Tuesday, May 24, 2016

CASology #199: FAST

Hello, friends!  We are gearing up for a FAST week at CASology!

So many ways to go with this cue!  I really wanted to make a thank you card for my son's track coach as their season comes to an end this week, but I didn't have any stamps that fit the theme.  I went with my next idea...a get well card with wishes for a speedy recovery!

I stamped this fun Art Impressions image (from the "Get Well" set available at Michael's) and grounded her using a shadow stamp from Paper Smooches ("Shadows" set).  I colored her with Copics, and done.  A fast card, for sure!

While I'm at it, I'm linking this card up at the current Art Impressions Challenge #184: Laughing WITH You.  That's my kind of card challenge...I do love a good laugh!

Be sure to link up your FAST card by noon on Monday (Central time). Be sure to check out the blogs of our Design Team and Guest Designer for more inspiration!

Guest Designer: Coni

Thanks for visiting,

Monday, May 23, 2016

Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #45

Hello, friends!  I'm stopping in to share a clean and simple card I made for the current Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #45: "Anything Goes."  

I really get a kick out of the animals in the "Birthday Farm Animals" set, so I decided to die cut and stamp this fun birthday pig.  I popped him up next to the "Happy Birthday Wafer Die" done in several layers of black card stock.  (I embossed the card base with a linen embossing plate before popping up the pig...and I added lots of Wink of Stella to the balloon, both hard to see.)

I'm always happy when the SSS Flickr Challenge does an "Anything Goes" theme...that way I can play with some of my favorite SSS stamps and dies with no restrictions!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

CASology #198: STENCIL

Hello, friends!  It's time for our next CASology cue card!

OK, I have to admit, I did not own any stencils until very recently.  Well, technically that is not really true...I have some old brass stencils from way back when I dry embossed cards using my light box (did anyone out there ever do that?).  I've also paint stenciled a few borders in my house.  But in regard to card-making, I also have to admit that I have not used stencils for cards in a very long time.

Until this week!  (That's what I love about these challenges...sometimes they REALLY do challenge you!)

This week we are sponsored by STAMPlorations, and so I used one of their stencils for my card.  (Have you seen their collection of stencils?  They have some really nice ones!  You can check them out here.)  I used the "Happy Flowers" stencil and the "Noteworthy" clear stamp set, and I kept my one-layer card pretty simple by spraying the stencil with Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls mist.

In the right light, you can really see the shine of the Perfect Pearls mist!

I am sure most of you have a variety of stencils on your stash...I think the real challenge will be to keep your designs clean and simple this week.  I can't wait to see what you create!

I'm going to play along with the May monthly challenge at STAMPlorations Challenge Blog where "Anything CAS Goes."  (There is an optional color twist - magenta -  but I didn't do that.)  I might as well link up to the STAMPlorations Never-Ending Anything Goes Challenge, too!

Be sure to link up your STENCIL 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!

Guest Designer: Shelly

Our Sponsor This Week:  STAMPlorations

Thanks for visiting,

Saturday, May 14, 2016

From the Heart Sketch #151: Hello

Helo, friends!  I am so happy to be able to sneak in today amidst the crazy business of a sunny Saturday with a card I made for the current I {heart} Sketches with a tWist #151 at From the Heart Stamps.  I followed the sketch pretty closely and used a handwritten sentiment (although not my handwriting!).

For my card, I used the adorable From the Heart freebie called "Bee Happy Birdbrain" and I paired it with a "hello" sentiment from Precious Remembrance Shop.  The background flower pattern is an old Hero Arts cling stamp.

I first saw these adorable birdbrain images at Lisa Lara's blog (she is quickly becoming one of my favorite bloggers...you can check her out HERE).  When I saw a freebie was available, I thought I'd give it a try!  I think I'm hooked...I see some serious shopping in my future.  (Uh oh...)

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge #9 and GSD Share Your Designs #21

Hello, friends!  I'm happy to be here again today to share a card I made for two challenges. (For my CASology post, click HERE.)

First, I'm playing at the current Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge #9 using three elements in a row...I used "Masking Technique-Sponging-Things That Fly."

Next up, I'm entering this card in the current Share Your Designs Challenge #21 at Gerda Steiner Designs.  I used the new release sets (Alien Invasion and Blast Off) and had lots of fun stamping, masking, sponging distress inks, and making a fun little scene!

As usual, I added Glossy Accents to the dome of the space ships for some added interest.

I used a variety of coloring techniques on this card and, while it was a little more "labor-intensive" than I am used to, it was quite relaxing and fun.  I first stamped the images and masked them.  I sponged on a variety of distress inks to make the sky, keeping a brighter area for the sentiment.  I then took a watercolor brush and flicked on some splatters of purple paint.  Finally, I added a few white "stars" with a gel pen.  I then unmasked the images, colored the aliens and the planet with Copics, but watercolored the space ships and inner domes.  I added some white liquid pearls to the ships and a touch of yellow to suggest lights underneath.  I think this card may be heading to my nephew again!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

CASology #197: TEAR

Hello, friends!  I'm here today with our next cue card from CASology.

OK, so this cue can be interpreted in several ways.  "Tear" can be a verb, as in to rip. Or "tear" can be a noun, as in a tear drop shed when you cry.  I went with the noun and made a clean and simple sympathy card.

I simply colored in the flower stamp with LePlume markers, spritzed with water, and stamped.  I added the sentiment in black dye ink on top of the flower once it had dried.

Hero Arts "A Real Flower Drooping"
My Sentiments Exactly "Sympathy Sentiments"
Sizzix Stampin' Up Framed Tulips embossing folder
LePlume markers, water spritzer, watercolor card stock

I can't wait to see how you interpret TEAR this week.  Be sure to link up your 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: Marilyn

Our NEW Sponsor This Week:  Right at Home

(Thanks for sponsoring our challenge this week!)

Thanks for visiting,

Sunday, May 8, 2016

GSD Monthly Challenge

Hello, friends!  Happy Mother's Day to my blogger friends who are celebrating today!  I'm stopping by to share a card I made for the Monthly Challenge at Gerda Steiner Designs using the sweet image "Mouse with the Drink."  If you purchase this image this month, you will receive the image for next month's challenge for free!

For my card, I printed the image and added my own computer-generated sentiment below.  I colored it with Copic markers, and added Wink of Stella to the glass of lemonade for some sparkle.  (Of course you can't see it...that's the way it is when trying to photograph Wink of Stella!)  I added Glossy Accents to the nose and little white accents with a white gel pen for the finishing touches.

Sorry for the quick post today...we're in between Mother's Day soccer games!
Have a great day,