Friday, October 30, 2020

CASology Week #377 -- Sunset

 The cue word for the latest CASology challenge is SUNSET.

And here's my take on it.

I ink distressed a panel with several colors of Distress inks and spattered it with
water. After it was dried, I trimmed and adhered it to a card base, then topped it
with a retired landscape die from Memory Box, and finished off with the
discontinued Lisa Johnson sentiment.

The scene could go either way--sunrise or sunset. What do you see?
Thanks for stopping by today!
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Edited to add: My card was given an Honorable Mention honor!
Thanks, CASology!


Thursday, October 29, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #396

 Teammie Michelle brings us this week's CAS(E) this Sketch #396.

 And here's my take on it.

I found this ink distressed background in my scrap pile and honestly, I don't even
remember what company designed the stamps--it was that long ago. But I thought
 that it fit the sketch so I added the CZ Designs sentiment and called it done.

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

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Inspired By Challenge #147 -- Fall is Sweet

I'm joining the latest Inspired By Challenge -- Fall is Sweet. I was inspired by
the coffee theme and used the sketch for my card.

I used the Greetery's Cozy Cup set and let them hang over the edge while still 
following the sketch. I added a couple of spoons, stamped the curved sentiment, 
and finished off with a rounded corner.

While this set is still out, I'll stamp a few more cups and spoons for the upcoming
Fall/Winter 2020 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop that starts on November 6th to the 13th.
I'm SO looking forward to all the caffeine goodness that's sharerd!
Thanks for stopping by!

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Edited to add: My card was chosen as Honorable Mention
Thank you, Inspired By Challenge! 

Thursday, October 22, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #395 and Playing with Plaids

CAS(E) this Sketch #395 is by yours truly.

I wasn't planning to go so literal with a wreath, but decided to after seeing 
that my card would fit a second challenge over at Memory Box --Playing with Plaids.

 I die cut Memory Box Jovial Wreath (which I think is discontinued) and flowers 
and leaves from Poppystamps'  Blooming Border from ink smooshed papers. 
A strip of green Buffalo plaid was adhered to a card base and the sentiment
was stamped in the center.

I assembled the wreath on the card, then added the flowers and leaves.
I finished off the card by rounding off the left bottom corner

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 29th and we
hope to see you in the gallery!

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Mushroom House

I recently bought Simon Says Stamp's Mushroom House Wafer Die so that
the gnomes in my stash would finally have a home. 
At the last minute, I decided to turn this into a "miss you" card to send to my 
mother in law who is in a skilled nursing facility on another island.

I die cut the house from watercolor card stock, then ink distressed all the
pieces and set them aside. The background was ink distressed in two colors
to separate the sky from the ground. Grass was sketched in with Copic
markers and the two part sentiment was white embossed.

I'm hoping we'll get to see her soon, but for now, this card will have to suffice.
I'm entering it in Simon Says Stamp's Flickr challenge to share your favorite
technique, and of course, mine is ink distressing!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, October 16, 2020

Season's Greetings, Deer

By popular demand, Spellbinders has re-released Season's Greetings, Deer 
as an October 2020 Kit add on. This set was part of an earlier Card Kit of the Month
and the kind folks at Spellbinders sent me a set to play with. I had!

The set comes with 19 dies and creates adorable deer faces that can go from 
cute and sassy to playful, depending on the pieces that you choose.
 Check out these samples.

I decided to go feminine after seeing the eyelashes in the set.

The pieces can be cut from colored card stock but if you know me, I had to use white 
card stock and ink distress as much as I could to give the image some dimension.

I adhered all the pieces over a wood grain stamped panel, then adhered the
panel to a kraft card base. And I wish you could see the eyelashes up close.
I curled them a bit because I just couldn't resist!

For my second card I made a Santa Deer just by changing up the elements.

I inked the Santa hat and bow with red inks and used white glitter card stock for
the trimmings on the hat. I wasn't planning on using the "cheeks" but I think it
helps to define the deer's face.

It's admirable when companies listen to their customers and bring back a 
well loved product. It's a win win situation for all, don't you think?
Quantities are limited so be sure to grab your set while you can.
Thanks so much for visiting!

Thursday, October 15, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #394 --Thanks so mush!

Team leader Chrissy brings us this week's CAS(E) this Sketch #394.

 And here's my take on it.

A woodgrain pattern was stamped and ink distressed on the edges then
trimmed and adhered to a card base. I added a strip of green card stock
to ground three mushrooms and finished off with the punny 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 22nd
and we can't wait to see you in the gallery!

Monday, October 12, 2020

Online Card Classes -- Simply Watercolor Christmas

 I found some time to make a card for Online Card Classes newest class--
Simply Watercolor Christmas.

Here's my card for Day 1 which involved masking. I struggled more with the blue 
painter's tape than with the actual watercoloring.

And I should have stuck to just one tree because that floating tree in the middle 
just looks so odd. I thought about touching up the tree with a darker color but left it 
as it is. For entertainment.

The one thing I'm happy about is the saved sentiment that fell out of the stamp pouch. 
It was stamped, embossed, and die cut out of the strangest color. But it fit perfectly on 
the card because black or brown would have been too much of a contrast.

This particular class couldn't have come at a better time. If you've never taken a class,
give this one a try. You'll have lifetime access to class lessons and videos and you can move
at your own pace.
I'm hoping to keep up with the daily lessons. Wish me luck!

Saturday, October 10, 2020

CASE Me a Christmas Card with Michelle Lupton & Friends

During the month of October, blogging friend Michelle Lupton has invited friends to
join her new card series: CASE Me a Christmas Card. We each choose a card and
CASE it, changing it to a Christmas theme, if necessary.

After going through her Instagram account, I was happy to find a Christmas 
card to CASE. I chose this one from July 2020.

I loved her beautiful sky and that adorable Santa. Here's my CASE of her card.

I chose my favorite Birdie Brown Santa, and colored him with Copic markers
then die cut him. I ink distressed a sky and of course, spattered it with water. 
I substituted her stenciled trees with some die cut ones that I cut from
glitter card stock and white embossed with pine tree details.

To finish the card, I adhered the trees, popping up the bigger one, then 
added the Santa and stamped sentiment. Snowflake sequins were adhered
to the treetops.

Now let's head over to Michelle's blog to see which one of my cards she CASE'd.
Thanks, Michelle, for your kind invitation to CASE and be CASE'd by you.
As always, it was fun and I can chalk up my first Christmas card!

Thursday, October 8, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #393

It's retro week over at CAS(E) this Sketch. It's a fun one from Chrissy
that was formerly Sketch #134.

Here's my take on it back in 2015.

Now meet the 2020 version with a trendy rainbow theme.

I used Taylor Expressions' Over the Rainbow Masking Stencils and inked two
colors per arch, then stamped designs with the Over the Rainbow stamp set in
coordinating colors. The stamped sentiment finished off the card.

Stop by 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 15th
and we hope to see you in the gallery!

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge -- Halloween/Fall Inspiration

I'm joining Lawn Fawn's Lawn Fawnatics Challenge which is all about
Halloween/Fall and has a great inspiration photo. And of course I was inspired
by the leaves.

The colors of my leaves came from a Starbucks ad and I'm happy that I
finally got to use those colors on my project. Aren't those pumpkins gorgeous?

I used all Distress Oxide inks on Lawn Fawn's Stitched Leaves, then adhered 
them to a slimline card. "Thanks" was cut three times from kraft card stock, 
then adhered together to form a thick sentiment and popped up on the leaves.

Ah, if only there were pumpkins and leaves in those colors. 
The world would be a prettier, and possibly kinder place.
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Color Throwdown Challenge #613

 Joining Color Throwdown Challenge #613 was a no brainer. Just look at the 
inspiration photo. Yep, those vibrant colors and leaves--I just couldn't resist.

 Here's my card using Concord & 9th's Leafy Layers Dies.

The solid and outline leaves were cut from white card stock and ink
distressed. I assembled them off center for a bit of interest and  spattered
on some gold ink.

I adhered them to a kraft card base and tucked in a few green leaves.
The stamped sentiment finished off the card.

I'm off to link this up. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 1, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #392

Teammie Michelle brings us a pretty little number for this week's

And here's my simplified take on the sketch.

Taylored Expressions' Wildflower Background was white embossed, then
ink distressed in two colors. I adhered it to a lumber embossed background
and added the white embossed sentiment.

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see how the rest of the team interpreted Michelle's
sketch and come and join us if you can. Link up your card(s) by Thursday, 
Oct 8th and we hope to see you in the gallery!