CAS(E) this Dazzle

Card #1 Gratitude

Don't you just love the week after Christmas?  We keep our tree and decorations up until after New Years.  I love enjoying the glow of Christmas without the rush and stress.  Everyone enjoys playing with their new toys, including me.  Over the past 4 days I've made a dozen cards and begun a new lap quilt.  When I'm not creating I'm on my new computer learning the ins and outs of Windows 8 and trying to find all my favorite sketch challenges.

My first card was a mixture of two challenges and 2 new (to me) products.   As soon as I saw the sketch challenge for CAS(E) this sketch I knew I what I wanted to do. All I needed was the time to do it!

CTS #58
My thought was to use a "thank you" sentiment, score lines under the sentiment.  Then I wanted to add some branches or leaves using my new metal sheets from Add A Little Dazzle.   I decided to check out the Dazzling Diva challenge and found it would fit perfectly with  the card I had in mind to create.

Dazzling Diva Challenge #5

Isn't that photo lovely?   Monica and her Divas always have the prettiest photos to inspire us.  Monica has put out a call for a new design team member.  I've been thinking it over and decided I should use some of her products before deciding if I want to take the plunge and apply.  :)

My verdict?  I love these metal sheets.  They are thin and easy to punch.  They are shiny and catch the light.  I've made 2 more cards using her sheets and I love them!  (No, she isn't paying me to say that.  :)  To finish off the card I added some trendy sequins and my favorite silver ribbon.  It's hard to see in the picture, but the mat is a glittery gray and silver striped paper from DCWV.  Oooohhh, I had some fun playing with my new non-SU "toys".

Card Recipe: (Stampin' UP! unless otherwise noted)
Stamps: Big Day- Today (Waltzing Mouse Stamps)
Ink: Versamark
Paper: Twinkle Glints Stack (DCWV), Whisper White Card Stock
Misc: Add A Little Dazzle Metal Sheets, Bird Punch, Scoring Board, Sequins (non-SU), Silver Embossing Powder, Silver 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon
Card#2 Fabulous

The inspiration didn't stop there.  I had to make another card using all SU products.  See how versatile I am?  :)

This time I used the Million & One stamp set, punched 3 branches out of green cardstock and tied the sprigs with some linen thread.  Instead of a glittery mat I went with Crumb Cake cardstock.  It's still a very elegant look.  You can't tell in the picture, but the branches are also sponged to add a bit of "texture" that makes a big difference IRL.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Million and One
Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Ink: Versamark
Misc: Bird Punch, Linen Thread, Scoring Board, Silver Embossing Powder

Here are my questions to you:
What do you like to do the week after Christmas?
Which card do you like better?
Should I try to join the Dazzling Divas design team?

Creative Blessings,
Heather North


mennikelly said...

Thank you for the compliment.
I like both cards nearly equally, with a slight preference toward the blue one. And of course,you should try to join the DD design team. You make beautiful cards.

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karen h said...

Wonderful cards! Love the foil/metallic touches and the little embossed lines!

Monica said...

Love your card! I was actually thinking you should apply and then I read you were thinking about it. Well, I think you should. I love the card in its simplicity,yet elegance. :)

Cathy Parlitsis said...

Great card! I love the layout and design and, especially the little pop of metal! Thanks for playing along with the Dazzling Divas Design Challenge this week!

Kristie Goulet said...

Beautiful CAS cards, Heather. Yes, I think you should apply. :)

CraftySarcasm said...

Beautiful cards! Loving those sequins.

Heather North said...

Your comments warm my heart. <3 Thank you!

Beverley said...

Beautiful creations. Love the blue & silver card, so shimmery & clean. Happy 2014! Hugs Bev x