Tuesday, November 21, 2017

CASology: Cheer

Hello! It's time for a brand new cue from CASology!

It's getting to be that time of year, so I started hauling out my winter/Christmas stamps. This one from Sunny Studio is probably one of my favorites. They're perfect for the entire winter season.

I started this card by cutting a panel with a large stitched rectangle die and then using my MISTI to stamp my image and my sentiment. I also stamped my image again on some masking paper so that I could do a little ink blending over the top of it.

I covered my mug in my masking paper and then added a snowfall stencil over the top of the panel. I pressed my Versamark ink pad over the top of it and then heat embossed the falling snow in white. (I used a dry paint brush to brush away any powder that stuck to my sentiment.) I then used my ink blending tools to blend in 2 blues to create an ombre sky to help the falling snow stand out on my white card. I removed my mask and then colored my image with my copics.

I adhered my panel to a white card base and it was all finished!

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

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

CASology: Sharp

Hello! It's that time of the week again. Time for a new cue from CASology!

I recently purchased this adorable set from Hero Arts because I have twin nephews who are obsessed with narwhals. I thought it would be perfect for cards for them. And this cue seemed to cry out for a narwhal, too!

Isn't that image just adorable?  I started my card by cutting a panel with a stitched rectangle die. I stamped my image using my MISTI and then stamped again onto some masking paper. I covered it up so that I could blend some ink over it.

I cut another mask from some masking paper. I used a circle die and then placed the negative piece over the top of my narwhal so that it would appear to be inside a bubble of water when I blended my ink into it. I started with my middle tone and blended the ink from the edges in. Then I added my darkest color on the very edges. I finished it off by blending my lightest color of the top of everything and leaving just a slight white glow around my narwhal. That last layer of the lightest color helped blend all three colors together seamlessly.

I remove my masks and then colored my narwhal with my copics. I used my MISTI to align my sentiment and stamped it twice with black ink to make sure it stood out on top of my blending. I then adhered the panel onto a white card base with my tape runner.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Less Is More - Fireworks

Today's card is a clean and simple one made for the current Less Is More challenge - Fireworks!

Now, let me start by saying that this was a color challenge and my card is black and white. The reason behind that is that my absolute favorite color of firework is the sparkling silver/gold. There's just something magical about them. So while this may be a very liberal interpretation of this cue, it was still inspired by it.

I wanted to make this look like a fireworks display over New York, so I used the New York skyline die to cut out a silhouette in black. I experimented with using a navy or darker gray cardstock as a base, but I ended up liking this middle-tone gray the best. The fireworks still stand out on it, but it also allows the skyline to shine as well.

I stamped my fireworks above where I wanted to adhere my skyline and then heat embossed them in silver. I adhered the skyline directly to the card using some Multi Medium Matte and then heat embossed my sentiment on top of it in white powder.

When you tilt the card in the light it has some great shimmer that remind of those beautiful sparkly fireworks.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Kennedy Grace Creations Post

I'm over on the Kennedy Grace Creations blog today with a card inspired by our November Mood Board! Go check out how I was inspired!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Layered Koala Birthday

Hello! I'm back again with yet another birthday card. One more to add to my stash for the upcoming busy birthday months.

This one was created without a specific person in mind. I just love this koala and wanted to use it. Sometimes that's the best place to start when you're looking for inspiration. Find a stamp set or die that inspires you and go from there!

I started this card by stamping out my Koala and then cutting him out. I had a stamped and cut leaf in my little bowl of pre-cut items, so I added that to his hands by adhering it behind the koala. I cut a panel of crumb cake cardstock and then stamped my bamboo background in Versamark ink and heat embossed it in clear powder. I used double-sided tape to adhere it to a white card base. I wanted another piece to make my koala stand out, so I cut a heart from pool party cardstock. I thought it looked a little bland, so I stamped my triangle background stamp on it and then heat embossed in white powder. It makes the perfect backdrop for my koala! I stamped my sentiment on black cardstock and then heat embossed with white powder and cut it out with a banner die.

I adhered my heart directly to the card using a glue runner and then adhered my koala and banner using foam tape for a little bit of dimension.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Unbelievable Birthday

For some reason, I have a ton of birthdays in November and December. I'm trying to work ahead a little bit so I'm not running behind trying to get my Christmas cards finished while also trying to get my birthday cards done, so today I sat down to work on a birthday card.

I created this one with my twin nephews in mind. They're getting a little older now (teenagers!) and I still want to do something cute, but don't want the images to be too cutesy. I think this little Nessie image is just perfect for my creature-loving nephews.

I started by stamping and coloring both my Nessie and her hat. I cut them out using the matching dies and set them aside. Then I set to work assembling my background. I cut my mountains from Smoke cardstock and the snow caps from white. I layered them over a soft blue card base. Then I cut my grass from some green cardstock and layered that on top. Next was my dark blue cardstock with a waves die. And then I wanted to add another layer to slip Nessie behind. I decided on Vellum so the blue layer and my Nessie would show through it. I cut my Vellum down with another wave die and then heat embossed my sentiment on it. I left it a little longer than I needed so that I could fold it under the bottom of my blue piece and adhere it to the back (hiding the adhesive). Then I adhered the blue piece on top of the rest.

I slid my Nessie behind the vellum layer and adhered it down and then added the hat to finish it off. Lots and lots of layering for this one which is something I don't normally do, but I thought it looked really cute!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

CASology: Tiny

Hello! I'm back today with a new cue from CASology!

When I saw this cue, I immediately thought of babies. They're just so tiny and cute! And that led me to this adorable set from Clearly Besotted. It's one of my absolute favorites for baby cards.

I cut a panel for my image with a stitched rectangle die and then used my MISTI to stamp my image in the bottom left corner. I colored it in with my copics and then added the sentiment in a black ink. I adhered my panel directly to my card base with a tape runner and I was all done!