Sunday, November 18, 2018

Simple Christmas Cards using the Mistletoe and Holly Stamp set and Matching Fri-Dies

Happy Sunday everyone!! Nora here on the blog with a way to make some simple Christmas cards that are easy to mass produce.

I started off each card by stamping the mistletoe image in Mistletoe and Holly on a piece of white card stock measuring 4" by 5 1/4" so that it was off set on the bottom right and the top left of the panel. 

I then went in and stamped the mistletoe again in the areas I thought needed it.

Next I stamped the sentiments from the same set, using a different ink color on each card. I get bored mass producing cards so I change it up just a bit where I can to keep my attention.

I colored all the white panels in using Copic markers and then filled in the berries with either white or red Nuvo Crystal Drops.

When the berries dried, I added the panels onto three different colored A2, top folding card bases and decorated the cards a tiny bit differently on each. For the card above, I added a frame around the outer edge and then some  sequins around the sentiment.

For this card I used the matching Mistletoe Fri-Dies to die cut the red bow and popped it above the black sentiment.

On my blue card, I not only popped the bow up using foam adhesive added a bow but used some sparkle over it to give it some shine.

I hope you enjoyed these cards and they inspire you to create some of your own cards in bulk. If you would like to shop, use my code NORASENTME to get 15% off your total order.

I thank you for stopping by and will see you again soon!! Don't forget to stay connected with 
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Friday, November 16, 2018

Merry Christmas Hanging Stockings!!

Hello Crafty Friends!! 
Larissa here today to share a Simple and Elegant Christmas Card, that would be PERFECT for mass producing!! 
 I started with some Patterned Paper from Carta Bella Christmas 6x6 Paper Pad!! I added some Picket Fence Distress Paint Splatters to resemble Snowflakes Falling!! Then I Die Cut the Merry Christmas Sentiment using the NEW Merry Christmas Fri-Dies!! I Cut 3 Die Cuts from White Cardstock and then Die Cut the Top Layer from some Therm O Web Deco Foil Toned Sheets that I had Foiled using some Gold Ore Deco Foil!! I LOVE the look of Foiled Sentiments especially during the Holidays and its SO EASY to do with the Toner Sheets!! I used one of the Negative Pieces as my template to glue all of the layers together!! Then adhered the Words onto my Card Front using the Negative as my guide to get exact placement!!
I wanted to Hang some Stockings from the Christmas Word so I Stamped and Embossed the Stocking Images from NEW Naught'isms Stamp Set 3 times!! Then I used Copic Markers to Color them in!! (N2 for the White areas, R43, R46 & R89 for the Red area and YG97 and YG99 for the Green area) I Die Cut them out using the coordinating Naughty Fri-Dies!! I added some Tonic Studios Blizzard Glitter Nuvo Drops to the White Areas and let it Dry over night!! Then I added some Gold Thread to the Stockings using a Needle to poke through the Patterned Paper and making them appear to be Hanging from the Christmas Word by the Gold Thread!! I added some 3D Foam Square to the back of the Stockings to make them POP up off the Card Front!! 

THANKS SO MUCH for stopping by and I hope you have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!!  

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Larissa Heskett  

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Send A Little Hope With The Big Hope Fri-Die

Hello lovelies! I have a lovely, little card to share today - made with my favourite die of the new release - the Big Hope Fri-Die. I love the size of the sentiment, which is wonderful for a stand-alone sentiment, and it works well when used with another, little sentiment.

To make my card, I selected a text-based cardstock, then used some distress inks in autumnal colours to work a little colour onto the cardstock. I then made a vellum shaker to add to the front of the card, which contains sequins in similar colours. 

I die-cut three sentiments from a wood-effect cardstock, then layered them to create a raised sentiment, before I added it to the card. To finish, I added a smaller sentiment sticker (I think a smaller, stamped, sentiment would also look lovely, right?) and some extra sequins, before I ran the card through my sewing machine for a little bit of extra texture.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Snowy Sleighride

Hello everyone!   Kimberly here today to share a cute critter card using a few old favorites and a few new products from CAS-ual Fridays' holiday release!

I die cut the sleigh from glitter paper and the interioer from some holiday paper I found in my stash.   I thought the adorable fox from Bushy Tailed would fit perfectly within the sleigh, and I was delighted to see I was right!   I stamped and colored him in with Copics and die cut him with the coordinating Fri-die.   I stamped the beginning portion of the sentiment (from Dashing), with green ink, then die cut the Snow word from the new Snow Fri-dies set once from gold glitter paper and once from green cardstock.   I love that swirly font, but it was a bit too large to fit nicely on my card, so I carefully snipped away the swirly bits.   I layered the two die cuts offset just a touch and adhered it to the card.  I coating of Glossy Accents to the sentiment finished off my card!

I hope you've enjoyed my card today!  I will see you all again here on the CFS blog soon!   Remember, if you would like to do some shopping, feel free to take advantage of my special coupon code, KIMBERLYSENTME, to save 15%!  



Monday, November 12, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving! Getting More Use From Your Dies and Stamps

Lisa here and today I'm going to share with you a card I made using some themed dies but used them in maybe an unexpected way.  Here's what I made:

So I was chatting with a friend and she was talking about her decision to buy the Ornament Tag Fri-Dies over the Acorn Fri-Dies... of course she wanted both, but sometimes you have to choose and I thought .. yeah... because it will soon be time to switch from autumn themed cards to Christmas so it made sense... and then I thought about the ornament die and thought... why not use it for an autumn themed card?!  Ornaments aren't just for Christmas!

I had planned on making a Thanksgiving card already and colored this little fox from the Bushy Tailed stamp set because I knew I was going to use him along with the Acorn Fri-Dies.   I colored him with Copics and texturized him using some terrycloth and blending solution (a quick photo tutorial regarding this is here if you missed it). 

Then when I decided on the ornament, I pulled out some pretty autumn colored papers and cut out my pieces to create a shaker.  This is my favorite way to use the Ornament Tag Fri-Dies, but you don't have to make a shaker with it!  It's very versatile!  

And when I thought about what I'd fill my shaker with I decided a few acorns would be cute!  So I stamped some of the tiny acorns from the Autumn Blessings set in a sand colored ink and did a little no line coloring... cut them out and added them to my mix... I'll be honest.  I was a little worried about them possible flipping over so I glued them in place.  I didn't want them to look glued in place or get covered so a couple I glued on top of a sequin and stuck one under my popup tape and glued that in place.  I love the way they look!

Then I die cut some leaves using the Acorn Fri-Dies out of some paper that was previously created using the Shaving Cream Technique (I'll think I'll share this oldie but goodie with you next post!) and some flowers from the Garden Fri-Dies were cut out of some previously watercolored paper).

And!  In the spirit of stretching your products, I used the Happy word die from the newly released Happy Hanukkah Fri-Dies and stamped and embossed the Thanksgiving from the Autumn Blessings stamp set to build my sentiment.

And as a side note... she did end up getting!

One more look:

Hope you've enjoyed your stop today!  And hope I've inspired you to look at some of your stash in a different way!  Should you decide to shop, here's this for you:

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

One Layer Sparkly Wish

Hey lovelies, Tracy here with you today. I hope you're having an awesome weekend :) 

When I am thinking of what to create for a card inspiration comes to me in many ways, the most common is just from looking through my stash. This is how this card came to me, I knew I wanted to make a one layer card but wasn't sure which direction to go in. 
I came across the Shenanigans stamp set and the make a wish sentiment stood out to me and it just went from there. 

I started creating the card base which is 5.5"x 4.1/4" and is using Neenah. I then dug out my oxides, it was very tempting to throw some greens or purples in there, but for once I stuck with a blue sky...I know I was shocked myself.
I used the following Distress Oxides - 
Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Blueprint Sketch, Faded Jeans & Black Soot. 
I wanted to add some splatter to break it up a bit, but instead of using water I used Spectrum noir Gold Sparkle pen...If you have Sparkle pens this is great way to use them and look at the sparkle. 
Once that was dry I die cut the star from some gold glitter card using the Stars Fri-Dies and stamped the sentiment in black ink. 
For the star I wanted to pop it up a little, but not too much so I used a glue dot to add that little bit of dimension. 
A clean and simple inky card that can be done in so many different colorways. 

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend, thank you so much for stopping by today. 
Happy crafting 

Friday, November 9, 2018

Happy Hanukkah Mixed Media card

Hanukkah is just around the corner and as CAS- ual Fridays have the most beautiful Hanukkah stamps and Fri- dies this is a time to get yourself a few new items from the shop and to make a few new Hanukkah cards.
This time I decided to stay with die cutting  only and there is no stamping on this new card. But then there are a few background techniques that can be useful for non  stamping crafters or for these who want to make a set of cards with just dies and to try some Mixed Media easy techniques.

This card was made over the thick white cardstock without any patterned paper (not so much of  Hanukkah cardstock can be found in the shops).
I tried to stay in our traditional Hanukkah colors of blues and silver, but believe me you can use purples and gold, black and white or even reds and oranges of candle flames.
This is how it looks from the side: flat and fits the regular cheap mailing envelope.

And here is the main part- with both CAS- ual Fri- dies.

I used two sets of dies for this card: the first is the new and just released Happy Hanukkah Fri- dies set and the second is the older,but still much loved Happy Hanukkah Fri-n dies set.

Happy Hanukkah

And I made a full step by step photo tutorial for you all too.

1.Cover the card front with 3 strips of painters tape (repositionable tape to use for painting lines).

2.Use inks (I used American Crafts Mixed Media inks for this card) to ink the first strip on the card and then move the strips and ink all other parts with different blue ink colors.

3. Die cut the Star of David as shown and then arrange it inside with colors in the different spots.

4. Cover the card front with the stencil and use translucent texture paste over the stencil.
Let it dry for a few minutes.

5. Heat the dry paste and use silver foil and bone folder to add some distressed silver foil over the stencilled parts. This is not the usual way to use the foil, but  it worked without any laminators or other fancy tools. Anyway all I wanted is the get some silver over the texture paste lines, not to foil the stamped images.

6. Add some silver glitter drops over the die cut star as shown and let them dry.

7. Die cut the Happy Hanukkah and heat emboss it using VersaMark ink and glitter blue embossing powder.

8.Arrange the card and add more glitter glue drops over the card front.
Happy Hanukkah to you!

 I really hope that you like my Hanukkah card and my small tutorial.

And if you want to buy our fantastic Hanukkah dies in the shop- here is my discount code  for you to use:

See you soon again  with more CAS- ual Fridays inspiration!