Thursday, December 8, 2016

CAS(E) this Sketch #201

Here's CAS(E) this Sketch #201 compliments of N@ Ali.

Here's my take on it--a get well card.

I did some tone on tone stamping with Bundles of Blossoms Background and
added a stitched frame over it. A teacup was ink distressed and spattered
with water and I fashioned a teabag out of vellum and wire. The card was
finished off with the sentiment.

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see how the rest of the team interpreted
the sketch and join us if you can. Link up your card(s) by Thursday,
December 15th. Hope to see you in the gallery!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

I was super thrilled when the very talented Taheerah invited me to join 
her fun holiday event...

Advent Calendar Extravaganza is "the" festive event of the season! This "hop with 
a twist" was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day!
Joining in the fun with Taheerah are ONE HUNDRED special guests, each serving up
some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you'll never know
where you're going to be visiting next until you 'open the door'!

And that's not all! With 26 amazing sponsors taking part as guests as well, your crafty
wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!

Join in the fun each day at Taheerah's blog to see what special surprises
await behind the door!

* * *

Today's sponsor is Hero Arts and there aren't enough superlatives to describe
this amazing company! Hero Arts stamps are the first that I owned, and I joined
their Flickr group back in 2008. It's where I met other stampers who shared the
love of Hero Arts, whose friendships continue to this day.

I created two cards using Hero Arts Origami Happy Holidays and thanks to the
Misti, I was able to stamp them identically, but color them completely different.

On the first card, I ink distressed several non traditional colors over the white 
embossed images, then used the same inks to do some messy watercoloring. 
Not a fan of messy? Then the second card's for you.

This time, I ink distressed over the entire card, spattered water and let it dry,
then spattered white ink over the surface. Both cards were finished off with the
holiday sentiment white embossed on a banner strip and clear sequins.

* * *

It's not a party without a PRIZE and with prizes every day, you have several
chances to win! Today's prize is generously sponsored by HERO ARTS
that you'll definitely want to win!

Simply leave a comment on this post, then head over to
and leave a comment there, too! You must leave a comment on Taheerah's blog
as well as mine to be eligible to win!

Don't forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah's blog and
head over there as well to improve your odds even more!
You have until 11:59PM EST on December 31st to enter.

Taheerah's Advent Extravaganza started on December 1st and runs inclusive
through December 31st so be sure to visit every day for
inspiration + prizes! Thanks so much for stopping by, and Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

MFT December New Product Launch and Release

It's time! You may now purchase My Favorite Things spankin' new release
in the MFT Store! Before you go, I'd like to share one more project with you
and possibly add to your shopping list!

I wanted to share another way to color the Wavy Coloring Book Background because
I'll admit to being a bit lazy when it comes to coloring. After white embossing the image
onto watercolor card stock, I ink distressed it with several colors of Distress inks.

I used the camouflage technique (Thanks, Laura!) for the sentiment by die cutting
the HELLO from the stamped panel, then die cutting it three more times from white
card stock. Adhere all the letters together with the stamped ones on top, then
glue them back into their respective spaces. Lastly, adhere the panel
to a Natural card stock base.

So there you have it--My Favorite Things December Release! Visit all
participating design team members and comment for your chance to win
one of two $100 MFT gift vouchers!

Thanks so much for stopping by during the countdown, and
happy shopping!

Monday, December 5, 2016

MFT December Release Countdown--Day 1

It's one more sleep until My Favorite Things December Release
Are you ready to shop with your wish lists in hand? The release goes live tomorrow 
at 9PM EST in the MFT Store!

Today I'm sharing a card using Cooler With You which was part of the (sold out!)  
October Card Kit and paired it with Winter Trees, a previous "free with $60" Die-namics.

The Snowfall Background was clear embossed on a Stone Gray card base, and white
embossed on a stitched oval. I ink distressed the oval with Blueprint Sketch, then
adhered it to the card base.

The snowman was colored with Copics and die cut with the matching Die-namics.
A snowbank was cut and popped up on the oval and I added the trees and snowman,
grounding him on an oval shadow.

The card was finished off with the sentiment that was white embossed on
Nightshift Blue card stock and trimmed with the banner die in Blueprints 2.

Visit today's countdown post at My Favorite Things for more inspiration
from the design team and don't forget to leave a comment there for a chance
to win $75 in prizes! Hope to see you tomorrow for the New Product Launch!