Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Grumpy Birthday


It was my uncle's birthday on Tuesday so, since he's a fellow dog lover, I whipped up this card for him.  I think the look on this Gerda Steiner pooch's face represents pretty well how he feels about his birthday these days - he tolerates them but they certainly are not his favourite thing.  :)  I pulled out some more old Basic Grey papers for this card - this time Obscure.  Finally putting all the oldies but goodies to work.  I think I'll have to have a celebration if I ever totally use up a complete set of papers.
This card was inspired by the sketch at The Paper Players and the Animals these at Cupcake Inspirations.














Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Papertrey Ink, (Basic Black) Stampin' Up
Patterned Paper:  (Obscure 6x6) Basic Grey
Stamps:  (Dog & sentiment from Howl Are You) Gerda Steiner, (Party hat from Hats Off to You) Lawn Fawn
Inks:  (VersaMark, VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukeniko
Embossing Powder:  (Opaque Bright White Super Fine) Wow
Markers:  (E33, E35, 100) Copic
Other:  (Clear Wink of Stella) Zig

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

CASology #246


Welcome to Week 246 of CASology!  Take a look at the cue word for this week:


I've made several variations of this card over the years but I'm really loving this one with the MFT sentiment and stitched arch die.  It almost looks like a snow globe except for the tree peeking over the top.  :)    

Looking forward to seeing what direction the cue word takes you.  Check out the gorgeousness from the rest of the design team then play along!




This week's guest designer:


This week's sponsor:


Link your creations to the CASology blog and remember that the deadline for entries is Monday at noon (CDT).


Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Papertrey Ink, (Real Red, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, Bashful Blue, Tempting Turquoise, Soft Suede) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (Ornaments from Hang Ups) Paper Smooches, (Sentiment) My Favourite Things
Inks:  (Memento Tuxedo Black) Tsukeniko
Dies:  (Stitched Arch) My Favourite Things, (Hills) Papertrey Ink
Gems:  Recollections
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Monday, April 24, 2017

Brusho Flower & Pink Butterflies


Hi there!  I have two cards to share today.  First up is for The Flower Challenge's sketch challenge and I'm also playing along with the Showers and/or Flowers challenge at the Simon Says Wednesday challenge.  I sprinkled and spritzed some Brushos onto watercolor paper and then stamped the Winnie & Walter flower and leaves over the colours.  I fussy cut them and popped them up on foam tape over the strips of glitter tape, added a Hero Arts sentiment and some gems and was done!  I'm pleased with how this flower came out.  On my first attempt I used way too much powder and water and the colours were so dark that the flower didn't show up.  I really need to devote a bit more time to playing with these powders.



Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Papertrey Ink
Stamps:  (Flower from In Bloom: Addie's Garden) Winnie & Walter, (Sentiment from CL334) Hero Arts
Inks:  (VersaMark, VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukeniko, (Jet Black Archival Ink) Ranger
Embossing Powder:  (Clear) Hero Arts
Brushos:  (Sunburst Lemon, Sea Green, Turquoise, Violet) Colourcraft
Tape:  (Black glitter tape) American Crafts
Gems:  Recollections




Next is a card for the Time Out photo inspiration challenge.  I love this picture and the feeling of movement from those gorgeous pink butterflies.  I dug out some My Favourite Things and Memory Box butterflies and plenty of Rose Red paper and set to work die cutting.  I had intended on a much more random placement of the butterflies but before I knew it I ended up with this symmetrical pattern so I just went with it.  A few of the butterflies are layered and the central ones have gems.  I like how it's kind of CAS and busy all at the same time.  




Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (Textured White) Bazzill, (Rose Red, Basic Black) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (Sentiment from Scandinavian Prints) Neat & Tangled
Inks:  (VersaMark) Tsukeniko
Embossing Powder:  (Opaque Bright White Super Fine) Wow
Dies:  (Butterflies) My Favourite Things, (Butterfly Delights) Memory Box
Gems:  Recollections

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Grad Hats


Another weekend has zoomed past and it's back to work tomorrow.  I had a little bit of crafty time today and made a card for Freshly Made Sketches.  I used my trusty Lawn Fawn grad caps in place of the hearts on the sketch along with a Papertrey Ink sentiment.  The pretty ombre paper is from Lil' Inker Designs and I thought it made a good sky background.  The hats are coloured with Copics and they and the sentiment are all popped up on foam tape.  Clean and simple just how I like it!


Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (Textured White) Bazzill, (White) Papertrey Ink, (Basic Black) Stampin' Up
Patterned Paper:  (Dip Dyed Ombre 6x6) Lil' Inker Designs
Stamps:  (Hat from Hats Off to You) Lawn Fawn, (Sentiment from Keep It Simple: Graduation) Papertrey Ink
Inks:  (VersaMark, Memento Tuxedo Black) Tsukeniko
Embossing Powder:  (Opaque Bright White Super Fine) Wow
Markers:  (Y17, C5, C7) Copic
Gems:  Recollections
   

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

CASology #245


Welcome to Week 245 of CASology!  Take a look at the cue word for this week:


I wasn't thrilled with the first card I made this week.  It was fine but a little boring so I put my thinking cap back on and came up with growing hair.  As someone with really short hair this is something I deal with a lot and when I put off a haircut for too long I feel like this guy!  He really gives me a good giggle and I thought he'd be perfect for the challenge.  

Looking forward to seeing what direction the cue word takes you.  Check out the gorgeousness from the rest of the design team then play along!




This week's guest designer:


This week's sponsor:


Link your creations to the CASology blog and remember that the deadline for entries is Monday at noon (CDT).


Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Papertrey Ink, (Daffodil Delight) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (Hey Chick) Stampin' Up
Inks:  (Memento Tuxedo Black) Tsukeniko
Die:  (Stitched Rectangle Scallop Edge Frame) My Favourite Things
Markers:  Copic
Gems:  Recollections

Monday, April 17, 2017

Rainbow, Unicorn & Flowers


Hi there!  I'm popping in with two cards today.  First up is for the My Favourite Things sketch challenge and the Cupcake Inspirations Mythical challenge.  The stamps, patterned paper and wonky stitched die are all MFT.  I love this unicorn set.  They are a little chubby and super cuddly looking!  I coloured the unicorn and rainbow with Copics and popped them both up on foam tape for some dimension.  There's also a healthy dose of Wink of Stella on the unicorn and rainbow.


Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Papertrey Ink, (Rose Red, Bashful Blue) Stampin' Up
Patterned Paper:  (Rainbow stripes from Sweet Celebration 6x6) My Favourite Things
Stamps:  (All from Magical Unicorns) My Favourite Things
Inks:  (VersaFine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black) Tsukeniko
Die:  (Wonky Stitched Rectangle) My Favourite Things, (Flag) Paper Smooches
Markers:  (R85, RV000, YR00, Y11, YG11, BG10, BV00, C1, C5) Copic
Glitter:  (Clear Wink of Stella) Zig
Gems:  Recollections




Next up is a card for three challenges - Curtain Call's photo inspiration, the Addicted to Stamps and More Make Your Mark challenge and the Spring word prompt at Inkspirational.  Doesn't get must springier than flowers and Mother's Day I'd say!  I Zig coloured some Simon Says Stamp flowers and put them in a subtly striped vellum jar from Paper Smooches.  The sentiment is from Fresh Squeezed Stamps and you'll probably see a lot of it since it's one of the few Mother's Day sentiments I have.  Also there's that MFT scallop frame popping up again...  :)  
















Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (Watercolor) Ranger, (Bashful Blue, Basic Grey) Stampin' Up, (Vellum)
Stamps:  (Flowers from Spring Flowers) Simon Says Stamp, (Sentiment from Mother Knows Best) Fresh Squeezed Stamps
Inks:  (VersaMark) Tsukeniko, (Cement Grey) My Favourite Things
Embossing Powder:  (Opaque Bright White Super Fine) Wow
Die:  (Jar) Paper Smooches, (Stitched Rectangle Scallop Edge Frame) My Favourite Things
Markers:  (Zig Light Pink, Light Carmine, Light Green) Kuretake
Gems:  Recollections

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Umbrellas, Clouds & Rainbows


Hi there!  I've got cards for several challenges today.  First up is for the Inspired by All the Little Things challenge.  I was inspired by the grey day, the umbrella and the stripes although I went for rainbow stripes instead of black and white stripes.  I also used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches but I flipped it upside down.  This was actually my second attempt at the card. My first one used different papers.  Can't decide which one I prefer...






Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (Textured White) Bazzill
Patterned Paper:  (Rainbow stripes from Everyday Collection 6x6) Avery Elle, Grey stripes from Dots & Stripes 6x6) Echo Park, (Plaid from Perfectly Plaid) Lawn Fawn, (Grey dots from South of Market 6x6) Studio Calico
Stamps:  (All from Weather It) Avery Elle
Inks:  (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukeniko
Die:  (Cloud border) Mama Elephant
Gems:  Recollections



Finally I have a card for the CAS-ual Fridays rainbow challenge.  How fabulous is that rainbow glitter tape?  Once I laid the tape I embossed the sentiment from Shenanigans to really make it pop and then I added a generous helping of gems for a bling-tactic celebration!



Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Papertrey Ink, (Basic Grey) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (Sentiment from Shenanigans) CAS-ual Fridays
Inks:  (VersaMark, VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukeniko
Embossing Powder:  (Clear) Hero Arts
Washi:  (Glitter chevrons) Duck
Gems:  Recollections