CAS(E) This Sketch 159!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

I thought I was all done making Valentines then along came a new challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch  plus a couple of Valentine challenges at CASology and Just Us Girls and this card was born!




I took a little liberty with the sentiment on my card but I think those little hearts are a sentiment all on their own!  I wasn't sure if it was a little weird to make a Valentine with a black base but I thought the criss-cross background would show up better as black on black plus I really liked the contrast of the red and pink hearts on black.  I think it's a little dramatic and kind of cool.

My fellow teamies at CAS(E) This Sketch have really rocked the sketch this week so I hope you have time to check out their cards and join us in the gallery.  We'd love to see you there!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Paper:  Basic Black, Real Red, Pretty in Pink (SU)
Accessories:  Criss Cross die (Paper Smooches)

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Freshly Made Sketches 223!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Hello! We've got a fantastic new sketch for you this week at Freshly Made Sketches brought to you by our intrepid color mix-master Amy!



 
I thought a tag would be a good substitute for the circle and a butterfly on that tag would be lovely.  What I didn't count on was card-makers block when it came down to those criss-cross layers.  I thought of washi tape and several different stamped images before I remembered that my fellow teammate Jen Timko's card featured some scrunched up thread instead.  So borrowing her idea I arranged some gold cord behind the tag.  The whole thing looked a little plain to me so I stamped a distressed grid on the background to give this some faux texture.

The colors this week at Color Throwdown are too pretty to pass up - I love the bit of gold!


Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to stop by Freshly Made Sketches and check out the sketch and the inspiration from the design team.  I hope you'll be inspired to join us in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Painted Butterflies (Altenew); Distressed Grid (Creative Embellishments)
Paper:  White (Spectrum Noir); Whisper White, Blushing Bride (SU)
Ink:  Regal Rose, Rich Razzleberry(SU); Black Licorice (My Favorite Things); Golden Glitz Delicata
Accessories:  Anytime Tags 2 die (Lil' Inker Designs); gold cord (SU)

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colourQ 328!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Well, we've swung all the way around to Tuesday again.  The weeks go by so fast don't they?  Except when I'm at work, it seems!  Tuesday, of course, means there is a new color palette up at colourQ and this week it made me think of spring and flowers.



I arranged the floral images, stamped in the colors of the challenge, then added some leaves that I die cut out of gold foil.  It's hard to tell they are gold in the picture but they look really pretty in real life!  I also used a stencil with some matte embossing paste to create a design on the pink background but it's impossible to see in the photo.  It's nearly impossible to see in real life! I don't know what possessed me to buy that stuff but the effect is so subtle that I'm not sure I'll be using it all that much in the future.

I have not played along in the Pals Paper Arts challenge in a dog's age, but my friend Linda is the sketch hostess this week and I really liked her sketch and wanted to play along.


Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have some time to check out our latest colourQ challenge and play along with us.  We love to see you in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Modern Blooms (My Favorite Things)
Paper:  Sweet Tooth (My Favorite Things); Pink Pirouette, Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Whisper White, Gold Foil (SU)
Ink:  Pink Pirouette, Melon Mambo, Calypso Coral (SU); Black Licorice (My Favorite Things)
Accessories:  Circle Tile stencil (Stencil Girl); Horizontal Stitched Strips die (My Favorite Things); Foliage 3 die (Paper Smooches); Matte Texture Paste (Ranger)

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Tag You're It 40

Friday, February 5, 2016

Finally it's Friday and it also happens to be the day for a new challenge at Tag You're It!  I am the hostess this week and I hope that my tag inspires you in one way or another!

We are so close to that special holiday on February 14th that I couldn't resist making a tag to celebrate Valentine's Day!  I used a heart stencil to emboss some iridescent embossing paste first then added the scribble heart on top. A hashtag sentiment and I was done.  Easy peasy!


The design team at Tag You're It has created some fun tags to inspire you this week so I hope you will check them out.  And I hope you'll join us in the gallery this week!

Supplies
Stamps: Hashtags (Tim Holtz)
Paper:  Kraft (Papertrey Ink); Pink Pirouette, Real Red (SU); Neenah Solar White
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Gift Card Holder die (Reverse  Confetti); Scribble Heart die, Mosaic Heart stencil (Simon Says Stamp); translucent embossing paste (Dreamweaver); Crumb Cake seam binding ribbon (SU); baker's twine

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CAS(E) This Sketch 158

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Here I go again with a card using my new, favorite heart die.  This time I'm using it on my CAS(E) This Sketch card!



When I sat down at my desk to make this card I fully intended to use some flowers.  But then I saw the glitter challenge at CASology and the colors at Stamp Ink Paper and got distracted!  Those challenges were a great opportunity to use this scribble heart die cut from some gold glimmer paper and it was easy to add some black embossing paste, a red sentiment, and a few red sequins (yes, they are red even though they look black in the photo) to round out this fabbo sketch.



The CAS(E) This Sketch design team has cooked up some great designs with this sketch so hop on over to check them out.  I hope we'll get to see you in the gallery this week!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps:  Everyday Mini Sentiments (Whimsy Stamps)
Paper:  Sweet Tooth (My Favorite Things); Champagne Glimmer (SU)
Ink:  Real Red (SU)
Accessories:  Scribble Heart die (Simon Says Stamp); Graph stencil (Sheena Douglass); black embossing paste (Wendy Vecchi); sequins

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Freshly Made Sketches 222!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

We're halfway through the work week (yay!) and it's time for a new sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  This week Narelle, our resident layers expert, has provided the sketch!



For one of my layers I used washi tape.  It's been a long time since I've done that and I've got to admit it felt good!  It's fun stuff, looks way cool when the edges are ripped, and it generally makes me smile.  I think I'm going to try and use it more often.  I certainly have enough of it!

The code word this week at Addicted to CAS is RED so I thought I'd play along and make a Valentine.  Apologies if you are sick and tired of seeing this heart die because I've been using it a lot lately and if you stop by here on Thursday (and Friday for that matter) you'll see it again!  I can't help it.  It's a fun die!


Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you've got time to play along with us at Freshly Made Sketches this week.  Our amazing design team has got some beautiful cards to share with you this week in order to jump start your creativity, so please check them out!  I hope to see you in the gallery!

Supplies
Paper:  Sweet Tooth (My Favorite Things); Real Red (SU)
Accessories:  Scribble Heart die (Simon Says Stamp); washi tape, Dymo label maker

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colourQ 327

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

I can hardly believe it's Tuesday already and time for a new color palette from colourQ.  Where does the time (and by that I mean the weekend) go?   But here we are back in the saddle and we've got some very pretty colors for you.



This is one of my favorite color combos.......for a Christmas card.  However, I wanted to try something a little different so with some help from the sketch at As You See It I put this card together.  I love the scalloped layers together, although I really wish that I had made the top blue layer much thinner.  By the time I took a good look at it and realized how it looked everything was stuck down and it was too late to fix it!


My colourQ teamies have made some beautiful cards this week so be sure to check them out.  I hope to see you in the gallery this week!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps:  Be (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Ruby Red, Pool Party (SU)
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler
Accessories:  Scallop Border die (The Stamps of Life); Seriously die (Lil' Inker Designs); Pool Party baker's twine (SU); Berry Blend sequins (Avery Elle)

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CAS(E) This Sketch 157!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Happy Thursday! It seems like this week has been going on forever.  Not sure why, but since we've finally made it around to Thursday it's time for a new challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch!



I've had these outline flower dies for a while and hadn't used them yet.  As I was driving home from work one day contemplating this sketch it occurred to me that these dies might make a good choice for this layout.  I had a little trouble adding the leaves in a way that I liked so I settled on the one.  I think it looks a little lonely :) but it left a nice space for my sentiment.  The colors here are inspired by the latest challenge at Color Throwdown.


Well, I'm very glad that the work-week is nearly over and I'm looking forward to doing a whole lot of nothing this weekend!  I want to thank you for stopping by to check out my card and invite you to play along with us at CAS(E) This Sketch. The inspiration from the design team is incredible so you definitely want to check it out!

Supplies
Stamps:  Painted Sayings (Whimsy Stamps)
Paper:  Sweet Tooth (My Favorite Things); So Saffron, Basic Gray, Crumb Cake (SU)
Ink:  Basic Gray (SU)
Accessories:  Wild Garden die (Essentials by Ellen)

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