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

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Freshly Made Sketches #322

Hi there ~
Just stopping in to share a card I created for this week's challenge at Freshly Made Sketches. Here is the sketch created by Cecile:

I CASE'd a few of the DT girls who used the MFT rectangle Peek-a-Boo Window die...

Instead of die cutting the window, I decided to emboss it to add dimension to the card. I masked off the rectangle and stenciled the grass and clouds and used my Copic markers to color those adorable raccoons. Lastly, I added the PTI sentiment (because I love the font) and a few hearts, and this card was done and dusted :)

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Stamps: MFT - Raving Raccoons
Dies: MFT - Raving Raccoons; PTI - Inspired: Love; Mama Elephant - Confetti (Hearts)
Stencils: MFT - Clouds, Drifts/Hills

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Addicted to CAS Challenge #129 - Teal

Hi everyone ~ It's time for the next challenge at Addicted to CAS! Teal happens to be one of my favorite colors, so I'm thrilled that Susan chose it for our code word.

These sweet little butterflies need a frame, so I used the polka dot Polaroid from PTI. I masked then blended a touch of Sea Glass ink inside the frame and used Liquid Platinum EP for the sentiment.

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,

Stamps: PTI - Just Smile, Keep it Simple: Encouragement (sentiment)
Dies: PTI - Just Smile; Lil' Inkers - Stitched Butterflies
Inks: Tim Holtz - Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio; SSS - Sea Glass; PTI - Hawaiian Shores; Versamark
Misc: Liquid Platinum embossing powder

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Fusion Challenge - Stained Glass Hearts & an Announcement!

Hello there, blog friends! I am thrilled and honored to share with you that I am the newest DT member for the Fusion Challenge! As you may know, Fusion challenges us to use either the sketch or inspiration photo or both (Fusion) and for my first card I went with a Fusion:

In my feeble attempt to include the 'stained glass' component of the inspiration photo, I created a panel with Peerless watercolors as a background for the Mosaic Heart and for the stitched hearts. I added a stitched border and embossed the sentiment in white on black to ground the design. Lastly, I added a few crystal gems for sparkle, and that was it!

The Design Team girls have created some gorgeous cards for this challenge! Please feel free to stop by the Fusion Challenge Blog to check them out...and of course, we would love it if you would like to play along with us! 

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Stamps: MFT - Flamazing (sentiment)
Dies: SSS - Mosaic Heart; Lil' Inkers - Stitched Hearts
Ink: Versamark; Peerless Watercolors
Misc: Lucy's Jewels - Ice Cube Mix; Hero Arts White EP