Friday, September 19, 2014

CFS: Hanukkah Fri-Dies

Hi Folks! We're at the end of a huge release for CAS-ual Fridays Stamps ... on this final day we're revealing the new Hanukkah Fri-Dies! For this card I've combined it with the coordinating 8 Happy Nights stamp set. 

I used thick glitter paper for the star of David and the die cut through very well. The ink background is from watering distress ink on an acrylic block and "smooshing" it (not smashing it, right Bobby?!) on the card base. Then I stamped the Dreidel song lyrics along the side a few times without reinking. The remaining die cuts and clear sequins are added in a cluster.

 I can't wait to send this to my Jewish friend and her family! They will be so surprised to get a Hanukkah card from me, I'm sure.

You're not going to want to miss checking out the other Ink Squad girls:

All stamps and dies from this week will be at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps on Saturday! Thanks for looking, and for stopping in all week! 
- Kelly

Thursday, September 18, 2014

CFS: Baby's First Christmas Card

Hi Folks! Today we're revealing Sleigh Bells and Bell Tag, a Christmas stamp AND die set for CAS-ual Fridays Stamps. Such a fun one! I adore the sleigh bell and die, and all the little sentiments you can fit onto it.

The sleigh bells are embossed in white, die cut, and then given a wash of watercolor. I started at the bottom of each bell and gave it more shading there. I'm so excited with the sentiments in this set ... out of all my stamps, this is the first and only "First Christmas" stamp I own.

The bells are strung on gold thread with tiny gold stars in between. I put foam tape behind the darker bells so they fall in front of the green bells.

The double sided paper is American Crafts, and the punches used on the white strips in front are Martha Stewart.
You're not going to want to miss checking out the other Ink Squad girls:

Thanks for looking, and come back over the rest of the week to see what else is new!!
- Kelly

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

CFS: Pinecones

Hi Folks! Are you ready for the fourth day of the new CAS-ual Fridays Stamps release? This set has some great pinecones, but there is also a pine tree sprig that I am MADLY in love with!

I stamped it three times to make this adorable little Christmas tree, plus a few more generational stampings. The greeting, which also comes in the set, is embossed on a strip of red paper that I just notched the ends. Woodgrain paper makes a nice little trunk, the seam of which is conveniently hidden under the banner. The embossed dots on the bottom are my representation of a snow-covered ground. And finally some blue and white polk-a-dot on the inside finishes it off. 

Like the wheat wreath stamp from the first day of this release, I love the pine branch so much that I kept playing around with it. I LOVE how easy this Christmas tree is to stamp, yet the finished tree fills such a large part of the card base. There are two different inks used here to make the tree a little more realistic, and some generational stamping as well. The sequins are vintage (they have such a rich finish to them ... in between gold and bronze) and the sentiment is embossed in bronze.

You're not going to want to miss checking out the other Ink Squad girls:

Thanks for looking, and come back if you can to see what else is new!!
- Kelly

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

My New Favorite Birthday Card ... Happy Dances, Bev!

It's my pleasure to wish Bev of Happy Dance a fabulous birthday! She doesn't always have it easy in life, but she always comes to the table with a positive outlook, and it's quite infectious. You can't come away from her blog without a huge smile on your face! 

My birthday card for Bev is inspired by her in two ways:
1) quite obviously for Bev's readers, the "Happy Dances" sentiment that Bev is known for; and
2) this awesome card that Bev stamped and colored ...

I was so excited when I saw it ... my mom and I used to pass the time coloring like this when I was a kid. When we ran out of coloring books, she would draw a large scribble and then we would color in the sections. So simple, but it was SO FUN!!

 I didn't have Bev's scribble stamp, but was excited to try my own doodles. They're a little wonky, but I'm telling myself that it adds to the whimsical feel : ) Also, since all my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers have dried out (so not happy about this!!!) I used watercolor instead. The softer feel ended up working out for this card.

Here's the paper inside ... it's American Crafts. The sentiment is die cut from AC glitter paper. I was pleased to find a "happy" sentiment with a doodled circle around it, although I guess I could have added that doodle around another "happy" stamp. The small "it's your birthday" is from Winnie & Walter's Bubble Talk. I didn't have that stamped at first, and the card looked unbalanced. Now I'm happy, and in fact, I think this is my new favorite birthday card!

Here's the envelope I made for it.

A few of us (who were organized by the ever-thoughtful Darnell) are posting our cards on gracious Ardyth's blog if you want to stop by and add your own well-wishes. 

[side note: did you know that if you typed "ardyth" in google search, MASKerade is the second result that comes up, only after novelist Ardyth Kennelly? Ardyth is the "Cher" of the card-making world, and beyond, it seems! I'm so jealous!! Then I type in "Darnell" and djkardkreations is the third result that comes up. We have famous friends, people!!!]

Anyway, thanks for sticking with this longer post. Happy Birthday, Bev!!

CFS: Must Love Snowflakes

Hi Folks! We're in the middle of a huge release for CAS-ual Fridays Stamps ... it's the third of SIX days of fun new stamps and dies. Today we get to reveal the Must Love Snowflakes set, and all the wonderful sizes and patterns of snowflakes included.

For this one-layer card, I masked off a strip for the sentiment, and then stamped varying sizes of snowflakes throughout the card with Versamark. The embossing powder is Silver Sparkle so it does catch the light when you move it around. To make the sentiment stand out more I embossed it in bright white, and then drew two lines with a white gel pen on the top and bottom of the masked area.

My intent was for the sentiment to be "dashing through" the snowflakes on the card. Since the front is just one layer, I was hoping to add a little zip by using a plaid patterned paper inside the card.

ETA: I totally forgot to post this card too, holy smokes! It's very simple, but I wanted all the white space to go with the "White Christmas" sentiment.

There are four different snowflakes here, all embossed in different colors and layered on top of each other. The middle is Martha Stewart glitter.

Check out the other Ink Squad girls to see what they've done with the set:

Thanks for looking, and see you tomorrow with another fun Christmas set!!
- Kelly

Monday, September 15, 2014

CFS: Snowflake Splendor

Hi Folks! We're in the middle of a huge release for CAS-ual Fridays Stamps ... it's the second of SIX days of fun new stamps and dies. Yesterday we covered fall, now settle in for five more days of Christmas and Hanukkah!!

The snowflake tree in this set is so cute! And why not make some in pink, right? These actually have two shades of pink and then Lady Bug Red on the bottom. I used the gold foil to extend the trees a little, and to make the center tree a little bigger than the other two. The center tree is also mounted on chipboard to give it some dimension.

The glitter paper is American Crafts POW and man is that a nice paper! It's got a very thin, plastic-ey backing which makes it nice for die cutting, and the glitter is part of the paper so it never rubs off. I got a great deal at a discount store and have a lot of it, so I need to start using it. I like how the color is a little non-traditional, yet goes with the pink and red. The inside is lined with a red and white dotted Pebbles paper.

   Thanks for looking, and come back over the rest of the week to see what else is new!! You're not going to want to miss checking out the other Ink Squad girls:

We're SO EXCITED to have Deepti, Marcie and Zoey join our team!!

- Kelly

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Altenew Guest Post (YAY!)

Hi folks! I'm so thrilled to have been invited to appear on the incredibly popular Altenew blog and share some new cards designed with stamps from their second release.  It's really amazing how they've only had two releases so far, but if you check out their store you'd think they've been around for years with the variety of products they have.  They are just that good!

 Here are some sneaks ...

If you'd like to see, head on over to check out my guest post!

As always, thanks for looking!