It’s CAS at Cute Card Thursday!

Hello friends!  I hope you’re having a great week so far!!  I had forgotten to give updates on the “bird nest” situation, but actually the last time we had checked, the baby bird hopped onto the roof next door and the mother bird was chirping at us and then the baby took off and flew away!  We never were able to get any more photos.  I think there was just that one baby bird that survived.  Now we have the empty nest in the tree.  We think another bird may be trying to build on it, but we don’t see anything.

Today is Thursday which means it’s time for a brand new Cute Card Thursday Challenge!!  The theme for this week is CAS (clean & simple)  Our sponsor is All Dressed Up, so be sure to play along for your chance to win!

Here’s my take on the challenge:

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I have used this really cute image kindly donated by our sponsor called Dreaming of Summer.  I love the “dreamy” pose she has!  I thought she would look so cute proped up over a fence, so I made one for her!

**Sometimes, CAS puzzles me as to the “definition” of what it TRULY is.  To me, it is a bit different to some than others.  I feel it to be more like an “art term” where everything is subjective in it’s form and if I have to think about it TOO much, I’m not being “me” and having my fun with it…so I just create weather it is considered simple or not.  🙂  For me, this seemed like a CAS design.**

First, I colored up the image and then stenciled on some clouds behind her.  I took a craft knife and cut out just the bottoms of her elbows.  I stamped another panel with a woodgrain stamp in gray colored ink and then used a punch with a sharp point to create the “planks” for the fence.  I sponged around the edges with more gray ink and then I tucked the fence panel underneath her elbows and attached it to the image panel.  I cut out these pieces with a stitched rectangle die and layered that onto a piece of black cardstock that was layered over an A2 top folding white card base.  Lastly, I added the die cut “hello” with black cardstock in the corner.

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Here’s a closer look at the coloring I’ve done on this image.  I’ve colored her in with Copic markers and then for the tiny butterflies, bees and flowers around her, I’ve used some metallic gel pens to color them with.  You can see the shimmer on them.

I’ve also taken some liquid pearls to place some dots around her as well.  I thought it made her look a bit more whimsical.

You can also see where her elbows are lifted up over the fence panel too.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my creation today and I hope you will stop on over at the Cute Card Thursday blog and see the inspiration from the rest of the team and play along with us!!  We look forward to see what you come up with!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!!  See you soon!!

Challenges for this card:

  1.  All Dressed Up Challenge – Anything Goes + ADU imageCrafty
  2. Craft Rocket – Summer is Coming
  3. Happy Little Stampers – Anything Goes with DiesHLS AG Badge
  4. Crafting From the Heart – Anything Goes
  5. Crafty Creations – #392 Anything Goes

Tie a Bow for Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!  Here we are at another Thursday already!  Where does this time thing go?!  I’m trying to embrace Spring for as long as possible.

Today starts a new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday and this week we’d like to see your “Tie a Bow” creations!  I am a huge fan of ribbon and have WAY too much that I could never possibly use it all in my life time!  LOL!  How about you?  Do you have a big ribbon stash too?

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So does it feel like we are at the salon?  She’s fashioning her “new do” which I think would be so fun to go have a spa day with mom or your favorite female person, right?!

The sponsor for this week’s challenge over at Cute Card Thursday is All Dressed Up Stamps and I have used this cute image from the store called “New Hair Do” for my card today.  Now although she does already have a bow tied to her hair, I thought this was a good opportunity for me to pull out some of my ribbon and actually tie a bow!  I thought this image would make for a wonderful feminine/mother’s day card too.

I started out by white heat embossing a piece of purple cardstock with a Simon Says Stamp Background stamp called Flower Explosion.  The sentiment on the black banner was also white heat embossed and placed over the design right above the “mom” sentiment that was die cut with silver mirror cardstock.  I layered the purple embossed panel over a piece of black cardstock.

I ran a piece of white organdy ribbon around the two layers and then added the oval cut image panels onto the card front.  I added the tied bow with the organdy ribbon off to the right side and then layered another bow I tied with some silver cord and then topped that with a pearl accent.  All of these layered were attached to a 5″ square white top folding card base.

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Here’s a closer look at the coloring of the image.  I’ve used Copic markers to color her in with and brushed some Wink of Stella over her bow.  (Which is hard to see of course!)  I’ve also taken some tiny pearls and randomly added them to her hair.

The ovals were cut out with the Tonic Studios Basic Oval dies and then I also sponged some Tumbled Glass distress ink around the edges of the scallop image panel before attaching it to the black oval panel.

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By the way, I have chosen the color theme purple for my card today as it’s my favorite color.  I have actually used many of my favorite items for this card, so I hope you’ve enjoyed it too!  (purple, ribbon, metallic, heat embossing, die cut sentiment, Copic coloring, pearls, florals, background stamps…I have too many favorites! LOL!)   Do you have lots of favorites too?

Please be sure to hop on over to the Cute Card Thursday blog and have a look at the inspiration from the design team and be sure to play along with us for a chance to win something from our wonderful sponsor!  Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!  Thanks for dropping in!  I’ll be back soon with some fun pics!

Challenges:

  1.  All Dressed Up Challenge – (April) Anything Goes + ADU image
  2. All Dressed Up Facebook Challenge – ADU image + use favorite color(s) (purple)
  3. Always Fun – #109 Female/Mom
  4. Crafting By Designs – Girls
  5. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – For a Special Lady
  6. The House That Stamps Built – Tic Tac Toe M819 (I used first across:  Moms, Black & one color, gems or pearls) or (Diagonal:  Moms, Shimmer or Sparkle & Die Cuts)m819

Time to Celebrate at Cute Card Thursday!

Hello friends!!  I’m very excited to share my card with you today for Cute Card Thursday!  We are celebrating our 11th birthday this week!!  WOO HOO!!  So of course the theme for this week is “CELEBRATE“!!  Hope you can pop on over and celebrate with us by sharing your creation!!

This week we are sponsored by All Dressed Up Stamps and I have used one of their adorable images for my card today:

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I have used this very sweet image called Time to Shine and she is having so much fun dancing around with all of the stars floating about her!

For the card, I have taken some silver sparkle cardstock and cut cut the stitched scallop frame and then placed some pretty papers behind it.  I mounted these pieces onto a piece of black cardstock as well as the image that was cut out with another stitched scallop rectangle die, also mounted with a piece of black cardstock and then added to the center of the sparkle framed panel.

I also took some pretty, pink, silky ribbon and wrapped it around the corners of these layers and also tied a bow with it that I’ve attached to the upper right corner of the wrapped around ribbon.  These layers were then mounted onto a white, top folding A2 sized card base.  Lastly, I’ve added some stars that were die cut from the same sparkly cardstock and I’ve also added one to the center of the wooden star veneer that was glued in the center of the pink bow.

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Here’s a closer look at the Copic coloring I’ve done on this image.  I have added some extra sparkly details to the image by taking a Spectrum Noir Glitter Brush Pen and went over just the bottom portion of her dress.  I then took a silver gel pen and colored in the stars around her and added some dots to her dress and hair with it as well.  I wanted to create lots of sparkle and shine to this one!  🙂

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So I hope you will stop by the Cute Card Thursday blog and check out the inspiration from the rest of the design team and hope that you will play along with us to help ‘celebrate’ our 11th birthday this week!!  Can’t wait to see your creations!

Thanks so much for dropping by!  I really appreciate your kind comments and I enjoy reading them so much!  Hope you have a fabulous day!

Challenges I’d like to enter this card in:

  1. All Dressed Up Challenge – Anything goes + ADU image
  2. All Dressed Up Facebook Challenge – Girly Girls
  3.  Crafty Friends – Ladies/Girls
  4. Simon Says Stamp Monday – Feminine/Girly
  5. Crafty Creations – Anything Goes

Cute Card Thursday Has Wings!

Hello friends!  It’s Thursday already which means it’s time for a brand new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday!  This is a really fun one to play with!  This week we’d like to see your “Wings” things!  Can’t wait to see what everyone makes!!

This week we are being sponsored by All Dressed Up Stamps and I have used one of their lovely images for my card today:

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Isn’t she the sweetest little thing?  I have used the Fairy Magic image that was kindly donated from our sponsor and I have colored her up using Copic markers.  I’ve also sponged some light blue ink around the image panel before matting it onto a green sparkly layer cut with a scallop square die.  I also used some craft foam to pop up the image panel over my card for a bit of dimension.

I have just bought these gorgeous Fairy Garden papers from Kaiser Craft and used them on the background panel of my card.  I also used some gorgeous shimmery light green cardstock to go with it!  I’ve taken a thin strip of the glitter cardstock and attached it up against the butterfly papers and then attached some lace over it.  I then mounted this entire panel over a white top folding 5″ x5″ card base.

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Here’s a closer view of the coloring and the little sparkly details I’ve added to her.   For the wings, I’ve taken a glitter brush pen over them and then used some metallic colored gel pens to add some dots to her wings as well as the butterfly wings along with some gold dots around her ribbons and the sentiment.

Here you can also see the wood veneer butterfly accent that I’ve added at the top.  I painted it with white gesso and then painted over it with some pretty pearl shimmer paint before attching it to the card.

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Lastly, I’ve added three pearls at the bottom left corner of the card.  In this photo you can see the pretty shimmer on the light green background cardstock.  It was hard to capture in the photos, but the butterfly papers are sparkle embossed as well.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my creation today and are inspired to come join the challenge with us this week for Cute Card Thursday!  Please be sure to stop by and see the rest of the inspiration from the design team as well!

Thanks so much for dropping in today and I’ll see you again tomorrow as I will announce the winner from my Turner Syndrome Awareness Blog Hop Giveaway!!  Stay tuned!!

Challenges I’d like to enter this card:

  1.  All Dressed Up Challenge – #89 Anything Goes + ADU image
  2. Not Just Cards – Anyhing Goes
  3. Crafty Creations – Anything Goes

What’s New at Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!  It’s Thursday time again and we have a new challenge for you over at Cute Card Thursday today!  The challenge for this week is…..”What’s New?

And remember these challenge themes are always your own interpretation!  Here’s what I’ve created for it:

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I thought this image was so TWEET!! 🙂  It is a “new to me” image from our sponsor this week by All Dressed Up Stamps called Home Sweet Home.  I thought this would be such a nice card for someone with a “new home”.

It was also nice to be able to use some older items from my stash as well!  I have colored up the image and used a heart die to cut it out with.  I’ve also sponged some color around the edges and added some stitching details with a marker.  For the patterned papers in the background, I’ve used a paper piercer tool and made stitch marks over the holes with a white gel pen.  I layered it onto a piece of white cardstock which I then layered onto a piece of 5″x5″ Sahara Sand top folding card base.  BEFORE attaching my white layer onto the base, I’ve added some twine around it.

I cut out a smaller heart from the die set I’ve used from some craft foam and attached it to the image heart panel and placed it over the twine on the front.  Lastly, I’ve added the wood veneer bird cage and flowers and twine bow.

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Taking a closer look at the image, you can see that I’ve used various colors of Copics to color it in with.  I went around the images with a W0 which matched up nicely with the colors of the main card panel.  You can also see places where I’ve added a bit of sparkle from some colored gel pens and extra “dots” around the image with a white gel pen.  It was actually a really simple and fun image to color!

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I hope that you will join us this week and share “What’s New?” with us at Cute Card Thursday!  Be sure to stop by the blog to see what other inspiration that the rest of the design team has come up with!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I wish you a wonderful day!

Challenges I’d like to enter for this card:

  1.  CRAFT – New (year/job/baby, etc.) – for me:  new home and new stash
  2. All Dressed Up Stamps challenge – Anything Goes + ADU image
  3. Cardz 4 Galz – New Year/New Stash (image and hearts dies)
  4. Alphabet Challenge – ‘U’ is for ‘Use Some Stitching:  faux or real’
  5. Crafting From the Heart – Anything Goes
  6. Try it On Tuesday – Something old/something new (new image/wood veneer, new home and old papers, old flowers, old tools!)
  7. Words 2 Craft By – HOPE (W2CB61):  “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul & sings the tunes without the words & never stops at all.” ~ Emily Dickenson                     Absolutely LOVE that!!

Embossing at Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!  It’s time for another Cute Card Thursday challenge this week!  We would like to see some “embossing” on your creations this week!  You can make it heat embossed, dry embossed or I would say embossing paste would work too!  Or you could challenge yourself and try to combine more than one kind!  🙂

We are sponsored  this week by All Dressed Up Stamps, so be sure to enter the gallery for your chance to win a prize!!  Here’s what I’ve created for this week’s challenge:

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This is such a cute and fun image!    I thought it would make a really fun “New Year’s” type of card, so I created with that in mind.  This image from All Dressed Up is called Season to Sparkle.  I colored her up with Copic markers and then used a gold el pen to color in her crown.  I’ve also taken the Spectrum Noir clear glitter brush pen and colored her dress with it.  The sparkle on her wings are liquid glue and loose glitter.

I’ve cut the image out with a Zig Zag circle die and then layered a piece of gold mirror cardstock cut with a circle behind it.  I attached the circle image panel over a dry embossed black card front panel that I’ve also wrapped some gold ribbon around and attached the bow to the front.

I also heat embossed the sentiment with some gold EP and cut out a banner strip to pop up over the circle image panel.  I cut the tail end to match the card front.  This card front panel was layered onto an A2 sized white top folding card base.

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Here I wanted to show you a closer look at the image panel and the close up details of the frantage embossing powder over it.  (This is such a fun embossing powder to play with!  You have to heat it up from underneath.)  You can also see the gold embossed sentiment too.  I did take some gold tinsel Stickles and added a few drops around the image for more sparkle.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today!  Please be sure to stop by the Cute Card Thursday challenge blog to see the inspiration from the rest of the design team and hope you can play along with us this week!!  Looking forward to see your embossed makes!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll see you soon!

Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  All Dressed Up – Anything Goes + All Dressed Up image
  2. Creative Fingers – Anything Goes
  3. Pammie’s Inky Pinkes – Anything Goes (PIP1849)
  4. Crafting From the Heart – Anything Goes (232)
  5. Little Red Wagon – Black & White + one additional color (GOLD)

It’s Snowflakes at Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!  It’s time already for a new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday and as I can feel it growing even cooler by the day outside, I find that this challenge is very fitting and a great way to keep going on my Christmas pile!  We would like to see some “Snowflakes” on your creations this week!  We look forward to seeing what you come up with!

Our sponsor for this challenge is All Dressed Up Stamps.  They’re kind enough to provide an image to use for this challenge, so here’s what I’ve come up with:

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This image is so sweet with the pup and kitty delivering their letters to Santa for Christmas is coming soon! 🙂  The image I’ve used is called Christmas Post from All Dressed Up Stamps and it already had some snowflakes within the image, but I always feel that snowflakes are big, small and fall everywhere, so I decided to add a few more with items from my stash.

I’ve colored my image with Copic markers and used some gel pens for the eyes, cheeks, parts of the mailbox lettering, center of snowflakes as well as adding some adding some random dots in the background for tiny snowfall flakes.  I’ve also had this Christmas Postmark stamp set in my stash and thought it was perfect to use as a sentiment for my card.  I stamped the circle, punched it out and layered it with another scallop circle that was punched from red cardstock.  I stamped the wavy lines post mark image behind that on the image panel.  The image panel was cut with a Wonky Stitched rectangle die.

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Here’s a closer look at the image and how I’ve colored it.  For the top of the mailbox, the snowflake on the circle postmark and for the snow covered ground, I used some Sparkle N Sprinkle dimensional glue in those areas and then sprinkled some Diamond Dust glitter over top of it for some nice sparkling snow coverage.  (I love using that stuff for snowfall!)

You can also see the silver snowflake sequins that I’ve attached and then I’ve added some silver Stickles to the centers of each one.  I’ve layered this image panel to a red cardstock layer and then added some foam tape to the back of it and mounted it over my card front.

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So for the card front panel, I took a white piece of cardstock measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″ and ran it through my die cut machine with a snowfall embossing folder and then I mounted this to a white top folding A2 sized card base and added the layered image panel over top.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and please be sure to stop by the Cute Card Thursday challenge blog and see what the rest of the design team has for inspiration and join us this week with your snowflake creations! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day!

Here’s the challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Daisy Chain – Christmas/Winter
  2. Crafting From the Heart – Anything Goes
  3. The Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge – Anything Goes Christmas
  4. Shopping Our Stash (SOS379) – Raining Cats and Dogs
  5. Creative Craft Cottage – Christmas is Coming
  6. All Dressed Up Challenge –  Oct Anything Goes + must use ADU image