Tuesday, 1 December 2015

CASology 175 - Pie

This week's CASology Cue Card is Pie!

I have been reorganizing all my dies lately - I had stored them by theme, but now want to store them by manufacturer, so when I came across these pie chart dies from MFT (sorry, retired), I knew I would use them for this challenge. I wanted to have a heart fitting in as the final piece, but didn't have one the right size. I used the smallest MFT Heart Stax die and cut it out of the final piece instead. But then it was tricky finding a sentiment. I was thinking "you complete me", but found this Ellen Hutson sentiment in the 12 Days Companion Greetings which works perfectly to make a fun valentine or wedding or anniversary card.

That's a big focal image and there's quite a lot going on, so I kept it simple by limiting the colour palette to neutrals with one pop of "copic-wink-of stella-glossy-accents" red. That is a seriously cool technique for getting a sparkly shine!

Now it's your turn! Don't forget to drop by the rest of the DT Blogs for more inspiration:

Saturday, 28 November 2015

FS460 - Flowery Friend

You know that I joined the Splitcoaststampers Featured Stamper Challenge Hostess Team recently - today is my first opportunity to host the challenge.

This week's Featured Stamper is Susie Nelson. I chose this pretty flower-grid card to CASE:

I focused on Susie's
-theme (floral)
-general layout (grid of 9 flowers)

and changed
-rather than using coloured line images, I stamped in black and coloured with Copics
-inserted my sentiment into my grid
-size and shape of the card.

I used a very old Unity Stamps flower stamp and an equally old Taylored Expressions sentiment.

Friday, 27 November 2015

Muse 143 - Joy to the World

This is my card for this week's Muse Challenge, where Tracey has given us this fun, whimsical card as inspiration:

I focused on Tracey's
-colour scheme (red, black, white, gold and some brown)
-theme Christmas/Joy
-black circle element with a scene inside
-red frame

I used a Dee's Distinctively Joy die, cut in gold foil and black. I stamped an image from Papertrey's Stained Glass on the centre of the 'o' and coloured it with Copics, then Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents, which doesn't show in the photo, but is sparkly and shiny in real life. I cut my panel with an MFT pierced rectangle die in a size slightly smaller than the Joy Die, to leave a big red frame, and also to allow the J and the Y to hang over a little.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

MCV30, 25 Days of Christmas Tags

Welcome to Muse: Christmas Visions #30 AND Day 24 of Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags. Today, Muse: ChristmasVisions is the sponsor and we've got lots of inspiration for you! Be sure you check out both sites for details of PRIZES that you can win!

For my tag, I started with MFT Tag Builders Blue Prints 2 and cut one in red, and one in white. I die cut one of the Simon Lined Trees in gold and two colours of green and inlaid it into the white tag before gluing the whole thing onto the red tag, slightly offset. The sentiment is from Simon's Jolly Snowman stamp set.

We've also got two special guests joining us at MCV this week - we are all looking forward to seeing how you are inspired by our tags!

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

CASology 174 - Owl

This week's CASology Cue Card is Owl!

This one stumped me for a bit - I don't have a lot of owl stamps - but I have always loved this one old one from Stampin' Up! (Forest Friend). I love the look on his face, but then I was confronted with that age-old problem of making a card out of one little stamp! lol!

Repetition is a good way to 'enlarge' your tiny focal image, and, as inspiration, this week's CAS(E) This Sketch challenge came to the rescue!

I used an old Papertrey Valentine sentiment and a branch and leaves from Lawn Fawn's Deck the halls to ground the owls.

For a change (from a white card base), I used Early Espresso - it warms up the card and the contrast really draws your eye to the focal panel (cut with an MFT Pierced Rectangle).

Now it's your turn! Make sure to check out what the rest of the DT has for you!

Monday, 23 November 2015

Pin-Sights - Thankful for You

This is for the current Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights challenge, where we've been given this inspiration collage:


My eye was drawn to the shimmery satin of the brown skirt and the aqua turban. I pulled out some scraps of shimmery card stock and inlaid the pumpkin from Gourd-jus in brown and copper. I embossed a sentiment from Thankful in copper embossing powder.

Sunday, 22 November 2015

FS459 - Sending Joy

This week's Splitcoaststampers' Featured Stamper is mkkimber. She has a beautiful gallery and I chose to CASE this card from 2007:

I love the red-green-aqua combination, and I hauled out my precious bits of leftover Cool Caribbean for this! (Same colour Kimberly used, but it wasn't so scarce in 2007!).

I focused on
-colour scheme
-type-written red sentiment
-large circle element partly off the card
-aqua die cut in bottom right corner

I changed
-proportion of colours
-card size
-left out the doodling

I used all my new Reverse Confetti goodies - Wreaths dies, WinterWords dies, and WinterWord Coordinates stamp set. I die cut some small red circles, glued them onto the wreath and then added a dot of Glossy Accents for berry-dimension and shine!