Tuesday, 25 November 2014

CASology 123 - Eat!

This week's CASology Cue Card is Eat.

What a perfect word for this time of year! Lots of feasting going on. I chose a simple Christmas treat - a Lil' Inkers Designs gingerbread man cut 4 times in Baked Brown Sugar and layered for some dimension. I used enamel dots as 'icing' and a Neat&Tangled sentiment. The frame is created simply with some old SU! dotted DP - I cut my square panel so that it would fit right inside the square of white dots.

This is a classic layout - small centred image over centred sentiment and lots of white space - pretty hard to go wrong with it!

Now it's your turn - I can't wait to see the gallery this week - it's going to be a real pot-luck party!

Before you go, check out the blogs of the other DT Members for some more inspiration!

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Muse 94 - Thank you!

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

I tried to use similar colours and overlapped the stamped dot before using an MFT 'thank' die. I finished it off with a Technique Tuesday 'handwritten' 'you' and some black enamel dots (placement was decided mostly by where they fell - you can't lift them up once they're down, or you'll rip the panel!) I used a lot more black than Marion did, but I think it's fun and dramatic!

There's still a couple of days to play along with this challenge before the deadline on Monday at 8. Voting starts at that time and will continue until Tuesday at 8. Results will be posted on Tuesday at noon. Hope to see you there!

Friday, 21 November 2014

FFC45 - Merry, Merry, Merry

Time to start the final Festive Friday Challenge of 2014! Here's the inspiration:

I focused on the colour scheme of dark green bright pink, gold and white, using a WPlus9 "Merry" die and a Waffleflower "Christmas" stamped in Mossy Meadow.

I hope you'll get a chance to play along with us - this challenge ends at midnight, Wednesday, December 3.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Thanks for the support!

A friend asked me to make 25 cards for her mom who has just finished her treatment for breast cancer. She wants to thank all the people who have helped her out in various ways over the past months.

My friend told me that her mom is glitzy and glamorous and wanted a 'boob' card. So, I ordered this stamp set and die set from Simon Says stamp - I think they're perfect and so does she!

On another note, I'm heading to Richmond, Virginia for the first time on Friday night to visit my sister (the horse vet). Do any of you know of any stamping/crafting stores within about an hour of Richmond? Any advice would be appreciated!

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

CASology 122 - Flag

This week's CASology Cue Card is Flag!

Since it's Christmas time, I chose the red, green and white of the Italian flag to make this simple but festive card.

Sometimes the best way to make a CAS card is to let your sentiment be your focal image. I chose a large-ish sentiment from Papertrey and stamped it in black before embossing it in clear. This gives a little shine and dimension. I then took a border stamp (also Papertrey, but from way, way back!) that has a line of dots spaced out. I only inked up 5 of the dots and stamped in green above and below the sentiment. Then I went back and inked up 4 in red and stamped them between the green dots.

For some extra little details, I cut the panel out with a pierced rectangle die (MFT) - I love these tiny dots - a little more subtle than the stitched edges, but still special. I layered my panel on silver foil cardstock and popped it up on the centre of the white card base. Finally,  I winked-then-glossed (a technique I learned from Anita while at the Lake House) each dot for sparkle, shine and dimension. So really, there's a lot here, but the overall look is still very clean, thanks to all that white space!

Now it's your turn!

Monday, 17 November 2014

Twin Birthdays

Two 'matching' cards today, for our 'matching' twin nephews, Luke and Oliver. I admit that I was running late to make these, so I went back through my old cards to see what I could CASE quickly. I came across my card for Tracey from last year here:

Fun, quick and easy to recreate two times, 'same but different'. I used the same Stampin Up sentiment and sponged 4 colours on each panel - one cool and one warm. I cut Lawnfawn 8s (6 times - 3 stacked on each).

Kate also made 'same but different' cards for the boys (her cousins) - go check them out here!

CASing yourself is a great way to find inspiration quickly. And it's always fun to look back at previous work and take the opportunity to see how you would do it differently this time!

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Happy Birthday, Ellie!

Today's my niece's birthday. Her 14th birthday. Teenagers are notoriously difficult to buy for (and make cards for), so I went fairly simple. I used Stampin' Up's Contempo Alphabet  and 14 different-coloured Doodlebug sequins. I like how it turned out - clean and modern. And I'm hoping that the sequins didn't fall off in the mail!

Kate also made a card for Ellie and you should definitely check it out. We brainstormed together, but she made the card herself, including picking supplies.

Happy Birthday, Ellie! We wish you a fun day and a wonderful year!