Friday, April 20, 2018

Michele's 50th Birthday Bash Blog Hop!



Hello there!    Today is a super special day - some very talented stampers are hopping along to celebrate the 50th birthday of CAS-ual Fridays Stamps owner, Michele Gross!    Woo-hoo!   Happy, Happy Birthday, Michele!   You are one fabulous lady, and I'm so honored to be a Girl Friday and celebrate along with you!  

I created a special card for Michele using several CFS stamp sets - WTF 2 (on SALE now!!) and Bomb Diggity.   I stamped the 50's directly onto my purple card base using purple ink.    I colored them in lightly with a white colored pencil.   

I created the focal panel by inking up the sentiment with several colors of Distress Oxide inks, overlapping each just a bit.   I stamped the sentiment again with Versamark ink and heat set with clear embossing powder.  Using my MISTI stamping tool helped immensely for the repeat stamping!  

So.....to celebrate her milestone birthday, Michele is giving away FIVE $50 gift codes to the CAS-ual Fridays store!   Just comment on each stop of the blog hop for your chance to win!   Be sure to leave your comments by April 23 at 11:59 p.m. EST - winners will be announced on the CAS-ual Fridays blog shortly thereafter!   Your next stop on the blog hop is the super talented Heather North.  If you want to start at the beginning of the hop, head over to the CAS-ual Fridays blog!  

One more thing - if you'd like to do some shopping over at CAS-ual Fridays, be sure to use my special code, KIMBERLYSENTME, at checkout to save 15% on your order!!!!   It's good till the end of the year - and BONUS!   You can even use it on sale items!   





Monday, April 2, 2018

Don't Worry, Be Happy!

Hello everyone!   I hope those of you who celebrate Easter had a lovely day yesterday.  Today I've got a fun card using CAS-ual Fridays' newly released Little Birdies stamps and dies!

I created an alcohol inked background using shades of blue and purple.   Next I stamped the Little Birdies with Versamark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.   I love how each bird has a different predominant color - completely unintentional but very cool!!   

Next I die cut the birds, but in doing so, I accidentally mis-cut the bottom bird's legs - uh oh!    To fix my boo-boo, I stamped the legs onto a strip of black cardstock along with the sentiment and heat embossed, again in white.   I actually really love how this looks - so it was a happy accident, lol!

I hope you've enjoyed my card today!   You can find the Little Birdies stamps and dies over in the CAS-ual Fridays store, along with the rest of the new release!   Michele has also put many items in the sale category, so be sure to check that out as well!   As always, when checking out be sure to enter the code KIMBERLYSENTME to save 15% on your order!!   Yes - even sale items!!   Woo-hoo!!

Have a great week, crafty friends - see you again soon!








Friday, March 30, 2018

Concord & 9th at Butterfly Reflections, Ink.!

Hi crafty friends!  I'm over at the  Butterfly Reflections Ink blog today with a fun post where I've created three cards using Concord & 9th's Mosaic Turnabout background stamp - here's a little sneak peek!  Hope to see you over there! 


Friday, March 16, 2018

CAS-ual Fridays March Release - 3 Little Birds

Woo-hoo!   We've made it to Friday!   I hope you've enjoyed all of the inspiration from CAS-ual Fridays March release week.  I have one more card to share with you using the new 3 Little Birds stamps & dies.   This is my favorite stamp set of the release - I couldn't wait to color those little birdies!!

To create this card, I partially die cut the 3 little birds - leaving the left side intact to form the front of the card.  I also die cut the birds from a piece of patterned paper and adhered it to the left side of the card.    Once I had the birds die cut I stamped the image and colored it with Prismacolor pencils.

I stamped the 'You're the" sentiment on the front of the card, and added the 'tweetest' on the inside, just behind the middle bird so that it can't be seen when the card is closed. 

I love how this turned out - something a little different, sure to make the recipient smile!

Thanks for hanging with me all week!  What are your favorites from the release?   Remember that the code KIMBERLYSENTME will save you 15% on everything you see in the CAS-ual Fridays store, including the newly released stamps and dies!   

Have a fantastic weekend, everyone!   I hope you have time to get your ink on!! :)




Thursday, March 15, 2018

CAS-ual Fridays March Release - Pretty Passover

Good morning, crafty friends!   We are on to day four of the CAS-ual Fridays March release.   I think there will be a lot of pleased crafters out there when they see the brand new Pretty Passover stamps & dies!    As always, Michele has knocked it out of the park with this set - there are not a ton of stamp sets available that celebrate the Jewish faith, but with this gorgeous set, Passover is covered!

I stamped and heat embossed the image with white embossing powder and then realized that the tiny strip of Stars of David would nestle right in next to the stamped image.   I ran the strip through my die cutting machine a dozen times to get the look.

Next I did some ink blending with a rainbow of Distress Oxide inks and cut away the center with an X-acto knife to create room for the heat embossed sentiment.

That's all from me today!   There's still one more set to reveal, so be sure to check in again tomorrow!

The code KIMBERLYSENTME me works on anything in the CAS-ual Fridays store, even this new release!   Be sure to enter the code at checkout to save 15% on your order!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

CAS-ual Fridays March Release - Serindipi-tea

**This is my second post of the day.  For my Lil' Inker Designs blog post, please scroll down**

Hello again!    Welcome back to day three of CAS-ual Fridays' March release.   Today we have the adorable stamp & die set, Serendipi-tea, to show you.   It's about time tea got some love, don't you think?!   LOL!   This may be my favorite card of the release!   
I wanted to create a shaker card that looked like the tea was pouring from the teapot into the tea cup, so I started by planning out the location of the pot & cup and running it through my die cutting macine.   I adhered this piece to a piece of gingham cardstock and stamped the teapot,  tea cup & sentiment.   

Next I sketched out where I wanted the shaker portion to be.   I cut through both pieces of paper with an exacto knife and adhered acetate to the back side.   I added some tan seed beads for my shaker filler and added some Copic and white gel pen details to complete the card.

There are two more days left of the March release - you don't want to miss them, trust me!    See you back here again tomorrow, friends!

The code above can be used on any items you like when shopping at the CAS-ual Fridays store!!    You can use it whenever you want, however many times you want!    How awesome is that?!

Lil' Inker Designs March Release - Day 3

Happy Hump Day!   Thanks for sticking with me all week as we debut projects created with the amazing new Lil' Inker Designs March release.   So far I've shared a bunch of Easter projects, but today there's not a bunny in sight, lol!    First up is a card using the So Very Kind Greeting Die.




I started by creating a fun background with alcohol inks.   I die cut the So Very Kind greeting from both white and black paper and offset it just a bit and added the inked paper behind the greeting.   I added some twine and adhered it to a piece of paper embossed with the Quilted Stitch background.   It's so bright and bold - I love this one!

Next we have dies that compliment the So Prickly stamp set!   The So Prickly Cactus dies are AWESOME!   They can totally be used on their own without the stamp set - check out that embossed detail!   


I pieced together the cacti & the pot by die cutting extras of each and replacing the little dots (this was super easy - I just adhered the larger of the die cuts with the holes already popped out, and laid the other color die on top.   Then I just poked the pieces through and they popped right into place)  The background was ink blended with Distress Oxides, and the stamped sentiment comes from the So Prickly stamp set.


And finally, a card for Mom using the new Bouquet of Roses stamps and dies.   I stamped and colored the pretty bouquet with Copic markers and used the coordinating die to cut it out.   I cut off the ribbon edge and instead wrapped the bouquet with twine.   Check out that cute teeny tiny tag!!   I love that you can add different names to it - here I chose Mom.

I added the bouquet to a Fringed Scallop tag with foam adhesive and stamped the sentiment, also from Bouquet of Roses, directly on the woodgrain patterned paper.  This card would be perfect for a birthday, Mother's Day, or just because!


That's all I've got for you - I hope you've fallen in love with lots of the wonderful products showcased this week.   They are all available now at the Lil' Inker Designs store!

Be sure to head on over to Lisa's blog next to see some more fabulous projects!  

Would you like to win the ENTIRE March release?!   Just leave a comment here before hopping over to the next stop - and leave comments on each stop of the hop for even more chances to win!  Some lucky crafter is going to be very happy!!!!  Be sure to leave comments by 3/18, 11:30 EST to be eligible to win.   Below you'll find the entire hop list as well as links to the products I've used for today's projects.