Monday, October 16, 2017

Fall Leaf Thank You for CAS Watercolour Reminder

Hello friends.

Today I'm reminding you that there's still time to help us celebrate our first birthday at
CAS Watercolour

We are giving away prizes too.

Here's a card I did using a watercolor Fall leaf.

I die cut some leaves out of scraps of Arches Cold Press Watercolor Paper.

My watercolor was drops of re-inker picked up with my Water Brush and
dropped onto the wet die cuts.

When I was satisfied with the saturation of color, I set them aside to dry.

I recently had the pleasure of using a friends embossing folders and dies.
The embossed background was from that session.  I didn't see a name on the folder.
I would buy one if I could find it. Sigh....more enabling!

The dies for the thank you are from a place called Peachycheap.
Every morning I get an email from them with the offer of the day.
I try to resist, but sometimes.....

There are a few gold splatters on that leaf too.  I was a bit timid with them
because I had already ruined one leaf with splatters.
It's beneath this leaf to give it some more depth.

CAS Watercolour Challenge
is open until the 24th.

The Design Team is joined by our talented friend Marcia Hill.

There's lots of wonderful inspiration from the team and in the gallery.

I hope you'll check us out.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Paper:   Watercolor (Arches cold press), Neena, Gold Foil (SU)
Other:   SU Re-inkers (Tangerine Tango, Real Red), Word Dies (Peachycheap), Stitched Leaves Die (LF), Metallic Gold Paint 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

More Layered Stenciling for CAS Mix Up Reminder

Hi.  It's the 15th of the month already.

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

Julia is hosting this month and here's our fun challenge.
I used stamping, layered stenciling, heat embossing, masking, sponging and die cuts

I started by masking and sponging some Distress Ink on a card front.

Then I laid the star stencil on top and used some metallic gold creme through it.

When it was completely dry, I laid the Falling Snow stencil over the top and
added embossing paste.  While the paste was still wet, I sprinkled
Dazzling Diamond glitter over the top and shook off the excess.

My mask slipped and I had a pretty bad smudge on the top, so it sat there for a few days.

I decided to cut the sponging out and placed it on some gold foil for a border.

I realized I didn't have any stamping, so I had to do some head scratching to
 figure out how to finish this card and fit the challenge.

You can see how I solved that problem.

You can also see some, but not all, of the shine.

Oh, and I die cut the JOY 3 times so it would stand out.

Another Christmas card for the stash!

Since I used snippets of gold foil for the Joy, I can make a quick trip to
Pixie's Snippet Playground

Be sure to check out what the rest of our talented Design Team and Guest Designer have done.

I hope you'll join us at
CAS Mix Up!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps: Holly Jolly Greetings (SU)
Ink:  Blueprint Sketch (DI), Encore Gold
Paper:  Neena, Gold Foil (SU)
Other:  Stars Shimmer Stencil (MB), Metallic Gold Modellier Creme (Viva), Falling Snow Stencil (SSS), Embossing Paste (WV), Greetings Die (PB), Dazzling Diamonds (SU)

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Jingle All the Way for Merry Monday


It's been a crazy, busy week but I just had to squeeze out a few minutes to do a card for
Merry Monday.

Debbie is hosting this week and she gave us a sketch to follow.

I used some pieces from a card we did in class this week.

My sentiment is on top and Santa isn't jumping on the presents, but I think it 
follows the sketch pretty closely.

Well, it has the right number of elements!

Here's the card we did in class.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Jingle All the Way (MFT)
Ink:   Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:   Real Red, Garden Green, Whisper White (SU)
Other:  Sharpie Markers, Jingle Al the Way Dies (MFT), Kars Snowfall EF (retired Cuttlebug), Brick EF (Szx), Wonky Rectangle Dies (Splbndr), Flower Soft

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Oh Christmas Tree


I meant to post this Friday, but things kept cropping up
and it didn't happen.  All good stuff though, so I'm not complaining.

I'm almost late for Merry Monday where Deanne is hosting this week.

Or should I say, last week?

I have set a goal to clean out my Christmas UFO box this year.

The emboss resist tree was tucked away in there and so was the dry embossed piece of green.

I rounded the corners with a punch and added some iridescent foil dots for decorations.

It looked like a tag to me, so I added a snippet of curled seam binding to the top.

Another Christmas card for the stash.

Since I used some snippets here, I'm going to skip over to
Pixie's Snippet Playground

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Snowswirled (retired SU), Holiday Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Pear Pizzazz (SU)
Paper:   Neena, Old Olive, Whisper White
Other:  White EP, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Iridescent dots, Square Lattice EF (SU), Stately EF (Craft Concepts)

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Guest Designing for Inspired By All The Little Things

Hi there.

I'm so excited to share that my good friend Darnell invited me to
be a Guest Designer for Inspired By All The Little Things.
This is an inspiration challenge started by another
very talented friend, Lesley Croghan.

Of course I said yes!

Here's the challenge...

and here's my card...

My eyes immediately found those cream and rust colored mums.

Being a CAS girl, I chose to go with one and clear embossed the mum
on hot press watercolor paper.

I used watercolors and re-inkers to get some of the rust color in the mix.

I've got to tell you, I ended up with a hot mess!

So I tried stamping a different mum....several times.

Nothing was making me happy.

You know that feeling when it's just right?

Well it wasn't coming.

My eye kept going back to this hot mess and I had an eureka moment!

I didn't have to use the whole messy piece.

When I held a circle die over it, it didn't look half bad.

This made me happy.

Being a guest designer makes me happy.

And this will make my sister happy, come her anniversary.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Mum's the Word, Beautiful Butterflies (PTI)
Ink:   VersaMark, Cajun Craze (SU)
Paper:   Watercolor (Arches hot press), Rustic Cream (PTI), Chocolate Chip (SU)
Other:  Clear EP (SU), Double Stitched Circles Die (LI), Gansai Tambi Watercolor (Brown), Re-inker (Cajun Craze)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Wildflowers NBUS

Hi there.

I have used another NBUS stamp for
Darnell's NBUS Challenge
It's the last day of this challenge and I've got to say that not only is there an amazing gallery
of inspiration, but Darnell has made us laugh every day of this challenge.  And somehow in these
times and tragedies, we need to remember to add laughter along with the tears.
This is my 3rd and final entry.

Sadly or gladly there are still many more NBUS items in that box.

This one had been in there for a long time.

The flowers were stamped twice, the second time on a scrap.

After coloring both sets, with watercolor pencils and blending with a Blender Pen,
I fussy cut those on the scrap, shaped with a bone folder and
adhered over the others with dimensionals.
The picture doesn't show the dimension very well but they really stand out.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Wildflowers (C9), Papillon Potpourri (SU)
Ink:   Archival Black (Ranger)
Paper:   Basic Black, Whisper White (SU)
Other:  Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pen (SU), Bitty Butterfly Punch (SU), Stitched Rectangles (SSS), 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Fall Leaves for CAS Watercolour Again

Hello Friends.
Did you ever have one of those days when you wish you'd left well enough alone?
Today is one of those days for me.
Some of you saw a similar post earlier.
When I got on the computer this morning, I saw comments for my
CAS Watercolour Post.
I had scheduled it for AM instead of PM!

So I tried to fix it.
I should have just left it because I lost it and now I'm rewriting the post.
If you're confused, just know that I am more so!

It's a special month at CAS Watercolour
Wow this year has gone fast!

And we have Prizes

$25 Gift Certificate to Simon Says Stamp for Challenge Winner
$25 Gift Certificate to Simon Says Stamp for one random draw of all entries
 (must follow rules to be eligible for prizes)

Here's my card.

I used Loll's Tissue Paper Tutorial to watercolor, scrunch, glue and 
heat emboss with gold powder.

Here's a photo that shows more of the shine.

Now it's your turn.

I hope you'll watercolour some Fall Leaves and join us at

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Lighthearted Leaves (retired SU)
Ink:   VersaMark, Distress Ink (Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Seedless Preserves)
Paper:   Vanilla Thick (SU), White, Tissue
Other:  Leaflets Framelits (SU), Gold EP (SU), Leaves EF (Darice)