Friday, February 26, 2016

Always Here Trio Card Set

It’s another challenge at Skipping Stones Design!

Our newest Stamp and Share challenge is a sketch so check out the SSD Blog for more details and to link up your card or project!

Always Here Trio WM
When you see the sketch you’ll see I didn’t stick exactly to it, but you can see the inspiration and how I used the sketch to create this card trio.
All images and sentiment stamps are from Always Here, one of my Top 10 SSD sets! I love the fonts in the sentiments and the gorgeous filigree filled images.
I started off by using Distress Specialty Stamping Paper and Distress inks with my blending tools. I used a circle shape to mask the card front and blended the distress inks (Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry and Peacock Feathers) onto the white background. I then stamped the images with Versamark and embossed them with gold embossing powder.

Always Here Butterfly

Always Here Closeup
Beautiful Birthday Butterfly

Beautiful Birthday Butterfly Closeup

Thinking of You Dragonfly

Thinking of you dragonfly Closeup
I stamped each of the images in black Memento ink and mounted the front panels to black card bases.

I can’t wait to see your take on this sketch! Head over to the SSD Blog to see what the rest of the team created and share your project with us!



Thursday, February 18, 2016

Margarita Monday!

Hey friends! I have a post up over on the Skipping Stones Design blog today featuring the Margarita Birthday set just in time for National Margarita Day on Monday, 2/22.

Check it out, here’s a sneak peek!

Margarita Birthday3

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

You Make Life Sweet

I mentioned the other day that I was loving on red and pink in my craft studio this weekend, and today’s card is another that highlights these sweet colors! This was the Valentine’s card I gave to my daughter, but the sentiment and theme could work year round for your recipient.

My sister Laci got me the MFT Stay Cool stamp set and Cool Cup dies for Christmas, and this weekend was the first time I’ve used them. So in love, such a cute set and dies! (Thanks Lace!)

My 16 year old daughter LOVES the Cotton Candy frap from Starbucks (so much that her boyfriend surprised her with one as part of her Valentine’s present!), and this was clearly the perfect card for her. ;)


Using the MFT color challenge of pink, red, blue and gray, I came up with this simple and sweet design. I also combined the Mod Squad hearts challenge with the Friday Mashup Valentine’s challenge.


I started out with a Blushing Bride card base and added the hearts with a stencil, Blushing Bride ink and a blending tool. The sentiment strip is Pool Party cardstock, with Pool Party ink for the sentiment as well. The cup was die cut in Whisper White cardstock, sentiment stamped in Pool Party and a mini heart punch from Real Red cardstock to add to the Sweet box. The topper is a whipped cream dollop also cut from Whisper White, and the lid from vellum. The straw is cut from Smoky Slate card stock and tucked behind the cup and lid.

This set is so fun, can’t wait to use it again!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Sweet Cupcakes!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Taking a queue from a few challenges I whipped up this Sweet card today.

Sweet Cupcake

My very first stamp set from Skipping Stones Design was the Cupcake Cutie stamp set and I love any reason to pull it back out! The cupcake was the starting point for this card using the inspiration photo from Cupcake Inspirations and the  one layer challenge at Simon Says Stamp.  I also added a few sequins for the AAA Cards sequin challenge.

Sweet Cupcake Closeup

The frosting and sentiment were embossed with gold embossing powder, and I used a heart stencil from Stampin’ Up! for the background. I used the same sponge dauber for the background to add a little pink to the frosting.

I really loved on the pink and red while crafting this weekend, stop by later this week for more pink cards!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

SSD February Tip & Technique Hop!

Welcome to the Skipping Stones Design February Tip & Technique Blog Hop! Make sure to visit the other designers along the hop for all the great techniques and tips to be shared.

I have been obsessed with embossing, watercoloring and sequins lately (see here, here, here and here), so told myself I had to find another coloring medium to incorporate for the hop this month. Challenge accepted.

I remembered a long ago technique using Versamark and chalks, where you stamp your image in Versamark and then use a cotton swab (Q-tip) to pick up the chalk and color in the wet ink.

Purple Chalk Flowers

I used the Beautiful Botanicals set to play with this technique and love the soft look, and the unique way to color a solid image without inks or markers!

Purple Chalk Flowers Close Up

I had so much fun making this card, that I had to use this technique with the larger flower image.

Red Chalk Flowers

For this card, I also chalked the background after coloring in the flowers, I love the blue sky with fields of flowers!

Red Chalk Close up

One tip for you as well, I sometimes leave the card front (and inside) without a sentiment. This leaves the card open for anything like a quick birthday, thinking of you or thank you card!

What stamp sets would you use trying this technique?


Make sure to visit the rest of the team!

Skipping Stones Designs Blog





Martha Lucia



Kandi (you are here!)