Sparkle & Shine Challenge

There's a new challenge site, the Sparkle & Shine Challenge!  These challenges are dedicated to sequins!!!  I'm thrilled to be joining them, along with some of the Pretty Pink Posh team, for their first challenge.

I was inspired by the green and shamrock.

To make my card, I die cut the Stitched Duo 1 die and lined the back with foam tape.  I partially adhered it to my white card base, then sprinkled in some 4mm Gold Metallic sequins, 6mm Sparkling Clear sequins and 6mm Mossy Green sequins.  I stamped and die cut the shamrock and then the sentiment from Champagne card stock, adhering both with liquid glue.  The finishing touch was a bow tied from Pretty Pink Posh Brown Twine.

I hope you'll play along in this new challenge!

Sending Sunshine

I had a little bit of free time yesterday and decided to use it to just stamp for fun.  I don't do that nearly enough these days and I'm determined to fit that back into my schedule.  I took my inspiration from this week's CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge.  It gave me the perfect opportunity to use the new WPlus9 Sending Sunshine stamp set and the Sunshine Layer Dies

I didn't use any colored card stock here, all of my pieces were sponged using WPlus9 dye inks.  My rainbow of color includes Sweet Gelato, Miami Spice, Falling Star, Beanstalk and Bo Peep.  I love that you don't NEED colored card stock and can coordinate your projects by sponging with ink.  I couldn't resist using the Pretty Pink Posh 4mm & 8mm Sparkling Clear sequins too ;)

I have a family member that could use a little extra sunshine, I hope this card brightens her day!

Make sure you pop in over the next week, I have TONS of posts scheduled so stay tuned!

Happy Friday!

Bright Wishes

I recently got a request for birthday cards and found that I don't have nearly enough in my stash.  Penny Black's Bright Wishes stamp set is the perfect set to make birthday cards quickly and easily!

I stamped the Bright Wishes stamp repeatedly along the bottom portion of a 4 x 5 1/4 " piece of white card  stock.  Next I colored the candles with Copic markers, no blending, just straight coloring.  I die cut the Tagged label from the stamped layer as well as a piece of purple card stock.  I heat embossed the birthday sentiment from Special Wishes with white embossing powder and inlaid it into my card.  For a little added detail I colored over the candles with Wink of Stella and tied the top with black and white twine.  This card is perfect for mass producing (if you don't mind some coloring) and perfectly flat for mailing! 

Looking for more ideas for the Bright Wishes stamp set?  Download my free App, CAS Birthday.  There you will find a Clean & Graphic Birthday card using Birthday Wishes!

Thanks so much for stopping in!

Penny Black Supplies:
40-297  Bright Wishes
30-229  Special Wishes
51-007  Tagged


Heather North has taken over planning the challenges for me over at StampNation.
3 years, 150+ Challenges and every event, I was all out of ideas.  Heather has brought our challenges to life with fun, fresh and different ideas. I'm thrilled that we asked her to take over.

This week is a Tic-Tac-Toe challenge.  For me, this was most definitely a challenge.  After lots of crumbled paper I came up with something I was happy with. 

Here's a peek...

Want to play along?

I hope to see you there!


The Rock & Roll technique is the first technique I learned and it's one I turn to time and time again!  I especially love using it on leaves in the Fall and flowers, it gives bold images such a realistic look.  Here I stamped the flowers from Penny Black Petal Power in Sweet Nectar ink and then rolled the edges in Sweet Gelato.  I did the same with Mojito and Appletini inks on the leaves.  The "enjoy" sentiment from the Penny Black Hooray die set was cut from black card stock and covered with Glossy Accents.  I love how that really makes a word die cut really pop!

To learn more about dye inks and a twist on the Rock & Roll technique, join us in our new class,  

Sign up by tomorrow and you'll receive a free bonus!!!  I promise, this alone is worth the price of the class!

Hope to see you there!

Penny Black Products used:
30-225  Petal Power
51-038  Hooray

Inspiration, Movement & Flow

I added a new video tutorial to the CAS Classroom at StampNation today.
This month I'm talking about movement and flow.

I also show the card I was inspired by and how I changed it to make a design all my own.

Here's a peek...

Members can click here to go right to my lesson.

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WPlus9 TBT Challenge - Guiding Light

It's time for another TBT post on theWPlus9 Design Studio blog.
With the frigid temperatures in the Northeast I thought it was time to visit the beach!!!

This month I'm featuring the Guiding Light stamp set and dies & Guiding Light Sentiments. 

Here's a peek at my projects...

We want to see you using some throwback sets too!

Head over to the WPlus9 Design blog to see the full projects and to find out how you can win a WPlus9 store credit!

See you there!