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CAS(E) This Sketch 231

Thursday, July 20, 2017

I was helpless to resist using a beautiful dragonfly die cut on my card for our latest challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch.  When you see the sketch you'll know why!



I will admit that this card too way too long to put together.  I kept fussing over the size of the dragonfly and my decision to use a background stamp for the square image rather than a paper layer messed with the horizontal banner layer.  According to the sketch it's supposed to be under the square layer, but I couldn't do that.  After trying a few things I settled on a strip of some favorite washi.

I was inspired, too, by the CASE the designer challenge at Global Design Project which also featured a dragonfly!  I used soft, muted colors in shades of gray and blue in keeping with Tanja's inspiration.


All my fussing paid off because I like the end result of this card!  And my teamies at CAS(E) This Sketch have created some fabulous cards with this sketch so I know you will be wowed with their inspiration!  I hope you can join us in the gallery!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps:  Mesh (Darkroom Door); Mini 72 (PaperArtsy)
Paper:  Soft Stonen (Papertrey Ink); Basic Gray, Soft Sky, Vellum (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Basic Gray, Soft Sky (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Libellules die (4enscrap); washi tape

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Freshly Made Sketches 297

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

It's Wednesday so that means there's a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week, yours truly is the hostess!  So let's get to it, shall we?


There's a lot of Christmas in July going on right now.  Have you noticed?  I've already taken advantage of one Christmas themed stamp sale and obviously had Christmas on the brain when I sat down to make my card this week.  Of course, that's the theme at CAS-ual Fridays right now and although the color challenge at Sunday Stamps is called a "salute to summer" it put me in mind of snowflakes!  Go figure!


I took the liberty of adding some sparkly bits to my card because the color of that glimmer paper is pretty close to the neutral on that color challenge.  Plus who doesn't love some sparkle on a Christmas card?  The snowflake is actually one that is layered with three different die cuts.  The bottom is probably my all-time favorite and it is followed up with a vellum one (that is hard to see) and a wee sparkly one on top.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you can pop on over to Freshly Made Sketches and take a look at our challenge and the design team cards.  I hope we'll see you in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Tis the Season (Essentials by Ellen)
Paper:  Soft Stone (Papertrey Ink); Midnight Muse, Silver Glimmer, Baja Breeze, Vellum (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Real Red (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Snowfall/Speckles embossing folder (Tim Holtz); Lindemon Snowflake die (Memory Box); Funky Flakes die (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)

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CAS(E) This Sketch 230

Thursday, July 13, 2017

It was high time I added another Christmas card to my stash and Donna's awesome sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch this week gave me a great layout for some layered greenery.



The cue word this week at CASology is "wish" so I thought I'd "wish" someone a heartfelt Christmas sentiment!  I have made quite a few Christmas cards this year but none of them have been of a simple, mass-produce style.  That's not good!  Especially when I find myself with not enough cards and a deadline looming!  There's still plenty of time, right?


Thanks for stopping by!  And be sure to check out the inspiration from the CAS(E) This Sketch design team and join us in the gallery this week!

Supplies
Stamps:  Spruce & Sprigs (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  True Thyme, Very Vanilla, (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  True Thyme, Always Artichoke, Mossy Meadow, Cranberry Crisp, Cherry Cobbler (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Spruce & Sprigs die (Papertrey Ink)

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Freshly Made Sketches 296

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

This week our lovely challenge at Freshly Made Sketches is brought to you by Jen Timko.  The sketch is square but I used a little poetic license and created a rectangular card.



The colors for my card come from the latest challenge at Cupcake Inspirations.  As I was putting this card together I wondered how a red butterfly would look and I'm happy to say that I like it!  I layered the swiss cheese butterfly top over a vellum bottom and jazzed up the background with some sparkle medium speckles in a champagne color.  I finished off the corner with some Nuvo Crystal drops in place of a paper layer.


My Freshly Made Sketches teamies have put together some great cards to inspire you to join us this week.  I hope we'll see you in the gallery!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps:  Seriously Awesome (Lil' Inker Designs)
Paper:  Ivory Pure Luxury (Gina K); Early Espresso, Poppy Parade, Very Vanilla, Vellum (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Early Espresso (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Gift Tag die (Penny Black); Papillons die (4enscrap); Tag Builder Blueprints 4 die (My Favorite Things); Speckles stencil (Tim Holtz); champagne Sparkle Medium (Imagination Crafts); Very Vanilla seam binding ribbon (Stampin' Up!); Nuvo Crystal drops; jute twine

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Thank You Very Much

Monday, July 10, 2017

Well, hello there.  I took a little impromptu crafting break last week but I'm back!  I've been a busy little kid around the house re-arranging furniture, having a bit of a clear-out, and assembling a whole lot of IKEA stuff.  But I was missing my craft room so I ventured in there Sunday night to dust off the cobwebs.



And what cobwebs there were!  I had intended to play along with the tall and skinny sketch at Sunday Stamps but after spending quite some time getting that flower stamped just right I realized that, other than the tall and skinny part, the layout of my card looked nothing like their sketch.  I also was playing along with LeAnne's monochromatic colors at The Paper Players.  I was all set to stamp some leaves (in green of course) when I realized that there's no green in that color challenge!  I didn't like the idea of my flower floating all by itself in all that white space and I was too tired to add more flowers because that would involve a lot of masking so I stamped a couple of outline leaves in Rich Razzleberry.  Ugh!  The flower is gorgeous (gotta love the Altnew magic of layered images) but the rest I am not happy with.

Tomorrow is another day and I'm sure that my mojo is out there lurking just waiting for a spark to ignite it.  I'll be back at it again soon!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps:  Much Appreciated (Stampin' Up!); Peony Bouquet (Altenew)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); White (Spectrum Noir); Lavender Moon (Papertrey Ink); Rich Razzleberry (Stampin' Up)!
Ink:  Lavender Moon, Raspberry Fizz (Papertrey Ink); Rich Razzleberry (Stampin' Up)!
Accessories:  crochet thread

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CAS(E) This Sketch 228

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Hold onto you hats folks there's a swirly new challenge starting today at CAS(E) This Sketch!  You might look at the sketch and think of a long winding road.  I looked at the sketch and thought "Christmas!"



I actually had no idea how I was going to interpret this sketch until I saw the white on white challenge at Addicted to CAS.  That put me in mind of a simple card, all layered in white, with a white Christmas sentiment.  Then I thought one of those layers should be white glimmer paper for a bit of pizzazz and that got me thinking about shimmery snowflakes.  So I put all those things together all the while worrying that none of it would show up properly in my photo.  The pic doesn't look too, too bad but in real life this is a looker!


My CAS(E) This Sketch teamies have all interpreted this sketch in really fun ways so be sure to check them out.  You won't be disappointed!  I hope we'll see you in the gallery!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:   Dotted Curve die (Poppystamps); Lindemon Snowflake die (Memory Box); "snowflakes" die (White Lotus); Merry Christmas die (Simon Says Stamp); white thread

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Freshly Made Sketches 294

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Apparently I am in a Christmas mood because I've made two Christmas cards this week!  The first one is for the latest challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  (You'll have to wait for Thursday to see the other one)!  Our hostess and sketch designer is Amy and she's cooked up an instant classic you are going to love.



I was channeling my inner Narelle with this one because I had it all made with the topmost layers sitting on a vanilla card base but I felt like it needed something.  So I added the Chocolate Chip layer topped with some more Very Vanilla.  Just what the doctor ordered!

I changed my card to a square instead of rectangle so that I could play along with The Challenge this week.  And my wreath theme was inspired by the inspiration at Christmas Card Challenges.


It's a bit chilly here and I've got a sweatshirt on as I sit to type this post.  I was positive that summer had arrived but apparently I spoke too soon.  I am assured that the hot weather is coming back at the end of the week and all will be right in my world!

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the inspiration from the Freshly Made Sketches design team.  I hope we'll see you in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Wreath for All Seasons (Papertrey Ink); Peace on Earth (Verve)
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip (Stampin' Up!)

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Seriously Fabulous

Monday, June 26, 2017

I'm not sure how this happened but I found myself with some free time Sunday night and I managed to make it into my craft room and actually make a couple of cards.  One I'll be posting later in the week but the other is right here!


I made this for the sketch at As You See It using the colors at CAS-ual Fridays and it was super easy to put together.  Once I found an appropriate circle stamp, that is.


Short and sweet for me today.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps:  Fonds Grunge (4enscrap); Brushed Cheers (The Ton)
Paper:  White (Spectrum Noir); Hawaiin Shores (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Basic Gray (Stampin' Up!); Hawaiin Shores (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories:  Seriously die (Lil' Inker Designs); enamel dew drops (Freckled Fawn)

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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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