Thursday, July 2, 2020

CAS(E) This Sketch 379

So we've got a new sketch for you at CAS(E) This Sketch.  And it's a throwback one all the way back to Number 62 which debuted in January 2014.  I didn't play along with that particular challenge but I sure was inspired by one of the design team cards!

Back then Jen Wills made a card that struck me as super fun.  It was lines of random letters that she spotlighted with a particular sentiment.  I loved the idea and that sent me on a search of my stamp sets to see if I could do something similar.  I found this Christmas background stamp and set to work figuring out what size card I would need to accommodate the size of the stamp.

The end result is the strangest card size I think I've ever made!  It might actually suited to be a tag rather than card!  The size of the background stamp just wasn't big enough to accommodate a diagonal layer on an A2 card.  So I kept cutting my card down so that the diagonal layer would fit.  Then I popped up a HO HO HO in red to make things a bit more interesting!

Thanks for stopping by!  My fellow CAS(E) This Sketch teammates have made some great cards to inspire you to play along with us.  

Stamps:  Ho Ho Ho Background (My Favorite Things)
Paper:  Whisper White, Real Red (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Nocturne (Versafine Claire); Real Red (Stampin' Up!) 

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches 442

Hey all!  It's time for a new sketch from your friends at Freshly Made Sketches!  This week our hostess is Jacquie and I [suddenly] had the perfect thing for that cluster of ovals and circles!

I have long coveted the Upsy Daisy die from My Favorite Things.  Alas, it is retired and all my attempts at finding it at eBay or Splitcoast have amounted to disappointment.  Recently, I happened to mention my love for it to my papercrafting friend Claire of Life on the Scrap Heap and she graciously offered to send me a bunch of the die cuts.  They arrived on Monday and immediately realized they would be perfect for this sketch.  Claire was nice enough to send me a generous supply so I've got a bunch to last me a while!

Thanks for stopping by!  Stop by Freshly Made Sketches and check out the inspiration there.  I hope you'll join us!

Stamps:  Simple Sentiments (Avery Elle)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Daffodil Delight, Sweet Pea DSP (Stampin' Up!); Truffle (Avery Elle)
Ink:  Truffle (Avery Elle)
Accessories:  Upsy Daisy die (My Favorite Things)

Thursday, June 25, 2020

CAS(E) This Sketch 378 Meets Fusion

Hey all.  It's Thursday and it's time for me to combine the sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch with the inspiration at Fusion.  

I loved the bright colors in the Fusion pic so I chose to pick up the blue, yellow, and green I saw.  I think my bright yellow flower really pops against that gingham background!  And since the challenge at The Paper Players this week is clean and simple thanks I think I'll play along over there too!.

Thanks for stopping by!  My fellow teammates at CAS(E) This Sketch and Fusion have got some great cards to inspire you to play along so be sure to check them out!

Stamps:  Dream Big (Verve); Simple Sentiments (Avery Elle)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lime Twist (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Lemon Lime Twist (Stampin' Up!); Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Dreamy Leaves die (Verve); enamel dots (My Mind's Eye)

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches 441

Summer is in full swing here.  The sun is shining, the weather is hot, and the vegetable garden is growing.  So, of course, this put me in mind of snowflakes for my Freshly Made Sketches card this week!  LOL!  Our hostess is Judy and that big ol' circle is what made me think of the snowflakes.

I went with a white on white card even though I have such trouble photographing those!  But the snowflakes look so pretty layered in white.  I used some sparkly paper and some sparkly vellum to cut them and layered them against a falling snow background.  Even I love a good snowflake - as long as it is a feature on a card.  And they are especially easy to take when it's 90-degrees outside!  At Christmas Card Throwdown they are looking for snowflakes so I'm playing along there as well.

Thanks for stopping by!  Our Freshly Made Sketches design team has got some great cards to inspire you to play along with us!  

Stamps:  Tiny Words Christmas (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Dazzling Diamonds (Stampin' Up!); vellum (Graphix)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versamark)
Accessories:  Snowfall/Speckles embossing folder (Tim Holtz); Snowflake Trio die (Amuse Studio); silver cord (Stampin' Up!)

Thursday, June 18, 2020

CAS(E) This Sketch 377

Hey all!  We've got a new challenge for you at CAS(E) This Sketch.  

This card was actually super easy to make.  Using the colors from Sunday Stamps and an old die from Spellbinders I created this birthday card.  Those blues were perfect for a beautiful hydrangea and a pop of color from the red sentiment finished off my card.

Thanks for stopping by!  Check out the amazing cards made by my fellow CAS(E) This Sketch teammates.  I hope you'll join us in the gallery!

Stamps:  Delightful Dahlia Additions (Papertrey Ink); Scripty Sayings (Gina K Designs)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:   Carribbean Sky, Parisian Blue, Sapphire, Ruby Red (Altenew)
Accessories:  Labels Two die (Spellbinders)

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches 440

Here we are again with a brand new challenge from Freshly Made Sketches!  This week our hostess is Amy and her design put me in mind of an old favorite - poinsettias.

I think it's been a while since I've made a Christmas card and seeing as how 2020 is almost half over I figured I'd better get a move on.  Of course, 2020 is a year like no other so it's probably OK that I'm a little off. 

The colors at The Paper Players seemed perfect for my little poinsettias.  And full disclosure - the green I used might be Tranquil Tide but I'm really not sure.  As I was rooting around in my stash of cardstock I came across this random piece - it might actually be the only one I have - that seemed to match the color.  I used vellum for the shape in the middle and stamped the sentiment right across it. 

Thanks for stopping by!  My fellow Freshly Made Sketches teammates have made some fantastic cards to inspire you to play along with us.  I hope you'll join us in the gallery!

Stamps:   Many Merry Messages (Stampin' Up!)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Real Red, Basic Gray, Vellum (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Blueprints 21 die (My Favorite Things); Layered Poinsettia die (Penny Black)

Thursday, June 11, 2020

CAS(E) This Sketch 376 Meets Fusion

I'm a bit late but today I've actually did get my DT card made for my combination of CAS(E) This Sketch and Fusion!  Work is crazy and sometimes causes what I like to call Pandemic Pandemonium - so every so often it causes me to post my projects a bit late.  I'm so lucky that my fellow DT members put up with my shenanigans!

For this card I went with a circle die that I haven't used in ages - it punches wee circles so I adhered some colored cardstock behind the circles so the color would show through.  Then I added a pretty butterfly and a slim layer on which I stamped my sentiment.  Oops!  The sentiment was supposed to go above that layer.  I need to pay better attention to the sketch :( 

Thanks for stopping by!  My fellow teammies at CAS(E) This Sketch and Fusion have made some fantastic cards so I hope you check them out!

Stamps:  A Better You (Clearly Besotted); Simple Sentiments (Avery Elle)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Night of Navy, Crumb Cake (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Circles die (Little B)

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches 439

Hey there!  We've got a great new sketch for you this week at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our hostess this week is Narelle - who has this amazing knack for combining tons of layers while still making cards that have a clean and simple feel.  I don't know how she does it!  For my card, though, I stuck with just a few layers to keep that CAS look!

I bought these wonky square dies ages ago and this is the first time I've used them.  I don't know whether that means I buy things I shouldn't or that I have amazing foresight because I buy things months before I actually need them!  In any event, they are perfect for this sketch.  So that I could play along with the Allsorts Challenge of "lots of yellow" I used used yellow for the squares and a small yellow flower for an accent.  I love the easy peasy cards!

Thanks for stopping by!  Play along with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamps:  Sentimental Birthday (Winnie & Walter)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Daffodil Delight (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Quadranglel Frames die (Simon Says Stamp); Blueprints 13 die (My Favorite Things); enamel dots (Doodlebug Designs)

Thursday, June 4, 2020

CAS(E) This Sketch 375

Our new challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch had me reaching for a couple of my favorite stamp sets.  I only recently bought these sets, but they have fast become faves, so I find myself using them again and again.

I'm sure the technique that I did has a name but I don't know what it is.  So I call it I stamped some images on two different pieces of cardstock, cut a rectangle out of one of them, and popped it up on the other one.  For those vertical layers on the sketch I substituted a fancy shape in vellum then overlaid a birthday sentiment strip on top.  

The vellum idea came from the latest AAA Birthday challenge which then obliged me to add a birthday sentiment.  My birthday card stash is running low so I took that as a sign that I was on the right track!

Thanks for stopping by!  My fellow teammates at CAS(E) This Sketch have made some great cards to inspire you to play along with us.

Stamps:  Dot Botanicals, Leaf Clusters (Altenew); It's Your Birthday (Stampin' Up!)
Paper:  Whisper White, Vellum (Stampin' Up!); Smoky Shadow (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Limeade, Lime, Fresh Leaf (Altenew); Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Labels Four die (Spellbinders)

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches 438

We've got a great new sketch for you at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our challenge hostess this week is Karren and her sketch was perfect for me to use some of the patterned paper in my stash.

I already had patterned paper in my mind for those vertical stripes when I stumbled upon the challenge at Just Us Girls which was to use at least two different patterned papers.  Obviously that was a sign that I was on the right path!  I dug into my stash of old papers and found some that managed to fit the colors of the Color My Heart Color Dare challenge.  A butterfly took the place of the diamond on the sketch and I embossed the bottom solid layer of that butterfly to give it some texture.  I added a few little pearls just because it looked pretty!

Thanks for stopping by!  We'd love it if you joined us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamps:  Totally Random Saying (Essentials by Ellen)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Peach Parfait, Vellum, Sweet Pea DSP, Everyday Enchantment DSP (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Subtle embossing folder, Basic Pearls (Stampin' Up!); Vivienne Butterfly die, Darla Butterly die (Memory Box)

Thursday, May 28, 2020

CAS(E) This Sketch 374 Meets Fusion

So it's that time again when I get to create a little experiment of my own by combining the sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch with the inspiration at Fusion.  Let me start by saying my colors are just a tiny bit off.....

I wanted to do some die cut letters in pretty patterned paper in the colors reminiscent of the Fusion inspiration photo but I didn't have an exact match.  The paper I chose had a bit of the same summer vibe to it so I went with it.  I cut the letters out of new-to-me digital cut file and I love the modern font, but I wish I had framed them in a dark color so they showed up a bit better.  The sketch is a retro one that debuted on August 23, 2018.  I had a look at the card I made and wish I hadn't!  LOL!  I don't know what I was thinking with that card!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you can play along with us at CAS(E) This Sketch or Fusion...or both!

Digital SVG:  Bold Alpha Lower (The Ton)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Sweet Sorbet DSP (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  enamel dew drops (Freckled Fawn)

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches 437

Hey all!  I'm super excited today for a couple of reasons.  First, it's Wednesday and that means we've got a new challenge debuting at Freshly Made Sketches.  The second is that the first phase of Massachusetts businesses re-opening began on Monday this week and it includes salons so I'm getting a hair cut on Friday!  It's the little things :) 

Our hostess and sketch designer this week is Cécile.  I love her abstract design!  I used a stencil with a vertical design and went over it with some embossing paste to create the vertical lines in the sketch.  To keep it clean I added a simple die-cut sentiment in black.  At the last minute I decided to add a couple of enamel dots in yellow.  I love the pop of color they give!

Thanks for stopping by!  Check out the amazing cards from my fellow teammates at Freshly Made Sketches.  I'm sure you'll find lots of inspiration to play along with us!

Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Black Licorice (My Favorite Things)
Accessories:  Chevron Pattern stencil (Simon Says Stamp); Thanks Script die (Mama Elephant); white embossing paste (Dreamweaver); enamel dew drops (Freckled Fawn)

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Less is More Guest Designer

I am lucky enough to be a guest designer over at Less is More!  That is one of my favorite challenges and their design team is top notch so it's always a thrill when they like my cards. 🤗Their new challenge is a one-layer one - always a challenge and one of my faves!

I actually made two cards for this challenge but the first one was rubbish - so that's where I put it.  The second time around I was determined to use this dotted leaf stamp but I wasn't quite sure how I wanted to use it.  So I fell back to a tried and true thing for me - draw a rectangle around it.  To my eye it makes the image stand out and doesn't add any of those pesky layers.  This time, though, I got adventurous and included a couple of squiggly lines!  What a rebel I am! 🤣 Truth be told I was a bit nervous about those squiggly lines because I did them by hand and was afraid I'd get them all wrong and have to go back to the beginning.  Luckily they came out just fine.

I had a quick peak around blogland and found that at CASology their challenge cue word is "plant."  Coincidentally my dotted leaf is a plant!

Special thanks to Less is More for inviting me to play along with them - and to Anita coordinating it all.  It's always an honor to join you ladies 😊

Stamps:  Dot Botanicals (Altenew)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah)
Ink:  Moss (Altenew); Copic Multiliner

Thursday, May 21, 2020

CAS(E) This Sketch 373

I love the layout of our latest challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch.  It's a classic design and for some reason put me in mind of some clouds...and a butterfly.

On the background I sponged some clouds using a stencil and I really wanted a pop of color for that circle focal point.  I opted for a butterfly in a bold orange.  I used vellum for the horizontal layer.  The frosty, see-through layer of the vellum didn't detract from the background and gave my good place to stamp my sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a chance to join us at CAS(E) This Sketch.  

Stamps:  A Better You (Clearly Besotted); Tiny Words (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:   Soft Stone (Papertrey Ink); Whisper White, Vellum (Stampin' Up!); Bristol Smooth
Ink:  Broken China (Distress Oxide); Autumn Blaze (Altenew); Nocture (Versafine Clair)
Accessoris:  Mini Cloud Edges (My Favorite Things)

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches 436

We've got a great new sketch for you at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our hostess this week is Jen Brum and I love the classic lines of her sketch.  There is so much you can do with it!

I chose to go with shades of green for my entire card a-la the challenge at Color My Heart Color Dare.  I even sponged the background on this one with my Distress Inks, something I'm getting better at!  For the focal image I layered the leaves in several shades of green, framed the layer in black and added a black sentiment.  I think it's soft and soothing.

Thanks for stopping by!  My Freshly Made Sketches teammates have made some fantastic cards with this sketch so I hope you check them out!

Stamps:  Leaf Clusters (Altenew); Keep It Simple Sympathy (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Mint Julep (Papertrey Ink); Black Licorice (My Favorite Things); Bristol Smooth
Ink:  Cracked Pistacchio (Distress); Bamboo, Olive, Moss (Altenew); Onyx Black (Versafine)

Thursday, May 14, 2020

CAS(E) This Sketch 372 Meets Fusion

Our new sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch and our inspiration at Fusion combined as a big ol' ink splat on my card!  

I used a splatter stencil as my background and sponged on some inks in the colors of the Fusion challenge.  Then I added a slim sentiment - my fave!

Thanks for stopping by!  We hope to see you in the gallery!

Stamps:  Leaf Clusters (Altenew)
Paper: Cryogen White
Ink:  Picked  Raspberry, Peacock Feathers, Wilted Violet, Chipped Sapphire (Distress Oxide); Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Splatters stencil (Tim Holtz)

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches 435

Hey everyone!  I'm so excited to say that I've got my card ready for our newest challenge at Freshly Made Sketches ON TIME!  Things have been so crazy at work lately that I've been a bit lax with my posts but this week I'm so happy to join everyone on the right day!  Our sketch is designed by Kim and my CAS heart loves it! 

I decided to combine a couple of other challenges with my card using the colors at The Paper Players and the non-traditional color challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown.  What is probably quite difficult to see in the picture is that on all that white space I embossed an outline image of a poinsettia.  It's quite pretty in real life - you'll have to trust me on that!

Thanks for stopping by!  My fellow Freshly Made Sketches design team members have got some great cards to inspire you to play along with us.  So join us in the gallery!

Stamps:  Winter Flowers, Tiny Words (Simon Says  Stamp)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Green Parakeet (Papertrey Ink); Melon Mambo, Pool Party (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Versamark; Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Opaque White Embossing Powder (WOW!)

Friday, May 8, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches 434

I'm on a recurring theme of being late with my DT posts.  (:  So here I am with my card for our latest challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our hostess and challenge designer is Linda.  I took her sketch and made a Mother's Day card.

All those layers actually gave me some pause.   I tossed around the idea to use some patterned paper for the two background layers but I really wanted to use this beautiful flower stamp and didn't want anything else to overpower those images. So I opted to use some white cardstock for those layers to let the morning glories to be the star of the card.  

I love the morning glories in my garden - the only problem is the resident woodchuck loves them too. Boo.  At CAS on Friday they are looking for a favorite flower.  These are a favorite of mine....and the woodchuck.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Morning Glory (Altenew); Keep It Simple Mother (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Frosty Pink, Coral Berry, Ruby Red, Olive, Moss (Altenew); Onyx Black (Versafine)