Sunday, December 21, 2014

Exciting News!!

Welcome to The Girl Friday Mystery Reveal Blog Hop!

12 amazingly talented designers are joining the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge Team! We have been sworn to secrecy for the past few months, and today we finally get to spill our beans!

I'm a Girl Friday!!

We could just make a regular old team announcement, but that wouldn't be nearly as fun as a mystery blog hop filled with awesome creative inspiration, clues and prizes...would it? 

To join the fun, you'll need to start at the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog where you will be given the link to meet the first Girl Friday and collect your first clue. Then continue through our mystery blog hop, meeting the team, gathering clues and leaving comments along the way for your chance to win prizes! Yes, prizes!! Each new Girl Friday has a prize up for grabs!

At the last stop on the hop, you'll have one more chance to win a prize by using the clues you've gathered to solve the mystery. The hop ends at noon on December 27th.  Leave a comment on my blog for a chance to win a $15 gift c
ertificate to CAS-ual Fridays Stamps!  Yay!

Before I give you my clue, let me introduce myself!  My name is Cristine Redmond and card making is my therapy.  :)  I am a SAHM to my two beautiful red head girls (ages 8 and 5) and have been married to my best friend for 12 years.  I started scrapbooking about 8 years ago but I discovered about two years ago that I love card making.  That has been my main focus ever since!  

Here is a card I made using CAS-ual Fridays' Amazeballs set.  This set couldn't be more fun!

Ok, now on to the good stuff!  Here is my clue:    

To find out who the next Girl Friday is and to collect your next clue, go >>HERE!<<

I can't wait to get started!  See you again soon!  

Until next time...
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Winnie & Walter: Playdate #4

Hello!  Yikes!  It's been a long time since I have posted!  After my mad dash to submit cards for World Card Making Day, I kind of lost my mojo there for a while.  I was perusing blogs, which I often do for inspiration, when I came across Winnie & Walter's Playdate #4 color/picture prompt.  I think I audibly gasped when I saw this:

I went to a couple big Holiday Boutiques in the last month and these colors were everywhere! I have to say, for someone who admittedly dislikes glitter, this goldish/silver glitter combo that's going on lately completely draws me in. 

Anyway, here is the card I made:

I used my Silhouette to cut out the deer/tree glittery foreground.  I then went to work creating a shaker card.  I cut a hole in a separate sheet of cardstock that was slightly smaller than the deer oval.  I then adhered a piece of transparency to the back of it.  I used glossy accents to adhere the deer oval to the front of the shaker card window.  Next, I used Stampin' Up ink in Baja Breeze to shade in the card front.  I wanted it to be soft and muted.  Then I added some dark red sequins and some super fine white and green glitter to the center of the card.  I added some foam squares all over the back of the deer sheet then adhered it to the front of the card.  Then, I stamped the sentiment and heat embossed it with yummy silver embossing powder.  I didn't have another sentiment, so I just punched out out and put it on.  I think this card turned out so beautifully.

That is all for today.  I hope to be back crafting soon!  I have a lot of Christmas cards to finish!!  I hope my Amberican friends have a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow.  <3 p="">
Until next time...   

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

World Card Making Day: The Results!

Hello!  I was super motivated in the card making department yesterday, so I hope you have a beverage and free time!  There are a lot of pictures coming!  :) 

For this first card, I decided to do bold with a pop of color.  I used a fun new stencil that looks like basket weaving, along with white and black accents.  I made this one for a challenge, so I'll blog more about it at a later date.  Here's a close up:

I used the above Cardmaps sketch to create this card.  I used Echo Park's Hear and Now collection, as well as Paper Smooches feather dies.  To get the fun finish on the feathers, first I masked off the bottom portion and then blended on some deep pink ink.  While it was still masked, I applied Versamark and clear embossing powder over it.  (As it turns out, my clear powder also has flecks of white in it, so it added a bit more character to the feathers.)  Once that was dry, I masked off the next section and used silver embossing powder this time.  I used the same silver powder for the sentiment and finished everything off with silver glitter enamel dots.  My new favorite things!  Here's a close up of the details:

For this next card, I started by masking off the square in the center, then applied the confetti stamp using Versamark.  I covered it with clear powder and then applied distress ink in Picked Raspberry and Peacock Feathers, blending in the center to get the fun purpley color.  I cut the Winnie and Walter sentiment out of glitter cardstock using my Cameo.  That's it!  Here is a close up of the details: 

I made this next card for my hubby's bday (and you can see that I took the picture after I had already written in it.  :/)  First I stamped the sentiment with Versamark and used clear embossing powder over it.  I masked off the top area of watercolor paper and then got it really wet with my thick paintbrush.  Then I pressed two colors of ink onto a large stamp block and spritzed them with water.  I took a smaller brush and started to dab the ink on in a somewhat random pattern.  Usually I'm not very good at this, but I really love how this one turned out.  Once everything was dry, I used my clothing iron and a paper towel to take off the embossing powder, making this a completely flat front with no dimension.  I backed the paper with matching blue paper and that's it!

I wanted to make a cute fall card, so I grabbed some fall-colored distress inks (Crushed Olive and Peacock Feathers - because teal) and blended them over a stencil I made with my Cameo.  Then I stamped the fox from Sweet Stamp Shop with a brown ink and covered the parts I wanted to stay white with rubber cement.  I then blended Spiced Marmelade over it.  When I took off the rubber cement, some of the color from the top of it smeared on to the image, so I ended up blending it all with a clean blending pad.  I like how it turned out.  I used two different patterns of woodgrain washi to mimic logs that the little guy might be sitting next to and then added a coordinating button with white buralp twine.  Here is a close up of the details:

For this card, I started by stamping two rows of this fun border stamp from Avery Elle on the bottom of the kraft card base.  Then I adhered the speech bubble at the top, which was cut using a Lawn Fawn die.  I stamped some pretty Peonies from WPlus9, added the Simon Says Stamp sentiment, then threw on some enamel dots.  I love how it turned out.  Actually, when I caught this out of the corner of my eye, I thought the bottom of the card looked like burlap, which made me love the result even more.  Here's a close up of the details:

Next up, I have a couple Christmas cards.  For this first one, I stamped a wreath from Simon Says Stamp four times, rotating the stamp as I went.  Then I made a bow using red burlap twine and added some red sequins.  I added the Paper Smooches sentiment with Versamark and silver embossing powder.  It was SO quick and easy to do.  I think I know what I'm doing for our Christmas cards this year!

This is a card I started on WCMD-eve.  I stamped the Paper Smooches images and then masked them so I could use a stencil and apply transparent embossing paste over it.  Once the paste was dry, I masked the snowmen again and then used Broken China distress ink to blend over the falling snow and under the snowmen.  I did some paper piecing and some coloring with colored pencils to color everything else in.  Here is a close up of the details:

Well that is it for me!  I hope you enjoyed seeing what I made yesterday and I hope you made time for yourself to make some cards as well!  Until next time...
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop (a couple days late)!

Hey, all!  I stumbled upon one of the most amazing blog hops this past Monday...a coffee lovers' blog hop!  I start my day with my version of a mocha (coffee, sugar free chocolate, stevia and coconut milk) and my family knows not to talk to me until I've had some in the morning.  :)  I just knew I had to play along.  :)  I originally posted this card to my instagram page because the hubs was on the computer after I made this and just couldn't understand my immediate need to use the computer.  Silly boy.  :)

Here is the card I made:

I don't have a dedicated "coffee lover" stamp set, so I pulled the coffee cup from the Paper Smooches Warm Hearts set and stamped it with some creamy brown chalk ink.  Then I filled in one of the hearts with a colored pencil and covered the entire cup with glossy accents.  Unfortunately my glossy accents is old, so it dried kind of yellow, but you get the point.  I put a tiny strip of coordinating pink cardstock onto the kraft cardstock base, then adhered the front to the card.  Simple and to the point.  And coffee.  My favorite things.  :)

That's all for today!  Thanks for stopping by to take a look!

Until next time...
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Sunday, September 28, 2014


Happy Sunday, everyone!  I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!  Today I am playing along with this week's Cutting Edge and CAS(E) this Sketch challenges.  Here is what I was working with:

How could I NOT play along with the Cutting Edge's my colors!  :)  Here is the card I made:

I started by masking off a stencil I made a while back using my Silhouette.  Then I used Peacock Feathers and Picked Raspberry distress inks to fill in the background.  After that was finished, I flicked on some Graphite Glimmer Mist (since I didn't have any black).  I cut out the Winnie and Walter sentiment with my Silhouette twice.  Once with black cardstock and once with black glitter cardstock.  I adhered the two together and to the card using Glossy Accents.  I added the pink cardstock strip and I was done!  I love how it turned out!  Here is a close up of the details:

That is all I have for today!  Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time...
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

CAS(E) this Sketch #93

Now that it is officially Fall, I was in the mood to pull out my Sweet Stamp Shop Foxy set and make a cute card with it. I used this week's CAS(E) this Sketch to guide me along.

Here is the sketch:

And here is the card I made:

I used the washi tape from My Mind's Eye's Cut and Paste Charm collection for this card.  I lined a bunch up on a piece of scrap cardstock, then cut out the outside frame with a die.  Then I cut a similar-sized square in the front of the card.  Before I adhered the frame, I put the washi tape border on and the washi pennant on the side (which was backed on cardstock to make it more sturdy).  I then marked on the inside where the open area would be on the card, and got stamping!

I colored the fox using my water pen and the same ink color that I stamped it in.  I masked off the fox and then stamped the grass in two contrasting greens.  I think he turned out so cute!

I put the sentiment in the speech bubble using complementing ink colors, then cut it out and adhered it to the frame.  Then I used some Charm enamel dots to finish everything off.  Don't you just love when something looks exactly like you pictured it in your head?

That is all I have for today.  Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time...
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Monday, September 22, 2014

More Peonies...

I love when a new stamp set can just make you want to create, create, create!  I am back with another card that I made using Wplus9's Pretty Peonies set. 

I wanted to use elements from the Fresh Cut Florals set for this card.  Here is what I made:

I added the blue flowers and brownish stick-looking things (yep, that's a technical term), from the Fresh Cut Florals.  For the sentiment, I used my favorite silver embossing powder...because I can't seem to get enough of it.  :)  I layered the top piece on top of a blue cardstock that matches the darker blue ink color that I used on the card.  I love how it just seems to make the pinks pop more.

That is all for today!  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

Until next time...
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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Pretty, More Like GORGEOUS, Peonies

Guys.  I'm in love.  Have you seen Wplus9's new set called Pretty Peonies?  It. Is. Gorgeous!!  I really love their Fresh Cut Florals set, too.  They just make the BEST layering stamps. I recently got some pretty new pink ink pads that I was dying to try out with these stamps. 

I was completely inspired by this card by Joni Andaya:

I loved the grouping of the flowers on one side and the sentiment on the other.  This is what I came up with:

My flowers aren't as full and interesting as Joni's but I still think they turned out SO beautifully.  I stamped the base of the flowers in a very light pink, then second-generation stamped the details with a darker pink color.  (The sentiment is first generation of the same color, to give you an idea of the difference between the first/second generations.) 

I finished the card off with some pink sequins from Avery Elle and some crystal clear sequins from Neat and Tangled.  For my first time playing with this set, I couldn't be more thrilled with the way the card turned out!

That's all for today!  I'll be back soon!

Until then...
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Saturday, September 20, 2014

You Win Some, You Lose Some...

Wow, it's been a bit, huh?  I guess I was in a bit of a creative slump for a while and didn't feel the urge to create anything lately.  Don't worry, though.  I've turned the corner and am back at my table, creating away.  :) 

I thought I would share a couple cards that I made and submitted for publishing that weren't picked up.  I'll be honest, I don't submit my cards too often.  But when I do, I am usually very lucky and get picked up.  (Compared to the many, many layouts that I submitted in the past that weren't picked up.)  I really loved the two cards that I submitted, so I wanted to put them out there "on the computer" as my girls say. 

Here is the first card:

For this card, I created a stencil using my Cameo and acetate paper.  Then I used some embossing paste and mixed it with some Black Soot distress ink.  I had originally wanted it to be a black background, but I was happy with the color that it turned out to be.  I spread the embossing paste all over the card, then sprinkled a bit of glitter over it before I removed the stencil.  I removed the stencil and let it dry, then stamped the simple sentiment and mounted it on a think strip of colored cardstock.  I added three enamel dots to add more visual interest and that was it.  I think it turned out beautifully. 

Here is the second card:

For this card, I created my own overlay with my Cameo and cut it out in cardstock.  Then I used my distress inks in Picked Raspberry and Peacock Feathers to create the fun color pattern.  I then took a thin paint brush and lightly flicked water onto the overlay.  I knew I was going to make this a shaker card, so when the overlay was dry, I traced the circles onto the card base so I would know where the holes would be, then I stamped the fun confetti background and sentiment into the openings.  I used some acetate and foam tape to make the shaker windows, then added the sequins and adhered the overlay to the top of the card.  I. LOVE. how this turned out.  The sentiment was heat embossed with my delicious silver embossing powder.  It's just a fun, shiny, happy card. 

That's all I have for today!  Thanks for stopping by.  :)  I'll be back tomorrow with a card/stamp set that is sure to keep me out of a creative rut for a while.  :)

Until then...
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