Friday, September 15, 2017

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps meets Chibitronics Blog Hop

Hello everyone!! I hope you all had a fabulous week!

I am part of a blog hop today with CAS-ual Fridays Stamps in conjunction with Chibitronics. Chibitronics can make your card light up!!!

You should have come from Wei Wei Wang's blog.

I have to admit, I was a bit scared. I never took Physics in High School for a reason. Making a simple circuit? Thought I would be in trouble. I did do a sample card first to make sure it would work and surprise, surprise-it was easy!!

Here is what comes in the Chibitronics starter kit:

Copper tape, batteries, a ton of tiny lights-everything you need to bump up a card to the next level.

To create my card, I used CAS-ual Fridays Stamps "Snowy Sayings" and "Powerful Words" set with "Funky Flakes Fri-dies" for a monochromatic holiday card.

First I stamped tiny dots from "Snowy Sayings" with pigment ink and heat embossed it in white. I used "Powerful Words" for my sentiment, using the same technique as the card front. I fussy cut the sentiment and adhered it to the card front.

I then die cut a few of the snowflakes using the "Funky Flakes" Fri-dies" and adhered them to the card. I topped the snowflake off with a clear sequin and some Diamond Stickles. A really simple card but then it was time to make it light up.

I DID NOT photograph my circuit as my inside was terribly messy. I had to pull up the tape a few times to get the battery and the light where I wanted it. However, I created a diagram above to show you how I set the simple circuit up. Totally easy!!!

I had a really hard time taking a photo of the card lighting up so I apologize for the photo below.

It looks really cool in real life. So much so that my daughter asked me where I bought it!!!

Next up is Karen Pemberton Szafron's Blog. If you get lost along the way, hop on over to CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog to get the full blog hop list.

Don't forget to comment on the blogs along the way to be in the running for two random prizes of a Chibitronic's Starter Kit or a $30 gift certificate to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamp Store!!!

Don't forget that there are some great holiday products on sale at the stamp store. Use my code nora2017 to get an extra 15% off!!

I thank you for stopping by today. I hope this inspires you to give this technique a try.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Christmas with CAS-ual Fridays Stamps

Hello friends!! Today it is Christmas on my blog with CAS-ual Fridays Stamps. Instead of having a Christmas release, we are creating with some of the stamp and die collections that CAS-ual Fridays already carries. Look for specials on some of the Holiday products at the CAS-ual Friday Stamp Store!!

My first card features the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps "Christmas Sparkle" stamp set, along with the "Ornament Tags," "Funky Flakes" and "Noel" Fri-dies.

I started off by smooshing a magenta colored dye ink onto a white piece of card stock that measures 4" by 5 "1/4". When dry, I adhered the panel to the front of a top folding, A2 card.

I then stamped the small dotted circle from "Christmas Sparkle" onto white card stock and embossed with white embossing powder. I die cut the circle with the matching die from "Ornament Tags." I adhered the stamped circle onto my card using foam adhesive.

I used the "Ornament Tags" and the "Noel" Fri-dies to die cut the ornament top and the sentiment, then adhered them to the card front using a liquid adhesive.

I finished the card off by adding a layered snowflake that I die cut out of glitter card stock using the "Funky Flakes Fri-dies." I added a matching sequin in the middle with some Nuvo Crystal drops over the top to give it a little more interest. This card might look complicated but it took me only about a half hour to create!

For my second project, I created a tag that uses the same colors as the card. Again, I used the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps "Christmas Sparkle" stamp set and matching "Ornament Tags" die to make a folded round tag.

I stamped the large circle from the stamp set and embossed it in white. I then used the matching die to die cut it out of the white card stock. I also die cut a folded tag using the same size circle, as well as a backing. While I was die cutting, I decided to die cut two ornament holders out of silver mirror card stock.

Before I adhered the stamped front to the folded circle portion, I stamped the "to" and "from" inside the tag  with gray ink using the "Christmas Sparkle" stamp set.

I then adhered the tag front and back over it, added the die cut top and a bit of diamond glitter glue over the open circle on the front of the tag.

Next I layered a few other snowflakes that I die cut out of pink glitter paper using the "Funky Flakes Fri-dies" and again used a sequin with some Nuvo drops to jazz up the center.

The white and silver ribbon were the last touch added after everything was dried.

Since I was having so much fun I decided to make a second snowflake card and tag with a white and gold color scheme.

For my card, I used CAS-ual Fridays Stamps "Snowy Sayings" and "Funky Flakes Fri-dies" to create my card.

I die cut snowflakes out of gold and white card stock and layered them over a piece of 4" by 5 1/4" white embossed card stock. I heat embossed in gold a sentiment from the "Snowy Sayings" stamp set.

I added some gold twine around the middle and popped the card front over an A2 sized card front that was covered with patterned paper. The last touch was to add some jewels over the snowflake centers and random sequins.

I loved this color scheme so much that I decided to do a matching tag.

First I die cut a tag using the "Tag Buddies Fri-dies" out of white embossed paper. I then used "Christmas Sparkle" stamp set to heat emboss "to" and "from," in gold, onto the back of the tag.

I flipped the tag over and adhered a piece of patterned paper over the middle. Next I die cut and adhered a gold snowflake that I created using the "Funky Flakes Fri-dies." The last touch was to add some ribbon at the top and adhere a gold sequin with a dot of glitter glue in the middle of the snowflake. I cannot wait to use this on a gift!!

If you feel like treating yourself to a shopping spree, use my code nora2017 to get 15% off your total order at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps-including all sale items!!

Thanks for stopping by!!! Have a FABULOUS day!!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Playing Along with CAS(E) this Sketch #236

Monday Monday!! I hope everyone had a fabulous day!!

Tired this afternoon from staying up too late musing over the Game of Thrones finale and worrying about going back to work today. It was fine but a long day!!!

Today I am playing along with CAS(E) this Sketch #236. I created a simple card using LDRS Creative "Sweet Treats" set. Can you tell that I adore these pigs?

I started off by die cutting the "Sunshine" paper scrap by Fancy Pants into a rectangle using Lil Inkers  "Stitched Rectangle" dies. I then adhered it to the front of a top folding, A2, Kraft card base. Next I adhered a strip of orange paper over the patterned paper.

I used My Favorite Things "Pierced Circle Stax" (retired) to die cut a white circle. I then adhered the little scene over the circle, popping up the little hat, the ice cream and word balloon with foam adhesive.

The little pig and elements were colored in with Copic Markers. I used a little too much Clear Wink of Stella over the ice cream cart. It just came out of the pen and I had a hard time wiping it off!! The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamps "Be Cool" stamp set.

Here is the sketch that inspired this card:

Yesterday I made Double Chocolate Cheesecake Muffins. It was the first time I made this recipe and it was quite yummy!!

Well, that is all for now. Have a FABULOUS night!!

(Some affiliate links are used at no extra cost to you!)
Stamps-LDRS Creative "Sweet Treats," Simon Says Stamp "Be Cool
Paper-My Minds Eye "Kraft Card stock" and Fancy Pants "Sunshine" patterned paper, Neenah Solar White Card stock.
Markers-Copic Markers and Zig Clear Wink of Stella
Dies-Lil Inkers Stitched Rectangle Dies and My Favorite Things "Pierced Circle Stax"
Adhesives-Glossy Accents, Foam Adhesive and Scotch Dot Adhesive
Other-Sizzix Big Shot

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Thhinking of You with CAS-ual Fridays Stamps

Happy Saturday everyone!! I hope you all have been enjoying your week.

I start work again on Monday so I have been milking this last week of vacation for all it is worth. This summer FLEW by so fast this year that I really am not ready to go back!! No cleaning done this week but lots of crafting and visiting with girl friends who are difficult to see while I am working.

Today it is my turn over at the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog. In honer of the end of summer, I created more of a fall card. I used Freshly Made Sketches #302 as my design inspiration.

I combined three CAS-ual Fridays Stamps sets-"Autumn Blessings," "Full on Floral," and "Pretty Posies" to make this card.

I started out by doing a bit of ink blending with Distress Inks over a stencil on white card stock to get my circle. I then stamped the sentiment from "Pretty Posies" in brown dye ink underneath. I adhered the white panel over a top folding A2 sized brown card base.

Next I die cut the acorn using CAS-ual Fridays "Acorn Fri-dies" from a scrap piece of polka dot patterned paper and some kraft card stock. I shaded the bottom of the acorn with brown ink and adhered the acorn top over it.

I then die cut the leaves from some white card stock and then did a "stamp kissing" technique over the top of them.

I inked up the leaf stamp from "Autumn Blessings" with red dye ink.

I placed the non inked "Full on Floral" stamp over the inked leaf and then lifted it up.

The floral image took away a bit of the red ink and left an impression on the solid stamp. I then die cut some veins out of brown card stock and adhered them to the red leaf.

I adhered the leaves to the circle and used foam adhesive to pop up the acorn a little bit.

If you like the stamp sets that I used or feel like a shopping spree, use my code nora2017 at the CAS-ual Fridays Stamp Store to get 15% off your total order.

Again, I used Freshly Made Sketches #302 as my layout inspiration for this card.

I thank you for taking the time to stop by. Have a FABULOUS day!!




Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Paper Craft Crew Challenge #256

Hey peeps. Just popping by for a quick post with two projects for the Paper Craft Crew Challenge #256. I have been in the craft room trying to craft and it looks like a bomb has gone off!! (no photos-too embarrassing!!)

I created my first card using LDRS Creative's "Sweet Treats" set.

I kind of made a mess of the splattering and it went to the right of my card as well as the left. Then I put my finger in it before it was completely dry and had to use my sand eraser to fix it.

The pig was colored in with Copic markers. I used a white gel pen for the little dots on his cheeks and his eyes.

The circle he sits on was created with two types of Distress Ink and a stencil. The pig is actually on a mini action wobbler but I don't know how to put a video in a post yet.

Here is the fun sketch from the Paper Craft Crew that I used (PCC256):

For my second card, I chose to use a piece of patterned paper from Bella BLVD's "Make a Mark" 6" by 8" paper pad and die cut as my focal point.

The paper already had a fun sentiment and all I did was pop a die cut, some gold Washi tape and a few gold pearls and it was a card!!!

I was surprised at how easy it all came together!! What was even better, the die cut was a left over from one of my SJ card kits. In August we are choosing to use all the bits and pieces we didn't use in the first round.

Well that is all form me today. I am off to meet one of my friend's for breakfast. Next week is back to work so I am cramming in all my socialization this week!!

Have a fabulous day!!