Wednesday, January 22, 2020

CRYSTAL Clear at CASology

Crystals, gems, blingy things...this 2-week CASology cue card is sure to shine!




Do you ever sit down to make a card with a clear picture in your head of how you want it to look and get to the finished product and go, "WHOA! How did I get here?? But I love it!"
So that happens to me all the time...and this card was one of those :)

I found some Shimmer Sheets (Elizabeth Craft Designs) and picked a purplish-pink one. I stamped the heart (from Neat and Tangled's "Heart of Gold" stamp set) in black Archival Ink and fussy cut it out.  TIP: I used archival because it works great on non-porous surfaces. 
The sentiment is from Ellen Hutson's "Spread the Sparkle" stamp set. I did an ombre effect going from black and dark purple to light purple.

If you head to my IG page, you can see a quick video of the shimmer effect!

The DT has some great interpretations of the cue card that might help get your creative juices flowing to play along with us and maybe win a prize from STAMPlorations!


Deepti Stephens
Jacquie Southas
Jen Wills
Joyce Mehrberg
Karen Haman
Melissa Chipperfield
Milka Gubo
Nancy Elrick
Sandie Munroe
Sue Symens

Guest Designer: Jan C. 
Sponsor: STAMPlorations



I'm also joining at CAS(E) this Sketch! 355


Thanks so much for stopping by!
xoxo Deidre

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Put It on REPEAT at CASology

Welcome to 2020! Even the year is playing along with our cue card this week :)



One of my absolute favorite color combinations is red, black, and white. This was a little bit of an experiment because I knew I wanted the lips to be see through. I also wanted to use my new Punchinella die (I also picked up the matching stamp, so stay tuned). I stamped and heat embossed on a small sheet of thick clear plastic made for crafts. Learning lessons for heat embossing on plastic: 1- slow and steady wins the race LOL and 2- it's moldable for a few seconds after each heating, so that's how I unwrinkled the plastic as it curled and warped. I'm super happy with the outcome!

The die is Punchinella from Neat and Tangled; the lips are from Smooches by Lil' Inker Designs ; and the sentiment and heart are from Hello, Beautiful by Simon Says Stamp.

Shoot over to my IG page to see close ups and the little hint of sparkle I snuck in there :) And definitely check out the other DT members---we have 2 new talented ladies to welcome, Deepti and Sandie!



Guest Designer: Claire



Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo Deidre




Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Winter BRANCH and Berries at CASology

Small, large, bare, in bloom...we want to seem them all 
for our new cue card challenge at CASology!



This is one of my favorite stamps; it's from Penny Black, called Berry Merry Christmas. I love that I can color these stamps and layer the colors for depth and still add some water coloring.
I used Zig Clean Color Brush pens in Red and Wine Red and used Salty Ocean Distress Oxide for the ink blending around the masked area. If you look closely, you can see that used silver embossing powder for the branches...a little shine never hurt anyone :)



I hope you stretch your limbs to the other DT member pages to see their creations!




Guest Designer: Deepti S.
Sponsor: STAMPlorations


STAMPlorations is returning as our wonderful sponsor and is offering this challenge's winner $25 off their next online order!



Be sure and check out their current 25% off sale!  You can find more details on their main page!  Also, this month, mention CASology in the notes when you place an order and receive a mystery gift!  How fun is that?!


I'm also joining along at Inspired by... Challenge


Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Holidays

xoxo Deidre

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

GINGERBREAD Man at CASology with a Freebie


We're cookies over this biweekly challenge at CASology! Our cue card makes me hungry :)



Ok, so I have to admit that I don't own any, not one, not anything close to fudging a gingerbread man LOL! But, thanks to the interweb, I found a super cute FREEBIE from Jane's Doodles blog (cica 2014). Here is the link for the little guy- for personal use only.  

Shortcut tip - Use kraft cardstock for this one...trust me, it'll make your life easier. I printed the gingerbread man on the cardstock with my printer, changing the outline color to a faint sepia tone. Then I only had to color around the edges to give him some dimension and life with a Burnt Ochre Prismacolor pencil. His buttons, hat, cheeks, and icing squiggles were also done with shades of red (Crimson Red, Poppy Red, and Crimson Lake) and green (Grass Green, Apple Green, and Spring Green) and a white Prismacolor pencil.

If you check out my IG page, you'll see the Nuvo glitter I added (as most things I make lol).

Hopefully, you have a sweet tooth for more and will check out the DT cards



Guest Designer: Claire


I'm also joining along at CAS(E) this Sketch! #349


Thanks for stopping by!!
xoxo Deidre

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Have FAITH with CASology

We're keeping the FAITH at CASology for this 2-week challenge.
This doesn't have to be a religious topic only- the DT came up with some great cards!



I finally got a chance to use a couple of pretty awesome stamps sets from Concord & 9th, "Faith and Love" and "Hello Lovely". The sentiments are from the first set and the flowers are from the latter. A huge shout out to Concord & 9th for putting the how-to instructions for the flowers on their website. I'm a little spatially challenged, so I sometimes struggle with layering stamps :)

I used all Distress Oxides for this card (except the sentiment)- Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Lucky Clover, and Evergreen Bough. The sentiment was done with Vintage Sepia VersaFine ink, a perfect brown when you don't want the harshness of black ink! I dotted the flower centers with some White Blizzard Nuvo Glitter Drops and that was a CAS design all wrapped up.


Be sure to check out the other DT inspirations!




Sponsor: STAMPlorations


I'm joining along at CAS(E) this Sketch #348 and Inspired by... #97 


Thanks for stopping by!
xoxo DEIDRE



Thursday, November 14, 2019

A Little APPRECIATION at CASology

CASology is doing some thank you's, we APPRECIATE you's, and all that heartfelt jazz!!




I was really inspired by the changing colors of the leaves around here. I love fall...I just wish it would last a lot longer! All of my coloring was done with Copic markers and this stamp set is from Simon Says Stamp (Fractile Leaves).  I think it was made for coloring!!


Head over to the  CASology blog to see all the other great ways the team crafted with this fortnight's cue card!

I'm also playing along at
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Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo Deidre