Friday, October 16, 2020

Season's Greetings, Deer

By popular demand, Spellbinders has re-released Season's Greetings, Deer 
as an October 2020 Kit add on. This set was part of an earlier Card Kit of the Month
and the kind folks at Spellbinders sent me a set to play with. I had!

The set comes with 19 dies and creates adorable deer faces that can go from 
cute and sassy to playful, depending on the pieces that you choose.
 Check out these samples.

I decided to go feminine after seeing the eyelashes in the set.

The pieces can be cut from colored card stock but if you know me, I had to use white 
card stock and ink distress as much as I could to give the image some dimension.

I adhered all the pieces over a wood grain stamped panel, then adhered the
panel to a kraft card base. And I wish you could see the eyelashes up close.
I curled them a bit because I just couldn't resist!

For my second card I made a Santa Deer just by changing up the elements.

I inked the Santa hat and bow with red inks and used white glitter card stock for
the trimmings on the hat. I wasn't planning on using the "cheeks" but I think it
helps to define the deer's face.

It's admirable when companies listen to their customers and bring back a 
well loved product. It's a win win situation for all, don't you think?
Quantities are limited so be sure to grab your set while you can.
Thanks so much for visiting!

Thursday, October 15, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #394 --Thanks so mush!

Team leader Chrissy brings us this week's CAS(E) this Sketch #394.

 And here's my take on it.

A woodgrain pattern was stamped and ink distressed on the edges then
trimmed and adhered to a card base. I added a strip of green card stock
to ground three mushrooms and finished off with the punny sentiment.

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, Oct 22nd
and we can't wait to see you in the gallery!

Monday, October 12, 2020

Online Card Classes -- Simply Watercolor Christmas

 I found some time to make a card for Online Card Classes newest class--
Simply Watercolor Christmas.

Here's my card for Day 1 which involved masking. I struggled more with the blue 
painter's tape than with the actual watercoloring.

And I should have stuck to just one tree because that floating tree in the middle 
just looks so odd. I thought about touching up the tree with a darker color but left it 
as it is. For entertainment.

The one thing I'm happy about is the saved sentiment that fell out of the stamp pouch. 
It was stamped, embossed, and die cut out of the strangest color. But it fit perfectly on 
the card because black or brown would have been too much of a contrast.

This particular class couldn't have come at a better time. If you've never taken a class,
give this one a try. You'll have lifetime access to class lessons and videos and you can move
at your own pace.
I'm hoping to keep up with the daily lessons. Wish me luck!

Saturday, October 10, 2020

CASE Me a Christmas Card with Michelle Lupton & Friends

During the month of October, blogging friend Michelle Lupton has invited friends to
join her new card series: CASE Me a Christmas Card. We each choose a card and
CASE it, changing it to a Christmas theme, if necessary.

After going through her Instagram account, I was happy to find a Christmas 
card to CASE. I chose this one from July 2020.

I loved her beautiful sky and that adorable Santa. Here's my CASE of her card.

I chose my favorite Birdie Brown Santa, and colored him with Copic markers
then die cut him. I ink distressed a sky and of course, spattered it with water. 
I substituted her stenciled trees with some die cut ones that I cut from
glitter card stock and white embossed with pine tree details.

To finish the card, I adhered the trees, popping up the bigger one, then 
added the Santa and stamped sentiment. Snowflake sequins were adhered
to the treetops.

Now let's head over to Michelle's blog to see which one of my cards she CASE'd.
Thanks, Michelle, for your kind invitation to CASE and be CASE'd by you.
As always, it was fun and I can chalk up my first Christmas card!

Thursday, October 8, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #393

It's retro week over at CAS(E) this Sketch. It's a fun one from Chrissy
that was formerly Sketch #134.

Here's my take on it back in 2015.

Now meet the 2020 version with a trendy rainbow theme.

I used Taylor Expressions' Over the Rainbow Masking Stencils and inked two
colors per arch, then stamped designs with the Over the Rainbow stamp set in
coordinating colors. The stamped sentiment finished off the card.

Stop by 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, Oct 15th
and we hope to see you in the gallery!

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge -- Halloween/Fall Inspiration

I'm joining Lawn Fawn's Lawn Fawnatics Challenge which is all about
Halloween/Fall and has a great inspiration photo. And of course I was inspired
by the leaves.

The colors of my leaves came from a Starbucks ad and I'm happy that I
finally got to use those colors on my project. Aren't those pumpkins gorgeous?

I used all Distress Oxide inks on Lawn Fawn's Stitched Leaves, then adhered 
them to a slimline card. "Thanks" was cut three times from kraft card stock, 
then adhered together to form a thick sentiment and popped up on the leaves.

Ah, if only there were pumpkins and leaves in those colors. 
The world would be a prettier, and possibly kinder place.
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Color Throwdown Challenge #613

 Joining Color Throwdown Challenge #613 was a no brainer. Just look at the 
inspiration photo. Yep, those vibrant colors and leaves--I just couldn't resist.

 Here's my card using Concord & 9th's Leafy Layers Dies.

The solid and outline leaves were cut from white card stock and ink
distressed. I assembled them off center for a bit of interest and  spattered
on some gold ink.

I adhered them to a kraft card base and tucked in a few green leaves.
The stamped sentiment finished off the card.

I'm off to link this up. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 1, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #392

Teammie Michelle brings us a pretty little number for this week's

And here's my simplified take on the sketch.

Taylored Expressions' Wildflower Background was white embossed, then
ink distressed in two colors. I adhered it to a lumber embossed background
and added the white embossed sentiment.

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see how the rest of the team interpreted Michelle's
sketch and come and join us if you can. Link up your card(s) by Thursday, 
Oct 8th and we hope to see you in the gallery!

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Inspired By Challenge #143 -- Colors of Fall

I'm squeezing in an entry for Inspired By Challenge #143.
I was inspired by both the colors in the photo, and the sketch.

I pulled out Concord & 9th's Layering Leaves and cut them out of 
white card stock, then used Copics to color them to match the photo as
best as I could.

I removed some of the leaf petals and left most of them intact. After
adhering them to a card base, I finished off with the stamped sentiment.

I didn't realize how many leaf dies I owned and I'm glad that I found this set
because it fit perfectly for the challenge. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 28, 2020

MFT Color Challenge #150

I rarely enter color challenges but when I saw the latest challenge at MFT,
it was calling me.
Warm fall colors can only mean one thing to me: autumn leaves! 
I think I went a little overboard.

I used a discontinued set of MFT leaf dies that are one of my faves. They were
ink distressed in reds, oranges, and green, then spattered with white paint.

I stamped the woodgrain background with Versamark ink on kraft card 
stock then adhered the leaves on top. A white embossed sentiment finished 
off the card.

It's my dream to see leaves in changing colors. Here in Hawaii, the only
colors we see are green, yellow, and brown. One day....

Thanks for stopping by!