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)


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)

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


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)
Embossing Folder (Seaside - Stampin' Up!), Embossing Powder (Gold - Hero Arts)


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)

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)


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)