Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Genuine Friend ~

Hi there!  I’ve been on a little crafty spree lately ~ spending entirely too much money but having a blast!  I’m worth it, right?! {wink}  I’ve been playing along with CAS-ual Fridays every week, but I always forget to post before the deadline.  For some reason, I think that I have until late Thursday night and miss the deadline by about 5 minutes.  I’m on top of it this week though!  I was cleaning and organizing in my cave, when inspiration struck…then I couldn’t find the Take 3 die that I knew I had bought.  Of course, it was up on the magnet next to my cuttlebug that I thought would be very helpful.  It only took me a 1/2 hour to find!  lol
CAS-ualFridaysNoWords
The challenge this week is to make a clean and simple card with a black base.  I think CAS usually tends to mean tons of white space to people, so I guess this challenge just changes the spectrum a bit. 
cas friday black
I sprayed the base lightly with alcohol before impressing it with the woodgrain impression plate – wow!  What a difference that makes!  Water makes it curl, then I try to flatten it while it dries and lose some of the impression, so this little tip really made me happy!  The butterflies are some of my favorites – I have a large monarch tattooed on my shoulder.  The sentiment is from PTI's Friends til the End and is embossed.  A sparkly little orange button made me go back and add a little orange Spica to my monarchs afterward. 
cas friday black d
I was too lazy again to head up to my picture taking area, so I may have to figure out a way to take pics in my cave again.  These are ok, but it was hard to capture the sparkle IRL.  It’s much prettier in person. 




Another fun thing I accomplished today has been on my crafty to-do list for a while now.  I bought some cheapo fun foam a while ago with the intent of making my own stamps out of a few dies.
foam stamps
I plan on using the tag stamp to address envelopes.  Not my idea at all…totally found it on Pinterest and finally made it happen!  Go me!  Hope you’re having a super fantastic day!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  ;o) lyss

12 comments:

Jay Gee said...

Your card is gorgeous! Thanks for the tip about the alcolhol too. I look forward to seeing how you go with your foam made stamps :)

Gayatri Murali said...

Wow! Your card is AWESOME! Beautiful butterflies that just pop out. LOVE it! Thanks for playing along with us @ CAS-ual Fridays:)

Leigh Ann Baird said...

Love this! I want that die now--you are such an enabler. Gorgeous everything!

Leigh Ann Baird said...

THe foam stamp of the tag is such a cool idea!

Debby said...

I love this card! Great design and wonderful colour. Thanks for joining us at CAS-ual Fridays this week :)

Lisa A. said...

This is beautiful, Alyssa!! Your butterflies are wonderful and love the framing and embossing...all make for one very pretty card:)!! Thanks for being a part of the challenge this week at CAS-ual Fridays:)!!

Stephanie Washburn said...

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Love that pop of orange- perfect! Thanks for joining us at CAS-ual Fridays! :)

Wendy Coffman said...

Such beautiful butterflies!

Wida said...

congrats on the shout out from Casual Fridays! this card is wonderful...of course, showing off your wonderful coloring skills!!!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Aren't you soooo happy you finally got a card in on time! It is really win-worthy; warm congratulations for the CFC shoutout!!

Amy Rohl said...

Beautiful card and great tips!! Do you use rubbing alcohol? Can't wait to try the die cut foam as stamps as well...brilliant!

Steve Paul said...

such a unique work i didn't ever see before this! i think it would look good if applied on Plastic Cards