Saturday, 26 July 2014

Muse 77- Birthday Wishes

Here's my card for this week's Muse challenge, where our inspiration comes from Marion:

This card is proof that the only way to come up with an idea is to sit in your crafting space and keep trying things. I had absolutely no idea it would end up where it did!

I love the whimsy in Marion's card, and the doodled frame with the coloured edges.

I went through all my stamps (and that's getting easier thanks to a big purge I've been working on!) and realized that in its original form, this Stampin' Up butterfly has an attached sentiment in a similar font to the one Marion used. I thought I would simply remake Marion's card with the butterfly instead of an owl.

And then I stamped the butterfly and my brain 'pinged' (as my friend Bev would say!). The butterfly has a frame built right in! AHA! So my butterfly's body is unusually coloured to mimic the owl's body, and in the end, I used a completely different sentiment. I finally doodled the black frame and called it done.

I have so far neglected to mention that a week ago, I was lucky enough to be invited to get together with 3 other stamping ladies in my 'neighbourhood' (actually, 2 out of 3 of them really are!): Natasha Kara, Emily Leiphart and Tracey McNeely.

Here we are, all smiles, after 5 hours (yes 5) of NOT crafting. I managed to make a few die cuts with some dies that Tracey brought along, as well as comparing some of my favourite old, discontinued Stampin' Up inks with various other companies' offerings, to determine what I can replace them with when I need to (ie Summer Sun almost equals Memento Dandelion, Green Galore almost equals HA Grass, and while MFT's Red Hot is gorgeous, it isn't quite as 'blue' as Real Red). Beyond that, we were chatting, laughing, snacking (oh yes, Natasha is a wonderful and generous hostess!) and planning for our next get together!

Phew, this is a long post, but I still have to say that there is still time to play along with us a Muse - the deadline is Monday morning at 8:00 am EDT. Voting will begin at that time (and you can vote even if you didn't link up) and continue until Tuesday morning at 8 am. Results will be posted at noon.  And a little birdy told me that my daughter Kate will be linking up for her first time!

Friday, 25 July 2014

CFC134 - Tic Tac Toe

This is my second post today. For my Festive Friday/Holiday Inspirations Group post, please scroll down.

It's hard to believe, but my term as a Girl Friday is over with this challenge. I was so thrilled and honoured when Michele asked me late last year whether I would be interested (um, YES!) and the time has gone so quickly!

But in addition, Michele has decided to take a break from the CAS-ual Fridays challenge for a while (bad news for us), to focus on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps that she has been creating so that we can all get some of Michele's creativity in our hot little hands! (good news for us!)

This somewhat-final challenge is really fun. Michele has given us a tic-tac-toe board and you choose 3 in a row (horizontal, vertical or diagonal) and make a card with those 3 elements.

I really chose the top horizontal row - chevrons, black and sequins. But I accidentally also ended up with the middle vertical row - black, white and grey!

And even more good news (for you) - there's prizes! If you leave a comment here, you will be entered to win a $20 gift certificate to CAS-ual Fridays Stamps! Plus, the winning card linked up to the challenge will receive a $50 gift certificate. All winners will be posted on the winner post on August 25 on the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge blog.

The deadline for this challenge will be August 22 - I can't wait to see how your tic-tac-toe card turns out!

FFC36/Holiday Inspirations Group - Christmas in July

Hot summer days are the perfect time to stay indoors and focus on cooler days by making Christmas cards! And that's just what the Holiday Inspirations Group has done!

We're making projects we like, using products we like. Be sure to check out all the blogs. Some of the ladies are offering prizes!!

Ardyth Percy-Robb (that's me!)

This card is also my mid-challenge inspiration card for the current Festive Friday challenge where our inspiration is this photo:

I focused on the grey-ribbon-wrapped gifts and the snowflake cookies. I created my ribbon with the MFT Grosgrain texture plate and nestled my little Stamps of Life sentiment in between the arms (is that right? arms?) of the stacked and glittered snowflake die cut.

The deadline for this challenge is Wednesday at midnight. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

The Card Concept #15 - Thanks!

Time for the next Card Concept Challenge! This time it's a colour challenge:

Aqua and lime are fresh - add in white and you get fresh and crisp! I chose Aquamarine and Green Galore as my two shades and added in the white with a Paper Smooches die. Colour blocking is a great technique for graphic cards - the big blocks act as 'white' space and keep everything very clean!

Now it's your turn!

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, August 4 at 3:00 pm EDT.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

CASology 105 - Run!

This week's CASology Cue Card is Run!

Run is not my favourite word in the world - I walk quickly (a lot!) but I only run if someone's chasing me! Still, it's an interesting cue card and will inspire a lot of amazing creations, I'm sure. I went back to an old favourite - an image from Bareback from Stampin' Up. To take it up a notch from plain black and white, I stamped the horses using Royal Satin Kaleidecolor Ink. This adds a subtle punch of colour and some interest. I didn't 'frame' the horses - leaving the ends white so that there is no limit to how far they can run!

Now it's your turn. Before you go, make sure you check out the blogs of the rest of the DT members for more inspiration!

Sunday, 20 July 2014

OLS7 - Wave the Flag(s)!

Look what happened when I started (finally!) playing around with Heather's One-Layer Simplicity Wave the Flag challenge. I started with Japan:

And then I tried to figure out how to do Canada, my home country:

Turns out it wasn't too hard. I didn't even need to change stamps! lol!

Both stamps are Stampin' Up! - the flower is from Mixed Bunch and the sentiment is from Banner Banter.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Muse 76 - Thanks!

Here's my take on this week's Muse challenge by Therese.

 I dug out my old Orchid Opulence ink pad so that I could focus on the various shades of purple (I also used Grape Jelly and Lucky Limeade). I used a Simon Says Stamp thanks, and then added in this scripty Lawnfawn die cut inlaid in black.

I hope you'll join us this week - the deadline is Monday at 8 am EDT. At that time, voting will open, and you can vote even if you didn't get a chance to link up. Voting closes at 8 am Tuesday morning and the results will be posted at noon.