Tuesday, 21 October 2014

CASology 118 - Home

This week's CASology Cue Card is Home.

I used a well-known quote and some symbolism (ruby red sparkly paper) to hopefully connect with a memory (Wizard of Oz).

Sometimes in card-making, flexibility is key. I started with the Memory Box row of houses die. Then (after I cut it haphazardly on a strip of white scrap) I realized that it's really a border die. No problem, I straightened it out and trimmed it up so that  it could sit along the bottom of my card. I then used a scrap of red glimmer paper to cut out just one of the houses and glued it on top, to show that this house is special - it's 'home'.

I don't have a 'There's no place like home' sentiment, so I figured I would use a type-writer (Inkadinkado) font to create my words. Being a clever girl, I started with the bottom word to ensure proper spacing and placement. Took me a while to find the 'l' (losing letters is really the biggest problem with clear stamp alphabets, I find) but I got 'like' stamped. Then I couldn't find the lower-case 'a' for 'place'. UGH! I really didn't want to start over (I hear there are people who plan their cards BEFORE they start them - not me!), so I figured I could mix it up a bit by using the upper-case 'A' instead. To make it look authentic, I then used a lower-case 'o' from a bigger type-writer font (Hero Arts). And until I told you this story, you had no idea that this wasn't my plan all along, did you? You just thought it was edgy and artistic, didn't you? lol!

And now it's your turn - what does home mean to you? Make sure you stop by the DT blogs for even more inspiration:

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Muse 89 - Peace

It's Saturday, and time for my next Muse card. This week, we have an adorable 'welcome baby' card from Therese:

I changed the season, and focused on the colours, the layout, the grey stripes and the fact that there were two sheep. And the use of DP. Yes I have some. An embarrassing amount, actually, especially for someone who rarely uses it! I used my new Clearly Besotted Snowflake Trio (I left the littlest one out for this card) and a Creatiate sentiment.

I hope you'll get a chance to play along. The deadline is on Monday at 8 am EDT. At that point, voting opens and you can vote for your 3 favourites (even if you didn't link up a card) until Tuesday at 8 am. The results of the voting will be posted at noon. Hope to see you there!

Friday, 17 October 2014

FFC42 - Mid Challenge Inspiration(s)

Time for some mid-challenge inspiration for the current Festive Friday Challenge! 

Remember our inspiration is this:

I made three cards for this week. (did I mention that I love this photo!)

 The first one, like last week's, focuses on the chairs. All that white space, shimmery red ribbon and some pops of brown and green. I used a Savvy die in Early Espresso sponged in white, a Victorine Originals Pinebranch stamped off once in Mossy Meadow and an unknown (but oh-so-useful) 'to the world'.

My next card focuses on the candles in the jars on the table. I love the layered look of the white, dark red and sand all contained in the glass, so I incorporated those elements into my card made out of a transparency sheet. I used a Stampin' Up die which I think looks a lot like ribbon, and which also works for this inspiration photo!

Finally, I went ultra-CAS. One layer, two colours, 5 stamps. The sentiment is Gina K Designs, and the holly and berries came from the PTI Tinsel and Tags kit.

The deadline for this challenge is Wednesday Oct 22 at midnight - hope to see you there!

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

CTS96 - Happy Birthday!

Here's my card for the current CAS(E) This Sketch challenge.

Those black dots were not stamped individually - I have a row of them (very old - could they be Papertrey?) so I don't need to try and space them out too perfectly on my own. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp. Both the dots and the sentiment are stamped in Versafine Onyx and embossed with clear ep.  I added the 3 little ceramic dots for some colour and shine.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

CASology 117 - Candy

This week's CASology Cue Card is Candy!

Of course candy is top of everybody's list at this time of year. My 11 1/2 year old daughter has a friend named Anna. Anna's mother was trying to convince her that she is too old for trick-or-treating and 'positively reinforced' (NOT bribed) her to give it up by letting her plan and host an elaborate Halloween party for her friends (including Kate) instead. I bet you see where this is going, right? Yep - they're going to trick-or-treat first and then have the party. lol!

My card shows that one central focal point on a white card will always look CAS. I used Avery Elle's Hello set for the 'name tag', Neat&Tangled's Sweet Home for the gumdrops (coloured in Copics then coated with Icicle Stickles for the 'sugar'), and Technique Tuesday's Your Choice for the 'sweet'.

Now it's your turn - I can't wait to see all the sweet creations for this challenge! Make sure you stop by the DT blogs for even more inspiration!

and this week's Guest Designer: Gunsan

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Muse 88 - Foil Snowflake

Vicki's really given us a stunner for this week's Muse challenge, hasn't she?

I focused on the colour scheme and used the new MB Dazzling Snowflake die that is actually a negative die. You don't get a lovely snowflake cut-out, you get millions of tiny little pieces that you will find on your work surface and floor for the next week. But you do get a lovely negative that can easily be backed with say, gold foil cardstock, to create a very easy and dramatic card. (You could less-easily inlay it, I suppose, but I just know that I would lose one of the tiny dots and have to cut the whole thing out again!)

I thought about the vellum strip/sentiment but decided against it in the end. The card told me it was done and I always listen to the card! lol!

There is still some time for you to play along with us - the deadline for this challenge is Monday at 8 am. At that time you can vote for your 3 favourites (even if you didn't link up a card) until Tuesday at 8. Results of the voting will be posted Tuesday at noon.

Friday, 10 October 2014

FFC42 - Merry Christmas

Time for Festive Friday Challenge #42! Here's the inspiration photo:

I love all the white space, the shimmery ribbon and the pop of green. I made a very graphic card using Clearly Besotted's Christmas Sparkle triangle die and Elizabeth Crafts Mylar Shimmer Sheets in red and green. I finished it off with a Savvy sentiment and popped it up on white.

This challenge will run until midnight on Wednesday, October 22 - hope to see you there!