Tuesday, June 30, 2015

CASology #153 - A Little Bit Late!

Welcome to Week 153 oCASology!  Take a look at the cue word for this week:

Serendipity Stamps is our fabulous sponsor for this week but due to an unfortunate blond moment on my part I didn't receive my Serendipity Stamps in the mail until this morning which is why I am running so late.  Thankfully I had some time this afternoon between work shifts to make a few cards.  Before I talk about my cards though I want to mention a cool option that Serendipity provides when you purchase their stamps.  For a lot of them you can decide to buy the stamp already wood mounted, unmounted with cling cushion or unmounted without cushion.  I love this!  I got mine unmounted without cushion - it's the cheapest option and also is a real space saver in terms of storage.     

Now onto the cards…  First up (above) is a big pop of colour in the form of a Lil' Inker die cut circle.  How awesome is that cat image?  Image and sentiment all in one - so cool.  Not to mention it made me chuckle.  


Next up is a card that also features a pop of colour (the red bike) and the bike is doing a pop a wheelie!  Double the pop on this card!  :D

And now it's over to you.  Check out the awesome designs from the rest of the team 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).

Supplies Used:
Cat Card
Cardstock:  (White) PaperTrey Ink, (Bermuda Bay) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (The Cat Could) Serendipity Stamps
Inks:  (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko
Die:  (Stitched Circles) Lil' Inker
Gems:  Recollections

Bike Card
Cardstock:  (White) Papertrey Ink
Stamps:  (Bicycle) Serendipity Stamps, (Sentiment from Wait For It) CAS-ual Fridays
Inks:  (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko, (Red Royal) Hero Arts
Gems:  Recollections

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Balloons & Sunshine

I can't believe the weekend is over already.  I had really hoped to get more time in the Craft Cave but at least I managed to get 2 cards done.  This card uses the palette from the Colour Me challenge and the design from Freshly Made Sketches.  I was inspired by the decorations in the Colour Me photo and pulled out some Simon Says balloon dies and a sentiment.  This came together really quickly which doesn't happen too often.  :)  Love that!

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) PaperTrey Ink, (Pink Pirouette, Melon mambo, Tangerine Tango, Perfect Plum) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (Sentiment from Birthday Balloons) Simon Says Stamp, (Strings from Party Kit) Mama Elephant
Inks:  (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko, (Smokey Slate) Stampin' Up
Gems:  Recollections

Next up is a card using the sketch from Fusion and the palette from ColourQ.  I love the adorable butterfly flip flops in the ColourQ picture but despite them and the butterfly in the Fusion photo I veered away from butterflies completely.  Instead I inked up this Hero Arts sun and sentiment and then added some Lawn Fawn sunshine to it.  I'd like to go back and have another play with the Fusion photo but we'll see if I can get back to the Craft Cave any time soon.  Hope you all have a lovely week!

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) PaperTrey Ink, (Daffodil Delight, Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Night of Navy) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (Sun & hello from CL765) Hero Arts, (Sunshine from Sunny Skies) Lawn Fawn
Inks:  (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko
Sequins:  Studio Calico

Friday, June 26, 2015

'Tis the SEAson...

… for nautical challenges!  :)  I've got two ocean/nautical themed cards to share today.  I created the first card after seeing the inspiration photo at Addicted to Stamps and More.  I love the watercolour wash on the wall and I decided it was finally time to try the ink "smooshing" technique that I keep seeing everywhere.  I used Peacock Feathers Distress Ink here (I LOVE that colour!) and after the "smooshing" I flicked some ink on top of it.  It was pretty fun and is definitely a technique I want to play around with some more.  I'm also going to enter this in the Addicted to CAS Splash challenge and the Simon Says Wednesday Anything Goes challenge.  

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (Watercolour) Ranger, (White) Papertrey Ink, (Smokey Slate) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (Fish from Fishy) Sweet Stamp Shop, (Sentiment from Hooked on You) WPlus9
Inks:  (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko, (Peacock Feathers Distress) Ranger
Die:  Mama Elephant
Markers:  (YR04, YR68, B63) Copic

This next card is one that I made for the latest CASology challenge and decided not to use but I want to enter it over at The Challenge for their nautical theme.  These stamps and the fish above are all NBUS Sweet Stamp Shop images.  They have lots of really cute mini sets that you should check out if you haven't before.  I paper pieced this one (yes, even that tiny skull and crossbones!) and made the banner blue to represent the sea.  Time to dash back to work now.  Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) PaperTrey Ink, (Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Soft Suede) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (Ship & sentiment from Ahoy) Sweet Stamp Shop
Inks:  (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Papertrey June Blog Hop Challenge

I'm pretty sure this is the first time I've ever played along with the Papertrey Ink monthly blog hop.  I couldn't resist the inspiration photo though so I dug into my Papertrey stash.  Now that I'm looking at the photo on my screen I think those stripes on the shoes are grey.  I initially registered them as a dusty navy blue so that's what I went for with my stripes.  The rest of it is pretty simple and self explanatory so that's it for me for now.  Have a lovely day!

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) PaperTrey Ink, (Not Quite Navy) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (Flower & leaves from Happiness In Bloom) Papertrey Ink
Inks:  (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko, (Tangerine Tango, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Early Espresso) Stampin' Up
Cover Plate:  (Stripes Horizontal) Papertrey Ink

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Cool Summer

Hi there!  I'm popping in this evening with 2 cards for 4 challenges.  First up is this yummy ice cream cone for the CAS Summer Treats challenge at The Paper Players and the AAA Cards Paste and/or Stencil Technique challenge.  I used a Crafter's Workshop stencil and embossing paste to create the dotty background. I really love the fun texture it adds to the card.  Then I paper pieced a retired Sweet Stamp Shop ice cream, added a sentiment and some gems and I was done!

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Bazzill, (Regal Rose, Daffodil Delight, Sahara Sand, Soft Suede) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (Cone & sentiment from Cool School) Sweet Stamp Shop
Inks:  (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko, (Rose Red) Stampin' Up
Stencil:  The Crafter's Workshop
Gems:  Recollections

Next up is a card using the inspiration photo from Curtain Call paired with the sketch from ShowCASe Your Style.  I used a few different patterned papers, some Lifestyle Crafts Flip Flops and a sentiment from Fresh Squeezed Stamps (which, sadly, is now closed).  That's it for me tonight.  Hopefully I'll be back tomorrow with a few more cards.  Have a lovely evening!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

CASology #152

Welcome to Week 152 of CASology!  Take a look at the cue word for this week:

I was recently asked to make a birthday card with a lighthouse on it so this cue word came along at the perfect time for me.  I inked up this Lawn Fawn image for the first time and did some simple Copic colouring.  I didn't want to just slap a "Happy Birthday" onto a card with a lighthouse so I combined a couple of different sentiments to come up with this one in order to bring the lighthouse and the birthday theme together.  

There are lots of directions you can take this nautical theme - just check out the gorgeous creations from the Design Team for some inspiration 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).

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) PaperTrey Ink
Stamps:  (Lighthouse from Life Is Good) Lawn Fawn, (Shine Bright from Sparkle & Shine) Neat & Tangled, (On your birthday from Mum's The Word) Cas-ual Fridays
Inks:  (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko, (Daffodil Delight) Stampin' Up
Markers:  (R29, Y08, C3, C7) Copic

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

CASology #151

Welcome to Week 151 of CASology!  Take a look at the cue word for this week:

The only kid I have is a 95lb Ridgeback/Doberman mix who thinks he's a lap dog.  Oh, and I have a husband who occasionally qualifies as a kid.  No human kids for me.  For this reason  I briefly considered using a dog on my card but then thought that might be a bit predictable coming from me.  :)  Then I spent some time eyeing up a Paper Smooches goat image (because goats have kids) but couldn't figure out what to do with it.  Finally I came across the PS Teen Routine stamp set and zeroed in on the locker image which I had never inked up.  Lockers are a part of most kids' school experience and friends are super important to kids so I thought I'd merge the two for my card.

Be sure to check out all the fantastic inspiration from the DT and then play along - we want to know how "kids" inspire you!

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, (Bermuda Bay, Smokey Slate) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (Lockers & friend from Teen Routine, Sentiment from Word Salad) Paper Smooches
Inks:  (VersaMark, VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko
Embossing Powder:  (Seafoam White) Ranger

Friday, June 12, 2015

You Anchor Me

Hi there!  Just a quick post today.  This card was inspired by the photo and colours of the Fusion challenge.  Initially I planned to use just the negative of the anchor die cut but it didn't look quite right so I inlaid a yellow anchor which made it feel more complete. Since the dies and sentiment are from Paper Smooches I'm also going to enter this into the PS Sparks Anything Goes challenge.  That's it from me.  Have a lovely weekend!

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (Daffodil Delight, Coastal Cabana, Midnight Muse) Stampin' Up
Patterned Paper:  (One The Bright Side One) My Mind's Eye
Stamps:  (Sentiment from Wicked Nauticool) Paper Smooches, (Designer Woodgrain) Hero Arts
Inks:  (VersaMark) Tsukineko
Embossing Powder:  (Seafoam White) Ranger
Dies:  (Anchor, Flag Tags) Paper Smooches

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Fathers and Feathers

Hi there!  I've got two cards to share today.  First up is a card for The Paper Players' masculine challenge.  I finally broke down and ordered some Taylored Expressions stamps and dies and I love them!  I actually opened them up and used them right away which I almost never do.  Usually I ponder new acquisitions for ages and wonder why I thought I'd be able to actually do justice to them.  

This design came together really quickly.  I used Stampin' Up's brushed gold and silver cardstock for the tools and they look so cool - just the slightest bit of shimmer to them.

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Papertrey Ink, (Brushed Silver, Brushed Gold, Basic Black) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (Sentiment from All the Fixings) Taylored Expressions
Inks:  (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko
Dies:  (All the Fixings) Taylored Expressions

Next up is a card for two challenges.  I took the colours from The Challenge and paired them with Fanciful Feathers for WPlus9's Throwback Thursday Challenge.  I remember when this stamp set came out - I saw those feathers all over the place and I HAD to have them.  I couldn't tell you the last time I inked them up though.  I need to take part in this kind of challenge more often!

Okay, that's it for me.  Back to work for now but tomorrow is Friday. Whoop whoop!  

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White, Kraft) Papertrey Ink
Stamps:  (Feathers & sentiment from Fanciful Feathers) WPlus9
Inks:  (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko, (Calypso Coral, Night of Navy, Crumb Cake) Stampin' Up
Gem:  Recollections

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Hello Love Party

***This is my second post of the day.  For my CASology post please scroll down or 

I've got 3 cards for 6 challenges to share this afternoon and most of them are pretty last minute so I'm going to get right to it!

First up is an entry for the washi tape challenge at The Male Room, the Simon Says Wednesday masculine challenge and the Paper Smooches Sparks Anything Goes challenge. I broke out some NBUS Stampin' Up washi tape to use for the sea because the scalloped pattern on it reminded me of waves.  Then I paper pieced and popped up a Paper Smooches sail boat on top of it, added a sentiment and done!  A super simple CAS card!

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Bazzill, (Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede, Chocolate Chip) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (Sailboat & sentiment from Wicked Nauticool) Paper Smooches
Inks:  (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko
Washi Tape:  Stampin' Up

Next up is a card using the Curtain Call inspiration photo and the Just Us Girls word prompt - summer.  I took the colours from the beach balls and the summer theme and came up with this little love card.  These Lawn Fawn bathing suits stamp are some of my oldest and also my favourites. They're just so cute!  The background paper is hard to see but there are tiny waves on it.  It's from studio Calico's Atlantic 6x6.

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Bazzill, (Real Red) Stampin' Up
Patterned Paper:  (Yellow from Let's Polka, Navy from Pint-Sized Patterns Beachside) Lawn Fawn, (Waves from Atlantic 6x6) Studio Calico
Stamps:  (Bathing suits from Swimsuit Season, Heart from Happy Everything) Lawn Fawn, (Sentiment from Perfect Match) Sweet Stamp Shop
Inks:  (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko

Last but not least is a card for the Just Add Ink inspiration image challenge.  I immediately thought of this Papertrey Ink die and was excited to finally put it to work.  I added Wink of Stella to the balloons so they are shimmery as well as the gold background. Sparkles all around!  Okay that's it for me.  Time to head back to work.  Hope you're all having a lovely day!  

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Bazzill, (Bermuda Bay, Basic Black, Brushed Gold) Stampin' Up
Dies:  Papertrey Ink
Glitter:  (clear Wink of Stella) Zig