Merry Monday Challenge – CAS Ornament

Hello! Today, I am sharing a CAS holiday card featuring two Impression Obsession dies and a heat-embossed sentiment from the Essentials by Ellen Holly Jolly stamp set for the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge #261 – Use an Ornament.

CAS Impression Obsession Ornament

I heat-embossed the Holly Jolly sentiment on Stampin’ Up Real Red cardstock and cut it with the Impression Obsession Round Ornament die. I cut the branch with the Impression Obsession Pine Branch die from green cardstock and the additional ornament pieces from silver foil.

I assembled the pieces on a background cut from Stampin’ Up patterned paper (no longer available), which provides a neutral, holiday-themed base.

CAS Impression Obsession Ornament

Supplies: Impression Obsession Pine Branch die

Die-Cut Encouragement Card

Hello! Today, I’m sharing a CAS encouragement card on which I combined a Memory Box die and Essentials by Ellen supplies.

CAS Die-Cut Encouragement Card

I cut the Memory Box Country Landscape from Canson XL Watercolor Paper, which I had colored with Distress Inks. For the green, I combined the Distress Oxide Peeled Paint with Mowed Lawn and Evergreen Bough. I also colored a small strip of the Canson XL Watercolor Paper with Fired Brick. I cut a house and small heart from the red paper with dies in the Home & Hearth set. I used the same set to cut a tree from green paper. I assembled the house and added it to the landscape.

For the background, I smooshed Distress Oxide Broken China on to the Canson XL Watercolor Paper. Once dry, I stamped the sentiment from Up the Happy with VersaFine Ink.

CAS Die-Cut Encouragement Card

I used a Lil’ Inker  square die to cut the panels; however, the card is not square. I found that I needed more room vertically, so the card is 4 1/4″ wide by 4 1/2″ tall.

Supplies: Memory Box Country Landscape

Whale Hello – Product Mash Up

Today, I’m sharing a CAS friendship card featuring a combination of products! Here in the Pacific Northwest we’re saying “Hello” to the whales returning to the area (we take whales very seriously in these parts!).

Whale Hello

I stamped the background with one of the stamps in the Wonky Backdrops set with several inks in my collection (I didn’t mind if the colors were mixed a bit). I colored the stamped whales from the Avery Elle Whale Hello set with both Copic markers and colored pencils and cut them with their coordinating die set. I used the largest die in the Lawn Cuts Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables set to cut out the background. The HELLO is a wooden stamp in my collection which I used for a heat-embossed sentiment cut with the smallest banner in the Lawn Cuts Extra Sentiment Banners set.

Whale Hello

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12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2016 Challenge

12 Tags Christmas Ellen HutsonHello! Today I’m a guest over in the Ellen Hutson Classroom for the 12 Tags of Christmas Challenge. Paired with the talented Sharon Harnist, I’m sharing a tag created with the color scheme Classic White Christmas.

TE Ellen Hutson 12 Days Tag

My tag features Taylored Expressions die cuts and a heat-embossed sentiment from the Season to Sparkle set designed by Julie Ebersole.

TE Ellen Hutson 12 Days Tag

Head over to the Classroom for a full supply list and to see Sharon’s take on the theme!

Before you go, I’ve also got a CAS Christmas card combining images and sentiment from the Santa’s Flight set designed by Julie Ebersole with Taylored Expressions die cuts.

TE Ellen Hutson Christmas Card

I heat-embossed the Santa and reindeer with WOW Metallic Platinum Sparkle embossing powder for a shimmering look. The card base was covered with American Crafts Glitter Paper.

TE Ellen Hutson Christmas Card

Supplies: Taylored Expressions Build a Scene – Rolling Hills

FMS #254 – Hello Fall!

Hello! It’s a rainy day here in the PNW and the leaves are coming down! I’m playing along with Freshly Made Sketches #254 with a fall-themed card showcasing patterned paper and dies.

Freshly Made Sketches #254 Freshly Made Sketches #254I let the American Crafts Give Thanks patterned paper (from last fall) do the heavy lifting (including the sentiment) and paired it with die cuts cut with the Essentials by Ellen Gourd-jus set. The circle was dry-embossed with a Stampin’ Up Sizzix woodgrain folder.

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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.

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Butterfly Encouragement + Ellen Hutson Coupon

I’m sharing a CAS encouragement card created with the Up the Happy set designed by Julie Ebersole for Essentials by Ellen.

Up the Happy

I colored the stamped butterflies with a variety of Copic markers (practicing my blending of colors that aren’t in the same color family), cut the butterflies with the coordinating die, and attached them to a card base, onto which I’d stamped the sentiment. Some of the butterflies are attached with foam adhesive.

Ellen Hutson is offering 20% off in-stock items today and tomorrow!

Ellen Hutson Coupon

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Ellen Hutson – Taylored Expressions Mix it Up Challenge!

Ellen Hutson Mix It Up Challenge

I’m delighted to be a guest for the Ellen Hutson Mix-it-Up Challenge sharing a project that combines fabulous products from Taylored Expressions and Essentials by Ellen.

TE and EH Mix It Up

My inspiration comes from a sunny, summer day in the Pacific Northwest. The Olympic Mountains stand proudly behind Puget Sound. The summers here are exquisite!

TE and EH Mix It Up

The Taylored Expressions and Essentials by Ellen products that I used are listed in full on the Ellen Hutson Mix-it-Up Challenge post.

Ready to “mix it up”? You have a chance to win a $50 gift certificate at Ellen Hutson! You can find the challenge details and the link up for your project in the Ellen Hutson Classroom.

Floral Appreciation Card

The sun is out here in the Pacific Northwest and spring is definitely just around the corner. For the card I’m sharing today, I combined Distress-inked die-cut pieces with a Paper Smooches sentiment to create an appreciation or friendship card.

Floral Appreciation Card

I even Distress-inked the turquoise strip onto which I heat-embossed the sentiment.

Floral Appreciation Card

Have a wonderful weekend!

Supplies: Sizzix Stephanie Barnard Flower Triplits Die Set, Taylored Expressions Burlap Embossing Folder

Distress Ink Die-Cut Blooms

With spring less than a week away, I’m sharing a Thank You card created with die-cut blooms colored with a variety of Distress Inks.

Distress Ink Die Cuts

I cut the bloom overlays with dies in the Bold Blossom Stand-Alone set from white cardstock. I colored the other pieces, which had been cut with dies in the Bold Blooms Matching set, with Distress inks. I cut a square from the card front panel after stamping it with a sentiment from an “oldie but goodie” Hero Arts stamp set. The top panel was attached to the floral panel with foam adhesive to create a shadow box.

Distress Ink Die Cuts

 

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