Smiling Unicorn

Happy Good Friday everyone!  Hope your Easter weekend is off to a good start. I just had to squeeze in another bright and cheery rainbow card before Easter.  This card makes me smile. 😉

Masks were created from a Stitched Snow Drift die and Labeling Tape. Using the mask as a guide, the sentiment was set up in my MISTI in the shape of the curve and black heat embossed on a white Stitched Rectangle.

The sentiment was then masked off and distress inks were blended in rainbow colours.  For sparkle, the rainbow area was spritz with a DIY shimmer spray.

Next, the unicorn was stamped with black Memento ink and coloured with Copics.  The present from the same set was stamped on a scrap of X-press It paper then fussy cut out.  Clear Wink of Stella was added to the present and horn, and a few Crystal Clear sequins finished this card off.

Thanks for dropping by and Happy Easter to all who celebrate.

 

 

 

 

I am playing in the following challenges:
Addicted to CAS – Smile
CAS-ual Fridays – Rainbows
Freshly Made Sketches – FMS #283
Happy Little Stampers – April CAS Blend

 

Guest Designer for AAA Cards

Hi there.  Today I am excited to be guest designing for Game #87 Shiny Spring at AAA Cards.  It is a spring theme CAS card challenge with the optional twist of adding a shiny element.

Although I don’t send Easter cards, Easter did inspire this hoppy bunny birthday card.

Stamped the bunny, flower, bee and bee trail with Intense Black ink on a X-press It paper Stitched Rectangle and coloured with Copics.  Masked the bunny, flower and the upper half of the panel then blended a patch of grass beneath the bunny with Mowed Lawn distress ink.

Leaving the masks on the bunny and flower, removed the upper half mask and crested the cloud background with a DIY diecut cloud stencil, a mini blending tool and Tumbled Glass distress ink.  Removed the remaining masks.

For some shiny elements, added clear Wink of Stella to the flower and bee’s wings (was a little difficult to capture in a photo).  Heat embossed the sentiment from the same stamp set with Versafine black ink and clear glitter embossing powder.  Used gray Copics to add the shadow under the bunny. Mounted the stitched panel to a white top folding card base and added three Crystal Clear sequins to finish.

 

 

I am playing in the following challenges:
Alphabet Challenge – B is for Bunnies
Addicted to CAS – Smile
Sugar Pea Designs – 3rd Birthday Bash Celebration
Just Add Ink – #353 Just Add Critters
Naughty or Nice#38 Three of Something optional Easter twist

 

Hello Spring

Hi everyone. I have another CAS spring card to share today.  We’ve had a lot of rain lately, which makes me a little nervous for April with the phrase April showers and all. 😂  Rainbows in the spring inspired this card.

First, a circle reverse mask was die cut from masking paper and adhered off the edge of a white A2 stitched rectangle panel.  Distress inks were blended through a Diagonal Grid stencil with Clarity brushes.  The moose was stamped with Intense Black ink, coloured with Copics and then die cut it out with the matching die.

Next the wreath frame was die cut from white cardstock.  The sentiment was heat embossed with black Versafine ink and clear embossing powder.

A black strip was added to anchor the moose.  The stitched panel was adhered to a landscape white top folding cardbase.  The moose was mounted with foam adhesive and clear Wink of Stella was added to the flower to finish,

 

 

I am participating in the following challenges:
Less is More – #321 Use a Frame
AAA Cards – Game #86 Diecuts
Sugar Pea Designs – Mix It Up #29
Uniko – #40 Spring with optional twist Easter
STAMPlorationsMarch Cutplorations

 

Eturtle Love

Hi everyone.  I’m back today with a second punny CAS turtle Valentine’s/love card. Once you see the sentiment, you’ll know where my inspiration came from. 😂 I had so much fun with my turtle Valentine’s card yesterday that I decided to break out another NBUS set with a turtle.  And here’s my card.

On a white A2 size piece of X-press It paper, I stamped the turtles with Memento black ink and coloured with YG01, YG03, YG17, G99 Copic markers.  I then masked them and blended Peacock Feathers and Blueprint Sketch distress inks for a watery background.  For texture I spritz with water, then dabbed with a paper towel to lift some colour.

 

With some creative masking and my MISTI, I customized the eturtle sentiment and white heat embossed on a strip of black cardstock.  I cut around the right flipper of the right turtle to tuck the sentiment strip under.

Next I die cut the piece with a Stitch Rectangle before adhering it on a white top folding card base.  To finish, I added clear Wink of Stella to the heart-shaped shells and added a few clear droplets because I thought they kinda look like bubbles.

 

 

I am playing in the following challenges:

Less is More – #314 Colour Wheel 3 Adjacent Colours (blue, aqua, green)
Create a Smile – February Lovely
AAA Cards – #83 Shape Your Love
Addicted to Stamps and More – #228 Holiday (Vantine’s)
Addicted to CAS – #104 Pets

 

 

 

Winter Wishes

Hi there.  Today I am sharing a fun CAS Christmas card.

To keep it CAS and to create dimensions without adding any layers, I double dry embossed an A2 size piece of white cardstock with a Wave embossing folder (EF) and a Circle Peek-a-Boo die.  Then I trimmed it down to 5-1/4″x4″.

I die cut a reverse circle mask and placed it around the circle.  I then heat embossed snowflakes with VersaMark ink and clear embossing powder. Next I masked a slope within the circle then sponged Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink (retired) and Blueprint Sketch inks to create the sky.  This sky colour combo is definitely outside the box for me, but I like it.

I stamped Waddles skiing on a scrap of white cardstock, coloured with Copics then die cut out with the matching die.  I added snow with a white gel pen.  The sentiment was white heat embossed on a strip of black cardstock.  The panel was mounted onto a white card base and clear Wink of Stella was added to the hat to finish.  I thought the double embossed background was enough, so no embellishments.

In that stamp set, there is a great image to create a coffee themed card, so I made a similar card for the 2016 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop .  Because I used the other wave EF in the duo set on this card and it gives a more subtle embossed look, I added a few sequins on this one.

Updated to Add:  Please note that the circle is not inlaid. The double emboss technique dry embosses both patterns of the EF and the die on one single layer of cardstock with no die cutting involved.  There is only dry embossing.  The only die cutting I did was with Waddles.  I am having trouble finding the video where I saw this technique, but when I do find it, I will update and link it here.

Update with Link:  Good News!  I found the link!  I was searching the wrong terms.  Anywho, the technique is shown towards the end of this video HERE.

 

 

I am entering in the following challenges:

Your Next Stamp – Sketch Challenge #54
Merry Monday – #226 Winter Fun
Send a Smile 4 Kids – Winter Fun 4 Kids
CAS Mix Up – December Stamping + Sponging + Your Choice (embossing, die cut)
Addicted to Stamps and More – #224 CAS
MarkerPop – #110 Winter
Simon Says Stamps – National Christmas Card Day