Tuesday, 15 August 2017

We're Gonna Need A Bigger... Cake!

Just a quick share today inspired by a couple of challenges. This is actually a re-make of a card that I made a while back but never shared on my blog - it is a great masculine Birthday card - and I can never have too many of those!

The wave was created by smooshing some Tumbled Glass and Broken China onto a piece of Distress watercolour paper - drying between the layers. I added some white splatters as well with Studio Calico white mist. The shark (from Avery Elle) was coloured with Copics, coated with Wink of Stella, and popped up with a mini action wobbler. The greeting is from the same Avery Elle stamp set - here is how it is completed on the inside of the card:

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Thursday, 3 August 2017

TIME OUT #89 - Home Sweet Home Inspiration

We're back at TIME OUT with another inspirational Home Sweet Home picture this week:

21 Ways to Make the Industrial Look Work for You including brick veneer, pallet coffee tables and map walls:

In addition to this great photo, we also have a fabulous guest designer to inspire you this week: Trina from My Crafting Closet has some great designs and inspiration to share so make sure you stop by her blog.

Here is how I was inspired:

I think that it is pretty obvious where I drew my inspiration :) I immediately thought of this Neat & Tangled Origami map stamp and die set that I have and I had to use it. I stamped the map and then coloured it with some Copics. I die cut the map and then popped it up on a black card base using some black foam tape. I love the shadow that this creates around the map - here is a better photo of it. 

I used a Stamplorations sentiment to finish the card. We are lucky to have Stamplorations as our sponsor for this challenge - the winner will receive a gift voucher for their store.

So take some TIME OUT and play along with us - we can't wait to see how you are inspired!

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Thursday, 6 July 2017

TIME OUT#87 - CASEing Cornelia

This week at TIME OUT, we are CASE-ing the incredible creative Cornelia from Stempel Spass - I love her designs - they are always so much fun and her CASE card is no exception!

We also have a great Guest Designer with us this week: Pooja from Reusing, Cards & Quilling has some great designs so make sure to stop by her blog. 

Here is my card:

OK - so my CASE is a little bit "loose" but I was really inspired by the fun KatzelKraft image that Cornelia used so I wanted to use a KatzelKraft critter as well - I went with a cat instead of a bird though. I had this previously stamped card base (stamp is an older Studio Calico one), and I thought that it went perfectly with the cat image... it looks like the cat is apprehensive about the numbers... sometimes I feel like that on my Birthday ;)

I stamped the cat and coloured it with Copics. I then stamped the greeting - also from Studio Calico - outlined it and cut it out like on the CASE card. I added an extra Taylored Expressions greeting on the inside of the card to complete it: "Another year older, definitely, another year wiser, maybe" - I thought it worked well with the image.

We can't wait to see how Cornelia's card inspires you - so take some TIME OUT to join us!

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Thursday, 22 June 2017


It's time for a theme challenge and we are looking for Celebration themed cards with an optional twist of keeping it one layer. As an added incentive for keeping it one-layer, our fabulous sponsor, CAS-ual Fridays, is offering a $25 gift voucher to a random entry that uses the optional twist!!!

Our guest designer for this challenge is the incredible Tae-Eun - I am sure you are already familiar with her wonderful CAS card designs but make sure to visit her blog to check out her take on this challenge :)

Here is my take on the challenge - a bright celebratory rainbow:

This card is all about this wonderful sentiment stamp set from CAS-ual Fridays - I couldn't chose just one sentiment to use - so I decided to use them all :)  I actually made this a mass card production (you can never have too many Birthday cards) so I lined the stamps up in my MISTI and stamped them on 6 different colours of cardstock in Versamark so that I could heat emboss them in white. I then used my trimmer to cut apart the greetings before mixing and matching them on 6 different card bases. Some of them, I adhered directly to the card base (above), and some of them I adhered with foam tape to add some dimension (below). I had planned on making a similar card with the optional one-layer twist by inking the stripes on the card base and then adding the white heat embossing but I ran out of time..... so no twisting from me this week..

How are you going to interpret this theme? We can't wait to see your creations so make sure you take the TIME OUT to play along with us!

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Saturday, 10 June 2017

ATCAS Guest Designer - Cheers!

I am thrilled and so honoured to be Guest Designing at Addicted To CAS today - I was asked to play along based on this card from the Pink challenge a couple of weeks back.

The cue card for this week's challenge?

And here is my take on the cue card:

For some reason, I seem to have a lot wine themed stamps in my stash ;) but I chose this older MFT one for my card. I kept it really simple by stamping the image and the greeting in SSS Intense Black ink, and I coloured the image using Copics. I added some sparkle to the champagne with my Sakura glitter pen - including some extra bubbles. I also added a layer of Glossy Accents to the glass to intensify the sparkle. I finished off the card with two types of washi tape along the bottom of the card, and a thin strip of black card stock to finish it off.

Thanks again to the wonderful DT at Addicted to CAS for having me along today and I hope that you will join us for this fun challenge!

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Thursday, 8 June 2017

TIME OUT#85 - Home Sweet Home Photo Inspiration

The challenge this fortnight at TIME OUT is a photo inspiration challenge - check out this fabulous tropical-themed Home Sweet Home picture:

Laura Ashley Blog | SPRING / SUMMER 2015 INTERIOR TRENDS | http://blog.lauraashley.com:

Our guest Designer this week is Ashwini from Experiments with Card Making Etc  - her designs are always so creative so make to check them out. 

We are also sponsored by Happy Little Stampers - who are offering a $15 gift voucher to the winner!!

Here is my card:

I kept things really simple - masked the edges of a piece of Tim Holtz watercolour paper, and then clear embossed the flowers using a Stamplorations stencil. I used some Brushos and water to paint the open space, and then I ironed off the embossing powder -I actually used my Minc machine which works beautifully for it :)  I adhered the panel to a top folding card base and added a white embossed W Plus 9 sentiment and some green gems from my stash. When I looked at the picture after I finished card, I realized there really isn't too much green in it - so I would have to say that I was more inspired by the "tropical vibe" of the picture rather than any particular element. I can't wait to see how this picture inspires others - so make sure you take some Time Out to play along!

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Thursday, 25 May 2017

TIME OUT #84 - Inspired By Words

This week at TIME OUT, we have a challenge where we are asking you to be inspired by the following words:

'Flowers and Friends make life a garden'

We are very lucky to have Michele with us as our Guest Designer -- I am sure you are already familiar with Michele and her stunning cards - her blog I Card Everyone is a
showcase of beautiful and really creative designs.

Here is how I was inspired by the words:

I started out by applying some white embossing paste through a Forileges Design stencil to add some texture to the background. I then added the frame (die cut with some circle dies) with some foam tape before adding the Copic coloured flowers and W Plus 9 Sending die cut. The flower is from Stamplorations - a set called Bloom Sketches - I don't know what kind of flower it is so there is a pretty good chance that it shouldn't be blue....  If you like the stamp,  Stamplorations is offering a gift voucher to their store for the winner of the challenge :)   - another great reason to join the fun and play along!

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Monday, 22 May 2017

Butterflies and Skyscrapers

A few cards to share today....

The first one is all about pink butterflies. I used the Memory Box Butterfly Heart die - it doesn't cut the butterflies out completely, just their wings. I carefully coloured each of the butterflies with Copics and Wink of Stella for some sparkle. I kept the rest of the card simple with a  Unity Stamp Company greeting

The next couple of cards were all about playing :) I used a TCW stencil that has 2 parts - the solid image and the outline image. I started by blending some Distress Oxide inks in the solid stencil. I then used some Viva black modelling paste through the outline stencil to finish the image. I absolutely love how these turned out in real life (I can't capture the gloss and texture of the paste on camera). I kept the rest of the cards quite simple - black and white with some silver glitter accents.

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Sunday, 21 May 2017

Distress Ink Smooshing

I was playing around with some Distress Ink smooshing and have a couple of quick cards to share:

This first card, I made with the Merry Monday colour challenge in mind - I used Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, and Wilted Violet. The tree die is from Ellen Hutson - and I used the same ink colours on the geometric pieces before layering them on top. The greeting is from MFT and is silver heat embossed - and I added a Tim Holtz mirror star to finish it off. I made another version of the card with some silver splatters in the background instead of the Distress smooshing:

I made the second card with the current Inkspirational challenge in mind. I started by stamping a map onto watercolour cardstock in Archival grey ink before adding the smooshing Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, and Mustard Seed inks to the "urban" area of the map. I sprayed some old Studio Calico Mistables with some like-coloured Dylusions sprays, and added a white embossed Studio Calico greeting and a few Freckled Fawn hearts to complete the card.

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Sparkle and Shine

Today, I am sharing a few of the cards that I made for the most recent Online Card Class - Sparkle and Shine. I loved the class - not surprising since I love sparkly and shiny techniques :) The lessons inspired me to dig out my supplies and play - here are some of the creations:

Day 1:Glitter
For the inlaid glitter technique, I used my Memory Box Dancing Snowflakes die as well as a Taylored Expressions Noel die to create the silhouettes. I added three shades of glitter in an ombre effect over the Be Creative tape (Glitter Ritz - Deep Purple; Glitter Ritz - Canadian Blue; Elizabeth Crafts - Bluebell). I absolutely love the finished card - this may just become my mass-produced Christmas card this year :)

Day 2: Foiling
For my foiling card, I combined ideas from a couple of the videos to create my card. I used a Power Poppy digital stamp and foiled it in gold onto some smooth Bristol card stock so that I could water colour it using my Zig markers. The foil is hard to capture with my camera but it really shines in real life when the light catches it. I finished the card by creating an aperture with a Simon Says Stamp stitched oval die and adding a Concord & 9th Hugs gold foil die cut.

Day 3:Shimmer, Pearl and Flakes
I love gilding flake mixes - but I don't use them very often so I definitely took this as an opportunity to play with them. I did the inlaid flakes technique that Jennifer demonstrated. The background die I used is from Lil Inkers (love it!) - and I used three different flake mixes for the inlay. It is hard to see the difference between them since they all have a lot of gold (maybe I need to buy more so that I have some different colours!) but I love the effect anyways. The card reminds of falling leaves in Autumn so I probably should have gone with a thanks greeting but I used a Winnie and Walter die cut hello over a vellum strip instead.

Day 6: Embossing Powder
I used Julie's technique on this card - with the Ranger Sticky Stuff and some Glitter Ritz Cool Highlight glitter. The snowflake is layered stamping (from the The Ton)  which is hard to see through the glitter and the greeting is from Simon Says Stamp. Even though I loved the technique, I wasn't entirely happy with the card so I tried to save it by completely over embellishing with sequins :)

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Thursday, 11 May 2017

TIME OUT #83 - CASE-ing Hannelie

This week at TIME OUT, we are CASE-ing a beautiful card from Hannelie from Desert Diva:

Hannelie creates such beautiful clean and simple card designs - here is how she created this one:

My card  (as many other of my cards) shows my love for combining digital elements with conventional cardmaking methods.The lilies are a digital stamp . I decided to leave it uncolored and only added color to the BG by blending distress inks. The sentiment is my own design. I created a "window",  cut with my silhouette cameo and I layered it over the blended BG. I finally added some splatters to add some interest.

What a beautiful card to CASE - so many inspiring elements...

Our wonderful Guest Designer this week is Susanne from Keep In Touch Cards - she is a regular TIME OUT player and always has amazing cards - so happy she is joining us this week.

Here is how I was inspired:

I think that it is obvious which elements I chose to CASE ;) - I love the sponged background and the black and white focal image. I added some shimmer spray to my sponged background and some silver glitter to the edges of the card so this card really shines in real life. Both the butterfly and the greeting are old Studio Calico stamps that I pulled out of a deep corner of my stash :)

We can't wait to see how Hannelie inspires you - a great challenge and the winner will get a gift voucher for Happy Little Stampers who are sponsoring us this fortnight!

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Sunday, 7 May 2017

The Stockings Were Hung

The Challenge at Merry Monday this week is all about The Night Before Christmas - so I immediately thought of the line "the stocking were hung by the chimney with care" and the Avery Elle stamp set. Here is what I came up with:

For both cards, I stamped the images onto white cardstock and coloured with Copics. For the first one, I simply die cut the panel and added it to a shimmery pink card. I white embossed the greeting and popped it up with foam tape. For the second card, I used some embossing paste and a brick stencil to add some texture to the card base. While the paste was still wet, I sprinkled it with glitter to give it some shimmer. I fussy cut the stocking, die cut a frame and adhered them to the card front with some foam tape.

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Thursday, 27 April 2017

TIME OUT#82 - Flowers

The Challenge this week at TIME OUT is a very seasonally appropriate theme challenge - Flowers!!! We are also looking for cards that use an optional twist of "kissing" stamps together - and there will be a prize from our wonderful sponsor, Happy Little Stampers, to a random entry that uses the kissing technique.

Here is my take on the theme:

For my card, I used Simon Says Scribble Flowers stamps and dies - in a few bright colours - I did use the optional technique of "kissing" the flowers with a Tim Holtz rubber stamp to add some texture. Here is a close up of the texture:

For the background, I used some Peerless watercolours to create a soft wash, and a simple W+9 greeting.

We can't wait to se how you will be inspired by our flower theme and the kissing technique so make sure you take some TIME OUT to play along!

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Sunday, 23 April 2017

Butterflies and Tulips

A couple of cards that I made this weekend as I stayed indoors to recover from this cold that has been plaguing me since we returned from vacation on Monday.

First up is this butterfly card that I made for the current Card Concept challenge:

This card started as a piece of SSS Fog cardstock - I cut the panel from one piece and the card base from another piece. I embossed the panel using a Tim Holtz embossing folder and then painted the embossed area with a mixture of Perfect Pearls and water to give the raised areas some white shimmer. The butterflies were die cut from vellum and then coloured with some Big Brush markers before adhering them by their centres. The Altenew sentiment was stamped in some Stone ink and the card panel was mounted with fun foam to the base for even more dimension.

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And here is the second card:

This one is all about tulips - I started by white heat embossing a Darkroom Door stamp onto a piece of Tim Holtz watercolour paper and colouring with my Peerless paints. Once dry, I flicked the panel with some Studio Calico white mist and spritzed with some shimmer mist. I then adhered the panel to a card base. I partially die cut the front panel with a SSS circle die and added the MFT sentiment across the bottom. I will link this card to the following challenges:
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Thursday, 13 April 2017

TIME OUT #81 - Home Sweet Home Photo Inspiration

This week at TIME OUT, we have a Home Sweet Home photo inspiration challenge - and here is the pretty picture that inspires us:

Lots of really great elements in this photo to play with - the butterflies, the clock, the text in the background....

We have a great guest designer with us - make sure you check out Michelle's Instagram for lots of inspiration.

Our sponsor for this challenge is Stamplorations - they have a prize for the winner and also a random enrty - I used their Flutterby stencil for my card:

I started off by spreading some Viva Decor Blackberry Ferro paste through the stencil to create the butterfly outlines. If you have not seen this paste, it has a little bit of grit in it which gives some great texture along with the dimension - though I find it to be quite flat and not as metallic as I thought it would be. I then used some pencil crayons to colour in the butterflies - I used about four different colours and flicked the colour from the outside in to create some shading.

I finished the card with and Avery Elle die cut greeting (layered on vellum) - and mounted the panel on a purple metallic card base. This is one of my favourite cards this year so I mailed it right away to someone that makes me think of purple butterflies :)

We can't wait to see how the photo inspires you - so make sure you take some TIME OUT to join us!

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Thursday, 30 March 2017

TIME OUT#80 - Inspired By Words

We have some great inspirational words this fortnight for the TIME OUT challenge:

'When it rains look for rainbows, when it's dark look for stars'

We have a great sponsor for this challenge - Uniko Studio is offering a £15 gift voucher to the winner.

Marilyn from Marilyn's Card Spot is our wonderful guest designer this week - make sure you stop by her blog to check how she is inspiring us.

Here is my take on the words:

This card came about as a  result of me playing around with my new Distress Oxide Inks- I was playing around with smooshing and layering contrasting colours (hence the orange and blue). When I was done, I had a bunch of panels so I used some MFT star dies to cut them out to make them into cards. On this one, I stamped a Simon Says birthday greeting in the middle and adhered the stars around it. I am really happy with how it came together - it makes a good masculine Birthday card - something that I always seem to be in need of....

I was inspired by the "stars" in the quote but I can wait to see how you are inspired when you take some TIME OUT to play along with us.

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Sunday, 26 March 2017

Majestic Bloom

Happy Sunday :)

Sharing a card that I made for my MIL's upcoming birthday using Altenew's Majestic Blooms layering stamp set:

I used pinks for the flower and greens for the leaves - a played around with some combinations of Simon Says and Hero Arts inks until I found a combination that I liked. For the card, I used a Simon Says Fog card base and layered a panel of white card stock that I embossed using a Taylored Expression embossing folder. I embellished with a lot of gold - the sentiment was stamped in gold pigment ink, then layered with gold perfect pearls, some gold perfect pearls in the centre of the flowers, and a splatter of gold sequins. Because the gold was so shiny, it was hard to capture on film but I love how it looks in real life. The flowers and the Altenew Label Love greeting were popped up with foam tape.

I will link up to the following challenges:

  • The Card Concept - I was heavily inspired by the inspiration photo this week - the flowers and the distressed background... I think that my take would be clean and layered
  • Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge- I used the dies for the flower, the leaves, and panel
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Thursday, 16 March 2017

TIME OUT #79 - CASE-ing Jenny M

For our challenge this week at TIME OUT, we are CASE-ing the amazing Jenny M from Crafting in the Country who shared this pretty cards with us:

We also have a great Guest Designer joining us - Izzy from IzzyScrap is a regular TIME OUT player and her cards are always amazing so make sure you check out her blog.

Our Sponsor for this challenge is Verve Stamps - not only have they offered up a great prize  for the winning card but they also supplied us with some stamps to use in our cards this week. I received the Hip Hop Bunnies set (so cute) - and this is how I used it in the CASE:

I decided to CASE the layout but I flipped it upside down. The background was sponged with Distress Inks, and the bunnies and carrots were coloured with Copics. I love the greeting (also from the set) and I thought that it would be fun make it an interactive card so I added Action Wobblers behind the two bunnies.

How will you CASE Jenny's card? We can't wait to see so make sure you take some TIME OUT and join us.

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Thursday, 2 March 2017

TIME OUT#78 - 3rd Birthday Friendship/Love Challenge

This week's Time Out Challenge is a really special one - it is our third birthday!!!! I have always loved Time Out - I played along almost every fortnight until I joined the DT a year and a half ago - and I want to thank Sandie and Nonni for all their hard work in brining this wonderful challenge to life, and keeping it so inspiring with all their wonderful ideas!!!!

Our challenge this week is really appropriate for our celebration - we want to see your cards focused on Love and Friendship - with an optional twist of spotlight stamping where you add color only to one raised spot of your image.

We are so lucky to have so many wonderful sponsors for our Birthday - there are so many prizes up for grabs - some for the top picks and also for a random entry that includes the optional twist of spotlight stamping.

We are also so lucky to have Ardyth join us as our guest designer - I am in constant awe of her gorgeous cards, and I love her amazing CAS style.

Here is what I came up with for the challenge:

I used the MFT Bundles of Blossoms background stamp - stamped in HA Soft Granite on the card base and in black on another panel. I used Copics to colour the panel and then die cut it with a Winnie & Walter "Hi" die. I popped the Hi up over the corresponding pattern on the base card and finished off with a few dew drops.

We can't wait to see your creations as you join us for this Birthday party!

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Thursday, 16 February 2017

TIME OUT#77- Home Sweet Home Picture Inspiration

This fortnight we have a Time Out Home Sweet Home picture inspiration challenge for you - and what a fun picture it is:

I just love these challenges - Sandie always chooses such amazing inspiration photos that can take your creativity in so many directions. We are doubly lucky this week because we also have a great sponsor: Stamplorations is offering two prizes - a $10 gift voucher for the winner and a stamp set for a random entry.

We also have a great guest designer with us - KandA from KandA Creative Moments is inspiring us with some great design so make to check it out.

Here is my card:

I was inspired by the sketchy houses and trees so I immediately thought of the Houses stamp set from Stamplorations. I kept it very simple with a one layer smooth bristol card - stamped and coloured with my Zigs. The greeting is from an old Studio Calico kit - it seemed to work perfectly with this card.

So make sure you take some Time Out and join us!

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Thursday, 2 February 2017

TIME OUT #76 - Inspired By Words

We have a great TIME OUT challenge for you this week - we are asking you to create a project based on the following words:

'Friends are connected heart to heart, distance and time can't break them apart'

Wonderful words and so many ways they can be interpreted - I can't wait to the wonderful creations in the gallery... and speaking of wonderful creations, make your you check out the great designs of Jane from Purplejet Loves Crafts - we are very lucky to have her Guest Designing with us this week.

We have an incredible sponsor this week too - CAS-ual Fridays is offering a $25 gift voucher to the challenge winner...

 Image result for cas ual fridays

In addition to giving the winner a prize, they also supplied the DT with products to use for this challenge - I chose the Heart Board Fri-dies and I absolutely loved playing with it. I ended up creating 3 different cards with it - and I still have a ton of ideas on more ways to use it. Definitely a new fave :)

Here is card #1:

(I usually don't make them so big but it was hard to capture the foil and the sentiment)

This card was fairly straightforward - I die cut the heart from some red and silver foil card stock - which I inlaid into the card panel. I also cut the arrow from some black card stock and inlaid that as well. The greeting is from an old Studio Calico card kit - but it worked perfectly in the arrow so I went with it in white heat embossing (don't you love it when that happens!). I did pop up the panel with some fun foam to add a little bit of dimension..... V-Day card for Michael is done :)

Card #2:

I was inspired by another greeting in that Studio Calico kit to make a multi-coloured inlaid heart. I watercoloured the die cuts with Distress inks. I also inlaid the arrows and stamped the greeting in the bottom corner.

Card #3:

This card probably reflects the inspirational words the best - especially since I made it for a good friend in Montreal to wish her well in an upcoming surgery. I used a Stamplorations stencil and some embossing paste an the card base to add a little bit of texture and then I added the leftover watercoloured hearts popped up with some foam squares. The stamped greeting is also from CAS-ual Fridays.

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Thursday, 19 January 2017

TIME OUT #75 - CASE-ing Ksenija

Our new challenge this fortnight at Time Out is all bout CASE-ing this very pretty card from Ksenija from Sweet Kobylkin - a wonderful designer with whom I am sure you are already familiar.

We have a great guest designer with us this week as well - M@rjan is joining us to inspire you with her gorgeous creativity - so make sure you check out her CASE in this challenge as well as her other wonderful designs.

Here is my card:

This is one of the card designs that I mass produced for the holidays - the greeting was printed with my laser printer and then foiled in red - hard to capture in the main photo so I took another one to show it:

The frame was die cut with a Winnie and Walter die, the tree with a Clearly Besotted die, and the star with a MFT die. When I was mass producing, I taped them all together so I didn't have to line them up on each card. I backed the open space from the die cuts with Scor Tape and added some glitter. The SSS Fog card base was stamped tone on tone with an MFT background stamp.

The elements that I CASE-d are the colour scheme, the design, and the tone-on-tone background. I can't wait to see what elements you CASE into your design.

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