Thursday, April 17, 2014

Watercolor Thank You





Happy Thursday! Hope you're having a good week! Anyone else glad tomorrow is Friday?!

A coworker needed a thank you card, so I whipped this up last night...after I had an hour nap, mind you! I saw Lesley's Challenge sketch while visiting Amy's blog and found it super easy to work with. The awesome "pre-made" watercolor paper and wooden "thank you" came from my March Paper Pumpkin kit from Stampin' Up! I finally found a way to do watercoloring successfully: buy it already done! :)

Do any of you take the SU Paper Pumpkin kit? March was my first month, besides the introductory kit, and I thought it was pretty cool. I don't like to make a bunch of cards alike, so I'm finding different ways to use the pieces. I do like how you can cut the premade 3 1/2" x 5" cards into two pieces. I'll have to show you how I used the little envelopes tomorrow! ;)

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


Recipe
Stamps: none
Cardstock: SU Whisper White & March Paper Pumpkin kit watercolor cardstock; pink scrap Crate Paper, yellow scrap My Mind's Eye, striped scrap Studio Calico.
Accessories: SU Flag Punch & wooden "thank you", enamel dots from Basic Grey and My Mind's Eye, sewing machine.



Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Celebrate





Happy Tuesday!

I'm going crazy with a weekday post here! hehe!

I was flipping through challenge sites last evening and found this week's CAS(E) this Sketch #72 which was perfect for some little silver glitter squares I had saved from this green card when I used the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Linked Fri-die. Sometimes SAS...Save All Scraps...pays off, see?! :) 

Okay, off to bed. It's been quite a night...when I let the dog in the back door after work, he ran in full speed and deposited a dead squirrel onto the sofa. Yuck! I ran screaming the other direction, back outside, which was probably risky because I bet the other squirrels were quite p. o.'ed about it! I've seen a squirrel stand on two feet and look into the back glass door, taunting the dog, so I imagine there are loads of them doing that all day when we're not here! haha! I guess Scout decided it was payback time and finally caught one. 

*Note, I am in no way condoning the murder of innocent animals here. 

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



Recipe
Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Shenanigans
Cardstock: SU Whisper White & Silver Glitter 
Ink: Staz-on Black
Accessories: CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Linked Fri-Die, Big Shot.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps: April Sneak Peek #3



Welcome back to Day 3 of the April Sneak Peeks for CAS-ual Fridays Stamps!

Today we have another new Fri-Die called Casual Vine!
You will love the way it coordinates with the Casual Elegance stamp set, although it's pretty nifty on its own, like the way I used it! :)

For my card above, I used the die with some pretty patterned paper and added the "Happy Birthday" sentiment from the Casual Elegance stamp set. Super quick and easy! I was trying to think outside the "green" box for the vine, can you tell? haha

For my card below, I stamped some patterned paper with a texty sentiment from the Out Loud stamp set, then cut it out with the die. I also cut the background polka dot paper with the die, then laid the vine die cut piece into it. Did that make any sense?! I used a sentiment from the Stop stamp set. I got the colors and sketch for this card from the Poppy Sketch challenge site, thanks, Laura! :)



Be sure and head over to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog now to see the cards from the rest of the design team! You will love all the different looks the girls came up with, plus, you'll want to leave comments on all the sneak peek posts for a chance to win the April release!

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




Recipe #1
Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Casual Elegance
Cardstock: SU Whisper White, Blushing Bride (cardbase), My Mind's Eye & Jenni Bowlin patterned paper.
Ink: SU Crushed Curry.
Accessories: CAS-aul Fri-Dies Casual Vine, Big Shot, Jenni Bowlin kit butterfly.


Recipe #2
Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Out Loud & Stop stamp sets.
Cardstock: SU Blushing Bride, Crate Paper pink floral & Basic Grey polka dot paper.
Ink: SU Early Espresso
Accessories: CAS-aul Fri-Dies Casual Vine, Big Shot, Crate Paper adhesive die cut label, sewing machine, Pick Your Plum resin flowers.




Tuesday, April 8, 2014

CAS-ual Friday Stamps: April Sneak Peek #2





Ready for day 2 of the April Sneak Peeks from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps?!

We have another great new Fri-Die for you, it's called Linked!
It consists of two fabulous "linked" dies!
I was pretty obsessed with the squarish links, but there's also a fabulous oval one!

For my card above, I used the Linked die on silver glitter cardstock and added a sentiment from the Woot Woot stamp set embossed in silver. Simple and dramatic, I hope! lol!



For my second card above, I went another direction with some lavender polka dot patterned paper and the Tech Talk stamp set. While I was looking through my CFS stamp sets, I noticed the little keyboard stamps fit perfectly inside the squarish links, so I cut them out and layered them on top. Even though my card is a little girly, this would be a great technique for a guy card!

Be sure and head over to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog to check out the awesome creations from the rest of the design team and Michele herself, the creator of the dies! :)

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





Recipe #1
Stamps: CAS-ual Friday Stamps Woot Woot
Cardstock: SU Gumball Green, Whisper White & Silver Glitter
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: CAS-ual Fri-Dies Linked die, Big Shot, Silver Embossing Powder, heat tool.

Recipe #2
Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Tech Talk
Cardstock: SU Whisper White, Basic Black, Jenni Bowlin patterned paper.
Ink: Memento Black
Accessories: CAS-ual Fri-Dies Linked die, Big Shot, black & white twine.




Monday, April 7, 2014

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps: April Sneak Peek #1



Are you ready for some April Sneak Peeks from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps?!
Today is super fun because we've got a set of 3 Fri-Dies called Stalks Up 
that coordinate with the Beanstalks stamp set!

For my card above, I used the long vine die with some cool ombre patterned paper and the stalk die with 4 layers of white tissue paper which I machine stitched to a clear oval tag using the Oval Tags Fri-Dies. The coordinating sentiment is also stamped on a piece of cardstock using the Oval Tags Fri- Dies. I used the Retro Sketches #108 sketch, but didn't pay attention to the deadline, doh! :)




For my next card, below, I used the stalk die again with some green tissue paper this time. I'm not sure why I was on a tissue paper kick?! I used the Oval Tags Fri-Die again to make some Easter eggs out of patterned paper and a sentiment from the Beanstalk set.


Be sure and check out the awesome cards from the rest of the Ink Squad over at the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog! You'll love all the different looks the girls created with these dies! 

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





Recipe #1
Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Beanstalks
Cardstock: SU Crumb Cake & Pool Party; Studio Calico patterned paper.
Ink: SU Chocolate Chip
Accessories: CFS Stalks Up & Oval Tags Fri-Dies, Big Shot, clear acetate, linen thread, sewing machine, white tissue paper, modeling paste.

Recipe #2
Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Beanstalks
Cardstock: SU Calypso Coral, Studio Calico patterned paper.
Ink: SU Raspberry Ripple
Accessories: CFS Stalks Up & Oval Tags Fri-Dies, Big Shot, green tissue paper, SU Calypso Coral ruffled ribbon & gold sequins.


Monday, March 31, 2014

CFS Stamps: Woot Woot!




Happy Monday!

I'm up today on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog, so I squeezed in a little stamping time with one of my all-time favorite sets, Woot Woot!

I played with layered color for these. The first card has four ink colors and the card below has the same four colors using cardstock, then the sentiment embossed in white on top. The color inspiration was from this challenge that I repinned awhile back. Isn't it fun?!


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



Recipe
Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Stamp Woot Woot!
Cardstock: SU Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Night of Navy.
Ink: Versamark, SU Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Night of Navy.
Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, SU Mini Dots, Studio Calico white stars. 

Monday, March 17, 2014

SU: Cool Kid


Happy Monday!

Here's a simple little card for my sweet nephew, Logan, who happens to be a VERY cool kid! :)

I used the  Stampin' Up! set Cool Kid and Kaleidoscope DSP from the Occasions Mini catalog that's out right now. For the layout, I did a SU catalog case (p. 57), where you pick a card from a page and just copy the layout with your own stamps and colors. I love how it turned out...it's bright and fun, but would still mail "flat" in an envelope. It has no embellishments! Miracle! lol! 

That's it for tonight. Today was our first day back from spring break and I don't know who was more tired...me or the students. They were like little, glassy-eyed zombies. Poor babies! I bet they'll be back to normal tomorrow though! haha!

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


Recipe
Stamps: Cool Kids
Cardstock: Summer Starfruit, Whisper White, Kaleidoscope DSP
Ink: SU Bermuda Bay, Staz-On black




Sunday, March 16, 2014

Throw Your Hands Up, Birthday Girl!




Happy Sunday! 

Spring Break is over, sigh, but it looks like winter is not, brrrr!

I forgot to share this card last week that I made (but didn't link up in time!) for the Fusion #5 challenge. It was a very belated birthday card for my fabulous sister-in-law who loves to dance. I loved these colors together, that pop of turquoise was super fun! The "Throw Your Hands" stamp is from a Studio Calico kit. I used part of the arrow die from CFS Heart Board Fri-Dies, so many uses for that arrow!

My new bedtime has become around 4 am, so wish me luck tomorrow when I have to get up at 5 am again! Ouch! :)    Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!


Friday, March 14, 2014

Winnie & Walter Premiere of The Big, the Bold, and You


Welcome back to the 4th and final day of the new stamp releases from winnie & walter!

If you are familiar with and love the uberly popular set from their 1st release: The Big, The Bold, and the Happy, then you are going to be ecstatic to see today's release:
The Big, The Bold, and You!


For my 1st card, I had to play with the idea I had on yesterday's blog post, of making the silhouette man and woman face each other for a wedding or anniversary card. Luckily, the stamps are designed to face each other, so this was a snap! I used some silver embossing and thought they fit perfectly with this constellationy (is that a word?!) paper. 


For my 2nd card, I went CAS with the big "thanks" stamp in black Staz-on ink positioned over some little watercolor banners. Looks simple, right, but somehow this one took me six tries to get it perfect! Argh! lol! Between embossing powder blowing everywhere and fat, inky fingers mucking things up, I finally showed this card who was boss! :)

Run over to the winnie & walter blog now to see the amazing projects from Julie & Shay and the "talent" design team! They have blown me away all week! They have such a great variety of styles that really showcase the stamps. Even though I just used two of the big sentiments on my projects, there are at least a dozen "little" words that come with this stamp set, so you can customize your own creative greeting!

All the new release stamps shown this week will be on sale March 15! 

Thanks again for the random drawing that let Julie & Shay pick my name to be their 2nd release guest designer! I have enjoyed getting to know them as sweet, patient, generous gals, and I have had the best experience working with them. Their stamps are amazing and I know they are going to continue achieving great success!



Learn about the Second Release Big Giveaway here.

Check out Coming Attractions here 
to see a little peek of all new releases for the week.

Don't miss their fabulous stamps 
and cut files at the store here.



Thanks for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Winnie & Walter Premiere of The Write Stuff: Leave it to Mom


I'm super excited to be back as guest designer on Day 3 
of the winnie & walter premiere week! 

You'll definitely see a connection to yesterday's premiere with this one...
The Write Stuff: Leave it to Mom!

This set features another beautiful silhouette stamp, a frame, flowers, and tons of sentiments!



My first thought when I saw this set was...chalkboard technique! 
I stamped the frame, silhouette, and scroll in white pigment ink, then added some chalk marker dots, pearls, resin flowers, and a banner! What mom wouldn't love to receive a card that says "Mother Knows Best"?! haha! I added a little patterned paper behind the chalk tag (a package of them was a random Marshall's clearance find) and used a stencil with modeling paste for texture on the white base. I also splashed a little Heidi Swapp color mist in there, because I may be addicted to it. Shhhh. 


For my second card, I embossed the silhouette stamp in white on a wooden tag. Love this look! The first tag I made (yes, there was a first and a second) had the most beautiful markings on it, but I noticed the heat embossing kind of warped it, so I tried to bend it back in place. Don't try to bend wood. It won't work. (Don't tell my science teacher I did that!) 

The frame is also embossed in white, can you see it hiding behind the tag? The bright yellowish card is from Glitz, the Finnley Bits & Pieces package, that came with one of my Jenni Bowlin kits, but it seemed to fit so perfectly here, I had to add it. I think it could work for a mom to send to a daughter or for a daughter to send to a mom. So sweet.



For my last card, I wanted to use the "WWMD" stamp that came with the set. I love the clean lines of the font, so went more CAS with this one. Super easy and quick card to make. I stamped the silhouette stamp onto the back of the patterned paper and cut it out. You get a reverse image this way, sort of like getting two stamps in one. Oooh, a cool idea would be to use the dad silhouette from yesterday and the reversal of the mom silhouette so they are facing each other. That would make a great wedding or anniversary card! Okay, gotta go try that now! lol!

I'm entering this last card into the CAS•ology Roots challenge
Nothing says "roots" to me like mom! She still keeps me grounded at 47! lol!




I hope you enjoyed today's peek at The Write Stuff: Leave it to Mom! 
Be sure and head over to the winnie & walter blog to see the fabulous projects that Julie, Shay, Kelly, Heather, Joni, Vanessa, and Suzanne made! They blow me away!!

I'll be back tomorrow with one more new set to show off, then all the sets will be available for purchase on March 15. Here are the important happenings:

Learn about the Second Release Big Giveaway here.

Check out Coming Attractions here 
to see a little peek of all new releases for the week.

Don't miss their fabulous stamps 
and cut files at the store here.