Thursday, January 21, 2021

CAS(E) this Sketch #405 -- The Last Sketch & A Giveaway!

Well, here it is. The very last CAS(E) this Sketch, and Chrissy made this one a
two weeker so you'll have time to enter several cards and play with us. Let's stretch 
out this last challenge as long as we can 😉
Sketch #405 happens to be a retro sketch from April 25, 2013. Sketch #25 was also 
my debut as a design team member so this post is a bittersweet one. 

Here's my take on it back then.

And here's the 2021 version.

I changed the orientation so the succulent pots would be upright. They were gold 
embossed and colored with Zig markers and a waterbrush. I adhered them on a strip
of patterned paper, then finished off with a gold embossed sentiment.

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To commemorate the last CAS(E) this Sketch, I'd like to have a little giveaway
of some duplicates that I've had in my crafty stash. Truthfully, I wish that I could send 
you all a little something for the visits you've made and the comments you left
over the past seven years.

Since I LOVE dies, I gathered five for my giveaway: 
  • Simon Says Stamp Thanks Frame
  • Memory Box Dreamy Butterfly
  • Memory Box Petite Umbrella
  • Frantic Stamper Large Hello
  • Frantic Stamper Quad Love 
To be eligible for the giveaway, just leave a comment here by Sunday, Feb 7th and I'll 
choose a winner and announce it a few days later. Easy peasy, right? And remember you 
have until Thursday, February 4th to share your card with us at CAS(E) this Sketch
Let's fill up the last gallery!
Special thanks to Chrissy, our fearless leader, for your patience and graciously
taking over the reins from Jackie Rockwell. You're the best! 

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Fusion Card Challenge -- COCOA

I'm joining the first Fusion Card Challenge of the new year!  

Here's my card. I played with both the sketch and the photo. I turned the sketch to a
landscape format, and picked up the plaid and mugs from the photo.

At first, the mug looked like it was filled with coffee, so I threw in some marshmallows for 
good measure.
Thanks for stopping by!
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Edited to add: My card was chosen as an Honorable Mention! Thank you, Fusion! 

Thursday, January 14, 2021

CAS(E) this Sketch #404

It's the second to the last sketch for CAS(E) this Sketch. Meet Sketch #404
from our teammie Michelle.

To be  honest, I was stumped. I tried to find a banner stamp or even a paper airplane. 
No luck. So I squinted at the sketch and came up with this. Squint with me.

I wanted an excuse to use the Papertrey Ink bird after I saw Wanda Cullen use him
on her project. The leafy branches were cut from green card stock and inked and
highlighted. The gold embossed sentiment and rounded off corner finished the card.

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see how the rest of the team interpreted Michelle's
sketch and join us if you can. Link up your card(s) by Thursday, Jan 21st.
We hope to see you in the gallery!

Thursday, January 7, 2021

CAS(E) this Sketch #403

This week's CAS(E) this Sketch #403 is a little number from me.
I really don't remember how this sketch came to be but as always, use the
sketch as a guide for your interpretation. 
Here's the sketch.

 And here's my take on it. Yes, I used "that" embossing folder again.
I'm not gonna promise that it's the last time, though. 😉

I inked it with orange Distress inks then trimmed it and added two strips of
contrasting colors above and below it. The die cut "Thanks" and sequins
finished off the card. I may have over simplified it a little....

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see how the rest of the team interpreted the sketch, 
and for some news on the future of CAS(E) this Sketch. Link up your card(s) 
by Thursday, Jan 14th and we hope to see you in the gallery!

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Happy New Year and a Second Helping of CAS(E) this Sketch #402

Happy New Year, friends! Here's hoping that 2021 will be kinder to us all.
I'm sharing another card for CAS(E) this Sketch #402 since you still have a few
more days to play along with this three week challenge.
Here's another look at the sketch.

And here's my second take on it.

Can I just say that I'm in LOVE with Altenew's Beautiful Bergenia embossing folder?
It's a 3D folder which means you get a deeper impression and you really don't need
to dress it up--it can stand on its own.

I masked off a couple of diagonal strips and inked them with two shades of green.
then I ran it through the embossing folder and lightly brushed on orange and pink
Distress inks. I finished off with the CZ Design sentiment and some sequins.

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see how the rest of the team interpreted Chrissy's sketch
and play along with us using your new (or old) goodies!

Saturday, December 19, 2020

CASology Week #380 -- SNOWMAN

 This week's cue word at CASology is SNOWMAN and I couldn't wait to
finally ink up the layered WPlus9 snowman. He's so cute! There are two snowmen 
in the set and I chose the larger one and the layering tree.

This stamp set is pretty amazing and for someone who's not so proficient at
layering, it's very forgiving. And Jennifer McGuire shared tips for mass
producing in her video which made it even more stress free.
I added some sparkle to the tree, grounded the snowman with a Copic marker, 
and finished off the card with the sentiment. I resisted the urge to add some 
falling snow to keep it as CAS as possible.
Thank for stopping by today!

Thursday, December 17, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #402 -- A Three Weeker!

As you celebrate the holidays responsibly and safely, you can also play along
with CAS(E) this Sketch because we're giving you THREE weeks to enter!
Here's Sketch #402, brought to you by our leader Chrissy.

And here's my take on it made without any stamping.

Do you spy my favorite Altenew washi tape in the corner? Followed by a couple
of neglected tapes that I thought might have lost their stickiness. But they
were just fine. The sentiment is from a collaborative set by Pinkfresh Studio

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, Jan 7, 2021.
Have a safe holiday and we'll see you next year!

Monday, December 14, 2020

Memory Box Challenge #67 -- Trees

I'm entering Memory Box Challenge #67 -- Trees. Sadly, after going through my
stash of dies, the only tree die I had was their retired Arboscello Tree.
So I decided to make it as festive as I could--with sequins.

I adhered the tree to a woodgrain embossed panel then covered it with colorful
sequins. The sentiment was cut from glittered card stock and adhered to the card.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, December 11, 2020

Ellen Hutson 12 Days of Christmas Tags 2020 -- Day 7

I skipped a few days of Ellen Hutson's 12 Days of Christmas Tags and created a tag
for Day 7. Heather Meeson used A Marshmallow World as inspiration for her tag and
here is how I was inspired.

Yep, I went way literal with a couple of marshmallow snowpeople.  I could have
hand cut the marshmallows but went through my old stamps and dies and found
 I "toasted" them a bit with Distress ink, drew in their faces and assembled
them on a tag with a torn snowbank. I stamped the EBE sentiment, added
some stars and inked around the tag with white pigment ink.
I thought about letting them hold cups of hot cocoa or coffee.....but they'd melt!
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 10, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #401

It's retro week over at CAS(E) this Sketch. Meet Sketch #401 which was
Sketch #147 back in  2015.

Here's my take on it five years ago.

And here's the 2020 version. Yes, a gnome is involved since he was already 
constructed and just waiting to make an appearance.

I used the Twirling Flurries cover plate on gray card stock and backed it with
a panel of white card stock. The Pretty Pink Posh sentiment was white embossed
on an MFT stitched banner. I assembled the gnome, fishtail strip of plaid, and
the banner on the card, per the sketch.

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see how the rest of the team interpreted the sketch
and join us if you can. Link up your card(s) by Thursday, Dec 17th. We hope
to see you in the gallery!