Saturday, October 1, 2016

Ghosted Leaves for CAS Mix Up and a New CAS Challenge

This is a long post but there's some fun and exciting news contained herein.

But I'm going to save that for the end.

For now here is this month's CAS Mix Up Challenge
and my card
I used Stamping, Ghosting and Sponging

The Design Team has some awesome inspiration and we're joined this month by
Mac Mable (The Sweetest of Peas) who was our Monthly Pick for August
with this lovely card.

There are several ways to do the ghosting technique and there are video links at CAS Mix Up.

I used the Bleach without Bleach by France Martin (12:29) technique for this card.

First I sponged lots of ink on a piece of Neena cardstock.

Next I spritzed a leaf stamp with Stampin' Mist and pressed it down on the sponged piece.

I repeated the process several times using different leaf stamps.

I pretty much CASEd Frenchie's design.

Because the stamps weren't true silhouette stamps they left the ghosted imprint
of the outline and some lightening inside but still left some color.
I loved that look!

I cut down the panel and have another piece left over.
(That piece didn't turn out as well and may be in the bin before long.)

I don't know what happened to the sentiment.  I stamped it with Always Artichoke ink
and it was much darker when it was first stamped.  When I went back later, the ink had lightened considerably.  I had removed the stamp from the MISTI so I decided it was best to leave it alone.

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Now on to EXCITING NEWS!!


We are having a Design Team Call for CAS Mix Up.  The DT call runs from October 1st - 15th. Are you interested on being on the CAS Mix Up Design Team??  Check out the requirements on the CAS Mix Up Blog.  Good luck everyone!

MORE EXCITING NEWS!!

Loll and I are excited to announce a new card challenge ---
 CAS Watercolour Card Challenge.


We had trouble deciding between a mixed media or watercoloring challenge earlier in the year.
Mixed media won out then.
But our love of watercoloring on cards was still pulling on us and we're excited to
finally launch this new challenge.
 We hope you like the idea and want to join in.



The challenge starts today.  Future challenges will begin on the 2nd of every month. The challenge is to create a CAS (Clean and Simple) Watercoloured card following the theme each month.
There is a new challenge starting today ... a "sister" challenge to CAS Mix Up.  

Click HERE to check out CAS Watercolour Card Challenge.

Our first challenge is

Here's a little something I whipped up for this challenge
I used a NBUS Verve stamp and watercolored with an Aqua Painter and ink pads.

MORE EXCITING NEWS!!
We are having a Design Team Call for CAS Watercolour Card Challenge.  The DT call runs from October 1st - 15th. Are you interested on being on the CAS Watercolour Design Team??  Check out the requirements on the CAS Watercolour Blog.  Good luck everyone!


If you're interested check out the details at
and 

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!




Card Recipe (CAS Mix Up)
Stamps:  Vintage Leaves (SU), Beautiful Butterflies (PTI)
Ink:   Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, Old Olive, Always Artichoke
Paper:   Very Vanilla (SU), Solar White (Neena 110 lb.), Core'dinations
Other:  Stampin' Sponge, Stampin' Mist, Linen Thread (all SU), Fun Foam

Card Recipe (CAS Watercolour Card Challenge)
Stamps:  Bountiful Harvest, Happy Fall (Verve)
Ink:  Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry, Mossy Meadow, Soft Suede, Chocolate Chip, Baked Brown Sugar, Sahara Sand, Soft Sky (SU)
Paper: Mixed Media (Strathmore)
Other:  Aqua Painter, Paper String (TH)

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Sunny Pair Two Ways and Exciting News



I had this stamp out for the inside of a sunflower card we did in class last week.

Before I put it up, I stamped it on piece of watercolor paper
and watercolored it with my Zigs and an Aqua Painter.

After coloring the flowers, I did a light wash in the background, then
randomly stamped with a script stamp and small butterfly.

Here's another that's a little more of a loose look.

I got some blooms where I didn't really want them.  That's the thing with watercolor.
You never know what to expect!  That's one thing that I love about it!

I used my MISTI to ink just the petals and moved the color around with an Aqua Painter.
Then I stamped the petals again over top of the painting.

I did the same thing with the stems and leaves.

Then I did the center.

Finally, I used the wet on wet technique to do the wash (and bloom).

NATURE
is still open so I'm going to share these cards over there.
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AND NOW FOR
EXCITING NEWS!!

There is a new challenge starting on October 1... a "sister" challenge to CAS Mix Up.  

Click HERE to check out CAS Watercolour Card Challenge.

Come join the fun!!

See you on October 1st for the first CAS Watercolour challenge!


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!



Card Recipe (Card 1)
Stamps:  Sunny Pair, Snippets, Happy Snippets (all PB), Thinking of You (HLS)
Ink:   Archival Black (Ranger), Chocolate Chip (SU)
Paper:   Chocolate Chip (SU), Distress Watercolor (TH)
Other:  Zigs (Yellow, Orange, Med. Green, Mid Brown), Aqua Painter, Stately EF (Craft Concepts)

Card Recipe (Card 2)
Stamps: Sunny Pair, Enjoy (PB)
Paper:  Solar White (Neena 110 lb.), Mixed Media (Strathmore)
Ink: Distress Markers (Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Gathered Twigs
Other:  MISTI, Water Spritzer


Monday, September 26, 2016

Pink and Silver for Merry Monday

It's Merry Monday time again.


This week's challenge is brought to us by Kristie.
Thank you for coming back to be our Guest Designer, Kristie.
We miss you.

Our marbling challenge is over at CAS Mix Up, but I had the perfect marbled piece to use.
I cut a frame and popped it up on top of the part cut out.

The solid ornament was die cut from a snippet of Brusho background
and the silver swirls were die cut from foil.
(They really are silver not black. Silly camera!)

I love the soft look of this card!

Check out what the rest of the Design Team has done and then I hope you'll join us at
Merry Monday

and I can take my snippets over to
Pixie's Snippet Playground.

and we can't forget
Rudolph Days
where anything Christmas goes from the 25th to the 30th.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!



Card Recipe
Stamps:  Holiday Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Encore Silver
Paper:   Solar White (Neena 110 lb.), Pink Pirouette, Silver Foil (SU), Marbled and Brusho backgrounds
Other:  Swirl Ornament and Classic Ornament dies (MB), Kars Snowflake EF (retired Cuttlebug), Double Stitch Frame (MFT)


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Last Marbled Card...for now


There's still a few hours to enter at CAS Mix Up

This is another marbled piece I made with shaving cream and re-inkers.  
This time just one color of re-inker.
I love all the white space!

I just stamped this Penny Black stamp and sentiment with Archival black in.

A very quick and easy CAS card!

The challenge is open until the 24th.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!



Card Recipe
Stamps:  Softly, Special Wishes (both PB)
Ink:   Archival Black (Ranger)
Paper:  Solar White (Neena 110 lb.), Daffodil Delight 
Other:  Shaving Cream, Daffodil Delight Re-inker (SU), Charles EF (Cuttlebug)


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Marbling and Daisies

Using Stamping, Marbling with Shaving Cream, Die Cutting, Shaped Die Cuts, Marker Layering

The flowers were die cut 3 times and one pair was cut apart.

I colored them with Distress Markers using a

Marker Layering Technique and shaped them.
Some tiny bits of dimensionals behind the petals 
help to keep the shape.

This month's CAS Mix Up

Challenge is open until the 24th.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Friendship Messages (SSS)
Ink:  StazOn Timber Brown, Distress Markers (Squeeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed< Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Gathered Twigs) 
Paper:  Solar White (Neena 110 lb.) 
Other:  Shaving Cream, Re-inkers (SU Wild Wasabi, Marina Mist), Basic Bookmark 3 Die (PTI), Fresh Daisies Die (SSS), Rainstones (PTI)




Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Marbled Butterflies


Have you tried marbling your paper yet?

I have had the messiest best time doing this technique.

I've got a story to tell of this card.

I needed a sympathy card and pulled this out of my stash.
It had a stamped and cut out cross on it.
But the color of the cross looked off compared to the card base.
(I'm sure I used the same color ink as card but I'm thinking maybe not!)

I didn't feel like I could send it like that so I pulled the cross of the card
and put it aside for another day.

I wasn't sure what to put on the embossed piece.

Since our challenge this month at CAS Mix Up is Marbling,
I had several pieces on hand from my play with shaving cream and re-inkers.

So I die cut these little butterflies from a piece of marbled paper and
put them on the card.

But wait!  Where in the world am I to put some stamping?

A NBUS stamp set from Technique Tuesday caught my eye.
I wanted something subtle so I stamped with some VersaMark ink.

And I loved it!

I hope you do too.

So I used Stamping, Marbling, Die Cuts and Dry Embossing.

There's still time to join us at
CAS Mix Up



Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!



Card Recipe
Stamps:  Wildflowers (TT)
Ink:   VersaMark
Paper:   Baja Breeze, Whisper White (SU), Coated paper for marbling
Other:  Shaving Cream, Marina Mist Re-inker (SU), Isabella and Pippi Butterfly Dies (MB), Basic Pearls (SU), Square Lattice EF (retired SU)


Monday, September 19, 2016

Warm Mittens Merry Monday

Good Merry Monday morning!


This week Kathy has challenged us to make a Christmas card using something
that would keep us warm.


I recently bought the Cable Knit Embossing Folder that's in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog.

It made some warm looking punched mittens from snippets of red cardstock.

I used a snippet of velvet ribbon to the cuffs and
some snow swirling around.

Check out what the rest of the Design Team has done to make you feelwarm and cozy.
 Then I hope you'll join us at Merry Monday.


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!



Card Recipe
Stamps:  Oh, What Fun (SU)
Ink:   Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:   Real Red, Whisper White (SU)
Other:  Mitten Punch (retired SU), Cable Knit EF (SU), Velvet Ribbon (retired SU), Snowflake And Scroll EF (Darice), Bakers Twine ($1 bin)