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


Amazing Marbling

Hi there.  I have a different type of card to share with you today.  AAA Cards‘ challenge is new to me you technique and CAS Mix Up challenge this month is marbling.  With these two challenges in mind, I can finally give the Nail Polish Marbling technique a try.

I don’t normally wear nail polish, so off I went to my local dollar store. To figure out what colours to buy, I decided to use the colour challenge over at Less is More, which was the colours of peacock feathers.  I stuck to blues and greens based on the inspiration image  above.  For my layout, I used sketch 253 from Freshly Made Sketches and here’s my card.


First up is the marble technique.  I added water to my small embossing powder tray.  Tip #1 – follow the instructions stating to use a disposable container. I figured I can just clean my tray with nail polish remover, but I was wrong!  Anyway, next I drizzled in nail polish.  This leads me to tip #2 – use plain nail polish without glitter.  My greens had glitter, so it didn’t drizzle; instead it came out clumpy.  Next I swirled the mixture with a disposable chopstick, then laid an A2 piece of watercolour paper on top.  After a few seconds, I removed it and set it aside to dry.


Next I die cut two A2 Zig Zag Stitched Rectangle from white cardstock.  I took one and die cut with the top edge absolutely die about halfway up, and then adhered it to the bottom of the other A2 piece. Once the marble piece was dry, I die cut it with the third largest Zig Zag stitched rectangle die, trimmed it with my paper trimmer, and then tucked it behind the absolutely sentiment.  I used the leftover piece to die cut amazing.  I was going to add it with the marble look, but I wanted it to stand out more, so I coloured it with the dark blue nail polish. The shine from the nail polish saved me from having to accent it with Wink of Stella or glossy accents.


For some interest, I stamped the small peony flower from Peony Bouquet with Dusk and Bashful Blue (retired SU!) dye inks, then die cut it out with the matching die.  I added shading to it with Prismacolor pencils and adhered it to the bottom right corner of the marble panel before adding the amazing sentiment.  To balance the design, I added Sparkling Clear Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh on the opposite left corner and mounted everything on a white top folding card base.

This technique does give a cool marble effect and I’m glad I tried this technique, but I will probably not do this again.  My husband is thankful to hear that.  The smell is so strong, so I say if you want to try it, maybe do it outside if you can.



I am playing in the following challenges:

AAA Cards – Game #72 New to you Technique
CAS Mix Up – September 2016 Marbling
Less is More – Week 292 Color Challenge Peacock Feathers
Freshly Made Sketches – FMS253




Hashtag Selfie

Hi there.  I guess I’m still in masking mode because today’s card was created with masking. But definitely nowhere near the extent of the elephants card in my last post.  I think selfie cards are so fun and that is what I did for today’s card.

Selfie card created for challenges SSS Flickr Challenge #51, MarkerPop Challenge #101 Embossing and PP308 Color Challenge.

Using Black Intense ink, I stamped and masked the pandas and balloons on a 3″x3-3.75″ piece of white cardstock.  I colored in the balloons with Copics.

Selfie card created for challenges SSS Flickr Challenge #51, MarkerPop Challenge #101 Embossing and PP308 Color Challenge.

I wanted to make the selfie a glossy finish photo, so I covered the enitre panel with VersaMark and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Continuing with the glossy photo look, I die cut the photo frame from high gloss cardstock. The hashtag was heat embossed in black and the Smile sentiment was die cut from black cardstock and modified without the circle.

Selfie Smile Birthday Card

For the background, I dry embossed an A2 piece of Bristol paper in the vertical direction using  Seaside embossing folder.  I thought these waves vertically looked like balloon strings.  For better contrast against the white frame, I spritz it with a custom spray I created from 70% rubbing alcohol and Daffodil Delight refill.  To finish, I added glossy accents to the Smile die-cut greeting and mounted it on a white card base.




I am playing in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamps Flickr – Challenge #51 Emboss It
MarkerPop – Challenge #101 Embossing
The Paper Players – PP308 Color Challenge




Enjoy Summer

Hello everyone.  It’s raining and cold out here in Vancouver.  I don’t know what happened to our beautiful summer weather lately, but it just means more time to play  in My Crafting Closet.  I made this card thinking about how great it would be to lounge on a hammock and watch the sunset.

Summer card for challenges Mod Squad Lazy Days of Summer, Time Out #61 Inspired by words), CAS Mix Up July 2016, HLS Case the Designer July 2016.

I started with a 4″x5-1/4″ stitched rectangle die cut from hot press watercolor paper.  I stamped the image in black Archival ink 3 times using my MISTI to get a crisp impression.  Then I die cut a circle from the image where I want the sun to be. Next I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a watercolor brush, and watercolored the circle with the orange and bright yellow markers to create the sun.

Summer card for challenges Mod Squad Lazy Days of Summer, Time Out #61 Inspired by words), CAS Mix Up July 2016, HLS Case the Designer July 2016.

I inlaid the circle back into the stitched rectangle panel.  The image is not completely solid, so I used the Zig black marker to fill in as needed.  For the sentiment, I first watercolored a scrap piece of hot press watercolor paper to match the sun.  Once dry, I die cut the sentiment from it.  For dimension, I mounted it onto black fun foam.

Summer card for challenges Mod Squad Lazy Days of Summer, Time Out #61 Inspired by words), CAS Mix Up July 2016, HLS Case the Designer July 2016.

I adhered the stitched panel onto a white card base with foam adhesive and finished off with some enamel dots.



I am playing in the following challenges:

Mod Squad Challenge – Lazy Days of Summer
Time Out Challenge – Challenge #61 Inspired by Words
CAS Mix Up July Challenge – Stamping + Markers + Your Choice (stamping, Zig markers, die cutting, watercoloring)
HLS July Challenge – CASE the Designer Carol Steedman (CASE’d layout and design)
STAMPlorations Challenge – CAS Challenge with optional color orange




New Home

Hello everyone.  I have a very quick card to share today. My brother just bought a home for him and his daughter.  It will be a new chapter in his life and I just wanted to wish him the best. Plus, I just received a couple of new dies yesterday that I couldn’t wait to use.


Using my new Zig Zag Stitched Rectangle die, I die cut from Island Indigo cardstock.  Next I took the house edgelit and die cut from leftover Certainly Celery stripe pattern paper. I used the tree edgelit and die cut from Wild Wasabi cardstock.


Before assembling these die cut landscape pieces on a piece of white cardstock, I blended some Tumbled Glass ink at the top for the sky. I adhered the hills to the white piece, then took the second largest Zig Zag die and die cut out out the scene. Next, I die cut a second house edgelit in white so I can cover up the stripe houses on the hill.


I took my second new die Home and die cut from black cardstock.  I also die cut the house portion from Island Indigo so it will stand out in the sentiment. I stamped the congrats sentiment in black on the stripe piece.  I added a black layer, assembled and adhered it to a white card base.



Challenges I am entering in are:

Words 2 Craft By – Challenge #30 New Beginning (unfortunately, the link expired as I was linking)
Cards in Envy – Stripes Challenge