Love You

Hi there.  Today I am sharing a really CAS Mix Media card I made with my husband in mind.  He’s been feeling under the weather the last couple of days and I wanted to make a card to let him know I am here for him no matter how awful he looks, feels and looks.  Oops, did I say that twice? *lol* 😂  Actually, he looks the same to me.  Anyway, in keeping with my crafty resolution to use what I buy at least once, I used another two NBUS stamp sets for today’s card.

First, I die cut a Stitched Rectangle panel from white cardstock.  Then I created a mask with masking paper and the beautiful Heartstrings die.  Spun Sugar distress ink was blended through the mask to create the background.  I added Perfect Pearls to give it some shimmer.  It was difficult to capture it in a photo, but it is pretty IRL

I stamped the image with Versafine black ink several times using my MISTI to get a good solid impression, then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.

The sentiment was white heat embossed on a black cardstock strip and mounted with foam adhesive. For more shimmer I added clear Wink of Stella to the strip.  The stitched panel was adhered to a white top folding card base and a few NBUS clear droplets were added to finish.

i actually created the monochromatic card first with Smoky Slate ink because I know my hubby is not a fan of pink or colours for that matter.  I thought the gray felt too cold and a soft colour would look better.  And I callied it… my hubby liked the gray and disliked the pink.

 

 

 

I am playing in the following challenges:
CAS on Sunday – #99 Black, White and One Chosen Color
CAS(E) this Sketch! – CTS#204
STAMPlorations – January Anything CAS with optional gray or silver
Happy Little Stampers – January CAS Stencil
STAMPlorations – January Theme Stamps and Mix Media
STAMPlorations – Never-ending Anything Goes

 

Hello Gorgeous

Hi everyone.  My card today uses two more new stamp sets (Freehand Florals, Hello Gorgeous) that I’ve had for a while now.  My card was based on this inspiration photo.

I was inspired by the polka dots, flowers, gold colour and hello sentiment.  My card would’ve been CAS except for the pattern background.  So I guess it now falls in the classy and elegant category.

So the polka dot background is recycled packing paper from my Studio Katia order.  It’s actually gift wrap tissue paper they used and I felt it was too pretty to toss into recycling.  I adhered the tissue paper to white cardstock, then die cut it out with a Stitched Rectangle die.

I stamped the layering flowers with Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink (retired) and Melon Mambo inks.  They were die cut out with the matching dies, then clear Wink of Stella was added for some shimmer.  The leaves were stamped with gold pigment ink.  The inner vein layer was heat embossed with gold glitter embossing powder for some sparkle.  I made sure the solid image was completely dry before doing that step.

The sentiment was heat embossed with the same gold glitter embossing powder on a Stitch Strip die cut from black cardstock.  The polka dot piece was adhered to a top folding white card base before all elements were assembled. I was tempted to add some shiny gold sequins, but held off because they would have competed with the tissue paper.

 

 

I am playing in the following challenges:

The Card Concept – #64 Pretty Things photo inspiration
The Paper Players – Theme #326 Going Green use a recycling item
City Crafters – #344 Blue Monday make a card to cheer someone up
A Blog Named Hero – New to Me

 

Wintery Hello

Hi everyone.  It seems 2017 is flying by.  I can’t believe a week has gone by already.  Anyway, with Christmas now over, I thought I had to pack away my winter themed supplies, but that is not the case.  YAY🎉  For today’s card, I made a CAS winter miss you card. I also got to check off two more new stamp sets from my NBUS list. 😁

I stamped the little critter onto some X-press It paper that my friend Christine gave me to try.  I coloured with Copics and then die cut it out with the matching die.

The Hello sentiment was die cut also from X-press It paper and coloured in Ombré blue to match parts of the hat that were also coloured in Ombré blue.  The tree branch was die cut from a scrap of white cardstock, trimmed down and then coloured with Copics.

Next I die cut a white Stitched Rectangle and then stamped the miss your face sentiment in Archival black.  I sponged some Pool Party ink for the sky background.  I mounted the stitch panel onto a top folding white card base and then assembled the card.  I added snow with a white gel pen.  As a finishing touch, I added glossy accents to the Hello sentiment and created icicles hanging off the branch.  To make the icicles glisten, I sprinkld on some Dazzling Diamond glitter.  I love that image and pairing it with that sentiment makes me laugh.

 

 

I am playing in the following challenges:

AAA Cards – Game #81 Hello
CASology – Week 230 Cold
Less is More – #310 Colour (Ombré)
The Heart Desires – #8 Photo Inspiration
Tuesday Throwdown – Winter Critters

 

Silver Heartstrings

Hi everyone. With so many enabling sales this past holiday season, it’s no surprise that I have accumulated a lot of new goodies to play with. 😂😂🎉  This year, I resolute to use everything I buy at least once.  I started already with my New Year’s card posted on New Year’s Day where I used the Time Flies stamp set. Today I am using my new Heartstrings dies to create this super CAS card.

I first die cut the string heart twice to stack them for dimension.  I cut one from Silver Foil sheets and the other from a scrap of white cardstock.  I did the same for the little heart, except I die cut three from white cardstock for even more dimension.

I adhered the stacked hearts to an A2 size stitched rectangle white shimmer cardstock panel, offsetting it to the left.  The sentiment was heat embossed with silver glitter embossing powder on a strip of the same white shimmer cardstock.  For dimension again, I backed it on to a slightly larger strip of white shimmer cardstock and then mounted the whole strip with foam tape.

The panel was attached to a top folding white card base and a few clear sequins were added to finish.  With the shimmer cardstock, silver foil and silver glitter embossing, this card is shiny and sparkly IRL.

I didn’t want those silver foil diecut pieces from the heart to go to waste, so I created a second card with them.  I used the negative diecut piece as a guide to place the pieces in the correct position.  And with so many other great sentiments in the Many Everyday Messages stamp set, I decided to use a generic sentiment on this one.

 

 

 

I am entering in the following challenges:

AAA Cards – Game #80 Silver
Less is More – #309 Dimension
A Blog Named Hero – New to Me
Mod Squad – Anything but Christmas
SSS Monday – Start Afresh

CAS Mix Up January Challenge

Hi again!  You’re not seeing things.  I am back with a second post for today.  This time I am excited and honoured to be a guest designer for January CAS Mix Up Card Challenge.  This month’s challenge is liquid colours.

For my card, I chose to do the reinker spread technique. It is an easy technique to achieve a watercolour effect.

To do this technique, you need a line image stamp.  On Shimmery White cardstock, I white heat embossed the images.  I then added drops of reinkers into a pallet.  Next I generously spritz the embossed images with water.  Using a watercolor brush, I picked up a reinker colour and touched it to the areas where I want that colour.  You’ll see the colour disperse and spread.  And if you don’t then more water is needed.   I continued until the images were all coloured, and then set them aside to dry. You could use a heat tool to quicken the drying process, but I wanted the colours to flow and dry naturally.  Drying times will vary depending on how much water was used.  Once they were dry, I fussy cut them out.

For the background, I splattered some of the reinker colours onto a white A2 stitched rectangle panel.  I die cut the border sentiment from black cardstock.  I adhered the panel to a top folding white card base, assembled the card, then added glossy accents to the black sentiment to finish.  It’s hard to capture in a photo, but due to the cardstock, the images have a beautiful, subtle shimmer to them IRL.

Thank you for stopping by.

 

 

Ringing in 2017

Happy New Year everyone!  I hope you all had a great Christmas and Santa was good to you.  I can’t believe it’s New Year’s already.  I’ve been nursing a nasty cold/flu all week.  This is the first time back crafting in My Crafting Closet since before Christmas.  Normally, I wouldn’t make a New Year’s card, but being that this is the first New Year’s since I started my blog, I thought it would be a fitting way to welcone in 2017 and wish you all good health, happiness and creativity.

So my card is based on the “ringing in the new year” phrase. I stamped the clock in London Fog Memento ink (the face was stamped with black Memento ink) on Ultrasmooth cardstock, coloured with Copics (C00, C1, C3, C5) and then fussy cut out.  I added glossy accents to the face of the clock.

The numbers were die cut from scraps of Ultrasmooth cardstock and Ombré coloured with the same cool gray Copic markers.  For some shimmer, I added clear Wink of Stella.  I die cut a couple more numbers from thicker scraps of cardstock to stack them for dimension.  The sentiment was die cut from silver glitter paper, then adhered to black cardstock before I fussy cut it out with a small border.

For the background, I wanted it to look like sparkly confetti falling.  So I inked VersaMark through a Falling Snow stencil onto a black A2 size stitched rectangle panel and then heat embossed it with silver glitter embossing powder.  The panel was adhered to a white landscape top folding card base to finish.  Oh!  And did I mention that this is an interactive card?  My friend Christine gave me an action wobble spring over a year ago and I just happen to come across it.  Finding it was what prompted me to make this card and have the clock “ring” in the new year.  This is my first action wobble card. Check it out in action.

 

 

 

I am entering in the following challenges:

Cards in Envy – Celebrate the Season
Pixie’s Snippets Playground – Week 262 Use Snippets
SSS Monday – Party Time
SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes
Just Add Ink – #342 Just Add N (numbers)
CAS-ual Fridays – CFC164 Celebrations
Use Your Stuff – Anything You Are Working On
613 Avenue Create – #192 Anything Goes option Holiday Happiness
Inkspiratonal – #125 Photo Inspiration

Horizontal Center Step Mantel

Hi there!  I want to wish all who celebrate, a very Merry Christmas!  I’m just popping in to share a Horizontal Center Step fun fold Christmas card I created for all my nieces. I changed up the colours so they wouldn’t get the exact same card.

The white brick fireplace was created with texture paste and a brick wall stencil.  I  stamped the elves and stockings on scraps of white ultrasmooth cardstock with Intense Black ink, coloured with Copics and then die cut them out with the matching dies.

The sentiment was die cut from scraps of white glitter paper.  WIthout a similar colour cardstock, I sponged Blueprint Sketch distress ink on a scrap of Bristol paper, then I die cut the shadow piece from it to back the glitter sentiment.

The mantel was created from more snippets of Chocolate Chip cardstock.  I used this Horizontal Center Step PDF tutorial to cut and score the card base from Sahara Sand cardstock.  A bookshelf image stamp would have made the scene more complete; however, for a little added detail, I adhered strips of white cardstock to the sides of the fireplace instead.  And for even more sparkle and shimmer, I added clear Wink of Stella to the stockings and elves’ clothing.  And here are the other colour versions

 

 

I am entering in the following challenges:

Pixie’s Snippet Playground – Weeks 260 & 261 (used lots of cardstock snippets)
Come and Get It – Christmas
Simon Says Stamps – National Christmas Card Day
Tuesday Throwdown – Anything Goes
Naughty or Nice – A Christmas Carol vs. Frozen

Winter Wishes

Hi there.  Today I am sharing a fun CAS Christmas card.

To keep it CAS and to create dimensions without adding any layers, I double dry embossed an A2 size piece of white cardstock with a Wave embossing folder (EF) and a Circle Peek-a-Boo die.  Then I trimmed it down to 5-1/4″x4″.

I die cut a reverse circle mask and placed it around the circle.  I then heat embossed snowflakes with VersaMark ink and clear embossing powder. Next I masked a slope within the circle then sponged Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink (retired) and Blueprint Sketch inks to create the sky.  This sky colour combo is definitely outside the box for me, but I like it.

I stamped Waddles skiing on a scrap of white cardstock, coloured with Copics then die cut out with the matching die.  I added snow with a white gel pen.  The sentiment was white heat embossed on a strip of black cardstock.  The panel was mounted onto a white card base and clear Wink of Stella was added to the hat to finish.  I thought the double embossed background was enough, so no embellishments.

In that stamp set, there is a great image to create a coffee themed card, so I made a similar card for the 2016 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop .  Because I used the other wave EF in the duo set on this card and it gives a more subtle embossed look, I added a few sequins on this one.

Updated to Add:  Please note that the circle is not inlaid. The double emboss technique dry embosses both patterns of the EF and the die on one single layer of cardstock with no die cutting involved.  There is only dry embossing.  The only die cutting I did was with Waddles.  I am having trouble finding the video where I saw this technique, but when I do find it, I will update and link it here.

Update with Link:  Good News!  I found the link!  I was searching the wrong terms.  Anywho, the technique is shown towards the end of this video HERE.

 

 

I am entering in the following challenges:

Your Next Stamp – Sketch Challenge #54
Merry Monday – #226 Winter Fun
Send a Smile 4 Kids – Winter Fun 4 Kids
CAS Mix Up – December Stamping + Sponging + Your Choice (embossing, die cut)
Addicted to Stamps and More – #224 CAS
MarkerPop – #110 Winter
Simon Says Stamps – National Christmas Card Day

Juggling Fun

Hi everyone.  For today’s card, I actually got the idea a while back when I saw a snowman image looking upwards and juggling presents.  Unfortunately, I don’t remember where I saw it, but then THIS CARD reminded me of it again.

I wanted to participate in the 2016 Winter Coffee Lovers’ Blog Hop, so I used coffee cups instead.

On a white Stitched Rectangle panel, I masked off the bottom for the snowy ground. I blended Blueprint Sketch and Tumbled Glass distress inks for a wintery sky. Next I white heat embossed the sentiment. For a snowy look, I spritz with water, then dabbed with a paper towel to lift some colour.

I stamped the deer and cups with Memento black ink, coloured with Copics then fussy cut them out.

I adhered the images onto the panel, then splattered some white shimmer paint to create more snow.  In keeping with my goal to create two cards, I did create the other card using presents

I am also entering this in SSS Monday Challenge Let There Be Snow

Sweet Joy

Hi there.  Still plugging away at Christmas cards, but now for my own personal use, especially now that I’ve donated all my cards – yikes😱!  So today I am sharing a sweet CAS Christmas card.

The Candy Stripe background was stamped with Real Red dye ink.  The gingerbread and hat were stamped with Memento black ink, coloured with Copics and then fussy cut and die cut out, respectively.  The candy cane was die cut from red and white cardstock.

I sponged on some Squeezed Lemonade for the background. For shimmer and sparkle, I spritz with DIY shimmer spray. The sentiment (wishing you, joy) was stamped with Versafine ink then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

I assembled the card onto a white cardbase and finished with a few white snowflake sequins.  I made two versions of this card.  The main difference on the other card (pictured right below) was sponging Real Red ink through a Candy Cane stencil instead of stamping the stripe background.

 

I am entering in the following challenges:

Curtain Call – Sweet
Cards in Envy – Wouldn’t that be SWEET?
Merry Monday – #225 Candy Cane
MarkerPop – #109 Color
CAS(E) this Sketch – CTS#201
AAA Cards – #79 Christmas
CAS on Sunday – #97 Christmas
Fantasy Stampers – #77 CAS Christmas