Wednesday, August 8, 2018

CAS Watercolor August Challenge

Hi there! All of Loll & Bonnie's Challenges are real favorites of mine, so once again I'm playing along with their CAS Watercolor Challenge. I rummaged through my stash and found an old sunflower stamp, and I think it's perfect for watercoloring (even though it's not labeled and I have no idea which company makes it).

I started by embossing the sunflower with white EP on watercolor paper, then colored the petals, stems, and leaves with Koi Watercolors. I embossed the sentiment, added a few sequins, and mounted the panel onto a white card base...and that was it!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I really appreciate your visits and all of your lovely comments ~

Stamps: Sunflower (unknown); MFT Brushstroke Expressions (sentiment)
Die: MFT - Stitched A2 Rectangle Set 1
Ink: Koi Watercolors; Versamark
Misc: Stampendous - Detail White EP; Altenew - Rose Gold EP; Pretty Pink Posh - Sparkly Clear Sequin Mix

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Muse Card Challenge #277

Hi there ~
I'm back with a quick post to share a card I created for this week's challenge at Muse. Tristan is Guest Designer and she has created this gorgeous card to inspire us:

And here is how I was inspired by her design:

Instead of using a flower for my card, I grabbed my NBUS 'Toucan Do It' stamps and dies from MFT, and colored the Toucan and leaf with Copic markers. Tristan embossed the background panel, but I chose to emboss inside the aperture and tried Jen McGuire's technique from THIS VIDEO. I also loved how she added the rolled thread, so I added some in the corner of the wonky frame. Lastly, I added a googly eye with eyelashes, so I guess she's a girl :)

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Stamps: MFT - Toucan Do It
Dies: MFT - Toucan Do It, Peek-a-Boo Wonky Stitched Window
Misc: PTI - Rustic Burlap Cover Plate; Copic markers; DNC Thread; Googly Eye

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Addicted to CAS Challenge #142 - Masculine

Hi’s time for a new challenge at Addicted to CAS. Our Hostess is Ellenor and she has chosen the Code Word 'Masculine'!
Our Guest Designer is...Hannelie!!!
Our Sponsor is Happy Little Stampers, and they are offering the winner a $20. GC to the store. 

For my design, I CASE'd This Card (with consent) by my sweet blog friend, Karren ~

I loved Karren's CAS design with stenciling in the lower left corner. To make this a more masculine card, I used Tumbled Glass DI for the grid pattern and MFT Nightshift Blue cardstock for the die cut sentiment. Lastly, I stacked the copper foil leaves and popped them up with foam squares.

If you're in need of a masculine card, we would love to have you join us in the ATCAS gallery...hope to see you there ~
Thanks so much for stopping by,

Stamps: Avery Elle - Simply Said
Dies: Simon Says Stamp - Painted 'Hugs'; MFT - Layered Leaves
Stencil: MFT - Large Grid
Ink: DI - Tumbled Glass
Cardstock: MFT - Copper Shine

Friday, August 3, 2018

August CAS Christmas Challenge

Hi there blog friends! I am honored to share with you that I was asked to be the Guest Designer for the August CAS Christmas Card Challenge! I enjoy playing along every month and usually create a few cards while I have my supplies out. Their theme for August is 'Tree', so I grabbed some NBUS stamps and dies and got started on my card ~

For the trees, I used MFT Oh Christmas Tree. I created the ombre effect with my inks, then spritzed them with Shimmer Spray. I embossed the sentiment and flourish with gold EP and added a few gold sequins...and that was it :)

I have a package of SSS tree stencils in my stash, so I created another card:

I stenciled the trees with pastel inks and spritzed them with Shimmer Spray, then stamped the sentiment in light gray. Here is a close-up of the sparkle on the trees:

As always, Loll, Bonnie, and the Design Team have created some gorgeous cards to inspire everyone and since the challenge lasts until the 24th, we would love to have you stop by the Challenge Blog and join us!  

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Card #1:
Stamps: MFT - Oh Christmas Tree; WPlus9 - Iconic Christmas
Dies: MFT - Oh Christmas Tree, Stitched A2 Rectangle Set 1
Inks: Altenew - Hunter Green, Just Green, Sweet Leaf
Misc: Pretty Pink Posh - Gold Sequins; Imagine - Sheer Shimmer Spray

Card #2:
Stamps: Clearly Besotted Stamps - Ornamental Style
Dies: MFT - Stitched Rectangle STAX
Stencils: SSS - Four Trees
Misc: Pretty Pink Posh - Silver Sequins, Imagine - Sheer Shimmer Spray

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Fusion Challenge - Rustic Flowers

Hi there blog friends ~ It's time for a new challenge at Fusion and this time our theme is 'Rustic Flowers'! I decided to go with the sketch and use the colors on the blooms in the inspiration photo:

I started by using Versamark to ink the stone gray panel with a woodgrain stamp and swiping the thin strip (also with Versamark), and not adding any clear embossing powder. I thought wildflowers could be considered 'rustic', so I inked the flower petals in pale peach and used coral for the flower center. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment and added a few silver sequins...and that was it!

We would love to have you join us at the Fusion Challenge! My fellow teammates have created some amazing cards to inspire everyone, and since the challenge lasts 2 weeks, there's plenty of time to play along ~
Thanks so much for stopping by,

Stamps: Altenew - Wildflower Garden; MFT - Wood Plank Background Stamp; Clearly Besotted - Accent It
Cardstock: PTI - Stampers Select White; MFT - Stone Gray
Ink: Versamark; MFT - Peach Bellini, Coral Crush; Altenew - Just Green
Misc: Pretty Pink Posh - Silver Metallic Sequins

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Addicted to CAS Challenge #141 - Summertime

Hello again, blog friends! It's time for a new challenge at Addicted to CAS, and this time our code word is 'Summertime'!

I started by stenciling the waves with Salty Ocean, then went over the entire panel with Tumbled Glass. All of the elements were colored with Copic markers with a little sparkle on the flowers and Glossy Accents on the glass.

I also added a few tiny water drops with Glossy is a close-up:

We have a super talented Guest Designer for this challenge ~ Gerrina, and as always, Happy Little Stampers is awarding a $20.00 GC to the winner! If you would like to play along, pull out your favorite summertime stamps and dies and submit your card to our gallery

Have a great weekend ~ 

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Stamps & Dies: MFT - Penguins in Paradise
Stencil: SSS Waves Stencil
Misc: Copic Markers; Glossy Accents; Wink of Stella - Clear Sparkle Pen

Friday, July 20, 2018

July Twofer Challenge!

Hi there blog friends! It's time for Darnell's July Twofer Challenge and I'm loving the theme ~ Beverage! Even though my NBUS pile is overflowing, it was the perfect excuse to buy this MFT stamp and die set that I've been eyeing for a while :)

OK, so the rules are that we create 2 different cards for 2 different occasions, using the same stamps and/or dies. The stamp and die set that I chose is MFT's Soda Pop & Bottles. Here is my first card:

I started this card by applying embossing paste to a concentric circle stencil and used the sketch from the most recent Fusion Challenge for my design. It may be hard to see on screen, so the coke bottle and top banner are chocolate brown.
My sister is a diet coke addict, so this is going off to her attached to a Yankee Candle, just to say hello :)

For my 2nd card, I decided to go with a birthday theme...we can't ever have too many of them, right?

For this card, I inked the bottles with MFT inks in summery colors, stamped the icons and added a vertical border with diagonal striped paper and silver luxe cardstock. A few clear sequins and this card was completed :)
Here are both cards together (for Darnell's gallery):

I always enjoy playing along with Darnell's challenge and we have until the 24th if you're interested in creating a few cards!

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Stamps: MFT - Soda Pop/Bottles
Dies: MFT - Soda Pop/Bottles, Slanted Sentiment Banner, Cheers
Inks: MFT - Ripe Raspberry, Lemon Drop, Periwinkle, Versafine Onyx Black; Versamark
Misc: Pretty Pink Posh - Sparkly Clear Sequins; Hero Arts - White Detail EP; Ranger Embossing Paste; MFT - Black & White Basics Paper Pack; PTI - Silver Luxe Cardstock; Martha Stewart - 3/4" Circle Punch

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Fusion Card Challenge - Outdoor Room

Hi there ~ It's time for a new challenge at Fusion, and this time our theme is 'Outdoor Room'! This time I went with the sketch:

I took some creative liberty with the sketch, so I hope it's ok with the team :) The faerie is new to me, and I thought it would be fun for her to be trying to catch the butterfly. I used several gel pens to add a pop of color and gold EP on the sentiment to match the faerie...

The best thing about the Fusion Challenge is that you may choose the sketch, the inspiration photo, or both to create your card! My teammates have created some fabulous cards to inspire you, so feel free to stop by the challenge blog and play along with us! 

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Stamps: PTI - Butterfly Blooms; MFT - Adorable Elephants (sentiment)
Dies: Pappy Stamps - Posing Faerie; MFT - Stitched Clouds
Misc: Gold Foil Cardstock, Vellum; Glaze Gel Pen

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

CAS Christmas & CAS Mix Up July Challenges

Hi there, blog friends ~ 
If you're a frequent visitor to my blog, you know how much I enjoy playing along with Loll and Bonnie's challenges...well, today I'm sharing a few cards I created for the CAS Christmas Challenge and CAS Mix Up Challenge ~

When it comes to flowers, I always look to Altenew and sure enough, their Poinsettia is perfect ~

There are four steps to this bloom, which I stamped with Hero Arts ink cubes. I spritzed sheer shimmer spray on the flowers and leaves and added Prills to the center of the flower. The leaves were a birthday gift from Loll (thank you again!).

Here is a close-up of the's too bad the shimmer doesn't photograph well:


My 2nd card is for the CAS Mix Up Challenge - Color our die cuts, stamping and our choice.

I used alcohol inks to color the die cut 'Color Drops' and after I stamped the sentiment, I added clear embossing powder (my choice) for dimension. A very simple card, but I love the effects of the alcohol inks when the colors pretty!
So, that's it for me...I hope everyone is having a great week ~

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Card #1
Stamps: Altenew - Build-a-Flower: Poinsettia; Happy Little Stampers - Christmas Joy (sentiment)
Dies: Altenew - Build-a-Flower: Poinsettia; MFT - Stitched Scallop Basic Edge; Leaves
Ink: Hero Arts Ink Cubes - May Park Collection; Versamark
Misc: Prills - You Had Me At Yellow; Imagine - Sheer Shimmer Spray; WOW Super Fine Gold EP

Card #2
Stamps: MFT - Sending a Smile
Dies: Color Drops; Reverse Confetti - Lovey Words
Inks: Ranger Alcohol Inks - Raspberry, Sunshine Yellow; Versafine Onyx Black
Misc: MFT - Tag Builder Blueprints 6 (Hearts); Ranger Super Fine Detail Clear EP

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Addicted to CAS Challenge #140 - Baby

Hi there ~ It's time for another challenge at Addicted to CAS and this time our code word is 'Baby'! Also, for this challenge, we are thrilled to have Jen Mitchell as our Guest Designer!
I don't have a need to create many baby cards, so I grabbed my Altenew alphas and created this card:

I thought the blue and white gingham papers would work well for a baby card and to add a little charm, I placed it inside the stitched scalloped frame. Lastly, I placed it on a stone gray card base and just for fun, I popped on the little bird, and that was it :)

We would love to see your baby, if you have the time, stop over at the ATCAS Challenge Blog and join us!
Thanks so much for stopping by,

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Say it Loud; MFT - I'm Tweet on You
Dies: Altenew - Bold Alphabet; MFT - Stitched Scallop Frames, I'm Tweet on You
Misc: MFT - Tiny Check Paper Pack; Copic Markers

Thursday, July 5, 2018

July CAS Watercolor Challenge, Muse Card Club

Hello again, blog friends! I'm playing along with a few challenges, so I'm back to share my entries...My first card is for the July CAS Watercolor Challenge, and the theme is 'Splash Watercoloring'.  

I started by watching Loll's Video on the Splash Watercoloring technique, and I was so happy that it looked like an underwater scene. I wanted to keep it CAS, so I added one of my NBUS Mermaids reaching for a sparkly sequin...and that was it - no foliage or schools of fish :)
I am also entering this card in the current CAS on Friday Challenge for the theme 'Watercolor'.


My 2nd card is for this week's challenge at Muse Card Club, where Anita created this beauty to inspire us: 

I really love Anita's the extent that I actually CASE'd it!

I used the same Distress Inks except I didn't splash it with water and I used a different bloom.No imagination here, guys...but you know what they say...'Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery'! 

Thanks so much for stopping by,


Card #1:
Stamps: MFT - More Essential Sentiments
Dies: Impression Obsession - Mermaids; MFT - Stitched Tag Corner Rectangle
Ink: Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers; Versamark
Misc: Pretty Pink Posh - Clear Sequins, WOW - Super Fine EP

Card #2:
Stamps: Altenew - Wildflower Garden
Ink: Shaded Lilac, Salty Ocean, Cracked Pistachio; Versafine Onyx Black
Misc: Black Gel Pen

Fusion Card Challenge - Cactus Door

Hi there blog friends ~ It's time for a new challenge at Fusion and this time our prompt is 'Cactus Door'. I was excited to receive a beautiful cactus stamp set as a birthday gift from my sweet friend, Michele, and couldn't wait to ink it up!

On a stitched panel, I colored everything with Copic markers. I tried to blend different colors on the cacti, but I'm not sure if I was very successful...more practice is needed, for sure! I added a few clear gems, and that was it :) 

Don't forget the best thing about the Fusion Card Challenge is that you can choose between the sketch and the inspiration photo, or both! My teamies have created some amazing cards to inspire you, so feel free to stop by the challenge blog and play along with us!

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Stamps: Trinity Stamps - Succulent Banner
Dies: Trinity Stamps - Succulent Banner; MFT - Stitched Rectangle STAX #1
Misc: Copic markers; Pretty Pink Posh - Sparkly Clear Sequins

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

MFT Summer School 2018 - Session 1 - White Space

Hi there ~ I'm  back to share a card I created for MFT Summer School Session 1 and the theme for Day 1 is 'White Space'...Right up my alley :)

This cute little guy was a freebie from MFT. I colored him with Copic markers, added some Glossy Accents to his hat, stenciled the clouds and placed him inside a Peek-a-Boo Wonky Window. The sentiment is also from this stamp set. And that was it...Day 1 is done and dusted :)

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Stamps: MFT - Happy Hello
Die: MFT - Peek-a-Boo Wonky Windows
Stencil: MFT - Mini Cloud Edges
Misc: X-Press It Cardstock; Copic Markers; Tumbled Glass Distress Ink; Versafine Onyx Black Ink