Monday, April 29, 2013

SCS CAS 218 Challenge

Happy Monday all...hope this is a sunny beginning to your week ahead.  We actually had some nice weather and sun this weekend in the Black Hills that melted a good part of the snow. So, hoping Spring is finally here.
The challenge for this weeks CAS over at Splitcoast was this quote..".May every sunrise hold more promise, and every sunset hold more peace".
Sadly and  one of my co-workers had to retire early this week....I did not have a chance to really say goodby so made her this card...I know she will find so much peace and fun in doing all those things she has wanted to do for a long you will be missed!
Here is my card:

I decided to spotlight the sunset portion, in all honesty after I smudged the original masked attempt three times in a row.  So, I cut out the portion I liked, and spotlighted it after I stamped and embossed the tree branch on the card front.  Very shiny and nice IRL.

Hope you like...please play along with this weeks challenge!


Monday, April 22, 2013


Good  morning and Happy Monday!  Monday brings the beginning of a new work week...Although I love what I do in the health care profession, I get down sometimes because it seems to get in the way of my creative time!  I can't always fit creative time in with long work hours, being a good mother and grandmother and friend.  When that happens too often I find my focus in daily life not as good as well.   What I am trying to say I guess is that some of us really need our creative time to have the rest of our normal daily routine seem more tolerable.  So...lets play along this week with splitcoast  for this weeks  CAS challenge.  I have so much fun in my first few weeks as a Design Team member...this week is a sketch challenge...this is the link to that challenge....please check it out and  play along...this is my card that I created for the challenge:

I have been buying washi tapes for awhile now, and have quite a collection, but do not play with them much.  I decided this sketch was the time.  I chose the tapes, applied them to the card and stamped the sentiment.  I then cut a frame from two different spellbinder dies, stitched around it, and applied it to the card to frame the sentiment.  I added the buttons cause I am a buttonaholic...I admit it am not ashamed...:) Anyhow, I think this sketch lends itself to so many many fun creative possibilities.  Please play along, and let me know you stopped by my blog today...and have a wonderful wonderful week!

Monday, April 15, 2013

CAS 216 Challenge

Good morning blogger buddies, and HAPPY Monday!!  Every Monday brings a new CAS challenge over at Splitcoaststampers.  This weeks challenge was this picture from Pinterest:

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this picture because I am a button fanatic.  So is my mom!  She has a collection like I have never seen before!!  Gallon jar after Gallon jar of buttons....all sorted by color or shape or theme and artistically displayed.  So when I saw this picture I knew I needed to make a button card for her.  I used some of the plate colors to choose the buttons for my card.  I was going to do a banner of buttons, but felt more like spring flowers.  So this is the CAS card I created this week.
I stamped the flower stems, and the black frame around them that coordinated with the die cut shape I used to make the frame.  I then sewed on the flowers, made the frame and ran it through the CB with the swiss dots folder, and stamped the sentiment.  Quick!  Love those flower buttons!
Hope you all play along with this weeks CAS has so many possibilities...
Have a wonderful week!     Tammie

Monday, April 8, 2013

SCS CAS 215 Color Challenge

Spring is in the air!!! The color combo for this weeks challenge at splitcoast was tempting turquoise, certainly celery, and pretty in pink.  When I put them together I thought of several things...babies, flowers, birds, butterflies....I ended up going with a bird theme for my card because I had some bird stickers I wanted to try out.  Elizabeth Craft Design has these wonderful peel off stickers in many different images.  The looked like they were stamped and embossed.   You just peel them off and adhere them to cardstock and color them in.  I added a twist that I learned from my friend Stacy with the images today.  I adhered them to score tape and used Elizabeth Cool Diamond glitter, and then colored over it with Tim Holtz markers.  The glitter is super fine, and burnishes in beautifully so no glitter mess follows to the recipient.  I used shabby shutters, spun sugar and broken china markers, which are almost exactly the same colors as SU colors mentioned above.  I then cut out my little birdies and assembled my card. Very quick....could make a bunch fast.  These little stickers can go on glass or anything...I know we are making a card, but these little sticker guys are SOO versatile and fun! Anyhow, here is my card:
I know the glitter is hard to see in the pic, but is really pretty IRL.  Hope you all play along this week with this fun challenge.  Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

SCS CAS 214 Challenge Chalkboard Technique

Just a quick post tonight to try to get caught up after vacation, and then being ill all weekend.  I did not get a post done with my first submission this last week for the CAS 214 challenge on Monday at Splitcoaststampers.  It was the chalkboard technique, and was really fun to play with.  You basically use black cardstock, white ink and white embossing powder if wanted.  I simply inked my image with white ColorBox ink and left it unembossed...looked more realistic that way to me. I even smeared it a bit.
I used a Hero Arts Set.  I stamped the image, added some stars from the same set, and drew a border around it with Tim Holtz picket fence pen.  I then added it to my layout after cutting the image out.   I altered the Designer paper to better fit the color scheme, by adding black stripes with a marker where there were white stripes( I trick I learned from Jennifer Maguire).  This is the card...Hope you like!
Check out the new CAS 215 challenge tomorrow!!
Hugs!  Tammie