Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Guest Designer CASology Challenge #313


Hi there blog friends! I am honored to share with you that as the winner of the CASology Challenge in April (cue card: Parent), Melissa has asked me to join them this week as Guest Designer for the cue card 'Dress'!

I have one of the original Silhouette Cameo's, and I never know if it's going to cooperate when I need a die cut...this week, I got lucky and found this lovely image in their store for my card ~

  
I started by die cutting the stitched scalloped mat, and to keep things really clean & simple, I sponged a light background, popped her up on foam squares, and added a scripty sentiment, which I embossed with clear EP. Lastly, I added the dots with my gel pen...and that was it! 

Be sure to stop by the CASology Challenge to see all of the beautiful cards created by their amazing Design Team...I think you'll be inspired to play along :) 

Thanks so much for stopping by,







Supplies:
Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Keep it Simple: 'Just Because'
Dies: Mama Elephant - All Prettied Up
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass; Versafine - Onyx Black
Misc: Silhouette Store - Pretty Girl with Flower (#76635); Black Glaze Pen; Ranger Super Fine Detail Clear embossing powder

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #9 - Leaves


Hi there ~ I always enjoy playing along with Darnell's Twofer Challenge, and as soon as I saw the September prompt, I ransacked my stash for my leaves...I decided to use a die from the MFT Fab Foliage set.
The rules are: We can interpret the prompt however it inspires us, but we must use the same leaf or leaves stamp or die on both cards for two different occasions ~

Here is my first card ~


I started by embossing the top panel with PTI Linen/Canvas Impression Plate, die cut the border, then the rose and leaves using PTI felt. I added a sentiment, a large pearl, and a few gems, and that was it! 

For my 2nd card, I decided to create a wreath with the leaves ~


For this card, I die cut the leaves with Bristol cardstock, then sponged them with distress inks. I also spritzed the leaves with Shimmer Spray, then embossed the sentiment and added a few red gems from my stash. Here is a close-up of the sparkly leaves:


So pretty in person...

And, here is a photo of both cards for the Twofer Challenge Blog


Darnell and her team have provided lots of beautiful inspiration on the Challenge Blog, so be sure to check it out...I also have a badge on my sidebar with the rules of the challenge, if you would like to play along!

Have a great weekend, everyone...Thanks so much for stopping by,






Supplies:
Card #1
Stamps: MFT - From the Heart (sentiment)
Dies: MFT - Rolled Rose, Fab Foliage, Stitched Scallop Basic Edges
Misc: PTI Felt - Autumn Rose, Aqua Mist, Linen/Canvas Impression Plate; Lucy's Cards - Diamond Sequins

Card #2
Stamps: MFT - Hand Lettered Christmas
Dies: MFT - Fab Foliage; Mama Elephant - All Prettied Up (scallop border)
Ink: Versamark; Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn
Misc: Stash - Red Gems; Ranger - Super Fine Gold EP; Imagine - Sheer Shimmer Spray







Addicted to CAS Challenge #146 - Tweet


Hi all...it’s time for a new challenge at Addicted to CAS Our Hostess is Carolyn and she has chosen the Code Word Tweet.
Our Guest Designer is Susan Bridgman

Our Sponsor is Happy Little Stampers and as always, Kylie is offering the winner a generous $20. GC to the store!

I used Happy Little Stampers stamp set called 'Wish You Were Here' for my card:



Ok, now we would love to see how the code word 'Tweet' inspires you! If you would like to see inspiration from the Design Team, and play along with us, visit the ATCAS Blog HERE  ~

Thanks so much for stopping by,






Supplies
Stamps: Happy Little Stampers - Wish You Were Here
Ink: Versafine - Onyx Black; Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch, Twisted Citron
Misc: Tim Holtz Watercolor Cardstock; Altenew - Enamel Dots

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Fusion Card Challenge - Citrus

Hi there blog friends ~ It's time for a new challenge at Fusion and this time our prompt is 'Citrus'. I decided to go with the sketch and used my NBUS stamps and dies from SSS.


I couldn't wait to ink up this stamp set, especially since the summer is coming to a close and I'll be hunting for my autumn-themed sets very soon :) I created a mask for each section and blended Distress Inks to mimic the water, sand, and sky, then colored the images with Copic markers. For fun, I also embossed the sand pails in white EP on a blue inked panel. Lastly, I created an ombre effect with Squeezed Lemonade on the die cut sentiment and horizontal panel and added a touch of Crystal Glaze on the surfboards.

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: SSS - Surf's Up
Dies: SSS - Surf's Up, Painted Wafer Die (Enjoy)
Inks: Versamark; Distress Inks - Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Squeezed Lemonade
Misc: Copic Markers; Nuvo Crystal Glaze; Hero Arts Detail White Embossing Powder; White Gel Pen


Saturday, September 8, 2018

September CAS Challenges

Hi there, blog friends ~ Loll and Bonnie have launched their September Challenges, and I'm playing along with 2 of them today. My first card is for the CAS Christmas Challenge and the prompt is 'Wreath' ~



I started by stenciling the English Brick Wall in Grout Gray for a subtle background, then used my favorite SSS Chisholm wreath for my focal point. I die cut it twice and rotated it to add dimension. The birds and bow are part of this die set...I added the sentiment and a few clear sparkly sequins and that was it.

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My 2nd card is for the CAS Watercolor Challenge and the prompt for September is 'Tree'. 



I thought it would be fun to use an old Hero Arts stamp called 'Shari's Tree #2'...I stamped the tree with Archival Jet Black ink then used my Koi watercolors and Gansai Tambi Starry Colors for the tree. I really wanted to keep this card CAS, so I added a sentiment and a few snowy hills, and this card was finished. 

Both challenges end on the 24th, so there is still plenty of time to play along!

Thanks so much for stopping by,






Supplies
Card #1:
Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Holiday Wishes
Dies: SSS - Chisholm Wreath (includes bow and birds); MFT - Stitched Rectangle STAX
Stencil: MFT - English Brick Wall
MISC: Lucy's Things - Diamond Sequins

Card #2:
Stamps: Hero Arts - Shari's Tree #2; Clearly Besotted Stamps - Ornamental Style
Dies: Mama Elephant - Landscape Trio
Watercolors: Koi Watercolors; Gansai Tambi - Starry Colors (Star)


Monday, September 3, 2018

CAS on Friday Challenge - Sketch .

Hi there blog friends! Over the weekend, I took a short break from re-organizing my craft room to play along with the CAS on Friday Challenge, and this time, they have a sketch for us ~


I thought it would be fun to play with my new dragonflies from MFT...


I started by stamping, then coloring one of the dragonflies with Copic markers, then popped it up on a wonky circle that I stenciled with clouds :) I used my Scor Pal to emboss diagonal lines on the horizontal panel, then I embossed the sentiment in gold EP and added a few sparkly sequins. Lastly, I added a touch of Clear WOS to the wings and this card was complete! 

I hope all of my North American friends are having a wonderful Labor Day!

Thanks so much for stopping by,







Supplies:
Stamps: MFT - Fluttering Friends; Clearly Besotted Stamps - Accent It
Dies: MFT - Wonky Stitched Circles
Stencil: MFT - Mini Cloud Edges
Misc: Copic markers; Scor Pal; Altenew - Rose Gold embossing powder; Sequins from stash; Wink of Stella - Clear Brush Pen

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Addicted to CAS Challenge #144 - Apples


Hi all...it’s time for a new challenge at Addicted to CAS. Our Hostess is Anja and she has chosen the Code Word 'Apples'.
Our Guest Designer is the super talented Ksenija, who has created a beautiful card to inspire everyone!
Our Sponsor is Happy Little Stampers and as always, Kylie is offering the winner a generous $20. GC to the store!


For my card, I used the SSS set called 'You're So Sweet' ~


For a change, I decided to create a square card...I masked the first apple, then stamped the other before coloring them with Copic markers. I then coated the base of each apple with Nuvo Crystal Glaze to give them a high buffed shine! I also added clear EP to the sentiment. Lastly, I added splatters with gold watercolor.


Ok, now we would love to see how the code word Apples inspires you! If you would like to see inspiration from the Design Team and play along with us, visit the ATCAS Blog HERE ~

Thanks so much for stopping by,






Supplies:
Stamps: SSS - You're So Sweet
Dies: MFT - Inside/Out Stitched Squares
Misc: Copic Markers; Versafine Ink; Ranger Super Fine Clear EP; Nuso Crystal Glaze; Gansai Tambi Starry Colors

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Fusion Card Challenge - Daisies

It's time for another Fusion Challenge, and this time our theme is 'Daisies'! Remember ~ you may choose the sketch or inspiration photo or both, and this time, I chose both!


I don't have any formal 'daisy' stamps or dies, but this flower from the MFT Stitched Flowers dies seem to work well. I stamped the polka dots with Versamark and let it dry to get a tone-on-tone look showcasing the blue vase in the photo. The circle was made using vellum and wonky stitched circles and to jazz it up a bit, I added a thin strip of gold foil between the polka dot pattern and card base.

Be sure to check out all the beautiful cards my teamies created to inspire you on the Fusion Blog...and while you're there, we would love to see your take on the challenge :)

Thanks so much for stopping by,






Supplies:
Stamps: MFT - Itsy Bitsy Polka-dot Background, A Tweet Hello (sentiment)
Dies: MFT - Wonky Stitched Circles, Slanted Sentiments, Stitched Flowers
Cardstock: PTI - Stamper's Select, Lemon Tart, Vellum
Misc: 1/2" Circle Punch; Versamark; Pretty Pink Posh - Crystal Sequins

Sunday, August 19, 2018

CASology Challenge - Sports



Hi there ~ I haven't played along with the CASology Challenge lately, so when I saw their latest cue card I made sure I took the time to create a card.



Since I don't have any sports-related stamps, I went shopping in the Silhouette Store and found this cute little gymnast. I started with a stitched panel, then blended Tumbled Glass ink for the background. I used black textured cardstock for the image and gold embossing powder for the stars (so sorry for the glare).

Thanks so much for stopping by,






Supplies:
Stamps: MFT - More essential sentiments
Dies: Silhouette Store - Balance Beam Gymnast (#16477); MFT - Stitched Rectangle STAX
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass; Versafine - Onyx Black; Versamark
Misc: Altenew - Rose Gold Embossing Powder

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Addicted to CAS Challenge #143 - Berries



Hi all...it’s time for a new challenge at Addicted to CAS. Our Hostess is Bobby and she has chosen the Code Word Berries.
Our Guest Designer is Asa and she has created a gorgeous card to inspire everyone!
As always, our Sponsor is Happy Little Stampers, and Kylie is offering the winner a generous $20. GC to the store!



This is a new to me stamp set from PTI...except for the sequins, it's a one layer card, which I love for mailing :) I started by blending Tumbled Glass DI on to the upper half of the panel, then I stamped the berries and leaves with Altenew inks and the sentiment with Versafine and clear embossing powder for shine. And, that was it!

Ok, now we would love to see how the code word 'Berries' inspires you! If you would like to see inspiration from the Design Team and play along with us, please feel free to visit the ATCAS Blog

Thanks so much for stopping by,







Supplies:
Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Beautiful Berries: Spring
Dies: Papertrey Ink - Beautiful Berries: Spring; MFT - A2 Rectangle STAX Set 1
Ink: Versafine; Altenew
Misc: Ranger Super Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder

Friday, August 17, 2018

August Twofer Challenge


Hi there, blog friends! This is my 2nd post today. For the CAS Christmas Card Challenge go Here.

It's time for another Twofer Challenge and I'm so glad that Darnell has chosen Geometric for her theme. If you haven't played along yet, here are the rules for the challenge:


I thought it would be fun to use the large Wonky Stitched Peek-a-Boo die for my geometric shape:


For my 'Birthday' card, I used stencils to create soft clouds and sun rays for the sky and 3 different sets for the scene. I colored the images and branches with Copic markers, then popped everything up on a stone gray card base.

For my 'Feel Better' card, I decided to create a shaker ~


I started by ink blending the background with distress inks and used an NBUS set by MFT called Gill Friends for the fishes and sentiment. 

A pic of both cards together for Darnell's Challenge Blog:


There is still another week to play along if you're interested...I'm sure Darnell would love to see your take on 'Geometrics' ~
Thanks so much for stopping by,






Supplies:
Card #1
Stamps: MFT - A Tweet Hello
Dies: MFT - Wonky Stitched Peek-a-Boo Window, A Tweet Hello, Birds of a Feather
Stencils: MFT - Mini Cloud Stencil; Honey Bee - Ocean Scene Builder (sun rays)
Misc: PTI - Clear cardstock; Spectrum Noir - Clear Glitter Marker

Card #2
Stamps: MFT - Gill Friends
Dies: MFT - Wonky Stitched Peek-a-Boo Window, Gill Friends
Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch
Misc: Copic Markers; Sequins from stash

CAS Christmas Challenge - Reminder


Hi everyone,
Today is the reminder for the August CAS Christmas Challenge...there's still one more week to play along! For this post, I used one of my favorite Christmas trees ~


I started by embossing the tree in white, then used distress inks in 2 shades of green and gold foil for the star. I also blended Tumbled Glass ink, popped the tree up with foam tape and mounted it to the cross-stitch oval mat. I added a few sparkly sequins and embossed the sentiment in gold...and that was it :)

December will be here before we know it, and we would love to have you join us by submitting a card to the gallery!  A big thank you to Loll and Bonnie for having me along as their Guest Designer for August...it has been such an honor!

Thanks so much for stopping by,






Supplies:
Stamps: Ellen Hutson - Christmas Scribbles (tree); MFT - Cheerful Christmas Greetings
Dies: Ellen Hutson - Christmas Scribbles (tree); MFT - Cross-Stitch Oval STAX
Inks: TH - Tumbled Glass; Twisted Citron, Lucky Clover; Pretty Pink Posh - Sparkly Clear Sequins; WOW - Super Fine Gold EP

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Fusion Card Challenge - Galaxy


Hi there blog friends ~ It's time for a new challenge at Fusion and this time our prompt is Galaxy. 


I had a lot of fun creating this card...I used the sketch for the design and created the galaxy background based on the inspiration photo with distress inks, adding a few gold splatters with Gansai Starry Watercolors. I colored my little astronaut with Copic markers and embossed the sentiment on dark gray cardstock. 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 - Space Explorer
Dies: MFT - Space Explorer, Wonky Stitched Circles
Ink: Distress Inks; Gansai Starry Watercolors; Copic Opaque White; Versamark
Misc: Hero Arts - Detail White Embossing Powder

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 ~







Supplies:
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