Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Callin' All Sistahs! - Blog Hop Time!

Hello!  It is the 17th of the month and that means it is time to hop along with all the Sistahs, be inspired, have a chance to win some prizes, and more importantly remember to perform your monthly breast examination.  That is what this hop is all about!  So feel 'em up, be aware, and have fun!  Here is the super CAS card I've created for this month's hop...

To create this card I started by partial die cutting the ribbon on a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2" panel with the Ruffled Ribbon Fri-die, and then trimmed the rest of the edge off.  Next I stamped the ribbon image and sentiment from the Hope Ribbon Stamp Set.  I then created a score line along the top so I could attach it to a second panel.  I then added one more sentiment along the exposed inside panel from the same set.

Something exciting to announce is that there is now an exclusive Pretty Pink Posh Sequin Mix offered in the Callin' All Sistahs section of the CAS-ual Fridays Store to help us support Breast Cancer Awareness.  Remember that all products bought from this section Michele makes a donation of 50% of these profits to NBCF.org.  Also, I have a code for you to use to save a little when you go shopping, so make sure you scroll down for that :)!

Now make sure you get to as many stops on this hop as you can, as you will also be entered to win 1 of 2 gift certificates available! yay!!!  All comments must be left by 12 am January 19th.


Lisa Lahiff  ------ YOU ARE HERE
Mary Moisan --- GO HERE NEXT

Thank you so much for hopping along and don't forget to check yourself before the hop is through!  Knowing is half the battle.

Happy Crafting/Hopping!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Guest Designer Surprise Hug

Hello!  It is Lisa Lahiff back here with another Guest Design Post for Gerda Steiner Designs!  I just can't get enough of the super cute Koalas in the You're Koalafied Stamp Set, I mean come on, just look at this little guy...

And guess what else... he's back in stock! yay!!!  To create this card I started by embossing my heart onto the front of my Kraft card base.  I then stamped my little koala with Memento ink several times for a clean and dark image.  I also added the sentiment and smaller hearts at this time.  To make sure my colors would stand out against the kraft I used my PrismaColored Pencils, and more specifically I started by coloring the koala and heart in with my white pencil first and then added my colors over the top.

Now hurry and snatch this guy up before he sells out again!  And while you are there you have to check out some of the other super cute critter sets available!

Happy Crafting!


Sunday, January 15, 2017

MarkerPOP Challenge

Hiya!  Today starts a new challenge on the MarkerPOP Blog, and I just love the magical photo we have to inspire you with...

So pretty!  And this is what I was inspired to create...

To create this card I started by diecutting my "starry" sky.  I actually used the My Favorite Things Snowfall Horizontal Die.  When I added some gold cardstock behind it, it worked perfectly as stars.  Next I diecut my grass with the Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Borders Die 1 with a dark green cardstock to play into the night scene.  I then stamped and heat embossed the sentiment from the MFT Birthday Bears Stamp Set.  I then stamped the bear and stars onto separate cardstock and colored them in with Copic Markers.  I wanted it to look like the star was lighting up in the bears hands so I used a gradual darker brown on one side of the bear and lighter colors on the side holding the star.  I then added some tickles to the stars for a final touch.

I can't wait to see what you create for this challenge!  All products are welcome as long as you use some form of markers carried in the store you're project is welcome!

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Mr. & Mrs. - Take #3 on Marble

.... aaaaannnndddd I'm back with take #3 for the Winnie and Walter Gossip Column with Taheerah Atachia - Marble.  This final card plays off of my earlier card, scroll down if you would like to see that one too, by using the other part of my marble paneling and creating a larger frame from my original cut...

Since the marbled colors were so bright I wanted to mute them slightly by using a gray cardstock behind the frame.  I then used The Big, the Bold, and the Extras Stamp Set for the Mr., Mrs., Roses, and leaves.  The & came from The Big, the Bold, and the Merry Stamp Set.  The roses and leaves were stamped and embossed onto a heavy weight vellum and adhered in the corners of the frame.  Neither of my photos capture the shimmer and shine of the roses, but the focus is truly on the marbled frame as was the challenge.

I hope you have liked my take on this latest column masterpiece, and I hope that you yourself were inspired to take the plunge and either create your own marbled paper with nail polish as I have done or use some other means to incorporate marbling into your work.  Taheerah has so much inspiration, and information in her article that you really must take a peek.

Thanks so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Wishing You - Marbling Take #2

Hiya!  If you happened to stop by yesterday then you were able to check out my first take on the new Gossip Column with Taheerah Atachia  all about Marble.  Today I am showing two more cards created from my own homemade marble papers.  This first card uses my marbled pieces in two different ways... 1. as an embellishment and 2. as a background...

Isn't this just so cool?!  I can't stop playing with these things I tell ya!  Take a closer look...

To create this card I used the Winnie and Walter Dies: The Essentials: Audrey Cutaways for the background panel, and the True Multifaceted Star Cutaway.  I layered the star with some foam adhesive.  I then stamped my sentiment over my panel from the Wishing You Stamp Set in an archival ink.  I then finished this card off with some silver enamel dots.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I'll be back later with one more marble card to share!
Happy Crafting!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Marble(ing) - Gossip Column #6

Hello!  Happy Friday!!!  Today I'm popping in to share some cards that I've created inspired by latest Gossip Column written by the amazing Taheerah Atchia!  Yay!!!  This month she has taught us, inspired us, and simply had me drooling for all things marble.  So I had to join in!  ( You must read her article, you will feel so smart afterward too.  Just think of the kind of dinner conversation you can have later! Or heck, who you might be able to impress wink wink...)  Any who, I digress and with that said I will share a photo of my own projects that I created based on 4 card stock panels that I marbled myself using the nail polish technique.  And she was not kidding when she said this stuff is addictive, because I almost couldn't stop, and sadly my blue nail polish is no longer with us, but it's all in the name of art, right?!  So check it out...

It was really fun to watch the colors spread out in the water, and each time I dipped my cardstock in I had no clue out they would turn out.  Addicting!

Now onto my first creation...

To create this card I took one of my panels and die cut a large heart.  I still had some spots left on my panel so I stamped and die cut the word love from the So Tweet Stamp Set, and layered it over the heart with foam adhesive.  Next I stamped my little bird and hair bow onto separate cardstock and colored them in with Copics before using the matching dies to cut them out.  When I layered them onto my cardbase it still felt a bit empty so I used some heart images from the same set and stamped them randomly, adding some matching splashes from one of my Ink Sprays.  Once this was dry I added the heart, bird and sentiment.  It was still missing something, so I went back and drew on some stitching and added some clear sequins.  Ta-da!

I hope you will stop by for my other two cards that I!
Happy Crafting!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Every. Single. Day.

Hi!  I'm up on the CAS-ual Friday's Blog today sharing a card that I thought was very befitting for the new year, take a peek...

Like seriously, who doesn't need a sentiment like that looking them in the face each day?!  I Love it!  Both the sentiment and butterflies come from the BE Stamp Set.  To create the multi colored butterflies I used my Distress Markers to color the butterfly image while it was on my clear stamping block.  I then spritzed water in the air and ran my stamp up through the mist before stamping it onto watercolor cardstock.  I do this so that when I stamp the image I still get clean and crisp stamping results.  If you are wanting a more watercolored look then I suggest spritzing the water directly onto the stamp.  After the panel was dry I heat embossed this fun sentiment in black.  I then trimmed the panel and adhered it to some floral patterned paper, adding black pearls as a finishing touch.

And if you just have to have this stamp set for yourself, you are in luck because I have an awesome coupon code just for you!

Happy Crafting!