Grateful for You

Hi all! When I placed my order with Concord & 9th the other day, I received this sweet Grateful for You stamp with my order.  It makes for more quick and easy cards!

Grateful for You

Isn’t this a sweet floral?  I stamped it in VersaFine Onyx and embossed it with clear embossing powder on watercolor paper.  I then colored the flowers with the latest Color Throwdown combo in mind.  Upon finishing it, I cut it out with a Pierced Rectangle STAX die and added some fun foam for dimension on the back.  I had some really heavy duty navy cardstock from many moons ago in my stash.  There is a faint stripe in the card and it isn’t navy on both sides.   I used the Tuesday Morning Sketch again for this week. I love the simplicity of it.  For the edges, I added little navy pearls — the bottom line went on fine and the top started to come off the adhesive (grr!) or fling all over the place when I tried to use my tweezers (insert eyeroll here!).

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Hope to see you again soon!

~Cammy

Challenge Submissions

Color Throwdown — #460

Tuesday Morning SKetches – #420

 

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Christmas Cheer & Happy New Year

Hi all!  I’m here with a über-CAS Christmas card.  I ordered from Concord & 9th and just adored the new Christmas sets.  I hadn’t tried coloring on kraft cardstock, so I decided to give that a try.

CAS Penciled Lights

I stamped the Christmas light wreath in Sweet Tooth ink from MFT.  I then embossed over it with white embossing powder.   I picked traditional Christmas colors and quickly colored in the lights.  After coloring, I stamped the sentiment in VersaFine Onyx and embossed it with clear.  I found white wasn’t crisp enough for the small sentiment.  To top it off, I added some Wink of Stella to each light.  Since I’m considering this an option for mass production, I didn’t add any further embellishments. {Plus, I think I need to expand my selection of Nuvo colors — it currently consists of two.}

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Hope to see you again soon!

~Cammy

Challenge Submissions

CAS on Fridays — #116 Color Me Pretty, use pencils or markers

The Merry Christmas Challenge — #34 Anything Goes Christmas

 

 

Mermaid Kisses, Starfish Wishes

Hi all!  I’m keeping up with The Daily Marker 30 Day challenge and this time, I am trying to actually make cards with my colored images.  I gave away a lot of my stash of cards, so now I’m hoping to get it built back up.

Today I have a shaker card with minimal bulk.

Mermaid Shaker

I love these little mermaids from Love, Cynthia.  Just Keep Swimming has three mermaids, some sweet sea life friends and sentiments.  This was actually two days worth of coloring for the coloring challenge.  First, I created my background.  I used the Dainty Scallop Cover Up from MFT (retired — a MASSIVE amount of my stash is now retired!) and created a stencil.  I watercolored the scallops with my lone two Distress Oxide Inks — Wilted Violet and Broken China.IMG_4158

The next day, I stamped a pair of mermaids and some sea friends in VersaFine Onyx and embossed them with clear embossing powder.  I used my Distress Oxide Inks to color the mermaids and some Zig Clean Color Markers to color the sea friends.  I fussy cut them out and started on a shaker card.  I knew I wanted to do this with minimal bulk.

I cut my window with the largest Stitched Rectangle Frame die {NOT retired!}.  I selected Stardream Metallic cardstock that I’ve had in my stash since we were planning our wedding in 2004! I believe the color is Kunzite, which is a really soft and pretty purple.  I added a piece of overhead transparency to the back of my frame die cut.  To make everything match up perfectly, I used the frame from Blueprints 13 to cut my watercolored scallop background.  I glued my background to a card base of the same color.

Ages ago, I won a jar of decorative confetti bits at a shoebox swap.  You know how you can get sprinkles for your ice cream in a divided jar?  Well, this is confetti bits — with loads of warnings that it is NOT food printed all over it.  It contains stars, hearts, stars & moons, and bitty flowers.  I’ve used it a few times, but there are enough sprinkles in there for a load of shaker cards!  I poured some of the hearts onto my background.  Then I added scor-tape on the inside of my frame.  Given that all of my shaker bits were in the center, I should have been able to just glue it down, no problem.  NOPE!  Somehow a bunch of those little buggers got onto the adhesive before it was completely flat.  So I just added more scor-tape to those areas and pressed down firmly.

I then added my mermaids and sea friends to the front of the card.  I wasn’t about to stamp on the transparency and didn’t want to add a sentiment strip.  So I stamped Mermaid Kisses and Starfish Wishes on a panel for the inside.  I can say that embossing on the Stardream Metallic is not 100% — things can get a bit dodgy there.

Mermaid Shaker Shaking

There you have it!  A sweet shaker card!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Hope to see you again soon!

~Cammy

 

Challenge Submissions

Die Cuttin’ Divas — #334 3D, Shaker or Shaped card

My Time to Craft — #354 Under the Sea 

 

CAS Monarchs

Hi all!  Today I have a card I made into a set of notecards for my cousin (little sister, really) who unexpectantly lost her mom in July.  Her mom loved butterflies, specifically monarchs, so I made her a set of these to send to special family members.

Erin's Monarchs

I went very CAS for these cards.  Using the MFT Flutter of Butterflies – Lace, I created her monarchs.  I cut the largest butterfly in three different colors to create the monarch.  I glued each butterfly to a Pierced Rectangle STAX die cut (retired) and then popped in each of the orange pieces.  I popped that panel up on some fun foam and onto a white card base.  I asked if she wanted a sentiment on the card and she said no, so I left it blank.  Finally, I went to town with a white gel pen to add the dots and added a touch of sparkle with some Wink of Stella.

This card will be entered into the following challenges:

AAA Cards CAS Challenges — #98 Creatures Great or Small

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Hope to see you again soon!

~Cammy

 

You Crushed It

Hi again!  Today I’m back with another card — I’m impressing myself greatly by the streak and roll I’m on HA!  My husband and I are tennis fans and have been watching a lot of the US Open this week.  I’ve been so impressed by the US ladies and Sloane Stephens was phenomenal.  A great comeback story and an incredibly talented, gracious and beautiful young woman {her smile can light up Arthur Ashe!}.

So my coloring today was inspired by her win in the US Open final.

Ala Sloane

I pulled out an old Ala Mode from MFT Stamps, I’ve Met My Match.  I decided to try Kathy Rac’s watercoloring with Distress Inks.   I’ve watercolored with dye inks before, but never really thought to use them on a people image.   I had to blend quite a few colors to get to the tones I wanted, but I’m pretty happy with this.  The sketch is the current Tuesday Morning Sketch sketch (#419).  I added a sentiment from MFT’s Soda Pop set.

TMS #419

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Hope to see you again soon!

~Cammy

You’re Aces With Me!

Hi all!  Happy Friday!  I have a very clean and simple card today, featuring a fantastic Birdbrain image from From the Heart Stamps.  It breaks my heart that we lost Faith in July and I think of her every time I see or use one of her fabulous images.

You're Aces With Me

Out of Faith’s images, the Birdbrains were always my favorites.  I used the Birdbrain Card Sharks here and made it the focal point of the entire card panel.  {There are 11 sentiments to choose from in this set!}  I colored up my birds in a variety of grays — hoping this works for the current Color Throwdown challenge of red, black and white.  The only addition I made was some Diamond Glaze to their eyeballs (my Glossy Accents EXPLODED everywhere — OY what a mess!).

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Hope to see you again soon!

~Cammy

One Special Person…

Hi all!  I’m excited to have a card for the latest MFT Card Challenge sketch again!  Two weeks in a row!!

MFTWSC349 EC Ski Anniversary

A very special couple is celebrating their anniversary this weekend.  This quote from Rita Rudner {CS About Anniversaries – retired} is perfect for them! I stamped the Romantic Script Background stamp in Grout Gray on a piece of white cardstock, cut with Blueprints 13.  I cut two Pierced Traditional Tag STAX {retired} from Smokey Shadow and Soft Stone {PTI} and stamped the Rita Rudner quote in Steel Grey.  I then cut three small Pierced Fishtail Flags {also retired}.  A trio of little rhinestones and pearls finished it off, keeping it rather simple for mailing.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Hope to see you again soon!

~Cammy

 

Challenge Entries:

MFT Card Challenges — MFTWSC349

Aud Sentiments Challenge — #188 Anything Goes + Sentiment