Monday, August 19, 2019

More Vacation and a Challenge Card

Happy Monday everyone!! I hope you all had a great weekend.

Today I am popping in with a card that was inspired by two challenges. I will admit-it is bright!!

This was inspired by this weeks CASE this Sketch #335 and TGIF Challenge-All On Black.


I chose to use Versamark Ink and heat embossed colored embossing powder for my card with CAS-ual Fridays Stamps "Just Breathe" stamp set.

This stamp set is being RETIRED and it is one of my favorites!!

I have a difficult time heat embossing on black because I always have residue from the anti static tool. It is hard to get off black cardstock!!

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps is having a 25% off retirement sale on a TON of stamps and dies HERE.

You can use my code NORASENTME to get an additional 15% off your total!!!

On another note, I just came back from another short vacation on Friday. I went to visit my Aunts and Uncles in upstate NY. They are in there 70's and I don't get up their often enough. I also got to see my Great Aunt who is 96!! I feel bad because she cannot walk anymore and does not have enough strength to wheel herself around.

I cannot believe I am even posting this because this is so awful of me, (my daughter says I am terrible at Selfies!!) but figured who cares. She had no idea what a selfie was either!!

One of my Aunt's and I went to an Antique/Craft shop and then to Clayton, NY for lunch.

There was a "Super Yacht" in port. It was HUGE!!!!

See what I mean about not being able to take selfies?

I came home Friday and then Saturday we drove to Boston to drop Charlotte off at her cousin's. Chris and I bought tickets to go see the Downton Abbey exhibit in Boston.


I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed. They did have a ton of the clothes worn in the show and the dresses were GORGEOUS!!

They had a replica of the dining room, with place cards and dishes. It was beautiful.

They also had a replica of the Downton kitchen. However, my favorite were all Edith's dresses that were on display!! Some were originals made for the show using vintage fabric and trims, others were actual vintage dresses.

This blue dress was my favorite.

This dress was my second favorite.

Look at the detail on this!! They had a bunch of Mary's clothes too but I only photographed a few.

I LOVED the jewelry and the hats too!! I wish hats were in style because I can rock a hat!

Well that is all from me today. I know there has a lot of photos and I apologize!!

I thank you for stopping by. Have a GREAT night!!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Thinking of You-CAS-ual Fridays Stamps

Hi everyone!! Today it is my turn over at the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog. I created a "Thinking of You" card and made my FIRST EVER video!!!

To learn how I created this card, hope on over to my post and watch the video.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by!! Have a GREAT day!!

Monday, August 12, 2019

Nautical Themed Cards

Happy Monday!! I hope you all are having a FABULOUS day!! It has been BEAUTIFUL day here today. I DID NOT enjoy the nice weather, though but instead spent it inside finishing some cards and piecing together some die cuts for future cards.

Today my two cards I created for the Twofer Card Challenge #19. I created a birthday card and an encouragement card.

The theme was a nautical theme.

The first card I used a Neat and Tangled stencil, some Distress Ink and Copic White to create an ocean. It wasn't actually supposed to be an ocean stencil but I decided I would make it so!!

I then stamped images from Simon Says Stamps "Your Light" stamp set.

I used Copic markers to color in the light house and the sky.

I added some red twine and a sentiment that was heat embossed from the same stamp set to complete my card.

My next card, I used the same stamp but stamped the light house on a circle.

I used used a dot coloring technique to color in the lighthouse with Copic's and colored in the ocean with no shading at all.

I then masked the scene and used Distress Ink in two colors to create a night sky. I used Gel Pen and Spika markers for the "stars."

I mounted the circle on a vellum circle that I had stamped the image on as well. I then mounted both on an A2 card base that I had covered with patterned paper.  The sentiment is from My Favorite Things.

I am entering this second card in the Fab Friday Challenge #169, which was a sketch that was the jump off point for the design of this card.

I am entering my first light house card into Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge which is Midsummer Blues.

On another note, I only have two free Mondays left and I am dreading going back to work. I am using my last days to go do some things that I haven't gotten to this summer. I go to visit my Aunts that I haven't seen in a long time. Very excited to go away for a few days by myself. Sometimes a longish car ride (5 1/2 hours) by myself is kind of fun. Then we take Charlotte to my niece's house, which is outside Boston, and will spend Saturday in Boston with my husband. I have to enjoy my time when I have it!!

Well that is all from me today. I thank you for taking the time to stop by. Please tune in tomorrow. I am up on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog with my first VIDEO tutorial for a card!!! 

Have a FABULOUS night!!

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Some Challenge Cards

Hello everyone!! Happy Tuesday to you all.

I have been doing a bit of crafting at my house. I had a friend over yesterday and I helped her make a bunch of cards of the same design. They were based off my card in this post. We changed up the colors and the sentiments. It was fun to share my supplies and chat while creating!!

Today I am sharing a card I created for this weeks CASE this Sketch Challenge #333. I used a technique based this Jennifer McGuire video but with a stencil.

Am I the only one who has a tough time taking photos of cards created with Kraft cardstock? I cannot ever seem to get the color right in the photos to match IRL!!!

Here is the sketch I based it off of:

The flowers are from MFT's Stitched Garden Die-namics.  I created the background with a stencil, orange ink and then inking the edges with metallic ink.

I used Nuvo Drops in Dandelion Yellow for the flower centers and little embellishments.

(affiliate Links used when possible at no extra cost to you)
Paper-Kraft-Paper Studio and scraps from my drawer
Dies-My Favorite Things Stitched Flowers 
Stamps-Memory Box Best Life Typewriter Sentiments
Ink-Tuxedo Black, Memento, Delicata Golden Glitz, Catherine Pooler Orange Twist

For my next card, I used a challenge from a private board and am entering this into Just Us Girls #499.

I used Paper Smooches Sunny and Mini Cloud dies, as well as a scrap of pattern paper to create my card.

The shiny glasses were a fluke. I was looking through all my stuff to see if I had anything that would look like a lens but could find nothing. I die the lenses out of silver mirrored cardstock and while adhering them, got glue all over the front and it left marks. 

My solution was to use an adhesive eraser and then cover them with Glossy Accents. I think it came out cool!!

The sentiment is from My Favorite Things Bitty Birthday Word Stamps.

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Dies-Paper Smooches Mini Clouds, Sunny
Other-Glossy Accents, Versamark Ink, White Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Die Cut Machine, Adhesive foamScotch Adhesive, My Favorite Things Bitty Birthday Words Stamps

In other news, just got back from taking my little pup to the vet once again. He had a cough and really bad breath. (the breath was worse then usual dog breath!) We are trying antibiotics as he was kenneled for a week while we were on vacation BUT it is most likely the heart murmur he was just diagnosed with today. This dog costs more than my child! If the antibiotics don't work, he will have to be put on heart meds, as well as the thyroid and the seizure meds he is already on. We will have to change his diet too. Totally feel so sad about it.

Well, that is all from me today. I thank you for taking the time to stop by. Have a FABULOUS day!!

Monday, August 5, 2019

Big Sale at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps

Hey everyone!!

Just popping in today to advertise a big SALE going on at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps. All Hanukkah, Passover, Mazel Tov stamps and dies are on sale!!

Here are a few cards I created using some of these stamps and dies:

You can even use my code NORASENTME to get 15% off the sale prices!!!

 So if you click here it will bring you to the SALE category at  CAS-ual Fridays Stamps!!

Thanks for stopping by!!