Friday, February 19, 2016

CASology - Egg, and a little bit more...

The cue word for the CASology challenge this week is egg.  I searched, but didn't have a stamp that was appropriate for this challenge...what to do?  Start working on an egg card with my Cameo... 

Here's what I ended up with...

I don't normally send cards for Easter, so I thought I might be able to use this for my granddaughter's birthday that's coming up in a couple of weeks.

I cut the egg shape with the Cameo making the card base.  I cut a piece of card stock in green to cover the front of the card.  The broken egg and the chick were also cut with the Cameo.  I colored the chick with Copics and cut under his wings so that he could hang over the edge of the broken egg.  The "one cute chick" was computer generated.  I added some silver pearl drops, googly eyes on the chick, and a little silver highlighting.  The "U R" was cut with dies from MFT.  I also added a little Wink of Stella.

Here's a few more cards I've made for the widow's group...


I did a lot of ink blending and water coloring for the backgrounds.  The first two cards are water color backgrounds and the last two cards are ink blending with distress inks.

As always, if you have any questions about how I did something, just send me an email and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.

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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Muse Challenge, ATSAM, and LIM...Go ME!

I've made several cards today for three different challenges! Go ME!  I've had a very productive day! The challenges I have cards for are Less is More, Muse, and Addicted to Stamps and More...

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I actually made two cards for the LIM challenge...but that's not unusual for me.

Used the Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set for this first card.  Sentiment is from PTI.  I stamped the flower in layers using 3 different colors of ink.  Leaves were stamped in two layers.  I LOVE layered stamps (now that I've figured out how to use them!)

I inked the background with distress ink, then stamped the image over it in black Memento ink.  I wasn't sure how it would turn out to color over the background ink with Copics...but I think it turned out just fine.  Sentiment is from Altenew's Beautiful day stamp set.

This next card is for the MUSE challenge.  I heat embossed the flowers from Clearly Besotted stamp set (love this set!) with clear embossing powder.  The sentiment is from SSS and is stamped in black and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  After coloring the flower and heat embossing the sentiment, I ran the panel through my Big Shot machine with an embossing folder....pretty cool look!

I can't say I'm really happy with this card...I often feel that way when I try to use water colors!  I water colored the background, stamped the cupcake on watercolor paper and then painted it with distress inks.  Sentiment is from MFT and is stamped in Versafine black.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

CASology, Less is More, CAS(E) this Sketch, Simon Says Stamp...and more!

Got LOTS of cards to share with you today.  This post is very photo heavy!  I've made cards that fit in several challenges...I'm really on a roll this week!  

I used a Spellbinder die for the lacy heart and cut it from the card front.  I masked off the same size heart on the inside of the card and inked it up with some distress inks.  I added a touch of clear Wink of Stella to the lacy heart.  The sentiment from SSS Square Sayings was heat embossed with liquid platinum embossing powder.

My next card is for the Less is More 5th Birthday Celebration.  I don't get to play along with this challenge as often as I'd like, but I was very active when this challenge first started 5 years ago.  It's still one of my favorite challenges!

The LIM challenge this week is a white on white challenge.  I cut my butterflies with a SU! emboss folder that cuts and embosses.  I've had it forever, so I don't know if they still make it or not.  The sentiment is heat embossed in liquid platinum and is a SSS stamp.  It's difficult to see in the photo, but each of the butterflies have a touch of glitter on them.

Next up is my card for CAS(E) this Sketch

I made my background with Hero Arts ink and masking tape.  There's actually a couple of boo-boos in there, but hopefully, they're not too noticeable! The sentiment is from MFT...and I believe this is the first time this set has seen ink!  I cut the plaid panel with a SSS stitched rectangle die and stamped the sentiment in Versafine black ink.  I inked the edges of the card base with the same ink used in the plaid. (I used Mint Julep, Latte, Fresh Peach inks).

As I mentioned previously, I am in a widow's group that meet monthly.  Last month I took 15-20 of my cards and each of the ladies took a few minutes to write a note to someone on the group list that wasn't able to meet with us for lunch.  We've had some very positive feedback from some of the ladies who received cards, so I'll be taking some more cards to this month's luncheon.  

The first two are my favorites.  I love the no line coloring...I used Copics. The flowers are from Clearly Besotted  The second card I did a little ink blending with some distress inks...LOVE how this turned out. The grid die cut is from Spellbinders.

The third card was made as a one layer card and I used PTI leaf stamps and the sentiment is from Winnie & Walter.  On the last card I used the same Clearly Besotted image, stamped in black and colored with Copics.  I added a few drops of shimmer and some white dots for the flowers.  I reached waaaaaay back in my memories and thought about torn edges...and just went with it.  I think I like it!

I know this has been a VERY PHOTO heavy post...if you made it here to the end...bless you!

If you have any question about any of the cards, drop me an email and I'll get back to you!

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Case this Sketch #157 and a little watercolor

I love this week's Case this Sketch challenge!  I knew the minute I saw it what I wanted to do...and it turned out exactly how I envisioned it!  How cool is that....and how often does it really happen!

Using my MISTI, I stamped the sunshine first...then I sponged the clouds with distress ink.  After sponging the clouds, I put the panel back in my MISTI and re-stamped the sunshine to make it a little brighter.  I thought about masking it, but I really wanted a little blue behind the sun, so I decided re-stamping it would work the best.  The sentiment is from Flourishes...and just perfect for this card! I rounded the corners and added a touch of blue by added a small border around the panel before adhering it to the card base.  Another quick and easy card!

This card is one that I made just because I had an idea....and it kind of worked.  I love the tree popped over the sky background...I'm not too happy with the "ground" around the base of the tree.  But...still, kind of a cool card.  I die cut the opening with a SSS stitched rectangle die (using a partial die cutting to make it more of a square).  The tree is a Impression Obsession die cut from brown card stock.  I colored the base card (the background) with distress inks, and then popped the die cut opening over the "sky".  The sentiment is from HA. The "grass" was done with Copic markers.

This card is one I made a while back, but I don't think I every posted it.  I used a background stamp to heat emboss the background  (I think it's HA) on water color paper.  I colored the diamonds with distress markers and then added a little water to make them move across the diamond.  Popped the panel over a blue card base.  The sentiment was heat embossed in white on black card stock.

This last card was one I made after taking the intermediate water color class at Online Cards.  I'm not sure I like the colors (although IRL they are NOT this bright!) It was really a cool class and I did learn a lot.  I think my biggest challenge with water color is that true water color is loose...and free.  I like tight control...not going to happen with water coloring!

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Three in One

I must say...I'm kinda proud of myself today!  I've made a card that actually fits THREE...get it...THREE challenges! This first card fits with the One Layer Simplicity challenge (friends), the CASology challenge (glitter), and the Addicted to CAS (Red).  Woohoo!


Super simple CAS card!  I stamped the sentiments (Thinking of you - Hero Arts and "my friend" - Stampendous), added a couple of small hearts from another Hero Arts stamp set, added a touch of red glitter glue to the hearts and for the finishing touch, added some scored lines down the length of the card.  Oh...and I also rounded the bottom corners with a 1/4 inch corner rounder.  Lots of words to describe it, but it only took about 10 minutes to complete the card!

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