Saturday, October 3, 2015

WCMD Challenge: Use a Portion of Your Stamp

Hi Folks! It's challenge time!! Who's up for a fun challenge?
To help celebrate World Card Making Day (WCMD), winnie & walter are hosting no less than SEVEN different challenges on their blog. You have over a week to go through the challenges, pick your favorites, and start crafting. AND you do NOT have to use w&w products on your cards, so everyone can play along. Isn't that awesome?! As always, w&w will make it worth your while, this time with $50 certificates up for grabs. You can do a lot of damage with $50 at winnie & walter : )
The challenge I'm hosting is to ink up only a portion of your stamp. It could be a doorway from a house, a specific pattern, interesting lines, a face of an animal, whatever you can think of. In my case I've inked up portions of a chrysanthemum stamp to make an Autumn field for my pumpkins to sit in. Take a closer look at your stamps and see what you can come up with! I'm all about getting more mileage out of our supplies. 

Hope to see you on the w&w blog this week!!

Pinecone Fri-dies

Hi Folks! I'm happy to share a sneak peek of the new Pinecones Fri-Die. It's a companion die to the previously-released Pinecones stamp set at CAS-ual Fridays.


What fun to bling up some pinecones with a little gold embossing on the tops and some sequins! I outlined each "petal" with a brown watercolor pencil to give them some more dimension. The pine boughs have three different greens inked onto the stamp, again, for more dimension.

So, you obviously know the pinecone Fri-die is great to cut out the pinecone stamps. What about a flower?

If you layer two of the large pinecone dies on top of one small pinecone die in the middle, you get a cute little tulip. Or maybe a rose bud? Either way, it's another way to use your supplies, and that's always a good thing!

Check out the rest of the Ink Squad to see more awesome projects with these stamps:

Well, that's the end of the CASual Fridays release sneaks. Everything you've seen this week is now available at the CASual Fridays site. Thanks so much for joining us this week!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Lovely Blessings

Hi Folks! Today's sneak peek from the CAS-ual Fridays release is a stamp set filled with sentiments perfect for Christmas cards. Lovely Blessings includes a nice mix of fonts. This sentiment layered on some Christmas-themed patterned paper is all that's needed for a fun tag. Or, you could add a little something extra to the top, like the square flower from Funky Square Tag Fri-Die in a metallic red foil paper.

I'm always forcing myself not to neglect the inside of the card, because with all the time spent on the outside my natural inclination is to be done with it. This sentiment is the perfect shape for the inside of your card. If you're mass-producing Christmas cards, it would look good all in one color, but if you're just sending a single card it's fun to ink the words in separate colors. I am lazy and don't mask anything off, I just use the small ink pads and carefully ink each section of the stamp. Perfect to fill the inside of your card!

Check out the rest of the Ink Squad to see more awesome projects with these stamps:

Thanks for looking, and I'll see you tomorrow for the last day of the release!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

w&w Rerun: Moonlight

Hi Folks! On the first of each month winnie & walter host a fun feature called "rerun" where a previously released set is featured, and you have the opportunity to win a prize by creating a project using that set. This month the Moonlight stamp set is featured. It's one of my all-time favorite Halloween sets due to all the details included. I'm absolutely sure you could make hundreds of different cards from this set!


This card features a spider dropping down to a pile of 31's in Halloween colors. I have no idea what that means, but I thought it just looked like a fun, graphic card. The "spooktacular" banner is stapled and bent into a wave with my fingers.

Same cluster of 31's here, this time with a witch's hat on top. I'm madly in love with the tiny stars included with this set. I think because the points are so skinny. They're just the right little something to add when you'd normally grab some sequins. Or in this case, after you've already grabbed some sequins : )

If you're a proud owner of the Moonlight set be sure to link up a creation to the winnie & walter blog!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Lovely Snowflake and Noel Fri-Dies

Hi Folks! Well I hope there's no such thing as too much glitter! In this case, I did just spray the entire card with glue and then dump a bottle of chunky glitter on top. Although it's quite something to see in person it does get tricky to photograph : )

This is from a CAS-ual Fridays set called Lovely Snowflakes which will be released on Saturday, October 3rd along with the rest of the sets you've seen this week. 

I really like this sentiment, as it could be used for holiday and non-holiday cards. Plus it goes so well with the gorgeous snowflake, because, let's face it, what's lighter than a snowflake?!

Check out the rest of the Ink Squad to see more awesome projects with these stamps:

Thanks for looking, and I'll see you tomorrow with more release goodies!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Festival of Lights and Festival Fri-Dies

Hi folks! It's so great to have more options for sending Hanukkah greetings. The new Festival of Lights set from CAS-ual Fridays includes this wonderful, bold sentiment that easily takes the focus on a card. How cool is the "happy" right in the middle of "hanukkah"! The triple line stamp is also fun to fill up a card, especially in rainbow colors. I added some flames to break up the lines a little.

Settle in, because you're going to see this stamp another three more times! It's that good : )

This is the card I started out with. Easiest card ever! Such a great candidate for mass production since you just cut some patterned paper and ink up one stamp. Not everything has to be rocket science, right?! Just because it's easy doesn't mean it can't look sharp and trendy.

What's better than one rainbow card? Two rainbow cards! This time the sentiment itself makes the rainbow. I inked up the "happy" part of the stamp separately and stamped it across the middle. 

The thickness of the letters makes for one vibrant card. I don't have a misti so the sentiments aren't lined up exactly, but I think that's perfectly OK. It's handmade after all!

For the last card I ended up making a menorah using sticky notes for masking and the triple line stamp. On the sticky notes I drew little lines at the middle of each letter so I would know where to stamp the triple lines. The base of the menorah is none other than the Bubble Label Fri-die. I just love how it worked out here!

Check out the rest of the Ink Squad to see more awesome projects with these stamps:

Thanks for looking, and I'll see you tomorrow!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Autum Blessings and Acorns

Hi folks! It's still been much quieter than I'd like on the blog, but happily the next several days will have a lot of activity as a bunch of new stamps and dies from CAS-ual Fridays will be released! Today's featured set has so many possibilities for Fall with different leaves (including veins and outlines), acorns and sentiments. And there's even a Fri-die set to go with it!

This adorable acorn has a wood grain cap and a nut that corrals a repeated sentiment. Some shading and a gold thread bow finish this little guy. The sentiments in this set are mostly separate so you can mix and match words, AND easily make parts of the sentiment a different color, like the orange "blessings" here. In this case if the whole sentiment was dark brown, you'd miss out on tying the sentiment in with the plaid (red, blue or orange would tie in the plaid).

Don't forget the inside. Damask, or any other tightly repeated pattern, would work nicely against the harvest plaid.

The different ways these solid leaf stamps can be used are numerous. Here I've stamped them on burlap before stamping on the card. The texture that's created from the burlap is easier to see on the brown leaves.

The sentiments in the set are all autumn-themed, but remember, "Thanksgiving" can always be turned into "Thanks" by not inking the rest of the word. The Pretty Pink Posh sequins in different sizes and colors add to the random nature of a fallen leaves pile.

I have to admit, there are many other ideas I had for this set. Stay tuned tomorrow for more new cards, stamps and dies!

Thanks for looking!