Thursday, November 29, 2012

CAS-ual Fridays #80: Gift Tags

It's CAS-ual Fridays time! 

Are you about to need some gift tags for holiday gifts?! 

Then come play along with this week's challenge: Gift Tags

I used the CAS-ual Fridays stamp set Merry Kissmas for my little tag. 
I was really struggling to keep this one clean and simple. 
What is it about gift tags that made me want to *pile it on*?! lol!

I'll be back in a day or two to show you two more gift tag versions...
one not so clean and simple and another one on the vintage side.

In the meantime, I hope you'll play along with this week's CAS-ual Fridays challenge
The winner will receive a wonderful prize from this week's sponsor, Bossy Joscie!
Go check them out and join in on the fun!

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

Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Merry Kiss-mas
Cardstock: SU Whisper White & Summer Smooches DSP
Ink: SU Lucky Limeade and Real Red
Accessories: Lucky Limeade Ribbon & Baker's Twine, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Red & White Washi Tape, Cuttlebug Tag Sale Alphabet Dies, Big Shot, Real Red button retired.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Thanksgiving Fun!

Schwooo! It's like I disappeared from blogland! :) We were lucky enough to have Kent's family come to Dallas and surprise him for his 50th birthday on Thanksgiving day this year! He had surprise #1 on Tuesday when his parents knocked on the door and then surprise #2 on Wednesday when niece Emma knocked on the door! He was beyond surprised, and we had an awesome week, which included a little cardmaking and tree climbing, as you can see in the above photos. I introduced Emma to some challenges, and we had loads of fun. The girl is uber talented and crazy for Thickers and buttons! :)

One challenge we worked on, Clean and Simple #218. You can never go wrong with their awesome sketches! 

I'm catching up in blogland and will probably be by to visit you tonight or tomorrow! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

CAS-ual Fridays #79: Winter Blues

It's CAS-ual Fridays time! 

Come play with us!

CAS-ual Fridays #79: use blue in your winter related project!

I used the new CAS-ual Fridays Stamps set Snowflake Greetings. I started with watering down some Adirondack Pool paint from Ranger in a misting bottle and spraying the background. Then I heat embossed the fabby snowflakes in white. I love the way the stamp set has SO many snowflakes in it, so you can use them individually, or arrange them on a large block in your own pattern like I did. After that, I applied some different Washi tapes, splattered some Pool paint on it, and stamped the sentiment on a simple white tag. For the seam binding ribbon, I tried to *melt* it with the heat embossing gun, but it was stubborn! lol! I gave up and scraped it along the edge of the scissors, which ended up giving it a pretty cool body and shape. Added a few pearls to the sentiment snowflakes, and voila! A pretty, but maybe not so CAS, card! lol!

I know you can do better and can't wait to see you try! 

This week's sponsor, CAS-ual Fridays Stamps, oh yeah, baby!  :)

Aren't you excited the November release is now available?!!
Stay tuned in the coming days for lots more fabulous inspiration from the Girl Fridays!

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

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps November Sneak Peek: Countdown

Who's ready for a Sneak Peek?! 

Here's a peek at the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps November release stamp set, Countdown!

This is the first time I've had stamps for celebrating the New Year, and I love it!

For the card below, I went the *funky* route and stamped the various Countdown sentiments into the "talk bubble" paper from the Amy Tangerine Ready Set Go collection.

For the next card, I went the more *elegant* route with silver embossing...

And for this last card below, I went the more *traditional* route with die cut alphabet letters 
and the sentiment stamped in Gold Encore pigment ink.

See how many possibilities and looks you can get?! Want a chance to win the set for free?! Head over to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog and leave a comment for a chance to win it! 

Be sure and check out the awesome samples from this month's special 
guest designer, Beate Johns, and the other Girl Fridays! 

If you haven't seen the other November sneak peek sets, you'll want to back track also, to check out 8 Happy Nights, Merry Kiss-mas, and Snowflake Greetings! 

Lastly, you still have time to participate in this week's 
for a chance to win the entire November release!

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

Thursday, November 8, 2012

CAS-ual Fridays #78: So Torn

It's CAS-ual Fridays time! 

Come play along with this week's challenge, 
CFC78: So Torn...create a CAS project with a torn element!

I used parts of two new CAS-ual Fridays Stamps sets on my card,
 so there's a little sneak peek for you! *wink* 

Stay tuned this week over at the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog for more sneak peeks 
at the new November stamps! You won't be disappointed!

In the meantime, come join along with the So Torn challenge and a chance 
to win the entire November release from this week's sponsor, CAS-ual Fridays Stamps!

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

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Think Happy Thoughts & Make Some Noise!

Happy Sunday! Hope you are having a good weekend! We're still praying for those of you in the East hit by Hurricane Sandy.

Thought I would do a quick card share, Card Creations Volume 11 pub rejects. I whipped up a couple of cards the night of the deadline (of course, doh!). I really liked the one above made with Woot Woot by CAS-ual Fridays Stamps, but it is pretty simple. I try to plan ahead on those pub calls, but during school they really sneak up on me. Have I mentioned two more weeks until Thanksgiving break and then three more weeks until Christmas break?! Ask my husband, I have! 

For the card below I used one of the sentiments from the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps set Calm & Gentle. It has great sentiments, very versatile. I look forward to having more creative time soon!

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

Recipe #1
Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Woot Woot.
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Sahara Sand & Whisper White.
Ink: Stampin' Up! Cherry Cobbler, Midnight Muse, and Early Espresso.

Recipe #2
Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Calm & Gentle.
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Summer Starfruit.
Ink: Stampin' Up! Real Red.
Accessories: Red Washi Tape, Big Shot, Stampin' Up! Chevron Embossing Folder and Mini Library Clip.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

CAS-ual Fridays #77: Snip, Snails & Puppy Dog Tails

It's CAS-ual Fridays time! 

I hope you'll come play along with this week's challenge,
Create a CAS masculine project for any boy or man in your life! 

My dh will turn 50 this month (shhhhhh, I don't want people to know I married a MUCH older man, hahaha!) so I was thinking of him when I made this card! *smile* 
I tried to think of a way to make this "masculine" and thought, 
well, it's kind of like the hammer's coming down on him! 

I don't have a hammer stamp, so here's what I did:
  1. Stamped the WTF image
  2. Googled hammer outline and found this hammer
  3. Resized it to approximately 2" in Photoshop Elements
  4. Printed it out on a sheet of paper, then cut the image out with an X-acto knife
  5. Laid the paper with the hammer outline hole in it on top of the white cardstock and smushed the Versamark ink pad down onto it
  6. Poured white embossing powder over it and heat embossed it
I confess, the picture is a little misleading. The hammer looks very white on white in real life, but it was not showing up in the photograph. I took a picture in outside light and the hammer looked more "cream" but at least you could see it in the photo! lol! I like the way it looks, very subtle, with the white on white...and so does dh. Yeah, he already saw it. Do you think he suspected it was for him?! 

I hope you'll head over to the CAS-ual Fridays blog and 
play along with this week's challenge! 

The prize is awesome...December Guest Designer spot on the blog AND 
a $25 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp!

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

Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays WTF set
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Soft Suede and Whisper White.
Ink: Versamark and Stampin' Up! Soft Suede
Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Heat Embossing Tool, Stampin' Up! Natural 7/8" Cotton Ribbon, foam dimensionals.