Saturday, 1 November 2014

Muse 91 - Set of Three

Are you wondering if you're in the right place? Yes, it's me. Ardyth at MASKerade. Using DP on three cards! And that's for two reasons.

One - Our Guest Muse, Michele, has challenged us to make a set of 3 cards using one sheet of DP for our Muse challenge this week.

Two - You know that I was away with the "BABES" last week. Darnell left each of us with a little present. My present contained a 6x6 pad of Bobunny paper, some twine, bling, buttons, die cuts, a stamp set with matching dies, etc., etc,

What a perfect opportunity to think outside my own box and use these supplies! (Disclaimer: since my DP sheets were only 6x6, I used 3 of them, which is still less than 1 12x12 sheet).

Here's a closer look at the 3 individual cards:

I love this little house stamp (along with the balloons) from Avery Elle's Hello Friend set. The curved sentiments work perfectly! A frame of matching dp still feels very clean on this one. 

This one uses the same house cut out with its matching die, a panel that Darnell embossed, and DP used as a mat and as a strip (the front of the card is narrower than the back, so when the card's closed you can see the strip of DP)

Finally, a simple thank you, using a die cut that Darnell included, a big piece of the dp as background and some matching twine.

I hope you'll get a chance to join us at Muse this week. The deadline is Monday at 8 am. Voting starts then and continues until Tuesday at 8.  Voting results will be posted at noon on Tuesday. (and don't forget, you get an extra hour for this week's challenge if you're in most of North America - clocks turn back tonight!)

Friday, 31 October 2014

FFC43 - Merry Christmas

Time for some mid-challenge inspiration for the current Festive Friday challenge! Our inspiration is:

I love the hand-drawn/hand-written feel of this - I used an old Michael's present stamp, inked in my new favourite red - MFT Electric Red, and a Stampabilities sentiment in Versafine Grey.

The deadline for this challenge is midnight on Wednesday, November 5. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Merry Christmas

Here's a card I made for fun while on our BABES trip to Prior Lake. I CASEd Kim (not sure if she's posted it), who I think was CASing someone else. Kim then CASE'd this card. And so on, and so on...

I used the trees from the PTI Tinsel and Tags Market Kit and half of a sentiment from PTI's Side by Side Sentiments.

All the inks (except the black) belonged to the other ladies on the trip - it was so much fun to be able to try out different things. I came back with a list of items I just have to have, including this pink ink (Ranger Adirondack - do they make that anymore?)

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Our Trip to Prior Lake

It took over a year of planning and we traveled a total of 20,350 miles (32,558 km) to and from Minnesota to make it happen.

From October 18-24, six card-blogging BABES met in real life! BABES stands for Benevolent Association of Beloved and Esteemed Stampers. Now that we're all home safely, we've got lots to tell you and show you!

That's Darnell, Kim, me, Anita, Bev and Geri. These ladies are so kind, generous, funny, talented and amazing!

Here's a few photos:

Home away from home on Prior Lake

The essentials: crafting table, jammies, snacks. 

TWO full tables of stamps, dies, inks, paper and glue (embellishments had their own little table!) It was like living in a stamping store!

Our mascot Snowflake - an albino squirrel that lived in our backyard.

Our trip to American Girl at the Mall of America

The other ladies have other pics on their blogs - make sure you check them all out. 

What can I say - it was like a reunion of old friends rather than a first meeting. We laughed so hard it hurt, ate a ton, stayed in our jammies and crafted - A LOT! We did get out to shop (Michael's, JoAnn, a cute little LSS and of course the Mall of America), for walks in the crisp fall weather and for dinner each night. Italian, Mexican, steak, pizza, you name it, we had it!

We all brought our own stuff to work on (I finished the last 96 of my Church Christmas cards, which will be posted in the future). Bev and Geri both drove, so their cars were loaded (LOADED) with supplies and tools. Anita brought lovely gifts from her garden (honey, walnuts and lavender), Kim and Darnell brought projects for every one (and importantly, Kim brought her "friend" SIRI, who knows how to find anything, anywhere - what a lifesaver! lol!). We worked on our cards for Shirley, as you already know. It was fun to see what everyone else has and uses - we had great time sharing tips, tricks, techniques and tools!

So if you've ever been thinking - hey it would be fun to get a few fellow stampers together, I highly, highly recommend it! (and if you need packing tips, let me just say this - less clothes, MORE crafts!)

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

CASology 119 - Ghost!

This week's CASology Cue Card is Ghost!

I don't send a lot of Hallowe'en cards and I have a very limited number of stamps for the occasion. Some pumpkins, witches, skeletons, but no ghosts at all, actually.

So I started searching through what I do have. Skateboard die from PTI. Pinking shears. Black enamel dots. An old 'boo!' (Recollections) and Hero Arts White Unicorn ink. Presto!

So now it's your turn - there are lots of ways to take this! But be sure to check out the blogs of the DT members for some inspiration:

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Happy Birthday, Shirley!

Today's Shirley Bee's birthday! Maria is hosting a party and we're all invited! I chose to CASE this card of Shirley's:

I love the drama of the black and grey. I chose a Studio G stamp and a Papertrey Sentiment. I had trouble with trying to stamp 'randomly' (who, me?!), so ended up stamping them in a row. I only masked the bottom of the images so that there's a bit of a scalloped effect at the top. I finished it off with two little gems - one clear and one grey.

I was lucky enough to be able to get away last week with some friends. And we all worked on our 'Shirley' cards together. Here's a photo (more details to come later in the week).

Happy Birthday, Shirley! Best wishes for a fun day and a wonderful year ahead!

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Muse 90 - Celebrate

This one's inspired by this week's Muse by Marion:

I used Avery Elle Bright Days to create the starburst by using a circle mask and stamping the yellow 'arms' and then using a slightly larger circle mask that was offset a bit to stamp the red. I love that the edges of the red and yellow arms are rough - they work perfectly with the 'handwritten' Papertrey Sentiment (am I the only one who thinks that says celebrake? I can see it's a t, but the way it's joined up to the a leaves some doubt! lol!). I finished it off with 3 sparkly enamel dots.

I hope you'll get a chance to play along! The deadline is Monday at 8 am. At that time, you can vote for your top 3 favourites (did you know that you can vote for one, two or three of your favourites - you don't have to choose 3 if you don't want to) until Tuesday at 8 am. Voting results will be posted on Tuesday at noon.