Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Thanks for the support!

A friend asked me to make 25 cards for her mom who has just finished her treatment for breast cancer. She wants to thank all the people who have helped her out in various ways over the past months.

My friend told me that her mom is glitzy and glamorous and wanted a 'boob' card. So, I ordered this stamp set and die set from Simon Says stamp - I think they're perfect and so does she!

On another note, I'm heading to Richmond, Virginia for the first time on Friday night to visit my sister (the horse vet). Do any of you know of any stamping/crafting stores within about an hour of Richmond? Any advice would be appreciated!

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

CASology 122 - Flag

This week's CASology Cue Card is Flag!

Since it's Christmas time, I chose the red, green and white of the Italian flag to make this simple but festive card.

Sometimes the best way to make a CAS card is to let your sentiment be your focal image. I chose a large-ish sentiment from Papertrey and stamped it in black before embossing it in clear. This gives a little shine and dimension. I then took a border stamp (also Papertrey, but from way, way back!) that has a line of dots spaced out. I only inked up 5 of the dots and stamped in green above and below the sentiment. Then I went back and inked up 4 in red and stamped them between the green dots.

For some extra little details, I cut the panel out with a pierced rectangle die (MFT) - I love these tiny dots - a little more subtle than the stitched edges, but still special. I layered my panel on silver foil cardstock and popped it up on the centre of the white card base. Finally,  I winked-then-glossed (a technique I learned from Anita while at the Lake House) each dot for sparkle, shine and dimension. So really, there's a lot here, but the overall look is still very clean, thanks to all that white space!

Now it's your turn!

Monday, 17 November 2014

Twin Birthdays

Two 'matching' cards today, for our 'matching' twin nephews, Luke and Oliver. I admit that I was running late to make these, so I went back through my old cards to see what I could CASE quickly. I came across my card for Tracey from last year here:

Fun, quick and easy to recreate two times, 'same but different'. I used the same Stampin Up sentiment and sponged 4 colours on each panel - one cool and one warm. I cut Lawnfawn 8s (6 times - 3 stacked on each).

Kate also made 'same but different' cards for the boys (her cousins) - go check them out here!

CASing yourself is a great way to find inspiration quickly. And it's always fun to look back at previous work and take the opportunity to see how you would do it differently this time!

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Happy Birthday, Ellie!

Today's my niece's birthday. Her 14th birthday. Teenagers are notoriously difficult to buy for (and make cards for), so I went fairly simple. I used Stampin' Up's Contempo Alphabet  and 14 different-coloured Doodlebug sequins. I like how it turned out - clean and modern. And I'm hoping that the sequins didn't fall off in the mail!

Kate also made a card for Ellie and you should definitely check it out. We brainstormed together, but she made the card herself, including picking supplies.

Happy Birthday, Ellie! We wish you a fun day and a wonderful year!

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Muse 93 - Merry Christmas

Here's my card for this week's Muse challenge, where Therese has provided us with this inspiration:

I focused on the shape of the tree, but reversed the colour scheme and used different techniques. I cut a nestability triangle out of gumball green (love the embossed edge!) and popped it up on a white card. I then used some enamel dots that we made by melting Perler beads (it really works!) as decorations. The sentiment is from Savvy.

Friday, 14 November 2014

FFC44 - Mid-challenge Inspiration

Time for some mid-challenge inspiration for Festive Friday Challenge #44. Here's the inspiration:

This time, I focused on that huge red ribbon. I used a 'ribbony' sentiment from Simon Says Stamp. And I know you're saying "What, again?!" about that wreath from Stampin' Up! I really got my money's worth with this set didn't I? I stamped it in Mossy Meadow (another excellent Stampin' Up purchase) and the sentiment in MFT Electric Red. I layered it with craft to incorporate all the wood and wicker in the photo.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

CTS100 - Peace

Today is CAS(E) This Sketch's 100th Anniversary! Remember way, way back? I was on the CTS DT from Challenge 8 to 28.

Chrissy has invited all of us who've been on the DT over the years to help celebrate and participate in this very special challenge this week. Pop over for all the details and for loads of inspiration! Here's the sketch:

I chose a neutral colour scheme to create a peaceful feeling. I cut a square of Doodlebug DP and adhered it directly onto my white cardbase. I cut another square and then cut a curve out of one side to create the shape of the sketch. I stamped a Verve sentiment in Smoky Slate and popped the white panel up for some dimension.

I hope you'll get a chance to join in the fun!