Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Oxide Smoosh

Today's card is for the Addicted to Stamps and More Anything Goes challenge.  I was looking back through my blog and was reminded of an ink smooshing/watercolour technique that I learned from Jennifer McGuire.  It's been a while since I did it and I wanted to try it again so I went digging for some large flower images.  I found this old The Craft's Meow set and thought it would be perfect for it.  I tried the technique with regular Distress Inks and Oxide Inks.  They come out quite differently but I like the richness of the Oxide inks on this one.  It's so pretty that I wanted it to take center stage so I simply added an MFT sentiment and a couple of gems and left it at that.

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Papertrey Ink, (Basic Black) Stampin' Up, (Watercolour) Ranger
Stamps:  (Flower & leaves from Beautiful Spring) The Craft's Meow, (Sentiment from Geometric Greenery) My Favorite Things
Inks:  (VersaMark) Tsukineko, (Abandoned Coral, Fossilised Amber, Twisted Citron, Lucky Clover Oxide Inks) Ranger
Embossing Powder:  (Opaque Bright White Super Fine) Wow
Gems:  Recollections

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

CASology #369

Welcome to Week 369 of CASology!  Take a look at the cue word for this week:

I went for an immature and cheeky (pun totally intended!) take on the cue word this week.  I can only imagine that unicorn farts (or "the wind passed by unicorns" as some might say) would probably actually be very pleasant and would smell like cotton candy or bubblegum.  What do you think?

Looking forward to seeing what direction the cue word takes you.  Check out the gorgeousness from the rest of the design team then play along!

Link your creations to the CASology blog by Monday, 8 June (CDT).

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Papertrey Ink, (Bashful Blue, Basic Black) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (Unicorn & rainbow from Unicorns 'N Rainbows, Sentiment from Pure Magic) Essentials by Ellen
Inks:  (VersaMark, Memento Tuxedo Black) Tsukineko
Embossing Powder:  (Opaque Bright White Super Fine) Wow
Markers:  (RV000, YR00, Y00, G00, B00, BV31, C7) Copic

Monday, May 25, 2020

Twofer Flowers

Aaaargh!!!  I just realised I've missed the deadline for the Twofer challenge!!!  
This time the prompt was flowers and I'm so excited about what I came up with but I came up with them a day late.


Oh well.  I'm going to share them anyway.

I chose a flower from Altenew's simple flower set.  I started by making a thank you card with a simple bunch of flowers.  Then I was looking at the swirl on the flower and it made me think of the snail card I made for a recent CASology challenge.  So I took the body of a snail from an Essentials by Ellen set and then used the flower to make him a different shell!   Pretty neat huh?  Finally I added a Lil' Inkers Designs sentiment to make it into an encouragement card.

Supplies Used:

Thank You Card
Cardstock:  (White) Papertrey Ink, (Basic Black) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (Flowers & leaves from Simple Flowers) Altenew, (Sentiment from Salutations) Paper Smooches
Inks:  (VersaMark) Tsukineko, (Tiki Torch, Tiara, Lime Rickey) Catherine Pooler
Embossing Powder:  (Opaque Bright White Super Fine) Wow
Other:  (Nuvo English Mustard Crystal Drops) Tonic

Encouragement Card
Cardstock:  (White) Papertrey Ink, (Old Olive, Crumb Cake) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (Flower from Simple Flowers) Altenew, (Snail from Snailed It) Essentials by Ellen, (Sentiment from Snailed It) Lil' Inker Designs
Inks:  (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko, (Pale Tomato, Fresh Peach, Cop o' Joe, Wet Cement) Hero Arts
Other:  (Nuvo English Mustard Crystal Drops) Tonic

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Scoops of Birthdays and Thanks

I was having trouble getting my mojo going the other day so I assigned numbers to my stamps, used a random number generator to pull up a number and then had to make a card with the corresponding stamp set.  This Reverse Confetti set was the first one to come up so I made a birthday card for the RC Stock Your Stash challenge.  Super simple with some of my favorite colours of cardstock.  Since I had the set out I also made a thank you card - same layout but with a bit more going on in the background.
The number thing really worked to get me going.  Sometimes I feel overwhelmed with choice when I'm looking at my supplies and don't know where to start so taking the choice out of my hands really helped.

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Papertrey Ink, (Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Coastal Cabana, Crumb Cake) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (Sentiments from Love & Ice Cream) Reverse Confetti
Inks:  (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko, (Granite Grey) My Favourite Things
Other:  (Nuvo Caribbean Ocean Crystal Drops) Tonic

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Seashell Thoughts

Today's card is for the Addicted to Stamps (photo inspiration) and AAA Cards (up to 1/3) challenges.  The photos from ATS are so gorgeous and sent me straight to an older stamp set from Avery Elle which has such pretty ocean inspired images.  AAA also had the option of using a repeated image which I originally planned to do but then I couldn't decided which image I wanted to use so I scrapped the repetition idea and used them all.  

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Papertrey Ink
Stamps:  (All from The Reef) Avery Elle
Inks:  (VersaMark) Tsukineko, (Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet Distress Inks) Ranger
Embossing Powder:  (Opaque Bright White Super Fine) Wow
Other:  (Nuvo Violet Galaxy Crystal Drops) Tonic

Friday, May 22, 2020

You're Worth It

Today's card is for the Freshly Made Sketches and Colour Throwdown challenges.  I knew I wanted to use this My Mind's Eye paper for the CTD challenge so then I just had to decide what to use it with.  This Memory Box bird has been sitting on my desk for ages (along with a bunch of his friends in every colour of the rainbow) so I put him to work with an encouragement sentiment and am pleased with the result!

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Papertrey Ink, (Daffodil Delight, Basic Grey) Stampin' Up
Patterned Paper:  (Breeze 6x6) My Mind's Eye
Stamps:  (Sentiment from Labeled Messages) Mama Elephant
Inks:  (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko
Dies:  (Meadow Bird) Memory Box, (Stitched rectangle) Lil' Inker Designs
Other:  (Nuvo Ebony Black Crystal Drops) Tonic

Thursday, May 21, 2020


I've got another caffeinated critter from The Rabbit Hole Designs to share today.  This grouchy T-Rex is for the Paper Players' CAS Men in Mind challenge.
This is Luis without his caffeine.  I swear his blood is 50% espresso.  He has at least two espressos before he leaves the house in the morning and then has regular coffee as soon as he arrives at work.  When he's home he has an espresso after lunch.  He also has an espresso after dinner and somehow can then fall straight asleep!  

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White, Kraft) Papertrey Ink, (Not Quite Navy) Stampin' Up
Patterned Paper:  (Loyal 6x6) Authentique
Stamps:  (All from Caffeinated Dinosaur) The Rabbit Hole Designs
Inks:  (VersaMark, Memento Tuxedo Black) Tsukineko
Embossing Powder:  (Opaque Bright White Super Fine) Wow
Markers:  (YG03, YG11, YG67, B97, E35, W3) Copic
Other:  (Nuvo Bottle Green Crystal Drops) Tonic