Tag You're It 71

Friday, May 19, 2017

TGIF!  That's what I say.  I also say it's time to play along with the latest Tag You're It challenge.  We've got a new format there - one that will give you lots of time to play along with us.

You'll now have four weeks to play along with the challenge and every member of the design team will play along too.  Each Friday there will be new inspiration on the Tag You're It blog and this week it's my turn to share my project designed by our guest featured artist Lindsey.


When I saw Lindsey's tag I knew instantly what stamp set I was going to use.  I kept the same red and green theme and used this old favorite floral stamp.  I also used a "hello" sentiment but I stamped mine in black because I wanted a bit more contrast.

I spent about 15 minutes hunting around my stamp room looking for the red gingham ribbon you see on my tag.  I had a vague idea that I owned some but I wasn't 100% sure.  But I persevered in my quest and just when I was about to admit defeat and give up I found it!  It's an old spool from Stampin' Up! and I don't think that I even used it before because there was still the celophane strip wrapped around the ribbon!

Thanks for stopping by and please pop on over to Tag You're It to check out the latest round of inspiration from our design team.  I hope to see you in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Botanical  Silhouettes (Papertrey Ink); Scripty Greetings (The Ton)
Paper:  Cloud White (Reverse Confetti); Pure Poppy (Papetrey Ink); Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  New Leaf, Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink); Jet Black (Altenew)
Accessories:  Tag Sale:  Quilted die (Papertrey Ink); red gingham ribbon (Stampin' Up!); white seam binding ribbon

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CAS(E) This Sketch 222

Thursday, May 18, 2017

I'm on vacation from work next week but apparently my brain decided to start early because I completely forgot to write my blog post for the newest challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch!  So better late than never:



If you look closely at the sketch you'll see a small vertical strip on the left hand side.  I totally missed that on my card - I am clearly in need of this vacation!  Other than that I think I kept to the spirit of the sketch and using the colors from The Paper Players I made a rather eclectic floral card.


Short and sweet tonight.  I've got another blog post to schedule tonight - my name would be mud if I missed two in a row!  Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you in the CAS(E) This Sketch gallery this week.  And don't forget to check out the inspiration from our always amazing design team!

Supplies
Stamps:  Abstract Poppies (Rubbernecker); Label Love (Altenew)
Paper:  Pure Luxury White (Gina K)
Ink:  Tangerine Tango, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise (Stampin' Up); Jet Black (Altenew)
Accessories:  Autumn Harvest sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

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Freshly Made Sketches 288

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

I can hardly believe it's that time again, but brace yourselves:  I am the sketch hostess at Freshly Made Sketches this week!. Always a bit of a nail biter, if I'm honest.  Here goes nothing:



Some sketch designers make a card with images and embellishments that are pleasing to themselves and then {poof} they have a sketch.  Not me.  Nope.  No way.  I think up a sketch and then scramble to make it into an actual card.  This one gave me a bit of trouble.  But in the end I relied on my tried and true friends - kraft and a butterfly to make everything right!

The cue card this week at CASology is "warm" and I'm going to throw my hat in the ring over there as well with this one.  I always think of kraft as a warm color, my butterfly is die cut from another warm color, and butterflies are something I see always during the summer - which is also warm!


I sure hope that you like my sketch this week and will join us in the gallery.  If you need inspiration look no further than Freshly Made Sketches where the design team has got some great cards to get your creative juices flowing.  I hope to see you in the gallery!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps:  Little Notes (The Stamp Market)
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral, Basic Black, Crumb Cake DSP (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Jet Black (Altenew)
Accessories:  Daphne Butterfly die (Poppystamps)

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CAS(E) This Sketch 221

Thursday, May 11, 2017

When I first saw the latest CAS(E) This Sketch challenge I thought of using some patterned paper for one of those layers.  But I really wanted to see if I could do a one layer card using stamped images to take the place of the major elements of the sketch.



It took me three tries before I got this to look the way I wanted!  The first attempt had splotchy images which I blamed on the stamp positioner that I was using.  The second attempt looked ok, but I used micro pore tape on the card front to hold it in place while I stamped and when I removed it, it took a piece of card stock with it.  Sometimes it's not as low-tack as I'd like.

The third time proved to be the charm and it ended up being pretty much what I had envisioned when I started.  Besides the yellow I used a couple of different grays in keeping with the color challenge at Less is More.


I'm constantly amazed at how my CAS(E) This Sketch teamies interpret the sketches with their own cards week after week and I am sure that you are too.  This week is no exception so please check them out before you join us in the gallery!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps:  Watercolor Backdrops (My Favorite Things); Hello Hello (The Stamp Market); Hand Lettered Hello )WPlus9)
Paper:  Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Going Gray, Basic Gray (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Halloween sequins (American Crafts)

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Freshly Made Sketches 287

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

It seems like just yesterday I was posting a card for the latest challenge at Freshly Made Sketches and here I am doing it again!  I must be busy if I missed a whole week going by!  This week our sketch comes from Jen Timko and I predict you are going to love how wide open it is to your interpretation.


I had a hankering to use the colors from Cupcake Inspirations so I went with a Perfect Plum background along with some dark and light greens for the flourish and leaves.  I had first stamped the flower in Perfect Plum but the color was too dark for my taste so I redid it using a little technique I learned recently from my FMS teamie Amy.  She uses a technique that she describes here as an alternative to "stamping off."  I find that sometimes "stamping off" causes a bit of a blotchy image but using a sponge dauber to ink up the stamp gives the same effect without the blotchiness.


We'd love to have you join us at Freshly Made Sketches for our latest challenge.  I'm sure you'll be inspired by the cards made by the design team.  I know I am!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps:  Beautiful Blooms II (Papertrey Ink); Hello Hello (The Stamp Market)
Paper:  Perfect Plum, Whisper White, Cast-A-Spell DSP (Stampin' Up!); Pinefeather (Papertrey Ink); Lemon Grass (Avery Elle)
Ink:  Perfect Plum (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Leaf Filled Flourish die (My Favorite Things); Curvy Leaves die (Elizabeth Craft Designs); Basic Rhinestones (Stampin' Up!)

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CAS(E) This Sketch 220

Thursday, May 4, 2017

It's Thursday again and time for a new challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch.  Although the sketch says flowers I went in a bit of a different direction!



I was contemplating a design at work the other day and asked a co-worker for her ideas for this sketch.  She is not a card maker or paper crafter so it was fun to hear her suggestions.  I think flip flops, seashells, and fish were among her ideas!  I don't actually have stamps with any of those images so I had to keep thinking.  I wanted to keep the triangular design of the focal image sort of tucked in the corner and remembered this little elf and I figured he fit the bill.  The way he is sprawled with those Christmas lights mimics the general layout of the sketch I think.  There's an anything Christmas theme at The Merry Christmas Challenge this month so I'm going to add this over there as well.

Thanks for stopping by!  And don't forget to check out the inspiration from the CAS(E) This Sketch design team.  Please join us in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Deck the Halls (Kraftin' Kimmie)
Paper:  White (Papertrey Ink); Jungle (Avery Elle); X-Press It Blending Card
Ink:  Black Licorice (My Favorite Things); Jet Black (Altenew); Copics
Accessories:  Blueprints 21 die (My Favorite Things)

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Freshly Made Sketches 286

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

I think the sun is supposed to come out today!  It's been rather dreary around here lately and everyone I know is anxious to see the sun.  A harbinger of great things to come, I'm sure!  We'll start with today's great thing:  a brand new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess is Narelle and she surprised us with a sketch that only has three layers!  But I suppose you could sneak one or two more on there if you wanted!


I took a little liberty with that circle and used a dragonfly instead.  I hope you can see it on there!  I used a few grungy stamps to make the background so I could play along with Addicted to CAS, used yellow, a die cut, and sequins so I could play along with The Paper Players and coincidentally there's a sequin challenge at CAS on Sunday.  Whew!  That's my challenge limit!


My Freshly Made Sketches teamies have cooked up some amazing cards this week so be sure to check them out and play along with us!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps:  Mixed Media Elements (Stamplorations); Family is Everything (My Creative Time)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Basic Black, Vellum, Beyond the Garden DSP (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Daffodil Delight (Stampin' Up!); Jet Black (Altenew)
Accessories:  Libellules die (4enscrap); Winter Blend sequins (Avery Elle)

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CAS(E) This Sketch 219

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Well today is an exciting day.  There's a new challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch and yours truly designed it!  It's always a bit of a nail biter when that happens because I don't know if people will like the sketch or not.  But here goes:




Of course, I just had to use a butterfly on my card and the colors are courtesy of the challenge at Sunday Stamps.  I added some paint splatters behind the butterfly as well as some diagonal lines that are distressed a little bit.  Easy peasy!  I think I might use this for my mother's day card this year.  It's simple and colorful, reminds me of spring, and I think my mother will love it!


My CAS(E) This Sketch teamies have made some beautiful cards with my sketch so be sure to check them out.  I hope you can join us in the gallery this week!

Thanks for stopping by.

Supplies
Stamps:  Papillon (The Stamp Market); Gorgeous Grunge (Stampin' Up!)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah)
Ink:  Certainly Celery, Garden Green, So Saffron, Peach Parfait (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Papillon die (The Stamp Market)

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