Sunday, January 15, 2017

Thanks, Love & Birthday


Hi there!  Another weekend has come and gone so quickly.  After spending most of the last five days fighting off a migraine I finally got back into the Craft Cave today and I've got 3 cards to share.

First up is for the CAS Colours & Sketches challenge.  The splatter pattern on the sketch made me think of dangling vines so I pulled out these Doodle Bloom leaves from Altenew and coloured them with Copic greens.  The flower is from an oldie but goodie Lawn Fawn set of large sentiments.  



Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Papertrey Ink, (Rose Red, Basic Black) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (Leaves & flowers from Doodle Blooms) Altenew, (Sentiment from Grand Greetings) Lawn Fawn
Inks:  (VersaMark, VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko
Embossing Powder:  (Opaque Bright White Super Fine) Wow
Markers:  (YG06, G07, G14) Copic
Other:  (Ebony Black Crystal Drops) Nuvo
Gems:  Recollections



This next card was inspired by the photo at The Card Concept.  I focused on the coffee cup and the pinks from the roses.  I used Lil' Inker Designs' coffee cup, patterned paper and sentiment with a Taylored Expression heart die.  I'd say this card fits into the Clean and Simple category. 


Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (Textured White) Bazzill, (White) Papertrey Ink, (Crumb Cake, Basic Black) Stampin' Up
Patterned Paper:  (Love You 6x6) Lil' Inker Designs
Stamps:  (Sentiment from Coffee Cozy Stamps) Lil' Inker Designs
Inks:  (VersaMark) Tsukineko
Embossing Powder:  (Opaque Bright White Super Fine) Wow
Dies:  (Coffee cup) Lil' Inker Designs, (Large & small heart) Taylored Expressions
Gems:  Recollections



Finally is my take on Anita's gorgeous card over at the Muse challenge.  I took inspiration from her blended colours over an embossed background (although I used watercolors instead of Distress Inks) and the white on black sentiment.   


Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (Watercolor) Ranger, (Black) Papertrey Ink, (Brushed Silver) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (Brilliant from Wait for It, Hope your birthday is... from Rad) CAS-ual Fridays, (Transparent Triangles Background) My Favourite Things
Inks:  (VersaMark, VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko
Embossing Powder:  (Clear) Hero Arts
Die:  (Scalloped rectangle) WPlus9
Paints:  (Gansai Tombe) Kuretake
Gems:  Recollections

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

CASology #231



Welcome to Week 231 of CASology!  Take a look at the cue word for this week:


This week's cue word gave me a good opportunity to pull out and use some NBUS stamps.  Now I know these Simon Says tree images have been around for ages but I just got them recently.  I tried watercoloring them with Zigs but I really need more practice in that department so them I just coloured them with Zigs on their own - no water.  I like the richness of the colours like this but I still want to master watercoloring with them!

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


Hazel Hodgkins - Taking a break


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) Ranger, (Black) Gina K
Stamps:  (Trees from One With Nature) Simon Says Stamp, (Sentiment from Casual Comfort) CAS-ual Fridays
Inks:  (VersaMark) Tsukineko, (Jet Black Archival Ink) Ranger
Embossing Powder:  (Opaque Bright White Super Fine) Wow
Die:  (Stitched rectangle) Lil' Inker Designs
Markers:  (Zig Clean Colour) Kuretake
Gems:  Recollections
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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

CASology #230


Welcome to Week 230 of CASology!  Take a look at the cue word for this week:


 What constitutes cold is definitely relative depending on who you talk to.  The other night it went down to 58 degrees here which for us is more than cold - it's freezing!   Out came the fleecy pajamas and extra blankets and the fur babies were more than happy for extra cuddles.  My brother lives in Chicago and has a whole different definition of cold.  At the end of the day though I think it's safe to say that snow = cold so today I went for a cute Newton's Nook pooch romping through a snowy wilderness.   

Looking forward to seeing what direction the cue word takes you.  Check out the gorgeousness from the rest of the design team, give a warm welcome to our newest team members Rachel & Janet and then play along!


Hazel Hodgkins - Taking a break


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
Patterned Paper:  (Snow Day 6x6) Bo Bunny
Stamps:  (Dog & sentiment from Holiday Hounds) Newton's Nook
Inks:  (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko
Die:  (Stitched Arch) My Favourite Things
Markers:  (W1, W2, W3) Copic
Glitter:  (Clear Wink of Stella) Zig
Gems:  Recollections
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Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy Day


Hallo there!  I've got a quick CAS card to share today for the current Inspired by Words challenge at Time Out.  

The quote this time is:

'With each sunrise we are given a chance for a new beginning'

The stamps and the the stitched arch die are from My Favourite Things.  I stamped the sun onto the blue die cut, then again onto yellow cardstock and cut and paper pieced it back on to the blue.  The blue panel and the clouds are all popped up on foam tape and the sun is covered with clear Wink of Stella.


Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Papertrey Ink, (Textured White, Blue) Bazzill, (Daffodil Delight) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (All from Things with Wings) My Favourite Things
Inks:  (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko
Die:  (Stitched Arch) My Favourite Things
Glitter:  (Clear Wink of Stella) Zig
Gems:  Recollections
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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Hay, Girl!


Happy New Year!  Did you have a fun and festive evening?  Luis and I had a quiet one at home but we did venture out onto the porch at midnight to watch the fireworks from the town across the harbor.  They're so gorgeous reflecting on the water!

I'm playing along with the sketch challenge at My Favourite Things and I cracked open a few new goodies for my card.  This MFT llama is so cute and I love the stepped up chevron die.  I coloured the llama with Copics and I used the sketch on a landscape oriented card so you could see as much of the chevrons as possible.

I'm also going to enter this at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where it's Anything Goes week.



Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Papertrey Ink, (Textured White) Bazzill, (Riding Hood Red, Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Garden Green, Not Quite Navy, Elegant EggplantBasic Black) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (Llama & sentiment from Llama Love) My Favourite Things
Inks:  (VersaMark, VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko
Embossing Powder:  (Opaque Bright White Super Fine) Wow
Dies:  (Stepped Up Chevron, Wonky Stitched Rectangle) My Favourite Things
Markers:  (E33, E35, E37, E47) Copic
Gems:  Recollections

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Birdies with Stripes


I've got two bright and cheery birthday cards today for the SugarPea Designs Mix It Up challenge where this time it's Anything Goes.  The Everyday Is Christmas set is inspired by the 12 Days of Christmas but the images can be used for any time of year which makes them all the more awesome.  I love this little birdie chirping away on his cellphone, delivering some birthday love!  I coloured him with Copics and paired him with some fun paper from We R Memory Keepers.  He's die cut with an SPD circle and he and the sentiment are popped up on foam tape.

I'm also going to enter these in the Anything Goes challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.




Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Papertrey Ink, (Strawberry Shortcake, Bermuda Bay) Stampin' Up
Patterned Paper:  (Crush 6x6) We R Memory Keepers
Stamps:  (Bird & sentiment from Everyday Is Christmas) SugarPea Designs
Inks:  (Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko
Dies:  (Circle) SugarPea Designs, (Scalloped rectangle) WPlus9
Markers:  (YR04, Y02, Y08, Y11, YG23, G94, BG23, B02, B05, E57, C1) Copic
Gems:  Recollections

Friday, December 30, 2016

Merry Trees


Hello!  I'm back today with another Christmas card.  Usually by the time Christmas comes and goes I want a long break from holiday cards but for now the ideas are flowing so I'm going with it.

I started this card by using the layout from Freshly Made Sketches.  I then took inspiration from the colours and the trees over at The Heart Desires challenge.  I paired up Reverse Confetti tree and sentiment dies with these fun Fancy Pants papers that I've been hoarding for far too long.  I framed the trees with a cool dotted square die from Lil' Inker Designs.  The middle tree is popped up on foam tape and the Merry is covered with a nice thick coat of Glossy Accents.  Love it!





Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Papertrey Ink, (Basic Black) Stampin' Up
Patterned Papers:  (Happy Holiday 8x8) Fancy Pants
Stamps:  (Christmas from Winter Words Coordinates) Reverse Confetti
Inks:  (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko
Dies:  (Trees, Merry) Reverse Confetti, (Dotted Square) Lil' Inker Designs
Gems:  Recollections
Other:  (Glossy Accents) Ranger