CAS Christmas June Challenge – Masculine


Hi there.  The June CAS Christmas card challenge starts today and as you can see from the graphic above, the theme is Masculine.  I usually resort to neutral tones for masculine cards, but this time I decided to brighten things up.  I stuck to the blue end of the colour spectrum and created this fun card.



To start, I die cut a stitched rectangle panel from mixed media paper.  Blended Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon and Blueprint Sketch distress oxide inks with a mini blending tool for the background.  Spritz with water and lifted the colours with a paper towel.  Stamped the penguin with Permanent Black ink on a scrap of X-press It paper, coloured with Copics, then die cut out with the matching die.



Next, die cut each letter (unknown) three times from white scraps and stacked them for dimension.  Stamped ‘sending’ (discontinued) in black, then adhered the panel to a white top folding card base.  Assembled the card, popping the penguin up with foam tape.  Added snow with a white gel pen and crystal glaze on the letters to finish.  It was tough not to add shimmer, but kept reminding myself it needed to be masculine. 😂




Our talented April winner, Bobby of Bits and Pieces, is our guest designer this month.  Make sure to pop on over to the main blog post HERE to see the fabulous cards Bobby and my team have made to inspire you.  The challenge runs till June 24th, so there is plenty of time to play along.  Looking forward to seeing what you create.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day!







Merry Monday — #292 Penguins
Christmas Crafts All Year Round — June Challenge Non-traditional Colours
Snippets Playground#327
Simply Create Too — #139 For a Male
Watercooler Wednesday#172 Anything Goes
Creative with Stamps — #27 Cute Animals
SSS Monday — Masculine 
SSS Wednesday — Anything Goes







Happy Mom Day

Hi there!  I am dropping in really quickly to share another mother’s day card.  This one is for my friend… my goddaughter’s mom.  😊  Updated to add: Oops… I wasn’t paying attention, but with the word ‘mom’ in the sentiment, this will now go to my mom instead. 😉



First, a stitched rectangle was die cut from Neenah cardstock.  Stamped the hummingbird and cherry blossoms with black Memento ink and coloured with Copics.  Masking was used to create the floral cluster.



Black heat embossed the sentiment with clear embossing powder.  Mounted the panel onto a white top folding card base and added a few clear sequins and clear shimmer to the flowers to finish.




Thank you for dropping by.  Have a great day!







CAS(E) this Sketch — Sketch #269
Creative with Stamps#26 Mother
CAS-ual Fridays — #198 April Showers Bring May Flowers
Always Fun — #56 Flowers
Joy ClaireMay Photo Inspiration








Huggable Squirrel Card



I am excited to finally participate in my first Color Throwdown Challenge after many years of following them. The colors from this challenge 392 really caught my attention.


Punch art squirrel color challenge card CTD392


Don’t you just want to give this little guy a big hug?  This punch art squirrel was inspired by this Nuts ABout You stamp set.  This squirrel was created from SU! punches of which a couple have already retired and several more will be retiring soon at the end of this month.


Punch art squirrel color challenge card CTD392


Soft Suede, Crumb Cake and Basic Black cardstock were used to create this punch art squirrel.  The edges of all pieces were sponged with Soft Suede ink to give it more definition.  Here are the punches used:


Head/Face – Tab, Extra Wide Oval, Large Oval
Body – Owl Builder, 1″ Circle
Ears – Bird Builder
Eyes – Bitty Butterfly
Pupils – Owl Builder
Nose – Cupcake Builder
Arms – Tree Builder
Feet – Small Heart
Tail – Blossom Petals Builder, Extra Wide Oval, Large Oval


Punch art squirrel color challenge card CTD392


I heat embossed Big Hugs from Jumbo Stripes with white embossing powder on a strip of Pacific Point cardstock.  The for you was die cut from Smoky Slate cardstock.


Punch art squirrel color challenge card CTD392


Depending on the inside sentiment (such as “on your promotion” or “on your special day”), I think this card would work as a congratulatory or a birthday card.  Or simply it could just be a fun card to put a smile on someone’s face.