CAS Christmas Holly Reminder!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Here's a little Irish Christmas Prayer
since it is St. Patrick's Day:

"The Light of the Christmas star to you
The warmth of home and hearth to you
The cheer and good will of friends to you
The love of the Son and God's peace to you"

Today is the
Mid-Month Challenge Reminder for CAS Christmas! 

Our CAS Christmas challenge is still going on.  

You have until March 24th to play along with us!

The theme this month is Holly.

Here's my card ---
I couldn't decide what way to go for this card and finally decided on what you see.  I used distress inks and sponged some cardstock fairly heavily.  Then I stamped the holly image from Hero Arts in Versamark and embossed in white.  Next I splattered some water around.  I dry embossed my cardbase front with a plaid emboss folder by Taylored Expressions.  I stamped the sentiment, from the same stamp set by Hero Arts using my Misti and  Midnight black archival ink from Catherine Pooler. The stitched scallop die is a new one from Poppy Stamps.  I cut it from craft foam and Neenah 80 lb cardstock.  Final steps were coloring in the berries with a bright pink fine Sharpie and adding the pink gem.  

Stop over at the  CAS Christmas blog, check out the rest of the Design Team's projects, leave them some blog love and play along with us  and stack up those Christmas cards before Christmas, it's just 282 days away!

CAS Christmas Blessings!

Paper Sweeties March 2018 Blast From The Past- Day #3

Friday, March 16, 2018

Good Morning!

Well, it's our final day showcasing 
past products  
from Paper Sweeties! 
Hope you have enjoyed seeing the many different stamp/sweet cuts sets 
and the fun and fabulous projects 
by the Design Team!

We have a few more ---

Day #3 - My card

I did a monochrome and fairly easy card for today.  I began by stamping the cherry and strawberry from the Homegrown stamp set in Versamark and white embossing, then sponging with distress inks - Picked Raspberry, Barn Door, and Fire Brick Red.  I colored in the seeds of the strawberries with a dark pink fine tip Sharpie and used a fine tip white paint Sharpie for the shadow effects on the cherries.  I used the Thanks Sweet Cuts and cut out the middle of the background and once again out of white craft foam and bumped up the sentiment.  To finish it off, I stamped "Sweet" from the stamp set, You Are Fab in Versamark on black cardstock and embossed it in white.

Now if you haven't already, check out the rest of the 
Paper Sweeties Design Team:

Thanks for visiting our 
Blast from the Past!

Paper Sweeties Blessings!

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4CC#394 - Anything Goes & Brads Twist

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Good Morning, again!

Lots of posts today!

It's now time for a new challenge over at

4 Crafty Chicks!

Amy is our host this week and given us a new twist of using brads on our projects.

I have to confess I haven't used brads in a while in any great amount.  So when I went rummaging through my stash, I found these star/flower brads and thought they would be fun. I feel like the whole card has a very retro vibe going on.
Stamps: Doodle Garden by Catherine Pooler Designs
Paper: White cardbase (Neenah); Black cardstock (Bazzill); Watercolor paper (Strathmore).
Ink: Black Onyx (Versafine); Shea Butter, Rose Petals, Seafoam, Stone Blue - (Catherine Pooler Inks).
Extras: Waterbrush (Tim Holtz); "Hello" die (Spellbinders); Glossy Accents; colored star brads.

Stop by the Hen House and check out my fellow crafty chicks' beautiful projects and leave them some blog love on their blogs.

Then ink up and create and share your projects with us, because we are always Anything Goes with an optional twist!

Crafty Chick Blessings!

Paper Sweeties Day #2 - March 2018 Blast From The Past

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Welcome back for Day #2
Paper Sweeties' March Blast From The Past! 

We are showcasing past products from Paper Sweeties!

My card for Day #2:
First, let me say, that adorable bunny mug I have had for about 35+ years.  It was made by a friend.  I've always been afraid to use it for fear coffee or tea would stain it or it would break.  So I usually have it sitting on my shelf and in the spring fill it with M&Ms or jelly beans.  Sometimes I put flowers in it.  
I originally was going to make a vase full of carrots and then decided it would be fun to put them in a coffee cup for a spring time "cup o' joe".  So I also used the accompanying sentiment "Coffee Makes Everything Better", because what would a bunny have with his coffee?  LOL  I stamped the carrots in Versamark, embossed in gold then watercolored with pearlized watercolors.  I did the same with the bunny except stamped him in brown and embossed with clear powder before watercoloring.  I was going to add a fuzzy pom pom for his tail and got so busy I forgot.   I fussy cut them all.  I stamped the coffee cup stamp in Versamark and embossed it in gold and the sentiment.

The background is one I had in my stash and thought it was perfect for this card adhered to some gold foil paper and then green cardstock.

Now if you haven't already, check out the rest of the 
Paper Sweeties Design Team:

Michelle Bala
Nancy Salkeld(You are HERE!)

Come back tomorrow for more on Day #3!

Paper Sweeties Blessings!
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Paper Sweeties March 2018 Blast From The Past

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Good Morning!

Today is the first day of 
Paper Sweeties' March Blast From The Past! 

Hope you're ready to hop along with the Design Team 
and see lots of 
cute, adorable, fabulous projects!

Here is my card for Day 1:

Paper Sweeties Design Team:

Come back tomorrow for more on Day #2!

For Following Challenges: 

Paper Sweeties Blessings!

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My Kind of Peep

Thursday, March 8, 2018

A quick and simple card using a cute stamp from Lawn Fawn's current release...

Good Morning, again!

I almost forgot to post/share a card I made for the CAS(E) This Sketch challenge ---


I embossed the wonky stitched square die on the card base and then stamped the border stamps.  The chick border is from the new Lawn Fawn set, Simply Celebrate, stamped in Catherine Pooler Midnight ink and colored with Copies.  The ladder border stamp is from Catherine Pooler set, The World Awaits also stamped in Midnight.  I stamped a sentiment from the Simon Says set, You're My Kind of Peep, in the middle of the embossed die in Midnight and Pixie Dust.  To finish the look I added some clear and purple sequins.

PEEP Blessings!

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4 Crafty Chicks #393 - ATG + Bleach Technique Twist

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Good Morning Thursday!

Hope you having a good week, it's almost over!

I'm hostess today for the new challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks!

I like learning and doing different techniques in cardmaking.  I've done the bleach technique before but it's been a while so I thought it would be fun to head up a challenge using it.

There are several tutorials on how to do it, and there are even faux bleach techniques if you would rather have the look without dealing with actual bleach.  The finished projects with bleach don't smell like it, and if you use an aqua painter filled with bleach, it doesn't really have an odor.  Either way, it's a fun look.  Mine I did with an aqua painter, now a bleach painter.

STAMPS: Blooming Bunch (Studio Katia); Spring Bouquet (Avery Elle); Happy Birthday - "Spring Bouquet" (Avery Elle); Thinking of You "Hand Drawn Florals (Avery Elle).
PAPER: Neenah white cardstock, 80 lb; Pink Pirouette cardbase (Stampin'Up); backgrounds made from Catherine Pooler Inks.
INK: Peppermint Scrub, Rose Petals, Shea Butter (Catherine Pooler Inks); Champagne Mist All Purpose Ink (Tsukineko).
EXTRAS: Scalloped stitched frame (WPlus9); banner die (Reversed Confetti); Rounded rectangle die (WPlus9); Silver sequins; white pearl gems; white silk string.

I wound up making two cards for this week.  I had been playing around with my bleach-filled aqua painter and my first card was the rosy one.  I wasn't sure I was gong to use it as a couple bleach spots came out too much, but in the end I decided to use it as well.  

The first one I inked white cardstock with Rose Petals pink, then sponged around edges with Peppermint Scrub.  I used my emboss buddy before stamping the image in Rose Petals a couple times using my Misti, then quickly applied clear emboss powder.  Then I colored areas of the image with an aquapainter filled with bleach.  A couple spots came out a little much, but I decided to still finish the card and show it.  I finished it off with a Happy Birthday sentiment stamped in Rose Petals on Pink Pirouette cardstock with a frame of Peppermint scrub around it.  I mounted the whole thing on a Pink Pirouette card base.  I also added some sparkly paint to the middle of the flowers for a little more sparkle.

My second card I made a cardbase from Neenah 80 lb cardstock.  Then I inked up some white cardstock with Shea Butter ink by Catherine Pooler.  I did the same technique on this one, stamping in Shea Butter then embossing with clear powder before coloring part of the lilies with bleach.  I cut out the scalloped frame and coordinating inside frame, bumped up the inside frame and cut a banner for the sentiment out of the same Shea butter cardstock and stamped the sentiment several times in Shea Butter.  I added the pearls and string bow for finishing touches.

Be sure and stop by the Hen House and check out Leanne, Lori, Amy, Tangii and our March Guest, Angela's beautiful bleached projects.  Then, play along with us either just as Anything Goes or with the added Bleach Twist.  You have until Wednesday to play along!

Crafty Chick Blessings!

CAS Christmas ~ Holly

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Happy Weekend!

It's March, can you believe it?

 Today is also the first day of a brand new challenge
it's my debut as a member of the Design Team!
If you know the CAS Mix Up Challenge and CAS Watercolor Challenge then you'll like this challenge!

It's created and ran by the same gals ---

Loll & Bonnie!

I'm very honored and thrilled they asked me to be a part of the team!  I definitely have no excuse for not having any Christmas cards ready next Christmas being on 2 monthly Christmas challenges.

So onto the challenge --- 

This month the theme is HOLLY 

and of course

CAS - Clean and Simple.

The challenge begins on the 3rd of each month and ends on the 24th of the same month.  

So you have 21 days to play along!
For my card, I created some holly using the Faux Enamel technique.  Some of us have been playing around with that technique just seeing how it is.  I posted an earlier card with a heart on it made with this technique.  Bonnie Klass and I got together one day recently to try this technique more 

We found the technique in this tutorial to work the best for us.   I cut the leaves and berries from thin chipboard that Bonnie had on the Big Shot.  I had some thick chipboard but we found it too thick for the Big Shot, so I will find another use for that. I used some old emboss powders I bought years ago at Michaels, light and dark green and added in some WOW fine gold emboss powder.  I also sprinkled on some iridescent glitter to stick and some course white emboss powder.  I used red and the course white emboss powder for the berries. 

I kept everything else white besides the holly and the sentiment.  I used a woodgrain emboss folder by Sizzix on the front of my cardbase and popped up a scalloped stitched tag by Poppy Stamps on top where I affixed the holly.  The sentiment is from "Lovely Blessings" by CAS-ual Fridays which I stamped in Versamark and embossed with the same WOW fine gold emboss powder.

Now go check out the rest of the team's projects at CAS Christmas and play along with us each month and stack up those Christmas cards before next Christmas!

CAS Christmas Blessings!

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