Tuesday, 30 September 2014

CASology 115 - Chocolate

This week's CASology Cue Card is Chocolate!

I decided to use only a chocolatey colour for my card (I guess the cake might be chocolate, too!). I used a Stampin' Up birthday set and left the image un-coloured. This results in a card that has a very airy feel because the white space 'shows through'!

I have started something new for popping up my image panel. I find that my foam tape 'shows' through (a bit like joists sometimes showing through a white ceiling). So I figured I would open my ever-expanding white scrap drawer and just layer the front panel with 2 or 3 squares of cardstock slightly smaller than the top panel. It really isn't much heavier than it would have been if I'd used the foam tape, but the look is better (in my humble opinion!) and it's using up scraps!

And now it's your turn - I can't wait to see your sweet creations!

Sunday, 28 September 2014

i {heart} papers GD post 10/CS210 - Happy Birthday to You!

Here's my card for the current CASE Study challenge, where we are inspired by this pretty Christmas card by Debby Hughes:

I flipped the layout upside down and changed it to a birthday card, swapping out the gold for some yellow and black. After stamping and colouring the balloons, I used a Versamark pen and embossed them in clear for some shine.

Supplies (all from i {heart} papers)
Avery Elle Handwritten Notes
Winnie & Walter Big Bang Confetti
Paper Smooches Metropolis
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Wow Clear Embossing Powder

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Muse 86 - Merry Christmas

Here's my card for this week's Muse Challenge, where Guest Muse Anita Bowden has inspired us with this beauty:

I focused on the colours and layout but changed the season. I chose a big Stampin Up Festive Flurries snowflake to provide the 'circle of colour', stamped it in Smoky Slate and filled in some of the circles with Stampin Up candy dots in Old Olive and Baja Breeze. I loved the idea of the combined script/block sentiment and used a Papertrey Merry and Gina K Christmas.

I hope you'll get a chance to play along - the deadline is Monday morning at 8 am. At that time you can vote (even if you didn't link up a card!) for your 3 favourites until Tuesday morning at 8. The voting results will be posted on Tuesday at noon. Hope to see you there!

Friday, 26 September 2014

FFC41 - Merry Christmas

Link up to Bev's birthday party here.

I'm back with my card for the next Festive Friday challenge. I've noticed that the number of entries for each challenge is increasing proportionately to the proximity of Christmas! Coincidence? I think not! :-)

Here's our inspiration for this challenge:

I focused on the colours and the wreath. I used the new Stampin' Up Wondrous Wreath that everyone seems to have (and why not - it's graphic and classic and so versatile!) I used a red copic tip to create my little berries.  I used silver embossing for my Kaisercraft sentiment to represent the skate blades.

Now it's your turn. In addition to our regular DT members, we've got a Guest Designer for this challenge and you're going to love her interpretation!

This challenge will run until midnight on Wednesday October 8.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

CASology #114 - Flutter

This week's CASology Cue Card is Flutter!

Go ahead, look it up (I did - I always look up the CASology word to see if there are fun and unexpected meanings!) - you'll find more there than you think! There's wings, and hearts and sleeves and horses (a small bet is a 'flutter'!)

I decided to go with a very soft and serene card using a Creatiate feather and a PTI sentiment. By positioning the stamped images on the card from top left to bottom right, and by turning the feather slightly, movement is created as they 'flutter' to the ground.

I used soft stone and white cardstock and soft stone and granite ink.

Now it's your turn - before you go, make sure to check out the blogs of the rest of the DT for more inspiration!

Monday, 22 September 2014

i {heart} papers GD post #9/OLS#9 - Hip to be Square

Looking for Bev's birthday party? Link up here.

It's last call for this month's One-Layer Simplicity Challenge, where I'm hosting "Hip to be Square". The deadline is midnight on Wednesday, September 24.

Making this card, I was reminded of two things about stamping:

1) All you need is ink and paper to make a really fun and festive card;

2) Add grey to any colour combination and it will look very 'in'.

Ironically, I created my square out of circles. I wanted to create a fun bouncy frame (similar to Bev's birthday card here) and looked around for a colour combination. I stamped the sentiment across the card and then used a 2 1/2" mask in the centre, to create my frame. I stamped in yellow, green and aqua starting with the largest dots first, then filling in with the next size. I took my mask off and added a few more dots on the inside of the frame, so I would get a kind of random feel. Then I took a look at it and decided to add some grey - not only did it fill the frame in nicely, but I do think it changed the feeling of the card slightly - here's what it looked like before the grey:

What do you think?

Supplies used (all from i {heart} papers)

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Merry Monday 126 - The Words Have It

Link up to Bev's birthday party here.

Here's my card for the current Merry Monday challenge - The Words Have It (make your sentiment the focus of your card).

This will be one of the designs for my Church Christmas project, so it has to be easy to duplicate. I whipped up 28 of these on Friday evening.

I used a Stampabilities sentiment (can't find a link, but I probably got it at Hobby Lobby), Market Street Stamps (no longer with us) manger, Paper Smooches shadow and Gina K Star.

To add a bit of interest, I edged the panel with Tumbled Glass ink and then smeared Stickles for texture and sparkle.