Friday, October 19, 2018

October Twofer Card Challenge - Harvest


Hi there blog friends ~ I always enjoy playing along with Darnell's Twofer Challenge and as soon as I saw this month's prompt, 'Harvest', I ordered this cute stamp set from Pretty Pink Posh!

My first card was stamped on Blending Card and colored with Copic markers:


I love all of the images in this set and colored them in autumn colors. To keep it CAS, I added a sentiment with copper embossing powder with a touch of WOS and Glossy Accents on the flower. 

For my 2nd card, I wanted to create a monochromatic color palette and stamped the images with cement gray ink on a stone gray panel:


I stepped outside my comfort zone and stamped a few images in a random pattern, then die cut the panel with the stitched scallop border die. I added a scripty sentiment and a few sparkly sequins, and this card was finished. 

The rules for the Twofer Challenge are: We can interpret the prompt however it inspires us, but we must use the same stamp or die on both cards and they must be for 2 different occasions.  Here is my photo for the challenge gallery:


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...deadline is the 24th!

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






Supplies:
Stamps: Pretty Pink Posh - Autumn Wreath; SSS - Big Thanks
Dies: MFT - Stitched Scallop Basic Edges
Ink: MFT - Cement Gray, Licorice Hybrid Ink; Versamark; SSS - Soft Granite
Misc: WOW - Copper Embossing Powder; Pretty Pink Posh - Copper Sequins; Little Things by Lucy - Diamond Sequins; WOS - Clear Sparkle Pen; Glossy Accents 


Sunday, October 14, 2018

Always & Forever

Hi there ~ I'm back with a quick post to share a card before CASology closes their doors for this weeks' challenge:)


Here is what I came up with...


Hubby and I will be married 44 years in January, so I thought combining the ampersand and sentiment would work well for an anniversary card. I used gold embossing powder for all the stamping, dry embossed a border to create a frame, and added a few gold sequins...and that was it :)

Have a great week, everyone ~ Thanks so much for stopping by,






Supplies:
Stamps: SSS - Forever and Always; Paper Smooches - Ampersand
Dies: Paper Smooches - Ampersand
Misc: Ranger - Super Fine Gold EP; Pretty Pink Posh - Gold Sequins; Scor-Pal; WRMK - Stylus

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Addicted to CAS Challenge #147 - Foliage


Hello there, blog friends! It's time for a new challenge at Addicted to CAS! Our Hostess is Stephanie, and she has chosen 'Foliage' as our code word!


I started by masking a vertical panel, then created masks with post-it notes and Lawn Fawn leaf dies, which I sponged using Distress Oxide inks. The 'Thanks' sentiment is from SSS and the 'xo' is from MFT. A few gold sequins and this card was done and dusted :) 

Our Guest Designer and my teammates have created some gorgeous cards for this challenge. Stop on over to the ATCAS Challenge Blog to check them out, and play along with us...we would love to see your take on the code word.

Thanks so much for stopping by,






Supplies:
Stamps: SSS - Big Thanks Words; MFT - From the Heart
Dies: Lawn Fawn - Stitched Leaves
Inks: TH - Distress Oxide Inks; PTI - Dark Chocolate Ink; Versamark
Misc: Pretty Pink Posh - Gold Sequins; Hero Arts - White embossing powder



Thursday, October 11, 2018

Fusion Card Challenge - Pastel Halloween

Hi there ~ It's time for a new challenge at Fusion. As you know, the fun part of this challenge is that you can use the sketch or the inspiration photo, or both...I decided to go with both for my card ~


What do you do when you're inspired by those cute little ghost cookies in the photo, but don't have any ghost stamps in your stash? You go shopping :)
So, I found these adorable ghosts at Hello Bluebird...(by the way, they have a lot of cute stamps). I colored them with Copic markers and popped them up on my stenciled clouds. I stamped the simple sentiment with Versafine and embossed with clear EP to add a little shine.

I hope you'll join us at Fusion...whether you're inspired by the sketch, the photo, or both, we would love to see your creations in the gallery! 

Thanks so much for stopping by,






Supplies:
Stamps: Hello Bluebird - Ghostly Greetings
Dies: Hello Bluebird - Ghostly Greetings; MFT - A2 Stitched Rectangles STAX
Stencil: MFT - Mini Cloud Edges
Misc: Copic markers; Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder; Lucy's Things - Diamond Sequins

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

October CAS Watercolor Challenge


Hello there blog friends! CAS Watercolor Challenge is celebrating their 2nd birthday, and as always, I am excited to play along! For the October challenge, they have chosen a beautiful autumn color palette for us...and here is my take ~


I wanted to watercolor a flower, so I chose this lovely Gerbera Daisy from Winnie & Walter using my brand new liquid watercolors. I also painted a strip of dark green on the left with Glimmer Metallic Ink, and added a touch of Wink of Stella to the center of the bloom...here is a close-up ~


It's a little difficult to see the sparkle on screen, but I love the effect of all the shimmer and flecks of gold in the green metallic ink on the border. I mixed it with a little water and brushed it on...yummy! I'll be adding more colors to my collection asap.

Check out THIS VIDEO by Jen McGuire using the Hero Arts Glimmer Metallic Inks. 

Happy 2nd Birthday to Loll, Bonnie and their amazing DT at the CAS Watercolor Challenge! 



Thanks so much for stopping by,






Supplies:
Stamps: Winnie & Walter - In Bloom: Addies Garden
Dies: Winnie & Walter - In Bloom: Addies Garden; SSS - Painted Hugs Wafer Die
Ink: Pinkfresh Studio - Liquid Watercolors (flower, stem, leaf); Hero Arts - Glimmer Metallic Inks; Versafine - Onyx Black Ink
Misc: Hero Arts - Clear Embossing Powder; Lucy's Things - Diamond Sequins; Wink of Stella - Clear Shimmer Pen 

Sunday, October 7, 2018

CAS Christmas October Challenge


Hello there ~ I'm back to share a card I created for the October Challenge at CAS Christmas. I have lots of bird stamps and wanted to use my current favorites from PTI...


I started by stenciling clouds on the background then watercoloring and splattering the pine tree branches. Lastly, I added Glossy Accents to the berries and stamped and die cut the sentiment...and that was it :)

If you're looking for some inspiration, Loll & Bonnie have three fabulous challenges to choose from! To get started on your Christmas cards, check out the CAS Christmas Challenge...for all of their challenges, click on the corresponding badge on my sidebar...you'll be so glad you did!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian blog friends! 

Thanks so much for stopping by,






Supplies:
Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Brushed Birds; Sunny Studio - Holiday Style (sentiment)
Dies: Papertrey Ink - Brushed Birds, Spruce & Sprigs (Berries); Reverse Confetti (Joy); Your Next Die (Branch)
Stencil: MFT - Mini-Clouds
Ink: MFT - Cherry Crisp; Altenew - Sea Glass, Ocean Waves; DI's - Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn
Misc: Glossy Accents

Saturday, October 6, 2018

CASology Challenge #315 - Gratitude


Hi there blog friends ~ I thought it would be fun to play along at CASology this week with this card...


I started with a stitched panel, then created the background with a stencil, but I think I got a little carried away with the circles :) I love the shadow on the thanks die, so I included that along with a stamped subscript. Lastly, I placed the panel on a black card base for a strong contrast...and that was it!


Thanks so much for stopping by,






Supplies:
Stamps: SSS - Big Thanks
Dies: SSS - Big Thanks; MFT - A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX; Slanted Sentiment
Stencil: MFT - Circles
Ink: Versamark; Altenew - Cotton Candy; SSS - Audrey Blue; MFT - Spearmint

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Addicted to CAS Challenge #146


Hi there ~ It's time for another fun challenge at Addicted to CAS and Ceal has chosen a fabulous code word for everyone ~ Diamond! 
Happy Little Stampers is our Sponsor, offering a $20.00 GC to the shop, and we have a super talented Guest Designer for this challenge...Carol G. 

Several weeks ago, I bought the Altenew Cube Builder Stencil, which is a layered stencil of diamond shapes.


I started by sponging the diamonds to create a border, then inked the flower, stems and sentiment. I embossed the word 'always' and finished the card with a few clear sparkly sequins...and that was it!

I wasn't sure about this card, so I decided to re-create it in 'portrait' view, and I like it better:



Check your stash for diamonds, then come over and check out the ATCAS Challenge Blog for lots of inspiration..and to play along :)

Thanks so much for stopping by,






Supplies:
Stamps: MFT - From the Heart
Dies: Roses in Bloom (free with $60.); PTI - Inspired: Love
Stencil: Altenew - Cube Builder
Ink: DI's - Twisted Citron, Picked Raspberry; Versamark; Altenew - Ocean Waves
Misc: Hero Arts - Detail White EP; Lucy's Things - Diamond Sequins

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Fusion Card Challenge - Baby Shower

Hi there, blog friends ~ It's time for a new challenge at Fusion. As you know, the fun part of this challenge is that you can use the sketch or the inspiration photo, or both...I decided to go with the photo for my card ~


I love the pink color palette and how the flowers were placed on the lower half of the large block letters on the table...so, I stamped small flowers in 3 shades of pink and added a few leaves. I wanted to keep the design clean and simple, so I die cut the stitched scallop border and only added a short sentiment and a few gems to the design. Lastly, I mounted the panel on a ripe raspberry card base, and this card was done and dusted :)

My teammates have created some beautiful cards for this challenge and we would love to see your take on the new sketch and inspiration photo! Come on over to the Challenge Blog and play along with us!
Thanks so much for stopping by,







Supplies:
Stamps: Lawn Fawn - Penelope's Blossoms; Waltzingmouse - Say It Loud
Dies: Altenew Bold Alphas; Mama Elephant - All Prettied Up
Ink: MFT - Ripe Raspberry; Hero Arts - Soft Pink; PTI - Hibiscus Burst; Altenew - Just Green
Misc: Lucy's Cards - Diamond Sequins

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)