6/17/2018

CAS Christmas Card June Challenge - winter wishes

Today's post is a reminder of the CAS Christmas Card June Challenge.
Our talented designer, Christine, is hosting the challenge, and the theme is Masculine. We have Bobby as a guest designer.



Here's what I made:



I made a few blue/green Alcohol Ink acetate backgrounds. Unfortunately, I ruined two of them when I heat-embossed them. The acetate sheets I used were heat-resistant, but I heated them too long. I should have stopped as soon as the embossing powder melted. They quickly warped. They were heat-resistant but not heat-proof...😢

Anyway, there was only one acetate piece left, so I carefully heat-embossed the trees on it. Whew! Third time's the charm!
Then I matted the piece with red cardstock and layered it under the gray front panel. The sentiment was heat-embossed in red.

To darken the sky, I used Teakwood (alcohol ink), for the first time. The Indigo turned almost black and I liked the result.




The challenge closes on June 24th, so if you need masculine cards to send this winter, it's a great opportunity to prepare them now and play along with us.
There's a lot of inspiration on the challenge blog, so please check it out!




Stamp: Tree image included in Alcohol Ink Kit (Ranger)
Paper: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Core'dinations Basic Gray (Stampin' Up!), Embossable Window Plastic (Judi Kins)

Ink:
VersaMark (Tsukineko)
, Alcohol Ink (Stream, Indigo, Teakwood)
Accessories: Stitched Rectangles (Simon Says Stamp), Embossing Powder (White - Hero Arts, Cherry Cobbler - Stampin' Up!)

6/13/2018

CAS Watercolour June Challenge - happy birthday

I've been wanting to try the Embedded Brushos Technique since I saw this beautiful card in Loll's blog last month, so I tried it for the CAS Watercolour June Challenge
Bonnie is hosting the challenge this month and the theme is Ocean. It's getting pretty hot where I live, so this theme is perfect for the season!




Here's my card:



I followed the Loll's detail instruction exactly. The first pull was a bit too bright, so I went on to the second pull. I inserted a second piece of watercolor paper, spritzed the inside top of the embossing folder, closed the lid, and ran it through the Big Shot. I liked the second pull better for this card. 
I trimmed the watercolor paper and pasted it on the black card base. The sentiment was gold heat-embossed.


I like that the card has a black kimono feel to it. I wish I had this gorgeous kimono! 😉



Thanks for checking in!



Stamp: Birthday Builder (Altenew)
Paper: Watercolor Paper (Arches Hot Press - 140 lb), Basic Black (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Brusho (Turquoise, Sea Green, Purple), VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Accessories:
Embossing Folder (Seaside - Stampin' Up!), Embossing Powder (Gold - Hero Arts)

6/09/2018

CAS Mix Up June Challenge - hello

Another fun challenge at the CAS Mix Up Challenge this month!
Loll is hosting the challenge and the theme is Layered Embossing Powders.




I've been wanting to try the Encrusted Jewel Technique since my DH bought me a small electric griddle for crafting use a few months ago! I finally got to use the griddle and made this card.

Layered Embossing Powders + Stamping + Die-cutting
 

First, I die-cut the feathers from a chip board, and placed them on a piece of parchment paper. I sprinkled Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE) and heated it on the griddle. When the UTEE started melting, I added White Mica and Shaved Ice Fragments. When everything was melted, I took it off from the griddle and let it cool.

I made a frame impression using dies and an embossing mat. 
I wanted to use glitter embossing powder for the swirl and the sentiment. So they were first stamped with mint green ink to give a cohesive base to the glitter embossing powder, and then with VersaMark for heat-embossing.


Thanks for the fun challenge, Loll! And thank you, Jane and the Design Team, for creating the wonderful sample cards! 


Stamp: Lacy & Lovely (Stampin' Up!), Cute Snowflakes (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper: Whisper White (Stampin' Up!), Chip Board
Ink: Pool Party (Stampin' Up!), VersaMark (Tsukineko)

Accessories:
Die-namics Elegant Rectangles STAX (My Favorite Things), Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (Clear - Ranger), White Mica Fragments, Shaved Ice Fragments (Stampendous!), Embossing Powder (Whirlpool Embossing Glitter - Wow!), Sequins (Peacock Feathers - Pretty Pink Posh), Thin 3D Foam Squares (Scrapbook Adhesives), Embossing pad (Spellbinders)

6/03/2018

CAS Christmas Card June Challenge - a very merry christmas

We've hit the half way mark of 2018. Time flies, doesn't it?

The CAS Christmas June Challenge is Masculine, hosted by Christine (It's a Card Day's Night). And we have a talented Guest Designer, Bobby (Bits & Pieces).



When I thought about "masculine" in winter, the first thing that came to my mind was a flannel shirt. Maybe because my dad often wore a flannel shirt in winter when I was a kid.



I made a piece of pattern paper using the plaid background stamps. I used Champagne for the thick borders and Green and Red for the stripes to make it Christmasy.
I die-cut the ragged frame and the buck, and layered them. Finally I stamped the sentiment in Champagne pigment ink and clear heat-embossed it.


The challenge is open until June 24th. Check out the great samples our Design Team and Bobby made here and play along with us!









Stamp: Plaid Background Stamp Set (Concord & 9th), Wishing You (Stampin' Up!)
Paper: Specialty Paper (Spicy Yogurt - Altenew), Very Vanilla, Early Espresso (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Encore Ultimate Metallic (Chamapne - Tsukineko), Real Red, Garden Green (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories: Dies (Deckled Rectangles Large - Spellbinders,
Cut and Emboss - Recollections), Embossing Powder (Clear - Hero Arts), Thin 3D Foam Squares (Scrapbook Adhesives)

5/28/2018

Happy Mother's Day!

I'm posting a card I made a few weeks ago. I was away from home earlier this month, so I'm finally getting caught up with things including posting the cards I made. 

My mother-in-law moved into our house last month and we really enjoy living with her.  I'm pretty quiet at home, so her cheerful laughter brightens up our house.

I made a card for her for Mother's Day.



I stenciled the sun rays and die-cut the sun and MOM letters. The sun and the last letter, M, were popped up with foam tape.
I wanted to make the sentiment special, so I made it using a computer and printed it on the front panel.


I'm glad that she liked the card. 😊

Thanks for visiting me today! 


Paper: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight,
Dazzling Diamond Glimmer Paper (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:
Daffodil Delight (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:
Warp Speed Stencil, Inline Alpha Die (Altnew), Die-namics Radiant Sun, A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX (My Favorite Things), Thin 3D Foam Squares (Scrapbook Adhesives)