Peace Snowflake – Die-cut Holiday Card

I’m playing along with two challenges – Merry Monday #213 and CAS(E) This Sketch #189 – with a CAS holiday card.

Merry Monday 213

CAS(E) this Sketch #189

Peace Snowflake

I was inspired by the shapes and colors in the Merry Monday #213 photo and the CAS(E) This Sketch #189 design (a sentiment overlaying a symmetrical and centered focal item).

I die cut the Memory Box Dazzling Snowflake (from a holiday release several years ago) from a red cardstock panel (cut with the dotted rectangular die in the Blueprints 13 set). (The Memory Box Spectacular Snowflake die is similar.) In either case, the snowflake die cuts small pieces, which are difficult to use alone. This style works well for the knock-out technique.

I backed the red panel with white cardstock (even though my card base was also white, creating this panel made assembly much easier). I die cut the sentiment from silver glitter cardstock and attached it to a vellum strip. I taped the strip behind the snowflake panel and attached the panel to a white cardstock card base. To add a little bling, I attached some Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequins (the mix contains 4mm, 6mm and 8mm sizes) with Ranger Multi Medium, Matte.


CAS Christmas for CAS(E) this Sketch #186

Hello! I’m playing along with the CAS(E) this Sketch #186 Challenge. At first glance, I wasn’t going to participate with this sketch, but the sketch nagged at me to give it a try!


I pulled out the Stampin’ Up “Lots of Joy” set, which I’d never used, for the plaid trees and let the American Crafts patterned paper (last season’s? the season before?) do the talking!

CAS(E) this Sketch #186

I added some Pretty Pink Posh star sequins to the tops of the trees as they looked decidedly unfinished without stars!

CAS(E) this Sketch #177

I’m playing along with CAS(E) this Sketch! #177 with Penny Black stamps and dies.


Here’s my take on the fabulous sketch:

CAS(E) this Sketch #177

To begin, I cut the flowers and flourishes with the 51-207 Layered Flower and 51-198 Flourish & Butterflies sets from cardstock which I’d colored with Distress Inks.

I stamped the sentiment from 30-297 Sprinkles and Smiles onto a white cardstock panel. I stamped 40-314 Fronds (a background stamp with a tropical feel) with white pigment ink onto turquoise cardstock for the accent strip on the left. The flowers and flourishes were added with foam adhesive.

CAS(E) this Sketch #162

I’m sharing a card created with Penny Black supplies for the CAS(E) this Sketch #162 challenge.


CAS(E) this Sketch #162

I cut the top butterfly with the 51-010 Delicate Wings die from silver paper and the lower butterfly with the corresponding die in the same set from white cardstock. Using the 51-007 Tagged die, I cut paper which had been watercolored with Distress Inks, to which I attached a heat-embossed sentiment from the 30-297 Sprinkles and Smiles set that was cut with a die in the 51-027 Triple Banner set. The card background was dry-embossed for added texture.

CASE This Sketch #144 – Spirit of Christmas

I’m playing along with the CAS(E) this Sketch #144 Challenge.

I love repetition and the Taylored Expressions Little Bits Present die set seemed perfect for this sketch.


I cut the presents from both green and red cardstock and topped them with die cut silver foil ribbons. I stamped a sentiment from the Taylored Expressions Deck the Halls set and heat embossed it with Ranger Super Fine Silver Embossing Powder onto the card base. The presents were added with dimensional adhesive.

CAS(E) this Sketch #136

I’m playing along with the latest CAS(E) this Sketch #136 challenge. I couldn’t resist practicing my Distress Ink backgrounds to create a CAS fall-themed card. Here in the Pacific Northwest, we’re definitely seeing signs of fall!


Distress Ink background (top to bottom): Scattered Straw, Dried Marigold, Ripe Persimmon; Spellbinders bird die; Stampin’ Up sentiment

I’m going to start keeping a notebook with Distress Ink background combinations. I never seem to know what combinations to use. I’ve got a remnant piece from this card that I’ve labeled with the colors.


Reverse Confetti CAS(E) This Sketch #132

I liked this week’s CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge so much, I created another card with the sketch using Reverse Confetti stamps and Confetti Cuts!


I stamped images from the Reverse Confetti Petals ‘n Posies set with pigment inks and cut them with their corresponding Confetti Cuts. I stamped the sentiment from Peacock Pretties and cut it with a die in the Stitched Flag Confetti Cuts set. I cut the cardstock frame with a square die inside a rectangular one. The frame is adhered to the blue panel with dimensional adhesive for some depth.








CAS(E) This Sketch #132 Guest Designer

I’m delighted to be a guest designer this week for the CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge #132.

Here’s my take on the sketch featuring a combination of Taylored Expressions die cuts:

To begin, I created a frame panel by die cutting with a nesting die. Next, I cut the Taylored Expressions Beach Border, onto which I had heat embossed the sentiment, and trimmed it, taping it to the back of the frame panel. I added the die cut sandcastle and flip flops to the beach border with dimensional adhesive. I adhered a yellow panel onto the heavyweight card base for the background. To finish, I adhered the white frame panel to the card base with dimensional adhesive.

Be sure to visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see the Design Team inspiration and to play along!

Supplies: Taylored Expressions Beach Border, Hangin’ Out at the Beach (sentiment)

CAS(E) this Sketch #128

I’m playing along with CAS(E) this Sketch #128 for which my starting point was patterned papers from the recently released Echo Park Homegrown Collection.


After establishing a garden theme, I used the Memory Box die to cut a watering can, which I filled with flowers cut with punches and dies in my stash. The Hero Arts sentiment, which I heat embossed, is from a set whose fonts I especially like.



CAS(E) this Sketch #127

I’m playing along with CAS(E) this Sketch #127 – another terrific and versatile sketch!

Here’s my take on the sketch:


I used Reverse Confetti’s Peacock Pretties to create a tone-on-tone pattern on blue and gray cardstock, which I the cut into squares with a Nestabilities die.  I cut two anchors (for additional depth) with the Paper Smooches die. (I have several anchor dies; this one was the perfect size.) The sentiment is from Stampin’ Up’s Simply Wonderful set.