Wednesday, March 1, 2017

CAS Mix Up - March 2017

Hello friends.  I am beyond excited to be the Guest Designer for March at CAS Mix Up!  What an honor to work with all these talented designers...SO cool!!

This month is all about SMOOSHING and I love to smoosh!!  If you've never smooshed before, there are lots of "how to" videos on youtube, including a couple by the fabulous Loll.  

Here's what I came up with:

I started by adding Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant, and Inka Gold inks to my craft mat, and then smooshing my water color cardstock into it.  Once it was dry I adhered it to a Wisteria Wonder layer and then added it to a card base that I had stenciled with PTI's Modern Background Stencil Collection and Wisteria Wonder ink.  My butterfly is a die cut from Memory Box called Vivienne and I lightly embossed the edges and center in gold.  My sentiment is from PTI's Choose Joy stamp set.  So for this card I included Stamping, Smooshing, Die Cutting, Stenciling, & Embossing.

Because this is CAS Mix Up's 1st Birthday, (yep, hard to believe we've been playing with this challenge for a whole year now, isn't it?!!) Loll and Bonnie want to have a celebration, complete with a prize!  So play along with us and you could win!!

Can't wait to see what you all come up with, so get out those inks and start smooshing away!!  You can find lots of GORGEOUS inspiration from the rest of the DT and rules for playing right HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

It's All Darnell's Fault!!

Hello friends.  So a few weeks back I was making my rounds through the blogs I like to visit, and came upon THIS POST from Darnell, and dang it Darnell, I HAD to have the Concord and 9th You Are Enough stamp set you used!  I don't think even 5 minutes had passed since I viewed Darnell's beautiful cards before the stamp set was in my cart and paid for!  Talk about enabling...good job Darnell!  But just so you know Darnell...I'm not mad because I absolutely LOVE this stamp set and had a blast playing with it over the weekend!  Here's what I came up with:

I had so much fun I couldn't stop at just one!  And I needed to replenish my birthday and sympathy stash, so it all worked out great!  The red card on the left (2nd photo) I actually used some Crimson Brusho's directly on the stamp, misted with water, and then stamped onto my cardstock.  I love the bits of intense color and the watercolored look to this one!  On all of them I embossed the outline image AFTER I stamped the background part of the flower.  I also used my MISTI on all my images to get the depth of color I wanted by multiple stampings.  The red card on the right is such a deep red, and I had to stamp it 3 times to get that depth of color.  The peachy pink and peachy yellow cards used a blending tool to get that seamless look of blended color.  I didn't use any of the sentiments that came with this set, but I will later...they're very bold and contemporary and will definitely look fabulous with this beautiful flower image! 

So thank you Darnell for showing me what I NEEDED and helping me spend my money...I've loved every minute of it!!  Aren't stamping friends just the best?!!  :0)

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!!


Monday, February 27, 2017

Merry Monday #237 - Shimmer or Sparkle

Hello friends.  This week at Merry Monday it's all about SHIMMER and SPARKLE!!

I LOVE all things shimmery and sparkly, so this challenge was a lot of FUN for me!  I used an ombre technique that Jennifer McGuire showed HERE with a SSS Snowflake background stamp and came up with this:

I embossed with white embossing powder and then began blending my colors from the bottom up with Stormy Sky, Salty Ocean, & Peacock Feathers Distress Inks.  At this point I sprayed many, many layers of Sheer Shimmer Sparkle Spritz, and let me tell you, IRL this background really sparkles!!

My "sparkle" die cut comes from PTI's Sparkle & Shine Word Dies, and after blending the Peacock Feathers ink over it, I embossed it with Sparkle Embossing powder.  I also die cut the "sparkle" out of foam to give some more dimension without having to die cut it 4 or 5 times!  I adhered this layer to a silver mirror cardstock layer and then white card base.  There's so much sparkle on this card that I think you could probably see it from a mile away!  :0)

Can't wait to see what you all come up with this week, so get out everything you own that shimmers or sparkles and come play along with us!  For more "sparkly" inspiration, check out all the lovely cards from my teammates right HERE and then play along!

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Papertrey Ink February 2017 Blog Hop

Hello friends.  It's the 25th and that means it's time for Papertrey Ink's monthly blog hop challenge, and Nichole gave us this photo for inspiration:

Feb Blog Hop Inspiration

Nichole challenged us to think outside the box for this challenge, but I'm afraid I don't do that very well most of the time, and to be honest, after a loooong Winter already, I am ready for flowers and bright colors!  So I did use the colors in this inspiration photo, and then kind of went in my own direction and came up with this:

I used a light gray cardstock that I stamped a script background on, and then covered that with the Cover Plate: Quatrefoil die that I had lightly embossed with some gold.  Next I added flowers and leaves from the Vintage Linens set, stamping them in Winter Wisteria, Raspberry Fizz, Pure Poppy, Saffron Spice, & Honey Nut inks, then added the outlines with black embossing.  The little tag with the sentiment is from the Make It Market: Garden Gate kit, and I also embossed the filigree lines in gold.  A few Rainstones finished off my card.  Here's a closer up view:

I can't wait to see how every one else interpreted  the inspiration photo...that's the really fun part to me!!  Every one comes up with something different from the same starting point!  Check it out and play along for a chance at a $25 gift certificate right HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Birthday Thank You's

Hello friends.  I celebrated a milestone birthday last week and received some wonderful stamping gifts from 2 of my dear friends...and finally got a chance to make a couple thank you cards using my new "toys"! 

This was a take off from a card that Melissa Phillips did HERE, but I added quite a bit more to mine!  I used MFT's Sketched Blooms 2 for the flowers inside the heart (PTI's Limitless Layers Heart Dies) and 2 new dies from my dear friend Birgit from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  (Dandelion Fluff and Leafy Branch 5)  The "thank you" is from PTI's Keep It Simple: Thank You, the "friend" die cut is from SOA/Casual Fridays Girlfriend set, and the embossing folder on my white background is from SU! (retired).  Quite busy, but I really like it! 

A much simpler card this time, but I love the way this one came out too!  In fact, I can't imagine any card not coming out cute when using this darling image from MFT's Pure Innocence Warmest Wishes.  This stamp was part of a package FULL of new stamp sets from my wonderful friend Sue, who spoiled me rotten on my birthday too!  (Aren't stamping friends just the best?!!)  My DSP is from a 6 x 6 pad called Altitude Collection by BoBunny.  The little wooden snowflake is from SU! and the bakers twine is from The Twinery. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

CAS Mix Up - February 2017

Hello friends.  Playing along with this months challenge over at CAS Mix Up, where using corrugated cardboard on your card is the theme.

And here's what I came up with:

I started with a Tim Holtz tree die and cut out with the corrugated cardboard...who knew cardboard could look so cool when die cut?!!  I did a little bit of copper embossing on the trees (click to enlarge photo to see better) and really like the look of the copper against the cardboard color!  I blended some Distress Inks (Faded Jeans, Stormy Sky & Salty Ocean) and die cut an oval (Gina Marie Designs) for my background and then added my sentiment from PTI's Winter Hills.  At this point I kept thinking it needed something...that it was too plain.  It's more of a masculine card, so sequins were out...what to do, what to do?!!  Yes, I agonized over this for days friends!  Seriously!  Should I just leave it or add something?!!  I finally decided to add some rainstones (PTI), and I'm still not sure that's what it needed, but I got tired of thinking about it, so it is what it is!  Anyone else out there agonize over something so small????  But anyway, it is CAS and it uses corrugated cardboard (and stamping, embossing, and die cutting), so I'm happy!

There's only a couple more days to play (24th), so grab some cardboard and play along!  LOTS of fun and really cool cards from the DT and in the gallery, so check them out right HERE and then play along!

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!


Monday, February 20, 2017

Celebrating the Past, Present, & Future with Papertrey Ink - 2016

Hello friends.  The 10th Anniversary Celebration at Papertrey Ink is now up to the year 2016, and what a GREAT year for stamps and dies it was!  It was hard to choose again, but the tulips from Betsy Veldman's Tulip Time won me over and I created a very CAS card with it.

I used Pure Poppy and Scarlet Jewel along with my MISTI to get really solid multiple impressions that make these deep red tulips just pop!  I used Simply Chartreuse and Olive Twist (a fabulous new color for 2016!!) for the leaves and the sentiment from the same stamp set.  I also cut out one of the inner frames from the Cover Plate: Pretty Frame Die and added it over the top of the tulips.  At first I was bummed because the frame was too small, but the more I looked at it, the more I liked it!  I was going to call it good, but best laid plans and all that...yep, got a smudge from somewhere, so out came the sequins!  Don't you hate it when that happens?!!  But anyway, I'm really happy with the way this CAS card turned out!

Check out all the rest of the beauties for 2016 from the DT and the gallery right HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by...I love it when you do!