Sunday, July 15, 2018

CAS Challenge cards

 I am hosting the Clean and Simple Challenge at Splitcoaststampers today and have the cards I made for the challenge to share with you.
The challenge is to use your dies to emboss instead of cut. 
For the card above, I embossed from the back of the panel then sponged on some colour and die cut the hearts to insert in the embossed area. I think it adds interest to the background and like the way the die piece falls into the groves created by the embossing.
The flower is from Altenew called Perennial Beauty. I used Altenew inks in the pink tones for the flowers and greens for the leaves. The background I did using a Wendy Vecchi ink and I stamped the sentiment using Ranger Archival Jet Black. The flower is attached on foam dots and I finished with a few sequins.
For this card, which is a one layer card, I again embossed the die from the back of the card front. I used distress oxides for the water, and Altenew inks for the layering fish. The sentiment is stamped using Cobalt Blue. I added Nuvo Jewel Drops in Sea Breeze to finish the card.
When doing embossing with dies your card stock can crinkle. To avoid this happening I spritz the side of the cardstock that does not have the die on it. A very light spritz will help relax the paper. I use 120lb. Neenah cardstock for my cards, and as you can see, in both cases I did not have any "crinkles".
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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Turtle Swim

I am participating with the Inspiration Challenge today at Splitcoaststampers where we visited the online site for My inspiration for this card comes from this phone case
For my card I first die cut my panel of watercolour paper. On my work surface I put down some Tumbled Glass to splat my background. I wanted a very light background to show off the turtle stencil. I then secured the stencil in place and sponged on the colours I wanted to use. Once I was done the stencil work I added Wink of Stella by hand. What can I say, I wanted some sparkle! I stamped the sentiment using the Manganese Blue and attached fun foam to the panel using Sookwang (Be Creative Tape), then attached the panel to my Aqua card base. I added a few iridescent bubbles to finish. 
This close up shows the sparkle on the turtle and reminds me that I also did some splatters with water.
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Sunday, July 08, 2018


A tropical clean and simple card for the "Tropical" challenge at splitcoaststampers this week. 
I have this stencil to use, which is perfect for the challenge. Using distress inks, I sponged on my colours to my card base, then added versamark and heat embossed using Nuvo embossing powder. 
I then die cut the leaf from the Tropical Leaves Die set and sponged on the peacock feathers, then went over it with the twisted citron, doing a few layers in the center of the leaf.
I styled and attached the leaf using foam dots, then die cut 3 of the "Enjoy" sentiment dies in the white, gluing together and attaching to the leaf.
To finish I added a few gumdrops. 
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Saturday, July 07, 2018


I'm still dreaming! 😊
The Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers is a fabulous site called A Beautiful Mess. There is much inspiration, but I fell for this pillow, and it meant I could play with my new stamp set from Flora and Fauna called Good Vibes.
Using black ink I stamped the cactus image on my card base, then stamped the sentiment on a small piece of cardstock and die cut with the labels die.
I also cut the frame from cardstock and attached to the base using foam dots. I attached the sentiment label with glue and added a few gumdrops to finish.
A simple, but I think cute CAS design.
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Tropical Dreams

 I am up on the Scrap'n Stamp blog today sharing this card I did using a Flora and Fauna Stamp Set called Good Vibes. It just doesn't get much cuter than this!

To start my card I first die cut the insert in my card panel. I then arranged the stamps in my Misti, concentrating first on the border stamps, which are heat embossed using Nuvo clear embossing powder. Before inking the stamps I would remove the insert, then stamp with Versamark and heat emboss with the  embossing powder. I would then put the card back together and remove the frame before inking the stamps with colour, then heat embossing again with the clear embossing powder. In this case I am using Distress Oxides in Twisted Citron and Lucky Clover for my colours. I did this around the frame and in the insert until completed.  

I then stamped the birds using Jet Black ink and the  flower using Vibrant Fuchsia on water colour paper and water coloured with Zig Brushes in yellow, bright yellow, orange, pink and light green then fussy cut everything out. 
To put my card together, I added fun foam to the back of my panel and attached to my card base. I arranged placement of the birds and flower, then stamped the sentiment in Bright Tangelo. I styled the flower a bit, and attached the flower using glue and the birds are on foam dots. I then finished with a few sequins, and added a touch of Wink of Stella to the birds beaks and the flower centre.

I hope you have enjoyed this card today, and thank you for visiting.

Thursday, July 05, 2018

It's Your Birthday

Today is my sweet friend Lesley's birthday and this is the card I made for her. I thought it appropriate to share on her birthday.

I used this fun image from Studio Katia, called Best Friends. It has me smiling with the cats and dogs, and Lesley once had cats and I once had dogs. 

In my Misti I stamped my image using Ranger Jet Black ink and heat embossed using Nuvo Cyrstal Embossing Powder. It doesn't show in the picture, but the powder has a sparkly finish. I then gave the background a "Infusions" treatment using Rusty Car. I did not use a lot of the powder the first go, and I very much liked the look, so I did not add any further powder to the image, but I mixed a bit on my mat and with my paint brush, added a bit more colour to some of the animals. Once dry, I die cut the panel with my wonky rectangle die.

I decided it would look great on a bright cardstock, so used orange for my base and attached the panel using fun foam. Normally I would stamp on black cardstock for my sentiment, but I did not like that, so used more of the orange to stamp my sentiment, again using the jet black ink and heat embossing with the Nuvo powder and attaching it using foam dots. To finish I added Nuvo Jewel Drops in orange marmalade.

I hope you enjoyed this card today and thank you for visiting my blog.

Monday, July 02, 2018

One Cool Dad

 Masculine cards don't always mean darker colours. Lots of guys love colour, I happen to know a few of them. This kind of card could be used for birthday's, Father's Day, or a just because.

I started by doing the colour burst background using vibrant colours of orange and yellow. I did the popsicles using distress oxide inks in carved pumpkin, squeezed lemonade, twisted citron and picked raspberry, along with distress ink in walnut stain for the sticks. When dry, I covered both popsicles with clear Wink of Stella.
I die cut the background using a deckled rectangle die and attached using fun foam. I added the popsicles, with the bottom on pop dots, and stamped and die cut the sentiment attaching with glue, then added a few gumdrops to finish. 
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Sunday, July 01, 2018

Happy Canada Day

Wishing my Canadian friends a Happy Canada Day!
Enjoy the celebrations.
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