Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The World in CAS

Hello!  I am not sure if this card will meet the requirements to be classified as CAS but I consider it to be that because it was so quick and easy to make.  I simply used designs from Heartfelt Creations Celebrate the Journey Collection.  I cut the center from one of the panels with a Nesties Circle die and added it to the pattern paper  showing a world map.  The card reads "The World Needs More People Like You" so I did not add any other sentiment. I used a Card base of Brown Card stock.
Addicted to CAS: Challenge World

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

From the Heart


Hello!  I am back with another CAS Card for Valentine's Day.  This features a felt heart with stitching and a bit of bling that I found in my stash.  It is one of 3 hearts in a package that I think was part of a prize. 
On White CS, I simply stamped and gold embossed a Repeat Impressions stamp (do not know name) and then stamped and red embossed the sentiment from Flourishes. I edged this layer with Pilot Gold marker and attached to a Red Card Base.  I attached the Felt Heart with pop up foam.

Happy Little Stampers: January Sketch Challenge on right
Simon Wednesday Challenge: Simon says Have a Heart.
Addicted to Stamps: Challenge is Holiday.  I chose Valentine's Day

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Hearts for CASE this Sketch

Hello!  Finally I have a holiday card other than a Christmas one.  Since it is almost February....were did January go???...I should give some time to Valentines.  I actually used some leftover hearts and red CS Scrap from other projects on this CAS card. I simply added a strip of Red CS embossed with Cuttlebug Divine Swirls to the top edge of a White Card Base and attached 2 small White Hearts with pop up dots and one larger Red Scalloped Heart edged with white (on upper edge).  The sentiment from Flourishes Love Sweet Love set was inked with Memento Lady Bug.  Actually the reds all match IRL but not so much in the photo.

CAS(E) this Sketch:  Sketch #107
Simon Wednesday Challenge: Simon Says Have a Heart
Time Out Challenges:  #23 Valentine's Day with the Optional Twist of Hearts.
As You Like It Challenge:  Use your favorite embossing Folder.  Divine Swirls from Cuttlebug ia a favorite because it is so versatile and adds movement to my project.

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Joy to the World

Hello!  I cannot get away from making Christmas cards since there are so many fun year long challenges.
This was inspired by Craftyhazelnut's challenge Joy to the World. I pulled out a sentiment from a Flourishes set and embossed it in gold on a punch out topper from a Free Foil Accents Luxury Card Kit called Festive Flourishes that was inside an issue of Paper Inspirations.  I added this to a gold foil accented music sheet pattern paper from the same kit.  This was attached to a mat of gold metallic CS and a card base of blue-green CS.  So simple but elegant I think.
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge: Joy to the World
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra: Anything goes for Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's  Patterned Paper Challenge: Anything goes with patterned paper
Christmas Cards All Year 'Round: Anything goes for Christmas
Shopping Our Stash:  Focus on Not Your Normal Paper.  Used gold foil accent this paper.

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Christmas Houses with Wishes

Second post today:
Good Morning!  Happy Sunday to you!  I have been playing with my Cameo to create these houses for a card for the Challenge at Merry Monday.  Instead of using about 6 different colors of cardstock, I cut the designs from white CS and colored the elements with Copics.  The hard part of this design was getting all those windows punched out. I had to touch up some of the panes with markers. I tore white card stock strips to make the  snow banks around the houses and cut puffy clouds for the sky to add to the blue card base.  I added a punch out sentiment with gold foil accents from a Christmas card kit. Silhouette Files: Christmas Houses by Kate Cutables
                                  Clouds by Lori Whitlock
Merry Monday Christmas Challenge: Use  Houses
Craftyhazelnut Christmas Challenge Extra: Anything Christmas
Craft Your Passion Challenge: Anything Goes
Die Cut Diva's Monthly Challenge: Anything goes using a die cut machine or embossing.
Christmas Cards All Year 'Round: Anything goes

I wish we would have some skies this has been very gray here.
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Birthday Cake

Hello!  I made this CAS card using a brass stencil that I bought many years ago at a garage sale.  I used Distress inks with the stencil to create the image on a White Cardstock and them embossed around it with Cuttlebug EF Happy Birthday.  I should have done the embossing first and centered the image better but c'est la vie.  The pink from the backdrop reflected on the card in the photo but it is white.

CAS on Sunday: Challenge #50 Stencil It
Tuesday Throwdown: Challenge #228 is Embossing.

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Friends are Forever

Hello!!  I have been MIA for a week.  My DH and I were spending time with my Mother in Tennessee who celebrated her 95th birthday this past Monday.  Now I am trying to catch up with some of the challenges that I follow.

This card is for Mod Squad Challenge ....Joyce is asking us to CASE a card by anyone we like.  I saw a card by Karen Hightower, GKD DT Moderator that I liked very much and chose it to CASE. See her lovely card here.  I really liked the wood background made with GKD Cranberry Tart CS and white ink and used the same on my card.  My card base is white CS and layered with Honey Mustard CS. I used stamps from GKD Friends Are Forever set which I inked with Memento Tuxedo Black on an Oval of White CS and colored with Copics.  I added some sponging with Memento Summer Sky and finished with a Black Satin Bow and Black Gems from stash.  I even added some falling petals just as Karen did on her card.

Mod Squad Challenge: CASE a card of anyone you'd like.
Stamp TV: Mix It Up Monday-OVALERLY Easy- Cat asked us to use an Oval shape on your card.
                    My card just happens to use an oval so I can enter this challenge too.

Thanks to Karen for making her beautiful card and allowing me to CASE.
I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Lovely Gold Foil Accents

Hello! As long as it is so cold outside, I am still in the mood for making Christmas cards.  This one is one of the quickest cards that I have ever made....I was not timing the process but it must have taken less than 10 minutes.  I used a topper and polka dot paper both with gold that are from a Free Foil Accents Luxury Card Kit called Festive Flourishes that was inside an issue of Paper Inspirations that was a Christmas gift.  I used a card base of Metallic Gold cardstock and added a layer of the gold dotted paper and  a gold trimmed ribbon, and attached the lovely topper with pop up foam. I finished this with a Gold Metallic Snowflake that I cut with Cheery Lynn Snowflake 3 die tucked under the topper. I love the ornate design of this die and the foil accents on the paper and image.  I have had the card kit sitting on my desk just waiting to be used.

Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge: We are to upcycle, recycle, re-purpose something or use something that you got free.  I used products from a card kit that I received as a  free gift.
Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge: #167 is Snowflakes  Use Snowflake 3 Die.
NBUS: Darnell's Challenge #3 for Nothing Before Used Schtuff.  Used free card kit for first time.
Merry Monday Christmas Challenge: #141 Use  Critters
Christmas Cards All Year 'Round: Anything goes

This was one of those difficult to photograph cards.  I hope you can see the lovely foil accents and the richness of the elements.
I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Peace and Joy

Hello! Another Christmas card!  I keep getting inspiration from on going challenges to make holiday cards.  For this I am using some new GKD Stamps recently received.  I created the background using GKD white CS, a sentiment stamp and Memento Rhubarb Stalk ink.  I embossed the upper part with Cuttlebug EF Snowflakes.  I stamped the focus image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copics and Pencils. Layered the cut image on an Oval cut from red CS and added some glitter with Wink of Stella and Clear Star pen and a Gold pearl.  I assembled the card following Tuesday Morning Sketch adding some Raffia Ribbon from a Christmas Package and some Red gemstones.  The words Peace and Joy were stamped and trimmed to attach beneath the image.

Stamp TV : Mix It Up Monday Challenge-Double Talk-  stamp a sentiment more than once....and then emboss it.
Tuesday Morning Sketches: #283 Shown on right
613 Avenue Create Challenge: 2nd Annual Block Party Challenge- use as many techniques on your card as you can. Used Stamping, Copic Coloring, Pencils, Dry Embossing, Layering, Inked Background, etc.
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra: Anything Goes for Christmas.
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge: Inspired by a Christmas song.  There is a song called Peace and Joy from Disney. Click below on the arrow to hear.

I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Happy Card with Swirls and Pearls

Hello!  Before I talk about my card today,  I invite you to check out my calendar for 2015 that I made using photos of  Florida Birds that were taken on last year's stay in Captiva.  You can see each page of the calendar by clicking on the calendar header at the top of my blog.  I print and bind several of these for family and friends as holiday gifts.

Now back to my card..... I was playing with a Silhouette file cut with the Cameo in Red and backed the petals with Blue CS. Assembled using a Pink card base and a Glossy White layer embossed with Cuttlebug EF Stylized Flowers.  I cut the word Happy twice with Cheery Lynn Die and layered the Pink one over the Red one to  achieve a shadow look.  Finished with some pearls from stash.  I will use this as a Valentine or Birthday card by completing the inside with an appropriate verse. 

Challenges to enter:
Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge: #130 Pearls and Swirls.
Die Cut Diva's Monthly Challenge: Anything goes ....must use your die cut machine... either to emboss or use a die cut .

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Birthday Greetings

Welcome to my studio! Today I have a card inspired by the color challenge at Showcase Your Style.
We are to use Turquoise, Lime Green, Black and White.  When I saw the colors, I immediately thought of some pattern paper from gcdStudio that had these colors. I attached a panel of the paper on to a black CS mat and attached a cut out sentiment from Mark's Finest Papers Daffodil Greeting set.
I actually stamped this in Memento Tuxedo Black and stamped again with SU Tempting Turquoise  to create a shadow effect.  I then embossed the 3 layers with Cuttlebug EF Diamond plate ( for a challenge at MFP's).  I added some Lime Green Looped Satin ribbon and a Dragonfly brad before attaching to the Turquoise card base.
Showcase Your Style: Challenge 6 is to use colors Turquoise,
Lime Green, Black and White.
See graphic on right.
Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge #244: Theme is Embossed Layering.
Winter Wonderland: Theme is Thing with Wings.  This week does not have to be a Christmas project.
I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Abstract by Accident, Not by Design

Morning!  As you may know, I love to color with my Copics.  Recently many of my Copics needed refilling with ink.  This is a messy job, at least for me since I tend to overfill the markers and have some runoff and drips.  With practice I may learn to avoid that.  But being frugal that I am,  I decided to catch that overflow ink on watercolor paper when I filled about 12 of the markers the other day.  The result was an abstract design that I used on this card.  I simply trimmed the paper that absorbed the inks and filled in some white spaces with Copic B0000.  I assembled a card using Sweet Sunday's Sketch pulling out colors from the design to use as the card base and layers.  The sentiment, stamped on the circle with SU Tempting Turquoise, is from Power Poppy Azaleas set.  I cut the word Happy with Cheery Lynn die from the blue and coral CS and layered to create dimension and depth. Finished with a splash of sequins that I have collected over the years.

Sweet Sunday: Sketch Challenge #251
Simon Monday Challenge Blog: Inky Background.  My saved ink spills worked great for this challenge.
Alphabet Challenge Blog: X is for X-periment.  The use of ink spills was certainly an experiment.

I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Blue, Silver, and White Challenge

Hello!  I hope that you are having a great weekend.  I seldom use blue as the feature color on a card.  The new color challenge at The House That Stamps Built is to use Blue, Silver and White so I am using blue.  They have changed up their challenges for the year, so make sure to check them out.
I started my card by using Repeat Impressions stamps that I stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with Zing Silver EP.  I added some blues to the flowers with Distress Inks and a waterbrush.   I cut the image with Nesties Oval die and edged it using a Silver Pilot Marker,  I cut Silver Metallic CS with Spellbinders Fancy Tags die which I used behind the oval.  Using White Card base, I added a layer of  Bazzill blue textured CS also edged in silver and attached the label and then the image.  I finished with some silver dots as corner embellishments that I simply punched with hole punch.

Repeat Impressions: WIW Color Challenge Blue, Silver, White

Die Cuttin Diva Challenge #197: January Sketch Challenge on right

Die Cut Diva's Challenge: Anything goes as long as you use your die cut machine... either to emboss or use a die cut on your project.

I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Snowflakes for Christmas

 Welcome! Today I am posting a Christmas card for a few challenges. I made this design following a Sketch from Sketch Saturday and was inspired to use wood grain pattern  and die cut words from the photo below.  I started with Pattern Papers from Fancy Pants Timbergrove pad using a snowflake pattern panel at the top of the card embossed with Darice EF Snowflakes.  I cut the words Merry Christmas using a Cheery Lynn Die from the wood grain panel before attaching to the white card base.  The popped up Snowflake is a layer of 2 cut with Cameo and one with Cheery Lynn die. I topped it with a white sprinkle.
Can you believe no coloring or stamping on this card??

Sketch Saturday: #343 by Debra
Time Out Challenges:  Inspiration Photo on right.  Used wood grain
and large sentiment on my card inspired by photo.
Die Cut Diva's Challenge: Anything goes as long as you use your die cut machine... either to emboss or use a die cut on your project.
Merry Monday Christmas Challenge:  #140 Use a snowflake on your card. Edited to add their graphic which was not showing earlier.
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra: Anything Christmas for January.

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Thanks Bunches

Hello! I am back with another Bicycle theme card made with Heartfelt Creations Celebrate the Journey Paper Collection. I stamped the Bicycle and Sentiment on a panel from the paper with  Papers and Such stamps using Memento Rich Cocoa ink.   I colored the  basket of flowers with Pink Glaze pen and added some lace underneath the image. I used an Ivory card base and a layer of pink CS with the image layer.

Mod Squad Challenge: Thank You Card
613 Avenue Create Challenge: Anything Goes (Did not use optional twist)

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Friday, January 9, 2015

You Are Fabulous

Hello!  I enjoy doing  the Runway Inspired Challenge because of the beautiful fashions that are used for inspiration.  When I saw the challenge featuring this Ralph Lauren dress (right),  I knew at once that I had to use the stamp Leafy Vines from Hero Arts with jewels to create my design.  I seldom come up with my ideas so quickly.
I stamped the Pink CS with Versamark and heat embossed with Zing Silver EP.  Love the look of this. I outlined the edges of the panel with Pilot Silver marker  and then I attached assorted gems of blue to the vines.
The perfect sentiment YOU ARE FABULOUS from Verve Stamps was added in silver.  I attached this layer to the base card of the same cardstock.  The Sketch from Happy Little Stampers  inspired the layout.
I love, love this card...... I think it is Fabulous even if do I say so!  My inspiration from the runway came from the color and the jeweled neckline of this beautiful gown.

Challenge Link:
Runway Challenge: RIC#75 Ralph Lauren
Happy Little Stampers: January Sketch Challenge. See Left

I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Tag for a Birthday Greeting

Hello!  This is another Bicycle Theme card using Heartfelt Creations Celebrate the Journey Paper Collection from which I cut the tag design and stamped it with Papers and Such Bicycle Stamp with Memento Rich Cocoa and added color to the Basket with a Glaze pen.  Under the tag which is attached with a brad,  I stamped a Heartfelt Creations Birthday Greetings.

Addicted to Stamps Challenge: #95 Use tag on your card. Stamped bike and sentiment.
Seize the Birthday: Anything goes. Did not use the option.
Papers: Ivory and Pink CS, Patterns from HFC Celebrate the Journey
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Pens: Sakura Pink Glaze
Ribbon and Brad from Stash

I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Water Colored Camellias

Hello!  Today I am sharing a card that I made with Power Poppy digital stamp Camellias that I received last month but have not used.  I printed the image on water color paper and water colored with Distress Inks Picked Raspberry and Peeled Paint and a water brush. I printed the image a second time and fussy cut the larger flower which I also water colored and layered that with foam tape for some dimension. I added some yellow glaze to the center of one of the flowers.  I loved the look of the flowers and decided to let the image be the star of this card.  I just simply matted with Pink CS and attached to the Green card base.   I printed the sentiment from another Power Poppy digital for inside the card also matting with a Pink CS.

I really like the look that I achieved with water has been awhile since I did this technique.
Happy Little Stampers : January CAS challenge is Watercolouring.
Power Poppy Peep of the Week: Share any creation made with Power Poppy stamps.
NBUS Challenge #3: Darnell challenges us to use Never Before Used Schtuff.  I am using this Power Poppy Digital stamp for the first time.  
Simon Wednesday Challenge: Simon says use something New. I used a new stamp.

I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Sending Thanks

Hello!  I am back with another Thank You card made with GKD Stamps and Memory Box Butterfly Die.   I saw this design on Pinterest but do not know who to credit since I did not make any notes or pin. Just creating from memory.

Tuesday Throwdown: Challenge is Favorite Embellishment....ribbon is one of my Favorites.
Clear It Out Challenge: Theme and stash are Anything Goes.  First time I used this ribbon in my stash.
Mod Squad Challenge: Thank You Card. Used GKD Stamps

Supplies used:
Stamps-GKD Inside & Out, Tag Lines
Ink: Versamark and Memento Danube Blue
White EP
Papers: GKD White and Grass Green CS
Dies: Spellbinders Frame and  Memory Box Pippi Butterfly
Ribbon from Stash

I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Many Thanks

Morning!  Brrrrr!  It's cold outside....a great day to stay in and craft or take down the tree.  I was playing with a new GKD stamp set Joyful Holidays which is really a Christmas set but I used the tree stamp for this thank you card.  I stamped it using Memento Bamboo Leaves ink and decorated it with punched out flowers (used hole punch) from the Pattern Paper in the background. I used GKD Papers Honey Mustard, Ivory and the pattern from Autumn Landscape pad. The sentiment is from GKD Autumn Always and inked with Memento Peanut Brittle.   The flowers almost look like sequins but are simply paper.

Stamp TV Mix It Up Monday Challenge: Make a Thank you card.
Shopping Our Stash Weekly: Challenge is to use Something New. Stamp is new.
Sweet Stamps Challenge Blog: Challenge is to use Something New. Stamp is new.
Papertake Weekly Challenge: Anything goes with option to make a Thank You card.

Hope you are warm and cozy!
I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Monday, January 5, 2015

Live In the Moment

Hello! I hope everyone had a great weekend.  It has been very cold here...even a bit of snow today.
I spent the weekend working on a series of 10 cards with a Bicycle Theme which I plan to share over the next few days.  This one was made with Heartfelt Creations Celebrate the Journey Paper Collection and a Bicycle Stamp from  Papers and Such. I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink and Pink and Black Glaze pens  with some Clear Star Pen accents( hard to see but they are there).

Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenge: New Year Resolutions. I thought  "Live In The Moment" was a good resolution which this card expresses.
Whoopsi Daisy  Monthly Challenge: Anything Goes
The ABC  Challenge: A is for Anything Goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: January Anything with Patterned Paper

I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Saturday, January 3, 2015

My Frosty Is Ready for Winter

Welcome!  With all these cold temperatures I am thinking of snow and snowmen.  I created my "Frosty" using a Heartfelt Creations stamp from Snowmen Melt Your Heart set.  Since this stamp is only the head I added 2 white cardstock circles to build him coloring with a bit of Copic B0000 and added Black"Coal" (black gems) for his Eyes and Buttons. I paper pieced his Scarf and Hat Band and fussy cut his arms from Black CS Scraps. I attached him to a background layered with several Pattern Papers from Fancy Pants pad Timbergrove including some of the printed words from one of the sheets.  The Snowflake paper was embossed with Darice EF Snowflakes. I finished with some die cut Snowflakes from a Glitter paper scrap . Looking at this card,  I can just hear .......  thumpety thump thump, thumpety thump thump, look at frosty go!

Just Us Girls Challenge: Word week #274 WINTER
Shopping Our Stash Weekly Challenge: Thrice is nice. Use three (or more) patterned papers on your project. I used more than 3 from Timbergrove Pad.
Cute Card Thursday Challenge: #354 Anything Goes
Crafty Catz: Challenge 260 is Anything Goes
Winter Wonderland Challenge: Favorite Color Combo.  The color combo of aqua/turquoise and red are one of my faves, especially for winter time.

To play video, click on arrow.

I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Friday, January 2, 2015

All White Christmas

Second Post Today:
I thought I was through making Christmas cards for awhile but this one just sneaked out of my studio.  I started making an all white card for the Open-Minded Crafting Fun challenge and this is what it became.   I embossed a Glossy White CS with a Darice EF Santa Sleigh Night Scene and then added the Merry Christmas sentiment cut with Cheery Lynn dies and Snowflakes cut with a die from Cheery Lynn Build a Flower dies.  I added some Stickles Frosted Lace to the die cuts to give a bit of shine and texture. I colored the stars and windows with Clear Star Pen. This layer was attached to a Smooth White card base.  These All-White cards always look better in real life but I hope the photo captures some of the essence of the design.

Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenge: #26 All White
NBUS Challenge #3: Anything Goes in Darnell's challenge to use "never-before-used schtuff".
The Darice embossing folder was in my Christmas Stocking and this is my first time to use it.
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge: Anything Goes
Virginia's View Challenge : #11 is A Clean Slate.  I created a White on White card.

I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa