CAS Christmas August Reminder – Tree

Hello and welcome back!  This is the reminder post for CAS Christmas August Tree challenge.  Here’s my card.

 

 

A hill was masked off on the bottom portion of an A2 size piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Stamped the tree layers using the MISTI.  The first three layers were stamped with Volcano Lake, Lagoon and Emerald dye inks.  The fourth layer was stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  Went back to the first solid stamp and re-stamped over the whole image with VersaMark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  This served as a ‘mask’ and Tumbled Glass distress ink was then added with a mini blending tool for the background.

 

 

Wiped off excess ink with a paper towel then heat embossed the sentiment with silver embossing powder.  Added snowflakes with a white gel pen, even on the embossed areas.  Die cut the panel with a stitched rectangle, then popped it up with foam tape onto a white cardbase to finish.

 

 

I’ve had this set since it was released two years ago I think(?).  Until now, I’ve only ever used the sentiments in the set.  I have no idea why I waited so long to use this because it’s a great set!  I played around with different colours before settling with my favourite one above, but I didn’t want those experimental pieces to go to waste, so I turned them into cards as well.

 

 

 

Barb of Barb’s Studio Creations is joining us again as our guest.  She and my team created some inspiring cards and you can view them on the challenge blog HERE.  There is one week left to join us.  Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful day!

 

 

 

 

Challenges:
ABC Christmas— P=Plain, Q=Quote, R=Robins/Rabbits (chose P=Plain)
Watercooler Wednesday— #183 Gail’s Masculine Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers — August Christmas Challenge Anything Goes optional twist Sequins
STAMPlorations — Summer CAS Challenge
STAMPlorations — Summer Theme and Sketch Challenge Stamps and Anything Goes
Addicted to CAS — #142 Masculine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seize the Birthday Anything Goes

Hello there!  I’m here today with my next guest post for Seize the Birthday.  It’s a super easy one with Anything Goes… so no optional topping this fortnight!

 

 

I wanted to use this newly purchased Butterfly Gown stencil… so pretty, don’t you think?  And here is my card.

 

 

The side strip was created with the stencil monoprint technique.  To begin, an A2 size stitched rectangle was die cut from Bristol paper.  Masked the right side, leaving a panel down the left.  Next, applied Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers and Blueprint Sketch distress inks directly to the back of a Flourish stencil.  Generously spritz it with water, then flipped it over onto the Bristol panel.  A paper towel was used to absorb excess water, completing the stencil monoprint.

 

 

For the image, Black Soot distress oxide ink (DOx) was pounced through the gown stencil with a mini blending tool, and then heat embossed with clear glitter embossing powder.  Stamped the sentiment with Tumbled Glass distress ink and then adhered the panel to a white card base to finish.

 

 

I had a couple of stencil monoprint pieces from a retreat back in May that I turned into birthday cards for a couple of crafty friends last month.  A really fun easy technique.

 

Supplies: Funky Fossil Floral Beauty stencil, WPlus9 Birthday Wishes stamp set, Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch DOx inks

 

Supplies: Tim Holtz Wildflower stencil, Paper Smooches Happy Birthday stamp set, Peacock Feathers and Twisted Citron DOx inks

 

That’s all from me for today.  Find more inspirations HERE from the design team at Seize the Birthday.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day!

 

 

 

 

 

Challenges:
CAS Mix Up — August Challenge Stencil Monoprint (+stamping+stenciling+heat embossing+glitter+masking+diecutting)
Always Happy Birthday — August Challenge Birthday Anything Goes optional Water Theme
STAMPlorations Summer CAS Challenge
STAMPlorations Summer Theme & Sketch Challenge Stamp and Anything Goes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uniko Challenge #48 Reminder

Hi there!  This is my guest reminder post for Uniko Challenge #48.  To refresh your memory, here’s the graphic inspiration for the challenge.

 

 

The colours, number two and optional twist for a child were the inspirations for this fun birthday card I made for my nephew!  Can’t believe he is turning 3 at the end of the month!  He and his grandfather (my dad 😉) have birthdays only 6 days apart.

 

 

Since the ladybugs are facing each other and I wanted these two critters to do the same, I mirror stamped the alligator on Neenah cardstock with Memento black ink.  Coloured with Copics then fussy cut him out.  Next, I stamped the hippo on A2 size X-press It paper with Memento black ink and coloured with Copics as well.  Masked him, then stamped the explosion bubble in red followed with heat embossing the sentiment in black.

 

 

The panel was then die cut with a Wonky Stitched Rectangle, then mounted with fun foam onto a white card base.  For more dimension, popped the alligator up with mounting tape to finish.

 

 

 

There is plenty of time to play along.  And if you need more inspiration, check out what the other half of the design team at Uniko have made HERE.  Thank you for your visit.  Enjoy your day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Challenges:
The Male Room — 5th Birthday
That’s Crafty — Animal Magic
Moving Aong with the Times — #77 For the Boys
Patti‘s Linky Party — Bringing Smiles (Patti, hope this made you smile and this (partying) is what you’ll be doing when you find and settle into your new home!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less is More #375 – Olive and Tangerine

Hello there!  Hope you were able to clear out some of your bits box in our last challenge.  We are back with a new challenge today at Less is More (LIM).  It’s a colour challenge and the colours are Olive and Tangerine.  Our May winner, Lynne of Cards from Lynne’s Loft, is our wonderful guest.  We welcome back Seven Hills Crafts as our sponsotpr this month.  Be sure to participate in all challenges this month to be in the running for a prize from them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIGER LILIES

 

I will admit this colour combo was challenging for me.  I finally settled on colouring these lilies as Tiger Lilies for my card.  Stamped the flowers with Memento black ink on Neenah cardstock, masking in between.  Coloured with green and orange Copic markers.  Black heat embossed the sentiment with clear glitter embossing powder.

 

 

For a bit of interest, framed it by die cutting it with a stitched rectangle.  Die cut four more rectangles from black scraps and stacked them for dimension.  Finished with clear shimmer on the flowers.

 

 

 

 

Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps — #299 CAS
Always Happy Birthday — July Challenge Birthday Anything Goes optional Birthday Cake
Watercooler Wednesday — #177 Charlotte’s Feminine Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge — H is for Happy Birthday
4 Crafty Chicks — #410 Birthday

 

 

 

That’s it from me.  Be sure to head over to the LIM blog post HERE to find more fabulous inspirations from our guest and my teammies.  Thank you for dropping in.  Enjoy your day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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