Saturday, October 22, 2016

Modern Floral Die Cut Card

Hi there! Today I'm sharing a card I CASEd from Ardyth over at Time Out Challenges:

Red, black, green and gold, what a bold color combination! I've used these colors to make Christmas cards before, but certainly haven't tried them on a floral card. You can see that my card is indeed very similar to Ardyth's card: I CASEd the layout, black frame, gold splatters and even the thanks sentiment. My only twist is that I've changed all the stamped images into die cuts!

I added a generous amount of wink of stella to the sentiment and some of the flower die cuts. Just love how the gold sparkles match with the gold sequins. I've also coated the sentiment with glossy accent for some extra shine and dimension. I hope you liked today's contemporary card, and thanks so much for stopping by!

Challenges Entered:

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Belly Band Card ft. STAMPlorations

I'm guest designing at STAMPlorations, and this month's Theme & Sketch challenge theme is Stamps & Sponging. I decided to make a CAS encouragement card using STAMPloration's Amazing Word Die and some distress inks (Abandoned Coral, Wild Honey, Peacock Feathers). The colors were inspired by the graphic shown below. I also wanted to capture the foggy neon light feel, so instead of sponging and saturating the entire white belly band with colors, I left some of the edges white. 

Now what's different about this encouragement card is that it not only has an upbeat sentiment, it also has a hidden one. Pulling off the belly band will reveal the sentiment. We all know that sometimes other people, maybe a boss or an ex-girlfriend, just don't see and appreciate how amazing a person really is. I hope this card will lighten their heart when they're feeling down, and feel a little more confident about themselves, too!

Challenges Entered:
Word Art Wednesday / STAMPlorations: CAS / STAMPlorations: ATG

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Spooky Ghost Cat ft. Mama Elephant

When I saw CASology's Spooky theme for this week, I immediately thought about this little cat ghost image from Mama Elephant's Meowlloween Extras set. I decided to keep the sketch and the color scheme very very simple. So it might not seem that interesting at first glance, but wait until the night comes...

Boo! Now tell me that isn't spooky ;) That's right, he glows in the dark! I've always wanted to try out Wow's Glow in the Dark embossing powder, and this is the perfect chance. The effect is pretty good, and it's definitely a lot of fun to play with. 

The sentiments are also from this set. I can't stop laughing at the (be very afraid) sentiment. It's so darn adorable! I've also added his brows so that he looks like he's determined and ready to give you a scare. (haha!) I hope you have enjoyed this cute, spooky card, and thanks for stopping by!

Challenges Entered: 
CASology: Spooky / Word Art Wednesday / Dies R Us: Fall (including Halloween)

Witch Girl Halloween Card ft. The Greeting Farm

I was so pleased with the outcome of my little Halloween deer that I decided to experiment more with my stamps. And I just love how it turned out!

I have this darling set called "My Sunshine" from The Greeting Farm, and I decided to dress the girl up with a cute Halloween costume. 

I bought so many halloween stamps last year it's kinda crazy. But that also means I have more options to mix and match my stamps with. For today's card I'm using the witch hat from Lawn Fawn's Booyah set and the broom from Mama Elephant's Meowlloween set. 

After some masking I was able to turn her into a cute witch. I just love how she's holding one of her arms out like she's holding the broom. The images match so perfectly you can barely tell that they come from three different stamp sets. I've colored her with several Distress inks. The specific colors I used are listed below: 
Witch hat & Dress: Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord, Black Soot, Mustard Seed
Hair: Rusty Hinge
Skin: Tattered Rose, Scattered Straw
Broom: Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo
Blush: Abandoned Coral

I love using Lawn Fawn's Milo's ABCs set to create your own sentiments. Here I did a punny one: "Witch you a Happy Halloween". I have yet another Halloween card to show you (yes, I know, I can't seem to stop) that is a little different in style. So stay tuned! And thanks for stopping by!

Challenges Entered: 
CASology: Spooky / AAA Cards #75 (I've used all the colors except blue) / Marker Pop: Halloween

Sugar Pea Mix It Up: #18 (NL) / The Greeting Farm: Spooky Fun / Cards und More: Watercolor

Word Art Wednesday

Oh Deer Halloween Birthday Card ft. The Greeting Farm

The Greeting Farm released a bunch of cute Halloween stamps a while ago, and they would totally fit in this month's FFF challenge theme: Spooky Fun. I don't have these sets yet, however, so I decided to mix and mask some of my stamps to create my own halloween creatures. I'm mixing quite a few stamp sets today: Wood Friends (deer) from The Greeting Farm, Booyah (witch hat) and Milo's ABC (bottom sentiment) from Lawn Fawn, and Meowlloween Extras (top sentiment & word bubble) from Mama Elephant.

To start off, I stamped the witch hat onto masking paper and fussy cut it. Then I did some stamping on scrap paper to determine how I want to position the hat on the deer's head. It is at this point when I realized that even with a stamp reference, there's still a chance that I'll stamp something different than what I've planned. So I came up with an idea to recreate my stamped image: First of all I fussy cut the deer image I've stamped earlier. Then I placed the deer mask on the cardstock. This way I can easily line up the image with my clear stamp and pick it up with the plastic door of my mini Misti. 

After removing the deer mask and stamping the hat with black ink, I covered the image with the witch hat mask. Then I aligned the hat part on the deer mask with the witch hat mask, and placed my deer stamp on top. After I've picked my stamp up with Misti's door and removed only the deer mask, I stamped the deer. And voila! Here's my perfectly stamped little deer.

I then colored my deer with several Distress inks. The specific colors I've used are listed below:
 Deer: Carved Pumpkin, Wild Honey
Witch Hat: Seedless Preserves, Black Soot, Mustard Seed
Blush: Abandoned Coral
I've also added a generous amount of wink of stella on his hat. 

The sentiments are stamped in strips of cardstock. Even though gray is not included in the AAA Card's pinwheel inspiration photo, I was inspired by the polka dot pattern and thought it would add some interest to this CAS card. To match the shimmer on the deer's hat, I adhered a strip of silver glitter tape between the two sentiments. I really like how this card turned out, and I love to stretch the use of my stamps by combining them to create new images. I hope you feel inspired and have enjoyed looking at my creation. Have a wonderful day!

Challenges Entered:
CAS(E) This Sketch #194 / CASology: Spooky / AAA Cards #75

Cards und More: Watercolor / The Greeting Farm: Spooky Fun
STAMPlorations: CAS / Word Art Wednesday / Marker Pop #106: Halloween

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

CAS Fall Trees Card

I was inspired by Marker Pop's color challenge graphic (featured below), and decided to create this CAS card. The stamp set I'm using today is Totally Trees from Stampin' Up. I like how there are complimentary shape block stamps for every tree. They definitely make it effortless to create this watercolored look! I've stamped with Carved Pumpkin, Barn Door and Mustard Seed distress inks. The stamped images are super splotchy, but then I used my water brush to move the ink around, fill in the white spaces and everything came together. For the rest of the card I used a dark brown pigment ink pad.   
There aren't any sentiments in this set so I decided to use the ones in Mama Elephant's Pix's Favorite set. The autumn colors inspired me to make it into a Thanksgiving card, hence the "Thank you" sentiment. The "for being there" sentiment kinda reminds me of The Giving Tree, which ties back to my tree images.

After I finished all the stamping, I felt like this card needed a little extra something. I thought about adding some gold sequins but they are a bit too bold and I wanted to keep this super CAS. So I decided to flick my wink of stella for some subtle shine. I really like the simplicity and warmth of this card, and I hope you've enjoyed it, too! 

Challenges Entered: