Tuesday, November 14, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #249 - Sketch Challenge

 Samantha has a unique sketch challenge for us to play with this week on the CC&S Challenge Blog.  I decided to use a die cut I've had since last winter and since it is a sentiment, I used a snowflake behind it where Samantha's sketch suggested a sentiment.  The card back came already embossed with snowflakes and was an after Christmas sale purchases I picked up at Michaels.  I think a pack of 10 cards and envelopes were less than two dollars.  Too good of a sale for me to resist!  You can't tell by the photo, but all of the white paper is glittery.

I hope you will try your hand at our sketch challenge.  I can't wait to see the creativity in the CAS Colours and Sketches gallery!

Challenges Entered:
Make My Monday #59- Snow Fun
Glitter N' Sparkle #265 - AG

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches - Challenge 248

Samantha is the mastermind behind November's CC&S challenges and she has a colour challenge for us this week using Emerald Envy, Metallic Silver, and Tranquil Tide.  Without any of the inks, no silver paper, and only Tranquil Tide in my paper stash, this color combination had me stumped.  As I went through my collection of supplies, I spotted the wreath embossing folder and then settled on making a Christmas card.  I hunted through my embossing powders and found pewter to pair with the Technique Tuesday sentiment, used my G16 Copic on the leaves to highlight the dimension.  Three sequins and some silver and white twine finished off the card.

Take a peek at the DT inspiration HERE and then play along with us this week.  Can't wait to see where this combination takes you!

Challenges Entered:
Get Creative Challenge #64 - Holidays
Christmas Card Challenge #25 - Christmas
Craft Rockets #43 - Christmas is Coming!
As You Like It - Christmas/non Christmas  - Christmas (right now) because I only use the stamps during the season, so they stay new and fresh!
Use Your Stuff #285 - Take 5 (twine, sequins, embossing folder, Copics, pewter embossing powder)

Saturday, November 4, 2017

My Time to Craft Challenge #358 - Paper Piecing

Back again with Monika's challenge from on the  My Time to Craft Blog.  It's all about paper piecing.  I went to my stamp collection and found this sweet fairy and teacup from A Day for Daisies.   I paper pieced the dress, wings, and teacup and colored her hair, body, and the teabag.  The sentiment is from Little Inker's Coffee Cozy Stamp Set, but is perfect for a cup of tea, too!

Hope you will pull out your scissors and join us with some fun paper pieced cards and share them in the My Time to Craft gallery.

Challenges Entered:
Jo's Scrap Shack FFC#213 - AG
Really Reasonable Ribbon #175/ - AG
Cute Card Thursday #502/ - AG
Aud Sentiments #192 - Bingo (middle column)

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches - Challenge #247

The fifth Tuesday of the month means the CAS Colours and Sketches Blog has a double challenge for you!  Emily has a lovely color combination and a very simple sketch!  I knew what I wanted to do from the beginning, but had trouble executing my vision.  I wanted to stamp the PTI sentiment directly on white paper, but I had trouble with the stamp and my Mini-Misty (and then there was the lining it up multiple times!!).  I had more success with strips of paper and then decided to heat emboss with white.  It's definitely a CAS looking card!

Hope you will play along with us this week.  I can't wait to see what you do with Emily's sketch!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #246 - Sketch Challenge

It's a sketch challenge week on the CAS Colours & Sketches blog.  At first, I thought I would use balloons for this sketch, but Right At Home's Abstract Floral stamp set called to me instead.  I pulled out my Distress Inks, watercolor paper, and my spray bottle and went to work! After stamping the first layer and letting it dry over night, the outlines and details were stamped with SU! inks.  The sentiment was on my desktop from a different card (because I sampled different colors of embossing powder and the orange was a reject for that card, but perfect for this one!).  I'm not so crazy about all of the dots in the background - there are too many of them, but once they're stamped you can't take them back!  Lesson learned!

The color combination makes for a lovely fall birthday card and I have just the person in mind to give it to!  Last week, the leaves on the trees in my neighborhood had these colors in them.  After some rain this weekend, most are off the trees - and out weather folks are predicting snow next weekend . . . brrrr!  I'm not ready for that!

Hope to see your card in the CC&S gallery this week.  Pop over and check out the DT's inspiration!

Challenges Entered:
A2Z Scrapbooking October Challenge/ - Watercolor
A Bit More Time to Craft #54/ - AG
Penny Black & More October /- Close to Nature
Stamping Sensations October/ - Autumn Glory
Inspired By All the Little Things #69/ - photo challenge

Monday, October 23, 2017

Stick It Down - October Card Sketch

Today is reveal day for the card sketch team on the Stick It Down Challenge Blog.  Birthday cards are always great to have in your card collection.  I loved using letter dies for this card.  The colors make it great for a fall birthday as well as give it a male feel.

The candle stamp is Concord Plus 9th's Eat Cake and Celebrate and the letter dies are PTI's Modern Alphabet, which have been in my stash for years!  The photo doesn't show it well, but I used Wink of Stella on the candles and in the letters of the word birthday.

You can see what the rest of the DT did with this month's sketch here.  Hope you have time to play along with us this month!

Challenges Entered:
A Bit More Time to Craft #54/ - AG
Connie Can Crop #63/ - To Die For
Happy Little Stampers October /- AG with Dies
Dream Valley Challenges #166/ - Birthdays
613 Avenue Create #202/ - AG/Optional Twist - Masculine Card

Saturday, October 21, 2017

My Time to Craft Challenge #357- Halloween or Cats

Suzanne is this week's My Time To Craft theme designer and she has chosen Halloween or Cats for us to play with.  I've used a digi stamp from QKR Stampede called Autumn Breeze for my Halloween image.  I paired her with some textured paper I found on clearance at Micheals a year ago - which was perfect with this scarecrow image!  The sentiment is from PTI's Keep It Simple Birthday III Mini stamp set.

I had fun coloring this image.  I've been taking a self-paced online class called, Marker Painting Foundations  from Amy Shulke at Vanilla Arts and am trying to practice using what I have learned on all of the images I color.  One of the things Amy teaches is using colored pencil on top of  Copics to add additional depth and highlights.  I've also changed my technique to coloring from dark to light - which has been a big adjustment.  The other secret trick is using N0 or N2 to shade under the colors.  I've been learning a lot and recommend the class if you want to work on your shading and blending.
Hope you will join us this week.  Before you get started, take a peek at the DT creations on the MTTC Challenge Blog!

Challenges Entered:
Alphabet Challenge/ - P is for Pumpkin
Crafty Catz #389/ - AG with Autumn Colors
QKR Stampede #266/ - AG
Aud Sentiments #191/ - Halloween + Sentiment
Moving Along with the Times #56/ - Autumn/Fall
Seize the Birthday 10/12/ - AG
Time Out Challenge #94/ - Photo Inspiration