Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Addicted to Stamps and More #318

The holiday challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More is a good way to begin or add to your Christmas card stash.  That's what I did.  Add to I mean.
When I was at My Favorite Things for the KathyRac road trip in September, they gave us the new Christmas kit.  I made my shaker card from it, using my own glitter paper for the letters.  One mistake.  I should have curved the ornament topper to fit the shaker form but I couldn't remove it once I noticed how bad it looked.  Live and learn.

I hope to see your holiday card in the gallery.


Saturday, November 10, 2018

Addicted to CAS #149

This will be the last Addicted to CAS post until January 5 so the Design Team can take a holiday break.  Susan has chosen "presents" for this week's challenge.  I saw a cute card and decided to CASE it but for the life of me I can't find the card now to give credit to the designer.
The gift stamp is from EbyE's Bear Ware, colored with Distress Ink.  The sentiment from PB is popped up on a die cut from LF.

The winner of this challenge will receive a $20 GC to the Happy Little Stamper store.

I hope you'll check out the rest of the Design Team's cards and make a CAS card to enter in the gallery.

Just Us Girls #466 - Trend Week

Have you ever tried using bleach on a card?  Now's your chance since that is the trend that Ina has chosen for us at Just Us Girls.
You never know what kind of results you will get by adding bleach to paper and believe me I experimented a lot.  Some paper didn't change at all and some worked beautifully.  I have not one but two cards to show you.  This is the second one I did when I found out what bleach did to PTI's Ocean Tide.
Isn't this fabulous?  I gold heat embossed the flower from Catherine Pooler and then applied straight bleach with a paint brush and let it dry on its own. 

My second card was my first until I goofed and accidentally moved the stamp and got a double image.  I salvaged it by cutting it apart and fortunately I had another scrap of the paper - the very last of my PTI Winter Wisteria.
I love the pink color I got by applying the bleach after heat embossing the SSS Artful flowers in white. 

I sure hope you'll give this a try.  Check out the cards from our guest Claire and the rest of the team if you need inspiration.  If you are the challenge winner you could be our guest in January.



Sunday, November 4, 2018

Happy Little Stampers Christmas - November

It's time for another Christmas challenge at Happy Little Stampers.  This time the option is CAS.
I used the HLS Christmas Joy set to stamp holly on linen vellum cut with an MFT scalloped die, then colored on the back side with Zigs. The sentiment is from the same set, heat embossed on a snippet of red.

I hope the Design Team can inspire you to make a Christmas card to add to our gallery.

The Flower Challenge #26

Welcome to a new The Flower Challenge.  This month we'd like your card to be for a special occasion.  Mine is for an anniversary.
I started with my NBUS Sweet Peas from Altenew, stamping them on Bristol in VersaFine Gray and coloring with Zigs.  I used my NBUS Itsy Bitsy Polka Dot background from MFT to put behind them.  The sentiment is from HA and is heat embossed on Slate cs, not black like it looks in the photo. 

The Design Team has some beautiful cards to inspire you.  I hope you'll check them out and then make a special occasion card with a flower as the main focus.  We'd love to see you in the gallery.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Just Us Girls #465 - Word Week

Our hostess Sue has chosen music as the word of the week for Just Us Girls.
I don't have much in the way of music stamps or paper but I do have one that I designed my card around.
Using my MISTI I stamped the score from Catherine Pooler, moving it back and forth to vary the note placement.  VersaDazzle showed up better than regular VersaMark and gave a little shimmer to an otherwise rather plain card.  I cut the middle with the MFT Peekaboo die and stamped a sentiment from the same set in Distress Ink that matched.

I want to welcome out guest designer for this month - Claire from String Bows.  She and the rest of the design team have some very musical cards for your inspiration.  If you make a card and are chosen as Chic of the Week you could be a future designer.

Why not give it a try.