Sunday, August 20, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches - Challenge #301


Hi there ~
I'm back to share a card I created for this week's challenge at Freshly Made Sketches. The sketch is by Jen B. and I love it!

I would like to get back to creating some Christmas cards, so that's how I played with the sketch ~


I started by creating my own plaid pattern with Post-It tape, using 2 shades of green and one of red, then used PTI Spruce & Sprigs for the holly and berries. The scalloped panel is from MFT and the sentiment is from an old Hero Arts stamp set.

So...that's it for me ~ I hope everyone has a fun and crafty week ahead!
Thanks so much for stopping by,








Saturday, August 19, 2017

Addicted to CAS Challenge #118 - Friends


Hello there blog friends ~ It's time for another fun challenge at Addicted to CAS and our Code Word is 'Friends'! Susan is our Hostess for this challenge and Happy Little Stampers is offering a $15.00 gift card for the winner!


And, here is my card, which has already been sent to a 'Sweet Friend'! 


My teamies have created some really cute cards for this challenge...Feel free to stop by the ATCAS Blog and join us for this fun theme!

Products used:
Mama Elephant - Honey Bunny, Friend die
Lawn Fawn - Speech Bubble
PTI - Keep it Simple: Friendship (sentiment)
Copic Markers, Hero Arts White EP, Pretty Pink Posh (Sequins) 

Thanks so much for stopping by,








Thursday, August 17, 2017

Muse Card Challenge #229

Hi there ~ I haven't played along with Muse in a few weeks and when I saw Tracey's adorable inspiration card, I couldn't resist! Here is her card:


And, my take on her card:



I focused on Tracey's layout and blue background, although instead of ink blending I thought it would be fun to use this whimsical stencil. I also added the oval shadow die cut for the bear to stand on and some glossy accents on the balloons :)

Ingredients:
MFT: Bold Paisley Stencil, Polar Bear Pals, Happy Hippos (balloons), Up in the Air (sentiment), Essential Speech Bubble
Copic Markers, Lucy's Cards (sequins)

Thanks so much for stopping by,








Sunday, August 13, 2017

CASology Challenge #261; SSS Flickr Challenge #77

Hello again,
I'm back to share 2 cards ~



First up is a CAS card I created for this week's CASology Challenge #261 and the Cue Card is ‘Safari’


I used MFT Jungle Friends dies for the grass and giraffe and created the spots with my old punches :) The sentiment 'Stripe Greetings' is from SSS. I used Peerless Watercolors for the grass and added a few splatters for texture, and I also added clear embossing powder to the sentiment for some shine.

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My 2nd card is for the current SSS Flickr Challenge and the theme is 'Splatter It' ~ 


I don't usually add splatters to my card, so it was fun to use them on both cards this week :)


I stamped the background with SSS Artsy Flower Parts in white EP and added distress inks. The sentiment is from the SSS 'You' stamp and die set.

So, that's it for me today...I hope everyone had a lovely weekend ~
Thanks so much for stopping by,








Sunday, August 6, 2017

CASology Challenge - 'Juicy'; CAS Watercolor August Challenge - 'Salt'

Hi there ~ I'm back to share 2 cards but before I do, I just want to thank you all for your sweet thoughts and lovely condolences since we had to say goodbye to our furry sidekick, Movado ~ You are all so kind!

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First up is this week's CASology Challenge for the theme 'Juicy'! 


There's nothing like a bowl of sweet and juicy fruit...especially at this time of year! So, I started with stenciling the front panel with PTI's 'Sunburst' in 2 shades of yellow, then used SSS 'You're So Sweet' stamps and dies for the fruit and sentiment. A good coat of Glossy Accents on everything and this card was finished :)


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 The theme for the August CAS Watercolor Challenge is 'Salt'. Loll and Bonnie provided several video tutorials for us, but I happened to have a video from Jen McGuire which I used for the galaxy background on this card:



It's difficult to see the effects of the salt (Sea Salt & Kosher Salt) on screen, but this background really sparkles in person! I also added a few teeny-tiny star gems which were part of a 'Happy Mail' package from my sweet friend Betty a few years ago :) I used Grout Gray for the card base and embossed it with PTI Linen/Canvas Impression Plate. The astronaut and sentiment are from MFT 'Space Explorer' set. 
Here is a close up of the card:




Have a wonderful week ahead...Thanks so much for stopping by,








Saturday, August 5, 2017

Addicted to CAS Challenge #117




Hi there blog friends,
It's time for another challenge at Addicted to CAS and this time I am playing Hostess! I thought long and hard about a code word and finally decided on 'One Layer Card' ~ challenging, right?


We also have an incredibly talented and super sweet Guest Designer ~ Pam Sparks!
And, don't forget that we always have a great prize for our winner and this time it's a $10.00 voucher from STAMPlorations

OK...on to my one layer card:


These blooms are called 'Fancy Flowers' and they're from MFT's December Card Kit. There are so many beautiful flowers in this set, and I think this one works well on a single layer and colored with Prismacolor Pencils. I didn't use Gamsol to blend the colors because I like the sketchy look with shades of gray. I also used Stone Gray cardstock for my card base, and this gorgeous Avery Elle Sentiment was a birthday gift from my dear friend, Loll! Thank you again, Loll...I love it!

If you would like to play along, stop over at the Addicted to CAS Challenge Blog ~


Thanks so much for stopping by,








Friday, August 4, 2017

CAS on Friday Challenge #113 & Muse


Hi there ~
Now that our children are grown and off on their own, our fur-baby, Movado, has become the focus of our love and attention...He was with us for 16 years (a very old man for his breed) and sadly, we had to say goodbye to him yesterday.
I was going to post this card yesterday, but instead spent most of the day with hubby and a box of Kleenex...what can I say...here is a photo of our little prince:


If you're old enough to remember The Little Rascals, then you're probably thinking that he looks just like Petey :) Movado was a great friend, and we will miss him very, very much!

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The theme for the current challenge at CAS on Friday is 'Exotic'. While rummaging through my stash, I came across this PTI stamp set that I purchased from Laurie Willison several weeks ago...I hope these Palm Prints are exotic enough to meet the criteria for the challenge. I am also entering this card into this week's Muse Challenge ~ Anything Goes! 


This is a 2-step stamping set so I used dye inks and gold EP. I die cut the sentiment in gold foil, added a few splatters and that was it!



Wishing you all a great weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by,








Friday, July 28, 2017

CASology 5 Year Anniversary!





Hi there, blog friends! CASology is having a 5 Year Anniversary Balloon Blog Hop, and there are some amazing prizes up for grabs for this week's challenge!

I have several balloon stamps and dies, but wanted to play with my brand new MFT Heart Balloon Dies.


I blended some Peerless Watercolors for the balloons and added bows from MFT's Blueprints 26. I colored the Beach Bunny with Copic markers and embossed the sentiment from MFT's Up in the Air stamp set. Lastly, the balloon strings were stamped with Mama Elephant's Party Kit and I added a touch of Wink of Stella to her bow for some sparkle! And, that was it!

My personal CONGRATS to CASology on your 5 year anniversary! I have enjoyed every challenge, and have been honored to be your Guest Designer on a few occasions! I wish you many more years of success!



Thanks so much for stopping by,








Sunday, July 23, 2017

Hello, Sweet Friend ~ You're So Sweet!



Hello there, blog friends! I'm back to share two cards I created for a few of my favorite challenges. First up is the CAS Watercolor and CAS Mix Up Challenges.

So, it's a Butterfly for CAS Watercolor and Stamping, Tissue Paper, and stenciling for CAS Mix Up! 


Last week I submitted a card for both challenges, and I created a few extra panels using the Tissue Paper Technique. For this card, I used one of those panels to die cut the butterfly, and I love how it turned out! Check out Loll's video tutorial ~ It's a lot of fun and the results are amazing ~
- Stamping: Sentiment
- Tissue Paper: Butterfly
- My Choice: Stenciling

By the way, if you haven't played along in these challenges you're missing out! Loll and Bonnie always come up with the most interesting and 'challenging' ideas...Check them out!

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My 2nd card is for CAS(E) This Sketch and CAS on Friday Challenges (Primary Colors):




I'm always late to the party, so this is a new set for me and I couldn't wait to ink it up...I hope it's ok that I added orange to his beak as it is not a primary color :)

I gave up Inlinkz since they switched over to a new program, so I'll be adding my products at the end of each blog post...if you have any questions, don't hesitate to let me know in the comments ~

Hello Sweet Friend:
MFT - Flutter of Butterflies (Lace), Bold Paisley Stencil
PTI - Keep it Simple (Friendship), Silver Luxe Cardstock (card base)
Lucy's Cards: Clear Jewels
Tim Holtz - Silver EP, Tumbled Glass (Butterfly)
SSS - Sea Glass & Audrey Blue inks

You're So Tweet:
Reverse Confetti - Toucan of Friendship
MFT - Rectangle Peek-a-Boo Window
Memory Box - Winterberry Sprig
Tim Holtz - Tumbled Glass
SSS - White woodgrain cardstock (sprig)

Copic markers, Versamark, White EP, Glossy Accents






Have a wonderful week ahead ~ Thanks so much for stopping by,








Saturday, July 22, 2017

Addicted to CAS Challenge #116



Hi there blog friends ~ It's time for another fun challenge at Addicted to CAS and this time our Code Word is 'Wheels'
Our lovely teamie Kel is our Hostess, and the fabulous Aileen Ryan is our Guest Designer ~
Happy Little Stampers is our Sponsor and Kylie is offering the winner a Gift Card for $15.00!




Don't ya just love Mama Elephant critters? I think they're so cute! These 2 are from an older set called 'Tandem Ride' and when I saw the code word I was so happy that I had this set in my stash :)
I stamped and die cut the images, colored them with Copic markers, and added the sentiment from Reverse Confetti.

We would love to have you join us for this challenge. There's lots of wonderful inspiration from my teamies, so if you have the time, drop by the ATCAS Blog

Thanks so much for stopping by, and for your sweet comments! I really appreciate it!