A couple of challenges

Posted by on June 11, 2011 in Challenges, Cuttlebug, Digistamp, Distress inks, Flowers, Gamsol, Hero Arts, Nestabilities, Prismacolor pencils | 14 comments


Hope you are having a good weekend….mine is extra good as it is a long weekend here in Australia (Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday!) Yay!

I have 2 cards to share with you tonight that I am entering into a couple of challenges…. so let’s begin.

First up is a little flowery number for my Mum. She is coming to visit us this weekend! I don’t get to see my Mum very often as she lives 9 hours away, but she is coming to spend 4 nights with us and I wanted to make her a card to tell her I love her. Her favourite flower is a rose so it is a perfect fit! The flower is a digi stamp from the DigiStamp Boutique which I coloured in with prismacolor pencils and gamsol.

I am entering this one into 2 competitions. The DigiStamp June Customer Competition and also the CAS-ual Friday #6 Tic Tac Toe challenge…this is so cool as you get to pick the combination that works best for you!

My combination for this challenge is the diagonal one – Emboss, Dies/Punch, Buttons. I dry embossed the background, my die is the end of a Spellbinder’s Labels 4 die and I have used a beautiful button from Jane’s Doodles.

Next up is another card that I made for the CAS-ual Friday Tic Tac Toe challenge. This time I chose the middle combination – gems, die/punch/flowers. I love how it turned out. I am also entering this one into the June Hero Arts Blog Challenge. This one uses the technique of water colouring with distress inks, water and a paint brush.


[Pink rose]
Stamps: The DigiStamp Boutique “Rose Collection”, Waltzingmouse Stamps – Teeny Trees for the ‘Love you’ sentiment.
Ink: Printer, Versafine Ink – Onyx Black
Card: Regal Craft Card (Square single fold which I cut to form a smaller card), white Bazzill card, white card
Other Supplies: Prismacolor pencils, Gamsol, stubbs, Kaisercraft pearls – pearl, Kaisercraft pink grosgrain ribbon, Jane’s Doodles button, Spellbinders Label 4 die, Cuttlebug, Cuttlebug Embossing folder – Birds and Swirls, foam dimensionals, Glossy Accents (to adhere the button)

[Tall Flower – Thanks]
Stamps: Hero Arts Tall flower woodblock stamp (K5431), Waltzingmouse Stamps – Teeny Trees for the ‘thanks’ sentiment (The sentiment actually says Give Thanks, but I only inked up the thanks part as I didn’t want to cut it up)
Ink: Versafine Ink – Onyx Black, VersaMark watermark ink, Tim Holtz distress inks – Fired Brick, Dried Marigold, Peeled paint, Scattered Straw
Card: Regal Craft Card (Square textured single fold card), X-Press-It blending card
Other Supplies: American Crafts Blck embossing powder, heat gun, Kaisercraft gems, paintbrush, Spellbinders Labels 2 die, Cuttlebug, foam dimensionals, kitchen twine, Tim Holtz blending tool

Thanks for stopping by,


Update June-11
Tall Flower-Thanks, earned me a spot on the VIP’s List at CAS-ual Friday.


  1. I love them both, but the second one is so GORGEOUS! Your colouring is always so flawless!

  2. They are both fabulous!

  3. What gorgeous cards! Your mum is lucky to have such a fabulous designer as a daughter 😀
    LOVE the touches of bling on your second card!

  4. Gorgeous use of the elements! Your mum will loooove that card as its warm and elegant and oh so beautiful 🙂 Thanks for playing at CAS-ual Fridays!

  5. Hi Marion, I just love your cards here today. The 1st one is lovely with the pink colors and heart button! The 2nd one is super sweet! Like I said in the HA Flickr , I love how you showcased the gorgeous image!Hope to see more of your fabulous work! Thanks so much for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

  6. oh my word… GORGEOUS cards, Marion! Love them both! So beauiful and elegant.. just perfect!
    Sylvia xx

  7. Yummy!! I love the one you made for you mom…simple but super elegant!
    The second one is super too!!

  8. A great set of cards, I love the designs of both and a great use of the three elements 🙂 beautiful 🙂

  9. OH EM GEE!! I was gobsmacked by your first card and then I scrolled down and saw the tall flowers, YOU are amazing!!!! LOVE them both!!

  10. Wow! Two beautiful projects – isn’t the Tic Tac Toe thing so fun?! Love both of your projects, especially the rose one – your coloring is amazing! Thanks so much for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays – looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful work in future challenges!

  11. Sooooo pretty!
    Thanks for playing at CAS-ual Fridays!

  12. Marion – I love, love, love your card so much that it inspired me to play around and come up with my own version. Check out the following post to see how it snowballed into a frenzy of creating amongst stamping friends. TFS.


  13. Hi Marion, what a stunning card. You’ve coloured the image perfectly and the embossing looks amazing. Thanks for joining in with our monthly competition over at DSB. Hugs, Denise

  14. Wow…wow and triple wow…love it Marion!…Thank you for joining in the DigiStamp Boutique Competition again….Sally-Ann :o)

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