CAS-ual Fridays Challenge: Shaker Card

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge: Shaker Card

Hello everyone!! There’s a new challenge up at CAS-ual Fridays Challenge Blog and this week we are making shaker cards!!


I created a fun Christmas shaker to share with you all!


First, I die cut all the light bulbs out using CAS-ual Fridays Posies Fri-Dies. I used just the leaf die to cut out 7 light bulbs out of a 5″ by 6 1/2″ panel of white cardstock. I then drew the wire using a black marker. Next, I stamped “celebrate” using the Shenanigans stamp set. I then hand wrote “the season” underneath. I then created the tops for the light bulbs by cutting up a strip of black cardstock and then snipping off the corners of one side. I then adhered all these tops onto the negative space left by the leaf die.


I then gathered up 7 scraps of colored paper that matched some sequins that I intended to use and glued them down onto another 5′ by 6 1/2′ panel of white cardstock using the die cut panel as my placement guide. Next, I constructed my shaker card by adhering a large scrap of acetate (5″ by 6 1/2″) to the backside of the die cut panel then I attached the die cut panel with acetate to the panel with the scraps of colored paper with foam tape. Oh and I placed my 7 different colors of sequins in the well created by the foam tape BEFORE I put the two panels together. Lastly, I adhered my shaker panel to my card base and thats a wrap!!

I hope you enjoyed and I gave you some inspiration to give the CAS-ual Fridays Shaker Challenge a try!!

Thanks for stopping by!!


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Waffle Flower’s September Challenge

Waffle Flower’s September Challenge

Hello everyone!! Today I’m here to share with you my creation for Waffle Flower Crafts’ September Challenge!! Here’s the inspiration photo and color palette.


Beautiful, huh!🙂  And here’s my creation.


I was inspired instantly by the beautiful colors, so that’s where I started. First, I ink blended Waffle Flower inks, My Pleasure, Tickled Pink, Oh Happy Day, and Daydreaming on a 5″ by 6 1/2″ white card base, at the lower right corner. I then thoroughly dried my blending with my heat gun and applied anti-static powder on top. Now that my card was prepared for heat embossing I stamped and gold embossed several flowers and foliage from the Leafy Stamp Set. I then stamped and gold embossed a sentiment from the Congrats Stamp Set.


Lastly, I adhered some gold sequins. Okay its time for another truth time. Until very recently I only had a few colors of sequins, in fact I didn’t even have the gold ones that I adhered to this card …. yet. I did want to purchase some especially some clear ones but they seemed a little expensive for me to just take the plunge. However, I had been eyeing a big bag of mixed sequins at JoAnns for awhile and finally decided to purchase it cause this card needed gold sequins! Of course I used a 40% off coupon in so the total was about only $3.50! JoAnns doesn’t sell it online so here is a pretty close equivalent I found on Amazon, might even be exactly it. Here’s a look at what I got.


So first, yes I did color sort my bulk sequins, and yes, I’m crazy. And honestly, I LOVED sorting them! I couldn’t wait to get home and dig into the bag and see all the colors I had. So in the picture the purple, brown, and iridescent clear sequins (they are all next to each other at the upper left of the case) I already had, but all the rest you see is from the bulk bag, which is actually 13 different colors and most of the colors came in a variety of sizes. The bag had gold sequins in an assortment of sizes (at least 3) and it also had clear sequins (however, only in one size). Now it may not be the most beautiful assortment of sequins but if you have a very small collection like I had (and honestly probably still do especially compared to some) this might be a really good purchase for you. And as you can see I still have a lot sequins left in the bag. Yeah, I’m pretty happy about that purchase!🙂

Thanks for stopping by and enduring my frugal tales, ha!😉 I hope I provided  you some inspiration and you will give Waffle Flower’s September challenge a try!!


Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge #18

Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge #18

Hello everyone! It’s time for a new challenge over at the Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge Blog!! ttt18

This time I went diagonally down and choose, stencil, blues and greens, and texture. And here’s what I created!


So for this card I tried a technique she called faux dimension, here’s the wonderful post and video. First, I stamped in versafine black onyx ink and then clear embossed my sentiment which is from the Peace on Earth Stamp Set by Waffle Flower Crafts on a 4 1/2″ by 6 1/2″ panel of white cardstock. I then stamped the sentiment again, but this time slightly off-set and in embossing ink and then clear embossed.


I then lightly blended WF inks, Chirp Chirp, New Fish in Pond, and Daydreaming  in a gradation over the stamped panel. I then placed a stencil which I created using my cricut and contact paper, over the panel and blended the same inks again. Next, I picked up the stencil, repositioned it, and blended again. I then stamped some additional bursts using with the CAS-ual Fridays’ Exclamations stamp set and added shadows behind them with a white gel pen. I then created the black striped paper using the CAS-ual Fridays’ Zigs & Zags stamp set and adhered it to my 5″ by 6 1/2″ card base. Lastly, I mounted my blended panel onto craft foam and then I adhered it onto my card base. I hope you enjoyed and found some inspiration for the new Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge. Thanks for stopping by!!



CAS-ual Fridays Challenge: Dimension and Bling

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge: Dimension and Bling

Hello everyone!! There is a new challenge up at CAS-ual Fridays Challenge Blog, and oh man is it a fun one, Dimension and Bling!!


And here’s my creation.

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A Christmas card! My first Christmas card for this year! I’m actually probably already behind considering how long it takes me to create a card. Oh well.🙂

First, I created the tree with the large open-petaled flower stamp from CAS-ual Fridays’ Wallflower set. I actually decided to cut the stamp to remove one of the petals to make stamping the design easier.

I have always been afraid to cut my stamps but after cutting a couple I found that it’s a great way to get the most out of your stamps. I often have zero problems putting the stamp back together on my block and it all seems worth while to me if I end up using that stamp a lot more. My only recommendation is to try to avoid making cuts that results in a tiny stamp. For example, I cut off an exclamation once from a sentiment and I had troubles getting that tiny stamp to stick again and I ended up actually losing it in the end.

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I created the tree in portions, stamping only a couple of flowers at a time and then stopping to gold emboss them. I started with the bottom row with the center flower then I removed the petal that I cut off and stamped twice to the left and right of the center flower to complete the row. Then for the next row, the row above, I started at the left with the whole flower and then completed the row with 3 more flower with the petal removed. I continued this process till my tree was complete.

Next, I stamped the trunk using the smallest flower from the Wallflower set and my sentiment, from the Exclamations set, and gold embossed them as well. Last but not least, I added the bling!! I used an assortment of pink and purple sequins, placed them somewhat randomly around my tree, and then adhered them with glossy accents. And thats all folks! I hope you enjoyed and are inspired to give this challenge a try and get your bling on!


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