Friday, February 23, 2018

Felt and Canvas

A big thank you to Joanna who is the host of this month's CAS Mix Up Challenge and the rest of the design team for making me dig out my felt and even a sheet of canvas that I got from a friend a long time ago to make this super simple card.

Stamps: Uniko (sentiment)
Dies: My Favorite Things (flower and leaves), SSS (stitched rectangle)

Wasn't sure if I could die cut the canvas because it was thick but it worked with a little help from some scissors. Lolls advice of backing the felt with some light card stock was a good one! The canvas was printed with different butterflies, moths, etc. in different sizes. Some of them were partially colored. The trick was to find a piece that would work for this relatively small rectangle.


CAS Mix Up February Challenge "Felt, Cork, or Canvas"

There is a new challenge in blogland for all of us who love to read as much as they like to stamp...

The Library Challenge #1 "Pride and Prejudice"
I used the layout of the cover

Image result for pride and prejudice cover

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Two Cards in Blue and Yellow

It seems that a lot of stamp companies are celebrating an anniversary at the moment. Made these cards for two of them. Didn't make them on the same day but the color combo really makes me happy and it fit so well for the theme of the second card so I used it again. The blue inks are from Altenew.

Stamps: Winnie & Walter (sentiment, sun), Hero Arts (background)

Was planning to use some Washi tape down the side but in my large collection of Washi tapes I couldn't find one that worked!!!

Stamps: Papertrey Ink (stripes from the Ombre Builders and swirl from the Scribble Circles), Hero Arts (sentiment)
Die: Gina Marie (stitched rectangle)

The stripes would stamp smoothly no matter how often I inked them. Don't know if it is the stamp, the inks or the paper. Decided to call it distressed look and use them anyway.


Winnie & Walter Shay's 4th Birthday Bash Challenge

Winnie & Walter Crystals Birthday Bash Challenge

Papertrey Inks 11th Anniversary Stripes Challenge

CAS(E) this Sketch #259

Hope your weekend was fun and that you could squeeze some crafty time in! I really appreciate your visit!

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Valentine's Day Hugs

Sending you all lots of Valentine's hugs!

Stamps: Winnie & Walter (sentiment, multifaceted)
Dies: Winnie & Walter (hugs), My Favorite Things (scalloped panel)

The colors look a little different on screen. The card is a soft pink. The layer is dark brown, splattered with gold, the sentiment gold embossed. The word die is cut from watercolor paper, gold embossed with the background, and watercolored in different shades of pink. Really wanted to use the glass beads that I've had for ages. Wasn't easy to shape a heart from glue...


Winnie & Walter January Color Combo with Heather

Winnie & Walter Birthday Bash Die Challenge with Lydia


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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #2

We were blown away by your enthusiastic response of the first Twofer Card Challenge and hope this month's prompt will inspire you even more! Here it is...

I tried to see if I could use the little stamps that come in stamp sets and are often neglected and make them the stars of my cards. I used the same size little heart in the Hero Arts "Prayers" set (see below) to make the four-leaf clovers on the first card and the background behind the letters on the second card.

Stamps: Hero Arts (hearts), Uniko (sentiment)
Dies: My Favorite Thing (mini scalloped rectangles)
Other: butterfly (punch), hand drawn (stems, ladybug, and grass)

The first card has a layered look and even uses some patterned paper.  I created a little scene featuring four-leaf clovers, a hand drawn ladybug (covered in glossy accent and a butterfly punched out from a scrap that was sprayed with shimmery blue. The panel is layered on a red panel and mounted with fun foam on a die cut layer of polka dotted paper. 

Stamps: Hero Arts (hearts and sentiment - from the prayer set)
Dies: Essentials by Ellen (hinged alphabet), Sweet 'n' Sassy (red heart), My Favorite Things (dotted chevron)

The second card is more CAS with lots of white space. I die cut the new-to-me hinged letters from Ellen Hutson (so, so cool) and the dotted chevron border, stamped the hearts in red and purple on the card underneath, and attached the panel to the card. Stamped the sentiment on a heart die cut from red card stock and sprinkled more hearts in three different sizes around it (the purple one above the big red heart is the same one I used to make the background behind the letters and the four-leaf clovers). I put Stickles on the little purple heart and Glossy Accents on the small red one to add a little interest.

I really hope that I have inspired you to play along this month and can't wait to see the different designs you create using a heart stamp or die! Remember to take one picture of both cards. And now hop over to the Twofer Card Challenge to see the spectacular designs that my team mates came up with!

I am going to enter my second card to the
STAMPloration February Challenge "Paint it Red"

and to the
AAA Cards #108 "All You Need Is Love"
(Isn't that frog the cutest ever?)

ETA: I was encouraged on Instagram to enter the second card at the
Calling All Sistahs #10
Happy to do that! A challenge with an important mission!

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

Baby Girl

It's been a long, long time since I needed a baby card, so I had a lot of fun creating and personalizing this one for a little girl. I got the elephant theme from a quilt the mother and her cousin made that featured an elephant. What a great excuse to finally use this cute one that was a gift from a friend and has been patiently waiting  in my NBUS box for it's moment to shine. Same goes for the welcome die.

I used products from lots of different companies to make this card. It makes me happy when they play nicely together. *wink* The background is watercolored.

Stamps: Inkadinkado (letters)
Dies: Impression Obsession (welcome), Memory Box (tags), SSS (balloon), Cottage Cutz (baby elephant), My Favorite Things (hill)


Inkspirational #153 "Word Prompt: Attachment"
The balloon is attached to the trunk, plus a baby is very attached to it's mother in the first months...

CAS Watercolor February Challenge "Hearts"
Dear Design Team, I am not sure if my card is CAS enough... If it isn't, please delete it.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

More Cards with the Cling Wrap Technique

As I told you in my last post I had made three more cards from the panels I created using this awesome technique (see CAS Mix Up for details) but had to wait for the cards to arrive. Well, I don't know if they have been received but the challenge is closing so I am going to post this anyway. 

I made the first two cards out of one panel and was pretty happy with their modern look. It was only the day after that it occurred to me that there was no stamping involved! And the girls at the CAS Mix Up Challenge like to see some stamping on the entries, in fact it's a rule.  I didn't see a way to add some stamping to these cards so I made a third card.

Stamp: Hero Arts (sentiment)
Dies: Impression Obsession (Happy Birthday, little hearts), My Favorite Things (snowflake), Nestabilities (circle), Jillybean Soup (tag)

You might have to enlarge it to notice the little hearts sticking out of the tag...

The third card goes to

CAS Mix Up January Challenge

That was it for now with cards featuring this technique. But you know (if you read my last post) that I have a lot more panels...

One more thing: A lot of bloggers are now responding to every comment. While I enjoy it, I hope you'll forgive me if I don't do it. I can barely keep up with my commenting alone (you might have noticed that I am quite late sometimes)... Thank you for understanding and please know that every one of your comments brightens my day and is treasured!

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Fun with the Cling Wrap Technique

The other day I played with the cling wrap Technique that is the theme at the current CAS Mix Up Challenge. They always have a list of interesting how-to videos to watch so if you don't know what I am talking about click here. I had SO MUCH FUN! I've said it before but I have to say it again: I LOVE making backgrounds! I made four cards but can only show you the one I made today, the others I will show you once they have arrived at their destinations.

Here is the result (one panel is already missing because I didn't think of taking a picture before I started making cards):

I used Distress Inks with Perfect Pearl spray and Distress Paint (the blue ones with silver paint) on glossy paper.
I had made already three cards when I saw the reminder post and that jaw-dropping card Loll made for it where she used a stencil with a different kind of cling wrap technique. I didn't use a stencil or use the her technique but it still inspired me to make this:

Stamp: Alexandra Renke (sentiment)
Die: Memory Box (flower)

Here is a close up so you can see the gold mixed in with the colors:

Sending this, of course, to the

CAS Mix Up January Challenge

You still have a few days to play if you feel like getting inky!

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