Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Butterbows...rainbows and butterflies!




Happy Tuesday!

I'm up today on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog with this little card and a photo tutorial!
Head over there to check it out! *smile*

I used the Butterbows stamps set (such a happy one!) and the 4 Petals Fri-Die.

Hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by! Hugs & happy stamping!



Recipe
Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Butterbows
Cardstock: White, Kraft, patterned paper
Ink: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Black
Accessories: CAS-ual Fridays Stamps 4 Petal Set Fri-Dies, Big Shot, corner rounder, black thread/twine, black marker, kraft silky ribbon, foam dimensionals

Friday, July 10, 2015

CAS-UAL Fridays & CAS-UAL Chic Challenges: Embossing!



Happy Friday!
Today I have 2 cards for 2 great challenges!
I rejoined the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge design team, yay!
You know I love my clean and simple cards, so I've always loved this challenge!


But the exciting news is that Michele created another challenge for those folks who love lots of layers and details, which is me too! haha! The new challenge is CAS-ual Chic, for Utterly Adorable Layers! Clever, huh?! Luckily she's letting me make cards for this challenge too! :)
I think it's going to be really fun creating two different looks with the same theme!

So, my 1st card, above, is for the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge, clean and simple.
This week's challenge is embossing, any kind!
I was going for a "chalkboard" look (I hope you can tell!) with an embossed sentiment!

Here's what I did:
1. Stamp "Smile" on card with Versamark
2. Heat emboss "Smile" with white embossing powder
3. Rub white pigment ink, strategically, all over card with kleenex
4. Apply white pigment ink along card edges straight from the ink pad
5. Fold washi tape in half and adhere to card
6. Cut out a little banner from patterned paper and sew to card
7. Inside, I added a white panel and stamped "it's your birthday...get your happy on" from the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Whole Shebang stamp set.




Supplies
CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Sassy Smiles
Black cardstock
Jenni Bowlin patterned paper
Versamark ink
White pigment ink
White embossing powder
Heat tool
Washi tape
sewing machine, thread




Now...for those utterly adorable layers at the CAS-ual Chic Challenge!



(Close up of dry embossed flowers with Big Shot, kind of hard to see!)


I had a lot of fun with this card and used a lot of goodies! 

Here's what I did:
1. Stamp "Smile" on card with Versamark
2. Heat emboss "Smile" with white embossing powder
3. Cut 5 cardstock flowers from the Loving Blooms Fri-Dies
4. Place the 5 flower dies under the Pool Party cardstock and emboss with Big Shot
5. Rub white pigment ink strategically all over embossed cardstock with Kleenex
6. Sew the Pool Party cardstock to the Black cardstock 
(you could skip this step, it just allowed the top layer to kind of "float" on top of the black)
6. Die cut the little hearts strip with the Fun-Fetti Fri-Dies & staple to layered cardstock
7. Glue one little heart over the dot on the "i"
8. Wrap cardstock pieces with black & white twine and attach to card base with foam dimensionals
9. Inside, I added a white panel and stamped "it's your birthday...get your happy on" from the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Whole Shebang stamp set.


Supplies
CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Sassy Smiles
CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Loving Blooms Fri-Dies
CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Fun-Fetti Fri-Dies
SU Pool Party & Basic Black cardstock
Jenni Bowlin floral patterned paper
Studio Calico striped gold patterned paper
Black & white twine
White pigment ink
Versamark ink
White embossing powder
Heat tool
Big Shot
sewing machine/thread
stapler


I hope you'll come play along with both challenges!
You've got until July 28th link up your entries!

Thanks for stopping by! Hugs & happy stamping!






Saturday, July 4, 2015

Oh My Stars!


Happy Independence Day!

Hope you had a safe and happy holiday!

I whipped up this little card, just for fun!

Here's what I did:
1. Stamp & heat emboss stars in silver for background
2. Stamp the sentiment and emboss in red on transparency piece
3. Cut the edges of the transparency piece with fringe scissors and "ruffle up" a bit
4. Score the edges of the transparency piece to wrap around behind the card and attach with score tape.

Easy peasy!

Supplies:
Neenan Solar White yardstick
Versamark ink
Silver & Red Embossing Powder
Heat Tool
Transparency sheet
Fringe scisscors
Score Tape


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

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!