Sunday, 21 December 2014

Daisy Take Two

I had so much fun making the blue daisy for Muse that I thought I'd try again. I went for warmer colours (Festive Berries, Worn Lipstick and Mustard Seed) and a little more drama this time, by backing the daisy on black. Same Expressions in Ink sentiment.

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Muse 98 - Happy Birthday

I love Marion's fun, whimsical Muse this week:

And I love all the fun, whimsical interpretations in the challenge gallery. I chose to focus on the colour scheme and layout but changed the feeling a bit.

I cut the Penny Black flower once in white and 3 times in black and stacked them all together. I sponged the white layer with Salty Ocean and Chipped Sapphire and then popped a yellow (sponged with Marmalade) centre on top. I coated the whole thing in Glossy Accents and added an Ink Essentials (oops - Expressions in Ink) sentiment.

There is still a little time to play along - the deadline is Monday at 8 am. Voting will start at that time and continue until 8 am on Tuesday morning. Results will be posted on Tuesday at noon.

And that will be it from Muse until 2015! We'll take a little break over the holidays and return with DT Member Vicki Dutcher on January 5.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Snowy Inspiration

CASology is made up of an amazing team of designers, each of whom has her own style and I'm often inspired by all of them.

This set of cards was inspired by both GD Laura's card, as well as Jen's card. At some point, I am going to figure out how to case May's card - did you see that clean embossing?!

(and I apologize for the photos - one of the consolations of living in Toronto in the winter is that even when it's cold, we often get lovely, crisp, sunny (ie good photography) days, but I don't think we've seen the sun since December started!)

For the first card I used a Tim Holtz Joy die (disappointed with the less-than-clean cut) and an unknown little snowflake (it's one of my faves). The second two will be given to my kids for Christmas. I used an MB alpha,  a Lil' Inkers Designs snowflake for 'noel' and an unknown snowflake for joy.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

CASology 126 - Snow

This week's CASology Cue Card is Snow

You know there are so many opinions about what makes a clean and simple card. At CASology we have our own guidelines.

1. One main image. Check.

2. Lots of open space. Check.

3. Limited Layers and embellishments - here's where I maybe went a little off the rails. There are 6 layers here - black card base, white panel, 3 stacked die cut snowflake frames (Simon Says Stamp) and 1 black merry (Essentials by Ellen). I sponged one of the panels with 3 different colours of blue and got very inky. Hmm.

4. Quick and easy to recreate. Well. It's not difficult, but it does take some tools and time.

So, is this a CAS card?

I would say that it's definitely a clean card - lots of white space, simple shapes, clean edges, no distressing.

Maybe it's not so simple. What do you think? Healthy discussion and presentation of different points of view are important and definitely make life more interesting!

Be sure to get more inspiration from the rest of the DT:

and this week's Guest Designer: Laura

I'm also thrilled to finally be able to link up to Merry Monday (winter theme)  - I've seen their challenges whoosh by each week with every intention of playing along, and this week I've finally done it!

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Muse 97 - Sunshine

Here's my card for this week's Muse challenge, which is Therese's final challenge with us.
Here's the super-fun card she gave us as inspiration for this week:

I focused on the colours, and tried to use similar elements - a white frame, blue sky, yellow/orange image and elements on the grey card base, as well as the simple black sentiment.

I used a Papertrey frame die, with the centre portion sponged with a variety of blue distress inks. I can not remember where the sun die came from, but I sponged it in yellow and orange, stacked it up and added a little bit of yellow Stickles. I popped all this up over some clouds (also unknown) cut in the same colour as the card base. I finished it with a CASual Fridays sentiment.

I know you all join me in thanking Therese for all her inspiration and hard work for Muse over the last couple of years and also in wishing her all the best in her future endeavours!

The deadline for this week's challenge is Monday at 8 am. Voting will start at that time and continue until Tuesday at 8. Results will be posted at noon on Tuesday. Hope to see you there!

Friday, 12 December 2014

Holiday Inspiration Group - 12 Days of Christmas - DAY 12

Welcome to Day 12 of the 12 Days of Holiday Inspiration Blog Event brought to you by "The Inspiration Crew".  What a ride it's been! I hope you've enjoyed seeing all these Christmas projects!

Every year, I make 80 photo cards for a friend. This is the design we settled on for this year. It's a hybrid card - "From the Taylors 2014" is printed using "Just Realize" font, which we love because it looks handwritten and contrasts with the block font of the Merry Christmas from Gina K, stamped in Smoky Slate. The white panel is embossed above the sentiment using a Papertrey Impression Plate. I think it worked really well because the edge gave a nice strong border. The sparkly snowflake is from Clearly Besotted.

Here's your last chance to visit all the participants of 12 Days for lots of holiday inspiration!

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Holiday Inspiration Group - 12 Days of Christmas - DAY 11

Welcome to Day 11 of the 12 Days of Holiday Inspiration Blog Event brought to you by "The Inspiration Crew". 

This card was inspired by Lesley Croghan. In fact I bought this set because of Lesley's card. I loved her watercoloured, loose look and waited impatiently for the set to arrive.

I decided to use one of my favourite techniques to make this sparkly and glossy. I call it "Faux Cloisonne" (I'm sure you're impressed with my French!) and I do it by heat-embossing an image, colouring it (with copics in this case) and then smearing Stickles all over it. It's a bit of a messy technique for me, but I always love the sparkly results!

Remember to visit all the crafty ladies for loads of fun Holiday craft ideas.