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CAS(E) This Sketch 227

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Hello, hello!  It's time for a new sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch.  It's a classic one for sure designed by N@ Ali.



It's been a while since I used this grid image stamp to take the place of a rectangular "layer" on a card and figured it was high time I took it out and showed it some love.  It's actually one of my favorite images to use for that purpose.  Then I inked up this butterfly image that I've had for ages and never used.  And I am pleased as punch that my wee sentiment fit exactly between the lines of the grid.  And I mean exactly!  Serendipity, that is.  The colors I used come from The Challenge.


The first day of summer here was glorious!  The sun was shining, the temperatures were warm and I enjoyed both of those things when I went for a walk on my lunch hour.  Hopefully there's a lot more where that came from in the days ahead!

Well, that's it for me today.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a chance to check out the inspiration from the design team at CAS(E) This Sketch.  Join us in the gallery too!

Supplies
Stamps:  Off the Grid (Stampin' Up!); A Better You (Clearly Besotted); Hello Hello (The Stamp Market)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah)
Ink:  Hawaiin Shores (Papertrey Ink); Crisp Cantaloupe, Melon Mambo (Stampin' Up!); Jet Black (Altenew)
Accessories:  enamel dots (Doodlebug Designs)

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Freshly Made Sketches 293

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Today is the first day of summer here in the Northern Hemisphere and I couldn't possibly be more happy about that!  Summer is my favorite season and I am really looking forward to the long, hot days and, hopefully, squeezing in a trip or two to the beach.  Today is also the day where we get to see a new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our hostess this week is my friend from the Southern Hemisphere, Karren.  Take a look at her awesome sketch and my inspiration from it.


I went with a square card partly because the die I had to cut that rounded shape was just big enough for my square layout and I had it in my head that I was going to use the umbrella-holding man and I liked how he fit perfectly onto the white layer.  The colors that I used come from the Just Us Girls challenge and originally I had the base of this card being yellow.  But as I was experimenting with how to best add in the aqua color I realized that the card looked a whole lot better with an aqua base.  The yellow I added by a few Nuvo drops.  (And I'll just add that Karren, enabler extraordinaire, was the one who convinced me that I needed Nuvo drops in the first place)!


I hope you can find time to join us at Freshly Made Sketches this week.  Our always-amazing design team has cooked up some beautiful cards to inspire you!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps:  Life's Possibilities (Tim Holtz)
Paper:  Hawaiin Shores (Papertrey Ink); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink:  Hawaiin Shores, Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories:  Stitched Basic Edges die (My Favorite Things); Dandelion Yellow Nuvo Crystal Drops (Tonic Studios)

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Tag You're It 72

Friday, June 16, 2017

I always love when Friday comes around.  It's the end of the work week, the start of a little weekend rest and relaxation, and it's also the day when you get to see some new inspiration at Tag You're It.  This month our Guest Featured Artist is Lindsey Larsen and I love the crisp, clean lines of her tag.



I used a big square tag so that I could accomodate that big die cut sentiment and I used basically the same colors as our inspiration tag.  I didn't have an intricate cover-up die so I improvised by cutting a big leafy image and wall papering the front of my tag with it.  Then it was easy peasy to stick on the sentiment and add some gold organdy ribbon tied with a bit of gold cord.   I think I'll put this tag on a cardbase for a quick and easy thank you card.

Thanks for stopping by and there's still plenty of time to play along with us.  Check out all the details at Tag You're It.   I'm sure you'll be inspired by the DT to play along!

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CAS(E) This Sketch 226

Thursday, June 15, 2017

It's Thursday so that means there's a brand new challenge over at CAS(E) This Sketch!  I decided to do a little one layer number this week.



I recently got this pretty stamp set and was anxious to ink it up.  I masked the flower so that I could stamp the leaves then drew a border around all the images with a glittery black pen.  For that little half moon shape I subsituted a couple of home-made "enamel" dots.  I was going to add a bold sentiment stamped across the images but decided in the end that this flower was just too pretty to cover up!

Well that's it for me.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you've got some time to check out the inspiration from the CAS(E) This Sketch design team.  And I hope you can join us in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Peony Bouquet (Altenew)
Paper:  White (Spectrum Noir)
Ink:  Frosty Pink, Coral Berry, Grapevine, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades, Evergreen (Altenew)
Accessories:  Black atyou Spica pen; Nuvo crystal drops

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Freshly Made Sketches 292

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

We had a little heat wave earlier this week.  It had been 90+ degrees since Sunday and I loved it!  I was built to live in a hot climate but for some reason I got stuck in a place where it's hot only for part of the year.  I'll have to remedy that some day!

But on to bigger and better things.  Today is Wednesday so that means we've got a brand new challenge for you at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our friend across the pond, C├ęcile, has give us a fantastic graphic sketch.  I can't wait to see the gallery light up with your designs!


I used these dotted circles in ever darker shades of purple (hope you can see the big one, it's a bit light in the pic).  I chose this color for no other reason that I just got the ink pads and I wanted to take them for a test run!  This is an uber CAS one layer card and I love how it came out.

My Freshly Made Sketches fellow teamies have cooked up some great cards for you this week.  I loved seeing how everyone interpreted the sketch.  I hope you can join us in the gallery!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps:  Halftone Circles (Altenew); Keep it Simple:  Just a Note (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  White (Spectrum Noir)
Ink:  Soft Lilac, Lavender Fields, Deep Iris, Jet Black (Altenew)

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CAS(E) This Sketch 225

Thursday, June 8, 2017

It's that time again where I all of a sudden need a graduation card.  And I mean suddenly because the four years it took my nephew to finish college positively flew by!  I don't need a card for him until July so I've got loads of time to experiment with just the right design.

Today I've got a card using the latest sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch designed by yours truly.  Originally I no plans make a graduation card but that idea took root in my mind and I ran with it.



The school colors are purple and white so I had to incorporate those into my card and the black is a nod to the traditional color of the gown graduates wear.  I used a stencil that is sort of grungy in look with some jumbled up numbers in the corners.  That's what actually gave me the idea to put the 2017 on my card in place of the square on the sketch.  Kind of like the numbers tumbled around then arranged themselves into the year on the opposite corner.  Ha!  That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

There's a graduation theme at Addicted to CAS and a masculine theme at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge so I'll pop this card over there as well.


Thanks for stopping by!  The ladies at CAS(E) This Sketch have made some amazing cards using my sketch so be sure to check them out.  I hope to see you in the gallery!

Supplies
Paper:  Black (Simon Says Stamp); Solar White (Neenah); Grape Jelly (My Favorite Things)
Accessories:  Trame Tissues et Chiffres stencil (Carabelle Studio); Numbers Set Medium die (KaiserCraft); black embossing paste (Wendy Vecchi); sequins (The Ton)

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Freshly Made Sketches 291

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

It's Wednesday so that means it's time for a new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week Jen Brum is our hostess and her sketch made me think of patterned paper.....at first.


I totally intended to use some patterned paper for those two rectangle layers and accent them with some flowers (the "circle") but then I stumbled upon an old stamp set with bowling balls and thought "that would work!"  That negated the need for patterned paper and I was able to make a one layer card instead.

I hand-drew the rectangle layers and just drew the bottom one around the bowling pins.  I've had this stamp set since my mother joined a bowling league a few years ago and I think I've only used it once before today.  I'm pretty sure I intended to send her punny cards, but oh well!  Now it's good for the challenge at Retro Rubber.  I think I'll also join the masculine challenge at Stamp Ink Paper.


Thanks for stopping by.  My Freshly Made Sketches teamies have made some beautiful cards with this sketch so be sure to check them out!

Supplies
Stamps:   Balls to You (Unity Stamp Company)
Paper:  White (Spectrum Noir)
Ink:  Black Licorice (My Favorite Things); Copics

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CAS(E) This Sketch 224

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The calendar says June 1st but the weather doesn't!  Spring has been very slow to make an appearance around here.  It's been cold and rainy a lot lately and I really would like to see the sun and go outside without a jacket!

Luckily, being Thursday, there's a new challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch that will make me forget all about the un-May-like weather!



I took a liberal interpretation of Hannelie's sketch this week.  Instead of squares I used some sprigs of greenery.  I chose these warm colors and a burlap impression plate to make this a bit rustic looking for the Merry Monday Christmas challenge.


Be sure to pop on over to CAS(E) This Sketch and check out the amazing cards from the design team.  I hope you can join us in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Sketchy Christmas (Precious Remembrance)
Paper:  Kraft (Papertrey Ink); Early Espresso, Mossy Meadow, Cherry Cobbler, Pear Pizzazz (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Mossy Meadow, Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Holiday Greens Mini die (Tim Holtz); Rustic Burlap impression plate (Papertrey Ink)

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Freshly Made Sketches 290

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

I've been a busy little girl lately and haven't had much time to stamp.  I got a hankering to do a big clean up around the house so I rented a dumpster and spent last week filling it up with a trove of junk that I have been apparently collecting since I bought my house in 1991.  It's amazing how much stuff you can accumulate in 25 years!  It felt good to purge, I can tell you that!

But on to bigger and better things I say.  And what better way to kick off my stamping week with a new sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our lovely designer is Kim and she's given us a great one that I am sure you will love!


I had a look-see at the color challenge at Global Design Project and knew right away that I wanted to play along.  There was a time when I saw green on a color challenge and automatically my mind went to leaves which then went to flowers.  So, not one to ignore a good sign, that is exactly the direction I went with on my card.

My half-moon doily didn't quite take up all the space on the front of my card like the one in the sketch does so I improvised by topping it off with a small horizontal strip.  I quite like how it looks.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you've got some time this week to play along with us at Freshly Made Sketches.  For inspiration look no further than our very own talented design team members who have offered up some gorgeous cards for you to see!

Supplies
Stamps:  Flower Patch (Stampin' Up!)
Paper:  Cloud White (Reverse Confetti); Black (Simon Says Stamp); Old Olive, Whisper White, Cottage Wall DSP (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Calypso Coral (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Dizzy Doily Duo die, Fishtail Flags STAX, Fishtail Flags Layers STAX (My Favorite Things); Sprightly Sprigs die (Verve)

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CAS(E) This Sketch 223

Thursday, May 25, 2017

I know I've said this before but sometimes if I am stumped about a card I need to make for a particular challenge I find that all of a sudden I will see something or hear something and right away a light bulb goes off in my head and I get an idea for the card.  That is pretty much what happened to me for my CAS(E) This Sketch card.



The oval on the sketch had me mentally reviewing my stash wondering what if I had any oval dies or a stencil that might lend itself to an oval shape.  I was coming up with no good ideas and I was starting to get desperate.  It was nearly 10 PM on Tuesday and I really didn't want to go to bed without making a card.  Then lo and behold I saw the "loud" cue word at CASology and an idea started to take shape.  "Bam" is an onomatopoeia, right?  And it's loud!  And the oval?  I realized it didn't need to be "oval!"  The "pink" challenge at Addicted to CAS was kind of a cool take on my idea so I incorporated three shades of pink on my card and I heat embossed the sentiment onto vellum for the AAA challenge.

The whole card fell into place within a half hour or so - once I stumbled on the initial idea for it.  I've learned that even duing those times when I'm super frustrated because my mojo seems to have gone on walkabout, inspiration will inevitably strike like a lightening bolt!



Thanks for stopping by.  And I hope that our latest challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch will inspire you like a lightening bolt!  We'd love to see you in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Amazing (My Favorite Things)
Paper:  Cloud White (Reverse Confetti); Hibiscus Burst (Papertrey Ink); Pretty in Pink, Vellum (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories:  Pow Zap Bam die (Frantic Stamper); Melon Mambo embossing powder (Stampin' Up!)

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Freshly Made Sketches 289!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

It's time for another great challenge from Freshly Made Sketches!  This week Linda has designed our sketch and you are going to love it!


The "flowers" in the sketch turned into squares on my card which gave me an excuse to call this a "man-card."  I'll confess that the color challenge at Just Us Girls was real incentive to that end.  And in keeping with a no-frills masculine theme I followed the AAA Challenge and turned the square on the sketch to a square of embossing paste using a new-to-me stencil, and the shapes I've used are quite geometric which follows the latest Less is More challenge.


Thanks for stopping by.  There's loads of inspiration over at Freshly Made Sketches so be sure to check out the design team cards.  I hope you can join us in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  WTF (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Paper:  Cloud White (Reverse Confetti); Tempting Turquoise, Lucky Limeade, Night of Navy (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Jet Black (Altenew)
Accessories:  Mosaic stencil (Tim Holtz); white embossing paste (Dreamweaver)

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Tag You're It 71

Friday, May 19, 2017

TGIF!  That's what I say.  I also say it's time to play along with the latest Tag You're It challenge.  We've got a new format there - one that will give you lots of time to play along with us.

You'll now have four weeks to play along with the challenge and every member of the design team will play along too.  Each Friday there will be new inspiration on the Tag You're It blog and this week it's my turn to share my project designed by our guest featured artist Lindsey.


When I saw Lindsey's tag I knew instantly what stamp set I was going to use.  I kept the same red and green theme and used this old favorite floral stamp.  I also used a "hello" sentiment but I stamped mine in black because I wanted a bit more contrast.

I spent about 15 minutes hunting around my stamp room looking for the red gingham ribbon you see on my tag.  I had a vague idea that I owned some but I wasn't 100% sure.  But I persevered in my quest and just when I was about to admit defeat and give up I found it!  It's an old spool from Stampin' Up! and I don't think that I even used it before because there was still the celophane strip wrapped around the ribbon!

Thanks for stopping by and please pop on over to Tag You're It to check out the latest round of inspiration from our design team.  I hope to see you in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Botanical  Silhouettes (Papertrey Ink); Scripty Greetings (The Ton)
Paper:  Cloud White (Reverse Confetti); Pure Poppy (Papetrey Ink); Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  New Leaf, Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink); Jet Black (Altenew)
Accessories:  Tag Sale:  Quilted die (Papertrey Ink); red gingham ribbon (Stampin' Up!); white seam binding ribbon

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CAS(E) This Sketch 222

Thursday, May 18, 2017

I'm on vacation from work next week but apparently my brain decided to start early because I completely forgot to write my blog post for the newest challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch!  So better late than never:



If you look closely at the sketch you'll see a small vertical strip on the left hand side.  I totally missed that on my card - I am clearly in need of this vacation!  Other than that I think I kept to the spirit of the sketch and using the colors from The Paper Players I made a rather eclectic floral card.


Short and sweet tonight.  I've got another blog post to schedule tonight - my name would be mud if I missed two in a row!  Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you in the CAS(E) This Sketch gallery this week.  And don't forget to check out the inspiration from our always amazing design team!

Supplies
Stamps:  Abstract Poppies (Rubbernecker); Label Love (Altenew)
Paper:  Pure Luxury White (Gina K)
Ink:  Tangerine Tango, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise (Stampin' Up); Jet Black (Altenew)
Accessories:  Autumn Harvest sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

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Freshly Made Sketches 288

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

I can hardly believe it's that time again, but brace yourselves:  I am the sketch hostess at Freshly Made Sketches this week!. Always a bit of a nail biter, if I'm honest.  Here goes nothing:



Some sketch designers make a card with images and embellishments that are pleasing to themselves and then {poof} they have a sketch.  Not me.  Nope.  No way.  I think up a sketch and then scramble to make it into an actual card.  This one gave me a bit of trouble.  But in the end I relied on my tried and true friends - kraft and a butterfly to make everything right!

The cue card this week at CASology is "warm" and I'm going to throw my hat in the ring over there as well with this one.  I always think of kraft as a warm color, my butterfly is die cut from another warm color, and butterflies are something I see always during the summer - which is also warm!


I sure hope that you like my sketch this week and will join us in the gallery.  If you need inspiration look no further than Freshly Made Sketches where the design team has got some great cards to get your creative juices flowing.  I hope to see you in the gallery!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps:  Little Notes (The Stamp Market)
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral, Basic Black, Crumb Cake DSP (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Jet Black (Altenew)
Accessories:  Daphne Butterfly die (Poppystamps)

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CAS(E) This Sketch 221

Thursday, May 11, 2017

When I first saw the latest CAS(E) This Sketch challenge I thought of using some patterned paper for one of those layers.  But I really wanted to see if I could do a one layer card using stamped images to take the place of the major elements of the sketch.



It took me three tries before I got this to look the way I wanted!  The first attempt had splotchy images which I blamed on the stamp positioner that I was using.  The second attempt looked ok, but I used micro pore tape on the card front to hold it in place while I stamped and when I removed it, it took a piece of card stock with it.  Sometimes it's not as low-tack as I'd like.

The third time proved to be the charm and it ended up being pretty much what I had envisioned when I started.  Besides the yellow I used a couple of different grays in keeping with the color challenge at Less is More.


I'm constantly amazed at how my CAS(E) This Sketch teamies interpret the sketches with their own cards week after week and I am sure that you are too.  This week is no exception so please check them out before you join us in the gallery!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps:  Watercolor Backdrops (My Favorite Things); Hello Hello (The Stamp Market); Hand Lettered Hello )WPlus9)
Paper:  Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Going Gray, Basic Gray (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Halloween sequins (American Crafts)

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Freshly Made Sketches 287

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

It seems like just yesterday I was posting a card for the latest challenge at Freshly Made Sketches and here I am doing it again!  I must be busy if I missed a whole week going by!  This week our sketch comes from Jen Timko and I predict you are going to love how wide open it is to your interpretation.


I had a hankering to use the colors from Cupcake Inspirations so I went with a Perfect Plum background along with some dark and light greens for the flourish and leaves.  I had first stamped the flower in Perfect Plum but the color was too dark for my taste so I redid it using a little technique I learned recently from my FMS teamie Amy.  She uses a technique that she describes here as an alternative to "stamping off."  I find that sometimes "stamping off" causes a bit of a blotchy image but using a sponge dauber to ink up the stamp gives the same effect without the blotchiness.


We'd love to have you join us at Freshly Made Sketches for our latest challenge.  I'm sure you'll be inspired by the cards made by the design team.  I know I am!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps:  Beautiful Blooms II (Papertrey Ink); Hello Hello (The Stamp Market)
Paper:  Perfect Plum, Whisper White, Cast-A-Spell DSP (Stampin' Up!); Pinefeather (Papertrey Ink); Lemon Grass (Avery Elle)
Ink:  Perfect Plum (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Leaf Filled Flourish die (My Favorite Things); Curvy Leaves die (Elizabeth Craft Designs); Basic Rhinestones (Stampin' Up!)

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CAS(E) This Sketch 220

Thursday, May 4, 2017

It's Thursday again and time for a new challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch.  Although the sketch says flowers I went in a bit of a different direction!



I was contemplating a design at work the other day and asked a co-worker for her ideas for this sketch.  She is not a card maker or paper crafter so it was fun to hear her suggestions.  I think flip flops, seashells, and fish were among her ideas!  I don't actually have stamps with any of those images so I had to keep thinking.  I wanted to keep the triangular design of the focal image sort of tucked in the corner and remembered this little elf and I figured he fit the bill.  The way he is sprawled with those Christmas lights mimics the general layout of the sketch I think.  There's an anything Christmas theme at The Merry Christmas Challenge this month so I'm going to add this over there as well.

Thanks for stopping by!  And don't forget to check out the inspiration from the CAS(E) This Sketch design team.  Please join us in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Deck the Halls (Kraftin' Kimmie)
Paper:  White (Papertrey Ink); Jungle (Avery Elle); X-Press It Blending Card
Ink:  Black Licorice (My Favorite Things); Jet Black (Altenew); Copics
Accessories:  Blueprints 21 die (My Favorite Things)

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