Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Thinking of You at CAS-ual Fridays!

Hello everyone!! Today it is my turn over at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog with a fall themed card.

Hop on over to see a pictorial step by step on how I created this card. I used a few "tricks" to get some of the elements I wanted!!! Thanks for stopping by!!!

Monday, October 7, 2019

More World Cardmaking Day Cards!

Happy Monday!! I am here with some more cards I created on World Cardmaking Day. I so wanted to create more than I was able to. I am such a slow card maker!!

For my first card, I used CASE this Sketch #342 as my inspiration.

This was a hard sketch for me for some reason. That huge circle/strip element threw me for a loop!!

I think I successfully solved it by using the leaves and the flower.

The leaves are from a Paper Smooches die, the flowers are MFT and the border is Pink Fresh Studios.

The sentiment is also from MFT but not totally sure. It was a scrap on my desk!!! The striped paper is from my scrap pile. LOVE how this card came out and it is so much prettier IRL.

My next two cards I did were using an ink blending technique and my Stamptember Hero Arts stamp set that I HAD TO HAVE.

Let me tell you the white flowers were a total accident. They were supposed to be black BUT I picked up white embossing powder rather than the clear I thought I did.

Don't care, though, because I LOVE how this card came out!! Used four different blue Distress Inks on this and paired them with a hello die cut from MFT and a Taylored Expressions sentiment.

I think I am in love with solid stamps again and will be using the ones I have in my stash!!!

My second card the silhouette was done in black, like the first one SHOULD have been.

I originally was going to use this for a color challenge card BUT the fourth color that I was supposed to use I just could not do. Instead, I swapped it out for the orange at the bottom. The purples were not Distress Inks and so did not get water spots like I wanted them to.

I had to do a little acrylic splattering on the card front using watered down white paint and a toothbrush to get the messy look I wanted.

The thing that enchanted me about these cards are how quick they came together. I think I am going to stamp a bunch of backgrounds at once and then do some fun blending. I see this as a future card set.

I stacked the WPlus9 hugs sentiment-the bottom being cut from a black piece of card stock-then layering a doubled orange over it, off setting it enough so it looks like a "shadow." I then covered it in Nuvo Sparkle Pen and Glossy Accents.

Well peeps, that is it for me today. I have one more card I created BUT have not photographed it yet. Was just too lazy today to do so. Will blog it later on this week.

I thank you for taking the time to stop by. Have a FABULOUS Monday!!

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Happy Sunday!!

Hey everyone!! Happy Sunday!! I hope you all had a FABULOUS weekend. 

Mine started with Happy Hour on Sunday to say goodbye to a co-worker and ending with a gray day. I spent the nice day of the weekend making cards for National Cardmaking Day!! 

Did any of you take the time to indulge? I actually told my husband that I set the WHOLE day aside to do so and I did!!! (With the exception of working out in the morning, giving my dog a bath and doing multiple loads of laundry to get a break from sitting!!)

Anyway, I am going to post some of what I was able to create-all using various challenges or were a result of technique videos I had playing in the background all day yesterday. 

My first card I created for Freshly Made Sketches #405. 

This sketch gave me a headache, I have to admit. What to put in these three squares was killing me. 

Then I had an aha moment, looking down at three white squares on my desk AND the colored flowers that I had done in front of the television this week. (I have started coloring again when I watch TV. Anyone else do this to keep you from snacking? It works!!)

I had cut these flowers from the frame they belong in to use the frame. Did you think I made that card yet? Nope but the flowers were perfect for my idea!!!

I am also entering this into this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #241. This week it was Dawn's Challenge and it was a feminine "anything goes," as well as the Flower Challenge #37-CAS.


For my second card, I used the Fab Friday Sketch #173 as my jumping off point, as well as the photo from this weeks "Inspired By" Challenge-Truckload of Fall

I was so excited because I got to pull out my Reverse Confetti "Thankful Heart" stamp and die set purchase that I made last week.

I chose to color in the pumpkin a more muted orange/yellow like some I have seen on the farms around here. I love the alternate color pumpkins!!

I love that I was able to layer the flower pieces to give the card dimension. The tiny flowers peeking out from the large spray are the little "tags" that peeked out from under the circle on the sketch. The pumpkin I used in lieu of a circle.

The background was inspired by the truck, which I mistakenly thought was one of those wood ones. When I went to look at the photo close up, I realized it was NOT. Oh well.

My third card I am posting today is from a sketch challenge at Scrapbook.com Sketch Challenge from the forum. 

It was a Mojo Monday sketch.

The stamped leaf is from Altenew and the sentiment is a mixture from Neat and Tangled, Newtons Nook and Memory Box.

I had the leaf embossed panel on my desk and decided it would be perfect for this card. The little flower die cut was just a scrap I had in one of my "extra" piles.

This card is NO MEANS my favorite BUT it I used a ton of stuff that was previously not used.

Well, that is all from me today. I will be back tomorrow with the rest of my cards from yesterday!!!

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

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Happy World Cardmaking Day!!

Hi everyone!! I am celebrating World Cardmaking Day with CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.

Are you making cards today? I know I am!! I cleaned up my room so that I had room to make some cards!!!

One of the things I am doing is using products and trying techniques that I rarely use.

I actually blended Distress Oxide inks on RED paper for the background, using reds, corals, greens and yellows. I wanted to try to use the inks on colored cardstock and see what happened. It did NOT come out as I thought it would but it was fun to try.

I then used the Curtis Stencil and a combination of Fossilized Amber and Lucky Clover Distress Ink over the blended background.

The flowers are from Pretty Posies that I colored in with Copic markers.

The finishing touches were done using a Nuvo Clear Gloss Pen, some Glossy Accents and Nuvo Crystal Drops in Blushing Red.

Hop on over to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog for some more fun with the Design Team and to enter to win some prizes!!! I hope you join our Linky Party!!

Thank you for taking the time to stop by!!! Have a FABULOUS day!!

Sunday, September 29, 2019

A Card for a Few Challenges and a Long Weekend

Happy Sunday everyone!! I hope you all had a great weekend!!

I am popping in with two cards today. The first card I created for three challenges in mind.

My late mother has been on my mind again as of late. It always happens this time of year since she passed away in October years ago. Butterflies were her favorite!! I was inspired by three challenges for this card-the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches #404, the photo from Addicted to Stamps and More #360, and the Less is More Challenge #405-We Pick, You Pick.


I think you can see how I used the sketch on this card. I added the Stampin Up! Doily instead of an oval, and I colored in the Pretty Pink Posh butterfly in purples like the butterflies in the Addicted to Stamps and More photo inspiration.

I actually colored in a couple other butterflies that were inspired by the photo but haven't turned them in to cards yet. For the Less is More Challenge, I added a little gloss to my sparkle.

I LOVE how this card came out and it makes me so happy. Butterflies always do!!

For my second card, I also created it with a Freshly Made Sketch in mind that I never got around to using. I had the perfect image to use on it, though, so I decided to do it anyway. I am also linking this card to the Sparkles Christmas Challenge 104-Winter Wishes. That snowflake and snowman count, right?

I dug out some of my hoarded Basic Grey paper and used some Picket Fence Distress Spray and some Chrome Mist on the background before I layered some silver sparkle paper, a strip of BG paper and a gray sentiment strip on the front.

 I added a snowflake die cut from my stash, along with a Mama Elephant Snowman.

It is pretty tiny but I added some Nuvo Crystal Drops on the olive, Nuvo Clear Glitter Gloss on the glass and sunglasses, topped with Glossy Accents.

I LOVE how this card turned out and think I will be using this simple design to create some more Christmas cards with the tiny images I have colored in my stash!!

On another note, went to Upstate NY to visit some family for the weekend. Had so much fun hanging out with my Aunt, Uncle, my first and third cousins, as well as a beautiful ride with the leaves changing color.

One of the things we always enjoy is playing games. We had a lot of laughs playing Telestrations. I bought this game to play at Christmas with the family a couple years ago and had a blast. I laughed so hard I almost peed myself last night. It was so fun!!!

Well, that is all from me today. Want to post this so I can get these challenges entered. Thank you for taking the time to stop by!!