Thursday, June 25, 2015

SUO: Happy Birthday



Happy Thursday! 
It's my 2nd official day of summer vacation! Whoo! Hoo!
So, I started stamping, of course! :)

I don't know about you, but I have a lot of Paper Pumpkin kits hanging around begging to be opened and used! So I whipped up this little card from the May kit. It has a great birthday stamp set! 

I used all kit materials, except I added some wash tape (discontinued SU), some gold sequin trim, and I used my fringe scissors on the patterned paper strip and put the white side "out". Oh, and I guess I used the Starburst framelits die. I don't see that in the new catalog, am I missing it? I can't believe they wouldn't keep it!

I also went to my demo Lori's stamp club last night and made these two super cute projects:




Cute, huh?! Both projects use that super fine metallic thread, which led me to suggest using human hair on our projects! hahaha! We figured between all of us at the table, we had all colors covered. Would you be grossed out to get a card with human hair on it used as thread/twine? It seems very economical! 

Hope I didn't scare you away for good! hehe!
Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!


Recipe #1
Stamps, Cardstock, & Twine: May Paper Pumpkin Kit
Cardstock: Coral Calypso from my stash
Ink: Island Indigo
Accessories: Fringe Scisscors, Big Shot, Starburst Framelits die, washi tape, gold sequin trim.

Recipe #2
Stamps: You've Got This, Gorgeous Grunge
Cardstock: Whisper White, Delightful Dijon
Ink: Delightful Dijon (stamped off), Tip Top Taupe (sentiment and stamped off for small dot splatters), and I forget the other color! Sorry! 
Accessories: Gold Metallic Thread, Fun flower & 7/8" Scallop Circle Punch.

Recipe #3
Cardstock: Smoky Slate, White, Silver Metallic Neutrals Color Collection
Ink: Smoky Slate
Accessories: Silver Metallic Thread, Circle, Scallop Circle, & Sweetheart Punch.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps: Messy Embossing!



Happy Thursday! Remember this little card from May 30:




It was a happy accident I named "messy embossing." I played around with it some more and have a tutorial to share with you over at the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog!

Here are a couple of sneak peeks of my projects:




Let me know what you think!
I'm really dying to see other people get messy with this!

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

Monday, June 8, 2015

CFC140: Michele's Idea of Summer



Happy Monday!

The rain has stopped and the heat has ramped up, so I thought I'd play along with the CAS-ual Fridays challenge 140: Michele's Idea of Summer. Here's how she describes it:

CFC140:  When I think of summer I think of suntans, brightly painted toes and wearing summer whites. Create a Clean And Simple (yes, it has to be CAS) project using Tan, White and one bright color.

Fun, right?!

I used the Sunbeams stamp set and a wood veneer from my stash.
A little play on words, just lucked into that one! :)

Today was the first day of summer school. 
I'm teaching 5th grade students who get a 3rd chance at the state reading test. 
I wasn't ecstatic (I never am in the morning!), but those poor kids, oh my.
They were about as unhappy as you can get. :(
They have to wear their uniform AND they aren't getting paid like me.
I see some hand-stamped notes in their future! 

That's it for now! Thanks for stopping by! Hugs & happy stamping!


Recipe
Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Sunbeams
Cardstock: SU Crumb Cake & Whisper White
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Heat Tool, SU Crushed Curry embossing powder, Michael's wood veneer, Creative Memories corner rounder, foam dimensionals.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps: Oh My Stars!




Happy Saturday!

I'm up today on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog and hope you like the Oh My Stars card!

I'm seeing stars again...can't stop using this Twinkle stamp set 
and Stars and Fun-Fetti Fri-Dies. 



I love the way this embossed sentiment turned out, even if it was a bit of a happy accident!

I used Frost White All-Purpose Ink for Fantast/x by Tsukineko, applying it with a paint brush over the patterned paper. I hurried the drying along with a heat gun. It felt pretty dry to the touch, so I stamped my sentiment in Versamark ink, then poured the silver embossing powder over it. I thought a "little" powder might stick to the ink in places if it wasn't completely dry. Uhhh, a lot of powder stuck all over! lol! 

So I decided to use a dry paint brush to kind of sweep the embossing powder off randomly in places. I left some to frame the letters, trying for a random look, which is not easy for me, non-random girl! Anyway, I like the way it turned out. Who knew?!

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



Recipe
Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Twinkle
Ink: Versamark
Cardstock: Kraft & silver glitter, scrap patterned paper.
Accessories:CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Stars & Fun-Fetti Fri-Dies, Big Shot, Heat Tool, Silver Embossing Powder, Frost White 72 All-Purpose Ink for Fantast/x by Tsukineko, paint brush.


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Smile & Shine Graduation Set!




Happy Sunday!

I'm up today on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog!
I made some fun projects for my niece's graduation from high school today!

I used the Twinkle and Sassy Smiles stamp set, along with the Fun-fetti and Stars Fri-Dies.
I used the colors for her school, so very easy to customize for graduation.
Now I just need to slip a little cash in there and get them mailed! hehe!




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



Recipe
Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Twinkle & Sassy Smiles.
Cardstock: SU Whisper White, Studio Calico dot patterned paper.
Ink: SU Real Red &  Memento Black
Accessories: Big Shot, CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Stars & Fun-fetti Fri-Dies, SU Mini Treat Bag Thinlets Die, Fancy Pants Designs red sequins.

Friday, May 1, 2015

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps: April Release Day 4!



It's already Day 4 of the new CAS-ual Fridays Stamps release, hard to believe! 
All the new goodies are available in the store today! Yay!

Today's new stamp set is Calm and Loving, a beautiful companion to the Calm and Gentle stamp set, and it also works nicely with the new Fun-Fetti Fri-Dies! As you'll notice, I used the new die for both of my cards. I used a sentiment for my tree base, then placed a large circle of liquid glue and started dropping little Fun-Fetti hearts all over it. That little piece of card stock ended up pretty heavy! lol! Maybe extra postage required...





For my second card, above, I decided to use the new stamp to make a flower, and I used the new Fun-Fetti Fri-dies to make my leaves. What do you think? Too far of a stretch?  
My design was inspired by the great sketch from Freshly Made Sketches #184

I hope you love all of these new sets as much as I do! They are super fun! 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!


Thursday, April 30, 2015

CAS-ual Friday Stamps: April Release Day 3!



Happy Thursday and welcome back to Day 3 of the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps April release!

Michele has created a beautiful new floral set called Mon Amie.
The flowers are so stylized and perfect for coloring, and they come with a great mix of sentiments and sentiment stems. Love, love, love these flowers! I used Copics to color the flower on the first card, above, and I used dye ink and an Aquapainter for the card below.
I snagged the uber cool sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch #120.




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! I'll be back on Friday with Day 4 of the release and all the new sets will be available then! Yay!

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




Wednesday, April 29, 2015

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps: April Release Day 2!




Happy Day 2 of the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps April/May release!

We have 2 great new stamp sets and a new die set you are going to love! 

One of my most FAVE is the new Sassy Smiles set on the card above!
I embossed that big "Smile" in black ink, watercolored around it, and threw in a few black ink splatters for good measure! Love, love, love big sentiments like that!

And what about that sweet, little heart floating above? 
He's from the new Fun-Fetti Fri-Dies set. 
Check out my post from yesterday to see the little bag of fetti goodness! 




Our second new stamp set is called The Whole Shebang!
Don't you love that big HB2U?! And it has great sentiments to go with!
I sewed on a little fringed tissue paper (the new sets shipped in it--love how Michele always wraps the orders in fun tissue paper!) Doesn't it look festive?!


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!


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.