Thursday, December 20, 2018

CAS(E) This Sketch 302

The countdown to Christmas is on!  Are you ready?  For some reason Christmas seems to have crept up on me this year.  And while I'm done with my shopping I've got a bit more wrapping to do and gift tags to make.  And I've only got a few days to do that as well as the limited amount of baking I need to do.  And let's not forget the Christmas cocktails I need to whip up!

Today we've got a new challenge for you at CAS(E) This Sketch and we are being joined for this challenge by our guest Cindy Beach, who makes fabulous cards!  I was a little stumped by the two vertical layers until I had some to think of a different way I could interpret them.  Sometimes I spend a lot of time mentally composing a card before I actually sit at my desk with the paper, stamps, and ink.  This one took longer than most!

I'm continuing my post-Christmas card needs with another thank you theme.  I think the bright yellow is attention grabbing, especially with that bold sentiment in black stamped right in the middle!

Thanks for stopping by!  Our challenge this week at CAS(E) This Sketch is a two-week one so be sure to check out all the details on the CAS(E) This Sketch blog.  I hope you can find some time to join us!

Stamps:  Halftone Circles (Altenew)
Paper:  White (Catherine Pooler)
Ink:  Daffodil Delight (Stampin' Up!); Nocturne (Versafine Clair)

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Freshly Made Sketches 368

I'm back after a bit of a card-making/blogging break!  I had a sick kitty in the house and between the guilt I was feeling for not calling the vet sooner and the time spent giving her warm compresses I was not in a very creative mood.  But I'm happy to say she's on the mend!

Today, of course, is the day when we reveal a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our hostess is Narelle and I love those tilty layers she's given us.  This is our last challenge for 2018 and we'll be back on January 2nd with a brand new sketch.  In the meantime....

After weeks and weeks of making Christmas cards I took a much needed break and made a thank you card.  After all, the gifts we receive at Christmas need a thank you card sent to the giver, right?  At Challenge Up Your Life they are looking for thank you themes so that was a big part of the inspiration for my card! 

I went bold with my colors using Melon Mambo as my background and added some contrast with Basic Gray and an old favorite Kiwi Kiss.  Maybe someday Stampin' Up! will make my dreams come true and bring that color (and Baja Breeze) back!  I'd buy reams of those colors if they did, lol!

Our Freshly Made Sketches challenge will stay open until December 31st so if you need a little inspiration after the Christmas craziness winds down then come on over and join us!  There's plenty of inspiration to be had with our amazing design team creations!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Best Blossoms (Stampin' Up!); Tiny Words (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Melon Mambo, Basic Gray, Kiwi Kiss, Walk in the Park DSP (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Melon Mambo (Stampin' Up!); Nocturne (Versafine Clair)

Thursday, December 6, 2018

CAS(E) This Sketch 300 Meets Fusion

Well hello there and welcome to my Christmas channel! Don't be shocked but today I've got a Christmas card to show you which is combination of the sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch and the inspiration photo at Fusion.

I really wanted to do a Santa flying his sleigh across the sky on my card but I didn't have one stamp or die in my stash that fit the bill.  Etsy to the rescue!  I bought a cut file then cut it with my Scan N Cut and layered it on a sponged night sky.  Santa is coming my friends! 

There are a lot of Christmas themed challenges out there so I'm playing along with the Anything Christmas challenge at Inkspirational as well as the Holiday Free For All at Muse Christmas Visions.

Thanks for stopping by!  We've got some great challenges going on at CAS(E) This Sketch and Fusion and our design teams will really knock your socks off with their fantastic cards!  I hope you can join us!

Stamps:  Fa La La (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Bristol Smooth (Strathmore)
Ink:  Broken China, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire (Distress Oxide); Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Christmas Sleigh cut file (MagicSVGArt)

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Freshly Made Sketches 366 and a DT Call

It's an exciting day at Freshly Made Sketches!  Not only do we have a fantastic new sketch designed by Cécile but we are also looking to add some designers to our merry band of card makers!

You'll find all the details over at Freshly Made Sketches but I'll give you a little teaser.  If you want to join us on the design team just play along with this challenge and/or next week's challenge and when you enter your project in our gallery simply put DT Call after your name!  Simple, right?  I'm so excited to see who wants to join our fun group!

Now let's get on to that fabulous challenge I mentioned earlier.  Cécile's sketch is so clever and I love how each member of the design team interpreted it.  I suspect the gallery is going to be full of eye candy this week!  Here's my card...

I wanted to do something a little unexpected with that striped background and luckily I just had gotten this new diagonal cover up die so I put two die cuts (layered in opposing ways) together and got this cool background.  Then I added a glittery tree and a tiny sentiment.  This went together so quickly - it is literally as easy as it sounds!  Over at Global Design Project they've got a 'Tis the Season challenge going on so I think my little sparkly tree fits in nicely there.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope to see you in our Freshly Made Sketches gallery!

Stamps:  Tiny Words Christmas (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Champagne Glimmer (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Celestial Copper (Delicata)
Accessories:  Cover Up Die Diagonal ('Lil Inker Designs); Sketch Tree die (Memory Box); Skinny Mini Banners die (Papertrey Ink)