Tuesday, March 20, 2018

March CAS Watercolor Challenge & March CAS Christmas Challenge - Take 2

Hi there ~ It's been a busy month for me on the homefront, but I always enjoy playing along with Loll and Bonnie's CAS Watercolor Challenge and since this month's theme is 'Garden', I dug out some of my favorite dies and got to work:  

I used one of MFT's Basic Edge dies to create the curve and a combination of Peerless and Daniel Smith watercolors for my flowers. The sentiment was embossed with gold EP, and I added a few clear sequins to finish up my design.


Loll and Bonnie also have a brand new challenge ~ CAS Christmas!  Since I love playing with my Holly dies, this is my 2nd entry:

For this card, I started with the MFT Stitched Scallop Frame die then colored the Holly and Berry Branch die with Copic markers. I added splatters with Copic Opaque White paint, spritzed everything with Sheer Shimmer Spray, put a generous amount of Glossy Accents on the berries, and embossed the sentiment with gold EP...and, that was it!

There's still a few more days to join in both challenges if you are interested.. In fact, all three of Loll and Bonnie's challenges are amazing, so it's likely you'll find at least one that strikes your fancy :) 

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Card #1:
Stamps: MFT - All Smiles (sentiment)
Dies: MFT - Stitched Flowers, Stitched Scallop Basic Edges
Ink: Versamark; Peerless Watercolors; Daniel Smith Watercolors (Yana Smakula Palette)
Misc: WOW - Gold Embossing Powder; Pretty Pink Posh - Clear Droplets

Card #2:
Stamps: PTI - Think Big Favorites #9 (sentiment)
Dies: Penny Black - Holly & Berry Branch; MFT - Stitched Scallop Frame
Ink: Versamark; Copic Opaque White
Misc: WOW - Gold Embossing Powder; Copic Markers; Imagine - Sheer Shimmer Spray. Lucy's Cards - Ice Cube Mix (Sequins)

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Addicted to CAS Challenge #132 - Birds

Hi there blog friends! It's time for another challenge at Addicted to CAS and this time we get to play with our 'Bird' stamps and dies! Izzy from Izzy Scraps is our Guest Designer and she has created a gorgeous card to inspire everyone!
It's always nice to have a special thank you card for a very special friend...so that's what I've done! 

I wanted to go with a non-traditional color combo, and couldn't wait to ink up my new PTI Brushed Birds! This is a layering stamp set, and I can't wait to use DI's or watercolors with them :) 

Please feel free to stop by the Addicted to CAS Challenge Blog show us your favorite bird stamps and dies for a chance to win a $20.00 gift card from Happy Little Stampers online store!

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Stamps and Dies: PTI - Brushed Birds, Birds & Blooms; MFT Blueprints 15
Ink: MFT Cement Gray, Grout Gray, Ripe Raspberry; PTI Sweet Blush
Gems: Little Things from Lucie's Cards - Ice Cube Mix

Friday, March 16, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #3

Hi there, crafty friends! It's time for another fabulous Twofer Card Challenge and this time, Darnell would like us to feature blossoms on our projects! The parameters also include using the exact same stamp or die on both cards, and to create 2 distinctly different designs for 2 different occasions.

I used MFT's Plentiful Petals for my blossoms and the All Smiles stamp set for the sentiments (except for the Altenew 'Treasure' sentiment). 

I love a monochromatic card, so for my 'Thinking of You' card, I used a few of my new inks (gifted by a lovely friend) for the blooms and to create the gradient inking on the die cut sentiment. 

For my 'Thank You' card, I stamped a large bloom from the same set, and added leaves and an old sparkly gem from my stash. I also used Stone Gray cardstock for the background and another stitched scallop edge. 

I rarely create more than one card at a time, so I'm really enjoying this challenge. Plus, Darnell has a super talented DT with some great ideas to inspire us...Check it out Here!

That's it for me today...Wishing you all a fun and crafty weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by,

Card #1
Stamps & Dies: MFT - Plentiful Petals, Stitched Scallop Basic Edges, All Smiles
Inks: Altenew - Frosty Pink, Cotton Candy, Coral Berry; Versamark
Misc: Lucy's Cards - Ice Cube Mix Sequins; Stampendous - White Detail embossing powder

Card #2:
Stamps & Dies: MFT - Plentiful Petals, Stitched Scallop Basic Edges 2, All Smiles (Thank You), Slanted Sentiment Strips, Wavy Coloring Book Background; Altenew - Build - a - Flower - Sakura Blossoms (Treasure)
Inks: Versamark; Versafine - Onyx Black; SSS - Sea Glass, Mint
Misc: Hero Arts - Clear embossing powder; Kaisercraft Gem; Lucy's Cards - Ice Cube Mix Sequins

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Fusion Challenge - Rain or Shine

Hi all ~ It's time for a brand new challenge at Fusion and our theme is 'Rain or Shine'! In the U.S., we'll be getting lots of showers over the next several weeks and before we know it, our flowers will be in full bloom! 

I was inspired by those 2 adorable little girls in the photo and used the color palette from their raincoats and boots for my rain boots. I popped up the clouds with foam tape and embossed the raindrops in silver. I also thought it would be fun to include a few puddles across the bottom of the card and stamp the sentiment on and off the cloud.

As always, my teamies have created some amazing cards for this challenge...Stop by the Fusion Challenge Blog and check them out and of course, we would love it if you could join us!

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Garden Fresh; Pretty Pink Posh - Rainy Day; PTI - Swansational (puddles)
Dies: Clearly Besotted - Garden Fresh; Pretty Pink Posh - Rainy Day
Inks: MFT - Ripe Raspberry, Cornflower; PTI - Bright Buttercup; SSS - Sea Glass; Versafine - Onyx Black; Versamark
Misc: Silver EP, Clear EP