Sunday, March 17, 2019

Sassy Smiles - Do whatever makes your guts grin!

Hello it's Michelle here today from Seashell Creations and I have a fun card for you using the "Sassy Smiles" stamp set.  I love the sassy sayings in this set, they make me LOL. Who doesn't want their guts to grin!    
Firstly I stamped the "Smile" in Versafine Black ink and while it was still wet I sprinkled some clear glitter embossing powder over it and heated it with my heat gun.  Then I stamped the rest of the sentiment underneath.  There are so many fun sayings to stamp with this "Smile"! What about, "You're my best friend and there's nothing you can do about it". Haha!
I wanted some pretty flowers to go with this one so I pulled out the Peaceful Garden and Peace and Comfort stamp sets and used the flowers and leaves in those two sets.  No colouring on this card, just stamping so nice and simple.

And here's a close up of the sparkly "Smile".

Thanks for looking and don't forget you can use my special discount code for a 15% discount in the shop.

Friday, March 15, 2019

I'm still younger than you!!!!!

Hi everyone and I bet your ready for the weekend as much as I am!! I'm back today with my second 'Girl Friday' post for March and this one is a doozy, so grab a BIG cup of coffee, an EVEN BIGGER packet of chocolate biscuits and settle in for possibly something new......

I love die-cutting!! Stamps are fantastic but I love die-cutting so much and any way I can find to get the shapes and designs I want with my dies on a card, makes me very happy indeed. And I found one! Well, for me anyway....someone else has probably already come up with this and I'm usually a bit behind with my techniques so I'm sorry if you've seen this before....

I've always wanted to create a circle or pattern with my dies where the die-cuts are of an equal distance. My eye-sight is terrible so I could never eye-ball it and it frustrated me so much....until......I realised I could do this by using my Gina K. Design Wreath Builder Template and any stamp set with matching dies! This is what I did:

Using the 4x4 inch template, I cut a piece of white cardstock the same size as the whole template. I used temporary tape to adhere the template on top of cardstock and put in my MISTI. Using a flower from the Mon-Ami stamp set
I set it up to stamp in all four corners. I then used it again to stamp in the other four corners.

This is what you end up with. You could use whatever colour or type of ink you liked as it depends on whether you want to use the die-cut flowers again or not. I removed the template and grabbed the matching Mon-Ami Fleur Fri-die and die-cut every flower.

I now have a PERFECT circle/wreath of die-cut flowers!! Now you could simply colour the flowers you just die-cut and in-lay them back in but I went a bit further.....

I trimmed the panel down so that it would sit on a 4.5x4.5 inch card base with room around it. I held it in place with some washi tape and stamped the flower in each die-cut hole.

I was then able to add foam tape to the back of the die-cut panel and pop it up PERFECTLY over the stamped flowers. You won't believe how excited I was that this worked and I have MILLIONS of ideas of different cards to make with this technique.

All I had to do then was die-cut a circle of white cardstock with one of the Ornament Tag Fri-dies (which turned out to fit perfectly in the middle of my wreath), stamp a sentiment from Frankly'isms and pop it up on foam tape. I glued on some sequins from Neat and Tangled and a clear jewel on each flower from Studio Katia. Ta-Da!!  What do you think??

 I really hope this has given you a different way to look at your stamp sets with matching dies. And if your thinking of purchasing any of the products I used today or any others from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps don't forget to use my special code to save yourself some money!!

Whew, that was one long blog post and I hope your still hanging in there with me. Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll see you back here again soon with some new card ideas.

Take care


Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Birthday Cards Using Paper Scraps and CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Sentiments

Hello everyone!! Nora here on the blog today to show you some fun cards I created using up paper scraps and some fun CAS-Friday Sentiment stamps.

I don't know about you but I have a TON of paper scraps and my drawers only are getting fuller. I challenged myself to use up some of the scraps by making two birthday cards, one for a boy and one for a girl. I created a step-by-step for the girl card. My cards were inspired by a card I found on Pinterest that used pre-made products and I thought it would be fun to reproduce with stamps.

My first step was to stamp and heat emboss in white all the sentiments I was going to use. Some I masked, others I used the whole strip.

Next I created a card front stenciling over different sized circles with Twisted Citron Distress Ink.

At first I was going to just do a few circles but I got carried away!!

I then started placing the strips around the card, trying to figure out where I wanted them to go. I wound up fussy cutting the "celebrate" sentiment and placed that where I wanted it to go using foam adhesive. I adhered the rest around it.

My last step was to add some pink and green sequins. Who doesn't like a birthday card with some sparkle?

The second card I produced for a boy and used a black striped pattern paper as the background.

Instead of "celebrate," I chose to use the HB2U as the centerpiece. I fussy cut it out, then topped it off with some clear sparkle and Glossy Accents.

Well that is all form me today. I hope this inspires you to look through your scraps and stamp sentiments to create some of your own fun cards. Use my code NORASENTME to get 15% off your total order at CAS-ual Friday Stamps.

Have a FABULOUS Wednesday!!

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Monday, March 11, 2019

A Pastel Rainbow Alcohol Ink Background

Lisa here and today I'm sharing with you an alcohol Ink pastel rainbow background made using Copic marker refills!!  I knew I wanted a little softer look for this background and I turned to my copic refills because I knew I had some really light colors I could use.

I started by picking out my colors first and laid them in the order I wanted to use them.  You have to work quickly with this technique so if you have separate applicators set up for each color, that's easiest, however, I only had one applicator and then took out as many pads as I had colors.   Then I cut a panel from some Yupo Paper.

I quickly worked my way down the paper.  I dropped a few drops of blending solution and then a few drops of the ink refill across the paper...maybe 4 light drops.  Then I took my applicator and dragged it across the paper.  I moved to the next color and did the same all the way down the paper.  Remember that your colors are going to move together so choose colors next to each other that blend well... the fun thing is it's easy enough to play with the colors because you can always start over!  I did go over a couple areas more than once to make the color a little darker, but in the end I got the exact look I was hoping for!

While I waited for the panel to dry which really doesn't take very long at all, I cut all of my pieces... that beautiful heart from the Heart Board Fri-Dies from some purple glitter paper; the beautiful Big Hope Fri Die from some purple foiled paper; the Bubble Box Fri Die from white cardstock (embossed this with a folder);  and I used the same yellow from my background to color the little bit of Yupo scrap that was left from cutting my background panel and then used the 4 Petals Fri Dies for my flowers.

I layered it all together and added some purple gems to the centers of my sweet yellow flowers.  And it was fun to alternate thicknesses of foam tape to every other heart cut out to accentuate each individual piece.

I absolutely love this Big Hope die... I cut it a couple more times from plain old cardstock so I could stack them.  I love the dimension it gives to your word die cuts.  And then I completed my sentiment using the small "hang in there" from the Somebunny Stamp Set... a cute little pick me up for a friend that's having a rough time.  I love to mix and match my sentiments from various stamp sets... you never know what will make a great combo!

And there you have it.. a pastel alcohol ink rainbow!  

Thanks so much for stopping and hope you've enjoyed your stay!  Be sure to come back often for more Cas-ual Fridays Inspiration!

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Saturday, March 9, 2019

Your inner sparkle card

Hello my dear crafty friends and welcome to my new CAS- ual Fridays post.
Today I am going to share my new lovely sparkle card  made with one single CAS- ual Fridays   stamp  and one CAS- ual Fridays matching die.
Lately I am in this glittery mood and unicorns are the best fit for the glitters and sparkles.

The background was made over the adhesive paper with a stencil. First the blue layer of glitter was added over the stencil and then the clear glitter was added on the rest of the adhesive paper with the stencil off the paper.
The unicorn was stamped and die cut with the matching die and then the background black die cut was glued for the shadow.

The sentiment was stamped with black permanent ink and then inked with pink mist over it.
I decided to add the flower cluster to make it even more sparkling and festive.

Here are the stamp and the die used to make this lovely card:

See how easy it is to make this  card with just one great CAS- ual Fridays stamp set and one single die. 
 Hope that you like my  card and you still have time to buy yourself these gorgeous stamps from CAS- ual Fridays shop. 
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See you in two weeks with another lovely creations made with CAS- ual Fridays products.