Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Beautiful Day

Hello. I hope you are having a beautiful day! I recently saw this post on the Penny Black blog and wanted to case the design of the cards in it.

I decided to bring out my NBUS Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set to play. I stamped only the outline layers of the bloom and leaves on the top and bottom of the card base. I masked off the inner shape and added Spun Sugar DI with a dauber. Then I used a dot stencil with the same ink to add a bit of texture. The sentiment is from the same stamp set. 

When I finished the card, I realized it's loosely the sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch #181, so this will be my second entry there.

Now I have to find an afternoon to practice layering the stamps from this gorgeous stamp with different shades of ink. Can you tell that the layering stamp sets from Altenew are my latest addiction? Love them!

Have a beautiful day! Enjoy!


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Altenew Peony Love

I love, love, love the Altenew Peony Bouquet stamp set! I stamped and die cut quite a few of them the last time I played with them. This one came in handy to use on a quick card for the current challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches, which is a sketch.

Today I only needed to add the leaves and sentiment to a card base. Then I popped the peony up with dimensionals and this CAS card was finished in no time! I love the blues in the Altenew Glacier Caves mini inks set. So much so that I just realized today I have 2 sets of them! Anyone else double buy and realize it a couple months later, or is it just me?

I'm also entering this into AAA Cards: Game #69 - One Stash Favorite. The peony was in my stash and they are definitely one of my favorites.

That's it for me today. Thanks for stopping by and have a great evening. Enjoy!


Monday, July 18, 2016

Cheering for You

Hello! Happy Monday. I spent today making cards. I've purchased so many new sets in the past couple of months and I haven't had time to play with them. So I decided today was a playday!

Are these cheerleaders adorable or what? I recently bought a couple, few, ok - several stamp sets from Clearly Besotted. I love Stephanie Wincott's (Stamping & Sharing) stamps so much. All so cute and fun!

Three of the same little cheerleaders were stamped in the middle third of a panel that had been die cut with a wonky stitched rectangle die. I then colored them with some new Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens. Have you tried these yet? After watching my favorite enabler, Jennifer McGuire, compare these and Wink of Stella pens here, I just had to try some for myself. They are so shiny! Hopefully, you can see all the shine in the close up picture below. The sentiment is from the same set and the panel was added to a card base. Very quick, very easy, very CAS.

I'm entering this card with these cuties into some challenges -

     CAS(E) this Sketch #181 - shown below
     Less is More #285 - Repitition
     Addicted to Stamps & More - Make Your Mark

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week! Enjoy!


Sunday, July 17, 2016


Hello! Yes, I'm back. I cannot believe how long it's been since I've blogged or made a card. I did get to go away for a few days over the Fourth of July and I've been super busy. Needed a break today to make some cards.

I always seem to need birthday cards. I made this today with a NBUS set, Stamplorations Kathryn's Big Wishes. The candles were colored with distress markers and then covered with clear Wink of Stella. I also added a coat of Glossy Accents to the flames for extra shine. You can see the shine better in this close up.

The sentiment is from the same stamp set, Of course, I used my mini MISTI to line everything up. How did I ever stamp before MISTI came along? Well, I did stamp, but mostly crooked. I also added a yellow frame made with one of my stitched rectangles dies. This will go to one of my great-nieces.

I'm entering this card into some challenges:

     Addicted to CAS - Stripes (my candles)
     Seize the Birthday - with toppings - Bold & Bright (colors)
     CASology #206 - Art (rainbow colored candles)

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful week. Enjoy!


Monday, June 27, 2016

Can't Thank You Enough

Hello! Today I'm sharing a card that I made for a few challenges and for my crafty blogging friends, as well. I just can't thank all of you enough for all your inspiration and kind comments on my posts. This one is for all of you!

Loosely following the current sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch (shown below), this is my card. I white heat embossed the panel with an image from CAS-ual Fridays Loving Thoughts and watercolored with distress markers. The colors are from this week's Color Throwdown #398. I then stamped the sentiment from CAS-ual Fridays Frankly set in the same colors, applying the colors directly onto the stamp. The panel was die cut with Mama Elephant Femme Frames. I then added a twine bow and adhered it flat to a card base.

I will also enter this into CAS-ual Fridays #150 - Thanks with Twine.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have  a great week. Enjoy!


Thursday, June 23, 2016

More Faux Bleach

Hi. I'm back again with my 2nd post today sharing another card using a different faux bleach technique with a stencil.

Once again I created a rainbow by ink blending Distress Inks onto a masked card panel. On my earlier card here, I sprayed wayer directly onto the stencil and then placed the stencil on the ink blending. For this panel I sprayed the stencil with water after placing it on the ink blending. This way the water reacts and bleaches the stenciled area rather than the background area., giving a totally different effect. The stencil I used here is the Simon Says Circle Dots stencil.  The sentiment is from the Sweet 'n Sassy Keep in Touch, Too set.

This will be my 2nd entry at Less is More #281 - Faux Bleach. I am also entering this into Virginia's View Summer Challenge - All About Colors and The Paper Players #300 - Celebration.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing 2 different ways to create this effect with a stencil. Thanks for stopping by and have a great evening. Enjoy!


Faux Bleach Bold Florals

Hello. Today I have a card for the challenge at Less is More. This week the challenge is to use the Faux Bleach technique.

This is such a fun technique and can be done many ways. For this card I masked off the top of my panel and ink blended a rainbow on the bottom with Distress Inks. Next I used an ARTplorations Bold Florals stencil. I sprayed water on the stencil and then placed it over my inked panel. The inks react with water and start to bleach away. I carefully removed the stencil after about 60 seconds and this is what was left. The flowers are still brightly inked while the background where the water reacted with the ink is faded. I love this technique.

After heat drying the panel, I added a thin black strip of card stock, stamped the sentiment and adhered it to a card base. I really like how this came out.

I'm also adding this to Happy Little Stampers June CAS Challenge - Ghosting and Addicted to CAS #90 - Aloha.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day. Enjoy!