Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Let the Sparkle Begin With Spellbinders



My friends at Spellbinders sent me a few goodies to play with from their new
SPARKLING CHRISTMAS COLLECTION which went live on August 10th.

I chose S4-1064 Kaleidoscope Christmas Tree and S4-1065 Christmas Mix and 
Match Sentiments which paired perfectly together.



The Christmas Tree is a set of three dies that layer beautifully to form a
simple or intricate tree, complete with a star topper. After die cutting the
pieces, I inked them up in cool greens and blues in ombré fashion, then
spattered them with gold ink.

I layered two of the pieces and adhered the star which was cut from gold
card stock. The sentiment was also cut from gold card stock and I assembled
the tree and sentiment on a black card base for a dramatic holiday look.


For my second project I changed up the colors on the pieces and layered only
two of the three trees. I cut the script sentiment out of gold card stock and
stamped a secondary sentiment above it. Sequins finished off the tree and card.
 
Visit Spellbinders and see the entire Sparkling Collection and grab a few to
get a head start on your holiday cards and projects!


Thursday, August 6, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #384


Are you ready for a retro sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch?
Here's Sketch #384 which was Sketch #45 back in 2013.


Meet my straightforward take on the sketch, 7 years ago.


And here's my 2020 version featuring a fun pair of mermaid tails.


I gold embossed a mermaid tail twice, then used daubers to color them in.
Before adhering them to a card base, I dry embossed the background with
an old stencil that resembled splashes of water. I adhered the tails per
the sketch, stamped the sentiment, and added some clear drops.

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see how the rest of the team interpreted the
sketch, and join us if you can. Link up your card(s) by Thursday, August 13th
and as the weekly winner, you'll be invited to join us on a future sketch!


Thursday, July 30, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #383


CAS(E) this Sketch #383 is brought to you by yours truly.
And it looks like this.


And here's my interpretation, although I think it lost its CAS status.



I was intrigued with teammie Michele's stenciled pool water that she 
learned from MFT's Laura Dovalo. I wanted to try it but like Michele, didn't
own the stencil, so I found a discontinued one from MFT called COW PRINT.

I wasn't super happy with the result (does it look more like jellyfish?) but
having three cute chickies poolside really help. I added the Mama
Elephant sentiment and called it done.

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see how the rest of the team interpreted
the sketch and join us if you can. Link up your card(s) by Thursday,  
August 6th and as the weekly winner you'll be invited to join us on a
future sketch!


Friday, July 24, 2020

Paper Smooches -- COLOR POP


Paper Smooches challenge for the second half of July is COLOR POP, using
just black and white with a pop of color on your project.

https://papersmooches.blogspot.com/2020/07/july-15-28-color-pop-challenge.html 

I may have missed the mark on this but here's what I came up with.
 

I knew that I wanted to use the orca because it's already a black and white
mammal, so I decided the "pop of color" would be the ocean. I tore some
low tack tape so I'd get the ragged edges and ink blended and spattered a
small patch of blue.

I popped up the orca, added the splashes above him, and stamped the
two part sentiment. I'm still not too sure about this. I'll go through my
Paper Smooches stash and may try again....Thanks for stopping by!






Thursday, July 23, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #382


Ready for a new CAS(E) this Sketch? This little number comes from Nathalie.
Meet Sketch #382.


Here's my take on it.


Clean and simple this week, and that makes my heart happy. I assembled
the cupcake and added some Stickles to the candle flame. The sentiment
was stamped onto a green scrap that was inked on the bottom. I adhered
everything to a kraft card base and rounded off one corner.

Yes, the candle is sticking up a little higher than the top of the card, but
I've trimmed off a quarter of an inch from the bottom and side so it will fit
in an A2 size envelope. Honest. I checked.

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see how the rest of the team interpreted the sketch
and join us if you can. Link up your card(s) by Thursday, July 30th and as the
weekly winner you'll be invited to join us on a future sketch!

Thursday, July 16, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #381


Teammie Brian brings us this week's CAS(E) this Sketch #381, a sketch
with TONS of interpretations. We'd love to see yours! First, meet the sketch.



Here's what I came up with.


Yep, I used the Altenew washi tape AGAIN, but this time adhered it to
light pink card stock for a different look. I also discovered my stash of
embossing folders that were long neglected.

I adhered the washi panel and white embossed the sentiment on pink card
stock then added some shading on the bottom for an ombré look. Sequins
finished off the card.

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see how the rest of the team interpreted Brian's
sketch and join us if you can. Link up your card(s) by Thursday, July 23rd.
As the weekly winner you'll be invited to join us on a future sketch,

Friday, July 10, 2020

Paper Smooches RAINBOWS Challenge -- Take Two


https://papersmooches.blogspot.com/2020/07/july-1-14-rainbows-challenge.html

I'm sharing a second card for Paper Smooches Rainbow theme challenge thanks
to the speedy delivery from Scrapbook.com of a stencil set that I thought was a 
build-your-own rainbow. So I did.


I inked up three parts of the stencil to form a rainbow shape in three colors of
Hero Arts Reactive inks, then added small designs found on the stencil in a
secondary color. I stamped the sentiment, then adhered the panel to a card base
covered with diagonal striped paper.


I was going to add a few clear sequins but it's such a busy card, the bling would
have disappeared, so I left it as is. Do you see a rainbow? Please say yes....


Thanks so much for stopping by today!


Thursday, July 9, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #380


Chrissy brainstorms the coolest sketches and this week's is no exception.


I semi panicked when I first saw the sketch, then remembered an Altenew stencil
that would work perfectly. I was inspired by Altenew team member Erum's card
using rainbow inks.


I used Hero Arts' Reactive inks and stenciled in three colors in portrait format.
The sentiment was curved before stamping to mimic the design.

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see how the rest of the team interpreted the sketch
and join us if you can. Link up your card(s) by Thursday, July 16th and as the
weekly winner you'll be invited to guest with us on a future sketch!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Paper Smooches Challenge--RAINBOWS


I'm joining Paper Smooches Challenge for the first half of July
with a RAINBOW theme.

https://papersmooches.blogspot.com/2020/07/july-1-14-rainbows-challenge.html

I could not believe that I don't own Paper Smooches Rainbow Die and yet own 
one from almost every other company. So plan B was to use the theme as
inspiration for my card.


Paper Smooches Hearts Stencil was inked in rainbow order with Hero Arts'
Reactive inks. I over spattered the card with black ink then finished off with
an Inverted Greeting.


 I'm not too sure if this will qualify for the challenge, but lots of color always
makes things better. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 2, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #379


It's retro time at CAS(E) this Sketch! This week's Sketch #379 was Sketch #62
 back in 2014. Remember this little number?


Here's my take on it back then.



And here's the 2020 version with a little help from my favorite washi tape.


I adhered a strip of washi tape, then cut two thin strips of glittered card stock
and adhered them on either side to give the tape some definition. I stamped the
sentiment and called it done.

Come and play along with this retro sketch! Link up your card(s) by Thursday,
July 9th and we hope to see you in the gallery!