Tuesday, June 20, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #228 - Colours

Hi Everyone,
Patricia has some yummy colors for this week's CC&S challenge.  I had to do some substituting, but I think they are pretty close!

I kept my stamping simple. I used Island Indigo ink for Dapper Denim and pulled the ink color in with my colorless blender pen and then used it to color her hair using Peach Parfait and Cazun Craze.  The oval frame was on my desktop waiting to be used from another card!!  The girl stamp is from Stamping Bella and the sentiment from Right from the Heart.

Hope you will play along with us at CC&S this week - but first pop by the blog for some DT inspiration!!

Challenges Entered:
Path of Positivity #50 - Faith, Hope, Love
Let's Craft and Create #126 - Girls, Girls, Girls
Love To Craft #11 - AG
Brown Sugar #255 - AG

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #227 - Sketch Challenge

Beverly has a great sketch for us to play with this week on the CAS Colours & Sketches Blog.  This one pushed my thinking a bit.  I used a little creative license with the larger circle, trying to keep my layered flowers and bottom leaf to mirror a circle-ish shape.  The flower representing the smaller circle is stamped directly on the card front the others are layered on top using foam dots.  The strip of paper along the left side was in my scrap drawer and really pulls in all of the colors from the flowers.   The card to the right is actually my second card, and one I went back and remade because I decided my original (seen at the bottom of my post) wasn't really CAS because it was too layered.  Maybe I was obsessing too much; maybe Patricia, Beverly, or Karen were channeling me - for whatever reason, it was a good exercise to go back and revise!

The stamp set, Abstract Florals, is from a new-to-me company, called Right At Home.  The sentiment is from a different set, called Grateful Heart.  I was super impressed with the quality of the clear stamps.  The solid shapes stamped perfectly from the first time I inked them - no matter what kind of ink I used!!  I have a feeling I will be ordering a few more stamps from Right at Home!

Hope you will play along with us this week and you find inspiration from the other DT creations!
My original, layered design.

Challenges Entered:
Addicted to Stamps #150 - Flowers
Crafty Catz #374 - AG with a die or punch
Jo's Scrap Shack #192 - AG
Crea Chicky's #11 - Flowers

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #226 - Colours

This is my week to hostess for the CAS Colours & Sketches Blog.  Challenge #226 is a color challenge.

I was in need of some thank you cards and happened on my Simply Said: You Sentiment stamp and Elle- ments Die from Avery Elle.  Sorry, I don't know who makes the embossing folder (there's no name on it), but it's one of my "go to" folders.  I die cut the word and then embossed the crumb cake card front.  Because the negative space from the letters o and y were needed, I kept the die cut word and pieces in the folder to be embossed.  As a bonus,  I had an extra word you beautifully embossed from the Crumb Cake background! (*Scroll down to see the CAS card I made with it.)

Not being the neatest of crafters, Floral Frame was still on my desk - which provided me with the stamp for the cute flowers next to the word thank.  This inset style card is so quick and easy - I mass produced six of them in relatively little time!  The sentiment and die set will get lots of use!

Make sure you pop by the CC&S Blog and check out the DT inspiration! I hope you will come and play with us this week.

*Does it get any simpler than this?!?!
The same embossing folder on white paper,
 left over "you" sentiment from my 1st card,
and white embossing powder
on a PTI sentiment.

Challenges Entered:
Crafting from the Heart #162 - AG
Come and Get It 6/4 - AG
A Bit More Time to Craft #45 - AG
Crafting With An Attitude #28 - AG

Friday, June 2, 2017

Sandra Caldwell New Release Friday

The image I have from Sandra's new releases this week is called #1603 BBQ Dad.  The sentiment is Labeler Alphabet from Stampin' Up!  and the dots behind him are from a PTI set called Celebrate.

I thought about making this a Father's Dad card for my husband, because he is the Grill King in our house, but my brother's birthday snuck up on me - so it's going to him.  The  inside reads:  Hope your birthday is smokin' hot!!   

You can find this new digi and the rest of today's new images on the Babycakes Digis and Designs Etsy Shop.  Check out the rest of the DT images on Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans FB Group page.

Challenges Entered:
Hand Stamped Sentiments #265 - Sketch
Aud Sentiments #181 - Summer + sent.
Craft Rockets #38 - For the Men/Boys

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches ~ Challenge #225 - Double Week!

The fifth week of any month is always a double challenge week!  Patricia has created the color combination and the sketch for you.  My card is a male get well card, so I featured the blues with just a pinch of Purely Pomegranate.  The stamp and "That blows" sentiment is from Technique Tuesday, called Fan-tastic.  It's been in my stash for a while and never been inked up (whoops!!) - but this is the perfect card for its debut!! The fan is done in white embossing powder with white paint splatter on the background.  The "get well" is from MFT's Label Maker Sentiments stamp set.

Take a peek at the CAS Colors and Sketches Blog to see what the DT has cooked up this week.   Can't wait to see what you create with our double challenge.

Challenges Entered:
Path of Positivity #49 - Present, not Perfect
A Gem of A Challenge #195 - For the Boys/Men
Sweet Stampin' Challenge 5/27 - Use Your Old Stash
Creative Fingers #131 - AG

Friday, May 26, 2017

Sandra Caldwell New Release Friday

Back with another new image from Sandra Caldwell.  This one is called #1573 All Ears!  You can find this cutie in Sandra's Babycakes Digis and Designs Etsy shop.  Take a peek at the FB group to see the DT's cards using the other whimsical images Sandra has drawn this week.

Challenges Entered:
Freshly Made Sketches #289
Creative Moments #118 - AG
Artistic Inspirations #179 - AG
Color Inspiration Monday #22

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #224 - Sketch Challenge

I knew just the perfect stamp to use when I saw Emily's sketch for this week's CAS Colours & Sketch Challenge and went right to the Stamping Bella section of my collection and pulled out Edward the Edgy Bunny!  Along the way, I noticed MFT's Label Makers stamp set and decided to use it to create the small rectangle shape from the sketch.    

I stamped the bunny in grey on watercolor paper and attempted the no-line watercolor look with Distress Inks and then fussy cut around the shape.  I love the way it turned out.  

Pop over to the CAS Colours and Sketches Blog for some DT inspiration.  I hope you decide to give this sketch a try!  I can't wait to see how folks interpret this week's sketch in the gallery.    
Challenges Entered:
Colouring in Scrapland 5/15 - AG
Simon Says Stamp 5/22 - Little Critters
Creative Craft Cottage #88 - Critter
Pile It On #130 - Animals

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches - Challenge #223

 Fiona has chosen some sweet colors for this week's challenge!   I love using my colored pencils on colored cardstock, so Sahara Sand is my background. Using white embossing powder, just the flowers and berries from the stamp, Floral Frame by Avery Elle are highlighted with color.  A little white colored pencil is added to the leaves.  Three clear sequins and a border of white and Sweet Sugarplum complete this card, which is going to my mom for Mother's Day. You can see a different version of this stamp with colored pencils on Crumb Cake background here.

Pop by the CAS Colours and Sketches Blog for inspiration and then play along with us this week.  Can't wait to visit you in the gallery!

Challenges Entered:
Addicted to CAS #111 - Pink
Challenge Up Your Life #66 - Flowers
Crafting with Dragonflies #80 - Flowers
Brown Sugar #250 - Embossing
Come and Get It 5/14 - Mother's Day

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #222 - Sketch Challenge

This week is a sketch challenge for the the CAS Colours and Sketches Blog this week and Karen is our designer.

I'm using a free digi called Spring Poppy, posted on the A Day for Daisies Facebook Community.  ADFD artist, Tammy Seimers Thompson inspired me to keep the coloring simple with a video she posted.  I loved both of her videos, so I combined her two ideas for my card.  A little color and some splatters!  It's a super-quick technique with either Distress inks or watercolors.

Pop by the CAS Colours & Sketches Blog - check out the DT inspiration and then play along with us this week!

Challenges Entered:
Crafty Cardmakers #188 - Add a Sentiment
Incy Wincy Designs May1 - CAS
Crafting When We Can #143 - CAS

Friday, May 5, 2017

Sandra Caldwell New Release Friday

Back with another Sandra Caldwell image from the Babycakes Designs and Digis Etsy shop.  This one is called #1101 Wormie Apple.   May's sketch from Die Cuttin' Divas helped design my card.  I tried adding white colored pencil on top of my Copic colored apple to give additional texture.  I've seen this technique used at vanillaarts.com and am contemplating taking a class because the idea of combining Copics and colored pencils intrigues me.  Pop on over to the Sandra Caldwell Facebook Group and see what else is in this week's release!

Challenges Entered:
Die Cuttin' Divas #315/ - May Sketch
Cute Card Thursday #476/ - AG
Crafting By Designs May Challenge - AG

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #221 - Color Sketch

Happy May!  Samantha is our hostess this week and she has a fun color combination for all of us.

I am using a PTI set called, Botanical Blooms. The Rose is stamped on Melon Mambo paper, heat embossed in white, fussy cut and popped out over the Copic colored leaves.  A little Copic BG000 behind the leaves and a die cut sentiment complete the card.  Love how this turned out!

I hope you decide to play along with us at CAS Colours and Sketches this week!

Challenges Entered:
Always Fun Challenges #4/ - Flowers
Incy Wincy Designs/ - May 1-13 CAS
Crafting When We Can #143 - CAS
Glitter 'N Sparkle #237 - Flowers
Paper Players #342 - Tic Tac Toe (bottom row: pink, leaves, flower)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #220 - Sketch Challenge

For this week's sketch for the CC&S Blog, I pulled out a very old set from PTI called Vintage Picnic.  There was enough going on with the background paper, I deliberately chose to keep my stamp for the image panel simple and uncluttered.  I love how this one turned out!

Thanks for Beverly for all of our April challenges.  Please pop by the CAS Colours & Sketches Blog to see what the rest of the DT has for inspiration!  So much eye candy!!  Hope to see you in the gallery this week!

Challenges Entered:
Always Fun Challenges #3 /- CAS
Stamping Sensations April/ - AG
Creative Fingers# 128/ - AG

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.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #213 - Colour Challenge

Patricia is our challenge hostess this month and she has a color combination of Elegant Eggplant, Crushed Curry and Smoky Slate for us this week.  I pulled out a very old PTI set for this card called Heart to Heart and stenciled my background.

Take a look at the rest of the DT's inspiration on the CC&S Blog.

Challenges Entered:
Crafting From the Heart #149 - AG
TTCRD 3/7-3/14 - AG
Crafting When We Can #139 - Mixed Media (Wink of Stella, distress ink and Copics)
Paper Players #334 - Cut it Out

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches # 212 - Sketch Challenge

This is a sketch week on the CC&S Challenge Blog.  I had fun with this one!  No coloring - just a whole lotta paper piecing!  I used Paper Smooches' die, Cute Cluster and an old giant ric-rac border die.  I die cut the flower several times and inlaid the pieces within the frame.  Once the frame was die cut, Stick-it paper and tweezers were instrumental in completing the flower.  The last step was to fussy cut around the outside of the frame.  It was easy to make two or three flowers with all of the pieces, so I have a couple more flowers ready to trim and use.  PTI's Just A Note mini stamp set was used with white embossing powder for the sentiment.

Stop by the CC&S Blog and check out how the rest of the DT interpreted the sketch!  I hope you play along with us this week!

Challenges Entered:
Inkspirational #129 - "Connect"
OLLCB #223 - Embossing
Use Your Stuff #253 - use A Sketch