Thursday, March 23, 2017

On the Blog With CAS-ual Fridays Stamps: Stretching Your Stamps

Happy Thursday everyone!! It is my turn on the CAS-ual Stamps Blog. I created a card that took a look at my stamps in a different way.

As a crafter, I am sure you have oodles of supplies. However, what if you didn't? Would you be able to look at the stamps sets you have and create something that you didn't have? I sometimes challenge myself to do this to see what I could come up with. I wanted a large butterfly so I looked through my CAS-ual Fridays Stamp sets and used "Sassy Smiles" and "Pretty Posies" to create one.

I started off this card by stamping four leaves from the "Pretty Posies" stamp set with white pigment ink onto vellum and heat embossing with white embossing powder. I then colored the leaves in with gold and green sparkle markers. I cut the leaves out and gave them a second layer of color. I set them aside to dry.

While the leaves were drying, I stamped the heart from "Sassy Smiles" in black, overlapping to create the butterfly body. I then used scissors to cut the body out.

On the card base, I used embossing paste and a stencil to get a lace overlay. I then flicked green and gold mist spray over it to get a "messy" look. I placed a blended panel that had a sentiment from CAS-ual Fridays "Be" stamped in black.

I took the leaves and arranged them to look like the top and bottom of butterfly wings and adhered them to the sentiment panel. I adhered the body over the wings and used floss to make some antennae. The body needed a bit of oomph so I added some clear sparkle marker on top and then covered it with Glossy Accents.

My last step was to adhere some sequins on the butterfly wings, as well as on the card front.

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I thank you for stopping by and hope that this helps you look with a new eye at your stamp sets.



Stamps-                                   "Be"                                "Pretty Posies"                       "Sassy Smiles"

Ink-Tim Holtz Distress Ink "Squeezed Lemonade," "Scattered Straw," and "Spiced Marmalade," Hero Arts Unicorn "White" Pigment Ink, Hero Arts "Black"
Embossing Powder-Ranger Detail "White"
Paper-Neenah Solar White, PaperTrey Ink Vellum
Other-Tim Holtz "Ornate" Stencil, Wagner Heat Tool, Prima Mist Spray "Emerald" and "Gold Foil," Spectrum Noir Sparkle-"Gold" and "Blue Ocean," Ranger Small Blending Tool

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Tag You're It Challenge #67

Hello! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Ours was surprisingly quiet. We started off by going to Cirque du Soliel on Friday night. We saw "Toruk." It was a more theatrical production then I expected but really good. The sets for the show were AMAZING!

It was a good ending to a very bad week. It was a great way to set up the much needed weekend.

Today I had some time to make a tag for the "Tag You're It Challenge: #67." I had colored in the flowers that I wanted to use over the week but never had the time to put together the tag.

Please excuse the bad lighting on this photo. Once again I was playing around with lighting and still do not have it right. I only have so much time these days so re-taking photos is not a priority!! The tag that this was inspired by is below.

The inspiration tag had a flower so I decided to use the Altenew "Beautiful Day" set to stamp and color in. I have had this set sitting on my desk for a while but never cracked it open.

The inspiration tag also had a blue background with a doily like element. I used Tim Holtz's "Ornate" stencil with Hero Arts "Tide Pool" dye ink.

I layered everything on the tag and used Altenew's "Label Love" stamp set for the sentiment. I finished off the tag by covering all the flower elements with Spectrum Noir "Clear" Sparkle Marker.

I thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a fabulous week!!

Stamps-Altenew "Beautiful Day," and "Label Love"
Paper-Neenah Solar White
Ink-Memento "Tuxedo Black," Hero Arts "Tide Pool"
Dies-Altenew "Beautiful Day," and CAS-ual Fridays "Tag Buddies Fri-Dies"
Other-Copic Markers, Prismacolor Pencils, Pretty Pink Posh Sequins, Ranger Multimatte Adhesive, Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Marker, 3M Foam Adhesive, Seam Binding, Sizzix Big Shot, Seam Binding, Tim Holtz "Ornate" stencil by Stamper's Anonymous

Friday, March 17, 2017

Calling All Sistahs!

Hello everyone!! It is the 17th of March and that means another CAS-ual Fridays Stamps "Calling All Sistahs" Blog hop!! You should have come here from Mary's blog.

This blog hop is to encourage women to remember to get their yearly mammograms. One in eight women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer. Early detection is so important for treatment. Make sure to make appointment to get the girls SQUEEZED!

The owner of CAS-ual Fridays Stamps, Michele, is a Breast Cancer survivor herself. She developed a line of stamps to promote Breast Cancer awareness. Fifty Percent of the proceeds of the "Calling All Sistah's" product line will be donated to causes that promote Breast Cancer awareness, as well as research for a cure.

Along the way their will be prizes!! Three Random commenters will be picked from the comments on the hop to receive a prize but you must comment by March 19, 2017 to be eligible.

Now that the particulars are done, lets get on with the details about the card I created for the hop!!

I chose to create a simple card and used two CAS-ual Fridays Stamps sets on my card-"Be" and "Word Ribbon."

I started off by stamping a white A2 card base with two sizes of butterflies from the "Be" stamp set using three types of pink dye ink. To be honest, this was the second card base I stamped for this card due to the dropping of a stamp. Hate when that happens!!

I then used a sentiment from "Word Ribbon" and stamped it over the butterflies in black dye ink. I layered a scalloped die cut panel in white wrapped with metallic floss over the pink, using foam adhesive to give it a bit of dimension.

I finished the card off with a few sequins from the "Sistahood Sparkle," an exclusive mix of sequins made for CAS-ual Fridays Stamps by Pretty Pink Posh.

The next blog on this hop is Ceal's blog. If you get lost along the way, the complete blog list for the hop is at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.

Would you like to go on a shopping spree? Use the code nora2017 to save 15% off your total order! Have fun hopping!!


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Another Wine Card for Mojo Monday #488

Happy Tuesday!! We have had a snow day today due to a Nor'easter but all is good. It has warmed up to 41 degrees and is now raining. Supposed to freeze again tonight, though, so here is hoping we don't lose power due to ice!!

Since I am home bound, I have been hanging out in my pj's doing laundry and did make a card for the Mojo Monday #488 Sketch Challenge. I used the pile that is on my desk that I put in yesterday's post.

Once again, I used Simon Says Stamp's "Time for Wine" stamp and die set for my card.

My inspiration was the sketch below, which I flipped 180 degrees.

I adored this sketch because it was very simple. I also liked it because it let me layer my stamped and die cut images.

All the images were colored in with Copic markers. I used Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Marker over the Copics and then added Glossy Accents over that.

I used a piece of gold and white polka dot paper for the strip that was in the sketch.

I really like how this came out.

I thank you for stopping by today. Stay safe and warm all my friends that live in the Northeast!!


Stamps-Simon Says Stamp-"Time for Wine"
Paper-PaperTrey Ink Stampers Select White Card Stock, PaperTrey Ink Foil (retired)
Ink-Memento "Tuxedo Black" and PaperTrey Ink "Smokey Shadow"
Dies-Simon Says Stamp "Time for Wine" and My Favorite Things "Die-namics Stitched Round Rectangle Stax"
Other-Copic Markers, Glossy Accents, Spectrum Clear Sparkle Marker, Foam Adhesive, Ranger Multi Matte, Sizzix Big Shot and Scotch Dot Adhesive

Monday, March 13, 2017

FTC Filing, Police Stations and Just Add Ink Challenge

Hello!! It is Monday night here and we are expecting a blizzard tomorrow so school has already been called off. In some ways I am bummed because we will have to make it up in June but in other ways I am relieved.

I thought I was in the clear filing my taxes but we were informed last night that someone did file in my name. I spent the afternoon after work filing all sorts of forms and going to the police station to file a claim against identity theft. This is such a nightmare and I hope none of you will ever have to go through this. I still have lots of letter writing to do tomorrow with all this that I am not looking forward to.

I was able to do a couple of cards, though, for the "Just Add Ink" Challenge #350. It was a sketch challenge this week and I made two cards. I chose images from a pile on my desk.

I call this "creative chaos" and it takes up half the area where I put together my cards. I don't usually have this much in this pile but yesterday I spent some time fussy cutting as well as die cutting images out that I had stamped and colored in.

If I put it away, I will never use it so often when I do a sketch, I go through the pile and pick things out to layer with each other. Anyone else do this or am I the only messy one?

Here is the sketch I played with:

My design is very similar for both cards. For my first card, I not only used images from the pile but used all paper scraps that were in my file drawer.

I combined envelopes from CAS-ual Fridays "Special Delivery" Stamp set with a panda from Mama Elephant's "Incoming Mail" and a sentiment from the "Happy Mail" set.

The images were colored with Copic markers and I used my MISTI to stamp the sentiment.

Kind of dark but I have someone in mind that could us this card.

My second card is a bit brighter and I combined pieces of patterned paper from Bo Bunny's "Head Over Heels" 6" by 6" paper pad with some scraps.

Again I used a Mama Elephant Panda that I had on my desk to enhance the sentiment.

I actually think I like this card better then the first but I was not trying to use up scraps and chose the patterned paper to match better.

I used foam adhesive to pop up the sentiment strip and the little border of letters.

Well that is all from me tonight. I thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog. Comments are always welcome!! Have a fabulous night!!


Stamps-CAS-ual Fridays Stamps "Special Delivery," Mama Elephant "Happy Mail," and "Incoming Mail"
Paper-Bazzil Black Card Stock, PaperTrey Ink "Raspberry Fizz," Echo Park (checked and pink sentiment), Bo Bunny "Head Over Heels" Collection
Dies-Mama Elephant "Incoming Mail" and My Favorite Things "Die-namics Inside Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangle Stax"
Ink-Memento “Tuxedo Black”