Tuesday, April 26, 2016

CASology #195: SPRINKLE

Hello, friends!  Happy Tuesday!  You know what that means...a new cue card at CASology!

I immediately thought of the sugary sprinkles found on cupcakes and donuts...which led to this card!

I  embossed the Hero Arts donut image with black embossing powder, fussy cut, and colored in with Copic markers.  I made the sentiment by combining two stamp sets -- the "YOU" is from Simon Says Stamp ("You" 3x4 stamp set) while the "Are So Sweet" is from the Avery Elle "Simply Said - You" stamp set.  The embossed frame is a Cuttlebug "Tiffany" folder.  The donut is popped up on foam for dimension.

I added some Wink of Stella to the icing for some extra sparkle in the sprinkles!

Be sure to link up your SPRINKLE card by noon on Monday (Central time). Be sure to check out the fun cards shared by the Design Team and Guest Designer this week!

Guest DesignerLisa

(No Sponsor This Week )

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Art Impressions Challenge #182: Show Off Your Stamps

Hello, friends!  I'm back again today with two cards I made for the current Art Impressions Challenge #182: Show Off Your Stamps WEEK 2.

I could not resist buying the stamp set pictured here on the far right -- when I saw it was available at Michael's, I went straight away and luckily got the last one!

There are so many possibilities with this set!  I really love the sentiments...I do love a good pun and this set is full of them!

I made two cards with this fella...poor guy must be catching a bad draft! (Why do medical offices always seem so cold, anyway?)

Here are my cards closer up:

This one is colored with Copic markers and matted on Lawn Fawn polka dot paper.

This one is also colored with Copics, then framed using an inlaid die cut and the card base is stamped with a linen texture stamp.  I thought the patterned paper frame looked like the pattern on some hospital gowns.  ;)

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GSD Share Your Designs #20 & Virginia's View Link Up Party

Hello, friends!  I am stopping by today with a fun card I made for two current challenges.

First up, the current 20th Share Your Design Challenge at Gerda Steiner Designs. This is a great place to share your cards using any of her stamps, and you have a chance to win a $15 coupon to her store.

Second, I was so excited to see that Virginia opened up a "linky party" at her Virginia's View Challenge.  She is asking us to link up one card using a hello/miss you/friendship message.

I could not wait to ink up my recently purchased stamp sets from Gerda Steiner Designs.  The recent blog hop for this release was out of this world -- no pun intended!  I ordered both "Blast Off" and "Alien Invasion" and combined images and sentiments from both sets for my card.

This card is going to my nephew who is in kindergarten.  He loves to get mail, and he has enjoyed some recent sleep-overs at our house.  I hear from his mom that he wants to come back for more...hopefully soon!  In the meantime, a card to let him know Aunt Judy is thinking of him and missing him.

I masked the main panel as well as the "moon," then stamped my images and masked them as well.  Next, I mixed a variety of distress inks to make the outer space sky. I spritzed the whole sky with Perfect Pearls mist for a silvery shine and stamped some stars in white dye ink.  Finally, I colored the stamped images with Copic markers and filled in the boy's mask with Glossy Accents.   

Depending on the light, the sky is either dark...

...or very shiny!

I hope to make a few more cards with these fun stamps and share them soon.  In the meantime, be sure to check out the challenges linked above!

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Precious Remembrance Shop {Inspire Me Friday}

Hello, friends!  Today I'm sharing my next card for the "Happy Art" stamp set over at the Precious Remembrance Shop blog.

I hope you'll go check out my next installment of {Inspire Me Friday} for this release and the "Happy Stamping" card I'm sharing today!

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

CASology #194: MOM

Hello, friends!  It's time for a new CASology cue!  Are you ready? Let's celebrate those wonderful ladies we call MOM!

For my card, I used a wonderful stamp by our sponsor this week, the very generous STAMPlorations.  I used MOM Subway Art Builders #3 "Quiet Strength."  It is one of a series of subway art stamps for moms and I loved the various descriptors...they fit my mom perfectly!  This card is going to her, for sure.

While you could cut this stamp up to separate each phrase, I just masked repeatedly with a post-it and it worked fine!

For the frame, I did some inlaid die cutting, replacing one layer of the "frame" with a floral patterned paper instead of cream card stock.  While it may look multi-layered, my card is actually only one later on top of the card base, so it is very flat and easy for mailing.

I'm also linking my card up to the April CAS Card Challenge at the STAMPlorations Blog where the theme is "Anything Goes" and green is the color twist; I used some floral paper with lots of greens!

What comes to mind when you hear MOM?  I can't wait to see your cards!  Be sure to link them up by noon on Monday (Central time). Be sure to check out the Design Team and Guest Designer blogs, too!

Guest Designer:  Elizabeth

Our Sponsor This Week:  STAMPlorations

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

CASology #193: PINK

Hello, friends!  Happy Tuesday!  You know what that means, it's time for our next cue card at CASology!

For my card, I used my baby die set from Serendipity Stamps...and they happen to be our awesome sponsor this week!  No stamps used on this card...just a layered baby bootie, a die cut sentiment, and a fun embossing folder border.  Simple!

If you look closely, you will see the white lacey bootie layered on top of the pink solid bootie, and both are mounted on a die cut foam bootie for height.  The little bow is part of the bootie die set...a perfect touch for such a cute bootie!

While I'm at it, I'll be entering this card into the current challenge at the Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog because the theme is "emboss."  I embossed the border around my card, and there is some detailed embossing on the bootie of you look closely!

This cue can go so many ways...I can't wait to see what you do with it!  Be sure to link up your PINK card by noon on Monday (Central time). You will also be inspired by the many ways our Design Team and Guest Designer interpreted the cue this week...be sure to check out their blogs, too!

Guest Designer: Shanna

Our Sponsor This Week:  Serendipity Stamps

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Saturday, April 9, 2016

GSD 19th Share Your Designs: "Thank You" Bunny Mini Card

Hello, friends!  I'm stopping in today with a quick one-layer card I made for the Gerda Steiner Designs 19th Share Your Designs challenge.  (So far I am the only entrant...I do hope to have some company over there soon!)

I made this card using one of the bunny images (and the bee) from the Happy Hoppy 4x6 clear set along with a sentiment and the grass from the Brush Bunny clear stamp set.  The card measures 3.5 x 4.25 so it is a little smaller than a standard card.  As a finishing touch, I added two Prima flowers with gold Stickles to the centers.  The background is watercolored, while I colored the bunny with Copics.

I hope you get a chance to play along with the GSD Share Your Design challenge this time around...you can use any GSD stamp you might have!

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