CAS Stencil Challenge - many thanks

Hi everyone,

CAS Stencil Challenge is celebrating its first birthday this month.
Congratulations to Loll and the wonderful Designers on the team!

The first challenge of this year is hosted by my dear friend, Nancy. She chose "Use a New Stencil" as the theme. It's perfect for the new year, isn't it?

Here's my card:

I've been enjoying Concord & 9th's turnabout stamps and stencils. I love their clever system. I bought this stencil (picture below) last year, but I haven't had a chance to use it. Thank you, Nancy, for hosting this fun challenge and encouraging me to use a new stencil! 

[How I made the card]
1. Masked the sentiments before stenciling the center image because I didn't need the sentiments for the card.
2. Put the stencil on 6" x 6" white cardstock, and stenciled with Mermaid Lagoon. Turned the stencil clockwise 90 degrees, then inked with Peacock Feathers. Turned the stencil 90 degrees again, and stenciled with Wilted Violet. Turned the stencil again and inked with Blueprint Sketch.
3. Trimmed the stenciled piece to 4-1/2" x 4-1/2", and die-cut the frame with a Hemstitch Square die. 
4. Stamped the sentiment in Navy Blue.
5. Glued the panel on to the Navy Blue card base.

I'm sharing my card at CAS Waterclour Challenge and STAMPlorations Stencil Challenge, too.


Thanks so much for visiting me today!

Stamp: Bitty Thanks & Gratitude (My Favorite Things)
Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy (Stampin' Up!)

InkDistress Ink (Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers, Wilted Violet, Blueprint Sketch - Ranger), Night of Navy (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories: Faceted Turnabout Stencil (Concord & 9th), Dies (Hemstitch Squares - Spellbinders), 
Connect Glue (Gina K)


CAS Mix Up January Challenge - happy birthday

Hi everyone,

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

Here's my card:

Using Partial Die-cutting, Stamping, Dry-embossing, and Watercoloring

[How I made the card]
1. Partially die-cut the word, HAPPY, from a piece of white cardstock.
2. Die-cut another word, BIRTHDAY.
3. Stamped the flowers with gray archival ink.

4. Partially die-cut the flowers.
5. Cut the boundary between HAPPY and BIRTHDAY with an exacto knife.
6. Watercolored the flowers with Zig markers and brushed them over with Aqua Shimmer.
7. Dry-embossed the card base to add subtle texture.
8. Popped up the die-cut panel on the card base with foam tape.
9. Glued a few sequins.

Using sentiment dies for partial die-cutting has as many possibilities as using coordinating dies. If you have alphabet dies, they'd be fun to play with too.

Looking forward to seeing your wonderful creations in the gallery!
The challenge is open until January 24th.

Stamp: Floral Focus (My Favorite Things)
Mixed Media Paper (Strathmore - 140 lb), Grapesicle (My Favorite Things)
Ink: Archival Ink (Shadow Grey - Ranger), Zig Clean Color Real Brush (Yellow, Bright Yellow, Pink, Lilac, Light Violet, Pale Green, May Green - Kuretake)
Accessories: Die-namics (Floral Focus, Block Happy Birthday - My Favorite Thinkgs), Subtle 3D Embossing Folder (Stampin' Up!), 
Nuvo Aqua Shimmer (Glitter Gloss), Sequins (Wisteria Blossoms Mix - Pretty Pink Posh), Foam Tape (3M), Exacto Knife, Connect Glue (Gina K)


CAS Mix Up January Challenge - ready, set, snow!

Hi everyone,

Happy New Year! Wishing you another healthy and crafty year!

I am excited to be hosting the first challenge of this year for CAS Mix Up and we are so happy to have a wonderful Guest Designer, Tristan (Tinstar Designs), this month.

I chose Partial Die-cutting as the theme.
As the name of the technique says, you use only part of your dies to cut cardstock and add interest to your card design. If you are not familiar with the technique, there are tutorial video links listed on the challenge site, so please check them out.
I hope you have fun trying the technique and get more out of your dies.

I made a shaker card using the partial die-cutting technique:

Using Partial Die-cutting, stamping, masking, and sponging

[How I made the card]
1. Drew a snow hill line with a pencil.
2. Stamped the bear and Penguin.
3. Aligned the top cutting pad with the edge to be cut, and partially die-cut the bear.

A narrow cutting pad is easier to work with,
but a regular size cutting pad works fine.

4. Partially die-cut the penguin.

5. Partially die-cut the rectangle.

6. Cut the snow hill line with scissors and created a window.

7. Erased the pencil line and colored the bear and the penguin with Zig markers. Added some highlights with a white gel pen.

8. Stamped the sentiment.
9. Glued a piece of acetate from behind the window.
10. Masked a snow hill on the card base, and sponged the sky with light blue Distress Oxide Ink. Splattered some water.
11. Added some glitter drops on the surface of the snow hill.
12. Put a few sequins and some confetti inside the window, and adhered the front panel to the card base with foam tape.

There are fabulous cards our Designers and Guest Designer made for inspiration at the challenge site. Come and join us, and share your wonderful creations with us!
The challenge is open until January 24th.

Stamp: Ready, Set, Snow (My Favorite Things)
Paper: Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)

Ink: Versafine (Onyx Black - Tsukineko),  Tempting Turquoise (Stampin' Up!), Distress Oxide Ink (Tumbled Glass - Ranger), Zig Real Brush Markers
Die-namics (Ready, Set, Snow - My Favorite Things), Infinity Dies (Rectangle - Hero Arts),  Acetate Sheet (Grafix), Foam Tap (3M), Sequins (Sparkling Clear 4 mm - Pretty Pink Posh), Confetti (Ice White Circles - Nuvo), Glitter Drops (White Blizzard - Nuvo), Gel Pen (White - Uni Signo), Connect Glue (Gina K)