Saturday, May 19, 2018

IO Challenge - Stamp a Background

Hello crafty friends,

Impression Obsession current challenge is "stamp a background", which is such a fun challenge.  Creating a stamped card background is so easy and can be done with the very same stamp you are using for the card's main focus.  Here's the card I made...

I started by stamping a few Hearts With Flowers on post-it-notes to create a few masks.  Next, using the masks, I stamped the Hearts With Flowers on my card background turning the stamps to vary the placement.  In a matter of minutes (fussy cutting the masks took the longest) I had a stamped background that would match my card's main element perfectly.  As you can see, I used the Hearts With Flowers as my main focus element.  To add interest, I stamped it three times and fussy cut it into three sections.  The heart (top), the blue flower and leaves (2nd layer) and the purple flowers.  placed the sections on top of each other with foam tape for dimension and interest. 

I made go back and add Nuvo Drops to circles on the stamp background, but I can't decide on what color of drop.  Any suggestions?   Thanks for stopping... until next time, take care. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Aurora Wings Challenge #66

Hello crafty friends,

I will let you in on a secret...  I used this challenge as an excuse to buy the Aurora Wings Trick or Treat Kids digital stamp now instead of waiting until Halloween was closer. 

The Aurora Wings Challenge #66 theme is... Black & White (with or without a splash of color), so I used shades of black watercolors and a "splash" of orange to create my card.  I'll let you in on another secret... this started out as a one layer card, but I messed up on my ink blending and ended up redoing the kids and adding them to the stitched panel on dimensional tape. 

Thanks for stopping bye. Until next time... take care.

Scrapy Land Challenge #90

Hello crafty friends,

Welcome to the start of Scrapy Land Challenge #90.  Come join us... the theme as always is "anything goes". 

For this challenge I created a set of note cards using one of the Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Squares.

This first note card features the Adorable Skunk from Frantic Stamper gesturing to a stitched speech bubble die cut with a stamped sentiment. The green stitched panel was also die cut from one of the Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Squares.

This second note card features the Lets Fly bird die by Penny Black and a stamped sentiment. The teal stitched panel was also die cut from one of the Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Squares.

Here's a video showing how I created these note cards:

Thanks for stopping bye.... please join us for this challenge.  The winners... one selected randomly and one selected by the Design Team will both receive a $10 gift certificate to Scrapy Land.  Until next time... take care.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Inspiration Squad - may2018 Challenge 199

Happy Friday crafty friend... welcome to CAS-ual Friday's Challenge #199.  This challenge's inspiration is this sketch...

Which I interpreted like this...

I made a one layer using the balloon and the "what's up" stamps from the Somebunny stamp set.  

I should mention that the balloon is not a stand alone stamp, it's connected to the bunny.  The first thing I did when I got this set was cut them apart.  I can always stamp them as they were meant to be when needed, but in the meantime having them apart makes them a lot more usable to me.  

Hope you can join us in this challenge. What are your playing for? 10 winning entries are highlighted on the  CAS-ual Fridays blog the Thursday before a new challenge goes live.  We call it the Happy Hour! In addition, a $25 gift certificate goes to the overall winner.  If the chosen winner uses CAS-ual Fridays stamps and/or dies as the main focus for the card, the gift certificate increases to $50.

Thank you for stopping bye today.  I look forward to seeing your submissions based on our sketch for this month's challenge. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Scrapy Land Challenge #89

Hello crafty friends,

Welcome to the start of Scrapy Land Challenge #89, where the theme is always "anything goes".

I love how this card turned out.  I used two dies and two pieces of pattern paper.  First, I die cut the "thinking of you" towards the bottom of a piece of white card stock that was big enough to fit the flowers, which I die cut second.   Once I had my final die cut element, I attached it to my ombre pattern paper and wrapped bakers twine in between the flowers and the words for added interest.  I used foam to give this panel dimension on my card.  I added some red sequins as a finishing touch.

The two die sets I used are Frantic Stamper Contemporary Floral Border and Impression Obsession Bottom Word Edgers, which sadly is currently not available...  so I'm linking the Holiday version, because they are on my wish list for Holiday cards this year.

Thanks for stopping bye.... please join us for this challenge.  The winners... one selected randomly and one selected by the Design Team will both receive a $10 gift certificate to Scrapy Land.  Until next time... take care.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Simon Says Flower Power Challenge

Hello crafty friends,

Just finished this card, which I'll be submitting to Simon Says Monday Flower Power Challenge...

This is a one layer stamped card using one of the flowers from the CAS-ual Fridays Pretty Posies stamp set.  The heart was die cut from the card front using the CAS-ual Fridays Heart Board die and glued to the card's inside.  The sentiment on the hand cut fishtail banner is from the CAS-ual Fridays Sassy Smiles stamp set.

I'm also submitting this card to Simon Says Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge and Through the Purple Haze Challenge 143 Spring/Easter.  Thanks for stopping bye... until next time, take care.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Michele's 50th Birthday Hop

Hello craft friends,

Today we celebrate Michele Gross (owner of CAS-ual Fridays) turning 50th over at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.  As someone who's a few years into her 50s, I welcome her to this decade, which is not a bad one at all.  Since my thoughts were on decades, I decided to have some fun and create five decade specific birthday cards.  So, this post contains cards for a 10 year old, a 20 year old, etc. 

My card for a 10 year old, has one of the bunnies from the Somebunny stamp set holding a yellow balloon.  "its your birthday" from the Whole Sheband stamp set is stamped on a tag several times with a fishtail banner full of stars from the Fun-Fetti die set die cut into it and backed with yellow card stock. 

My card for a 20 year old, has a border of die cut purple flowers from the Pretty Posies stamp and die sets.  On a purple fishtail banner, a stamped number 20 from the Flower-Case Alphabet stamp set and the "its your birthday" from the Whole Sheband stamp set.

My card for a 30 year old was fun to make.  I started by stamping lots of 30s using the Flower-Case Alphabet stamp set on my card front.  Since the "its your birthday" from the Whole Sheband stamp set was on my desk has working so well for me, I used it again, stamping it across all the 30s (in black ink, so they would stand out from the red stamped 30s.  Next I added several die cuts of the smallest flower from the Pretty Posies stamp and die set.

My card for a 40 year old, well... I'm honestly not sure about this one.  I was trying to create a window box card w/layers, but I added everything except the kitchen sink to this card and it's just not working for me.  I used the following stamp and die sets for this one...  SomebunnyFlower-Case AlphabetLittle BirdiesPretty Posies, and the new CELEBRATE.

For my happy 50th card,  I stepped outside my normal style and created a more grungy card.  Hand drew boxes around the sentiments from the Whole Sheband stamp set.  Used die cut balloons from the Somebunny stamp set to "pull" those wishes up into the sky.

HAPPY 50th Birthday Michele!  I'm looking forward to celebrating with you, the CAS-ual Fridays crew and all our wonderful crafty friends who will be joining us in the blog hop.

Your next hop is to Penny Ward blog.
A list of all the Designers Blogs can be found back at the start... CAS-ual Fridays Stamps

There are quite a few stops along the way, but make sure to comment on each because Michele is giving away 5 prizes and we don't know which blog she will select from.

Commenting ends at 11:59pm April 23rd

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