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Friends w/ATCAS

It’s challenge time over at the Addicted to CAS blog! The code word this week is FRIENDS.

I saw this technique on a YouTube video last month… I want to say it was Jennifer McGuire but I honestly have no clue. You know how YouTube will just jump from video to video?? Yeah, I totally spent a night doing that instead of the homework I was supposed to finish and lost track of what I saw where!! But basically, you stamp your image/sentiment, and then add individual colors of embossing powder from the bottom up. So I added the red, tapped off the excess, and then went to orange, to dark yellow, to light yellow. And then used the good ol’ heat tool to melt it all together!

The sentiments are both from the Paper Smooches – Bosom Buddy stamp set. I feel like I’ve used this sentiment before, but I could totally be wrong. The Paper Smooches fonts tend to look the same (love them though!) and it might have been the same thing from a different set. Who knows!  Haha and that totally doesn’t mean that I have too many stamps to keep track of!!!

Hope you come join us! Thanks for stopping by!!

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A+ in my book! w/CCS

Hi Friends!! I’m blogging over at the CutCardstock blog today 🙂 How has the weather been in your neck of the woods or your corner of the city?? It’s been hot and humid here in Hawaii, but I think that means it’s gonna rain, which hope fully will make the end of the summer much more tolerable!! My kiddos have actually gone back to school this week, so I wanted to make a card for Little A’s librarian because I just adore her!!

I made a CAS (clean and simple) card today using one of my favorite dies and some fun colored enamel dots on top of this card made from this amazingly bright and nice Classic Crest Cardstock in Solar White (80#).

First I cut my Classic Crest Cardstock in Solar White (80#) in half because otherwise it wouldn’t fit in my Big Shot lol!

I then used one of my favorite big dies by Paper Smooches to cut out this frame with these wonky stitched borders. It comes out to the perfect size to mat on a full card!

I centered the stamp on my Misti and then stamped away! I had to do it more than a few times to make sure I got the black in her eyes completely colored in.

And then I colored!! There’s no sound in this short video, just to let you know so you don’t turn up your speakers looking for it!

After I got her colored up nice and pretty, I stamped on the sentiment (from another Stamp Anniething set). But look how beautifully she colored up. There was no bleeding, and she colored so smoothly, I just love it!!

I used some pop-up dots to stick her onto the card base, which was just the remaining half of that Classic Crest Cardstock in Solar White (80#) piece that I cut in the beginning.

The last thing I did was add some fun enamel dots to the card. I used two different sets, one was a fall themed one and the other a Christmas one. But together they worked out perfectly!!

Here’s a closeup of her colored… so smooth. It was so nice to color on this Classic Crest Cardstock without having to worry too much about bleeding!!

I hope Little A’s librarian likes the card… I know I’m so happy with how cute she came out!! Thanks so much for stopping by!! Make sure to stay up to date with the latest news and sales on the CutCardstock Facebook Page!!

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One Layer w/ATCAS

It’s challenge time over at the Addicted to CAS blog! The code word this week is ONE LAYER.

This was FUN to make. I absolutely love that flower – it’s from a previous Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumpkin kit and even though I haven’t put together the projects from that kit yet, I’ve used the stamp set a handful of times haha!! One day I’ll get to all my Paper Pumpkin kits!! And look at that sentiment. I absolutely love that font. so purrrrrrty.

Anywhoo, this was super easy to put together as well. I blocked off the white space for the sentiment with some wash – make sure to stick it to yourself a few times to take away more of the stick… some washi can be pretty sticky and not want to come off paper very nicely, and I didn’t want to take a chance at ruining the card at the end, when all I had left to do was add the sentiment!

Hope you come join us! Thanks for stopping by!!

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Congrats Stars w/CCS

Hi Friends!! I’m over at the CutCardstock Blog today with this simple and super fun card!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful summer (or winter!). We’re in our last week of summer break so spending as much time together as a family as possible before fixing our routine back to a school-oriented one!

I made a quick and easy card today using a paper punch and some super shiny Glitter Cardstock in Silver and Gold.

I started by punching out some of these stars from some scrap pieces of Silver and Gold glitter cardstock and paired them up with a strip of Pop Tones Sweet Tooth White Cardstock over a bigger strip of Pop Tones Black Licorice Cardstock.

My trick to laying out these stars evenly is to just tack down the end of a single arm on each piece so that it’s easier to move around, that way if you have to rearrange it, you’re not pulling up the entire piece, just a single arm!

Then I lined up my sentiment and stamped it out – I didn’t want to stick down that star piece yet just in case I needed to move it further up or down on the card, depending on how my sentiment stamped out! Luckily these magnets are super strong and I could use them to hold down all the pieces together!!


The last thing I did was to tack down that strip with the stars. I am so happy with how it came out because I got to use a punch I rarely break out (I find myself using my circles and squares more often than shapes like this!) and it was such a simple and sweet card to make!

Thanks so much for stopping by!! Make sure to stay up to date with the latest news and sales on the CutCardstock Facebook Page!!

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Wheels w/ATCAS

It’s challenge time over at the Addicted to CAS blog! I’m hosting this week and the code word I picked is WHEELS.

Once again, I pulled out a stamp set I haven’t ever inked up, and I don’t know why it took me so long to do so! This is Lawn Fawn – Happy Trails. And of course, I chose this theme for Baby Z because of his obsession with anything with wheels! He even told me what colors those cars needed to be colored and I think he picked really well haha =o)

Hope you come join us! Thanks for stopping by!!

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Congrats w/CCS

I’m blogging over at the CutCardstock blog today! First off, let me apologize so greatly for the pictures! I’m experimenting with my camera rig and this is definitely NOT a winner. Oh well, live and learn!! I promise I’ll figure it out for next time!

This was a really simple card to make but it looks so pretty because of the shimmery paper! Today’s card is made using some gold Stardream Metallic 65# cardstock and a couple pieces of Basis white 80# cardstock. So easy to put together!! I started by cutting my sheet of gold Stardream Metallic 65# cardstock in half to make a top-folding card.

I knew I wanted to put a piece of white cardstock inside the card to make it easier to write on – not every pen takes nicely to shimmery paper so I wanted to make it easier for whoever got this card to write inside!!

Then I took some matching yellow ink and a pretty circle stamp set and just stamped over the bottom of the card, making sure to go off the edges a little bit.

Then I took my sentiment and stamped it in a nice, bold black just above the circles.

The last thing I added was some matching black and white baker’s twine to the top of the card…

… and then finished it off with a nice bow before sticking the white cardstock piece to the card front.

And this is another view of the card, trying to show off the shimmer. So pretty, and such a simple thing to put together!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!! Make sure to stay up to date with the latest news and sales on the CutCardstock Facebook Page!!

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Summer w/ATCAS

I’m so fortunate to join the team at Addicted to CAS! Thankful to the team for having me, and I look forward to creating with them!!

It’s challenge time over at the Addicted to CAS blog! The code word this week is SUMMER.

I absolutely loved making this card. I couldn’t actually find my watercolors, so did the next best thing… watercolored with Distress inks! So much fun. And adding that strip of washi at the bottom just makes the card pop I think!! Super happy with how it came out. And I made myself pull out some stamps I haven’t ever inked up too… This is from the Paper Smooches set – Summer Lovin’. I colored that little guy up with my Copics and popped him on there with some foam tape.

Hope you come join us! Thanks for stopping by!!

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Happy Birthday Kylie!! (blog hop)

Happiest of Happy Birthdays to Kylie!! In her honor, we’re having a birthday blog hop!!



This is my birthday card to her, and I have to say that even though I’m on her ATCAS team, I had no intention of making this card clean and simple!! I was going to use fun patterns and a few more layers, but then I had this baker’s twine that I had knotted and tied into a bow on a different card… but it just didn’t work. And because I’m cheap, I didn’t want to throw it away and ended up sliding it off the old card and onto a blank card. And then the idea struck and I ended up with this!! And how cute is that chick from Paper Smooches? So much fun (and so simple!) to color up with my Copics.


So Happy Birthday Kylie! It’s an honor to join your team and I’m looking forward to the year ahead and getting to know you and the rest of the team!


And thank you, my friends, for stopping by. You’re almost at the end of the hop, and will hop on to Susan’s blog next. Or if you’re just joining us, you can start at the beginning and see what everyone else has made!


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Kelli – <— you are here
Susan – <— go here next


Diving Leah w/WD

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I’m blogging over at Whimsie Doodles today!!  And I have to say, I’m totally, completely in LURRRRVE with this card!  The colors!!  So not something I would normally use, but it just works and I like it… I like it a lot!!

This sweetie is Diving Leah towards the bottom half of the People Digi’s page.  I colored her up with my Copics and then popped her up on some pop-dots.  This paper that I used for her background has these waves in these different patterns and I had no clue how to use it so it’s been sitting on my shelf for a couple years (like most of my paper lol!) and then I finally decided to cut into it because the colors matched so well.  And I’m so happy I did!  Love how it came out!!

Thanks for stopping by, hope to see you again soon!

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Flowery Friend

Hi Friends!! I’m blogging over at the CutCardstock blog today! 🙂 This was another really fun card to make because I got my fingers inky AND I got to break out the heat gun, which I rarely get to do these days!!

Today’s card is made using some beautifully bright colors from the Pop Tones Cardstock line and the Basis Cardstock line.

 I started with a scrap piece of 65# Pop Tones in Sweet Tooth White and used a pretty flower stamp and my Versamark ink pad to stamp all over the piece. 

Then I used some clear embossing powder and sprinkled it all over.  Okay, it came out as a pour, not so much a sprinkle.

Then I used a clean, stiff, but small bristled brush to dust off as much excess embossing powder as I could.

And then used the heat gun to melt it all together. Doing this allows me to create a resist background to color all over!!

Then I used my distress inks and blender tools to color up the background.

It came out so pretty! I matted it on more 65# Pop Tones in Sweet Tooth White and then 65# Lemon Drop Yellow cardstocks.

I paired it with an orange base from the Basis Cardstock line, some 80# Basis Orange cardstock.

The last thing I did was add some yellow twine and tie a bow, and then stamp on (and emboss again, yay!) the sentiment. I wanted something bold and fun, but definitely something that matched the flowers in the background.

And just because it’s so amazing to watch, here’s a short clip of the embossing powder melting!

And the finished card. So happy, just love how it came out!

Thanks so much for stopping by!! Make sure to stay up to date with the latest news and sales on the CutCardstock Facebook Page!!

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