Saturday, December 16, 2017

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady - Take Three

Hello there!   We are getting so close to the holidays - can you believe Christmas is right around the corner?!   I've got a few more holiday cards to share with all of you today - and the focus this time is on sequins, and how they can enhance just about any project!   Oh, how I love sequins....they are just as sparkly and less messy than glitter, lol!
First up, a shaker card of course!   I used the Essentials: Audrey Cutaways to create my shaker frame.   I filled it with a variety of sequins from Pretty Pink Posh, and before putting it all together, I stamped and heat embossed 'Be' from In a Word: Merry in gold. 

Once the shaker was adhered to my kraft card base, I added the remaining details - the scripty merry from In A Word: Merry Coordinating Cutaways cut from gold glitter paper, and the poinsettia, leaves and greenery from In Bloom: Debra's Poinsettia.   These were stamped on kraft paper (the poinsettia with white pigment ink and Gold Delicata ink for the details) and then die cut.  To add even more sparkle and shine, I added some tiny gold sequins to the center of the poinsettia!

Next up is a card using the gingerbread house from Sweet Holiday with Evelin T Designs. I had fun creating a scene for the gingerbread house - I added some hand cut snowy hills with a touch of Stickles glitter, and sponged on some Distress Ink behind where the gingerbread house would be placed.   I colored the house with Copic markers and added more Stickles for shine.   Small 4 mm. sequins are the perfect size to add embellishment to the roofline and a single black sequin serves as the doorknob!

That's all for me today - I hope you've been inspired to use sequins as accents on your cards!  Remember, I'm giving away a $30 w&w gift card here on my blog, so leave a comment on any (or all!) of my Leading Lady posts for a chance to win! 

Friday, December 15, 2017

A Blog Named Hero - Happy Holidays!

Hello friends!  I'm up at A Blog Named Hero with a card for our current challenge, Winter Holiday!   This month our collaboration partner is the fabulous Simon Says Stamp.  Head on over to get all the details, and be sure to link up to our challenge for a chance to win a prize from Simon Says Stamp!


PhotoPlay MAD 4 PLAID CHRISTMAS 6 x 6 Paper Pad MPC2877 Simon Says Clear Stamps HAPPY SSS101328

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady - Take Two

Hello friends!  I'm so happy to be back with you again this fine Saturday on the Winnie & Walter blog!  Last week I mentioned that I'd be sharing cards that use NO STAMPING for this post.  That's right....ZERO stamps!   w&w has some seriously awesome dies, and I thought I'd challenge myself to leave the stamps on the shelf this time around!  Here's what I came up with!

I used the Essentials: Josephine Cutaways as the main focus of this card.   First I die cut and then I added some ink blending with Distress Oxide inks.   I adhered the frame piece to my card base and then rotated the main hexagon so that the colors appear opposite, and adhered it with foam tape.  

I die cut the In a Word: Believe Cutaway twice, once from silver glitter paper and once from white, and offset them.   

See those snowflakes?   Can you guess what I used to create them?  I used the Cover Model: Do You See What I See? Cutaway, and just cut apart some of the background.   I'm convinced there are about a million uses for this Cutaway!!!  As a matter of fact, I've used it again on my next card!  

I die cut the Cover Model: Do You See What I See? Cutaway from kraft paper, popped out some of the diamond pieces and adhered it to my card base.   I ran the cutaway through my die cutting machine once again using patterned paper, and added those pieces to the card base.  A few gems in the center add a little bling!  

For the sentiment, I used In a Word: Holiday Tiles Cutaways to die cut the Peace, Love, Joy sentiment from a strip of kraft cardstock.  I mounted it on a piece of matching red cardstock to finish things off!

I hope you've enjoyed today's cards - I think it's amazing what you can create without using any stamps!   Next week I'll be back (with stamps, of course!) sharing cards using sequins as accents!  See you next Saturday!  

Oh - don't forget to leave a comment here on my blog! Shay has generously provided a gift certificate for one lucky commenter!  You can comment on any (and all!) of my w&w Leading Lady posts this month for a chance to win.   I'll announce the winner on January 2! 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Christmas Holly Wreath

Hi friends!   I've got a fun card for you today that uses just one tiny stamp to get a whole different look!   Talk about bang for your buck when buying this stamp set!!
I began by lightly tracing a circle shape onto a piece of kraft paper.  I stamped the holly from Sleighride repeatedly around the circle with brown Copic friendly ink.  I added color with Copic markers and a highlight with a white gel pen.   

I die cut the Merry Christmas sentiment from the Noel Fri-Dies twice - once from red and once from white cardstock and then layered them together to make them pop!   To finish the card off, I trimmed down the kraft cardstock and adhered it to a red card base.   Voila!   Another nearly one layer card, easy to slip in the mail!   

Thanks so much for stopping by today!   Remember you can use my special code, KIMBERLY2017, on any purchase you make from the CAS-ual Fridays store - you'll save 15%!

See you again soon!

Monday, December 4, 2017

A Blog Named Hero December Challenge - Winter Holidays

 It's time for a new challenge at A Blog Named Hero!   This months theme is Winter Holidays and our fabulous collaboration partner is Simon Says Stamp!
The team was lucky enough to receive brand new dies from Simon Says Stamp's "DieCember" release - I received this super cute Happy HB die, and to make it work for the winter holiday theme, I went with soft shades of blue and snowflakes!

To create my card, I cut cardstock strips of several shades of blue and aqua and adhered them to my card front.  Next, I used the Hero Arts Festive Star & Bauble stencil for my background by adhering it over a piece of cardstock and pressing a Versamark pad over top.   I carefully lifted the stencil and added Sparkling Snow embossing powder from Wow!  

I die cut the sentiment from the center of the embossed panel - I love how the stripe detail shows through!  I trimmed the sides of the panel so the cardstock stripe background would show along the sides.

Since this is a card for someone with a winter birthday, I die cut a tag from one of last year's My Monthly Hero kits and tied it along the top with a piece of bakers twine.

Hope you're inspired to enter this month's challenge at A Blog Named Hero!   Can't wait to see what you create!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady!

Hello there!   I am so very excited to be w&w's Leading Lady for the month of December!   It's such a thrill to be guesting for one of my very favorite companies - many thanks and big hugs to Shay for inviting me to share with you this month!'s December and everyone is probably expecting me to share some holiday cards - right?  Well, we will definitely get to that later in the month, but today I wanted to focus on how the latest w&w release full of holiday goodness can be used year round!   

First up, a super colorful birthday card using the Cover Model: Do You See What I See? Cutaway.  Can I just tell you how much I love this die!?!   You'll be seeing lots more of it this month!  

 I began by blending a rainbow of Distress Oxide inks onto a piece of bristol cardstock.   Next, I added some Stick It to the back of a black piece of cardstock and die cut the cutaway.   Adding the Stick It before die cutting will help immensely when adhering the cut to the ink blended background!  

I cut a rectangular piece of black cardstock as well as the In A Word: Happy cutaway.  I temporarily adhered the word die to the black cardstock to aid in placement of the stamping, which was heat embossed in white using In A Word Happy (the stamp set).   Once the stamping was done, I added some ink blending to the sentiment along with some Glossy Accents, and once dry, I offset it with another die cut and adhered it to the black panel!   

For my next card, I used the holiday set In Bloom: Victoria's Very Merry Flowers to create a card that could be used for just about any occasion!

   I used my MISTI stamping tool for stamp placement on this card - and the bonus is I only had to place each stamp once - I just rotated the panel and stamped again for a perfect mirror image on the top and bottom. The sentiment, from Wishing You, was stamped and heat embossed in brown, and a few purple Nuvo drops made the perfect berries!

 I'll see you again next Saturday with a few cards that use (gasp!) no stamping at all!    

Before you go - Shay has generously donated a gift certificate for me to give away.   I'll choose a winner from one of the comments left on any of my Leading Lady posts through the end of December.   The winner will be announced here on January 2!

Friday, November 24, 2017

Lil' Inker Designs Black Friday Sale!

It's time!   Head over to Li'l Inker Designs to save huge (and I mean HUGE!!) on the entire store, including the new November release!   But first....check out another card using the new stamp set, Unstoppable!

I had fun creating this pattern by simply stamping with multiple colors in a chevron's amazing that one little stamp can create such a cool pattern, isn't it?!  

I added the Friend Word Die (covered with some glitter, of course!), and stamped and heat embossed the sentiment on a cardstock strip.  A few Nuvo drops finished off the card!  

There you have it - now head over to Li'l Inker Designs and get your Black Friday shopping on!!