Friday, February 28, 2014


CASual Fridays Challenge 129 is Shades of Gray--create a clean and simple project
using at least TWO SHADES OF GRAY.

I managed to use three shades of gray on my card.

I stamped Hero Arts' Tweed Background in Wet Cement (first shade of gray)
on Silver Fox card stock (second shade) and die cut the sentiment. The piece was placed
on Fog card stock (third shade) and a few enamel dots were added for contrast.
Can you tell that I was channeling Laura Bassen while I made this?

And there it is. Easy peasy, right?
So remember with the new format, you have lots of time to play along
with the monthly challenges. And enter as many times as you like!
Just keep it CAS and you're good to go.

Thanks for stopping by at my first post as a Girl Friday!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

CAS(E) this Sketch 66

Here's CAS(E) this Sketch 66 brought to you by Julie.

And here's what happens when Amy Tangerine meets Technique Tuesday.

The patterned papers are from the new Plus One collection. For contrast,
I die cut the sentiment from bright pink cardstock.

I also swiped the Delicata Gold ink pad on the top of the sentiment for some pizazz
and a few matching sequins finished off the card. And there you have it.
A card with absolutely no stamping. Are you spoiled by dies? I am!

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see how my teammates interpreted the sketch
and join us if you can. Just be sure to link up your card(s) by
Thursday, March 6th. Thanks for stopping by!

P.S. Visit CASual Fridays to see if YOU are the winner from yesterday's
post of your choice of stamps or dies from CASual Fridays! 
And join us tomorrow for Challenge 129, too.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

happy day

(Note: Please scroll down or click here to see my CASual Fridays post! Thank you!)

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I'm honored to be guesting at my friend Mariana Grigsby's blog today!
If you don't know Mariana, you'll want stop by and see her inspiring cards and layouts.
She has a wonderful style and I love her start-to-finish videos that are fun to watch.

Mariana has started having monthly themes on her blog, and February's theme is

I was asked to create and share a card based on the theme and here it is.

See the hexagon background? I call it "water stamping with a stencil".
After ink distressing white card stock with distress inks, I spritzed some water
on a stencil and pressed it on the inked surface.

When I lifted the stencil, the wet portion took away the color
and left behind a "ghost" image. After drying the surface with a heat gun, I gold embossed
the sentiment and added some hearts and butterfly punched from gold card stock.

I'm also linking this up to the Happy for Hexagons Challenge over at
Moxie Fab World since I used a hexagon (honeycomb) stencil, as well as
Winnie & Walter's Join in to Win.

Big thanks to Mariana for having me as a guest designer,
and thank you for stopping by!

I'm a Girl Friday!

Yes, it's true! I am officially a Girl Friday at CASual Fridays!!
I'm honored and excited to be in the company of an amazingly talented group of designers
and can't wait to get started with the challenges.

Michele is offering a lucky commenter from my blog the chance to win either
a CASual Fridays stamp OR Fri-die of your choice. How awesome is that?
And we were all asked some fun questions so please bear with my not-so-fun answers:

Q: How long have you been a card maker, and how were you first introduced to it?
A: I can't pinpoint an actual date, but a rough estimate would be 20 years ago
when a friend showed me heat embossing and I was mesmerized. I still am.

Q: What color are your toenails painted right now?
A: Sally Hansen's 170--Pink Slip

Q: If your family locked up your crafty supplies for an entire month, what would you do instead?
A: Probably travel somewhere that involves a passport.

Q: Favorite thing to order at Starbucks:
A: Part of me wants to say "Cranberry Bliss Bars", but it's really a grande
Strawberries & Creme Frappuccino with soy, hold the whipped.

Q: You've reached your destination but just as you are turning off your car, a song comes
on the radio and you are sooo happy to hear it that you sit in your car until it's over
(singing along is optional *wink*). Name that song.
A: "Don't Stop Believin'"--the Journey version with Steve Perry. Cranked up high.

Don't forget to leave a comment here and on the CASual Fridays blog
for more chances to win! Michele will be choosing a winner and posting
the winners' names tomorrow on the CASual Fridays blog so check back then.

And get ready for Challenge 129 starting this Friday, February 28th.
Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing in my excitement!

Friday, February 21, 2014

AEI♥U Challenge #1

Welcome to Avery Elle's inaugural AEI♥U Challenge with the theme of BIRTHDAY.
Simply make a card using at least ONE Avery Elle stamp with a birthday theme.
The prize? One lucky winner wins an Avery Elle stamp set of their choice!

You say that you don't own any Avery Elle stamps? Not a problem. Simply download
one of the free digital stamps found here and you can still play along!

Here's my card for Challenge #1.

I love a good sentiment set and CAKE AND CANDLES is definitely a must have
for birthdays. I was especially smitten with the "make a wish" sentiment which,
if you look closely, has a cool, sketchy appearance.

I stamped the sentiment to resemble birthday candles and got a chance to use
Avery Elle's NEW pigment inks which give excellent stamp coverage.
I used four of my favorite colors, and the candle flames were
hand drawn with Copic markers and some glittery Stickles were added.

Visit the AEI♥U Challenge Blog for more birthday inspiration from the design team,
then join us for our first challenge! You have until Sunday, March 2nd at 12:01AM PST
to upload your card here and enter as many times as you wish.

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, February 20, 2014

CAS(E) this Sketch 65

Here's this week's sketch by Sam.

And here's my easy peasy, literal take on it.

I stamped three of the adorable Chickadees from Technique Tuesday and used some
Distress inks to watercolor them. And yes, I tried my best not to stay in the lines.

The sentiment--is it too bold?--is from Hero Arts and I just love how that green chick
is always lookin' perplexed with whatever is under him.  So cute!

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see how my teammies interpreted the sketch
and play along with us if you can.
Just be sure to link up your card(s) by Thursday, February 27th.

Thanks so much for visiting today!