CAS(E) This Sketch 285 Meets Fusion

Thursday, August 16, 2018

My card today, which combines the sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch with the inspiration at Fusion was a doozy for me!  Many years ago I tried my hand at a galaxy technique which made a fun background that looked like a long view into space.  I forgot how I did it so I resorted to Google to help me out!



I found a video from Jennifer McGuire using Distress Oxide inks that seemed pretty easy.  So I embarked on my galaxy adventure using her technique.  Lessons learned include using WAY less PearlEx in my spritz bottle and probably going a bit easier on the Black Soot ink so that some of the colorful ink underneath shows up. 

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you play along with our sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch.  But I hope you also play along with us at Fusion.  There you can use the sketch, the inspiration, or both for your card!

Supplies
Stamps:  All About You (My Favorite Things)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Black Licorice (My Favorite Things); Pretty Amethyst (Fun Stampers Journey); Distress Watercolor (Tim Holtz); Vellum (Graphix)
Ink:  Nocturne (Versafine Clair); Wilted Violet, Fossilized Amber, Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers, Black Soot (Distress Oxide)
Accessories:  You Trio die (My Favorite Things); Picket Fence Distress Paint (Tim Holtz); Silver PearlEx

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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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