Holiday Weekend Lag

So I am not suffering the emotional or physical (or literal) hangover from the holiday weekend that I normally would from a long (in our case) four day weekend.  No instead I am suffering from the “are you sure it’s not Monday?”.  Seriously.   It isn’t Monday?  It sure feels like a Monday.

Had to even run the trash cans out in a fury of ‘please don’t skip my house’ this morning and everything.  Seriously….it isn’t Monday?  I have a feeling my whole day is going to feel off.

So, in short Happy Tuesday…even though it feels like a Monday.IMG_3354

The online Copic Jumpstart class continues for me, and there are totally moments where my mind has been blown.  It is always cool when you are introduced to a theory you’ve never thought of.  Today has a new class, and as soon as I’m done IMG_3350here, I am off to see what today brings.

On the even more exciting news front, my mommy and daddy come to town tomorrow, so needless to say I am in a mad dash to get the house clean (my mom is one of those really tidy people who do not appreciate the function of an organized chaotic messy pile).  I haven’t seen them for almost a year, and seriously that is way too long.  With the exception of the years we lived in Japan, this is the longest I have ever gone without seeing my mom.  I can’t wait to hug her (and dad too of course).  My kids needless to say are way too excited.  Nana and Papa are simply that cool.  They are here for a week, so needless to say, I may be just a bit AWOL for a few days.

However, today, a day that is not a Monday (even though it sure feels like one) I’ve got a handful of challenge cards for you to enjoy.

17Up first today we have a photo inspiration challenge for the designers over at Inspired By All the Little Things.  The simplicity of this inspiration photo had me (which we all know I rarely do) wanting to go CAS-ish.

I wish I had a really great tea stamp, but alas I don’t, unless there is


a little girl sitting in it (that Gorjuss stamp is great but wouldn’t work for this image).  However, I have this cute little tea bag stamp from Prima and figured that would be a great jumping off place.  I added the little cupcake from the same stamp set and colored in both of the images with my copics.  I wish the pink wasn’t so hot (bright), but alas, I don’t like starting over.  Always embrace the ugly.  I pulled out this great little sentiment from one of my Dylusion stamp packs and stamped it out in a little Memento sweet plum.  Finally I pulled out this great printed paper that had both a purple hue and green hue that reminded me of the inspiration show and added it under the card stock.  I experimented with some sequins, but in the end, I liked it just as it was.  I know some will find it dull, but for me, sometimes a cup of tea and a bit of cake can really be the best things in life, especially if you are with friends.

pp297Next up is a tic-tac toe challenge from the gals over at The Paper Players.  I really really struggle with challenges like this.  I don’t know why, but it is usually cause I get hung up on boxes that I can’t actually connect to each other.  In this case I wanted to use twine, embossing and sequins, but since that was a no go, I ended up using the first row: yellow, masculine,


and embossing.

I pulled out a Heidi Swapp stencil and some yellow texture paste.  The stencil was one of those sticky ones that keep from sliding when applying, but it tore my card stock a little when I pulled it up, which is annoying.  However, in the end, I really liked how the paper looked with it dried.  It gave the card a bit of a distress feeling.  Then I pulled out my father’s day stamp pack from Hero Arts and embossed a sentiment and image in some antique gold embossing powder onto some kraft.  I lightly colored the image with a bit of copic gray and yellow and added it to my texture paste with a bit of dimensional tape.  I added some black and white twine (told you I wanted to use it) and added everything to a deeper shade of yellow paper.  You can’t see it but inside the card I stamped out a “happy father’s day” sentiment to wrap the whole thing up.

Sketch2015-001-2-232x300Finally today we have a sketch challenge from the sleuths of design over at Can You Case It.  This week they have us trying to solve the case of a simple design, and for once, this can pretty easy to me.


I pulled out a Sizzix embossing folder and speared a little Distress
carved pumpkin ink onto it and ran it though my Big Shot.  I love how the page is pressed with the color doing this technique.  I trimmed up the embossed paper and laid it over a piece of lightly colored print paper.  Finally, using a Memory Box stamp set, I stamped out my little tea bunnies and colored them in with a bit of Copic marker.  I stamped out the sentiment from the same stamp pack, and left the card at just that.  I really like the coloring I did on the bunnies, not so much the color on the cups.  But I’m learning.

That’s all for now.  I’m off to run vacuums, fold laundry, and then if there is still time, color, color and color.  I just have to remember that I have a Tuesday schedule, not the freedom of a Monday which is usually light.  Oh well.  Have a great day and hope you can shake off your long weekend hangover.


  1. All great cards, I like that you stayed with the theme of tea even though you don’t have a tea cup stamp. I don’t have a tea bag stamp, and love yours. Thank you for sharing with us at Inspired by All the Little Things!


  2. EK, this card is adorable! I love the stacked cups with the bunnies. So cute! Thanks for playing with us at CYCI! Dawn


  3. Great cards! The first one with the tea bag, cupcake and one of my favourite quotes is wonderful! I love your fun take on the inspiration photo! And your father’s day card is very fun — I love the background paper you used! And those bunnies in the teacups are adorable! Great take on the sketch!


  4. Wonderful cards! Love how you created a tea themed card even though you didn’t have a tea cup stamp. Thank you so much for playing along with us at Inspired By All the Little Things!


  5. EK, Love your cute bunnies!! 🙂 also the embossed piece!! Great colors! thanks for playing with us at CYCI! Laura


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