Wednesday, March 31, 2021

On the Blog at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps

Happy Wednesday everyone!! 

I am so happy for today because the week is almost over AND I am getting my hair dyed today. I have so much gray showing and it is driving me CRAZY. It makes me look old and I dislike that immensely! Nothing makes me feel better then getting my hair done. That makes me sound like an old lady, doesn't it? I always feel like a new woman after going to the salon. 

I am popping in today with a sneak peek of the card I created for the CAS-ual Fridays Blog today.

I have been combining old and new products and this was fun to create. Please hop on over and check out my post.

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

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Happy Birthday using Die Cuts

 Happy Thursday!! Just came home from the dentist. I have a Bite Splint that I have to wear at night for my teeth clenching and I broke the plastic on it biting down on it too hard. What are the chances of that? To make it worse, insurance won't cover it because it is the second one in two years I have had to get.  Ugg! All from STRESS!! Anyway, enough about my teeth!

Today I am popping in with a card I created using mostly pre-made die cuts. I am going to admit something. I have an addiction to buying ephemera...and then rarely using it. When I saw this weeks Global Design Project's Challenge #GDP284, I knew exactly what I was going to use. 

The actual challenge was to CASE the Designer, Krista Fratt's card below:

The first thing that I was inspired by was the blue background color. I pulled out some Carta Bella Paper-Garden Melody-with a blue stripe and die cut it with a double stitched rectangle from Gina Marie Designs. I added the paper to a white, Neenah, top folding card base. 

I then added a rick rack border die cut using an MFT die. I added a paper strip of plaid paper underneath the rick rack.

I then basically started playing with my collection Pinkfresh Studio ephemera from the Joyful Day and Indigo Hills collections. The placement of the two circles together over a label were inspired by Krista's card. The label had some writing on it so I added a flower under my birthday strip.

I then needed to balance the layout of the card so I used foam adhesive under the heart and added a flower with a "leaf," which is really a banner. My last step was to add some  red berry Nuvo Crystal Drops to accent the flowers. 

I totally LOVE how this came out and it was so fun to make!! I think I am going to use a different sketch and use more ephemera for a card this weekend.

I am also going to enter this card into this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge. This week it is Helen's All About Occasions Challenge.

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

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Using Scraps on Baby Cards for Some Card Challenges

Happy Tuesday!! I am just popping in at the last minute to post some baby cards I created. I was inspired by this weeks badge from the Inspired By #166 challenge for the colors of my cards and the theme.

My first card is a top folding card. I used Lawn Fawn "Little Bundle" stamps and matching dies for the little baby clothes.

The Inspired By photo below is my inspiration:

I die cut my patchwork squares from paper scraps using the MFT Pierced Squares (retired). I knew I had to use the color scheme from the photo because it used ORANGE!!!

My die cut sentiment is from PTI-Wonderful Words Baby.

I am going to enter this into the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Two or More Pattern Papers as well.

My second card is similar to my first. However, I loosely based it on the Inspired By Sketch

Here is the Inspired By sketch:

As you can see, my patchwork is not laid out like the sketch and I did not use a circle under my sentiment. Instead I made an imaginary circle sentiment block by surrounding the die cut with the little baby items. Can you see it?

I have not made baby cards in AGES and these were SO FUN to create. It was a fabulous way to use up some of my paper scraps too!!!

In other news, I am STILL moving my craft room. I cannot tell you how much stuff I still have and how much I have gotten rid of!!! I do need to get my new room in order, though, which means cleaning off shelves from my old room to haul the furniture upstairs to put all the organized crap that I have in containers all over my floor!

Part of my cleaning this weekend was getting a huge amount of scrapbook pages in actual albums. It has made miss scrapbooking and I might have to take it up again. 

Well, I want to get this posted. I thank you for taking the time to stop by. Have a GREAT night!

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Birthday and Sympathy Card for some Challenges

 Happy Saturday everyone!! I am popping in today with some cards I created for some challenges!!!

The first challenge I am entering is the Twofer Card Challenge #36. This month it is Anything Goes!!! I chose to create a birthday and a sympathy card using a Simon Says Stamp Flower Cluster die. 

For my first card, I chose to create a birthday card using just black and white. 

I adhered a partial piece of the flower cluster over a white scalloped circle. I then adhered the circle over a border I die cut using the Macrame Border and Tassels die from The Greetery. 

I then adhered some sentiment strips that I had in my stash. I like how the black just pops off the card. It is easier to see in real life!!

I am entering this card into The Color Hues Challenge #14, Black and White

On my second card, I actually used the piece of the flower cluster that I cut off from my first card. 

Instead of leaving it white, I used some Copic markers to color the flower and leaves. 

I mounted it over a computer generated sentiment that I die cut with an MFT Pierced Circle die, that was adhered with foam adhesive over my NEW Curvy Leaves from Pinkfresh Studio. I am supposed to be on a not buy challenge but it isn't working!!!

I have really been trying to use more pattern paper in my cards since I have a ton. This paper is from Lawn Fawn. 

I am going to enter this into this months Flower Challenge#54: Shades of Purple and Watercooler Wednesday Challenge: Kath's Challenge-All Things Feminine

That is all from me today. I thank you for taking the time to stop by. Have a FABULOUS day!!

Friday, March 19, 2021

A CAS-ual Fridays Card for the Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Hello everyone!! Popping in on this Friday with a card I created for the Spring/Summer Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog Hop. I used CAS-ual Fridays Stay Strong stamp set, By the Beans stencil and Coffee Cup Fri-dies

I started off my card by blending Peeled Paint Distress Oxide onto an A2 piece of kraft cardstock. I then stenciled the coffee beans over the front using Ground Espresso Oxide Ink.

I flicked some Old Paper Distress Oxide and sprayed some Walnut Stain Distress Stain over the top of my card. When that dried, I stamped the sentiment from the CAS-Fridays Stay Strong stamps on the top left using MFT Hot Fudge ink. Next I adhered the panel over an A2, cream colored card.

I die cut the coffee cup out of a scrap of vanilla cardstock and some pattern paper. I inked around the edge of the coffee cup with some Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

I used Ground Espresso Oxide for the "coffee" in my cup. I adhered my coffee cup to the card with foam adhesive

My last step to my card was to use Glossy Accents over the top of some of my sentiment and the "coffee" in my cup. 

I love how this came out!! It is a bit on the "grungy" side but it was so fun to make. I am enjoying just inking up stuff and seeing what comes out!

Again, this was a card I created for The Spring/Summer Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog Hop and CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.

CAS-Fridays is having a sale on their Coffee Section this weekend in the CAS-Fridays Store. Use my code NORASENTME to get an extra 15% off your total order, including sale items!! Be sure to stop by the blog and comment to enter into a random drawing for a prize package!!! 

That is all from me today. I appreciate the time you took to stop by!! Have a FABULOUS day!!

Thursday, March 18, 2021

On the Blog with CAS-ual Fridays

 Hello everyone!! Today is the day I am on the CAS-ual Fridays Blog with a feminine birthday card.

Hop on over the the CAS-ual Fridays Blog to see how I created this card!!!

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

Friday, March 12, 2021

The Final Day of the CAS-ual Fridays March 2021 Release

 It is Friday and the final day of the CAS-ual Fridays March Release!!!! I saved the best card (or at least my FAVORITE card) I created for last. 

I went way out of my comfort zone with this card design using the new Swirls Stencil, paired with the new Love Notes stamp set. 

I started off this card by blending Distress Ink in Twisted Citron and Lucky Clover onto a white, A2 card panel. I then used the Swirls Stencil and the same ink colors to stencil the swirls on different areas of my card panel. There was no rhyme or reason, I just had fun!!! When I was done stenciling, I blended some Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges to add a little contrast to the greens I used. 

Next I used Walnut Stain and Picket Fence Spray Stain to flick over the card front. I was trying for small splatters BUT sometimes you get what you get.

As the splatter was drying, I stamped the sentiment strips in black, using the Love Notes stamp set. I then used Vintage Photo Distress Ink across the top and Walnut Stain dragged on the edges of each sentiment strip. I distressed the edges using some sand paper.

When the green panel was dry, I stamped the music from the Love Notes stamp set using WOW! Clear Embossing Ink and then heat embossed it with WOW! Clear Embossing Powder. I used a paint brush and water to lighten the ink inside the music so that they would stand out a bit.

I used sand paper to distress the edges of the panel and adhered it to a white, A2, top folding card. 

I used foam adhesive to adhere the sentiment strips and then added some green Nuvo Crystal Drops over some of the stenciled swirls. The card was complete!!!

This was COMPLETELY out of my comfort zone but a lot of fun to create. I really love how it came out!!!

This stencil, as well as all the other new products, are available in the CAS-ual Fridays Stamp Shop under the NEW section right now!!! Use my code NORASENTME to get 15% off your total order!!!

Be sure to comment to be entered into a random drawing of all the commenters on the designers blogs to win a prize. Hop on over to the CAS-Fridays Blog to link up to the fabulous creations created by the Design Team!!

That is it for me today. I thank you for taking the time to stop by. Have a FABULOUS day!!!