Saturday, March 28, 2015

CAS(E) this Sketch!: CAS(E) This Sketch #116 Challenge

CAS(E) This Sketch #116 Challenge

Here's my submission for the CAS(E) this Sketch #116 challenge this week. I've been playing around with the Arianna Blooms and the Arianna Lace dies from Heartfelt Creations that I've had for awhile. 

One thing I've discovered is that I do like using thinner cardstock instead of more heavyweight cardstock when making these flowers. Thankfully I kept all the paper that I picked up at Archiver's through the years when they had the buy some get some for free! It seems to be the right weight will come in handy for flower making. 

I do apologize for the shadows on the photo. I just can't seem to find a decent place to take a photo. I've tried everywhere. Using the window in my craft room seems to be the best, but it's still not ideal to me. 


I love the dimension!

Other products used for this card were from Simon Says Stamp! I used the Thanks steel craft die style no. S202. I actually have two of these as I bought it twice! I'm trying to be careful not to do that. The sentiment is also from Simon Says Stamp! called Thanks SSS101347. I like this set because there are lots of sentiments to use with this die. It's pretty versatile because it also includes four thanks stamps that can also be used instead of the die. The card base is from PaperTrey Ink. The sentiment was stamped using Ranger Archival ink and of course I used my MISTI to stamp it!

I can see using the sketch below multiple times. I love how simple it is and can think of tons of different options for images and sentiments. I'm glad I decided to play along this week. 

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by! 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Love Blooms

Love Blooms 

No challenge for this card.  I was just playing around with a older Woodland Park background stamp from October Afternoon and several colors of Tim Holtz distress ink. I also wanted to use a flower die from Heartfelt Creations that I picked up awhile ago and haven't had a chance to work with. It's called Arianna Blooms and I love it!

For the background I stamped the Woodland Park image with versamark ink and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. I then inked the watercolor paper the six colors below below.

Here's a close up of the background and the flowers. I used Graphic 45's Bohemian Bazaar patterned paper for the flowers. This Arianna Blooms die is so versatile and can make so many different variations of flowers. I can't wait to play around with it some more. 

The sentiment is from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps called Bloom & Grow. 

I've been using my new MISTI and I love it! I think this will be very helpful for me because with my Rheumatoid Arthritis sometimes I have a difficult time stamping a good image. Just from trying it out with various stamps I think the purchase of this product was well worth it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Sweet Sunday Challenge 261


I've been very neglectful when it comes to my blog. Exhaustion is what I've been feeling. I always over estimate how much time I actually have. For awhile I thought I was doing pretty good keeping up with what I love.....challenges! The reality is there isn't much time left at the end of the day to be able to craft every night. So, I've decided I'll do the best I can and participate in them as time permits. I'm sure there will be times when I'll be able to do more than other times. I'm just going to have to live with that. 

This card was made for the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge. For the background paper and the butterfly I used some handmade paper I picked up at Dick Blick Art Supplies last spring. The red background paper feels like there are small beads all over the paper. I love the texture! The butterfly was diecut using a Poppystamps die called Theo Butterfly. The kraft and the black cardstock is from PaperTrey Ink. For my sentiment I used a stamp set from Hero Arts called Good Friends that I stamped with versamark and embossed with gold embossing powder. 

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 261

Hoping to share more cards and or projects on a more regular basis. Thanks for stopping by!
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