Well, it’s taken me all day but here I am! While I was sitting here having my morning coffee, my mother called and I ended up meeting her and my sister at my aunt’s house. We made a short trip across the river and then had lunch together.

Anyhoo, Mallory has been asking me for days to make her a card. She has been teaching swim lessons all summer and one of her private lessons has been a little boy. She’s put a gift package together for him, now that the lessons are ending, and she wanted a fishy card to give him.

Using today’s SCS Sketch Challenge, this is what I came up with.


I stamped the goldfish on white paper and colored it with Copic Markers. For the background, I masked the goldfish and then sprayed the panel with Broken China/Pearl Shimmer Mist. I then sprinkled drops of water on the background to look like bubbles in the water, but alas you can’t see them in the photo. The bottom orange panel is stamped with a starfish just to add some fun elements to the card.

  • Stamps: Gilbert, Starla Starfish and Fin-Tastic from High Hopes
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; SU Tangerine Kiss, Kiwi Kiss and Baja Breeze; Memory Box Studio
  • Ink: Ranger Adirondack Pitch Black, Archival Jet Black and Tim Holtz Broken China Distress Ink

    Copic Markers; Ranger Mini Mister and Pearl Perfect Pearls; Tsukineko
    Sponge Dauber; Eclipse Masking Tape

Enjoy the rest of your day!

Good Saturday morning! Boy our neighborhood was lit up last night with fireworks and things that cracked, popped and went boom. I’m surprised the neighbor’s house is still standing actually. Don’t know what they were shooting off over there last night – sounded like M80s – but I know my dogs were scared! I couldn’t find Sydney at all and thought she was hiding under my bed. NOPE! She was down in the stamp room, in the corner, under the table. I walked down to work on some more cards, Miss Ellie right behind me, and there was Syd! Needless to say, all three of us stayed down there. Me working away and both of them laying on my feet. That was a first! They never stay in the stamp room long enough to please me. They run in, whine or bark a little, maybe play for a few minutes, and then off they go! Just long enough for me to know they are still around. I really enjoyed them staying close by last night – even though I know the only reason they were there was because of all the noise.

I came home to so much new rubber that I’m still working on sorting it, and putting it away. The problem is . . . I start to sort and see an image that I just have to work with NOW. I went downstairs last night with the goal in mind to get the new unmounted stuff put away. Yeah right! I was sorting my new High Hopes stamps, getting reading to hang them up when . . . . well, I couldn’t help myself when an idea immediately popped into my head . . . I had to settle in at my table, and here’s the result of last night’s stamping.

On Guard Oberto

I stamped the image of the pirate, colored him with Copic Markers, and then decided that he would look cool standing on a ship’s deck. I sketched out my background with pencil, then went back with a small nibbed calligrapher pen and India ink and drew it in. Now trust me when I tell you this. I was in doubt whether the India ink would work with the Copics. I drew a few lines on scratch paper and then colored over them. It looked okay and the ink didn’t smear, so I decided to use it on my card. When I went to color the deck area, the black DID smear. However, not that much and I did like the results. It made the wood look more aged and I kept at it! The map was stamped on vanilla cardstock, and then the edges were torn around the image before I began to work the paper. Using different colors of Distress Inks, I worked the ink around the page, misting with water and wrinkling the paper as I went. I did sponge the edges with Vintage Photo first and then with Black Soot to make the map was burned. The only problem is I couldn’t leave well enough alone, and lost the Vintage Photo into the background. Hmmmmm live and learn! The sentiment was stamped, punched out, and then the edges were sponged like the map, but I used a distress tool and went around the edge. Instead of brads, I decided to use black hemp twine as my embellishment.

  • Stamps: Ahoy, Treasure Map and On Guard Oberto from High Hopes Rubber Stamps
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; SU Real Red, Chocolate Chip, and Very Vanilla; Making Memories League Collection
  • Ink: Ranger Adirondack Pitch Black and Tim Holtz Vintage Photo, Black Soot, Antique Linen, and Tea Dye Distress Inks; Bombay Black India Ink; Stazon Timber Brown
  • Accessories: Copic Markers; Calligrapher Pen; Tsukineko Sponge Dauber; Circle Punches; Mounting Tape; Red Twill Ribbon; Black Hemp Twine; Ranger Mini Mister

I hope you enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend!

Happy Fourth of July! I got Jeanne on the plane headed to Texas this morning – but only for about a week, until she flies back for CHA. With the weather somewhat crappy here today, not much is going on. It’s just a nice lazy, holiday weekend. Which means, that there is plenty of organizing and stamping time! WOO HOO!!

I headed down to the rubber room when I returned from the airport, and couldn’t wait to play with some of the new images from High Hopes Rubber Stamps, being released today. They just happened to find their way to my doorstep while I was road trippin’. I’ve also felt challenged deprived, so I had to see what the SCS Limited Supply Challenge was today.

Since it’s the 4th of July, the colors are red, white and blue. But, we are also limited to four layers of paper, four specialty tools or embellishments. I might have stretched the guidelines a little, and used five tools/embellishments . . . . let’s all pretend that the white and black pens are only one tool, okay?

Anyhoo, here’s my card today . . . . Who knows, there might be a few more, depending on how energetic I get.


I stamped the Lil’ Show Girl, masked her and then stamped the Show Horse. The images are colored with Copic Markers, and the decorations on the horse’s straps are Perfect Pearls. To add just a tiny bit of glitter to the card, I painted a thin coat of turquoise Stickles on the horse’s plume and the girl’s shoes and dress. The edges of the red panel were sponged with Cranberry and white dots were added with a white opaque pen. To finish off the image panel, I added a few black dots.

  • Stamps: Show Horse, Lil’ Show Girl and Class Act Sentiment from High Hopes Rubber Stamps
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; SU Real Red and Brilliant Blue
  • Ink: Tsukineko Brilliance Graphite Black; Ranger Archival Jet Black and Adirondack Cranberry
  • Accessories: Copic Markers; Ribbon; Inkssentials White Opaque Pen; Faber-Castell Black Artists Pen; Ranger White Opal Liquid Pearls and Turquoise Stickles; Tsukineko Sponge Dauber

Hope you are enjoying your holiday and spending time with family and friends!

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