Saturday, November 17, 2018

Modern Christmas Thank You Note

I am trying to stay ahead so I began creating my holiday thank you notes.   The idea for this card came to me over several days.  I won a challenge this summer and the prize was a gift certificate to Visible Images.  I selected several stamp sets and thought it would be fun to do a modern card using some of the circles and spheres that came in the sets.  Aqua and red are perfect  for this time of year.
Modern CAS Christmas Card
I embossed all the images in silver on watercolor paper and used just two watercolor hues.  I changed the shades by adding more water to the areas I wanted less intense, so while I had just two colors on my pallet, I had several pools of aqua and red in varying shades to work from.  I added a strip of aqua to the edge to accent the colors.  I love the shine and shimmer from the silver embossing powder.


I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Color Throwdown #519 Challenge  I got my color inspirations from this challenge.  I had been pondering aqua and apple green, but when I saw this challenge I knew I wanted to use red and aqua.

Simply Less is More #384 Metallics Challenge  I love their metallic prompt!

Thanks for stopping by!

Karen


Thursday, November 15, 2018

Elegant Card That Could Be Easily Duplicated


I found some beautiful thick deep red A2 cards and thought they would be so pretty embossed.

I chose Pink and Main Christmas Mugs.  I loved the mugs last year when I saw them on Instagram and I ordered them for myself this fall.
Pink and Main Christmas Mugs homemade card.

This is a rich elegant looking card that would be easy to mass produce.  I put a liner inside to make writing more legible.

I am entering this card in:
Less is More "Metallic" Challenge

Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge and I went with the optional CAS twist!



Thanks for stopping by!

Karen

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Happy Birthday "Cheers" Card

I have a friend whose birthday is in December and she has a party every year with the subtitle "Midweek Merrymaking".  She loves to try new cocktails so I thought she would like this CAS card.  I am looking forward to giving it to her next month.  
V04, B00 & YG01

I stamped three beverages from "Raise a Glass" by Clearly Besotted, then colored with Copic markers.  I really like the color combination of V04, B00 and YG01.    I fussy cut the images,  added a bit of gloss using Nuvo Tonic Clear Glaze and put them away to dry.  I then took an A2 card and scored two lines above and below where I wanted to attach the cut-outs.  I thought this would frame my focal point.  Next, I heat embossed a sentiment and adhered all 4 pieces with 3D foam squares.  Last, I stamped Happy Birthday inside the card.
Closeup to show the glaze shine and scored border


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I should do this more often, but I took a picture of the supplies I used

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

CAS on Friday Challenge 145

 For your blog

Seize The Birthday #154 - I went all the way and used the CAS "Topping".


Casual Friday #212 Challenge


UPDATE:  I was very excited to learn that my CAS card was selected as the Challenge Winner for Seize the Birthday!



...and as a CAS on Friday Favorite!



Thanks for stopping by,
Karen

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Corgi Birthday Card

For Christmas and Birthdays, my daughters like to receive a collection of handmade cards that they can give throughout the year.  Kristen has the most adorable Corgi named Newton so I know she will like this Corgi themed set.

Stamps of Life Corgi2stamp


This is a simple CAS card with a pop of dimension from the sequins.  A nice thing about this card is that it is appropriate to send to just about anyone....it can be a masculine card, for a child or a girlfriend.


The stamp set is Corgi2stamp from Stamps of Life.  I made four versions of this card, but this one is colored with Copic markers and embellished with cheerful red sequins.




Newton the Corgi


I am entering this card in two challenges:



Thanks for stopping by!
Karen

Friday, November 2, 2018

Watercolor Anemones

I've been off for a bit because we hosted my daughter's wedding in our backyard and then we went on a lovely extended vacation to The Outer Banks.  We are back home now and I've been working on several projects.  I especially like this card.

I was in a watercolor mood and wanted to play with a three color palette.  I love how pink, yellow and orange combine.   I started by gold embossing Jane's Doodles Anemone on watercolor paper.  I wanted each flower to be slightly different and selected Daniel Smith's Quinacridone Pink, Cad. Yellow Deep Hue and Cad Red Scarlet Hue.  I love how vibrant the colors are!
gold embossing and watercoloring

I finished the card with pink, orange and yellow paint spatters.  I always love that look on other people's cards but don't often use it on my own.

I included this second picture because I love the gold shimmery glow the heat embossing creates.













I've entered this card in:
  The Watercooler Wednesday "Anything Goes" Challenge.  I love their prompts and frequently submit a card.

Addicted to Stamps Anything Goes Challenge  I love their broad prompts which make it easy to play along.


Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge  I go through a lot of Get Well cards so this Challenge is great for me.


Update:  I was so pleased to see that I was selected as a Watercolour Challenge Favourite at Happy Little Stampers!


Thanks for stopping by!
Karen

WWC235 - Marsha's Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge

Hello there!  This week it is all about the men in our lives at  Watercooler Wednesday .  Marsha is our hostess. This is the birthday ...