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






Tuesday, June 6, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #226 - Colours

This is my week to hostess for the CAS Colours & Sketches Blog.  Challenge #226 is a color challenge.

I was in need of some thank you cards and happened on my Simply Said: You Sentiment stamp and Elle- ments Die from Avery Elle.  Sorry, I don't know who makes the embossing folder (there's no name on it), but it's one of my "go to" folders.  I die cut the word and then embossed the crumb cake card front.  Because the negative space from the letters o and y were needed, I kept the die cut word and pieces in the folder to be embossed.  As a bonus,  I had an extra word you beautifully embossed from the Crumb Cake background! (*Scroll down to see the CAS card I made with it.)

Not being the neatest of crafters, Floral Frame was still on my desk - which provided me with the stamp for the cute flowers next to the word thank.  This inset style card is so quick and easy - I mass produced six of them in relatively little time!  The sentiment and die set will get lots of use!

Make sure you pop by the CC&S Blog and check out the DT inspiration! I hope you will come and play with us this week.


*Does it get any simpler than this?!?!
The same embossing folder on white paper,
 left over "you" sentiment from my 1st card,
and white embossing powder
on a PTI sentiment.
LOVE IT!!




Challenges Entered:
Crafting from the Heart #162/ - AG
Come and Get It 6/4/ - AG
A Bit More Time to Craft #45/ - AG
Crafting With An Attitude #28 /- AG





Friday, June 2, 2017

Sandra Caldwell New Release Friday

The image I have from Sandra's new releases this week is called #1603 BBQ Dad.  The sentiment is Labeler Alphabet from Stampin' Up!  and the dots behind him are from a PTI set called Celebrate.

I thought about making this a Father's Dad card for my husband, because he is the Grill King in our house, but my brother's birthday snuck up on me - so it's going to him.  The  inside reads:  Hope your birthday is smokin' hot!!   

You can find this new digi and the rest of today's new images on the Babycakes Digis and Designs Etsy Shop.  Check out the rest of the DT images on Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans FB Group page.

Challenges Entered:
Hand Stamped Sentiments #265/ - Sketch
Aud Sentiments #181/ - Summer + sent.
Craft Rockets #38/ - For the Men/Boys





Tuesday, May 30, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches ~ Challenge #225 - Double Week!

The fifth week of any month is always a double challenge week!  Patricia has created the color combination and the sketch for you.  My card is a male get well card, so I featured the blues with just a pinch of Purely Pomegranate.  The stamp and "That blows" sentiment is from Technique Tuesday, called Fan-tastic.  It's been in my stash for a while and never been inked up (whoops!!) - but this is the perfect card for its debut!! The fan is done in white embossing powder with white paint splatter on the background.  The "get well" is from MFT's Label Maker Sentiments stamp set.

Take a peek at the CAS Colors and Sketches Blog to see what the DT has cooked up this week.   Can't wait to see what you create with our double challenge.








Challenges Entered:
Path of Positivity #49 - Present, not Perfect
A Gem of A Challenge #195 - For the Boys/Men
Sweet Stampin' Challenge 5/27 - Use Your Old Stash
Creative Fingers #131 - AG

Friday, May 26, 2017

Sandra Caldwell New Release Friday

Back with another new image from Sandra Caldwell.  This one is called #1573 All Ears!  You can find this cutie in Sandra's Babycakes Digis and Designs Etsy shop.  Take a peek at the FB group to see the DT's cards using the other whimsical images Sandra has drawn this week.

Challenges Entered:
Freshly Made Sketches #289
Creative Moments #118 - AG
Artistic Inspirations #179 - AG
Color Inspiration Monday #22


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #224 - Sketch Challenge





I knew just the perfect stamp to use when I saw Emily's sketch for this week's CAS Colours & Sketch Challenge and went right to the Stamping Bella section of my collection and pulled out Edward the Edgy Bunny!  Along the way, I noticed MFT's Label Makers stamp set and decided to use it to create the small rectangle shape from the sketch.    




I stamped the bunny in grey on watercolor paper and attempted the no-line watercolor look with Distress Inks and then fussy cut around the shape.  I love the way it turned out.  

Pop over to the CAS Colours and Sketches Blog for some DT inspiration.  I hope you decide to give this sketch a try!  I can't wait to see how folks interpret this week's sketch in the gallery.    
Challenges Entered:
Colouring in Scrapland 5/15 - AG
Simon Says Stamp 5/22 - Little Critters
Creative Craft Cottage #88 - Critter
Pile It On #130 - Animals




Tuesday, May 16, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches - Challenge #223

 Fiona has chosen some sweet colors for this week's challenge!   I love using my colored pencils on colored cardstock, so Sahara Sand is my background. Using white embossing powder, just the flowers and berries from the stamp, Floral Frame by Avery Elle are highlighted with color.  A little white colored pencil is added to the leaves.  Three clear sequins and a border of white and Sweet Sugarplum complete this card, which is going to my mom for Mother's Day. You can see a different version of this stamp with colored pencils on Crumb Cake background here.

Pop by the CAS Colours and Sketches Blog for inspiration and then play along with us this week.  Can't wait to visit you in the gallery!

Challenges Entered:
Addicted to CAS #111 - Pink
Challenge Up Your Life #66 - Flowers
Crafting with Dragonflies #80 - Flowers
Brown Sugar #250 - Embossing
Come and Get It 5/14 - Mother's Day



Tuesday, May 9, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #222 - Sketch Challenge

This week is a sketch challenge for the the CAS Colours and Sketches Blog this week and Karen is our designer.

I'm using a free digi called Spring Poppy, posted on the A Day for Daisies Facebook Community.  ADFD artist, Tammy Seimers Thompson inspired me to keep the coloring simple with a video she posted.  I loved both of her videos, so I combined her two ideas for my card.  A little color and some splatters!  It's a super-quick technique with either Distress inks or watercolors.













Pop by the CAS Colours & Sketches Blog - check out the DT inspiration and then play along with us this week!







Challenges Entered:
Crafty Cardmakers #188 - Add a Sentiment
Incy Wincy Designs May1 - CAS
Crafting When We Can #143 - CAS















Friday, May 5, 2017

Sandra Caldwell New Release Friday

Back with another Sandra Caldwell image from the Babycakes Designs and Digis Etsy shop.  This one is called #1101 Wormie Apple.   May's sketch from Die Cuttin' Divas helped design my card.  I tried adding white colored pencil on top of my Copic colored apple to give additional texture.  I've seen this technique used at vanillaarts.com and am contemplating taking a class because the idea of combining Copics and colored pencils intrigues me.  Pop on over to the Sandra Caldwell Facebook Group and see what else is in this week's release!





















Challenges Entered:
Die Cuttin' Divas #315/ - May Sketch
Cute Card Thursday #476/ - AG
Crafting By Designs May Challenge - AG








Tuesday, May 2, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #221 - Color Sketch

Happy May!  Samantha is our hostess this week and she has a fun color combination for all of us.

I am using a PTI set called, Botanical Blooms. The Rose is stamped on Melon Mambo paper, heat embossed in white, fussy cut and popped out over the Copic colored leaves.  A little Copic BG000 behind the leaves and a die cut sentiment complete the card.  Love how this turned out!

I hope you decide to play along with us at CAS Colours and Sketches this week!

Challenges Entered:
Always Fun Challenges #4/ - Flowers
Incy Wincy Designs/ - May 1-13 CAS
Crafting When We Can #143 - CAS
Glitter 'N Sparkle #237 - Flowers
Paper Players #342 - Tic Tac Toe (bottom row: pink, leaves, flower)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #220 - Sketch Challenge

For this week's sketch for the CC&S Blog, I pulled out a very old set from PTI called Vintage Picnic.  There was enough going on with the background paper, I deliberately chose to keep my stamp for the image panel simple and uncluttered.  I love how this one turned out!

Thanks for Beverly for all of our April challenges.  Please pop by the CAS Colours & Sketches Blog to see what the rest of the DT has for inspiration!  So much eye candy!!  Hope to see you in the gallery this week!

Challenges Entered:
Always Fun Challenges #3 /- CAS
Stamping Sensations April/ - AG
Creative Fingers# 128/ - AG


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #219 - Color Challenge

Beverly has another lovely color combination for us this week as Challenge #219 for CC&S.

From the outset, I decided to keep my stamping to a minimum because I didn't have inks in the exact colors and thought I would use one of my recently purchased Avery Elle Sentimental Elements dies.   Settling on the word hello,  I cut it in all three colors of paper, but in the end decided it looked more interesting to only use two of the colors.   The leaf stamp is from PTI's Modern Basics sent, which seemed like a great way to help feature Tip Top Taupe.  Enamel dots in Mint Macaroon proved to be a spring-like accent color.  Once all of the design decisions were made, it was a pretty simple card to make.  Using Stick It! paper behind the sentiments made adhering them simple on the white corrugated background. I've been saving that corrugated paper for a while - waiting for the right card to upcycle it.  It's first life was as a liner for a box of shampoo!

Please take a look at the rest of the DT's creative cards on the CAS Colours & Sketches Blog and then join us for this week's challenge!  

Challenges Entered:



Tuesday, April 4, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #217 - Colour Challenge

Happy April (gulp!!)!  A new month means a new hostess on the CC&S Challenge Blog and this color combination is brought to you by Beverly.

I was on a staycation at the end of March and "playing" in my craft room with some techniques using Distress Inks for watercoloring.  Jane's card from last week gave me the idea of rubbing ink right on the watercolor paper and then stamping in black. I loved her look so much, I CASED her card. Thanks for the inspiration, Jane!

One has to let go of the result when using this technique because everything is out of your hands once the water hits the paper!! I had several pieces of paper on my craft table, from very vibrant colors to soft colors.  For this card, I decided spraying a little water on the colors gave me the look I was going for.  Just bought these dies from Avery Elle, which fit perfectly along the border.  (Since I didn't take a trip, I could justify a few new toys and got the matching stamp set!!)
Does anyone recognize this very old set from Stampin' Up!?  Mixed Bouquet was one of my favorites when it came out.  I think it appeared in the catalog in 2005.

Pop by the CC&S Blog and see what the rest of the DT in store for you this week!

Challeneges Entered:
Crafty Cardmaker #185/ - Spring
Path of Positivity #48/ - Beauty of Nature (though 4/30)                
613 Avenue Create #196/ - AG + Spring
AAA #87/ - Shiny Spring (CAS)
Glitter N Sparkle #233 /- Use pastels
Stamping Sensations April/ - AG
Less Is More #322/ - 3 pastels