scissors for some really cool (really really cool) blog candy!! Fun stuff!

Stamps: FLLC “Spring Ephemerals” and “Siberian Iris”
Papers: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Basic Grey “Scarlet’s Letter”
Inks: Jet Black Stazon, Rose Red, More Mustard, So Saffron, River Rock, Always Artichoke, Versamark
Accessories: Black and White Gel Pens, GG Ribbon, Brad, Clear EP, Nestabilities, Cuttlebug

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