Tuesday, June 19, 2018

CASology: Jumpy

It's that time again - time for a new cue from CASology!


I decided to go with a visual interpretation of the cue this time around. I chose my little sheep from MFT Stamps and made her jumping over a fence!


I started my card by cutting out a panel with a stitched rectangle die and then using my MISTI to stamp my fence and my sheep. I stamped them again on some masking paper and then fussy cut around them to mask off my images. After masking, I stamped my hillside. I removed the masks and then used my Copics to color my little scene.

I stamped my sentiment below my scene and then used my tape runner to adhere the panel to a card base.

That's it! Super simple!

Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to link up your creations!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Father's Day Pirate

I'm dropping in today with a fun card I made for my Grandpa for Father's Day.


I used my Cube Cover die with an embossing pad to emboss the front of my card base. I set that aside and started on my images.

I cut the pieces from my palm tree from different colors of cardstock and then used multi medium matte to assemble it. I set that aside to dry while I stamped my images in my MISTI.

I used my Copics to color my images and then used my Scan N Cut to cut them out. I stamped my sentiment in Versamark on a strip of black cardstock and then heat embossed it using white embossing powder.

I adhered my sentiment strip directly to the card base using my tape runner and then used a little more multi medium matte to adhere the tree to the left side. I popped a little foam tape on the back of my images to add a little dimension to them and then adhered them to the side of the sentiment and in front of the tree.

I'm loving this little scene and I think the sentiment is just perfect for my Grandpa! Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

CASology: Pearl

Whew! Sorry I've been MIA for a little while. You know how it goes sometimes; life just gets in the way! But I'm back today with a brand new cue from CASology!


I'll admit it, my favorite jewelry is pearls. My husband got me pearl earrings for our first Valentine's Day together and I've been in love ever since. This cue is definitely right up my alley!


This is a super simple card. Definitely easy to pull together in just a couple of minutes.

I simply cut and folded an A2 top-folding card base and then used my Roses All Over background stamp with some Versamark ink on the front. I heat embossed the stamp using some Pearl White embossing powder. It doesn't actually add any color to the cardstock, it merely adds a pearl sheen and a little bit of texture. It's my favorite powder for adding subtle detail.

I cut out a strip of black cardstock and then stamped my sentiment in Versamark ink and then heat embossed with an Opaque White embossing powder. I adhered this to the card front with a little bit of foam tape. And using the rule of thirds, I added it to the bottom third of my card.

I finished it all off by adding a couple of pearl white jewels from Pretty Pink Posh. I just couldn't help myself!

Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to add your Pearl creations to our link on the main CASology post!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

CASology: Squiggle

Hello and welcome back for a brand new cue from CASology!


I sat and stared at this cue for a while before a lightbulb went off and I realized that graffiti often looks like a squiggle to me. Following this weird logic, this design formed in my brain.


I used a heart die that has been discontinued for my "squiggle" graffiti. That makes me sad because I actually really love how it looks. It's like splash of paint, which is so much fun and so versatile!

I started by cutting my heart from white cardstock and then using my ink blending tool and some Victorian Velvet distress ink to create a soft haze of color across the image. I then added my stencil to my card base and used another ink blending tool and some Frayed Burlap to softly blend just a hint of brick wall behind where I wanted to place my images.

I added some splatters of Smoke gray ink behind where I was going to layer my images and then adhered my heart die on top with some Multi Medium Matte. I cut my hello die from some Slate cardstock and then used the same glue to adhere it over the top of everything. That's all! Super simple!

Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to add your creations to the CASology post!


Friday, May 25, 2018

Keeping Christmas Inspiration Blog Hop


Hello! I'm joining some delightfully talented ladies on the 25th of every month with a fun Christmas creation. I don't know about you, but I always find myself rushing to get things done in the couple of months leading up to Christmas. I'm trying to keep that from happening this year by putting together a couple of creations each month to put in my stash so I won't be crazy busy when Christmas rolls around.

It's the 25th, so it's time for a Christmas creation!


I love this sweet little reindeer from Neat & Tangled. I just can't get enough of how cute he is! I cut a panel using my Stitched Rectangle dies and then used my MISTI to stamp my reindeer in the corner. I stamped another reindeer on some masking paper and then used my scissors to fussy cut around it. I placed the mask over the top of my reindeer and then used some Broken China distress ink to blend a bit of a sky background behind him. This helps to differentiate between the snowy ground and the winter sky. I didn't blend the blue to the top of the panel, but instead made it fade back to white as it got closer to the top. I created a make-shift mask for the ground using a bit of scrap cardstock and one of my landscape trio dies. I wanted a bit of a curve to the ground so it would be a little more interesting.

I removed my masks and then used my copics to color in my image. I added a bit of a shadow underneath it so that it wouldn't look like it was floating. This time I used some blues instead of grays. I just think that blue looks good for shadows on snow or ice.

I used my MISTI to finish stamping the sentiment in the bottom left corner and then adhered my panel to a white top-folding card base.

That's it for this month's card! Don't forget to hop along with the rest of the ladies in the hop!




Tuesday, May 22, 2018

CASology: Thrill

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


I don't know what's going on, but I feel like I've been riding the struggle bus for the past couple of challenges. This time I just couldn't figure out how to incorporate the cue. I sat and stared at it for several days until I finally decided to just throw caution to the wind and go for a crazy interpretation. What's more thrilling than a good villain?


Maleficent has always been one of my favorite Disney villains. She's just so powerful and when I was a kid, she scared the crap out of me. I think that qualifies as thrilling. I used this picture for my inspiration and came up with this...


I wanted her to be surrounded by a blossom of green fire, but it kind of ended up looking more like she's being birthed from a cabbage. Oh well, nothing is ever perfect.

So here she is. I simply stamped her on a panel cut from a Stitched Rectangle die and then colored her in with my copics. I added the lines to her horns using a white gel pen and then moved on to my fire/cabbage. I used my lightest color to lightly sketch in the basic shape and then went back in with my darker colors to add a little depth and dimension. I finished it off by going back over the whole thing with my lightest color again. Yep, definitely a cabbage.

I added a little shadowing under the image to ground it and then stamped my sentiment beneath. I adhered my panel using my glue runner and that was it!

Thanks for stopping by today!


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

CASology: Copper

Welcome back! It's time for a new cue from CASology!


Not gonna lie, I struggled with this one. My color-loving heart was having a problem with being told what to use. But in the end, I think it turned out alright.


I began my card by cutting and folding a card base. I then ran a panel through my Big Shot with my Cube Cover die and then used some Multi Medium Matte to adhere it to the front of my card base.

I cut my foliage from some white cardstock and then used some Versamark ink and copper embossing powder to create some copper leaves. I used two layers of the embossing powder to get a nice, even coating. I used my MISTI to stamp my sentiment onto some scrap white cardstock with Versamark ink and then heat embossed it with the same copper powder. I cut the strip down and then used my scissors to cut a diagonal across one side.

I arranged my foliage where I wanted it and used Multi Medium Matte to adhere it to the card base. I added some foam tape behind my sentiment and then adhered it over the top of the stems from the foliage.

Super simple, but really pretty!

Thanks for stopping by today!


Saturday, May 12, 2018

Addicted to CAS Guest Designer



I'm so thrilled to be joining the Addicted to CAS team as a guest designer this week! And here's the code word...


This was perfect because I was in need of a little inspiration for this year's Mother's Day card. This gave me the perfect opportunity to pull out some of my favorite products and create something just for my Mom.


I started this card by cutting a panel to the exact size of an A2 card front - 4 1/2 inches by 5 1/2 inches. I stamped my floral image with my MISTI and then colored it in with my Copics. I adhered the panel to a card base using my glue runner. (I attached it to a card base because the Copics bled through the back and I didn't want it to show on the inside of my card.)

I cut out my Mom die cuts from white cardstock and the shadow from vellum. I used my Multi Medium Matte to adhere the white words on top of the vellum shadow cut. Then I added a little more Multi Medium Matte to the back of the vellum and adhered it to the panel. The sentiment was stamped on Slate cardstock using Versamark ink and then heat embossed with white powder. I used some foam tape to adhere the strip below my die cut sentiment.

Super simple, but the perfect card for my Mom!

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you'll join the Addicted to CAS challenge with your own creations!



Tuesday, May 8, 2018

CASology: Marine

Hello and welcome back! I know you're probably sick of it by now, but I have another underwater card for you today. With the new cue from CASology, I just couldn't resist!


See? How could I possibly resist making another ocean themed card with a cue like that? It's just begging to be colored!


I switched it up a little this time and made my little mermaid sit on the sea floor. I started my card by cutting a panel with a stitched rectangle die and then used my MISTI to stamp both my image and my sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black.

I used my copics to color in my mermaid. This time, I wanted to show a little love to my dark-skinned sisters and made her more Latin inspired. I used brown to color her hair and then thought it was a little too light, so I added some warm gray over the top to tone it down and it created this gorgeous color that I just adore!

When my mermaid was colored, I added in the sea floor beneath her by coloring in the basic shape with a light brown and then going over the top of it with little dots of darker browns. I focused the darker browns where her shadow would fall and then gradually decreased the darkness as her shadow would fade.

I used stripes of blue, blue green, and blue violet to create my ocean water. When I was satisfied with how the color looked, I went back in with my colorless blender, BG11, B93, and a white gel pen to add dots of bubbles surrounding my mermaid. (If you'd like a tutorial for the water portion, I made one in an earlier post. Just click here.)

I added my finished panel to my card base using my tape runner and I was finished!

Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to link up your creations on the CASology post!


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

CASology: Jungle

Hello! It's that time of the week - time for a new cue from the CASology challenge!


Oh goodness! I have so many stamps in my collection that could work for this cue! I decided to use one that hasn't seen any love yet. I'm sure you've got a few in your stash like this. I bought it because it was absolutely adorable and then it just sat there unused as I created other projects. Time to show it some love!


I began by stamping the hippo, bird, and sentiment using my MISTI. So thankful for that tool! It makes everything so much easier! Then I lined up my balloons so the hippo would be holding them and used my MISTI to stamp them, too!

I cut out my panel after everything was stamped (which is backwards from what I usually do!). Then I used my Copics to color everything in. I used warm grays for my hippo and then used my cool grays to add a halo around the images so they don't look so flat against the white panel.

I finished it all off by adhering it to a gray card base using my tape runner.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you'll join us with your own creations!


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Keeping Christmas Inspiration Hop


Hello! I'm joining some delightfully talented ladies on the 25th of every month with a fun Christmas creation. I don't know about you, but I always find myself rushing to get things done in the couple of months leading up to Christmas. I'm trying to keep that from happening this year by putting together a couple of creations each month to put in my stash so I won't be crazy busy when Christmas rolls around.

It's the 25th, so it's time for a Christmas creation!


This card is so super simple to put together that you could mass produce it without a problem. I simply arranged all those snowflakes (I used the retired Snowflake Flurry set from MFT) in my MISTI so I could stamp them all at once with Versamark ink and then heat embossed them with white powder. It would be so easy to just stamp and heat emboss a bunch of card bases at once.

I used an ink blending tool to blend in some Broken China distress oxide ink through the top left corner to cover all the stamped snowflakes and make them stand out. I kept blending it out until it eventually melted into the white card. Again, it would be super easy to mass produce by blending a bunch of card bases at once. You could even mix it up by using a bunch of different inks.

Last, I used my MISTI to stamp my sentiment in the bottom right portion of the card. And once again, it would be super easy to stamp multiples because of the MISTI! You could use the same sentiment for every card or mix it up with other sentiments from the same hand-lettered set I was using.

That's it for this month's card! Don't forget to hop along with the rest of the ladies in the hop!


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

CASology: Active

Hello! It's time for another brand new cue from CASology!


This is another cue that I really struggled with. I think I was just overthinking it. (I almost missed my deadline because I was so stumped!) I finally sat down and just flipped through a few of my stamp sets. I stopped on this particular sentiment set from Mama Elephant. It's a gorgeous script that creates a line across your card front. Then I thought - Wow, I bet I could get an image to look active on top of that line! And that's how my idea was born!


This card is incredibly simple to put together and requires very little coloring! I used my MISTI to stamp my sentiment so I was sure that it would be straight and then stamped my little penguin so he would be skating on top of the line. I used just a few copics to color him in and give him a little bit of dimension, but I thought he was still missing something. So I went back in with a little heart from my sentiment set and added just a touch of red ink. I think it helped balance it all nicely.

That's it! One layer and super simple to put together. I hardly used any copic ink, so there wasn't even any bleeding through my paper. Can't get much more CAS than that!

Thanks for stopping by!



Tuesday, April 17, 2018

CASology: Parent

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


With Mother's Day right around the corner, I decided to create a card that I could send for the holiday. (Most likely my mother-in-law because my Mom creeps on my social media!)


I started this card by creating the card base first. I knew I wanted to add an extra little something to it to make it super special. I just love these coverplates from Lil Inker Designs so I settled on this pretty stitched spiral plate. They're a fantastic way to add interest to a plain card base without adding any extra layers or bulk. I simply ran my card base through my Big Shot with my coverplate and I got this incredibly pretty card! I also cut out a circle from some vellum so that my focal image wouldn't get lost in the stitching on the front of the card.

I set these aside and then used my MISTI to stamp my floral image. I colored it in with my Copics and then used my Brother Scan N Cut 2 to cut it out. Then I used my MISTI to stamp my sentiment on a strip of black cardstock in Versamark ink. I heat embossed in white powder and then used my scissors to snip a flag on the end. I added a dab of Multi Medium Matte to the end of the flag to adhere it to the back of my floral image.

I adhered my floral image with attached flag to the vellum circle using some foam tape and then added a little bit more Multi Medium Matte behind the image on the back of the vellum to adhere it to the card base without the adhesive showing through on the front. I finished it off by adding just a few Lemon Drop jewels from Pretty Pink Posh.


I know this is a little more elaborate than I normally go for, but I wanted to make something extra special for Mother's Day!

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, April 14, 2018

Waving Hello Tutorial

Hello! I'm here today with a photo tutorial for how I colored water from an earlier post featuring a Chubby Mermaid.  I had a lot of people across social media asking me how I created the background, so I decided to create a new card with the same technique and photograph the process. Forgive me if the photos are a little dark, I created this card this morning in my craft room and it was pretty overcast here in Utah. I did the best I could, but the weather just wasn't cooperating!

Here's what the card looks like as a finished product:


Looks complicated, right? Wrong! It's actually really easy to create your own project that looks just like this without much effort. I'll walk you through my creative process below...


Here's what I started with. Simple, really. I just stamped my two images on some plain white cardstock and got to coloring.


I started with my mermaid. (If you'd like another tutorial showing you my process for coloring people/creatures, just let me know and I'll do it another day!)


Next up, my fishies. Still looks a little bare, right? Well, we're about to start on that background!


I grabbed a bunch of blues from my copic stash and set them out on the table. I started with my lightest blue to give it a bit of a base to build on. All I did was add stripes of color coming up from and down from the images. Looks pretty choppy. Don't worry, as you add color, the water comes together and starts to actually look like water!


This is after a couple additions of darker blues. Starting to come together, right? I just kept adding stripes of color on top of the lighter colors. I didn't color it in completely, but left spaces so that the lighter colors shine through from behind the darker stripes.


To give my water some dimension, I also added some blue green and blue violet. If you really look at water, it doesn't just look like one color. If you use just one color, it'll look a little flat. By adding in some purple and blue green, it begins to look shimmery like there's light shining through it.


Okay, now it's time for bubbles. This also helps to break up those stripes of color a little bit and make it look more like water. All this is are spots of colorless blender. I varied the size of my dots because bubbles aren't all the same size. I then went in with my darkest blue yet and added a few varied dots with it. Those bubbles look like they're farther behind the images because they're darker.


Time for some white bubbles. I went in with my Signo white gel pen and added just a few dots of white bubbles. Some of them overlap where my other bubbles already are. These are the brightest bubbles, so they're going to appear closer to you.


Now it's time to cut out my panel. I centered the mermaid within the die and then used my Big Shot to cut it out.


Now that everything is cut out and centered, I used my MISTI to stamp my sentiment. This ensures that the sentiment is straight and doesn't stamp incorrectly. It would seriously stink if I went to all that coloring trouble and then ruined it with a crooked sentiment!


Now I went back in with my colorless blender, darkest blue, and gel pen and added just a few more bubbles around the sentiment to tie it in with my images.


Time to bring it all together into a card. I simply used my glue runner to attach my panel to a white card base. I want to keep it flat because it's going to be mailed.


I finished it all off by adding just a touch of clear Wink of Stella to my fish and my mermaid's fin. It adds just a touch of fun detail. I decided that this was all the embellishment this one needed.

That's it! From start to finish! Simple, isn't it? I bet you could create your own underwater card just like mine! Give it a try and let me know how it goes!

I'm entering this card into the current Addicted to CAS challenge - bubbles. It was just perfect timing!


Thanks for stopping by!