Thursday, March 31, 2016

Technique Thursday #12-2016

Today's Technique Thursday Challenge
is masked backgrounds.

Whether you create your background using a mask you've created or a bought stencil/mask or 
something you have laying around, you can create some really cool cards.

This card was made based on the YouTube video where a doily was used.  I used the back flap of a decorative envelope (one I just couldn't throw away - I'm glad - I found a purpose for it!)  I used Versa Magic turquoise gem ink on cream cardstock then "masked" the area where I sponged the envelope flap.  I couldn't find a background stamp I liked so I inked a Darice embossing folder and imprinted the keys.  I used Tim Holtz Seamless Experience stamp set with Tea Dye Distress Ink.   Added a few white metal dot accents. ~Gracie

Don't you just love all the layers on Gracie's card? AWESOME!!

I used a set of Glimmer Mist Masks and Perfect Peals Mist in Mint and Pewter.
I used Ranger Embossing Powder in Pewter for the sentiments. ~Theresa

Happy Crafting
Theresa & the CADC DT

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Card Sketch Wednesday #12-2016

Today's Sketch Challenge:

Hoppy Easter!  I made this card using paper from "Me to You" paper pad and yellow,  gold, and aqua cardstock for the card base.  The fat, fluffy chicken is a Silhouette file.  I used pink chalk on her cheeks and around her edges and added eyelashes with a fine tipped pen.  The "Hoppy Easter" stamp is from Craft Smart.  I added some gold sequins for some bling. Ta da  ~Gracie

I used patterned paper from a 6x6 pad that is sadly missing it's cover. 
I also got out my stamp-a-ma-jig for the first time since getting my MISTI as the You're Invited
was part of a wood mounted stamp that I selectively inked.  ~Theresa

Happy Crafting
Theresa & the CADC DT

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Color Challenge Tuesday #12-2016

Seeing as how Easter was Sunday and there were lots of colored eggs, 
we thought this would be an appropriate challenge this week. 

Today's Color Challenge:



Ok, so I got a little carried away. I love rainbow colors. It wasn't hard to make a card (the first one) and then look through my recently made cards and find a few more. 
The first card uses Ranger Distress Inks and emboss resist.  The next four use Mama Elephant Pigment inks. This last one uses Gelatos.  ~Theresa

This picture screams Easter eggs!  You have to make an Easter egg basket!  I actually made these die cut shapes last year for a swap.  They are Silhouette files.  I added 3 little Jolee's peeps to the basket.  The Easter grass is gift filler from Hallmark.  Happy Easter and may you get a big chocolate bunny in your basket! ~Gracie

Happy Crafting
Theresa & the CADC DT

Monday, March 28, 2016

Mistletoe Monday #12-2016

Today's Mistletoe Monday Challenge
is to include a cross in your card.

This card could be for either Christmas or Easter depending on the sentiment you
add to the inside. It was very simple to make, just a white card base and some clear gold stickers. ~Theresa

I had to think a while to add a Cross to a Christmas card but when it's all said and done, the Manger was just the beginning of Jesus' purpose here on earth.manger Cross is our salvation.  I used red, green, gold, brown, purple and white cardstock.   The Cross and the Manger are Silhouette files.  I added some clear rhinestones to the "night sky" and a larger yellow rhinestone to the middle of the star.  "Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world." ~Gracie

Happy Crafting
Theresa & the CADC DT

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Clean and Simple Sunday #12-2016 Happy Easter!

Today's Clean & Simple Challenge 
is to create a card featuring Hi or Hello.

I made this card recently for a swap. The technique is called tapestry.
Ink your paper with several colors, then stamp and emboss with clear embossing powder, then take another color (in this case, I used Ranger Distress Inks and used one of the browns for the final step) and go over the entire piece.  It is very similar to the Joseph's coat technique but you are not trying to hide the background. I used a fun foam diecut that a friend sent me to finish it.  I really like how it turned out. ~ Theresa

I just love distressed inks sponged backgrounds!  I used dried marigold, tattered rose, salty ocean and peeled paint on white cardstock.   I used the Inkadinkadoo Delicate Branches stamps with Memento Luxe Ink and mounted the cover on black cardstock.  I added a few black heat set rhinestones. ~Gracie

We never plan our cards, other than the prompts, but it always amazes me how similar the DT members think. Gracie and I did not confer on what we were doing but we both created cards using distress inks and blending.  

Want to swap cards with the us? Join our swap group on Facebook

Happy Easter
Theresa, Gracie, Denise, Kathy
Kim, Jennifer & Denise

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Inspiration Saturday #11-2016

Today's Inspiration Saturday Challenge is a Pick Two.

Pick one challenge from October and one from January 
and create a card combining the two.
Pick a color combo and a technique 
or a C.A.S.E and a color combo or a sketch and theme challenge, 
no matter which two you combine, we'd love to see it.

Hashtag us #CADCBlog on any social media. 

For this challenge, I combined a Mood Board and Inky Layers to make my card.  On a panel of Whisper White I sponged circles of three different sizes in Crisp Cantaloupe and Smoky Slate, slightly overlapping each slightly.  I decided on the sizes I wanted and the general layout and made a stencil from acetate, cutting it on my Silhouette.  I punched the small flowers in Crisp Cantaloupe using one of the Itty Bitty Punch Pack punches and the flower centers were cut in Calypso Coral using a Martha Stewart snowflake border punch.and placed them randomly with tiny pearls in each center.  I matted the panels on Smokey Slate and placed them on a base of Crisp Cantaloupe.  
The greeting is digital from Stampin' Up.  
I split it putting half on the front and the other half on the inside.  ~Kim

The October challenge I chose was this Mood Board.
The January challenge I used is this technique – Triple stamping. 
Here's a video tutorial.  ~Denise

Happy Crafting

Theresa & the CADC DT

Friday, March 25, 2016

Anything Goes - C.A.S.E A Card Friday #11-2016

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

I decided I would reverse the strip on my CASE of this month's card.  I remembered a quote I had seen a while ago and wanted to incorporate into a sympathy card and, for some reason, when I saw this card, I knew just what I wanted to do.  I started with the "Bold Branches" digital image from Stampin' Up.  I color matched it to Early Espresso, which I used as the card base and mat.  I placed the image on my panel and then created a small panel directly over it with just that portion of the tree.  The tree is barren, as in winter, above and below the panel and blooming inside the panel, as in spring.  The quote I used is "If we had no winter, the spring would no be so pleasant if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” –Anne Bradstreet  ~ Kim

I changed this up to be more country.  I ran red cardstock through my Cuttlebug using a folder called Bandana.  I then used white Hampton Art Pigment ink and gently ran the pad over the raised part of the embossing.  The denim paper is by The Paper Studio The sentiment was stamped using CTMH stamp from the Holiday Tags – Occasions collection with embossing ink and then heat embossed with white.  The square brads were some that I have had for a while, so I am not sure where they came from.  ~Denise 

Happy Crafting
Theresa & the CADC DT

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Technique Thursday #11-2016

Today's Technique Challenge is a Box Stand Card.

Video Tutorial by Dawn Olcheske


I used Stampin' Up's Marina Mist, Melon Mambo, Summer Sun and Whisper White card stock to make this card using a written tutorial I found at Splitcoast Stampers.  The image, "Girl and Dog" by Mo's Digital Pencil was printed on Strathmore water color paper and colored with Copics.  I used a large eyelet at the top to insert the ribbon pull and ran a ribbon decoratively across the front.  I created the triple layered label in my Silhouette.  I added two hearts on either side of the pull out panel to help keep the card fully open as it tended to want to fold up a bit. ~Kim


The base is some cardstock I have that is the color of cardboard.  
The papers are from a paper pack called Party Day by Crate Paper. ~Denise 

Happy Crafting
Theresa & the CADC DT

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Card Sketch Wednesday #11-2016

Today's Card Sketch Challenge


Since St. Patrick's day is right around the corner, I thought I'd use this sketch as an opportunity to make a card in honor of the occasion.  Representing the green panel in the sketch, I used three layers of Stampin' UP card stock, Garden Green, Wild Wasabi and Certainly Celery cut with an offset shamrock.  The bottom layer is attached to the card front and the other two layers are attached with mounting tape.  Rather than using a circle, I made an oval for the "Lucky" greeting and triple matted that on the same greens, in reverse order.  Inside, I changed my cut lines to print and inserted my sentiment inside it for something a little different.  ~Kim

This sketch reminded me of a window card, so that is what I made. I used double sided cardstock from Echo Park that was teal/green.  I cut the card out on my Explore so that I could decide the size of my opening and play around with the size of the golf ball, tee and green on Design Space. I swirled a little white on the teal to make it look a little like clouds.  The die cuts were done on my Cricut Explore and used the cartridges Everyday Paper Dolls and Sports Mania.  I thought the front looked a little plain, so I stamped it with a dot stamp using Hampton Art white pigment die.  The inside sentiment was printed off my printer and then cut using dies and my Cuttlebug. ~Denise

Happy Crafting
Theresa & the CADC DT

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Color Challenge Tuesday #11-2016

Today's Color Challenge


I used all the colors in this challenge and I added a touch of blue for the sky. 
I used a 3D Stand Up Card cut file from the Silhouette Store.  The base and one egg is cut from Primrose Petals, the decorative frame and other egg are cut from Barely Banana (my last piece).  
The bunny is Early Espresso.  I colorized the digital paper to match the card stock 
and printed it on Whisper White and cut.  ~Kim


Since I didn’t have this exact color scheme with any of my papers, I made my own. I stamped the card with three different cupcakes and then heat embossed those in white.  I stamped the sentiment and heat embossed it using a green shimmer embossing powder. I used Spectrum Noir makers to color the cupcakes.  The colors were CR11, DG3 and EB5 along with a Cromatix marker called Honeycomb 3.  The white embossed lines made it easier to stay within the lines.  I then went over the top of the cup cakes with Wink of Stella.  The stamps on the front of the card are from Close to My Heart – Cutie Pie.  The inside sentiment is from a Fiskars’ set for birthdays.  I mounted the card on a yellow cardstock and then onto the card. ~Denise

Happy Crafting
Theresa & the CADC DT

Monday, March 21, 2016

Mistletoe Monday #11-2016

Today's Mistletoe Monday challenge is
to create a card that includes a winter scene.

Try thinking outside the box, perhaps you don't own stamps that will make a
winter scene but you have a diecut machine, stickers, digi stamps or print a free coloring page.

I used a Bendy Snowman Scene cut file purchased in the Silhouette Store.  I used Bazzill card stock in very pale blue, light blue and medium blue for the background.  For the snowman, I used Stampin' Up's Whisper White, Basic Black, Basic Gray and Real Red (which I also used on the fence) and a scrap of Only Orange for the carrot nose.  The trees are cut from scrap paper.  ~Kim

 I used a cut design called Christmas Cards Sleigh from Cricut and cut it on my Explore.  I have made this card in the past as a Shaker card and used solid colors.  This time I decided to change things up a bit and use different patterns.  That is a stretch for me because I don’t tend to mix a lot of things up, but I love quilts and thought of this as an appliqué design. I didn’t like anything I picked out for a busy background and so stayed with a solid, but one with some shading in it.  I also went to ink around the edges and messed it up a little, so I ended up highlighting by swirling on some distress ink on the frame.  The paper is from a 6 ½” pad by Kaiser Craft called Holy Night. The stamp is CTMH – Just to Say and the ink is Tim Holtz Distress – Fired Brick.  ~Denise

Happy Crafting
Theresa & the CADC DT

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Clean and Simple Sunday #11-2016

Today's Clean & Simple Sunday challenge is
to create a feminine adult birthday card.


For this card I started with a Pop Out Circle card cut file from the Silhouette Store.  I used Watermelon Wonder  and Taken with Teal card stock by Stampin' Up for the base and circular mats.  The patterned paper is, "Eat Cake" by Digichicks.  For the focal image I used Art Impressions, "Out to Lunch" stamp and colored it with Copics.  The sweet greeting on the front does not prepare you for the humorous sentiment on the back.  ~Kim

This card was made in about 5 minutes by using two pages from the 6 x 6 pad from Dear Lizzy called Lucky Charm. The stamp is by Hampton Art and the ink is by a la mode (Royal Blue).  Next time I would probably emboss the stamp, but for a quick card, it worked out well. ~Denise 

Happy Crafting
Theresa & the CADC DT

Friday, March 18, 2016

Inspiration Saturday #10-2016 and He is Risen Blog Hop

Welcome to the

Today's hop will be a celebration of Christ living, dying on the cross for us and rising from the grave.

The Easter eggs and bunnies are cute but the true meaning of Easter is one we want to celebrate 
and be grateful for daily.  We hope you'll find these projects an inspiration.

We've got a great group of bloggers today and the projects will just wow you.

Please comment on each of the blogs the hop to be entered into the prize drawing.

Today's prize is a $10 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp.

The hop will be open for comments until March 31st. 
Winner will be announced on Theresa's blog on April 1st. No Fooling!

Now on with the projects.

This card came together in a matter of a few minutes.
All it took was a card base, some masking paper, a few Ranger Distress inks
 and some Paper Studio  (Hobby Lobby's private brand) clear stickers.

I don't own a single Easter themed stamp so I was trying to find something 
and I came across these stickers and made them work. 

I made a side step card , added 3 crosses and a pretty ring of flowers, also added strips of grass, 
Easter Lilly's, gave it some sparkle with Wink of Stella, greens and lime green stickles for the flower centers.  I think it turned out pretty good!  ~Anna

I had some paper from Authentique called Symbolic from a collection called Faith.  The colors are very muted, but I loved the design.  The paper was double sided and so I used the one that had three circular patterns across the width.  I cut the two outside circles down to where they attached to the central circle leaving about ¾” still attached on each side.  I then carefully cut each of the two outside circles straight down the center lengthwise and folded each to the middle to form sort of a gate card.  I cut the words and the cross accents from bronze colored vinyl and the center cross from a purple vinyl on my Cricut Explore.  The cartridge used is New Testament. ~Denise 

I loved making this card.  I used whisper white cardstock  and stamped Deep Red's Lily Blossom stamp along the edge with Memento Luxe Ink and clear embossing powder.  I water colored the stamped images.  I used copper metallic cardstock and a Taylored Expressions die At The Cross 3 but I purposely left the chads in the die cut.  I painted just a hint of blue around the cross.  I mounted the whisper white front on pale green cardstock then placed it on a black card base.  The sentiment is a Craft Smart stamp.  Have a blessed Easter. ~ Gracie

I had no idea what kind of card to make so I enlisted my mother in law to help 
(since she's a card maker too!) She suggested Easter Lillies.  She picked the design from the Silhouette design store.  I picked all of the colors & printed it on white paper and then cut it out & assembled.  I love that feature! ~Jennifer

Using several cut files from the Silhouette Store I created this card on a base of Soft Sky.  I embossed the front with the Clouds embossing folder.  Then I attached the sun in So Saffron after embossing it with the Fancy Fan embossing folder.  The hill in Wild Wasabi, embossed with Square Lattice, was attached to the bottom.  The two small crosses and the large cross were cut from scraps.  All supplies were Stampin' Up.  ~Kim

Happy Easter! 
Theresa & the CADC DT

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Don't forget our daily challenge! Visit us each day for a new challenge.
Today's Inspiration Saturday Challenge 
is to pick a challenge from November 2015 and one from January 2016
and create a card combining the two.

So maybe you pick a card sketch or C.A.S.E. card from November and a
color or technique challenge from January and create a card with them.

Let's see what the DT members came up with...

The challenge today was to choose one from November and one from January.  The  November challenge I chose was water coloring and the January 30th was a CASE and it also used water coloring techniques.  I decided to case the card and watercolor.  The card base is a light green from Michaels.   The flowers are from a digital stamp set I purchased from Paper Garden (designed by Cathrine St. Clair).  The water colors are from my grandchildren' craft box in my craft room - they are crayola!  The die cut sentiment is from Little B.  I added some clear rhinestones. ~ Gracie