Wednesday, 29 October 2014

STAMPlorations Spotlight Project: Quick and Easy CAS One Layer

Hi friends!
See the fab Joyful Stamp Set by STAMPlorations above? I used it for creating this quick, easy to mail one layer CAS card... And am sharing a simple photo tutorial on how to make it at STAMPlorations blog. I hope you'll check out the tutorial and leave me a comment there! 

Psst... Have you heard of STAMPlorations stamp club? Joyful is the 5" by 7" stamp set  STAMPlorations is offering for October/November. Stamp club members can get this set for just $21 with FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE! Check out the Bi-Monthly Stamp Club  Here. 

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Vellum and Die Cuts

Hi guys!
Here's a quick Christmas card I made for the current Addicted to CAS Challenge: Vellum. I've heat embossed my Christmas sentiment (in Finnish) with white powder on vellum -I love the way that looks. The beautiful die cut poinsettia and leaf swirl come form Loll, she sent me a set of these last year and luckily I still have some left for this year's Christmas cards too. :) Thank you Loll, that was such an awesome gift! This post is a quickie, work calls... But have a fun day everyone!

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Happy Birthday Shirley!

Hi all!

My STAMPlorations team mate Shirley is celebrating her birthday today, woo hoo! There's a linky party for her honor in Maria's blog, thank you Maria for organizing the celebrations!

Shirley is not only an amazing card maker but a stamp designer too: her own stamp line Bee's Knees is available here and in my card I've used her stamp called CityGirl. I've combined it with VIGNETTE: It's Your Day sentiment stamp. The jacket of my CityGirl is paper pieced with pale pink card which I've "dottyfied" with white gel pen. The edges of the jacket are also sponged with pink ink for added dimension. Apart from the jacket the image is colored with Copics. I kept this super CAS -I tried to add embellies but I liked it better without!

I hope you like my card Shirley! It's on it's way to you... Fashionably late. :) Happy Birthday!

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Photo Inkspiration at Inkspirational!

Hello friends!
We have a fun new photo inspiration challenge for you at Inkspirational! Owls are very special birds aren't they and there's so many fun owl stamps around that would be perfect for our photo inspiration... But remember you could also be inspired by the colors and/or the shapes in the photo, you don't have to use an owl -or any bird -in your card. I love the creative freedom photo inspirations give! I hope you'll check out the fun cards by our DT and the talented guest designer Maura from the challenge blog.

My tag is not at all CAS this time, there's a lot going on and to be honest I'm not sure if I like it... But I'll give it to some of my nieces with their Christmas present and maybe they will like the cuteness of it. I do love Walter the Owl from Willow Designs -unfortunately not available anymore. I colored him with Copics and added golden Stickles to the "fluffy" parts of his hat + gave his eyes a glossy treatment. :) "Hyvää Joulua" is Merry Christmas in Finnish and the blue snowflakes are stamped with Hero Arts Neon Blue ink I got some days ago -LOVE those inks, want more!! How many ink pads can one own?!? You who are wiser than me, let me know. :) 

Happy crafting, I hope to see you at Inkspirational!

Thursday, 23 October 2014

"Birds of a feather flock together" at TIME OUT

Hi friends!
There's a new challenge for you at TIME OUT Challenges: We are inspired by words

"Birds of a feather flock together" 

This might lead you to birds, love, feathers... My inspiration is obvious although the two lovebirds (stamps by Avocado Arts) look quite small in comparison with the big punched leaves... And maybe the double-frame looks a bit heavy too.. In case you didn't yet realize it, this card is definitely not one of my favorites!! :) Sometimes you have a clear vision of what you want to make and then it just doesn't work.. No matter how many days (!) you try to put the card together. Maybe a re-make next week. :)

I hope to see you all playing along at TIME OUT! If you need more inspiration, check out the DT cards here: I just love our DT and the cards the girls provide us every time. Beautiful work challenge after challenge! We also have a guest designer, Jill V, she made a stunning Christmas card with birds... Great idea, Christmas is soon around the corner!! 

Happy crafting everyone!

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Happy Birthday Debra!

Happy Birthday STAMPlorations girl Debra!
We are celebrating Debra's birthday at STAMPlorations with a wonderful array of cards here. I hope you'll check out all the fun cards we made for Debra... And if you don't know her, check out her blog: she is a very skillful colorer and makes the cutest cards with artsy, personal touch. Have a look! 

In my card I've used several STAMPlorations stamps and I suggest you have a visit at the store here for having a look of all the great stamps available right now! I'm quite happy with the background but I'm so sorry Debra... The stamping on vellum didn't work out at all this time... I thought my ink would work well with vellum but no! So it's a mess... Don't touch it when you get the card (fashionably late by the way)... It's probably still wet! :) Some drops and pretty ribbon are trying to draw the attention away from the messy sentiment... Hee hee! Anyways, congrats again Debra and I hope you were spoiled today! 

Monday, 20 October 2014

New Sketch at STAMPlorations!

HI friends!
We have a new sketch for you at STAMPlorations! It's a very versatile sketch, good for both CAS and more layered looks. In my DT project (created with Joyful and Christmas Flower stamp sets) I followed the sketch by coloring in only the wreath in the center of the card -as you can see the other wreaths have just outlines. I sponged the edges of my stamped panel with green DI:s for vintage look and chose red and kraft for my other colors -a very traditional Christmas color combo. The copics used in my wreath are YG03, G21 and YG67 for green and R27 and R59 for red. I also added some white gel pen to the berries for "light". The sentiment is heat embossed with white. This must be one of my favorite STAMPlorations Christmas sentiments! :)

I hope you'll now head on over to STAMPlorations challenge blog for all the challenge details. There's a beautiful display of DT cards there for your inspiration, you don't want to miss them! Our guest designer this time is Leslie: she made a beautiful card using digi products from All About Scrapping that you have a change to win too if you enter our challenge! Don't forget our monthly challenge (the theme is embossing) is also still running here. Happy crafting! 

The stamp sets I used: