Thursday, February 13, 2020

CAS(E) This Sketch 359

Hello there!  It's time for a "new" challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch!  This week we are going retro all the way back to sketch #7 which debuted nearly eight years ago - November 12, 2012 to be exact.  I did play along with that sketch all those years ago making a Christmas card.  This time around I went in a different direction.

The OMBRE challenge at Addicted to CAS had me digging through my stash of patterned paper because I was sure I had some ready-made paper that fit the bill.  I found one in shades of blue fading to greenish-blue and cut it to fit the vertical layer on the sketch.  I punched a few circles in a complementary color to make the scalloped detail then added a small sentiment and I was done.  Easy peasy cards are the best!

Thanks for stopping by!  At CAS(E) This Sketch my fellow teammies have made some fabulous cards to inspire you to play along with us!

Stamps:  #hashtags (Tim Holtz)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Tropical Teal (Papertrey Ink); Adorbs (My Mind's Eye)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine)

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches 422

I've been bitten with the Valentine bug lately so my card this week for Freshly Made Sketchefeatures a little heart.  Linda is our hostess this week and I got a little creative with one of the layers on her sketch.

The larger vertical background layer had me reaching for some striped patterned paper from a valentine set that I won many years ago.  I wrapped some crochet thread around it three times but opted not to tie a bow (per the sketch) because my bows are often horrible! 

When I made the smaller vertical layer I opted to connect a series of squares instead of making one long rectangle.  I think the little heart in the center says sit all:  Hey there Valentine!  The colors of my card were inspired by the latest challenge at The Paper Players and those stripes are for the Just Us Girls challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!  My fellow Freshly Made Sketches teammates have all whipped up some fabulous cards for this sketch to inspire you to play along with us.  I hope we'll see you in the gallery!

Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Black Licorice (My Favorite Things); Strawberry Slush, Real Red (Stampin' Up!); You & Me (Elle's Studio)
Accessories:  crochet thread; stitched heart die

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches 421

Hello everyone!  Today we've got a brand new sketch for you at Freshly Made Sketches!  I'm the hostess and although I think the sketch is quite classic, when it came time for me to make my card I had some trouble with it!

It's a strange phenomenon that the sketch designer has the most trouble with her own sketch!  I actually went through a couple of iterations when I sat at my desk to make my card - none of which I was happy with.  Then at the last minute I remembered that when I'm having the most trouble I can always rely on a poinsettia to solve my problems!  So I stamped a grid background stamp to represent the square element of the sketch then added my favorite poinsettia die cut in classic red as the circle.  To add a little extra interest I put a bit of gold cord behind the poinsettia.  It's early in the year but it's always good to add a Christmas card to my 2020 stash!

Thanks for stopping by!  My fellow Freshly Made Sketches teammates have made wonderful cards with my humble sketch so be sure to check them out!  I hope we'll see you in the gallery!

Stamp:  Off the Grid (Stampin' Up!); Sentiment Staples Christmas (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Desert Storm (Neenah); Real Red (Stampin' Up!); gold glimmer (Recollections)
Ink:  Early Espresso (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:   Layered Poinsettia die (Penny Black); gold cord (Stampin' Up!)

Thursday, January 30, 2020

CAS(E) This Sketch 357

It's time for a new challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch and I had a lot of fun with this one.  Our sketch this week is designed by Brian.

I used varying shades of yellow cardstock to create my ombre style background.  Then instead of using a circle I die cut a fun splatter out of the center.   I added another splatter back in to the negative space cut in a pale gray.  A simple dragonfly in a darker gray with some vellum makes a focal point.  I came across a new-to-me challenge called Allsorts and their challenge this week is "take flight."  Hello dragonfly!

Thanks for stopping by!  We've got a great new challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch and our design team has some great cards to inspire you to play along!

Stamps:  Simple Sentiments (Avery Elle)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Lemon Tart, Harvest Gold, Soft Stone (Papertrey Ink); Daffodil Delight, Basic Gray (Stampin' Up!); vellum (Grafix)
Ink:  Jet Black (Altenew)
Accessories:  Libellules die (4enscrap); Scribbles & Splat die (Tim Holtz)

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches 420

It's time for a new sketch from your friends at Freshly Made Sketches!  This week our challenge is brought to you by Jen Timko.  I had a lot of ideas in my head for this sketch!

I ended up choosing a watercolor-y stamp done in blue to create the background (that's my circle) then added a butterfly and a simple sentiment strip to finish my card.  My design is simple and I love it!  The colors were inspired by the challenge at Sunday Stamps and the butterfly was inspired by the challenge at Just Us Girls.

Thanks for stopping by!  There's lots of inspiration for you from our design team at Freshly Made Sketches so be sure to stop on by.  I'm sure you'll want to play along with us!

Stamps:  Watercolor Background (Marianne Design); Painted Butterflies (Altenew); Simple Sentiments (Avery Elle)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); White (Catherine Pooler)
Ink:  Caribbean Sky, Frosty Pink, Coral Berry, Jet Black (Altenew)
Accessories:  Painted Butterflies die (Altenew)

Thursday, January 23, 2020

CAS(E) This Sketch 356 Meets Fusion

Every couple of weeks I am challenged with combing the sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch with the inspiration photo at Fusion.  Some weeks are easier than others.  This was one of those weeks.  I'm so grateful for those!

The color in the Fusion photo totally inspired my radiating stripes and my little yellow flower.  How cute is that little critter smelling the flower!  I have no cute critter but I totally got the flower! 

Thanks for stopping by!  My fellow teammates at CAS(E) This Sketch and Fusion have created some amazing cards to inspire you to play along with us!

Stamps:  Amazing (My Favorite Things)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Lucky Limeade, Lemon Lime Twist, Garden Green, Pineapple Punch (Stampin' Up!); Green Parakeet (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Small Tattered Florals die (Sizzix); enamel dot (Studio Calico)

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches 419

It's time for a brand new challenge from Freshly Made Sketches!  This week our hostess is Lee Ann and if you're a fan of tilty layers this challenge is for you!

I love tilty layers!  I was able to take advantage of this one to dig into my seemingly never-ending stash of patterned paper.  So I created a colorful layer with some of that paper then added some pretty flowers from a stamp set I recently bought.  I love how bright and cheery this is!  A birthday sentiment let me play along with the birthday challenge at TGIF.

Thanks for stopping by!  My fellow Freshly Made Sketches teammates have made some fantastic cards with this sketch so I'm sure you'll be inspired to play along with us!

Stamps:  Always There (Altenew); Simple Sentiments (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Pear Pizzazz, Twitterpated DSP (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Citrus Burst, Maple Yellow, Honey Drizzle, Silver Stone, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades, Evergreen, Jet Black (Altenew)

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Funky Florals

I was organizing in my craft room yesterday.  One thing that drives me nuts is that the companies that make ink pads, by and large, don't put a label identifying the ink color on the side of the pad.  So since I store mine vertically I end up having to devise some system so I know what color is where.  Yesterday I attacked my Altenew ink pads and put a small dot on the sides of them. 

While I was in my room I inked up an old favorite stamp set and played along with the challenges at Color Throwdown and CAS Colours & Sketches.

It's a pretty simple card with a wee birthday sentiment.  I should have taken the opportunity to use the colors for a masculine card, but I really wanted to use those flowers!

Here are my dotted ink pads.  I'm almost done with them, but I think we crafters should start a revolution and demand labels on the side!  It seems logical to me...