Friday, January 31, 2014

Online Card Classes--Stenciled

I'm way behind in completing "homework" for Stenciled,
the latest Online Card Class that went by way too quickly for me. 
There was so much inspiration from the designers, but not enough hours in a day!

Truthfully, I bought some embossing paste but haven't opened them up yet. Why?
Because I think I'm either going to:
 a) make a total mess that will freak out my OCD hubby or 
b) fall in love with it and start embossing everything in sight.

So here's my very first stenciled card using  just ink and an applicator.
No paste was involved.

Jennifer McGuire reminded us that distress ink stays wet for a while
so I poured on some clear embossing powder which gave it some texture.
Just a bit but not enough to make it too bumpy to stamp over.

And do you see that awesome sentiment? It's a new one from Winnie and Walter
called The Big, The Bold, and The Happy. I just love the mixed fonts!

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In other news, I'm excited to announce that I've stepped down from the
Avery Elle design team...and I'm hopping over to the
AEI♥U Challenge Design Team!

Jamie will be making the announcement today on the Avery Elle blog.
Please visit and see who the rest of the team members are and I'm sure you'll see
some familiar faces, too!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

CAS(E) this Sketch 62

This week's Sketch 62 is by Chrissy Larson.

And here's my take on it.

I was inspired to do some stenciling after completing Stenciled at Online Card Classes,
using three colors of distress inks. The sentiment is from Technique Tuesday
and some gold sequins finished off the card.

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see how my teammates interpreted the sketch
and join us if you can. Be sure to upload your card(s) by
Thursday, February 6th.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

CASE Study #176

I hope you'll join me in my final week as guest Muse over at CASE Study Challenge.

Here's my take on the original card.

I was inspired by the pink and gold combo. I inked up the French Pastry Doily
with Picked Raspberry only slightly for the vellumy feel, and adhered it to the card base
 off center for a bit of interest. Part of the sentiment was gold embossed and die cut.
Gold sequins and a rounded off corner finished the card.

I hope you'll find some time to join the challenge and visit CASE Study
to see how the rest of the design team interpreted the card.

Big thanks to Chupa for the Muse honor this month. It's been such a fun ride
and I can't believe it's come to an end--the month just few by!
 Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll be inspired to play along!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Dazzling Day--and Giveaway Winner!

Thanks to all of you for hopping along with the Hero Arts hostesses last week.
We hope you were inspired by our cards and projects using stamps from the
awesome new 2014 Catalog.

 Personally, I LOVE their background stamps. Hero Arts is the trailblazer
when it comes to designing the trendiest backgrounds and to this day,
there are so many that I use and reach for all the time.

On my card I gold embossed the new FIVE LINE background in gold and used the sketch
from CAS(E) this Sketch (again!) and finished it with the sentiment and gold sequins.

And I'd like to announce the winner of the giveaway during the hop,
chosen by  jintyoo7


Congratulations, jintyoo7! I have contacted you and I'll be sending your prize to you shortly.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Valentine Love Notes from Avery Elle

This week, Jamie said "anything goes" so I'm sharing a project using the new
LOVE NOTES POCKET DIE that was designed exclusively for Avery Elle by
my teammate--the awesome Nina Yang!

I cut them out of some Valentine-ish papers and and used the bracket die
that comes with the set, to add a decorative edge.

I also cut out the LOVE tag from FILL IN THE BLANKS in a contrasting color
and adhered them before I assembled the pocket.

After that, it was just a matter of adding a little twine bow on the side and inserting
a square piece of chocolate which happens to be the perfect size for the pocket.
How cute is that?

There are a ton of ways to use the pocket die, but I'll be using it as favors
to hand out to my once-a-month lunch buddies for Valentine's Day.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and please be sure to stop by Nina's blog  
to see her Avery Elle project.