Thursday, July 2, 2015

Stamping for Happy Little Stampers CAS July Challenge

I'm so excited to be one of the Design Team members of

To be on a team with all these talented artists is such an honor!

Our July challenge is


I love stamping.

It's probably my all time favorite card technique.

Is it a technique?

Come see what I did.....



Today I used a favorite inking technique..

Inking with Markers.

I love the soft, almost watercolor look this technique gives.

I inked the stamp with some Stampin' Up! markers,
huffed on the stamp to moisten the ink,
and stamped on a piece of Whisper White.

I used a damp Aqua Painter to blend the ink just a bit.

Stamped a sentiment, scored the edges and adhered the design to a card base.

I love this image that looks like a couple of friends chatting.

Now it's your turn.

Pull out some favorite stamps, ink them up,
and join us at 

And don't forget to go check out the wonderful samples
from the rest of the Design Team.
Wow!

And how cool is it that the theme is stamping this month st
Virginia's View Challenge

After you link up at HLSCAS you can take your card over to Virginia's too.
A 2fer!

Thanks for stopping by.

Enjoy!

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Enjoy, Special Wishes (both Penny Black)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Markers (Lost Lagoon, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Garden Green)
Paper:  Solar White (Neena), Whisper White (SU)
Other:  Simply Scored (SU), Aqua Painter


Summer Daisies


This is not what I intended!

I was CASEing this card by Melissa Stout.

She's the Featured Stamper at Splitcoaststampers.

I thought I'd emboss the sentiment on the watercolor panel.

Well, it didn't work very well.

If I'd put the pad back in MISTI, it would have been fine.

But I didn't.

So....

I decided to CASE this card with the 3 flowers.

It doesn't look much like either one of Melissa's cards, but I tried.

SUMMER
I'll take my summer daisies over there.

Since the whole front of my card was made from snippets, I'm off to

Check back later today for my first Design Team card for the
Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge.

Thanks for the visit.

Enjoy!
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Card Recipe
Paper:  Solar White (Neena), Whisper White (SU), Watercolor (Arches 140 lb. cold press), Crushed Curry
Other: Square Lattice EF (retired SU), Daisy Punch (My Paper Studio), 1/4" Circle Punch (SU), Crystal Effects (SU)


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A Bashful Hooray


Here's another entry for the June
'White on White'
(Colour on your image only)

I die cut this sweet flower with the Penny Black Bashful die and
lightly colored it with my Koi Watercolors.

After scoring the card base, I glued the flower on the card front.

The sentiment was die cut 3 times and all 3 stacked together. 

I hope this card will make someone smile.

It makes me smile when you stop by.

Enjoy!
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Card Recipe
Paper: Whisper White Textured (SU retired), Solar White (Neena)
Other:  Bashful die, Hooray Dies (both Penny Black), Koi Watercolors, Simple Scored (SU) 


Monday, June 29, 2015

Christmas Candles

Good Merry Monday morning.

Did you realize that we're more than halfway to Christmas?

How are you coming on your Christmas card stash?


This week's challenge is brought to us by
super talented Sue (Cat's Ink.Corporated)
Here is what she brought us.....


Not long ago a friend of mine gave me a lot of stamps
and this stamp was in the bunch.

The image was stamped on vellum with Memento Ink
and colored on the reverse side with Copic Markers.

I should have embossed the image, but I thought of that too late.

Oh, well.

After coloring the image, I die cut some little poinsettias, 
sponged ink on the edges and layered up.

A few sprigs of punched pine finished it up.

The vellum and the paper for the poinsettia were from the snippets bag
so I'm off to Pixies Snippet Playground.

is open until the end of the month.

I hope you'll stamp, punch or die cut some candles,
add them to your Christmas card
and join us at

Thanks for the visit.

Enjoy!
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Card Recipe
Stamps: Christmas Candles (Raindrops on Roses retired)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  Solar White (Neena), Cardstock Vellum (SU)
Other:  Copic Markers, Poinsettia Parade Die (SSS), Pine Sprig Punch (MS)


Sunday, June 28, 2015

Memory Box Butterfly Congrats


I was excited to see that Memory Box has started a Challenge.

and guess what their first challenge is?

Challenge1butterflies
It just so happens that I have a Memory Box Butterfly die.
LOL, bet you would've never guessed that!

Actually, I have this set of dies.

I used Isabella Butterfly die to cut out of a snippet of gold foil.

Then I embossed the gold and adhered it to a card base.

Next I die cut the matching Pippi Butterfly
and popped it in the negative space.

A die cut sentiment and a few sequins were all that were needed to finish up.

Thanks to Greta for finding this challenge!

Other challenges

with my snippet of gold foil and black.

ANYTHING GOES

F is for Flowers

And thank you for stopping by.

Enjoy!
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Card Recipe
Paper: Watercolor (Strathmore), Gold Foil, Basic Black (SU)
Other: Isabella Butterfly, Pippi Butterfly (both Memory Box), Congrats die (PB), Trelliage EF (Cuttlebug), Sequins (SSS)







The Sweetest Sound


I'll give you a break from butterflies.

Another of my favorite themes for cards is birds.

Bird songs are some of the sweetest sounds.

I inked the stamp with SU Markers, huffed and stamped.

Using a damp Aqua Painter, I blended the colors just a bit.

I also swiped markers on a plastic lid and picked up with the Aqua Painter
to fill in some blank spots.

After doing the main image, I inked the smaller branch,
again with markers, stamped off and did 
second and third generation stamping.

I bought this stamp thinking it would be perfect for anniversary cards.
Other occasions too.

 ****WINGS****

I hope you've heard some bird songs today.

Enjoy!
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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Sweetest Sound, Special Wishes (both Penny Black)
Ink: SU Markers (Soft Suede, Garden Green, Lost Lagoon, Crisp Cantaloupe, Peach Parfait, Delightful Dijon)
Paper:  Soft Suede, Whisper White, Marina Mist (All SU)
Other:  Stitched Mats Rectangles (Lil' Inker), Aqua Painter

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Things we Love and Seeing Stars


The Featured Stamper at Splitcoaststampers this week is
Lisa Kubica.

I hadn't "met" her before and so enjoyed her gallery.

I chose this card to CASE.

I loved this triangular piece with the flowers so I shamelessly CASEd her card.

I did use different flower stamps and embossing instead of stitching.

I used the Lil' Inker Stitched Square die and cut the square in half.

Sticky notes masked off the edges so I could stamp the flowers up to but not over the edge.

After stamping the flowers and leaves, I used a damp  Aqua Painter to spread the colors.

This card measures 3 1/4" x 6 1/4".

While I was at it, I thought I'd play with the 
CAS and Color Challenges at SCS too.

This is the card I did for both of these challenges.


The CAS challenge is to use stars and 
the Color Challenge is Real Red, Marina Mist and Night of Navy.


I pulled out the Starry Die from Verve for the base of this card.

I die cut the stars from a piece of white and snippets of
red, navy and Marina Mist.

The stars fit back into the negative spaces of the white piece and 
the extras were scattered around.

It was really quick and fun.

I'm entering into the 
ANYTHING GOES


 I'm glad you stopped by.

Enjoy!
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Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Things We Love (Hero Arts), Kind Words (Verve)
Ink:  SU Markers (Watermelon Wonder, Gumball Green, Elegant Eggplant)
Paper:  Solar White (Neena), Whisper White (SU)
Other: Stitched Square (Lil' Inker), Needlepoint Border EF (retired SU), Aqua Painter

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps:  Friendship Messages (SSS)
Ink:  Night of Navy
Paper:  Solar White (Neena), Real Red, Night of Navy, Marina Mist, Whisper White
Other: Starry Die (Verve)


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Marigolds


has a Blog Hop every month.

I don't think I've ever participated.

When I saw the inspiration photo for this one, I couldn't resist.

Take a peek....

Blog hop inspiration

I inked the marigolds from the PTI Year of Flowers Collection with markers,
stamped and used the Aqua Painter to spread the color.

The stripes are stamped and the organdy ribbon represents the white flower.

I'm also going to enter at
ANYTHING GOES

Thanks for stopping by.

Enjoy!
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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Year of Flowers (PTI), Butterfly Basics (SU)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Markers (Tangerine Tango, Gumball Green)
Paper:  Watercolor (Strathmore 90 lb. cold press)
Other:  Stitched Mats Rectangles (Lil' Inker), Organdy Ribbon (JoAnn)


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Delicate Wings in White


These days it seems that I can't get enough of butterflies!

I die cut the solid butterfly from vellum and the 
openwork butterfly from a piece of textured white cardstock.

Since we were allowed some color on our white on white card,
I cut the body from a snippet of a piece of watercolor.

The background was stamped with a filigree background stamp
with Whisper White ink on Whisper White cardstock and embossed.
It gave a little pattern to the white on white theme.

Some clear Wink of Stella added a nice sparkle to the butterfly.
It's just enough to five her a silky look.


'White on White'
(Colour on your image only)

is celebrating their 3rd Birthday!
Happy, Happy Birthday!
and their challenge this week is
CAS

Inspired by the words
Happy is the Bride that the Sun Shines on
All that white looks bridal to me with a little bridesmaid thrown in.

Thanks for the visit.

Enjoy!
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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Filigree (SU retired)
Ink:  Whisper White
Paper:  Solar White (Neena), Whisper White, Whisper White Textured, Watercolor, Cardstock Vellum
Other:  Delicate Wings Die (PB), White EP (SU), Clear Wink of Stella

Monday, June 22, 2015

Funky Snowman

It's Merry Monday time.


This week, the talented Nina chose our challenge.

Don't ya just love those hats?

Well, as much as I love them, I don't have any funky hats.

So I did some punch art.

Since I used some snippets from the Christmas paper bag,
I'll go to Pixies Snippet Playground.

I hope you can find a funky hat to put on a Christmas card and join us at
(Or just pull out your punches and make one!)

Thanks for the visit.

Enjoy!
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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Woodgrain, Yuletide Collection (Kaisercraft)
Ink:  Real Red, Baked Brown Sugar
Paper:  Solar White (Neena), "Smooshed" Whisper White, Baked Brown Sugar, Whisper White, Christmas DSP (retired)
Other: Decorative Label Punch, Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders), 3/4" Circle Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Candy Dots, Pom Poms (stash)

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted


Sunday, June 21, 2015

Dressing up the Home

You may remember that I met up with my blogging friends,
Darnell & Mary last month.

They were both so generous bestowing wonderful stamping gifts on me.

Darnell gave me some K and Company vellum adornments
and I've had a good time with them.

Have a look....


As I told Darnell, I'd never figured out what I wanted to put on the walls in my dining room.

Recently I found these frames and 2 of the vellum adornments fit perfectly.

I've adhered them to some Naturals Ivory (SU) cardstock and place them in the frames.

The cardstock is an almost perfect match for the walls so they look like
flowers pressed between glass.

I love the more finished look to my dining room.


Most of all, I love remembering the good time we had together.


 and now I have a reminder every time I walk through my dining room.


Thanks for the visit,

Enjoy!


Saturday, June 20, 2015

Making a Splash

Nothing like enjoying a bubble bath with a glass of the bubbly!


There's a new challenge at 
Addicted to CAS

The fantastic Rebecca (Molly Moo) has chosen this challenge for us.



Our sponsor is

the prize is 7 Digis

Wow, that's a great prize!

The rest of the Design Team has some awesome inspiration
so be sure to check them out.

Flo is our fantastic Guest Designer this month.

Sadly, this is my last challenge on the ATCAS Design Team.

I decided to step down so I could jump feet first into the 

I'll miss these lovely ladies at ATCAS!

I'll be seeing you in the gallery.

Thanks for the visit.

Enjoy!
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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Bubbly (PB)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  Solar White (Neena), Bashful Blue (retired), Whisper White 
Other:  Copic Markers, Stitched Mats Rectangles (Lil' Inker), Decorative Dots EF, Crystal Effects

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted