Tuesday, March 02, 2021

Prizes for 10 year Blog Celebration

Hi everyone.  Last month I celebrated my 10 years of blogging and I am so appreciative of everyone who follows my blog or leaves me comments of support!

As I mentioned in my post, I have a few prizes that I'd like to share so asked anyone who wanted to be in the prize draw to leave a comment on my blog post before the end of February.

Here's are the prize draws ...

1) Sue N - Radiant Stamp (Penny Black)
2) Ina G - Birch Tree Background die (Gina Marie Designs)
3) Darnell - Jumbo Leaves Stamp set (Stampendous)
4) Hideko - 2 STAMPlorations stencils (Peeking Dahlias and Dragonfly Waltz)
5)TK - Flower Background (Magenta)
6) Martha Robbins - Cup of Blooms stamp (STAMPlorations)
7) Lyn - Spring Bouquet Stamp Set (Avery Elle)
8) Christine Alexander - How Fragile (Visible Image)
9) Carol L - Sweet Pea Stem die (Poppy Stamps)
10) Sue - Springtime Tulips die (Memory Box)


Please contact me (using email form on sidebar) before
March 15th to claim your prize.

Thank you again!!

Monday, March 01, 2021

CAS Mix Up March Challenge

Hi everyone.  Welcome to the start of the March CAS Mix Up Challenge.  Our host for this month is Bonnie (Stamping with Klass).  She would like us to make prints using die-cuts.

It is also a special day as we celebrate our 5th birthday at
CAS Mix Up!

And a special welcome to our amazing Guest Designer this month, Ros (Mikey's Mom)!

I really enjoy this wonderful technique that Bonnie shared with me a while back, video instruction is HERE.  It's so much fun to add soft prints to the background and then add the die-cut on top.  Adds so much dimension to the card.  I die-cut two flowers, removing most of the stem from one of them.  They were both watercoloured with distress inks.  I used the one with the short stems for my prints, adding lots of water and then pressing them onto my card front.

My CAS Mixed Media card has print making, die-cutting, watercolouring, and stamping.

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I hope you'll come join us for this fun challenge and help us celebrate five years at CAS Mix Up!  And there are prizes as well.  See you in the gallery!


Stamps:  Happy Snippets (Penny Black)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:   Distress Inks:  Mowed Lawn, Wilted Violet (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:   Iris die (Penny Black), water mister

CAS Mix Up March Challenge - Print Making with Die-cuts

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Another Sponging Technique using stencils

Hi everyone.  One more new-to-me sponging technique which I used to create my hubby's upcoming birthday card.  The background technique is Dina Kowal's Faded Water Stenciling video on SplitCoastStampers.  I changed it up just a little by adding blending through the whole stencil (a step near the end of the technique), not just at the bottom, otherwise, I followed her steps.

I'm happy with how this turned out and I know hubby will love it!  Used an older die from Cheery Lynn called Pair of Ferns --- I think I've had this about 20 years and still love it, especially for masculine cards.  I paired it with a black, thin frame (Thin Frames Rectangle dies from Simon Says Stamp).  The black looks fabulous overtop of the bright DOX inks of Peacock Feathers and Mowed Lawn (over top of a Leaves stencil from AliExpress.

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I'm sending this over to Seize the Birthday Challenge #208 - Create a Scene (optional).  I didn't use the optional topping this time. :)
Thanks for coming by for a visit!

Stamps:  Brushed Wishes - retired (Stampendous)
Paper:   Watercolour (Arches Hot Press 140 lb.); Black card stock (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:   Distress Oxides:  Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers (Tim Holtz); Black (Memento)
Accessories:   Blending Brushes or Sponges, Leaf Stencil (AliExpress), Water mister, Pair of Ferns dies (Cheery Lynn), Thin Rectangle Frames die (Simon Says Stamp), 


Thursday, February 25, 2021

Snow is Falling

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing a Blue and Silver Christmas card.  I always try to play along in some Christmas challenges each month if I have time.  Today's card works for three! :)

I used Magical Sprays - Blue Hydrangea (Lindy's) for the background.  I hope you can see a little of the bright blue shimmer.  It's so pretty in real life.  I then silver heat embossed the snowflake (Snow is Falling - Visible Images) and sentiment that are both from the same set.  I added some fine silver embossing to the outline of the main panel as well.

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I hope you'll come play along!

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Stamps:  Snow is Falling (Visible Image)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:   Blue Hydrangea Magical Spray (Lindy's); Versamark
Accessories:   water mister, silver embossing powder, heat tool

Christmas Craft Creations February Challenge - Blue & Silver