Wednesday, December 31, 2014

CAS Happy New Year

It's so hard to believe that it's the last day of 2014 already! Is it just me, or did this year fly by for everyone else, too?

Today I have a one layer CAS card to share. This was very quick and easy to make. Sorry for the poor photo, but it's another day with little to no sun.

I started with a top folding card base made with Neenah Solar White card stock. The Starbursts stamp is an older one from Hero Arts. I stamped it first with Versamark watermark ink and then embossed with my favorite silver embossing powder, Liquid Platinum,  by Ranger. I also embossed along the edges of the card, something I've seen Jennifer McGuire do to add more interest to CAS cards. If you've never visited her blog (where have you been?), you just must click  here now. She is a rock star and just an amazingly talented person.

My sentiment is a combination of two stamp sets, also embossed with Liquid Platinum. The 'happy' is from The Big, The Bold and The Happy by Winnie & Walter and the 'New Year' is from an old set by Papertrey Ink, Happy Day.

To finish my card, I added my favorite sequins, Sparkling Clear by Pretty Pink Posh, in both the 4mm and 6mm sizes. Paulina has the best sequins in so many colors. I love them so much that I seem to be using them on every card I make. Be sure to check out her new release on January 5th. I can't wait!

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
     CAS-ology : light     
     Splitcoaststampers CAS 305 Challenge : Welcome the New Year!
     Simon Says Wednesday Challenge : Anything Goes


I wish everyone a wonderful New Year, filled with happiness, joy and good health. (Oh, and lots of crafty time!)


Sunday, December 28, 2014

Merry Christmas Easel Card

Wow! The month of December has flown by. I can't believe that Christmas has come and gone. Although I haven't had time to post any cards or projects, I did somehow manage to complete several. This was one of my favorites.

I used the gorgeous Penny Black Winter Pine stamp and colored wth Distress Markers. Some sparkle was added to the pine cones with my clear Wink of Stella brush pen. Red rhinestones from my stash were added to the holly leaves. I also scattered green sequins from Pretty Pink Posh's Classic Christmas sequins around the image. 

The papers are from the Believe Collection by Authentique and green cardstock from my stash. The sentiment is popped up with foam and holds the easel upright. Some buttons with twine were added on the sentiment piece.

The lovely ribbons are from the October 2014 Really Reasonable Ribbon Club. Click on the link to find out about this fabulous ribbon club. I love getting my assortment every month!

I wove the red organza ribbon through the red and white swirl ribbon and then heated it gently with my heat gun. I love the effect this has on the ribbon. Some sequins were added to the ribbons, too. I also added some mini pine cones from my stash to the ribbon treatment.

I hope that all of you and your families had a wonderful holiday. 


Saturday, December 6, 2014

Ornament Shadowbox

Wow! Where has the time gone? Between being sick and computer issues, it's been awhile since I was able to post. Hard to believe that Christmas is in less than 3 weeks. I have to get going on a ton of projects!

I'm making ornament filled shadowboxes for my family. I'm the oldest of 9, so you can imagine how many of us there are now. I always make a handmade gift for my siblings and my married nieces and nephews with families of their own. The little ones still get presents. (Can't help it - I still spoil them!)

Don't tell any of them, but this is what I'm making this year. (Good thing none of them read my blog.)

I was perusing Pinterest for ideas and found this by Dawn Montagano and several by others. Dawn graciously sent me the link with directions on how she made her beautiful shadowbox. I've switched up a few things to make it my own, but the basics are the same. Clink  here for her Facebook page.
Thanks, Dawn!

These are easy and quick to make. Obviously, the choice I needed this year now that we're getting down to the wire. I purchased the 6x6 frames and the ornaments from Michaels. Both were on sale for 40% off plus I used a 20% off total purchase coupon. The rest of the supplies are from my stash. 

After taking the back off the shadowbox, I adhered scrapbook paper to the frame backing. I didn't want the ornaments to roll around, so I hot glued them in place. I'm going to try one with jingle bells and I'll leave those loose. Who can resist shaking jingle bells?

I used Winnie & Walter's new  The Big, the Bold and the Merry Cutaways dies to die cut Merry Christmas from gold paper I found in my stash. I ran the die cuts through my Xyron and adhered them to the glass. Then I only needed to replace the frame backing and add a bow made from some wired ribbon. (Yes, I have a rather extensive stash of that, too. Sigh.)

I hope they all like their gifts this year, Also, they're all be getting new monthly calendar inserts for the calendars I made them last year. Just no time for new calendars this year. Maybe I'll start in January for next year - with a brand new Graphic 45 collection I just had to buy the moment it came in at Creativ You & Co, my local LSS, last week. (I can at least say I'll start. I know that no one will believe me.)

Thanks for visiting! I'd love to know your thoughts.