Thursday, February 27, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #361--You're Lookin' Sharp!


Are you ready for this week's CAS(E) this Sketch?
Here's Sketch #361, compliments of teammie Brian.




I simplified it a bit while staying pretty close to the sketch.




The cacti were stamped, colored with Copics and cut out with the matching
dies. A kraft card base was stamped with a woodgrain pattern, then topped
with the white embossed sentiment and the popped up cacti.

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, March 5th and we
hope to see you in the gallery!


Sunday, February 23, 2020

Simon Says Stamp Wed Challenge--Add a Sentiment

https://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-add-a-sentiment/
The current Wednesday Challenge over at Simon Says Stamp is to ADD A 
SENTIMENT. Using Hero Arts products is encouraged if you have them, and I 
happened to have some that I'm using for the very first time.




Hero Arts Garden Fancy Die was centered and cut through a white panel.
Hero Arts Reactive Inks were inked on a watercolor panel and spattered with 
water. When the panel was dried, I layered the frame over the inked piece, then
stamped the sentiment through the opening.




Patterned paper was adhered to a card base and the die cut panel was adhered
over it. Black enamel dots and a dot for the bird's eye finished off the card.
I'm glad that I could use a sentiment that was part of a totally different set
that was perfect for my card and the challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 21, 2020

You're My (Prickly) Person




February's end-of-the-month challenge at Paper Smooches is a COLOR STORY.
Check out the color palette.




I'll have to admit being a little overwhelmed because I'm such a wimp with color.
Then I realized the colors come from their Rainbow Sherbet paper pad and breathed
a small sigh of relief.



The three cacti were in my stash of diecuts and I added shading around the edges for
a bit of dimension. The two outer pots were cut from white card stock, inked then
spattered with water. The center pot was cut from the Rainbow Sherbet paper pad 
and inked and spattered with Cracked Pistachio Distress ink.

I added the thorns, flowers and buds, and the pair of eyeglasses and face. The cacti
and pots were grounded with a strip of paper from the Half Moon paper pad and the
card was finished off with the sentiment.

I'm afraid my colors aren't exact, but "close enough" I think, for the challenge.
Thanks so much for stopping by!


Thursday, February 20, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #360--Heartfelt Thanks


Team leader Chrissy brings us this week's CAS(E) this Sketch.
Meet Sketch #360.
 


Here's how I interpreted the sketch--with more stenciled hearts.




Have you seen Simon Says Stamp's Bursting Hearts Stencil? It's HUGE!
I lay the stencil on a white card base and inked in the hearts with Hero Arts
Reactive Inks. It looked a little too plain, so I did some "second generation"
stenciling and used whatever residual ink that was left on the tools.





Since it's a week past Valentine's Day, I turned it into a thank you card using
an older SSS sentiment set. Yay for a one layer card!

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, Feb 27th and
as the weekly winner you'll be invited to guest with us on a future sketch!


Thursday, February 13, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #359


Here's a retro sketch, CAS(E) this Sketch #359. Click on the link to see
how the design team interpreted it back in 2012.




I thought I had a card to share from 2012 but after searching throughout my
blog and other accounts, I see that I don't. So here's my 2020 version.




I clear embossed the sentiment on white card stock, ink distressed in ombré pinks
then trimmed it to a banner. I scored some lines on the bottom and added five
hearts on the side. The piece was then popped up on a doily embossed background.

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see how the rest of the team interpreted this retro
sketch then join us if you can. Link  up your card(s) by Thursday, February 20th
and as the weekly winner you'll be invited to guest with us on a future sketch!

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Paper Smooches February Challenge--LOVE




Paper Smooches February Challenge theme for the first half of the month is...


My order from Paper Smooches arrived with perfect timing and I decided to use
the new Hearts Stencil on my card.




I originally planned to have a background with different shades of pink hearts,
but decided at the last minute to go rainbow with Hero Arts Reactive Inks.




The panel was trimmed and adhered to a white card base. I chose the label
sentiment and finished off the card with a few sequins.

If time permits, I'm thinking of giving the pink hearts background a try.
Thanks so much for stopping by!


Thursday, February 6, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #358


Here's this week's CAS(E) this Sketch #358




I went rogue and turned the sketch 90° clockwise and substituted the rainboot planter
for the rectangular element on the sketch.




The rainboot diecut was colored with a combination of Copic markers and colored 
pencils. A strip of patterned paper was adhered to a white card base and the boot was
popped up over it. I stamped the sentiment then added some faux rain drops on the boot.

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, February 13th.
We hope to see you in the gallery!


Tuesday, February 4, 2020

CASology Week #361--Guest Designer




I have the honor of guesting for this week's CASology challenge since my card 
was chosen as the BRANCH winner for week #358. Thank you, Melissa!

Here's the cue word for this week--just in time for Valentine's Day.




And here's my take on the cue word.




I stamped the adorable hedgie off center on a white card base and colored
her with Copic markers. I white embossed the sentiment on the balloon,
 added a few clouds, then rounded off the bottom corners.

By using one main image and placing it off center, this gives the illusion of
more white space, even with the addition of die cut clouds.

Visit the CASology blog for all the details and deadlines, and see how the
design team interpreted the cue word. Come and join us if you can--we hope
to see you in the gallery!


Thursday, January 30, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #357


Teammie Brian brings us this week's CAS(E) this Sketch.
Meet Sketch #357.




And here's my not so CAS take on it.




Six strips of 3/4" white card stock was doubled up to form three strips that
were adhered to a white card base. The Memory Box wreath was cut twice
from white card stock. One wreath was inked with green inks and the
second was colored in, then layered over the green wreath.




The layered wreath was adhered to the card base and finished off with the
sentiment stamped in the center of the wreath.

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, February 6th  and
as the weekly winner, you'll be invited to join us on a future sketch!


Thursday, January 23, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #356--You Add Color to My Life


Chrissy brings us this week's CAS(E) this Sketch. Meet Sketch #356.
How fun is that?



And here's my take on the sketch.




Originally I planned to have bands of color like the sketch but then I got lazy
and just masked off a portion of the card with painter's tape and ink distressed
in rainbow order, overlapping the colors. After spattering some water and letting
it dry, I stamped the sentiment and added a few sparkling clear sequins, then
adhered the panel to a kraft card base.

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, January 30th
and we hope to see you in the gallery!


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