a creative mind at work in the deep dark basement

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Variety of Fun

While doing a facetime chat with my friend Vicki Garrett from Summerthyme Studio a few weekends ago we were talking about all the crafty stuff we collect and I mentioned my 6 x 6 paper stash.  I love the one-sheet wonders, and of course, if you visit my blog you know I love card sketches.  I was looking for more along the one-sheet wonder line for 6 x 6 cards and Vicki mentioned this youtube channel by Call Me Craft Al.  

The next day I was watching video after video of hers and started creating like crazy using up some of my stash of 6 x 6 papers.  I was creating sets of 6 cards in most cases, so I built up a stash quite quickly.  I tried to change up my sentiments or leave them blank to add in later

Hope you enjoy the creations I made, I kept them pretty simple not using too many embellishments, if any at all.

#suysnov2020 #showusyoursheetload

Stamps: Verve-Great Friend, Mama Elephant-Organic Blooms


Image is from Avery Elle-Knotty
Sentiment from Taylored Expressions
Sentiments:  The Ton-Penned Sentiments & Simon Says Stamp-Birthday Messages

Sentiment-Clearly Besotted-Scrumptious Sentiments


Stamps:  Paper Smooches-Swanky Snowdudes

I changed up these cards a little from the original sketch based on the tags and sentiment I was using

If you have any questions about the supplies used, let me know.  I wasn't great about jotting down what I was using at the time.

Thanks again for stopping by.

Monday, November 28, 2022

FMS563 Christmas Wishes


Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving!  We hosted here at the house where hubby smoked a delicious turkey, we had our family over, and enjoyed our time together.

I had a day off work and thoroughly enjoyed sitting down and stamping all day and well into the night.  It's not often that I get that energized about my creativity but seemed to be on a roll and created a few sets of cards over the weekend.

I'm squeaking in my challenge card at Freshly Made Sketches which was a great one to use my new stencil from Taylored Expressions, the Artisan Feathers with my Distress Oxide Inks.  I paired it with the Botanical Bunch stamp set from W-9 along with a sentiment strip from Simon Says Stamp.

Thanks for stopping by to say "hi"!

Monday, November 21, 2022

Happy Beeday to you!

This weekend I had some time to really get some stamping done and had a fun and productive time.  

My favorite go-to is always a sketch challenge and Fusion Card Challenge is one of them.  I pulled out some stickers that my friend Savannah O'Gwynn has sent me with some 12 x 12 papers.  I was able to create a bunch of cards using them that I will share at a later date.

The heart banner is the sticker piece and I included just a cute little bee from Stampotique.  Please see below for my details.

Card details:
Stamps:  Stampotique Bumble Bee 2079, Simon Says Stamp Birthday Messages
Stickers:  Illustrates Faith Fundamentals Stickers

Monday, November 7, 2022

Sketch Challenges

 This weekend we had nothing planned and I was able to spend almost 2 full days in my craft room getting inky.  It was productive and my mojo was flowing pretty well.  I completed 30 cards (some were multiples) but was proud that I got so much accomplished.

Of course, my favorites are always sketch and color challenges as it gives me a jumping point.  

You can definitely see the theme of what I was creating (floral):

For the Fusion Card Challenge, I used the colors in the photo with the sketch to base my card on.  I pulled out my Simon Says Stamp Even More Spring Flowers and Verve Stamps Poppy Birthday along with some glitter washi tape and Teresa Collins Now & Then patterned paper from my stash.  I colored the floral image with my aquapainter and inks and embossed the sentiment.

For my next creation, which was more of a challenge because it's the Freshly Made Sketches and it's SQUARE which I don't do often.  
Again, with the floral theme and pulling out some of my patterned papers along with one of my favorite images from Taylored Expressions, Sketchbook Florals and dies.  I colored my image with my copic markers and added the little tag sentiment on.

Hope you've enjoyed the creations and appreciate you stopping by and saying "hi".  

Thursday, September 1, 2022


 Happy Thursday!  The weekend is thisclose to being here.  YEAH!!!

We had some rain this week so evening sports were canceled and I was able to sneak in some stamping.  Hoping this long holiday weekend I'll be able to get some time in doing some more as well so I'll have lots to share.

I grabbed a color and sketch challenge and made a quick set of 4 cards.  I love it when then the creation comes together so easily.  This week's Color Throwdown was not a color combo I'd reach for so it was working outside the box for me on this one, but like how it turned out.  I kept it very simple with the new Freshly Made Sketches for this week as well.

I used a set that is new to me from Papertrey Ink called Wonderful Words: Hello. I've used it a few times already-loving the die with the sentiments.  I grabbed some strips of cardstock and next time I use this sketch I think I'd throw in a patterned paper strip or maybe emboss them to add some texture.  

Thanks for stopping by and have a safe holiday weekend!

Card details:
Stamps:  Papertrey Ink-Wonderful Words: Hello & Die
Inks:  Gina K. Designs amalgam ink obsidian, Distress Oxide Pickled Raspberry
Cardstock:  Stampin' Up Basic Black, Calypso Coral, Rich Razzleberry, Papertrey Ink Raspberry Fizz & Rustic White

Friday, August 26, 2022

With Sympathy

Well hello there!  I know I'm hit or miss on this blog but I'm still creating.  Just don't seem to remember to take pictures and post like I used to.

I got energized a few evenings this week and broke out some of my crafty stuff so hope over the next few weeks I'll have a few more to share with anyone stopping by to visit.

Combining a sketch challenge from Freshly Made Sketches and a color challenge from Color Throwdown I had a good time coming up with this card, although never a fun card to have to send out.  I broke out my Minc foiling machine and some new Heidi Swapp foil I got.

My new Ginko Bundle set from Taylored Expression had just arrived in the mail so I was anxious to break it out and use it on this card.  Can see this being a favorite of mine on cards in the future, I'm a sucker for any type of floral stamp...so I am pushing myself to do some masculine cards that I'll be sharing as well.
Hopefully, you can see the shine from this foil in some of my pictures.  I also added a little score tape and foiled over that and think that adds a great little touch and is so easy to do.  I'm a pretty clean and simple stamper most of the time but have so much stuff I'm trying to experiment a little more with some of my supplies.

Thanks for stopping by to visit me and hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Bundle of Joy

 Sorry for the wonky picture-taking here-I'm failing at my photography skills these days.

I created this cute card for a colleague who just had their first grandchild this weekend.  He's a huge Penn State fan so I tried to stick to that color theme for the card.

I used the current Freshly Made Sketches #537 as I thought it would make a great masculine card.  Hope you enjoy the idea!

Card details:
Stamps: Reverse Confetti Sentimental Sayings
Cardstock: Not Quite Navy (SU), Balmy Blue (SU), Rustic White (PTI)
Inks:  Not Quite Navy, Balmy Blue, Smoky Slate
Embellishments: Taylored Expressions Little Bit Stars and Mini Strips Flags die (I used the stars and stenciled it onto my cardstock), embellishments from Let's Celebrate You Kit from TE

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