Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Brighter Days

Boy did I struggle with photographing this card today.  I could not get a good result using my little light tent and even after playing with it in Photoshop I still couldn't get it to look right - it was very lilac!  I finally broke down and took a picture in my kitchen.  Despite the photo issues I had fun putting it together and I'm going to enter it in the current CAS(E) This Sketch challenge.  I managed to mix and match dies from 4 different companies and used a fifth for the sentiment.  I love it when crafty goodies play so nicely together!  :)    

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (Pumpkin Pie, Hello Honey, Soft Sky, Smokey Slate, Basic Grey) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (Sentiment from The Birds & The Bees) WPlus9
Ink: (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko
Dies:  (Small & large suns) Lil' Inker Designs, (Cloud base) Mama Elephant, (Small cloud) Paper Smooches, (Large cloud) Papertrey Ink
Gems:  Recollections

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

CASology #131

Welcome to Week 131 of CASology!  Take a look at the cue word for this week:

I can't believe we haven't used this cue word before but apparently we haven't and I'm fully expecting to be slammed by amazing entries for this week's challenge.  You can never have too many birthday cards right?  Check out the gorgeous gallery from the design team and then play along!  

And this week's guest designer:

Link your creations to the CASology blog and remember that the deadline for entries is Monday at noon (CST).

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Bazzill, (Strawberry Slush) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (Sentiment from Bold Wishes) CAS-ual Fridays
Ink: (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko
Die:  (Balloon) Simon Says Stamp
Twine:  (Charcoal) The Twinery

Monday, January 26, 2015

Balloons and Bread

Good evening!  I have a couple of cards to share today.  The first card is a last minute entry for the current Fusion challenge and also for the shades of blue challenge at The Male Room.  I was inspired by both the photo and the sketch at the Fusion challenge.  I used two different blue woodgrain papers for the balloons to keep the feel of the card masculine for The Male Room.  

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Bazzill, (Midnight Muse) Stampin' Up
Patterned Paper:  (On The Bright Side) My Mind's Eye
Stamps:  (Happy from Super Script) Altenew
Inks:  (VersaMark) Tsukineko
Embossing Powder:  (Opaque Bright White Super Fine) Wow
Dies:  (Balloons) Simon Says Stamp, (Birthday) Papertrey Ink
Twine:  Darice

My second card uses the colours from the current ColourQ challenge and the sketch from RetroSketches. Valentine's Day is fast approaching and this (retired) Sweet Stamp Shop set is one of my favourites for the occasion.  It's gotten progressively colder, windier and rainier as the day has gone by which means the snow and nasty weather on the East Coast must be ramping up as well.  Hang in there and stay safe and warm!     

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Bazzill, (Kraft_) Papertrey Ink), (Coastal Cabana, Chocolate Chip) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (All from Perfect Match) Sweet Stamp Shop
Inks:  (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko, (Strawberry Slush) Stampin' Up
Dies:  (Stitched Squares) Lil' Inker
Gems:  (Bon Bon assortment) Doodlebug
Markers:  (R85, E35, E77) Copic

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Patterns of Love

Hello hello!  It's a breezy, chilly day here - perfect for some crafty time!  I've got a card for five challenges today:  Just Us Girls (photo inspiration),  Addicted to Stamps (holiday challenge), Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge (Have a Heart), The Card Concept (Love) and Time Out (Valentine's Day w/ optional twist of hearts).  

I die cut these Avery Elle shapes from Echo Park paper and inlaid the hearts into the rounded diamonds.  Then I added an Avery Elle sentiment and some tiny gems.  It's  a super simple CAS design - my favourite!  Hope you've all had a lovely weekend.  See you tomorrow!

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Bazzill
Patterned Paper:  (Love Story 6x6) Echo Park
Stamps:  (Sentiment from Oh Yeah) Avery Elle
Inks:  (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko
Dies:  (Heart from Icon Fill in the Blanks, Rounded Diamonds) Avery Elle
Gems:  Recollections

Friday, January 23, 2015

Challenge Balloons

Hi there!  I have a card for the latest edition of The Challenge.  I started out by using the colours and the sketch but then I mounted my balloon strip on a black card base so I guess that knocks me out of the colour portion of the challenge.  :)  I do love red, teal and yellow together though so I may give this another try.  Hope you all have a lovely weekend!  

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Bazzill, (Basic Black) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (All from Birthday Style) Papertrey Ink
Inks:  (VersaMark, VersaFine Tuxedo Black) Tsukineko, (Red Royal, Butter Bar, Tide Pool) Hero Arts
Embossing Powder:  (Opaque Bright White Super Fine) Wow

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Birthday Bubbles

Hi there!  I'm popping in today with a card for two challenges - CAS(E) This Sketch and Seize the Birthday (no toppings).  I played around with a rainbow of Hero Arts inks and the Happy bubble from Neat & Tangled.  I also added a Birthday sentiment from Altenew.  

That's it for me.  Hope you have a lovely day!

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Bazzill
Stamps:  (Happy from Everyday Circles) Neat & Tangled, (Birthday from Label Love) Altenew
Inks:  (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko, (Pale Tomato, Orange Soda, Butter Bar, Green Hills, Pool, Stone Wash, Grape Juice) Hero Arts

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

CASology #130

Welcome to Week 130 of CASology!  Take a look at the cue word for this week:

I love this Mama Elephant sentiment.  In fact, I think I bought this stamp set purely because of it but have I used it yet?  Of course not.  So I was thrilled to see this week's cue word because it gave me the perfect opportunity to ink it up (as well as another chance to enter Darnell's NBUS challenge!).

I knew I wanted to pair two little critters with the sentiment but it took a lot of flipping through bins of stamps before I finally landed on these Lawn Fawn birdies (also NBUS).  The idea of these two little guys as gangstas totally cracks me up!  I bet they could be badass if they needed to be…

Anyway, now it's your turn to show us how the word friend inspires you.  Hop on over to the CASology page to check out the brilliant inspiration from the Design Team gals and then play along!

May Sukyong Park (on a break)

And this week's guest designer:

Link your creations to the CASology blog and remember that the deadline for entries is Monday at noon (CST).

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (Tangelo Twist, Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (Birds from Home Sweet Home) Lawn Fawn, (Sentiment from Good Times) Mama Elephant
Ink:(VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko