Thursday, September 26, 2013

CASE Study Challenge 159

Hi there! There's a brand new challenge this week over at CASE Study Challenge Blog. If you joined us last week, that's wonderful! I hope you had a lot of fun. If not, please come join us this week! Our September muse is none other than the amazing Kathy Racoosin. Have you seen this lady color?! OMGoodness is she good! Here's her card for this week's challenge!

For my card, I took Kathy's repetitively stamped background idea and made my own using WPlus9's Borders & Backgrounds 1. I also CASEd Kathy's card layout.

I used Fanciful Feathers for the sentiment and the coordinating dies for my embellishment. I also added some burlap twine to add texture to my card. And just because I love this twine a lot. :) Here's a close up.

I just love making my own background panels. Do you? If not, give it a try! It's loads of fun! Thanks for stopping by today! I'll see you again soon! I'm working on a release for next week. So for these next few days the blog will be silent. But it will start to pick up again by next week! See you then!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Curtain Call: Sunflower Surprise

Hi there! I'm taking a break from cleaning and sharing a card with you for Curtain Call Challenge: Sunflower Surprise. Curtain Call Challenge was my first ever design team! I remember being soooo excited when Stacy asked me to join. I had only started card making then so I was a bit nervous as well. But my team members were all so great that it was absolutely wonderful to be a part of the team. I had wanted to join since their very first challenge, but I've been busy. So finally, here I am! 

Here's the inspiration photo. And here's my card. I combined a lot of stamp sets from 5 stamp companies! YES! 5! I wonder if you can tell which ones. lol.

I stamped this lush background and added shading with a brush and some ink pads. I just had an acrylic block where I pressed my ink pad and another where I had water. Then I used a small brush to make the shaded areas of the leaves and flowers. What do you think?

 After the background dried, I added my sunflowers using foam tape. My cards have become less layered than before. But a lot of times, I still can't stand it being flat (one layered), so I always try to add an element with foam tape.

There you go! I'm so glad for card challenges! If you haven't read my posts lately, I've been in a creative slump lately. Sadly, I've been watching more tv than spending time on my craft table. This wonderful challenge brought me out of my slump! I had a lot of fun with it! Thanks for stopping by today! I'll see you again soon! 

Oooh! Before I forget! I have a new tutorial over at A Cherry On Top. Check it out over here. It's a tutorial on how I made those beautiful Perfect Pearls vellum feathers. 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Waltzingmouse Stamps September Release Blog Hop

***This is my second post for the day. Please scroll down for my CASE Study Challenge post.***

You made it! It's the Waltzingmouse Stamps September Release Blog Hop! Welcome! I hope you found your way here from Jeanne's blog. If not, head on over to the WMS blog and start there.

Since we've spent the past two days showcasing Halloween cards, I thought I would make a card using Art Deco and Putting on the Ritz. I have to tell you, I can't stop using gold embossing on this!!! lol!

I made a little patterned background, using these diamond images. One is stamped straight onto the cardstock. While the other I heat embossed, hand cut and adhered onto the cardstock. I wanted to add dimension to it aside from the embossing itself.

I had so much fun with these. I hope we've given you a lot of inspiration these past few days. Now remember, you have to leave a comment on each of the blog hop's participants in order to win a prize. You have until 6:59am on September 22 to leave a comment. If you're all done here, head on over to Karin's blog for more inspiration! I hope you had a lot of fun! Thanks for stopping by today!

CASE Study Challenge 158

Hi there! It's time for another CASE Study Challenge! How have you been enjoying our September muse Kathy Racoosin? Did you see how awesome her coloring skills are?! Out of this world!!! We're so happy she's joining us this month. Here's her inspiration card for this week's challenge.
I used Kathy's card layout for my card this week. I made this for a friend who just celebrated her birthday. I dry embossed the wood grain (Tim Holtz) panel on a kraft cardstock. Then brushed my Versamark Ink over the higher portions to make them look darker and stand out.

  Then I stamped, colored and die cut this floral image from PTI's Fancy Folk Art stamp set. I adhered it onto a strip of Smokey Shadow cardstock where I heat embossed the sentiment from Bigger Blooms. I tried to make the panel look a little bit like a chalk board. I hope it worked. :)

Finally, I added a little twine around the panel for texture and dimension.

There you go! Please join us this week over at CASE Study Challenge! Thanks for stopping by today! Come back later in the afternoon, I'll have another post for you then.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Waltzingmouse Stamps September Release Previews - Day 3

Hello again. Welcome back to Day 3 of the Waltzingmouse Stamps September Release Previews. We have two more stamp sets to preview before the big Blog Hop. Today, we're featuring Spooky Tree and Vintage Witch

For my first card, I used Spooky Tree to make my background. Isn't this background stamp amazing?! Absolutely spooky!

I stamped my sentiment on a Vintage Labels No. 18 and adhered it onto my card with some foam tape and twine. Then I decorated my card with the spooky crow from All Hallow's Eve

For me second card, I stamped the image of the witch and placed it inside a black frame. I made the background paper with Heirloom Patterns. I used distress inks to color it in.

For the sentiment, I just stamped it and fussy cut it. Then I inked the edges with more distress ink.

Tomorrow is the DT Blog Hop. Make sure you come back for more inspiration as well as a chance to win some prizes! Thank you for stopping by today! If you haven't yet, head on over to the other DT girls' blogs, you can find the complete list of participants in the WMS blog. See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Waltzingmouse Stamps September Release Previews - Day 2

Hello! Welcome back! It's day 2 of the Waltzingmouse Stamps September Release Previews. October is just around the corner, so for those of you who celebrate this fun and candy filled day, we're featuring Halloween stamp sets: All Hallow's Eve, The Count and Splat That.

For my first card, I used All Hallow's Eve and Splat That. All Hallow's Eve is a vintage Halloween stamp set. So for those of you who love vintage style, this is for you. If not, it's versatile enough to be used in other styles. Just like what I did here.

I made a little background patterned cardstock using Splat That. Then I added a strip of kraft cardstock and stamped my favorite image from Hocus Pocus on it.

For my second card, I made a little Halloween scene. I used All Hallow's Eve and The Count for this, as well as Hocus Pocus.

I love how the black pops off the white cardstock. I heat embossed the sentiment in silver and added a strip of kraft above it with the All Hallow's Eve stamping on it.

There you go! It's a break from all the cutesy Halloween cards we always see. It would be perfect for your next adult Halloween party! :) Thanks for stopping by today. Make sure you head on over to the other DT ladies for more inspiration. Start at the WMS blog to see the full list of participants.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Waltzingmouse Stamps September Release Previews - Day 1

Hello there folks! It's finally that time again. Welcome to the Waltzingmouse Stamps September Release Previews - Day 1. Today we're featuring three stamp sets, Art Deco, Putting on the Ritz, and Opera Tags Christmas.

For my first card, I used Art Deco and Putting on the Ritz. These sets remind me so much of The Great Gatsby. Gold and glamour, and this is what I came up with.

I used Perfect Pearls and gold embossing powder to make a little "skirt" for my card. 

I decorated it with some feathers I stamped on vellum. I made a tutorial for this and will share it in a few days. I actually made it before I made this card. lol. 
***Update: You can find my tutorial here.***

For my second card, I used the same background pattern and decorated it with this from Opera Tags Christmas. I thought this would be great as a thank you card for a bridal shower. :)

 That's it for me! Thanks for stopping by today. Make sure to stop by again tomorrow for more inspiration.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

CASE Study Challenge 157

Hello! I've been working on a release for next week these past few nights. So playing with my new Lawn Fawn stamps had been put on hold. But before that, I had a chance to make another card. This one is for CASE Study Challenge 157. Here's Kathy's inspiration card for this week.

I chose to CASE her layout for my card. I made the striped background using WMS Pinstripe Backgrounder. Then I cut a strip of kraft cardstock and die cut a hole on the left side. I also stamped my sentiment beside it.

Then I stamped this little skunk from Into the Woods (I think that's what he is. lol. But I can't be sure!) and tucked him inside the hole. I also stamped, colored and die cut these branches from Blissful Botanicals to add some color to my card.

There you go! I love these little cuties!!! I would love to see what you make of this challenge this week. Please come join us over at CASE Study Challenge. And don't forget to check out what the other DT girls have for you! Thanks for stopping by today! I'll see you all again soon!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Lawnscaping Challenge #65

Hello again! I've been playing with my new Lawn Fawn stamp sets and I wanted to share one card with you. This one is for the Lawnscaping Challenge 65 - These are a Few of My Favorite Things

And I did use a few of my favorite Lawn Fawn stamps for my card. :) 
This Woodgrain Backdrops set is my favorite woodgrain stamp to date. I can't seem to stop using it. For my card, I wanted it to look like a big tree with vines dropping from the top. So I added these vines from Blissful Botanicals in different lengths.

Then I added the cute little fawn and sentiment from Into the Woods at the bottom. It's my absolute favorite set from the new release. I just wish it had coordinating dies too! :)

 I'm still trying to get used to this style of card making. I hope I'm doing ok. This has got to be the hardest style! Seriously! At least for me anyway. I'm always in awe with people who make this style look so easy. 

You'll probably be seeing more of these Lawn Fawn stamp sets for a few more posts. :) 
I'm really, really enjoying them! :) Thanks for stopping by today! I'll see you again soon!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

CAS(E) this Sketch 43

Hello there! This is my second post for today. Please scroll down for my CASE Study Challenge post. I received my order of new stamps from Lawn Fawn yesterday and I thought I would put it to good use.

I found CAS(E) this Sketch from Leigh's blog and thought I would try it out. Leigh is also one of the new DT members and I'm so excited to see her work! This card was supposed to be for CAS(E) this Sketch #43, but it looks like I didn't make it in time. I still would like to share it with you though. Here's the sketch.

And here's my card. It's very simple, since the challenge did call for CAS cards. I used two of my favorite stamp sets from the new Lawn Fawn release. Into the Woods and Woodgrain Backdrops. I wish they had made a coordinating stamp set for Into the Woods though. Not sure why they didn't when almost every other stamp set had coordinating dies. Does anyone know why? I like the nice and even cut of the coordinating dies. Anyway, this will have to do. :)

I heat embossed the wood grain stamp image onto some kraft cardstock and placed it over the gray piece of cardstock. I also heat embossed the sentiment white, this time on the same gray cardstock I used for the background. I colored in this cute little fox. All the images in this set are soooo adorable. I couldn't decide which my favorite one was! :)

Anyway, there you go! Too bad I didn't make it in time for the submission. I hope you like it! I'll probably be playing with my new stamps these next few days. I'll make sure to share my projects here! Thanks for passing by today! See you again soon! :)

CASE Study Challenge 156

Hello! I know it's been quiet around here these past few days. I've been having a dry spell for the past two weeks. I haven't had the urge to make any cards at all. I just wanted to watch tv all night long. lol. My recent order just arrived though and it inspired me to sit down and make some cards again. :)  I'll probably have them up in the next few days. In the mean time, things weren't completely dry since I was able to chuck this out. :)

Thank goodness for CASE Study Challenge 156! It's September and that means we have a new muse! Please help us welcome Kathy Racoosin!!! We're all in for some awesome coloring this month! 

It was the flowers that stuck with me after I saw this beauty.  So I decided to make flowers the main theme of my card.

I use Bigger Blooms from PTI for the flowers and the Reverse Birch Tree from CSS for the background.

I'm really hoping that my crafty mojo comes back! I hope a lot of you join this week's CASE Study Challenge.  I would LOVE to see your projects, they are always inspiring for me. Thanks for stopping by today! I'll see you again soon! :)


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