CAS Watercolour & CAS Mix Up Challenges - happy anniversary

I made these sheets of watercolour paint wash a few weeks ago.

I used the red ochre sheet last week, and made a card. So today, I chose the tree peony one for this.

I die cut the white card base, and placed the watercoloured wash sheet behind the base. I thought this would make a great silhouette.

I wanted to make this card look a little festive because it's an anniversary card, so I used gold glitter embossing powder for the sentiment and the thin frame. Because the glitter powder granules are larger than regular embossing powder's, the sentiment was difficult to read... A lesson learned - I'll use a sentiment in a simpler or larger font with glitter embossing powder in the future.

I'm sharing the card in these challenges. Click the banners below, and you'll see the galleries full of beautiful cards:
CAS Mix Up September Challenge            CAS Watercolour September Challenge

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Stamp: Express Yourself (Stampin' Up!)
Paper: Canson Watercolor Paper (140 lb), Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Gansai Tambi (Kuretake), VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Die-namics Centerpieces Framed Lovebirds (My Favorite Things), Metallic Gold Sparkle Embossing Glitter (Wow!), Foam Tape (3M)


CAS(E) this Sketch #239 - happy birthday

My friend's birthday is coming up, so I made this card for her this weekend.

I got design inspiration from Donna's sketch for CAS(E) this Sketch (#239).

I love the floral die set and the happy birthday sentiment die I recently got. They're versatile, and I can think of many ways to use them.

I basically die-cut a bunch of cardstock and layered the pieces. Then I spattered gold perfect pearl on the vellum. 

I'm linking up my card to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge (clean & simple) too.
Thanks for looking!

Paper: Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Calypso Coral, Peekaboo Peach, Vellum
 (Stampin' Up!)
AccessoriesFantasy Floral Die Set (Altenew), Handlettered Happy Birthday Wafer Dies (Simon Says Stamp), Die-namics Mod Rectangle STAX (My Favorite Things) Perfect Pearl (Gold - Ranger)


Interactive Birthday Card

I haven't made an interactive card since my little friends went back to Japan in June. (Kids love interactive cards, don't they?) So I made this card thinking about them today.

This is a combination of a shaker card and a slider/spinning card. I thought it would be a doubly fun birthday card.

The birthday sentiment background and the edges of the card base were heat-embossed in clear, so the color of the Grapesicle cardstock turned darker and shinier.

The shaker birthday wheel was die-cut with Birthday Centerpieces and Stitched Circle STAX. I placed the stitched circle die outside the BD Centerpieces, and die-cut the cardstock at one shot. This way, the die-cut circle looks cleaner than dividing the die-cutting process.


I put a round piece of vellum behind the wheel so that the sentiment is easier to read. I also adhered a piece of acetate behind the wheel and made a shaker component.

I'm entering the card in My Favorite Things' Card Design Superstar Contest (Innovation Master Category).

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Stamp: BG Happy Birthday Background (My Favorite Things)
Smooth White, Grapesicle, Razzle Berry, Translucent Vellum (My Favorite Things)
VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Die-namics Birthday Centerpieces, Stitched Circle STAX, Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle STAX, Balloon Shaker Window & Frame, Surf & Turf  (My Favorite Things), Spin & Slide Discs  (My Favorite Things), Super Fine Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger), Sequins & Silver Shimmer Seed Beads (Pretty Pink Posh), Acetate Sheet (Hot Off the Press), Foam Tape (3M)


CAS Mix Up Challenge - thanks

I'm playing along with the CAS Mix Up September Challenge today. Thank you, Bonnie, for hosting the challenge this month!

After watching the tutorial videos provided on the challenge site, I tried watercolour wash with red orchre, and made this card.

I heat-embossed the leaf image and the sentiment (thanks) on the front panel, and stamped the rest of the sentiment on the card base. I masked the leaves and the sentiment, and spattered a little of gold perfect pearl. The front panel was framed with dark brown cardstock, and raised with foam tape.

I really liked this fall color combination - red ochre, dark brown, and ivory (it looks pretty white in the pictures though).

Thanks for looking!

Stamp: Lovely as a Tree, Endless Thanks (Stampin' Up!)
Paper: Canson Watercolor Paper (140 lb), Naturals White, Early Espresso (Stampin' Up!)
Gansai Tambi (Kuretake), Early Espresso (Stampin' Up!), VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Die-namics Stitched Rectangle STAX (Favorite Things), Embossing Powder (Early Espresso - Stampin' Up!), Perfect Pearl (Gold - Ranger), Foam Tape (3M)


CAS(E) this Sketch #238 - i'm here for you

A friend of mine has been having a tough time, so I made this card to encourage her.

I got the design inspiration from Leigh's pretty sketch for this week's CAS(E) this Sketch!

I made a DIY stencil using the color drop dies and a piece of acetate sheet. Then I applied glimmer paste over the stencil. I really liked the shimmery and subtle effect. The cloud's shapes and colors are peeking through the drops.
The clouds were stenciled with Distress Oxide Ink. I also used Distress Oxide Inks for coloring the die-cut heart and stamping the sentiment to match the ink tones.

I die-cut the front panel with a Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX die to soften the look of the straight edges, and raised the panel with foam tape.

I'm entering my card in My Favorite Things' Card Design Superstar Contest too.

Thanks for visiting!

Stamp: Essential Sentiments (My Favorite Things)
Smooth White (My Favorite Things)
Distress Oxide Ink (Broken China, Abandoned Coral, Walnut Stain - Ranger)
Accessories: Die-namics Color Drops STAX, Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX, Mini Mail (My Favorite Things), Mini Cloud Edges Stencil (My Favorite Things), Nuvo Glimmer Paste (Moon Stone - Tonic Studio), Acetate Sheet (Hot Off the Press)