Tuesday, January 22, 2019

CASology #328


Welcome to Week 328 of CASology!  Take a look at the cue word for this week:



Looks at me!  A zebra that's not black and white!!!  I have such a hard time colouring animals unusual colours.  I love it when other people do it but generally cannot bring myself to follow suit.  But it's a new year and it's time to chill out and get a little adventurous so here I go!

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:

Monika R


** We're back to weekly challenges now that the holiday are over!**

Link your creations to the CASology blog by Monday, 28 January at 9am (CDT).


Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Papertrey Ink, (Bermuda Bay, Basic Black) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (Zebra & sentiment from Wild About You) My Favourite Things
Inks:  (VersaMark, Memento Tuxedo Black) Tsukineko
Embossing Powder:  (Opaque Bright White Super Fine) Wow
Dies:  (Stitched arch) My Favourite Things
Markers:  (R22, Y11, BV02, BV04, C5) COpic
Other:  (Nuvo Ebony Black Crystal Drops) Tonic

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

CASology #327


Welcome to Week 327 of CASology!  Take a look at the cue word for this week:



Ever look at a card after you've photographed it and brought it up on your computer and thought, "Huh.  I wish I'd done this a little differently..."  Such is the case for me here.  I wish I'd stamped a black sentiment with only "sunshine" in yellow.  However, redoing it is not in the cards so I'm going to go with it!

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:

Christine A.

This week's sponsor:


** We're back to weekly challenges now that the holiday are over!**

Link your creations to the CASology blog by Monday, 21 January at 9am (CDT).


Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Papertrey Ink, (Smokey Slate) Stampin' Up
Patterned Paper:  (Something Wonderful 6x6) Teresa Collins
Stamps:  (Sun rays & sentiment from Sunny Skies) Mama Elephant
Inks:  (Sunkissed, Warm Sunshine, Maple Yellow) Altenew
Die:  (Cloud border) Wplus9
Gems:  (Orange) Basic Grey, (Clear) Recollections

Monday, January 14, 2019

Stay Paw-sitive


Hi there!

Today's card is for two challenges - Freshly Made Sketches and Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday (try something new).  This is a pretty old set from Your Next Stamp but this is the first time I've inked it up.  I got the matching dies and they include these awesome scratch mark dies which I love and they add a great bit of texture!  I can definitely seeing them get a lot more use in the future.  




Cardstock:  (White) Papertrey Ink
Stamps:  (Cats & sentiment from Scratch Pad) Your Next Stamp
Inks:  (VersaFine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black) Tsukineko
Dies:  (Scratch Pad) Your Next Stamp 
Markers:  (YR04, Y38, C5) Copic
Other:  (Nuvo Ripened Pumpkin Crystal Drops) Tonic

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Lovie Friends II


I'm back with three more cards using Lil' Inker Designs' Lovie Friends stamps.  I went much more CAS with these cards.  For the first two I paired the critters with different Simon Says Stamp dies.  For the last card I made a funky background panel using some of my favourite washi tape.  I'm going to be really sad when that ones runs out but maybe then I'll use the zillion other rolls collecting dust on my shelf!




Lovie Friends I


Hello hello!

I'm back with some more Just for the Heck of It cards.  There are 4 in this post and I'll share 3 more later.  I've dipped into my Lil' Inker Designs stash again and pulled out the Lovie Friends stamp set.  I am excited that I used almost every stamp in the set - I only skipped 2 small sentiments!  I know I've used the giraffe in the past but I think that's it and I have to say that finally getting the matching dies was a big help as some of these are pretty fiddly for fussy cutting.  I've used mostly Lil' Inker products here -  patterned paper and the scalloped die cuts and stitched heart.  The hearts on the third card are from Taylored Expressions.






Thursday, January 10, 2019

Sentiment Cakes II


I've got three more cards to share from my session with the Lil' Inker sentiment cake stamps.  I continued on with the theme of patterned paper for the first two cards.  The sunburst die on the first card is from SugarPea Designs.  The rectangle dies on the second card are from Mama Elephant.


For the last card I used stamps to create a background pattern and stamped the main cake with Hero Arts ombre ink.  The vellum circle is die cut with a Lil' Inker fringe scalloped circle die which adds some fun to the edges.  I used Nuvo drops for the flames on the candles.





Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Sentiment Cakes


Hi there!

I've got another Just for the Heck of It post today.  This time I'm using these adorable sentiment cakes from Lil' Inker Designs and pairing them with lots of patterned paper and Lil' Inker stitched and pierced dies.  The papers are a mixture of American Crafts and My Mind's Eye and I used Nuvo drops for some of the candle flames and Stickles for others.  Mixing and matching patterned paper is a struggle for me.  Some people make it look effortless like Heather Hoffman does here and here and here (fox card).  I often go to her for inspiration. 



Tuesday, January 8, 2019

CASology #326


Welcome to Week 326 of CASology!  Take a look at the cue word for this week:


As soon as I saw the word 'Frozen' Idina Menzel's voice was belting out in my head, "Let it goooooo!  Let it go!"  I have never even seen Frozen but those two things are inextricably linked for me.  Anyway I couldn't resist the chance to torture everyone else along with me and have that song stuck in your heads for the rest of the day.  :)

(NB:  No disrespect to Idina - she's amazing and I've loved her since I saw her three times in 'Rent').

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:


** We're back to weekly challenges now that the holiday are over!**

Link your creations to the CASology blog by Monday, 14 January at 9am (CDT).


Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (Night of Navy, Smokey Slate) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (Sentiment from Breath) Cas-ual Fridays, (Ampersand from You & Me) Hero Arts
Inks:  (VersaMark) Tsukineko
Embossing Powder:  (Opaque Bright White Super Fine) Wow, (Zing Leaf) American Crafts
Gems:  Recollections

Monday, January 7, 2019

Hippo & Butterfly


Hiya!

I've got two cards to share this evening for challenges at My Favourite Things.  First up is for their colour challenge.  I've been wanting this adorable hippo stamp set for a while and finally got my hands on it.  I thought he and his balloons would be perfect to ink up for today's challenge.  I had these stitched circle die cuts on my desk which were the perfect colour so I decided to make use of them.


Cardstock:  (White) Papertrey Ink, (Bermuda Bay, Basic Black) Stampin' Up!
Stamps:  (Hippo & balloons from Happy Hippos, Sentiment from Safari Friends) My Favourite Things
Inks:  (VersaMark, Memento Tuxedo Black) Tsukineko
Embossing Powder:  (Opaque Bright White Super Fine) Wow
Die:  (Stitched circles) Lil' Inker Designs
Markers:  (BG34, BG49, B29, C1, C3, C5) Copic
Other:  (Nuvo Ebony Black Crystal Drops) Tonic




This next card is for the MFT sketch challenge.  I love these butterflies and the large sentiments that compliment them although every time I use them I curse myself for not getting the matching dies - those little antennae are a nightmare to cut out!  Maybe I'll grab them during the next sale...


Cardstock:  (White) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper:  (Its Bitsy Polka Dots Pastels 6x6, Calm & Cozy Chevron 6x6) My Favourite Things
Stamps:  (Butterfly from Beautiful Butterflies, Sentiment from You Give Me Butterflies) My Favourite Things
Inks:  (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko, (Limestone, Silver Stone, Industrial Diamond) Altenew
Die:  (Stitched rectangles) Lil' Inker Designs
Other:  (Nuvo Liquid Mercury Crystal Drops) Tonic

Tall Triangles


This is one of my favourite Christmas cards this year.  It was jointly inspired by Heather Hoffman and Tracey McNeely.  It uses lots of different companies - Reverse Confetti (triangles), Lil' Inker (star), Mama Elephant (merry) and Winnie & Walter (christmas).  I love it when all my goodies play so nicely together!  When I was making my Reverse Confetti thank you cards (here, here and here) I found the RC triangles so decided to make a few more cards with them and make another Just for the Heck of It post.

I die cut the triangles with two different RC patterned papers and then used them all to make two cards.  All the stamps are Reverse Confetti.  On the last card I used some coloured embossing powder and had way too much fun with my Nuvo drops.




Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Papertrey Ink, (Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Various greens, Bermuda Bay, Basic Black) Stampin' Up!
Patterned Paper:  (Every Little Bit 6x6) Reverse Confetti
Stamps:  (Flowers from Blooms 'N' Buds, Birthday sentiment from Birthday Wishes, (Bike & Ridin' by sentiment from Rollin') Reverse Confetti, (Christmas) Winnie & Walter
Inks:  (VersaMark, VersaFine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black) Tsukineko, (Party Dress, Tiara, Lime Rickey, Aquatini) Catherine Pooler
Embossing Powder:  (Opaque Bright White Super Fine) Wow, (Leaf Zing) American Crafts
Die:  (Tall Triangles, flowers, bike, speech bubble) Reverse Confetti, Stitched star) Lil' Inker Designs, (Merry) Mama Elephant
Other:  (Nuvo Turquoise Crystal Drops) Tonic
Gems:  Recollections

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Bird in a Frame


Hello!

I've got a card for the Colour Throwdown challenge today using one of my favourite WPlus9 stamp sets.  These birdies are so cute and I love their graphic feel.  I paired this one with a Paper Smooches frame and a Heffy Doodle sentiment and speech bubble.  I gotta say, the HD sentiment and speech bubble set is SO handy and is getting plenty of use especially when I have cards where I'm not quite sure how to fit a sentiment.  These ones usually solve the problem for me!

  
Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Papertrey Ink, (Daffodil Delight, Basic Black) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (Bird, branch and leaves from Happy Birds) WPlus9, (Sentiment from Whatcha Say?) Heffy Doodle
Inks:  (VersaFine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black) Tsukineko, (Soft Suede) Stampin' Up
Die:  (Frame 2) Paper Smooches, (Speech bubble) Heffy Doodle
Marker:  (YR04, Y08, Y17, YG03, YG67) Copic
Other:  (Nuvo English Mustard and Ebony Black Crystal Drops) Tonic

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Crafty Friends Are The Best


Hello hello!

I'm playing along with Freshly Made Sketches today.  I think my card may be a little too busy  for the challenge but I still wanted to share it.  My incredibly generous bloggy friend, Claire of Ham'n'Mule Designs, sent me this fabulous Pinkfresh stamp set after I oohed and ahhed over this gorgeous background she created with it.  I've already made two cards with it but realised I haven't taken a photo of the other so I will share it another time.  I had fun rifling through my patterned papers to find the perfect collection to use and finally settled on these My Mind's Eye papers that have some beautiful shine to them.


Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Papertrey Ink, (Basic Black) Stampin' Up
Patterned Paper:  (On Trend 2 6x6) My Mind's Eye
Stamps:  (All from Dream On) Pinkfresh Studio
Inks:  (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko, (Rose Red) Stampin' Up
Die:  (Stitched rectangle) Lil' Inker Designs
Gems:  Recollections

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Bright Birthdays and Babies


I've got some more Just for the Heck of It cards today.  I became obsessed with these Pretty Pink Posh Stacked Edges dies thanks to Jeanne Jachna and cards like these and this and this.  They add so much movement and colour to her cards and are a big change for me from my usual white card bases. 

For the first two cards I used a Papertrey Ink birthday die cut.  I stacked it 3 times and then covered it with Glossy Accents. 


For these next two cards I uses a Simon Says Stamp sentiment and a little teddy bear from Mama Elephant.  I really wanted the backgrounds to be the star of the show so I kept the rest of the cards pretty simple.





Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Just for the Heck of It


Pretty much all of my posts are challenge-related but in my never ending quest to use up stash and reduce the number of NBUS products I'm trying to make a few cards with each stamp set/die/product.  I used to heavily rely on challenges to get my mojo going but I've been doing pretty well lately at making cards just for the heck of it.  I realize there is nothing groundbreaking about this but I don't do it often because usually as soon as I finish one card I want to move on to some other shiny new thing.  So I'm going to try this out for a while and see how it goes.  

I love this Lil' Inker Designs reindeer especially as you can make him look sweet or naughty - yay for versatility!  For the first card I gave him a little ribbon scarf inspired by these cards from Savannah O'Gwynn.  Savannah's style couldn't be more different from mine but I LOVE it!  It's fun and whimsical and feels so much more relaxed than mine.  I love that about this community - how inspiration comes from so many amazingly different people and styles.  The stitched and pierced rectangles, the swirly background and the Merry Christmas die are all Lil' Inker Designs.




Tuesday, January 1, 2019

CASology #325


Welcome to Week 325 of CASology!  Take a look at the cue word for this week:


I had already made a card for this challenge when I stumbled upon this hilarious Unity stamp and just couldn't resist it so I went back to work.  I though this fun orange pattern would really make the mighty whiteys pop and also look bright and fresh!  

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:

Ishani

** We're back to weekly challenges now that the holiday are over!**

Link your creations to the CASology blog by Monday, 7 January at 9am (CDT).

I'm also going to enter this in the Simon Says Wednesday Anything Goes challenge!


Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White, Kraft) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper:  American Crafts
Stamps:  (All from Change) Unity
Inks:  (VersaFine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black) Tsukineko
Die:  (Stitched circle) Lil' Inker Designs
Marker:  (C1) Copic
Other:  (NuvoRipened Pumpkin Gloss Crystal Drops) Tonic