Friday, July 6, 2018

Inspiration Squad - Challenge 203

Hello crafty friends... welcome to CAS-ual Friday's Challenge #203!   The inspiration for this challenge is Heat Embossing:


Are you a fan of heat embossing?  I hate the mess, but love the look, so I took out my embossing supplies and set about creating this card.

  
This being the 4th of July weekend, I had to use red and blue.   The celebrate was heat embossed onto a vellum banner and glued down with score tape. The flowers from the peaceful garden stamp set were heat embossed with red and blue directly onto the card front.  The green leafs were stamped over the embossed flowers.

Remember... 10 winning entries will be highlighted on this blog each Thursday before a new challenge is set to go live the next day.  In addition, Michele has generously offered up a $25 gift certificate to the overall winner at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.   If the chosen winner has used CAS-ual Fridays stamps and/or dies as the main focus in the card, that gift certificate will increase to $50.



Thanks for stopping bye... until next time, take care.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Scrapy Land - Challenge #93

Happy 4th of July crafty friends!  Welcome to the start of Scrapy Land Challenge #93.  Come join us... our theme is always "anything goes".

I used my favorite big and bold Die-Versions Happy Birthday die for this patriotic card.  This die measures 3.5 by 4.75 and as you can see it takes up the whole card front, so if you are looking for something that packs a punch... this is it.


My card was a fairly simple one to make.  I printed a free flag image onto card stock and then die cut the Happy Birthday from it.  I attached it to my card front and added my cute stamped characters.

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, June 22, 2018

Inspiration Squad - Challenge 202

Hello crafty friends... welcome to CAS-ual Friday's Challenge #202!   The inspiration for this challenge is this photo:


and I created this card:



I used the following stamp and die sets:
  Stamps:  Celebrate
  Fri-dies: Jumping Jacks

Remember... 10 winning entries will be highlighted on this blog each Thursday before a new challenge is set to go live the next day.  In addition, Michele has generously offered up a $25 gift certificate to the overall winner at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.   If the chosen winner has used CAS-ual Fridays stamps and/or dies as the main focus in the card, that gift certificate will increase to $50.


Thanks for stopping bye... until next time, take care.


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Scrapy Land - Challenge #92

Hello crafty friends... welcome to the start of Scrapy Land Challenge #92.  Please join us... the theme is "anything goes".



I created an underwater seen using the following dies for this card:
Impression Obsession Grass
Frantic Stamper Stitched Grassy Hill Edgers
Tutti Designs Coral
Elizabeth Craft Designs Turtle
Memory Box Family of Fish (not currently available in shop)

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



Saturday, June 16, 2018

Send A Smile 4 Kids - Guest Designer

Hello crafty friends,

I won a spot as a Guest Design (hooray for me) at Send A Smile 4 Kids by winning the  Send a Smile 4 Kids (for Mom from kids) challenge.  The current challenge Anything Goes 4 Kids or Cards for Teens...  I made two cards fits for teens to receive or give.

On my first card,

I used one of Stamping Bella Butterfly Girls ( Baratte).  There are several of them and they are all beautiful, but I purchased this one, because it showed the most wing area.   I stamped and colored her w/Chameleon Markers using similar colors as on my background panel.  I used the Crafters Workshop Sunburst 12x12 stencil for the background and the MFT Happy Birthday Circle Frame die in the center.  First I die cut the Happy Birthday circle in yellow, but it didn't give me the impact i wanted, but I die cut it from black card stock and glued it over the yellow one.   

Side note: It was my first time using Chameleon Markers and honestly, I'm not sure if I like them.  I have to do more testing to give them a proper review, so stay tune for that.

On my second card,


I used the Brutus Monroe Rockstar Pets dog w/headphones stamp in two ways.  As a background stamped in gray ink and as a focal element stamped in black and colored.  I added a distress look to my background panel by splashing some inks onto it before adding the top dog element on foam tape for dimension.

Thanks for stopping... until next time, take care. 

Friday, June 8, 2018

Inspiration Squad - Challenge 201

Hello crafty friends... welcome to CAS-ual Friday's Challenge #201!   The theme for this challenge is Masculine cards in summer colors.



I created this card for someone who's having a pool party birthday next month.  




I started by tracing a pair of boys swimming trunks in pencil on printer paper. Don't over think this part, it's a simple design, but it still took a few tries to get the look I wanted.  Once I had a shape, I liked, I fussy cut it out.  Now that I had a working outline, I traced around it several times on my front card panel.  Remember to use a pen/maker that will work your the coloring method you will be using.  I colored with Distress Oxidize inks, so I used an fine tip precision pen by American Crafts.  

Next came the fun part.... I took the tiny star and flower stamps from the Sassy Smile set and stamped patterns onto swimming trunks.  I used blue, green, orange and yellow colors for a fun summery feel. The #BIRTHDAY sentiment is from the Rad 2 stamp set.  





What are your playing for? 10 winning entries will be highlighted on this blog each Thursday before a new challenge is set to go live the next day.  In addition, Michele has generously offered up a $25 gift certificate to the overall winner at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.   If the chosen winner has used CAS-ual Fridays stamps and/or dies as the main focus in the card, that gift certificate will increase to $50.


Thanks for stopping bye... until next time, take care.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Scrapy Land - Challenge #91


Hello crafty friends... welcome to the start of Scrapy Land Challenge #91.  Come join us... the theme is "anything goes".

Cards with eclipse words are very trendy, so for this challenge I tried my hand at creating one.  I started with a stitched die cut white card panel, stamping Newton in his space suit.  Using copic markers I drew a corner of Earth so that Newton could have something to orbit.  I colored "space" with blues and purples.  Once my panel was fully colored and dry... I die cut the word "Hello" (here are many "hello" die options)  from the panel.  I also die cut the word three more times from white card stock, so that when I stacked them and replaced into the card panel the word would have dimension.



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

Monday, May 28, 2018

Coffee Shop Background

Hello crafty friends,

I have been meaning to post about this for a while...  I was inspired by Sandy Allnock's hipster card and video to try my hand at creating a copic scene background.  So using the bear w/coffee cup digital stamp from kindacutebypatricia on Esty, I copied her backgound design. 


I found it easier than expected and I'm very happy with my final card.  My take-a-way after this are... 1) I want to take some of Sandy Allnock background classes and 2) need to refill several of my copics. 

Friday, May 25, 2018

Inspiration Squad - may2018 Challenge 200

Happy Friday crafty friends... welcome to CAS-ual Friday's Challenge #200!   For this challenge, we are celebrating the 8th birthday of the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge blog.  Michele has a great new stamp set called Celebrate that is yours for FREE with a qualifying $40 minimum purchase. 


I made three cards using the new Celebrate stamp set... of this first card, I stamped the words on my card panel in gray ink.  Next I did some ink blending with my Distress Oxide Inks.  To finish my card I added a white glitter paper die cut jack from the Jumping Jacks Fri Die set.


For my second card... I created a shaker element using the Jumping Jacks Fri Die.  Some pattern paper and Celebrate sentiment from the Celebrate stamp set.


My third project was  a quick and simple tag using the Happy and the B-Day stamps from the Celebrate stamp set, the jacks from the Jumping Jacks Fri Die and some Distress Ink purple.


What are your playing for? 10 winning entries will be highlighted on this blog each Thursday before a new challenge is set to go live the next day.  In addition, Michele has generously offered up a $25 gift certificate to the overall winner at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps. And if that weren't enough, if the chosen winner has used CAS-ual Fridays stamps and/or dies as the main focus in the card, that gift certificate will increase to $50.



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

Saturday, May 19, 2018

IO Challenge - Stamp a Background

Hello crafty friends,

UPDATE 5/25:   I'm doing a happy dance, because I just found this card won the "Stamp a Background Challenge"!  Thank you Impression Obsession!




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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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Scrapy Land Challenge #88

Hello crafty friends,

Welcome to the start of Scrapy Land Challenge #88.  Come join us... the theme as always is "anything goes".


I used the Modern Happy Frantic Stamper die to create three tags for the front of my card. I backed two of them w/a wine color card stock and the middle tag with a green color stock.  The Modern Happy is currently not available, but both the Modern Cheers and Modern Greetings are in stock and would work nicely in a similar project.

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, April 13, 2018

Inspiration Squad - apr2018 Challenge 197

Hello crafty friends,

Happy Friday... and welcome to CAS-ual Friday's Challenge #197.  This challenge's inspiration starting point is a musical one...


I love to dance, but I don't do much dancing these days... so I used one of the ballerinas from the Tutu stamps set to create a card with the perfect sentiment... "just dance".





Thank you for stopping bye today.  I look forward to seeing your MUSIC theme submissions to this month's challenge. 

Sunday, April 8, 2018

SAS4Kids

Hello crafty friends,

Today's post features my card for the current Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge with a theme of Anything Goes or For Mom from Kid.  I created a Happy Birthday card that anyone would love to receive using the I Woof You dog digital stamp from Di's Digi Stamps.


I used PSElements to replace the "I woof you" sentiment with a "happy birthday" one and my zig watercolor brushes to color the image.  I fussy cut the colored image, added foam tape behind it and placed it card.  As a finishing touch I add glossy accents to the eye and nose.  and stamped a few paw prints on the sign.  This little dog makes me smile... I hope it does you too.  thanks for stopping bye.

also submitting this card to:
Cute Card Thursday:  Challenge 524 Anything Goes, which runs until 4/11/18

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Happy Birthday To You

Hello craft friends,

Do you struggle making birthday cards for the men in your lives?  I do.  My husband isn't into home repairs (he does them, but it's not his thing), he's not into hunting (thankfully) or fishing.  He's into sports (Chicago teams), but I'm not into sports at ALL, so I never venture into that arena (get it? LOL).  Therefore, I struggle coming up with ideas for his cards... and I will share a secret with just you... there have been years when he didn't get a card from me (YES, it's true).   But not this year... I'm ready with a good card for him this year... now I just have to put it somewhere I will remember come August.


Yes, my hubby likes cards (poker, blackjack, etc.), so when I recently found this poker chip die I knew I needed to get it and pair it w/my old and still unused Tim Holtz poker card embossing folders... and in true Tim Holtz fashion, I distressed my three playing cards by inking the embossing folders before embossing the card stock.  I added a Lawn Fawn "happy birthday border" die cut along the top arch of my wood pattern paper element.

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

I'm entering the following challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Happy Birthday with runs 4/4 to 4/11 8am
Simon Says Monday Challenge - A Trio of Something, with runs 4/2 to 4/9 8am.


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Scrapy Land Challenge #87

Hello crafty friends,

Welcome to the start of Scrapy Land Challenge #87.  Come join us... the theme is always "anything goes".


I used a small set of reverse leaf dies from Frantic Stamper to create a background panel as the main design element of my card.  I backed the panel with a water-colored panel and matted it with a flower pattern paper.  I wanted to keep the card simple, but felt it needed something more, so I added tiny flowers and nuvo drops in pink, yellow and white. 

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.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Don't Worry About a Thing

cuz every little thing gone by alright...



Hello crafty friends,
I have a tall card for you today. I just had to get this Little Birdies trio stamp set from Cas-ual Fridays Stamps. And my first card with it had to be a rainbow water-colored one.  I paired the birdies with a few stitched speech bubbles dies and sentiments from the Little Birdies stamp set.

Here's a short video showing how I die cut the Little Birdies trio stamp using the matching solid die.



I'm submitting this card to:
Simon Says Monday Challenge (A Trio Of Something), which runs until next Sunday.
CAS Watercolor Card April Challenge (Bird), which runs until 4/24th.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Inspiration Squad - apr2018 Challenge 196

Hello crafty friends,

Happy Friday... and welcome to CAS-ual Friday's Challenge #196.  This challenge's inspiration starting point is Spring Fever:

Have you seen the new bunny stamp set called "Somebunny"?  I fell in love on first sight and ordered it right away.


I started this card by stamping lots of bunnies on a sheet of watercolor paper (I do most of my coloring during my lunch hour at work... helps me relax)  With the bunnies colored, I inked a card front with distress inks, sprayed some water on it and added some of the stars from the stamp set.  I used a light color ink, because i wanted them to fade into the background a bit.  Once the background panel was dry, I added three bunnies and the "hoppy birthday" sentiment from the set to the card.  As a finishing touch I added glossy accents to the balloons and tiny fussy balls (I can't think of their name) as tails.



Thank you for stopping bye today.  I look forward to seeing your SPRING theme submissions to this month's challenge. 


I'm entering this card in the following Challenges:
Crafty Gals Corner - Challenge 162which runs until 4/10