NBUS Lily

Hi there.  Today’s CAS card was unexpected.  There is a new NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff) challenge I wanted to try.  I found out about this challenge from Di at Pixie’s Crafty Workshop who posted  a heads up about it last week.  I am so guilty of purchasing with good intentions, and then letting them collect dust.  There is just so much good schtuff out there, and so little time to use them. *lol*  Needless to say, I have a large stash of NBUS and the toughest part of creating this card was deciding what NBUS to use first.  So my chosen NBUS is this stamp set To Have & To Hold, which was purchased several months ago.  This is a wedding stamp set, but I saw potential for more.

Card created for challenges CAS-ual Fridays #155 Black & White with a Pop of Color, HLS CAS Masking, HLS CASE Gloria Lee, NBUS #7 and Pixie's Snippets Playground #244.

First, I die cut a heart mask and masked the centre of a white A2 Stitched Rectangle.  I created the masks for the lilies by stamping them on labelling tape with Archival black ink and fussy cutting them out.  I then stamped the lilies around the heart mask, masking each lily before stamping the next.

Card created for challenges CAS-ual Fridays #155 Black & White with a Pop of Color, HLS CAS Masking, HLS CASE Gloria Lee, NBUS #7 and Pixie's Snippets Playground #244.

I removed the lily masks and left the heart mask in place while I colored and shaded the lilies with a black Polychromous pencil for a black and white look.  For a pop of color, I removed the heart mask and stamped the sending sentiment with Velvet dye ink and VersaMark.  I heat embossed it with a clear glitter embossing powder.

Card created for challenges CAS-ual Fridays #155 Black & White with a Pop of Color, HLS CAS Masking, HLS CASE Gloria Lee, NBUS #7 and Pixie's Snippets Playground #244.

The red glitter hugs die-cut was a snippet I didn’t end up using when I created THIS card.  For dimension, I die cut 2 more hugs from white cardstock and stacked them.  To finish I added a few sparkling clear sequins and mounted it onto a white card base.  With all the masking this is a one layer card.

 

 

CAS-ual Fridays – CFC155 Black & White with a Pop of Color
HLS CAS – August 2016 Masking
HLS CASE the Designer – August 2016 Gloria Lee
NBUS – Challenge #7
Pixie’s Snipoets Playground – Week 244

 

Magic Square

Hello there.  I have a silly, but fun card to share this weekend.  I don’t know how it happened, but today’s card is another CASE card challenge combined with squares and animals theme challenges.

Simple square shaker card created for challenges Time Out #64, Cards in Envy Hip to be Square, SSS Wednesday Hip to be Square and Mod Squad Pets/AnimalsSo my idea was to have the dragon fly into the square shaker and magically change color.  So silly, but fun, right?  Anyway, I stamped the Diagonal Stripes  with Ocean Waves ink onto a white A2 size Stitched Rectangle.  I die cut out the square shaker frame in the centre using 2 sizes of Stitched Square dies, then adhered the negative piece to a top folding white card base.  To create the shaker layer, I die cut a Stitched Rectangle from white cardstock.  I took the smaller of the 2 square dies used to die cut the frame and die cut out the shaker window opening.  I adhered a piece of acetate to the back of the opening, and added foam adhesive around the perimeter to create the area that will house the sequins.  WIth only one layer of foam adhesive, this is a fairly flat shaker card.

Simple square shaker card created for challenges Time Out #64, Cards in Envy Hip to be Square, SSS Wednesday Hip to be Square and Mod Squad Pets/AnimalsI stamped the dragon and firey smoke with black Memento ink onto two 2.5″ square pieces of white Ultrasmooth cardstock and colored with Copics.  I stamped the shaker dragon off to the side and colored it red and yellow. The outside dragon was colored in grey and die cut out with the matching die.  Next up is putting the shaker portion together.  I peeled the liners from the foam adhesive, added the sequins, then attached the red dragon square piece.  I trimmed the grey dragon and lined it up with the shaker dragon before adhering the frame

Simple square shaker card created for challenges Time Out #64, Cards in Envy Hip to be Square, SSS Wednesday Hip to be Square and Mod Squad Pets/Animals

I added more double-sided foam adhesive to the back so the layer doesn’t sag and is flat, then adhered it to the striped card front.  To finish, the sentiment was stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed with white embossing powder on a black curve slice diecut.

 

 

I am playing in the following challenges:

Time Out – Challenge #64 CASE Julia
Cards in Envy – Hip to be Square
SSS Wednesday – It’s Hip to be Square
Mod Squad – Teacher’s Pet – use a pet or animal

Magnolias Smile

Hello everyone.  My card today combines another CASE challenge with flamingos and sparkle inspiration theme challenges.  I was excited to do these challenges because I wanted to break out two Altenew stamp sets I have never used before.

Card created for challenges CASEplorations August, Altenew Inspiration August Flamingo, Curtain Call Flamingo and Tuesday Throwdown Make it Sparkle.

I stamped the front magnolia flower from Magnolias For Her on Bristol paper with VersaMark ink and then heat embossed it with a really cool Silver Pearl embossing powder.  I then created a mask for that flower and masked it off before stamping the second flower and the flower bud in VersaMark.  I removed the mask and heat embossed with the same embossing powder.  I began coloring the flowers with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, but then switched over to Polychromous pencils.  I was not happy with the Zig marker choices for pinks as a  flamingo color.  After I finished coloring, I fussy cut it out then added some clear Wink of Stella for some sparkle.

Card created for challenges CASEplorations August, Altenew Inspiration August Flamingo, Curtain Call Flamingo and Tuesday Throwdown Make it Sparkle.

I stamped the Halftone Smile sentiment on black cardstock with VersaMark.  I heat embossed it with the same Silver Pearl embossing powder and then die cut it out with the matching die.  As you can see, the cool thing about this embossing powder is when used on white cardstock, it appears white, while on black cardstock, it looks silver.  For the background I wanted the colors to fade towards the centre, so I inked up the Wide Stripes background stamp with a black Ombre ink pad from the top then from the bottom, each time making sure the lightest ink color is in the middle of the panel.  I stamped the stripes onto a 6×6 piece of white cardstock twice using my MISTI, then trimmed it down to A2 size

Card created for challenges CASEplorations August, Altenew Inspiration August Flamingo, Curtain Call Flamingo and Tuesday Throwdown Make it Sparkle.

I attached the stripe A2 panel to a white card base before assembling my card.  I placed a nest of silver thread on the bottom half and adhered the sentiment over top to hold the thread in place.  For dimension, I added the flowers with mounting tape and finished off with silver sequins.

 

 

I am playing in the following challenges:

STAMPlorations – CASEplorations August – Shalu
Altenew – August Inspiration Challenge Flamingos
Curtain Call – Inspiration Challenge Flamingo
Tuesday Throwdown – TT308 Make It Sparkle

 

 

 

A Snippet Christmas Card

Happy Monday everyone!  Had family visiting this past weekend, so I was not expecting to post anything today, BUT then I saw the challenge 58 card to CASE over at Muse: Chustmas Visions .  It reminded me of a monoprint background piece I did last week with my friend Christine. As I mentioned in my butterfly post, I was not having any luck using my Color Bursts powder inks for the monoprint technique. Well, Christine came over with her Brushos (another brand of powder inks), and with her help I produced this background.

Monoprint Christmas card created for challenges Muse: Christmas Vision 58, CAS Mix Up Sprays and Pixie's Snippets Playground Week 243.

I followed the same steps as I did before, except instead of applying distress inks to the back of the stencil, I sprinkled black Brushos all over, ensuring there is a good amount in and around the open areas of the stencil. I think that was where I went wrong the first several attempts with Color Bursts.  I spritz it with water, then flipped it over onto a piece of watercolor paper.

Monoprint Christmas card created for challenges Muse: Christmas Vision 58, CAS Mix Up Sprays and Pixie's Snippets Playground Week 243.

So that background piece was already completed from last week.  I just took it from my snippets stash, trimmed it down and then applied some Whisper White ink to the bottom 1/3.  I dried it with my heat tool.  The card I was CASEing had 3 different deer on it, but I only had 1 deer die. So to achieve a slight variation in deer size, I die cut one from Smoky Slate cardstock and 2 from some scrap black fun foam.  I then took my heat tool to those black fun foam pieces and shrunk them slightly.  I should have taken a pic to show you the difference.  I trimmed their antlers slightly as well.  I layered the background panel onto a 5-1/4″x4″ piece of white cardstock and then an A2 piece of Basic Gray cardstock.

Monoprint Christmas card created for challenges Muse: Christmas Vision 58, CAS Mix Up Sprays and Pixie's Snippets Playground Week 243.

To finish, I stamped and heat embossed the greeting with white embossing powder on a strip of black cardstock, backed it onto a piece of white cardstock and then adhered it to the card front with mounting tape.  I love non-traditional colors for my Christmas cards, so this is exactly up my alley as far as Christmas cards are concerned.

UPDATE: I remembered now where I saw this idea for a card.  I need to credit my card idea to the super talented Loll Thompson who created these gorgeous cards HERE   She even has a technique video tutorial HERE.

 

 

I am playing in the following challenges:

Muse: ChristmasVisions – Challenge 58 Cornelia Wenokor
CAS Mixup – August Challenge Sprays
Pixie’s Snipoets Playground – Week 243

Hashtag Selfie

Hi there.  I guess I’m still in masking mode because today’s card was created with masking. But definitely nowhere near the extent of the elephants card in my last post.  I think selfie cards are so fun and that is what I did for today’s card.

Selfie card created for challenges SSS Flickr Challenge #51, MarkerPop Challenge #101 Embossing and PP308 Color Challenge.

Using Black Intense ink, I stamped and masked the pandas and balloons on a 3″x3-3.75″ piece of white cardstock.  I colored in the balloons with Copics.

Selfie card created for challenges SSS Flickr Challenge #51, MarkerPop Challenge #101 Embossing and PP308 Color Challenge.

I wanted to make the selfie a glossy finish photo, so I covered the enitre panel with VersaMark and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Continuing with the glossy photo look, I die cut the photo frame from high gloss cardstock. The hashtag was heat embossed in black and the Smile sentiment was die cut from black cardstock and modified without the circle.

Selfie Smile Birthday Card

For the background, I dry embossed an A2 piece of Bristol paper in the vertical direction using  Seaside embossing folder.  I thought these waves vertically looked like balloon strings.  For better contrast against the white frame, I spritz it with a custom spray I created from 70% rubbing alcohol and Daffodil Delight refill.  To finish, I added glossy accents to the Smile die-cut greeting and mounted it on a white card base.

 

 

 

I am playing in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamps Flickr – Challenge #51 Emboss It
MarkerPop – Challenge #101 Embossing
The Paper Players – PP308 Color Challenge

Busted!

Happy Monday everyone!  Last week MFT did a third session of Camp Create. Naturally, I went camping for the third time and joined in the fun!  As in previous sessions, they had 5 challenges.  I completed all 5 this weekend to earn all 5 badges and to be entered in the grand prize drawing. You can get a closer look at my entries on my Instagram account.

With it being the final Camp Create session this summer, there was a bonus farewell challenge.  The challenge was to create a one layer card.  My card today was an idea that I’ve had floating around in my head ever since I saw MFT’s Adorable Elephants stamp set.

One layer card created for Camp Create session 3 Bonus Challenge.

My idea was to have these elephants get busted for sneaking a cupcake treat.  If they weren’t so cute and innocent-looking, they would be in so much trouble. *lol*  To create this one layer scene card, there was A LOT of masking. My MISTI was a must-have in lining up my stamps and planning out my card.

One layer card created for Camp Create session 3 Bonus Challenge.

I created the grass edge and window masks with a die. All other masks were stamped on masking tape and fussy cut out. The wall was created by ink blending Old Paper and Spiced Marmalade distress inks through a brick wall stencil before all masks were removed.  I flicked grass blades with a couple of green Copic markers to create texture. For  depth and dimension, I added shading to the left side of the elephants and under the window.

One layer card created for Camp Create session 3 Bonus Challenge.

For a little bit more dimension and interest, I heat embossed the sentiment, added glossy accents to the cherry and added clear Wink of Stella to the tops of the cupcakes.

One layer card created for Camp Create session 3 Bonus Challenge.

This card took a bit of time, but I love the end result, especially since I’ve been wanting to do it for so long.  All 3 sessions of Camp Create was so much fun and I was glad to be able to participate.

 

*Note to my e-mail subscribers: unfortunately with WordPress, picture galleries (group pictures) do not show up in e-mails.  You will need to view the post directly on my blog.

 

 

I am entering in the following challenges:

MFT Camp Create – Single Layer Savvy
AAA Cards – Game #71 Blending
SSS Wednesday Challenge – Let’s Go Wild
Addicted to Stamps and More – Anything Goes

 

Flutterby Monoprint

Hello everyone.  I have been wanting to try the stencil monoprint technique so with this month’s CAS Mix Up Challenge being sprays, I finally gave it a try.  Initially, I attempted this technique numerous times with Color Bursts powder inks, but I was unsuccessful at achieving anything decent.  I ended up using good old distress inks.

Stencil monoprint card for challenges: CAS Mix Up August 2016, Cards in Envy Wings, QKR #203 Things with Wings, STAMPlorations CAS Gold and STAMPlorations Anything Goes Never-ending.

For this technique, I cut a piece of  watercolor paper larger than an A2 size.  I was planning to die cut it with a stitched rectangle die afterwards and a larger size makes it easier.  Next, I took the butterfly stencil and applied Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio and Twisted Citron distress inks randomly to the backside of the stencil.  Then I sprayed enough water on the stencil until the water beads up.  I picked up the stencil and flipped it over and placed it on top of the watercolor paper.  I took a piece of paper towel and pressed down on top to absorb any water that seeps out.  And that’s it for the technique. I left it to dry while I completed the card.

Stencil monoprint card for challenges: CAS Mix Up August 2016, Cards in Envy Wings, QKR #203 Things with Wings, STAMPlorations CAS Gold and STAMPlorations Anything Goes Never-ending.

To avoid covering up the beautiful watercolor monoprint background, I stamped the sentiment on vellum with VersaMark and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder.  I die cut the vellum with a stitched strip die, but for some reason the stitch detail did not transfer over to the vellum very well

Stencil monoprint card for challenges: CAS Mix Up August 2016, Cards in Envy Wings, QKR #203 Things with Wings, STAMPlorations CAS Gold and STAMPlorations Anything Goes Never-ending.

I wanted the centre butterfly to stand out a little more, so I lined up the stencil and used a VersaMarker to fill in the butterfly.  I then heat emboss that one butterfly with white embossing powder.  To finish, I added a few gold sequins and mounted the panel with fun foam to a top folding white card base

 

 

 

I am playing in the following challenges:

CAS Mix Up – August 2016 Stamping + Sprays + Your Choice (die-cut, heat embossing)
Cards in Envy  – Wings
QKR Stampede – Challenge #203 Things with Wings
STAMPlorations CAS Challenge – Anything Goes with Option Gold
STAMPlorations Anything Goes – Never-ending

 

 

Hogs, I Mean Hugs

Happy Sunday, everyone.  I am finally participating in the Mojo Monday Contest.  I’ve been meaning to play along for quite a while.  I flipped the Mojo Sketch 459 sideways to create today’s card.

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I decided to do a black and white monochromatic card with color blocking for my background.  To do this, I first cut a piece of regular copy paper to A2 size.  I then cut scraps of Basic Black, Basic Gray and Smoky Slate cardstock into strips and adhered them to the copy paper.  I took that piece and die cut it with a Stitched Rectangle die.  Color blocking is a great way to use up those scraps of cardstock

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I used a smaller stitched rectangle die to die cut an opening for the sentiment.  I was going to just die cut a black sentiment and adhere it to the white openung, but it looked too plain.  So I did color blocking for the opening as well and inlaid it.  To make it stand out, I added a white stitched rectangle frame.  I die cut the hugs sentiment from a scrap piece of Dazzling Diamond glitter paper.

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I stamped the hog with black Memento ink onto white cardstock.  In keeping with the black and white monochromatic color theme, I colored the hog with light gray Copic markers.  For a little bit of interest, I colored the heart red.  The hog was die cut out with the matching die and popped up with foam adhesive.  Clear Wink of Stella was added to the heart to finish.

 

 

I am playing in the following challenges:

Stamping Smiles Designs – Tic Tac Toe Challenge 15 (middle row across: word dies, sparkle, color blocking)
Mojo Monday – MOJO Sketch 459 Contest
Glitter N Sparkle – Challenge 200 Black and White
AAA Cards – Game #70 Stitching
Pixie’s Snippets Playground – Week 241

 

Magical Dragons

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Hello everyone.  It’s been a while because I’ve been away.  It’s so nice to be back in My Crafting Closet.  My first project back is a fun little card with the new Magical Dragons stamp set from MFT and I knew I wanted to use it for The Paper Players Tic Tac Toe Challenge #306.

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I ended up completing the bottom row across and the right column down. I created a scene inside a castle with one of the dragons peering in through a window.  I stamped and colored the dragons with Copics and then die cut them out with the matching dies.  The wall was created with a wall stencil and texture paste colored with gray reinker. This was my first time using texture paste and I love the texture and dimension it gives. That completed the bottom row across (texture, scene, die-cut). But because the colors and images are masculine and red, this satisfied the right column down as well (masculine, red, die-cut).  I added a fun die-cut sentiment to finish.

 

 

I am playing in the following challenges:

The Paper Players – Tic Tac Toe Challenge #306 (unfortunately, the link closed while I was linking 😩).

Markerpop – Challenge #100 Create a Scene

Inspiration Destination – Anything Goes Challenge No. 97

 

 

CASE Unicorn Diecuts

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Hi there.  Today I have another mythical creature card to share. This time it’s a unicorn. I have done a couple of unicorn cards already, but this is another different unicorn.  In fact I have five different sets of unicorns and there are two more sets that I would like to buy, but I am holding off – for now. Can you tell I love unicorns and mythical creatures?  *lol*

Unicorn birthday card created for challenges Curtain Call Inspiration Unicorn and Happy Little Stampers July CASE the Designer.

First, I die cut a stitched rectangle twice from white cardstock. I took one of them and die cut a stitched cloud edge. Next I die cut the stitched rainbow from hot press watercolor paper and watercolored the four smallest rings with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  Normally I would add the color directly to the paper then blend out with a watercolor brush.  However, this time I wanted a color that was not in my set. To create my own custom color, I scribbled two different colors on a craft mat and mixed them together.  I tested the color on a scrap piece of paper and once I was satisfied with the color, I picked the color up with my watercolor brush and applied it to the die cut.

Unicorn birthday card created for challenges Curtain Call Inspiration Unicorn and Happy Little Stampers July CASE the Designer.

I stamped the unicorn on hot press watercolor paper and also colored it with my Zigs.  I used the matching die to die cut it out and popped it up with foam adhesive.

Unicorn birthday card created for challenges Curtain Call Inspiration Unicorn and Happy Little Stampers July CASE the Designer.

I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment and added a few white/pinkish sequins.  To finish, I added some clear Wink of Stella to the rainbow and the colored areas of the unicorn for some shimmer.

 

 

I am playing in the following challenges:

Curtain Call – Inspiration Challenge Unicorn

Happy Little Stampers – July CASE the Designer Carol Steedman

Happy Little Stampers – July Anything Goes with Dies