Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Bold Blooms (Again!)

This is my second post today (scroll down for CASology) but I wanted to make the deadline for Ellen Hutson's Pin-sights challenge. This was another challenge that Emily brought to our crafty day last weekend. I stamped the bold black images while I was there, but finished the card earlier today.

Pinterest Challenge 1

I focused on the colour scheme of black, white and sparkly gold and used (again!) Julie Ebersole's Bold Blooms. I just LOVE these stamps and dies! To keep the card clean and graphic, I used a Simon Says Stamp row of dots die to create the inlaid sparkly gold dots down the side. No room on the front for a sentiment, but a scripty Happy Birthday or Thanks inside will fit perfectly!

CASology 140 - Spring

This week's CASology Cue Card is Spring!

I've gone in a direction that is maybe a little unexpected. I used an old Stampendous build-a-robot set (plus a little hand-drawing for his body) to create a punny, springy card.

Now, I'm not a person who draws. That's why I stamp! But the 'body' portions of stamps that I had with this set were not quite right for the robot I wanted to build. So I took a Copic Multiliner and drew his square little body.  The sketchy, imprecise style of these stamps made this very easy.

When I was finished, I realized that this guy and his sentiment were taking up a lot of space on my main panel.

To keep the card CAS, I

1) grouped the image and the sentiment as close together as I could, starting from the bottom left corner.
2) minimized the colouring, so that there is white space even inside the image
3) popped the panel up on a white card base, to create a clear border around the panel.

Now it's your turn. Can't wait to see how spring inspires you!

Monday, 30 March 2015

MFTCC18 - Happy Birthday!

Do you know since I got home from our crafty day at Tracey's on Saturday, I haven't had a MINUTE to finish off all the fun projects I started. This one was the closest to completion, so now that I was able to dash into my craft room before the next thing on my to-do list, I quickly whipped it up and photographed it.

On Saturday, Emily, Natasha and I had a quick road trip (about 1/2 hour) to Tracey's house. We started with lunch at a nearby restaurant and got a lot of chatter out of the way, plus we fuelled up for a very, very productive afternoon. OK, and into the early evening! It's hard to say good-bye when we're having so much fun! (so much fun we didn't get many photos of us together - Tracey's daughter had left for work by the time we remembered!)

Emily had a great idea to bring a few current challenges along as a starting point for our inspiration. This card is for the current MFT colour challenge.

They're not colours I use very often, but they look lovely together- and it's good to branch out!

I used the full moon from You Move Me (looks like it's retired?) to stamp big dots in the blue, orange and yellow on a scrap of white cardstock before I die cut the Butterfly. I layered it with a black one, for a tiny bit more definition and contrast.  I used a sentiment from Celebrate You.

So I've got a few more things to show you later in the week, but let me give you this little hint - there are now 3 ladies completely in love with Gansai watercolours who will likely be placing orders!

Saturday, 28 March 2015

MM151, CTS116 - Merry Christmas

I decided to combine this week's Merry Monday and CAS(E) This Sketch challenges.

This little Taylored Expressions tree die is one that I bought after this past Christmas. I love the quirky placement of the 'ornaments'. And I'm glad I thought of it - quite often, I see things at Christmas, buy them too late to use for that season and then completely forget that I have them!

I used my little polaroid frame die from Mama Elephant . To create the striped glitter background, I took a scrap of white cardstock and laid a 1/4" strip of double-sided tape on it before sprinkling it with GlitterRitz ultrafine glitter. Then I laid the next strip and sprinkled the next colour until I had 7 strips of glittery colour. I cut the frame again, and used only the  glittered centre square in the white frame. I finished it with a little sentiment from Waffle Flower.

Friday, 27 March 2015

Muse 110 - Happy Birthday

This is my card for this week's Muse challenge, where Tenia Nelson is our guest designer. She provided us with this card for our inspiration:

I was also inspired to use my new Altenew Henna Elements set by the third card in this post by Joyce. I focused on the colours and theme, trying to capture the same elegant feeling while using a different mixture of elements. The sentiment is from Sketched Shapes by Papertrey and embossed in copper.

I hope you'll get a chance to play along with us this week - the deadline is Monday morning at 8 am. At that time you can vote for your 3 favourites, even if you didn't link up a card, until Tuesday morning at 8. Voting results will be posted at noon on Tuesday. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

CASology 139 - Style

This week's CASology Cue Card is Style!

I decided to go with a fashion theme and used my new Stamplorations Newlyweds stamp (by Shirley B, by the way!).

It's a large image, so I kept my card CAS by doing the following

1) I kept the card to one layer
2) I placed the image to one side to keep a large amount of white space
3) I only coloured (and Stickled!) the flowers, to maximize white space even within the image.

I cropped the image by masking the bottom and using part of the sentiment to complete the dress. This helped the couple fit better on my square card.

I stamped it all in Hero Arts Charcoal, trying to achieve a pencil-drawing, sketch feel that is true to the image. I used a 'hand written' sentiment to help with that.

And now it's your turn - how will 'style' inspire you? Check out the blogs of the rest of the DT for more inspiration!

Saturday, 21 March 2015

RS157, OLS14, Muse 109 - Happy Birthday (National Geographic Style!)

I found myself with an hour this afternoon and decided to make a card (I probably won't get another chance to post again before CASology on Tuesday morning).

I went searching through blogland and found Retro Sketches - I haven't played there in ages! I don't always love sketch challenges, but since this week's sketch is perfect for a CAS card and my good friend Tracey is on the DT, I decided to play along.

I made my card one layer, by sponging the frame onto the white card base. I chose yellow, thinking maybe I could make another Muse card, using the frame element, the theme and the yellow from Marion's whimsical spring card. I figured since it was one-layered, I would only use a sentiment, and also link it up to the current OLS Challenge (Words, Words, Words).  I figured I would use blue for my sentiment, to add in another link to Marion's card.

But once I saw the yellow frame on the card base, I got a National Geographic feel and popped over to their website to see how close my design was to their logo. I ended up going very graphic and masculine (but wouldn't it be perfect for someone who is interested in (or even still gets hard copies of) National Georgraphic!).

So there you go. One hour, two colours, two stamps (Uniko Happy, Craft's Meow Birthday), three challenges and more than you ever wanted to know about my thought process!

Now I'm off to bake cookies and start prepping for dinner!

See you Tuesday!