Tuesday, January 16, 2018

CASology: Glimmer

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

This cue was an easy one for me because it's right there in the name of one of my very favorite products - NUVO Glimmer Paste!

I started this card by cutting a panel that was just a little smaller than an A2 card base and then spreading some Moonstone glimmer paste through a stencil. (I did this because the panel warps a little as it dries and I wanted my card base to remain flat.) When it was dry, I used a tape runner to adhere it to a card base (which helps keep it from warping).

I used my MISTI to stamp my flower and leaves and then used my Scan N Cut 2 to cut them out. I stamped my sentiment on a scrap piece of white cardstock and then cut it out with my scissors. I arranged my flower and leaves in a cluster and then placed my sentiment on top of it. I added foam tape to the back of the cluster and then adhered it to the front of my card base.

To finish it off, I added a sprinkling of sparkling clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

Thanks for stopping by today! I can't wait to see how you're inspired by the cue!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

CASology: Hug

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

I have all sorts of stamps with hug sentiments, but I think this one may be my favorite. I've moved around a lot which means I've had to move away from some great friends. When something happens in one of their lives and I can't be there physically, this sentiment feels just right for the perfect card for them.

This card was super simple to put together. I started by cutting and folding a white card base and then cutting my Bramble Heart from some more of the same white. I added some Stick It to the back of the cardstock before cutting. It's a super thin adhesive sheet that really helps with these detailed die cuts.

I used some Wilted Violet distress ink and my blending tool to create a soft background for my die cut and then adhered the heart over the top of it. Stick It isn't permanent until you press it down firmly, so I was able to reposition until it was exactly where I wanted it. I then used a bone folder over it to adhere it down firmly.

I stamped my sentiment on some black cardstock using Versamark ink and some white embossing powder for some nice contrast. I cut a flagged end in the sentiment strip with my scissors and then adhered it with some foam tape for a little dimension.

I added a sprinkling of Pretty Pink Posh sequins in my favorite Sparkling Clear as well some iridescent Lavender Moon.

Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to upload your own creations to our challenge!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Masculine Birthday Cards

I'm trying to replenish my birthday card stash, but my husband isn't making it easy on me. He has a couple of employees with birthdays this month and he asked me to create a couple of masculine birthday cards for him. So my stash has to wait while I create a couple just for him.

This first card is similar to one I made for my nephew back in July. I used the same concept of looking out a ship's porthole, but I substituted the pirate/mermaid for a shark. (The inside says "Cake! Happy Birthday".)

My second card is perfect for a P.F. Chang's gift card. Who doesn't love Chinese takeout? The dies from My Favorite Things made this card super easy to put together.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Mario Birthday

Yay! I'm back again with a brand new card! I decided to dive back into some challenges as a way to get back into my crafting routine.

My birthday card stash is astonishingly low right now due to my inability to craft for the last 3 months of the year. I decided to get a jump start on refilling my stash for the upcoming year with this card. Perfect for that gamer in your life!

I cut a piece of cardstock using the Madison Avenue frame die, keeping both the frame and the inner piece. I used a cloud stencil I had made for myself from some cloud dies and a spare piece of cardstock to stencil in some clouds on the inner piece using Tumbled Glass distress ink. It's hard to see in the picture, but adds a nice little something in person. I set that aside and then started on building my scene.

I cut some pieces of cardstock with my Grassy Fields dies and then used Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn distress inks to create my grass. I adhered those pieces directly behind my frame die.

I stamped and colored my sewer pipe and my Mario and then used my Brother Scan N Cut 2 to cut them out. I laid everything out on my card base so that I knew where I wanted everything to go and then used my MISTI to stamp my sentiment on that inner Madison Avenue die piece from earlier.

All that was left was to adhere everything together. Using my frame as a guide, I adhered the inner piece to my card base first. This helped me place my frame over it with some foam tape for dimension. I slid my pipe behind my grass pieces and adhered it directly to the piece below. I used a little foam tape behind Mario's head to adhere him on top of the pipe, but still behind my grassy pieces which were popped up with foam tape.

That's all! I'm entering this card into three separate challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday - Something New (Plumber Brothers stamp set)
Simon Says Stamp Flickr #87 - Something New (Plumber Brothers stamp set)

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!

CASology: Encourage

It's been a while, but I'm back with a new cue from CASology!

Before I get to the card, I wanted to share my New Year's resolution for this year. I've been letting my blog slide a little bit because the last few months of last year were insanely busy and I had to cut something out in order to not go completely crazy. My resolution going forward is to refocus on my crafting and get my blog back into some semblance of a schedule. I've found that crafting and blogging is actually helping with the "not going crazy" thing and I need to work it back into my routine in the New Year. So now that I've gotten that off my chest, here's my card for this cue!

I decided to go back to my stamping roots and create something perfectly clean and simple in a one layer simply stamped card. I'll break out my Copics in the near future, but the simplicity of this one really helped me get back into the swing of things.

All I can say is that my MISTI is seriously a lifesaver. It allowed me to line up each layer of every tiny little stamp in this card. Not to mention helping me keep the sentiment straight! Seriously, I love that little tool.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you'll play along with us this week!

Oh, I almost forgot to add this! The CASology challenge is currently looking for new designers to add to our team! If you love clean and simple designs and would like to join us, please click here for instructions on how to apply!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

CASology: Kindness

Hello, everyone! I'm back with a new cue from CASology! This cue is actually going to last for 2 weeks because we're at that time of year that's crazy busy and we could all use a little bit more time to get things done. So you have a full two weeks to work and it's a good one!

Who doesn't love a bit of kindness? Especially at this time of year!

I went super simple with this card and made it one layer. I actually experimented with trying different color combinations or making my hearts all different colors, but I finally settled on a monochromatic heat embossed card. I think it just looks more elegant.

I started by stamping my sentiment toward the bottom of my card in Versamark ink and then heat embossing with some Golden Peach embossing powder from Altenew (my favorite!). I used my MISTI to make sure it came out perfectly straight. Then I removed the foam insert from my MISTI and lined up a Falling Hearts Background Stamp so that it would be just above my sentiment. (It's a foam cling stamp, so I didn't need that extra bit of foam in the bottom of my MISTI.) I stamped that in Versamark ink and then heat embossed with the same embossing powder.

That's all! It's a quick clean and simple card that could be used for so many things! I think I'm going to give it to my postal carrier this year with a couple of cookies just to say thank you for how hard he works year round.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to\enter your own kindness creations!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

CASology: Gray

It's been a while, but I'm back today with a brand new cue from CASology!

I decided to go really simple with this card and make it one layer, so I made my base from gray cardstock.

I cut and folded my card base and then used my MISTI to stamp my images and sentiment in Versamark ink. I used white embossing powder to heat emboss everything. Super simple, but it looks so stunning!

Thanks for stopping  by today!