Saturday, December 24, 2016

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Snowflake Inspiration

It is Christmas Eve and my turn over at the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog for a little inspiration. I created three projects for this post, all using some of the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps snowflake dies and stamps.

My first project I created a thank you card.

I used CAS-ual Fridays Stamps "Bring on the Snowflakes," "Snowy Sayings" and "Thanks" stamp sets for this card. I designed this card to be very simple so that I could easily whip up a ton to write my Christmas thank you notes.

I stamped the snowflakes from both snow sets in green, pink, aqua and lavender inks onto a blue card base. I then stamped the sentiment with black ink. I added a bit of sparkle to the snowflakes with glitter glue that matched the ink colors.

My next project I created for my "Secret Snowflake" I had at work.

I die cut snowflakes put of white paper scraps using the CAS-ual Fridays Fri-dies "Funky Flakes" and "Flurry," dies.

I then inserted die cut snowflakes in a clear envelope, added white flat and star sequins, as well as a gift card, and then fused them at the top. I have never done this technique before and thought the result was cool. I am now going to look at using my dies in fun, new ways.

I created a tag to match, stamping snowflakes from "Bring on the Snowflakes" and "Snowy Sayings" onto the large tag from the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps "Tag Buddies" die set.

Since I was not wrapping this gift up, the inks I used for the snowflakes matched the gift card.

If you like any of the projects here, the stamps and dies can be purchased from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps store. Use my code nora2016 to get a 15% discount.

I thank you for stopping by and wish everyone a magical Christmas!!

Stamps-CAS-ual Fridays "Bring on the Snowflakes," "Snowy Sayings" and "Thanks
Dies-CAS-ual Fridays Stamps "Funky Flakes," "Flurry" and "Tag Buddies" Fri-dies
Paper-MFT "Berrylicious"
Ink-Ranger Archival Black, Hero Arts "Soft Pool," SSS "Jellybean," Hero Arts "Bubblegum,"  Hero Arts "Soft Purple," PTI "Summer Sun," PTI "Orange Zest," Hero Arts "Lavender," SSS "Doll Pink"
Other-Stickles "Lime Green," "Turquoise," "Lavender," and "Thistle," Big Shot Machine, Recollection Sequins, Ribbon. We R Memory Keepers Fuse tool


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

A quick hello and a few Christmas Cards

Hello everyone!! It sure is echoing in here. I have just been too busy as of late to craft. I am looking forward to winter break to get back into the craft room and get some stuff done!!

Char turned sixteen this month as well as got her permit four days after her birthday. I cannot believe my baby is learning to drive. Yikes!!

Of course we had two family celebrations as all could not attend the same day so her birthday went on for a couple weeks. Isn't that how it should always be?

This is the second cake with her cousins. These kids were babies just yesterday!!

I wanted to post some Christmas cards that I did make last weekend. I send out home made Christmas cards only to people who made me some. Others get photo cards.

I used my Hero Arts "Layered Christmas Tree" stamps and Christmas paper to create these.

Since I had a ton to do, I used the same basic design. I stamped all the trees using Altenew inks that were in the sets. I then heat embossed over it with Tonic "Shimmering Pearl" embossing powder.

I used Washi tape on the bottom of each tree panel, as well as added some bows with shiny embroidery floss.

I stamped the sentiments on red strips in archival black ink and popped them up with foam adhesive.

I put the card together and then used Stickles in red, gold and green on the tree.

I rarely make cards in an assembly line fashion but this was a lot of fun. On this card, I even used a bold patterned paper. I am not a fan of larger designs but I think it works with this card.

Well, that is all. I thank you for taking the time to stop by.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Calling All Sistahs....

Hello everyone!! It is December 17th and that means another blog hop for Calling All Sistahs!! You should have come from Lydia's blog.

This blog hop is to remind everyone to check your breasts monthly and to remind women to get your yearly mammogram. Michele, the owner of CAS-ual Fridays Stamps is a breast cancer survivor and wants to spread the word on breast cancer awareness, hence our monthly blog hops!!

Don't forget to comment along the way to be eligible for three $15 prizes to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Store!!

This month, our theme is to check yourself. I decided to make a simple card for this one.

I started off by cutting a heart out of a pink patterned paper scrap. I then turned the heart upside down and used a circle punch to make a neckline.

Next I adhered a strip of flower patterned paper onto a pink, A2, top folding card. I then adhered a matching 3 3/4" pink panel over the strip.

I then took small scrap pieces of paper, and did a little masking to stamp the sentiment from the "Calling All Sistahs" stamp set. I stamped it on two separate scraps and adhered all of the various pieces across  the card front when I was done.

My last step was to adhere the heart and add some clear rhinestones at the neckline. I really like how this came out being as simple as it is!!

The stamps I used are available at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps. Michele designed these stamps to promote breast cancer awareness and donates 50% of the proceeds from the "Calling All Sistahs" Collection to programs that promote breast cancer research and awarness. For a discount on the stamps, use my code nora2016 to get 15% off your total order at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.

Your next stop is Vicki's blog.

Thank you for stopping by!! I hope you have a GREAT weekend!!

If you get lost, here is the order of the blog hop OR you can always go back to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog for the order!!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Inspiration with CAS-ual Fridays Stamps

Happy Thursday!! I hope everyone is doing well. Today it is my turn with CAS-ual Fridays Stamps for a bit of inspiration. To be honest, it was nice to sit down and create something. I have not felt like doing this in a while. I have had ideas in my head but then just cannot get my butt into the craft room to implement them.

The card below is one of the ideas that has been percolating.

I decided to mix two CAS-ual Fridays Stamp sets, "Love Notes," an oldie but goodie, and "Mistletoe and Holly," a recently released Christmas set. I try to do this as much as I can so I can stretch my stamps a bit. The "Love Notes" set was originally a Valentine release but I thought it would be fabulous to use for Christmas.

First I stamped the music from "Love Notes" with gold ink onto white card stock and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.

Next I stamped the sentiment from "Mistletoe and Holly" in clear ink and heat embossed with silver embossing powder.

I then liberally splashed the front with mist spray in gold, cherry and citron mist.

When the card front was dry, I die cut the card front and layered onto a card pink card that I had adhered a gold striped piece of patterned paper.

The last step was to adhere metallic sequins in gold, pink and green over the hearts on the end of the notes. I did not really have to do this but I wanted the notes to stand out a bit more and look more festive then they did. The mist kind of made them blend in too much to the background.

I hope this inspires you to look at your stamps to mix and match them for different occasions.

Want to do a little shopping for yourself for Christmas? Use my code nora2016 over at the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Store for a 15% discount. Stamps make GREAT stocking stuffers!!

Have a FABULOUS Thursday!!

Stamps-CAS-ual Fridays Stamps "Love Notes" and "Mistletoe and Holly"
Paper-Neenah Solar White, Teresa Collins (gold striped) and PaperTrey Ink "Raspberry Fizz"
Ink-Versamark and Delicata Gold Pigment Ink
Mist-Heidi Swapp "Gold," "Wild Cherry" and "Citron"
Embossing Powder-Ranger "Gold Tinsel" and Crystal Creations "Shimmering Silver"
Other-Sequins, Ranger Multi Matte Adhesive, Scotch Dot Adhesive, Big Shot

Saturday, December 3, 2016

A CAS-ual Friday Surprise!!

Hey everyone!! There is something cooking on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog today. Here is a sneak peek of a card I created:

To check out a fun surprise from the rest of the bunch, hop on over the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps!! You don't want to miss it!! Have a FABULOUS day!!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

House of Card's Challenge: Lots of Layers and/or Colors and a Fusion Card Challenge Card

Happy Sunday!! I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend!! Mine was busy-some chores and fun mixed in together.

I spent the day yesterday ripping my bedroom closet apart and FINALLY changing my clothes from summer to winter. The weather has been so warm here that I wound up keeping all my 3/4 length sleeves sweaters out. I still have a box in the crawl space to get out too and am not sure where I am going to put the sweaters in there now. I threw out shoes, gave away a HUGE bag of clothes and have a few things that I am taking to consignment. I felt so good after!!

I also went shopping for a tablecloth for my thanksgiving table with no luck. I have an 60" round and with the leaves in the table it is 96" by 60" oval. Do you know how hard it is to get a table cloth for that size? Most table cloths are 60" across, let alone find an oval cloth. Anyway... I think I am going to have to resort to a table runner with placemats and then custom order the table cloth at a later date that I was trying not to have to order.

Today I went for a walk with my neighbor and a Stella and Dot party at a friend's house. I wound up buying something that I was not planning (isn't that how it always is?) I wound up getting the silver Sutton Necklace.

I also had time to do a couple of challenges while I uploaded a years worth of photos to Shutterfly. Yikes!! I created a sympathy card for a friend who lost her mother.

I used a new die by Tonic for the background flowers and the flower is from Altenew "Vintage Roses" set.

I am entering this into the House of Cards Challenge: Lots of Layers and/or Colors. I chose to use the colors in the image they showed.

I know my gray is more blue gray then brown gray but it is what I had. I am going to have to invest in some more brown gray inks I think!!

I am hoping they will accept this card anyway!!

My second card is for the Fusion Card Challenge: Fusion JOY.

I chose to use the sketch and the "Joy" sentiment on the card I created.

I used a My Favorite Things "Winter Wreath" die and the sentiment was die cut out of corrugated kraft card stock using the Wplus9 "Seasonal Sentiments" die.

I added some Nuvo "Bright Gold" crystal drops on the wreath, as well as some "Diamond" Stickles on the snowflake.

The gray Bazzill was from my scrap drawer and I die cut it with the Avery Elle "Wonky Stitches" die.

Well, that is all from me tonight. I hope you have a great week!!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Inspiration

Happy Saturday everyone!! I cannot believe that this Thursday is already THANKSGIVING!! So crazy!!!

Today I am here to show you a card I created using CAS-ual Fridays Stamps "Mistletoe and Holly" stamp set.

I had this idea in my head to stamp the main mistletoe image in Versarmark ink onto white Bristol paper in a continuous pattern and heat emboss with white embossing powder. I then used my Zig's to do a little watercoloring.

At first, I was going to stay in the lines but it looked too plain so I got a bit messy. I also used the markers to splatter paint over the front of the card using a brush to brush technique with my paintbrush and the Zig's.

I did some masking for the sentiment. I did not have a good green ink pad to match the mistletoe so I used the same green Zig marker I painted with by it brushing right on the sentiment stamp and then stamping. It stamped better then I thought it would!!

I added glossy accents over the berries to give them a bit of shine.

To jazz it up, I adhered a strip of plaid pattern paper to the bottom of the panel and tied some red twine around the card so it overlapped both the white and the patterned paper. I mounted the card front using foam adhesive onto an A2, top folding card.

The couldn't let a card go without adding some sequins, could I? My las step was to add a few in red, white and green to match the accents and it was complete.

Want to go shopping? If you use my code nora2016 at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Store, you can get 15% off your order!!

I thank you for taking the time to stop by today!! Have a FABULOUS weekend!!

Stamps-CAS-ual Fridays Stamps "Mistletoe ald Holly"
Paper-Little Yellow Bicycle (plaid), Recollections (kraft) and Strathmore Bristol Board
Other-Wagner Heat gun, Ranger "Fine White" embossing powder, Zig "Clean Color" markers, Memento "Tuxedo Black" dye ink, Multi-matte adhesive, Glossy Accents, Adhesive foam

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Calling All Sistah's November Blog Hop

It is the 17th of November and time for another Calling All Sistah's Blog Hop!! You should have come here from Lori's blog.

This blog hop is to remind everyone to check your breasts monthly and to remind women to get your yearly mammogram. Michele, the owner of CAS-ual Fridays Stamps is a breast cancer survivor and wants to spread the word on breast cancer awareness, hence our monthly blog hops!!

The card I created for this month is pretty simple.

First I inked up a white card panel with two different colored pink inks. I then mounted it onto a pink, top folding A2 sized card.

Next, I stamped sentiments from the "Calling all Sistahs" and "Hope Ribbon" stamp set in different pink inks onto white card stock. I then die cut the stamped paper with the "Ruffled Ribbon" Fri-Die. I mounted it onto the inked card front using foam adhesive to give it some dimension.

I then stamped a sentiment in black dye ink from the "Hope Ribbon" stamp set onto a white card stock strip. I adhered the strip onto the card using foam adhesive. My last step was to adhere some various sized sequins in different shades of pink around the ribbon.

Want to join us on our hop next month? Please join our Facebook group to get all the information!!

The stamps I used are available at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps. Michele designed these stamps to promote breast cancer awareness and donates 50% of the proceeds from the "Calling All Sistahs" Collection to programs that promote breast cancer research and awarness. For a discount on the stamps, use my code nora2016 to get 15% off your total order at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.

Next up on the hop is Penny.

I thank you for taking the time to stop by today. Have a fabulous Thursday!!

Have you gotten lost along the way? The full list for the blog hop is below!!