CAS Watercolour July Challenge - happy bear-day

This month's CAS Watercolur Challenge is hosted by Susan and she chose Bouquet of Flowers as the challenge.

It's Bonnie's birthday today and I made this card for her. Happy birthday, my sweet friend!

[How I made this card]
1. Stamped the images, die-cut them, and watercolored with distress inks.
2. Die-cut the front panel, made/die-cut a window, and black heat-embossed the sentiment.
3. Painted a graduated wash on a piece of square watercolor paper in light blue and sprayed shimmer mist over it.
4. Glued the watercolored sky panel behind the window, arranged the bear with a bouquet of flowers in the corner of the window, and popped up the front panel with craft foam.

This is my favorite bear stamp and die set and I hope Bonnie likes the card too.

Thanks for visiting me today!

Stamp: All Inside, Bear Ware, Warm Fuzzies (Ellen Hutson)
Paper: Watercolor Paper (Arches - 140 lb. cold press) 
Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Distress Ink (Picked Raspberry, Spiced Mermalade, Mustard Seed, Shabby Shutters, Spun Sugar, Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers - Ranger), Versafine (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Dies (All Inside, Bear Ware - Ellen Hutson, Die-namics Square Peek-a-Boo Window - My Favorite Things, Stitched Rectangles - Simon Says Stamp), Embossing Powder (Black - Stampin' Up!), Gel Pen (White - Uni Ball), Glossy Accents (Ranger), Shimmer Spray (
Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz - Tsukineko), Craft Foam, Connect Glue (Gina K)


CAS Mix Up July Challenge - hello

Hi everyone,

I'm here with the reminder post for this month's CAS Mix Up Challenge.

I used the Alcohol Ink Lift Pad for the launch card to remove alcohol ink, so this time I used 91% alcohol to do the job.

Here's my card:

Using Alcohol Ink Lift, Die-cutting, Stenciling, and Stamping

[How I made the card]
1. Dropped a few colors of alcohol ink on Yupo paper and blended them with blending solution, using an applicator.
2. Die-cut the Yupo paper.
3. Placed the stencil on the die-cut alcohol inked piece and stenciled/removed the ink using a 91% alcohol-soaked q-tip. (*1)
4. Die-cut a panel from white cardstock, and stenciled the paw marks with Distress Inks.
5. Inlaid the alcohol inked piece in the center of the front panel, and stamped the sentiment.
6. Die-cut "hello" from white cardstock 3 times, layered the die-cuts, and glued them onto the front panel.
7. Die-cut the card base and glued the front panel on to the card base.

(*1) Apply a VERY LITTLE amount of alcohol, otherwise, the alcohol seeps under the stencil and ruins the alcohol inked panel. Trust me on this ... 😓

The link is open until July 24th. Looking forward to seeing your card in the gallery!

The CAS Stencil July Challenge is Alcohol Ink/Alcohol Lift, so I'm adding this card to its gallery too.

Stamp: Beary Special Birthday (My Favorite Things)
Paper: Alcohol Ink Yupo Paper (Ranger), Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)

Ink: Alcohol Ink (Shell Pink, Flamingo, Raspberry - Ranger), Distress Ink (Brushed Corduroy, Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry - Ranger)
Die-namics (Stitched Mod Rectangle STAX - My Favorite Things), Big Hello Sugar Script Die (Birtch Press), Stencil (Paws Background - Simon Says Stamp), Connect Glue (Gina K), Isopropyl Alcohol 91%, Q-tips


CAS Mix Up July Challenge - u rock

It's the 1st of the month and time for a new challenge for CAS Mix UP!
The July challenge is being hosted by our very talented Bonnie and she chose Alcohol Ink Lift as the challenge. Our wonderful Guest Designer this month is Michelle W (Seashell Creations).

Here's my card:

Using Alcohol Ink Lift Technique, Die-cutting, Heat-embossing, and Stamping

[How I made the card]
1. Made a piece of Alcohol Ink background by dropping a few colors of ink on a piece of Yupo paper and blending the colors.
2. After drying the ink completely, stamped the marble pattern on the Yupo paper using Alcohol Lift Ink.
3. Trimmed the Yupo paper and glued it onto the card base.
4. Made a rectangular window in the white front panel with a die and heat-embossed the sentiment in black. Popped up the frame over the Yupo paper.
5. Die-cut a Koi, put a small piece of black paper on the back (for the eye), and brushed over it with Wink of Stella for a little shine.
6. Popped up the frame and the Koi with foam tape.

I'm glad that the marble background stamp made a pond for the Koi to enjoy gliding through.

Hope to see your card in the gallery!

Stamp: Marble Background Stamp (My Favorite Things), Perfect Words (Stampin' Up!)
Paper: Yupo Paper (Ranger), 
Whisper White, Basic Black (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Alcohol Ink (Turquoise, Patina, Aqua, Teakwood - Ranger), Alcohol Lift Ink (Ranger), VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Dies (Rectangle, Koi Fish - Hero Arts), Embossing Powder (Black - Stampin' Up!), Wink of Stella (Clear - Kuretake), 
Thin 3D Foam Squares (Scrapbook Adhesives)


CAS Mix Up June Challenge - happy birthday

Hi everyone,

It's time for the mid-month reminder at CAS Mix Up!
Whatever you do in ombre, it will be beautiful. I've never seen bad ombre. Have you?  Thanks, Mac, for choosing a success guaranteed challenge! 😉

Here's my felt ombre card:

Using Ombre Technique, Die-cutting, Heat-embossing, and Stamping

[How I made the card]
1. Die-cut the front panel.
2. Die-cut the flowers and the leaves from felt.
3. Gold heat-embossed the sentiment on a strip of black cardstock, and die-cut the strip.
4. Glued the flowers and the leaves onto the front panel and popped up the sentiment strip with foam tape. 
5. Adhered the front panel to the card base.

You have until June 24th to link up your card here. Join us for this fun challenge!

Stamp: Essential Sentiments (My Favorite Things)
Whisper White, Basic Black (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Die-namics Upsy Daisy, Wild Greenery, Slanted Sentiment Strips, Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX - My Favorite Things),
Felt (Pink Lemonade, Cotton Candy, Periwinkle, Pure Plum, Sweet Tooth - My Favorite Things, Raspberry Jam - Taylored Expressions), Embossing Powder (Gold - Hero Arts), Foam Tape (3M)


CAS Mix Up June Challenge - love & thanks

Hi everyone,

Are you ready for another new challenge? This month's CAS Mix Up is hosted by our very talented Designer, Mac, and she chose Ombre as the challenge.
We have a wonderful Guest Designer, Bobby (bits & pieces).

Here's what I made:

Using Ombre Technique, Stenciling, Sponging, Heat-embossing, and Stamping

[How I made the card]
1. Stenciled the oats image using texture paste.
2. After the paste completely dried, sponged Distress Oxide Inks over the paste (with the stencil) and made an ombre look.
3. Gold heat-embossed the sentiment on a black card strip and layered it on the burlap ribbon.
4. Trimmed the front panel just a little and layered it on the card base.
5. Adhered the sentiment strip to the front panel.

It's funny that most of the time it took me to make this card was not in making the ombre effect, but in deciding how to add the sentiment. I wanted a black sentiment strip for the card to add a little pizzazz. But it was too striking for the soft ombre nature-theme image. So I layered the burlap ribbon under the strip to give a little organic feel.

Check out the cards made by our Designers and Bobby for more inspiration and join the fun! The challenge is open until June 24th.

Stamp: Geometric Greenery (My Favorite Things)
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Distress Oxide Ink (Frayed Burlap, Fossilized Amber, Bundled Sage - Ranger), VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Stencil (Abstract Oats - ARTplorations), Texture Paste (Opaque Matte - Ranger), Embossing Powder (Gold - Hero Arts), Burlap Ribbon (Ribbon Bow-tique)