Margarita Birthday Card & A Farewell to CAS-ual Fridays

All good things must come to an end!  This is my last post as a member of the Ink Squad and as I bid farewell to one of the most amazing lady boss, Michele, I also would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone!  You’ve all been so amazingly supportive of me.  Thank you for allowing me to express my creativity through your beautiful designs.  Even though this is my last post as a DT member, you will still see me use CAS-ual Fridays‘ products here on my blog, Maria Russell Designs.

With this in mind, I picked some of my all-time favorite CFS products and created a birthday card today.

This is simple, really!  I started by stamping the margarita glass on some Neenah solar white card stock with Spectrum Noir Finesse ink in Black.  I colored the image in with Spectrum Noir Classique markers.
I added the “bubbles” using the Bubbly Stencil with some dye inks and blending brushes.


The “salt” on the glass was created by using the die from the Margarita Glass die with some white glitter card stock.  Let me point out that if you have the Salty stamp set, you really need to get the coordinating dies!   The die perfectly cut out the “salt” and adds interest and texture to the card design.  Check out the close-up photo below:

I finished my design by adding Glossy Accents to the lime, and stamped the sentiment with Versafine Onyx black ink.  I also used my white gel pen to draw white dots for added texture on the glass.  Here’s another look:

Here are the supplies:

Don’t forget, you can still use my coupon code below for an additional 15% off your order!  Isn’t Michele amazing?!

Thanks for stopping by!  See you on the “inter-web” and lots of love to everyone!

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You’re The Only Fish In the Sea For Me with Newton’s Nook

Hello Newton’s Nook fans!  I have a slimline card for you today showcasing the Tranquil Tides stamp set, along with the Slimline Frames & Portholes die with the Waves and Hills Stencil.  

I started by die-cutting some Neenah solar white using the scallop die included in the Slimline Frames & Portholes die set. I used some masking tape to mask off the scallop. I used the Hills Stencil and my blending brush with some Quick-dry dye inks to create the sand. I also used the Waves Stencil to create the water scene.

I stamped the coral using Spectrum Noir Quick Dry Dye Ink in Chinese red. I stamped this a few times to make the image pop! I also stamped the fish on some Neenah solar white card stock. I colored the stripes on the fish with alcohol ink then used my precision snips to fussy cut the images. I added some glossy accents to the fish for added interest and texture.

It was really hard to capture the “gloss” on the fishies but it’s really beautiful in person.

I adhered the fishies on the background with liquid glue. I matted the slimline card base with some blue card stock and added my focal panel.

I finished my design by stamping the sentiment and adhered the bokeh sequins for added interest. Here’s another look:

I hope I’ve given you some inspiration today. The supplies I use are listed and linked below. Thanks for stopping by!

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Believe in Magic with Fairy Hugs Stamps

I have a super colorful card to share with you today, showcasing the Moana Fairy Stamp Set along with the Fairy Gnome Door.

To create the card, I started by stamping the images on some Spectrum Noir stamping card with SN Finesse black ink. I colored the images in using Spectrum Noir TriBlend brush markers in Magenta, Orange, Citrus, Brown Grey and Green Turquoise blends.

Next, I positioned the colored images on my Brother Scan N Cut Machine to die-cut the images. The background window and grass panel were die-cut using some dies from my collection.

I adhered an ink-blended panel on some A2-size notecard. I added the Gnome door with some liquid glue. Next, I adhered the grass panel onto the window frame, then foam mounted this piece onto the card for added dimension.

I adhered my fairy image on the card with liquid glue. I also used my Spectrum Noir glitter pens to add some texture and interest on the fairy’s wings.

I finished my design by die-cutting the word “magic” using a die from my collection. Here’s another look:

I love the colors on this “magical” card! I hope you like it too! The supplies I use are listed and linked below.

Thanks for stopping by today and happy crafting!

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Two Cards Featuring Friends Like You with LDRS Creative

Hello LDRS fans!  Maria here with you today to share two “Just-Because” cards, showcasing the Friends Like You Stamp Set and Coordinating Dies, along with one of my favorite die called Pretty Patterns Slim LineIn the Grass Die Set with the Plaid Stencil and Rainy Day Stencil

My first card below is very simple.  I stamped the image on some Bristol smooth white card stock using Iced Tea Hybrid Ink and colored them in with watercolor.  I die-cut the image using the Friends Like You coordinating die set

Next, I colored the Neenah solar white card stock and using a blending brush and Marina Madness Hybrid Ink.  I added some texture and interest to the foreground by using the 6×6 Plaid Stencil, white texture paste and palette knife.  I set this aside to let it dry for about half an hour. 

I cut the grass using the In the Grass Die Set and Daisy Delights 6×6 paper.  Also cut the gingham pattern strip from the Farmer’s Market 6×6 paper pad and adhered both pieces to the foreground.  The black and white strip was cut using the LDRS packaging.  I adhered the image with liquid glue and added this piece to an A2-size notecard. 

I finished the design by stamping the sentiment using Watermark Ink on some black card stock.  I sprinkled some White Embossing Powder and heat-set with my heating tool.  Adhered this piece on the card with my ATG gun.   Here’s another look: 

The images on the second card were stamped with Raven Hybrid Ink on some Neenah solar white card stock and die-cut using the Coordinating Dies.  I die-cut some Neenah solar white card stock and dark purple card stock using the Pretty Patterns Slim Line Die Set.   

I added the grass and clouds by using the Rainy Day Stencil and hybrid inks in Dan-D-LionSoft Kisses, and Prickly Pear Perfection. I adhered the little critters on the foreground with liquid glue and added this piece on a lavender slimline card base.  I finished my design by stamping the sentiment with Raven Hybrid Ink.

I really love both cards today and I hope you like them too!  I’ve also listed and linked the supplies I use below.  Thanks for stopping today today and happy stamping! 

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Once Upon A Time with Fairy Hugs Stamps

Hello my crafty friends! I am super excited to share my first post as a design team member of Fairy Hugs Stamper. For my card below, I am showcasing the Azalea Fairy stamp set along with the Toadstool, Fairy Branches, Moon Light 6×6 paper pad, and Once Upon stamp sets.

I started by stamping the toadstool on some Neenah solar white card stock. I also stamped the same image on some masking paper and covered the image so that I can stamp the fairy on top of the toadstool. I colored the images with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. I used my precision snips to fussy-cut the images.

Next, I stamped the Fairy Branches on the Moon Light 6×6 paper with Memento Tuxedo black ink. Having the paper inside my Misti stamping tool made it easier for me to stamp the images a few times. I die-cut this piece using a stitched rectangle die from my collection. I also die-cut the grass panel with some black card stock.

I adhered the focal image on the background panel with liquid glue and added the grass.

I matted the focal panel with some purple card stock and adhered this piece on some A2-size black note card.

Next, I stamped the sentiment using the Once Upon stamp set on the foreground with Versafine Onyx black ink and sprinkled some clear embossing powder. I heat-set the sentiment with my heating tool for added texture.

I finished my design by adding some white dots on the leaves using my White Gelli-roll pen and added some bokeh flat sequins for added interest. Here’s another look:

The Moon Light 6×6 paper I used was perfect for this scene! This card is so easy to put together and I really love how it turned out. I hope you like it too! Thanks for stopping by today, and Happy Easter!

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Just Because Floral Card with CAS-ual Fridays Stamps

Hey CAS-ual Fridays fans!  It’s finally spring, yay!  I went to the grocery store today and saw a plethora of flowers ranging from baby’s breath to tulips!  This is my inspiration for today’s card.
I started by stenciling the flower images on some Neenah Solar White Card Stock using the Terrific Flowers Stencil, with some quick dry dye inks using my mini sponge daubers.
Next, I stamped the Terrific Flowers Stamp on some iridescent Vellum Paper with Versamark ink.  I sprinkled some white embossing powder on top, then heat-set with my heating tool.  I used my precision snips to fussy-cut the image.  I adhered the vellum onto my card using some Art Glitter Glue, for added texture and interest.
I finished my design by stamping the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink and added the Bokeh sequins with liquid glue.  Here’s another look:
Even though this card is very simple, I really LOVE how this turned out.  The vellum added some whimsical touch to the overall card design.
Here are the supplies:
I hope I have given you some inspiration today.  Please don’t forget to use my coupon code below for 15% off your order at the shop.

Welcome Spring Slimline Card with Newton’s Nook

Spring has sprung and I have a beautiful slimline card to share with you today, showcasing the Easter Lily stamp set and coordinating dies, along with the Slimline Frames & Portholes die set, Basket Weave stencil, Spring Roundabout stamp set, Banner Trio die set and Flower Trio die set by Newton’s Nook Designs.

To make the card, I started by stamping my images three times on some Neenah solar white card stock using Memento Rich Cocoa ink.  I colored the images in with my alcohol markers and die-cut using the coordinating dies.

Next, the scallop background was made by die-cutting the scallop card stock using the Slimline Frames & Portholes die set.  I used the Basket Weave stencil with Speckled Egg Distress Oxide ink to create a subtle pattern for my flowers for added texture.  I adhered this piece onto some pink card stock, then added to a slimline card base.

I layered the flowers and adhered them onto the card with foam and liquid adhesive for added dimension.  I also die-cut a few leaves from the Flower Trio die set and sponged some Mowed Lawn Distress Ink for added texture and detail.

I die-cut some black card stock using the Banner Trio die set.   I stamped the sentiment from the Spring Roundabout stamp set with some Versamark ink.  I sprinkled some white embossing powder then heat-set with my heating tool.  I finished my design by adding a few Clear Enamel dots for added texture.   Here’s another look:

I hope I have given you some great inspiration today to create something beautiful.  The supplies I use are listed and linked below.  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Spring!

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Cas-ual Fridays March Release Day 4 – Swirls Stencil

Hello Cas-ual Fridays fans!  It’s the last day of the March release and the design team is showcasing the Swirls Stencil.

 

 

To make my card, I used a clouds stencil from my collection to ink up some Bristol Smooth white card stock using Worn Lipstick,  Mustard Seed and Speckled Egg distress oxide inks.  I stamped my image from the Somebunny Stamp set and used my precision snips to fussy-cut the image.    I used glossy accents for added texture to the balloon.  I set this aside to dry for about half an hour.

 

 

Using the new Swirls Stencil and some Black Soot Distress Ink, I used my ink blending tool to add the black dots to frame my image.  I LOVE this new stencil so much because it is so versatile and can be used in so many different ways to add details to your paper crafting projects.

 

Next, I adhered the image on the colored panel with liquid glue.

 

 

I finished my card design by stamping the sentiment with some Versafine Onyx black ink.  Here’s another look:

 

 

I hope you all enjoyed the new release and got inspired by the entire design team.  CAS-ual Fridays is giving away a prize bundle.  Don’t forget to leave a comment on the CAS-ual Fridays release blog post.   Winner will be announced on Saturday, March 13, 2021.

 

The entire release is available for purchase at the shop.  Use my coupon code below for 15% off your order.

 

 

The supplies I use are listed and linked below.  Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

 

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Cas-ual Fridays March Release Day 3 – Re-release of Love Notes Stamps & Heart Notes Die Bundle

Hello Cas-ual Fridays fans!  It’s the third day of the March release and the design team is showcasing the “re-release” of the Love Notes Stamps, along with the Heart Note dies.  Here’s what they look like:

 

For my first card, I started by dry-embossing some Neenah solar white card stock using an embossing folder from my collection.  I die-cut the Treble Clef and Single Note using the Heart Note dies.  I adhered them on my embossed panel with some liquid glue.

 

 

The sentiment was stamped on some black card stock with Versamark ink.  I sprinkled some white embossing powder, then heat-set with my heating tool.  I added this on my card.  I finished my design by adding some confetti dots for added texture.

 

 

The second card is fairly simple.  I stamped the music note from the Love Notes Stamps on some watercolor paper with Versafine Onyx Black ink.  I sprinkled some clear embossing powder and heat-set with my heating tool.  I used my Prima Watercolor to add the colors int he background for some emboss-resist technique.

 

 

I finished my design by stamping the sentiment and adding the Cinnamon Red-Hots on the focal panel.

 

 

 

CAS-ual Fridays is giving away a prize bundle.  Keep checking the inspiration every day this week to qualify and leave a comment on the CAS-ual Fridays blog post for more details.   Winner will be announced on Saturday, March 13, 2021.

 

Also, you’ll be happy to know that the entire release is now available for purchase at the shop so you don’t have to wait to get your favorites.  Use my coupon code below for 15% off your order.

 

 

The supplies I use are listed and linked below.  Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

 

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