Tuesday, August 20, 2019

CASology #350


Welcome to Week 350 of CASology!  Take a look at the cue word for this week:



This adorable little Neat & Tangled ocean background has been sitting around unused for far too long so I was thrilled to have the perfect opportunity to put it to use this week!  The Simon Says Stamp whale is a match made in heaven for it and the Reverse Confetti sentiment rounds out the design beautifully.

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!



This week's guest designer:

Amy C

This week's sponsor:

Stamplorations


Link your creations to the CASology blog by Monday, 2 September (CDT).


Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Papertrey Ink, (Textured White) Bazzill, (Bashful Blue, Tempting Turquoise, Basic Black) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (Whale from Encouraging Animals) Simon Says Stamp, (Sentiment from Seaside) Reverse Confetti
Inks:  (VersaFine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black) Tsukineko
Die:  (Makin Waves) Neat & Tangled
Markers:  (R32, BG01, B00, C1, C3) Copic
Other:  (Nuvo Caibbean OceanCrystal Drops) Tonic

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

CASology #349



Welcome to Week 349 of CASology!  Take a look at the cue word for this week:



This past weekend was a long holiday one for us and we had a bbq with friends down at our dock.  It was a lovely afternoon/evening of swimming, good company and, of course, plenty of burgers and hot dogs for the grill!

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, 19 August (CDT).


Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Papertrey Ink, (Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (Hot dogs from Alfresco) Paper Smooches, (Hot diggity from Exclamations) Was-usal Fridays, (Its your from Say What) Mama Elephant
Inks:  (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko
Other:  (Nuvo English Mustard Crystal Drops) Tonic

Monday, August 5, 2019

Oh Nuts...


Why is it that when I need to make a special card for someone I freeze up and instead have all sorts of ideas for designs that have nothing to do with the business at hand?  And why do so many of them seem to be slightly inappropriate?  Today I finally gave up on the card I sat down to make and instead followed through with the silliness that popped into my head.  And you know what?  As soon as this was done the other card cooperated and practically made itself.  Clearly sometimes I need to just relax, go where my crazy brain takes me and trust that I'll end up in the right place at the end.

I'm going to play along with three challenges:  



(Cat or perhaps cojones!)






Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Papertrey Ink, (Cucumber Crush, Basic Black) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (Cat) Katzelkraft, (Sentiment from Whoops) Lil' Inker Designs
Inks:  (VersaFine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black) Tsukineko
Dies:  (Stitched circle) Heffy Doodle, (Inline Alpha) Altenew
Markers:  (YR04, Y38, C1) Copic
Glitter:  (Nuvo Ripened Pumpkin Crystal Drops) Tonic

Monday, July 29, 2019

Burst o' Colour Butterflies


I'm popping in with one more card today (well, actually two with some slight variations).  I'm playing along with Freshly Made Sketches and the Colour Throwdown.  It doesn't happen often but these two challenges leapt out at me and I envisioned this card immediately. 
  It's a very literal take on the sketch and I loved how it came out so much that I made two. 



Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Papertrey Ink, (Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (Top sentiment from Many Thanks, Bottom sentiment from Bejeweled) Altenew
Inks:  (VersaFine Onyx Black,) Tsukineko
Dies:  (Butterfly) Papertrey Ink, (Flags) My Favourite Things
Other:  (Nuvo Dandelion Yellow & Pink Crystal Drops) Tonic

Time to Celebrate Baby!


Hello!

This morning I've got a card (in 2 colours) for the Stock Your Stash challenge at Reverse Confetti where this month's theme is Oh, Baby!  These onesie images are so adorable and are the first stamps I reach for when I need to make a baby card.  This time I paired them with a sentiment from a birthday set but I think it works great for any kind of celebration!  

I'm also playing along over at Addicted to Stamps and More where this week's theme is Anything Goes.



Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Papertrey Ink
Stamps:  (Onesie from Cute As A Button, Sentiment from Birthday Wishes) Reverse Confetti
Inks:  (Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe) Stampin' Up
Other:  (Nuvo Liquid Mercury Crystal Drops) Tonic

Sunday, July 28, 2019

You've Aged Well


Hello there!

Tonight I've got a last minute entry for the Paper Smooches Anything Goes challenge.  I love that swirly, curly happy birthday die and have used it quite a bit but the wine dies and stamps are NBUS.  So glad to finally put them to use!  

I started out using the sketch from CAS Colours and Sketches.  I think my card maybe strayed a little too far out of the CAS category for an entry but I wanted to give credit for the sketch.  



Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (Bravo Burgundy, Basic Black) Stampin' Up
Patterned Paper:  (Fun & Frolic 6x6) My Favourite Things
Stamps:  (Sentiment from Wine Sampler) Paper Smooches
Inks:  (VersaMark) Tsukineko
Embossing Powder:  (Opaque Bright White Super Fine) Wow
Dies:  (Bottle & glass, Sentiment) Paper Smooches
Other:  (Glossy Accents) Ranger, (Nuvo Morning Dew Crystal Drops) Tonic

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Pyramid of Cupcakes


Hi there!

I've got a card today for two challenges - Inkspirational and Seize the Birthday (where the topping option is rainbow).  I was inspired by the rows of cupcakes in the photo and also the pastel colours.  These little cupcakes are oldie but goodies from Lawn Fawn and are covered in glitter gloss although you can't really see it int his photo.

I'm hoping this is okay for Inkspirational.  The blog post title says: Photo - banners, kites, balloons but later in the post it says "We'd like you to be inspired by the photo."  Not sure if we were only supposed to be inspired by the things mentioned in the blog post title.  If I got it wrong I'm sorry, ladies!  :)



Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Papertrey Ink, (smokey Slate) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (Cupcakes from Bake Me A Cake) Lawn Fawn, (sentiment from Eat Cake and Celebrate) Concord & 9th
Inks:  (VersaFine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black) Tsukineko
Markers:  (RV10, YR00, Y11, G00, B00, BV31, E50) Copic
Glitter:  (Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Glitter Gloss) Tonic
Gems:  Recollections

Monday, July 22, 2019

Flower Duo


Hello and happy Monday!

I've got two cards to share today for 4 challenges using some oldie but goodie Altenew stamps.  First up is for CAS Colours and Sketches and CAS(E) This Sketch.  I love this flower from Hannah Elements.  I stamped it on coloured cardstock and then used Copics to add some subtle shading to make it pop a little more.



Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Papertrey Ink, (Hello Honey, Bermuda Bay, Night of Navy) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (Flower from Hannah Elements, Sentiment from Many Thanks) Altenew
Inks:  (VersaFine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black) Tsukineko
Marker: (Y15) Copic
Other:  (Nuvo Ebony Black Crystal Drops) Tonic



Next is a card for Freshly Made Sketches and Just Us Girls.  I turned the sketch on its side for this one.  These Doodle Blooms are some of my favourite Altenew flowers especially since I finally broke down and got the matching dies.    



Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Papertrey Ink
Stamps:  (Flowers & leaves from Doodle Blooms, Sentiment from Label Love) Altenew
Inks:  (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko
Markers:  (Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Melon Mambo, Old Olive) Stampin' Up
Other:  (Nuvo Bottle Green & Ebony Black Crystal Drops) Tonic

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

CASology # 348


Welcome to Week 348 of CASology!  Take a look at the cue word for this week:



My first thought the I saw the cue word was the shimmer of a mirage but I just wasn't in a creative enough space to move that idea from my brain onto cardstock.  So instead I went with the ocean which I see shimmering every day and its also full of gorgeous shimmery sea creatures!  I ink blended the blue strip and then popped up the little seahorse on foam adhesive for a little dimension.

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!


This week's sponsor:


Link your creations to the CASology blog by Monday, 5 August (CDT).


Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Papertrey Ink
Stamps:  (Seahorse & sentiment from The Reef) Avery Elle
Inks:  (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko, (Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean & Wilted Violet Oxide inks) Ranger
Other:  (Nuvo Dandelion Yellow Crystal Drops) Tonic

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Thanks Balloon


Hello there!

Its been almost a month since my last post although it feels like a lot longer than that.  The summer is flying by but thankfully we got to slow down for two weeks when we went to visit Luis's family in the Azores.  It was the most chilled holiday we've had in a VERY long time.  We did lots of eating and hanging out with his family and I burned through 7 books which was wonderful especially as most of them were fantastic and highly recommendable!  Now we're back home and I must say I'm feeling a lot more calm and relaxed about life than I did before I left.

As for crafting its taken me a bit of time to get back into the swing of it after such a long break but I feel like I'm finally hitting my stride.  Today's card was inspired by two challenges - CAS Colours and Sketches and The Library Challenge (thanks for pointing this one out to me, Michele!).  I'd never heard of this Jules Verne book before and don't know the story so I took my inspiration from the cover.  It seemed to lend itself perfectly to the sketch at CASC&S and I knew those Papertrey Ink stripes would be just the ticket for creating my sky.

  

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

CASology #346


Welcome to Week 346 of CASology!  Take a look at the cue word for this week:



These are definitely not the kind of rings I want to have anywhere in my house but I'll always risk them for a good cup of coffee!  A caramel latte with soy milk is my go-to (hot or cold depending on the season).  What's your favourite?

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!


This week's sponsor:


Link your creations to the CASology blog by Monday, 1 July (CDT).


Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Papertrey Ink, (Cherry Cobbler) Stampin' Up
Patterned Paper:  (Free Spirit 6x6) My Favourite Things
Stamps:  (Coffee ring from Funny Coffee Vol 1) Skipping Stones Designs, (Sentiment) SugarPea Designs
Inks:  (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko, (Espresso) Altenew

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Rockin' Day


Hi there!

The last few weeks have been busy with travel and extra work hours.  All enjoyable but its left little time for crafting.  After a swim around the bay this morning I escaped to my craft room for an hour and came up with a card for three challenges.  

When I saw the Card Concept photo inspiration (CAS category for me!) this oldie but goodie Paper Smooches set immediately popped into my head.  The CAS Colours and Sketches colours seemed perfect for the challenge as did the sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch.  





Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Papertrey Ink, (Pool Party) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (All from Painted Beboppin') Paper Smooches
Inks:  (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko, (Powder Pink, So Saffron, Pool Party) Stampin' Up, (Cement Grey) My Favourite Things
Dies: (Circle from Burst Die) Avery Elle

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

CASology #345


Welcome to Week 345 of CASology!  Take a look at the cue word for this week:



Jellyfish are funny creatures because they look so ethereal and serene when floating through the water but boy can they give a nasty sting if you get too close!  Here we have a lot of Portuguese Man o' War which look similar to these and have extremely long, sometimes hard to see, tentacles.  I've been lucky enough to avoid the sting so far in my life and fingers crossed it stays that way! 
  
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!


***This is a two week challenge!***

Link your creations to the CASology blog by Monday, 17 June at 9am (CDT).


Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Papertrey Ink, (Textured White) Bazzill, (Basic Black) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (All from Painted Jellyfish) Altenew
Inks:  (VersaMark Tsukineko, (Soft Lilac, Lavender Fields, Deep Iris, Limestone) Altenew
Embossing Powder:  (Opaque Bright White Super Fine) Wow
Other:  (Nuvo Oyster Grey Crystal Drops) Tonic