I am the hostess for the new Crafty Friends Challenge. Since I have been on a CAS card kick lately, I thought it would be fun if that was my challenge to do. Create a clean and simple card.

I created my card a while ago for a Featured Stamper Challenge on Splitcoaststampers. I started with a 3 1/2″ x 11″ piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock, folded in half. The top right and bottom left corners were rounded and the background stamp from Simon Says Stamp exclusive Music 2 My Ears stamp set was stamped on the left hand side in Key Lime VersaMagic Ink.

More white cardstock was cut with one of the Holiday Labels dies. Two of the Hexagons were stamped with the snowflake hexagon from the Holiday Labels stamp set in Turquoise Gem VersaMagic Ink, on with the Hexagon outline stamp. The hexagons were adhered over the stamped background. A snowflake was cut out of white cardstock with the Faceted Snowflake die, topped with a button that was tied on with silver cord and adhered to the empty hexagon.

Blue Calipso Fourz Bazzill cardstock was cut with the Snowflake Bracket die and adhered to the right hand side next to the Hexagons. A sentiment from the Holiday Label set was stamped in Ocean Depth VersaMagic ink to the lower left corner. Rhinestones from a Sleek Strips Silver Rhinestone pack finish off the card.

Check out my fellow Crafty Friends for more  inspiration:

    Thanks so much for looking! I hope you have time to join us in the challenge. It’s easy and fun! Come back Monday and Tuesday for more CAS inspiration!!!  Have a wonderful week!
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I have another Clean and Simple card to share with you that is mostly made with supplies from the new Simon Says Stamp December card kit. I created the card for the current CAS(E) this sketch challenge. I will also enter it into the current Simon Says Stamp Challenge, because the current one is anything goes! One lucky entry will win a $50 shopping spree!!!

I started by cutting two red papers of Pink Paislee Sidewalks patterned paper (included in kit) in 2″ wide strips. The bottom was cut with one of MFT’s Fishtail Flags Die-namics die and the center was cut with Simon Says Stamp Air Vent die. Sea Salt Bazzill cardstock (included in kit) was adhered behind the vent and a 1/4″ strip of white cardstock was adhered above. A white button was tied on to the side of that paper strip with Beetle Black twine.


A 2 1/2″ long strip of Sea Salt cardstock was cut with MFT’s small scalloped border die and adhered to the top right of the strip. Rhinestones from a Sleek Strip Silver Rhinestones pack were adhered next to each scallop. The banner strip was adhered to the card base, 3 1/2″ x 11″ piece of green Bazzill cardstock (included in kit), folded in half. The bottom corners were rounded.

A sentiment from Merry Everything (included in kit) was stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on a piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock that had been cut with a small folded  Banner die.  It was adhered slightly off center underneath the vent die cut. A tiny rhinestone was adhered as the dot over the i and three rhinestones from the Sleek strip pack were adhered on the bottom right corner to finish off the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!
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I recently got the new Simon Says Stamp December card kit in the mail and couldn’t wait to play with it. I had missed the deadline of the latest CAS(E) this sketch, but I wanted to create a card with it anyway. It definitely works for the current Simon Says Stamp Challenge, because the current one is anything goes! You could win a $50 shopping spree if you enter!!! And with me being broke because I ordered a new camera, 2 lenses, wireless memory card and kids presents on Black Friday, that would be wonderful!

I started by cutting the right side of a 3″ x 5″ piece of white cardstock (from kit) with the Simon Says Falling Stars die. Packing tape was adhered behind the stars and Sterling Glitter was rubbed over it.  A sentiment from Merry Everything stamp set (included in kit) was stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on the right side of the cardstock piece.

The card base is a 3 1/2″ x 11″ piece of Neenah Desert Storm cardstock (included in kit) folded in half. A 2″ x 3 1/2″ piece of Pink Paislee Sidewalk patterned paper (included in kit) was taped to the lower half of the card base and silver cord was tied around the card base. A wooden button (included in the kit) was adhered to the left hand side of the white layer to finish off the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day! I know mine will be! My new camera is scheduled to arrive today!!!
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I have a new video to share with you on the Spellbinders Paper Arts blog today.  I love the reindeer image from Frosty Forms Spellbinders™ Shapeabilities® and used it along with a Label Twenty-Eight Spellbinders™ Nestabilities® die to create my tag.

I hope you have time to check out the entire tag and video, especially about the video. I bought a new tripod (since my plastic one was a little fragile for the new arm) and Tripod extender arm to create videos that are filmed directly above my hands. I love how much better it looks. Let me know what you think.

Thanks so much for looking! Have a wonderful weekend!
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Welcome to the Whimsy Stamps November 2012 rubber stamp and die release!

Today, Whimsy Stamps is releasing 21 fantastic new Rubber Stamps & Stamp Sets, 5 wonderful new Whimsy Shapeology Dies, 2 fabulous new Shape EZ by TLC templates, 2 beautiful Whimsy Designer Paper 6×6  packs and 2 new Whimsy Prints Collection pre-colored topper sets. These new goodies are available to buy right now from the Whimsy Stamps store along with all your Whimsy favorites.

From today until 27 November, the Whimsy DT and Special Guests will be showcasing these new products with a daily mini blog hop. Each mini blog hop has a new release prize hidden somewhere along the way and you have 24hrs to enter each prize draw by leaving a comment on every blog listed for that day.

At the end of release week (Wednesday 28 November) a ‘Release Round-Up’ will be posted on the Whimsy blog. This will include
a selection of DT work from the new release week together with a complete list of winners from the daily mini blog hops.

For my card today I used the darling  Christmas Hamster Wee image. It was stamped inTuxedo Black Memento Ink on Neenah Solar White cardstock that had been cut and embossed with one of Donna Salazar designed Snapshot Spellbinders™ Shapeabilities® dies. The image was colored with Copic Markers (Hamster: E40, E41, E42, E43, E44, R00, R01   Jacket: YG01, YG03, YG17, W00, W1, W3   Ornament: YR09 ,R24, R29, R39, Y32, Y35, Y38, E97). The hamster was masked and sponged first with Toffee Crunch, then with Peanut Brittle Memento Ink.  A button was tied on the bottom of the polaroid image with a silver cord.

The card base is a piece of 3 1/2″ x 11″ piece of Neenah Avalanche White Lineal cardstock folded in half. The bottom corners were rounded. The center of a 3/8″ x 3 1/2″ strip of  Carta Bella’s Merry & Bright patterned paper with my Cutter Bug Bee (to create the dots), then adhered to a wider strip of the same paper pack.

Three pieces of Merry & Bright paper were stamped with one of the Holiday Circle Pennants. They were cut out and adhered under the paper strips before they were adhered to the lower half of the card base. The hamster image was adhered slightly askew over the strip with foam adhesive squares. Rhinestones from a Sleek Strips Silver Rhinestones finish off the card.

To be entered into today’s mini blog hop prize draw, be sure to leave a comment on ALL of the DT posts listed below by 12.00pm EST tomorrow:

Debbie
Ellie
Heidy
Iris
Simonne
Tammy Louise
Beate – Special Guest  (that’s me)
Colleen – Special Guest
Zoe – Special Guest 

** Guest Designer Contest – January 2013 **

Would you like to join us as our guest designer for our January 2013 release?

If you would like to be considered for this, please make a new post on your blog telling us
why you would like to be a guest designer for Whimsy Stamps and add the direct link to your post in
the Linky tool on the Guest Designer Contest page HERE.

Please ensure you include at least one Whimsy Stamps creation in your blog post (this
doesn’t have to be new, but it would be great if it was a recent creation).

The contest will remain open during the entire November release week and will close at 12.00pm
EST on Wednesday 28 November. The winning entry will be announced in the “Release in Review”
post on the Whimsy blog on Wednesday 5 December.

For a full reveal of this month’s release, please visit the Whimsy blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoy Whimsy’s new release! Have a wonderful day!
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I created this card a while ago for an inspiration challenge on Splitcoast.  I started with a 3″ x 5″ piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock . The bottom two corners were rounded and the Petite Christmas Tree was cut in the lower right corner. Carta Bella’s Merry & Bright patterned paper was adhered behind the tree cut out and the layers were stitched to a slightly bigger piece of black cardstock.

White cardstock was cut and embossed with a Spellbinders Nested Pennants die and a sentiment from the new Small Folded Banners Holidays was stamped over it in Jet Black Archival ink. A button was tied on to the right edge with silver cord before it was adhered to the upper left edge. Red striped washi tape was adhered over it.

Silver Rhinestones were adhered under the sentiment and on top of the tree. Baby Bling red rhinestones were added to the tree to finish off the card.

Thanks so much for stopping today! Have a wonderful day!
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Today’s featured new CAS-ual Fridays Stamps set is called Snowflake Greetings. As the name says it has quite an assortment of snowflakes as well as greetings. My card was created out of  5 1/2″ x 7″  piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock. It was folded in half and  a 3/4″ border was masked off with Eclipse Tape.

The center of the card was sponged with Evergreen Bough and Broken China Distress inks. Snowflakes were stamped with those same colors as well as Tumbled Glass Distress ink.

A border was drawn with a Copic Multiliner and a sentiment was stamped in the lower right corner of the sponged area with Jet Black Archival Ink.  Three rhinestones from Sleek Strip Silver Rhinestones were adhered to the left of the sentiment.

White cardstock was cut with the Faceted Snowflake die. A green button was tied on with silver cord before the snowflake was adhered to the upper right hand corner of the sponged area.

Make sure you check the CAS-ual Fridays Stamp blog to see more samples created with the new set.  Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!

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Today’s featured new CAS-ual Friday stamp set is called Merry Kiss-mas.  As soon as I saw the little gifts, I knew I wanted to line them up and dress them up with patterned paper.

I used my favorite Christmas Paper Pack Carta Bella’s Merry & Bright for that.  The card base is a 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock folded in half. Five presents were stamped in the center of the card with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.

The bottom right corner was rounded and a sentiment was stamped right under the presents.  Don’t you just love that font? Three rhinestones from Sleek Strips Silver Rhinestones next of the sentiment finish off the card. Now this is one quick Christmas card.

For my second card I had to use Debby Hughes amazing layout again. I can see this becoming one of my go to sketches for CAS cards. For this one I started by cutting the edge of a 3″ x 5 1/2″ piece of white cardstock with the Notebook Edge Die-namics die. The mistletoe image was stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. It was colored with Copic Markers (G24, G28) and Liquid Pearls were added to create the berries.

The long thin sentiment was stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink along the notebook edge before red ribbon was tied around the top of the layers. The bow was topped off with a button, tied on with silver cord. The layers were adhered to the card base, a 3 1/2″ x 11″ piece of Kraft cardstock folded in half. The bottom corner was rounded to finish off the card.

Make sure you check the CAS-ual Fridays Stamp blog to see more samples created with the new set.  Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!

Hugs and smiles

 

Today’s Holiday Blitz tutorial is written by Susan Culotti. She shows us how to create a flip top box (like it’s used for cigarettes or crayons). I shot the video and created this box as a sample.

My box base is a piece of Kraft cardstock. The patterned paper used to decorate the box is from Carta Bella’s Winter Fun patterned paper. Holiday Apothecary Labels stamps and dies were used to dress up the box.  Rhinestones from Sleek Strips Silver Rhinestones finish off the box.

Here is a video for the visual learner:
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Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!
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I created a card last month for a featured stamper challenge on Splitcoaststampers.  I had picked this card to case, mostly because I had just gotten MFT’s Hexagon dies and wanted to try them out. I cut Neenah Solar White cardstock the larger strip. I cut slightly smaller pieces out of Carta Bella’s Merry & Bright patterned paper. The patterned paper pieces were fed through a Xyron sticker maker and adhered to the larger white strip.

The card base is a 3 1/2″ x 11″ piece of Patina Bazzill Cardstock, folded in half. The bottom right corner  was rounded. The hexagon strips were adhered to the left hand side of the card. More white cardstock was cut with MFT’s Let it Snowflake and Framed Greetings die.

A sentiment from Seasonal Sentiments was stamped in Red VersaMagic ink was stamped on the Framed Greeting die cut and adhered on the lower right card base.  The snowflake were sprinkled over the card and topped with rhinestones from a Sleek Strip Silver Rhinestone to finish off the card.

Thanks so much for looking! Have a wonderful day!
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P.S.: Today’s tutorial is written by my wonderful colleague and friend Lori Craig. She is showing us how to create colored glass.

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