Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Merry Christmas with CAS-Fridays

 Happy Tuesday!! I am just popping in with a sneak peek for a card I created for the CAS-Fridays Blog today. 

I had fun doing a bunch of techniques to create this card. Hop on over the THIS POST to see how I made this with a step-by-step picture tutorial!!! 

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

Sunday, November 15, 2020

A Successful Sunday With Cards for Some Challenges

 Hello everyone!! Just popping in to post a couple of cards I created for some challenges. 

I had a bit of time today to create. My mojo has been a bit spotty and my energy low so I have not been getting into my craft room as of late. It doesn't help that I really need TO CLEAN because it sure is a mess!!!

For my first card, I used this weeks sketch from the Paper Craft Crew for my card. Please excuse the photo. I could not fix the lighting on it no matter how hard I tried!

Below is the sketch that inspired me. 

I was a little bit liberal with the elements on my card because they wound up being a bit bigger then what is represented in the sketch.

I literally used elements that were previously stamped or die cut for other projects to put this card together.

The flowers are from Altenew and Paper Trey Ink, the circle is from MFT, the envelope was cut from a die from Mama Elephant and the sentiment was from Hello Bluebird. 

This was one of the EASIEST cards I have created in a long time and will be sent out tomorrow to a member of the Union I belong to.

My second card I created using this weeks The Color Throwdown #619 and Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #297.

I knew when I saw the badge for the Color Throwdown that I wanted to use my new Tall Tree dies I bought from The Stamp Market and my Skinny Postage Frames from PTI. These were some of my new toys I bought to try to get my mojo going!!

I created the blue background on this with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and watered down white acrylic paint.

The sentiment is from a stamp set that was gifted to me from Stamplorations.

I absolutely LOVE how this card came out!!! 

My next card was inspired by this weeks Freshly Made Sketches #461 and once again, I used the Color Throwdown colors. 

This card was one I originally designed for The Color Throwdown but I liked the one above better.

I used some paper from my scrap drawer for the background and the greenery is from The Greetery.

The poinsettia is from the Layered Poinsettia from Spellbinders. I used Copic markers to shade it in BUT as I was doing it, I failed to do a color test with my background paper. I wound up having to fix my mistake by using more colors than I wanted so it is more blue than white.

The middle of the flower got muddled too because I was impatient for the Silver Stickles to dry. They were supposed to resemble the tiny flower in the middle of the poinsettia but when I was doing my layers, I didn't let the previous one dry enough!!! 

I will fix it by layering some more over it once the first layer dries.

My last card I created using the Inspired By Challenge #150 and the sketch as my inspiration.

I used a Santa image from Simple Stories Simple Vintage North Pole Collection

I keep buying these darn pre made die cuts and never use them but this image was PERFECT for this challenge. 

I actually altered the die cut by cutting some things off this side that just didn't go with this aesthetic. I also covered the fur and hat with a Scrapbook.com Clear Glitter Marker and the hat with some Glossy Accents

The snowflakes are from a huge amount I die cut last winter and the sentiment is from Uniko Stamps.

Well, I think that is enough from me today. I thank you for taking your time to stop by and I hope you have a FABULOUS night!!

Monday, November 9, 2020

Your Birthstone is a Coffee Bean-Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Day 4

 Happy Monday!! 

Just popping in with a coffee card with some CAS-ual Fridays Stamps coffee themed products using this weeks CASE this Sketch Challenge #397 as inspiration.

I created this for the Coffee Lover's Fall/Winter Blog Hop

It is hard to tell but I started off my card by using the Coffee Bean Stencil to dry emboss coffee beans on a piece of white cardstock. I then adhered the cardstock over a white, top folding A2 card base.  

I then used the Coffee Cup Fri-dies to die cut four small coffee cups out of scraps of pattern paper. I temporarily adhered them to the paper and stamped the sentiment using the Cup Refills stamp set. 

I then used the CASE this Sketch #397 as my guide to adhere the coffee cups down. This sketch was PERFECT for these coffee cups!!

I used Ranger Ground Espresso Distress Ink to shade the "coffee" inside the cups and topped it off with some Glossy Accents and my card was DONE. 

All the coffee themed products are on sale over at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps until November 13, 2020. Use my code NORASENTME to get an extra 15% off your total order, including sale items!!

That is all from me today. I hope you all have a FABULOUS day!!

Sunday, November 8, 2020

A Christmas Card for Freshly Made Sketch Challenge #460

 Hello everyone!! It has been an echo chamber here lately. I have not had a ton of energy to create these days. Between stressing about work, the election and the increase in Covid in the schools, my mojo has flown out the window. Does anyone else have a hard time creating when they are stressed?

It also doesn't help that my crown is disintegrating on a tooth and I have been experiencing terrible tooth pain. I am having a temporary crown put on the tooth on Tuesday and I cannot wait!! I never thought I would be excited to go to the dentist!!!

This morning I had a great walk and some snuggles with my neighbor's dog so I sat down to my desk to see if I could get some of my creative juices flowing. I watched a video Jennifer McGuire posted on using embossing folders so I tried the technique in my own way.

I used a Richard Garay embossing folder with some Ranger Pine Needle and Evergreen Bough Distress ink for the banner. I then used the same colors with an Altenew Watercolor Stripes stencil on a piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock that I had cut down to an A2, top folding card. 

The Altenew Brilliant Baubles were stamped with Ranger Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, and Abandoned Coral Oxide Ink. 

I used Versmark Ink and Ranger Gold Embossing Powder to heat emboss the gold accents on the ornaments. I then used some Scrapbook.com Double Sided Roll Adhesive to pop up the ornaments on the embossed banner.  I had been using the big rolls of 3M tape but they have made it so sticky that it tears my paper if I don't get it just right the first time. 

I die cut the CAS-ual Fridays "Merry" from some Tonic Gold Mirrored Gloss cardstock. This was a leftover on my desk and I knew I had to use it on this card!! 

The embossed sentiment is from MFT's Snow Globe Sentiments (retired)-one of my ALL TIME FAVORITES for Christmas sentiment stamp sets. I added a tiny bit of Gold Stickles for some sparkle on areas of the ornaments. 

This card was inspired by this week's Freshly Made Sketch Challenge #460. I am so glad that I was able to play this week!

I used the die cut and the sentiment strip in lieu of the sentiment strip that spanned the top of the sketch. 

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

Monday, November 2, 2020

Sending Hugs and Happy Thoughts with CAS-Fridays Stamps

 Happy Monday everyone!!  I hope you all had a FABULOUS weekend!!!

Today I am on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog with a fun card using the Everyday Dragonflies stamp set that I collaborated on with Michele. Below is a sneak peek of my card.

To see how I created this card and for some fun tips, please hop on over to the POST to see step-by-step instructions!

I thank you for taking the time to stop by!! Have a great day!!