The Sun is Out…

So I am writing from Southern California where it has been raining all week.  Now, anywhere else in the world, that is no big deal, but here it is a huge deal.  There has been flooding, and bad drainage, and even hail.  To top it all off, it is kind of cold (no real cold, but San Diego cold).  It has been so bad this week, the kids and I have contemplated building an arc.

But right now the sun is out, and I have a half marathon in a little over a week, and I need to get a training run in right now, so this post is going to be a little thin.  But I have some cards I want to share, especially since most of my challenge groups are relaunching for 2016.

pp276First of is our friends over at The Paper Players who this week is asking for one simple thing; numbers.  They want a number used somewhere somehow on the card.  Sounds easy right.  Not as easy as you would think.

I didn’t want just make a card with the new year on it, which I did.  I really wanted to do something more.  So I pulled out number stencil


which I use all the time on my canvases and never on my cards and went nuts with spray.  Guess what didn’t work.  So I pulled out my Dylusions number stamp and tried again with that.  This time it worked (and come to find out it was dirty so it left some great color behind).  I pulled out my new (thank you Santa) Dylusions Don’t Hold Back sentiment stamp pack and pulled out this sentiment, hoping this year I could be that for myself.  The numbers are stamped out in a really old wood block alphabet/number set I have from a decade ago.  Yes I know the card is kind of simple, but it is my shade of purple, so needless to say I love.

CYCI101-300x227Up next we have a fun color challenge over at Can you Case it.  The key here was they were not looking for a specific shade, just purples, and blues and neutrals as a whole.  It really was my kind of color challenge.


I pulled out the My Favorite Things Forget Me Not stamp pack that I have for a while but haven’t had a chance to play with yet (because it just wasn’t Christmasy) and my Distress Inks and an old cut of watercolor paper.  I thought it was my Ranger watercolor paper, but come to find out it was a scrape of my 140lb cold press watercolor paper so it was really thick.  Oh well.  I stamped out the stem in both Distress peacock feathers and broken china.  The flowers were stamped in Distress dusty concord, and seedless preserves.  I Distressed the edge in of the watercolor paper in the broken china and the kraft paper in seedless preserves.  Finally I adhered the whole thing to a piece of beige card stock.  I stamped the sentiment from the stamp pack in Archival jet black and misted the whole card with water to blur the edges.  Yes, the card is a little grungy, but then again so am I.

55Finally we have a sketch challenge from Always Playing with Paper. Yes, this sketch is busy and frankly I was a little overwhelmed by it.

But if you look at the background paper of the two picks above, you’ll see this beautifully inked paper I created when I was mopping up some spray ink from a stencil from another project.  I cut one of the pieces of card stock up into four 4.25 x 5.5 sheets and went to town, using that background as my inspiration.


I had a couple of butterflies lying in my die cut extra jar and pulled them out and sprayed them lightly with my Distress Spray Inks (they were the same colors I used in the inked project from the paper) in Victorian Velvet, Shaded Lilac, and Tattered Rose.  I adhered there with a glue dot. I found a scrape of purple paper with dots and cut it down, hand drew a circle (because I still don’t have a circle die cut), die cut a piece of kraft and added a sentiment .  It might be a little busy but I think it works.

Okay, now I have to go run…wish me luck.





  1. Your butterfly card is beautiful, love the stripes and the pretty colors you chose! Thank you for playing along with us at The Challenge!


  2. You’ve got three pretty and terrific cards here. Great colors on each of them, and your designs are fantastic. Hope your rain settles down a bit, and the flooding and such stop. Great take on the Challenge sketch too. Love that paper you’ve created!


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