Sunday, June 26, 2016

Life's a Beach - CYCI #126

The challenge for my first week as a Design Team member at Can You Case It is to use dies on your card. I started my card making addiction with a Cricut, so I eschewed die cutting for a long time. But I also never used the Cricut! Then I bought a better Cricut, and also never used it. Then I finally decided to buy some dies and use my Cuttlebug for the purpose it was intended. It took me a little while to get over busting up the perfect, plastic plates, but once I did, I never looked back. It didn't take me long to want a Big Shot, and now I love die cutting a whole lot.

I have been on an ocean kick lately, so this beach card practically made itself...well, if you don't count all the cranking I had to do to the Big Shot. I found this amazing sand looking paper at my local scrapbook store, and HAD to use it to make a sand castle! I hope to see you play along with the challenge this week.

Products used:
Impression Obsession Die182-K (Mini Beach Fun)
Impression Obsession Die078-F (Sea Birds)
Impression Obsession Die190-C (Beach Chair and Flip Flops)
Memory Box Stitched Clouds
Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangles
My Favorite Things Fishtail Flags
My Favorite Things Stitched Basic Edges
Art Impressions SC0653 (Beach Babes)

Have a good day.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Birthday Surprise

You know how, as a child, you would look forward to your birthday all year, and when it finally came, it was all you imagined it would be.  You would receive gifts, and have cake, and all your relatives would gather to celebrate the mile marker that is another birthday in your life.  Then as you grow older, the party dies down.  You still receive gifts, maybe have a little cake, and sometimes go out to dinner for your birthday, but it doesn't hold quite the same magic as before.

Well, not for me, not this year!  Today is my birthday, and not only have a turned a year older, I have a surprise to announce.  By coincidence (or fate, if you will), I am being announced today, of all days, as a new Design Team member for the Can You Case It Challenge!

I am so looking forward to working with this group of very talented crafters, and I hope that I can inspire others to create!  I hope to see you play along with the challenges over the next few months! And I hope that your birthday will be as exciting as this one is for me.

Have a good day.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

CYCI #125 - Untraditional Baby Card

The challenge at Can You Case It this week is to use red, gray, white, and black. When I looked at the challenge, for some reason, I knew I had to make a baby card. Now those are very un-baby-like colors, but I was determined. I took out my supplies, and for a few hours, my determination felt futile. I stamped the onesie on white cardstock and the images with colored ink, but that felt so dull. Then I cut out layers of cardstock, but that was a no go. Then I tried to find some patterned paper in the right color scheme, but I couldn't make anything work. I kept getting more and more frustrated with this card, so I took a break to go shopping with a crafty friend. When I came back to the card, I was refreshed and even more determined to finish it.

Thankfully, sometimes determination brings great triumph. I found the right combination of layers, die cut the images and placed them on Distress sponged onesies, and hung them with mini-clothespins on a clothesline of black and white baker's twine. This will definitely be a hand delivery card, but the clothespins are the finishing touch it needed. So after struggling for 6 hours, the card came together and I simply adore the end result.

Products used:
Clearly Besotted Little Onesie stamps and dies
Tim Holtz Distress ink - Candied Apple and Hickory Smoke
Tim Holtz silver Deco Sheets
SSS Cardstock - Black, Slate, and Schoolhouse Red

Have a good day.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Guest Designer for CYCI #124

For the first time ever, today I am a Guest Designer!  EEK!!  The wonderful ladies over at the Can You Case It blog have asked me to create a card for the challenge this week, which is a Watercolor Sketch Challenge.  I'm so excited to play along.

I started by stamping the flowers with the Lawn Fawn Flutter By stamp set with Versafine ink, and clear heat embossing it.  I then used my Gansai Tambi watercolors to paint in the flowers and leaves.  The sentiment is from the MFT Birthday Sentiments stamp set, and fits quite nicely.  I finished off the card with some Simon Says Stamp Moonshine sequins.

I hope to see you come play along with the Can You Case It challenge, and as always,

Have a good day.


Sunday, June 5, 2016

CYCI #123 - Star Glittered Banner

The theme this week over at the Can You Case It blog is a color challenge to use red, white, and blue. Of course that pointed me right down the 4th of July path, so I followed. I went to my inventory and looked for anything patriotic or 4th of July themed, and I have nothing! Ohmygoodness! What is a girl to do? 

After thinking for a little bit, I remembered that I had a background die from Memory Box called Star Garlands, that has stars hanging from strings. Ok, so that's a start. How do I get the red, white, and blue colors in? Distress ink the background, of course. So I used the Candied Apple and Blueprint Sketch distress ink minis to add color to the background, and placed the die cut out of Tim Holtz silver glitter paper. (Side note:  Do you know how difficult it is to die cut glitter paper?) 

So, the background is done. Now to find a focal point. I scoured the internet for patriotic digi stamps, and found a freebie at Whimsie Doodles called July4Day, and she is really cute! I colored her up with my Copics, and used the Gina Marie Scalloped Stitched Oval diesSSS Stitched Oval dies, SSS Blue Violet cardstock, and SSS Lipstick Red cardstock to mat the image. I finished off the card with some star confetti and Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequins.

Have a good day.