Tuesday, April 28, 2015

NEW CAS-ual Friday Stamps: Lovely!




Yay! It's time for a new CAS-ual Fridays Stamps release!

Best. Release. Ever.

Today, meet the new Lovely series!
It includes the new stamp set Lovely, Lovely Greetings, and Lovely Links Fri-Dies!

For my card above, I used the Lovely Links Fri-Dies as a mask and misted over it for a soft, dreamy feeling. The sentiment is from Lovely, and you'll learn more about the little goodies in the cello bag attached at the bottom soon! :)



For my second card, I misted the card base and let it dry, then sewed on some of the Lovely Links Fri-Dies. I heat embossed a sentiment from Lovely Greetings in silver on a transparency cut from the Bubble Box Fri-Dies. The white satin ribbons hopefully finishes off the "wedding" look I was trying to achieve. 

I hope you enjoyed these, but be sure to head over to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog to see the amazing cards from the rest of the design team! Leave a comment there, too, because you may the lucky winner of a $25 shopping spree! 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Friday, April 24, 2015

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps: Twinkle & Stars!




Happy Friday!

I'm excited to be up today on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog!

I had to play some more with the new Twinkle stamp set and the Stars Fri-Dies. Maybe all the STAAR testing this week for Texas influenced my decision?! 

I used the great sketch below, Freshly Made Sketches #183, to create the congratulations card above, and a baby card, below. I paired it with sentiments from Woot Woot, one of my all-time favorites! 


For the baby card below, I used the same sketch, same stamps and dies with the addition of the smile from Sunbeams, and played along with the Colour Me Challenge #68. I love how you can get such different looks! Can you sort of tell it's supposed to be a mommy and daddy star with baby star?! If not, just humor me, because some new family is getting this card! hehe!



Hope you enjoyed my Twinkle and Stars!

Thanks so much for stopping by! 
Hugs & happy stamping!


Recipe
Card #1
Stamps: CAS-ual-Fridays Stamps Twinkle & Woot Woot
Cardstock: Recollections White
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Stars Fri-Dies, Big Shot, Heat Tool, Silver Embossing Powder, Wooden Tag, Blue/White Twine, Silver Cording.

Card #2
Stamps: CAS-ual-Fridays Stamps Twinkle, Woot Woot, and Sunbeams 
Cardstock: Recollections White, SU Melon Mambo & Night of Navy, Studio Calico patterned paper, silver glitter cardstock.
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Stars Fri-Dies, Big Shot, Heat Tool, Silver Embossing Powder, Wooden Tag, Teal/White Twine.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Happy Birthday, Cool Kid!



Happy Tuesday!

I got in a disagreement with dh earlier when I swore it was Wednesday. 
I'm still mad at him for not letting me continue with the delusion...

I went to the stamp room earlier to work on a card for a deadline, and I got sidetracked with this cool little cat. The photo didn't turn out great, but he's embossed and I wish you could see how slick and shiny he really looks! lol!

I used the great sketch above from the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #351
I used some of my hoarded washi tape...instead of my hoarded patterned paper, ha...for the side pieces. The ones I used are from Christmas sets, but you can't even tell, right?

Does Cool Kid make you think of the "Cool Kids" song? Were you a cool kid?! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by! 
Hugs & happy stamping!


Recipe
Stamps: Cool Kid, Big Wish
Cardstock: SU Whisper White
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Black and Cherry Cobbler Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Big Shot, Bitty Banners Framelits, Santa & Co and All Is Calm Washi Tape. 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Queen Birdy and Poetry




Happy Sunday! Hope your weekend is going well!

A co-worker requested a birthday card with birds, so I whipped this one up Friday night. 
I used the fabulous sketch from the Cardabilities #120 challenge. I used a hodgepode of supplies, always seeming to go for "blue" when I want a sweet card. I fixed the inside very prettily too, but forgot to take a picture, darn! lol!

On a non-stamping note, dh and I went to see Billy Collins and Aimee Mann last night for a "rare evening of poetry, acoustic music, and conversation about their art forms and creative process." It was really amazing! Aimee's music is very moving, like poetry. You might know some from the movie Magnolia. 

What about you? Are you a poetry person? I remember it being tough in school and saying things like, "Why can't they just say what they mean?" All that "figuring it out" was tricky! In contrast, my husband was an English major and poetry enthusiast, and I fell for it pretty hard when he used it on me during our "courting" days! lol! 


Anyway, Billy Collins is so wonderful with poetry...it's beautiful, yet comprehensible, surprising and funny, yet touching. That's my layperson description anyway. Here's a clip of him reading The Lanyard. Hope you enjoy!



Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!



Recipe
Stamps: SU Punch Potpourri, Clearly for You.
Cardstock: SU Crumb Cake (base), SU silver glitter, aMuse Pink, Basic Grey & Pink Paislee patterned paper.
Ink: Versamark, SU Early Espresso
Accessories: Heat Tool, Tim Holtz blue embossing powder, Big Shot, SU retired embossing folder, SU Decorative Label & Ticket Duo Punch, PTI Scallop Die, Pick Your Plum crochet lace, Maya Roads pink ribbon.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Happy Birthday Dotty Bow Dots





Happy Tuesday night! 

And it was a happy Monday night when I made this Stampin' Up! only card before bedtime, for no reason but fun! Yay! Im trying to sneak in some casual stamp time to keep me SANE! It's not easy this year! ;)

I've always loved Connie and Mary, so I played along with their sketch Challenge #349. And I just noticed how perfectly color coordinated my card is with the challenge graphic! hehe!

Do you have the new bow punch yet? Mine was back ordered and arrived the other day, yay! I have the big bow die, but this punch makes the cutest little bows! So many possibilities! The sentiment is from a Paper Pumpkin kit. I used the Decorative Dots embossing folder, and I'm not sure why the bottom of it didn't emboss, but I liked it anyway. :)

That's it for tonight! Thanks so much for stopping by!
Hugs and happy stamping!



Recipe
Stamps: SU Paper Pumpkin sentiment
Ink: Memento Black
Cardstock: SU In Color (I forget...guesses? Maybe Tangelo Twist? Why is there a Tangelo Twist and a Tangerine Tango? That's just wrong.), some retired SU DSP (Maybe SAB 2014?)
Accessories: SU Bow Builder Punch, black lace ribbon, Decorative Dots embossing folder, Big Shot.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

CAS-ual Friday Stamps: Happiness



Happy Saturday!

I'm up today on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog, yay!

It seemed like the perfect time to think Easter and Spring
since we are finally getting some nice weather in Dallas!

I used the Oval Tag Fri-Dies to make the eggs (just snip off the tag hole at one end), then heat embossed them with white embossing powder using the vine stamp from Casual Elegance. The sweet little "Happiness" sentiment is from the Casual Comfort stamp set. 

I made the "grass" by snipping some fun washi tape, layering lots of little bits of it. If you're wondering how the "blades of grass" are not getting stuck down (yes, that happened at first! lol!), I sprinkled it with baby powder. The tape lost its sticky side, and bonus, it's super soft and smells great! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!




Recipe
Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Casual Elegance, Casual Comfort.
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White, SU Blushing Bride, So Saffron, Old Olive.
Ink: Versamark, SU Old Olive.
Accessories: Oval Tag Fri-Dies from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps, Big Shot, white embossing powder, heat tool, SU Washi Tape.

Friday, March 13, 2015

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps March Release #2: Twinkle & Stars!



Happy Friday!

I'm back with another new release from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps! Yay!

Today we have the Twinkle stamp set and Star Fri-Dies!
They're are available and ready in the store right now!




You'll find so many ways to use this awesome stamp and matching dies!

For my card above, I watercolored the background then stamped the largest star 3 times (it's so easy to line up) and embossed in gold. And isn't that sentiment great?! Heavens to murgatroyd! CFS might just bring it back...for those of you who didn't grow up with it, ahem.

For my card below, I found the perfect background paper to let the star shine!
I die cut the medium star in shimmery silver glitter paper and stamped the sentiment on tissue paper to give it a "cloudy" feel.



Be sure and head over the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog to check out all the different ways the design team used the Twinkle stamp set and Stars Fri-Dies. Lots of creativity!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!



Recipe #1
Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Twinkle
Cardstock: SU Cool Caribbean, watercolor paper
Ink: SU Cool Caribbean, Crushed Curry, Lucky Limeade markers, Versamark
Accessories: Gold embossing powder, SU Aquapen and sequins


Recipe #2
Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Twinkle
Cardstock: SU Whisper White & silver glitter paper, Studio Calico patterned paper
Ink: SU Night of Navy
Accessories: CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Star Fri-Dies, Big Shot, tissue paper

Thursday, March 12, 2015

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps March Release #1: Happy Mail




Hi ya! I'm so excited to share a new stamp and die release from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps that is available right now! Whoo! Hoo!

Meet the new Happy Mail stamp set and Mailbox Fri-Dies!
There are so many possibilities with this fun new set!

For my first card, above, I paired the Mailbox Fri-Die with some cityscape patterned paper. They were meant to go together, right?! For my card below, I paired the Happy Mail stamp set with some appropriate map paper for sending "smiles across the miles". Isn't that a great sentiment?! It'd be perfect to stamp on a matching envelope too!


Please head over to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog to check out a TON of brilliant inspiration from the rest of the design team. The girls created some beautiful "scenic" cards that blew me away! I'll be back tomorrow with another new release you won't want to miss! 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!





Recipe #1
Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Happy Mail
Cardstock: SU Crumb Cake, Studio Calico patterned paper.
Ink: SU Early Espresso
Accessories: CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Mailbox Fri-Die, Big Shot, Recollections pink ruffled ribbon.


Recipe #2
Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Happy Mail
Cardstock: SU Whisper White, Studio Calico patterned paper.
Ink: Memento Black, SU Blendabilities.
Accessories: Baker's Twine, foam dimensionals.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps: Wish Big!



Hello all! Hope everyone is safe and warm!

I'm up today on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog, yay!

I always need birthday cards, so I played with the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Bold Wishes,  Shenanigans, Bubble BoxLinked Fri-Die and the Fusion Sketch challenge. I had fun with this one and the "bonfire", I'll just have to send it to the right person with a great sense of humor! :)



Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Hugs and happy stamping!



Recipe
Stamps: Cas-ual Fridays Stamps Bold Wishes and Shenanigans
Cardstock: SU Basic Black & Shimmery Gold, Studio Calico patterned papers.
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Linked & Bubble Box Fri-Die, Big Shot, Heat Tool, Black and Cherry Cobbler  SU Embossing Powder, SU Cherry Cobbler ribbon, stapler, Heidi Swapp Cherry Color Shine, red and gold sequins.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Feliz Cumpleanos!


Happy Sunday!

Popping in with a quick card I made for a co-worker this week.

I used the awesome Everyday Occasions Card Kit in Spanish from Stampin' Up! 

My friend Jenni gets the card kits a lot, and I admit, they do come in handy! 
It's nice having everything you need right there together for a quick card!

Hope life is treating you well! 

Thanks for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!



Recipe
Stamps, Cardstock, Accessories: SU Everyday Occasions Card Kit
Ink: Versamark
Misc: Heat Tool, Ranger Cobalt Embossing Powder.