Saturday, September 20, 2014

Peace & Strength

My card today was inspired by Marion Vagg's gorgeous card at the Muse challenge and uses the colours from the Colour Me… challenge.  I love how Marion's card is dominated by those beautiful flowers.  Isn't the shading on them perfect?  I went the paper piecing route for my flowers.  Nice and simple.  I'm not all that confident in my shading skills.  I'm hoping the upcoming Copic class with help to remedy that and I can try and be a bit more brave.  :) 

I'm working this morning and the afternoon will probably include some house cleaning and swimming Attiucs.  What are you up to this weekend?
Supplies Used
Cardstock:  (White) Bazzill, (Blushing Bride, So Saffron, Pool Party) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (Flowers from Magnolias for Her, Sentiment from Ori Kami) Altenew
Inks:  (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko
Gems:  Recollections
Glitter:  (Black Diamond Stickles) Ranger

Friday, September 19, 2014

Holiday Cheer

A Christmas card!  Yes!  I finally got around to making one thanks to the inspiration at The Challenge.  I know that nothing about the sketch or colours is particularly Christmasy but somehow it sent me off in that direction so I went with it.  Thank goodness.  The first Christmas card is always the hardest for me.  Once that one's out of the way I can really start cranking them out.  And maybe next year I'll actually join in with one of those weekly Christmas challenges.  I look at them dutifully every week and then proceed to ignore them. Perhaps next year will be different…

Supplies Used
Cardstock:  (Real Red, Bermuda Bay, Crumb Cake) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (All from Holiday Cheer) Papertrey Ink
Inks:  (VersaMark, VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko, (Crumb Cake) Stampin' Up
Dies:  (Holiday Cheer Trees, Double Ended Banners) Papertrey Ink, (Nesties Standard Circles Large) Spellbinders
Gems:  (Ladybug assortment) Doodlebug

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Bundle of Joy

Hi there!  I'm popping in today to play along with three challenges.  My card uses the sketch from Wanna Sketch?, the colours from The Colour Throwdown and it uses a tag so is eligible for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.  This came together pretty quickly as it's basically just layered die cuts.  I thought the only stamping would be the sentiment but then I decided the card base needed a little something else so I stamped the polka dots in watermark ink.  Subtle but enough to add some interest.  Hope you all have a fabulous day!   

Supplies Used
Cardstock:  (Rustic Cream) Papertrey Ink, (Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Coastal Cabana, SMokey Slate) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (Polka dots Basics III) Papertrey Ink, (Sentiment from You Said It) Fresh Squeezed Stamps
Inks:  (VersaMark, VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko
Dies:  (Beautiful Blooms II #1, Tag Sale #3) Papertrey Ink, (Small bow) Lil' Inker Designs
Button:  Basic Grey

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Celebrate With Cake

Hi there!  I'm going way out of my CAS comfort zone with today's layered card.  I was inspired by both the pink in the photo and the sketch over at the Fusion challenge.  I'm joining the Seize the Birthday Sweet Treats challenge thanks to my sweet little cupcake.  The patterned paper allows me to play along with the current Virginia's View challenge.  And finally, because almost everything on this card is Never Before Used Schtuff I'm joining Darnell's 2nd NBUS challenge.  This particular Avery Elle sentiment was the whole reason I bought the set but, of course, hadn't used it yet.  The October Afternoon paper pad had to be dusted off before I cracked it open and The Craft's Meow cupcake is seeing ink for the first time.  I love how the flowers on the paper almost match the flower on the cupcake.  So perfect!

Supplies Used
Cardstock:  (White) Bazzill, (Daffodil Delight) Stampin' Up
Patterned PAper:  (Farm Girl 8x8) October Afternoon
Stamps:  (Cupcake & swirl from Sweet Birthday) The Craft's Meow, (Sentiment from Cake & Candles) Avery Elle
Inks:  (VersaMark, VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko, (Red Royal) Hero Arts
Die:  (Nesties Classic Scalloped Squares Large) Spellbinders
Markers:  (R17, R20, R29, YG95) Copic

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

CASology #113

Welcome to Week 113 of CASology!  Take a look at the cue word for this week:

I had a ball looking through all of your "Three" creations last week - so much gorgeousness!  This week's cue word is a little tougher.  I should know because it took me ages to come up with an idea!  In the end I went with sea grass and while I'm pretty happy with the final result this card went through a LOT of changes before I got here.  I was actually considering giving up and calling in sick on this one before things finally came together.  Now it's time for you to check out the amazing designs from the rest of the design team and then get crafting! 

Gillian Ross (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:  (White) Bazzill, (Soft Sky, Basic Black) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (Sea grass from Under the Sea) Sweet Stamp Shop, (Fish & fantastic from Briny Blue, You're from Surf & Turf) Paper Smooches
Ink:  (Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay) Stampin' Up, (Forever Green) Hero Arts
Marker:  (Stampin' Write Always Artichoke) Stampin' Up
Dis:  (Stitched Circles) Lil' Inker Designs

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Retro Runway

Hi there!  I've got a card for two challenges today - RetroSketches and Runway Inspired.  I love the simplicity and versatility of this sketch and I have a feeling I'll be using it again.  I took my colours and patterns from the Runway outfit.  I love how the bright flowers pop against the black and white suit.  I used my PTI houndstooth stamp for the first time and was surprised at how easy it was to line up.  I had avoided using it for ages because I didn't think I'd be able to make it look seamless.  Guess I should have tried sooner instead of letting it collect dust.  And speaking of dusty things, that's a velvet brad in the middle of the flower which I'm sure has been in the Craft Cave for at least 7 years! Whoop whoop for using stash!

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Bazzill, (Concord Crush, Basic Black) Stampin' Up
Patterned Paper:  (Lakeside 6x6) Pebbles
Stamps:  (Background Basics: Houndstooth) Papertrey Ink, (Sentiment from Cake & Candles) Avery Elle
Ink:  (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko, (Bermuda Bay) Stampin' Up
Dies:  (Big Bloom) Paper Smooches
Brad:  Crate Paper 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Thankful Fall Flower

Hi there!  I'm popping in with another two for one challenge post.  I'm playing along with the inspiration picture at Curtain Call and with the Happy Fall, Y'all challenge at The Paper Players.  We don't have leaves changing colour here and it doesn't feel particularly fall like just yet but I was inspired by all the gorgeous reds and oranges and yellows in both the photos.  I dusted off an unused WPlus9 die and created a fall coloured flower. I cut some extra "petals" to use for leaves and added a thankful sentiment which seemed appropriate for a fall card.  That's it for me now.  Hope you all have a wonderful day!

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Bazzill, (Riding Hood Red, Cherry Cobbler, Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (Sentiment from Calm & Gentle) Cas-ual Fridays 
Ink:  (VersaMark) Tsukineko
Embossing Powder:  (Super Fine Opaque Bright White) Wow
Dis:  (Quilt Cuts 1) WPlus9
Gems:  Recollections