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

Saturday, February 25, 2017

A Day for Daisies - BLOG HOP

Hi ADFD Friends,

Today is the first day of our ADFD Blog Hop - a celebration of all of the beautiful images Tammy has created over the years. As a special surprise for Tammy, we have a combination of current and former DT members participating in the hop. Her inspiring art and generous heart have touched us all. We want to take a moment to show our gratitude and thank Tammy for the blessings and joys we have received as members of the ADFD DT.

Our theme is “A Collection of ADFD Favorites” - so each DT member’s blog you visit will share something she has created with one of her favorite ADFD images.  I had the hardest time choosing a favorite - because I don't have just one. Two of my top favorites to color over the years have been the little girls Tammy draws and her fairies.  They have such an innocence about them and fill me with joy.   This image seemed like a perfect combination of my two favorites!  It's called Growing A Flower 

The hop has hidden prizes - a commenter from each hidden prize stop will win a choice of one image from the ADFD Shop! You won’t know where the prizes are hidden, so be sure to leave a comment at each stop of the Hop! Our Blog Hop will run from 7:00 a.m. eastern standard time on Saturday, February 25, 2017 until 9:00 p.m. eastern standard time on Tuesday, February 27, 2017.  When you leave a comment for me, tell me if you are more drawn to Tammy's fairies or children.

In addition to the Blog Hop, we invite you to share your Favorite ADFD image in the final ADFD Blog Challenge. The linky will stay open until Friday, March 3rd. All prize-winners will be announced on the ADFD Blog on Saturday, March 4, 2017. We hope you will join our celebration of the thousands of images Tammy has created. Rules for the challenge are posted on the right sidebar of the ADFD Blog - the last spot of the stop! Remember to leave a comment on my blog for a chance to win before you move onto Cindy's.

 Are you ready to HOP?!?  You should have arrived here from Broni's blog - Cindy is your next stop!  If you get lost along the way or a link is broken, go the ADFD Blog and start where you left off.

                                                Cathy (me)

                                                ADFD Blog

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #211 - Colour Week

Hi Everyone,

We're back with CC&S challenge #211.  This is a color week.  I had to adjust my colors, and am using Peach Parfait, Pure Poppy and Wild Wasabi.

I used a newly purchased Spellbinders die called, Overlapping Circles for my background and pulled out a very old hostess stamp set from SU! called, Simply Soft for the image.  The stem is colored with Copics and the flowers were stamped multiple times, first using Peach Parfait ink, then twice with Pure Poppy.  I used an acrylic block for the stamping to allow for more off-setting.  At first I tried using my Misti for the flower petals, but it was too perfect and I wanted to see more gradation in the bloom colors.  Love how this turned out. . .  CAS and it didn't take me all day!!

Drop by the CC&S blog to be inspired by the rest of the DT and then play along with us this week!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

A Day for Daisies - Mary Hen

I loved working with the Mary Hen image from the ADFD Shop so much, I made two cards using it!!  Both of these cards were super-simple to make.  The card above is a CAS design with the image and sentiment printed from my computer right onto the cardstock, cut in half - and viola, a card is born!  The bottom is an embossed border; I attached ribbon with a matching bow and three sequins.  Super simple and easy to reproduce.

The card below uses the same image - the one on the right is flipped so the hens could talk with each other!  Another computer generated sentiment, a few layers, and buttons from my stash tied with linen twine - and done!!
If you are a lover of A Day for Daisies images, be sure to stop back on Saturday.  We are having a blog hop with prizes!  We're excited and hope you will join in the festivities.

Challenges Entered:
Little Red Wagon #381 - Seasons of Love
Craft Rocket #33 - AG
Cute Card Thursday #485 - No patterned paper (top card)
TGIF#95 - Birds of a Feather

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #210 - Sketch Week

I loved working with this week's CC&S challenge sketch.  Despite the Valentine's Day posting, I went with a new baby card.

I used bib images from A Day for Daisies (Baby Bib Heart, Baby Bib Duck, and Baby Bib Smile) from A Day for Daisies.  The drawings are darling and clean to use for a CAS challenge.  I kept the color palette simple, added a little texture with the paper panel and the ribbon, and then rounded the two bottom corners.  My Misti is my new best friend!  I think I stamped the sentiment three times!!

Make sure you check out the rest of the DT's inspiration on the CAS Colours & Sketch Challenge Blog - and then join us this week.

Challenges Entered:
Crafty Cardmakers #182 - Add Some Texture
613 Avenue Create #194 - CAS, Blue, Sentiment

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Sandra Caldwell Release -

Hi Everyone,
Back with another release from Sandra Caldwell's Babycakes Digis and Design Shop.  16 brand new digis are part of this release!  This one is called 1344- Jumping for Love!  Perfect for Valentine's Day or the Heart Association's Jump A Thon!

Check out Sandra's Shop - and find something to color!  Hope to see your creations in the Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans Facebook group.

Challenges Entered:
In the Pink #112 - with Love
Aud Sentiment #173 - Valentine
Craft Rocket #32 - It's a Love Thing!
Cute Card Thursday #464 - Lace or Frills

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #209 - Colour Challenge

Hello CAS Colours and Sketches Challenge Friends!

This week's colors create a wonderful palette for a Valentines card.
•Two dies from SugarPea Designs (Heart Journal Card and Notched Heart Journal Card) created the focal point for my card.  Super simple - to create.
•Sketch Saturday's challenge #449 helped with the design.

Be sure to visit the CC&S blog to be inspired by the DT and then play along!

Challenges Entered:
Sketch Saturday #449

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Sandra Caldwell February Release

Hi Everyone,
After a brief holiday break, the Sandra Caldwell DT is back with this week's new release.  My card features the image #1321 Forever Love.   You can find all of the new releases in the Babycakes Digis and Designs Etsy shop.   Check out the Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans FB Group!

I have to admit, this couple could be my husband and me!  My hair's a whole lot shorter though!!  Thanks to Try Stampin' On Tuesdays for the sketch inspiration!

Challenges Entered:
Card Concept #66 - Love  & Romance
Craft Rocket #32 - It's a Love thing
Cute Card Thursday #463 - Be My Valentine

Friday, February 3, 2017

A Day for Daisies February Challenge #159

With Valentine's Day less than two weeks away, I keep thinking of the cards I need to make for my sweet grandkids.  This one is called Love Clown.  All of that pink is so yummy!  I used Sketch #229 from the Paper Craft Crew to design my card.

The A Day for Daisies Blog Challenge theme for February is Anything Goes - a favorite because it leaves room for so much creativity.  We chose this theme to encourage lots of participation - our ADFD Blog is going on indefinite hiatus, so this is our final challenge.  Pop over to the ADFD Blog for some Valentine's inspiration from the DT.

To celebrate all of the joy ADFD images bring to us, the DT is planning a Blog Hop with prizes later in the month.  Dig out your favorite ADFD image - or better yet, treat yourself to a new one and stay tuned on the blog for details!

Challenges Entered:
Paper Craft Crew #229
Card Concept #66 - Love and Romance
Crafty Gals #108 - AG
Craft Rocket #32 - It's a Love Thing
Cute Card Thursday #463 - Be My Valentine
In the Pink #112 - With love

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #208

Since this is the fifth Tuesday of the month, we have a double challenge for you on the CC&S Blog.  Karen has chosen some old favorites for the color and paired it with a great sketch.  I didn't have any Sage Shadow in my stockpile, so I used that shade of green to color the leaves of the poppies.  I love the combination of Peach Parfait and Dusty Durango papers.

The image is from A Day for Daisies.  I love the CAS look of this card.  The focal point of the image with the textures of the white and Dusty Durango are just enough to keep this interesting to my eye.  The sentiment is a perfect font and fills the space well!

Take a peek at the rest of the DT inspiration, here and then come and play along!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

CC&S #207 Sketch Challenge

Karen has a fun sketch for us to work with this week.  It's simple with so many fabulous possibilities!  Just wait until you see what the DT has in store for you over at the CAS Colours and Sketches Blog this week!!

I used stitched dies from MFT and a PTI sentiment with some orange embossing powder, Distress Inks, and three enamel dots for my card.

Hope to see something from you in the CC&S Gallery this week!

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