Saturday, July 21, 2018

Hello With Some CAS Watercolouring

Hello Again!

Today I am posting a card to the CAS Watercolour Card Challenge for July. I have been creating quite a bit lately and am gaining confidence in my work. Doing challenges helps. I watched Loll's video several time sand loved her colors and the card she made. This is definitely a CASE of her work. Thank you, Loll. Just used the supplies I had on hand!

The pretty green card base is Stampin' Up! Gumball Green, a retired In-color. I really like it and I think it goes well with the Ranger Distress Inks used here for the splashing technique. They are Ranger Shabby Shutters and Peeled  Paint. The watercolor paper is Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock; I used the smooth side. I followed the video directions to snap the paper into the watered-down ink. A bunch of paper went into the circular file before being satisfied, but it was really fun!

I had a piece of SU watercolor paper that is really textured on my desk. So I die cut it with Impression Obsession's Ginko Leaf. It is just the right size for the splashy panel. I popped up a layering piece of green cardstock with foam and placed some dimensionals under the ginko leaf. Stamped my greeting from Stampendous Happy Messages set to finish. Yay - I am making the deadline to enter this challenge.

I hope my card is CAS enough even though it's a lot of green instead of white! I do love all shades of green after enduring bleak and colorless winters. Smiling now at all the summer green here in MN.

Thank you for stopping by my blog. Happy Green Summer to all.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Pink Tulips


I have had this tulip die cut colored with my green Zig #040 and a pink marker in my "to do" box for ages, just waiting for the right time to use it. So made this card  to join the CAS Mix Up July 2018 card challenge that asks us to color a die and use a stamp. My choice is to use an embossing folder. Finished up the card today and snapped a few pictures trying to get a good one.

Here you go:  

The card base is Papertrey Basic White, however looks a bit pink in my photo. Notice the clouds behind the pretty tulips? To be honest, I surgically altered the retired Stampin' Up! folder called Cloudy Day as I wanted the orientation horizontal and so it would fit through my Big Shot correctly. First time I've cut down an embossing the idea on SCS. Anyone else ever done that? I understand Sizzix is making their folders to fit the larger card bases used in Europe. That's OK, I just prefer the A2 card size.

The tulip die is from Penny Black and I have used it many times for sympathy cards. Not sure if this is one too, but it also could be a get well or birthday card depending on what is put inside. The sentiment is a Mini Clear Stamp from Kaiser Kraft called Thinking of You done is my new go-to black ink, Ranger Archival Ink. I used water color paper for the cut out as I usually like the bit of texture is gives. I seem to remember using a SU Pretty in Pink marker for the tulips. They are popped up with dimensionals. I believe the blue mat snippet is Bashful Blue card stock. A few small Pretty Pink Posh Clear Droplets were added just for fun. I like this card - it is nicer in real life, I feel.

Thanks for coming by. Take care of YOU!  💕

Sunday, July 15, 2018



Congratulations to Addicted to Stamps and More - Happy Birthday challenge that is celebrating their 6th birthday AND their 300th challenge. Wow! A couple of great milestones.

This is the first time I've entered a card to them and am proud to do so. I've seen so many wonderful cards entered by bloggers I admire. I am a bit intimidated by them, but here is my card.

I always need birthday cards, so this is one for my stash. Using some NBUS (again), and some snippets too. The new Celebrate You dies are by Neat & Tangled making the focal point. I cut the words from a snippet of alcohol inked paper made a while back. The celebration words were also cut from white Papertrey Ink card stock and I painstakingly put in the white pieces. Used my Quickie Glue pen for that. Took a while and as I misplaced 2 small pieces, had to re-cut them from more scrap. Fun! The wonderful star embossing folder is a newbie from Stampin' Up! called Oh My Stars Textured Impressions. Love it. I can see it being used for Christmas cards! The card base is SU Night of Navy, which I am glad is still around. A snippet help make the Happy Birthday banner which is stamped in Encore! Gold by Tsukineko with the help of my Misti. The Happy Birthday poly stamp is my birthday freebie from Lawn Fawn! A few gold sequins finishes up the card. Done! I am hopefully making the deadline for this challenge. Whew!

Happy to have visitors...I will come and see you too. Promise! Thanks for stopping by.
Editing to add my card to Pixie's Crafty Workshop #330 since I used many snippets/scraps in this card!!

   Snippets Playground Badge

Friday, July 6, 2018

The Color Throwdown Challenge Celebrates!

Hi!  Here I am twice in just a few days...a record for me. Welcome, and thanks for visiting today!

This is my first entry for a Color Throwdown challenge. However, I have seen many of my blogging friends showcasing their cards recently, so I had to have a look-see and participate. The colors chosen this time are just wonderful! Happiest congratulations to the team for getting to 500 challenges. Quite a awesome achievement.

I knew exactly what paper I wanted to use seeing the colors Color Throwdown #500 requested. Have been saving this specialty DSP from Stampin' Up! called Irresistibly Yours from the Sale-a-bration in 2015 for just the right occasion. Silly, it is so much fun to use. I sponged Ranger Distress Ink in Spun Sugar onto the paper and then wiped off the flowers to let them show. The top folding base card is SU Night of Navy that I embossed with a fairly new embossing folder called Petal Burst. The cursive sentiment, congrats, is from PaperTrey cut twice and stacked together for dimension. I used pieces of gold paper from a NBUS goodie, DCWV Patterned Foils Mat Stack. A gold twine bow and a few sequins finished up my card. For me, this card came together quite quickly and I am very pleased with it. Going into my stash as a wedding card, I think. Maybe could be an anniversary card. I could have added some numerals like 50 up in the upper left area. However, I do like the CASiness (is that a new word?) of it. lol

Bye for now. See you next time.

The Color Throwdown

Monday, July 2, 2018

Smile With Snippets

Hello and Happy July!

Tonight I am entering a card for Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #329. I finished this card while crafting with some friends at a local craft store. If you come to Minnesota, you will really need to visit Crafters Haven, one of the few craft stores still around. Love it!

I made my card following the video and directions from Dawn Olchefsky, recently showcased on the Splitcoaststampers website. Dawn is one of 2 SU demos I get my goodies from. Do any of you use more than one demo? Both I consider friends. Anyway, here is my card:

The card front is cut diagonally into triangles from Stampin' Up! Soft Sky both for the base and the polka dotted paper covered triangle. It is a pretty soft aqua in reality, retired now, I believe. The true color does not show well in this photo, sorry. This card was so much fun and easy to make! It opens in two directions - from the top fold and from the side. Snippets of the dotted paper were cut for the triangle opening and for the star/sun. The polka dot paper is from the 2013 Color Collection DSP paper stack. Cut with an Ek Success punch called Starburst, it makes a handy way to open the card. My smile is from Cas-ual Friday Stamps, funnily called Fri-Dies. I cut and layered it three times for stability. Somehow it looks pale pink in my pix, but truly I used snippets of white card stock. I did not get a picture of the inside. I simply stamped happy birthday with a birthday stamp Lawn Fawn sent to me for my birthday last May, with a cute puppy from a recently purchased set. I will post cards using some of them soon. Promise.  🐕

Got to close now, am exhausted. Joined the "Y" today and exercised. Turing over a new leaf, I think.  Thanks for visiting! I hope you will come back soon.