Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Inspired by Laura. And Kate.

When I first saw Laura's card, I figured it would be one of the most-cased cards of all time. It's so simple, and yet so amazingly beautiful. It's one of my top 10 faves. (One day I'll have to figure out all my favourites and share them - sometimes, you just know a card is going to be classic the first instant you see it!)

Anyway, fast forward to last week, when Kate and her friends were in my craft room, playing with distress inks and stencils. They loved it! Kate made a polka dot background with Festive Berries, Mowed Lawn and Peacock Feathers. That colour combination caught my attention and reminded me of Christmas, and this card has been working itself out in my brain ever since. I love that even though I used circles, I get a plaid or argyle feeling from the pattern.

There are 399 (who, me exaggerate?) of these in my recycling bin. Different sized circles, different orders of colours, but mostly with smudges from the acrylic block. The first 'finished' one ended up like this, with a black Stampabilities sentiment:

It looks better in real life, but it's pretty dark. So I went back to the drawing board (pencilling lines to help me position the overlapping circles) and then stamping a Papertrey sentiment with Unicorn White and embossing with White ep. Still not my favourite technique. Maybe I'll try one (hundred) more time, stamping the colours off for a softer effect? I'll let you know.

CASology 110 - Letter

This week's CASology Cue Card is Letter!

Oh, this is a fun one - so many different ways to go!

I chose to focus on one letter. U. I originally thought this would be a love u card, but at the time, Struan was writing thank you notes after his birthday. I figured this design - clean, graphic, black and white would be masculine and fun enough for him. I popped the U up and then matted the white panel up to one corner. I really thought that it would look better in the bottom left corner (and give some balance with the 'thank') but it didn't (in my humble opinion). I offset the inside white panel in the same way. Anyway, this little card has already been sent to a generous relative and has done its job.

And, I want to say a very heartfelt thank you to all of you who left such kind comments on Kate's blog (and mine) - she's quite proud of her chance to be last week's GD and has been telling all her friends! We both really appreciate your kindness and support!

Now it's your turn - how will you interpret letter? Don't forget to stop by the blogs of the other DT members for more inspiration:

Monday, 25 August 2014

CAS-ual Fridays Winner Announced!

At the beginning of the last CAS-ual Fridays challenge (Tic-tac-toe here), Michele announced that there would be a winner drawn from the people who left comments on the blogs of each of the DT members, as well as an overall winner from the challenge itself.

The full announcement of all the winners is here.

The winner from my blog, is Elise C.

Congratulations, Elise - please email Michele at cas-ualfridays@hotmail.com to get your prize code!

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Muse 81/OLS 8

This card has quite a combination of inspiration sources.

First, this week's Muse, by Marion:

Second, the colour palette for OLS8 - Shades of Summer:

and third, this gorgeous, gorgeous card (also inspired by OLS8) by Julia Altermann

Distress Arrow Sentiment-1

I cut a Papertrey daisy out of Post-it notes and laid it on my card. I then taped down a Kelly Purkey stencil, creating a frame. Yes, my friends, I used a stencil. I even enjoyed it! I used Worn Lipstick, Mustard Seed and Mowed Lawn distress inks - I love how they blend to create additional colours! I finished it with a single pink pearl.

There's still time for both these challenges: the deadline for Muse is Monday at 8 am EDT. You can then vote for your favourites until Tuesday morning. Results of the vote will be posted on Tuesday at noon.

OLS runs until Sunday at midnight.

Friday, 22 August 2014

FFC38 - Mid-Challenge Inspiration - Peace

Time for some mid-challenge Festive Friday inspiration! Here's our inspiration:

I admit that I first thought that black and white would be tough for a Christmas card, but in the end, I'm happy with the cards I've made for this challenge and I've been so impressed with the entries so far!

Again, I focused on the colour scheme and used those Tim Holtz trees, along with a 'handwritten' Verve sentiment. It was feeling a little too stark at that point, so I covered the panel in Versamark ink and then embossed it with iridescent ep. This is a quick, easy way to add a lot of sparkle!

I hope you'll get a chance to play along with us, don't forget that the deadline is Wednesday, August 27.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

i {heart} papers GD Post 5/CTS 89 - You!

A quick, CAS post for this week's CAS(E) This Sketch challenge, using some i {heart} paper products in a fun way.

Here's the sketch:

I wanted to create my rectangle using words. It could be tricky to line up all these words if you wanted them perfectly straight and centred. I think it's easiest just to make it look like it wasn't intended to be straight! Plus it adds some movement and fun!

I also tried a fun new mask/sponge technique that I saw on this card by Jasleen. I love that your eye sees the whole frame, even though there are only 4 little bits of it.  The distressed look of the sponging matches the 'old fashioned' feel of the type-writer font, and the frame provides some grounding for the floating words.

Products used:
Winnie&Walter - The Big, the Bold & the Happy
Winnie&Walter - The BIg, the Bold & You
Paper Smooches - Sweet Hearts
Memento Ink - London Fog & Lilac Posies
Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

The Card Concept #17 - Inspired Thanks!

Welcome to the next Card Concept Challenge! This time, we have an inspiration photo:

I chose to focus on one of the pillows. I used a graphic Stampin' Up flower centre and stamped it on the card base and then stamped only half on a die-cut square. I cut several more squares and stacked them up to give some dimension. I finished the card with a Simon Says Stamp sentiment.

Now it's your turn!

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, September 1 at 3 pm EDT.