Friday, May 22, 2020

Spring | Summer Coffee Lovers Hop

The wait is over! It's time for the Spring | Summer Coffee Lovers Hop!
The hop is definitely a bright spot in our crafty lives, whether you're a coffee,
tea, or cocoa drinker--or all three!

I couldn't wait to go through my coffee and tea themed stamps and join the hop.
I've had The Greetery's Cozy Cup set for a while and finally got a chance to ink it up.
My inspiration came fro Laurie Willison's card and I told her how much I loved it
and that I would CASE her. And I did!

The set is fun to ink up because of the different layers. I especially love the
detail on the cup's handle--the shading is so cool! The sentiment was stamped on
the coaster, then the cup, spoon, and spring were arranged on top.

Thanks to Amy and her hardworking brew crew, to Laurie for the inspiration,
and to you for stopping by!

Thursday, May 21, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #373

CAS(E) this Sketch #373 is a little ditty from me and it looks like this.

And here's what I came up with thanks to some ModaScrap papers.

I only wish that I could watercolor but since I can't, it's patterned paper to
the rescue. I cut a piece and ink distressed the edges lightly before adhering
it to a white card base. I added a scrap piece of lavender card stock and
finished off with the stamped sentiment.

We hope you'll find some time to play along with us and keep your creative
juices flowing. Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see how the rest of the team
interpreted the sketch and we hope to see you in the gallery.
The deadline to enter is Thursday, May 28th.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

CASology Week #368 -- PLANT

The cue word for Week #368 at CASology is PLANT.

Truthfully, plants do not thrive under my care, but I do feel comfortable with
stamping them. I recently discovered an Altenew set that I bought a while ago
and decided to finally let it touch some ink.

I stamped the basil plant directly on woodgrain card stock and colored the image
with Copic markers, then stamped the sentiment beneath it. The panel was cut
with a stitched rectangle die and adhered to an aqua card base.

I was planning to leave the card as one layer, but couldn't resist adding the snail
and a glittery trail behind him. It's hard to capture, but here's a closer look.

I hope you're having a great week and thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, May 14, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #372

Our teammie Nathalie brings us this week's CAS(E) this Sketch.
Meet Sketch #372.

And here's my interpretation of the sketch using ALL dies.

i found the negative die cut sentiment in a scrap stash and inked it with
two colors of Distress inks. I adhered it to a kraft piece and trimmed it out.
Some leafy branches were adhered to the back of the sentiment, then
popped up on a cream card base.  Enamel dots finished off the card.

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see how the rest of the team interpreted Nathalie's
sketch and join us if you can. Link up your card(s) by Thursday, May 21st and
as the weekly winner you'll be invited to join us on a future sketch!

Thursday, May 7, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #371

Teammie Brian brings us this week's CAS(E) this Sketch #371.

And here's my take on it.

I substituted the star in the sketch with a Mondo Chrysanthemum that was 
watercolored (channeling Lisa Spangler) with Zig markers and a waterbrush.
The mum was popped up on a card base and the sentiment was adhered on top.
Per the sketch, two strips of striped patterned paper were adhered to the card.

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see how the rest of the team interpreted Brian's
sketch and join us if you can. Link up your card(s) by Thursday, May 14th
and as the weekly winner you'll be invited to guest with us on a future sketch!

Friday, May 1, 2020

Elephant Dream

Here's my second card using stamps from Spellbinders Whimsical and Wild
collection by Jane Davenport, called Elephant Dream.

If you're not familiar with Jane Davenport's style, you'll see that she uses
a TON of color on her projects. I chose to honor her use of color but opted
to lay down color the quickest way that I know--ink distressing.

I added random colors of Distress inks over a watercolor panel then stamped
the image in Versafine Onyx Black ink. I covered the image and spattered 
water over the panel. 

I was going to take away color with a water brush, but wanted to keep it as
vibrant as possible, so I added some highlights with a white pigment pen.

Check out Jane Davenport's collection at Spellbinders. You'll be glad you did!

Brave Bear

The kind folks at Spellbinders sent me stamps from Jane Davenport's 
newest collection: Whimsical and Wild. I chose the set called Brave Bear 
and was drawn to the oversized bear with his kind face.
The image was stamped and colored with a combination of Copic markers and
Prismacolor pencils.  

I stamped the sentiment and trimmed the piece.  Two colors of ink were sponged
on the card base and the panel was adhered to it. 

I'll be sharing another card very soon using another of Jane's fun, whimsical images.
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, April 30, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #370--Just Because

Chrissy's done it again! She brings us another awesome sketch for
this week's CAS(E) this Sketch. Meet Sketch #370.

And  here's my take on it.

I found a pack of ModaScrap patterned papers that was part of an older Simon 
Says Stamp Card Kit.  I chose three different sheets and cut them according to 
the sketch. I white embossed the sentiment and finished off the card with 
three sequins.

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see how the rest of the team interpreted Chrissy's
sketch and join us if you can. Link up your card(s) by Thursday, May 7th and
as the weekly winner you'll be invited to join us on a future sketch!

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Inspired By...a rainbow of color

Squeezing in my card for the current Inspired By Challenge #121 which is
all about RAINBOWS.

I was inspired by the dome shaped openings and of course, the gorgeous colors.

I used an old Sizzix Framelit set of rounded tags and ink distressed each size
with two colors of Hero Arts Reactive ink. I splashed them with water and 
white paint and gold embossed the sentiment, then let them dry.

This is my second attempt with the arrangement. The earlier layout looked
too much like a rainbow, which is not exactly what I wanted. So I offset each
piece a little to give the appearance of a reversed hallway.
I adhered the pieces to a white card base, then finished off the card with
gold stars and sequins. It's not easy to see but at the last moment I added
a strip of white card stock on the edge to ground the design.

Ok, off I go to link this up--finally! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, April 27, 2020

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #75--Spectacular Skies

I can thank "sheltering at home" and housekeeping for discovering stamps
and dies that I've accumulated for YEARS, prompting me to enter some 
new-to-me challenges.

I have a few Lawn Fawn stamps that go way back so I went through my stash
to enter the current Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #75 using three different sets 
on my project.

I masked off a portion of a card front and ink distressed a sky with three
colors of Hero Arts Reactive Inks. The little critter from Really High Five was
popped up on the card and I substituted an umbrella from Hello Baby.

A couple of clouds and a two part sentiment were added and the card was
finished off with a rounded corner.

Ok, so it's not a spectacular sky but I had fun nonetheless.
Thanks for stopping by!

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Edited to add: My card was featured on Lawn Fawn's Fawny Friday!

Thanks so much, Lawn Fawn!