Thursday, September 24, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #391


CAS(E) this Sketch #391 is a little something from me and it looks like this.


Here's my take on it.
 

 I ink distressed a piece in two colors then trimmed it into two strips per the
sketch. I adhered some leaves, spattered some white paint, then finished off
with the sentiment.

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, Oct 1st and we hope
to see you in the gallery!


Monday, September 21, 2020

All Kinds of Wonderful

 
Altenew's Leaf Mix Die Set has so many different designs, I decided to make a slimline card
in a fun rainbow theme.

 
I chose seven different leaf designs and inked them in rainbow colors. The solid leaf
shape was inked in a darker shade, then the two leaves were adhered together. 
A slimline card base was topped with a thin frame and the leaves were adhered on top.


A white embossed sentiment and clear sequins finished off the card. 
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
 
 

Thursday, September 17, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #390


Our leader Chrissy brings us this week's CAS(E) this Sketch #390.


Truth be told this is my second attempt at the sketch because the first looked a
little blah. Plus, I wanted to use Altenew's Craft a Flower Layering Tulip Dies
that I haven't had time to put together--until now.


I struggled with the layering of the third layer so I just went with two 
layers and added highlights with a white colored pencil. The sentiment was
clear embossed on a strip of torn vellum and adhered like a belly band.

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, Sept 24th and
we hope to see you in the gallery!


Saturday, September 12, 2020

Inspired By Challenge #141 -- Tweet Tea


http://theseinspiredchallenges.blogspot.com/2020/09/inspired-bytweet-tea.html


I'm joining Inspired By Challenge #141 after seeing the graphic and cards by
the design team. How could I resist? Here's my card, minus the tweet because
I thought my card was busy enough without the bird.


And it was a good chance to hunt for my ancient Spellbinders Reverse 
Wonky Rectangle Dies after seeing stamping pal Ivy recently use them
on some cards. This set is about 10 years old and was one of my favorites
to use as a card base.


I die cut two teacups and ink distressed them and cut one out of washi tape 
that was adhered to white card stock. I layered the cups and added some 
leaves then stamped the sentiment. The two panels are joined with a hinge
and I debossed the die into the panel first to give it a finished edge.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Edited to add: I'm honored that my card was chosen as the winner for the challenge.
Thanks so much to Laurel and the team!
 


Thursday, September 10, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #389


It's retro week over at CAS(E) this Sketch. Meet Sketch #389, 
formerly Sketch #306.


Here's my take on it back in January 2019.


And here's the 2020 version.



I found a pile of alcohol inked backgrounds and trimmed one to fit a card base.
I die cut the letters from silver glitter card stock and adhered them 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, Sept 17th
and as the weekly winner you'll be invited to guest with us on a future sketch!
Thanks so much for stopping by!


Tuesday, September 8, 2020

CASology #373 -- SEPTEMBER

https://casology.blogspot.com/2020/09/week-373-september.html

I'm joining CASology's latest challenge with the cue word SEPTEMBER.
I decided to go the autumnal route after spotting this maple leaf in my
stash of die cuts.


It's an oldie from Simon Says Stamp and I may have cut it out from a
"boo boo" piece and just tossed it in the stash pile. I adhered it to a card
base, stamped the sentiment, and rounded off a corner. 

I'm so glad the "boo boo" finally found a home.
Thanks for stopping by today!


Sunday, September 6, 2020

Inspired By #140 --Tasty Autumn


http://theseinspiredchallenges.blogspot.com/2020/09/inspired-bytasty-autumn.html

I'm joining Inspired By challenge #140 which is all about autumn goodness.
I was inspired by the leaves and the sketch. That, and I couldn't wait to play with
the amazing Leaf Mix by Altenew.



I chose three of the leaf shapes and inked them in gradient colors. After
inking the solid leaf shape in a lighter color, I adhered them together,
slightly off center.

I adhered the leaves and popped up the center one, then gold embossed
the sentiment. Sequins finished off the card.

Hope you're enjoying the long weekend and thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, September 3, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #388


Teammie Michelle brings us CAS(E) this Sketch #388 and 
it looks like this.


And here's my simplified take on it.


I discovered an old embossing folder and embossed it on kraft card stock,
then went over it with white pigment ink. Several Paper Smooches fronds
were die cut and ink distressed, then adhered to the card. A white 
embossed sentiment finished off the card.

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, Sept 10th
and we hope to see you in the gallery!


Friday, August 28, 2020

Paper Smooches Final Challenge--ANYTHING GOES


https://papersmooches.blogspot.com/2020/08/august-15-28-anything-goes-challenge.html

Paper Smooches has closed the door on its store and I'm playing in their very 
last challenge with the theme of ANYTHING GOES.

My card uses the amazing Succulent Stencil that I'm inking up for the very 
first time, together with a sentiment from Inhale Exhale.


There's a bit of sadness in the air since Kim announced her retirement and the
store quickly sold out of her trademark images and sentiments. I can proudly say
that I've built up a collection of Paper Smooches goodies and could probably open
up my very own store!



So while I'm sad there won't be any new items, I can still play with my inventory
for years to come. Many thanks to Kim and the design teams, past and present, for all
the inspiration they provided and the joy Paper Smooches brought into our lives.


Thursday, August 27, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #387


Ready for a new CAS(E) this Sketch? Here's Sketch #387--a little something from me.


And here's what I came up with.


I swooshed some color on the card and adhered the die cut sentiment.
The secondary sentiment was stamped beneath it and finished off with
three stars and a rounded corner.

Stop by CAS(E) this Sketch to see how the rest of my teammies interpreted
the sketch and join us if you can. Link up your card(s) by Thursday, Sept 3rd
and as the weekly winner you'll be invited to join us on a future sketch!


Thursday, August 20, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #386


Nathalie brings us this week's CAS(E) this Sketch #386.


I went the festive route, using The Greetery's Pinwheel Party Stencil.


After stenciling them in rainbow order, I spattered on some gold paint
and added the sentiment. Rounded corners finished off the card.

Head on over to 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,
August 27th, and we hope to see you in the gallery!


Thursday, August 13, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #385 -- You Got This


Meet this week's CAS(E) this Sketch #385 brought to you by Chrissy.


And here's my take on her sketch.


I kept it pretty simple with a stitched circle die backed with an ink
distressed panel that was stamped with a sentiment. The card was finished
off with some sequins and a rounded off corner.

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, August 20th
and we hope to see you in the gallery

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Let the Sparkle Begin With Spellbinders



My friends at Spellbinders sent me a few goodies to play with from their new
SPARKLING CHRISTMAS COLLECTION which went live on August 10th.

I chose S4-1064 Kaleidoscope Christmas Tree and S4-1065 Christmas Mix and 
Match Sentiments which paired perfectly together.



The Christmas Tree is a set of three dies that layer beautifully to form a
simple or intricate tree, complete with a star topper. After die cutting the
pieces, I inked them up in cool greens and blues in ombré fashion, then
spattered them with gold ink.

I layered two of the pieces and adhered the star which was cut from gold
card stock. The sentiment was also cut from gold card stock and I assembled
the tree and sentiment on a black card base for a dramatic holiday look.


For my second project I changed up the colors on the pieces and layered only
two of the three trees. I cut the script sentiment out of gold card stock and
stamped a secondary sentiment above it. Sequins finished off the tree and card.
 
Visit Spellbinders and see the entire Sparkling Collection and grab a few to
get a head start on your holiday cards and projects!


Thursday, August 6, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #384


Are you ready for a retro sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch?
Here's Sketch #384 which was Sketch #45 back in 2013.


Meet my straightforward take on the sketch, 7 years ago.


And here's my 2020 version featuring a fun pair of mermaid tails.


I gold embossed a mermaid tail twice, then used daubers to color them in.
Before adhering them to a card base, I dry embossed the background with
an old stencil that resembled splashes of water. I adhered the tails per
the sketch, stamped the sentiment, and added some clear drops.

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, August 13th
and as the weekly winner, you'll be invited to join us on a future sketch!


Thursday, July 30, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #383


CAS(E) this Sketch #383 is brought to you by yours truly.
And it looks like this.


And here's my interpretation, although I think it lost its CAS status.



I was intrigued with teammie Michele's stenciled pool water that she 
learned from MFT's Laura Dovalo. I wanted to try it but like Michele, didn't
own the stencil, so I found a discontinued one from MFT called COW PRINT.

I wasn't super happy with the result (does it look more like jellyfish?) but
having three cute chickies poolside really help. I added the Mama
Elephant sentiment and called it done.

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


Friday, July 24, 2020

Paper Smooches -- COLOR POP


Paper Smooches challenge for the second half of July is COLOR POP, using
just black and white with a pop of color on your project.

https://papersmooches.blogspot.com/2020/07/july-15-28-color-pop-challenge.html 

I may have missed the mark on this but here's what I came up with.
 

I knew that I wanted to use the orca because it's already a black and white
mammal, so I decided the "pop of color" would be the ocean. I tore some
low tack tape so I'd get the ragged edges and ink blended and spattered a
small patch of blue.

I popped up the orca, added the splashes above him, and stamped the
two part sentiment. I'm still not too sure about this. I'll go through my
Paper Smooches stash and may try again....Thanks for stopping by!






Thursday, July 23, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #382


Ready for a new CAS(E) this Sketch? This little number comes from Nathalie.
Meet Sketch #382.


Here's my take on it.


Clean and simple this week, and that makes my heart happy. I assembled
the cupcake and added some Stickles to the candle flame. The sentiment
was stamped onto a green scrap that was inked on the bottom. I adhered
everything to a kraft card base and rounded off one corner.

Yes, the candle is sticking up a little higher than the top of the card, but
I've trimmed off a quarter of an inch from the bottom and side so it will fit
in an A2 size envelope. Honest. I checked.

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 30th and as the
weekly winner you'll be invited to join us on a future sketch!

Thursday, July 16, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #381


Teammie Brian brings us this week's CAS(E) this Sketch #381, a sketch
with TONS of interpretations. We'd love to see yours! First, meet the sketch.



Here's what I came up with.


Yep, I used the Altenew washi tape AGAIN, but this time adhered it to
light pink card stock for a different look. I also discovered my stash of
embossing folders that were long neglected.

I adhered the washi panel and white embossed the sentiment on pink card
stock then added some shading on the bottom for an ombré look. Sequins
finished off 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, July 23rd.
As the weekly winner you'll be invited to join us on a future sketch,

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!