Thursday, February 20, 2020

CAS(E) This Sketch 360 Meets Fusion

Every couple of weeks I get to stretch my brain and combine the sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch with the inspiration challenge at Fusion.  This time around I chose to go with the moody, masculine colors from the Fusion challenge and created a card with a leafy background that mimics the design at CAS(E) This Sketch.




And at Less is More they are looking for "more," the antithesis of their "less" challenge from a couple of weeks ago.  So I made my card to have a few elements - some might say more - while still keeping a CAS design.


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

Supplies
Stamps:  Leaf Clusters (Altenew); Scripty Sayings 2 (Gina K Designs)
Paper:  Whisper White
Ink:  Sand Dunes, Mocha (Altenew); Smokey Shadow (Papertrey Ink); Nocturne (Versafine Clair)

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches 423

Hello all!  It's time for a brand new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is Kim and her sketch has a big ol' circle on it that had me pondering...



I was pretty sure that I wanted to use the colors at Just Us Girls on my card but couldn't quite decide on a design.  I made a couple of cards after wandering around my craft room randomly picking up stamps and dies that had a circular shape but wasn't happy with any of them.  And then I stumbled on a grungy circle stamp and figured I could add a sweet little flower some dramatic black leaves and I'd have a pretty card.  I was right!


I didn't want my grungy circle to be the star of my card so I inked up the stamp with black ink then stamped it off onto a piece of paper before pressing it on to my card base.  This gave it a bit of a faded look which is just what I wanted.  Then I added the real star - a little layered daisy and some black leaves (love how those give this a bit of drama)! 

Thanks for stopping by!  Please join us at Freshly Made Sketches for our latest sketch!

Supplies
Stamps:  Fonds Grunge (4enscrap); Simple Sentiments (Avery Elle)
Paper:  Naturals White (Neenah); Basic Black, Hello Honey (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Nocturne (Versafine Clair)
Accessories:  Daisy Die (La La Land Crafts); Curvy Leaves die (Elizabeth Craft Designs); enamel dots (Freckled Fawn)

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!

Supplies
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!

Supplies
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!

Supplies
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!

Supplies
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!

Supplies
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!

Supplies
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!

Supplies
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...


Saturday, January 18, 2020

Less Is More 411

Today is a big day for me!  I am so pleased to be joining the designers at Less is More as a guest for their new one layer challenge!  I am a big fan of their one layer challenges so this one was right up my alley.  The twist with this one was "off center."



I did some crafty shopping lately and got some gorgeous botanical stamps so I thought they would be perfect for this challenge. I stamped the solid image to the left of my card base (the off center part) and then added a silver embossed dotted version just a bit to the right.  A small sentiment on the bottom completes the card.

 Heartfelt thanks Less is More for inviting me along with them week.

Supplies
Stamps:  Dot Botanicals (Altenew); Totally Random Sayings (Essentials by Ellen)
Paper:  Pure Luxury White (Gina K Designs)
Ink:  Jet Black (Altenew); Versamark
Accessories: silver embossing powder

Thursday, January 16, 2020

CAS(E) This Sketch 355

Hello!  We've got a great "new" challenge for you at CAS(E) This Sketch.  It's actually a redux of sketch #171 which originally debuted on May 5, 2017.  I made a card for that sketch which you can find here.  I love it when I  can CASE a card I made previously - it's fun to see how I interpret a design in a different way.  Here's my new version of that sketch.



I chose to make a birthday card.  I stamped a couple of grungy stamps in two shades of gray in the corner then added a butterfly stamped in a bright yellow.  I embellished the butterfly with some rhinestones and added a birthday sentiment.  Lucky for me at Global Design Project they want celebrations so my birthday card fits the bill!



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

Supplies
Stamps:  Gorgeous Grunge, Papillon Potpourri (Stampin' Up!)
Paper:  Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Limestone, Industrial Diamond, Jet Black (Altenew); Daffodil Delight (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories: Jewel Basic Rhinestones (Stampin' Up!)

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches 418

Hey there!  It's time for a new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is Jacquie and her big curved layer leaves lots of room for interpretation.  I chose to go in a super CAS direction.



I did a little post-Christmas crafty shopping recently and picked up this great leafy stamp set from Altenew so I was anxious to ink it up.  That big curved layer on the sketch gave me lots of room to put down some of the images.  I chose a gray and some greens then added a simple sentiment.  Both the curved layer and the sentiment are popped up on foam tape to create some dimension which, happily, allowed me to play along with the latest challenge at Just Us Girls.


Thanks for stopping by!  As usual my amazing teammates at Freshly Made Sketches have created cards that will absolutely inspire you to play along with us.  So I hope you do!

Supplies
Stamps:  Leaf Clusters (Altenew); Simple Sentiments (Avery Elle)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah)
Ink:  Silver Stone, Forest Glades, Evergreen, Jet Black (Altenew)
Accessories:  Stitched Basic Edges die (My Favorite Things)

Thursday, January 9, 2020

CAS(E) This Sketch 354 Meets Fusion

Hey everyone!  It's that time when I get to combine the sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch with the inspiration challenge at Fusion




I love the neutral colors of the Fusion inspiration photo so I kept the colors on my card to white, black, and a bit of brown.  I copied the tree images and added a simple sentiment stamped and embossed in black on vellum.

Thanks for stopping by!  My CAS(E) This Sketch and Fusion teammates have each made some great cards for these challenges!  I hope you can play along with us!

Supplies
Stamps:  Lovely As A Tree (Stampin' Up!); Scripty Greetings (The Ton)
Paper:  Fresh Snow Linen, Cocoa Bean, Vellum (Papertrey Ink); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink:  Nocturne (Versafine Clair); Versamark
Accessories:  Wood dots (My Mind's Eye); black embossing powder; washi tape

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches 417

Well hello!!!  I've been on a bit of a blogging break but I was happy to go back into my craft room the other day and roll up my sleeves to make a project for our debut 2020 challenge at Freshly Made Sketches!  This week our sketch is brought to you by Judy and I love it!



The snowflake challenge at Just Us Girls helped me along with my card.  Instead of a rectangle I chose to use a giant snowflake pieced together with some glitter embossing powder and a snowflake die cut from matching glitter paper.  I added a simple sentiment embossed onto vellum (and had a heck of a time getting it to stick to the glitter paper)!  I chose blue as my color partially based on the challenge banner from Just Us Girls as well as the color challenge at Color Dare.



Thanks for stopping by!  We're excited at Freshly Made Sketches to bring you our first challenge of the year and hope that you will play along with us!

Supplies
Stamps:  Blizzard Hugs (The Ton)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); glitter paper (Recollections); vellum (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Versamark; Nocturne (Versafine Clair)
Accessories:  Bizzard Hugs die (The Ton); Marine embossing powder (Recollections); black embossing powder