Friday, July 10, 2020

Paper Smooches RAINBOWS Challenge -- Take Two


https://papersmooches.blogspot.com/2020/07/july-1-14-rainbows-challenge.html

I'm sharing a second card for Paper Smooches Rainbow theme challenge thanks
to the speedy delivery from Scrapbook.com of a stencil set that I thought was a 
build-your-own rainbow. So I did.


I inked up three parts of the stencil to form a rainbow shape in three colors of
Hero Arts Reactive inks, then added small designs found on the stencil in a
secondary color. I stamped the sentiment, then adhered the panel to a card base
covered with diagonal striped paper.


I was going to add a few clear sequins but it's such a busy card, the bling would
have disappeared, so I left it as is. Do you see a rainbow? Please say yes....


Thanks so much for stopping by today!


Thursday, July 9, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #380


Chrissy brainstorms the coolest sketches and this week's is no exception.


I semi panicked when I first saw the sketch, then remembered an Altenew stencil
that would work perfectly. I was inspired by Altenew team member Erum's card
using rainbow inks.


I used Hero Arts' Reactive inks and stenciled in three colors in portrait format.
The sentiment was curved before stamping to mimic the design.

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, July 16th and as the
weekly winner you'll be invited to guest with us on a future sketch!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Paper Smooches Challenge--RAINBOWS


I'm joining Paper Smooches Challenge for the first half of July
with a RAINBOW theme.

https://papersmooches.blogspot.com/2020/07/july-1-14-rainbows-challenge.html

I could not believe that I don't own Paper Smooches Rainbow Die and yet own 
one from almost every other company. So plan B was to use the theme as
inspiration for my card.


Paper Smooches Hearts Stencil was inked in rainbow order with Hero Arts'
Reactive inks. I over spattered the card with black ink then finished off with
an Inverted Greeting.


 I'm not too sure if this will qualify for the challenge, but lots of color always
makes things better. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 2, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #379


It's retro time at CAS(E) this Sketch! This week's Sketch #379 was Sketch #62
 back in 2014. Remember this little number?


Here's my take on it back then.



And here's the 2020 version with a little help from my favorite washi tape.


I adhered a strip of washi tape, then cut two thin strips of glittered card stock
and adhered them on either side to give the tape some definition. I stamped the
sentiment and called it done.

Come and play along with this retro sketch! Link up your card(s) by Thursday,
July 9th and we hope to see you in the gallery!


Thursday, June 25, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #378


This week's CAS(E) this Sketch is a little somethin' from me
and it looks like this.



Here's what I came up with using mostly scraps from my stash.



That alcohol inked goldfish literally fell out of my bowl of diecuts so I took that as
a sign. The sentiment was white embossed on a scrap of ink distressed paper
and everything was adhered to a pre stamped background. Am I a lazy
crafter or what? Yes, you may answer that!

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see how my teammies interpreted the sketch and
join us if you can. Link up your card(s) by Thursday, July 2nd and as the weekly
winner you'll be invited to join us on a future sketch!


Thursday, June 18, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #377


Teammie Nathalie brings us this week's CAS(E) this Sketch #377.


And here's my take on it.


I stamped Altenew's Wispy Begonia in black ink, together with the sentiment
from the set, then cut it out per the sketch with an old Spellbinders label die.
A white card base was covered with patterned paper, then topped with
the stamped label.

 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, June 25th and as the
weekly winner you'll be invited to guest with us on a future sketch!


Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Fusion Card Challenge -- BUTTERFLY


I'm playing along with the new Fusion Card Challenge. Because butterflies.
http://fusioncardchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/06/fusion-butterfly.html

You can choose to play along with just the sketch or the inspiration photo or combine
the two. I combined the theme and the sketch.


I inked up three butterflies in rainbow colors. A (recycled) strip of textured kraft
paper was stamped with the sentiment then adhered to the card base. The
butterflies were adhered per the sketch.

Hope your week is going well. Thanks so much for stopping by!


* * *

Edited to add: Honored that my card was chosen as Honorable Mention.
Thank you, Fusion Card Challenge!


Thursday, June 11, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #376


Teammie Brian brings us this week's CAS(E) this Sketch #376.


And here's my take on it.


The circular element was turned into an aquarium for a couple of gillfriends.
I added the sentiment and adhered everything to a kraft card base stamped
with the Circle Doodle Background stamp in Versamark ink.


In hindsight, I should have done without the circular design in the background
for a more CAS look. But the fish look happy, don't they?

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, June 18th.
We hope to see you in the gallery!

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Paper Smooches Challenge--FLOWERS

https://papersmooches.blogspot.com/

Paper Smooches' Challenge for the first half of June is all about FLOWERS.

https://papersmooches.blogspot.com/2020/06/june-1-14-flowers-challenge.html



The image from Rosy Posy was stamped, colored, and die cut. The diagonal stripes
were stenciled on a card base, topped with the floral image and I stamped the 
(retired) sentiment. Sequins finished off the card.




If you're a fan and follower of Paper Smooches, you've heard that Kim Hughes Mraz
has decided to retire from her company. While I'm sad that she won't be creating new
images, I'm happy and excited for her and wish her well in her new endeavors.
Thank you, Kim, for sharing your creativity with us!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Thursday, June 4, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #375


Are you ready for this week's CAS(E) this Sketch? Meet Sketch #375,
compliments of Chrissy.


And here's my simplified take on it.


I diecut Memory Box's Single Rose Stem and colored it with inks and Copic
markers. I found a hoarded green inked panel and adhered the rose to it.
The panel was adhered to a woodgrain panel and finished off with the sentiment.
My goodness, I believe everything but the rose was in my pile of scraps!
It pays to be a hoarder, doesn't it?

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, June 11th and
as the weekly winner, you'll be invited to guest with us on a future sketch!


Friday, May 29, 2020

Sitting here, thinking of you


http://coffeelovingcardmakers.com/2020/05/2020-spring-summer-coffee-lovers-blog-hop/

My second and final card for the Spring | Summer Coffee Lovers Hop.
My goodness the week just flew by! I thought for sure I'd make several cards
using some of the sponsors' products, too. Did.not.happen.

In the end, I made another card using The Greetery's Cozy Cup set with almost 
the same layout, a different color mug and coaster, and an extra sprig thrown in.



I debossed the background with Altenew's Dotted Swirls Debossing Cover Die and
made a kraft cozy coaster. I added a little teal to the sprig and adhered everything
to the card base. The sentiment finished off the card.



And truthfully, I have never had a latté before. I mean, I've had a Starbucks latté.
Just not the fancy schmancy kind with the artsy foam.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Cheers to Amy and her team for another
well organized hop!


Thursday, May 28, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #374


It's retro week at CAS(E) this Sketch and Sketch #374 (formerly #286)
makes a reappearance in our sketch lineup.



Here's my card from 2018.




Fast forward to 2020 and I have another congratulatory card.



The sentiment was inked in rainbow colors then stacked on top of three
more die cut words.  As luck would have it I found a woodgrain embossed
card base in my stash. I adhered the sentiment then finished off with
some clear flat sequins.

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see how the rest of the team interpreted the
retro sketch and join us if you can. Link up your card(s) by Thursday, June 4th,
 and as the weekly winner you'll be invited to guest with us on a future sketch!


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!


http://coffeelovingcardmakers.com/2020/05/2020-spring-summer-coffee-lovers-blog-hop/


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 from 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.


https://casology.blogspot.com/2020/05/week-368-plant.html


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


https://www.spellbinderspaperarts.com/whimsical-and-wild-by-jane-davenport/


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


https://www.spellbinderspaperarts.com/brave-bear-clear-stamp-set-from-whimsical-and-wild-collection-by-jane-davenport/

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!