CAS Mix Up February Challenge - best wishes

A good friend of mine is leaving her company so I made this card for her.

I knew I wanted to use a die-cut felt bird, but I was not sure where to place the sentiment, "best wishes". After thinking about it for a while, I decided to give the bird an envelope to carry and stamp the sentiment on the envelope. I think it worked well.

I'm entering this card into the CAS Mix Up February Challenge.

 Using Felt + Stamping + Die cutting

Thanks for visiting me today!

Stamp: Fabulous Phrases (Stampin' Up!)
Paper: Specialty Paper (Woodgrain Powder - Altenew), Whisper White (Stampin' Up!), Soft Sky and Rose Red for felt backing (Stampin' Up!)

Versafine (Onyx Black - Tsukineko)
Felt (Raspberry Jam, Aqua Mist - Taylored Expressions), Dies (Bird Shapes - Ellen Hutson, Mini Hearts Set - Simon Says Stamp), Sequins (4 mm Sea Breeze - Pretty Pink Posh), Foam Tape (3M)


CAS Waterclour February Challenge & Exciting News

I'm playing along with the CAS Watercolour February Challenge today. The theme is Hearts. Isn't it perfect for this month?
I used one of my favorite heart stamps. It's a retired stamp but I love the scribble style.

I stamped the hearts with pigment ink and heat-emblossed with clear powder.
Roughly watercolored the background, stamped the sentiment. Then I raised the die-cut panel on the card base.

I hope you can see the shimmer of the watercolor paint from this angle. The paint color says "silver" but it's more like white shimmer.

Thanks for choosing the perfect theme for the challenge, Bonnie! 


I'm so excited to announce that Loll Thompson and Bonnie Klass are launching a new challenge, CAS Christmas Card Challenge, starting March 3rd!
And I'm thrilled and honored to be on the Design Team.


Please check out the information on this fun new challenge by clicking HERE.
Hope to see you in the challenge blog on March 3rd! 😊

Stamp: Language of Love (Stampin' up!), Essential Sentiments (My Favorite Things)
Paper: Mixed Media Paper (140 lb. Strathmore)

Memento Luxe (Love Letter - Tsukineko), Versafine (Onyx Black - Tsukineko), Gansai Tambi Watercolour (Silver - Kuretake)
Die-namics Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX (My Favorite Things), Foam Tape (3M)


Happy Valentine's Day!

I made Valentine treat boxes for my friend's daughters this weekend!

I die-cut a popcorn box from Regal Rose cardstock. Then I die-cut a window on the front side, and heat-embossed the Cupid and the circle of hearts in white. I added a red heart coated with Glossy Accent to the center of the circle and finished off with mini pom-poms around the rims.

I know these are super-girly (maybe too girly for their ages), but I hope they like them!

Stamp: p.s. I Love You, Teeny Tiny Wishes (Stampin' Up!)
Paper: Regal Rose, Melon Mambo, Whisper White,
Window Sheet (Stampin' Up!)
Melon Mambo (Stampin' Up!), VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Popcorn Box Thinlits Dies (Stampin' Up!), Punch (Word Window, Modern Label, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack - Stampin' Up!), Die-namics Inside & out Stitched Rounded Square STAX (My Favorite Things), Embossing Powder (White - Hero Arts), Glossy Acctents (Ranger), Pom Poms (5 mm White - Creatology), Dimentionals (Stampin' Up!)


CAS Mix Up February Challenge - a million thanks

I look forward to the CAS Mix Up challenge every month. This month's theme is to use felt, cork, or canvas.

I've had a cork sheet for a long time and never used it. So ta-da~ this is the time to use it.

I die-cut the sheet of cork with the solid leaf die 3 times, and die-cut color cardstock with the outline leaf die. Layered them and glued them together.
Pasted the three leaves on the front panel and stamped a sentiment in the center.
This is a very simple and easy card to make. At the same time, I spent most of the time choosing colors because of its simplicity. I chose Very Vanilla over Whisper White as the card base and the front panel. I also tried many colors for the outline leaves, but these neutral colors made it to the final list. :-)

cork + stamping + die-cutting

Thank you, Joanna, for hosting the fun challenge!

Stamp: Essential Sentiments (My Favorite Things)
Paper: Very Vanilla, River Rock, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede (Stampin' Up!)

Soft Suede (Stampin' Up!)
Cork sheet (Recollections), Die-namics Layered Leaves (My Favorite Things), Stitched Rectangles Dies (Simon Says Stamp)


CAS(E) this Sketch #256 - birthday wishes

I made this card for this week's CAS(E) this Sketch #256.

Chrissy's sketch was a little challenging and I was thinking for a while whether I should go with a graphic design theme or a nature theme. 
When I saw Donna's cascaded rose card, a light bulb went on - Orchids!
I have Altenew's classy orchid stamps but I haven't used them. I thought this was a perfect opportunity to play with them. 

I heat-embossed the flowers and the buds on a piece of parchment, colored them with Zig markers, and die cut them. I drew the stem with Zig markers and Prismacolor pencils. I lightly colored the card base with Oxide Ink using a clarity brush and stamped the sentiment in Versafine.

Here's a close-up of the flowers:

Actually, I made 3 cards for the sketch - One of them was ruined because I accidentally dropped liquid glue on the card base after I finished the card ...😢
The other card I made is this:

I used specialty vellum (it has a sheen to it) instead of parchment, darkened the colors of the flowers, and pasted the front panel on black cardstock. I carefully drew the stem with Prismacolor pencils.
However, I liked the first simpler card better after all. I'm sure you all have experienced this: the amount of time and energy you spend on a card doesn't always correlate with the end result. Sometimes it's frustrating but I guess that's what makes card-making challenging and fun. 😊 

Thanks for visiting me today! 

Stamp: Oriental Orchid (Altenew), That Is All (WPlus9)
Paper: Neenah Cardstock (Solar White - 110 lb)
, Parchment (Grafix Arts)
Ink: VersaMark (Tsukineko), Zig Clean Color Brush Marker (Yellow, Orange, Light Violet, Pale Green, Light Green - Kuretake), Distress Oxide (Wilted Violet - Ranger), Versafine (Onyx Black - Tsukineko), Colored Pencils (Grass Green, Dark Brown - Prismacolor)
Accessories: Oriental Orchid Die (Altenew), Embossing Powder (Liquid Platinum - Ranger),
Die-namics A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX (My Favorite Things)