Saturday, May 23, 2015

Through the Garden Gate

Hi everyone. This is my final reminder of the Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge - Die-cuts / Punches.  I've used both on my card above. :)

I had so much fun making this card!!  I combined an arched window die-cut with a picket fence die-cut to create this pretty arbour.  I wanted to have a spray of flowers tumbling over the fence.  I think it turned out pretty well. :)

There are four die-cut leaf sprigs at the back of the arbour, some with their tips poking through the fence boards and some coming over the top.

I punched small hydrangea flowers, shaded and shaped them and added them to the leafy sprigs.  By turning the flowers in different directions and making some of them more closed than the others (buds), it looks more realistic.

I hope I've inspired you to play along with our challenge at HLS.  Add a die-cut or punch to your CAS card, and then link up to the challenge. :)  There's still a few days left to join in.

I'm going to join in the fun at the Playground again this week, as I used lots of little snippets for my greenery and blooms. :)

There's also a DT call over at the Happy Little Stamper's blog.  Three calls in fact ... one for the Sketch challenge, and one for the CAS challenge ... and one for the new Christmas challenge that will be starting at HLS in July.  We hope to see lots of entries for these fun Design Teams ... come join in!  The calls close at the end of the month. :)

I hope you've enjoyed seeing all the lovely CAS die-cut cards in the gallery ... and ones done by Bonnie, Kylie and me.  Thanks again to Bonnie for being our Guest Designer this month!!  Looking forward to our next CAS Challenge which will be posted June 3  at 6am (AEST) ... that's 1pm June 2 my time (PDST). :)

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Stamps:  Happiest Birthday Wishes (SU!)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Regal Rose, Pear Pizzazz (SU!)
Ink:  Regal Rose, Pear Pizzazz (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Small Madison Arched Window die (Poppy Stamps), Picket Fence die (Memory Box), Olive Branch die (C.C. Designs), Hydrangea punch (Martha Stewart), sponges, stylus and mat

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HLS CAS Challenge - Die-cuts
Snippets Playground - Week #178 & #179

Doggie in the Window

Hi everyone.  Time for the new Addicted to CAS Challenge.  This challenge is being hosted by the very talented Joanna (Harty by Heart).  Here's the fun word she choose ...

I used our Sponsor's fun images to create a one layer card front.  I always add an extra layer to my cards, but the card front itself is one layer.  A little sponging over a stencil for the brick ... the rest is stamped and then coloured with Copics.

I stamped an extra dog, fussy-cut his head and feet, and popped them up for added dimension ...

Fun and easy card to make.  I love this little doggie in the window and had that song running through my head all day! :)

Monika is joining as our Guest Designer this month ... click HERE to see her sweet "Animal" card, along with the cards from the rest of our wonderful Design Team.

I hope you'll join in us!  Our challenge runs for two weeks, so there's lots of time to play along.

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Stamps:  Your View (Create A Smile)
Paper:  White (Neenah)
Ink:  Smoky Slate (SU!); Black (Memento)
Accessories & Tools:  Brick Stencil cut with my Silhouette Cameo, sponge, post-it notes for masking

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ATCAS #64 - Animal

Friday, May 22, 2015

Birch Tree Christmas

Hi everyone.  Today I'm playing along with the Merry Monday #159 - Non-Evergreen Tree(s) Challenge.

I used a birch tree die that I've had a long time, but never used before.  There are quite a few NBUS items in my stash.  :)

I sponged the sky with three colours of distress inks.  Then I sprayed the card front with shimmer mist.  Once dry, I added some embossing paste through a falling snow stencil, and sprinkled a mix of white and glitter embossing powders over top.  Once the paste was dry, I heat embossed.

Added a few snowdrifts at the bottom, and the birch trees which I coloured with some diluted soft gray ink.  The little birds were added to finish the design.  I wanted the sentiment to match the colours of the sky, but because they were blended, I tried out a few inks and found that if I inked the sentiment in Bermuda Bay and then tapped it onto Marina Mist, the colour seemed to match! :)  Always good to try new things. :)

I'm also going to add this to the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge where they want stenciling added to the entries.

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Stamps:  Christmas Sampler (Paper Smooches)
Paper:  White (Neenah)
Ink:  Distress Inks: Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean (Tim Holtz); Bermuda Bay, Marina Mist, Smoky Slate, Island Indigo (SU!)
Accessories & Tools: Sponges, Falling Snow Stencil (Simon Says), embossing paste (Dreamweaver), white embossing powder, ice glitter embossing powder (SU!), heat tool, birch tree dies (Impression Obsession), Snowdrift dies (My Favorite Things), shimmer mist

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Merry Monday #159
Simon Says Wednesday - Stencil It!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Piecing Flower Die-cuts

Hi everyone.  Today I've made another card that is all about die-cuts. :)

This time I die-cut two hibiscus flowers, keeping one solid for the base, and cutting apart the petals on the second one.  I sponged and shaped the flower petals using the same techniques I showed in my video tutorial on adding dimension to leaves.

Then I added small pieces of pop dots on the underside of each cut petal, near the outside edge, and a small dab of glue at the inside of each petal and adhered it on top of the base flower.  That way the flower has even more dimension which will stay in place, even going through the mail.

The leaves are die-cut using my Silhouette Cameo, and I placed my card front with a die-cut circle aperture with some sprayed yellow frost in the background.

I used lots of snippets on my card, so I'm heading to the Snippets Playground ...

I'm also adding this to the CAS-ology Challenge (#147 - Wedding), as I think this would make a perfect wedding card. :)

And this is also a reminder of the HLS CAS Challenge - Die-cuts / Punches.

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Stamps:  A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight (SU!)
Ink:  Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Smoky Slate (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Hibiscus die (Memory Box), Circle Nestability (Spellbinders), die-cut leaves cut with my Silhouette Cameo, blender pen, sponges, stylus and mat, white gel pen, Yellow Frost spray made with yellow liquid watercolour concentrate (Dick Blick) and Frost white paint (Tsukineko)

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Snippets Playground - Week 177
CAS-ology #147 - wedding
HLS CAS Challenge - Die-cuts

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Stretching your Dies

Hi everyone.  Back with a reminder of Happy Little Stampers May CAS Challenge - Die-cuts and Punches.

I have been seeing some beautiful cards around with the layout above.  Love the split of the card front with pretty paper peeking out from underneath (coloured panel is made with brushos and lots of water).  I have so many techniques on my "to-do" list and this is one of them.  When I saw this card done by the very talented Angela (from the tool shed), it really inspired me to move this to the top of the list.  I hope you'll check out the link ... Angela's card is amazing!!

The reason for the title of this post ... it's always great when you can use a die for something other than it's original intended use.  This curved die is a snowbank die from My Favorite Things ... and it works perfectly for this design.

Bonnie is our Guest Designer this month, and she has made a fantastic die-cut card to share with you today. Check out the challenge blog to see.  Thanks Bonnie!!

I hope I've inspired you to join in our fun CAS challenge at Happy Little Stampers. The challenge is open until the end of the month, so there's still lots of time to play along.   Come join in the fun and add your CAS card with die-cuts or punches to the gallery.

There's also a DT call over at the Happy Little Stamper's blog.  Three calls in fact ... one for the Sketch challenge, and one for the CAS challenge ... and one for the new Christmas challenge that will be starting at HLS in July.  We hope to see lots of entries for these fun Design Teams ... come join in! :)

I'll be back again soon with a different way to use die-cuts.

I'm entering this card into ATS&M Challenge (#144 - CAS). :)

Edited to add:  I'm also adding this card to AAA Cards - celebrating a 1st birthday --- congrats to them!!

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Stamps:  Happiest Birthday Wishes (SU!)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Smoky Slate (SU!); Brusho Colour Crystals (emerald green, purple, turquoise)
Accessories & Tools:  Snowdrifts die (My Favorite Things), Moonlight and Kaldeiscope Butterfly dies (Memory Box), water mister

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HLS May CAS Challenge - Die-cuts
ATS&M #144 - CAS
AAA Cards - 1st Birthday

Friday, May 15, 2015

Happy Birthday Sandie!

Hi everyone.  The party's started ... check it out!

Come join in the fun.  Make a birthday card for Sandie (London Days) and join the party.

I know that Sandie loves to watercolour ... and she is partial to pinks and oranges, and also loves to add gold embossing to her cards.  So I made the card above with all of these features.  It is currently whisking it's way across the globe and hopefully she'll receive it soon. :)

Happy Birthday Sandie!!
Enjoy your special day!

The background is made with the Saturated Watercolouring technique with gold embossing for the flower image and sentiment.

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Stamps:  Softly (Penny Black); A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted)
Paper:  White card base and banner (Neenah); Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Liquid Watercolour Concentrate (Dick Blick); water mister, gold embossing powder (Hero Arts) heat tool

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Just a Note

Hi everyone.  Thought I'd make another card for the current CAS-ology challenge ...

For this card, I sprinkled brushos onto mixed media paper and then spritzed with water.  I soaked up the excess moisture with some paper towel, and ended up with this subtle and colourful background.  Love the look!

Wanted to keep it very CAS, so added a large music note that I die-cut with my Silhouette Cameo, along with a simple sentiment.

Hope you'll check out the CAS-ology challenge and play along.

This is also for the Happy Little Stampers Die-cuts (or punches) challenge that is running until the end of May.

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Stamps:  A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah); Mixed Media paper (Strathmore); Black card stock (SU!)
Ink:  Black (Memento); Brusho crystals - turquoise, lemon, orange
Accessories & Tools: water mister, musical note cut with my Silhouette Cameo

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CAS-ology #146 - Music
HLS May CAS Challenge - Die-cuts