Saturday, February 16, 2019

CAS Mix-Up - February

I have another card for the CAS Mix-Up.  The first one I posted was a mix of several CAS challenges but this one was made especially for the Mix-Up challenge - dimensional die cuts.
I have a stack of stamped images ready to color and these Altenew flowers and birds were in that stack, heat embossed in gold but not colored.  I colored them with Zigs (the colors are purple and teal IRL) and then used a stylus to curl the petals and the body of the bird.  I not it's not very apparent in this photo so here's a close-up.
Of course it helps to have lots of foam tape. ;)  Keeping with the CAS theme I added a white trellis die from CP to place them on.  So I have stamping and heat embossing along with another die cut and my dimensional flowers.

Thanks for dropping by.  Have a great weekend.



Addicted to CAS #153

It's Bobby and I'm your host for this latest challenge at Addicted to CAS.
That's right.  I'd like to see a grid on your card.  Here's what I did for mine.
I heat embossed the grid from Hero Arts in white on watercolor paper.  Using Distress Inks on wet paper, I dropped the colors in working them around with my paint brush.  To keep my card CAS, I added a white PTI frame.  The PB flower is layered three times.

The design team has some wonderful cards to inspire you so why don't you head over to the blog to check them out.  We hope you'll want to make a CAS including a grid for our gallery.

Just Us Girls #475 - Color Week

Are you ready for some color?  Just Us Girls host Maria has chosen these colors for the challenge.
I must say I struggled with this because I didn't want to make any more valentines.  After days of thinking about it, an idea came to me in the wee hours of the morning.
I see cards where the flowers are stamped around the edges but I rarely do that.  Using the Altenew wildflowers in the challenge colors around the edge of my card worked just as I imagined. I cut an MFT scalloped oval to stamp my PTI sentiment on and popped it in the middle.

What will you do with these colors?  I hope you'll make a card for our gallery for a chance at being Chic of the Week.  The Design Team and guest designer Lisa Elton have some beautiful cards to inspire you.

Friday, February 15, 2019

CAS Stencil Challenge - February

I have quite a few stencils but not many that work for some of the neat techniques that they do with them at the CAS Stencil Challenge.  This month we are to use powdered inks.  I love my Brushos but I think I need more practice with the amount of water to use with them.  Even so I did make a card using a stencil from STAMPlorations.
I cut a stitched square to mount my panel behind and stamped the sentiment from MFT.

Thanks for dropping by.

Twofer Card Challenge #13 and Seize the Birthday #159

It's hard to believe that Twofer Cards is on their lucky 13th challenge.  It seems like just yesterday that Darnell put this together with a fabulous Design Team to help us stretch our stamps.  This month the challenge is
I started looking through my stamps, not thinking I had many star ones and found a few I had overlooked.  We often do that with some of the smaller images in stamp sets.
The stars came from a set by Catherine Pooler which is where I also got the sentiment and larger star on the Christmas card.

I started by white heat embossing the stars.  The nativity is a NBUS set from Woodware that I stamped in black using my MISTI.  I inked the panel with Distress Inks and then  restamped the black.

I spent some time the other day organizing my 'happy birthday' stamps and ran across a sentiment from Penny Black that was perfect with the stars.
I dressed up the EBE bear for a party, coloring the hat and cupcake with PolyChromos pencils and popping him over the yellow stars.  Here are the parameters for the Twofer Challenge.
I will also be sending that birthday bear to Seize the Birthday where it's an "Anything Goes" challenge.

Thanks for dropping by.  If you haven't tried these challenges I encourage you to do so.





The Flower Challenge - February Reminder

There's still time to enter your card at The Flower Challenge using your newest flower stamps and/or dies.  The Design Team has more inspiration for you and here is mine.
I just got this Altenew Anemone Coronaria last week.  I also got the new Altenew purples and greens that I used for the flowers and leaves.  I couldn't decide about a sentiment but since I am low on sympathy cards I turned this into one by heat embossing the PTI sentiment on a strip of black.  I see a lot of people embossing on black strips but I'm not sure I like it in this case.

We hope to see your card in our gallery.

Tag You're It! #81

By now you've probably heard that the Tag You're It! challenge is back.  This week our challenge is the Pantone color of the year - coral.

I cut the tag from mixed media paper and used an acrylic sheet to transfer watered down Abandon Coral and Peacock Feathers Distress Inks.  While that was drying, I stamped and die cut the Altenew flowers and leaves.

There is a lot of wonderful inspiration from the Design Team on the blog.  We hope to see your tag in the gallery.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

The CAS Challenges - Christmas, Watercolor and Mix-Up

It's not often I make a card that fits three challenges and I really didn't plan it that way but when it all came together my card worked for three of the four CAS challenges:  CAS Christmas, CAS Watercolor and CAS Mix-Up.
It started with the Altenew poinsettia that I thought I could do in pink and red for the Watercolor challenge.  For the Christmas challenge I needed to use the word "peace" so I combined it with the Mix-Up challenge to add dimensional die cuts by cutting the word from EBE and stacking it up four times.  So for Mix-Up I stamped and heat embossed the poinsettia, watercolored it, added a hidden sentiment and because the tape tore a tiny piece of the watercolor paper when I removed the die, I added a few sequins.  I was quite pleased with the results if I do say so myself.

Thanks for dropping by.  I do hope you'll check out these wonderful challenges.


AAA Cards #133

Happy Valentine's Day!  I have a card made just for the occasion.

If you know me at all you know I have to go with the optional twist on a challenge.  AAA Cards option was one layer which is not my favorite but it brings out the rebel in me.
This is an NBUS stamp from Penny Black that I heat embossed in silver and colored with Inktense pencils in various shades of red/pink.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Less Is More #388

Guess who's having a birthday?  No not me.  Less Is More.  Eight fabulous years of clean and simple challenges.  Here's to many more LIM.
For their birthday challenge they want us to use Navy and Yellow.  I must admit that I cringed while making this card because being an MSU fan and having lived in Lansing for over 20 years, using the maize and blue of the University of Michigan conjured up the rivalry. 😬 
I made my C9 plaid background with CP Shea Butter and HA Navy.  The PTI die cut, layered three times,  is also in navy although it looks black here.

You do know that there was more of the plaid so I used the rest to make a similar card although it's not quite as CAS since the plaid covers more of the card.
Double wishes for a wonderful LIM birthday and two more cards for my masculine pile.