Tuesday, November 14, 2017

CASology: Sharp

Hello! It's that time of the week again. Time for a new cue from CASology!

I recently purchased this adorable set from Hero Arts because I have twin nephews who are obsessed with narwhals. I thought it would be perfect for cards for them. And this cue seemed to cry out for a narwhal, too!

Isn't that image just adorable?  I started my card by cutting a panel with a stitched rectangle die. I stamped my image using my MISTI and then stamped again onto some masking paper. I covered it up so that I could blend some ink over it.

I cut another mask from some masking paper. I used a circle die and then placed the negative piece over the top of my narwhal so that it would appear to be inside a bubble of water when I blended my ink into it. I started with my middle tone and blended the ink from the edges in. Then I added my darkest color on the very edges. I finished it off by blending my lightest color of the top of everything and leaving just a slight white glow around my narwhal. That last layer of the lightest color helped blend all three colors together seamlessly.

I remove my masks and then colored my narwhal with my copics. I used my MISTI to align my sentiment and stamped it twice with black ink to make sure it stood out on top of my blending. I then adhered the panel onto a white card base with my tape runner.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Less Is More - Fireworks

Today's card is a clean and simple one made for the current Less Is More challenge - Fireworks!

Now, let me start by saying that this was a color challenge and my card is black and white. The reason behind that is that my absolute favorite color of firework is the sparkling silver/gold. There's just something magical about them. So while this may be a very liberal interpretation of this cue, it was still inspired by it.

I wanted to make this look like a fireworks display over New York, so I used the New York skyline die to cut out a silhouette in black. I experimented with using a navy or darker gray cardstock as a base, but I ended up liking this middle-tone gray the best. The fireworks still stand out on it, but it also allows the skyline to shine as well.

I stamped my fireworks above where I wanted to adhere my skyline and then heat embossed them in silver. I adhered the skyline directly to the card using some Multi Medium Matte and then heat embossed my sentiment on top of it in white powder.

When you tilt the card in the light it has some great shimmer that remind of those beautiful sparkly fireworks.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Kennedy Grace Creations Post

I'm over on the Kennedy Grace Creations blog today with a card inspired by our November Mood Board! Go check out how I was inspired!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Layered Koala Birthday

Hello! I'm back again with yet another birthday card. One more to add to my stash for the upcoming busy birthday months.

This one was created without a specific person in mind. I just love this koala and wanted to use it. Sometimes that's the best place to start when you're looking for inspiration. Find a stamp set or die that inspires you and go from there!

I started this card by stamping out my Koala and then cutting him out. I had a stamped and cut leaf in my little bowl of pre-cut items, so I added that to his hands by adhering it behind the koala. I cut a panel of crumb cake cardstock and then stamped my bamboo background in Versamark ink and heat embossed it in clear powder. I used double-sided tape to adhere it to a white card base. I wanted another piece to make my koala stand out, so I cut a heart from pool party cardstock. I thought it looked a little bland, so I stamped my triangle background stamp on it and then heat embossed in white powder. It makes the perfect backdrop for my koala! I stamped my sentiment on black cardstock and then heat embossed with white powder and cut it out with a banner die.

I adhered my heart directly to the card using a glue runner and then adhered my koala and banner using foam tape for a little bit of dimension.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Unbelievable Birthday

For some reason, I have a ton of birthdays in November and December. I'm trying to work ahead a little bit so I'm not running behind trying to get my Christmas cards finished while also trying to get my birthday cards done, so today I sat down to work on a birthday card.

I created this one with my twin nephews in mind. They're getting a little older now (teenagers!) and I still want to do something cute, but don't want the images to be too cutesy. I think this little Nessie image is just perfect for my creature-loving nephews.

I started by stamping and coloring both my Nessie and her hat. I cut them out using the matching dies and set them aside. Then I set to work assembling my background. I cut my mountains from Smoke cardstock and the snow caps from white. I layered them over a soft blue card base. Then I cut my grass from some green cardstock and layered that on top. Next was my dark blue cardstock with a waves die. And then I wanted to add another layer to slip Nessie behind. I decided on Vellum so the blue layer and my Nessie would show through it. I cut my Vellum down with another wave die and then heat embossed my sentiment on it. I left it a little longer than I needed so that I could fold it under the bottom of my blue piece and adhere it to the back (hiding the adhesive). Then I adhered the blue piece on top of the rest.

I slid my Nessie behind the vellum layer and adhered it down and then added the hat to finish it off. Lots and lots of layering for this one which is something I don't normally do, but I thought it looked really cute!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

CASology: Tiny

Hello! I'm back today with a new cue from CASology!

When I saw this cue, I immediately thought of babies. They're just so tiny and cute! And that led me to this adorable set from Clearly Besotted. It's one of my absolute favorites for baby cards.

I cut a panel for my image with a stitched rectangle die and then used my MISTI to stamp my image in the bottom left corner. I colored it in with my copics and then added the sentiment in a black ink. I adhered my panel directly to my card base with a tape runner and I was all done!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Cards for Jacob

Hey, everyone! I'm back again today with a new card, but this one's a little different. I created this for a little boy in the hospital battling cancer. They believe that this will be his last Christmas (in fact, they're celebrating early because it's not looking so good) and all he wants is cards. His name is Jacob Thompson and I read that his favorite animal is a penguin, so I created this one for him.

I thought it would be fun to put this little penguin and his snow-penguin into a snow-globe. I hope this brings a smile to his face.

I created this using the Ready, Set, Snow set and Die add-ons from Lawn Fawn along with their Snow Cool stamp set. I used the stamps and dies to stamp and cut out my snow-globe pieces and then used my copics to assemble it all. Instead of using sequins or beads for the inside of my shaker, I used a product I've had in my stash for a while and now can't find in stock in any store. It's called Flower Soft and it's this substance that looks incredibly like snow. I think it adds the perfect touch to the card.

I cut and folded a gray card base and then cut a panel using a Stitched Rectangle die. I actually used a falling snow stencil and my Versamark ink to add some glittery heat embossing to the background, but it doesn't show up in pictures. It's very subtle and just adds a little shine and texture in real life. I adhered my snow-globe in the center of the panel and it was all done.

If you'd like to send a card to Jacob, you can send it to:

Jacob Thompson
c/o Maine Medical Center
22 Bramhall St.
Portland, ME 04102

Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Falling for You

Hello! I'm actually here today with a challenge entry. I haven't entered a challenge in a really long time. I've been distracted by life and design teams, but today I sat down and created just for the fun of creating. Feels so good! And my creation fits perfectly with the Addicted to CAS code word - LEAVES!

I used the awesome Autumn Splendor set from Sunny Studio Stamps for this super simple one layer card.

I cut and folded a white card base and then used my MISTI to stamp the leaves as though they're falling from the top left corner to the bottom right. I used several different color combinations in autumn colors and then stamped my sentiment in a nice black so that it stands out from the colorful background. Super easy, but super pretty!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

CASology: List

Hello! I'm back with a brand new cue from CASology!

I struggled a little with this cue until I remembered this cute little stamp from My Favorite Things.

I'm a huge coffee lover, so this card is right up my alley! I cut out my coffee cup die from some different browns and then assembled the two pieces together. I stamped my sentiment onto the cup in dark brown ink and then used a pen to check off each item on the list. I cut and folded my card base and then used a different stamp set to stamp my coffee bean heart in the same dark brown ink. I adhered my coffee cup on top of the heart using some foam tape. Simple, but sweet!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

CASology: Cherish

Hello! I'm back today with a new cue from CASology!

I looked through my stash and didn't find a sentiment that I thought really went with this cue, so I asked myself - what do I cherish? My friendships! What better way to express how much you cherish your friends than by sending a card to let them know?

I started this card by cutting and folding a navy blue card base. I used a Heidi Swapp art screen to layer on some Deco Foil transfer gel. I peeled off the screen and then let the card base dry before running it through my Mini Minc with some silver foil. What you get is this beautiful foiled constellation background. The perfect backdrop for this sentiment from WPlus9.

I tried to heat emboss my sentiment directly onto the card, but it kept getting lost in the silver background. I solved this by heat embossing my sentiment on some Vellum. It lifts the sentiment off the background just enough that you can read it without a problem. I covered the edges in Versamark ink and added more silver embossing for a little more detail.

I wrapped the vellum around the front of my card and then adhered the edges to the inside of the card base to hide the adhesive.

Thanks for stopping by today! I can't wait to see your interpretations this week!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

CASology: Sorry

Hello, everyone! It's time for a brand new cue from CASology!

So I have a stamp set in my stash that's an oldie but a goody. I just love books. I'm a bookworm for sure. I read every chance I get and this set just speaks to my soul. It even has the perfect sentiment for this challenge!

I decided to go extremely simple for my card and do something I don't normally do - just stamp, no coloring! I used my MISTI to get everything lined up as I went which makes things so much simpler. No having to start over because my shelves weren't straight or my books were off-kilter. That tool has changed my life! I stamped my first two shelves level and then stamped my third shelf like it was falling apart. I just think it's so cute with that sentiment. I used cool colors for my color scheme. Keeping things in the same color family helps to keep things looking clean and simple.

I loved this card so much that I made another one with a little different twist.

I simply stamped my shelves and sentiment and then used a wonky stitched oval die to cut them out before adhering it to a card base. In the end, I actually like my first card better, so I stuck with that one.

Thanks for joining me today! I can't wait to see how you interpret this week's cue!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

KGC October Mood Board

Hello! I'm over on the Kennedy Grace Creations blog today with my interpretation of the October mood board. Head on over to get all the details on how I created it!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

CASology: Odd

Hello! It's time for a brand new cue from CASology and I'm super excited about this one!

There are a lot of interpretations of this cue, but my mind immediately went to this super cute set from the Greeting Farm featuring a bunch of different Hatters. One of my all-time favorite characters is the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland, so I just knew I needed to use one of them for this cue. I mean, what's odder than the Mad Hatter?

I used this picture of Johnny Depp from the live-action movie for my coloring inspiration:

I stamped my image (Bennett) from the Hatters collection on some white cardstock and then colored him in using my Copics (listed below). I cut him out with a Wonky Stitched Rectangle die and then adhered him to a Crumb Cake card base. I cut a small folded banner from some black cardstock and then gently bent my sentiment so that it curved to match the banner. I stamped it on the banner in Versamark ink and heat embossed in white embossing powder. I adhered it on top of my oval and I was all done!

Thanks for stopping by and I can't wait to see your "odd" creations this week!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

CASology: Grid

Hello! I'm back today with a new cue from CASology!

I actually struggled with this one for a while before I remembered this little die that I have in my collection.

It creates the perfect little stitch lines and stitched hearts to create this adorable little heart grid. I paired it with a cute sentiment from the Biggest Fan sentiment set from WPlus9. My inside actually says "in a totally non-creepy way!" I just love the humor in it!

It was incredibly easy to pull this card together. I simply cut and folded a white card base and used the stitched line part of the die to cut those little stitches on the front. I cut the stitched hearts from four colors of cardstock and then set about gluing them on top of my stitched lines to create the grid. I used my MISTI to carefully stamp the sentiment below them to make sure it was straight and then stamped the sentiment inside. Super easy!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, September 29, 2017

KGC New Release Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to my stop on the hop! Our newest release is currently available in the store. I have several cards to share with you today, so let's jump into it!

First up is this shaker card featuring the new Kindness Medley stamp set and Unicorn sequins. Where are the sequins you ask!

Right here! I didn't want to obscure the sentiment in the first picture, but I promise, it's much easier to see IRL. Hard to capture in pictures!

Next up...

Another card featuring Kindness Medley. This one is Clean and Simple with a little added dimension from some stacked die cuts.

I used the same green as the card base so that it looked pretty from the side.

And now...

This one features the Friendship Blessings stamp set and a smattering of Jack Frost sequins. This may actually be my favorite stamp set from the release. I just love those gorgeous blooms!

I even created another card with it earlier in the week. Here it is in case you missed it the first time around...

We're giving away a prize package to one lucky winner! All you have to do is join us for the hop and leave a comment on each project. The more you comment, the more chances you have to win! Winner will be announced on Monday, October 2.

I hope that you're enjoying today's hop! You should have arrived from Erica and your next stop is Heidi. If you'd like to view the full list, please stop by the Kennedy Grace Creations blog! Thanks for stopping by!