Sunday, November 18, 2018

Challenge me a Christmas Card

Hi there blog friends ~ 
Several weeks ago, my Fusion teamie Michelle Lupton invited me to join her for her annual 'Challenge me a Christmas Card Series'. Michelle invites a guest to challenge her with a Christmas card theme, product or technique, then she and her guest post their interpretation of the challenge...

I've been eager to try the Alcohol Lift Ink Technique again, and Michelle agreed. I found an old Hero Arts stamp set with lots of details and created this card:

I started by inking the background from the top about 1/2 way down, and when dry I added the falling snow with Glimmer Paste. Then, I used alcohol ink on Yupo Paper in 2 colors and applied alcohol lift ink to the stamps. On screen, it looks a bit like emboss resist, but in person, the effect is rather unique. I wanted to keep the card as CAS as possible, so I fussy cut the trees, die cut the snow drift, and added the sentiment...and that was it :)

If you would like to learn more about this technique, Jen McGuire has a blog post and video tutorial...Here ~

I would like to take a moment to thank Michelle for inviting me to play along in her Challenge me a Christmas Card Series...I had a lot of fun creating my card and can't wait to see what Michelle created with this technique!

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Stamps: Hero Arts - Merry Christmas Trees; MFT - Birdie Brown Greetings Galore
Dies: MFT - Surf & Turf (snowdrift)
Ink: Alcohol Ink - Pistachio, Turquoise; Versafine Onyx Black; Tim Holtz - Tumbled Glass
Misc: Tonic Nuvo - Glimmer Paste (Moonstone); SSS - Falling Snow Stencil; Tim Holtz - Alcohol Lift-Ink, Yupo Paper

Saturday, November 17, 2018

November Twofer Card Challenge

Hi there blog friends ~  
I've been busy this week working on DT stuff, but Darnell's Twofer Card Challenge is one of my all-time faves, so I had to make time to play along. 

Check out the gorgeous texture on the front panel...My sweet friend Michele gifted me a few that she created with her new embossing folder, and I used them on both cards today. Thanks, Michele!

I started by watercoloring 2 layers of the wreath with DI's and colored the angels with Copic markers. I used MFT silver foil cardstock for the sentiment and added a few clear gems for some sparkle. Another Christmas card done and dusted :)


The rules of this challenge are to create 2 different cards for 2 different occasions, using the same stamps and/or dies. I needed one more Thanksgiving card, so that's what I did ~

I love the elements in this stamp/die set and thought it would be fun to create an autumn wreath. I colored everything with Copic markers, stamped the sentiment, and added a few clear gems.

Here's a photo of both cards for Darnell's blog:

The deadline is the 24th, so there's still plenty of time to play along with Darnell's challenge...Check it out!

My warmest thoughts and heartfelt prayers are going out to the residents, Firefighters and rescue teams in California, as they continue to struggle with devastating fires along the coast.

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Card #1:
Stamps: Hello Bluebird - Away in a Manger
Dies: Hello Bluebird - Away in a Manger; SSS - Chisholm Wreath; Reverse Confetti - Winter Words (Joy)
Misc: Stampin' Up - Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions; Copic Markers; Pretty Pink Posh - Clear Droplets

Card #2:
Stamps: MFT - Fall Friends (sentiment); Pretty Pink Posh - Autumn Wreath
Dies: SSS - Chisholm Wreath; Pretty Pink Posh - Autumn Wreath
Misc: Pretty Pink Posh - Clear Droplets; Hero Arts - Detail White Embossing Powder

Monday, November 12, 2018

Be Merry!

Hello again ~ I'm back to share a card I created for the November CAS Christmas Challenge. I have lots of Santa stamps and chose this new set from MFT...

He's kinda cute, right? So, I colored him with Copic markers then die cut the white panel and cross stitch tag to serve as a mat. Then, I added the striped Christmas patterned papers, (which is way out of my comfort zone) and added the sentiment. And, that was it...CAS Christmas!

As always, Loll, Bonnie, and their team have created some really fabulous cards for this challenge...Feel free to pop over and check it out...Christmas will be here very soon!

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

Stamps: MFT -Sassy Santa, Snow Globe (sentiment)
Dies: MFT - Sassy Santa, Slanted Sentiments, Cross Stitch Tag, A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
Misc: Copic Markers; MFT - Candy Land Paper Pack; Glaze Gel Pens (black & white)

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Addicted to CAS Challenge #149 - Presents

Hello there, blog friends! It's time for our last challenge for 2018 at ATCAS. Our Hostess is Susan and just in time for the holidays, she is challenging us to use the Code Word 'Presents'.
Our Guest Designer is Chrissie Stokes (Co-Creator of Less is More Challenge Blog), and she has created a gorgeous card to inspire everyone!

Our Sponsor for this challenge is Happy Little Stampers and as always, Kylie is offering a stamp set to the winner!

I grabbed a set of MFT dies from my NBUS basket and created this card:

I started by ink blending Tumbled Glass ink behind my focal point, but it's so pale, you can barely see it on screen. Then, I used X-Press It Blending Card to die cut the gift bags and colored them with Copic Markers. I stamped the sentiment with Versafine, then sprinkled clear EP to add a little bit of shine...Lastly, I used the Wonky Stitched Rectangle die for a fun border. 

Ok, now we would love to see how the code word 'Presents' inspires you! If you would like to see inspiration from the Design Team, and play along with us, feel free to visit the ATCAS Blog ~ Our challenges run for 2 weeks, so you have plenty of time :)

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Stamps: MFT - Cheerful Christmas Greetings
Dies: MFT - Wonky Stitched Rectangle. Gift Bags
Misc: Versafine Onyx Black ink; Ranger Clear EP; X-Press It Blending Card; Copic Markers; Lucy's Cards - Opalescent Diamonds Sequins; Tim Holtz - Tumbled Glass Ink