Thursday, December 18, 2014

Two CASE'd Christmas cards

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing two cards I CASE'd (copy and share everything) from myself. :)

This year my Christmas gift to my sister Dee, is to make some Christmas cards for her to send to family and friends.  She received them a few months ago and they have now all been sent out, so I thought it was safe to share with you.

Dee picked out two CAS designs from earlier this year and asked for nine of each.  I wanted to change them up a little from my original, but as you can see from below, there's not too much difference with the card above.  I tried different sentiments, but decided that this one worked best, so stayed with it.  I did change up the snowflake to silver glimmer paper and added a circle frame from the same pretty paper.  And I added a silver foil backing to the aperture (the original was open to the inside of the card).

Here's the original ... like I said ... not too much different.  Click HERE for the original post and details.


The second card Dee picked is fun and whimsical.  I love these three winter sparrows from Lawn Fawn.  I tried using different colors for the birds from my original card, but decided I'd stick with the same ... they just work.  I did change up the perspective, making some of the new cards portrait, and I added some embossing paste "falling snow" for the background.  The birds and branch are fussy-cut and popped up on top of the card base.

Here's one of the new versions ...

and here's the card I CASE'd.  Click HERE for the original post and details.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Love ...

Hi everyone.  Today is the start of a new challenge at ATS&M (#126 - Anything Goes with a twist).  The twist is that we are celebrating our team mate Marina's wedding that will be happening in just over one week's time.  Marina has been working so hard on organizing her wedding, so we took this opportunity while she was distracted, to set up this week's challenge in her honour. :)  We're sure she is going to be surprised! :)

This card has been done for a while and is currently winging it's way to Singapore ... I just hope it makes it in time :)  Congrats Marina!!  All the best to you and your hubby-to-be.  Enjoy your special day!!  xx

Prize:  3 digital images

I had so much fun colouring this adorable image from DigiStamp Boutique.  I used Copics, and added some glossy accents to the beaks, and hearts ... and a little sparkle on the flower with Wink of Stella.  I fussy-cut the image and popped it up on a panel that was dry embossed with rows of tiny hearts.  A simple sentiment finishes the card.

Please click HERE to check out the challenge and see the wonderful cards made by the rest of the Design Team.

I wanted to let you know that this will be my last Design Team card for ATS&M.  I'm stepping down at the end of the year so wanted to thank all of you that take the time to check out the ATS&M challenges from my blog.  So appreciated!  And to all my team mates at ATS&M ... I have really enjoyed working with you!

I have been working on a new project for Kylie over at Happy Little Stampers Forum so you'll find me over there and on the Happy Little Stampers Blog with a new CAS monthly challenge starting January 3rd.  It's going to be fun!!  Hope you'll join us!

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Stamps:  Merlin & Blinky - Love (DigiStamp Boutque); Forever (Fiskars)
Paper:  White (Neenah)
Ink:  Real Red; Copics:  G43, YG67, R29, R59, W4, E44, E49, YR24, V09, V25,
Accessories & Tools:  Glossy Accents, Wink of Stella, Hearts embossing folder (Sizzix for SU!)

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Hippo Birdie :)

Hi everyone.  Here's a fun CAS birthday card that I made for my friend Lisa.  I thought she'd enjoy these adorable little creatures :)

I stamped the images onto white card stock and coloured them with Copics.  I used my clear Wink of Stella to add a little shimmer to the balloon, party hat and the chicks beak. The images were fussy-cut and popped up on a circle of brightly coloured, patterned paper.  A little different layout for me. :)

I've had this stamp set for a long time now ... so glad I finally got a chance to use it! :)

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Stamps:  Year Four (Lawn Fawn)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Hello Sunshine (Bo Bunny)
Ink:  Black (Memento); Copics:  W4, E44, Y21, YR24, YR07, R17
Accessories & Tools:  Circle Nestability (Spellbinders), Clear Wink of Stella

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Snow Family

Hi everyone.  Today's card is for the new challenge at ATCAS #54.  This one is being run by the very talented Shana (Stress-Free Stamping with Shana).  She chose this code word ...

Prize:  5 digital images

I love my snow family image ... so adorable and lots of fun to colour.  I was smiling the whole time I was working on this card. :)

I printed off the digital image onto white cardstock, fussy-cut and then coloured it with Copics.  Sparkle was added to the scarves and hats with a clear Wink of Stella pen, and dimension and shine were added to the noses and heart with glossy accents.

The snowy background patterned paper and hill of snow are both cut with stitched-line detail dies and a fun sentiment was stamped in black to finish.

Click HERE to check out the challenge and see the rest of the design team's fabulous "family" cards.  There's lots of time to play along, the challenge is open until Dec. 27th.

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Stamps:  Snow Family (Dilly Beans); Snowman Sayings (Amy R)
Paper:  White; Cheery & Jolly (Paper Studio)
Ink:  Black (Memento); Copics:  BG72, BG57, G43, YG67, YR24, R29
Accessories & Tools:  Clear Wink of Stella, Glossy Accents, Stitched mat die (Lil' Inkers); Stitched border die (Pretty Pink Posh)

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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Pine Branches

Hi everyone.  I made a reminder card for December's Sketch Challenge at Happy Little Stampers.  I love this CAS sketch ... so easy to use.  I hope you'll play along and join in the fun.  The challenge is open until the end of the month.

Here's December's sketch challenge ...

I simply stamped a pine branch three times in dark green ink, and stamped a second, smaller branch, three times in light green ink.  I coated the sprigs with clear glitter glue for sparkle (hard to see in the photo, but it's very pretty in real life).  I splattered more of the two green inks over top and stamped a sentiment. Fun and easy card to make! :)

Come join in the fun ... the challenge runs for the whole month, so there's lots of time to join in.  There's two ways to enter ... on HLS Blog  ... or on HLS Forum (or both!). :)

If you upload your entry to the forum, you will be in the running for a randomly drawn prize --- don't miss out!

Also wanted to mention Happy Little Stampers is introducing a new challenge at the beginning of January.

We hope you'll check out the challenge at the beginning of January and play along!! :)


And just a few more pics.  On Saturday, I hosted a High Tea for some friends and wanted to share a few pics.  I used to work with these lovely ladies and have known them for over 30 years.  Sorry for the poor quality of the pics ... my living room/dining room is very dark.

Here's the food ... first the savory tray (chicken and cranberry croissants, egg salad sandwishes, Borsin cheese and sun-dried tomato pesto crostini)

Here's the sweet tray (raisin scones with devon cream and raspberry jelly), cherry winks, shortbread cookies, mincemeat tarts, brownies, gingerbread tartlets with pumpkin mousse filling)

... and we had an appearance by a very special guest (and his daddy) :) ...

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Stamps:  Watercolour Winter (SU!), Branches (Inkadinkado); Christmas Greetings (SU)
Paper:  White (Neenah)
Inks:  Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint (Tim Holtz Distress Inks)
Accessories & Tools:  Dazzling Details (clear glitter glue) from SU!, paint brush for splattering, Stamp-a-ma-jig

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Thursday, December 04, 2014

Joyful Wreath

Hi everyone.  I made this for the current challenge at Uniko Studios.  My friend, Sandie (London Days) has just joined their design team and so wanted to join in.

Here's the challenge ...

Today I'm using a beautiful wreath stamp I bought after seeing this beautiful card made by Sandie.  I just HAD to have it :)

I had trouble photographing this card.  It's hard to capture a good photo when the card has lots of glitter.  The wreath is stamped in gold ink and then heat embossed with an iridescent powder.  I do love the shimmer and colours this embossing powder adds, but it's almost impossible to get it to show in the photos.  I'll include a close-up below and hopefully you can see more ...

I used gold stickles for the berries which gives this even more sparkle.  And I used a gold metallic pen to go over the bow and sentiment to make them darker.  A quick and easy card ... if you don't add in the time it took to photograph :)  And it's almost a one layer card ...  :)

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Stamps:  Adornment (Penny Black); Joy sentiment is from Holiday Sketches:  Christmas Candles (STAMPlorations)
Paper:  White (Neenah)
Ink:  Gold (Colorbox)
Accessories & Tools:  Iridescent embossing powder (Ice from SU!), heat tool, gold metallic pen, gold stickles

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Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Brushos and Butterfly --- Part 2

Hi everyone.  Today is the latest challenge for ATS&M (#124 - CAS).  Of course, you know that this is my favourite style of card, so I had fun! :)

Prize:  5 digital images

There's something about butterflies with the Brushos backgrounds.  Am loving them together! :)  I'm not one to use butterflies very often, but it just works :)

I continuing having fun with my Brushos colour crystals and used them again today for the main panel on this birthday card for my friend Frances ... it was her birthday a while back, but I have only recently given her this card (didn't want to mail it and have the butterfly crushed) :)  I kept the die-cuts simple, even adding vellum for the solid butterfly so nothing would cover up the gorgeous colours of the background.  I used glossy accents to attach the butterfly and lift the wings.  I hope you like it!

Please join us for the ATS&M #124 - CAS challenge.  Come check out the rest of the talented Design Team cards and the rules for the challenge.  We'd love to see your CAS cards in the gallery!

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Stamps:  A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted)
Paper:  White card base and die-cuts (Neenah); Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. cold press); Vellum (40 lb. Bazzill)
Ink:  Brushos colour crystals:  Turquoise, Emerald Green, Purple; Smoky Slate for sentiment (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, Flourish #6 die (Crafty Ann); Moonlight Butterfly and Kaleidoscope Butterfly dies (Memory Box), glossy accents

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