CAS Mix Up & CAS Watercolour July Challenge - have a wonderufl birthday

Bonnie is hosting this month's CAS Mix Up Challenge and the challenge is Colour Your Die Cuts.

I LOVE die-cuts and this 3D rose die set is one of my favorites.

I used splash watercoloured die-cuts, stamping, and heat-embossing.

I had a few Splash Watercolour backgrounds made earlier this month for CAS Watercolour Challenge.
I used two distress inks (Bundled Sage and Pumice Stone) for the grayish green background. I tried the muted colors I don't usually use, but I found them very pretty. I'll use them more often from now on.

I die cut a rose from a coral splash background and layered the 3 pieces.

I carved out a rectangle with an exacto knife from the front panel. The inside matte was watercoloured. I wanted to bring out a little more green from the background, so I colored the matte with Bundled Sage.

I heat-embossed the sentiment in a little brassy gold to match the color tone of the rose and the background. Finally I popped up the front panel on the card base with foam tape.

I really liked how the splash background turned out, so I kept the card as simple as possible.

I'm sharing the card at CAS Watercolour Challenge too.

Thanks so much for visiting me!

Stamp: Sprinkles and Smiles (Penny Black)
Watercolor Paper (Canson - 140 lb), Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Distress Ink (Tattered Rose, Abandoned Coral, Bundled Sage, Pumice Stone - Ranger) VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Fantasy Floral 3D Die (Altenew), Embossing Powder (Gold Rich Pale - Wow!), Foam Tape (3M), Thin 3D Foam Squares (Scrapbook Adhesives)


CAS Watercolour July Challenge - happy birthday

The CAS Watercolour July Challenge is Splash Watercolouring hosted by Nancy. This is the last month she's on the CAS Watercolour Challenge Design Team. Thanks so much for all your wonderful inspiration, Nancy!

I've never tried this technique, so first I watched Loll's tutorial video suggested on the challenge site. It was very helpful and immediately inspired me to try it!

And here's my card:

I had so much fun making Splash Watercolour backgrounds and I made several of them with Distress Oxide Inks.

I thought a silhouette image would be good for this background and I wanted to try a silhouette in a different color from my usual black. So I stamped the flowers in Champagne ink, but they didn't stand out at all. 😞 Then I could have gold heat-embossed over the stamped image, but I decided to go with Stickles for a change. The gold glitter might compete with the fine splashes behind, but it added an interesting texture to the background.

I used the black frame to ground the splash panel but the contrast was a little too stark, so I inserted a very thin matte in between, colored in Blueprint Sketch.
The sentiment was first stamped in Champagne ink to give a cohesive base to the glitter embossing powder.

Thanks for visiting me today!

Stamp: Too Kind, Butterfly Basics (Stampin' Up!)
Mixed Media Paper (140 lb. Strathmore), White Linen (Ellen Hutson), Basic Black (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Distress Oxide Ink (Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet - Ranger), Encore Ultimate Metallic Ink (Champagne - Tsukineko), VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Die-namics Mod Rectangles STAX (My Favorite Things), Stickles (Gold - Ranger), Embossing Powder (Metallic Gold Sparkle - Wow!)


CAS Christmas Card July Challenge - merry christmas

It's July 3rd and the start of the CAS Christmas Card July Challenge! Our talented Owner and Designer, Loll (Stamping with Loll) is hosting the challenge this month, and the theme is Poinsettia. We have Marina (My Perfect Life) as Guest Designer.

Here's my card:

I stenciled poinsettias on a piece of red cardstock with glimmer paste and layered it slightly offset under a white window frame. I scored the borders on the card base to make a subtle frame impression and popped up the stenciled piece with foam tape.

Please check out the challenge blog to see the cards made by the Designers and our Guest Designer, Marina. Hope to see your poinsettia in the gallery!


Paper: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories: Layering Mini Stencil (Set 19 - Tim Holtz), Holiday Frames (Simon Says Stamp), Nuvo Glimmer Paste (Tonic Studio - Moonstone), Foam Tape (3M)


Tulips and Watercolor Wash - happy day to you

I've bought a few Alexandra Renke dies recently. I love her delicate silhouette designs.

I used the tulip dies and made this card.

I used a leftover piece of watercolor wash paper for the inlaid pieces and the window background. The sentiment was stamped with Champagne pigment ink. 
The design of the dies is so beautiful that you don't have to do much else.

Edited on 7/1: I'm adding the card to Less is More and AAA Cards.
Thanks for letting me know about these challenges, Trina!

Thanks for dropping by today!

Stamp: Friendly Phrases (Stampin' Up!)
Paper: Watercolor Paper (
Canson Cold Press, Arches Hot Press - 140 lb), White Linen (Ellen Hutson)
Gansai Tambi (Dark Pink - Kuretake),
Encore Ultimate Metallic Ink (Champagne - Tsukineko)
Accessories: Dies (Tulip with Bud - Alexandra Renke), Die-namics Stitched Peek-a-Boo Window (My Favorite Things), Thin 3D Foam Squares (Scrapbook Adhesives)


CAS Watercolour June Challenge - have a fintastic birthday!

I made a birthday card for a friend of mine. When I saw the CAS Watercolour Challenge earlier this month, I thought the ocean theme was perfect for the card for her. 

She loves cute characters, so my card for today is on the cute side. 😊

I sponged Distress Oxide inks (Broken China & Faded Jeans) on a piece of watercolor paper and blended a little of Chipped Sapphire to add a purple hue. Then I spattered some water over the paper.  The fish was heat-embossed in white. The die-cut stitched white frame was layered over the ocean piece.

I didn't have a perfect sentiment stamp for this card, so I created my own using a computer (font: Cooper Black) and printed it on the card base.
The little fish on the card base was heat-embossed in silver pearl. I popped up the jelly fish with foam squares as a fun finishing touch.

Thanks for dropping by today!

Stamp: Ocean Fun (My Favorite Things)
Watercolor Paper (Ranger), Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)

Ink: Distress Oxide Ink (Broken China, Faded Jeans - Ranger), Distress Ink (Chipped Sapphire - Ranger), Pistachio Pudding (Stampin' Up!), VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Die-namics Ocean Fun, Single Stitch Line Rectangle Frames (My Favorite Things), Embossing Powder (White - Hero Arts, Silver Pearl - Wow!), Nuvo Crystal Drops (Ebony Black - Tonic Studio), Thin 3D Foam Squares (Scrapbook Adhesives)