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18 Jul 2016

July Mix It Up with Neat & Tangled

I decided that I really wanted to colour up my new Neat & Tangled - Say Yes to Donuts - stamp set and so I looked up a video on colouring donuts - I know right? so pathetic - I don't even know how to colour a donut.....ugh.

I found a great youtube video from Not2Shabby and basically copied it - I mean how many ways can there be to colour a donut?! It turns out - many.....

 Ellen Hutson's Mix It Up Challenge is with Neat & Tangled this week - so YES! it's kismet honestly....




I coloured up my imaged with my copic markers and die cut them using the available dies - this really is the cutest set ever!

My sentiment is from Essentials by Ellen Up the Happy - I LOVE the funky font in this set! and really - if you are eating donuts - then it's fun, just gotta BE!



I popped up the images onto watercolored cardstock - I used Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolours to watercolour the background.....easy and FAST - all good.

There are only another day or two to enter this challenge so off I go!  Have a little FUN today!






17 Jul 2016

Calling All Sistahs Blog Hop!

Good Day --- it's the 17th of the month again and that means that it is time for the Calling All Sistahs Blog Hop....a hop dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness.

First a little history of this special hop.....Shortly after CAS-ual Fridays owner Michele Gross was diagnosed with breast cancer,  she created Calling All Sistahs to help create breast cancer awareness beyond just the month of October-- by reminding you to do your self exams on the 17th of each month.

Calling All Sistahs Collection of stamps and dies were designed from the heart to make a difference. 

50% of the profits from this collection will be donated to breast cancer research and awareness programs in honor of all who have been, and will be, affected by breast cancer. 

I've created a card using stamps from the Calling All Sistahs Collection


I embossed my pink cardstock panel in a small hearts embossing folder for my background.  After laying down a wonky tilted panel - (honestly this gives me hives - I'm such a straight up girl!) I adhered a light grey rectangle of patterned paper.

Using the Tag Buddies Fri-Dies, I used the smallest two tags and diecut one in vellum - so soft and pretty - and embossed the sentiment in white embossing powder on the other tag.

I tied a black and white twine bow and adhered the tags.  Using Versafine black ink, I stamped another sentiment along the bottom.

Do you like my Breast Cancer beads??!  I've had them for years - always thinking that I will be making a bracelet or two - hasn't happened yet, but you never know Lol!

Now you will find your way to the amazing Jeanne Jachna to continue on our Calling All Sistahs Blog Hop!






15 Jul 2016

CASual Fridays Christmas Release Day 6

Whew! What a crazy and fun Christmas-y week!

CASual Fridays Stamps is down to it's last preview - all sets will be available in the store tonight at midnight!  Use the graphic code at the end of my post to receive 15% off all purchases - Merry Christmas - or Happy Hanukkah!

Today's sets focus on Hanukkah and I have created mostly in blues and silvers - with a bit of aqua here and there!


Our first set is called Star of David - I began by stamping the star border in silver embossing powder at the top of my cardstock panel, colouring in some of the stars with a copic marker.

I stamped three of the large stars in Versamark ink and embossed them with silver embossing powder.



I fussy cut around them on an angle and added mirrored cardstock to the base of my card. It's quite pretty in real life - so difficult to capture mirrored cardstock in a photo dang it!  I added the sentiment in dark blue ink to finish.

My next card uses the new stamp set Spin the Dreidel and I used the same colour scheme, only with watercoloring.



I stamped the five different dreidels in Versamark and embossed them with white embossing powder. Then with watercolours, I did a bit of a messy technique around the dreidels.  I stamped the small star repeatedly.

The sentiment is again stamped in dark blue.  The panel was then adhered to my navy blue card base and it was done - pretty quick and easy!



Well that is about it for our Christmas week - what a blast we have had!  Our stamp sets go live tonight at midnight - so gear up!!

Of course if you wish a 15% discount - and who doesn't? use my code Bonnie2016 on any product in the CAS-ual Fridays store - anytime!


14 Jul 2016

CASual Fridays New Release Day 5

Oh boy!---we are getting down to the wire with the new releases from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps - two more days of beautiful creations from all the team members!

For a 15% discount on these stamps (available Friday midnight) or any other product in the CAS-ual Fridays store - see the cute graphic at the end of my post!

Today we are showcasing Mistletoe & Holly, a set with a fabulous array of fun holiday sentiments and a cute little mistletoe image - fun to colour with your copic markers or watercolour paints!


My first card focuses on the mistletoe!  I began by stamping the sentiment on white cardstock - and then multi-stamping the mistletoe image, covering the remainder of the card front.

I coloured the images with my copic markers and highlighted some areas with a white gel pen to create a wee bit of interest.



Such an easy way to highlight an image!  I added a strip of candy cane patterned paper that has glittered covered score tape across it.  And because you can never have too much red at Christmas - I added some swiss dot ribbon to finish!

My second card was watercolored - showing a few different colours for sure!



I clear embossed the new background set Starlequin across the top of my card stock- watercoloring with Zig Real Brush markers in pinks, purples, blues and greens.

I did the same with the mistletoe image, fussy cutting and popping it up onto the card.  I embossed the sentiment using Liquid Platinum embossing powder - my new love Lol!

After added a few baubles, I adhered it to my card base using foam tape.




Don't forget if you are interested in receiving 15% off of any of these new releases or any product in the CAS-ual Fridays store - just use my discount code - Bonnie2016!   Here is the graphic because it is so cute !!




13 Jul 2016

Casual Fridays Christmas Release - Day 4

Well, we are half way through CAS-ual Fridays Christmas Release and how much fun is this??!   I am loving seeing all of the other designers beautiful creations - it has really put me in the Christmas mood - crazy right??

Don't forget to comment on our blog posts for a chance to win one of 3- $15 gift certificates from Michele at CAS-ual Fridays stamps!

Have you got your morning coffee?! I have a lot to show you - Today, CAS-ual Fridays Stamps is showing off the beautiful stamp set Sleigh Ride along with the Sleigh Fri-Dies!

My first creation is a Christmas card - old fashioned in its traditional colours but oh- so pretty!



Using the Sleigh Fri-Dies, I diecut the outside of the sleigh in kraft cardstock and ran it through my Cuttlebug wood embossing folder.

For the gold highlights along the "runners", I simply swiped the bottom of the diecut through Versamark ink and then dipped it into gold embossing powder and heat set it to a pretty shine!

Using the middle die (I know!! These Fri-dies have 4 large pieces!) I diecut red cardstock and gold heat embossed the sentiment from Sleighride.  I adhered the red panel onto the kraft background.



I diecut and coloured the sweet little holly leaves and attached them to the sleigh.  I popped the sleigh onto a white snowy handcut hill and attached it to my patterned paper which was adhered to my card base.  - quick and easy!

I had to get some more glitter in there and my Diamond Stickles came in handy - I ran a bead of prettiness across the top of the snowy hill!

This stamp set and die also lends itself to Christmas decor so for my next project I just had to make a little Christmas decoration!  My grandma always used to have a bowl of peppermints ready and waiting for us when we visited - they were so cool and refreshing.  What better way to showcase them than in a little sleigh!



I stamped one of our new backgrounders, Starlequin,  onto white cardstock making my own patterned paper by colouring in some of the open spaces with a red copic.

I diecut the inside panel of the sleigh from my new patterned paper and adhered it to the red sleigh - I made two of these and set them to the side.

Using an easy tutorial from Splitcoaststampers, I made a simple little box and attached it to the insides of the sleigh.  I added a few little sparkly gold gumdrops and filled it with peppermints - just perfect!

Come on back tomorrow for some more CAS-ual Fridays Christmas goodness!


 
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