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Monday, March 28, 2011

CAS Triple Play

For the most part, I tend to enjoy making cards with many layers and embellishments. However, the majority of my cards take me a long time to make, often times 2-5 hours per card. This is why I don't get to create as many cards as I would like and also why I only post on my blog a couple times per week.

There are times that I do need to make a card and have limited time or need it to be easy to mail. In the past week I have had 3 such occasions and I thought that I would share them all with you today. The following cards all use the same stamp set and this is my new go-to set for CAS cards. It was just released this month and is called Polka Dot Silhouettes from Sweet N Sassy stamps. This set is so versatile, suitable for just about any occasion and a must have in my book.

This card was for my dad's birthday last Sunday. I used kraft CS with red and black ink.

The second card is for my friend Janice who has been battling multiple myeloma for the past 2 years. I needed the card to be easy to mail since I am horrible about going to the post office. The butterflies are stamped in regal rose, saffron, and celery with rhinestone accents and score lines framing them.


This last card is for a birthday party that my daughter is going to this coming weekend. I used raspberry fizz and aqua mist for my color combo from Papertrey.


I hope that you like my cards today. Hopefully you will agree that CAS does not mean boring :)

Thank you very much for taking the time to visit my blog and have a beautiful day!

Saturday, March 26, 2011


Today I have a pretty bluebird card to show you. I used the brand new Bluebird digi from Sweet N Sassy stamps which I colored up with my copics.


I embossed the bottom panel with my cuttlebug embossing folder, added diamond stickles to the middle of the flowers, liquid pearls to the scallops, and finished off with a pink satin bow.

Here is a closer look

Bluebird digi- Sweet N Sassy stamps
copics- RV10, RV11, RV13 (flowers); G20, G21, G24, G28 (leaves); B91, B93, Y21; C1, C3 (bird)
nestabilities- scalloped and classic circles
birds and swirls- cuttlebug embossing folder
liquid pearls
diamond stickles
pink satin ribbon

Remember that all digital stamps at Sweet N Sassy stamps are 30% off until the end of the month using the code DIGISALE.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
Stamp Something- Spring
Spoon full of Sugar- ribbon, pearls/rhinestones, flowers

Hope you have a great weekend!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Thinking of You

Who doesn't love a sale? Well, Sweet N Sassy stamps has an awesome digi sale going on now where all digis are 30% off using the code DIGISALE. I used the New Creature digi set for my card today and I hope it will inspire you.


I colored the butterfly with my copics and added some sparkle with stardust stickles. It was then cut out and adhered to the card with foam tape. The "trail" is a rhinestone flourish.

Stamps- New Creature Digi, Poppies and Greetings sentiment
Copics- V00, V12, V15, V17
Stardust Stickles
Zva Creative Rhinestone flourish
Neenah white cardstock
PTI Plum Pudding satin ribbon

Thanks for your visit today. May you be richly blessed!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Tilda Ballerina in Pink

I must say when I saw that challenge for 7 kids College Fund Challenge blog, I let out a happy giggle. The challenge is pink and flowers. I almost feel like I am cheating because I happen to LOVE both. I made my card for my youngest daughter who has been asking me to make her a pink ballerina card.


I colored Ballerina Tilda with copics and added stardust stickles to the bodice and trim of the tutu. Tilda was popped up on the oval which was embossed with a flower cuttlebug folder.

Here is a closer view where you can see a little of the sparkle

Ballerina Tilda
With Gratitude Cuttlebug set
Copics- RV000, RV10, R81, R83, R85, R89; E50, E31, E33, E37; E13, E11, E00, E21, E000, E02, R20
Large Classic Oval Nestabilites
Scalloped Oval Nestabilites
Zva Creative Flowers
Stardust Stickles
Zva Pearl Flourish

Zva white Pearls
Neenah white paper
Memento black ink
Stampin Up retired patterned paper- rose red
ballet slippers charm
white satin ribbon and lace
Martha Stewart butterfly punch

I wanted to let you all know that the 12 new copic colors are now in stock at the 7 kids college fund store! You will want to hurry because these are going to sell fast.

I hope that you will be able to play along with the challenge. Be sure to stop on by the 7 Kids Challenge blog for some more wonderful DT samples to inspire you!

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
Magnolia Down Under- 2 of anything (I used 2 dp)
Magnolia Stamp Lovers- use dies (I used ovals)

Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you have a wonderful day!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Spring blog hop

My card today is for the Sweet N Sassy stamps customer blog hop. The theme this month is to think spring. Believe me, I am certainly thinking of spring :). I used the brand new Rainy Day Bethany stamp set for my card. This image is also available as a digi. The layout of my card uses the Sweet Stop sketch from last week.


Isn't she a cutie? I colored her with copics and accented with stickles. I distressed the edges and added Picket Fence crackle paint to some of the edges also. You can see a little of the sparkle in the close up below.


For some dimension I popped up the umbrella, boots, butterfly, bow, and flower. The photo below show a better view.

Rainy Day Bethany stamp set
Let it Rain set (sentiment)
Echo Park Springtime paper
Stardust Stickles
Copics- W3, W1, W00, RV000, RV10, RV11, RV14, RV17, G20, G21, V01, V99, Y11, Y15, Y17, BG0000, G000

Picket Fence Crackle Paint
yellow divine twine
prima flowers
Scallop border punch
taffeta ribbon

I would like to enter my card in the Stampin for the Weekend challenge which is Spring.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Sweet n Sassy stamps March release

The new March release from Sweet N Sassy stamps is fabulous! Six sets were just released on Tuesday and today I am sharing a card made with one of them. Take a peek


I used my favorite set from the release called Polka Dot Silhouettes. This set contains 13 images and my card uses the balloon image from the set. One of the reasons I love this set so much is because of the versatility of it. You can pretty much make any occasion card using it. For my card I stamped the balloon 3 times, cut them out, added stickles to the dots, and adhered with foam tape. I sponged in clouds using a scalloped oval cut from acetate as my template.

Sweet N Sassy stamps Polka Dot Silhouettes
Cardstock- Stampin Up Whisper White and Wild Wasabi
Patterned Paper- Stampin Up retired
Ink- SU brilliant blue, wasabi, pumpkin pie, and bashful blue
Diamond Stickles
Circle Nestabilies
Oval Nestabilities
white brad

I am glad that you took the time to visit today, your sweet comments are always very encouraging to me!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Thinking of Spring

I don't know about you but I am really longing for spring. It has been a long cold winter here in Buffalo and I am looking forward to warmer temps, sunshine, and pretty flowers, oh and don't forget about the green grass lol. This adorable kiki image from C.C. Designs reminds me of spring. As a matter of fact, she is called Spring Kiki La Rue and is new to the 7 Kids College Fund store.


I colored her with my copics and used purples, greens, and yellow because the new challenge at 7 Kids College Fund is to use Mardi Gras colors (purple, green, and gold). I gave the image some dimension by popping up the flowers and the flower on her headband with foam tape. I also added some sparkle using diamond stickles on the center of the flowers and to the ribbon and a spica glitter pen on the headband and bottom of the dress. It is a bit tough to see but maybe you can get a better look in the close up below.


Here is a detail shot of the dimension

Spring Kiki La Rue stamp from C.C. Designs
Sweet N Sassy stamps A Cocoa Kind of Birthday (sentiment)
Neenah white paper
Stampin Up lavender lace cardstock
Kaisercraft patterned paper
Memento tuxedo black ink pad
Scalloped Oval Nestabilities
Classic Oval Nestabilities
Diamond Stickles
Clear Spica Glitter Pen
Zva Creative white Pearls
Zva Roses- white and yellow
Purple prima flowers
Celery ribbon from Stampin Up
White crochet lace
Copics- (dress) BV0000, BV00, BV02, BV20; (hair) E30, 31, 33, 35, 37; (grass) G20, 21, 24; (flowers) Y11, 13; (skin) E000, 00, 11, R20; (shadow) B0000, W1

Lots of new products now in stock at 7 Kids College Fund!! You should definitely check these out:

C.C. Designs new stamps and they are super cute!
Kaisercraft- Paper Pads and embellishments
High Hopes Stamps- 100 new images!
La La Land Stamps- now in stock and March pre-order available
Prima Flowers- gorgeous new flowers from the Floret, Innocence, and Sugar Blooms collectios.

I know what some of my tax refund is going towards lol. I hope you will decide to check out all the fun new products. There is definitely something in the 7 Kids store for every crafter's needs (or wants). It also helps me out when you shop using my links too so it is a win-win.

I hope you can play along with our Mardi Gras challenge. There is a fantastic prize up for grabs for a random participant so hopefully that will motivate you.

I would also like to enter my card into these challenges:

Stamp Something- Flowers
Cute Card Thursday- Signs of Spring
Wild Orchid Crafts- Anythign Goes
Sundays with Crissy- stitching
Bunny Zoe Crafts- Spring Flowers are Everywhere

Thank you so much for visiting today, hope you have a great day!