Tuesday, January 17, 2017

CASology: Cut

Hello, everyone! There's a brand new challenge from CASology today and it's sponsored by Stamplorations. The cue for this week is Cut.

I've used a fun die from Stamplorations for my focal point on this week's card.

I kept things very simple for this card because I just love this beautiful die cut. I used some watercolor paper and created a rainbow with my Gansai Tambi paints. I die cut my word from this rainbow and then also from a panel I had cut down with a Wonky Stitched Rectangle die. I inlaid the rainbow die cut onto a card base. I love the way an inlaid die cut looks on a simple card. It keeps things flat and easy to mail (which is a huge deal to me!). I selectively inked a birthday sentiment stamp to complete my sentiment with some bold black ink. That's all there was to it!

Thanks for stopping by and I can't wait to see how you're inspired this week!

KGC Any Occasion Tags

I'm over on the Kennedy Grace Creations blog today with a trio of any occasion tags. Go take a look for more details!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Favorite Beverage

I'm playing along with the "Less Is More" Challenge today with my favorite drink/beverage and a one layer card.

I combined two stamp sets from two separate companies for this card. I used the coffee image from Sunny Studio Stamps' Mug Hugs set and the sentiment and bean images from Sugar Pea Designs'  Espresso Yourself. I think they look fantastic together! I stamped my cup image and then masked off the bottom portion so I could stamp one of the beans slightly behind the cup itself. I removed the mask and then colored my cup with Copics and added a bit of a shadow below my images to help it stand out from the white card. I added my sentiment in two separate colors (black and brown) using my MISTI to keep it straight. That's it! Easy-peasy!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Something New

I've been feeling a lack of mojo lately. Maybe it was the holidays or maybe it's just lingering from the move. Maybe it's a combination of the two! Anyway, whatever the cause, I found myself avoiding the craft room. I decided to sit down and just craft today. My husband's out of town on a business trip and I cleaned the whole house yesterday, so I have nothing to distract me.

After several failed attempts that ended up in the recycling bin, I came up with this beauty.

My "something new" is the beautiful cover plate by Ellen Hutson that I used for my background. I just love the subtle detail it gives a card without adding a ton of bulk. My focal image is made up of several stamps from the Sketch Ranunculus set from Simon Says Stamp. I heat embossed each image in white and then used my ink blending tool to blend different colors of ink into the images. I tried to keep the color darker in the center of my flowers and fade it out toward the edges to give them some dimension. I heat embossed my sentiment on black and added a small heart at the end to try to balance the image on the other side.

I added some clear Wink of Stella to the flowers to give them some subtle shimmer. I also added some to the heart at the end of the sentiment and then added some Glossy Accents to it as well.

I'm entering this card into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Something New and the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge which is also Something New. (Fortunately, I just got this cover plate in the mail a few days ago and felt inspired!)

CASology: Forest

Hello, everyone! I'm back today with a brand new inspiration for the current CASology challenge - Forest.

And here's what I came up with...

I know one tree isn't really a forest, but I just love the look of this layered stamp from Altenew. It creates an interesting image without adding bulk and I just love that. I cut my panel with a cross-stitch rectangle die from MFT Stamps and then used my MISTI to stamp each part of my tree image. I decided to go simple and stamped my sentiment directly below the image in some basic black ink. I used some fun foam between my panel and card base for some dimension.

I hope you'll join us this week!