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CAS(E) This Sketch 284

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Our latest sketch challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch is a retro one all the way back to #76.  I love these redux challenges.  Comparing what I did then versus now is eye-opening sometimes!



The original challenge for this sketch debuted HERE and I found that I played along with that sketch HERE.  What a difference four years makes! 

For this sketch I used a paint drip & splatter image as a background and then covered it with a fun sentiment.  I used a row of stars along the bottom to mimic where (I think) the sentiment is supposed to go.  Easy peasy!  I'm also adding this to the "masculine" challenge at Addicted to CAS.  Just about anytime I make a card sans flowers I call it masculine!

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you join us in our CAS(E) This Sketch gallery this week!

Supplies
Stamps:  Splatdrip (Tim Holtz); Shiny Happy Sentiments (Lil Inker Designs); Star Scribbles (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Lime Rickey (Catherine Pooler); 

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Freshly Made Sketches 349

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

It's Wednesday so it's time for a new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week Karren is our hostess and her sketch is classic!



I had SO much trouble with this sketch!  All that wide open space had me stumped until I saw the current challenge at Muse. I liked how Anita framed her card with floral images so I attempted to recreate that with these lilies.  The vertical layer was done with vellum.  I'm not crazy about this card.  The lilies look a bit like fireworks to me!

My Freshly Made Sketches teammates have made some fantastic cards with this sketch so be sure to check them out.  We hope to see you in the gallery!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps:  Layered Lily (Altenew); Celebrate Big (My Favorite Things)
Paper:  White (Gina K); Vellum (Stampin' Up!)s
Ink:  Jet Black (Stazon); Frosty Pink, Coral Berry, Grapevine (Altenew)
Accessories:  rhinestones (KaiserCraft)



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CAS(E) This Sketch 283 Meets Fusion

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Every other Thursday I combine the latest challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch with the latest challenge at Fusion.  This time around it was the flowers that inspired me and the sketch was perfect to show some off!



I was intrigued, also, by some of the design elements at the Just Us Girls challenge like the script background and the floral accents.  So I used a script stamp to create one of the "layers" on my card and followed it up with leaves, a branch, and some flowers.  Easy peasy!


Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you can join us at CAS(E) This Sketch and Fusion, or both!

Supplies
Stamps:  Script (IndigoBlu); Beautiful Blooms III (Uniko)
Paper:  Soft Stone (Papertrey Ink); Fog (Simon Says Stamp); Certainly Celery, Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Crisp Cantaloupe, Groovy Guava, Calypso Coral (Stampin' Up!); Soft Stone (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories:  Grove Branch die, Fresh Foliage die (Memory Box)

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Freshly Made Sketches 348

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Hello there!  I've got a card for our newest challenge at Freshly Made Sketches!  This week our sketch is designed by Jen Brum - and it's awesome!



One thing that I like to do when I see four squares arranged like this is to create one image and then split it up.  So that's what I did!  I used a distressed sunburst stencil and covered it with embossing paste that I tinted yellow.  I cut it into four squares and mounted them with a little bit of space in between to mimic the sketch.  CAS and done!

The color challenge at Cupcake Inspirations Challenge is a particular favorite of mine so those colors were my choice for this sunshiny card!


ETA:  And by lucky coincidence the cue word this week at CASology is Sunbeam!  Since I made my card a few days before that challenge went live I can only think that the challenge was cosmically transmitted to me!  LOL!



Thanks for stopping by!  Our Freshly Made Sketches design team has created some beauties with this sketch so be sure to check them out.  We hope to see you in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Just Saying (WOW); Hand Lettered Hello (WPlus9)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Daffodil Delight (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Daffodil Delight (Stampin' Up!); Nocturne (Versafine Clair)
Accessories:  Urban Insiders Square stencil (Stencil Girl); white embossing paste (Dreamweaver)

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CAS(E) This Sketch 282

Thursday, July 26, 2018

I missed the CAS(E) This Sketch challenge last week because I was in a kind of vacation-induced fog!  I was just starting the first week of a two-week holiday when I realized I was knee deep in paint, garden shovels, flowers, plus various other household implements and there was no way that I was going to put together a card in time for the challenge.  But this week I've set aside my chores and crafted a Christmas card for Brian's awesome sketch.




I've had this particular patterned paper in my stash for a really long time and knew instantly that it was absolutely perfect for this sketch.  And since poinsettias are a favorite of mine for Christmas cards I knew it would be just the right thing for that circle on the sketch.  I had the most trouble deciding what color the poinsettia would be but in the end decided on an off white with a bit of red glimmer paper for the center.

My CAS(E) This Sketch design teammates have made some fabulous cards with this sketch so you will definitely be inspired to play along!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps:  Keep It Simple Joyeux Noel (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Classic Ivory (Flourishes); Real Red, Red Glimmer, Dashing DSP (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Nocturne (Versamark Clair)
Accessories:  Layered Poinsettia die (Spellbinders); Blooming Poinsettias die (Memory Box); Horizontal Stitched Stripes die (My Favorite Things)

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Freshly Made Sketches 347

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

I'm back after a little stamping hiatus!  I'm actually halfway through my second week of vacation and up until now I've been so busy crossing things off of my vacation to-do list that I had no time do any crafting.  But I've traded in my paintbrush and pitchfork for some cardstock and ink and I got busy in my craft room just in time for our newest sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our hostess is Kim and her sketch is an instant classic!



I recently discovered that I like to use this particular floral stamp set!  It's been in my stash for a while but had remained un-inked for a long time.  I like the shape of the tropical leaves and the flower is fun, so I've used it a couple of times recently.  For this card I used the colors from the latest Sunday Stamps challenge to create my little floral spray. 


Sadly, I'll be back in my office in a few days - vacation will be over {insert sad face here}.  But I'm happy to say that I've had a productive couple of weeks and accomplished quite a lot around the house.  But I will say it's nice to be back in my craft room getting all inky!

Thanks for stopping by!  Our amazing Freshly Made Sketches design team has created some awesome cards to inspire you to play along with us.  And this week we say farewell to our July guest designer Caly Person.  It's been such a treat having her along with us and seeing her fabbo cards!

Supplies
Stamps:  Tropical Flowers (My Favorite Things); WTF (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Paper:  Kraft (Papertrey Ink); Black Licorice (My Favorite Things); So Saffron, Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  So Saffron (Stampin' Up!); Lagoon (Altenew); Nocturne (Versamark Clair)

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CAS(E) This Sketch 280

Thursday, July 12, 2018

We've got a new challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch.  I don't mind saying this sketch threw me for a loop!  All those arrows had me searching for ages through my stash for something appropriate.  It turns out I've actually got a few arrows in my stamping stash, but none were inspiring me.  I think at one time I had about 10 stamp sets on my desk trying to figure out which one to use!  In the end I went in an entirely different direction...



After deliberating and pondering for much too long I chose to use a stamp set that makes notebook paper!  Super simple.  And I had a sentiment stamp in my stash that fit perfectly between the lines.  Done!

Thanks for stopping by!  My fellow CAS(E) This Sketch design team members have made some fantastic cards with this sketch.  They clearly didn't have as much trouble with this sketch as I did because their cards are amazing!  I hope you'll join us in the gallery this week.

Supplies
Stamps:  Notebook Paper (Paper Smooches); Fancy Word Coordinates (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); White (Catherine Pooler)
Ink:  Arctic (Altenew); Pretty in Pink (Stampin' Up!); Nocturne (Versafine Clair)

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Freshly Made Sketches 345

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Hello hello!  We're back at Freshly Made Sketches with a brand new challenge this week designed by little ol' me!  I used a tilted layer *gasp* in the sketch so I hope you like it!



I decided to make a Christmas card with a kraft card base (one of my Christmas faves) and finally inked up this stamp set that I've had for at least a couple of years.  That's my cool-dude Santa!

The Jingle Bells challenge is looking for stars and stripes this time around and I used a bit of both here and at AAA Cards it's Christmas in July.  It's kind of fun to think of snowy things when it's 90-degrees outside!


Thanks for stopping by!  And I hope that you will join us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

Supplies
Stamps:  Tis the Season (Essentials by Ellen)
Paper:  Desert Storm (Neenah); Riding Hood Red (Stampin' Up!); Marker Paper (Strathmore); Heidi Swapp patterned paper
Ink:  Black Licorice (My Favorite Things); Nocturne (Versafine Clair); White (WPlus9); Polychromos pencils
Accessories:  white embossing powder

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Addicted to CAS Guest Designer

Saturday, July 7, 2018



Well I am pleased as punch to say that I'm a guest designer over at Addicted to CAS for their newest challenge!  The code word is "baby" which is very fortuitous for me because there just happens to be a whole bunch of new babies this year in my family so I've been making quite a few baby cards lately!



I really loved the sketch at Sunday Stamps and thought for a bit about how I could use it and still keep my card CAS.  I was pretty sure that I wanted to use a onesie as my focal image so after cutting out one with this pretty awesome plaid paper I used the die cut to emboss a couple more of them off the edge of the card in a topsy turvy way.  I think they are pretty hard to see in the pic, but trust me they are there!


I want to thank the ladies at Addicted to CAS for inviting me to play along with them for this challenge.  I am always humbled when a card I've made has caught someone's eye enough that they want to reward me with a guest designer spot!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps:  Baby Face (Momenta); Welcome Baby (Sugar Pea Designs); Baby (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Perfect Plum (Stampin' Up!); Perfectly Plaid Rainbow (Lawn Fawn)
Accessories:  Welcome Baby Accents die (Sugar Pea Designs); Clear Droplets (Pretty Pink Posh)

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CAS(E) This Sketch 279 Meets Fusion

Thursday, July 5, 2018

I hope that all my American friends had a wonderful and safe Independence Day yesterday.  I went to my local parade in the morning (always fun with the screeching firetrucks and ambulances at the beginning)!  At night my town hosts a fireworks display and it was warm and balmy evening.  Of course, my kitties don't care for all those booms and pops, but it was a great day all around.

So now, since its Thursday, it's time for a couple of new challenges from CAS(E) This Sketch and Fusion.  At CTS we've gone back into the retro vault for a redux of #166.  My original card featured my favorite bunny piloting a plane but this time around I did a one layer using colors inspired by the Fusion challenge.  I created a stencil by die-cutting a banner then used it to sponge a minty green onto my card base.  I flicked a few drops of water onto it and was very happy to find that underneath that green was a blue very close to the blue in the inspiration photo!  I then stamped the layered sentiment in two shades of blue - one light and one dark (although it's hard to see the light color in the picture). 




I've got to say that I don't love this card!  LOL!  It's one of those cases where the design looked way better in my head than it looked when I put it to paper.  But following some sage advice I got from my friend Linda I am putting it up here as if it's the Mona Lisa and now it's on to the next thing!

Our respective CAS(E) This Sketch and Fusion design teams have each created some wonderful cards for their challenges so be sure to check them out.  I hope we'll see you play along!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps:  Hello Hello (The Stamp Market)
Paper:  White (Catherine Pooler)
Ink:  Cracked Pistachio (Distress Oxide); Caribbean Sky, Sapphire (Altenew)
Accessories:  Blueprints 13 die (My Favorite Things)

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Freshly Made Sketches 344

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

First things first:  I want to wish all my American friends a very happy, fun, and festive Independence Day! 



Right now I am smack-dab in the middle of a big ol' heat wave...and I have to confess that I'm loving it!  People who know me know that winter (and especially snow) is not my thing but turn up the heat and I'm in my glory!  Today marks day four of our 90+ degree days and we've got a few more before we "cool off" to somewhere in the 80s.  But don't get me wrong...I'm not complaining! 

Today we've got a brand new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our sketch is designed by C├ęcile and I love that angled layer!



I also love the colors at As You See It so I combined the sketch and colors to make this pretty butterfly card.  It's been a while since I've used this particular stamp set.  Those butterflies are gorgeous and I don't know why I've neglected it so long!  I dabbed color on the solid part of the butterflies with a sponge dauber which makes the stamped image lighter and allows me to use the second layered image with the ink at full strength so the contrast shows up.  That's a tip that I got from my friend Amy O'Neill and it's in my top 10 list of best stamping tricks!


Thanks for stopping by!  The Freshly Made Sketches design team has created some beautiful cards with this wonderful sketch so be sure to check it out and join us in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Painted Butterflies (Altenew)
Paper:  Classic Ivory (Flourishes); Black Licorice (My Favorite Things); Crushed Curry (Stampin' Up!); Berry Sorbet (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Berry Sorbet (Papertrey Ink); Crushed Curry (Stampin' Up!); White (WPlus9); Nocturne (Versamark Clair)
Accessories:  enamel dots (My Mind's Eye); white embossing powder

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CAS(E) This Sketch 278

Thursday, June 28, 2018

June is almost in the books - can you believe it?  I can't, that's for sure.  But before we march on into July we've got a new challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch.  I used a little artistic liberty with the sketch (haha pun intended)!




Usually when I see three of something on a sketch I run for the hills!  I don't know why - it's just a design element that leaves me stumped most of the time.  So I started poking around blogland for some ideas and found the inspiration challenge at CAS-ual Fridays was about fireworks.  I remembered I had a stamp set that had some fireworks plus the Statue of Liberty so I figured I could somehow make that work. 

The fireworks are the top circle on the sketch and the Statue of Liberty is a combination of the other two!  You can see that, right?  Well, even if you can't that's my story and I'm sticking to it!  I actually love how this came out.  That elegant lady is a perfect foreground for some exciting fireworks!



Thanks so much for stopping by!  My CAS(E) This Sketch teamies did not go rogue with this sketch at all and have some wonderful cards to inspire you to play along with us.  I hope you do!

Supplies
Stamps:  USA 1776 (Waltzingmouse Stamps)

Paper:  Solar White (Neenah)
Ink:  Caribbean Sky, Sapphire (Altenew); Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink); Nocturne (Versafine Clair)

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Freshly Made Sketches 343

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Hello people!  We've got a new challenge debuting at Freshly Made Sketches!  Yay!  This week our sketch is designed by the superbly talented Jen Timko.  That big ol' wide open layer has so many possibilities.



There's a fun "girl power" challenge going on at Addicted to CAS so it gave me an excuse to ink up my favorite super girl and this sketch was perfect to make sure she really stands out!  I gave her a white starry background with a stencil and some embossing paste then heat embossed the sentiment.

I was feeling a bit of the #girlpower this weekend because I managed to install a new faucet in my bathroom.  I needed a bit of help from my brother-in-law to drill a hole in the basin but the rest of the job was all me.  After my BIL drilled the hole he said "who's your plumber?"  I said in my most emphatic voice "I am!" 



Thanks for stopping by!  And I hope you can join us at Freshly Made Sketches with your take on our sketch.  We'd love to see you in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  You're Super (My Favorite Things)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Daffodil Delight, Real Red (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Nocturne (Versafine Clair); White (WPlus9); Polychromos pencils
Accessories:  Starry Nights stencil (Memory Box); white embossing paste (Dreamweaver); white embossing powder

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CAS(E) This Sketch 277 Meets Fusion

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Every couple of weeks I combine the sketch challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch with some of the design elements at Fusion.  This week I got to make a fun, clean and simple card with a bit of a color-block look.



N@ Ali's sketch took the CAS(E) This Sketch design team in many awesome directions this week.  For my part I decided to turn that arrow into a simple line of narrow blocks of color a-la the Fusion challenge then added a simple sentiment on top of them.  The card went together pretty easily - aside from some angst about making sure those tiny strips of cardstock were the same width!

So we'd love to see you in the respective galleries at CAS(E) This Sketch and Fusion.  I hope you'll join us!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps:  Painted Butterflies (Altenew)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); White (Catherine Pooler); Vintage Jadite (Papertrey Ink); Pacific Point, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Nocturne (Versafine Clair)

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Freshly Made Sketches 342

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Another week in the books and we are back to a Freshly Made Sketches Wednesday challenge.  This week our sketch comes to you from Amy who hails from Texas where I understand everything is big and bold!  She's given us a big and bold sketch that is just full of opportunities.



The colors on my card are quite tropical and that's because I was inspired by the color challenge at Sunday Stamps.  And those colors made me think of these tropical blooms.  I layered the flower and leaves up in a way that was pleasing to my eye and bada-bing I was done!


Your friends at Freshly Made Sketches have designed some really beautiful cards to inspire you so I hope that you will join us in the gallery!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps:  Tropical Flowers (My Favorite Things); You Matter (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Black Licorice (My Favorite Things); White (Catherine Pooler); Limeade Ice (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Limeade Ice, Green Parakeet, Raspberry Fizz (Papertrey Ink); Jet Black (Altenew); White (WPlus9)
Accessories:  Slanted Sentiment Strips die (My Favorite Things); Rustic Burlap impression plate (Papertrey Ink); white embossing powder

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CAS(E) This Sketch 276

Thursday, June 14, 2018

It's time for a brand new sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch!  That background of floating stars really had me thinking a lot about how to interpret them.  First I thought I'd go literal and use some stars (not very original), then I thought about flowers along a vine.  I ended up going with something completely different!



There is a geometric challenge at AAA Cards and a rainbow challenge at Addicted to CAS so I thought I'd combine those two with our CAS(E) This Sketch challenge.  The grid image provided the perfect background for some rainbow colored squares.  I chose a random pattern to color the little squares to mimic the random pattern of the stars on the sketch.  And finally I topped it all off with this bold sentiment.


Thanks for stopping by!  My friends at CAS(E) This Sketch have made some fantastic cards to inspire you this week so I hope you will play along with us!

Supplies
Stamps:  All About You (My Favorite Things); Distressed Grid (Creative Embellishments)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); White (Catherine Pooler); Black Licorice (My Favorite Things)
Ink:  Nocturne (Versafine Clair); Black Licorice (My Favorite Things); Copics
Accessories:  You Trio die (My Favorite Things)

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Freshly Made Sketches 342

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

This week at Freshly Made Sketches our super fun sketch is designed by Narelle.  It's got a couple of circles on it, but you can use whatever shapes you like!  I used a couple of colorful flowers.  Take a look:



The color challenge at The Paper Players struck my fancy so I used those colors on my card.  I love how the coral flowers look against the kraft background.  And that bright lemon-lime color make some pretty fantastic leaves and a great accent to boot!


Thanks for stopping by!  Our Freshly Made Sketches design team has made some AMAZING cards to inspire you this week.  I hope you can join us in the gallery!

Stamps:  Amazing (My Favorite Things)
Paper:  Kraft (Papertrey Ink); Calypso Coral, Lemon Lime Twist (Stampin' Up!); Black (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink:  White (WPlus9)
Accessories:  Plentiful Petals die, Layered Leaves die, Blueprints 13 die (My Favorite Things); white embossing powder

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