Wednesday, May 4, 2016

CAS and San Francisco By the Bay

This stamp was made for CAS.  If you just keep it simple, it'll let your card show its beauty.   I'd love to see this stamp used in other ways too.  You wonderful creators of magic on cards will be able to run with this stamp.  And I want to see what you do!  As soon as I saw this in the Summer Hero Arts Catalog, I knew I wanted this stamp.  How could I not?  I may not be a home grown Californian, but I was transplanted when I was 16 and wouldn't live anywhere else.  Why San Francisco?  It's a two-hour drive down to THE CITY and Hero Arts too.  

You know when you buy a stamp and have the rubber almost melting in your hands because you're not letting it go?  AND THEN... You think to yourself, "What am I going to do with it?  You have not a clue in your head.  Well, for sure, that did NOT happen with this stamp.  I just wanted to use a little watercolor, some spatter and just play.  I figured, if any came out half decent, that was a plus.  Maybe that was the way to go, because, even the cards in back are not too bad.   I hope you try your hand on this or any of the other new city, plus Hawaii & Texas state stamps.
Destination San Francisco

A plop and splatters - anything works.
Destination San Francisco

Even orange splatters work.Destination San Francisco

A light water color (which I didn't like at first) and some splatters achieve a nicely finished card.Destination San Francisco
Destination San Francisco has been restocked just for you.
I had picked up a splatter brush from my local stamp shop, which I love - see here

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

As CAS as They Come

CAS and color.  I used white, pink, gray and yellow cardstock.  I liked my first design and went for it on all five cards here.    I love this butterfly from Hero Arts and still have the stamp set that this butterfly first came out on.  However, you can choose the digital files for this same stamp HERE.   

A2Z Butterfly CAS May 2016
Card base above is yellow

I chose a deep green background and stamped the butterfly and sentiment directly on the card.  

Four of my cards with this same design.  .  

You may recognize the wonderful sentiment from a new set, Color Layering Butterflies (CL867), which is another of the beautiful butterfly sets Hero Arts put out.If something is not in the store, please use the "Request Custom Order" button to order it. 

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Monday, May 2, 2016

So Many Items I Want to Post

I thought I'd share two items today.

1. I thought this was very cool.  There were many wonderful submissions.



This is the card that won.

2.Here are two  Retirement cards for a co-worker.


The first card is filled, so I had to make a second card.


Supplies for first card:
Elizabeth Craft Designs: Hot Air Balloons
Memory Box CItyscape Nightline
Memory Box Cityscape Silhouette
Little B (Handwritten - one ofthe handwritten words)
Kaisercraft butterfly stamp & die

Supplies for second card:
Elizabeth Craft Designs Lighthouse
Elizabeth Craft Designs Beach Edges
Elizabeth Craft Designs Dream
Memory Box Marshmallow Clouds
Some Distress inks sponged around the background and edges of the clouds


Sunday, May 1, 2016

Vintage Charm

A Day for Daisies is sponsoring Die Cut Divas and I've chosen this image to be my first card for the challenge.  You'll have to see the inspiration photo to make your project.  I hope you're ready.

Arlene thought all the buttons had a vintage flair, so does her lady.  Arlene's Vintage Water Lily Dress is surrounded by lace and some faux vintage buttons (die-cut paper).
You can visit Arlene at Die Cut Divas - this sample as well as others are your for inspiration.

Supplies:for card abovd
A Day for Daisies 
Die for Buttons - unknown manufacturer
Copic markers
Lace
Gray Cardstock
Cuttlebug
I had to do more than one.  I had fun coloring and framing these damsels. 

I just love the flair of the woman in the card below.  The colors, background and different elements create a sassy lady!

Hope you liked them all.  I really will hate to give this last card away.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Glow of an Afternoon

Die Cut Divas challenge for April ends today
  Gina K Designs is the sponsor

This is my sample for the challenge of April holidays, rain, spring, IRS, Taxes,Easter, Storms and this is your last day to submit an entry for April.  I have so enjoyed these stamps.  Making a scene is so easy and you have so many useful stamps in the sets. I will be making lots of scenes in the future..  


Here is an example of creating a scene without a lot of stress.  

Supplies:
Gina K Designs The Northwoods 2
Die-namics Stitched Rec STAX
Copic markers E31, YG01, YG 03
Distress inks Mustard Seed, Scattered Straw, Shabby Shutters, and Peeled Paint
Cuttlebug
Narrow ribbons

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Anything Goes for April

Morgan's ArtWorld has an Anything Goes challenge.  Isn't that perfect?  For my "Anything Goes", I colored this wonderful image, made a die cut tag and adhered it to a card with a ribbon down the left side.  I think she is a beauty who will dance her way into your hearts.


Morgan's ArtWorld
Die-namics Stitched TredTagStax

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Posting my CCC card to The Purple Place

I try to join the Card Chain Challenge every month.  After you make your cards, do you ever send them out?  Most of mine, I give away at Christmas.  It's the one thing I can do for my co-workers and they love the cards (they tell me they do, anyway).  Someone will say "I used that card with the flowers or lighthouse or the grumpy old man" during the year.  So, at least, I'll know they're getting used.   I had one friend who couldn't use hers for two years because they were too pretty to give away.

Now I can give away a card every month for someone special for the CCC at my friend, Deborah's blog at the Society of Stampaholics.

The Purple Place (Lisa) has received her card and I bet you thought you'd never get to see the card.  The REVEAL!



This Penny Black stamp is a beauty and I don't stamp her often enough.  Hope you like her.

Arlene