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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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CAS(E) This Sketch 275 Meets Fusion

Thursday, June 7, 2018

This week the sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch is going waaayyyyy back in the retro vault.  Yep, all the way back to #3!  Every once in a while we revive an old sketch and if you played along with us the first time around it will surely be fun to play around with us again, don't you think?  That sketch debuted on October 25, 2012 - back when I just just a wee babe 😉- and I had a look at the gallery.  Sadly, I didn't play along with that sketch but I see a lot of familiar names there!

I combined that sketch with the latest Fusion challenge - a floral cupcake one!  I took my cues from the colors of the inspiration photo and on my card dotted some flowers and leaves around that negative circle.  The enamel dots were an add on after I accidently ripped the patterned paper.  There are no mistakes in stamping, I always say, because there's nothing that can't be fixed by an enamel dot, sequin, or some other embellishment!  Right?!



It's been a while since I've played along with Retro Rubber but they've got an "anything goes" challenge going on and I used a sentiment on this set that I've had for many years so play along I did!



Thanks for stopping by!  We've got some great challenges going on at CAS(E) This Sketch and Fusion so I hope you can join us in those galleries!

Supplies
Stamps:  Thanks (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Pear Pizzazz, Pretty in Pink, Pear Pizzazz DSP (Stampin' Up!); Vellum (Graphix)
Ink:  Nocturne (Versafine Claire)
Accessories:  Button Stax die, Button Stax II die (Papertrey Ink); Curvy Leaves die (Elizabeth Crafts); Matte Sprinkles (Doodlebug Designs)

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Freshly Made Sketches 340

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Hellloooo!  It's Wednesday so that means it's time for a new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches!  This week our sketch is designed by Karren - who I like to call my chief enabler.  I'm not kidding when I say that nearly every time I visit her blog something new ends up on my wish list.  😉 And this week we also welcome a new guest designer for the month of June.  It's Laurie Unger!  Yay!!  So let's get to the new sketch!


I chose shades of pink for my card and since it has been a while since I've made a butterfly I card I thought this sketch was the perfect opportunity to.  That star shape is easily translated to a butterfly, or anything else that your imagination decides!  The embossed background is a nod to the CAS on Friday challenge where they are looking for embsossing. 

Thanks for stopping by!  Our Freshly Made Sketches design team has made some fabulous cards to inspire you this week.  So stop on by and be prepared to be wowed!

Supplies
Stamps:  Sentimental Birthdays (Winnie & Walter)
Paper:  Pink Pirouette, Melon Mambo (Stampin' Up!); Bubblegum (My Favorite Things); Vellum (Graphix)
Ink:  Melon Mambo (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Snowfall/Speckles embossing folder (Tim Holtz); Chrissy Butterfly die, Leanna Butterfly die (Simon Says Stamp)

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CAS(E) This Sketch 274

Thursday, May 31, 2018

It's time for a new challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch!  This time around I was inspired to make a one layer card.



There's a sunflower challenge at Just Us Girls and it's one layer "thinking of you" at Less is More so I put one big sunflower in the middle of my card then drew a rectangle around it.  What could be more easy than that?  Nothing, I say to myself! 



Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the inspiration from the CAS(E) This Sketch design team.  We'd love to see you in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Simple Sunflower (Papertrey Ink); Hello Hello (The Stamp Market)
Paper:  Classic Ivory (Flourishes)
Ink:  Summer Sunrise (Papertrey Ink); Marigold Morning, Early Espresso (Stampin' Up!)

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Freshly Made Sketches 339

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

I took the opportunity of Jen Brum's new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches to add a masculine themed birthday card to my stash!  Woo hoo!  Those boy cards sure are hard to put together but the angles on the sketch put me in mind of plaid which I associate with babies and men.  That didn't come out right LOL!



I new right away when I saw the sketch that I wanted to use patterned paper on my card.  So I started perusing my stash and found this oldie but goodie from Stampin' Up!  I chose this plaid pattern then decided how big I wanted my triangle to be, cut a rectangle, then cut it from corner to corner to create my rectangle.  Easy peasy, right? 

I made this card a few days ago and was pleased as punch at how easy it went together.  Then Tuesday night I photographed it.  It's funny how things look different through the lens of the camera.  Somehow the reality of what you have created is displayed in a way that you don't see with the naked eye.  Well, in this case I saw that the angle of my triangle in no way matched up the angle of the lines of the plaid.  It's all helter skelter!  Doh!  I still like it (and I'm pretty sure that whatever man is the recipient of this card won't notice) but next time I dig out the plaid I will be a bit more thoughtful before I put it on my paper trimmer!

Thanks for stopping by!  Our Freshly Made Sketches design team has put up some AMAZING cards to inspire you this week so I hope you'll play along with us!

Supplies
Stamps:  Sentiment Birthday (Winnie & Walter)
Paper:  Classic Ivory (Flourishes); Raspberry Ripple, Orchard Harvest DSP (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Early Espresso (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Blueprints 15 die (My Favorite Things)

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Christmas in May

Monday, May 28, 2018

It's been a while since I've played along with Color Throwdown and Viva La Verve but the two were calling to me so I combined them on this card.



Those Color Throwdown colors may say poppy but when I saw them I thought "Christmas."  That red and blue combo just happens to be a favorite of mine when it comes to Christmas cards so I dug out some patterned paper from an old Stampin' Up! patterned paper pack and used a couple of patterns for the background layers.  Then I cut a poinsettia, a classic Christmas image, and sponged a bit of ink on the edges of it to create some depth. Another Christmas card to add to my stash!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies

Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Baja Breeze, Real Red, Ski Slope DSP (Stampin' Up!); glitter cardstock (Recollections); Vellum (Graphix)
Ink: Real Red
Accessories:  Layered Poinsettia die (Spellbiners); Blooming Poinsettias die (Memory Box)


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CAS(E) This Sketch 273 Meets Fusion

Thursday, May 24, 2018

As I do every couple of weeks I've combined the latest challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch with the Fusion challenge.



I chose to use the pink and peach colors of the Fusion challenge to create my card with some stripes accented with wee flowers.  I couldn't have asked for a better fusion with CAS(E) This Sketch!  At Global Design Project they are looking for a card that has got a theme of "just a note." I happen to have just that sentiment (along with a bit of thanks) in an old Stampin' Up! stamp set that is one of the ones I'll never get rid of.  I love a simple sentiment, in a simple font, in a single line.  It fits so many places!


Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to check out the inspiration from the amazing design teams at CAS(E) This Sketch and Fusion.  I hope to see you in those galleries!

Supplies
Stamps:  Thank You Kindly (Stampin' Up!)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Blushing Bride, Groovy Guava (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Nocturne (Versafine Claire)
Accessories:  Button Stacks die (Papertrey Ink); enamel dots (Studio Calico)

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Freshly Made Sketches 338

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

We've got a fantastic sketch for you this week at Freshly Made Sketches.  It was designed by Kim and has got lots of possibilities.


I decided to do a little ombre coloring on those vertical images.  I also meant to do them dark to light - bottom to top - but forgot that my stamp positioner was a mirror image and after I applied the ink what I got was light to dark.  Oops!  No worries - I like it just the same!  The colors, by the way, come from the latest challenge at Sunday Stamps.  And they are looking for birthday cards at CAS on Friday so I'll be adding this over there as well.


Thanks for stopping by!  We are so happy to have you join us at Freshly Made Sketches.  I hope you check out the inspiration from the design team and join us in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Abstract Art (My Favorite Things); Totally Random Sayings (Essentials by Ellen)
Paper:  White (Catherine Poolr)
Ink: Regal Rose, Rose Red, Pacific Point (Stampin' Up!)

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CAS(E) This Sketch 271

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Hello, hello!  It's time for a new challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch.  I went a little liberal with the sketch...take a look.



I wanted to fill up the bottom third of my card with some fun images a-la the sketch so I chose a few swooshes in the colors of the Less Is More challenge.  The big and bold cupcake on the challenge graphic became my birthday sentiment.  This went together so easily!


Thanks for stopping by!  My teammates at CAS(E) This Sketch have got some great cards to inspire you so I hope you'll join us in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Watercolor Wonder, Birthday Bash Sentiments (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  White (Catherine Poooler)
Ink:  Harvest Gold, Spring Rain (Papertrey Ink); Industrial Diamond (Altenew); Nocturne (Versafine Clair)

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Freshly Made Sketches 337

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

My nephew and his wife had a baby boy last Thursday so I had babies on my mind when I sat down to make my card for the latest challenge at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our sketch hostess is Linda and her front and center layer has great possibilities.



I filled that layer with a super cute onesie and some blocks that spelled out "baby."  A rare "easy peasy" card for me!  At CAS on Friday they are looking for a cute stamp.  That's rather subjective but I think this onesie plus those blocks are pretty cute so I'm adding this over there as well.

Our Freshly Made Sketches design team has got some great cards to inspire you to play along with our challenge this week so be sure to check them out.  I hope to see you in the gallery!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps:  Welcome Baby (SugarPea Designs); Baby Prints (Stampin' Up!)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Baja Breeze, Smoky Slate; Twitterpated DSP (Stampin' Up!); Enchanted Evening (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Enchanted Evening (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories:  Welcome Baby Accents die (SugarPea Designs); Stitched Mini Scallop Square die (My Favorite Things)

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CAS(E) This Sketch 271 Meets Fusion

Thursday, May 10, 2018

It's time for me to combine a couple of challenges.  Every two weeks I make a card for the CAS(E) This Sketch challenge and the Fusion challenge.  This week the mood of the Fusion inspiration put me in mind of a masculine card.



I thought and thought about this card for quite a few days.  I had decided early on that I wanted to sponge some shades of blue on the main focal panel but didn't know what I would do for that vertical layer.  My first thought was a strip of vellum (when in doubt vellum is the answer!) but started thinking about that lighthouse in the Fusion inspiration photo.  A lighthouse is long and lean like that panel so it would be perfect for his sketch!  I didn't have any lighthouse images in my stash so Etsy to the rescue!  I bought some images, cut a few out with my Scan N Cut, and chose one that looked good to my eye.  I lightly colored it in some shades of gray and there you have it!  I also added a few sequins to my background and reckon that they are stars in the night sky!

At CASology the cue word is Marine.  I'm adding this over there because lighthouses are associated with the seaside.  And things in the sea are marine in nature, right?  Plus my Dad was a Marine!


Thanks for stopping by!  There's a whole lot of fun going on at CAS(E) This Sketch and Fusion so be sure to check out our challenges.  My fellow design team mates have made some gorgeous cards to inspire you.  I sure hope you'll join us in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  It's Your Birthday (Stampin' Up!); Lighthous (Pixelence)
Paper:  Soft Stone, Dark Indigo (Papertrey Ink); Real Red (Stampin' Up!); Marker Paper (Strathmore); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink:  Weathered Wood, Stormy Sky, Chipped Sapphire (Distress); Jet Black (Altenew); Copics
Accessories:  Winter Wonderland sequins (Neat & Tangled)

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Freshly Made Sketches 336

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Happy Wednesday!  It's time for a new sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches and it just so happens that I am the sketch hostess this week.  I chose some tilted layers just because I like to shake things up once in a while!



Last weekend I went to a birthday bash for a friend.  A few days before the party I went searching through my extensive stash of cards for one with a birthday sentiment and I found exactly three cards that fit the bill.  Say what!!!??!!!  I have been seriously neglecting the birthday genre so that changes here and now.

The colors for my card come from Global Design Project and at Cupcake Inspirations they are looking for florals so I took the opportunity to add a pretty flower to my card.  I embossed the background of the large white layer to give it some interest.


Thanks for stopping by!  Our Freshly Made Sketches design team has got some fantastic cards to inspire you so be sure to check them out.  We hope to see you in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Bloom & Grow (Verve); Scripty Sayings (Gina K)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); White (Catherine Pooler); Lemon Lime Twist (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Pool Party, Melon Mambo (Stampin' Up!); Jet Black (Altenew)
Accessories:  Elegant Leaves die (Verve); Cracked embossing folder (Tim Holtz); enamel dots (Studtio Calico)

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CAS(E) This Sketch 270

Thursday, May 3, 2018

We've got a time warp going on at CAS(E) This Sketch.  That's right - it's another retro sketch!  Sketch #167 has been re-imagined as #270 and here's my redux:



I love the colors for this week's Global Design Project challenge and normally would think of a Christmas card with those colors but I decided to challenge myself to do something different.  So I poked around in my stash until I found a stamp set that mimiced those horizontal lines.  From there it was easy peasy to ink one of the images up in the #GDP136 colors.



Thanks for stopping by!  And I hope you can play along with us at CAS(E) This Sketch.  The design team has created some beauties to inspire you so check them out!

Supplies
Stamps:  Live Love Life (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Whisper White, Real Red (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Night of Navy, Pool Party, Real Red (Stampin' Up!)

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