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 Prills...it's too bad the shimmer doesn't photograph well:


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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 blend...so pretty!
So, that's it for me...I hope everyone is having a great week ~

Thanks so much for stopping by,






Supplies:
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 cards...so, if you have the time, stop over at the ATCAS Challenge Blog and join us!
Thanks so much for stopping by,







Supplies
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'.

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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 card...to 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,






Supplies

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,






Supplies
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,






Supplies
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



Friday, June 29, 2018

CASology Challenge - Bear - Take 2!


Hi there ~ I'm back with another card for this week's CASology challenge. While perusing my stamps, I ran across another really cute set of bears, and couldn't resist creating another card :)


Who could resist this little guy carrying his colorful leaf like a banner and sharing a sweet sentiment for a dear friend? Not me! So, I colored him with Copic markers, added a little sparkle and placed him on a stack of alphas. Lastly, I used a stitched scallop border to frame my design...and that was it!

Thanks so much for stopping by,






Supplies:
Stamps: MFT - Bitty Bears, More Essential Sentiments
Dies: MFT - Friend, Bitty Bears, Stitched Scallop Rectangle Frame
Misc: Spectrum Noir - Clear Sparkle Pen

Thursday, June 28, 2018

CASology Challenge #306 - Bear


Hi there blog friends ~ I'm back to share a card I created for this week's challenge at CASology. I dug out one of my all-time favorite 'bears' and inked her up for my card:


As a gift for a purchase from Taylored Expressions, I received this cute little pocket...so, I used a cheesecloth background stamp and blended light blue ink on the edges to create a denim look. I popped the bear in so that she looks like she's peeking out to say hello and placed both elements on a wonky stitched panel. A sweet sentiment embossed with Liquid Platinum, and this card was done :)

Thanks so much for stopping by,






Supplies:
Stamps: SSS/Mama Elephant - Skater Kids; MFT - Cheesecloth Background, More Essential Sentiments
Dies: SSS/Mama Elephant - Skater Kids; Taylored Expressions - Pocketful of Sunshine; MFT - Wonky Stitched Rectangles


Saturday, June 23, 2018

Addicted to CAS Challenge #139 - Girl Power


Hello again, blog friends! It's time for a new challenge at Addicted to CAS, and this time we've got some 'Girl Power'! I love to bake, so when I saw these Ellen Hutson 'Baker Lady' stamps, I had to have them :)


A little Copic coloring and some sparkle for the chocolate icing, and this CAS card was finished! Of course, I was dying to stamp some confetti and a few balloons, but they would take up all of my white space...next time, right?

We have a super talented Guest Designer for this challenge ~ Cindy Chiu from Escape to Stamping, and as always, Happy Little Stampers is awarding a $20.00 GC to the winner! So, if you would like to show off your Girl Power, we would love to see it in our gallery!

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






Supplies
Stamps: Essentials by Ellen - Leading Ladies - Baker Lady
Misc: Copic Markers; Spectrum Noir

Thursday, June 21, 2018

CASology Challenge #305 - Jumpy


Hi there ~ I'm stopping in with my 2nd post today, for this week's challenge at CASologyFor my Fusion Card Challenge post, you can go here.

Since the cue card is 'Jumpy', I thought it was the perfect time to ink up my new (to me) 'Ewe and Me Forever' stamp set ~


How cute is that little sheep? I colored her with Copic markers and popped her up with an Action Wobble. I also created the grass using Copic markers and a ruler...something different, right? 

That's it for me...I hope everyone is having a great week ~ Thanks so much for stopping by,







Supplies
Stamps: MFT - Ewe and Me Forever
Dies: MFT - Ewe and Me Forever, Stitched Rectangle STAX #1
Stencil: MFT - Mini Clouds Stencil
Misc: Copic Markers; Action Wobble

Fusion Card Challenge - Primary Bookcase

Hi there blog friends ~ It's time for a new challenge at Fusion and our prompt is 'Primary Bookcase'. This time I went with the theme and color palette in the inspiration photo...


I love this Birdie Brown 'Class Act' set and this little blondie will be sent to my granddaughter in August when she starts back to school :) I colored everything with Copic markers, added the MFT grass border, a little Glossy Accents on the apple, and a few gold stars...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,






Supplies
Stamps: MFT - Birdie Brown Class Act
Dies: MFT - Stitched Scallop Rectangle Frames, Birdie Brown Class Act, Tag Builder Blueprints 6 (stars), Grass Border (retired)
Misc: Copic markers; Glossy Accents; TH Twisted Citron (grass)

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 butterfly...here 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,






Supplies:
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.

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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,






Supplies
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