Showing posts with label AAA Cards. Show all posts
Showing posts with label AAA Cards. Show all posts

Thursday, April 18, 2019

CAS Stencil - April Mid-Month Reminder - Embossing Pastes/Gels

I'm here today to remind you there's still time to join in on the April CAS Stencil Card Challenge!
Barb is our hostess this month and she wants us to use Embossing Pastes/Gells with our stencils.
 I made a white on white sympathy card.
I laid the 6"x6" Leaf Burst Stencil from Altenew over a panel of white card stock.  Then I spread Worn Linen Nuvo Expanding Mousse over the stencil with a plastic spatula.
It looks flat and shiny when you remove the stencil although it is raised up because it's thick.
(Wash off your stencil immediately after lifting it off the cardstock).  
If you let the panel dry naturally, it will stay looking like this
 If you dry it by heating it with a heat tool, it will puff up (hence the name 'Expanding Mousse').  
I like this heated look better than letting it dry naturally but you have the option of one or the other.
 Here's a close up where hopefully you can see the 'pouffiness' and a little glimmer.
I cut the stenciled panel right down the middle of the design and then I fussy cut around the petals and adhered half of the stencil onto the left edge of a watercolor paper card base.  It just fit on the
5 1/2" card base height!  I stamped the sentiment from Faithful Flutterings by Catherine Pooler onto a strip of watercolor paper and adhered it over the stencil with foam dots.
 So please join us over at CAS Stencil Card Challenge and show us how you use your stencils with Embossing Pastes or Gels!  Check out all the inspiration from the Design Teams as well as our 
April Guest Designer:  Bobby (Bits & Pieces)
You have until 4/24 to link up your CAS creation!

I'm also linking my card to:






Stamps:  Faithful Fluttering - Catherine Pooler
Paper:  Water Color - Canson, white - PTI
Ink:  True Black - PTI
Accessories:  Leaf Burst Stencil - Altenew, Nuvo Expanding Mousse - Worn Linen, Heat Tool, foam dots.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Christmas Shaker Tags

I've been making lots of cards and crafts the past month, as I have a table at a craft sale this coming weekend.

Here are some fun shaker Christmas Tags I made using the new PTI Make It Market Kit: Fairy Tale Christmas.  
The kit includes dies for tags and little book/boxes, stamps, the clear bubbles, a packet of patterned papers and a downloadable booklet showing how to make all the things you can with the kit!
This tag has a lovely country home and trees die cut inside along with snow crystals and golden beads (a gift from my friend Loll - thanks Loll!).   The sentiment is die cut from the included papers and there is also a stamp for it in the kit.
I made 8 of these with two different patterns of paper.
I stamped To: and From: from the stamp set in the kit on the back
I made a few more shaker tags with a Santa and his sleigh flying over trees die cut inside - using papers from the kit for the framing.  I added snow crystals and silver sequin stars to these tags.  The sentiment is die cut from the patterned papers in the kit but there is also a stamp for it.
With the same thing stamped on the back.
These fun shaker tags are 2 1/2" diameter circles.

I'm linking my tags to:

 Loll's 12 Tags of Christmas found here.




Friday, September 7, 2018

All is Calm

I have a really CAS card to share today - one I used a beautiful new stamp on!
You kind of have to look twice to see that it's a bunny wapped in the arms of a fox.  I saw a card somewhere using this beautiful stamp "You Give Me Warmth".  I wrote down the company and looked it up.  It is from Lesia Zgharda Stamps in the Ukraine and she has some beautiful stamps!  The prices and postage are quite reasonable too, it just takes a couple more weeks to arrive than when ordering closer to home! 

I stamped both the image and sentiment in Honey Nut Ink and layered it on a slightly larger panel of Honey Nut cardstock.

I used the Sketch from AAA cards this month for my design:

Also linking to:
Jingle Belles - Peace on Earth
my image evokes peace - the fox laying with the rabbit


 Another card for the Christmas box!

Stamps:You Give Me Warmth - Lesia Zgharda Stamps, Silent Night - PTI
Paper:  White, Honey Nut - PTI
Ink: Honey Nut - PTI

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Good Fortune

Today I have a card that I made for my son's girlfriend who was laid off a month or so ago - but has already found a wonderful job as a job placement counselor at a college in West Virginia.  She is a go-getter who never lets bad things get her down and I wanted to let her know how proud I am of her.
I love these fun Fortune Cookie dies and Good Fortune sentiment stamps from Ellen Hutson and they were perfect for me to get all these messages to Sunny in one card!   I copied the college logo from her FB page that she had posted when she got the job.

I'm linking my card to:

Stamps:  Good Fortune - Ellen Hutson
Paper:  Rustic Cream - PTI, Origami Paper
Ink:  True Black - PTI, Ranger Distress Tea Dye Ink
Accessories:  Fortune Cookie Dies - Ellen Hutson, Pierced Feature Frames Die - PTI, foam dots,  printed logo from Valley College.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

July CAS Mix Up Card Challenge - Colour Your Diecuts!

Happy summer everyone in the Northern Hemisphere!  It's the 1st of July and the new CAS Mix Up Card Challenge has been posted!
Bonnie is our hostess this month and she wants us to color our die cuts!
This is an interesting concept and one you might not think of doing so let's give it a go!  You'll find links to YouTube Videos over at CAS Mix Up to help give you ideas on different ways to color your die cut pieces.
Here is my first attempt and I'm rather pleased with the results!
I started by die cutting the framed trees out of watercolor paper.
Then I water colored the outside edges with green watercolor paint mixed with water on my craft mat.  When I was done - I dried it with my heat tool before moving onto the next color.
Then I water colored the birch trees using a grey watercolor paint mixed with water.  Drying it when I was done.
And I finished the water coloring using brown watercolor ink on the final tree.
I cut a panel of  Rustic Cream and splattered brown watercolor paint over it by filling my brush with watery brown paint and tapping the brush over my finger so the splatter went on the panel.  This is always tricky as I often flick too much or too big of a splatter - so it's a good idea to try it on a scrap paper first to see if you need to use more or less water with the paint on the brush!
To finish off the birch trees, I used my 01 Black Micron Pen and drew lines half way across on both sides of the trunks.
Then I layered the watercolored die cut over the panel with foam dots and splattered a little more onto the die cut.  I die cut the Direct Message Banner and stamped it and glued it across the frame and layered the panel onto a  Rustic Cream card base.
You'll find Design Team Inspiration as well as links to YouTube videos on ways to color your die cuts over at the CAS Mix Up Blog here.
We can't wait to see how you Color Your Die Cuts!!

We are also welcoming Susan Joyce (Cat's InkCorporated)  as our July Guest Designer so please stop by her blog to say hello!

I'm also linking my card to:
Just Us Girls
 AAA Cards

Happy Little Stampers




Stamps:  Direct Messages - PTI
Paper:  Rustic Cream - PTI, Watercolor Paper - Canson
Ink:  Ranger Distress Gathered Twigs (to sponge edges) Cocoa Bean - PTI
Accessories:  Tree frame die - Ali Express, Direct Messages Banner Die - PTI, Watercolor paints, paint brush, water, 01 Black Micron Pen, foam dots.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Coffee Lovers Spring and Summer Blog Hop - Now You Get a Discount

Another card for the Coffee Lovers Spring and Summer Blog Hop.  The end of the hop is looming near - Friday 6/1 at 6 pm Pacific time - so I'm trying to get at least one more card in for a chance at all those prizes!!
Today's card is a birthday card for someone approaching my age or older - which a lot of my friends are!  We're finding more and more discounts offered to us 'Senior Citizens'!  One of the many perks of reaching maturity!
I had this cute wooden coffee cup from Hobby Lobby.  I colored it with yellow and purple watered Distress inks (but it really just made brown on the natural wood!).  I filled the heart opening  on the cover with Autumn Red Crystal Nuvo Drops and the openings on the cup area with Golden Sunset Glitter Novo Drops.  The sentiment is from Literary Caffeine-ations from StampLorations.  The die cut frame is from the Mix and Mat Berry Boughs die set from PTI.  I watercolor washed the background with green and blue watercolor paints.  Inside I stamped "Happy Birthday" and a little coffee cup stamp.

I'm also linking my card to:
They are celebrating their 4th Birthday with a DT blog hop. 
 Check out their blog to see how you can win prizes!
They are celebrating their 9th Birthday!

Stamps:  Literary Caffeine-ations - Stamplorations.
Ink:  Hero Hues Black
Paper:  Watercolor paper - Canson, Vintage Jadeite, white - PTI
Accssories:  wooden coffeecup - Hobby Lobby, Mix and Mat Berry Boughs die set - PTI, Autumn Red Crystal Nuvo Drops, Golden Sunset Glitter Nuvo Drops, Tombow glue,  watercolor paints, brush, water.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Be Still

Today I have a card to share that features a photo I took in my garden.
The plant is Solomon's Seal and I purchased it many years ago at the Garden in the Woods in Framingham, MA.   It tends to spread so you need to put it in an area that you want it to fill!

This is one area I planted it in our front yard under our beautiful Japanese Maple.  
There are a few other plants here as well - but the Solomon's seal takes up the whole left side! 
I will probably prune some out at the end of this season!
Here's a little info on the history of the Solomon's Seal plant for all you gardeners out there! 

I Googled it and found this info here.
Solomon's Seal is named for King Solomon of Hebrew lore who was granted great wisdom by the Hebrew God and had a special seal that aided him in his magical workings, allowing him to command demons without coming to harm. According to herbal lore, King Solomon himself placed his seal upon this plant when he recognized its great value. Those with imagination can see the seal on the rootstock in the circular scars left by the stem after it dies back.

Solomon's Seal has a rich history that goes back many thousands of years. Herbalists and healers, both in Europe and North America and the Far East, have written about its diverse effects on numerous conditions. In 2010, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (Natural Resources Conservation Service) identified Solomon's Seal as a Culturally Significant Plant, noting its medicinal and restorative value among North American Tribal (Original Nation) peoples. It is our understanding that the National Institutes of Health is presently researching the benefits of Solomon's Seal for heart health.

My card was inspired by the following challenges:
Splitcoaststampers - Ways to Use it Challenge: Picture This
Use a photo

I was inspired by the sketch
I was inspired by all the natural greenery 
Stamps: Everyday Blessings - PTI
Paper: Rustic Cream, Cocoa Bean - PTI, Blue Distress Coredinations, Watercolor paper - Canson, Worn Wallpaper - Idea-ology/Tim Holtz
Ink:Hero Hues Black
Accessories:  personal photo, scallop die - Ali Express/China

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Mid Month May CAS Mix Up Card Challenge Reminder!

Today I'm posting another card for the CAS Mix Up Challenge to remind you that you have until May 24th to get your card linked up!
Here is hostess Bonnie's challenge for us this month:  Use Gelatos or Crayons - but don't worry if you can't think of what you might do with these -  check out all the videos linked to over at the blog!
 This time I used Gelatos
 (you can see my Distress Crayon card here if you missed it!).  
I  mixed Bubble Gum Gelato with Liquitex Light Modeling Paste and spread it over a stencil.  
I watched this video that Bonnie provided us:  Stenciling with Gelatos by Kimberly Crawford
Here are a few photos of how I did it.
First I spread some modeling paste onto my craft mat.  Then I scraped some Bubble Gum Gelato off the stick onto the mat and then mixed it into the paste.
I spread the mix over Tim Holtz Scribbles stencil onto a panel of Bristol Smooth Surface paper being sure it was all covered and scraped over thinly and evenly. 
(wash your stencil and pallet knife immediately after use)
I cut a 2 1/2" x 3 1/4" piece out of the stenciled panel, layered it to a white card panel with foam dots, stamped and die cut the butterfly and layered it over the stenciling with foam dots.  Then I stamped the sentiment and layered the panel to a white card base.

Please join us and show us how you use Gelatos or Crayons!  There are several videos over at the CAS Mix Up Blog to inspire your creativity!  
You have until 5/24 to link up your creation!

I'm also linking my card to:
Just Us Girls
Creative with Stamps
AAA Cards

Stamps:  Butterfly Blooms, Women of Life (retired) - PTI
Ink:  Hero Hues Black
Paper:  Bristol Smooth Surface, White - PTI
Accessories:  Bubble Gum Gelato, Liquitex Light Modeling Paste, Butterfly Bloom Die