Daily Archives: November 3, 2007

Hey Sugar…It’s Time for Another Take Two Challenge…

It’s time for another Take Two Challenge with a few of my friend today! This time the challenge is oh so sweet…combining the gorgeous new Cosmo Cricket Hey Sugar Line with any floral stamps. This was so much fun to do! The paper is soooo pretty, I think you’ll be seeing it ALL the time for a while. For my design I paired up one of the Hey Sugar papers (used both front and reverse sides) with some Sage Shadow cardstock and a beautiful floral stamp from Fancy Pants Designs. Make sure you check out the other designs…I haven’t seen them yet (as I write this) but I just know they will be gorgeous! Lindsey, Michele and Trudee never fail to make my jaw drop. 🙂

Vintage Florals


I just love the vintage look and the gorgeous colors of this new Hey Sugar patterned paper and so I pulled out the Sage Shadow, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip and a gorgeous warm pink/red color from the design. For my card base, I used Sage Shadow (isn’t that color hot right now!?) and layered it with Chocolate Chip and then my Hey Sugar paper. Edges were all lightly sponged with Close to Cocoa ink. To add a little interest to these layers, I added a zig zag stitch with my sewing machine.

For the main image…I hadn’t used this beautiful Fancy Pants stamp set in a while and it went so well with the style of the patterned paper, I just had to use it again. Lindsey actually gave me this set for my birthday back in April…isn’t she the sweetest?! The image was stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock and then I used layers of my Copic markers to color it in. As I didn’t ahve the exact color matches of the paper, I kept layering hte colors on…they blended together fabulously…to achieve the colors I wished for. Around the edges of the image, I used a soft butter color to apply a shadow and define the image. Over top of the flowers, to add a textile like texture, I inked up my Linen background stamp from Stampin Up and finger walked it over the image to achieve a “spotty” look. (Click on the top photo to enlarge to see the detail.) To highlight the flower centers…some Liquid Pearls for a soft antique look.

After layering my image panel I added a panel of the reverse side of my Cosmo Cricket Hey Sugar paper, sponged the edges, stitched the top edge and for the bottom edge…scalloped it with my EK Success small corner rounder. I LOVE the texture of this chocolate brown May Arts Velvet ribbon and it worked perfectly with this project. To balance the other side of the design, I used one of my favorite chipboard sets…the Cosmo Cricket Buck Naked buttons covered with a button die cut that was included in the Hey Sugar paper package. Isn’t it darling?

Hope you are all having a great weekend! I’ll be back tomorrow with another of my Sunday {C’est Bon} entries. 🙂

Simply Saturday … a no layers design…

Simple Cards don’t get much simpler to put together than with no layers. Actually, those of you who have actually tried them know that it can be very deceptively simple. It takes a little work to get them to look great without layers. Sometimes simple just is not that simple to do.

I decided to try out a simple design with this new stamp set from Kitchen Sink Stamps. I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on this three step daisy set.

Floral Memories Design


This three step daisy is so quick and easy to use. Love the depth of the colors you can achieve and the color combos are endless. Pick three ink colors that coordinate, the first being the lightest and then the last being the darkest. The leaves for this set are two step as are the smallest flowers. You can actually use these in one step if you wish.

This design was quickly stamped on the one layer of a whisper White 4.25″ square card base. After adding the sentiment and a little sponging around the edges, I added a little freestyle stitching around the edges to act as a frame. This design was part of a Craft Critique review on Kitchen Sink Stamps last week.

Quick Tip: If you don’t have three coordinating colors of ink, use the stamping off method. For the first large impression, ink the largest daisy, stamp off onto scrap paper twice and then stamp your impression. For the second daisy, ink it up, then stamp off once onto scrap paper and then stamp on top of the first daisy. The third impression is easy using the top detail daisy stamp…just ink it up and stamp on top of the other impressions. This way, you only need one color of ink and it is perfectly monochromatic.

Wishing you a fabulous weekend! Coming later on today… the girls and I have gotten “together” again for another Take Two challenge. Should be fun! Can’t wait to see the other designs! I just know they are going to be … oh so sweet! 😉