Sunday, June 23, 2019

CAS Christmas Card Challenge: Gifts!

Here is my CAS Christmas Card with colorful watercolored Gifts!

A fun CAS Christmas Card Challenge card hosted by Linda.
Lots of really creative cards by the DT and GD Leslie (Running with Scissors).

Sharing a Close Up of all the pretty sparkly snow on the tag.
I used Dolly's (Darnell) watercoloring with watercolor pencils technique that we learned
at our Retreat. Thank you Dolly...I love your technique:-)

I stamped with Versafine black ink and heat embossed with clear EB powder my STAMPlorations "Warm Hands and Heart" image 1st onto Strathmore Mixed Media paper.

I did one color at a time, wetting lightly the area to color.
Then held the Derwent Watercolour pencil in  left hand and swiped a not too wet paint brush
over the tip of the pencil and brushed the color onto the image.
I loved the easy!

When the entire image was colored and dry I die cut with "Warm Hands and Heart"Dies and
die cut a 2nd time White Craft Foam and attached with Gina K Connect Glue.

Next I die cut the tag with CUTplorations Stitched Tags Nesting Dies.
I placed SSS "Falling Snow" Stencil over the tag and used palette knife
to cover stencil with Nuvo Glimmer Paste.  Really sparkled!
Tip: Be sure and wash stencil in warm soapy water immediately!

While paste dried I stamped and heat embossed sentiment from same set using MISTI.
Then attached image and sentiment using Connect Glue
and added ribbon and twine from my stash.
Attached finished tag to SU Whisper White 100# Card Base and Done!
I was so pleased with my card that I made 3 more for my stash:-)
You have until the 24th to play along.  Hugs..


Adding to STAMPlorations Anything Goes Challenge

Adding to Christmas Kickstart Challenge #13: Glitter, Sparkle, Shine.
A new Christmas Challenge for me.  I love this cheerful holiday snowman:-)

Stamps: STAMPlorations Warm Hands and Heart.
Paper: SU Whisper White 100#.  Strathmore Mixed Media.
Inks: Versafine black ink.  Delwent watercolour Pencils.
Accessories: CUTplorations Stitched Tags Nesting Dies.  SU Clear EB powder.  #2 paint brush. SSS Falling Snow Stencil. Nuvo Glimmer Paste, Palette Knife. Gina K Connect Glue. White Craft foam.

Friday, June 21, 2019

CAS Mix Up Card Challenge: Ombre

Gorgeous Ombre CAS Cards by the DT, GD and in the Gallery!

I made my card using the makeup brushes gifted to me by my dear friend
Trina at our recent 2019 Crafting Retreat!
They are perfect for the Ombre Technique hosted by the very talented, Bonnie!

My Distress Oxide Inks CAS Card!
My card was an early birthday card for my dear sweet friend, Bonnie:-)
She received her card yesterday.

I sponged the Distress Oxide Inks using the sponging brushes onto Strathmore
Mixed Media paper.  Sponging light to dark colors: Hickory Smoke, Iced Spruce
and Faded Jeans.  Then spritzed using T.H. spritzer.

Die cut Ombre background with Memory Box Stitched Rectangle Die.
Then arranged Alexandra Renke "Grasses" that I die cut using SU 100# CS.
This beautiful die set was gifted to me by my dear friend, Hideko:-)
Attached Grasses with Connect Glue a wonderful gift from sweet Loll.

I am thinking I should have made this card into a "Friend" card,  but it is
going to a special birthday girl Friend:-)

I stamped and heat embossed the SSS Everyday Sentiments in MISTI.

Next die cut the card front with same stitched rectangle die and 
Inlaid my main image and attached card front to card base and Done!!

Loved the results.  Thank you to all my dear friends for your thoughtful Gifts:-)

You have until the 24th to play along with the CAS Mix Up Ombre Challenge.


Stamps: SSS Everyday Messages
Paper: Strathmore Mixed Media.  SU Whisper White 100#
Inks: Distress Oxides: Hickory Smoke, Iced Spruceand Faded Jeans.  Versa Magic White Ink.
Accessories: Makeup Brushes VIVII Amazon.  Memory Box Stitched Rectangle Dies.  Alexandra Renke "Grasses" Dies.  Clear EB powder. T.H. Spritzer.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

CAS Stencil Card Challenge Reminder

Already time for our CAS Stencil Card Challenge Reminder cards!

So many beautiful sample cards by our DT and GD Chrissie (Simply One of a Kind).
You will definitely be inspired!

Here is my Beautiful watercolored stencil bird image with Pearl-Ex Powder!

How would you like to see the Gorgeous Shine from the Pearl-Ex?

Close Up with light shining on the pretty Magenta stenciled bird!

I secured the Magenta TM 43 stencil to my glass mat with masking tape.

Then mixed Pearl-Ex metallic powders with water on a palette.
Used Rose Gold, True Blue, Aztec Gold and Solar Gold.
Used a #2 paint brush to paint each color.  Drying between colors to
prevent any smearing.  Such an easy technique with Gorgeous Shiny results!

Next I die cut my image with SSS Postage Stamp Edge Frame.
Placed card front in MISTI and stamped and heat embossed PB Special Sentiments.
Popped up main image onto SU 100# card base and Done!

I learned how to use Pearl-Ex-Powders at our recent Retreat.  
I hope you give it a try with Pearl-Ex or Perfect Pearls.
You still have until the 24th to play along with us at CAS Stencil Card Challenge.



Stamps: PB Special Sentiments
Paper: Strathmore Mixed Media image base.  SU 100# Card base.
Inks: Pearl-Ex Rose Gold, True Blue, Aztec Gold and Solar Gold.  Versafine black ink.
Accessories: Magenta TM 43 stencil ( I used just one of the bird images).  Palette. 02 paint brush. SSS Postage Stamp Edge Frame Die. MISTI.  Clear EB powder. White Craft foam.

Friday, June 14, 2019

STAMPlorations CAS Card Challenge: Optional color twist..Mahogany

Optional Color Twist: Mahogany.

My card using:
Blossom Dreams and Big Dreamer stamp sets.

A Close Up

I used the smooshing technique to add the Distress Oxide inks:Aged Mahogany
and Iced Spruce.  Here is Loll Thompson's video Smooshing with Inks.

Next I die cut the card front using CUTplorations "Crazy Running Stitch Rectangle
Nesting Die".  Then placed my card front in MISTI and stamped the
"Blossom Dreams" sentiment and "Big Dreamer" flowers with
Versafine black ink and heat embossed with SU Clear EB Powder.

Attached card front to SU Whisper White 100# Card Base and Done!
Quick and Clean and Simple Fun card.

You have until June 30th to play along with us.
I have really enjoyed playing with Mahogany this month.

If you use my discount code STAMPGIRLNANCY when you check out at the 
STAMPlorations Store you can get a 20% discount,  which you can use
with some other discounts too:-)

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

CAS Watercolour Challenge: Blue

Gorgeous CAS Cards by the DT, GD and in the Gallery:-)

My Blue Watercolored Vellum Card

I made this card at our 2019 Retreat!  Susan led the watercoloring on Vellum
Technique.  I sprinkled Ultramarine Brushos powder on my SU Vellum Cardstock, 
then spritzed liberally with water,  tipping the paper to move the ink.

I laid an acrylic block on the vellum to prevent some of the curling.
When dry I taped down to a die cut window frame.
Popped up with white craft foam and glued down the white die cut PB Iris.

I decided to leave off the sentiment and add later when I need the card.
I loved the simplicity and ease of making this card.
Thank you Susan for making me want to use vellum more often:-)

If you click on my Craft Retreat Photos Tab under my banner you will see 
many more vellum samples we made at our 2019 Retreat:-)

Enjoy,  you still have until the 24th to play along at CAS Watercolour Challenge! Hugs..


Stamps: None
Paper: SU Whisper White 100# CS. and Vellum CS
Inks: Brushos Ultramarine
Accessories: PB Antique frame die.  Penny Black "Iris" Die. T.H. Spritzer. Connect Glue Gina K. White Craft Foam.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

STAMPlorations CAS Card Challenge Anything Goes: Optional color twist, Mahogany

Time for our June STAMPlorations CAS Card Challenge, Anything Goes
Optional color twist: Mahogany!

My card using:

Loll Thompson's You Tube Video Paper Towel Background: 3:45 was
my background inspiration!  Thank you Loll (Stamping with Loll).

I made my watercolored background on Strathmore Mixed Media paper, 
which I had brushed with Golden's White Gesso and let dry.

I placed a piece of paper towel that I had used to mop up Brushos Inks
onto the MM paper and spritzed generously with water.
Rubbing with my hand to transfer the ink onto the paper.

Did this a couple more times to add more ink.
Loved the textured effect of the inks over the Gesso.

Here is a Close Up of the brush strokes and colors.

Die cut background with CUTplorations "Crazy Running Stitch Rectangle 
Nesting Die" for subtle framing.

Placed card front in MISTI and arranged "Life in Full Color" sentiment and paint tube.
Stamped with Distress Oxide Aged Mahogany and heat embossed
with SU Clear Embossing Powder.
Next stamped and heat embossed the tiny Happy Birthday from
"Birds of Paradise" stamp set and popped up.

Tip: Distress Oxides stay wet long enough to heat emboss with embossing
powders.  I usually use clear embossing powder.

Popped up card front using White Craft Foam and
attatched to SU Whisper White 100# CS and Done!

I loved the results and will be trying this background technique again:-)

Enjoy and hope you get to join us.  You have until June 30th to play along.
See you in October for more CAS Card Challenges. 

In the meantime,  I will be playing in some of Shery's fun Summer Events!

Thank you for your visits, my friends.  Hugs...


If you use my discount code STAMPGIRLNANCY when you check out at the 

STAMPlorations Store you can get a 20% discount,  which you can use
with some other discounts too:-)