Sunday, June 24, 2018

Something Incredible


My twin sons just graduated from High School. They both love to receive a handmade card from the mama. This is Greg's card. I so love Tim Holtz's Bird Crazy stamps and dies, and this one reminds me of my brilliant and sometimes kooky son... He is ready to discover the universe. I am trying to get ready for both of them to fly the coop, and it is not an easy task. LOL.

For my creation, I used Distress Oxide inks, acetate and a spritzer to create the background on watercolor paper. I added white spatters with Ecoline White Liquid Watercolor which is fabulous for this purpose. The sentiment is from Reverse Confetti's Shine From Within.

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(Use any animal image as the focus of your project.)

Hats Off To You


My twin boys graduated from High School on Friday. A new chapter begins. They still love and appreciate a hand made card. I used Avery Elle's Hats Off stamps and dies along with Numbered Balloons Elle-Ments to create this card for Jon.

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Focusing on Celebration, lots of color, multiple images on the bottom, sentiment on top.


Saturday, June 23, 2018

You Are Tougher



Addicted To CAS Challenge #139 is up and running with code word: GIRL POWER.

To create my card, I used acetate and three Distress Oxide inks in shades of pink to create my background. After it dried, I stamped the sentiment from SimonSaysStamp Hand Lettered Encouragement set with VersaFine Inyx Black ink, die cut the watercolor panel with Avery Elle Wonky Stitches and adhered it to the card base.

Don't forget, as always, Happy Little Stampers is our Sponsor, and Kylie is generously awarding the winner with a $20.00 gift certificate to the store!

The Wonderful and talented Cindy Chiu of Escape 2 Stamping  is Guest Designer for this challenge.  Cindy's creativity is so inspiring. If you haven't met her yet, please take a stroll through her blog. You will be so glad you did.

Please head over to the ATCAS Challenge Blog and see what Cindy and the Design Team have created to inspire you. Join us in the gallery for a chance to win!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Smokin' Hot



The new challenge is up and running at Time Out. The theme of Time Out Challenge #112 is "Warm". Guest Designer for this challenge is Marieke. Marieke's style is so fun and colorful. She is a rock star with creating scenes, and she has mad coloring skills. Treat yourself to a visit to her blog. You are sure to be inspired!

 CAS-ual Fridays is our Challenge Sponsor. Challenge winner will receive a $25.00 gift card to spend at the CAS-ual Fridays Store.

For my card, I turned the heat up a notch and used the grill from Paper Smooches Alfresco stamp set for my main image. I then die cut a circle on the side of a panel of bandana patterned paper from my stash of Stampin' Up DP of long ago, added a sentiment strip, and that was it.

Please head over to the Time Out Challenge Blog and see what Marieke and the Design Team have created to inspire you. Join us in the gallery to share your creation, and for a chance to win!

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Welcome Baby



It's time for mid-month inspiration for Creative With Stamps Challenge #27 - Cute Animals. This little monkey is so adorable, and I needed a baby card, so this is what happened. Please stop in at the Creative With Stamps Blog and check out the animal cuteness that the rest of the Design Team has created to inspire you. Get out your cute animal stamps and play with us.

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Use any animal image as the focus of your project.

Using Paper Smooches Comforting Hugs Stamp Set - Released September 2015.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Rainbow Wishes



Addicted To CAS Challenge #138 is up and running with code word: RAINBOW.

To create my card, I die cut a piece of water color paper with Paper Smooches Linked Hearts Die and colored it with Zigs. I adhered it to a white card base, and added a sentiment from Paper Smooches Luminous Spring stamp set stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black ink.

Don't forget, as always, Happy Little Stampers is our Sponsor, and Kylie is generously awarding the winner with a $20.00 gift certificate to the store!

Wonderful and talented Carol Gunn of Carol G Creates is Guest Designer for this challenge.  Carol's creativity is so inspiring. If you haven't met her yet, please take a stroll through her blog. You will be so glad you did.

Please head over to the ATCAS Challenge Blog and see what Carol and the Design Team have created to inspire you. Join us in the gallery for a chance to win!

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Paper Smooches Luminous Spring was released in 2015

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Give Thanks For Unknown Blessings



Time Out Challenge #111 is up and running. The theme is Holidays with an optional twist of a one layer card. There is a story behind my card. "Holidays" can mean days on the calendar on which specific things are celebrated like Christmas, Easter, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, etc. For some, the word "holidays" means a vacation or getaway.

So in thinking about what I would do here, my favorite (American) holiday, Thanksgiving, came to mind immediately. It is a time to reflect with gratitude, to share time and food with friends and family, and celebrate the harvest. My very dear friend, Sandie Munro, Administrator Extraordinaire of the Time Out Challenge, sent me this wonderful Stamplorations Unknown Blessings - Typographia stamp. When I saw it, I immediately know I would use it for a Thanksgiving card. Thank you Sandie, for this lovely gift.

I masked the portion where the sentiment is stamped, then I embossed it with brown EP. Even though I prepared the surface, some smudges appeared there. I tried to cover them up with leaf sequins, but that made it too busy, so I had to cut out the masked part and emboss the sentiment again. I lined up a few layers of the piece with the sentiment. I think it looks great, but it does not meet the one layered part of the challenge as I had intended. I just ran out of time, so here we are!

Our guest designer for this challenge is Ishani. Please check our her wonderful work. You are sure to be inspired!

Seven Hills Crafts is our sponsor.


Please head over to the Time Out Challenge Blog and see what Ishani and the Design Team have created for your inspiration. Join us in the gallery for a chance to win!