CAS(E) this Sketch #239 - happy birthday

My friend's birthday is coming up, so I made this card for her this weekend.

I got design inspiration from Donna's sketch for CAS(E) this Sketch (#239).

I love the floral die set and the happy birthday sentiment die I recently got. They're versatile, and I can think of many ways to use them.

I basically die-cut a bunch of cardstock and layered the pieces. Then I spattered gold perfect pearl on the vellum. 

I'm linking up my card to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge (clean & simple) too.
Thanks for looking!

Paper: Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Calypso Coral, Peekaboo Peach, Vellum
 (Stampin' Up!)
AccessoriesFantasy Floral Die Set (Altenew), Handlettered Happy Birthday Wafer Dies (Simon Says Stamp), Die-namics Mod Rectangle STAX (My Favorite Things) Perfect Pearl (Gold - Ranger)


Interactive Birthday Card

I haven't made an interactive card since my little friends went back to Japan in June. (Kids love interactive cards, don't they?) So I made this card thinking about them today.

This is a combination of a shaker card and a slider/spinning card. I thought it would be a doubly fun birthday card.

The birthday sentiment background and the edges of the card base were heat-embossed in clear, so the color of the Grapesicle cardstock turned darker and shinier.

The shaker birthday wheel was die-cut with Birthday Centerpieces and Stitched Circle STAX. I placed the stitched circle die outside the BD Centerpieces, and die-cut the cardstock at one shot. This way, the die-cut circle looks cleaner than dividing the die-cutting process.


I put a round piece of vellum behind the wheel so that the sentiment is easier to read. I also adhered a piece of acetate behind the wheel and made a shaker component.

I'm entering the card in My Favorite Things' Card Design Superstar Contest (Innovation Master Category).

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp: BG Happy Birthday Background (My Favorite Things)
Smooth White, Grapesicle, Razzle Berry, Translucent Vellum (My Favorite Things)
VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Die-namics Birthday Centerpieces, Stitched Circle STAX, Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle STAX, Balloon Shaker Window & Frame, Surf & Turf  (My Favorite Things), Spin & Slide Discs  (My Favorite Things), Super Fine Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger), Sequins & Silver Shimmer Seed Beads (Pretty Pink Posh), Acetate Sheet (Hot Off the Press), Foam Tape (3M)


CAS Mix Up Challenge - thanks

I'm playing along with the CAS Mix Up September Challenge today. Thank you, Bonnie, for hosting the challenge this month!

After watching the tutorial videos provided on the challenge site, I tried watercolour wash with red orchre, and made this card.

I heat-embossed the leaf image and the sentiment (thanks) on the front panel, and stamped the rest of the sentiment on the card base. I masked the leaves and the sentiment, and spattered a little of gold perfect pearl. The front panel was framed with dark brown cardstock, and raised with foam tape.

I really liked this fall color combination - red ochre, dark brown, and ivory (it looks pretty white in the pictures though).

Thanks for looking!

Stamp: Lovely as a Tree, Endless Thanks (Stampin' Up!)
Paper: Canson Watercolor Paper (140 lb), Naturals White, Early Espresso (Stampin' Up!)
Gansai Tambi (Kuretake), Early Espresso (Stampin' Up!), VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Die-namics Stitched Rectangle STAX (Favorite Things), Embossing Powder (Early Espresso - Stampin' Up!), Perfect Pearl (Gold - Ranger), Foam Tape (3M)


CAS(E) this Sketch #238 - i'm here for you

A friend of mine has been having a tough time, so I made this card to encourage her.

I got the design inspiration from Leigh's pretty sketch for this week's CAS(E) this Sketch!

I made a DIY stencil using the color drop dies and a piece of acetate sheet. Then I applied glimmer paste over the stencil. I really liked the shimmery and subtle effect. The cloud's shapes and colors are peeking through the drops.
The clouds were stenciled with Distress Oxide Ink. I also used Distress Oxide Inks for coloring the die-cut heart and stamping the sentiment to match the ink tones.

I die-cut the front panel with a Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX die to soften the look of the straight edges, and raised the panel with foam tape.

I'm entering my card in My Favorite Things' Card Design Superstar Contest too.

Thanks for visiting!

Stamp: Essential Sentiments (My Favorite Things)
Smooth White (My Favorite Things)
Distress Oxide Ink (Broken China, Abandoned Coral, Walnut Stain - Ranger)
Accessories: Die-namics Color Drops STAX, Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX, Mini Mail (My Favorite Things), Mini Cloud Edges Stencil (My Favorite Things), Nuvo Glimmer Paste (Moon Stone - Tonic Studio), Acetate Sheet (Hot Off the Press)


CAS Watercolour Card Challenge - happy birthday

I've been looking forward to the CAS Watercolour September Challenge since the August entry link-up closed!
This month's challenge is Silhouette. What fun!

I love Altenew's vintage roses stamp set, and I used it for making silhouettes for my card.

I thought it would be interesting to use a "not-very-pretty" color embossing powder for the pretty roses, so I chose pewter. It turned out that the roses got a "vintage" look as the stamp set name says.

Here's a tip to arrange small elements (roses & leaves) and keep the arrangement from falling apart:
- Stamp the roses and the leaves on card stock and die cut them.
- Adjust the positions of the die-cuts as you like.
- Once you're happy with the arrangement, put a piece of Press 'n Seal over the die-cuts and press them so that they stick to the Press 'n Seal. They won't easily move around any more. I learned this technique from Jennifer McGuire's blog.

- You place the stamps on the die-cut images, and you can get the stamped/heat-embossed images exactly the way you want. (Misti is useful for this kind of work.)

It required a few rounds of masking and heat-embossing to make the silhouettes, but it was totally worth it!

Actually, I made another card (pic below), but I overworked the watercolor background, and the surface of the watercolor paper got a little frayed. So I chose the carmine red one to link up to the challenge site.


Thanks for dropping by! 

Stamp: Vintage Roses (Altenew), Create a Cupcake (Stampin' Up!)
Paper: Canson Watercolor Paper (140 lb), Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Gansai Tambi (Kuretake), VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Embossing Powder (Pewter - Stampin' Up!), Die-namics Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX (My Favorite Things)