Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Create Along With Us - August 2018

Hello friends.  Playing along with this month's Create Along With Us challenge, where during release week, you can pick a favorite card from one of the DT and re-create it with stamps that you have.
It was so hard to choose this week as every card from every designer has been absolutely FABULOUS and just FULL of color...FALL COLOR!  There have been so many new color combinations for Fall that I never would have thought of like Dawn's Peach and Aqua, Melissa Phillip's pastel colors (for Fall?  Yep, totally worked!!), Melissa Bickford's BRIGHT primary colors, and the one that drew me the most...Spring Rain, Ocean Tides, & Enchanted Evening from Laurie Schmidlin!

Something about this card just totally draws me, and the way she blended these 3 colors together that I never would have thought of using in the first place, just blows me away!!  I am SO excited about this release and want it ALL...especially the Text & Texture: Leaves like Laurie used for her background!  Obviously not having that stamp yet, I decided to try using Text & Texture: Roses and came up with this:

My colors are a little darker than Laurie's as I had to stamp multiple times (using my MISTI) to get even coverage of each color...I think my little cubes are getting dry!  

After stamping the image I trimmed off the edges and then cropped the corners like Laurie did.  My grateful die cut using silver mirror cs came from the Especially You set, along with the rest of the sentiment that I stamped on a white strip.  I used a really OLD punch for my little heart using Pure Poppy cs and didn't stitch it like Laurie did...I love that look but it would not have looked too good with my sewing skills!

While the roses don't necessarily say FALL, I still really like how this card came out and will definitely use this color combination again!

You can check out all the beautiful cards on Papertrey Ink's site and then play along right HERE.

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

Monday, August 13, 2018

CAS Mix Up August 2018 - Monoprints

Hello friends.  The challenge at CAS Mix Up this month is all about STENCIL MONOPRINTS.

I had fun with this challenge and made just a few...

Now I have lots for my UFO box, so when I need a quick card, there's lots to choose from!  And this time I got smart and wrote the colors and name of the stencil on the back of each one so I don't have to guess later on!!

I used just the top piece for my cards today (cut it in half so I was able to make 2 cards!).  I used a stencil from Newton's Nook called Floral Lace, and the top one is actually a kind of 2nd generation stenciling...I had inked up the first time with Mermaid Lagoon, Wilted Violet, & Picked Raspberry Distress Inks, and after pressing into my cardstock there was still ink left on the stencil, so I spritzed it again with water and got a lighter impression that I really liked!  Take a look at what I turned it into:

I mounted my monoprint behind a die cut Pierced Feature Frame (PTI) and then added to a top folding card base.  I die cut the Bird Of Roses (SSS) and added it to the lower part of the frame and then added a stamped sentiment from PTI's Keep It Simple: Thinking Of You set on a strip of Lavender Moon cs.

My 2nd card with the other half of the monoprint is just switched up with a butterfly die cut from Memory Box called Vivienne Butterfly.

The sentiment on this card is from PTI's Ways To Say: Thinking Of You and I also added a few diamond gems to the center of the butterfly.

Quick, CAS, and I used Stencil Monoprinting, stamping, and die cutting on both cards.

This challenge is open till the 24th and you can check out all the GORGEOUS cards from the DT and play along right HERE.

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

Saturday, August 11, 2018

CAS Watercolour August 2018 - More Sunflowers

Hello friends.  Just a quick post to share a few more cards for this month's CAS Watercolour challenge where the focus is on SUNFLOWERS!

Sunflowers are such a bright and happy flower that I just couldn't resist making a couple more cards!  This 1st card uses a Impression Obsession stamp (F16089)…

I embossed the image in white on water color cs (TH) and then water colored with my Zigs and an Aqua Painter.  I used an old SU! background script stamp called En Francais with Crumb Cake ink and stamped over my Sunflower and then framed it using a PTI die Pierced Feature Frame in Early Espresso cs.  I mounted this to a layered card base and finished with a piece of baker's twine.

My 2nd card uses a Penny Black stamp called Sunny Pair and I placed this stamp in my MISTI and then colored using my Zigs directly onto the stamp.  Once I had the colors how I wanted them, I used my Aqua Painter and moved the color around just a bit to blend.  Layered this to a card base and finished with some jute twine and a tiny tag from PTI's Stemmed Statements.

Still lots of time left to play along with this challenge and would love to see all your sunny SUNFLOWERS in the gallery!!  Play along till the 24th right HERE.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Make It Monday #332 - Petite Pattern Play

Hello friends.  This week's Make It Monday challenge is brought to us by Michelle Leone and she shows us a fun way to create patterned backgrounds using the smaller stamps from our stamp sets!

I've had Fall on the brain for the past week, so I pulled out an old favorite: Quilted: Autumn.

I used the tiniest acorn in the set with Fine Linen ink to create my background...what did I do before the MISTI was invented???

I used a piece of kraft cardstock for my top layer and die cut a circle out to show my tiny acorn background, and then attached a piece of kraft striped DSP to the bottom third of my card.  Next I had fun stamping the colorful leaves, acorns, and greenery and then arranging them around the circle.  Some twine and a few iridescent sequins finished off my "thank you" card (Penned Elegance).

Check out Michelle's ADORABLE set of cards and video right HERE and then play along!

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Gina K Autumn Wreath Builder

Hello friends.  I've been in love with the Gina K Wreath Builder set and the Concord & 9th Turnabout sets since they first came out...they are so much FUN to play around with!  Just recently Gina K came out with the Autumn Wreath Builder set, and of course I HAD to have it!!  (And I hear there's a Christmas one coming too...yay!!)

So anyway, just a quick post to show you a few cards I made using the new Autumn Wreath Builder set, and also a card using the 1st Wreath Builder done in Autumn colors.

This was the 1st card I made using the original Wreath Builder set while I was waiting for the Autumn one to arrive.  I used mostly Gina K inks and then PTI's Honey Nut ink and cardstock.  I love making square cards until it comes time to send them and I have to make a special envelope for it, so for this card I turned it into a A2 size by mounting the square to a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card base and then added a strip of embossed Honey Nut cardstock and twine to the bottom part of the card.

These 3 cards were all done with the Autumn Wreath Builder set using Gina K inks and assorted cardstocks I had on hand.  The sentiments on the last 2 are from PTI's Autumn Hills set.  The 2nd and 3rd cards were done trying to CASE a card by Jennifer McGuire (HERE) where instead of a wreath, she made more of a swag using an A2 size...I didn't feel very successful until I trimmed them up and finished them off, and now I think they're quite pretty!  There definitely is a bit of a learning curve in using these wreath builder sets and where you place your 1st stamp makes all the difference in the outcome of your wreath (or swag).  But no matter what you end up with, they all turn out pretty and are so much fun to do!!  :0)  

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Color Throwdown #504 - Black, Copper, & White

Hello friends.  This week's challenge at Color Throwdown stumped me for about 10 minutes...

I LOVE copper, but this one had me thinking I might bow out...and then it hit me!  Cattail Copper Brown Magicals!  If you've followed me for the past year, you'll know I am absolutely in LOVE with Lindy's Magical Powders, and once I remembered this copper color, the rest of the card came together very easily!

After my panel with the Magicals dried, I die cut my butterfly (Memory Box - Vivienne Butterfly) from the panel and a 2nd one from a scrap of black, and then inlaid the pieces together.  I used a Tim Holtz die to cut a stencil and then used Black Soot DOX ink to stencil my background.  I used a stitched rectangle die to cut my stenciled background and attached to a white card base.

Here's a close up that shows the shimmer and shine of the copper magicals a little better...IRL it's phenomenal!!  I finished off my card with some SU! Copper Cord (retired) and a few iridescent sequins and a sentiment from PTI's Winter Woods.

This color combination is really SO elegant, and there are some absolutely BEAUTIFUL cards from the DT to inspire you!  You can check it all out right HERE.

I would also like to add this card to the current Double D challenge which I love the title of:  Don't Bug Me.

I think my black and copper butterfly fits in beautifully with this challenge also!  Check out all the BEAUTIFUL cards from the DT as inspiration, and then play along with this FUN challenge too right HERE.

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

Thursday, August 2, 2018

CAS Watercolour August 2018 - SUNFLOWERS

Hello friends.  I am so excited to be hosting my 1st challenge at CAS Watercolour, and I've chosen bold, bright, and big SUNFLOWERS to be the focus this month!

Sunflowers are pretty prolific here in Michigan in August and September, and I have always loved their bold, bright color, their size, and just the happy vibe they give off!  Our oldest daughter lives in a small town in northern Michigan and while walking in their downtown area last month, I came across one of their floral and gift shops with this sign out front and couldn't resist snapping a photo:

Thought this was pretty appropriate for this month's challenge!  And I know I'm not the only one who loves SUNFLOWER'S as there are so many stamps, dies, and even stencils out there, so I'm excited to see what you all come up with for this challenge!!  Remember to keep it CAS (that means LOTS of white space friends!!) and use a water color medium, and most of all, have FUN!!

For my card I used a new (to me) die from AliExpress and my beloved Lindy's Magicals and came up with this:

I started my card by laying down my Magicals on a piece of watercolour cardstock with Cattail Copper Brown in the center, then adding Red Hot Poker Orange around that, and then Bling-y Blonde around the outside, and then of course spritzing with water to get the shimmery and shiny effect of Magicals!  Once it had dried, I die cut it with the sunflower die, and then die cut again with just plain white cardstock.  Then came the fun of inlaying all the colored leaves and tiny circles into the white die cut sunflower.  Time consuming, but LOVE the look!

To finish, I simply added my sunflower frame to a white card base and added my sentiment from PTI's Corner Adorner: February stamp set.

This challenge is open till the 24th, and we can't wait to see what YOU come up with using a SUNFLOWER stamp, die, or stencil and water!!  Make sure you check out the FABULOUS  cards from the DT and our Special Guest Designer Izzy Scrap for more inspiration, and then play along with us right HERE.  Also take time to welcome our newest member to the CAS Watercolour DT, Jenny Martin of My Paper Epiphany...you will be blown away by her awesome talent!  

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