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!

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Muse 109 - Happy Birthday


It's been a couple of days since I posted - it's March break this week, and being busy with kids means not much crafty time! This is my card for this week's Muse challenge, where Marion has inspired us with this bright sunny card:



I focused on the basic layout, the colours and some of the elements (frame and flowers).

I created my circle frame by cutting out the PTI Phrase Play #5 happy journal card die in white and then cutting it again with a circle die. Looks like that's what people were doing at the OLCC about Stretching your Dies today, based on some of the 'homework' I've seen.

I coloured the 'happy' with a black copic and then inlaid Coastal Cabana. I then cut a Yo-yo Yellow panel and inlaid the whole thing into that by cutting the same sized circle out of the centre.

I added some Stamps of Life mini-flowers with enamel dots and popped up a PTI 'birthday', stamped in Versafine Onyx and embossed in clear.

I hope you'll get a chance to play along with us - based on the gallery it seems like maybe a lot of you have the same problem getting to your craft room this week - I know here as well as being March break, the sun has been shining (although it's not very warm yet) and we've been trying to be outside as much as possible!

The deadline for this challenge is Monday at 8 am EDT. After that, you can vote for your top 3 favourites until Tuesday at 8. Voting results will be posted at noon. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

CASology 138 - Blossom


This week's CASology Cue Card is Blossom!




If you're going to use lots of colour and busy pattern, leaving lots of white space will ensure that your design is still CAS.  I used a tiny blossom from Altenew's Doodle Blooms set, in some of the new bright Ranger Dye Ink colours, plus Razzleberry from MFT. I popped the white panel up, but I could have masked the stamped area, or I could have chosen a strip of DP to achieve a similar look. I finished it with a Papertrey birthday sentiment.

Now it's your turn! I'm sure the gallery will be filled with delightful floral creations this week - we're definitely ready in Toronto for some colours other than white (actually, dirty brownish-grey now, as the snow starts to melt!). Of course, we at CASology love white (space, that is) all year long!




Monday, 16 March 2015

ATCAS59 - Green Christmas


This card is for Addicted to CAS's green challenge.



I know it's spring, but somehow my thoughts turned to Christmas. I was inspired by Shona's triangle Christmas card here:



Instead of die cuts, I sponged and stamped. My triangle mask used a Spellbinders triangle die.  I sponged the tree in Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn and Evergreen Boughs. The sentiment comes from W Plus 9's Hand Lettered Holiday set, stamped in Versafine Onyx. I topped my tree with one of my blingy Michael's embellishments.

ETA - I've also linked up to One-Layer Christmas Card challenge - Anything Goes.