Guest Designer for Uniko Challenge #48


Hello there!  Today I am excited to be guest designing for Uniko Challenge #48!   It is a quote inspiration challenge.



I created a friendship card around sentiments in Uniko’s Reach for the Stars stamp set.



I almost created a galaxy background, but in keeping with the remainder of the sentiment, which was stamped on the inside, I kept it more subtle.



First I took a scrap piece of mixed media paper and white heat embossed the streaming stars.  Using a mini blending tool, blended Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Faded Jeans distress inks to create the sky.  I wanted to twist and cute critters and children go hand in hand, don’t they? 😉  So the hugging monkeys was stamped on X-press It paper with Memento black ink, coloured with Copics then die cut out with the matching die.



Next a stitched rectangle panel was die cut from regular white cardstock.  A circle window was then die cut from it and the sentiment black heat embossed above.  Adhered the sky piece flat on to a white top folding card base.  Attached the monkeys behind the circle opening then mounted the panel to the front with foam tape to finish.




Ready to join the challenge?  You can see all the inspirations from the talented design team HERE.  Hope to see your fabulous take on this challenge.  Thank you for visiting.  Enjoy your day!






Addicted to Stamps and More  #301 Anything Goes
SSS Wednesday Challenge Use a Die/Punch








Happiest of Birthdays

Hi there.  Green is not just for St. Patrick’s Day! 😉  Here’s a birthday card I created using a NBUS stamp set I’ve had for quite a while.



To begin, the wreath and some individual leaf images were stamped on X-press It paper with black Memento ink.  The individual leaves were used to fill in the sparse areas on the wreath and make it look fuller.  They were coloured with Copics, then fussy cut out since I don’t have the matching dies.



Then on a Wonky Stitched Rectangle panel die cut from hot press watercolor paper, masking was used to clear heat emboss the music strip background.  Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint distress inks were applied to it with a Clarity brush and excess ink was wiped off with a tissue for a little emboss resist.  The sentiment from the same set was white heat embossed on black cardstock.  I was going to add some green sequins, but decided to add some green splatters instead.



The panel was adhered to a white top folding cardbase before all elements were assembled.  To give the wreath some depth, shading was added with a gray colored pencil.  Crystal glaze on the green leaves finished off the card.


And that is all.  Thank you for visiting. Enjoy your day.






Linking to the following challenges:
CAS-ual Fridays#195 Going Green
Memory BoxMarch Green  (Watching the World Bloom stamp set)
CAS(E) this Sketchsketch #263
AAA Cards#111 Use only One Third
Always Happy BirthdayMarch Birthday Anything Goes
Time Out#105 4th Birthday ‘Birthdays are full of Sunshine, Love & Laughter






Less is More #342 Your Perfect Holiday

Hello there.  Time is just flying by.  We have a fun new challenge starting today at Less is More.  Challenge #342 is Your Perfect Holiday.  Our guest designer this week is our June winner, Pauline from Crafting with Cotnob. Once again, our generous sponsor this month is Seven Hills Crafts.











Who doesn’t love a tropical paradise holiday with palm trees and a beautiful sunset?  But my tropical paradise would be comfortable warm and not hot.  When it’s hot, I just don’t function.  This is why I used cool colours and not the traditional red, orange and yellow.  The image and sentiment were black heat embossed on a white Stitched Rectangle panel.



A reverse circle mask was then die cut from a Post It note and distress inks were blended on with a mini blending tool.  Excess ink was wiped off with a tissue and the panel was mounted with fun foam on a top folding card base.  A few clear sequins finished off the card.



Linking this one to the following challenges:
Tuesday Throwdown#356 Anything Goes
SSS WednesdayAdd a Sentinent



Only one perfect holiday, so only one from me this week. 😂  Be sure to check out my team’s personal blogs for more inspirations.  Hope you can join us this week.  As always, remember to keep your cards CAS and to follow the challenge guidelines.  Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful week!








Summer Christmas Bear?

Hi everyone.  Normally, I don’t make Christmas cards in the summer, especially on the hottest weekend of the year so far, but after seeing a couple of Christmas cards today and checking out some challenges, I was inspired to create this CAS Christmas card.



The bear was stamped with Memento black ink on A2 X-press It paper, then coloured with Copics.



It was then masked and the snowflakes were clear heat embossed.  Salty Ocean distress ink was applied with a mini blending tool to the background and a tissue was used to wipe off excess ink for a little emboss resist.



The camouflage die cut technique was used for the Warm Winter Wishes sentiment.  This technique can be tricky with little pieces getting lost, but a good trick I found to keep everything together is to use Press n Seal.



For some sparkle, clear shimmer added to the camouflaged diecut sentiment finished off the card.




I am playing in the following challenges:
Merry Monday #253 Bears
AAA Cards – Game#92 Resist Technique
Addicted to Stamps and More#247 Make Your Mark
CAS on Friday#110 Animals



Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great day!








Less is More #329 Geometric

Hi everyone.  We have a new challenge starting today at Less is More (LIM).  This week’s challenge #329 is Geometric.  Our guest this week is April winner Julie Beech of Crafted by Jules.









On white Bristol paper, the air balloon was white heat embossed.  It was reverse masked and coloured in with Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio and Twisted Citron distress inks using a mini blending tool.  The cloud background was created with a DIY cloud border stencil and Salty Ocean distress ink.  A white cityline border diecut (retired) was adhered to the bottom.  To make it stand out slightly, it was traced with a light gray pencil. The sentiment was black heat embossed. Salty Ocean splatters and clear shimmer to the air balloon were added to finish.


I am linking this card to the following challenges:
AAA CardsGame#90 Embossing
CAS Mix Up – May 2017 Splattering (+stamping+heat embossing+die cutting+stencil ink blending)
City CrafterWeek 362 Photo Inspiration








My second card is a CASE of Hannelie’s stunning card over at Time Out. A circle was die cut from a Stitched Rectangle piece of watercolor paper. Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Barn Door distress inks were blended with a mini blending tool through a Diamond stencil on the circle diecut.  A light splattering of Barn Door distress ink was added to the negative diecut watercolor piece before the circle was inlaid.  The petunias were stamped in black then die cut out with the coordinating dies.  They were being left uncoloured, but for sone depth, simple shading was done with a W3 grey Copic marker.  The top petunia was popped up with foam tape and the sentiment was white heat embossed on a black cardstock strip.  Clear shimmer was added to the petunias to finish



I am linking this card to the following challenges:
Time Out – #83 CASE Hannelie
SSS Wednesday – A Bit of Sparkle
Cupcake InspirationsCIC407 For Mom
STAMPlorationsMay 2017 Anything CAS Goes optional Feminine Colors
CASology – Week 249 Warm (warm colours)




For more inspirations, check out the rest of my teamies’ blogs through the LIM blog HERE. Now it’s your turn.  Remember to keep your cards CAS and follow the challenge guidelines.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have fun crafting!