CAS(E) This Sketch 298

Thursday, November 15, 2018

I am totally committed to the gnome craze this year and the new challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch, designed by Donna, fit right into my gnome-plan! 



These gnomes are just so dang cute!  Every time I go into Marshalls or TJ Maxx I can't help but roam around the Christmas decorations smiling at all the gnomes that I see.  And they're a great winter decoration with their warm hats and beard too!  So when I saw my friend Jen Timko using this fun stamp set I knew right away that I needed to have it.  I used a silver shimmer vellum to die cut a couple of snowflakes which I layered behind my little guy.  After I glued them to my card I thought they might look a tad like I gave him antlers but the glue was stuck fast so they had to stay! 

I made this card on Sunday and just before I sat down to write this blog post (on Wednesday) I decided to have a look at the newest Color Throwdown challenge.  Well what to my wondering eyes should appear --- but the colors (or a reasonable facsimile) that I used on my card!  What a happy coincidence!  That's one of my favorite challenges and I don't play along with them nearly as much as I used to so it's nice to join in this week.


How will our CAS(E) This Sketch challenge inspire you this week?  Join us in the gallery!  And thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps:  A Gnome Winter (Picket Fence Studios)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Baja Breeze, Ski Slope DSP (Stampin' Up!); vellum (Grafix)
Ink:  Black Licorice (My Favorite Things); Chocolate Chip (Stampin' Up!); Polychromos
Accessories:  Snowfall Backdrop Portrait die (Lawn Fawn); Snowflake Trio die (amuse.studio)

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Freshly Made Sketches 363

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

I'm officially in Christmas card mode.  Especially since it's the middle of November and I'm pretty sure that I don't have enough Christmas cards made for this season.  I'm afraid to count how many I have because I don't want to panic if I have way less than I need!  But Freshly Made Sketches to the rescue.  This week our sketch is brought to us by Jen Timko.



As you can see I flipped the sketch on its side and took advantage of all that white space to use up some ancient Stampin' Up! designer paper that I had in my stash.  By the time I put this together I wasn't happy with all that blank space so I cut out a star in some shimmery paper and stuck it to the middle of that space.  The designer paper used colors like old olive, chocolate chip, and real red so that was my inspiration for this color combo.  A little eclectic, but I like it.

There's an anything goes challenge going on at Retro Rubber and this card qualifies on so many levels.  I know they are only interested in aged stamp sets but I've got to share that while the stamp set I used is over a year old as well as the die cut peace sentiment, that designer paper is the real story here.  It's so old I don't remember how long I've had it.  I'm going to guess eighth or nine years at least!  Can you say hoarder?


As usual our Freshly Made Sketches design team has cooked up some wonderful cards to inspire you.  I hope you have some time this week to join us in the gallery!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps:  Stained Glass Greetings (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Classic Ivory (Flourishes); Real Red, Old Olive, Ski Slope DSP, Merry Moments DSP (Stampin' Up!); glitter paper (Recollections)
Ink:  Chocolate Chip (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Wonderful Words Holiday die (Papertrey Ink); Holy Stars die (Simon Says Stamp); Blueprints 21 die (My Favorite Things)

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CAS(E) This Sketch 297 Meets Fusion

Thursday, November 8, 2018

I've got another meld of challenges for you today.  It's the sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch as well as some inspiration from Fusion.



Being a wine lover I thought it would be fun to incorporate a wine theme into my card.  Alas I don't have any wine stamps and a search through Etsy for a digital one proved non-fruitful (pun intended)!  So I did the next best thing - a wine ring as the background.  Similar to a coffee ring only purple!

The leaves are fun and the multi-step stamping allows them to be quite colorful.  I chose to keep mine in the yellow/orange range in keeping with the inspiration photo and introduced the wine color in the form of my rings in the background.  Even still I thought something was missing so I threw on a few green sequins.  I spy a spot of green in that photo too!

My new MacBook came on Wednesday and I'm using it to type this post.  So far so good with the PC to Mac learning curve!  I love how cute it is and bonus...I was texting my sister while I was typing this post...so much easier to to with a full, grown-up sized keyboard!

So we've got a great new sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch and at Fusion you can do the sketch or be inspired by the photo or {gasp} both...and create some fusion!  Whatever you decide, I hope to see you in one or both of those galleries!

Supplies
Stamps:  With Gratitude (Altenew); Java Spills (Stamping Bella)
Paper:  Classic Ivory (Flourishes)
Ink:  Autumn Blaze, Orange Cream, Firebrick, Sunkissed (Altenew); Rich Razzleberry (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Blueprints 13 die (My Favorite Things); Royal Garden sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

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Freshly Made Sketches 362

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Well here we are at another sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our sketch is designed by Linda and I've got a story to tell about that!



Linda and I were lucky enough to go to an all-day stamping workshop (Creative Journey hosted by Jenn Shurkus) last Sunday in Hyannis, Massachusetts where we made about a dozen cards.  Now, I normally make my FMS challenge card on Sunday and knew that I most likely would not feel like getting crafty once I got home.  We wondered if one of the cards we made at the workshop might, by some strange miracle, match the current sketch.  Well lo and behold one of them did!  Linda's sketch this week was a dead ringer for one of the cards we made!

This card was made by creating our own colorful background with alcohol inks onto Yupo paper.  Once it dried we inked up the wreath stamp with an Alcohol Lift pad and pressed it onto our background.  Then we stamped the wreath onto white cardstock and it gave us this colorful effect.  It's very cool looking in real life!

I have no idea what these stamp sets are that we used (there's a background stamp that we used to stamp some images around the edges) other than that they are Tim Holtz ones.  I also don't know what paper we used either so they'll be no supply list at the end of my post.

Well that's it for me!  As usual our Freshly Made Sketches design team has made some beauties this week so be sure to check them out!  I hope we'll see you in the gallery!

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CAS(E) This Sketch 296

Thursday, November 1, 2018

May laptop has passed on to that great technology heaven in the sky so I'm using my trusty old Chromebook to post this.  I actually love this Chromebook and I should probably use it more but there are some things that it can't do that my laptop can so I'll be shopping soon for a replacement.  I think I'm going to bite the bullet and get a Mac this time around so that should be fun learning a whole new operating system!

But enough about my technology woes.  It's Thursday and it's time for a new challenge from CAS(E) This Sketch.  This week I'm pleased as punch to say that our guest designer is my old friend Kim who is my fellow design team member over at Freshly Made Sketches!  Now onto that challenge!



It was a short leap from that sketch to this card.  The sketch elements were tailor-made to a repeating word image.  So I stamped the word "merry" three times then die cut the same out of some red cardstock a bunch of times, glued those pieces together for some dimension, and stuck it on top of the stamped image in the middle.  I did add a glittery border around the card and some Wink of Stella to the red die cut layer but I'm quite sure neither shows up in the photo!  The colors for my card were inspired by the inspiration challenge at Just Us Girls and at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge it's an anything goes week!


Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you'll join us at CAS(E) This Sketch.  My fellow design team members have created some fabulous cards to get your creative juices flowing!

Supplies
Stamps:  In a Word Merry (Winnie & Walter)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Cherry Cobbler (Stampin' Up!); glitter paper (Recollections)
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  In a Word Merry die (Winnie & Walter); Wink of Stella

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Freshly Made Sketches 361

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

This week at Freshly Made Sketches yours truly is the sketch designer. I humbly submit this sketch, which on a second (or third) look has an awful lot of rectangles on it.  Good thing at Freshly Made Sketches we aren't too concerned about shapes and you can use whatever shapes take your fancy!  Case in point, I used a circle and some twine to take the place of some of those pesky rectangles.

Happy Halloween!  Since today's the day I thought it would be fun to make a card to celebrate the occasion,  along with challenges  at Creative With Stamps and Stamp Ink Paper.


I hope you have a chance to join us at Freshly Made Sketches this week. The design team has made some terrific cards to inspire you so check them out!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps:  Best Fiends, Bite Me (Stampin' Up!)
Paper:  Black Licorice (My Favorite Things); Solar White (Neenah); Pumpkin Pie (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Black Licorice (My Favorite Things); Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey (Distress Oxide); Nocturne (Versafine Claire)
Accessories:  Starburst Framelit (Stampin' Up!); Circle STAX (My Favorite Things); Harvest Corn twine (Maya Road)

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CAS(E) This Sketch 295 Meets Fusion

Thursday, October 25, 2018

It's that Thursday on the calendar when I get to mix two of my favorite challenges.  Sometimes it's not easy to combine the sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch (this week designed by Chrissy) with the inspiration at Fusion but I somehow manage to do it!  This time around the combination was a bit of a stumper for me but I persevered until I made someting  I liked!




What I really wanted to do with those three stripes on the sketch was stamp them with a wood grain patterned image to echo the wood grain pieces in the inspiration photo.  But I didn't have a wood grain stamp in my stash!  So I opted for some simple slashed lines then stamped the wreath overlapping them.  The berries on the wreath were stamped in yellow, orange, and rust colors to capture the feel of that photo.  Clean and Simple on Friday is looking for fall cards so I'll be adding this over there too!

Thanks for stopping by!  We've got a great sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch for you and at Fusion you've got your choice of a sketch or some inspiration or both if you've got a mind to it!  Whatever you choose I hope to see you in those galleries!

Supplies
Stamps:  Wreath For All Seasons (Papertrey Ink); Fall Colors (Precious Remembrance)
Paper:  Classic Ivory (Flourishes)
Ink:  Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Sahara Sand (Stampin' Up!)


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Freshly Made Sketches 360

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Happy Wednesday!  Today we've got a brand new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches designed by Amy.  I used her inspiration to make another Christmas card.  (I'm trying to stock up on my stash)!



These "grumpling" images are adorable and they are perfect to make fun Christmas cards.  The classic design of the sketch inspired me to make a dent in my prolific stash of patterned paper and I'm so glad I did.  The polka dotted background is fun!  I'm also joining the challenge at Jingle Belles which is to use an animal on a Christmas card.  I actually have no idea what kind of animal this grumpy fellow is, but he's got fur and paws and, oddly enough, antlers so I'm going with it!

Thanks for stopping by!  Once again our Freshly Made Sketches design team have created some beautiful cards with this sketch so be sure to check them out.  And then join us in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Holiday Grumplings (Taylored Expressions)
Paper:  Classic Ivory (Flourishes); Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Jolly Holiday DSP (Stampin' Up!); X-Press It Blending Card
Ink:  Black Licorice (My Favorite Things); Nocturne (Versafine Clair); Copics
Accessories:  Classic Scallop Ovals dies, Classic Ovals dies (Spellbinders)

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