Monday, October 16, 2017

CAS Watercolor, CAS Mix Up & MFT Sketch Challenge

Hello again ~
I always enjoy playing along in Loll and Bonnie's monthly challenges, but this month, time has been slipping by quickly. So, before it's too late, I have two cards to share. My first card is for the CAS Watercolor October Challenge & 1st Birthday Celebration and the theme is 'Fall Leaves':

These gorgeous leaves were a gift from my dear friend Michele, and I thought they worked perfectly for this challenge. The angled panel was watercolored using Peerless Watercolors, and I curved the MFT sentiment using my MISTI.

Happy 1st Birthday, Loll & Bonnie! Here's to many more years of crafty fun with your challenge blog!!!


My 2nd card is for the CAS Mix Up October Challenge for the theme: Stamping, Layering Stencils and Your Choice (Copic coloring):

I started by stenciling soft blue clouds with Tumbled Glass (too soft so it's hard to see), then stenciled the balloon. Next, I stenciled the hearts onto the balloon and stenciled the grass in 3 different inks. Lastly, I used Copic markers to color the elephant and flowers...and that was it :)


My 3rd card is for the MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge - With inspiration by Laura Bassen, how could I resist!

This little pup is from the new MFT set called 'Happy Pawlidays' and I couldn't resist him (and his friends). For the aperture on the sketch, I used the Peek-a-Boo Wonky Window for fun, and Copic markers to color the images. The background was blended with DI's and I added snow with a stencil and texture paste.  

OK, so that's it for me...Thank you for hanging in there, and thanks so much for stopping by,

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Addicted to CAS Challenge #122 - Pumpkins

Hi there blog friends,
It's time for a new challenge at Addicted to CAS and just in time for autumn, our theme is 'Pumpkins'! Here is my card:

I wanted to add texture to this card so I used texture paste with the diagonal stripes stencil and Peerless watercolors for the pumpkins. Thank heaven I was finished working on the pumpkins because right afterward I spilled a cup of water onto the yellow/orange/red Peerless swatches...YIKES ~ What a mess!
Anyway, all are welcome to join us over at ATCAS and don't forget we always have a lovely prize for the winner...this time it's a GC from Create a Smile Stamps ~ Hope to see you there!

Have a great weekend ~ Thanks so much for stopping by,

Stamps: PTI - Spooky Smiles (Sentiment)
Dies: SSS - Stitched Pumpkins; MFT - Blueprints 15 (Stitched Border)
Stencil: SSS Diagonal Stripes
Watercolors: Peerless
Gems: PTI - Rainstones

Sunday, October 8, 2017

MFT 2017 World Cardmaking Day Challenges

 Hi there,
I'm back to share four cards I created for the WCMD challenges at MFT...since it's a photo heavy post, I will keep the chatter to a minimum :)

The theme for Challenge #1 is ROYGBIV 

I created this card using MFT Big Balloons Stencil and thought it would be fun to use this shape instead of the usual round shape. I added glitter to the die cut sentiment and finished with the stitched frame from Blueprints 15.

The theme for Challenge #2 is DIE-NAMICS DESIGNS  

I blended my ink to create an ombre effect and added Star Dust Stickles to add some sparkle to this card. Plain vellum for the champagne glasses and gold foil for the die cut stamping!

The theme for Challenge 3 is BY THE NUMBERS

The 'Free with $60.' 'Thank You' when I ordered the MFT September Card Kit was the pop-up numbers I used for this card...I used Blueprints 26 for the remainder of the elements on this card except for the patterned paper on the '40' which is from Tiny Hearts Brights.

The theme for Challenge #4 is MAKE & MAIL

It's hard for me to create 4 cards in 2 days (it sometimes takes me a few days to create one), but it helped to have the flowers and leaves already stamped and cut in my stash :) To keep it simple I added the soft polka dot vellum paper and a lovely sentiment from the Beautiful Blooms set.

I also stamped my envelope for mailing ~

 As a 'thank you' to celebrate this years' anniversary at MFT, I received a really cute stamp set, so I chose one to use on my envelope.

That's it for me...I hope everyone had a great weekend and a really fun WCMD! 

Please don't feel obligated to comment on each card...just saying 'Hello' is truly appreciated...Thanks! And, thank you so much for stopping by,

Happy World Card Making Day!

Hi there! I hope you've been able to play along with all the blog hops and challenges going on for World Cardmaking Day ~ There are lots of fun prizes out there!

I've been working on my first card for the past few days for this week's CASology Challenge for the Cue Card ‘Grid’

I think this new MFT Bitty Bear set is my new favorite...I stamped and colored the bear and tree trunk with Copic markers and framed it out with the wonky frame which I die cut with Graphic Grid patterned paper. The hearts were created with Mama Elephant Confetti die and everything was placed on an MFT Blueprints 15 stitched base.
Thanks to Anita for suggesting that I enter this card to the MFT 2017 WCMD Challenge for the category: Challenge #2 - DIE-NAMICS DESIGNS


I'm joining in the World Cardmaking Day festivities with this card for the Simon Says Stamp Blog and for the SSS Flickr Challenge for the theme - Anything Goes:

For this card, I embossed the 'Believe' stamp and flowers in Gold and chose a few of my favorite pastels for the petals and leaves. Lastly, I added a few clear gems and MFT Blueprints 15 stitched rectangle for the base...and that was it!

Have a fun weekend ~ Thanks so much for stopping by.

Sunday, October 1, 2017


Hi there,
I'm back with a quick post to share 2 cards ~ First up is for Freshly Made Sketches with a sketch by Jen T. and since this is the first time I'm inking up this stamp set, I am also entering my card into Darnell's NBUS Challenge ~

I pulled out my Copic markers to color this sweet MFT stamp set called "Magical Day" and added a few soft clouds in the background. 
Darnell's challenges (and regular posts) are always fun and this time, she is sharing a humorous card or two with us each day of the challenge. If you haven't been over there lately, be sure to visit her Here!


My 2nd card is also for Darnell's NBUS Challenge as well as CAS on Friday (use a die cut on your card) and Just Us Girls Challenge who are having their 
‘Wild Card Week’ and the theme is “Word Die Cuts”.

This is the first time I'm using this MFT die. I stamped the remainder of the sentiment from the 'Grateful' set and added a pop of color with 'Distressed Patterns' and a few splatters. 

Thanks so much for stopping by ~ Have a great week!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Addicted to CAS - Challenge #121

Hi there, blog friends ~ It's time for another challenge at Addicted to CAS! Ellenor is our Hostess, and she has chosen the code word...'Favorite Stamp'! Suffice it to say I have a few faves, so I had to narrow it down and decided on this stamp set:

What I like about this stamp set is that it has several elegant sentiments and the flowers are so pretty! I created the ombre effect with PTI inks (See This Video tutorial by Laurie Willison) and embossed the center of the blooms in gold.

Happy Little Stampers is sponsoring this challenge, and Kylie is offering a $15.00 GC for the winner...surely you have a least one fave in your stash, right? We would love to see your creation in the ATCAS gallery if you're interested in joining us!

Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Graceful Greetings
Ink: PTI - Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal; MFT - Ripe Raspberry; Hero Arts - Bubblegum, Green Hills; Versamark
Misc: WOW Metallic Gold EP; Lucie's Things Jewels 

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #306

Hi ~ I'm back again with a card I created for this week's challenge at Freshly Made Sketches Challenge. This fabulous sketch was created by Jen M. 

Here is my take on Jen's sketch:

I was way out of my comfort zone working with all those layers and since I rarely use patterned paper on my cards, this was a real challenge for me...but it was fun :)
Everything on this card is by MFT and I colored the images with Copic markers. 
Wishing you all a great week ahead ~ Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments...I really appreciate it!

Stamps & Dies: MFT Witch Way is the Candy?
Patterned Paper: MFT - Black & White Basics Paper Pack
Copic Markers; Versafine Onyx Black ink; Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder, Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen

Friday, September 22, 2017

CASology Challenge #267

Hello again ~ I'm back to share a card I created for this week's challenge at CASology. The cue card 'Big' is so much fun because there are so many ways to go with it! I've never been to Paris, but I'm willing to bet the Eiffel Tower is 'Big' and that it would give me a chance to play with my new to me die!

I was determined to keep it CAS so I created a mask with the oval shadow die and sponged it with MFT Grout Gray ink. I used Salty Ocean DI on the tower, lightening the color as I moved upward, and stamped the sentiment in SSS Smoke. A few gems for sparkle and a stitched border and this card was complete :)

This morning, the following video showed up on my YouTube feed and it really made my, I thought I would share it with you ~ Enjoy!

Have a great weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by,

Stamps: PTI - Think Big Favorites #3
Dies: MFT - Eiffel Tower, Oval Shadow Die, Blueprints 25
Inks: MFT Grout Gray; SSS Smoke; DI - Salty Ocean
Gems: Lucy's Things - Ice Cube Jewels

Thursday, September 21, 2017

You Make Me Smile

Hi there blog friends,
I've been on the fence about entering the MFT Card Design Superstar Contest, so just before they close their doors, I've decided to submit this card for the CAS category:

This little guy is my favorite from the new Bitty Bears stamp set, and I thought (hoped, really) that he would work in place of the letter "O" in the die cut. I used the paisley stencil for the background and blended distress inks to create an ombre effect on the alphas.

Supplies: (All MFT products)
Stamps: Bitty Bears, All About You
Dies: Bitty Bears, All About You, Fishtail Sentiment Strip, Blueprints 25
Stencil: Bold Paisley
Inks: MFT - Black Hybrid; DI's - Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed; Hero Arts - Soft Vanilla; Versamark
Embossing Powder: Stampendous Detail White
Gems: Lucy's Cards - Clear Jewels

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Sunday, September 17, 2017

CAS on Friday, Muse Challenge

Hello again ~
I'm back to share 2 cards...First up is the challenge at CAS on Friday for the theme CAS on Friday: Challenge #116 Color me Pretty (use Pencils or Markers)

I just bought this stamp set and thought the tri-square windows would work well. The backgrounds were blended with DI's and images were colored with Copic markers.


My 2nd card is for this week's challenge at Muse. Tracey McNeely is our Muse this week and she created this fabulous contemporary Christmas card:

And, here is my take on her card:

I used my favorite wreath die and kept it simple by adding just 2 sprigs of holly (watercolored) and a few gems. CAS with an elegant sentiment and that was it!

Stamps: MFT - Witch Way is the Candy, Hero Arts - Merry Christmas Trees (sentiment)
Dies: MFT - Witch Way is the Candy, SSS - Chisholm Wreath, Tri Square Window, Reverse Confetti - Holly
Distress Inks, Copic Markers, Gems (stash)

Have a great week ~ Thanks so much for stopping by,

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Addicted to CAS Challenge #120

Hi there blog friends ~
It's time for another challenge at Addicted to CAS! Our Hostess for this challenge is Jaydee and she has chosen the code word for us:

Here is my card...

For my first card, I stamped and die cut my newest MFT set (Beautiful Blooms) and die cut the scalloped border with Lawn Fawn plaid papers. Lastly, I used Doodlebug Sprinkles for the center of the flowers.

I created a 2nd card, just because...

I stamped a panel using Lawn Fawn's Penelopes Blossoms then die cut the sentiment several times and stacked them to add dimension to my card. A few clear sequins and a stitched panel, and that was it ~

STAMPlorations is our sponsor and they are offering a $10 voucher to the store for the winner...we would love to have you join us!
Thanks so much for stopping by,

To answer Paperpretties question: To create the scalloped border on the first card, I used this MFT DIE (last one in the photo). Hope this helps!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

CAS Watercolor September Challenge

Hi there ~
I'm back to share a card I created for this month's challenge at CAS Watercolor, and the theme is 'Silhouette'!

Instead of using a stamp for this challenge, I opened my Silhouette Studio software and found this image in my library from a few years ago (it's called 'Beauty Silhouette' #5292). I started with Peerless Watercolors on the textured side of Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock and I embossed the PTI sentiment in gold. A stitched oval and rectangle border with a few gold sequins and this card was completed!
Thanks to Bonnie for suggesting that I can enter this card is this month's challenge at CAS Mix Up :)

To fulfill the criteria for this challenge, I created the watercolor wash on the oval panel and stamped the sentiment. My 'choice' is one of my favorite techniques ~ die cutting.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend, and if you live in or near Florida, please stay safe! My daughter and granddaughter live on the east coast of Florida and I'm trying not to panic ~ So far, so good!

Thanks so much for stopping by,