Monday, December 19, 2016

CAS Be Merry EB Resist Watercolour Card

I CASE'd my CAS Watercolour Resist December Reminder Card

Here is my New Watercolour Resist Inlay Christmas Card!

I started by stamping my Penny Black "Adornment" wreath image with SU Whisper White pigment ink onto a square 4 1/8" piece of  Arches Mixed Media paper and heat embossing with SU White EB powder.  That was my Resist.

Next I sprinkled Color Burst powders: Alizarin Crimson and Pthalo Green and then spritzed with water...blotting with a paper towel until I got a lighter shade of background for my watercolouring.

After my background was dry I used Memory Box Stitched Circle dies to cut around the wreath and made a 2nd die cut, that was one size larger for the frame.

I cut a piece of SU W. White thick CS 4 1/8" x 4 1/8" for the card front and die cut with the smaller circle die.  Then cut another piece 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" for my tent fold card base.

The fun part was putting it all a puzzle.  I popped up the card front with foam tape and attached to card base.  Attached die cut frame with my SU Fine Tip Glue Pen and added glue to my wreath image and inlaid inside the frame.

I added my stamped and popped up STAMPlorations "Oh, Christmas Tree" Be Merry sentiment and was done!  Enjoy and Merry Christmas my friends.  Hugs..

CAS Watercolour December Resist Challenge

Friday, December 16, 2016

CAS Watercolour December Reminder

My CAS Watercolour December Reminder...Watercolour Resist Card.

I had so much fun with this Watercolour Resist Technique.  I Heat Embossed my SU sentiment from "Wondrous Wreath" stamp set using Versamark and SU Cherry Cobbler EB powder.

Then the fun began with my ARTplorations "Holly Background Mini" Stencil.  I placed the mini stencil over a piece of Strathmore Mixed Media paper and sprinkled on Brushos: Leaf Green, Emerald Green and Brilliant Red and spritzed with water.   I loved the effect when I removed the stencil.  I let the piece air dry.

I die cut the image using Memory Box "Stitched Circles" Dies twice.  The smaller piece for the main inlaid image and the larger piece for the stitched frame. I added dimensionals to the framed layer.

I then attached the top layer to a piece of SU Red Glimmer paper using SU Fine Tip Glue Pen.  I discovered if I added a generous amount of the glue to the glimmer paper then attach top layer that the CS stuck really well.   I then added more glue to the glimmer paper and inlaid my main stenciled image.

My only embellishment was to add Candy Cane Stickles to the berries.  I Love how my card turned out.  It has a kind of Modern Vintage Look to me!  This was a simple card to make.  I plan on making another version of the same design soon :-)

You still have until December 24th to join the fun at our Clean and Simple Watercolour Challenge. Hope you get to join us...If you need last minute CAS Christmas, Thank You or Happy New Years Cards this is a fun and easy technique.

As always...Gorgeous and Creative Samples from the Design Team, our Guest Designer and the Challenge Gallery!  Happy Holidays my friends.  Hugs....

My card is for a couple more challenges...

ARTplorations Stencil Blog Hop              

 STAMPlorations Anything Goes 

STAMPlorations CAS December Anything goes with the and green

Thursday, December 15, 2016

CAS Mixed Media December Reminder

Already time for our CAS Mixed Media December Reminder Card.  So many beauties for the month.

Here is my Reminder.....

I used Stamping + Sponging + My choice Emboss Resist, Die Cut and Dry Embossing

Emboss Resist has been a very favorite technique of mine since I first started stamping 15+ years ago.  I inked my Penny Black "Snow Dust" image with Versamark and stamped onto my Memory Box "Stitched Rectangle" die cut piece.  Then I sprinkled with SU Whisper White EB powder and Heat Set the trees and snow.

My next steps included the sponging.  Using a SU craft sponge I sponged in a circular motion from top to bottom...SU Perfect Plum, Pool Party and Soft Sky.  I then sponged Versamark around the edge and heat embossed SU White EB powder for a snowy looking frame.  I then stamped my sentiment with Archival Jet Black ink.

Next using my Big Shot,   I Dry Embossed a card front using SU Whisper White CS and SU "Softly Falling" Embossing Folder.  I mounted my main image onto my background using dimensionals.

This was a fun card to make using a favorite Penny Black Winter Stamp Image..Snow Dust!

You still have until December 24th to join our CAS Mixed Media December Challenge.   Clean and Simple is perfect for the busiest time of the year!  Be sure and check out all the fabulous samples by the Design Team, Guest Designer and Challenge Gallery.  You will be inspired!  Happy Holidays...

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

CAS Mix Up Sponging Christmas

I liked this Christmas card so much I made Four!

Here is a Close Up showing off all the glitter :-)

I had so much fun sponging over my Memory Box Stitched Circle piece of Arches Mixed Media paper using Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Broken China and Faded Jeans with my Tim Holtz mini sponging tool.  Whew...that was a mouth full!

I then splattered diluted acrylic paint using a #4 paint brush over the circle.  When dry I added SU Fine Tip Glue and SU Dazzling Diamonds glitter to some of the snowflakes.  Set aside to dry.

Next I stamped my pretty tree from STAMPlorations "Oh, Christmas Tree" stamp set and added Gold Stickles and when dry,  fussy cut the image.  I stamped my sentiment from the same set using Archival Jet Black ink and fussy cut, leaving a white border.

I had the SU EB folder "On Point" out for my last card,  so used it again for this card.  I love it because of the trees and the fact it is a CAS design.

It was fun putting all the pieces together.  I attached the circle image and sentiment with SU Fine Tip Glue Pen and the tree with dimensionals to the Dry Embossed card front.  Then attached the card front to my SU Whisper White Thick CS tent fold card base using foam tape for added dimension.

Four more cards for my back to my baking :-)  Happy Holidays my friends.

Thank you so much for looking and especially for your comments.  Hugs...

Challenges I am entering....I used Stamping + Sponging + Die Cuts, Dry EB, Splatters and Glitter

CUTplorations December Challenge Any Dies and at least one STAMPlorations Product..I made a snowy background for my Christmas Card.

Inkspirational Challenge: CAS with Sparkle

Sunday, December 4, 2016

CAS Woodland Trees Christmas

I am loving my new Tim Holtz Woodland Trees Dies.  I die cut my trees using an Alcohol Ink background from my stash :-)

I let the trees be the star of my CAS design.  I dry embossed my SU "On Point" EB folder on SU Whisper White Thick CS.  My card base is also WW thick CS.

I used Loll Thompson's "Smooshing with Inks" video tutorial for my Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks background using Juniper and Pesto AI's.

I die cut both trees once with WW CS and once with the Alcohol Inks background and off set the white layers to make the trees look like they were covered with snow.  Attaching with SU Fine Tip Glue Pen.

I attached the dry EB layer to the card front,  attached the trees and the STAMPlorations  "Oh, Christmas Tree" sentiment after stamping with Archival Jet Black ink using MISTI.

I added the SSS Assorted Moonshine sequins and done !  I will probably make a couple more with this design,  since I still have another AI green toned background piece.  I do love going to my stash of backgrounds for quick and fun cards.

I got the idea for the layout from the CTS #200 Sketch

Adding to SSSblog Monday Challenge..O' Christmas Tree

SSS Blog Wednesday Challenge..Anything Goes

Enjoy and thank you for looking and especially for your comments.  Happy Holiday Stamping.....

Friday, December 2, 2016

CAS Watercolour December Challenge: Watercolour Resist

The November Watercolour Text Challenge was a huge success.  So many amazing and creative cards linked to our Gallery.  I can't wait to see the cards for Watercolour Resist...a favorite technique by so many talented stampers.

Here is my  Brushos Watercolour Emboss Resist Card.  I love the vintage style of my Christmas Card.

I used my STAMPlorations "Poinsettia Row" clear stamp and MISTI to stamp the image onto Arches 140# Cold Press paper with Versamark and heat embossed with SU White Embossing Powder.  I then spritzed the image and around the image with water and sprinkled on Leaf Green, Scarlet and Brilliant Red Brushos.  I spritzed a little again so the colors would blend more then air dried.  Before totally dry I used a paper towel to rub the Brushos off my heat embossed image.  My image had an ivory vintage look instead of white so I went with SU off white Victoria Lace (ret) to trim the cut down poinsettia panel.  I taped the ribbon to the back of the panel letting just the pretty edge of the lace show.

Next I die cut the card front with the largest (4 1/4" x 5 1/2") of the three CUTplorations Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle nesting Die.  I used my MISTI again to stamp my HLS Mixed Christmas Sentiments "Seasons Greetings" in SU Emerald Envy.

I then attached my panel with foam tape to the card front to pop it up and added 4 Nuvo Crystal Glitter Drops..White Blizzard.  I have a little container with pre-made Nuvo drops in 4 different colors and several sizes and attach to cards when needed using my SU Fine Tip Glue Pen.  Sharing a little trick...when I attach sequins and drops with my glue pen I set a large acrylic block on top and they attach quickly and securely.

I then attached the die cut layer to the SU Very Vanilla card base and voila'...all Done!  I loved the results and hope you like it too.

This month the Design Team and our Amazingly Talented Guest Designer, Deepti-Dee's Art Utopia have so many gorgeous cards to inspire you.   You still have until Dec. 24th to play along with our CAS Watercolour December W/C Resist Challenge.  Do hope you get a chance to play this month.  It is a great technique for your holiday cards.  Hugs.....

All my supplies are listed in my description...enjoy!

Adding my card to more Challenges.....

STAMPlorations CAS Card Dec. Challenge

STAMPlorations Anything Goes Challenge   

Thursday, December 1, 2016

CAS Mix Up December Sponging

The CAS Mix Up December Challenge...Stamping + Sponging + Your Choice will be great to use on your last Christmas Cards or any other occasion.

Here is my Christmas Card using Stamping + Sponging + My Choice of Die Cuts and Alcohol Inks Background.

I started my main image by using a piece of a Smooshed Alcohol Ink background using Loll's Tutorial on Smooshing Inks.  I thought it made a pretty Wintery Sky.  I used Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks: Sailboat Blue and Juniper.

I used CUTplorations smallest "Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies" to die cut the frame on the main image and largest Die on the card front.

I sponged a piece of Arches Mixed Media paper with Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Shabby Shutters and Mowed Lawn and die cut with Sizzix Tree Line Die.  I then attached to my AI die cut background using SU Fine Tip Glue Pen.  Then splattered diluted white acrylic paint using a paint brush.

Stamped my SU Christmas Greetings (ret) sentiment using Archival Jet Black ink. Attached my main image with foam tape and done with another Christmas card for my stash:-)

There are so many gorgeous CAS samples for your Inspiration from the Design Team and our Guest Designer for the month...the very talented Maura aka "Beesmom" from

Hope you get to join us with your Clean and Simple Mixed Media card this month.  Happy Holidays..Hugs

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

STAMPlorations November Mixed Media Challenge

Here is my STAMPlorations November Mixed Media Tag using my new ARTplorations Holly Background Stencil.

STAMPlorations Mixed Media Challenge  

Here is a Close Up showing the Glitter :-)

My tag is also for  TIME OUT CHALLENGE #71...

Challenge #71 Christmas with an Optional Twist of Glitter/Shimmer


Also STAMPlorations Never Ending Anything Goes Challenge

This was a really fun tag to make using my new ARTplorations "holly background mini" stencil.  I traced around the luggage tag shape of the mini stencil onto SU Whisper White Thick CS and fussy cut.

I then placed my stencil over the tag and colored with my SU markers: Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler.  I used clear Wink of Stella thru the stencil for a pretty shimmer.  I added Candy Cane Stickles to the berries for more sparkle.

I die cut SU Christmas Greetings "Peace",  two times with SU WW Thick and once with Cherry Cobbler CS for more dimension.  Then painted the die cut Peace with Wink of  Stella and used SU Fine Tip Glue Pen to attach to the tag.

Final touch..wet SU Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding...scrunched and when dry added to my tag after adding a fussy cut Cherry Cobbler layer to back of tag.  This will be a special tag for a plate of KrumKake cookies for a special friend.  Enjoy....tag, not cookies..sorry!

BTW,  I love the new ARTplorations mini stencils.  The designs are the same,  but smaller than the regular size stencils.

Happy Holidays my friends and thank you for visiting and especially commenting. Hugs..

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Tag You're It CASEing Loll

The  #61 Tag You' Challenge is to CASE (copy and share everything) Loll Thompson's beautiful Christmas Tag .  You can copy it all, or just pick parts of it that inspire you.

My tag.....

I was inspired by Loll's die cut tag,  background, white scrunchy ribbon, Winter die cut scene with 2 trees and snow bank and sentiment.  Thank you for your inspiring tag definitely gave me the inspiration for my quick and fun tag using pieces I had already designed :-)

I think my tag is self will just add my supplies.  Enjoy and hope you get to play in this weeks Tag You're It Challenge.  Besides Loll's Featured Artist tag,  all the DT and Guest Designers tags are beautiful too.

Card Recipe:
Stamps: SU Merriest Wishes
Paper: Yupo, SU Whisper White Thick
Inks: Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks: Sailboat Blue, Juniper.  SU Real Red and markers
Accessories: Big Shot, Paper Smooches Tag Stitched, SU Merry Tags Thinlits, SU white Seam Binding, Dazzling Diamond, Wink of Stella, Fine Tip Glue Pen, dimensionals
Techniques: Tag,  CASE'ing, Die Cuts, Alcohol ink smooshed background.

Thank you for visiting and especially for your comments.  Happy Holidays stamping....

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Loll's 12 Tags of Christmas 2016 Be Joyful

 My tag is a Wintery Scene using my new Tim Holtz Woodland Trees Die.

Here is a Close Up of all the snowy sparkle...

Here are my design steps for a really fun tag.

#8 Tim Holtz manila tag.

Two layers of Golden's Gesso..dried in between layers.

Layer of Golden's Heavy Gel. Then layered SU ret. DSP that has all the large snowflakes.

Stamped and 2nd generation stamped SU "Lovely as a Tree" fir tree in Archival Jet Black Ink.

SU Be Joyful sentiment from " Merriest Wishes" Stamped and Heat EB with Versamark and SU Cherry Cobbler EB powder.

Sponged the edges with Versamark  and Heat EB with SU White EB powder.

Added layer of SU Cherry Cobbled CS for a thin frame.

Splattered entire tag with diluted white acrylic paint using a #6 paint brush.

Added SU Dazzling Details to snowflakes on the DSP and splatters.

Painted white acrylic paint on the bottom for snow banks and added Dazzling Details.

Die Cut piece of smooshed Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks (lettuce, juniper and pesto) background for my Tim Holtz Woodland Trees Die.  Attached 2 more Whisper White CS Die Cut Trees  to pop up die cut tree.  The 2nd layer is off set to look like snow. Then added glue to die cut tree with SU Fine Tip Pen and sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds.

Added crinkled SU Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding bow and One Memory Box Die Cut "Resting Bird."

Loll's 12 Tags of Christmas 2016 Linky is still open until the end of of the day on November 25th,  so I am just getting under the wire for my 4th tag.  I hope you get to play too.  Loll and her Guest Designers ( I was her GD  on her Day 3 posting) have fabulous samples and the Gallery is filled with more gorgeous tag samples.  I guarantee you will be Inspired to make Christmas Tags :-)

Thank you again Loll for hosting your wonderful annual event!  So Fun and Inspiring my friend.  Happy Holidays....

STAMPlorations Blog Hop.

It is time for STAMPlorations Giving Thanks Blog Hop.

This is the time of year for blog hops, tag events and much inspiration by so many :-)

I just received my STAMPlorations "Be Thankful" Bundle that includes a Be Thankful stamp set, CUTplorations  Stitched Thankful Die and Basket of Apples, plus a Fall Floral Trio stencil !

Here is my card using a stamp, a die and the stencil all from the new STAMPlorations "Be Thankful Bundle"  :-)

I had so much fun with this card.  I started by making 2 backgrounds with Alcohol Ink on Yupo paper.  I taped my Fall Floral Trio stencil over Yupo paper.  Dripped  3 AI colors: Watermelon, Sunshine Yellow and Sunset Orange thru the stencil.  Carefully removed the stencil and turned it over onto another piece of Yupo for a Monoprint image,  which is what I used for my soft colored panels.

I die cut the "Thankful" with the front main stenciled image,  which was very bright.  I also punched the hearts from that piece.

I die cut 2 more layers of the Thankful out of SU Whisper White CS to pop it up. Because I messed up the center of my monoprint image that I had die cut with CUTplorations "Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle" largest die ,  I just cut out the center and added the piece to my die cut white card front.

Added a heat embossed sentiment from the stamp set and attached all the pieces using SU Fine Tip Glue Pen.

Hope you get to play along too.  So many amazing samples to inspire you in the blog hop. You have until November 30th to link up your Thankful projects.  Lots of prizes and fun ! Thank you Shery for another awesome blog hop.  Hugs and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your DT girls.

Card Recipe:
Stamps: STAMPlorations Be Thankful
Paper: SU Whisper White Thick and Yupo
Ink: Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks: Watermelon, Sunset Orange,  Sunshine Yellow.  SU Cameo Coral, Versamark
Accessories: Craft mat, masking tape, heat tool, Big Shot, CUTplorations Dies (listed above), ARTplorations Fall Floral Trio, SU mini heart punch.
Techniques: CAS, Die Cuts, Alcohol Ink Stenciling and Monoprint.

Adding my card to STAMPlorations Never Ending Anything Goes Challenge

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Alcohol Ink Bold Florals Hugs

I was playing with my Alcohol Inks using Loll Thompson's Alcohol Inks Smooshing Technique. Here is Loll's U-Tube Alcohol Inks with Yupo Paper Tutorial.  I followed her smooshing on foil technique exactly.

After letting my AI background dry completely,  I traced my tag using ARTplorations Mini Bold Florals Stencil and my Staedler permanent ink marker and then fussy cut my tag using my papersnips.

I then laid my ARTplorations stencil over my piece of fussy cut tag.   By the way,  I used Tim Holtz Ranger Alcohol Inks: Sunshine Yellow, Sunset Orange and Watermelon for my smooshed background.

I traced the Bold Flowers through my stencil with my Staedler Permanent Ink Pen.  Die cut "hugs" from a scrap piece of the AI Yupo background and die cut 2 more times using basic black cardstock to pop up the sentiment.  I attached each layer with SU Fine Tip Glue Pen and attached to tag.  Added SSS Moonshine sequins and SU seam binding and dimensionals to pop up tag on the cardstock.

The card is a 4 1/4" x 6" tent fold design to fit the large tag.

I will definittely be making more backgrounds with Loll's technique.  I did spritz the AI with 91% alcohol to reconstitute the ink so I could get a 2nd lighter piece that I will use on a future card.

Enjoy and Happy Stamping...Hugs

CUTplorations November photo challenge..I was inspired by the colors.  My Hugs is a CUTplorations Die.