Thursday, September 21, 2017

You Make Me Smile



Hi there blog friends,
I've been on the fence about entering the MFT Card Design Superstar Contest, so just before they close their doors, I've decided to submit this card for the CAS category:


This little guy is my favorite from the new Bitty Bears stamp set, and I thought (hoped, really) that he would work in place of the letter "O" in the die cut. I used the paisley stencil for the background and blended distress inks to create an ombre effect on the alphas.

Supplies: (All MFT products)
Stamps: Bitty Bears, All About You
Dies: Bitty Bears, All About You, Fishtail Sentiment Strip, Blueprints 25
Stencil: Bold Paisley
Inks: MFT - Black Hybrid; DI's - Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed; Hero Arts - Soft Vanilla; Versamark
Embossing Powder: Stampendous Detail White
Gems: Lucy's Cards - Clear Jewels

  
Thanks so much for stopping by,








Sunday, September 17, 2017

CAS on Friday, Muse Challenge

Hello again ~
I'm back to share 2 cards...First up is the challenge at CAS on Friday for the theme CAS on Friday: Challenge #116 Color me Pretty (use Pencils or Markers)


I just bought this stamp set and thought the tri-square windows would work well. The backgrounds were blended with DI's and images were colored with Copic markers.

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My 2nd card is for this week's challenge at Muse. Tracey McNeely is our Muse this week and she created this fabulous contemporary Christmas card:


And, here is my take on her card:


I used my favorite wreath die and kept it simple by adding just 2 sprigs of holly (watercolored) and a few gems. CAS with an elegant sentiment and that was it!


Supplies:
Stamps: MFT - Witch Way is the Candy, Hero Arts - Merry Christmas Trees (sentiment)
Dies: MFT - Witch Way is the Candy, SSS - Chisholm Wreath, Tri Square Window, Reverse Confetti - Holly
Distress Inks, Copic Markers, Gems (stash)

Have a great week ~ Thanks so much for stopping by,








Saturday, September 16, 2017

Addicted to CAS Challenge #120

Hi there blog friends ~
It's time for another challenge at Addicted to CAS! Our Hostess for this challenge is Jaydee and she has chosen the code word for us:


Here is my card...


For my first card, I stamped and die cut my newest MFT set (Beautiful Blooms) and die cut the scalloped border with Lawn Fawn plaid papers. Lastly, I used Doodlebug Sprinkles for the center of the flowers.

I created a 2nd card, just because...


I stamped a panel using Lawn Fawn's Penelopes Blossoms then die cut the sentiment several times and stacked them to add dimension to my card. A few clear sequins and a stitched panel, and that was it ~

STAMPlorations is our sponsor and they are offering a $10 voucher to the store for the winner...we would love to have you join us!
Thanks so much for stopping by,






To answer Paperpretties question: To create the scalloped border on the first card, I used this MFT DIE (last one in the photo). Hope this helps!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

CAS Watercolor September Challenge

Hi there ~
I'm back to share a card I created for this month's challenge at CAS Watercolor, and the theme is 'Silhouette'!





Instead of using a stamp for this challenge, I opened my Silhouette Studio software and found this image in my library from a few years ago (it's called 'Beauty Silhouette' #5292). I started with Peerless Watercolors on the textured side of Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock and I embossed the PTI sentiment in gold. A stitched oval and rectangle border with a few gold sequins and this card was completed!
Thanks to Bonnie for suggesting that I can enter this card is this month's challenge at CAS Mix Up :)


To fulfill the criteria for this challenge, I created the watercolor wash on the oval panel and stamped the sentiment. My 'choice' is one of my favorite techniques ~ die cutting.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend, and if you live in or near Florida, please stay safe! My daughter and granddaughter live on the east coast of Florida and I'm trying not to panic ~ So far, so good!

Thanks so much for stopping by,








Saturday, September 2, 2017

Addicted to CAS Challenge #119

Hi there blog friends ~ It's time for a new challenge at Addicted to CAS and Doni has chosen our Code Word:


As summer comes to a close, I start thinking about all the wonderful fruits and veggies I enjoy during autumn and apples are at the top of my list ~


I wasn't sure if I liked this card after I added glossy accents to the apples, so I created a new one, and this time I used a lighter red ink and Shimmer Spritz ~


Maybe it's the screen on my pc, because, in person, the shimmer spritz is very pretty :)

A few weeks ago, the winner of our challenge, Sweet Kobylkin (Ksenija), created three really cute cards using this partial die cutting technique on the border of her cards. As soon as I emailed her about being our Guest Designer, I asked if I could CASE her fun design...she said yes, and here we are :)

This is how I created this card: 
- I started by drawing a pencil line where the fold would be. (I did not fold the card yet). 
- I lined up the apple die (beginning in the center working outward) and partially die cut each one. 
- I erased the pencil line and stamped the apples and stems.
- Lastly, I placed the card on my score board and scored in between each apple, folded the card, and added glossy accents to each one.
***The card is now 5" tall by 5 1/2 wide, so I created my own envelope.

My teamies have created some really fabulous cards for this challenge and we would love to have you join us! Create a Smile is our Sponsor and they are offering a gift card for 15 Euros to the winner of this challenge! 
Ingredients:
Stamps: PTI: Fruit Fusion; Reverse Confetti: Sentiment
Dies: Reverse Confetti - Sentiment
Inks: Versamark; MFT - Cherry Crisp; SSS - Hot Lips; Catherine Pooler - Grass Skirt 
Misc:  Hero Arts - Silver EP; Lucy Cards - Sequins; MFT - Silver Foil C/S; Glossy Accents; Shimmer Spritz

Thanks so much for stopping by,








Friday, September 1, 2017

Hugs and Boo to You!

Hi there blog friends! I'm back to share 2 cards I created for this week's challenges at CASology and Muse ~

First up...my dear friend, Cat Craig is Guest Designer this week at Muse and she has created this beautiful card to inspire us:


And, my take:


I used a NBUS from PTI called Humming Along for my blooms and hummingbird and a die cut sentiment from SSS.

I focused on Cat's:
- Color Palette
- Layout
- Floral theme
- Black script sentiment

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My 2nd card is for CASology and the cue card this week is 'Square' ~





I love this PTI ghost from Spooky Smiles, (illustrated by my friend Kay Miller). I colored him with Copics and attached him to the PTI die cut Four Square. This card is 5x5 so I'll make a custom envie for it :)

So, that's it for me! I hope everyone has a really safe and fun Labor Day Weekend ~ 
Thanks so much for stopping by,








Sunday, August 27, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #302; SSS Flickr Challenge #78 - Dots and/or Stripes

Hi there,
I've been busy in my craft room for the past few days and of course, enjoying PTI's Stamp-A-Faire videos :) So, today I'm sharing 2 cards that I created for a few challenges ~

First up is Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #302 with a sketch by Cecile:

Such a great sketch and I love the color combo she chose for it, too :) Here is my take:


A few weeks ago, CASology used the cue card 'Safari' and Hannelie's card is what inspired me to check out the Silhouette store for some images. I stamped the sun using the Altenew Half-tone circles and the sentiment is from SSS...and that was it!

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Next up is the card I created for the current SSS Flickr Challenge, and the theme is 'Dots and/or Stripes':


I think dots are a lot of fun on a card, so I took out my old circle punches and a few dies to create stencils with Post It Notes. The sentiment is from SSS, which I stacked five high for dimension...Done and dusted :)

Wishing you all a great week ahead ~ Thanks so much for stopping by,








Sunday, August 20, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches - Challenge #301


Hi there ~
I'm back to share a card I created for this week's challenge at Freshly Made Sketches. The sketch is by Jen B. and I love it!

I would like to get back to creating some Christmas cards, so that's how I played with the sketch ~


I started by creating my own plaid pattern with Post-It tape, using 2 shades of green and one of red, then used PTI Spruce & Sprigs for the holly and berries. The scalloped panel is from MFT and the sentiment is from an old Hero Arts stamp set.

So...that's it for me ~ I hope everyone has a fun and crafty week ahead!
Thanks so much for stopping by,








Saturday, August 19, 2017

Addicted to CAS Challenge #118 - Friends


Hello there blog friends ~ It's time for another fun challenge at Addicted to CAS and our Code Word is 'Friends'! Susan is our Hostess for this challenge and Happy Little Stampers is offering a $15.00 gift card for the winner!


And, here is my card, which has already been sent to a 'Sweet Friend'! 


My teamies have created some really cute cards for this challenge...Feel free to stop by the ATCAS Blog and join us for this fun theme!

Products used:
Mama Elephant - Honey Bunny, Friend die
Lawn Fawn - Speech Bubble
PTI - Keep it Simple: Friendship (sentiment)
Copic Markers, Hero Arts White EP, Pretty Pink Posh (Sequins) 

Thanks so much for stopping by,








Thursday, August 17, 2017

Muse Card Challenge #229

Hi there ~ I haven't played along with Muse in a few weeks and when I saw Tracey's adorable inspiration card, I couldn't resist! Here is her card:


And, my take on her card:



I focused on Tracey's layout and blue background, although instead of ink blending I thought it would be fun to use this whimsical stencil. I also added the oval shadow die cut for the bear to stand on and some glossy accents on the balloons :)

Ingredients:
MFT: Bold Paisley Stencil, Polar Bear Pals, Happy Hippos (balloons), Up in the Air (sentiment), Essential Speech Bubble
Copic Markers, Lucy's Cards (sequins)

Thanks so much for stopping by,








Sunday, August 13, 2017

CASology Challenge #261; SSS Flickr Challenge #77

Hello again,
I'm back to share 2 cards ~



First up is a CAS card I created for this week's CASology Challenge #261 and the Cue Card is ‘Safari’


I used MFT Jungle Friends dies for the grass and giraffe and created the spots with my old punches :) The sentiment 'Stripe Greetings' is from SSS. I used Peerless Watercolors for the grass and added a few splatters for texture, and I also added clear embossing powder to the sentiment for some shine.

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My 2nd card is for the current SSS Flickr Challenge and the theme is 'Splatter It' ~ 


I don't usually add splatters to my card, so it was fun to use them on both cards this week :)


I stamped the background with SSS Artsy Flower Parts in white EP and added distress inks. The sentiment is from the SSS 'You' stamp and die set.

So, that's it for me today...I hope everyone had a lovely weekend ~
Thanks so much for stopping by,








Sunday, August 6, 2017

CASology Challenge - 'Juicy'; CAS Watercolor August Challenge - 'Salt'

Hi there ~ I'm back to share 2 cards but before I do, I just want to thank you all for your sweet thoughts and lovely condolences since we had to say goodbye to our furry sidekick, Movado ~ You are all so kind!

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First up is this week's CASology Challenge for the theme 'Juicy'! 


There's nothing like a bowl of sweet and juicy fruit...especially at this time of year! So, I started with stenciling the front panel with PTI's 'Sunburst' in 2 shades of yellow, then used SSS 'You're So Sweet' stamps and dies for the fruit and sentiment. A good coat of Glossy Accents on everything and this card was finished :)


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 The theme for the August CAS Watercolor Challenge is 'Salt'. Loll and Bonnie provided several video tutorials for us, but I happened to have a video from Jen McGuire which I used for the galaxy background on this card:



It's difficult to see the effects of the salt (Sea Salt & Kosher Salt) on screen, but this background really sparkles in person! I also added a few teeny-tiny star gems which were part of a 'Happy Mail' package from my sweet friend Betty a few years ago :) I used Grout Gray for the card base and embossed it with PTI Linen/Canvas Impression Plate. The astronaut and sentiment are from MFT 'Space Explorer' set. 
Here is a close up of the card:




Have a wonderful week ahead...Thanks so much for stopping by,