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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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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Birthday Card with CAS-ual Fridays

Hello my crafty friends!  I’m back on the blog today for Cas-ual Fridays Stamps sharing a fun birthday card, showcasing one of my favorite stamp set from the latest release, called Salty Stamp Set along with the Margarita Glass Die and Chunky Chevron 6×6 Stencil.

I started by stamping the Margarita glass image on some Bristol smooth white card stock with Versamark ink.  I sprinkled some white embossing powder and heat-set with my heating tool.  I colored the image in using my Zig Clean Real Brush Markers then used the coordinating die to die-cut it out.
For added texture, the background was made by using the Chunky Chevron 6×6 stencil on some Bristol smooth A2-size panel with Worn Lipstick distress oxide ink.  I used my distress sprayer to add more depth and texture to the background.  I foam-mounted the focal image onto the colored panel and added some white dots to the image using my gel pen.

I adhered my focal panel on some A2-size notecard with my tape runner.  I put this panel back to my Misti stamping tool and stamped the sentiment with Versafine Onyx black ink.  For more texture, I used some Stardust stickles to add some glittery shine on the “salt”.
I finished my design by adding some iridescent sequins to the background.  Here’s another look:
This stamp set is so versatile and definitely a must-have for any stamper, like me!  The supplies I use are listed and linked below.
Please don’t forget to use my coupon code for 15% off your order.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Catherine Pooler and Cas-ual Fridays Collaboration Weekend

 

Hello and welcome to the Catherine Pooler and CAS-ual Fridays Collaboration weekend!  I am so pleased to participate in this amazing blog hop!  Both companies are giving away a $30 Gift Certificate to the shop and the winners will be announced on each company’s blog post on Tuesday, September 29th.

 

For this hop, I am showcasing the Happy Birthday stamp set and SweetFriend Fri-dies by Cas-ual Fridays, along with the AMAZING CP Minis – Carnivale Collection,  CP Off The Loom Stencil, Oval Balloon StencilCP Minis – Life of the Party and CP mini ink in Midnight.

 

For my first card, I started by using the CP Oval Balloon stencil and inked up the balloons using CP Mini inks in Samba, Tiara, Lime Rickey, Grape Crush and All that Jazz.  I also used a stencil from my collection to add the clouds with All That Jazz ink. 

 

 

The balloon strings and the sentiment from the CFS Happy Birthday stamp set were stamped using the CP mini ink in Midnight.   I used my white gel pen to add more texture to the balloons.

 

 

To finish my design, I die-cut some yellow stars using a die from my collection.  Here’s another look:

 

 

For my second card, I inked up an A-2 size panel of Bristol smooth white card stock using the CP Off the Loom Stencil and CP Mini inks in Samba, Tiara, Lime Rickey, Grape Crush and All that Jazz.  These inks are so juicy and wonderful to blend to create a seamless, colorful background.

 

 

I adhered this panel on an A2-size top-fold card base.  Next, I die-cut some Neenah solar white and black card stock using a die from my collection.  I adhered both pieces on the card with my tape runner.

 

 

I finished my card design by die-cutting the “hello friend” using the Sweet Friend fri-dies and adhering it onto the card with liquid glue.  Here’s another look:

 

 

I am so in-love with these Catherine Pooler inks that I purchased more of them to complete my CP mini ink collection!   

 

I hope you like my cards today!   The supplies I use are listed and linked below.  Don’t forget to leave a comment on each stop for a chance to win one of the (2)  $30 Gift Certificates by both companies today.  Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

 

Here’s the order of the hop:

Catherine Pooler

Nora Noll

Allison Cope

Larissa Heskett

Nanette Tracy

Vicki Dutcher

Chrissie Tobias

Shona Chambers

Susan Powell

Michelle Wallace

Jen Carter

Lisa Bzibziak

Karen Baker

Maria Russell (you are here)

CAS-ual Fridays

 

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This Calls For a Serious Celebration with Trinity Stamps

Hello!  I am back today with a fabulous celebration card using products from Trinity Stamps.

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I started by die-cutting my slimline panel on some Neenah solar white card stock using the biggest die from the Slimline Stitched Card Panels & Windows die set. I stamped the Serious Celebration on this piece and colored it in with my Spectrum Noir Classique Alcohol markers.

The word “serious” was die-cut using the Serious Celebration die set and adhered with liquid glue for added texture.

The gnome was stamped and colored with alcohol markers and foam-mounted on the card panel for added dimension.

 

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Lastly, I used the Slimline Layered Balloons stencil and the Blending Buddy brush to add the balloon.  Here’s another look at the card:

 

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I hope you like my card today and got inspired. The supplies I use are listed and linked below.  

 

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Newton’s Nook Designs 7th Anniversary Blog Hop

 

I am super excited to share today’s blog post!  Newton’s Nook Designs turned 7 this month and we are celebrating with an anniversary blog hop!  There are 7 (SEVEN) prizes up for grabs so please read through the end of this blog post to find out how you can WIN.

 

You will also get to order your favorites now with a 20% discount (see coupon code below; offer only valid until midnight of July 20th).

 

 

Ice-cream is my all-time favorite dessert and this is my inspiration for today’s project.  I am showcasing the Summer Scoops Stamp Set and Dies, along with the Slimline Frames & Portholes Die set , Slimline Frames & Windows Die set and the Banner Trio Die Set.  Some people celebrate with champagne, I celebrate with ice cream!

 

 

I started by stamping the images on some Neenah solar white card stock and colored the images in with my Spectrum Noir TriBlend markers.  I die-cut the images using the coordinating dies.

 

The background scallop was die-cut using the Slimline Frames & Portholes die set on some Neenah Solar White card stock.  I adhered this on some Blue slimline card base.  The yellow frame was die-cut using the Slimlines Frames & Windows die set and foam mounted onto the card for added dimension.

 

I adhered the colored images on the card with foam and liquid adhesive to make it look more cohesive.

 

 

I die-cut the sentiment strip using one of the dies from the Banner Trio die set and stamped the sentiment with Versamark ink.  I sprinkled some white embossing powder and heat-set with my Wagner heating tool.  I foam mounted this sentiment strip on my card.

 

 

To finish my design, I used my white gel pen and drew some lines and dots to the images for added texture.  Here’s another look:

 

 

Now for the good stuff –>>  Celebrate with us and enter to win!

 

To celebrate 7 years, Newton’s Nook Designs is giving away a $20 store credit to spend in their online shop to 7 lucky winners!

Here’s how to win:

Comment on the NND Design Team blogs (see list below)!  The winner will be chosen at random from the collective blog hop posts.  Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win.  You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning!  You have until Monday, July 20 at 9pm EST to comment.  Winners will be announced on NND blog post on Tuesday, July 21 and will need to contact us to claim their prize so make sure you check back to see if you’ve won!

Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:

Funny Birthday Card with CAS-ual Fridays

 

I hope everyone’s doing well!  I have a funny birthday card to share with you today, showcasing the Happy Birthday and Mon Amie stamp sets by CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.

 

In honor of Michele’s son, who turned 21 yesterday the 21% off sale continues today until 6 pm (mountain time) only.  You can also use my coupon code below for an additional 15% off so that’s HUGE!  Hurry up and order your favorites now!

 

I started by ink-blending an A2 size panel of Bristol smooth white card stock with some distress oxide inks.  I waited for about half an hour for this card panel to dry.

I used my stamping tool and stamped the flower image and the sentiment with Versamark ink.  I sprinkled some white embossing powder and heat-set with my heating tool.

I used my white color pencil and Sakura white gel pen to add more texture and details to the flower.

I finished my design by die-cutting the circle Happy Birthday sentiment using a die from my stash and adhered it on the card.

Isn’t that sentiment so funny?  I must have done that a couple of times already while I was driving my car, haha!

Don’t forget to use my coupon code below for 15% off your order.  You can use this coupon on top of the sale.  Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

 

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STAMPtember Collaboration with Simon Says Stamp and Newton’s Nook Designs

Today Newton’s Nook Designs is featured on the Simon Says Stamp site with an EXCLUSIVE stamp set that was designed just for the 2019 STAMPtember celebration!  You can purchase the new Let’s Party stamps and coordinating die set today at Simon Says Stamp.  Remember, these items are ONLY available through Simon Says Stamp while supplies last!
Today, I am sharing a birthday card showcasing the Let’s Party stamp set.  I started by stamping my images on some Neenah solar white 110 lb. card stock and colored my images in using some Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.  I die-cut the images using the coordinating dies.
I inked up an A-2 size piece of Bristol smooth white card stock with Peacock Feathers distress oxide ink.  To add more texture, I added some gold splatters on the colored background using my Sakura watercolor and my watercolor brush.  I waited for about half an hour for this to dry, and adhered this piece on an A2 size card base.
I die-cut the words “Happy Birthday” a few times on white card stock using a die from Mama Elephant.  I inked up the top piece with some Dusty Concord distress oxide ink.
I foam-mounted the die-cut panel on my colored background.  This frame piece was die-cut using the Gift Box cover up die-namics from My Favorite things.  I adhered the Happy Birthday die-cut on the foreground and added my cute critters.  Here’s my card:
To finish my design, I added some glossy accents to the balloon for added texture and dimension and also adhered the little gift boxes between the two dogs.  Here’s a little close-up:
I hope you like my projects today.  Please visit Simon Says Stamp to purchase this exclusive stamp set.  Thank you for stopping by and happy stamping!
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Newton’s Nook Designs 6-Year Celebration – Day 4

 

 

I always get bummed during the last day of the reveals but don’t be sad because tomorrow, we will have a huge blog hop.   I hope you were able to check out the first three days of the reveal.  Which one is your favorite so far?  As I mentioned before, I can’t even pick a favorite this month!

 

You also have a chance to win a $20 store credit everyday during release week so check out the details I have indicated at the end of this blog post.  [Just a little important note:  I know some of you had difficulties finding the comments section.  If you would like to leave a comment to participate in the giveaway, the “comments section” will only be ever visible when a single post on Word Press is being viewed. Please click on this particular blog post and you will be able to leave a comment below.  Thank you!]  

 

For our projects today, the design team is showcasing quite a few stamp sets and coordinating dies so I will not have a step-by-step instruction.  I will only be showing you the photos and close-ups.  However, I will have a YouTube video sometime in the next coming weeks to show you some of the cards that I created today.  Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel if you haven’t already.  For today’s reveal we are showcasing the Lemon Twist, Gull Friend, Newton’s Melon and Shrimp Cocktails stamp set + coordinating dies.

 

 

Here’s my card showcasing the Lemon Twist stamp set.  I also used the Serene Stripes stencil and Tombow markers to color my images.

 

I added the sentiment “make lemonade” inside the card.

 

 

 

Here’s my card showcasing the Gull Friends stamp set.   I cannot even describe how much I just LOVE this cute stamp set:  I am just blown away on how Jennifer gets to design so many cute stamp set, dies and stencils.

 

 

I also used the Sunscape Stencil for my card and a small die from my stash to cut out the piece so I can insert the image.  I love, love, love this cutie!  Here’s a close-up:

 

 

Here’s my Newton’s Melon card.  I used the Speech Bubbles die set and ink-blended the card stock with some distress oxide ink to make it look like watermelon.  Clean and simple but I love how it turned out.

 

 

Here’s a closer look:

 

 

Last but not the least, here’s my Shrimp Cocktails card.  I used the Bubbly Stencil for my background with a some dye inks.  The bow is from the Pines & Holly die set.

 

 

This card just cracks me up!  I wanted to create my scene to make it look like they are hanging out and floating in a glass!  I love the shaker elements that I used for the card too.  Here’s a close-up:

 

 

Whew! What do you think?  Do you have a favorite?  I love, love, love all of the stamps, dies and stencils revealed this week.  Don’t forget to come back tomorrow because we are having a HUGE blog hop where Jennifer will be picking Six (6) lucky winners!

 

Would you like to win a $20 store credit to Newton’s Nook Designs?  ONE lucky comment will be chosen from each reveal day to win! 

Here’s how to win:

Comment on the NND blog and Design Team blogs (see list below)! The winner will be chosen at random from the collective reveal posts. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Thursday July 18th at 9pm EST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, July 19th.

Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:

Newton’s Nook Designs

Amanda Bodine

Holly Endress

Ellen Haxelmans

Larissa Heskett

Samantha Mann

Zsofia Molnar

Naki Rager

Maria Russell (you are here)

Andrea Shell

Tatiana Trafimovich

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