Thursday, October 17, 2019

Fusion Card Challenge


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



I decided to combine the sketch with the color palette on the inspiration photo. I embossed grout gray cardstock with a subtle texture, colored the images with Copic markers, and mounted everything onto a black card 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! 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: MFT - Fall Friends
Dies: MFT - Fall Friends, Slanted Sentiments, Stitched Tag Corner Rectangle STAX
Misc: Stampin' Up - Subtle Dynamic Texture; Copic Markers; Winsor & Newton - Watercolors; Hero Arts Detail White EP

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Addicted to CAS Challenge #170 - Plaid


Hi there, blog friends! Today starts a new challenge at Addicted to CAS ~ Angie is our Hostess, and she is challenging everyone to create a card using the Code Word ‘Plaid’.
Our Guest Designer is the super talented Arlene Rose ~



A customed-sized (5.25 x 6.0) clean and simple card showing off that pretty plaid paper in my favorite color combo...pink and gray! The flowers and border are not so bright IRL...I recently bought the latest version of Photoshop Elements and I'm learning some of the new features.

We would love to see how the code word ‘Plaid’ inspires you! If you would like to see inspiration from the Design Team and play along with us, come on over and check out the ATCAS Blog  ~
Thanks so much for stopping by,







Supplies:
Stamps: Uniko - All Occasion Sentiments
Dies: Memory Box - Prim Poppy
Misc: Lawn Fawn - Perfectly Plaid Patterned Paper: Winter; DOX Inks: Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron; Stampin' Up - Pearl Gems; Nuvo - Glacier White Embossing Powder



Friday, October 4, 2019

October CAS Stencil Challenge



Hi there blog friends ~ It’s time for a new challenge at CAS Stencil! Our Guest Designer is Gundi and our Hostess for October is Loll, who has chosen ‘Patterned Paper’ for our technique.


Funky Fossil Designs Stencils have become a real favorite of mine, so I chose one of my newest stencils called 'Beauty in Profile' for this card. Because it's such a large image, I kept my design very simple...I sponged it with Tumbled Glass DOX ink, then sprayed the image with Shimmer Spritz to add sparkle. I added a few clear gems and the sentiment. I apologize for the small font on the embossed sentiment...it says: {Love} 'you so much'. Lastly, I matted the striped paper to a grout gray base, and this card was complete!  

I rarely use patterned papers, and I really enjoyed playing with them for this project ~ There's lots of Design Team inspiration over at CAS Stencil Blog  - as well as from our talented Guest Designer, Gundi ~ And, don't forget there are also a few links to video tutorials. You have until the 24th to link up your card...I hope to see you there!

Thanks so much for stopping by,







Supplies:
Stamps: SSS - All My Love
Stencil: Funky Fossil Designs - Beauty in Profile
Dies: Reverse Confetti - Lovey Words
Misc: Papertrey Ink - Soft Stone Pattern Pack; MFT -Silver Shine Cardstock; Lucy's Gems - Diamonds; Altenew - Antique Silver embossing powder; Tim Holtz - Tumbled Glass DOX inks; Sheer Shimmer Spritz

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Fusion Card Challenge - Dragonfly

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



Yes, I know I didn't honor the dragonfly for my card, but I was eager to use my new Lighthouse die and when paired with the beach chair, they worked perfectly for the sketch. I started by stenciling the cloudy sky, then ink blended a few distress inks for the water. I used Kraft cardstock for the rocks and stamped a few seagulls for interest.

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: Papertrey Ink - Ahoy (Sentiment and Seagulls)
Dies: Impression Obsession - Lighthouse Circle, Beach Chair; MFT - Wonky Stitched Circles
Inks: Tim Holtz - Distress Inks; Versafine Onyx Black


Saturday, September 28, 2019

Adducted ti CAS Challenge - Creature


Hi there, blog friends! Today starts a new challenge at Addicted to CAS ~ Toni is our Hostess, and she is challenging everyone to create a card using the Code Word ‘Creature’.
Our Guest Designer is the super sweet and incredibly talented Vicky Hayes.


Say hello to my little friend :) Actually, I'm terrified of sharks...aaak!!! I used Copic markers for the shark and Copic refills with Ranger Silver Sparkle cardstock for the ocean...here is a close-up:


I added a few Rainstones and sentiment and popped up the panel to create dimension...and that was it!

So, get out your creature stamps and dies, and join us ~We would love to see how the code word inspires you! If you would like to see inspiration from the Design Team, and play along with us, come on over and check out the ATCAS Blog ~

Thanks so much for stopping by,







Supplies:
Stamps: MFT - Friends with Fins, Label Maker Sentiments
Dies: MFT - Friends with Fins; Spellbinders - Circle Die
Misc: Ranger - Silver Sparkle Cardstock; Copic Markers, Copic Refills; Papertrey Ink - Rainstones


Sunday, September 22, 2019

September Twofer Challenge


It's time to play in one of my all-time favorite challenges, and this month the prompt is 'Critters'! I love the Twofer Challenge because it stretches my creativity, and I get to create 2 cards...Thanks, Darnell!!!
Here are the rules:


If you stop by here often, then you know I have a LOT of critter stamps  This time I used my new squirrel set from MFT ~


     I really need to get moving on my Christmas cards, so I started with a snowy background and added those adorable squirrels and a few trees. To me, it looks like the little guy is whispering something in his mama's ear, so I used a speech bubble for my sentiment :)

My 2nd card has an autumn theme and since I'll use any excuse to send a card with a few bucks to my granddaughter, I chose a 'nuts about you' sentiment:

              
I used different Copic markers for the squirrels and stenciled clouds for the background. I also masked the bottom and ink blended the grass, then stamped a few random blades of grass :)

Here is my card for the Twofer Gallery ~

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There's still a little more time to join in the Twofer Challenge...the gallery closes on the 24th ~
Take care, all...have a great week ahead! 

Thanks so much for stopping by,






Supplies:

Card #1
Stamps: MFT - Squirrels; PTI - Keep It Simple: Christmas
Dies: MFT - Squirrels, Surf & Turf, Essential Speech Bubbles; SSS - Christmas Trees
Misc: Tim Holtz - (DOX) Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean; Newton & Winsor - White Watercolors; Copic Markers

Card #2
Stamps: MFT - Squirrels
Dies: MFT - Squirrels, Inside/Outside Stitched Squares
Misc: MFT - Mini Clouds Stencil; Tim Holtz - (DOX) Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn; Copic Markers



Thursday, September 19, 2019

Fusion Card Challenge - Coffee

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



For this challenge, I combined a loose interpretation of the sketch with the inspiration photo. I found an old scalloped border die in my stash and combined it with the gray and white striped papers, and used Ripe Raspberry ink to stamp the images for a bold pop of color.   

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 - Coffee Date; Uniko - Pure Florals: Cosmos
Dies: MFT - Coffee Date; Lawn Fawn - Stitched Scalloped Borders
Misc: Lucy's Things - Crystal Gems; MFT - Gray & White Basics Patterned Paper Pack, MFT - Ripe Raspberry Ink, Cement Gray Ink; Altenew - Rocky Shore Ink

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

CAS Stencil Challenge Reminder


Hi there ~
Today's card is to remind you that there is still time to join us at the CAS Stencil Challenge - Baby Wipes! As always, this challenge is open until September 24th ~


I must say, this is a really fun technique! I started by blending 4 DOX inks in autumn colors, then placed my Spotlight Stencil on an angle. I folded a baby wipe and gently wiped the color until it faded out as much as possible without wearing out the cardstock. I allowed it to dry overnight, then embossed the stars and sentiment in silver EP and die cut the faerie. This card is 5x7". 

Come on over to the CAS Stencil Challenge Blog and check out all the fabulous cards by my teamies and our wonderful GD, Sarah, and don't forget we have video tutorials showcasing this technique! We would love to see your take on this challenge!


Thanks so much for stopping by,







Supplies:
Stamps: Uniko - Reach for the Stars
Stencil: MFT - In the Spotlight
Dies: Poppy Stamps - Posing Faerie
Misc: Tim Holtz DOX Inks - Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Candied Apple; Versamark; Altenew - Antique Silver EP; Pixie Spray

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Addicted to CAS Challenge #168 - Style


Hi there, blog friends! Today starts a new challenge at Addicted to CAS ~ Raga is our Hostess, and she is challenging everyone to create a card using the Code Word ‘Style’.
Our Guest Designer is the super talented Shawna ~




I pulled out an old PTI fave and created a 'mostly' one layer card using white embossing powder for the image and sentiment. To keep things really CAS, I added a few clear crystal gems and that was it ~

We would love to see how the code word ‘Style’ inspires you! If you would like to see inspiration from the Design Team and play along with us, come on over and check out the ATCAS Blog ~

Thanks so much for stopping by,








Supplies:
Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Fashion Sense
Misc: Lucy's Things - Crystal Jewels; Nuvo - Glacier White Embossing Powder; MFT - Cement Gray cardstock

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Fusion Card Challenge - Autumn


Hi there blog friends ~ It's time for a new challenge at Fusion and this time our prompt is 'Autumn'
For my card, I pulled out one of my favorite MFT stamp sets...


I decided to create a CAS scene using the autumn theme and the colors from the inspiration photo. I used Copic markers to color the images and created a mask with the oval shadow die for the ground. A simple sentiment with a wonky stitched border and chocolate brown card base, and this card was completed :)

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 - Harvest Mouse
Dies: MFT - Harvest Mouse, Wonky Stitched Rectangles, Oval Shadows


Wednesday, September 4, 2019

September CAS Stencil Challenge


Hi there, blog friends! It's time for the September Challenge at CAS Stencil. Julia is our Hostess and she has chosen Baby Wipes for our technique.


Julia posted a few tutorials for this technique, and I used this one for my card. I started by blending 3 distress inks, then laid a stencil over it, and swiped with a baby wipe. I had to repeat this step a few times to get the effect I wanted, but in retrospect, I would use a larger pattern on my stencil. I used solid floral images and stamped in black to get a strong contrast, then stamped the sentiment on the front panel. Lastly, I used the antique frame and placed it over the focal point.

Grab your baby wipes and come on over and join us at CAS Stencil for another fun challenge...Sarah from Funky Fossil Designs is our Guest Designer ~

Thanks so much for stopping by,







Supplies:
Stamps: Altenew - Wildflower Garden; Papertrey Ink - Keep It Simple: Just Because
Stencil: Altenew - Sketched Lines
Dies: Penny Black - Antique Frame
Misc: TH Distress Inks - Festive Berries. Spiced Marmalade, Scattered Straw; Baby Wipes; Versafine Onyx Black Ink; Copic Multi-liner - Black

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Pink & Purple


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Hi there, blog friends! Today starts a new challenge at Addicted to CAS! Susan is our Hostess, and she is challenging everyone to create a card using the Code Word ‘Pink and Purple’.

Our Guest Designer is the super talented YoonYoung Kim ~


I'm a sucker for these cute little Pure Innocence characters, so I thought I would use my Copic markers to color these images. I stenciled the brick background and used DI's for the grass, then die cut the panel with the Venise Lace Border before mounting it on the card base. I left out a sentiment until I'm ready to send this card (probably to my granddaughter)...and that was it!


We would love to see how the code word ‘Pink and Purple’ inspires you! If you would like to see inspiration from the Design Team and play along with us, come on over and check out the ATCAS Blog ~

Thanks so much for stopping by,






Supplies:
Stamps: MFT - Bring Out the Sunshine
Dies: MFT - Bring Out the Sunshine, Ewe and Me Forever (grass); Spellbinders - Venise Lace
Stencil: MFT - English Brick Wall
Misc: Copic markers; Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn; MFT - Cement Gray


Thursday, August 22, 2019

Fusion Card Challenge - Floral Wall


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


I jumped way out of my comfort zone this time...I rarely design with flowers, but I finally got my hands on the PTI 2018 Anniversary stamp set and couldn't wait to ink it up! I combined the flowers from the inspiration photo with the (flipped) horizontal design on the sketch. I created a mask with a grass die and inked it softly along the bottom. Lots of summery colors, pearl gems and a few clear sparkly sequins, 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: Papertrey Ink - 2018 Anniversary Stamp Set 'Mixed Bouquet'
Dies: MFT - Grassy Hills
Misc: Lucy's Gems; Stampin' Up - Pearl Gems; Altenew Inks; Versafine Onyx Black Ink


Monday, August 19, 2019

Twofer Card Challenge #19 ~ Nautical


Hi there blog friends! Darnell's Twofer Challenge is one of my all-time faves, and this month's theme is 'Nautical'...Yes! First things first...the rules ~



I grabbed my new SSS Anchor die and created my first card ~


I thought a shaker card would be fun for my sister. We recently had a good laugh about our summers at the beach, spending hours in the ocean with a truck tube :) I also think sending love is always a nice thing to do! The background panel was created with alcohol inks and the sequins are a variety from my stash. 

My 2md card is a thank you to my sweet hubby...he truly is my 'Anchor' ~


I started with ink blending with DOX inks and die cut the waves with a new MFT die. I stenciled soft clouds behind the anchor and added water droplets with Glossy Accents (a few too many). Lastly, I framed the scene with an antique frame die and embossed the sentiment with gold embossing powder.

Here is the photo for Darnell's Challenge Blog ~


- Two different designs
- Two different occasions
- Using the same die on both cards

Darnell's challenge is open until the 24th, so there is still time to play along...go and check it out!


Thanks so much for stopping by,






Supplies:
Card #1
Stamps: MFT - Friends with Fins
Die: SSS - Anchor
Misc: Alcohol inks; Sequins from stash

Card #2
Stamps: MFT - You Float My Boat (sentiment)
Dies: SSS - Anchor; MFT - Friends with Fins (waves); Penny Black - Antique Frame
Stencil: MFT - Clouds
Misc: Tim Holtz DOX inks - Blueprint Sketch, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon; Glossy Accents; Ranger - Super Fine Gold EP


Sunday, August 18, 2019

CAS Stencil Challenge - August Reminder


Just a quick reminder that there's still time to play along at the CAS Stencil Challenge ~ Here is my 2nd card to inspire you...


I started by placing the SSS Leaves stencil on mixed media paper and transferring some of my Copic re-inker (YG09) to a mini mister. I spritzed the stencil and removed it to let it dry. After I cleaned the stencil, I placed it back onto the image and sprayed Sheer Shimmer Spritz...here's a close-up:




Our Guest Designer is Hilary and our Hostess for this challenge is Robyn...come on over to the CAS Stencil Challenge Blog ~ We would love to see how you play with your stencils and sprays!

Thanks so much for stopping by,






Supplies:
Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Flower Fusion #2 (sentiment)
Stencil: Simon Says Stamp - Leaves
Misc: Copic Various Re-Inker - YG09; Sheer Shimmer Spritz; Memory Box - Butterfly