Tuesday, September 19, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #241 - Colour Challenge

Hi CAS Fans,
Fiona has a colour sketch for us this week.  I decided to go very simple and used pewter embossing powder to outline my stamped image from Stamping Bella -  Mason Jar of Flowers.  I then used my blender pen and Perfect Plum ink to color the flowers and ribbon.  I came back with a little Not Quite Navy on top for shading and a hint of green colored pencil.  The sentiment is from Little Inkers and is cut from Dapper Denim paper.

Hope you will join us for the CAS Colours and Sketches challenge this week.  Take a look at what the DT did with Fiona's colour choices HERE.


Friday, September 15, 2017

Making Memories September Challenge - Team B

Challenge #9 on the Making Memories Crafting Blog is a color challenge.  I used the color palette for the image, Growing A Flower from A Day for Daisies.  I wanted to keep the background simple, so I popped on a strip of patterned paper and kept lots of white visible.

You have the rest of the month to play along with the challenge.  Take a peer at the Making Memories Blog to see Team B's makes using the colors.

Di's Digis is this month's challenge sponsor. The prize is a $12 store credit!  Hope to see you in the gallery!












Challenges Entered:
Copic Spain September Challenge - AG
Craft-Dee Bowz - September Challenge - AG/handmade bow
Crafty Hazelnt's Patterned Paper Challenge/Sept - AG
Aud Sentiments #188 - AG + sentiment
Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge #15 - Top left Column

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #240 - Sketch Challenge

The idea for this card came to me as I was trying to fall asleep - trying is the operative word!  My granddaughter just passed out of her high level blue belt in Tae-Kwon-Do, so I wanted to make a card to celebrate her achievement.  Somehow combining Fiona's sketch for this week's CAS Colours and Sketches Challenge  using die cut words popped into my head.  I used Copics to create an ombre effect on paper with blue markers and then popped my dies on top of my hand-colored paper.  The design seemed to need a little more pizzaz, so I added the sequins. She'll appreciate the sparkle!

Hope you will take a peek at the other CC&S DT cards HERE and then join us in the gallery this week!

Challenges Entered:
Cards In Envy - 9/4 - Cheers to You!
Dragonfly Journeys #100 - True Blue
Crafty Friends Challenge #66 - Use Dies or Punches
Happy Little Stampers September - AG with Dies

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #239 - Colour Challenge


A new month at the CAS Colours & Sketches Blog means a new hostess and Fiona has some great challenges planned for September.  This week's color challenge #239 uses one of the new SU In-Colors, Fresh Fig.   I kept everything pretty simple with lots of white in the background.  The stamp set is Doodle Buds from W Plus 9.  I had some Tangerine Tango embossing powder, so it worked for the sentiment and the colors were brought through with SU's retired mini background Splatter stamp using Always Artichoke and Tangerine Tango.  The image panel is mounted on Fresh Fig paper.











I went to my Copics for this card because I wanted to try a new technique of color blending and then adding colored pencils for additional detail and depth.  I'm a newby to this technique, but I love the look.  I used some N2 behind V05 for my darkest shade, and then pulled V05 down from the outer edge of the petals,  YR07 is my darkest orange, with YR65 pulled into the V05.  Then an indigo Prisma Color pencil is used with a light touch where I want shadow on the purple and a burgundy pencil is used on the orange.  These aren't typically colors I would blend together, but I thought they would something fun to try using Fiona's colors this week.

Make sure you stop by the CAS Colours and Sketches Blog to see what the other gals have you for this week!  Hope you play along with us!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Guest Designer - Back to School!

I was invited to be a guest designer for Challenge #34 Back to School on the Craftaholics R Us Blog.  I chose to pair an image from A Day for Daisies called, Happy School House with the Pencil Me In from PTI.  Lots of red and yellow with the lined handwriting paper give this a great fall look.   This will be a card for my DIL next week when two of her three kiddos are back in school!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #238 - Double

It's the fifth Tuesday of August, which means we have a CC&S double challenge for you this week involving colour and a sketch.  Thanks Karen, for hosting this month!

I tried my hand at another one layer card using Reverse Confetti's Paper Crane Stamp Set, which happens to be on sale right now!  I started by sponging the Bashful Blue circle and then stamped the crane and sentiment.  Keeping it CAS, my Mini-Misti was helpful stamping the vertical lines of triangles.  Copics were used to bring the other two colors into the card.  I love the sentiment and will get lots of good use from it!

Take a peek at the creations the other members of the CC&S DT have to give your mojo a jump start here - and then come and play along in the gallery!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #237 - Sketch Challenge

Back with a great sketch challenge this week for the CAS Colours and Sketches Blog.

A package from PTI's latest release arrived on my doorstep this week and the Beautiful Berries:  Autumn Stamp Set barely had time to be pulled from the box before I inked it up.! It was the perfect stamp set for this week's sketch.  In addition to the inks, I added some makers for additional depth of color to the image.  I love the triptych idea Karen has given us to play around with!  Take a peek at the DT's work here and then join us in the gallery!

Challenges Entered:
Crafting From the Heart #173 -AG
Paper Players #358 - CAS+ coloring
Use Your Stuff #276 - New Beginnings
A Bit More Time to Craft #50 - AG


Monday, August 21, 2017

Stick It Down - August Card Sketch

I have to admit, this month's Stick It Down sketch challenged me!  The good news is pulling out all of my stamps to find "the one" and going through my hoarded pile of paper unearthed some fabulous "finds" - right in my own stash!!

You know those stamps you must have when you see someone's card online?  That was the case for me with Altenew's Vintage Flower Set.  It has been in my collection for over a year and has never been inked.  I can't even remember the card that called out, "Buy this set, now!"  I've pulled it out before, but the three layer stamping just sent me over the edge!  

Well, needing three of the same images in different sizes, meant Vintage Flowers finally came out to play.  The clear stamps are nicely stained - Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Melon Mambo left their mark!  I used Certainly Celery, Pear Pizazz, and Old Olive for the greens. Right At Home Stamp's Script Greetings Die Set and a sheet from that coveted stack of patterned paper from my collection filled in the space!  I love the feminine feel of this card.  In the end, the three layer stamp wasn't so bad!!

Pop by the Stick It Down Blog and see what the rest of the card team has for you this month, and then play along!

Challenges Entered:
The Crazy Challenge #255 - Inking is Fun!
Stamping Sensations August Challenge - AG
Crafty Friends #64 - AG
Di's Digi Creations 8/14 - Flower Fancy

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Making Memories August Challenge - Team B


Posting my card for the August Making Memories Challenge, which went live on August 4th with Team A's images.  Today is the midpoint of the month and Team B is keeping the party going with more inspiration!  The challenge theme is Anything Goes/One for the Girls or Ladies.

 I'm using Bo Bubbles from our sponsor Digi Stamps 4 Joy.  I under-colored the bubbles with a variety of 000 markers and then added Stickles on top.  It makes them look iridescent in real life and in the photo!  I added the flowers to her hair to correct a puddle of ink that gushed from my E57.  You can't even tell!!

I hope you will join us for Challenge 8 this month.  Digi Stamps 4 Joy is offering a generous $10 voucher to our winner.  Good luck!


Challenges Entered:
Colouring in Scrapland August Challenge- AG
Crafty Friends Challenge #64 - AG
Colour Crazy #32 - AG
Star Stamps Challenge - August 3 - Hand Colored Image

CAS Colours & Sketches #236 - Colour Challenge

Welcome to this week's CAS Colours and Sketches blog.  Karen has some fun, happy colors for our challenge this week.  I pulled out an old PTI stamp, Modern Basics, by one of my favorite designers, Mailes Belles, for my main image and added a newer set from Lil' Inker Designs, called Whoops for the sentiment.  Fortunately, I had all three ink colors in my collection and once I settled on  the stamp set, decided to make a one layer CAS card.  My Misti was so helpful in making sure everything was well-inked!  The Calypso Coral looks a lot more orange in the photo than it does IRL.  Lots of white space and judicious use of the Bermuda Bay to keep your eye moving over the card helps this design!

Check out how the rest of the DT played with this week's colors and then join the CC&S challenge this week!

Challenges Entered:
Cards Und More #191 - One Layer Card
Stamping Senstations August - AG
Addicted to CAS #117 - One Layer Card





Tuesday, August 8, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #235 - Sketch Challenge

This week Patricia has a sketch challenge for us on the CAS Colours and Sketches Blog.  I rotated the sketch and decided to use an adorable image from Dilly Beans' creative artist Megan Suarez, called Amalia Flower Fairy for the shape.  I took Patricia at her word when she said "any non-rectangular shape" - and cropped the image on the right side of the page.  The sentiment is computer generated for a friend who is a new grandma.

Take a peek at the DT's take on the sketch and then play along with us this week!  Hope to see you in the gallery.

Challenges Entered:
A Bit More Time to Craft #49 - AG
Happy Little Stampers August CAS - Flowers
Scrap and Craft #6 - New Baby
Colour Crazy #31 - AG

Saturday, August 5, 2017

August Guest Designer - Stempelgarten

I was asked to be a Guest DT member for Stempelgarten's newest challenge,  Summertime.  I am thrilled to share A Random Fan's Lifesaver image with you.  You can find it in the Stempelgarten shop HERE.  I created the sand and water background with my Copics.  The sky is created by blending Distress inks.  My sentiment is pulled together from a combination of stamp companies.










There's a wonderful prize of paper, a stamp and other goodies for the challenge winner.  Take a look at it in the photo below!








My old teamie from Sketch Saturday, Alex runs the blog and the shop, so it's been nice to reconnect with her.  I hope you will play along with Stempelgarten!  Good luck!


Challenges Entered:
Cut it Up #127 - Friendship
Patti's Creations #137 - AG
QKR Stampede #255 - Make It Humorous
Crafting By Designs August Challenge - AG
A Bit More Time to Craft #49 - AG
Digi Stamps for Joy #139 - AG Optional twist of Summer







Tuesday, August 1, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches - #234 Colour Challenge

Good Morning CC&S Fans,
Happy first Tuesday in August!!  Patricia is this month's CAS Colours and Sketches host. The first Tuesday means a color challenge and Patricia has chosen Blushing Bride, Cajun Craze, and Tempting Turquoise for everyone to play with. Unsure of how to combine these three colors,  I started by featuring the Blushing Bride and Tempting Turquoise and using Cajun Craze as an accent.  It would be a super-simple card to reproduce. The only thing I'd change is to reposition the flower at the top so it would have a turquoise seed bead.  Loved those little accents!

The stamp set is called Find the Beauty from Right At Home Stamps.  A Misti was instrumental in creating this card because it allowed me to stamp each flower three times to have a well-stamped image.  I stamped three more layers of Blushing Bride for the lines on the petals, giving it a deep color.  Cajun Craze was too much of a contrast on the flowers, so it was relegated to the little cluster of dots moving around the flowers.  The sentiment is white embossing powder and the lacey oval background is a very old (and seldom used) die from Papertrey Ink.

Hope you will join us this week in the CC&S Gallery.  Take at peek at the DT creations, HERE for some inspiration!

Challenges Entered:
Come and Get It July 30th/ - Just Add Flowers
Stamping Sensations 7/18 /- Flower Power
Just Us Girls #404/ - Something old (lacey oval die), something new (stamp set)
Colour Crazy Challenge #30/- AG
Crafting with Friends #48/ - AG

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #233 - Sketch Challenge

It's a sketch challenge week on the CAS Colours and Sketch Challenge Blog and it's my last week as the challenge hostess.  I thought this one would be easier for me than it was.  All of that plain paper was begging for something else, but I stopped myself from sliding it through an embossing folder! The image is called Wondering Midge from Riley and Company and the sentiment is from Lil' Inkers. MFT provided the rectangle dies.

I hope you will join us this week.  Can't wait to see what you do with the sketch!  Take a peek at the DT's work for some inspiration!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

CAS Colours and Sketch #232 - Colour Challenge

Hi Everyone,

Another new 2017-18 In-Color for you to try with this week's CC&S challenge.  This one is Powder Pink, which reminds me of the pink ballet leotards are made in.  It's very similar to Blushing Bride, but with a little less brown undertone.   I have to admit, this isn't my first card.  It's not even my second card!  The colors challenged me a bit because I was determined to make the Powder Pink and Soft Sky the feature colors.

I worked on watercolor paper using the smoosh technique with Powder Pink and Soft Sky inks.  I applied the ink to a scrap of clear acetate, spritzed the paper with water and let the inks work their magic.  Because the colors are soft, it needed a little more dimension. Using a very old SU stamp,  the splash of extra dots were created by stamping directly on the paper.

The Night of Navy birthday script is a die from MFT and the border die is from Avery Elle.

I hope you will come and play in the gallery this week - but first, pop by the CC&S blog and peek at the rest of the DT's creations!

Challenges Entered:
Happy Little Stampers July 2017/ - CAS Birthday
Crafty Friends Challenge #62/ - Florals
My Time to Craft #350/ - In the Garden
Simply Papercraft #48/ - AG
That's Crafty! July 7/ - AG

Monday, July 17, 2017

Stick It Down! July Card Sketch

I was delighted to be asked to join the Stick It Down card sketch DT from now until December.  I love card sketches and all of the yummy layers on this one made it fun to play with.  It features an old favorite stamp of mine from Lili of the Valley.  Remember when adding buttons to cards was all the rage?!?  I felt like buttons were the perfect embellishment for this adorable image.

I hope you will pop by the SID Blog and take at peek at the ways the rest of the DT interpreted this sketch and then join us in the gallery! You may win the prize and be the Guest DT member for September.










Challenges Entered:
A Bit More Time to Craft #48/ - AG
Classic Design Team Open Challenge #16/
Love to Scrap #99/ - AG
Crafty Cardmakers #193- Lots of Layers
Come and Get It from 7/16/ - 2 or more designer papers
Colour Crazy Challenge #28/ - AG

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Making Memories Crafting Challenge - Team B

A while back I was invited to join the Making Memories Crafting Challenge Blog DT and I am thrilled to share my first card for them with you. I got a little ahead of myself and had my card go live on the first day of the challenge, but my day to post is the 15th of the month - oops!!  Newbie jitters!

My card features rectangles using images from three stamps sets from Right At Home Stamps.  I'm a little obsessed with them right now and having fun with the purchase I made a couple of months ago.  The tea cups are from a set called Cup of Joy , the sentiment is from an accompanying set called How Have You Bean?, and the cup decorations are from Abstract Florals.

Luckily, I had a whole day to play as I created this card!  Instead of using Copics, I decided to pull out my Distress Inks and work on the no-line faux watercolor technique.  I used the variety of colors of 1" ink cubes in my stash to create contrast.  It was a great adventure in mixing colors rather than layering on the same color.  I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out.

Take a peek HERE at the inspiration from the rest of the Making Memories Crafting Challenge DT  has created for you this month.  We have two fabulous sponsors.  The Cutting Cafe is giving 3 cutting files to one winner and Cute As A Button is giving 3 digis to a second winner.  Hope you play along with us this month!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #231 - Sketch Challenge

It's a sketch week on the CAS Colours and Sketches Blog and we have a simple one for you.

My card features a sentiment from Right At Home's Grateful Heart stamp set.  It's embossed with clear embossing powder and then the oval is stenciled with PTI's Blueberry Sky ink and my blending tool.  The simple flower accent is from an old favorite, Fresh Cut Florals from W Plus 9.

A super-simple and fun CAS card!  Make sure you see what the rest of the CC&S DT has created HERE and then come and play along with us this week!

Challenges Entered:
The Flower Challenge #10/ - Embossing
WOW! Embossing Powder/ - July
Always Fun Challenge #14 /- AG
Crafting From the Heart #167 - AG
Just Us Girls #401/ - Technique/Blending
Sparkles Challenge #93/ - July/Embossing



Friday, July 7, 2017

Making Memories Crafting Challenge #7 - Anything But A Square

A while back I was invited to join the Making Memories Crafting Challenge Blog DT and I am thrilled to share my first card for them with you.  My card features rectangles using images from three stamps sets from Right At Home Stamps.  I'm a little obsessed with them right now and having fun with the purchase I made a couple of months ago.  The tea cups are from a set called Cup of Joy , the sentiment is from an accompanying set called How Have You Bean?, and the cup decorations are from Abstract Florals.

Luckily, I had a whole day to play as I created this card!  Instead of using Copics, I decided to pull out my Distress Inks and work on the no-line faux watercolor technique.  I used the variety of colors of 1" ink cubes in my stash to create contrast.  It was a great adventure in mixing colors rather than layering on the same color.  I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out.

Take a peek HERE at the inspiration from the rest of the Making Memories Crafting Challenge DT  has created for you this month.  We have two fabulous sponsors.  The Cutting Cafe is giving 3 cutting files to one winner and Cute As A Button is giving 3 digis to a second winner.  Hope you play along with us this month!

Challenges Entered:
4 Crafty Chicks #358/
- Stamping - No Digis
Craft Rockets #39/ - AG
Crafting By Designs July Challenge/ - AG
Watercooler Wednesday #126/ - Feminine AG
Deep Ocean Challenge #158/ - Lots of layers
Crafty Cardmakers #192/ - Tic-Tac-Toe {Heat embossing, stamp, summer (colors)}

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #230 - Colour Challenge

Each member of the DT has the opportunity to host the CAS Colours and Sketches Blog challenges and July is my month to host!  I'll have two colour and two sketches for you to try your hand at this month.

This week is a colour challenge and I thought a couple of the new 2017-18 SU! In-colors should come out to play this week.  We're using Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, and Island Indigo.  Feel free to substitute colours (like I have done with my background color).  You may also use other neutrals in your card design.

You can find the rules here on the CC&S Blog.

My card features a mermaid from the creative hand of Tammy Seimers-Thompson, the artist behind A Day for Daisies.  This one is a stamp, but if you like her style, Tammy has thousands of digis for sale in her shop.  My mermaid's colored with Copics.  The sentiment is pieced together from a couple of different sets;  one is an SU! set Labeler Alphabet.

I hope you will come by the CC&S Blog to see what the rest of the DT has for you this week and then make some time to create something!  Hope to see you in the gallery!

Challenges Entered:
Aurora Wings #53/ - AG
Crafty Cardmakers #192/ - Bingo (embossing, stamp, summer)
Make My Monday #49/ - Summer Brights
2 Sisters on the Blog #5/ - Beach
Crea Chicky #12 /- AG/Summer
Addicted to Stamps #151/ - Summer/beaches

Friday, June 30, 2017

Sandra Caldwell New Release Friday

It's Friday, so that means Sandra Caldwell has another batch of new images for you in her Etsy Shop Babycakes Digis and Designs.  This is one of today's releases, called #1645 Jamaican Cutie.  She was fun to color.  I used Copics for her skin, hair and dress and blended pink, yellow and orange Distress Inks on her head scarf.  Isn't the SU! ombre ribbon yummy?!?  Love the way it looks and ties.  I used to add ribbon to almost every card and got out of the habit.  I just love how it gives a finishing touch and a bit of "fancy" to a card.

This is my final card as part of Sandra's DT.  I've been one of her part-time girls since I started 15 months ago - although I have been promised the chance to be a guest DT!  I was drawn to her unique style as an artist and the diversity of her images.  Being part of her fabulous team has been a joy.  It's a great group of women.  I encourage you to check out the vibrant Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans Facebook Group (which has grown to 422 members in the last year) and the Babycakes Digis and Design Shop to support this talented artist.

Challenges Entered:
4 Crafty Chicks #357/ - AG
C.R.A.F.T. #422/ - Add Ribbon and Sparkle
Crafty Girls Creations #37/ - AG
Creative Knockouts #200/ - For the Girls
Star Stampz 6/29/ - Bright Sunshine Colors
As You Like It 6/29/ - Favorite way to add ribbon + why

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #229 - Sketch Challenge

Holy Hannah, Jane's sketch had me on the ropes and pushed my thinking a lot! I went through my stamps, but couldn't find anything that worked.  In the end, the card turned out, but it's not at all what I had in mind when I started!  When I uploaded it to the CAS Colours & Sketches blog, my design looked super-similar to Jane's card!  Crazy!

I used flower dies from MFT and made the centers with distress inks on watercolor paper.  After playing with ink placement, I sprayed it lightly with water and die cut it.  The variation added some fun interest to the flowers.  The background embossing folder is a larger one from Cuttlebug.  A simple color palette makes the white flowers and centers pop!

Hope to see you card in the gallery this week on the CAS Colours and Sketches Blog!

Challenges Entered:
Stemplegarten #62/ - CAS
Sparkles Forum Challenge #93 July - Embossing
International Art & Soul #11 - Flowers
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends #60/ - AG
Creatalicious Challenges #117 - AG/ dies or punches


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #228 - Colours

Hi Everyone,
Patricia has some yummy colors for this week's CC&S challenge.  I had to do some substituting, but I think they are pretty close!

I kept my stamping simple. I used Island Indigo ink for Dapper Denim and pulled the ink color in with my colorless blender pen and then used it to color her hair using Peach Parfait and Cazun Craze.  The oval frame was on my desktop waiting to be used from another card!!  The girl stamp is from Stamping Bella and the sentiment from Right from the Heart.

Hope you will play along with us at CC&S this week - but first pop by the blog for some DT inspiration!!

Challenges Entered:
Path of Positivity #50 - Faith, Hope, Love
Let's Craft and Create #126/ - Girls, Girls, Girls
Love To Craft #11/ - AG
Brown Sugar #255/ - AG

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #227 - Sketch Challenge

Beverly has a great sketch for us to play with this week on the CAS Colours & Sketches Blog.  This one pushed my thinking a bit.  I used a little creative license with the larger circle, trying to keep my layered flowers and bottom leaf to mirror a circle-ish shape.  The flower representing the smaller circle is stamped directly on the card front the others are layered on top using foam dots.  The strip of paper along the left side was in my scrap drawer and really pulls in all of the colors from the flowers.   The card to the right is actually my second card, and one I went back and remade because I decided my original (seen at the bottom of my post) wasn't really CAS because it was too layered.  Maybe I was obsessing too much; maybe Patricia, Beverly, or Karen were channeling me - for whatever reason, it was a good exercise to go back and revise!

The stamp set, Abstract Florals, is from a new-to-me company, called Right At Home.  The sentiment is from a different set, called Grateful Heart.  I was super impressed with the quality of the clear stamps.  The solid shapes stamped perfectly from the first time I inked them - no matter what kind of ink I used!!  I have a feeling I will be ordering a few more stamps from Right at Home!

Hope you will play along with us this week and you find inspiration from the other DT creations!
My original, layered design.















Challenges Entered:
Addicted to Stamps #150/ - Flowers
Crafty Catz #374/ - AG with a die or punch
Jo's Scrap Shack #192 /- AG
Crea Chicky's #11 - Flowers