For my card, above, I used Tim Holtz distress markers with a technique demonstrated by Kristina Werner right here. So fun! I used a great sentiment set, Lovely Greetings, embossed in black, and the Shuffle Fri-Die by CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.
Three days back to work and it's a hard adjustment! hahaha!
I'm sharing a card I made this week for a special vice principal at school who got promoted to principal at another campus. I'll miss her terribly, but she is awesome and deserves this, so I'm happy for her!
Yes, I woke singing Taps in my head...day is done...
But I know this time tomorrow I'll be stoked to be back at it! :)
My dad's birthday is tomorrow, so I whipped up this card for him using the great sketch from Cardabilities #128. I used mostly Stampin' Up! supplies, except for the molding paste, stencil, and scrap of patterned paper for the pennant flag. Don't you love that elephant from the You're Amazing set? He'll always be one of my favorites. I colored him in with my chalk pastels. Whaaaattttt? Yes, I got them out and used them!
I hope my dad doesn't think this means he's an old elephant.
At least he's a winning old elephant, right?!
Thanks for stopping by!
Hugs & happy stamping!
Stamps: You're Amazing, Sketch Alphabet
Cardstock: Michael's white, SU Cherry Cobbler, Island Indigo, scrap of striped paper.
Ink: SU Basic Gray, Memento Black, Tim Holtz Wild Honey Marker (hat)
How has your weekend been? It's hot here! Says 102 at 8:04 pm!
I head back to school Wednesday, can't believe summer has gone by so fast!
I'm ready (I think!), but we move into a new building, so that means unloading my storage unit and moving everything into the new classroom. Ack! Bright side, surely I'll sweat off a few pounds!
I needed a baby card to mail out with a gift tomorrow, so I whipped this little thing up using the cute CAS(E) this sketch #135! I pulled out all Stampin' Up! for this one, except for the teeny tiny pennants the little bunny is holding, just grabbed some nearby scraps for that.
I got the Zig markers (thanks mostly to my wonderful in-laws for a birthday gift card!), and this is my first attempt at watercoloring with them. Argh! Why is it so hard? I think it has something to do with my patience. I'm a quick and simple stamper! lol! I need to watch some more videos probably. I also used my new Ranger blending tool, with which I'm obsessed.
That's it for now! Let the mad dash begin to finish up everything I was supposed to get done on summer vacation! haha!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Hugs & happy stamping!
Stamps: Stampin' Up! Furry Folk, Whimsical Words
Cardstock: Michael's white, watercolor paper, SU silver glitter
Ink: SU Soft Sky & Pearl Pizazz, Memento Black
Accessories: Zig markers, Aquapainter, Big Shot, heart die cut from SU Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Die, 2 1/2" Circle Punch, SU Strawberry Slush ruffled ribbon.
Materials Stamps: Calm & Loving, Mwah Fri-Dies: Funky Round Tag Cardstock: White, vellum Ink: Memento Black, 4 - 5 different shades of red to pink Accessories: Big Shot, Ranger blending tool, glue stick, Studio Calico decorative bow tie
Celebrate patterns...use pattern paper, use a pattern stamp like chevron or houndstooth, or use any stamp to create a pattern...whatever you like!
In the CAS-ual Chic Challenge it's all about utterly adorable layers, so in the card above, I created my own "pretty pattern" by stamping the flower from the Mon Ami stamp set in Memento black ink, then used the Ranger blender tool to fill in the flowers with Soft Sky ink. I saw Laura Bassen using that blender tool, and now I'm addicted to it! Almost forgot, I used the Mon Ami Fleur Fri-die on a piece of white cardstock to create a "stencil". I just placed it over each flower, then blended away! So easy, and it looks so smooth. Addicted, I tell you!
I layered that onto my back card base, then used the Bubble Box Fri-Die stamped with "Mon Amie" to create a place to plop my second flower from the Mon Ami stamp set. I used Copics to color in the flower, then smeared it up with a bit of black Stickles. I looped some silver cord behind the Bubble Box die piece, then layered in a few silver glitter cardstock vines created with the Casual Vines Fri-Dies. Whew, a lot to describe with utterly adorable layers!
I hope you'll play along! Be sure and head over to the Cas-ual Chic blog to check out the *amazing* cards by the rest of the design team! They make my layers look wimpy!
Now...how about a clean and simple card for the same "pretty patterns" theme
I used the same flower from the Mon Ami stamp set to create a pattern, but I used Soft Sky ink on Soft Sky cardstock so it's more subtle than the black ink. Again, I used the Mon Ami Fleur Fri-Die to create a stencil, then colored in the flowers with the Ranger blender tool. I started out with a bigger "pretty pattern" piece, then cut it down once I had decided on its placement. Lastly, I stuck on some silver shimmery Washi tape, embossed my sentiment in white on black cardstock, then added a few sequins for bling. Ahhh, so easy! :)
One of my summer vacation goals was to go through my stash of cards and send some to Operation Write Home. I learned that the operation would soon stop taking donated cards due to decreasing numbers of deployed soldiers. (The deadline was August 1, 2015.) So I started right away to make my cards acceptable for the most desired categories: miss you and love you. Makes sense, right?
Before I mailed them off to OWH, I snapped some photos, then thought it might be fun to go back through my blog and see how they compared to the originals. So first you'll see the group of cards I remade, then the original versions and date below them. Of course, going through my blog and old cards led to a number of revealing insights, see those at the bottom!