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!!


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

25 Tags of Occassion Inspiration and TGIF Challenge #81

Just a quick post so that I can get these challenges that I created this weekend up. I actually had a bit of inspiration!!

The first is my tag that was inspired by Laura's tag from Lil' Inker Designs.

I chose to use a blue and white color scheme rather then red and white. I did not have the products that Laura used so I improvised. I used the "Flurry" Fri-die and the "Tag Buddies" Fri-dies from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps for this tag.

I am entering this in Tracey McNeely's "25 Tags of Christmas" challenge that she has on her blog.
If you have not stopped by, RUN. There are some AWESOME tags on her blog!!

I also made a card for the TGIF #18.

I used My Favorite Things "Soda Pop" stamps and dies to create this. I created the bottles by smooshing distress ink and die cutting with the "Soda Pop" dies.

I had a lot of fun using stuff from my stash on this card. I dug out my Doodlebug Paper Frills in green for the border.

I also used a sticker that I had lying around for the sentiment. It looks wonky in this photo but I fixed it so it is now straight!!

Well, that is all for tonight!! Thank you for stopping by!!

Stamping Smiles Designs Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge #22

Hello everyone!! I hope you are all having a fabulous Wednesday!!

It is the 16th of the month so that means another Stamping Smiles Designs Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge!! We are here with Challenge #22.

For my card, I chose to use the first column down-bling, white on white and scene. I apologize for the photography. It was hard to take photos of white on white!!

I started off by die cutting my scene with PaperTrey Ink's "Scene It: Skyscapes Die Collection" out of white card stock. I paired it with the "Scene It: Everyday" die. I layered these together and then over a die cut circle, also cut out of white card stock.

I then stamped the sentiment from PaperTrey Ink's "Petite Places: Church" in Hero Arts "Soft Granite" ink onto one of the layers and tucked in a church was die cut with the matching die. I used some "Diamond" Stickles to add some sparkle to the windows.

When the Stickles was dry, I adhered the scene onto a pinked circle that I cut out using the My Favorite Things "Pinked Circle" die. I added some "Clear" Wink of Stella on the sun rays coming over the hill, though this was so hard for me to get in any of my photos.

I set the completed scene aside and worked on my card. I used a Lifestyle heart embossing folder to emboss the hearts and then die cut the white panel with the "Blue Prints #13" die from My Favorite Things. I used satin ribbon to make a bow at the left side of the card.

I then adhered the scene over the card front. I added a few clear sequins to complete the card.

I LOVE how this card came out and it was surprisingly quick to put together since I used dies. I hope this inspires you to come on over to Stamping Smiles Designs Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge and play with us for Challenge #22!

Have a WONDERFUL day!!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Happy Sunday!!

It is Sunday here and I have spent most of the day in my craft room. I actually got around to photographing some cards I created last weekend. Photo editing is NOT my favorite thing!!!

I have OFFICIALLY put myself on a no buy challenge as I have been spending way too much money again on things I do not really need. I have so much that I have never even touched that it is ridiculous that I buy more. Anyone else like this?

I have been doing Kathy's 30 Day Coloring Challenge at The Daily Marker but have yet to upload any of my stuff. I am slowly going through my stamp sets that I haven't used to make sure they see some ink.

 Here are two birthday cards that I made last weekend. One was using My Favorite Things Soda Pop dies, the Bottle Cap dies and matching stamps. I made a TON of smooshed bottles in different colors so you will be seeing more cards from this collection in the future!!

The sentiment strip on the bottom was done by masking and then ink blending. I really love the way it came out!!

I am planning on making a set of these cards to give to someone as I think they are too fun.

My second card I made to send to my friend for her birthday. It is the same design as the card here but I did it in different colors.

I like the original card a lot better as the colors are more me. I created this card to go with a bunch of cards I made for my friend in this color scheme though.

I used Ranger Distress Specialty Paper for the white background. While it took the distress ink nicely, it did not do well with the Distress Sprays. I will not be using it again if I am going to use the sprays on my card.

On another note, I think age is frying my brain lately. We missed my niece's birthday party last night because I put it in my calendar for NEXT weekend. I was sick so we didn't go when I realized my mistake but I feel really bad. I am such a DORK!!

I thank you for stopping by my blog today. Have a great night!!


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

25 Days of Christmas Tags With CAS-ual Fridays

Hello Everyone!! This is my second post for the day. If you want to see my Stamping Smiles Designs Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge post, please go here.

Today I am so excited to be joining the 25 Days of Christmas Tags over at Tracey McNeely's blog. I LOVE browsing through all the fun tags every year and this year I get to join in with CAS-ual Fridays Stamps!!!

For my tag, I chose to use CAS-ual Fridays Stamps "Christmas Sparkle" and "Holly Jolly Borders" stamp sets to make my tag. 

My inspiration? The peppermint sticks under the tag!!

To start, I stamped a diagonal border with red dye ink onto white card stock with the "Holly Jolly Borders" set. I then die cut the tag with the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps "Ornament Tag" Fri-Die.

Next I die cut a white circle with the large ornament tag and stamped the "no peeking" sentiment in green ink using the "Christmas Sparkle" stamp set. I adhered the striped circle onto some acetate and used a scrap of foam from packaging to give the tag the dimension needed for the different colored sequins that I included in the shaker part of the tag. I didn't use a ton of sequins as I wanted the sentiment to be seen.

I added a little ornament topper, also die cut using the "Ornament Tag" Fri-die.  My last step was to tie bits and pieces of ribbon, twine and fibers to make a little embellishment at the  top of the tag. 

I want to thank Tracey McNeely for doing this fabulous series and letting CAS-ual Fridays Stamps contribute!!

Thank you for stopping by today!! I hope my tag inspires you to make some of your own!!

Stamps-CAS-ual Fridays Stamps "Christmas Sparkle" and "Holly Jolly Border" set
Dies-CAS-ual Fridays Stamps "Ornament Tag" Fri-dies
Paper-Recollections White, Stampin Up! Red, PaperTrey Ink "Clear"
Ink-WPlus9 "Gala Red" and PaperTrey Ink "New Leaf"
Other-Sizzix Big Shot, Cartwright Sequins, Ribbon and Fiber


Stamping Smiles Designs Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge #21

Happy Tuesday!! I hope everyone has recovered from their sugar high last night. I don't care if I see another piece of candy for a while. Well, except for maybe the Blow Pops. I am a bit addicted to them!!

It is the first of the month so the that means another challenge at Stamping Smiles Designs Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge.

I chose to use the last row down-CAS, Builder Stamps, and Pearls/Gemstones.

Let me start by saying I have a love/hate relationship with the builder stamps I own. I LOVE how others use them but I am just not that great at it. First, you have to get the right color combination for the stamps to look good. I have a TON of ink, but I rarely have time to "experiment" with the colors. Second, some stamps are harder to use then others. The first stamp set that I did some playing with I just kept messing up. It was infuriating!!

So I wound up pulling my PaperTrey Ink "The Sweet Life" stamp set out and using that for my CAS card.

I started off using my MISTI and stamping my roses in three ink colors-Hero Arts "Red Royal," My Favorite Things "Wild Cherry," and Hero Arts "Pale Tomato." I then stamped the leaves using the same PaperTrey Ink set with Simon Says Stamps "Jelly Bean" and My Favorite Things "Sour Apple" ink.

I then die cut the stamped images with the matching dies. I mounted the images over a white panel that I had cut using the Mama Elephant "Peek-a-Frame" die, that was stamped with the sentiment using the PaperTrey Ink "Words of Comfort" stamp set and a strip of Lawn Fawn patterned paper.

I used a bit of "Clear" Wink of Stella over the roses and then added some gems around the central image.

Since these roses came out so well, I did a few more to make some other cards later.

I hope this inspires you to come on over an play with us this time for Challenge #21. I cannot wait to see what you come up with!!