Category Archives: Theme Challenge

Spring Hydrangea

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Hi again.  I am back again tonight with a CAS watercolor Spring card to share.  There are so many images I associate with Spring.  One being flowers.  I’m not very good with watercolouring, but flowers look so pretty when watercoloured.

The hydrangea was white heat embossed on Bristol smooth paper and watercoloured with Zig markers and a watercolor brush.  The leaves and stem were stamped with distress inks, then watercoloured with a watercolor brush too.  Once complete, they were all die cut out with the matching dies.

For dimension, the sentiment was die cut twice from scraps of watercolor paper, stacked and Ombré coloured with Zigs.  A Stitched Rectangle was then die cut from Bristol paper.  Blended Tumbled Glass distress ink and added splatters for the background.

The stitched panel was adhered to a white top folding card base before the die cut pieces were assembled.  Added glossy accents to the sentiment and a few clear droplets to finish.

 

 

SSS Flickr – 67 Spring
CAS Watercolour – March Spring
STAMPlorations CUTplorations – March Garden Party

 

 

 

Thanks Oscar

Hi everyone.  I have another CAS card to share today.  AAA Cards challenge is to create a card inspired by the fashions on the Oscar red carpet.  Such a fun and unique challenge.  So my inspiration came from the dress worn by Prianka.

And since there are a lot of speeches thanking people, I thought a thank you card would be appropriate.

On an A2 piece of vellum cardstock, I heat embossed the foliage images with Silver Pearl embossing powder.  Then I die cut it with a Scalloped Stitched Rectangle to give it some elegance.

 

Next I die cut the Heartfelt sentiment three times from white shimmer cardstock.  Only after halfway through the third cut did I realize I wasted some beautiful and expensive shimmer paper. Since only the top piece will be seen, I should have just die cut one from shimmer paper and the other two from plain white cardstock.  So that’s what I did for the Thanks sentiment.  I stacked there for dimension and adhered them to the vellum.

To attach the vellum piece to a white top folding card base without the adhesive showing through, I carefully added adhesive behind the sentiment and the embossed foliage.  A few Crystal Clear sequins were added as a finishing touch.

 

 

 

I am playing in the following challenges:

AAA Cards – Game 85 Oscar Red Carpet
CASologyWeek 240 Foliage
Happy Little Stampers – March CAS Die Cuts
STAMPlorations – March Anything CAS Goes optional twist Sky Blue

 

Turtley Rock

Hi there.  I am sharing another super CAS turtley punny card today.  It seems I can’t get enough of these turtle puns.  😂

I stamped the turtles on a scrap of X-Press It paper three times, coloured them with Copics and then die cut them out with the matching die.

 

Next I used a leftover piece of Bristol smooth paper and blended Cracked Pistachio distress ink through a Concentric Circle stencil.  I used a Clarity stencil brush my friend Christine loaned me to try before buying. The verdict?  Love them and have ordered them already! 😏

Next I die cut that piece with a Wonky Stitched Rectangle.  I stamped the sentiment in black, then mounted it to a white top folding card base with foam adhesive.  I adhered the turtles, allowing a couple of them to hang off the edge.  To finish, I added clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle to their shells and a few metallic green sequins in the opposite corner to balance out the design. .

 

 

I am entering in the following challenges:
The Paper Players – 335 Green and White
Paper Smooches – March Greenery
CAS-ual Fridays – CFC169 Off the Edge
Naught or Nice – 39 Feature a Creature

 

 

Wedding Congrats

Hi everyone.  Just dropping in quickly to share a super CAS wedding card today.

I stamped the connected rings on a scrap of white cardstock with silver pigment ink.  I heat embossed it with clear embossing powder and then die cut it out with the matching die.  To colour the image, I used a silver Gelly Roll pen for the band and a clear Spica pen for the diamond.

The diamond rays was stamped also with silver pigment ink on a Scalloped Stitched Rectangle piece, but this time it was heat embossed with clear glitter embossing powder.  The congrats die cut sentiment was a leftover piece I had die cut in excess from this baby card.  I just die cut a second one from scraps to stack them for a little dimension.  I Ombré coloured the bottom in a teal colour with Copics.

The scallop panel was adhered to a white top folding card base.  The ring image was mounted with foam tape and a few sparkly clear sequins were added to finish.

 

 

I am playing in the following challenges:

Inkspirational- 129 Connect (rings, wedding)
Less is More – 318 Mainly Teal
Time Out – 3rd Birthday Party Love/Friendship optional spotlighting
STAMPlorations – March Anything CAS Goes optional sky blue
Pixie’s Snippets Playground – Weeks 271 and 272 Use Snippets (cardstock)

 

Birthday Hi

Happy Sunday everyone!  Today I am sharing another super CAS birthday card with Buddy. The stamp set was still sitting out on my desk, and since I still need to make more birthday cards, I made this.

Buddy was stamped in the upper right corner of a white A2 stitched rectangle panel with Intense Black ink and coloured with Copics.  I then masked him and used a DIY cloud stencil and blending tool to crelate the sky background with Tumbled Glass distress ink.

The sentiment was die cut twice from white cardstock to stack them for dimension.  They were Ombré coloured with Copics and highlights were added with a white gel pen.  To make the sentiment the focus and really stand out, I die cut another sentiment from black cardstock and offset them to get a shadow effect.

The panel was adhered to a white top folding card base and glossy accents was added to the balloon and sentiment as a finishing touch.  As you can see, I made two cards but added a stamped sentiment to the other one.

 

 

 

I am playing in the following challenges:

Tuesday Throwdown – #330 Say It With Words
The Paper Player – PP332 Use a Sentiment as Your Focal Point
Less is More – #316 Alphabet
CAS(E) this Sketch – #209 Sketch

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

 

Eturtle Love

Hi everyone.  I’m back today with a second punny CAS turtle Valentine’s/love card. Once you see the sentiment, you’ll know where my inspiration came from. 😂 I had so much fun with my turtle Valentine’s card yesterday that I decided to break out another NBUS set with a turtle.  And here’s my card.

On a white A2 size piece of X-press It paper, I stamped the turtles with Memento black ink and coloured with YG01, YG03, YG17, G99 Copic markers.  I then masked them and blended Peacock Feathers and Blueprint Sketch distress inks for a watery background.  For texture I spritz with water, then dabbed with a paper towel to lift some colour.

 

With some creative masking and my MISTI, I customized the eturtle sentiment and white heat embossed on a strip of black cardstock.  I cut around the right flipper of the right turtle to tuck the sentiment strip under.

Next I die cut the piece with a Stitch Rectangle before adhering it on a white top folding card base.  To finish, I added clear Wink of Stella to the heart-shaped shells and added a few clear droplets because I thought they kinda look like bubbles.

 

 

I am playing in the following challenges:

Less is More – #314 Colour Wheel 3 Adjacent Colours (blue, aqua, green)
Create a Smile – February Lovely
AAA Cards – #83 Shape Your Love
Addicted to Stamps and More – #228 Holiday (Vantine’s)
Addicted to CAS – #104 Pets

 

 

 

Turtley Go Together

Hi there.  I have a CAS Valentine’s card to share today. I didn’t have any turtle stamps and then after last month I now have three. 😂 So guess what image card I am sharing today?  Although I intended it as a Valentine’s card, I think it could work for any love occasions too.  And I got to knock off three more stamp sets from my NBUS list!  And here’s my card.

On a white Stitched Rectangle panel, the turtles were stamped with Memento black ink and coloured with YG Copic markers.  They were then masked off, and Spun Sugar distress ink was blended on for the background.  The hearts were stamped next also with Memento black ink and Ombré coloured with RV Copic markers.

The we go together part of the sentiment was masked, inked, stamped then masked, inked, stamped with black Memento ink to create a space for the turtley part of the sentiment. Turtley was stamped with Picked Raspberry distress ink.

The panel was adhered to a white top folding card base. To finish, glossy accents was added to the turtles’ shells and clear Wink of Stella was added to the hearts.

Just for fun, I made a second card using unconventional colours.

 

 

 

 

I am linking to the following challenges;

AAA Cards – #83 Shape Your Love
Addicted to CAS – #104 Pets
The Paper Players – PP330 Will Ypu Be My Valentine
STAMPlorations – February Anything CAS Goes optional Hot Pink

 

Balloon Wishes

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Happy Groundhog Day everyone!  It’s so nice to finally be back crafting after fighting the flu/cold since last week.  And now that it’s February, I really need to get some birthday cards completed as I have 7 family birthdays alone!  So today, I have a CAS birthday card to share.


The balloons were die cut from white cardstock and retired resist polka dot paper using NBUS Birthday Smiles die set.  The strings and stars were also die cut from white cardstock.  Blueprint Sketch distress ink and a blending tool were used to add colour to them.

The first part of the sentiment was white heat embossed on a strip of black cardstock.  The Ombré wishes was done by inking just the bottom portion and stamping repeatedly using the MISTI.  It was then die cut out with the NBUS matching die.  Another was die cut from fun foam and stacked for dimension.

I lightly added some Blueprint Sketch distress ink for the background on a white A2 stitched rectangle panel.  The panel was adhered to a top folding white card base before the card was assembled.  Forgot to mention that Perfect Pearls was added to the balloons for some sheen

 

 

 

I am playing in the following challenges:

Darnell’s NBUS – #10 Use NBUS
Less is More – #313 Balloons
Addicted to CAS – #103 Wish
Inkspirational – #127 Polka Dots
Happy Little Stampers – February CAS Blue

Chilly Icicles.

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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