Tuesday, April 14, 2015

CASology #142


Welcome to Week 142 of CASology!  Take a look at the cue word for this week:



Please forgive the short post today but some unexpected chicken drama at work caused me to get home far later than expected and I am knackered now!

I broke out an old, retired Sweet Stamp Shop set and some even older Basic Grey papers for this week's card.  I did some quick and simple paper piecing and then cut together a sentiment using Lawn Fawn and Avery Elle stamps.  Super simple!  

Be sure to check out the amazing creations from the rest of the design team and then play along with us!




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, (Crumb Cake) Stampin' Up
Patterned Paper:  (Obscure collection) Basic Grey
Stamps:  (Ice cream from Cool Scoop) Sweet Stamp Shop, ('Have a' from Critters of the Sea, 'birthday' from Critters Down Under) Lawn Fawn, (Sweet from Oh Yeah) Avery Elle
Inks:  (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko, (Regal Rose) Stampin' Up
Gems:  Recollections

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

CASology #141


Welcome to Week 141 of CASology!  Take a look at the cue word for this week:


Before you read any further be sure to pop over to the CASology blog for some super news about one of our fabulous design team members.  Go on… I'll wait!

Now that you're back, I thought I'd take you on a little journey through my creative process this week.  When I saw the cue word I immediately thought of some newsprint Thickers I had and figured I could incorporate "news" both in the sentiment and in the pattern on the stickers.  So here's how the first card looked:


Since the sentiment was going to be the only "image" on the card I went for a bright card base.  However, when it was done I thought, "Meh, it needs a little something else."  I pondered how to make the sentiment pop a bit more and came up with this second card:


Better, but the sentiment wasn't popping enough and it just didn't seem quite right.  I left it overnight and was pondering it today when suddenly the lightbulb went off - the red Bam Bubble on the yellow background is very comic book-esque and comic book heroes aren't great they're super!  "Super news!" would be a more fitting sentiment for the design and because I had the news in the sentiment I really didn't need the newsprint letter stickers.  I dug around in my sticker stash and came across these puffy foam letters which really had a comic book feel to them and Wham - the design was complete!  Third time's the charm!


Sometimes when an idea isn't working it's worth walking away for a while and letting it sit.  You never know when inspiration will strike.  And now it's time for you guys to inspire us once again with your brilliant creations.  Check out the gorgeous designs from the CASology team and then get to work!




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:  (Real Red, Daffodil Delight) Stampin' Up
Die:  (Bam Bubbles) Paper Smooches
Stickers:  (Daydream Thickers) American Crafts

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

CASology #140


Welcome to Week 140 of CASology!  Take a look at the cue word for this week:



Despite the way the weather is behaving in some places it is now officially spring in the northern hemisphere.  Spring makes me think of Easter and Good Friday and here in Bermuda Good Friday means kite flying, codfish cakes and hot cross buns!  In that regard, this new Paper Smooches sentiment works perfectly for me with this older PS kite image.  I did some simple paper piecing and let the kite string lead the eye to the bright coloured sentiment.  

Your turn now!  Check out the gorgeous creations from the rest of the design team and then get craftin'!




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).

 I'm also going to enter this card in a few other challenges:







Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Bazzill
Patterned Paper:  (Pink, teal & grey from 5th & Frolic 6x6) American Crafts, (Yellow from Basics) Pebbes
Stamps:  (Kite & clouds from Cut Loose, Sentiment from Luminous Spring) Paper Smooches
Inks: (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko, (Coastal Cabana) Stampin' Up

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

CASology #139


Welcome to Week 139 of CASology!  Take a look at the cue word for this week:


You bowled us over last week with all your gorgeous blossoms and made it really tough to pick a winner.  This week's cue word is a little bit trickier but I'm excited to see what everyone comes up with.  I used some NBUS Paper Smooches stamps and paper pieced my shoes with some Studio Calico scraps.  Simple but fun and sassy!  And now it's your turn. Check out the gorgeous designs by the rest of 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).

Since I've used some NBUS I'm going to link up to Darnell's latest NBUS challenge!


Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Bazzill
Patterned Paper:  (Atlantic 6x6) Studio Calico
Stamps:  (All from Retail Therapy) Paper Smooches
Inks: (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko, (Regal Rose) Stampin' Up
Gems:  Recollections  

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Four for Sunday


Another weekend is coming to a close without any more painting getting done. Luis and I are slowly working through the interior of the house and I mean SLOWLY!  LOL!  We had planned to paint the next room (we've only done 2 out of 7 so far) and put up some new bookshelves.  However, it was pouring all day on Saturday and after running around doing errands in the morning we arrived home damp and cold and not in the mood to do any work.  So instead we set up the sofa nest and watched more of Sons of Anarchy (only the last half of Season 6 to go!).  Today we swam Atticus and then Luis stained the wood for the shelves and I worked on cards.  We'll paint next week.  Maybe…

Anyway on to the cards!  I have 4 to share with you for 4 challenges.  First up is the card above which is based on the Freshly Made Sketches design.  I tried some watercoouring with Distress Inks here.  I'm pretty pleased with it for a first try and am actually looking forward to playing around a bit more with this technique.

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Ranger, (Sahara Sand) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (Flower & leaves from Freestyle Florals, Sentiment from Lovely Mums) Mama Elephant
Inks: (VersaMark, VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko, (Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters, Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey) Ranger
Embossing Powder:  (Opaque Bright White Super Fine) Wow
Washi Tape - Crafty Basics
Gems:  Recollections



Next up is a card for the Muse challenge.  I love Marion's bright and cheery design!  I think my inspiration is pretty obvious.  the main difference is that I used dies to create my little scene instead of stamps and ink.  I also used stripes on my yellow background instead of spatter.








Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Bazzill, (Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Bashful Blue, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (Stripe from Background Basics: Super Stripes) Papertrey Ink, (Sentimetn from Home Sweet Home) Avery Elle
Inks: (VersaMark, VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko
Dies:  (Stitched Polaroid) Lil' Inker Designs, (Bird, house & leaves from Folk Art Florals) WPlus9



Now for a colour challenge from The Colour Throwdown.  I had never heard of Vera Bradley before a friend mentioned it to me in passing in late 2013.  Then just a few weeks later I was in Boston and stumbled upon a whole Vera Bradley store!  Funny how that works…  Anyway I've never been much of a pattern person but I thought a lot of the stuff in there was really bright and fun. As is this card I guess.  My pink is a lot darker than the one in the photo but it's there in the string and the stars.  





Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Bazzill, (Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango, Night of Navy) Stampin' Up
Dies:  (Birthday tag) Neat & Tangled, (Balloons & string) Lil' Inker Designs



My final card is for the Colour Me… challenge and uses these new (to me) Paper Smooches glasses dies.  Actually I've done pretty well with the NBUS overall in this post as every card has at least one NBUS item on it!  (Takes away a bit of the guilt from making a few orders recently…).  That's it for me tonight.  Not sure if I'll have anything new tomorrow as I'm working on a few special orders including 20 receptionist themed Easter cards!!!  I don't ask, I just make 'em.  :)  Have a lovely evening!  





Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Bazzill, (So Saffron, Marina Mist, Sahara Sand) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (Ampersand from CL567) Hero Arts, (Sentiment from Big & Bold Wishes) Papertrey Ink
Inks: (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko
Dies:  (Glasses) Paper Smooches
Gems:  Recollections

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

CASology #138


Welcome to Week 138 of CASology!  Take a look a the cue word for this week:


Sometimes the simplest words give me the most trouble when it comes to this challenge.  You would think that blossom would be a snap because I have a million flower stamps but that's precisely the problem - way too much choice!  I finally managed to narrow down the selection and decided to use this NBUS Hero Arts flower.  I inked it up with Stampin' Write markers and then spritzed it with water before stamping it.  After I'd added the sentiment I felt like it needed a little something extra so I added the twine bow.  It gives the card some dimension and texture and also tiny bow just make me smile.  :)  And now it's your turn to make up smile with what I'm sure will be a gorgeous gallery of blossoming beauties!




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).

I'm also going to enter this card into the Paper Players CAS floral challenge.



Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Bazzill
Stamps:  (Flower from CL548) Hero Arts, (Sentiment from Botanical Silhouettes) Papertrey Ink
Inks: (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko
Markers:  (Strawberry Slush, Wild Wasabi) Stampin' Up
Twine:  Darice

Monday, March 16, 2015

Cupcakes & Dinosaurs


Monday morning is upon us again already.  *Sigh*  Why do the weekends always go by at warp speed?  Ah well, it was a good weekend even if it was too quick.  I have two cards for several challenges to share with you today so lets get right to it!  

First up is a card inspired by the photo over at Addicted to Stamps. All those bright colours and the yummy cupcakes in the upper right corner led me to this bright and cheery birthday card.  The pattern in the background was created with tinted embossing paste and a Crafter's Workshop stencil.  I'm also playing along again with the Little Tangles Anything Goes challenge.


Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Bazzill
Patterned Paper:  (My Girl 6x6) American Crafts
Stamps:  (Cupcake & sentiment from Sketchy Cupcakes) Neat & Tangled
Inks: (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko, (Rose Red) Stampin' Up
Stencil:  (Mini Well Rounded) The Crafter's Workshop
Embossing Paste:  Wendy Vecchi
Gems:  Recollections




Next up is a card for three challenges.  I used the Colour Me colours and kept the design really CAS so am joining in with AAA Cards' Bare Naked CAS challenge.  All the stamps are from Paper Smooches so I'll also be entering it in the PS Sparks Anything Goes challenge.  I masked and inked the background with various Distress Inks, paper pieced Mr. Dinosaur and then popped him up on foam tape.  I finished it off by curving the sentiment and adding a few gems.  Have a lovely day and I'll see you tomorrow!


  

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Bazzill, (Pear Pizzazz, Garden Green) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (All from Cutasaurus) Paper Smooches
Inks: (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko, (Shabby Shutters, Old Paper, Vintage Photo & Pumice Stone Distress Inks) Ranger
Dies:  (Nesties Standard Circles Large) Spellbinders
Gems:  Recollections