Tuesday, 2 September 2014

CASology 111 - Under

This week's CASology Cue Card is Under!

I incorporated the cue card in two ways on my card. 1) the 'you' is under the 'thank' (Stampin' Up "Hey You"), 2) the whole sentiment is under vellum.

I cut the vellum in a circle, to provide a bit of a subtle frame around the sentiment. The trick with vellum is to attach it to your card. Most adhesives show through the vellum, so alternative methods must be used. I chose an old (OLD) heart brad as my method. I love how the vellum softens the look of the black sentiment.

Now it's your turn. Drop by the rest of the team to see even more inspiration!

Monday, 1 September 2014

OLS9 - Hip to be Square

I'm the hostess for September's One-Layer Simplicity Challenge and it's a fun one (if I do say so myself!)

It's called Hip to be Square and all you have to do is make a one-layer card that uses at least one square in some way.

I love to make square cards, so that's one. I stamped a Papertrey square stamp 4 times (five), making another square (six in total). To offset all those straight lines, I chose a curvy 'handwritten'  Ali Edwards sentiment that was big and bold. I centred it over the colourful square and stamped it in black, to ensure that the sentiment takes centre stage over the pattern.

This challenge will run until midnight on September 24. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Celebrate. Again. And Again.

I was struck by a comment that Kelly left the other day on this post, saying " I'm always happy to hear others making more than one or two versions of their cards!"

It reminded me that design is an iterative process. You try things over and over with small (or not-so-small) differences until you get to something you like. It is, after all, only paper and ink, right?

The other day I made my first Muse card and then stopped. But yesterday, I still had this Stampin' Up celebrate stamp out so I thought I would  see what else I could do with it. This time, the swirls of dots seem to originate in the 'b'. There are things I like about this iteration - the width of the panel doesn't have to be so big, allowing me to create a frame around it with layers of cardstock.  I like the 'connection' the two swirls have through the 'b'. But one thing I didn't like as much on this one was that it's not symmetrical. In fact this design emphasizes that the 'b' is not really the centre of the word because the 'e' is hanging off the end all by itself. Moving on....

The grandparents of this card, it won't surprise you to hear, were my Muse cards (for the sentiment) and also the Christmas cards that Kelly was referring to (for the dots). I love this font with its circular letters and straight lines.  So I tried a few of these with different colours, adding clear embossing over top of the dots (NO.) and having varying success with positioning the dots where I wanted them (even now, I'm not sure about the 'a').

Anyway, I guess it's just a long way of saying that it's ok to keep trying things - some will end up in the recycling bin and some will amaze you!

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.