Tuesday, January 17, 2017

CC&S #206 - Color Challenge

Karen has a fun combination of colors for us this week using Watermelon Wonder, Island Indigo, and Flirty Flamingo.

For those of you who are blog regulars, you know I am working to develop my CAS eye through this opportunity to be on the CC&S DT. Well, I thought I'd share a little bit f my journey with you.  I created a number of cards for this challenge - looking for that "just right" CAS feel.  I thought I had settled on the one with the punched border (below), but as I was running through the card in my mind, I felt it was a little busy to be CAS.  I went down to my craft room the next morning and used one of my discarded panels to create the card on the right.  It has a lot more white space and fewer layers.  The bow is purposefully angled to compliment the diagonal sentiment.  I like them both - but knew I was on the right track with the second card because it seemed a little plain to my eye!



I dug out a very old chalkboard-looking stamp set from Our Daily Bread and pulled out my Mini-Misti to stamp a solid background and used three Copics to color the words,  IRL, the white letters are coated with Wink of Stella and have shimmer.


Pop over and check out the rest of the DT's inspiration on the CAS Colours and Sketch Challenge Blog.  Hope to see your creations in the gallery!

Challenges Entered:


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

CC&S #205 - Sketch Challenge

This week Karen has a sketch for you to try your hand at on the CAS Colours and Sketch Challenge Blog.  I used Altenew's Mini Blossoms stamp set for my card.  I made the decision to keep it simple with minimal coloring, using my Copics for the leaves and just a touch of RV000 on the small flowers.  The larger daisies are merely stamped with black ink.  Thank goodness for my Misti!!  It allowed me to create well-stamped images.  The small flowers are stamped in Pink Pirouette with a touch of Melon Mambo in the centers.

Check out inspiration from the rest of the DT here!  Hope you will join me on this journey of developing a CAS eye and post your own cards in the gallery!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

A Day for Daisies - Bewildered

I love so many of the images in the Beauties collection in the A Day For Daisies Shop.  The hair and eyes are two things that appealed to me about this one, called Bewildered C.  She's been sitting partially colored on my desk for a couple of weeks because I was hesitant to tackle that head of hair!  Luckily, I wandered over to the Splitcoast Stampers site and this week's inspiration challenge helped get me unstuck.  This dress from a Tumblr site called, I Don't Wear Dresses was a perfect muse.  The top portion of the dress with all of the folds and movement made me think of her hair and then the rest fell into place!  IRL, the browns in her hair are toned a little closer to the dress and not so red-brown.  I stayed with the E20 family, along with E49 and 57 for my deeper colors.  I wanted to stay true to the photo, so I didn't add a sentiment on the outside of the card.  All of that is on the inside.

I fussy cut the image and placed her over an oval that was stamped with my trusty French Script background stamp from SU.  The edges are distressed with Soft Suede ink and three enamel dots to finish her off.  The brown embossed panel behind her head was calling to be used in my scrap drawer!

Challenges Entered:
Crafting When We Can #135 - AG
Just Us Girls #375/ - Word week~new (new Copic markers)
Sweet Stampin' Challenge 1/7 - New (Copic markers)
Come and Get It 1/8 - Something New (Copic markers)
Paper Players #326/ - Recycled something (textured panel behind image)





Friday, January 6, 2017

A Day for Daisies January Challenge - Two or More Layers

Happy New Year!  It's hard to believe we are already one week into 2017.

I am crazy about layers, so this month's challenge theme (Two or More Layers) is a no brainer for me!  I count five layers!  No Copics on this card; I tried my hand at colored pencils.  I love how they look on kraft paper (even though this is Sahara Sand).  I just have an inexpensive set of 24 Crayola colored pencils, and was pleasantly surprised how well they worked.  I bought a Prismacolor white for the shading.

You can't tell from the photo, but her wings sparkle.  I made the background paper using a Hero Arts stamp (thanks Daria!!- Love it!!) and white embossing powder.  White gel pen gave the appearance of snow in the globe.  Sketch Saturday's great sketch helped give me a plan for my card design.





Get your layers on and join the A Day for Daisies Challenge this month!   You have until January 31st to upload your card in the gallery.  Remember, challenge winners receive ADFD images and a chance to be a guest designer.   Check out the inspiration from the DT here!

Challenges Entered:
Sketch Saturday #444/
Crafting By Designs January Challenge - AG
Crafty Gals #104/ - Use Something New (Hero arts stamp and blue MFT paper)
Little Red Wagon #375 - Something New (new stash bg stamp and paper)
Craft Rocket #30 - Something New (Hero arts stamp and blue MFT paper)
Fab & Funky #332 /- Little Girls






Tuesday, January 3, 2017

CS&S #204 - Colour Challenge Week

Hi Everyone,
This is my first official post as a member of the CC&S DT.  Lots of white with this week's color combination of Pink Pirouette, Soft Sky and Sweet Sugarplum.  I used a set from PTI called Splits- Just a Note for this card.  Maille Belles is the talent behind this series of stamps.  I love her style.

Pop by the CAS Colours and Sketches Blog to check out inspiration from the rest of the DT.   Hope to see you in the gallery!


Monday, January 2, 2017

A Day for Daisies - Angel with a Bell

The holidays are over, but there are still thank you cards to write, so I took advantage of this adorable image called Angel with a Bell to make a shaker card for one of my thank you cards.  I fussy cut the angel and mounted her to the deep purple paper.  Her wings, shoes, and the bell are glittered.

Friday starts a new challenge on the A Day for Daisies blog.  Be sure to stop over and see what the DT has in store for you!

Challenges Entered:
4CC#331 - AG
Cute Card Thursday #458- AG
Less Is More #309 - Dimension

Sunday, December 11, 2016

A Day for Daisies - Penguin in the Sky

I made this card with Penguin in the Sky for a spread in a card-making magazine published in the UK last July.  Tammy's work was being featured and the DT was asked to create Christmas cards with the images, using a specific color palette for the spread.  Being published in a print magazine was thrilling for all of us whose cards made it "across the pond" in time.  Between the USPS and the British postal system, some cards didn't make the deadline despite being mailed weeks in advance.

I combined Hero Arts Stamp and Die set, Joy with the ADFD penguin and balloon image to create my card.  I simply die cut the word, "joy" and cut it apart, inserting the balloon in the center spot of the word.  I decided to make it look like another small penguin was inside the balloon and then covered the balloon with glitter.  The sentiment is white embossed and clear sequins and baker's twine were used to complete the card.


Challenges Entered:
Crafter's Cafe #162/ - Christmas and/or birthday
Crafting by Designs 12/7/ - Here Come the Holidays
Crafty Gals Corner #100/ - AG
Inspiration Destination #115/ - AG
Christmas Cards All Year Round/ - December/Anything Christmas
Come and Get It - Christmas
Sweet Stampin' Challenge 12/10/ - Animals