Thursday, February 21, 2019

Fusion Card Challenge - Rainbow Cupcake

Inspiration Photo/Sketch

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


As you can see, I stepped WAY out of my comfort zone creating this card, but I really like the sketch, and wanted to go with that.

Pink and gray is my all-time favorite color combo, so I decided to use it as opposed to the color palette on the inspiration photo. I started by stamping the polka dot background and used felt to die cut the bloom. I also thought it would be fun to use the Mod Rectangle die for the focal point on this card...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 beautiful 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: Altenew - Dainty Swiss Dots (sentiment); Papertrey Ink - Turning a New Leaf
Dies: MFT - Stitched Mod Rectangle STAX; Papertrey Ink - Turning a New Leaf, Button Stacks (bloom); Penny Black - Lovey Words
Misc: Papertrey Ink - Felt (Autumn Rose); Doodlebug Designs - Sprinkles Enamel Dots; Pretty Pink Posh - Sparkling Clear Jewels

Monday, February 18, 2019

CAS Stencil Challenge Reminder


Hi there, blog friends! I'm back with a reminder...There's still time to play along at the CAS Stencil Challenge...This time I created a custom sized card for a special friend.


I used my new Blender Brushes to create a soft blue background and black Brushos for this stencil because I love the bits of color that appeared when I sprayed it with water. I also used Loll's technique again and chose the 2nd panel for my design. 

Don't forget there are several video tutorials listed on the challenge blog and lots of inspiration from the team! This challenge closes on the 24th, so if you have the time, grab your stencils and powdered inks and join us...we would love to see what you come up with for this technique!

Thanks so much for stopping by,






Supplies:
Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Keep it Simple: Friendship
Stencil: The Crafter's Workshop - Aspen Trees
Dies: SSS - Chisholm Wreath - Birds
Misc: Brushos; TH - Tumbled Glass Distress Ink

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Addicted to CAS Challenge #153 - Grid


Hi there, blog friends! Today starts a new challenge at Addicted to CAS . Our Hostess is Bobby and she is challenging everyone to create a card using the Code Word ‘Grid’.
Our Guest Designer is Elizabeth Stewart  (winner of challenge #151).


For this code word, I thought my diagonal grid stencil would work well with the large alphas and camouflage technique. Of course, I couldn't resist this sweet bird, and once I added the sentiment, this card was finished!

We would love to see how the code word ‘Grid’ 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: MFT - Tweet Friends
Dies: MFT - Tweet Friends, Slanted Sentiment Strips; Altenew - Bold Alphas
Stencil: Create a Smile - Diagonal Grid


Friday, February 15, 2019

You're Awesome

Hi there ~ I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine's Day! When I saw the cue card for this week's challenge at CASology, I had to grab one of my favorite new stencils and play along ~


I started by masking the surfer and surfboard then stenciled the waves with  Mermaid Lagoon DI and a coat of shimmer spray for some sparkle. I wanted to keep the card monochromatic, so I sponged the surfer and surfboard with Tumbled Glass DI and added clear embossing powder to the sentiment. And, that was it for this one-layer wonder :)


Thanks so much for stopping by,







Supplies:
Stamps: Altenew - Dainty Swiss Dots (sentiment)
Stencil: Funky Fossil Designs - Surfer (Sarah Gray's Folksy Store)
Inks: Tim Holtz - Distress Inks; Versafine - Onyx Black
Misc: Ranger - Super Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder


Sunday, February 10, 2019

Twofer Card Challenge #13


Hi there blog friends! I am truly honored to share the cards I created as Guest Designer for the February Twofer Card Challenge ~ I was so excited when Darnell shared the February prompt with me, as I have a new stamp set with lots of fabulous stars...


Here is my first card:


I started by inking the background with distress inks and added a few extra stars and splatters. I then stamped the swirly star's image and sentiment and spritzed the entire panel with Shimmer Spray.

And, here is my Twofer:


For this card, I wanted my gold fairy to 'reach for the stars'...I added the gold embossed sentiment and placed everything on the stenciled cloud background. 

I know Darnell would be thrilled if you played along and if you do, remember the special rules for the challenge:


Here is the photo I am posting to Darnell's Challenge Blog:


My dear friend Cat Craig is Co-Guesting with me, and as always, she has created two fabulous cards for the challenge! We hope to see you there ~

Thanks so much for stopping by,







Supplies:
Card #1
Stamps: MFT - Space Explorers; Uniko - Reach for the Stars
Dies: MFT - Space Explorers
Misc: TH - Distress Inks; Winsor & Newton - White Paint; Hero Arts - Detail White EP; Imagine - Sheer Shimmer Spray

Card #2
Stamps: Uniko - Reach for the Stars
Dies: Poppy Stamps - Posing Fairy; MFT - Stitched Mod Rectangle STAX
Misc: MFT - Vellum, Mini Cloud Edges Stencil; Ranger - Super Fine Gold EP


Thursday, February 7, 2019

Fusion Card Challenge - Tea & Bouquet

Hi there blog friends ~ It's time for a new challenge at Fusion and this time our prompt is Tea & Bouquet.  I thought it would be fun to combine the layout from the sketch with the color palette on the inspiration photo...and this is what I came up with ~


I love a CAS design, so I embossed the Stitched Arch and blended Distress Inks for the pattern on the teacup. I created a stencil with the steam shape die and added a touch of clear glitter marker to it for some sparkle. A scripty sentiment and another stitched border, and this card was ready to mount on a hot pink base!

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! As always, my teamies have created some beautiful 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: PTI - Keep it Simple - Thank You
Dies: PTI - Fancy Teacup; MFT - Stitched Arch STAX, MFT - Hot Cocoa Cups (steam)
Inks: TH DOX Inks - Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade; Gina K. Amalgam - Black
Misc: Spectrum Noir - Clear Sparkle Pen

Monday, February 4, 2019

CAS Stencil February Challenge


Hi there ~
It's time for the next challenge at CAS Stencil and our Hostess, Nancy, has chosen powdered inks for our stenciling technique! I chose to play with my Brushos to create this card:


Using powdered inks with stencils can be tricky, so I referred to one of Loll's video tutorials for my background. I started by ink blending in light blue, then I placed the waves stencil and added Brushos and water. The fish was colored with Copics and I added a coat of Glossy Accents to the heart and a few dots to mimic bubbles. 

If you would like to play along with us and have never used powdered inks with stencils, there are links to several video tutorials on the challenge blog to guide you :) Of course, my teammates have also created some beautiful cards to inspire you...Hope to see you there!

Thanks so much for stopping by,






Supplies:
Stamps: MFT - Adorable Ocean Friends, More Essential Sentiments
Dies: MFT - Adorable Ocean Friends, Stitched Rectangle STAX, Stitched Squares
Stencil: SSS - Waves
Misc: Brushos; Glossy Accents; Copic Markers; Tim Holtz - Distress Inks; Strathmore Mixed Media Paper

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Addicted to CAS Challenge #152 - Birds



Hi there, blog friends! Today starts a new challenge at Addicted to CAS. Our Hostess is Vicki and she is challenging everyone to create a card using the Code Word ‘Birds’.
Our Guest Designer is Sandie Munro  (winner of challenge #150) and she has created a beautiful CAS card to inspire everyone.

I have several bird stamps and dies in my stash so it was hard to choose, but I finally decided on this little guy:


I started by sponging the stencil then coloring the Toucan with Copic markers. I added a wonky stitched circle die cut in vellum and googly eyes (with eyelashes!).

Ok, now we would love to see how the code word ‘Birds’ 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: MFT - Toucan Do It
Dies: MFT - Toucan Do It, Wonky Stitched Circles
Stencil: Hero Arts - Long Leaves
Inks: Hero Arts - Green Hills; Papertrey Ink - Green Parakeet, New Leaf
Misc: Copic Markers; Pretty Pink Posh - Sequins; Vellum cardstock; Googly Eyes

Sunday, January 27, 2019

CASology Challenge - Smile

Hi there,
This week's Cue Card at CASology is 'Smile', so I couldn't resist gathering my stamps and dies and play along!



I started by stamping the blooms using a free stamp set I received from Altenew during the holidays, then I used the camouflage die-cut technique for the sentiment.



I hope you are all having a great weekend ~ Thanks so much for stopping by,






Supplies:
Stamps: Altenew - Billowing Blossoms
Die: Lil'Inkers - Smile
Misc: Altenew - Inks; Lucy's Things - Sequins


Thursday, January 24, 2019

Fusion Challenge - Penguin Love


Hi there blog friends ~ It's time for a new challenge at Fusion and this time our prompt is Penguin Love. I have a few cute penguin stamp sets, so I decided to go with the photo!


I started by using my MISTI to line up this little guy, then created a mask for each one before softly inking the background. I stenciled the snow with Glimmer Paste to add sparkle, then colored each penguin with Copic markers.

* Heads Up ~ I used some of my Christmas gifts (cash) and finally treated myself to the Picket Fence Studios Life Changing Blender Brush Set...and, I'm in heaven! No streaks or blotches, like I've gotten with sponges. The ink goes on very lightly so it would take quite a while to get a dark background, but since I prefer a soft finish anyway, these brushes are working out beautifully!  

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 teammates have created some amazing cards to inspire everyone, so feel free to stop by the blog...we would love to see your take on the challenge!


Thanks so much for stopping by,






Supplies:
Stamps & Dies: MFT - Snow Special
Stancil: SSS - Falling Snow
Ink: TH - Salty Ocean; Gina K Designs - Amalgam Ink (Black)
Misc: Nuvo - Glimmer Paste (Moonstone); Copic markers

Saturday, January 19, 2019

ATCAS Challenge #151 - Friends



Hi there, blog friends! Today starts a new challenge at Addicted to CAS! Our Hostess is Jaydee and she is challenging everyone to create a card using the Code Word ‘Friends’.
Our Guest Designer is Izzy  (winner of challenge #149) and she has created a really cute card for our challenge.

In an effort to ink up my NBUS stash, I used this new MFT stamp set ~


I stamped, die cut and colored the images with Copic markers. I added stitched hills and a little Glossy Accents to the hearts.

Ok, now we would love to see how the code word ‘Friends’ inspires you! If you would like to see inspiration from the Design Team and play along with us, we would love to see your creation at the  ATCAS Blog ~

Thanks so much for stopping by,






Supplies:
Stamps: MFT - Sweet Somebunny
Dies: MFT - Sweet Somebunny; Mama Elephant - Landscape Trio
Stencil: Mini Cloud Edges
Misc: Glossy Accents; TH - Tumbled Glass Distress Inks; Versafine - Onyx Black Ink; Gelly Roll Pen - White







Friday, January 18, 2019

Twofer Card Challenge #12 - Birds



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.


For my birthday card, I stamped and die cut this sweet little bluebird and after coloring him with Copic markers, I popped him up on the galaxy sky panel (leftover from a previous project). I used wood veneer cardstock for the branch and watercolored the leaves ~ 

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The rules of this challenge are to create 2 different cards for 2 different occasions, using the same stamps, stencils and/or dies. So, I stamped another bluebird and invited his girlfriend to join in the fun ~



For this ‘Love’ card, I stenciled a cloudy sky, created a mask to add some grass, then stamped and colored both images. The gold foil heart and musical notes tie into the sentiment, and I thought the stitched scalloped frame added a little charm to the theme. And, that was it!

Here's a photo of both cards for Darnell’s Challenge Blog


Darnell and her team have provided lots of beautiful inspiration on the Challenge Blog so be sure to check it out...Here are 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:
Card #1
Stamps: MFT - Tweet Friends, Greetings Galore
Dies: MFT - Tweet Friends, Cross Stitch Oval Die; Memory Box - Branch; SSS - Mini Flowers and Leaves
Misc: Stash - Galaxy Sky (TH Distress Inks); Gansai Tambi - Starry Colors; Crafter's Comanion - Wood Veneer cardstock; Imagine Sheer Shimmer Spray; Peerless Watercolors

Card #2:
Stamps: MFT - Tweet Friends
Dies: MFT - Tweet Friends, Blueprints 27, Surf & Turf (to create the stencil)
Stencil: MFT - Mini-Clouds 
Misc: Stash - Gold foil heart

CAS Stencil Card Challenge - Reminder


Hi friends! I'm back with a reminder for anyone who would like to join us at the CAS Stencil Challenge...Here is my card:


For this 5x7 card, I used a scene builder set of stencils from Honey Bee Stamps. The water was created with Distress Oxide inks and for the images, I used white pigment ink. The fishes and sentiment are from MFT.

Our challenge is open until the 24th, so there is still plenty of time for you to join us! Hope to see you there ~

Thanks so much for stopping by,







Supplies:
Stencils: Honey Bee Stamps - Ocean Scene Builder
Stamps: MFT - Gillfriends
Inks: TH Distress Oxide Inks - Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers; Memories - Unicorn Pigment Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Misc: Ranger Super Fine Detail Clear EP; Copic Markers







Wednesday, January 16, 2019

CAS Mix Up Challenge - Bokeh



Hello all ~ I haven't played along at the CAS Mix Up Challenge in quite a while, so when I saw that Loll and Bonnie are asking us to use the Bokeh Technique on our cards, I had to jump in :)


Meet Poindexter...isn't he CUTE?! He has a girlfriend too, so I'll be showcasing her in a future post :) 
I started by ink blending the front panel with DOX ink, and after it dried, I used Unicorn ink and a stencil to create the Bokeh effect. Since a lot of kids are walking around with purple, or blue, or pink hair these days, I thought it would be fun to give him aqua hair with my Copic markers. I also used a small piece of an old washcloth that I soaked with '0' Various Ink and blotted his jeans to add texture to my card. Lastly, I added Pico Embellisher to the beakers and his glasses, and a few PTI Rain Stones...a fun little card, using:
Bokeh Technique
Stamping
Stenciling
Ink Blending
Die Cutting
Adding texture with Various Ink and washcloth

Loll, Bonnie and their DT have a lot of fabulous inspiration and a few videos explaining the Bokeh Technique...go check it out at the CAS Mix Up Blog, and play along, if you like...there is still plenty of time!

I hope everyone is having a great week ~ Thanks so much for stopping by, and thank you for taking the time to leave a comment...I really appreciate it!







Supplies:
Stamps & Dies: MFT - Cute Chemists
Stencil: MFT - Shapes (Circles)
Misc: Tim Holtz - DOX ink; Memories - Unicorn; Copic Markers & Various Ink; Pico Embellisher; Altenew - Gold Border Washi

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Fusion Card Challenge - 5th Anniversary Post!

Hi there, blog friends! It's our 5th Anniversary at the Fusion Card Challenge, and we are celebrating by asking a guest to join us! It will probably be no surprise to you that I've chosen Michele Ferguson to be my guest and she has accepted :) Be sure to check out her blog...she has created a gorgeous card!
I decided to go with the inspiration photo this time...


I started by softly sponging Tumbled Glass ink on the background, then I created the ombre effect with my inks on the butterflies. To jazz it up a bit, I added gold foil to the borders, Shimmer Spray to the butterflies, and clear EP on the sentiment for shine...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 teammates and their guests 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 & Dies: PTI - Life is Beautiful
Ink: Tim Holtz - Tumbled Glass; Versafine - Onyx Black; PTI - Bright Buttercup, Harvest Gold, Lemon Tart, Hibiscus Burst, Lovely Lady, Sweet Blush, Tropical Teal, Hawaiin Shores, Aqua Mist
Misc: Ranger - Super Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder; Imagine - Sheer Shimmer Spray