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!


Celebrating the Past, Present, & Future with Papertrey Ink - 2015

Hello friends.  Papertrey Ink is still celebrating their 10th anniversary and we're up to year 2015 now.  What a fabulous year for releases, and once again, I had a hard time choosing what set to go with, but Heather Nichols Twig Wreath has really had my heart from the get go!  I was inspired by Amy Sheffer's and Silke Ledlow's use of a doily behind the wreath, so that was my starting point for this card:

I had also always thought of this stamp set as a "Fall" set, but really liked how some were using it with more Spring and Summer colors, so out came the Amethyst Allure, Royal Velvet, Hawaiian Shores, and New Leaf inks!  A lot of fussy cutting for me on this card as I don't own the dies, but I'm one of those who loves fussy cutting, so it's all good!  A little bit of striped DSP from the Hawaiian Shores Pattern Paper Pack, some bling, and a seam binding ribbon finished up this colorful and Spring like card.

Still a few more days to celebrate with Papertrey Ink, so check it all out right HERE.

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


Merry Monday #236 - Stockings

Hello friends.  The challenge this week at Merry Monday is to use a stocking on your Christmas card. 

I had been going through my stockpile of NBUS (Never Before Used Stuff) and came across a Memory Box stocking die that I've had for ages and never used, so this weeks challenge seemed like the perfect opportunity to show it some love!!

Isn't it pretty?!!  It's called Leafy Stocking and I die cut it 4 times before mounting it to my card.  The plaid background paper is SU! Trim The Tree DSP, and I also used Cherry Cobbler cs and gold mirror cs.  The gold holly die cut uses PTI's Holly Jolly die, and the tag is from MFT's Tiny Tags and stamped with PTI's Fillable Frames #9.  A little bit of Cherry Cobbler bakers twine and gold thread finished off this card. 

Here's a closer up so you can see the dimension of the stocking better.  I also sprayed the stocking with Sheer Shimmer Sparkle Spritz, so IRL it really sparkles!

So dig out those stocking stamps and dies friends and let us see what you come up with!  You can check out more inspiration from my lovely teammates and then play along right HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!  :0)

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Celebrating the Past, Present, & Future with Papertrey Ink - 2014

Hello friends.  The 10th Anniversary Celebration continues over at Papertrey Ink and the year 2014 brought LOTS of wonderful stamp sets!  I had a hard time choosing between Leave It Be (loved Michelle Leone's card!!) and Life Is Beautiful, but in the end the butterflies got to me!!

This is one of those cards I wish you could see in person as the photo just doesn't do it justice!  I used a Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen on a lot of this card and it just doesn't show up...trust me when I say that IRL this cards really shimmers and sparkles!! 

I also used a few stamps from the Make It Market: Garden Gate set and some Hibiscus Burst DSP from the Pattern Pack.  Also had to add a doily that was embossed with a little bit of silver because I love how Melissa Phillips always dresses up the backgrounds of her cards like that!  And of course I had to finish up with a little bit of bling because, well...I like it!!  :0)

Lots of GORGEOUS cards from the DT and in the gallery for 2014, so check it out play along right HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!  :0)


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Celebrating the Past, Present, & Future with Papertrey Ink - 2013

Hello friends.  Still playing catch up with the BIG 10th anniversary celebrations at Papertrey Ink and having a blast revisiting some old "friends"!  One of the sets from 2013 that has been on my "wish list" for forever is Pedal Pusher, and my girlfriend came over yesterday to "play" and brought this stamp set with her...it definitely needs to move to the top of my wish list!! 

Just a quick and simple card, but I love how it turned out!  I started with some Aqua Mist ink and one of the stencils from the Modern Background Stencil Collection to create a soft and simple background, and then simply stamped the bike, basket, flowers and sentiment.  I love all the sentiments in this set too and it was hard to pick just one!  A couple sequins because I ALWAYS have to add something and this card was finished!! 

Are you keeping up and playing along with all the challenges?  This has been such a fun week to see what Nichole and the DT are showcasing from the past 10 years, and then bringing out old and beloved stamp sets again and creating "new" cards with them!  You can find it ALL right HERE and play along too!  :0)

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


Celebrating the Past, Present, & Future with Papertrey Ink - 2012

Hello friends.  Trying to stay caught up with all the challenges that Papertrey Ink is having for their BIG 10th Anniversary Celebration!  I bought a LOT of stamp sets from PTI in 2012 as it was fast becoming one of my FAVORITE stamp companies!  PTI is showcasing Embroidered Blooms for this challenge and I was so glad as this is another one that I really LOVE!! 

I apologize that my colors didn't come out better in this photo, but the Amethyst Allure and Lilac Grace really do look nice together IRL!  I cut a Stitched Primitive Heart die from Lilac Grace cs and then laid it down on my Noted: Scalloped A2 card base before I started stamping.  Once I finished with all the stamping I adhered dimensionals to the back of the heart die cut before putting it back in place.  I used one of the hugs dies (Big Hugs) and cut one from white and one from Amethyst Allure and then offset them a bit before attaching them to the heart.  I used some glossy accents to the centers of the smaller flowers and also added a few sequins to finish off my card.

Amazing cards from 2012, so check it all out HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!  :0)