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February 2015

CYCI 58 - Designers Choice Challenge

Hello, and welcome back! This week at the Can You Case It blog, it's a Designer's Choice challenge. I decided to play around with one of my favorite techniques, watercolor ink "smooshing" and to play with some leftovers from one of my Paper Pumpkin kits.

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To make the patterned paper for the stars, I smashed my ink pads in Smoky Slate, Bermuda Bay and Pistachio Pudding onto the back of my large clear stamp block. Then, I spritzed it with water, and placed a quarter piece of Shimmer White cardstock into the wet ink. I swirled it around, lifted it up and then dried it with my heat embossing tool. I die cut the larger star, and punched out the two smaller stars. The card base is Smoky Slate, and I added the Pistachio Pudding star cutout piece that is leftover from the December 2014 Paper Pumpkin kit, which is covered with a piece of Vellum Cardstock of the same size. Next, I took one strand of the Pistachio Pudding Thick Baker's Twine, threaded it on a needle, and for each sequin (also from the December 2014 Paper Pumpkin kit) I threaded it through and back through again to keep the sequin in place. I had four sequins on each row, and wrapped it around my card front three times. I used some clear tape to secure the threads on the inside.

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After the threaded sequins, I stamped the greeting (also from the December 2014 Paper Pumpkin kit) in Bermuda Bay, and then adhered all three stars with Stampin' Dimensionals. Let me know if you would like to see a brief tutorial on the ink smooshing technique or the strands of sequins, and I'll post one soon.

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Well, that's all for today. I hope you will join us over at Can You Case It blog to share a project of your own! Every week we select a winner, and we enjoy seeing everyone creations. Thanks for letting us inspire you today!

 

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Playing along with Freshly Made Sketches #174

Hello, and welcome back! Today I'm sharing two cards that were inspired by sketch #174 from Freshly Made Sketches.

 

Here is my first card. For the stars, I started with an ink smooshing technique. I smashed Bermuda Bay ink, Pistachio Pudding ink and Smoky Slate ink pads onto my largest clear stamping block and spritzed it water. Next, I put a quarter sheet of Shimmer White cardstock onto the wet ink, smooshed it around and then dried it with my heat embossing tool. Next I die cut the large star, and punched out the three smaller stars. The large star is backed with Silver Foil Cardstock, and the three small stars have gray sequins from the December 2014 Paper Pumpkin kit.

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The card base is Pistachio Pudding, and I added a strip of Silver Foil Cardstock with the leftover Bermuda Bay star diecut strip. The greeting is from the December 2014 Paper Pumpkin kit as well, stamped in Bermuda Bay. I adhered some Bermuda Bay Baker's Twine, and then the stars to finish the card.

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Next is my second card for today. I used the same ink smooshing technique, but this time with Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral and Gold Encore Metallic ink. I cut strips, and stamped the greeting using my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig and a Stampin' Write Basic Black Marker. The card base is Shimmer White Cardstock.

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To finish off the card, I diecut a Shimmer White star, a watercolor star, and a Gold Glimmer Cardstock star. I also diecut a pinked circle from Gold Foil Cardstock, which I layered with a circle cut from the center of the watercolor star. I also added Stampin' Dimensionals to the biggest star and the pinked circle layers.

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Well, that is all for today. Come back tomorrow for another card using leftovers from my Paper Pumpkin kit. Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

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Valentine's Decor Wrap-Up

Happy belated Valentine's Day! Today I have the rest of my Valentine's Decor to share. First up is a banner that I added to my mantle. It's pretty simple using Kraft Cardstock, washi tape and two die cut hearts colored in with Blendabilities.

Happy Valentine's Day 2015

 

I covered the plain clothespins with washi tape too, and clipped all the elements to some 1/8" Real Red Taffeta Ribbon. I used the Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities to color in the black and white patterend paper.

Happy Valentine's Day 2015

 

I found this idea on Pinterest, for simple letters made from washi tape.

Happy Valentine's Day 2015

 

Here is a view of the whole mantle, including the other pieces I made.

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And, here is a closer look at the banner.

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I made one last card, using the same watercolor background technique as yesterday. I think this is my new favorite technique!

Happy Valentine's Day 2015

 

And a little closer view.

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Here are the two cards displayed together.

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And now, for the rest of the tags and banners that I made to decorate my bannister. I cut the largest scalloped heart from Chalkboard Paper, stamped these images in Craft White Ink and colored them in with colored pencils.

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The next batch of tags and banners were made with several black and white pictures of couples in my family, attached to Smoky Slate cardstock with Baker's Twine to finish them.

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The last batch I made from the January 2015 Paper Pumpkin Kit. First, I made some small treat bags for my co-workers. I used all red or red-wrapped candies.

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Next, I had to make some lemonade out of lemons. I made a mistake in stamping, and stamped the red heart before realizing the larger sentiments didn't fit inside it. So, I made one more piece of the watercolor background, and cut it into hearts that would fit inside the pretty gold printed border of the hearts.

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I hand cut the larger white hearts out of Whisper White Cardstock, stamped Encore Gold ink with the medium splatter stamp from the Gorgeous Grunge Set and then dangled the heart clusters from the rest of the pink and gold baker's twine using the gold clips. I really love how these turned out!

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Here's a closer look at one with the watercolor heart.

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So, here are some pictures of how the bannister turned out with all the Valentine's Decorations. I'm happy with how it all looks, and look forward to using these decorations again in the years to come.

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Whew, that was a long post! If you stuck with me this long, thank you. And thank you to all who visit here, leave nice comments and are a part of this creative community. Love to you all!

*I'm not going to link up all the supplies in the interest of time, but if you have questions please leave me a comment and I'll be happy to answer.


CYCI 57 - Clean and Quick Challenge

Hello, and welcome back! Today I'm sharing a card for this week's Can You Case It Clean and Quick Challenge. I hope you'll indulge me for posting one more Valentine's card...on February 15th! I just couldn't help myself.

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I think by the definition above, all of my cards might be clean and quick! I tend to not add too many layers, but sometimes I do add several embellishments. For this card, I played around with a simple watercolor background. Then, I used the super cute Snuggles And Smooches Photopolymer Stamp Set. Some gold stamped hearts, gold sequins and gold embossing add a little extra sparkle to the project.

Can You Case It 57 Challenge, Snuggles and Smooches Valentine's Day card by Marisa Gunn

 

*Tip: The Shimmer White Cardstock works well with watercolors. I pressed my ink pads in Real Red, Pink Pirouette and Crisp Cantaloupe onto the largest Stampin' Up Clear Block F, spritzed it with water, and then pressed a 4" x 5.25" piece of Shimmer White Cardstock onto the wet block. Then, I lifted up the paper and dried it with my Heat Tool. I love how it turned out, and will be trying this technique again soon.

Can You Case It 57 Challenge, Snuggles and Smooches Valentine's Day card by Marisa Gunn

 

Here's a close up where you can see more of the sparkle and shimmer.

Can You Case It 57 Challenge, Snuggles and Smooches Valentine's Day card by Marisa Gunn

 

Well, that is all for today. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you'll join us over at the Can You Case It Blog!

 

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Valentine's Decor 3

Hello and welcome back! I have some more Valentine's decorations to share today. I made some simple hearts using the hearts framelits dies, coaster board, the Stacked With Love Designer Series Paper Stack and a few stamp sets and embellishments. I kept these pretty simple. I plan to hang them from my banisters, like I did the stars for Christmas. I left up the twinkle lights and the greenery since it's still wintery here and it goes with the Valentine's Decor.

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These would also make cute gift tags for a loved one.

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Each heart is finished off with a button and some Baker's Twine.

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Well, that's all for today. I'll be back to share a couple more Valentine's projects and then some pictures of them set up in my house. Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

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Valentine's Decor 2

Hello and welcome back! Today I have another small piece of Valentine's Day decor to go up on my mantel. This piece reminds me of a pretty quilt. My Grandma Masters made amazing quilts, which is a project that I've never attempted. But I do enjoy making small paper versions from time to time. I die cut a heart opening from Kraft Specialty Paper, and layered strips of papers from the Stacked With Love Designer Series Paper. The center of the heart is Gold Foil Paper. I found the basic pattern for this on Pinterest, and modified it a little to fit my heart. That's why there are only three strips of the black patterned paper.

Valentine's Iris Fold Heart decoration by Marisa Gunn

 

I stitched around the outside edges to finish it off.

Valentine's Iris Fold Heart decoration by Marisa Gunn

 

Well, that's all for today. I have some more Valentine's items to share later this week. I made some tags or banners that I'm planning to use on my banister. But, they would also make great tags for gift packages. Thanks for stopping by!

 

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Valentine's Decor 1

Hello and welcome back! This week I have some Valentine's decorations to share. I had this idea in my head as soon as I saw this hearts embossing folder. I embossed a piece of watercolor paper, and kept the raised heart outlines on top. Next, I used the aquabrush to wet the inside of the hearts, then dipped it into different ink colors (using the lid to pick up ink) and then colored inside the hearts. I used Real Red, Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe, Crumb Cake and Gold Smooch Spritz. I made three diagonal stripes of each color, and worked from darkest to lightest also. I matted it with Real Red Cardstock.
 

Watercolor Embossed Hearts Valentine's Decor Piece by Marisa Gunn

 

This whole piece is mounted on Kraft Cardsock that I dry embossed with the Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. This piece is going onto my mantle, and I'll have more pictures to share later this week.

Watercolor Embossed Hearts Valentine's Decor Piece by Marisa Gunn

 

Well that's all for today. Thanks for stopping by, and come back tomorrow for some additional Valentine's decor samples.

 

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Gold Glow Smooch Spritz
Gold Glow Smooch Spritz

CYCI #56 - A Color Challenge

Hello, and welcome back! Today I have another card to share for the Can You Case It design blog, this time a color challenge. These colors are just in time for another Valentine's project!

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Here is my card for this week. I cut the XO patterned paper to look like an instant picture frame with my paper trimmer, and used Stampin' Dimensionals to pop it up. I backed it with Real Red Cardstock and added in some red sequins.

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The heart was made with White Simply Pressed Clay. I rolled it out thin, placed a heart die cut shape over the top, pressed in the die and pulled the excess clay away from the heart shape. After removing the die, I stamped the "love" sentiment into the heart with Versamark, and let it dry. After it was dry, I traced the "love" sentiment with a Real Red marker. I love how this turned out! A tiny bit of White Baker's Twine completes the card.

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Well, that is all for today. I have some Valentine's decorations to share this week, and some additional clay projects as well. Thanks for stopping by!

 

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OCCCS4 One Stamp Two Ways

Hello and welcome back! I have two cards to share today. This technique features different ways to use the same stamps. The first one I used to make a patterned background. I highlighted one of the balloons as the focal point with extra stamped accessories. For the second card I used the included stamps to make a hot air ballon. It's good to stretch what I do with my stamps! Well that's all for today. Thanks for stopping by!

OCCCS4 One Stamp Two Ways

OCCCS4 One Stamp Two Ways

OCCCS4 One Stamp Two Ways

OCCCS4 One Stamp Two Ways


OCCCS4 Tri-Panel Card 1

Hello! Today I'm sharing another card from the class this time featuring a three panel card with layered die cut shapes. This was a fun design to play with and I want to try it again with balloons, hearts, flowers and maybe Christmas ornaments. This card used different sized houses. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by!

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OCCCS4 Tri-Panel Card 1

OCCCS4 Tri-Panel Card 1