CAS Mix Up January Challenge - many thanks

We're halfway through this month and it's time for more inspiration for CAS Mix Up. The challenge for January is Bokeh.

Here's my card:

Using Bokeh Technique, Stenciling, Sponging, Watercoloring, Die-cutting, 
Heat-embossing, and Stamping

[How I made the card]
1. Die-cut circles in different sizes from a piece of acetate to make a DIY stencil.
2. Colored the watercolor paper with paints (Gansai Tambi) using the wet-on-wet technique.
3. Made sure the watercolored paper was completely dry and sponged the circles with white pigment ink using the DIY stencil to create a Bokeh effect. I made the smaller circles whiter. (*1)
4. Heat-embossed the sentiment in gold.
5. Die-cut a reef frame and layered it on the Bokeh panel.

*1. Contrasting both the size and the translucence/density of the bubbles seems to work well. This was a tip I got from Dawn's tutorial video on the challenge site.

I used Stenciling/Sponging as a technique, so I'm entering the card to the new CAS Stencil Card Challenge.

The CAS Mix Up Challenge is open until January 24th. Check out the wonderful samples our Designers and Viv made, and play along with us!

Stamp: Geometric Greenery (My Favorite Things)
Watercolor Paper (Arches Hot Press - 140 lb), Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Craft Ink (Whisper White - Stampin' Up!),
VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Paints: Gansai Tambi (#57 Turquoise Green, #62 Cobalt Blue, #67 Deep Blue, #39 Purple - Kuretake)
Dies (Reef Border and Frame - Hero Arts), Embossing Powder (Gold - Hero Arts), Connect Glue (Gina K)


CAS Chirstimas January Challenge - merry christmas

This month's CAS Christmas Challenge is hosted by the talented Christine, and she chose a great color combo, Blue and Silver, as the challenge.

Here's my card:

[How I made the card]
1. Silver heat-embossed the sentiment and the baubles on a dot framed card panel.
2. Sponged the baubles with 3 shades of blue Distress Ink.
3. Made a mask using a post-it note and stenciled the patterns on the 2 baubles with Blueprint Sketch.

4. Added a rhinestone to the left bauble, drew stripes with Nuvo drops (glitter white) on the center bauble, and added Nuvo drops (white blizzard) onto the pattern of the right bauble.
5. Glued the silver thread to connect the baubles.
6. Sponged the edges of the card base with Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch and adhered the front panel to it.

The challenge is open until January 24th.

I made the baubles patterns by sponging the stencil, so I'm sharing the card with our new CAS Challenge, CAS Stencil Challenge.

Thanks for visiting me today!


: Layered Lights (STAMPlorations)

Paper: White Linen (Ellen Hutson), Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Distress Ink (Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch - Ranger)

Accessories: Die (Dotted Rectangles - Sizzix), Stencil (
Circular Lace - Simon Says Stamp), Nuvo Crystal Drops (Gloss White) Nuvo Glitter Drops (White Blizzard), Silver Metallic Thread, Rhinestone (Stampin' Up!), Connect Glue (Gina K)


CAS Watercolour January Challenge - sending warm fuzzies

This month's CAS Watercolour Challenge is hosted by the talented Susan Bridgman, and she chose Winter as the challenge.

Here's my Winter card:

[How I made the card]
1. Watercoloured the paper with the Dark Pink and Orange paints to make a background.
2. White heat-embossed the sentiment on the background.
3. Die-cut the oval window from the white front panel and pasted it on the background.
4. Punched out the mittens from a piece of white cardstock and pasted them on the felt. Fussy-cut the felt mittens. (*1)
5. Colored the white snowflake sequins with light blue and pasted them on the mittens. Also adhered the tiny clear sequins to the mittens.
6. Arranged the position of the mittens first and then attached the silver thread on the card front with glue dots.
7. Glued the mittens onto the card front.


*1: I wanted to use felt mittens for the card. I had a mitten punch, but not mitten dies. I knew that the punch wouldn't cut felt cleanly, so that's why I glued the punched out mitten-shape paper on the felt and fussy-cut the felt along the outline of the mitten. I'm glad that the shape was simple enough to fussy-cut it! :-)

The challenge is open until January 24th.

Thanks for visiting me today!

Stamp: Everyday Sayings (Hero Arts)
Watercolor Paper (Canson - 140lb), Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
VersaMark (Tsukineko), Alcohol Marker (Pool Party Light - Stampin' Up!)
Paint: Gansai Tambi (#34 Dark Pink, #33 Orange - Kuretake) 
Accessories: Die-namics Inside & Out Stitched Oval STAX (My Favorite Things), Mitten Builder Punch (Stampin' Up!), Embossing Powder (White - Hero Arts), Frosted Sequins (Stampin' Up!), Clear Sequins (3 mm - Pretty Pink Posh), Silver Metallic Thread (Stampin' Up!), Micro Glue Dots, Connect Glue (Gina K)


CAS Mix Up January Challenge - happy new year

Happy New Year, everyone!
Wishing you another healthy and crafty year!
I'm looking forward to chatting with you online in 2019! 😊

The CAS Mix Up Challenge starts the year with a wonderful challenge hosted by our very talented Designer, Nancy. Our wonderful Guest Designer for this month is Viv (Viv's Visuals).

This will be Nancy's last month to be on the CAS Mix Up Designer Team. Thank you so much for your inspiration every month, Nancy! We will miss you so much.

She chose "Bokeh" as the challenge for this month.

 Here's what I made:

Using Bokeh Technique, Die-cutting, Heat Embossing, Dry Embossing, and Stamping

Well, technically, this is too crisp and clear to call it Bokeh, so it's a Bokeh-look or faux Bokeh card. But I really liked it and it's kind of my style. It also has a new year's festive feeling, so I decided to use it as a sample card.
I was inspired to make this card by the Tissue Paper Bokeh technique demonstrated by Lindsay in the tutorial video.

I had beautiful tissue paper my former supervisor put in a gift bag for me last March. It had foil circles all over and it was so pretty that I kept it.

[How I made the card]
1.  Die-cut and punch out a lot of circles in different sizes (1/8", 1/4", 3/8", 4/3", 5/8", 1") from the foil circles, vellum, and glimmer paper.
2. Dry-embossed the front panel to add subtle texture and die-cut it with the stitched curved edge die.
3. Arranged the layout of the circles on the card base and pasted them with glue.
4. Pasted the front panels onto the card base.
5. White heat-embossed the sentiment on a black die-cut strip, and popped it up with foam squares.

Check out the challenge blog to see the amazing designs from our Guest Designer Viv, along with our Designers' cards.
I hope you'll join us for this fun challenge. The link is open until January 24.

Stamp: Teeny Tiny Wishes (Stampin' Up!)
Whisper White, Basic Black, Glimmer Paper Dazzling Diamonds (Stampin' Up!), Translucent Vellum (My Favorite Things), Gift Tissue Paper (from a friend)
Ink: VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Circle dies & Punches, Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions (Stampin' Up!), Die-namics Stitched Basic Edges 2, Slanted Sentiment Strips (My Favorite Things), Embossing Powder (White - Hero Arts), Thin 3D Foam Squares (Scrapbook Adhesives)


STAMPlorations CAS December Challenge - merry christmas

This month's STAMPlorations CAS Challenge is:

And here's what I made using Green:

This is actually a negative side of the stencil, Fairy Tale Forest.  I was originally using the positive side, but I couldn't waste so much leftover ink on the negative side. So I made this using the leftover ink. 😉

[How I made the card]
1. Stenciled using white pigment ink liberally. (This positive side will be used for another card.)
2. After stenciling, flipped it over, placed it on a piece of green cardstock and ran it through Big Shot.
3. Layered a dark red trim under the green panel.
4. Gold heat-embossed the sentiment on a wide strip of vellum, glued the linen thread at the edges, and wrapped it around the front panel.
5. Added a few red Nuvo drops.
6. Adhered the front panel to the card base.

The challenge is open until December 31.

Thanks so much for dropping by!
Happy Holidays!

Stamp: Layered Lights (STAMPlorations)
Paper: Always Artichoke, Garden Green, Raspberry Ripple, Vellum (Stampin' Up!)

Ink: Craft Stampin' Pad (Whisper White - Stampin' Up!), VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Stencil (Fairy Tale Forest - ARTplorations), Embossing Powder (Gold - Hero Arts), Linen Thread (Stampin' Up!), Nuvo Crystal Drops (Autumn Red)