Saturday, April 30, 2016

Inspiration Saturday #16-2016

Today's Inspiration Saturday Challenge
is a Pick Two.
Pick one challenge from April 2015
 (use the search feature on the side bar) and one from this week and
combine the two to create a card.

I decided to take the Clean and Simple from the Sunday of this week and combine it with the washi tape challenge of April 9, 2015 found here   Since I have a lot of washi tape and don’t use it as often as I should. Pinterest was my inspiration again.  I used two sets of washi – one from Martha Stewart called Vintage Girl and one from My Minds Eye called My Girl – and put strips of the different tapes on a piece of white cardstock.  I then cut a cat from that on my Explore using the cartridge “A Child’s Year” which is one of my favorite cartridges.  A stamp from a set by Stampendous called Cat Sayings and stamped with CTMH ink. You could do any simple animal shape this way and use any variety of patterns.  
~Denise Sayers 

Friday, April 29, 2016

Anything Goes - C.A.S.E A Card Friday #16-2016

Today's C.A.S.E A Card Friday Challenge:

C.A.S.E. a card: I used the idea of embossing and splitting that into three panels for the card front with a large embellishment and a half circle for the sentiment.  The embossing folder I used was a Cuttlebug one called Palm Leaves.  The paper cracked a bit showing white, but I decided I liked the look that created.  The flowers were cut on my explore using the cartridge Art Noveau, another favorite of mine. The sentiment was also done on the Explore with the machine writing the sentiment using the Billionaire font and a simple circle that I trimmed later. It makes it so easy to have the machine write it and I can place it exactly where I want it.  ~ Denise Sayers

More patterned paper and the sketch challenge becomes an invite for a friend. ~Theresa

Happy Crafting
Theresa & the CADC DT

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Technique Thursday #16-2016

Today's Technique Thursday Challenge
is to stencil using embossing paste or powders.

This was one challenge I resisted at first because I didn’t have stencils or embossing paste.  Some time ago I had purchased some Grafix Matte stencil sheets (medium weight) at Hobby Lobby.  With the 40% off coupon they were only $4.20 for four 9 x 12 sheets, so  I cut a stencil on my Explore using the stencil material setting with a design from the CTMH Artbooking cartridge.  It cut like butter and when I lifted it up, all the little squares stayed on the mat, so no weeding needed.  I purchased some Texture Sand Paste by Deco Art Media at Joann’s with a coupon so it was only a couple of dollars.  I mushed some Tim Holtz distress ink (Fired Brick) on a Dollar Tree cutting mat and then put the paste on that and mixed it in.  I did this a couple of times to get it dark enough. I used some grayish paper that has a mottled appearance cut to 4 x 5.25 and put it on an old Cricut cutting mat to keep the paper from slipping and with the stencil taped all around on top of the paper, I spread the paste in a fairly thin layer over all of it with one of my Cricut spatulas (the ones I use to take the paper off my mats).  Almost anything with a flat edge would do.  I peeled off the stencil and let the paste dry.  I didn’t like how light the bricks were, so I put the stencil back over it to protect the lines and sort of pounced the distress ink over it again.  I then took a small black ink pad and hit that lightly in random places.  I am so excited on how it came out.  It looks and feels just like real brick.  Because I wanted that to really show that texture, I just put a small sentiment by Hampton Art for Hot Fudge Studio called LOL – Officially Old stamped with CTMH Daisy White on the same black cardstock I used for the card base. I think I should be able to get 3-4 stencils out of each sheet of material which makes it really inexpensive, so now I will go cut some different designs. Thank you Theresa for starting a new addiction. LOL.  ~Denise Sayers  

I used Ranger Clear Embossing Paste and colored it with some Heidi Swapp Color Mists
and a honeycomb stencil to create this card.  I took some additional colors of HSCMs
and using just the wand from the bottle flicked on more color. I stamped and embossed the bees and sentiment in the spots I'd left blank of the stencil or directly over the embossing paste. My MISTI came in very handy for this. ~Theresa

Well, Denise you're very welcome. Why should I be the only one addicted to stencils.
Are you new to stencils and all the fun and magic you can create with them?
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 the entire month of July, as we explore stencils and mediums and all the different ways to use them. 

Here's a sneak peek:
Using the same stencil as the card above, I only used Heidi Swapp Color Mists on the this one.
A bee and a sentiment and the card was finished.

Hope you'll join us in July for more stenciling fun.

Happy Crafting
Theresa & the CADC DT

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Card Sketch Wednesday #16-2016

Today's Card Sketch Challenge:

This sketch was pretty simple. I used a couple of sheets from a 6x6 paper pad that's been in my
stash for a bit. Eliminated the strip and used the words on the paper as my sentiment. A stitched die set adds a bit of interest. ~ Theresa

I made this card for my granddaughter who just learned to ride her bike.  The back ground paper is from an Echo Park  pack called Summer Bliss.  The raccoon was cut on my Explore using an image from the Campin’ Critters cartridge. I cut the back piece on cardstock and then cut all the layers in vinyl.  I love using vinyl to layer since it cuts quite well and is already sticky on the back. The banner was also done on my Explore and I had to ungroup the letters and rotate each one to follow the shape of the banner.   ~Denise Sayers

Happy Crafting
Theresa & the CADC DT

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Color Challenge Tuesday #16-2016

Today's Color Challenge:

I just love this sentiment, but the set didn't come with a fry. 
How dare they exclude this vital stamp!
So I hand drew one.  ~Theresa


This card was made for a woman in our church who was turning 100.  I found inspiration on Pinterest for the design.  The paper is by Graphic 45 from a 6 x 6 pad called Botanical Tea.  I designed it on my Cricut Explore using some basic shapes and popped the tag up with some foam.  The lettering was done in vinyl on my Explore using the Soiree Lettering and Art Deco cartridges with the Fabulous being welded together.  I also love that the Explore will write on things and used it for the tag.  This allows me to be very personal with my cards.  When I went to stamp the inside, I must have had ink on my hands and put smudges on it, so I stamped a piece of the same pink cardstock as the outside tag and punched the corners with a Martha Stewart punch.  It really dresses up the inside and I need to do this more often, not just when covering up a mistake.  (I wrote on the card before taking the picture, so sorry for the blocking that out). ~Denise Sayers

Happy Crafting
Theresa & the CADC DT

Monday, April 25, 2016

Mistletoe Monday #16-2016

Today's Mistletoe Monday Challenge
is to include embossing (dry or heat or both) into a card.

I used my Cuttlebug and embossed a design that had snowflakes on the outside and space for a sentiment inside from a set called Winter Frolic.  I then used wet embossing on the center with some silver embossing powder and mounted it on silver foil cardstock by DCWV.  ~ Denise Sayers

I used white embossing powder on a black chalkboard tag.
I then used a white Prisma colored pencil to fill in the design. 
After that I used Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers to color the designs 
including over the embossing powder.  ~Theresa

Happy Crafting
Theresa & the CADC DT

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Clean and Simple Sunday #16-2016

Clean and Simple Challenge
Female Adult Birthday Cards

I used the Cricut "Suburbia" cartridge and a chair from another one. I added a conversation box and had my Cricut do the writing on it and the Happy Birthday. Super easy and fun!  ~Anna

This was done in five minutes by placing a piece of patterned card stock found in the mat stack Mariposa by DCWV on a cream card base, punching a couple of butterflies in glitter paper from the same mat stack and stamping a sentiment in Versa Fine Sepia on to a third paper from the stack and die cutting around that with my Cuttlebug.  I inked the edges of the sentiment and the card and was done.  I like the more neutral colors. ~Denise Sayers

Stamps from the Stamp of Approval Birthday Collection and a little ink splattering. ~Theresa

Happy Crafting
Theresa & the CADC DT

Friday, April 22, 2016

April Showers (Brings Brides & Babies) Blog Hop

Welcome to the

We're so glad you are hopping with us today.
We've got all kinds of great baby and bridal shower related crafts and ideas for you.

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If not be sure to stop back by and leave some love.

Now on with the projects.

I am so getting ready for my 2 nieces' weddings!  I made this card using a digital stamp set I bought from Paper Garden Catherine St. Clair design).  I water colored the umbrella, mounted it on blue polka dot patterned paper, then mounted it on a white cardstock base.  I added clear rhinestones to look like rain falling.  Now I have to get busy and make another!  ~Gracie

This is a baby shower card for my nephew’s baby.  I used my cameo to design &  cut out the card and the theme was whales….  And onesies on a clothes line always feels like a baby shower to me! ~Jennifer

I opted to make a card for a baby shower.  I made a cute diaper with a diaper pin pattern and made two slits on the front so the side flaps slide in...just like the real thing.  Inside, a play on words reminding the parents-to-be they are entering a "changing" world printed on Pink Pirouette card stock.  To finish it off, I tied some Offray pink ribbon across the front.   ~Kim

Who doesn't love babies!! This sweet card is from the "Bundle of Joy" group on SVG Cuts.  
They have a example of a boy and a girl card along with some other cute items... keep hopping and you will find another baby item to go with it! ~Anna

If you came from my personal blog to here, you know that I was digging through my diecuts drawer for inspiration for today's hop.  Well this one to came from a friend in a swap but unfortunately I don't know who gave it to me, but it was so pretty I had to use it.
I used the Cricut scroll embossing folder on the entire card, that's right I just add the entire folded card base into the folder and ran it through. I then took my bone folder and smoothed the back of the card until it was flat.  I added another layer of smooth cardstock with my greeting (Stampin' Up Rose Wonder Stamp Set) on the inside to give the weakened paper more structure. 
I love how it turned out. Simple but so pretty. ~Theresa

I decided to use one of the card designs already designed on my Cricut cartridge called Artfully Sent by CTMH.  The image is Baby Pop Up Card.  I only used the inside of the card because I had a different idea for the outside.  The paper used for the outfits and behind the letters all came from a mat stack by DCWV called Nana’s Nursery – Girl.  For the front, I used on whole page from that same stack and stamped on the sentiments.  Those came from two sets – the “congratulations” was by Fiskars from a set called Sentiments and the lower phrase was from set by Close To My Heart called Just to Say.  This was a card that packs impresses without being too difficult to do. ~ Denise 

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Inspiration Saturday #15-2016

Today's Inspiration Challenge
Flower Pot Cards

Flower Pot cards are fun to make and nice to receive!   They are great for Get Well, Birthday, and Mother's Day!  I used pale green and pink cardstock from Michaels, flowers from Martha Stewart  (trying to use up my stash) and ribbon from Michaels. The sentiment is a digital stamp from Paper Garden. I used a Fiskars punch to make the "edge" of the flower pot.  I added a few pearls.  
They look time intensive but they aren't and your recipient will love it!  ~Gracie

I haven’t made a flower pot card in a long time. I cheated & just cut without measuring :) I used coordinating paper this time - Kaiser Craft Summer Breeze and put a cute border on the pot :) 
Gems make the flowers cuter, I think. Flowers made with a Stampin up punch.  ~Jennifer

Happy Crafting
Theresa & the CADC DT

Anything Goes - C.A.S.E A Card Friday #15-2016

Today's C.A.S.E A Card Friday Challenge

Can you tell I am getting tired of cold weather?  While I am working on this it is 30 degrees outside but the daffodils are blooming.  They are ready for Spring also!  The dogwoods are a digital stamp (from Paper Garden) printed out on white cardstock.  I water colored them pink because those are my favorite (even if I can't get them to live in my yard!)  I oval cut the dogwoods and the pink cardstock behind, embossed some white cardstock with a basket weave embossing folder, then mounted it on a yellow cardstock card base.  I added some green Imaginisce heat set accents a a strip of green trim.  The Hello is from a Little B die cut. ~Gracie

I copied this card & bought some really pretty purple doilies on clearance at Michaels….  I am a horrible bow tie-er so I apologize for the bad bow!  Stampin up stamp, distress ink, embossing folder.  Not sure how I like the two step stamping. ~Jennifer

Happy Crafting
Theresa & the CADC DT

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Technique Thursday #15-2016

Today's Technique Challenge
Double Stenciling
Use more than one stencil or use the same one but move and stencil again.

This was fun!  You use 2 stencils.  The bottom stencil is circles using Tim Holtz Distress ink Salty Ocean very lightly.  The 2nd stencil is a flower stencil from Crafter' Workshop.  I used Mustard Seed, Seedless Preserves,  Peeled Paint, and Pickled Raspberry and blended the colors.  I used Memento Luxe Ink and clear embossing powder with the Happy Birthday sentiment from Simon Says Big Scripty Greeting set.  I also added a few black enamel dots.  I made a card base out of coral Michaels cardstock.  Looks like a lot of work but it isn't!   Pull out 2 stencils!  ~Gracie 

I haven’t stenciled for a long time… I took some classes when I first started stamping & making cards (10 or so years ago).  So all of that has been sitting on a shelf - just goes to show you if you keep your craft stash long enough, you will be able to use it again!   So this was fun - I did it a little different than the instructions I found on the internet.  I stenciled the tree and then I used a pattern stencil and shook glitter over it.  so that I would get a textured look.
Used bonsai stencil, Anna Griffin stencil, embossing paste & Martha Stewart glitter.  ~Jennifer

Happy Crafting
Theresa & the CADC DT

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Card Sketch Wednesday #15-2016

Today's Sketch Challenge

I'm really liking these digital stamps I have been buying and never use!  This is another set from Paper Garden.  I printed the flowers and sentiment on white cardstock.  I water colored the flowers then fussy cut them to add to the card.  I layered cardstock from Michaels in light green, yellow, and olive and glued the flowers to the top layer. I added the sentiment then some brass accents.  I used a corner rounder on all 4 edges of the card.  ~Gracie

I thought this was a perfect use for washi tape (love it but can never think of how to use it).  
I had the EK success punch (I think it was stampin up) and Elizabeth Crafts Happy Birthday stickers (can you tell I love those stickers yet?) and washi tape.  
I think something could go on the white paper but I’m not sure what… :)  ~Jennifer

Happy Crafting
Theresa & the CADC DT

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Color Challenge Tuesday #15-2016

Today's Color Challenge

I love these colors!  I'm trying to make myself create masculine cards and I thought these colors would worl.  I used Tim Holtz Distress inks Weathered Wood, Tea Dye, Peeled Paint, Peacock Feathers,  Mowed Lawn, and Salty Ocean.  I embossed white cardstock  with Tim Holtz "The Journey " stamp set using versa mark ink and black embossing powder (SU).  I did a emboss resist technique on the card then spritzed with water x3 blotting with a paper towel between spritzes until I liked the way it looked.  I think it turned out masculine!   ~Gracie

I’ve been doing lots of coloring lately with some new coloring books I got - this one is from the Art of Coloring Patterns book from Leisure arts.  I like cutting parts out of the books and using for something else.  I used the colors selected (am trying to do fewer colors on my coloring so it doesn’t look psychedelic!) with my zig kuratake watercolor pens (I love them).  I did Wink of Stella (clear) on top because I like a little shimmer.  I am not the best color-er (I do go outside the lines :))  ~Jennifer

Happy Crafting
Theresa & the CADC DT

Monday, April 18, 2016

Mistletoe Monday #15-2016

Today's Mistletoe Monday Challenge
Card with a star.

This card was very simple to make.  I used glitter cardstock for the card base.
The nativity, "Believe " sentiment and star are Silhouette files using black, red and yellow cardstock.  
I added a pop dot to the Manger to make it stand out and a clear rhinestone to the star I colored yellow with a Spectrum Noir GB5 marker (alcohol marker is permanent on the rhinestone 
so you don't have to buy one of every rhinestone color). ~Gracie

I had gotten some new Oly Fun Metallic fabric from Fairfield - and since I don’t sew, I thought it would be cool to use in a card. I used my die cut machine to cut stars - and the fabric cut beautifully!  I used Echo Park paper and my shapes big dies (I’ve had them forever and finally used them!) and Elizabeth Crafts stickers.  I love the swirly paper with the metallic stars. ~Jennifer

Happy Crafting
Theresa & the CADC DT

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Clean and Simple Sunday #15-2016

Today's Clean & Simple Challenge
Wedding Cards

Fun to make!  I have 2 nieces getting married this summer!  I used a purchased digital stamp from Paper Garden printed on white cardstock.  The sentiment is also from the same digital stamp set.  I used off white and lavender watercolor paint, a few rhinestones,  and mounted it on an easel card base made with purple cardstock from Michaels.  I love the simplicity. ~Gracie

I wanted the card to be simple but elegant so I used the embossing folder stylized flowers, and used an Elizabeth Crafts heart die to cut out some glitter paper.  I then used letter stickers to spell out Love.  I think the gems on the letters help make it fancier.~ Jennifer

Happy Crafting
Theresa & the CADC DT