Daily Archives: January 16, 2008

The Sketch Challenge…

It’s been quite a few weeks since I’ve had time to play around with the Wednesday Sketch Challenge on www.splitcoaststampers.com I always love this challenge but time is always at a premium. Actually…I REALLY shouldn’t be stamping this today as there is a pile of work to do. But…a girl needs a break now and then, right?!

This design uses one of Lizzie Anne Designs new releases this month, Far East. I think this set is one of my favorites of them all! So fresh and fun…I know you’ll be seeing more designs using this set in the future. 🙂 I don’t know what it is exactly but I’m totally loving this color combo lately…olive and aqua/turquoise…a little retro maybe? Whatever it is…when I saw this Scenic Route Paper Co. patterned paper…I just had to get some!

Asian Spring


jks-asian-close-up.jpgI’m going to keep this post short and sweet as I have lots to do this morning! Basic sketch challenge layout, simple stamping, some sponging and a little stitching…that’s it! Oh! A little blue Stickles to highlight those darling little flowers! 🙂

Have a great day! And BTW…if you’re just popping in…this is my second post of the day…scroll down for another new release design. 🙂

Supply List:

Cardstock: Old Olive, Very Vanilla – Stampin Up

Patterned Paper: Scenic Route Paper Co.

Stamps: Far East – Lizzie Anne Designs

Ink: Pool, Oregano Adirondack inks, Antique Linen Distress Ink – Ranger

Other: flowers – Prima, brads – Making Memories, sewing machine, circle punches – EK Success

A Prickly Design…

Well if the thoughts of spring in the last card didn’t warm you up…maybe this one will! Definitely no snow where this cactus grows! There is very little Western in this part of the world but I love playing around with that theme. I think because it always works so well for guys and I just love that texture. This design features another one of Asela’s Trees released today. While I’m not totally sure that a cactus can be classified as a tree, 😉 I’m loving it as part of the group. Perfect for landscapes and that western feel, I can think of some fun sentiments to go with it too. For this design, I wanted to go with a totally different look than my previous one…just to show how flexible trees etc. can be. 🙂

Cactus Wishes


This design features Asela’s Saguaro Cactus stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms paired up with three backgrounders for lots of fun and texture. The backgrounders work perfectly with these beautiful trees and I keep finding more in that store that I need! It is always amazing looking at other designers’ work and then thinking…wow…I REALLY need that one too! LOL For this design I pulled it together with dark Western style colors, lots of sponging and distressing and a concho I picked up at Michael’s. I haven’t quite decided who this card is for yet but it will be great to have in my stash. I’m always lacking in those masculine designs when an occasion calls for one!

Quick Tip: Use your watercolor brush after stamping an image in dye ink to carefully dampen the image and lightly pull away the color to fill in the image. It’s quick and easy!

Supply list:

Cardstock: Dark Teal, Natural Smooth, Dark Kiwi – Prism

Stamps: Cactus, Cattle Brands, Montana Cracked Earth, Weathered Wood – Cornish Heritage Farms

Ink: Broken China & Antique Linen Distress Inks, Oregano Adirondack ink – Ranger, Burnt Umber – Stewart Superior

Other: Concho – Michael’s, rawhide cord, Edge Distresser – Heidi Swapp, pewter brads – Making Memories, ribbon