Saturday, March 17, 2018

Addicted to CAS Challenge #132 - Birds

Hi there blog friends! It's time for another challenge at Addicted to CAS and this time we get to play with our 'Bird' stamps and dies! Izzy from Izzy Scraps is our Guest Designer and she has created a gorgeous card to inspire everyone!
It's always nice to have a special thank you card for a very special that's what I've done! 

I wanted to go with a non-traditional color combo, and couldn't wait to ink up my new PTI Brushed Birds! This is a layering stamp set, and I can't wait to use DI's or watercolors with them :) 

Please feel free to stop by the Addicted to CAS Challenge Blog show us your favorite bird stamps and dies for a chance to win a $20.00 gift card from Happy Little Stampers online store!

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Stamps and Dies: PTI - Brushed Birds, Birds & Blooms; MFT Blueprints 15
Ink: MFT Cement Gray, Grout Gray, Ripe Raspberry; PTI Sweet Blush
Gems: Little Things from Lucie's Cards - Ice Cube Mix

Friday, March 16, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #3

Hi there, crafty friends! It's time for another fabulous Twofer Card Challenge and this time, Darnell would like us to feature blossoms on our projects! The parameters also include using the exact same stamp or die on both cards, and to create 2 distinctly different designs for 2 different occasions.

I used MFT's Plentiful Petals for my blossoms and the All Smiles stamp set for the sentiments (except for the Altenew 'Treasure' sentiment). 

I love a monochromatic card, so for my 'Thinking of You' card, I used a few of my new inks (gifted by a lovely friend) for the blooms and to create the gradient inking on the die cut sentiment. 

For my 'Thank You' card, I stamped a large bloom from the same set, and added leaves and an old sparkly gem from my stash. I also used Stone Gray cardstock for the background and another stitched scallop edge. 

I rarely create more than one card at a time, so I'm really enjoying this challenge. Plus, Darnell has a super talented DT with some great ideas to inspire us...Check it out Here!

That's it for me today...Wishing you all a fun and crafty weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by,

Card #1
Stamps & Dies: MFT - Plentiful Petals, Stitched Scallop Basic Edges, All Smiles
Inks: Altenew - Frosty Pink, Cotton Candy, Coral Berry; Versamark
Misc: Lucy's Cards - Ice Cube Mix Sequins; Stampendous - White Detail embossing powder

Card #2:
Stamps & Dies: MFT - Plentiful Petals, Stitched Scallop Basic Edges 2, All Smiles (Thank You), Slanted Sentiment Strips, Wavy Coloring Book Background; Altenew - Build - a - Flower - Sakura Blossoms (Treasure)
Inks: Versamark; Versafine - Onyx Black; SSS - Sea Glass, Mint
Misc: Hero Arts - Clear embossing powder; Kaisercraft Gem; Lucy's Cards - Ice Cube Mix Sequins

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Fusion Challenge - Rain or Shine

Hi all ~ It's time for a brand new challenge at Fusion and our theme is 'Rain or Shine'! In the U.S., we'll be getting lots of showers over the next several weeks and before we know it, our flowers will be in full bloom! 

I was inspired by those 2 adorable little girls in the photo and used the color palette from their raincoats and boots for my rain boots. I popped up the clouds with foam tape and embossed the raindrops in silver. I also thought it would be fun to include a few puddles across the bottom of the card and stamp the sentiment on and off the cloud.

As always, my teamies have created some amazing cards for this challenge...Stop by the Fusion Challenge Blog and check them out and of course, we would love it if you could join us!

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Garden Fresh; Pretty Pink Posh - Rainy Day; PTI - Swansational (puddles)
Dies: Clearly Besotted - Garden Fresh; Pretty Pink Posh - Rainy Day
Inks: MFT - Ripe Raspberry, Cornflower; PTI - Bright Buttercup; SSS - Sea Glass; Versafine - Onyx Black; Versamark
Misc: Silver EP, Clear EP

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Muse Card Challenge #256

Hi there ~ A quick post to share a card I created for this week's challenge at Muse. Anita Bowden created this beautiful card to inspire us:

Here is my take on her card:

I focused on Anita's:
- Stitched Heart
- Flourish
- Layout
- Metallic embossing on the sentiment

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Stamps: PTI - Fancy Flourishes; Avery Elle - Oh Happy Day (sentiment)
Dies: MFT - Stitched Heart; Lil Inkers - Stitched Butterfly
Cardstock: PTI: Select White, Lovely Lady, Vellum; PTI - Mini Hearts patterned paper
Misc: Versamark; Liquid Platinum E/P; Pretty Pink Posh Sparkly Clear Sequins; Hero Arts Clear Gems; Silver Wire (stash)

Monday, March 5, 2018

CAS Christmas - March Challenge & MFT Sketch Challenge #374

Hi there blog friends,
I'm back to share 2 cards I created over the weekend...Have you heard? Loll and Bonnie have a brand new challenge...CAS Christmas! No more excuses for me to feel overwhelmed in December, frantically creating 20 or 30 more Christmas cards :)

The theme for March is 'Holly'. I have a serious collection of holly stamps and dies, so I'll be entering again next week :). I rarely use patterned papers on my cards, but I have a pack of PTI gold foil papers and thought the stripes would work well here. I stamped the holly and berries and although it's not noticeable on screen, I added glossy accents to the berries for shine. A gold embossed sentiment and a few gold sequins, and that was it...a CAS Christmas card!


My 2nd card is for this week's Sketch Challenge at MFT:

I was eager to ink up this cute stamp...I colored her with Copic markers, created the background with stencils, then mounted the frame on stone gray cardstock.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for leaving such sweet comments...I read them all, and appreciate them very much! Have a great week!

Card #1
Stamps: PTI - Spruce/Sprigs; Clearly Besotted - Ornamental Style
Dies: PTI - Spruce/Sprigs
Cardstock/Papers: PTI - Stamper's Select White, Gold Luxe Foil Patterned Papers; MFT - Gold Foil Cardstock
Inks: SSS Green Leaf; MFT - Cherry Crisp; Versamark
Misc: WOW - Super Fine Gold EP; Pretty Pink Posh - Gold Sequins; Glossy Accents; Fun Foam

Card #2
Stamps: MFT - New Best Friend
Dies: MFT - New Best Friend, Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frame
Stencils: MFT - Drifts/Hills, Mini Cloud Edges
Cardstock/Papers: PTI - Stamper's Select White; MFT - Stone Gray
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; MFT - Black Hybrid ink, Cement Gray; Tim Holtz - Mowed Lawn, Tumbled Glass
Misc: iCraft - 3D Foam Squares

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Addicted to CAS Challenge #131

 Hi there blog friends ~ It's time for a new challenge at Addicted to CAS and just in time to create a few St. Patrick's Day cards, our code word is Luck/Lucky!

I started by creating a stencil with a SSS heart die and used distress ink to create the shamrock. I used the same color to create an ombre effect for the die cut alphas, and to keep it monochromatic, I used sour apple cardstock for the stamped sentiment...a few silver stars and a stitched border, and that was it!
Happy Little Stampers is our Sponsor and Kylie is offering a $15.00 gift card for the winner! We hope you'll stop by and play along with us!

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Dies: SSS - Heart; MFT - Stitched Alphabet, Blueprints 15
Stamps: SSS - All My Love (sentiment); PTI - Birthday Balloons (stem)
Misc: Pretty Pink Posh - Silver Stars; Twisted Citron distress ink; Versafine - Onyx Black Ink

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Fusion Challenge - St. Paddy's Day

Hi there blog friends! It's time for another challenge at Fusion and our theme is 'St. Paddy's Day'! As you know, you can use the sketch or the inspiration photo, or both when creating your's up to you ~ I used a few creative liberties with the sketch and the green/yellow/white color palette from the photo to create my card:

I haven't inked up these Mama Elephant critters in the longest time, but I thought the bunny and umbrella would work perfectly here. I masked, then inked the background with Oxide inks fading into white toward the clouds and colored the images with Copic markers. 

This challenge is a great opportunity to create a few cards for St. Patrick's Day, and we would love to see your creations in the Fusion Gallery

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Stamps: Mama Elephant - Up & Away
Dies: Mama Elephant - Up & Away, Landscape Trio
Ink: Tim Holtz - Oxide Inks; Versafine
Misc: Clear EP; Copic Markers

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

CAS(E) This Sketch #260

Hi there, blog friends! After seeing Chrissy Larson's fabulous sketch, I am happily playing along this week at CAS(E) This Sketch

This sketch was a great opportunity to use my new MFT sentiment die...I used Distress Oxide inks for the candle and colored the hippo, gift and party hat with Copic markers. I also embossed the background with a PTI cover plate to add texture and interest to the design.
That's it for me today ~ Thanks so much for stopping by,

Stamps: MFT - Happy Hippos
Dies: MFT - WISH die, Happy Hippos
Inks: Tim Holtz - Distress Oxide Inks
Misc: Copic Markers; PTI - Picnic Basket cover plate

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Muse Card Challenge #253

Hi there crafty friends ~ I'm adding a quick post today so I don't miss the deadline for one of my favorite challenge ~ Muse Card Challenge
Tracey is our Muse this week, and she is challenging us with this really cute card:

and, here is my card:

I couldn't wait to ink up this new MFT stamp set, but since the image was much smaller than Tracey's I flipped the layout. I blended Oxide inks to create the background and added splatters with water and diluted Copic Opaque White. I focused on Tracey's:
- Blue and Green blended background
- White sentiment on black

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Stamps: MFT - Furever Friends
Dies: MFT - Furever Friends, Blueprints 15, Slanted Sentiment Strips
Ink: Versamark, Distress Oxide Inks - Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Copic Opaque White
Misc: Stampendous White Embossing Powder

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Addicted to CAS Challenge #130 - Cat

Hi all, it's time for a new challenge at Addicted to CAS! Doni is our Hostess, and she has chosen 'Cat' for our code word. Here is my take...

and the inside...

I love a peek-a-boo card, and this little kitty in a box from SSS seemed perfect. I colored the images with Copic markers and added a Mama Elephant sentiment.

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Stamps: SSS - Furry Cat & Box
Dies: MFT - Blueprint #15 (stitched circle)
Misc: Doodlebug - Gray Enamel Dots; Copic markers

Friday, February 16, 2018

February Twofer Card Challenge

Hi there! It's time for the February Twofer Card Challenge and the theme is 'Hearts'! If you're unfamiliar with the Twofer Challenge, the object is to create 2 different designs for 2 different occasions using the same stamps and/or dies...and I LOVE this challenge!

Card #1

I was inspired by my dear friend and DT Gal Anita to create this card, which is to congratulate a friend who recently earned a Master's degree. I inked several heart balloons with dye inks in rainbow order and lined them up using a border die. I then stamped the sentiment and balloon strings, and that was it!

 Card #2

For this birthday card, I began by stenciling soft blue clouds and green hills for this cute little guy. I used the same MFT heart balloons using patterned papers and embossed the sentiment. The little birthday boy was colored with Copic markers, and if you look closely, I used Copic Various Ink with a textured cloth to create the look of denim on his overalls :)

Here are the 2 cards together:

So, there you have it! I hope everyone has a fun and crafty weekend ~ Thanks so much for stopping by,

Card 1
Stamps: MFT - More Essential Sentiments, Balloon Strings Background
Dies: MFT - Heart-Shaped Balloons, Stitched Basic Edges
Misc: Stampendous White E/P; Dye Inks: SSS, MFT, Hero Arts

Card 2
Stamps: Mama Elephant - In My Heart; MFT - Adorable Elephants (sentiment)
Dies: Dies: MFT - Heart-Shaped Balloons; Mama Elephant - In My Heart
Stencils: MFT - Cloud; SSS - Make a Stencil
Misc: Copic Markers

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Fusion Challenge - Spring Wreath

Hi there blog friends! It's time for a new challenge at Fusion and our theme is 'Spring Wreath'! As you know, you are welcome to create a card using the sketch or the inspiration photo...or both! For this challenge I decided to go with the sketch ~ 

I just bought this adorable MFT stamp set so I was eager to ink it up and have a play. I colored the images with Copic markers and embossed the background panel using a PTI cover plate. 

As always, the Design Team girls have created some beautiful cards for this challenge and we would love to have you stop by the blog for a peek and hopefully play along with us!

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Stamps & Dies: MFT - Meant to Bee; PTI - Hexagon Cover Plate; MFT - Slanted Sentiment Strips
Misc: Copic Markers; Stampendous White EP

Saturday, February 10, 2018

February CAS Watercolor Challenge - Heart

Hi there ~ I've been in my craft room most of this week, and I'm finally able to share a card I created for one of my favorite challenges: CAS Watercolor Challenge

I started by die cutting the peek-a-boo heart directly to a white panel and adding the watercolored strips. I used my Koi watercolors for the heart and die cut sentiment, then embossed the stamped sentiment with Hero Arts white EP. A few gems and stitched border, and this card was complete!

Be sure to check out the CAS Watercolor Challenge...Bonnie is the challenge host, and the team has created some really gorgeous cards!
Thanks so much for stopping by,

Dies: MFT - Peek-a-Boo Striped Die; SSS - All My Love (Laura Bassen) Love die; MFT - Blueprints 15
Stamps: SSS - All My Love
Misc: Koi Watercolors; Hero Arts White EP; Little Things by Lucy's Cards (Ice Cube Mix)

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

CASology Challenge - Butterfly

Hi there blog friends! In December, Jen from CASology chose my card as the winner for the cue card 'Gray', and today I am honored to be Guest Designer for the current challenge! The cue card this week is 'Butterfly', and oh, do I love playing with my butterfly stamps and dies :)

Here is my take on 'Butterfly' ~

Beautiful butterflies was one of my first stamp sets from PTI and I don't ink it up often enough. For this card, I decided to add the Fancy Flourishes in pastel pink to highlight the sentiment. I never seem to have a sympathy card on hand when I need it, so I took this opportunity to create this one for future use.

CASology is such a fun challenge...the DT girls are incredibly talented and the cue card is always thought provoking! If you have a chance, stop over there and check it out...I would love to see some of the butterflies you have tucked away in your stash :)

My sincere thanks to Jen for selecting my card and to Melissa for asking me to be the Guest Designer for this week's challenge ~
Thanks so much for stopping by,

Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Beautiful Butterflies, Fancy Flourishes
Die: Mama Elephant - All Prettied Up
Ink: MFT - Cotton Candy, Frosty Pink, Versafine Onyx Black