Wednesday, October 21, 2020

CAS Snarky Christmas Card

Who doesn't love a good snarky card, especially at Christmas? I wanted to play along with Three Room Studios and used some of my NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff), so I am joining in with that challenge, too.

The Saturday Challenge #7 for Three Room Studio is to make a Clean and Simple card. What does that mean? A Clean and Simple (CAS) card has lots of white space and very little embellishments. To begin, I started with an embossing folder with a large speech bubble in the center called "Say It" from Spellbinders and a piece of 80 lb. Neenah Classic Crest Solar White card stock:
This embossing folder gives texture and interest in the background while still maintaining a CAS look. I have to let you know that Spellbinders is having an extra 15% of their clearance items through Oct. 25, 2020. That means this embossing folder is about $1.35. You can't go wrong with that!
But back to the card. I stamped a sentiment I have from So Suzy Stamps called Christmas Tree that I purchased a couple of years ago. I checked and it is still available! With this sentiment I thought the little elf from MFT's Santa's Elves set was perfect for this speech bubble.

The elf was stamped onto Ranger's Inkssential Water Color Paper on the smooth side with Altenew's Obsidian Black Ink. I colored the little guy with my Derwent Inktense Watercolor pencils. There are coordinating dies to cut out the images, too.
I ran 2 pieces of Altenew's gold washi tape on either side of the card stock just for a bit of interest.
The inside sentiment is from's Holly Jolly Sentiments which is definitely not NBUS. Used many, many times for there is a perfect sentiment for every holiday card in it:
It was really fun to make this card. Sometimes CAS cards are hard, for you have to pull yourself back from adding too much. I felt that this card came together easily, based on the speech bubble embossing folder.

Thank you to NBUS and Three Room Studio for hosting this challenge. Three Room Studio is a new-to-me shop in Canada and has the most interesting shop and story of how they came to be. If you have a chance, check them out... Be well, friends!
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Spellbinders additional Sale on Clearance!

Hi friends, just a quick post to let you know Spellbinders has an additional 15% off their Clearance Items through Sunday Oct. 25, 2020. Even if you are not a stamper, there is a lot on sale:
Paint Brushes
Paper Goods
Jane Davenport Paint
12 X 12 Paper
Treat Holders
Pearl Embellishments
3D Pine Trees (small)
Passport Book
Watercolor Pencils
Colored Pencils
Pan Pastels
Gold Glimmer Foil Plates
Lots of stamps & die

Pages and pages of good deals! Just click on the image above and I hope you can find a treasure...

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Design Team Autumn Bounty Challenge

Welcome creative friends to The Card Concept Challenge: Autumn Bounty!
I was inspired by the hydrangeas and attempted to mimic the muted colors, but I got a bit carried away with the blues in my Mixed Media card! I began with Altenew's Paint-A-Flower Hydrangea Stamp Set:
I stamped the floral image onto Ranger's Inkssential Water Color Paper (smooth size) with Versamark Ink, a sticky clear ink, and sprinkled Ranger's Princess Gold Embossing power over it and heat set. 
Next, I stamped this same image onto Gina K's Masking Magic and fussy cut out the entire image. This piece was adhered over the gold embossed image so I could stamp a background over it, but not on the floral image itelf. I used's Hybrid Ink Camel and a Simon Says Stamp Grid Background stamp I have in my stash. I felt it gave the card something in the background, but left a lot of white, which I prefer.
Once dry, I was ready to watercolor. I basically used Paperbag and Mountain Mist from Altenew's 36 Half Pan Watercolor set and also a little bit of Frayed Leaf and Citrus Burst. I wet the area with clean water first and then drop in the color.
When it was dry, I put the card front in my Splat Box and tapped on watered down Mountain Mist with my paint brush for a little somethin-somethin in the background. Of course, mine looks nothing like this picture. Mine is well loved!

The card was finished with a Happy Birthday sentiment from Concord & 9th Happy Day Stamp Set (I believed retired) gold heat embossed with the same Ranger Princess Gold onto Licorice Black card stock. I used one of my Avery Elle Simply Sentiments die to cut it out - an all time favorite die set of mine! Cuts perfectly which for some reason I can't do by hand nor on a cutter.
The sentiment was popped up with foam tape. The edges were cut with a stitching die I have in my stash and all adhered to a Neenah 100lb Classic Crest A2 size card base.  A few gold metallic pearls from my Stampin' Up! days, finished the card.
I hope you've enjoyed this blog, see the inspiration in the photo and play along with us. All the Design Team members work hard to show you their best work. Thanks for visiting today!
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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Scary Squad

Another fun Halloween card inspired by Crazy 4 Challenge sketch:
This is very similar to my last post where I used the same Costumed Cuties from Spellbinders, Fun Stamper Journey. This image was stamped with an alcohol friendly ink,'s Black Hybrid Ink, on to Bristol Smooth Paper and colored with various alcohol markers in my stash. Really is a cutie!
Here he is with the flag banner from My Favorite Things Sending Sweet Celebrations set. I stamped again with the Black Hybrid Ink and ink blended Distress Ink in Wilted Violet and Twisted Citron to pull in the color from his costume.
To create the circle with the rays, I used a combination of i-crafter Cosmic Flare Stencil and Taylored Expressions 6" X 6" Designer Masking Stencil - Circles:
I first put the i-crafter Cosmic Flare Stencil over the card base of Bristol Smooth Paper and held it down with the magnets from my Wendy Vecchi Make Art-Stay-tion.
Next, I used the center circle from the largest Taylored Expression Circle Mask and with a bit of repositionable tape on the back, adhered it to the center of the i-crafter Cosmic Flare Stencil:
Here are the Taylored Expression Circle Masks, below. You can use the positive or negative. They are outlined for an A2 card so you are able to perfectly center your mask. Works like a charm! They have other sizes and shapes, too, so you can pick your favorites.
The ink blending of the stencil was done with's Foam Ink Blending Tools and Distress Ink Carved Pumpkin and Wild Honey.
I adhered the flag and sequins (from Hero Arts) with Lawn Fawn liquid glue. A new favorite for me. The sentiment was stamped with's Mardi Gras Hybrid Ink - a little purple to tie in with the image.

Here is the similar card from my previous post:
Thank you Crazy 4 Challenges for the sketch inspiration and to you, readers, for visiting and supporting my blog!
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Sunday, October 18, 2020

Purranormal Cativity

This week I am playing along with Freshly Made Sketches #457 for a "Purranormal Cativity" card!
Since there are 3 layers to the sketch, I pulled the center layer from my Halloween paper stash and worked on the other 2 layers. The background is orange card stock with bats stencilled on the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink and Tim Holtz's Stampers Anonymous Batground THS046:
You can see I used my Wendy Vecchi Mark-Art Stay-tion with a piece of copy paper underneath. I am working from home now and there is plenty of scrap paper of which I can make use. Hate to waste. The 4 magnets that come with the  Stay-tion are perfect. They don't snap together and yet hold everything perfectly.
Next, I worked on the center layer using Bristol Smooth card stock, i-crafter Cosmic Flare Stencil and Distress Ink in Carved Pumpkin and Wild Honey. I used's Ink Blending Tools for both. 

I used the regal cat image from the Costumed Cuties set from Spellbinders' Fun Stamper Journey as my focal point. What a cute set and I have to say I love that the dies are not hooked together, but come separately. They die cut just beautifully.

I colored the image with various alcohol markers. I have Altenew's, Copic's, and Spectrum Noir's - so I mix and match all of them.

I put a dab of Nuvo Crystal Glaze Clear on the cat's nose for that fun shine!
I thought the rays coming out from the body would indicate "Purranormal Cativity". The sentiment was stamped with Altenew's Obsidian Black Ink and while still wet, I sprinkled Nuvo Crystal Clear Embossing Powder over it and heat set. The great part was that there is a coordinating die in the set to cut out the sentiment. I love that!
All layers were put together with liquid glue except for the cat, which was popped up with foam tape. The finishing touch were a few sequins from Hero Arts Ombre Purple Sequin mix - perfect for Halloween!
I use my Trinity Stamps Tray to hold the sequins while I apply them. I don't know what it is, but this tray works so well, especially in pouring the sequins back into the container. None lost and not sticking to me or my desk!

Thank you, Freshly Made Sketches for the inspiration. If you are still with me at this point, I appreciate it. Thank you!!!
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