Friday, January 30, 2015

CASE-ing Christmas: Challenge #5

Hi, crafty peeps!  How'd your January pan out?  I hope it was fabulous!  The second month of 2015 is about to start, but first, we have another new challenge going on this week at CASE-ing Christmas!  This week, we're CASEing another one of my past creations...take a gander at it real quick...

I decided to use the same color scheme and the same birch tree stamp from Great Impressions on my CASE for this week.  The colors look a bit more green than blue, but I think it turned out great.  Here's my creation inspired by past work...

Like I said, I decided to use the same birch tree stamp from Great Impressions.  I heat embossed it onto some Basic Grey patterned paper using black and silver embossing powder.  I added a few rhinestones around the trees to imitate snow.

I then cut out some silver glitter paper by DCWV to create snowbanks.  I added them to the card and used some Stickles glitter glue to the tops to show that there are two panels, not just one, of "snow".

The last thing to do was to add a sentiment.  This one is from Close To My Heart.  I decided to go geometric when I cut the side at an angle before adding it to the card.  This helps lend to the modern feel of the card.

The completed card looks very modern.  Or retro.  Which cracks me up because I feel like those two terms that should be opposites are usually more in common than unalike. ;)  I think it looks great, though.  What do you think?  I'd love for you to leave me a comment and let me know!

That's all for me today!  I'll be back next week with another card for CASE-ing Christmas, and I hope you hop on over and join in our current challenge!  I cannot wait to see what you will create for us!  HUGS and MERRY stamping to you all!

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Inspired By Stamping: Vellum Valentine

Hello, sweeties! :)  I'm here today with a card that uses some yummy new stamps from the Inspired By Stamping store and also features a super easy but elegant looking technique--stamping on vellum!  I decided to go Valentine on this one...take a peek...

I started this card with the stamping on vellum.  I stamped the "hello" sentiment from the Big Hello stamp set, one of our newest releases, in Versamark onto the vellum banner.  I then heat embossed this word in sparkly red embossing powder.  I then stamped the "SWEETIE" sentiment from the Big Hello stamp set with Versamark and heat embossed this with glittery black embossing powder.  

The key to heat embossing on vellum is to be quick and to hold both ends of the vellum.  I usually use a pair of tweezers for one of the sides and either my finger (yes, they're not as heat sensitive as they used to be) or a stylus for the other side.  You could probably use two pairs of tweezers and lay it on the desk...if that works, please tell me! ;)

After doing this, I adhered the banner to a punched and layered paper heart.  I added this to a panel that was created with black cardstock and music printed paper.  A button with a twine bow, an enamel heart, and a red rhinestone finished off this side of the card.

This card fits two of the components of our challenge this month--the color and the theme.  Here are those inspiration boards--you should come and play along!

So, do you think this card fits the challenges?!  I do!  I love the final product--it's so sparkly and fun!  It's destined to be given out to someone special this Valentine's day. :)  I hope you leave me a comment to tell me what you think!

That's all for me today!  I hope you take a chance to go and grab our newest release from the store and, if you spend $50, you will get the stamp set I used today for FREE!  Also, come and join in the fun of our current challenge, too!  If you use products from the Inspired By Stamping store, link them up in the Customer Gallery as well!  HUGS and happy stamping to you all!

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Big Hello stamp set

Ombre Hearts

Hi, friends!  I'm back with another Valentine card that uses vellum--I'm just in that kind of mood lately! ;)  This one uses some generational stamping to create an ombre heart background, too!  Come and take a peek...

I started by heat embossing the sentiment from the Big Hello stamp set from Inspired By Stamping with silver embossing powder onto vellum.  I jazzed the vellum up with some ribbon, liquid pearls, and rhinestones.  The embossing and embellishments made it easy to add dimensional foam strategically so that the sentiment panel could be popped up on the stamped panel.

The background panel was created using a heart image from the Build a Stocking set from Inspired By Stamping.  I used generational stamping to create this and I love the way it turned out!  It's interesting to me how the color changes as you stamp off a few times!

The last step was to just add the panel to a white card base.  Voila!  I think it turned out so sweet!  What do you think?  I would love for you to leave me a comment and let me know!  :)

I'd like to enter this card into these fabulous challenges~

Thanks so much for stopping by to check out my card!  I hope you like it and that you come and play along with these fun challenges!  Until next time, HUGs and happy stamping to you all! :)

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Winter Wishes

Howdy, folks!  I know that I am probably the only one in the world wishing for snow right now, but I am!  Usually by this time here in Kansas, we've had many snow storms.  This year, one snow fall.  Didn't last 3 days.  It's been in the 70's this week.  NOT what I love about winter!  Of course, there are downsides, but I am really wishing for snow, so I've made a card to express my wish...come and take a peek!

This CAS card was super quick to put together.  I punched out some snowflakes using a Martha Stewart punch and DCWV silver glitter paper plus Stampin' Up! Tempting Turquoise cardstock.  I layered these together and added Darice rhinestones to the centers.  I then layered my three snowflakes onto some Stampin' Up! vellum that was backed with more Tempting Turquoise cardstock and added some liquid pearls in Silver.

I then added the punched panel to the card.  I stamped a sentiment from Stampendous under the snowflakes.  I then accented this with some Sakura clear glitter gel pen and a couple Silver liquid pearls.

See?  Super duper simple!  I'm thinking of recreating this using hearts and a different sentiment.  This is such a fun CAS layout and perfect for quick card making!  These would be perfect to make for last 
minute holiday cards, too!  Not that we have that problem in January... ;)

I'm entering this card into these fabulous challenges~

That's it for me right now!  I have another card to blog, but I might have to wait until tomorrow. ;)  I hope you come and join in the fun of these fabulous challenges!  Thanks for stopping by--I'd love to hear what you think about my card in the comments below!  HUGS and happy stamping, friends!

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

You Quack Me Up!

Hi, friends, and happy Thursday! :) I'm here to share a card I made that I hope you think is as cute as I do!  In fact, it's for the Cute Card Thursday challenge--Stampin' Mad!  They want to see some sort of stamped image on your creation. :)  Take a gander... (no pun intended, YET!)

Since Great Impressions is sponsoring this challenge, I thought it was only fitting that I showcased some of the stamps that one lucky participant could win!  I started this card by stamping the image, E856 Hello Louie, onto some cardstock and then I colored him in with Spectrum Noir markers.  Isn't he the most darling duck ever?!  

I decided to go with a punny sentiment, so I chose B216 Quack Me Up, and I stamped it and punched it out.  I layered it with some gray card and added it to the image panel.  Some red gingham ribbon was a divider between the image and sentiment.

I then decided to add some punched patterned paper banners to the top left hand corner of the image panel for just a little bit more interest.  A few enamel dots were added to splash a bit more red onto the card.

I then layered the main focal panel onto the card base.  This base had been prepped with some gray card, fun spotted patterned paper, and a doily.  The perfect backdrop for this little guy!

In addition to linking up with Cute Card Thursday, I'm also entering this into the Cards & More "Animals" challenge and the 4 Crafty Chicks "Anything Goes" challenge!  I hope you'll come and play along with all these fun challenges!

That's all for me today!  I hope you find some time to craft today!  If you do, please join the fun with us at Cute Card Thursday!  If you use Great Impressions images, feel free to link them up in our Customer Gallery and for our current challenge if your card is LOVE themed!  HUGS and happy stamping to you all!

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Watercolor Gradation

Hi, friends!  Happy Wednesday! :)  I'm here today with a card using a new to me technique that I just barely learned this morning and HAD to try.  Ever have that happen?!  I do every now and again.  This one is called Watercolor Gradation and creates a fun ombre effect with watercoloring!  Take a peek at my card...

I started by creating the watercolored background using Ranger watercolor paper and Evergreen Bough Distress Ink.  It took a few minutes to get it right, but I finally found my happy medium. :)  I had taped the paper to watercolor it, but some of the ink escaped and I rather like the effect it made.

After the watercolor paper had dried, I stamped a flower from the Garden Seed Packets stamp set from Inspired By Stamping using Memento Tuxedo Black ink in the lower left hand corner and watercolored it with Dried Marigold and Picked Raspberry Distress Inks.

Lastly, I stamped a sentiment from the Big Hello stamp set from Inspired By Stamping with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then added a few rhinestones from Want 2 Scrap to add shine and texture.

The focal panel was then matted on to some Basic Black cardstock from Stampin' Up! and added to a card base made of Georgia Pacific white cardstock and Bramble Rose patterned paper from My Mind's Eye.  I really love the final product--it turned out better than I thought it would for a first go around!  What do you think?  I'd love for you to leave me a comment below to tell me!

I'm entering this card into these fabulous challenges~

(NEW technique again!)

That's all for me for now!  Thank you so much for stopping by to take a peek at my creation.  I hope you come and play along with these very fabulous challenges today!  I'll be back SOON with more crafty pursuits and I hope you come back then!  Until that time, HUGS and happy stamping, friends! :)

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Great Impressions: Sweet Sundae

Hi, all!  Happy Monday!  I hope your weekend was good and that you're ready for a new week to start! :)  I've got another card today that uses som super fun stamps from the Great Impressions store.  Come and take a look...

The first thing I did to make this card was to stamp the image, E539 Sundae, and colored it in with Spectrum Noir markers.  I then added some Stickles for added shine.  This was fussy cut and added to a focal panel.

The sentiment is only part of B186 You're So Sweet.  I stamped just the "sweet" part and punched it out.  This was layered onto another oval and then added to the card with a button and silver elastic cording bow tied to yellow crocheted trim.

The focal panel was then added to a card base layered with matching patterned paper, glitter paper, a doily, and some more trims on the top.

I think the final card looks pretty sweet. :)  I do love a good pun, so this is going to be a Valentine card that is sent out to someone...sweet! ;)

That's all for me today!  I'll be back next Monday with another creation using stamps from the Great Impressions store.  I hope you hop over to the Great Impressions blog for more inspiration and to join in our monthly challenge.  Until next week, HUGS and happy stamping! :)

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