Friday, 18 April 2014

FFC29 - Merry Christmas


Time for some mid-challenge inspiration for the current Festive Friday Challenge!

Here's the inspiration photo:


Last week, I focused on the silver mirror. This week, I'm focusing on the candles (represented by the embossed stripes) with their silver holders, and the greenery.

There's still a few days to play along - the deadline is Wednesday. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Muse 63 - Thank you!


This is my card for this week's Muse challenge, which is this fun card by Therese:



I focused on the colour scheme, the gradation of the blues down the page, and the texture added by the wooden sailboat and popped up sentiment. I used little enamel dots and a simple Stampin' Up sentiment.

I hope you'll get a chance to play along with us this week - the deadline is Monday at 8:00 am EDT. At that point, voting starts (and even if you didn't link up a card, you can vote!) until Tuesday morning at 8:00. Results will then be posted on Tuesday at noon. I look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

The Card Concept Challenge 8 - Umbrella


Today's the start of a new Card Concept Challenge! The challenge is to use an umbrella.


Coincidentally, I was asked by a friend to make a shower card for a wedding that has a black, silver and white colour theme. It took me a while to come up with a fun (and clean & graphic, of course!) way to incorporate the umbrella in my card. I cut a square white panel, and then cut a curve out of it. I stamped and embossed the heart-rain and stamped the sentiment and adhered it to a black card base. I then took a circle punch and created the scalloped edge. When the card's closed, you can see the inside white panel and that gives it a bit more definition.


Now it's your turn - what style will you try this week?

Our Rules
  1. Use the Challenge to create a card.
  2. Choose one of the design team "styles" to create your card. Click HERE for the different styles summary.
  3. Explain in your post which style you used.
  4. Link up your blog post here, not your whole blog.
  5. Comment on the card ahead of you and behind you in the linky. Everyone loves comments!

This challenge will end on Monday, April 28 at 3:00 pm EDT.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

CTS72 - Inspired by Pirate Radio

This is my second post for today. For my CASology Note card, please scroll down.


The other night, we watched Pirate Radio (AKA The Boat that Rocked), starring Bill Nighy, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kenneth Brannagh etc., etc., (GREAT cast!). It's set in the late 60s and one of the girls was wearing a dress that inspired this card:


Perfectly groovy as a last-minute link up to this week's CAS(E) This Sketch challenge, I think!




CASology 91 - Note!


This week's CASology Cue Card is Note!



Is this the simplest card you've ever seen? It may be the simplest one I've ever made! I reached for a Post-it note, stamped a Stamps of Life smile on it and there you go - a perfect reminder for someone that they make you smile! (I did adhere the Post-it permanently so that the message won't get left in the envelope!)

You can use anything you can find to make a card - even a CAS card - just remember the white space! Office supplies are a natural supplement to your crafting supplies!

Now it's your turn! I can't wait to see how this cue card inspires you. Below are links to the blogs of the rest of the DT members - go check them out for some more inspiration!

Monday, 14 April 2014

Ring On!


This card has been a long time coming. My mom is the director of her church's handbell choir and about a year ago, I bought this little handbell stamp from Handbell Services Inc. I thought it would make a perfect "keep calm" type card. There were a number of little difficulties - the stamp is solid, but handbells are metal with a leather handle. Finally it occurred to me that I could do two-toned embossing - black for the handle, gold for the bell (or should it be silver?!). There are lots of 'keep calm' stamps around, and this one came from A Muse Studios. I cut out the 'stamp' (it was originally Keep Calm and Stamp On) and used Kelly Purkey's Plain Jane alpha to insert 'ring'.

So a cute card that will bring a smile to a limited audience but that's exactly what this hobby is all about, right? The ability to personalize cards for unusual situations!

Sunday, 13 April 2014

CTS72 - Thanks so much


Another one for this week's CAS(E) This Sketch challenge.



This time, I used my PTI Circle Cover Plate die both to cut the circles and then to place them (I used the negative 'lattice' that was left over and just popped the circles inside for a perfect line-up! This is my smallest little 'thanks' and I'm afraid I lost track of who made it. The 'so much' is a Stampin' Up sentiment from Trendy Trees.

Yesterday was Scrapfest in Kitchener. Tracey McNeely and I drove there and met Virginia Lu to spend some time chatting and looking around to see what was what!


Tracey and I wandered into a booth where they were featuring CAS-ual Stamps and doing make-and-takes. We couldn't resist announcing that we are Girl Fridays and the reaction from the instructor was AMAZING! She was so thrilled to see us there and just couldn't say enough about the great products and the great support they had received from Michelle! At the next booth, I ran into Nicky, who taught me one of the first classes I ever took in cardmaking, way back in 2006 - I was so happy to see her and was then both humbled and honoured to hear that she's following my blog! Wow! What a spectacular day! (the only disappointment was narrowly missing meeting my online friend and OLS teammate, Karen - something to look forward to next year!)