iSpy Sketch with Color Throwdown

As I mentioned a few days ago, outside of a bazillion Christmas cards, I’ve mostly just been using my Copic markers to practice coloring with them.  Not much original creativity going on here.  Once in a while, though, I feel like completing a card with one of the colored images, which is how I felt yesterday.

I am also competing with my 9-year-old daughter for computer time now, as she has suddenly taken more of an interest in typing, now that she knows she can type her made-up stories into Word instead of hand writing them.  I’m glad she’s typing and all, but between her and my husband’s after-hours computer work, I’ve pretty much been shut out of blogland the last few days!  LOL.

I used the iSpy Sketches #44 and Color Throwdown #220 challenges to help me pull a card together, since my brain is very much drained at present.  This card is the result:


This is a Sweet & Sassy Stamps image, from the Flowers in Bloom set.  I added a bit of a glitter pen treatment to the flowers and the butterfly, so if you look at the close-up photo you may be able to detect a bit of sparkle.

The sentiment is from PTI’s Signature Greetings stamp set.  The dark chocolate CS layer is impressed with the Canvas side and the Kraft CS is impressed with the Linen side of the PTI’s Linen/Canvas Impression Plate, though you can hardly see either in the photos.  I also edge-inked the Kraft panel with some Tea Dye Distress ink.  The wide sheer ribbon is scrunched into place with an SU! brad, atop a small strip of Cherry Cobbler cardstock, and the flowers were fussy cut by hand and are raised with dimensional adhesive.


Thanks for stopping by today. 😉

Challenge Photos:
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Flowers in Bloom (Sweet & Sassy Stamps); Signature Greetings (PTI)
Paper/Cardstock:  Oatmeal Cardstock (Wplus9); Classic Kraft, Dark Chocolate Cardstocks (PTI); White Cardstock (Xpedx)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Tea Dye Distress Ink (Ranger); Dark Chocolate (PTI); Copic Markers
Embellishments:  Decorative Brad (SU!); Ribbon (Offray); Glitter Pen
Tools:  Linen/Canvas Impression Plate (PTI)


An iSpy Sketched Play Date Cafe Card

ACK!!!!  Oh, thank goodness I had a little crafty time today!!  I’ve really needed it the last few days, and especially today.  But enough about that. 😉

I had an idea pop into my head for the beautiful Play Date Cafe #154 colors for their 3rd Anniversary festivities (Happy Anniversary, Play Date Cafe – thanks for all the fun!).  So I grabbed my Copic markers and a stamped butterfly image and then went to work.  I used the iSpy Sketch #38 to help me bring the card together (since my brain is on extreme frazzle mode this week).  This is my first attempt at the iSpy Sketches challenge.

I used a couple of new embossing folders for this.  And it was brought to my attention that I had previously mis-attributed the butterfly stamp on one of my long-ago posts.  I had attributed this butterfly stamp to Hero Arts, but after searching for someone today, I have learned that it is actually a Hampton Arts stamp set, and I had it labeled incorrectly in my stash.  So now you can actually go find it, now that you know its correct name – if you want it!  LOL. 😉

Anyhoo.  I tried to achieve all 3 colors in the butterfly by blending my Copics a bit.  I also sprayed it with a shimmer mist for a little subtle sparkle, which you can see better in the close-up photos.

Well, I’m off to sleep.  I need a TON of it right now!  I did sleep in this morning – a whopping 30 minutes – HA!  It’s tough when you have young children in the next room who are so enthusiastic about waking up every morning to get busy with their exciting lives. 😉

Thanks for stopping by today!


Challenge Photos:
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Butterfly Stamp (Hampton Arts); Happy Birthdays (Sweet & Sassy Stamps)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); Smokey Shadow Designer Paper (PTI)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Copic Markers
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Kaisercraft)
Tools:  Woodgrain Embossing Folder (The Paper Studio); In Stitches Embossing Folder (Craft Concepts); Jumbo Fishtail Flag Stax Dies (MFT Stamps); Banner Trio Die (Wplus9)