Tuesday, 29 July 2014

CASology 106 - Rainbow

This week's CASology Cue Card is Rainbow!

I love using the full rainbow of colours! But when we make CAS cards, we usually limit our colour palette. The trick with using lots of colours for a CAS card is to make sure there's LOTS of breathing room. I used my new Impression Obsession heart border die and an old Stampendous sentiment. I cut it out, coloured each heart and then laid them back in to the card front, in rainbow order (I took some liberty and added a couple since there were 9 'rows' in this rainbow).

Now it's your turn - I can not wait to see the colourful gallery this week - you guys always impress me, but when it's my favourite cue card (I really think this is probably my favourite one ever!), I just know you're going to blow me away!

But before you do, please check out the inspiration from the rest of the DT:

Monday, 28 July 2014

Cutting Edge #5 - Happy Birthday!

All around blog land yesterday, I kept coming across this amazing inspiration for The Cutting Edge #5 by Melania Deasy.

I haven't played along with this new challenge yet - sometimes it's so hard to keep up with everything you want to do, right? But this card is just so pretty, and it's such a great idea to use a negative die cut with a positive die cut laid over top. I knew my time had come!

I chose a Papertrey "Happy" (negative die cut) and a Simon Says Stamp "birthday" (coloured, positive die cut) and added a few mini-sequins.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Happy Birthday, Geri!

Today is my friend Geri's birthday! Lately, Geri's been off climbing mountains in Peru and checking out Machu Picchu with her daughter (can't wait to see all the photos!).

Anyway, I hope she slept in today, because I'm a little late to her party! Bev is hosting (and you should see all the lovely men she's invited!!) and somehow, in my butterfly frenzy, I completely forgot to make a card for Geri. Of course, I could have said that any one of those was for Geri, but I would have known that I hadn't actually made it with her in my mind.

So I went back to some inspiration I had from Winnie & Walter. Their logo and visual identity catches my eye every time. The almost-rainbow of colours (no purple) in that wonderful font and the black script - YUM!

I used MFT's monogram alphabet and a Dark Room Door 'happy birthday'. And since I knew this one would be going in the mail to Geri ASAP, I figured I'd make another one to keep and admire for a while longer. This one I matted on black for a slightly different look.

And then finally, I changed it up and made the 'happy' colourful and used a Simon Says Stamp 'birthday'.

CTS86 - Happy Birthday

The other day, I went a little crazy (who me?) with my new butterfly stamp set and dies from Papertrey Ink. I made a number of cards, casing in different ways my favourite card that Nichole made when they released them.This one ended up as my CAS(E) This Sketch entry.

I cut the bigger butterfly outline in white and sponged it with various distress inks. I then layered it over the black solid butterfly. I added some score lines to the left size and added a Clearly Besotted sentiment. I love the drama of the black against the bright colours.

Here's some of the other cards I made:

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Muse 77- Birthday Wishes

Here's my card for this week's Muse challenge, where our inspiration comes from Marion:

This card is proof that the only way to come up with an idea is to sit in your crafting space and keep trying things. I had absolutely no idea it would end up where it did!

I love the whimsy in Marion's card, and the doodled frame with the coloured edges.

I went through all my stamps (and that's getting easier thanks to a big purge I've been working on!) and realized that in its original form, this Stampin' Up butterfly has an attached sentiment in a similar font to the one Marion used. I thought I would simply remake Marion's card with the butterfly instead of an owl.

And then I stamped the butterfly and my brain 'pinged' (as my friend Bev would say!). The butterfly has a frame built right in! AHA! So my butterfly's body is unusually coloured to mimic the owl's body, and in the end, I used a completely different sentiment. I finally doodled the black frame and called it done.

I have so far neglected to mention that a week ago, I was lucky enough to be invited to get together with 3 other stamping ladies in my 'neighbourhood' (actually, 2 out of 3 of them really are!): Natasha Kara, Emily Leiphart and Tracey McNeely.

Here we are, all smiles, after 5 hours (yes 5) of NOT crafting. I managed to make a few die cuts with some dies that Tracey brought along, as well as comparing some of my favourite old, discontinued Stampin' Up inks with various other companies' offerings, to determine what I can replace them with when I need to (ie Summer Sun almost equals Memento Dandelion, Green Galore almost equals HA Grass, and while MFT's Red Hot is gorgeous, it isn't quite as 'blue' as Real Red). Beyond that, we were chatting, laughing, snacking (oh yes, Natasha is a wonderful and generous hostess!) and planning for our next get together!

Phew, this is a long post, but I still have to say that there is still time to play along with us a Muse - the deadline is Monday morning at 8:00 am EDT. Voting will begin at that time (and you can vote even if you didn't link up) and continue until Tuesday morning at 8 am. Results will be posted at noon.  And a little birdy told me that my daughter Kate will be linking up for her first time!

Friday, 25 July 2014

CFC134 - Tic Tac Toe

This is my second post today. For my Festive Friday/Holiday Inspirations Group post, please scroll down.

It's hard to believe, but my term as a Girl Friday is over with this challenge. I was so thrilled and honoured when Michele asked me late last year whether I would be interested (um, YES!) and the time has gone so quickly!

But in addition, Michele has decided to take a break from the CAS-ual Fridays challenge for a while (bad news for us), to focus on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps that she has been creating so that we can all get some of Michele's creativity in our hot little hands! (good news for us!)

This somewhat-final challenge is really fun. Michele has given us a tic-tac-toe board and you choose 3 in a row (horizontal, vertical or diagonal) and make a card with those 3 elements.

I really chose the top horizontal row - chevrons, black and sequins. But I accidentally also ended up with the middle vertical row - black, white and grey!

And even more good news (for you) - there's prizes! If you leave a comment here, you will be entered to win a $20 gift certificate to CAS-ual Fridays Stamps! Plus, the winning card linked up to the challenge will receive a $50 gift certificate. All winners will be posted on the winner post on August 25 on the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge blog.

The deadline for this challenge will be August 22 - I can't wait to see how your tic-tac-toe card turns out!

FFC36/Holiday Inspirations Group - Christmas in July

Hot summer days are the perfect time to stay indoors and focus on cooler days by making Christmas cards! And that's just what the Holiday Inspirations Group has done!

We're making projects we like, using products we like. Be sure to check out all the blogs. Some of the ladies are offering prizes!!

Ardyth Percy-Robb (that's me!)

This card is also my mid-challenge inspiration card for the current Festive Friday challenge where our inspiration is this photo:

I focused on the grey-ribbon-wrapped gifts and the snowflake cookies. I created my ribbon with the MFT Grosgrain texture plate and nestled my little Stamps of Life sentiment in between the arms (is that right? arms?) of the stacked and glittered snowflake die cut.

The deadline for this challenge is Wednesday at midnight. Hope to see you there!