Friday, December 15, 2017

CAS Watercolour December 2017

Hello friends.  The challenge this month at CAS Watercolour is ANYTHING GOES!

How easy, right?  And especially when you have a brand new die to use (thank you for the enabling Loll, Susan, & Bonnie!!)! 

Let me just say this card turned out NOTHING like what I was envisioning in my head, but when you're using water color, Brusho's, and salt, why am I even surprised?!  BUT, it all ended good and I'm happy with the end results!  Take a look:

I fell in LOVE with the Evergreen Window die (Memory Box) after seeing Loll, Susan, & Bonnie use it, so that was the easy part of my card.  Then I envisioned this real soft and pale blue wintry background with just a touch of pink in it.  Well obviously that didn't happen!!  I wanted to use Brusho's and thought if I used just a tiny bit of the Cobalt Blue, it would come out lighter.  WRONG!  There is nothing light about Brusho's and I'd forgotten how even just a small amount can be so vibrant once you add the water!  I had also added just a grain of crimson in what was the middle of my cardstock panel for that touch of pink that I had envisioned...well same as the blue, even just a grain of Brusho's comes out very vibrant!  While everything was still very wet, I also added some salt thinking that the resulting crystals would look like snow.  Maybe salt and Brusho's aren't the best combination as you can't see a whole lot of crystal action going on!

It was a good thought, but I think I'll save the salt technique for when I use my regular water colors!  My pink that I had envisioned being in the middle of my background ended up at the top of the background because I liked the way the blue looked on the bottom of my panel more than I liked the top part of the panel.  So this definitely did not turn out the way I first pictured it in my head, but oh well, I still am happy with the way it turned out!  (sentiment is from PTI's Beautiful Berries: Winter)

There is still time to play along with this challenge (closes the 24th), so if you have all your Christmas stuff done, check out what Loll and the DT have for inspiration, and then play along right HERE.

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

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Create Along With Us - December 2017

Hello friends.  It's release week over at Papertrey Ink, so that means we get to CASE the designers with one of their cards.  And as always, it's hard to pick just one when they're all so wonderful!!

I was drawn to one of Melissa Phillips cards and just LOVED her use of all the color!!

As much as I LOVE making Christmas cards, when we get to this time of year I am just craving all the color of flowers, and Melissa's card just made my floral loving heart smile!!  Here's what I came up with using some floral sets I already have on hand:

I stuck with most of the same colors as Melissa (Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Lilac Grace, Sweet Blush, Autumn Rose, Hibiscus Burst, Simply Chartreuse, & Harvest Gold), and then used the heart dies from Limitless Layers: Hearts and several stamp sets for the flowers.  The bulk of the flowers are from an older set (Beautiful Brushstrokes) that I haven't used in ages, and then some from Friendship Jar Flowers, Bitty Bouquets, Vintage Linens (for the leaves), and Cutaway Tags: Spring (for the sentiment).  An Aqua Mist satin ribbon and some white Nuvo drops finished off my colorful CASE of Melissa's card.

LOTS of beautiful cards from ALL the designers this month, so check them out and then play along for a chance at a $25 gift certificate!  You can find it all right HERE.

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

Monday, December 11, 2017

Merry Monday #269 - A Color Challenge

Hello friends.  This weeks challenge at Merry Monday is brought to us by Debbie, and she has a FUN color challenge for you!

Easy peasy, right?  Just pick 3 of your favorite holiday colors and create away!  As much as I love using non traditional colors, at heart, I'm still a big fan of red & green!

I had to have SU!'s Painted Harvest when it first came out a few months back because of a card similar to this I had seen on Pinterest, and I finally took it out of the package to play today!  I used Old Olive and Mossy Meadow inks for my 2 greens on the wreath, and then Cherry Cobbler ink for the berries and Cherry Cobbler cs for the letters to spell out JOY.  (SSS Big Joy)  A few sequins and some Cherry Cobbler thick bakers twine finished off my CAS card.

Two weeks till Christmas friends, so pick 3 favorite colors and play along with us this week!  You can find all the details and beautiful inspiration from the rest of the DT right HERE

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

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Color Throw Down #472

Hello friends.  Playing along with the Color Throw Down challenge where it's all about red, black, & gray this week.

And here's what I came up with using those colors:

I used the polar bear from MFT's Polar Bear Pals set and some DSP from SU!'s Merry Little Christmas to create this gift card holder.  (Card base is 4 1/4 x 11 and scored at 2, 7 1/4, & 7 3/8, and then the insert is 6 1/2 x 3 3/4 and scored at 1 3/4 & 6)  Here's the inside:

And how cool was it that I had a gift card with the colors of this challenge on it to use for my photo?!!  The sentiment on the inside insert is from PTI's Think Big Favorites #20.  This is a fun little gift card holder that's fun to watch the insert slide up and down as you open and close the card...somewhat interactive!!  :0)  And if I would have paid attention to the directions and used a ribbon around the bottom fold instead of gluing it shut with tear n tape, you could actually close the top flap of the card with the tabs made by using the envelope punch board!  Oh well, live and learn!!  If you want to watch the video of how to make this gift card holder, you can check it out right HERE.

There's still a few days left to play along with this challenge, so check out the inspiration from the DT and then play along right HERE.
Thanks for stopping by today ... I love it when you do!

Friday, December 8, 2017

CAS Mix Up December 2017

Hello friends.  Playing along with this month's CAS Mix Up challenge where we can add 2 items of our choice plus stamping.

I chose die cutting and embossing to go with my stamping and came up with this:

Isn't the die cut circle with the stars so cool looking?!  A sweet friend gifted it to me and I loved finally being able to use it...thank you!!  I cut it from a shimmery gold cardstock.  The trees (Aliexpress) were die cut in white and then I blended them with Mossy Meadow ink (SU!) and then used some Frantage Shabby White Embossing Enamel on them.  Here's a closer up:

I love the bits of gold and glitter that are in that embossing enamel too...really gives your image dimension and sparkle too!  My sentiment was stamped and embossed in gold using PTI's Beautiful Berries: Winter stamp set.

Lots of time to play along with this challenge yet (it's open till the 24th of this month), so check out what the DT came up with for inspiration, and then play along right HERE.

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

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Make It Monday #306 - Easy Fan Brush Trees

Hello friends.  Playing along with Betsy and this week's Make It Monday challenge, where it's all about creating easy fan brush tree's.  Well, Betsy makes it look easy, but I can tell I'm going to need some more practice!  It was still great fun and I loved learning something new!  Here's what I came up with:

I blended my background with Aqua Mist and Hawaiian Shores inks, and then started the water coloring with Simply Chartreuse and Ripe Avocado inks.  I added the white acrylic paint like Betsy did and also did some splattering to add a little more "snow".  I trimmed my cardstock with a stitched rectangle die and then added some fun foam to the back to raise it a bit off my card base.  My sentiment is from Snowfall Style and I think it perfectly fits this wintery scene.

You can check out Betsy's BEAUTIFUL card, video, and all the other cards in the gallery right HERE and then play along.

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

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

A Rainbow Winter

Hello friends.  Just a quick post today.  Finally got a chance to play with my new Catherine Pooler Spa Collection inks and the Winter Woodland stamp set.  I have been so inspired lately by all the rainbow cards Kristie has been making, like right HERE .  Here's what I came up with:

Not realistic but FUN, right?!!  I embossed in clear the trees from the Winter Woodland set, and then started at the left and began blending Peppermint Scrub, Mandarin Spice, Sauna, Green Tea, Juniper Mist, & Royal Treatment inks and oh do I LOVE how they blend!!  Did a little water splattering and then added my snow banks (from the Winterhaven Die collection) and deer.  The sentiment is also from the Winter Woodland set.  Maybe I could pretend this is a Northern Lights card??!!  Fun set to play with and I really like how my card turned out!  Thank you Kristie for ALL your Rainbow inspiration lately...I've been loving it!!

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

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Inspired By All The Little Things #75

Hello friends.  Playing along with Inspired By All The Little Things challenge and this fabulous inspiration photo:

I was inspired by the wood paneling in the background, the skates, the star, and of course the beautiful soft blue color.  This is what I came up with:

I used Weathered Wood Distress Ink for my hardwood background (SU!) and although my photo looks more gray than blue, in real life it really is a soft blue!  I also used the same ink around the edges of the 2 stars.  The skate die cut is a Gina Marie Designs (the stars and the scalloped circle too) and I added a bit of soft blue sparkle paper for the blades of the skate.  Not too realistic, but hey, artistic license and all that, right?!  My sentiment is from PB's Yuletide Wishes stamp set.  A very CAS card and I'm really happy with the way it turned out!

You can check out GD Bobby Hagen's card and all the rest of the DT cards right HERE and then play along...there's still a few days left!

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

Monday, December 4, 2017

Merry Monday #268 - Santa Hat

Hello friends.  This weeks Merry Monday challenge is brought to us by Deanne and she would like to see a SANTA HAT on your Christmas cards.

Isn't that little guy so cute all dressed up in his Santa suit and hat?!!  Wish my dogs would sit still long enough to put something like that on!  Oh well, I got my hat fix by using an older Penny Black set called Winter Wonderland.

Aren't these little birdies in their Santa hats just too cute?!  I just stamped them in black and then only colored their hats red so that the hats would stand out on the card.  After fussy cutting them out I attached then to a new Memory Box die cut called Snowflake Spectacle and then added a black sentiment banner with Christmas Wishes (PTI's Cutaway Tags: Winter) embossed in white.  A piece of heavy white bakers twine and a little pink chalk for the birdies cheeks finished off my card.

We're really getting down to the wire here friends, so if your Christmas card stash is not complete yet, find those stamps with a SANTA HAT on them and make a card or two to share with us at Merry Monday!  You can find all the info you need right HERE.

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

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Make It Monday #305 - Love Of Layers

Hello friends.  Laurie has a wonderful video for this week's Make It Monday challenge on using layers...LOTS and LOTS of layers!

I still had the Quoted: Favorite Things stamp set laying out from making tags, so when this challenge came up and I looked at the stamp set, the idea was born.  I may not have used LOTS and LOTS of layers, but I used a few!

I loved on Laurie's card how she kept most of her layers in the same color, so I decided on kraft cardstock as my color of choice.  I layered on a piece of striped DSP from the Kraft Pattern Pack that I had inked up the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink to my kraft card base first.  The sentiment was stamped also onto kraft cs with Soft Suede ink and then die cut with the largest Brushed Off Rectangle.  I stamped the center part of the saying with Early Espresso ink onto another piece of cardstock and pop dotted it on top of the bottom layer.  I added some string and then pop dotted that whole layer onto the striped DSP layer.  I loved how the "very merry" from the Tiny Tags stamp set fit perfectly onto the tiny, tiny tag that comes with the Quoted: Favorite Things stamp set!  My tree from the In The Meadow die collection was also distress inked around the edges and then I also added some gold embossing to the edges and also some Frantage Shabby White Embossing Enamel to the center of the tree.  And of course the star is the darling little mouse from Christmas Critters.

Isn't he just the sweetest all dressed up in his Christmas sweater?!  And I loved adding some black Nuvo Drops for his eye and nose!  Hopefully this photo also gives you a better look at all my layers!  This was definitely a FUN challenge for me!  As much as I've come to appreciate CAS, I do love layering too!  :0)

Check out Laurie's beautiful card and video right HERE and then play along! 

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

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

25 Days Of Christmas Tags 2017 - Bonus Day

Hello friends.  Just when I thought all the fun over at Tracey's 25 Days Of Christmas Tags challenge was all over, she gave us a BONUS DAY!

Day 26 was sponsored by High Hopes and oh my gosh do they have some absolutely adorable images!!  I was inspired by all the designers from the DT as they all used the whimsical images beautifully!  I totally fell in love with the reindeer from Donna Rudy though, and since I don't have any High Hopes stamps (yet...I placed an order yesterday!), I used a new MFT die called Deer Love as it is pretty whimsical too!

Don't you just love those racks on them with the colored hearts?!  And of course I had to add a little red Nuvo Drop to their noses!

This challenge is still open till Dec. 1 at 12:00AM, so there's still time to play along.  You can check it all out right HERE.

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

Monday, November 27, 2017

Merry Monday #267 - A Color Challenge

Hello friends.  This week at Merry Monday is a color challenge, so dig out your blues, greens, and white, silver, or vellum!

 Here's what I came up with:

I had fun doing a technique I saw Jennifer McGuire do a few weeks ago using Alcohol Inks, blending solution, and a cotton ball.  (You can see Jennifer's video HERE)  I used Botanical and Pool colors and was hoping my colors would be a little more intense, but am still happy with the way the background came out.  I used an AliExpress die in white and added a silver embossed sentiment from PTI's Ways To Say: Merry Christmas.  CAS and FUN!

Can't wait to see what YOU come up with this week using these colors.  The DT has some beautiful inspiration too, so check it all out and play along with us right HERE.

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

Sunday, November 26, 2017

25 Days Of Christmas Tags 2017 - Days 23, 24, & 25

Hello friends.  I made it to the end of the 25 Days Of Christmas Tags challenge and have tags from days 23, 24, & 25 to share with you today!

Day 23 is being sponsored by Pretty Pink Posh and although I don't have any stamps by them (I have LOTS of sequins by them though!!), I loved the square scalloped tag that Heather Hoffman used and all the cute animals on her tags.

I hadn't had a chance to ink up this cute little Polar Bear from Avery Elle's Winter Woodland Wonders, so he's the star of this cute little kraft tag that I die cut from PTI's Quilted: Winter and stamped and embossed with a mixture of different snowflake stamps.

Day 24 is being sponsored by Right At Home stamps, and again I have no stamps from this company, but was inspired by Holly Endress's kraft and plaid tag with the greenery.

Really like the way this one turned out!  I die cut my tag from kraft cs and then used Concord & 9th's Plaid Background stamp with Baked Brown Sugar ink.  The pine bough is from SU!'s Ornamental Pine stamp set and inked in Gumball Green ink.  The little pinecones are from PTI's Holiday Greens and the sentiment is from PTI's Christmas Blessings.  I finished with Nuvo's Woodland Green Crystal drops.

Day 25 is being sponsored by Pink & Main (another company that I do not have any stamps from!) and I was inspired once again by one of Tracey's tags with the cute little Santa image.

I have always loved this little Santa image from MFT's Jingle All The Way, and love the sentiment too!  I colored him with my Copics and added a little Dazzling Diamonds and then pop dotted him to my tag.  Easy peasy!!

This has been an amazing 25 day challenge, and now I have oodles and oodles of new tags for gifts this year (I always make 3 or 4 of each tag every day).  So THANK YOU Tracey for putting this all together...I am in awe of how you do this year after year!!  If you like making tags and need some inspiration, take the time to check out this challenge right HERE...definitely worth the time!!  :0)

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

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Papertrey Ink November 2017 Blog Hop

Hello friends.  It's the 25th and that means it's time for Papertrey Ink's monthly blog hop challenge!  Nichole gave us a beautiful inspiration photo this month - take a look:

There are so many gorgeous elements in this photo, and yet it still looks so CAS to me, so that is the direction I took on my card.

I started with an ivory card base and panel to start the CAS look, and then added a small strip of Canyon Clay plaid DSP and a small strip of kraft to the bottom of my panel.  At this point I used the Counting My Blessings die set and used the "blessed" die to die cut over the added strips and then inlaid them.  To bring in the gold that was used on the inspiration photo's centerpiece, I embossed the fern from Holiday Greens and then die cut it and added it to my card front along with a pumpkin that was die cut using more of the Canyon Clay DSP and Ripe Avocado DSP.

You can see the gold of the embossed fern a little better in this close up and also the Honey Gold Nuvo Glitter Drops I added as a finishing touch.  I kept wanting to add more to this card as it seemed so plain, but yet I didn't want to detract from the beauty of the few simple items I had added to this card like the inlaid die cut sentiment and the gold embossed fern.  I had to keep telling myself that CAS is CLEAN AND SIMPLE!  :0)

It is always so much fun to blog hop and see how everyone else interpreted the inspiration photo, so that's what I am off to do!  You can check it all out and play along too right HERE.

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