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Your Next Stamps Challenge #112

I finally had some time to enter into some of my favorite challenges, and I am so glad to be able to create with my Your Next Stamps again!  This current Clean & Simple theme is perfect for the Keepin’ It Reel stamp and die set for a Father’s Day card!

YNS challenge 112

I love this adorable fisherman from the Keepin’ It Reel stamp set and that you can use it for Father’s Day, birthdays or retirement!  I’m a little low on Father’s Day cards so I chose to go with that them for this simple card.  I started by trimming thick white cardstock a little smaller than my card base and pop dotting onto the front.  I then die cut two thank you circles, layered and trimmed off the overlap and glued to the side of the card.  Next, I die cut the circle from watercolor paper, inked with blue oxide inks in salty ocean, broken china, and tumbled glass and spritzed with water.

YNS challenge 112 side

I stamped Fisherman, fish, and sign with sentiment, colored with copic markers, and then die cut out using the coordinating dies.  Next, I stamped the sentiment on a strip of black cardstock, heat embossed in white, and pop dotted under the circle.  I then pop dotted the images.

YNS challenge 112 up close

For my final touches, I added white dots on the images using a white pen and added some black nuvo drops under the banner.

You have plenty of time to join in on this Clean & Simple challenge #112 with Your Next Stamps for a chance to win!

Thank you for visiting with me today!


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YNS Challenge #100 Create a Scene


YNS Challenge #100

Your Next Stamp has some amazing stamps that are great for their new challenge, Create a Scene and I used the Autumn Harvest stamp set to create this fall card!

YNS challenge 100

This card was a lot of die cutting and inking to create the background scene using:

For the fox, mice, and sentiment I used the autumn harvest stamp set.  To create the accents on the leaves and fox I used the white uniball pen.

I love making fall cards and going apple picking and enjoyed creating this one!



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Your Next Stamp Challenge #99


YNS Challenge #99

This month at Your Next Stamp the challenge is all about birthdays.  My birthday is in April and the best birthstone ever, diamonds!  So I chose to create a card that is all bling using the YNS happy hour stamp and die set!

YNS #99 challenge

This was a quick card and I love all the shine and shimmer! I die cut the background with collage frame using shimmer cardstock.  I then die cut the banner from shimmer vellum and heat embossed the sentiment in silver.  Next, I die cut the cheers from silver glitter paper and glued down. I stamped the glasses, heat embossed in silver, used the coordinating happy hour die set to cut out and colored with silver stardust gel pen. Then I pop dotted some of the squares from the collage frame and added the glasses on them.

Inside, I die cut the stitched rectangle and heat embossed the sentiment in silver.  I stamped the glasses and die cut out using the happy hour stamp and die set.  I colored the glasses with the gel pen and added a die cut umbrella from silver glitter paper.

YNS #99 inside

I love bling and it is showcased in so many ways on this monochromatic card!


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Your Next Stamp Challenge #97

Your Next Stamp Challenge #97

I am so excited to be a guest designer for Your Next Stamp for the month of September! I created a card using both the sketch and the colors (aren’t they fabulous!), but you can create a project using one or be daring and use both!  You have until September 13th to enter to win, and don’t forget to enter also on social media for extra chances at winning! More info here.

YNS GD challenge 97 final

For this fun card I used the ever cutest chicks from the puddles of fun stamp set.  I die cut a stitched rectangle from white cardstock and stamped the raindrops using shaded lilac and wilted violet oxide inks.  I then heat embossed the sentiment with gold on a die cut smaller stitched rectangle and pop dotted on the bottom of the raindrops.  Next, I die cut the three clouds, two from white cardstock and one from vellum using a scalloped stitched die.  I inked the white ones with shaded lilac oxide ink and layered them over the raindrops.  I then stamped the chicks and colored them with copic markers.  Lastly, I pop dotted them above the sentiment and added YNS gumdrops in yellow sparkle.

I hope you join in the fun creating at YNS challenge #97, it is the last sketch and color challenge, they are changing things up for our next one!

Thanks for stopping by!


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Guest Designer for YNS in September!


Your Next Stamp Blog!

I am so EXCITED to be a guest designer for Your Next Stamps for the month of September!  I will be getting to share with you my projects for the challenges, new releases (Woohoo!), and just plain fun creations!

YNS guest DT card 1 watermark

One of my favorite stamp sets from YNS is the Keepin’ It Reel and I chose to use this for my intro card and let you get to know a little about my style.  I love, did I say I LOVE, to use stitched dies, oxide inks, and copic markers on my cards.  I also like to have white space around my cards and use geometric shapes to showcase the stamps.

For this card, I created the background with oxide inks on watercolor paper, then spritzed with water and dabbed off with a paper towel.  I then die cut the frame and added some inked die cut grass.

I colored all the images from Keepin’ It Reel with copic markers and cut out.  I then heat embossed the sentiment in black and pop dotted all the stitched pieces.  I glued the fisherman and purple fish down and pop dotted the rest.  I added some clear drops for the fishes bubbles for a little embellishment.

Inside, I inked a stitched die cut rectangle and heat embossed with black.  I stamped the ink splatters with the Mini Ink Splatter stamp set using oxide inks and added one colored shark for good measure!

YNS guest DT inside

I hope to see you this month at Your Next Stamp Blog and here as I share my creations with you!

Thanks so much!


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YNS Sketch & Color Challenge #95


YNS Sketch & Color Challenge #95

These colors remind me of Christmas, but since I live in Minne’snow’ta, I wanted to hang onto summer as long as I can, so I went with watermelon colors instead!  I used one of my absolutely favorite stamp sets, One In a Melon!

YNS challenge 95

I shifted the sketch a little bit and added three ovals instead of one and used most of the colors in this adorable card.

I started my card by trimming a strip of the green pattern paper and gluing on the top of the woodgrain paper.  I die cut this into a stitched rectangle and then die cut it again with three stitched windows.  I glued green cardstock behind the windows and adhered to black cardstock.  I trimmed two stripes of black cardstock and glued between the two pattern papers.

I stamped the cute little hamsters using memento black ink and colored with copic markers.  I die cut the stitched banner and heat embossed the sentiment with black.  I pop dotted the banner and then the little hamsters above inside the ovals to add dimension.  For my embellishments, I added some large black enamel dots.

Inside, I die cut a stitched square and heat embossed the sentiment with black.  I added a cute hamster to the bottom corner.

YNS challenge 95 inside

Who doesn’t love cute little hamsters with watermelons?!  The One In a Melon stamp set also has a set of birds with the watermelons, which allows me to create twice as many designs with one stamp set!

Thanks for swinging by,


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Your Next Stamp Sketch & Color Challenge #93


Your Next Stamp Sketch Challenge #93


Your Next Stamp Color Challenge #93

SSS wednesday challenge badge

SSS Wednesday Challenge- Fun in the Sun

I happen to have been the lucky winner of YNS Challenge a month ago! Yeah! So I had to play with my winning stamp sets, Keepin’ It Reel! & Mini Mermaid.

YNS challenge 93

I started this card by die cutting two stitched rectangles to create my frame.  I heat embossed the sentiment in black.  Next, I trimmed watercolor paper to fit behind the frames and die cut the top with a wave die.  I inked the watercolor paper with Tim Holtz inks: wilted violetblueprint sketch, & salty ocean for the underwater & broken chinapeacock feathers for the wave & squeezed lemonadefossilized amber, & wild honey for the sky.

I die cut the stitched sunshine and inked with the same colors as the sky.  Next, I die cut the coral and sand from alcohol marker paper and colored with copic markers.  I put it all together and pop dotted the frame above the two scenes and added the sun to the corner and trimmed the edges.

I stamped the mermaid from the YNS mini mermaid stamp set, and the fishes from the Keepin’ It Reel stamp set.  I colored them with copic markers and fussy cut them out.  I then pop dotted the fish and and the mermaid on the card.  For the embellishments, I added Nuvo Jewel blue drops above the fishes.

Inside, I stamped the octopus from the Keepin’ It Reel stamp set, colored with copic markers, and fussy cut him out.  I stamped the sentiment from Craftin Desert Diva Ocean Friends stamp set and heat embossed in black on the stitched rectangle left from the frame made on the outside of the card.  Love when I can reuse leftover dies!

YNS challenge 93 inside

I am so in love with the mermaid and underwater theme!  These cards are so fun to create! Thanks!




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Your Next Stamp Color Challenge #92


Your Next Stamp Color Challenge #92

These colors are fabulous and I found the perfect plaid pattern paper to use for this card with all the colors in it!


YNS color challenge

This card was one of my quicker ones, which doesn’t happen to often, and loved that it looks like I spent lots of time on it!  I used lots of different dies, but kept the focus on the stamp and sentiment from YNS.  I heat embossed the sentiment in gold and colored the stamped images with copic markers.  For added sparkle I added a rain fall of sequins.

I used:


Inside, I heat embossed the sentiment in gold and added a cute stamped sentiment I colored with copic markers and added shimmer to the umbrella using the stardust pen.


I absolutely adore pastel cards, and when I make one it brightens my day!  This card came together so well and I hope it brightens your day! Thanks!


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Your Next Stamp #91-Sketch Challenge


Your Next Stamp Sketch Challenge #91

When I saw this sketch the scalloped edge reminded me of watermelons and I knew I had to use the One in a Melon stamp set!


To create this colorful card, I die cut the pink scalloped edge using my cameo silhouette.  I then stamped and colored the watermelons with copic markers and then die cut using MFT inside & out stitched circles.  Next I die cut the green pattern paper with MFT inside & out stitched squares and MFT inside & out stitched circles.  Then I trimmed an ant pattern paper to cover part of the scallop and pop dotted the green paper over it.  All the images come from the stamp set One in a Melon from Your Next Stamp.  I stamped them with memento black ink and colored with copic markers.  I stamped the sentiment and heat embossed with black and die cut it on a  stitched banner.  For embellishments, I added a red velvet punched heart and some black enamel dots.

This is one of my favorite stamp sets, and I love the color combo that always goes along with watermelons!



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Your Next Stamp Challenge # 90 -Take 2



Your Next Stamp Sketch & Color Challenge #90

I had gotten such cute stamp sets from Your Next Stamps that I wanted to create another great card using the cute monsters from Silly Monsters stamp set.


These monsters are just the cutest from all the sets I’ve seen and the fonts in the sentiments are perfect!

I used some MFT dies:

I chose the most perfect pattern paper to go with this set, and the colors went perfect with the challenge colors! I colored all the monster images with copic markers and added some colored enamel accents, which I still have to master the perfect circle with those.

Inside, I added some more of the pattern paper to go with the sentiment and added one more adorable colored monster.


I love the brightness of this and the fun patterns with the silly monsters!