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Sunday, September 25, 2016

One More for CASology: Frame

Hello Everyone,
Time to play along with CASology again. When I saw the MFT background stamp "Bundles of Blossoms", I just knew I had to have it. It is so intricate and funky; I just love using it. At first I thought I would love colouring it, but I have to say that I love it just as it is, especially in simple black. So, I decided to use it for this challenge.
I stamped it with versafine Black Onyx and then clear embossed it. I used the Simon Says Stamp "Big Hello" die and die five hellos in black and then one from the stamped panel. I layered the five black hellos to create the shadow and glued the stamped hello slightly off-set. I love this camouflage technique. I then cut two of the largest stitched frames by Lawn Fawn and glued them together. I inked the frame with versamark and clear embossed that as well. Finally everything was adhered to a white card base. As a last touch, I added some clear Wink of Stella to the shadow and that just really finished everything perfect. Here is a close-up: it is hard to capture, but the glitter on the shadow is quite striking in real life.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Please feel free to leave a comment.

Happy Stamping,
Meg




Saturday, September 24, 2016

Playing along with CAS(e) This Sketch

Hello Everyone,
I am playing along with CAS(E) this sketch 191 this week. At first I was stumped; but, as I was photographing my entry for CASology this week (see post below), I had an "aha" moment. I decided to remake the card with a slight twist in the design to fit with the sketch. Here is the result:
This Santa is from the MFT set called "Jingle All the Way" and I think he is just too stinkin' cute! I think Mrs. Clause must have been working on a family photo album, and left a stack of polaroids on the coffee table *wink*. I love the way it turned out. By the way, the polaroid frame is from the Avery Elle set "Picture It".

Hope you are having a great weekend. Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to leave a comment - I love the feedback!

Happy Stamping,
Meg

CASology Week 216: Frame

Hello Everyone,
Today I am playing along with CASology. The cue card for this week is Frame. I saw this card on Ardyth Percy-Robb's blog and fell in love with that Santa. So, I finally bit the bullet and bought the "Jingle All The Way" set from MFT which features this little guy.


I also had the "Picture It" set from Averyelle, but had never used it. So I pulled it out and decided to frame my little Santa in a Polaroid snap shot! I love the way it turned out. The frame and the speech bubble are from the Averyelle set and the sentiments and Santa are from the MFT set.  The little holly is from a CASual Friday set called "Merry Kiss-mas". I love the way this card turned out.

Thanks for stopping by and as always, i would love to hear your feedback!

Happy stamping,
Meg

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Wow - What a way to comeback!

Hello Everyone,
No card to post, but hopefully I will have one later today. I am floored that my come back card was honoured with a win over at CAS(e) This Sketch. Here is my winner's badge. You can scroll down to the post below to see my card! Hmmm... Can't seem to figure out how to grab the badge. Here is the link to their blog.

Happy Stamping,
Meg

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Back in the saddle with CASe this Sketch 189



Hello Everyone,
It has been a looooooooong time since I last posted. No real reason other than regular getting in the way. I think I also lost my blogging mojo. Anyway, here I am trying to get back in the swing of things. I am going to get back into playing along with some challenges again. I have been in the Christmas card mode recently and when I saw the sketch over at CASe this Sketch, I knew I had to take the time to post.

This card uses three different stamp sets: the holly is from CASual Friday's "Merry Kiss-mas"; the globe is from Concord & 9th's "Map Love"; the Peace die is a Simon Says Stamp die, and the "...on earth" is from PTI's "Wonderful Words Holiday additions" - I cut it from a longer sentiment. I stamped the earth, the holly and the sentiment in Versamark and then heat embossed with Simon Says Stamp rose gold embossing powder. I coloured the holly with Copics and then cut the Peace out twice. Once from the panel and also from white craft foam.I backed the whole panel with foam and then pieced it back together, popping each letter up with its foam counterpart. It is super CAS and the rose gold is really striking in real life - it was hard to capture its glitteriness.

Anyway, it feels good to be back - I would love to hear your feedback. Promise to be back again soon.

Happy Stamping,
Meg

Monday, August 17, 2015

CASology: Aquatic


Hello Everyone,
Just dropping in quickly to get this card into the CASology challenge for this week. The cue card word is Aquatic. This made me think of the Simon Says Stamp Stencil "Waves". I love this stencil. First I masked off my panel and sponged the area completely with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink. Then I layered the stencil over and sponged again with Salty Ocean - I love this colour and the way it combines so beautifully with Peacock Feathers. I die cut the Simon Says Stamp Daisy and layered it on top of a fun foam die cut to give it dimension. I couldn't resist adding some Wink of Stella to the flower. I capped everything off with the bold black sentiment from Altenew's "Label Love" - this set has been out for awhile, but I just got it and am absolutely loving it.

I think the flow of the waves, the delicate glittery flower is the perfect juxtaposition for the bold sentiment. I am thrilled with this simple card. I will be making more with different colour combos. Thanks  CASology for the inspiration. Thanks also for stopping by and commenting!

Happy Stamping,
Meg


Saturday, August 8, 2015

Paper Smooches Sparks: Anything Goes



Hello Everyone,
I am posting a card for this week's Paper Smooches Sparks challenge. I find this summer I am really struggling with my creative mojo. For this card I am following a tutorial that you can find on Jennifer McGuire's blog: here. She created this really cool faux metal look with Distress Inks and Perfect Pearls.
For my card I masked off the center of my cardstock piece and sponged Squeezed Lemonade in a circle in the middle. Next I added Spiced Marmalade around that and finished with a bit of Festive Berries just around the edges. While everything was still masked off and the Distress Inks were still wet, I added some gold Perfect Pearls over the top and burnished it with a paper towel. I embossed the panel with an embossing folder. Finally I die cut the word Hello from Paper Smooches "Hello Words" die set. I think the swirly hello fits with the embossed pattern. I layered several of these die cuts together to add some dimension. Finally, I covered the sentiment with versamark ink and then brushed it with white perfect pearls. Here is a better look at the metallic sheen the Perfect Pearls gives:
It is hard to capture, but trust me it is spectacular. I am thrilled with the way this turned out - simple and classic.

Thanks for stopping by - feel free to comment!

Happy Stamping,
Meg

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

OCC Background Check Day One/Two

Hello Everyone,
Back again with a couple more cards for OCC Background Check. We have had some very creative techniques demo'd over the last two days. My cards are a combo of my own twist on some that Laura B and Jennifer McG demo'd. I have to admit that my first attempts all ended up in the recycle bin and just when I was about to get frustrated that nothing seemed to be turning out, I heard Laura B;s voice in my head saying something about how fun it is when you are creating a plaid background and you layer two different colours on top of each and create a new one. This idea stuck with me.

Instead of plaid, I inked the entire panel in Spiced Marmalade DI. Then I took the fabulous stencil From Simon Says Stamp and placed it over the panel. I sponged on some Picked Raspberry and it created this beautiful coral colour - Peel off the stencil and the fabulous orange shows through. Since it is such a bold graphic BG, I decided the simple Paper Smooches "Hello" and the Simon Says Stamp daisy were perfect.

I did the same technique for the second card, only reversed the order... I sponged Picked Raspberry first and then stenciled the Spiced Marmalade on top. I am not sure which one I like best. Super-easy and really striking results!

Thanks for stopping by - feel free to leave a comment!

Happy Stamping,
Meg

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OCC Background Check Day One/Two: Ink Blending Backgrounds

Hello Everyone,
My oh My! It has been way too long since I last checked in. I have to admit, life got busy and stressful and my stamping mojo left the building. I thought for sure once the school year was over and summer hols were here I would be stamping up a storm. Alas, Life does not always follow our plans. However, a stamp room overhaul, and some new stamps for inspiration and I think I am getting back into the swing of things.

I am participating in the Online Card Class Background Check. The first day was reviewing some ink blending - I love to blend... Especially  with my Distress Inks - God bless Tim Holtz for creating these inks. For my first card, I was inspired by Laura Bassen's demo of simple ink blending. I pulled out my favourite combo: Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon, and Spiced Marmalade. I also decided to add in a touch of Emboss Resist. I just got the Altenew "Persian Motifs" and "Label Love" stamp sets. I coveted these for a while and finally got to order them. I knew that I wanted to create a background with the beautiful stylized flowers, so I took all the sentiment from this set off the backing and simply inked all the flowers up with versamark - they are already placed in the perfect balance. I stamped and clear embossed them. Then I went to work blending the inks. This card came together so quickly, all I had left to do was adhere it all together and attach the sentiment!
I love the juxtaposition of the bold black sentiment against the colourful and delicate back ground. I will definitely be recreating this in different colour combos.

Thanks for stopping by and welcoming me back into the blogosphere.

Happy Stamping,
Meg

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Stretch Your Dies Day 7: Alphabet and Number Dies

Hello Everyone,
Last day of class :( I have to say that I am so grateful to Jennifer and Kristina for starting these classes because I love them! Today's focus is on alphabet dies. I was really pleased to see Kristina demo how to use freezer paper to create a mask that would work with water colour - I don't have any freezer paper, so I will have to wait to try that technique out. So I decided to make a shaker card. The one that Jennifer showed us, had the die-cut letters from her sentiment as the shaker windows. I decided to go a more traditional route. I did combine this with the sponged background technique that Laura B demo'd yesterday...
My Bestie's daughter turns fourteen this week, so I took this opportunity to make her this card. I die cut all the letters and the circle window and placed them all out until I had the spacing just right. It looks a little off in the pic, but that is just the angle I got with my camera. I love the way this turned out.

Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave some feedback!

Happy Stamping,
Meg