One Year + Giveaway

Hi everyone!  This month marks my one year blog anniversary.  I’ve learned a lot in this first year and am continuing to learn more. I thought I’ve heard of all the stamp companies out there, but I’m still discovering new ones!  I’ve met quite a few crafty friends (online of course) and love being part of this friendly, supportive and talented crafting community.  I am just having so much fun crafting..

So to celebrate, I have a card and a giveaway! I was planning to do this giveaway at the beginning of the month after updating the look of my blog, but I was at a loss at what to do until Loll stepped in. Not only is Loll a talented crafter, but she is so kind to help me out.  Thank you so much Loll. And now here’s  my card.

The images were stamped with Intense Black ink on scraps of X-press It paper, coloured with Copics and die cut out with the matching dies.

Distress inks were blended on hot press watercolor paper to create the sky and water.  A Wave stencil and border die were used to create the waves in the water.  Both were spritz with water and dabbed with a paper towel for some texture.

The sentiment was black heat embossed. To finish, clear shimmer was added to the mermaid’s tail and top and Glossy Accents was added to the turtle shell and dolphin.

 

I am linking up to the following challenges:
SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes
Crafts Friends – #56 Anything Goes
Pixie’s Snippets PlaygroundWeek 277 and 278 (paper)

 

 

Ready to win the Mug Hugs stamp & die? There are a few ways to enter.  You don’t have to do all, but your chances increases the more you do.  Each completed task equals an entry, so be sure to leave one comment per completed task.  One random winner will be chosen from all eliguble comments left on this post and announced on May 1 after task has been confirmed  Giveaway closes 11:59 pm PST this Sunday, April 30.  Open worldwide

1️⃣  Leave a comment telling me why you love to craft…or simp,y leave a comment.
2️⃣  Subscribe to my blog by e-mail (link on sidebar 👉).  Leave me a comment introducing yourself with your e-mail address and where you are from. I don’t have Blogger so there is no Follow option ~ sorry.  If you are already a subscriber, just let me know and say hi in your comment.  Please subscribe ONLY if you are truly interested in following my blog.  Unsubscribers will be disqualified from future giveaways.
3️⃣  Follow me on Instagram (link also on sidebar 👉).  Then leave a comment with your IG user name.  Once again, follow me there ONLY if you like my work and truly want to follow me.  Unfollowers will be ineligible from future giveaways.

Let’s play nice.  Thank you and good luck!

 

 

 

 

Inlaid Happy Day

Hi there.  I can’t believe it’s the last week of April already and it was actually nice here today.  It also inspired me to make today’s CAS rainbow card using the inlaid die cutting technique.

Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frame was used first to die cut an area of a white A2 panel then set aside for later.  The frame was then die cut from Bristol paper.  I wanted to create a sky scene within the frame, so the inside scallop rectangle was die cut with a cloud border die.  Distress inks were sponged on to the top piece in rainbow colours to create the sun rays coming out from the clouds.

The butterfly was stamped with black Memento ink on a scrap of X-press It paper, coloured with Copics and then fussy cut out.  Clear shimmer was added to the rainbow rays and butterfly for some sparkle.  The sentiment was black heat embossed on the bottom piece.

To give some depth to the frame once it was inlaid, gray ink was sponged around the perimeter of the negative diecut rectangle.

That piece was adhered to a white top folded card base and the frame was inlaid into that open space.  For dimension, a second frame was die cut from Bristol paper and stacked. The butterfly was mounted with foam adhesive and a few clear sequins were added to finish.

Thank you for stopping by.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am entering in the following challenges:
CAS Mix Up – April 2017 Inlaid Die Cutting (stamping, heat embossing, fussy cutting, spinging, glitter)
Addicted to CAS – #109 Rainbow
STAMPLlorationsApril 2017 Anything CAS optional twist Any Pastel
STAMPlorationsApril 2017 Theme and Sketch
STAMPLlorations – Things with Wings Linky Party
Happy Little Stampers2017 Anything Goes with Dies

Simply Amazing

Hi there.  I am quickly dropping in tonight to share a sweet CAS card.

I cut a piece of Bristol paper to 5.25″ x 4″ and smooshed Salty Ocean and Squeezed Lemonade distress inks along the bottom.  I wanted to make it look like the duck was splashing in puddles. Set it aside to air dry.

Stamped the duck on a scrap of X-press It paper, coloured with Copics then fussy cut it out leaving a slight white border to give it a faux die cut look.  Once the smooshed panel dried, heat embossed the sentiment using black Versafine ink and clear embossing powder. Used C3 and C1 Copic markers to shade in the ground to anchor the duck.

Adhered the panel to a white top folding card base, then added clear Wink of Stella to the umbrella and a few clear droplets to finish.

 

 

I am participating in the following challenges:
CAS Mix Up – March Smooshing (stamping, smooshing, heat embossing, fussy cutting)
CAS-ual Fridays – CFC170 No Dies Allowed
Addicted to Stamps and More#234 Clean and Simple
STAMPlorationsMarch CAS optional color twist Sky Blue
Happy Little Stampers – March Watercolour Anything Goes optional twist Smoosh 

Space Love

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!  I must admit I prefer to create a love/loving theme card when it comes to Valentine’s cards. That way, they can be used beyond one day. As you can see from my non-traditional one layer Valentine’s card, this card can easily be given to a friend for a variety of occasions.

First, I cut the top folding card base from Bristol smooth paper.  I wanted to create a selfie card and to keep it one layer I used the masking and reverse masking techniques.  I created a reverse square mask with a square die and masking paper.  I positioned the reverse mask onto the card base and stamped the astronaut and alien with Intense Black ink.

They were then masked before the outer space distress ink background was created (Twisted Citron, Wilted Violet, Peacock Feathers, Black Soot).  To complete the look, it was spritz with water and splattered with white pigment reinker.

The masks were removed and the images were coloured with Zig markers and a watercolor brush.  I used a ruler and black Copic multiliner to draw a border around the square. I used a rectangle die to trace the rectangle.  I also used the masking technique to customize the sentiment.  The hearts were stamped with Real Red ink.

To give it some depth, I masked the rectangle and blended really “toned” down Black Soot around it.  For a little shimmer, I added clear Wink of Stella to the space background.  To finish, a few silver sequins were added.

 

 

Update: Some of you are in disbelief that this is truly a one layer card, so I recorded a short video which I hope will clear things up. 😉

 

 

 

 

I am linking to the following challenges:

Less is More – #315 One Layer Opposites Attract (human/alien, blu/orange, right-handed/left-handed)
Gerda Steiner Designs – #29 Share Your Design (use GSD products)
Time Out – #76 Inspired by Words (distance)
MarkerPop –  #114 Be My Valentine

 

Chilly Icicles.

Hi everyone.  I guess I’m not ready to put my winter-themed products away yet because I am back today to share another CAS Winter card.

The icicle border was die cut from a scrap of white cardstock, covered with VersaMark and heat embossed with clear glitter embossing powder.  On an A2 Whisper White panel, I stamped the snowflakes and falling snow with VersaMark then heat embossed them with clear embossing powder.  On the upper half of the panel, I blended distress inks in a “peak” pattern to accentuate the hanging icicles. I used Tumbled Glass, Blueprint Sketch and Chipped Sapphire distress inks.

The panel was spritz with a DIY shimmer mist to give it more of a chilly, icy feel. I did the Camouflage Die Cut technique for the sentiment using NBUS Let It Snow die. For dimension, I also die cut one from white fun foam and stacked them.

The icicle diecut border was mounted with foam tape and the panel was adhered to a white top folding card base.  The card is sparkly IRL so it didn’t need any bling or other embellishments.

 

 

I am entering in the following challenges:
Curtain Call – Icicle
AAA Cards – Game #82 Winter Chill
NBUS – #9 with optional Camouflage Die Cut or CASEing
Happy Little Stampers – January Anything Goes with Dies
STAMPlorations – January Anything Goes CAS with optional Gray or Silver