Saturday, 30 August 2014

i {heart} papers GD Post 6/CTS90 - So Happy for you

My new Avery Elle goodies arrived from i {heart} papers just in the nick of time. My sister just got engaged! And what better supplies to use to make a card for her and her fiance than 'We Go Together', 'So Happy' and the 'Happy' die!

I used the sketch from this week's CAS(E) This Sketch challenge.

It took me a little while to choose the colour scheme of white and Lost Lagoon. I wasn't comfortable making an overly feminine cards since there's a man involved, but I didn't want it to be too masculine either. Simple and elegant is a perfect compromise!

I actually cut the sentiment stamp (from So Happy) before I stamped it in Memento black so that I could use the die in place of the stamped happy. To add some shine, dimension and also to ensure that the white-on white was still legible, I used Wow clear embossing powder on the die cut. I stamped the little hearts from 'We Go Together' in Versamark and embossed them in silver and then coloured them in with a clear Wink of Stella so that they look like champagne bubbles coming out of the 'y'.

Friday, 29 August 2014

FFC39 - Merry Christmas

Another Festive Friday challenge! Here's the inspiration photo:

I focused on the green foliage and gold (I think that's a gold ornament under there), the scripty font and slanted placement of the sentiment. I used an Old Island Stamp Company branch and Stampin' Up's Endless Wishes (Christmas) photopolymer set.

Now it's your turn - this challenge will run until midnight on Wednesday, September 10. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Muse #82 - Celebrate!

I know it's early in the week for me to post my Muse card, but I'm so excited with this card I made for this week's Muse challenge, where our Guest Muse is Bobby and this fun card:

I just love the swirls of bright dots (I think they look like fireworks on the dark background!) but of course I also love my white space! I used an old Stampin' Up sentiment and an (I think) Inkadinkado or Stampendous swirl stamped using Desert Heat Kaleidecolor ink. I then added some Diamond stickles for sparkle.

I love that this one-layer card is simple, but fun and celebratory, just like Bobby's!

I know it's a busy time of year (lots of kids going back to school!)  but I hope you'll get a chance to play along - the deadline is next Monday at 8 am EDT. At that point you can vote for your favourites until Tuesday morning at 8. Results of the voting will be posted on Tuesday at noon.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Inspired by Laura. And Kate.

When I first saw Laura's card, I figured it would be one of the most-cased cards of all time. It's so simple, and yet so amazingly beautiful. It's one of my top 10 faves. (One day I'll have to figure out all my favourites and share them - sometimes, you just know a card is going to be classic the first instant you see it!)

Anyway, fast forward to last week, when Kate and her friends were in my craft room, playing with distress inks and stencils. They loved it! Kate made a polka dot background with Festive Berries, Mowed Lawn and Peacock Feathers. That colour combination caught my attention and reminded me of Christmas, and this card has been working itself out in my brain ever since. I love that even though I used circles, I get a plaid or argyle feeling from the pattern.

There are 399 (who, me exaggerate?) of these in my recycling bin. Different sized circles, different orders of colours, but mostly with smudges from the acrylic block. The first 'finished' one ended up like this, with a black Stampabilities sentiment:

It looks better in real life, but it's pretty dark. So I went back to the drawing board (pencilling lines to help me position the overlapping circles) and then stamping a Papertrey sentiment with Unicorn White and embossing with White ep. Still not my favourite technique. Maybe I'll try one (hundred) more time, stamping the colours off for a softer effect? I'll let you know.

CASology 110 - Letter

This week's CASology Cue Card is Letter!

Oh, this is a fun one - so many different ways to go!

I chose to focus on one letter. U. I originally thought this would be a love u card, but at the time, Struan was writing thank you notes after his birthday. I figured this design - clean, graphic, black and white would be masculine and fun enough for him. I popped the U up and then matted the white panel up to one corner. I really thought that it would look better in the bottom left corner (and give some balance with the 'thank') but it didn't (in my humble opinion). I offset the inside white panel in the same way. Anyway, this little card has already been sent to a generous relative and has done its job.

And, I want to say a very heartfelt thank you to all of you who left such kind comments on Kate's blog (and mine) - she's quite proud of her chance to be last week's GD and has been telling all her friends! We both really appreciate your kindness and support!

Now it's your turn - how will you interpret letter? Don't forget to stop by the blogs of the other DT members for more inspiration:

Monday, 25 August 2014

CAS-ual Fridays Winner Announced!

At the beginning of the last CAS-ual Fridays challenge (Tic-tac-toe here), Michele announced that there would be a winner drawn from the people who left comments on the blogs of each of the DT members, as well as an overall winner from the challenge itself.

The full announcement of all the winners is here.

The winner from my blog, is Elise C.

Congratulations, Elise - please email Michele at to get your prize code!

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Muse 81/OLS 8

This card has quite a combination of inspiration sources.

First, this week's Muse, by Marion:

Second, the colour palette for OLS8 - Shades of Summer:

and third, this gorgeous, gorgeous card (also inspired by OLS8) by Julia Altermann

Distress Arrow Sentiment-1

I cut a Papertrey daisy out of Post-it notes and laid it on my card. I then taped down a Kelly Purkey stencil, creating a frame. Yes, my friends, I used a stencil. I even enjoyed it! I used Worn Lipstick, Mustard Seed and Mowed Lawn distress inks - I love how they blend to create additional colours! I finished it with a single pink pearl.

There's still time for both these challenges: the deadline for Muse is Monday at 8 am EDT. You can then vote for your favourites until Tuesday morning. Results of the vote will be posted on Tuesday at noon.

OLS runs until Sunday at midnight.