Friday, 23 January 2015

Muse 101 - Hearts in Blue


Marion's card for Muse this week is so pretty that I found it difficult not to just remake it!




I tried several different options, and ended up with this clean, graphic and playful card by using similar colours, the heart element (Simon Says Stamp heart dies) and my Creative Memories curvy cutter (retired). I skipped the heat embossing (I can never get my white embossing that clean!) and used negative cuts instead.

There's still time for you to play along - the deadline is Monday at 8 am EST. At that time you can vote for your 3 favourites until Tuesday morning at 8. Voting results will be posted on Tuesday at noon. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

CASology 130 - Friend


This week's CASology Cue Card is Friend!




I went with a famous CAS icon to make my card. I created my focal image by cutting a square and then cutting a Memory Box 'f' out of it. It was very simple to combine two dies to create one die-cut!

I finished it with a sentiment from Mama Elephant.

And since Less is More is also having a friendly challenge this week, I'll be linking up there as well!

And now it's your turn! Before you go, make sure to check out all the inspiration from the other DT Members!

Saturday, 17 January 2015

CTS106 - Happy Birthday!


Did you see the big news at CAS(E) This Sketch? Michele is the newest DT member. Just like she's the newest DT Member at Muse. I'm getting a theme here! Congratulations, Michele - very well-deserved!


For my card, I started with a solid Gina K Happy, stamped in some lovely bright colours, slightly not straight so that they could overlap a bit like the sketch. I finished it with a Papertrey birthday die.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Muse #100 - Hole-Hearted


This came to me as I fell asleep last night - I couldn't wait to get up and make this card for Muse #100 inspired by Michele's card



and for LIM206 - One-Layered, New Beginnings (this will be the card I use for my sister's wedding next month) and for Virginia's View #11 (my first time playing, finally!) Clean Slate.

To begin, I scored my card and then masked the inside panel before sponging it with Worn Lipstick, Festive Berries and Seedless Preserves (I was actually with Virginia when I bought this colour of distress ink!). I left it to dry.

Then I cut a simple heart from the front, outlined it in Stardust Stickles. Done.

The song (for the Muse Challenge) is "Hole-Hearted" by Extreme. And I think it works for their other hit song "More than Words", in a weird way.

I hope you'll play along with us at Muse this week - it's Michele's first week as our newest DT member, it's our 100th challenge and it's our second anniverary! We've even got prizes for 5 random participants! Hope to see you there before the deadline on Monday at 8 am EST!

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

CASology 129 - NBUS


This week's CASology Cue Card is NBUS!


Confused? NBUS is a term coined by the Queen of Words herself - Darnell, who just happens to be the CASology Guest of Honour this week!

Never-Before-Used-Schtuff (Stamps, Dies, EFs, etc.)


NBUS stands for Never-Been-Used-Schtuff and it refers to all the stamps, inks, papers, tools and supplies that you just HAD to have but then haven't gotten around to using. Most of us have some of it. And many of us have new goodies after the holidays - so now is the time to use your NBUS!

You can link up at CASology and at Darnell's NBUS#3 Challenge, too. (the deadlines are different - CASology will close next Monday, January 19, NBUS closes on January 22).

I used my new Papertrey Phrase Play Hooray die. I was inspired by this card by Michelle. I love how she cut the 'hooray' out of the journal-card-sized die. I cut it once in black and then once in white. I coloured the white centres with Copics and placed them back into the black word, and then cut up the stamp that said 'you did it' so that I could change the arrangement from the one that you would expect based on the die's original layout.

Now it's your turn! Be sure to get more inspiration from the other DT Members:

Monday, 12 January 2015

Happy Birthday to my Dad!


Sunday was my dad's birthday. This is the card I made for him. I used a Papertrey Happy die to create a little shaker, using gold silver and copper sequins, over some striped DP. The "birthday" is a Simon Says Stamp sentiment.

I was late getting it into the mail, so he may see it here before he sees it in real life! Actually, I don't think my dad reads my blog. But my mom will see it for sure!



Sunday, 11 January 2015

RIC75 - Happy Birthday to You


Here's my card for the current Runway Inspired Challenge, where our inspiration is this Ralph Lauren dress:




For some reason my eye was drawn to the slit in the skirt, and that's what I focused on. I used a technique that Jacquie used on this card. I used a cut-up portion of a Grand Calibur circle Nestability rather than a die created specifically for this purpose. But the shape and idea is similar.

I'm not sure where the stamp comes from, but the die is from Papertrey.