Sending Smiles

Hello there!  I’ve been struggling with the heat lately, so I wasn’t sure if I was going to get my card done, but I did!  It was created from all NBUS (Never Before Used Stuff)!

 

 

The locket / key were die cut four times from scraps of silver foil paper, then stacked.  The envelope was die cut from a scrap of regular white cardstock.  The postage panel was die cut from a scrap of watercolor paper.

 

 

Used the splash watercolouring technique and Distress Oxide inks (Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon and Blueprint Sketch) to give it colour and texture.  Black heat embossed the sentiment with Versafine black ink and clear embossing powder.  Really love this smart sentiment!

 

 

Popped the postage panel up with foam tape onto a white top folding card base, then added the envelope/locket/key to finish.

 

Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day!

 

 

 

 

 

Challenges:
Time Out — #113 Smile Quote
CAS Watercolour — Splash Watercolouring
Snippets Playground #330  Use Sippets
Color Throwdown #502 Cobalt Blue, Aqua, Gray

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Bear-thday

Hello!  It’s still July 1st here, so happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians!  Last month was the Daily Marker coloring challenge and on day 21, I colored a couple of bears from the Beary Special Birthday set.  And today I turned them into cards.  I am sharing one of them now and the other one later in the week.

 

 

Since the bear was already colored with Copics and die cut out with the matching die, this was pretty straight forward once I figured out what challenges I wanted to participate in.  First, I die cut a stitched rectangle from Whisper White cardstock.  Black heat embossed the sentiment from the same set.

 

 

Next, I die cut a rectangle frame from Kraft paper using the two smallest rectangle dies.  Took the larger of the two dies and die cut a white rectangle.  Sponged Cool Caribbean ink (retired) on the bottom half, then arranged and stacked them all together.  Adhered the panel to a white top folding card base, then mounted the framed image with mounting tape for a little dimension to finish.

 

 

 

Thank you for visiting.  Have a great day!

 

 

 

 

 

Challenges:
CASology #306 Bear
MFTThe Birthday Project Add a Bear 
The Paper Players — #400 Celebration
AAA Cards — #118 Use a Frame

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy Retirement

Hello there!  I’m back with a rare type of card to share today.  Late last night my husband asked if I had a retirement card… he needed one for a colleagues who retired today!  Nothing like getting plenty of advance notice! 😂   So I woke up this morning to get started, but I could not for the life of me remember which set had the ‘happy retirement’ sentiment.  I found a slightly different retirement sentiment and ended with this.

 

 

Started by stamping the cocktail with Memento black ink on X-press It paper.  Masked it and the bottom part, then blended Squeezed Lemonade and Carved Pumpkin DOx inks with a mini blending tool.  Removed masks and coloured in the image with Copics.  Die cut ‘enjoy’ once from a scrap of X-press It paper and four more times from a scrap of regular thick white cardstock.  Ombré coloured the X-press It diecut with red Copic markers, then stacked all five pieces for dimension.

 

 

In my haste to get this done within the timeframe, I smeared ink on the panel.  No time to start over, so I die cut a frame from X-press It paper with an A2 size stitched rectangle die (retired) and a duo sided stitched rectangle die.  Adhered the panel to a white top folding card base and popped the frame up with foam tape to give it dimension.  Heat embossed ‘your retirement with white embossing powder on a black strip.  To finish, added clear shimmer to the umbrella and ‘enjoy’ diecut, Crystal Glaze to the glass and a few round clear drops.

 

 

My husband said his colleague loved it. 😊   Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great day!

 

 

 

 

 

Challenges:
SSS Flickr #100 Anything Goes
Time Out#112 Warm   (warm colours, keeping hydrated when it’s warm out)
The Daily Marker — The 30 Day Coloring Challenge
SSS Monday — Food and/or Drink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rainbow Blooms

Hi there!  Just poppin’ in quickly to share a simple birthday card.  I just got the matching die for my Watching the World Bloom stamp set today and wanted to put it to use right away.  It is a dream not to have to fussy cut the wreath out like I did last time. 😉

 

 

Started by stamping the wreath with Memento black ink onto a scrap of Neenah cardstock and coloured it in rainbow colours with Copics.  Die cut it out with my new die then heat embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder on a black strip.

 

 

Next embossed the background with a wood embossing folder from Whisper White cardstock.  Adhered the wood piece flat to a white top folding card base.  Mounted the wreath and sentiment with foam tape, then added clear shimmer to finish.

 

 

Thank you for dropping by.  Have a wonderful day!

 

 

 

 

 

Challenges: to
Memory Box#38 Color Challenge Rainbow
Seize the BirthdayAnything Goes
Always Happy BirthdayJune Challenge Birthday Anything Goes optional Summer Birthday
The Daily Marker — The 30 Day Coloring Challenge
SSS Wednesday — Anything Goes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less is More #374 – Bits Box

Hello everyone!  We have a new challenge today at Less is More (LIM).  We are asking you to use items from your Bits Box.  There are different terms for it (UFOs, snippets, etc.), but basically, they are those pieces we didn’t use or made a bunch of and stored away for another day.  Well, now is the day to dig them out! 😉   Our wonderful April winner, Skye from Blue Sky, is our guest.  Our generous sponsor is Uniko.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BUTTERFLY WILDFLOWERS

 

The Encrusted Jewel butterfly (love the dimension and sparkle from this fun and addicting technique!) and triple stacked Wildflowers were from my bits box.  I wanted to create a ‘trellis garden scene’ with them, so on a regular white diecut Stitched Rectangle, Twisted Citron distress ink was blended through a grid stencil (retired) with a Clarity brush.  Mixed gold Gansai Tambi paint with water and splattered for more texture.  Stamped and heat embossed the sentiment with Liquid Platinum embossing powder.  Mounted the panel with fun foam to a top folding card base for dimension then assembled to finish.

 

Challenges:
CAS Mix Up — June Challenge Layered Embossing Powder (+stamping+diecutting+stencilng+heat embossing+splatter)
Double D — Butterflies
Snippets Playground — Challenge #328
That’s Crafty — A Sumner’s Day

 

 

 

 

For more ideas and inspirations from Skye and my teamies, head on over to the LIM blog post HERE.  Hope to see you linking your creations in our gallery.  Thank you for dropping by.  Have a wonderful day!