Saturday, April 19, 2014

Elephant Wish

Hi there!  A quick post for a quick card.  I used the colours from the ColourQ challenge and the theme of masculine birthday cards from Time Out Challenges.  This colour palette is actually pretty good for masculine cards I think.  I broke out some NBUS in the form of these The Craft's Meow stamps and did some simple colour blocking.  I'm thinking now that perhaps it could use a scattering of black gems on it but I'll have to save that for next time! Hope you're all having a lovely weekend!

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Bazzill, (Peach Parfait, So Saffron, Baja Breeze, Basic Grey) Stmapin' Up
Stamps:  (All from Birthday Puns Solid) The Craft's Meow
Inks:  (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko, (Basic Grey) Stampin' Up

Friday, April 18, 2014

Congrats Banners

It's Good Friday and it's a public holiday today!   A day of kite flying and eating hot cross buns and codfish cakes.  Yummers!  We're heading to the beach with some friends but before I go I wanted to share a card for the RetroSketches and Paper Smooches Sparks challenges.  The strings of banners in the photo made me think of the lines on the sketch so I thought these challenges would go together nicely.  Love when that happens!  Hope you all have a fabulous day!

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Bazzill
Stamps:  (Sentiment from Simply Said, Flags from Hang Ups) Paper Smooches, (Line from Faux Ribbon) Papertrey Ink
Inks:  (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko, (Bubble Gum, Orange Soda, Butter Bar, Tide Pool) Hero Arts
Twine:  (Mandarin, Lemondrop, Caribbean) The Twinery
Gems:  Recollections

Thursday, April 17, 2014

CAS(E) This Sketch #73

Welcome to Week 73 of CAS(E) This Sketch!  This week we have an exciting twist on our sketch challenge. We've teamed up with the gals over at Runway Inspired Challenge so as well as the sketch we have a fabulous fashion photo for inspiration!

I really really struggled with this challenge.  Between the sketch and the photo there are a lot of different elements going on.  How was I going to keep my design CAS?  (This IS the CAS Case This Sketch challenge after all).  I'm not sure I entirely succeeded in my efforts but in the end I ran out of time and had to go with what I had.  I took a very liberal approach to the sketch.  The white panel on my card represents the sketch which I turned 90 degrees to the left.  The sentiment represents the dark half circle on the bottom and the flowers are… well, the flowers!  Then I "framed" the sketch on Island Indigo cardstock.  The colours were pulled from the model's shirt.  I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone else's take on this challenge.  I know there will be lots of, "Why didn't I think of that?" moments but that's what I love about this bloggie world of ours - so much talent and inspiration!  

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White Watercolour) Mead, (Island Indigo) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (Flowers from Water Blooms) Mama Elephant, (Sentiment from Think Big Favourites #12) Papertrey Ink
Inks:  (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko
Markers:  (Stampin' Write Calypso Coral, Summr Starfruit, Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo) Stampin' Up
Gems:  Recollections

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Friendly Flower

Hi there!  Life's been a tad busy lately so today was the first time I've gotten into the Craft Cave in a week.  I never quite realize how much I've missed it until I walk in there and get hit with that wonderful paper smell.  I love it!  (Yes, I am a big dork!).  Anyway this card is for the Paper Players colour challenge.  I pulled out some SNALTED (Severely Neglected And Left To Die) products - Papertrey's Polka Dot Basics II and some Flower Fusion sets.  It felt good to give some love to some old stamps especially when there will be new goodies arriving with my brother when he visits next week.  I went on a bit of a shopping bender but a controlled bender… well, controlled for me anyway.  I figure it's allowed since I'm saving money on shipping.  :)

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Bazzill, (Always Avocado, Coastal Cabana) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (Flower from Flower Fusion 1, Stem from Flower Fusion 8, Sentimnet from Flower Fusion 11, Polka Dot Basics II) Papertrey Ink
Inks:  (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko, (Calypso Coral, Always Artichoke) Stampin' Up, (Fresh Snow) Papertrey Ink
Die:  (Notebook Basic) Paper Smooches, (Fresh Cut Grass) My Favourite Things
Gem:  Recollections

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

CASology #91

Welcome to Week 91 of CASology!  Take a look at this week's cue word:

This week's sponsor is Sweet Stamp Shop.  If you've never seen their stamps then you're missing out big time. They have some super quirky and unique designs - totally up my alley!  The stamps I used for today's card are from the Kiss Me set.  I decided to make a little love note to be passed along to someone special.  Just hope it doesn't get intercepted by the wrong person…  Yikes!

And now it's your turn show us how "Note" inspires you.  Check out the fabulous designs from the rest of the DT 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).

You may notice that Maureen's name is no longer on the DT list.  Sadly she has decided to step down from the team.  :(  I'll miss seeing her fabulous creations each week at CASology but she's got amazing things going on over at her place and I can't wait to see all the new goodness she has coming up!  

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Bazzill, (Kraft) Papertrey Ink, (Real Red) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (All from Kiss Me) Sweet Stamp Shop
Inks:  (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko, (Pale Tomato) Hero Arts
Die:  (Notebook Basic) Paper Smooches

Friday, April 11, 2014

Jumping on the Bandwagon

Okay, so I know I'm waaaaay late for this bandwagon but I have never been very good at keeping up with trends.  And even when I do get my hands on trendy products it takes me ages to get around to using them.  Take the stencil and spray mists that I used here - I had to wipe the dust off of both of them before I started!  Ah well, better late than never.  And you know what? I just might try this again.  It was pretty fun and I'm pleased with the final result.  So pleased in fact that I'm going to enter it into the Virginia's View stencil challenge and the Moxie Fab stencil challenge.  Yee haw!  Now off to dust off some more stencils…

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (Smokey Slate, Basic Grey) Stampin' Up
Specialty Paper:  (Watercolour paper) Mead
Stamps:  (Sentiment from Always Here) Skipping Stones Designs
Inks:  (VersaFine Onyx Black), Tsukineko
Die:  (Tilted Banners) Simon Says Stamp
Die Cuts:  (Paper Revelie Noir Butterflies) Making Memories
Stencil:  (Circle Graph Mask) Studio Calico
Mists:  (Mister Huey Boss Lady) Studio Calico, (Perfect Pearl Mist) Ranger
Gems:  (Cupcake assortment) Doodlebug

Thursday, April 10, 2014

CAS(E) This Sketch #72

Welcome to Week 72 of CAS(E) This Sketch!  Take a look at this week's sketch by Julie Day:

My initial thought for this sketch was quite similar to Donna's so I decided to go back to the drawing board and ponder the design a little further.  And, just as I was dropping off to sleep the other night, it came to me - a Rubik's Cube!!  (Does that ever happen to you?  I keep a notebook on my bedside table now because I seem to get a lot of ideas as I'm drifting off to sleep.  Good for card ideas but not good for my beauty sleep!)  Anyway, I thought the WPlus9 sentiment would compliment the Rubik's Cube perfectly and hopefully it will go to an appreciative child of the 80s!  :)  I can't wait to see where this sketch takes your creative minds so break out the crafty supplies and get to work!

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Bazzill, (Real Red, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Pacific Point, Basic Black) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (Sentiment from So 80s) Wplus9
Inks:  (Real Red, Basic Grey) Stampin' Up
Punch:  (3/4" square) EK Success