Thursday, November 22, 2018

CAS-ual Friday BLACK FRIDAY Sale

Hello everyone!! I just want to post that CAS-ual Friday Stamps is having an AWESOME Black Friday sale.

There are some great sets on SALE and you can use my code NORASENTME to get an extra 15% off everything-including sale items!!!

When you spend $50 or more, you get a FREE stamp set-no code needed!!!

Have a fun time shopping!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

25 Days of Christmas Tags Day 20-CAS-ual Fridays Stamps

Hi everyone!! I am so excited to be here today to be a part of the 25 Days of Christmas Tags event organized by Tracey McNeely from In My Creative Opinion Blog

I created my tags using CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Mistletoe and Holly stamp set and matching Mistletoe Fri-Dies.

Each tag was die cut using the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Tag Buddies Fri-Dies. I die cut one tag from patterned paper and used white card stock for the other two.

On the white tags I did an ink smooshing technique using Distress Ink in two different colors. While they were drying, I stamped, die cut and colored the images using Copic Markers. I then added Nuvo Crystal Drops in white or red for the berries and covered the bows with a clear sparkle marker and Glossy Accents.

When the tags were dry, I stamped each with a black sentiment from the Mistletoe and Holly set.

Next I used foam adhesive to adhere each of the mistletoe sprigs to the tags.

I added some ribbon to each at the top and they were done!! Make sure to check out all the fabulous tags from all the other designers.

And to let you know, CAS-ual Fridays Stamps is having a Black Friday special. If you place an order on that day, you will get a FREE mini-stamp set!!!

Use my code NORASENTME to get an extra 15% off your total order-including sale items!!

I thank you for stopping by today. Have a FABULOUS Thanksgiving and fun shopping on Black Friday!!

Monday, November 19, 2018

Clean and Simple Holiday 2018

Happy Monday!! Today I am here with THREE cards I created for the Clean and Simple Holiday 2018 online card class. I took this on a whim and am so glad that I did. I had SO MUCH FUN!!

My first card I completed for Day 2 of the class. Cathy Zielske had a video making a layered card with die cut snowflakes. I used hers as my inspiration and came up with the card below.

Now I am not sure that MY card would be considered clean and simple because I used patterned paper. Hers was mainly cardstock-which I LOVED. However, I can never use the same stuff as someone else because that is me.

I also found this buffalo plaid paper in my stash and just HAD to use it. The fun thing about this card was going through and cutting out the snowflakes. I don't think you can ever have enough snowflake dies to choose from!!

My next two cards I created as homework for Day 4. The first was inspired by Jessica Frostballa's technique of dipping her snowflake in glitter.

Like my first card, her card design inspired me as well. I did not have the same dies she used so I improvised with what I had. I also chose to use a light purple with silver on this card. Purple is unconventional for a Christmas card but I am a bit obsessed with it of late so I decided to go with it.

My third card was inspired by Dawn Woleslagle's class. I went WAY OUT of my comfort zone for this card. Foiling is not something I would do every day!!

Again, I was inspired by Dawn's card that she created but I didn't have any of the snowflakes she used so once again, I improvised. I also used purple foil on this card-and the photo does not do it justice.

I would have matched the sentiment with the purple but I didn't have the right match of purple embossing powder. I thought using silver was a good compromise. I tried to mimic the silver by adding gray jewels on the snowflake.

I think out of all the techniques I was taught this week, the foil one was the most fun. Can't say I would make a ton of cards like this BUT I could do this for "special" people in my life.

Well, that is all from me today. Thank you for taking the time to stop by.

Affiliate links used when possible at no extra cost to you

Paper: Neenah Solar White, Bazzill Lilac Swirl, Echo Park-A Perfect Winter Collection-Snowflake Swirls and Floral Flurries, My Minds Eye Aqua Tones Cardstock
Foil: Therm O Web Lilac
Ink-Tsukineko Versamark Clear Ink
Dies-Simon Says Stamp Stitched Flakes Dies, Nadine Snowflake, CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Funky Flakes and Merry Christmas, Paper Trey Ink Damask Snowflakes, MFT Let it Snowflake (retired), Pierced Circle Die-namics (retired) and Blueprints 13
Stamps: MFT Snowglobe Sentiments
Other: Pretty Pink Posh sequins, purple and gray rhinestones, Doodlebug Lily White Rhinestones, Sizzix Big Shot,  Wagner Heat Tool, Ranger Silver Embossing Powder, Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Glitter Gloss, Nuvo Glitter White

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Clean and Simple Holiday Homework

Happy Sunday everyone!! I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend!!

I have been busy this week with after school activities, preparing for my daughter's homecoming from college (tomorrow) and taking the Clean and Simple Holiday 2018 online card class. 

I know, I know, there are a ton of videos on YouTube to see but the online card classes are SO MUCH FUN!! I love the forum and being able to learn new techniques that I would never even think to search for online. 

Anyhow, I am posting the homework that I did for Day 3 of the class. I haven't gotten to the homework for Day 1 or 2 yet because I have to do a bit of digging to find the right stamp sets and I didn't feel like it. 

Kristina Werner did a video for this class with a cool watercolor technique. I chose to make two trees-one in red and one in green.

As usual, watercolor and I do not always have a copacetic relationship, I had to cut my watercolor paper at the bottom when I placed it on the card front and so to make it an A2 sized card, I added a strip of glitter tape. 

These were SO FUN to make and I have it in my head to try to do this technique with a different shape.

On a different note, I also had to create two sympathy cards. It seems that is all I make these days!!

I did some experimenting with watercolor AGAIN on this but I did not use the correct ink. However, I refused to throw the panel away and made it into a sympathy card. The flowers are from WPlus9's Beautiful Boquet: Ranunculus stamp set and the sentiment is MFT's Deepest Sympathy stamp set.

I used Altenew Garden Treasures set to create this card, combined with my favorite PaperTrey Ink Words of Comfort set. 

Well, that is all for me today. I hope you all have a FABULOUS day!!

(Some Affiliate links used at no extra cost to you)
Stamps: WPlus9's Beautiful Bouquet: RanunculusAltenew Garden Treasures, PaperTrey Ink Words Of Comfort, My Favorite Things Deepest Sympathy and Snow Globe Sentiments
Ink: Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink, Altenew Rock Collection, Cherry Blossom and Tropical Forest Mini Ink Cube Sets, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Strathmore Watercolor Paper, Stampin Up! Basic Gray and PaperTrey Ink Soft Stone
Other: Nuvo Crystal Drops-Pale Gold, Rhubarb Crumble, Woodland Green, Nuvo Glitter Drops Ruby Slipper, Nuvo Jewel Drops Sea Breeze, Prima Spray Mist Chrome, Tim Holtz Picked Raspberry Distress Spray Stain, Sizzix Big Shot, American Crafts Glitter Tape, Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor, Zig Watercolor Markers

Sunday with CAS-ual Fridays Stamps

Hey everyone!! I am on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog today with some cards that I mass produced for Christmas. Below is a sneak peek of one of them.

Each one is slightly different so hop on over to the blog post to see how I created them!!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

A Christmas Card for CAS-ual Fridays Stamps

Happy Wednesday everyone!! It is my turn over at the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog. I created a Christmas card combining a bunch of different sets. Below is a sneak peek.

Hop on over to see how I created this card!! 

Thanks for stopping by!! Have a FABULOUS day!!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Freshly Made Sketches

Hi everyone!! I hope you are all doing well!! I have been terribly busy lately, visiting my daughter at college, visiting my Aunt and going to funerals. I have had time in my craft room BUT no time to blog much.

Today I am sharing a card I created using Freshly Made Sketches #361 as my inspiration.

It is a bit colorful but I the yellow card stock matched the yellow flower exactly and so I decided to use it for the background.

The stamp set is from Concord and 9th. I originally bought it to make my daughter some monogrammed notecards but that goal didn't last too long.

Here is the sketch that I was inspired by:

I actually dug out some Doodlebug paper Frills that I have had for YEARS for the scalloped border. I have them in about every color so it was kind of fun to dig them out and put them on a card.

That is all from me today!! I hope you are all having a FABULOUS weekend!!

Friday, November 2, 2018

The Last Day of the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Holiday Release: Pear Tree Fri-Dies

It has been a LOOOOOONNNNNGGGG week here and am so happy that it is Friday!!!

Today is the last day of the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps holiday release showcase. I created a card using the previously released Partridge in a Pear Tree Stamp Set.

I started off this card by stamping a sentiment in from the Partridge in a Pear Tree stamp set onto an aqua A2 card front. I added a piece of patterned paper over the front.

I then wrapped some jute around the front of the card three times. I adhered a snowflake that I had die cut using the Flurry Fri-Dies over the jute.

Next I stamped the little bird from the Partridge stamp set and die cut it out using the new Pear Tree Fri-Dies. I used foam adhesive to pop it over a branch I free hand cut with some scissors. I covered the bird with clear sparkle marker and Glossy Accents.

My last step was to adhere a couple of pears cut using the Pear Tree dies over the branch.

I think this is my favorite card from the whole week!! I love how the little bird came out and the pears are darling!!

Be sure to stop by the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog to see some other fabulous creations by the design team. All new products are now in the NEW section of the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Store. Use my code NORASENTME to get 15% off your entire purchase!!

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



Thursday, November 1, 2018

Day 5 of the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Holiday Release: Naughty'isms Stamp Set and matching Naughty Fri-Dies

Happy Thursday everyone!! I hope you all are recovered from Halloween. Are you in a candy coma like me? I always eat too much but then cannot wait to get rid of it all by the next day.

Today I am back with another project using the new CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Naughty'isms stamp set and matching Naughty Fri-Dies.

I started off my card by stamping the present from the new Naughty'isms stamp set in red and kraft ink across the front of a kraft colored, A2 card.

I then layered green and red patterned paper over the card front. I used the Naughty Fri-Dies to die cut the sentiment and adhered it on top of the red patterned paper. I covered the sentiment with clear sparkle marker.

I stamped the present again on to various patterned papers. I fussy cut pieces out of each and then paper pieced the present together. To complete the card, I adhered the package to the card front.

That is it for me today. Be sure to stop by the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog to see some other fabulous creations by the design team. All new products are now in the NEW section of the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Store. Use my code NORASENTME to get 15% off your entire purchase!!

I thank you for stopping by and be sure to pop back in tomorrow for the last day of the new holiday release!!