Wednesday, 16 April 2014

The Card Concept Challenge 8 - Umbrella

Today's the start of a new Card Concept Challenge! The challenge is to use an umbrella.

Coincidentally, I was asked by a friend to make a shower card for a wedding that has a black, silver and white colour theme. It took me a while to come up with a fun (and clean & graphic, of course!) way to incorporate the umbrella in my card. I cut a square white panel, and then cut a curve out of it. I stamped and embossed the heart-rain and stamped the sentiment and adhered it to a black card base. I then took a circle punch and created the scalloped edge. When the card's closed, you can see the inside white panel and that gives it a bit more definition.

Now it's your turn - what style will you try this week?

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, April 28 at 3:00 pm EDT.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

CTS72 - Inspired by Pirate Radio

This is my second post for today. For my CASology Note card, please scroll down.

The other night, we watched Pirate Radio (AKA The Boat that Rocked), starring Bill Nighy, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kenneth Brannagh etc., etc., (GREAT cast!). It's set in the late 60s and one of the girls was wearing a dress that inspired this card:

Perfectly groovy as a last-minute link up to this week's CAS(E) This Sketch challenge, I think!

CASology 91 - Note!

This week's CASology Cue Card is Note!

Is this the simplest card you've ever seen? It may be the simplest one I've ever made! I reached for a Post-it note, stamped a Stamps of Life smile on it and there you go - a perfect reminder for someone that they make you smile! (I did adhere the Post-it permanently so that the message won't get left in the envelope!)

You can use anything you can find to make a card - even a CAS card - just remember the white space! Office supplies are a natural supplement to your crafting supplies!

Now it's your turn! I can't wait to see how this cue card inspires you. Below are links to the blogs of the rest of the DT members - go check them out for some more inspiration!

Monday, 14 April 2014

Ring On!

This card has been a long time coming. My mom is the director of her church's handbell choir and about a year ago, I bought this little handbell stamp from Handbell Services Inc. I thought it would make a perfect "keep calm" type card. There were a number of little difficulties - the stamp is solid, but handbells are metal with a leather handle. Finally it occurred to me that I could do two-toned embossing - black for the handle, gold for the bell (or should it be silver?!). There are lots of 'keep calm' stamps around, and this one came from A Muse Studios. I cut out the 'stamp' (it was originally Keep Calm and Stamp On) and used Kelly Purkey's Plain Jane alpha to insert 'ring'.

So a cute card that will bring a smile to a limited audience but that's exactly what this hobby is all about, right? The ability to personalize cards for unusual situations!

Sunday, 13 April 2014

CTS72 - Thanks so much

Another one for this week's CAS(E) This Sketch challenge.

This time, I used my PTI Circle Cover Plate die both to cut the circles and then to place them (I used the negative 'lattice' that was left over and just popped the circles inside for a perfect line-up! This is my smallest little 'thanks' and I'm afraid I lost track of who made it. The 'so much' is a Stampin' Up sentiment from Trendy Trees.

Yesterday was Scrapfest in Kitchener. Tracey McNeely and I drove there and met Virginia Lu to spend some time chatting and looking around to see what was what!

Tracey and I wandered into a booth where they were featuring CAS-ual Stamps and doing make-and-takes. We couldn't resist announcing that we are Girl Fridays and the reaction from the instructor was AMAZING! She was so thrilled to see us there and just couldn't say enough about the great products and the great support they had received from Michelle! At the next booth, I ran into Nicky, who taught me one of the first classes I ever took in cardmaking, way back in 2006 - I was so happy to see her and was then both humbled and honoured to hear that she's following my blog! Wow! What a spectacular day! (the only disappointment was narrowly missing meeting my online friend and OLS teammate, Karen - something to look forward to next year!)

Friday, 11 April 2014

CTS72 - Happy Birthday!

I was so excited when I saw this week's CAS(E) This Sketch challenge:

This grid layout is such a classic. It's classic because it's incredibly versatile - you can use it over and over and every card can be different. It's also classic because it's full of 3's. Three rows, three columns. Your eye loves this layout! Trust me!

For this card I flipped it upside down so that the "happy" can be my "sentiment" and the birthday is the grid. I used Memory Box dies to create the letters. I cut them in white for two reasons. First - you can run them all through at the same time on one piece of white cardstock. Second - I wanted to use specific copic colours - I don't  have matching cardstock for all these colours. OK, actually, now that I look at it, I do, but go back to reason 1 - one pass through the cuttlebug!

ETA - a couple of you wondered about the dimension of the letters. I cut them twice and stacked them to get that dimension before colouring them and then coating them with Stickles. 

FFC29, CFC 130 - Peace, Joy, Love

Time for Festive Friday Challenge #29!

Here's this week's inspiration photo:

I decided to focus solely on the mirror - the white oval frame with the silver inside. I used an old Stampin' Up sentiment and went white-on-white for the rest of the card - very simple, clean and elegant! Because of the oval, I'm also going to link this up to CAS-ual Fridays' 'Good Egg' challenge.

Now it's your turn! You've got until April 23 to link up - I hope you're having fun keeping up with your Christmas cards through the year - just think how relieved you'll be in December when they're all made and all you have to do is send them!