Category Archives: cards, etc.

ugly sweaters

Hello friends and Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you all are able to spend this day with family and friends, giving thanks for all God has blessed us with!

It may be Thanksgiving, but today the Art Impressions team is featuring the new Ai Michael’s exclusive Christmas Clear & PopCards Sets! Here I used the SC0799- Ugly Sweater set.

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I’ve been wanting to make some CAS cards with a little selective, “spotlight”, coloring and I thought this gal would be perfect for it! I tried 2 different styles with masking and sponging on each. Both used a combination of masking with a post-it note and some masking fluid for the tiny areas. On the first one, I simply sponged green ink on the right side.

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For the second one, I covered the masked image with a dotted stencil and sponged on some red ink. For both, I kept my image close to the bottom so I could add a strip of patterned paper to the top. After selectively coloring a few areas, I finished them with some Stickles and tied on some linen thread.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions SC0799- Ugly Sweater Set; paper- white, patterned paper scraps; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black, SU! Riding Hood Red and Gumball Green; accessories- Copics, SU! Seasonal Decorative Masks, linen thread, Post-it note, Fineline Masking Fluid pen, Misti, Stickles.

giving thanks

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with another card using the 4939- Full of Thanks set. This time I used the cute turkey in disguise!  I think he is the one giving thanks…for not landing on the dinner plate!

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I used a Simon Says Stamp die for a layer to pop him up on and then added a few gold rhinestones for the “ground”.

Have a great Monday and a wonderful Thanksgiving… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4939- Full of Thanks; paper- vanilla, DCWV the Autumn Melody; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Simon Says Stamp Giving Thanks die, gold rhinestones, foam dimensionals.

so full… of thanks

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using the 4939- Full of Thanks set. This set is perfect for your Thanksgiving projects! The sentiments are so fun.  I also used the Gina Marie Designs Pumpkin Quilt die which my friend, Tina, bought and then enabled our whole group of friends to purchase. LOL. Does that happen to you? It’s so pretty and makes the perfect background for this Ai set!

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While I was die cutting different papers to use, I figured I might as well switch the pieces around and make two cards.  These critters are so cute with their tummies full of pumpkin pie!

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I still had plenty of leftover pieces and needed a few “quick cards” but didn’t have time to color up some extra images.  My solution was to piece the pumpkin pieces together onto a patterned background and then stamp the images and sentiment on the inside.

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I used rust and dark brown inks to give them some color without actually coloring. :)

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Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4939- Full of Thanks; paper- white, vanilla, SU! Early Espresso, DCWV the Autumn Melody; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Early Espresso and Really Rust; accessories- Copics, Gina Marie Designs Pumpkin Quilt die, glue pen, Marvy Jewel Picker, foam dimensionals.

under His wings

Good morning!

Just popping in with a card or two using some Sweet ‘n Sassy stamps.  Here I used His Wings to create a CAS card.

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I started by sponging some green & blue ink over a stencil for the background. The feathers were colored with Copics and popped with dimensionals.

I actually made this second card first but realized the set was out of stock/retired. I wasn’t going to share it but since I already took a photo, I thought many of you might have it and would like to see a way to use it other than bible journaling. So here is a similar card with the retired set, Songs of Praise.

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Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy His Wings; paper- white; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black, SU! Coastal Cabana and Lemon Lime Twist; accessories- Copics, Tim Holtz Nordic stencil, foam dimensionals, linen thread.

so happy

Good morning!

Today I am sharing two cards on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog using a special stamp set designed for SNSS’s birthday celebration.

Sweet ‘N Sassy Stamps is turning 10 this month and we are CELEBRATING all month long!  First, this FREE stamp set called So Happy is being added to all qualifying orders. SNSS is also considering adding printables to the Creative Worship line so Korin is giving one away for FREE! Plus, one of the illustrators, Rebecca Rios, is giving away her own FREE printable with ANY Creative Worship* purchase through the month of November!  BUT THAT’S NOT ALL… you could win  FREE Stamps for a year!

There will be more surprises so…check out all the info HERE so you don’t miss anything!  Now, how about that free set?  I first used it to make a sweet pink & gray card…

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…and then another CAS card in turquoise & green. I chose a brown sentiment so the words would stand out.

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Here’s the full set!

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy So Happy; paper- white, SU! Pink Pirouette and Smoky Slate; ink- Versafine Black, SU! Lemon Lime Twist, Pink Pirouette and Going Gray, Memento Teal Zeal, Archival Potting Soil; accessories- foam dimensionals, gemstone.

haunted mansion PopCard

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “Third Dimension” and we are featuring the new Art Impressions PopCards! Here I used 4944- Haunted Mansion PopCard and the 4862- PopCard Template.

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I found some cute papers in my stash to go with the images and die cut a circle window in the front. After you make one of the PopCards to see how they are put together, they are pretty easy to create. When you open the card, the mansion pops up to be 3-D!

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I’m not sure who’s idea it was (I think it was Kate’s) to cut the template from acetate but it works great! Plus, it is clear so you don’t see it from the side!

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Now it’s your turn to break out your favorite stamps, make a card, and join us in the “Third Dimension” Challenge!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4944- Haunted Mansion PopCard; paper- white, black, SU! Smoky Slate, doodlebug- Halloween parade; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Art Impressions 4862- PopCard Template, Copics, rhinestones, Scor-Tape, acetate, foam tape, Large and Small Circle Nestabilities.

 

Christmas topiary

Good morning!

It may be Halloween, but I am popping in with a CAS Christmas card using some Sweet ‘n Sassy stamps.  Here I used Christmas Topiaries.

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I started by sponging a light turquoise ink over the Tim Holtz Nordic stencil. Then I realized that if I turn the stencil 90° and sponge again, it looks kinda like a flower! After I edited my pic, though, I see white Xs…lol.  Focus on the blue! 😉

The topiary was cut out and popped with dimensionals.

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Christmas Topiaries; paper- white; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, Tim Holtz Nordic stencil, foam dimensionals.

Skeleton Wiggle Wobble (he glows!)

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today I am CASE-ing my DT friend, Renee, on the Art Impressions blog with a card using the Ai 4952- Skeleton Wiggle Wobble set.  (She shared her card last week)  The sentiment on the front of my card is from the Michael’s exclusive SC0680- Spare Me clear set.

Renee had the brilliant idea to create a spider web window on her card and I loved it so much that I wanted to re-create it on a card for my friend who has an October birthday and LOVES Halloween.  After seeing Renee’s card, I couldn’t even think of making mine any other way! lol.  It’s perfect!

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I changed mine up a bit by making a different shaped window and adding a punched creepy fence to the front. I used the same cute mice punch but brought that to the front as well.

On the inside, the wobbly skeleton was assembled with mini brads and he is made EXTRA wobbly by adhering him to the card with a Mini Action Wobble.  I opted to skip his hat & bow tie this time.

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Since I used a black card base and a dark patterned paper inside, it is difficult to sign the card.  My solution was to use the leftover pieces I die cut from the front window to adhere on the back for my message and signature.

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Now, I didn’t give him a hat & bow tie for a reason….he GLOWS IN THE DARK!!!  So I didn’t want to cover up part of his head.  After I assembled all his parts with the mini brads, I used an old bottle of Glow-in-the-Dark fabric paint I had in my stash (for many moons!)  Mine was a pale yellow color which I didn’t see while searching but I did find the same brand with a Natural color which I’ve linked below.  I’m guessing the natural color would be better anyway!  Oh, and I didn’t forget the eyes in the little bat & spider die cuts….they glow too!

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Here’s a quick little video to see the action!

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I want to thank Renee for letting me CASE her card!  I enjoyed making this for my friend.  Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4952- Skeleton Wiggle Wobble and Michael’s exclusive SC0680- Spare Me; paper- white, black, SU! Smoky Slate, K&Company- KP Halloween; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Ai Mini Action Wobbles, Ai white Mini Brads, Cheery Lynn DL162 Spiderweb die, Scor-Tape, Zig glue pen, QuicKutz (Lifestyle Crafts) Hexagon dies, Scribbles Glow-in-the-Dark fabric paint, Martha Stewart Creepy Fence and Mice border punches, rhinestones, Cuttlebug Halloween die.

dashing penguin

Good morning!

Today I am sharing this card on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog using my Holiday Hugs stamp set.  I was inspired by a Partial Die Cutting technique by Jennifer McGuire.  I didn’t use any dies here, but trimmed around the bottom of the penguin image with scissors after cutting the sides with a paper trimmer.

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I layered a colored panel inside, as Jennifer did, with the sentiments.

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Give this technique a try…it’s quite easy and fun! Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Holiday Hugs; paper- white, SU! Baja Breeze; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black and New Sprout, SU! Baja Breeze; accessories- Copics, Stickles.

Magical Christmas MTF

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “Stamp a Scene” and we are featuring the new Art Impressions Mini TryFolds! Here I used 4930- Magical Christmas MTF.  These sets include matching dies to cut the openings so you can peek through to the inside.

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Here’s the card completely closed. One die cuts the door so it can be opened (as shown above).  Another cuts the wreath which I’ve mounted with foam dots.

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When you open the first fold, you see the fireplace. The third die cuts the opening in the fireplace.  Look who’s peeking through!

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Here both sides are open to see the final image inside. I decided to add my sentiment there as well.

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Now it’s your turn to break out your favorite stamps, make a card, and join us in the “Stamp a Scene” Challenge!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4930- Magical Christmas MTF; paper- white, doodlebug- home for the holidays; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, MFT Cross Stitch Circles & Squares, foam dimensionals, Stickles.