Tuesday, April 18, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #219 - Color Challenge

Beverly has another lovely color combination for us this week as Challenge #219 for CC&S.

From the outset, I decided to keep my stamping to a minimum because I didn't have inks in the exact colors and thought I would use one of my recently purchased Avery Elle Sentimental Elements dies.   Settling on the word hello,  I cut it in all three colors of paper, but in the end decided it looked more interesting to only use two of the colors.   The leaf stamp is from PTI's Modern Basics sent, which seemed like a great way to help feature Tip Top Taupe.  Enamel dots in Mint Macaroon proved to be a spring-like accent color.  Once all of the design decisions were made, it was a pretty simple card to make.  Using Stick It! paper behind the sentiments made adhering them simple on the white corrugated background. I've been saving that corrugated paper for a while - waiting for the right card to upcycle it.  It's first life was as a liner for a box of shampoo!

Please take a look at the rest of the DT's creative cards on the CAS Colours & Sketches Blog and then join us for this week's challenge!  

Challenges Entered:



Tuesday, April 4, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #217 - Colour Challenge

Happy April (gulp!!)!  A new month means a new hostess on the CC&S Challenge Blog and this color combination is brought to you by Beverly.

I was on a staycation at the end of March and "playing" in my craft room with some techniques using Distress Inks for watercoloring.  Jane's card from last week gave me the idea of rubbing ink right on the watercolor paper and then stamping in black. I loved her look so much, I CASED her card. Thanks for the inspiration, Jane!

One has to let go of the result when using this technique because everything is out of your hands once the water hits the paper!! I had several pieces of paper on my craft table, from very vibrant colors to soft colors.  For this card, I decided spraying a little water on the colors gave me the look I was going for.  Just bought these dies from Avery Elle, which fit perfectly along the border.  (Since I didn't take a trip, I could justify a few new toys and got the matching stamp set!!)
Does anyone recognize this very old set from Stampin' Up!?  Mixed Bouquet was one of my favorites when it came out.  I think it appeared in the catalog in 2005.

Pop by the CC&S Blog and see what the rest of the DT in store for you this week!

Challeneges Entered:
Crafty Cardmaker #185 - Spring
Path of Positivity #48 - Beauty of Nature (though 4/30)                
613 Avenue Create #196 - AG + Spring
AAA #87 - Shiny Spring (CAS)
Glitter N Sparkle #233 - Use pastels
Stamping Sensations April - AG
Less Is More #322 - 3 pastels

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #216 - Sketch Challenge

Patricia has a fun sketch challenge for us this week on the CC&S Challenge Blog.

I tried a couple of new-to-me watercolor techniques using Distress Inks.  The first is no-line coloring and the other is watercolor smooshing.  Stamping Bella's Tiny Townie Garden Girl, Lily of the Valley was stamped in Antique Linen on watercolor paper and then colored with the distress inks in my collection to create the no-line look.  (I liked this technique so much, I purchased some new inks this week!)  The trickiest part of the no line coloring was the flowers.  It's hard to tell from the photo, but weathered wood and spun sugar helped give definition to the flowers.  The same colors are used as a palette for smooshed background.












Pop by the CC&S Blog to be inspired by the rest of the DT!  Happy creating this week!


Challenges Entered:
Crafty Cardmakers #185 - Spring
OLLCB #225 - Layer it Up
Use Your Stuff #257 - Spring is in the Air
Come and Get It 3/26 - Springtime



Sunday, March 26, 2017

Playing with Colored Pencils and White Embossing Powder

Just spending time in my craft room playing this morning with a new purchase from Avery Elle Stamps (Floral Frame), colored pencils and white embossing powder on kraft paper.  The white embossed sentiment is from W Plus 9 and finished off with some splatters of diluted white acrylic paint, a couple of rhinestones and twine and a button.

I am loving the look of colored pencils on kraft paper.  I got a package of 36 colored pencils from Costco for less than $10 - and they seem to do the trick!  I invested in Copics a few years back, so I don't want to put lots of money into other coloring media!  I'm pretty pleased with how these colored up!

Challenges Entered:
CAS-ual Fridays - No Dies Allowed
TGIFC #100 - inspired by Mercedes Weber (love all of her flower cards)
613 Avenue Create March Challenge - No digis
Cute Card Thursday #470 - Spring Fever
International Art & Soul #4 - Embossing
Make My Monday #42 - White embossing

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #215 - Color Week

Back with another color combination for this our host this month, Patricia.  I went to my stamp collection and pulled out a set I bought in 2013 from Flourishes, called April Showers.

I stamped the boots in Island Indigo and pulled out my old blender pen and SU inks for the colors.  I added some polka dots to the boots to bring in more of the Rich Razzleberry color and pulled out my Copics to add a little W1 to ground the boots.  The stitched border die is from MFT - and the sentiment is heat embossed in white.  Viola! - pretty CAS, I think!

Take a peek at the CC&S Blog for inspiration from the rest of the DT!

Challenges Entered:
Retro Rubber #58 - AG

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #214

Welcome to a sketch week for the CC&S Blog.  I used a little creative license interpreting this sketch.  I've been waiting to use this Spellbinders wreath die set* for a while and decided to pull it out to create a sympathy card.  I wanted to keep  it simple and originally intended to have a sentiment at the bottom of the wreath, but decided it looked better with the words in the middle and used the flower and greens at the bottom in place of the sentiment banner.  I inlaid the wreath and embossed the background with a striped embossing folder.  The flowers are purchased, so this was a quick and easy card.  The sentiment is from Avery Elle.

Take a peek at what the rest of the DT did with Patricia's great sketch on the CC&S blog HERE.

*In case you are like me and don't read things very carefully before you buy them, the large wreath die actually takes up almost the whole front of a 4.25 x 5.5 card!! The purple card back is 4.25" x 5.5".  The white is barely .25" smaller.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Sandra Caldwell New Release Friday

Hi Everyone,
I'm back with another card using a fun image from the talented Sandra Caldwell.  This one is called My Pretty Bows - #1361 and is one of the many new images available in the Babycakes Designs and Digis Etsy Shop.  Check out the Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans Facebook group to see other creations the DT has for you this week.