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25 Jun 2016

Imagine Crafts and CAS-ual Fridays Collaboration!

Good Morning! - Exciting things on the old blog-a-roo today!  CASual Fridays Stamps is having a collaboration hop with Imagine Crafts and we are showing you some different products available to you from Imagine Crafts!

I would imagine (hah! - see what I did there?) that you have come this way from the fabulous blog of Terre Fry  - if not - why not consider heading back to the CAS-ual Fridays blog or the Imagine Crafts blog to start at the beginning!  You will have a chance at winning 1 of 2 fabulous prizes!

Okay - on to the good stuff :) - I have a couple of projects for you - crazy I know.

I am not a prolific user of mediums such as pastes and sprays - so this was a fabulous opportunity to get my craft on!

I began by stamping the Tin Roof background stamp onto white cardstock with Black StazOn ink.


Using the Treble Clef Fri-Die, I diecut two black cardstock images.  While I held the 1st die onto my background, I spread on Imagine Crafts Gold Creative Medium using Imagine Crafts Palette Knives - concentrating a heavier amount on top of the treble clef and thinning it out farther away.  I carefully lifted the diecut image and since I had a thick amount, I was left with quite raised image - very pleased!

I set it aside and impatiently waited for it to dry - HAH!  I inserted the 2nd treble clef into the space and I just LOVE the effect!  - this gold is a true gold and oh, so pretty!


The sentiment, from Casual Fridays Big Treble, was stamped with Versamark Ink onto black cardstock, embossed with Imagine Crafts white embossing powder and popped up beside the treble clef.  I added some pretty sequins, gold ribbon and my obligatory black and white twine!

My second creation is not so involved but just as pretty.



Using various coloured Imagine Crafts VersaMagic chalk inks I stamped the flowers and leaves from Pretty Posies onto white cardstock and embossed with Imagine Crafts clear embossing powder.  These chalk inks are so bright and beautiful - as you can see!  They dry quickly, but not so fast that you can't emboss- making embossing a breeze.

I adhered the embossed flowers onto patterned paper making sure to pop up a few.


I stamped the sentiment from CAS-ual Fridays Girlfriend stamp set onto clear acetate using StazOn ink - no smearing with StazOn - I KNOW! I then fussy cut the "love ya" sentiment and adhered it - making sure to slightly overlap on top of the flowers - I love the see through sentiment!

I certainly hope you are having fun on the hop and now you will continue on to Martha Lucia Gomez' blog! 


....and as always - you can use my discount code to get 15% off of any CAS-ual Friday Stamps!








18 Jun 2016

Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop!



Sorry I haven't been on the blog lately - I had my Calling All Sistahs Blogshop preposted - so that was no problem.  It was all because of that darn bat!  It had me completely freaked out - going downstairs to my craft room was a process for me LOL and ugh.

Any WHO - let's get on with the show..



This week is the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop - a hop dedicated to coffee (or tea) lovers! There is a ton of inspiration to see - not to mention prizes woohoo!!

I created a card combining Papertrey Ink's Cuppa Love Die along with the Make it Market Mini Kit: Lovely Laurels.




I stamped the Laurel Wreath onto the Cuppa Love die and added some copic marker touches.

Patterned Paper and stamped backgrounds worked wonderfully for my card base, and then I popped up the mug and added a pretty bow!

Hope you like!  - Take a look at the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop to find some great inspiration!!

Paper: Lavender Moon, Vintage Cream, Pretty Pastels Patterned Paper (Papertrey Ink);  Stamps: Make It Market Mini Kit: Lovely Laurels, Background Basics:Hearts Stamp Set (Papertrey Ink);  Ink: Spring Moss, Spring Rain, Lovely Lady, Harvest Gold, Winter Wisteria , Lavender Moon (Papertrey Ink); Coloring Medium: Copic Markers; Tools: Cuppa Love Die, Heart Border Die, Make it Market Mini Kit: Lovely Laurels Dies, Paper Trimmer (Fiskars), Big Shot (Sizzix); Other: Ribbon (The Cat's Pajamas);  Spring Rain button (Papertrey Ink); Foam Tape





17 Jun 2016

Calling All Sistahs Bloghop!

Good Day --- it's the 17th of the month again and that means that it is time for the Calling All Sistahs Blog Hop....a hop dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness.

First a little history of this special hop.....Shortly after CAS-ual Fridays owner Michele Gross was diagnosed with breast cancer,  she created Calling All Sistahs to help create breast cancer awareness beyond just the month of October-- by reminding you to do your self exams on the 17th of each month.

Calling All Sistahs Collection of stamps and dies were designed from the heart to make a difference. 

50% of the profits from this collection will be donated to breast cancer research and awareness programs in honor of all who have been, and will be, affected by breast cancer. 

You probably came here from the awesome Penny Ward's blog, but if you got lost along the way - the whole dang list of people hopping can be found on the CAS-ual Fridays blog....and if you want to be added to next month's hop - information can be found at the end of the hop!
I've created a card using stamps and dies from the Calling All Sistahs Collection


I began by making a background from a TON of scrap papers on my desk....such a hoarder, but it comes in handy when you want to do something like this!

I lined up all my paper strips diagonally on a cardstock panel and glued them in a pretty fashion.  I trimmed them down so that I could die cut a rectangle.


I die cut two circles and stamped two of the sentiments from the Calling All Sistahs stamp set on one of the circles, making sure to mask some of the sentiment so that I could stamp it in pink.

On the other circle, I stamped the flower from Wonderful Words in pink.

Using the "hope" Fri-die, I die cut and attached it to the flower circle using a cute pink clothespin.

I put it all together, along with some of Lucy's Cards sequins - the pretty Warm Golden ones!
Now you are on your way to the amazing Lori Kobular - I'm sure she has something fabulous up her sleeve!




9 Jun 2016

Happy June Birthday!

Hey there everyone - I wanted to post this card yesterday but we had a wee bit of drama in our home.

In the morning I was talking to my daughter - Marcie - on my cell phone and I said I would go and check to see if the mail was here yet.  I hung up and walked out of my craft room (in the basement) and a bat was there --- fluttering around on the floor Right. By. My. LEG!!  I screamed. I cried. I definitely ran...... up the basement stairs to the garage.  I swear my legs were out the door before I was.   BIG ugh. I had to go back in the house to the upstairs and grab the phone to call Marcie back and when I was upstairs - what would you know - that dang bat flew upstairs to the kitchen right where I was standing.   ......and I began the screaming and running process all over again.  Poor Marcie came tearing over to see if I was being beaten/robbed/whatever.  I was outside scream-crying.  It seems funny now - but oh my goodness, I am terrified to go back downstairs.

Anyway - here is the card that I wanted to post - It was my other daughter Holly's birthday on Tuesday, so using the Make It Monday technique that Dawn McVey had shown LAST week -
Gradient Watercolor Diecuts, I put together a bright and cheery birthday card.



I used my Zig markers for the background and then die cut with the Mighty Oak Die Collection - using the watercolour pieces for my focal image.

I white embossed the sentiment from the $5 set Birthday Classics: June Mini Stamp Set onto vellum and hid the glue dot under pretty colourful buttons.



My Harvest Gold card base was a perfect companion to finish it off!  Happy Birthday to Holly! - and goodbye ugly little bat in bat heaven!  UGH!


7 Jun 2016

CAS-ual Fridays Florals Challenge!

Hey there everyone - CAS-ual Friday's Challenges are back - and I am creating and watercoloring!

This week our challenge is Florals - and I know y'all have some flowers in your stash --so enter those cards.


CAS-ual Fridays stamps are not needed and there is a $25 gift certificate to the winner BUT if you use CAS-ual Fridays stamps - the prize is doubled!! A $50 gift certificate to the store - woohoo!!

Go and check it out and in the meantime I have some sugar to show you!

I am such a fan - dare I say stalker - of Debby Hughes blog/techniques/watercoloring and when I saw this creation of Debby's I tucked it away to CASE it - so I basically did everything that Debby did - only using CAS-ual Friday's stamps.



I masked and stamped the flowers from Wonderful Words in Versamark Ink and embossed with white embossing powder.  I also used the leaves from Pretty Posies in the same manner.

Using my Zig Markers, I watercolored the flowers and leaves, bring in some blues and greens to the leaves.

I stamped and embossed the sentiment in the same manner and then popped it up onto the flowers (ackkk - I have so much trouble covering up part of an image) with a bit of vellum behind.


I trimmed out the image panel and popped it up onto Soft Stone cardstock - just like Debby (I'm shameless).  A few sequins were added for effect!

Why don't you join in at the Florals CAS-ual Fridays challenge??!!
 
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