Tuesday, January 16, 2018

CAS Mix Up Jan. 2018 - Cling Wrap Technique

Hello friends.  This month's challenge over at CAS Mix Up is a technique challenge using CLING WRAP!

This is a FUN and MESSY technique and one that I've learned a few things over the process of many, many tries!  Darker colors leave more pronounced lines, use LOTS of water, and most importantly, let your piece TOTALLY DRY BEFORE REMOVING THE CLING WRAP!!  Can you tell I'm one of those who doesn't have a lot of patience?!  I just get so excited to see the final result that it's hard to wait!!  But anyway, after many trials, I came up with two cards I thought were worthy of sharing!

This card used Salty Ocean and Faded Jeans distress inks and just a smidge of Cobalt Blue Brusho's for my background.  The snowflake frame was die cut from an AliExpress die and my sentiment is from PTI's Think Big Favorites #21.

My twofer card uses Cobalt Blue and Sea Green Brusho's for the background, and once again, another AliExpress die for the tree line.  My sentiment is also another PTI from the Botanical Blocks IV set.

For both cards I used Cling Wrap, Die Cutting, and Stamping.

LOTS of absolutely GORGEOUS creations from the DT and in the gallery already this month, so if you need any inspiration, you can check it all out right HERE.  This challenge is open until the 24th.

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

Monday, January 15, 2018

Merry Monday #273 - A Color Challenge

Hello Merry Monday fans.  I'm hosting this week over at the Merry Monday blog and you know I love to do color challenges, so this week let's try using the non-traditional colors of RED and TURQUOISE on our Christmas cards!

Here's what I came up with:

This is one of my favorite images from MFT's Season's Tweetings stamp set (It must be Linda S. favorite too...too funny that we both used the SAME image this week!!)!  I started with a piece of Hawaiian Shores cs that I dry embossed using an older Darice ef and then added a strip of Hawaiian Shores DSP at the bottom.  A strip of red hearts using PTI's Heart Border Die gave me a little platform for my little girl to stand on.  I colored her with Copics except for her hat and coat which I paper pieced using Pure Poppy DSP (PTI).  My little sentiment banner is from the same Season's Tweetings stamp set.

Can't wait to see what YOU come up with using RED and TURQUOISE on your Christmas cards this week!  You can check out all the wonderful inspiration from the DT right HERE and then play along...you'll be so happy you did come next December!!

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

Saturday, January 13, 2018

CAS(E) this sketch #254

Hello friends.  Saw a couple friends playing along with the current CAS(E) this sketch challenge, and I was intrigued to check it out and then of course when I saw the sketch, I just had to play!!

Isn't that a pretty sketch??!!  As soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to use my new Altenew Build-A-Flower: Carnation stamp set.  Take a look:

 I usually struggle to line up Altenew flowers, but this one is pretty easy and gives such realistic looking flowers.  I started by die cutting a little frame into my card base using PTI's Mix & Mat: Flourishes die and then built my flower swag around it like the sketch shows.

Trying to ramp up my depleted birthday card stash, so that dictated my sentiment and I just used a simple one from PTI's Keep It Simple: Birthday.  I added a piece of Real Red cs to the inside of my card so it would show through the dotted frame...it gives a nice touch when the card is closed!

There are some absolutely BEAUTIFUL cards for inspiration from the DT, so check it out and play along...you can find it all right HERE.
Thanks for stopping by today ... I love it when you do!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Twofer Challenge #1 - Feathers

Hello friends.  So happy and excited to be playing in Darnell's very first Twofer Card Challenge today!!  What's a twofer and who's Darnell???  Come on people...have you been living under a rock??  The wonderfully warm and friendly Darnell of djkardkreations coined the phrase "twofer" for when she shows more than one card on her blog posts, ie, if she shows two cards, it's a "twofer" post, if she shows 3 cards, it's a "threefer" post, etc.  So anyway, she decided to start a challenge using the twofer concept, and we are given a prompt and then must create 2 different cards using the same stamp or die and the prompt.  This month it's FEATHER'S.

And here's what I came up with:

I used the same bird (feathers) from Tim Holtz's Bird Crazy for both my birthday card and my Just A Note card (hope that qualifies Darnell?!!)

I kept my cards pretty much the same but just used different color combos for each one.  I started with CP Swoop stencil and Orange Marmalade and Picked Raspberry DOX inks for my background, and then used the same inks (plus Wild Honey) to blend over the bird.  The sentiment is from an older PB set and I added some sequins and heavy baker's twine to finish off the first card.

So same stencil for this card, but used Cracked Pistachio and Salty Ocean DOX inks for the background and the bird too.  Added a leaf die cut from PTI's Songbirds (trying to keep it all in the bird family here!!) that I blended Cracked Pistachio on also, and then added my sentiment strip using PTI's Winter Woods (which is also a bird themed stamp set!).

Pretty happy with the way both of these fun and bright cards turned out and yay for adding one more card to my birthday stash which has become seriously depleted lately, and another card that can be used for just about any occasion!!  The Twofer Card Challenge will be open each month from the 10th - 24th, so come play along with this FUN new challenge!  You can find all the details and see some amazing inspiration from the FABULOUS DT right HERE.

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

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Make It Monday #309 - Heat Embossed Stencil Backgrounds

Hello friends.  Melissa Phillips is hosting this week's Make It Monday challenge over at Papertrey Ink and she is showing us fun ways to use our stencils with heat embossing.

I have always been a huge fan of the Modern Background Stencil Collection, and that was my starting point for my card today.

I used a gold Sparkle Embossing Powder (Recollections) and one of the Modern Background Stencils to create my background and then started adding my layers using the Mix & Mat: Hearts dies, Stitched Primitive Heart Dies, Farmer's Market Florals, (gosh, I LOVE this set!), and the You Have My Heart stamp set & dies.  A few clear sequins finished off my first Valentine's Day card.

This was a FUN challenge...Melissa always feeds my love of layering!!  Check out her video and GORGEOUS cards right HERE and then play along!  :0)

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

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Inspired By All The Little Things #77

Hello friends.  The current challenge over at Inspired By All The Little Things is just too cute and FUN to pass up!!

I mean LOOK at all those cute faces!!  Of course I had to go digging through all my critter stamps so I could play along with the DT and special guest and friend of mine Linda Snodgrass.  Here's what I came up with:

Of course I was inspired by all those cute critters and the colors too.  All the critters I used are from various MFT stamp sets with the exception of the deer, which is a SSS die cut.  The die cut tree branches are from Elizabeth Craft Designs (1408 - Reindeer) which was a Christmas gift from my dear friend Birgit (thanks again Birgit!!).  The sentiment is also MFT's Birthday Bears.

Check out all the adorable cards from the talented DT and their special guest this month (Linda) and then play along...come on, you know you want to!!  Check it all out right HERE.

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

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

CAS Watercolour January 2018

Hello friends.  Playing along with this month's challenge over at CAS Watercolour and the key word is Birthday, which is great as I need to replenish my birthday card supply!

And here's what I came up with:

I used Altenew's Beautiful Lady and embossed the image in white, and then colored it with my Zigs.  I've had my Zigs for close to 2 years now and most of you who follow me know I've had a love/hate relationship with them, but I actually really like the way this card turned out, so I must be getting the hang of them a bit better now!  I've learned that if I put down just a touch of color with the Zigs and then move that color around with my Aqua Painter, I have much better success rather than trying to use the Zigs like a marker...hope that make's sense?!

Once dry, I added my sentiment from PTI's Stemmed Statements and then matted the piece with a black layer.  I added a honeycomb die cut (AliExpress) to my card base and then pop dotted the main image and added to the card base.

And just to prove to you that this really is a Birthday card, here is a peek at the inside:

For this card I have watercoloured, embossed, die cut, and stamped.

There is still plenty of time to play along with this challenge (open till the 24th), so check out all the beautiful inspiration from the DT, and then play along right HERE.

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