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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Birthday Cheers

Hello there.  I have a summer birthday card using another image I coloured with Copics on day 17 of the Daily Marker coloring challenge last month.

 

 

I don’t have the matching die yet, so the penguin was fussy cut out.  Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean Distress Oxide inks were blended through a Leafy Frame stencil on mixed media paper.  It was then spritz with water and die cut out with a Stitched Rectangle.

 

 

Cheers’ was die cut out from scraps of white cardstock three times and stacked. It was adhered to black cardstock then fussy cut around to give it a shadow.  Finally, ‘let’s celebrate’ was white heat embossed on a black strip.  The panel was mounted with foam tape on a white top folding card base and Crystal Glaze finished off the card.

 

 

 

Thank you for visiting.  Have a wonderful week!

 

 

 

 

 

Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps and More — #300 Happy Birthday
Always Fun — #66 Anything Goes
SSS Flickr — #101 Summertime Fun
SSS Monday — Summer Fun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seize the Birthday – Sequins

 

Hi everyone!  I am thrilled and honoured to announce that I will be guesting at Seize the Birthday challenge for the next two months!

 

 

The challenges are anything goes birthdays with optional toppings.  The optional topping this time is Sequins and I chose to use the toppings to create a shaker card.

 

 

 

To start, the Happy Birthday Circle Frame was die cut from mixed media paper.  Attached a piece of acetate on the back.  Added foam tape around the perimeter of the circle to create a frame to encase the sequins.  Ensure there are no gaps.

 

 

Next, took a piece of white cardstock large enough to cover the frame opening and adhered some sequins to it.  I like doing this so you can see the sequins even when the card is upright.  Removed the adhesive liners, added the sequins, then enclosed with the white cardstock.  Attached the completed shaker element to a white card base.  Completed the card by die cutting the circle frame from gold foil cardstock and inlaid it.  The bear, which was previously coloured with Copics last month on day 21 of the Daily Marker coloring challenge was adhered to the front to finish.

 

 

There are plenty of fabulous inspirations from the talented design team at Seize the Birthday.  Click HERE to check them out!  Hope to see your birthday cards in the gallery!  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day!

 

 

 

 

 

Challenges:
MFTThe Birthday Project Add a Bear 
The Paper Players — #400 Celebration
Always Happy Birthday — July Challenge Birthday Anything Goes optional Birthday Cake
Watercooler Wednesday — #177 Charlotte’s Feminine Anything Goes

 

 

 

 

 

CAS Christmas July Challenge – Poinsettia

 

Hello there!  It’s Christmas in July (and every month for that matter 😂) here at CAS Christmas.  This month’s theme is Poinsettia!  And here’s my card.

 

 

I started by white heat embossing the poinsettia three times on scraps of Bristol paper.  Watercolored them with a watercolor brush and a couple of blue Zig markers. Added clear shimmer for some sparkle and then fussy cut them out.

 

 

Next, created an antique frame by die cutting an opening in the center of a white A2 size Bristol piece.  Adhered the top and bottom two poinsettias directly onto the card base itself.  Popped up with mounting tape the middle one and the frame for dimension.  Silver heat embossed the sentiment on a white strip and adhered to finish.

 

 

 

Marina of My Perfect Life was our May winner and is now our wonderful guest this month.  Be sure to head on over to the main blog post HERE to see the beautiful cards she and my teammies have made to inspire you to play along.  As always, thank you for stopping by.  Enjoy your day!

 

 

 

 

 

Challenges:
SSS Flickr #100 Anything Goes
AAA Cards — #118 Use a Frame
Just Us Girls — #447 Anything Goes