Thursday, January 14, 2021

CAS(E) This Sketch 404

My card for the latest CAS(E) This Sketch challenge did not quite end up as I envisioned but I love it all the same!

I started out wanting to make a one layer card.  I intended that the dotted circle be split in the middle by some white space.  I used some frisket film to mask off that white space then happily inked up the stamp in the colors of the Color Throwdown challenge.  But when I went to peel off the frisket film it was a bit too sticky and it peeled off layers from my card base. 😡So to cover up the mistake I added a layer and stamped the sentiment on it.

Thanks for stopping by!  CAS(E) This Sketch is ending soon 😢 so we'd love to see you play along with us.

Stamps:  Bitty Burst Turnabout (Concord & 9th); Scripty Sayings (Gina K Designs)
Ink:  Parrot, Magenta (Altenew); Pacific Point (Stampin' Up!); Onyx Black (Versafine)

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches 468

Hi all!  It's Wednesday so that means we've got a new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our hostess this week is Linda and her great sketch got my card growing and growing!

So I got it in my head that I wanted to use a particular stamp on that small horizontal layer.  But I couldn't get it to fit it onto a layer that fit a regular A2 card.   So I had to keep increasing the size of the card so that I could accommodate a bigger layer that fit the stamp.  I finally found the sweet spot- yay - but I think the final card is something north of 5 inches square!  

The colors of my card come from the challenge at The Paper Players.  Originally I wasn't sure that I could make those colors work together but eventually I figured out that the stamp I used made it easy to combine them.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Wreath Turnabout (Concord & 9th); Keep It  Simple Sympathy (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Premium White (Catherine Pooler); Blueberry Sky (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  So Saffron, Blackberry Bliss (Stampi' Up!); Bluberry Sky (Papertrey Ink); Only Black (Versafine)

Thursday, January 7, 2021

CAS(E) This Sketch 403

We're starting the year at CAS(E) This Sketch with a great sketch and some news.  January will mark the end of this amazing creative journey we've loved since 2012.  CAS(E) This Sketch will be ending at the end of January. 😞  I'm so sad but I'm also thankful to have been part of this amazing design team.

I decided to go retro with my images and chose this great modern flower for some background color.  Then I really went retro and dug out my paper crimper - remember those !!! - and created some texture for that horizontal layer.  The sentiment is new to me 😉

Chrissy asked me to join the CAS(E) This Sketch design team back in November 2015.  I can hardly believe it's been more than five years since I've been creating alongside this group of talented card makers and I've loved every minute of it.  I'm sure everyone who has joined us over the years has enjoyed it as well!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Funky Florals (Papertrey Ink); Easy Expressions Birthday (The Ton)
Paper:  Whisper White, Powder Pink (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Frosty Pink, Coral Berry, Ruby Red (Altenew); Nocturne (VersaFine Clair)
Accessories:  Easy Expressions Birthday die (The Ton)

Fusion - Cocoa

I don't know why I keep making Christmas cards but I've made another one for our latest challenge at Fusion!  At least I'm padding my 2021 stash!  It's our first challenge of the year at Fusion and the theme is cocoa, but I chose to do the sketch combined with the colors of the inspiration photo.


That circle on the sketch got me thinking about a wreath and the colors got me thinking of kraft, brown, with a pop of red.  So I put together a one layer card using an old-favorite wreath stamp.  The two vertical layers on the sketch had me stymied for a bit but I ended up drawing some lines in brown to mimic ribbon behind the wreath.

Thanks for stopping by!  My fellow Fusion teammates have made some fantastic cards for our challenge so be sure to check them out!

Stamps:  Wreath For All Seasons (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Desert Storm (Neenah)
Ink:  Dark Chocolate, Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink); Chocolate Chip marker (Stampin' Up!)

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches 467

After a short holiday hiatus we are back at Freshly Made Sketches for our first sketch of the year!  And I'm super excited about it because I'm the hostess!  I decided to go with a slimline design for a ton-in-cheek reason.  The new year is full of resolutions and many of them have to do with "slimming down."  So I thought maybe our cards needed a slim-down as well!

I bought a bunch of new supplies recently for making slimline cards so I've been busy trying them out.  This card uses a striped background die that was a little tricky to glue down, so I queried my stamping friends who gave me some suggestions to try.  I see some experimentation in my future!

Thanks for stopping by!  We're excited to start off the new year at Freshly Made Sketches and hope you are inspired to join us.  My fellow design team members have made some fantastic cards so I hope you'll play along!

Stamps:  It's a Wrap (The Stamp Market); Easy Expressions Birthday (The Ton)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Lemon Tart (Papertrey Ink); X-Press It Blending Card
Ink:  Nocturne (VersaFine Clair); Black Licorice (My Favorite Things); Copics
Accessories:  Candy Cane Stripes die (The Ton); Easy Expressions Birthday die (The Ton)

Monday, January 4, 2021

Global Design Project - Guest Designer

Happy new year - a few days late!  I haven't been active on my blog for a couple of weeks but you may have seen me around Instagram.  I've been busy adding to my crafty stash - not that I actually need anything - and I've been trying out some new things.  But using well-loved items that I've had for ages is also good for the soul!

Today I'm excited to join the design team at Global Design Project as their guest.  The challenge features some beautiful colors that made me think of flowers.

I didn't have the exact green and pink colors but what I did have is pretty close, I think.  The background is simply two layers of a diagonal coverplate die that I layered together and the flowers and leaves make a simple spray in corner.  My "thank you" card stash is just about depleted so I figured I better get going making some more!

I want to thank the design team at Global Design Project for inviting me to play along with them this week.  They are a crazy-talented team of crafters so it's a real treat to join them!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Summer Silhouettes (Stampin' Up!); Simple Sentiments (Avery Elle)
Paper:  Whisper White, Night of Navy (Stampin' Up!); Mint Julep (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Sweet Blush (Papertrey Ink); Night of Navy (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Diagonals Plaid Cover Up die (Lil' Inker Designs); Songbirds die (Papertrey Ink)

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches 466

I finally finished my card for our last Freshly Made Sketches challenge of 2020.  The last couple of weeks have been really busy and I had a bunch of setbacks every time I ventured into my stamp room to make a card for this challenge.  But I was determined to finish out the year with my design team friends so here is my card.

A dear friend and co-worker is undergoing treatment for breast cancer for the second time and I very much wanted to send her a few words of encouragement.  So I took the opportunity to use the sketch to make a card for her.  She's a tough cookie so I'm sure she'll make it through this OK.

Thanks for stopping by!  Our sketch at Freshly Made Sketches is our last one for the year but the linky  tool is open until January 4th so you've got lots of time to play along!

Stamps:  Fight Like a Girl (a.muse studio); Fancy Word Coordinates (Reverse Confetti)
Paper: Solar White (Neenah); Regal Rose, Whisper White (Stampin' Up!); silver glimmer (Recollections)
Ink:  Pretty in Pink (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Support Ribbon Framelits (Stampin' Up!); Pierced Rectangle STAX (My Favorite Things)

Thursday, December 10, 2020

CAS(E) This Sketch 401

One last Christmas card - I hope!  This one is for our latest CAS(E) This Sketch challenge which I combined with pine trees challenge at Challenge Up Your Life.

My pine trees are a little modern, but they are pine trees in spirit!  Two of them are embossed in silver and one is embossed in a sparkly blue.  By coincidence I had some sparkly blue cardstock that was a close match so I used that at the top of my card as a banner.  I then added some other layers on top of it, including a sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by!  My fellow CAS(E) This Sketch design team members have made some great cards with this sketch so be sure to check them out!

Stamps:  Triangle Trees (Reverse Confetti); Fa La La (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink:  Versamark; Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Vertical Greetings II die; First Place Ribbon die (My Favorite Things); silver embossing powder, tinsel embossing powder (Recollections)