Friday, June 15, 2018

CASology Challenge #304 - Pearl

Hi there ~ I'm stopping in today with a quick post to share a card for this week's challenge at CASology. I haven't played along for the past few weeks, so I was really excited to see the Cue Card is 'Pearl' ~

I started with a panel of SSS Sea Glass cardstock (white space doesn't have to be white, right?). I've had a jar of Dreamweaver Pearlescent Embossing Paste in my stash for ages, so I used it with the Wave of Stars stencil to create a trail for the is a close-up:

I colored the butterfly with Copics and finished with the sentiment, both from Altenew Dream Big stamp and die set.

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Thursday, June 14, 2018

June "Twofer" Challenge!

Hi all ~ It's time for Darnell's June Twofer Challenge, and this month the prompt is 'Trees'!

And, here are the rules:

I love playing along with this challenge, and I think it's because it really IS a challenge! I had an NBUS stamp set in my stash, so of course, it was the best excuse to ink it up :)

For my one layer 'Friendship' card, I created a mask with an oval die and did some ink blending fading out on the upper right. I deliberately kept it CAS by refraining from adding gems or enamel dots...

For my monochromatic Christmas card, I did more ink blending, this time in shades of blue/green. I stamped the trees, leaving them bare, and added a sweet little bird using the same colors.

And, here they are together ~

If you're looking for a really fun challenge, look no further than Darnell's Twofer Challenge...there's still plenty of time to play along, and I know she would love to see your take on her latest prompt!

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

Card #1
Stamps: MFT - Modern Trees; PTI - Keep it Simple - Friendship
Dies: MFT - Cross Stitched Oval STAX
Inks: SSS - Hot Lips, Duckling; Hero Arts - Orange Soda, Soft Vanilla; Versafine - Onyx Black

Card #2
Stamps: MFT - Modern Trees, I'm Tweet on You, Snow Globe Sentiments
Dies: Mama Elephant - Landscape Trio
Inks: TH Distress Inks - Blueprint Sketch, Mermaid Lagoon, Cracked Pistachio; Versafine - Onyx Black; MFT - Black Licorice Hybrid
Misc: Copic - Markers, Opaque White; Pretty Pink Posh - Sparkling Clear Sequins

Sunday, June 10, 2018

A few more CAS Challenges

Hello again, blog friends ~
I'm back to share a quick post for 2 of my favorite challenges. First up is the CAS Christmas June Challenge, and the theme is Masculine

I love, love, love this Stag Stencil and I think it's perfect for a masculine Christmas card. I inked the stencil with Delicata Gold and added a thin gold foil border before mounting it on a black card base. 
If you are interested, you can buy this and other stencils at Sarah Gray's Folksy Store.


Next is a card I created for the CAS Watercolor June Challenge for the theme 'Ocean':

I started by creating a wash with Peerless Watercolors in a few shades of blue and aqua. After stamping the fish and seaweed, I colored the mermaid with Copic markers and added a few bubbles with PTI Rainstones. And that was it!


Thanks so much for stopping by,

Christmas Card:
Stamps: Clearly Besotted Stamps - Ornamental Style (sentiment)
Stencil: Stag from Sarah Gray's Folksy Shop

Watercolor Card:
Stamps and Dies: MFT - Mermazing, Stitched Rectangle STAX #1
Watercolors: Peerless - Joanne Palette

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Addicted to CAS Challenge #138

Hi there, blog friends! It's time for a new challenge at ATCAS and yours truly is your hostess! If there's one thing I love when creating a card, it's to use the colors of the rainbow for my images :) CarolG is our Guest Designer, and Happy Little Stampers is sponsoring the challenge with a $20.00 GC to the store.

For the birds, I used the MFT "I'm Tweet on You" stamps and dies (listed below) in rainbow order. The clouds are from the MFT mini cloud stencil inked with TH Tumbled Glass.  

If you have time, grab your inks and stamps/stencils and join us for the challenge...we always love to see your creations in the gallery!

Thanks so much for stopping by...I really appreciate your visits and read every one of your lovely comments...Thank you!

Stamps: MFT - I'm Tweet on You
Dies: MFT - I'm Tweet on You, Slanted Sentiments; Silhouette Cameo - Branch; Mama Elephant - Confetti (heart)
Stencil: MFT - Mini Cloud
Inks: Tim Holtz - Tumbled Glass; SSS - Hot Lips, Hero Arts - Orange Soda, Butter Bar, Green Hills, SSS Audrey Blue, Hero Arts - Passion Flower; Versamark
Misc: Stampendous - Detail White EP; Gelly Roll - White Pen; Wink of Stella - Clear Sparkle Pen

Friday, June 8, 2018

CAS on Friday Challenge - Embossing

Hi there, blog friends ~
I have a card to share for the current challenge at CAS on Friday...and the theme is 'Embossing'!

I started by using my Scor-Pal to score lines every 1/2 inch from behind the panel. I die cut the stitched flowers in 3 shades of pink and when I stamped the sentiment in Versafine ink I embossed it with clear EP to give it a little shine. A few enamel dots and this card was done and dusted :) 

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Stamps: PTI - Inspired: Love
Dies: PTI - Inspired: Love; MFT - Stitched Flowers, Vase
Cardstock: PTI - Select White: MFT - Grout Gray, Stone, Bubblegum, Cotton Candy, Ripe Raspberry, Gumdrop Green
Misc: Doodlebug - Enamel Dots; Teflon Bone Folder; Scor-Pal

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Fusion Card Challenge - Floral Cupcakes

Hi there ~ It's time for another fun challenge at Fusion and our theme is 'Floral Cupcakes'! I love the inspiration photo for this challenge so I decided to combine those beautiful cupcakes with the sketch. 

I don't have any lace stamps, so I decided to keep my design very CAS and add a stone gray panel beneath the cement gray sentiment strip. Everything on my card is from two older Mama Elephant sets so with some simple Copic coloring, clear EP on the sentiment, and a few gems, this card was completed rather quickly!

If you have some time, feel free to stop over at the Fusion Challenge Blog and play along. My teamies have created some beautiful cards, and as always, you are welcome to use the sketch and/or the inspiration photo for your design :)

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Stamps & Dies: Mama Elephant - Carnival Cupcakes and Carnival Toppers
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Misc: Copic Markers; Hero Arts - Super Fine Clear EP; Lucy's Gems - Ice Cube Mix; Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen

Saturday, May 26, 2018

CASology Challenge - Thrill

Hi there blog friends ~ 
This is my 2nd post today...if you're looking for my ATCAS Challenge card, please go Here.
I always enjoy playing along in the CASology Challenge, and I love this week's cue card...Thrill!

Here is my card:

I never tire of this SSS/Mama Elephant collab stamp set, and thought this little kitty would work well to show the thrill of riding a skateboard! I started by masking off a small area along the bottom, then inking the ground with Grout Gray and stenciling the clouds with TH Tumbled Glass ink. I colored the images with Copic markers and added a touch of glitter to the puffs of smoke...and that was it :)

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Stamps & Dies: SSS/Mama Elephant - Skater Kids
Stencil: MFT - Mini Clouds
Misc: Spectrum Noir Clear Glitter Pen

Addicted to CAS Challenge #137 - Sea

Hi there! It's time for a new challenge at Addicted to CAS and we have an awesome code word to inspire you...Sea! Stephanie is our hostess and as always, Happy Little Stampers is our Sponsor, offering a $20.00 GC for the winner! Also, the fabulous Claire A. is our Guest Designer.

After watching This Video by Laura Bassen, I thought her technique would work perfectly with the SSS waves stencil. I've been hoarding my Nuvo Moonstone Glimmer Paste, and thought I'd better start using it before it dries out :) 
This Mermazing set is new to me, so after I set aside the background, I colored the images with Copic markers. I placed all of my sea creatures inside the oval and added a few Rainstones; the sentiment was embossed with Gold EP, and that was it!

Feel free to stop by the ATCAS Blog and check out all the beautiful cards my teamies created for this challenge...maybe you'll even be inspired to play along!

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Stamps: MFT - Mermazing
Dies: MFT - Mermazing, Stitched Oval STAX
Stencil: SSS - Waves
Ink: Versamark; Mermaid Lagoon; Peacock Feathers
Misc: Copic Markers; Nuvo Glimmer Paste; PTI - Rainstones; Spectrum Noir Clear Shimmer Pen; Gold Embossing Powder

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Fusion Challenge - Coral Flowers

Hi blog friends ~ It's time for a new challenge at Fusion and this time our theme is 'Coral Flowers'. For this challenge, I decided to go with the Fusion by combining the sketch with a few elements from the inspiration photo:

These beautiful flowers and leaves are from Altenew and the stripes are from an old SSS background stamp. I used emboss resist for the blooms with white EP and MFT 's Peach Bellini ink. For the stripes, I used Coral Crush to add contrast to the design.   

I hope you'll stop by the Fusion Challenge Blog to see the lovely cards my teamies created for your inspiration, and that you'll play along with us!

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Stamps: Altenew - Happy Heart; MFT - More Essential Sentiments; SSS Background Stripes
Dies: Altenew - Happy Heart; Lil' Inkers - Stitched Scalloped Border (retired); MFT - Slanted Sentiments
Ink: Versamark; Versafine Onyx Black; MFT - Peach Bellini, Coral Crush, Spearmint
Misc: Stampendous - Detail White EP; Lucy's Jewels - Ice Cube Mix

Sunday, May 20, 2018

The Cat's Pajamas Tuesday Challenge

Hi there, blog friends! I'm playing along with a 'new to me' challenge at The Cat's Pajamas. My sweet friend Michele gifted me with some of TCP lovely die cuts and I chose to play with the butterflies ~

I ink blended the butterflies with Salty Ocean and Twisted Citron DI's, and in retrospect, I wish I had added wire antennae to each butterfly, but I thought of it after they were glued down. Next, I shaped the embossed sentiment to mimic the stitched scalloped border and added the striped papers for contrast. A few sparkly gems and this card was done and dusted :)

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Stamps: PTI - Keep it Simple: Friendship
Dies: The Cat's Pajamas - Butterfly Trio; MFT - Stitched Scalloped Border Edges 2
Ink: Versamark; TH Distress Inks - Salty Ocean, Twisted Citron
Misc: WOW - Superfine Gold EP; Lucy's Gems - Ice Cube Mix; MFT - B&W Stripes Paper Pack

Thursday, May 17, 2018

May CAS Christmas Challenge - Take 2

Hi there crafty friends! I'm back with my reminder post as May Guest Designer for the fabulous CAS Christmas Challenge!
There is still time to play along in this month's challenge! Here is my 2nd card:

For this card, I stenciled some snowy hills and stamped this really cute Penny Black Snowman. I colored him with Copic markers, used a touch of Glossy Accents for his nose, and added a few polka dots to his scarf with my gel pen. The snowflake is from MFT, which I embossed with iridescent sparkle EP. I used my MISTI to stamp the sentiment and re-stamped it with Versamark and added clear EP for some shine...a clear sparkly gem for the snowflake and a wonky stitched border, and that was it!

I hope you'll go through your stash and dig up your favorite snowman stamps or dies and join us at the CAS Christmas know December will be here before we know it, and it's never too early to get started creating our Christmas cards :)

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Stamps: Penny Black - Snowy, MFT - Snow Globe sentiments
Dies: MFT - Wonky Stitched Rectangles
Stencil: MFT - Drifts/Hills
Inks: Distress Ink - Salty Ocean; MFT - Cherry Crisp; Versamark
Misc: Glossy Accents; Judikins Iridescent Sparkle EP; Copic markers; Lucy's Gems - Ice Cube Mix, White Gel Pen

Monday, May 14, 2018

May Twofer Card Challenge - Butterflies

Hi there blog friends! It's time for another Twofer Card Challenge with Darnell and her fabulous DT, and the theme for this month is 'Butterflies'! Here are the parameters of the challenge:

Since I just placed an order from PTI and bought this sweet little butterfly stamp set, I was ready to get crafty ~ Here is my take on the challenge:

For my first card, I used Peerless watercolors and created a monochromatic color palette. I colored behind the 'fussy-cut' vellum butterfly with Copics, used silver EP for the sentiment, and added a few silver sequins for a little sparkle!

My 2nd card is very simple :) I started by stenciling the clouds, then stamped the butterflies and used my Glaze Gel pens to color in the tips of the butterfly wings. More fussy-cutting, a stitched border, a scripty sentiment and a few clear sequins, and that was it!

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Card #1:
Stamps: PTI - Butterfly Blooms; SSS/Mama Elephant - Summer Garden
Dies: SSS - Chisholm Wreath, Mini Flowers & Leaves; Mama Elephant - All Prettied Up Stitched Scalloped Mat
Ink: Versamark
Cardstock: PTI - Stampers Select White, Vellum; SSS - Fog
Misc: Peerless Watercolors; Copic Markers; Copic Markers; PPP - Silver Sequins

Card #2:
Stamps: PTI - Butterfly Blooms; Avery Elle - Sentimental Swirls
Dies: MFT - Stitched Rectangle STAX #1
Ink: MFT - Licorice Hybrid ink; Tumbled Glass DI
Cardstock: PTI - Stampers Select White; Copic X-Press-It; MFT - Stone Gray
Misc: Glaze Gel Pens; Spectrum Noir Clear Glitter Pen;  Lucy's Ice Cube Mix Jewels

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Addicted to CAS Challenge #136 - Mom/Mum

Hi there blog friends ~ It's time for another challenge at ATCAS and just in time for Mother's Day our code word is 'Mom/Mum'! Ceal is our Hostess, the super talented Rachel Bergfeld is our Guest Designer and the winner of this challenge will receive a $20.00 GC from Happy Little Stampers!

I was so excited to win an Altenew GC from Virginia Lu's Blog a few weeks ago, so I could finally buy this alpha die set :) I stamped flowers from PTI and Lawn Fawn and stopped at varying heights to hopefully add dimension to this card. It's been a long cold winter here on the east coast, so I really enjoyed taking out some spring colors for the flowers and leaves. The alphas are inlaid and stacked 3 high on a scalloped frame...a few sparkly sequins and this card was done and dusted!
Thanks so much for stopping by,

Stamps: PTI - Mini Blooms; Lawn Fawn - Penelope's Blossoms
Dies: Altenew - Bold Alphabet Dies; Mama Elephant - Femme Frames

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Fusion Challenge - Harbor

Hi there! I'm back to share my card for the next Fusion Challenge ~ I love the gorgeous inspiration photo, but this time I went with the sketch.

I'm always in need of a birthday card, so I embossed the balloon strings and die cut the sentiment with SSS white glitter paper. I stenciled the balloon and string using a die from MFT Blueprints 26, which is not part of the sketch, so I hope the boss doesn't mind :)

If you're inspired by the sketch or inspiration photo, please stop by the Fusion Challenge Blog and feel free to play along with us! 

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Stamps: MFT - Balloon Strings Background Stamp
Dies: MFT - Blueprints 26 (balloon), Congrats
Gems: Pretty Pink Posh