Tuesday, February 2, 2016

STAMPlorations inspiration #59

Let's start off the STAMPlorations inspiration for February with a LOVE kinda card, shall we? Remember those goofy reindeer Becca illustrated, in Reindeer Games? Well they're not just for Christmas any more...


Stamp the punny sentiment all over as a BG, once in red for effect. Add a bit of PP. Heat emboss that deer, fussy cut him and give him a heart to hold and you've got yourself a LOVE card ;)



You can check out more lovely inspiration using various STAMPlorations stamps here. You can see more non-Christmas cards I made with these deer here and here. Thanks for coming by. I'm very fawned of all of you who take the time to visit and leave comments :)

deepti's popped hop

Have you heard the news? There's a new Buckeye in town!

Congrats to my teamie Deepti M., on the birth of her little boy, Siddharth. Hope he'd like this. I hope his mom does ;) The STAMPlorations gals are celebrating with a little hop. You can make a card and hook up too if you'd like! I'm sure it'd make the new mom happy.


This was actually "born" as a byproduct of another project. I had used a die cut piece of vellum to apply Versamark through for heat embossing, and rather than tossing it, I flipped it over and pressed it onto a piece of scrap CS and brushed Perfect Pearls over it!


I used that panel to die cut a PTI tag from and worked with that to make my card. The blue tag was also cut from a scrap of watercolored CS.


The stamps are from Kaisercraft Pitter Patter, a great set. I gave the hand and footprints the Perfect Pearls treatement too, and heat embossed the sentiment. Embellished it all with a brad, feather and tassel.

Join us in celebrating Deepti's new baby, won't you?

Monday, February 1, 2016

CASEplorations february

Well welcome to the month of LOVE ♥

Living in Germany I don't see lots of LOVE day stuff happening, although I must admit there is a bit more hype now than there was 20 years ago. I'm a Michigan gal and Valentine's wasn't necessary a big deal there either. But I did experience Valentine's Day in Myrtle Beach back when my folks were doing the snowbird thang, and boy is there a lot of LOVE happening down there!

Enough of that. We have a super clean and bright love card for you this month at CASEplorations. It's from the queen of clean and bright and linen cardstock! My blogland pal, the lovely Anita in France is joining us as our guest this month. Wonder if Valentine's Day is big in the land of amour!?!


I locked in on her design elements of hearts and warm colors. And her big love sentiment. And although Anita's card is pretty CAS, I went even CASer. With this stamp set.




I die cut the heart from the card front and the next largest heart from scrap paper. Used the negative as a mask on the inside and stamped the area full of hearts and blooms using tiny images from Frames and Flowers. I used all the warm color Amuse pigment inks that I own! Added a couple black hearts for interest. Learned that in this class.

A Paper Smooches die cut from vellum stitched on the outside and a PTI sentiment on the inside finished off my birthday-card-disguised-as-a-love-card project.


Please check out Anita's card and those of my teamies here. And join us in CASEing Anita this month, won't you? (Regardless of how you feel about Valentine's Day ;)

Joining the fun at:
Uniko Challenge #28
AAA Cards #57

Share Joy - #20 I've gone Clean and Simple
Just Us Girls - Tic Tac Toe (I've used die cuts, stamps and flowers)


Mixed Media Card Challenge #20

Welcome to the month of LOVE! In blogland, for certain. In your neck of the woods, I hope.

It's time for a new challenge at the Mixed Media Card Challenge #20...


Red and hearts. Surprised aren't ya ;)

Here's my response to that.


I've got red and yellow inks smooshed onto a piece of CS. Then a heat embossed frame surrounding a stamped sentiment (PTI Heart Squared).  Added the panel onto some Amy Tangerine PP and topped it with washi tape. A few sequins add a bit of sparkle to the flow of the smooshed ink and voila!

Stamps, ink, technique, texture... got it all. CAS and messy, callin' it cassy again, I am!

Won't you join us at the MMCC this month? Remember mixed media is about stamps and ink and adding texture, dimension and technique! Even if you keep it CAS.

Joining the fun, I am:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps and More - #178 Holiday (considering this a non-traditional Valentine)

Sunday, January 31, 2016

fore his 51st

Popping in with a CAS masculine birthday card for our neighbor. He's getting a gift of money from us since he wants to buy a golf bag. Whipped him up this card "fore" his bday.


White card base, a gray sentiment from PTI, a snippet of PP, die cut numbers from MFT and some Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean sponged through a STAMPlorations stencil on top of a circle mask.

BTW, that little golfer is from a set I got at a Marklin train store years ago when I made a canvas for DH. Thank goodness it dawned on me that I had some figures left over. Don't ask how long it took me to find them! Here's the canvas for your enjoyment. Ever sawed a golf ball in half? Tricky business, let me tell you!

And I figured the card was too fun to stuff into an envelope, so I sewed up an old cellophane package and tied it up with some raffia and a teeeee for the whole world to seeeee.

I'm playing at:
Mod Squad - Masculine Birthday
Stempelkueche - #36 Birthday Card
Challenge Up Your Life - #33 Color

Happy Sunday. Any handball fans out there? How about those #badboys eh?!?!?!

STAMPlorations inspiration #58 - mimo

You may have seen this post where I created a card based on a photo from the internet, making it my own ("mimo"). Well, I've decided to challenge myself to do that on my last STAMPlorations inspiration card of the month too.

So today I've taken this image, a surface design by Wendy Kendall and used it to inspire a card where I've paired the blooms from one of Shirley's sets with the butterflies from another. Ready?

print & pattern: XMAS 2015 - wendy kendall:
Image Source: Wendy Kendall

Used a PP with the subtle pink, blue and yellow (Heidi Swapp) then stamped some blooms from Folk Flowers onto it. Gave their centers a wash of pink watercolor. Heat embossed the butterflies from Winged Things onto scraps of PP that mimicked the figures in the inspiration and fussy cut them.

Added the black lines from Artsy Border Maker to the upper left as a nod to the strings in the inspiration. My sentiment, stamped onto a scrap with a pink watercolor wash, is from Bloom Sketches.

Be sure to have a look at the inspiration cards at the STAMPlorations blog. Leave a comment on the post to be in the running for a GC too. Have a great Sunday.

I'm hooking up at:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Just Add Ink - #296 Just Add Nature

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

spotlight on CAS

I'm up on the STAMPlorations blog today with a super CAS card in the spotlight. I'll say no more than "Cracker Barrel."

Check it out.


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