CAS Christmas August Challenge – Tree

Hello again!  I’m back with a second post today and Trees is this month’s theme at CAS Christmas.  I think this may be the first theme where I have too many options to choose from! 😂   I ended up picking a die and made this easy card.

 

 

First off, a stitched frame was die cut from Bristol paper using two different sizes of stitched rectangle dies.  The larger die was then used to die cut a rectangle piece from Bristol paper.   Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon and Blueprint Sketch distress oxide inks were then blended on with a mini blending tool.  Spritz it with water, then with a DIY shimmer spray for some sparkle.  It’s super sparkly IRL.

 

 

Took the tree die next and die cut from that.  Heat embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder.  Assembled those two pieces together onto a regular stitched rectangle from my stash, then mounted it all onto a white card base to finish.

 

 

The fabulous Barb of Barb’s Studio Creations is back with us as our guest.  We also have two new talented designers — Colleen and Linda — joining our team and you can find out more on the blog HERE.  There you will also see more wonderful inspirations from the team.  The challenge runs till August 24th so I hope you will join us.  Thank you for stopping in.  Enjoy your day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps and More — #303 Holiday
Sweet Stampers — #22 Christmas in July
Dragonfly Journeys #123 Christmas in July

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Die Cut Flamingo Birthday

Hello there!  We are hit with the next heat wave and the last few days have not been fun, but it could be worse so no complaints here! 😉   And I managed to squeak out a summery birthday card today.

 

 

First, the flamingo was die cut three times from scraps of X-press It paper to be stacked for dimension.  One of them was coloured with Copic Sketch markers R20, RV21, RV23, RV25 and black 100.

 

 

A rectangle panel was die cut next from Whisper White cardstock, then Cool Caribbean dye ink (retired) was sponged through a Leafy Frame stencil.  Heat embossed the sentiment with Versafine black ink and clear embossing powder.

 

 

For some sparkle, spritz it with a DIY shimmer spray.  Mounted the panel with foam tape onto a white top folding card base and added three white sequins to finish.

Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Challenges:
CAS Mix Up — July challenge Colour Your Diecuts (+ stamping + diecutting+ stencilling + sponging + heat embossing + shimmer spray)
Just Us Girls — #450 Color Week Aqua, Pink and White
SSS Flickr #102 Favourite Technique (diecutting)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less is More #376 – OLC Stripes

Hi everyone!  It’s been a busy week of posting, and I’m capping it off with a quick and easy card for the next challenge at Less is More (LIM).  We are back to one layer cards (OLCs) and the theme is Stripes.  Seven Hills Crafts is our wonderful sponsor this month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHRISTMAS IN JULY

 

The ever popular Christmas in July theme prompted this card.  Stamped the snow couple image with black Memento ink on a no bleed through Copic friendly card base.  Coloured with Copics, adding stripes to the scarf. 😉

 

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Masked the image and hill then blended Tumbled Glass distress ink with a mini blending tool.  Finished by stamping the sentiment in red, then again with VersaMark ink to heat emboss with clear embossing powder.  Easy-peasy!

 

 

Challenges:
Paper Smooches — Christmas in July
AAA Cards #119 Christmas in July
Papercraft — #16 Christmas in July
Send a Smile 4 Kids — Christmas in July
Aud Sentiments — #208 Christmas in July + Sentiment

 

 

That’s it from me, but click HERE to see the wonderful cards my teammies have created.  Lots of possibilities to use stripes.  Just remember to make it a OLC and keep it CAS!  Thank you for dropping by.  Have a super day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guest Designer for Uniko Challenge #48

 

Hello there!  Today I am excited to be guest designing for Uniko Challenge #48!   It is a quote inspiration challenge.

 

 

I created a friendship card around sentiments in Uniko’s Reach for the Stars stamp set.

 

 

I almost created a galaxy background, but in keeping with the remainder of the sentiment, which was stamped on the inside, I kept it more subtle.

 

 

First I took a scrap piece of mixed media paper and white heat embossed the streaming stars.  Using a mini blending tool, blended Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Faded Jeans distress inks to create the sky.  I wanted to twist and cute critters and children go hand in hand, don’t they? 😉  So the hugging monkeys was stamped on X-press It paper with Memento black ink, coloured with Copics then die cut out with the matching die.

 

 

Next a stitched rectangle panel was die cut from regular white cardstock.  A circle window was then die cut from it and the sentiment black heat embossed above.  Adhered the sky piece flat on to a white top folding card base.  Attached the monkeys behind the circle opening then mounted the panel to the front with foam tape to finish.

 

 

 

Ready to join the challenge?  You can see all the inspirations from the talented design team HERE.  Hope to see your fabulous take on this challenge.  Thank you for visiting.  Enjoy your day!

 

 

 

 

 

Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps and More  #301 Anything Goes
SSS Wednesday Challenge Use a Die/Punch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAS Christmas July Reminder – Poinsettia

 

Hello there!  This is the reminder post for July’s CAS Christmas Poinsettia card challenge.  Deadline is July 24th, so you have one more week to join us.  I’m fascinated with color pencils on dark cardstock.  Can’t get any darker than black and since I love non-traditional colour Christmas cards, here’s my card.

 

 

Started by die cutting a stitched rectangle from Artagain drawing paper.  Used my MISTI stamping tool to stamp the duo poinsettia image off the edge with white pigment ink.  Stamped the image again on a scrap piece for a third poinsettia (applying the rule of thirds and odd numbers).  I could have used the single image in the set, but why dirty up another stamp.  Coloured them with a white Prismacolor pencil and a couple of grey Polychromos pencils for shading.

 

 

Once colouring was complet, re-stamped the images with white pigment ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  Added clear shimmer to them then fussy cut out the poinsettia from the scrap piece.

 

 

Die cut ‘Merry Christmas’ from silver foil and black cardstock.  Offset them on the panel for a shadow effect.  Adhered the panel to a white top folding card base and mounted the fussy cut poinsettia with foam tape to finish.  At least that was what I thought… 😂

 

 

My husband was not thrilled with the monochromatic look, so I re-created it.  This time I used Bristol paper and white heat embossed the poinsettias first before watercolouring them with Picked Raspberry distress ink.  He’s not a fan of pink, but he liked it more than the black!  Huh!  I was happy with how both turned out but I still prefer the black one.  My mom just happened to FaceTime me at that moment, so I asked her what she thought… and she agreed with me!  Ha!  😂  Anyway, what do you think?

 

 

Marina of My Perfect Life is our wonderful guest designer this month.  She and my team have created some beautiful cards to inspire you and you can see them HERE.  As always, thank you for visiting.  Have a wonderful day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Challenges:
The Flower Challenge — #22 Monochromatic
AAA Cards #119 Christmas in July
CAS on Friday — #137 Christmas in July
Papercraft — #16 Christmas in July
That’s Crafty — Close to Nature
The Merry Christmas Challenge — Anything Christmas