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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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Freshly Made Sketches 285

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

My card for this week's Freshly Made Sketches challenge ended up looking a lot different that what I had originally planned.  The sketch is designed by Amy, and it's a very straitforward sketch, but for some reason it threw me for a loop!


My first attempt had a whole lot of yellow in it and was going to be full of flowers.  But after a bit I realized what I was making looked horrible so I scrapped it.  Then I briefly thought about using a butterfly, but I had already used a butterfly on another card I made (which will be posted tomorrow) and I didn't want to use another one.  Then out of the blue I thought of the set of dies I ultimately used, all full of superhero style images and sentiments.

There's a navy, pink, and white color challenge at CAS-ual Fridays and I thought it would be fun to use those colors and make a girly card.  I love how these strong images look in pink accents!  I think it's hard to see in the photo but behind the gingham starburst image is a white cloud die cut.  I embossed it with burlap texture so that it would show up better against the white background - guess it didn't work!


Thanks for stopping by!  And be sure to pop on over to Freshly Made Sketches to check out the cards made by our awesome design team.  I hope you'll join us in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Amazing (My Favorite Things)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Night of Navy (Stampin' Up!); patterned paper (American Crafts)
Ink:  Night of Navy (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Pow Zap Bam die (Frantic Stamper); Banner Trio die (WPlus9); Rustic Burlap impression plate (Papertrey Ink)

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Tag You're It 70

Friday, April 21, 2017

TGIF!  But Friday also means it's time for a new inspiration challenge at Tag You're It.  This time around our featured artist is Kim Heggins who has designed the cutest tag for us.  We are also joined by one of our previous winners Wendy Johnson.  So let's get to it.


I did not have any cute bears in my stash that we small enough for my tag so I had to do a little shopping!  Any excuse, right?  I found this adorable digital image on Etsy and he practically leaped into my cart!  I like how Kim's bear and my bear are both holding something - perhaps a gift for a friend.  I carried Kim's friend theme with my sentiment and kept some similar design elements.

You won't be surprised to know that the Tag You're It design team has gone all out for this challenge and has some adorable tags to inspire us.  I hope you will join us in our gallery!

Thanks for stopping by!]

Supplies
Stamps:  Bear (Blackberry Jellys); Stackem' High (The Alley Way Stamps)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi (Stampin' Up!); X-Press It Blending Card
Ink:  Tumbled Glass (Distress); Jet Black (Altenew); Copics
Accessories:  Tag You're It die (My Favorite Things); Puffy Clouds die (Memory Box)

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CAS(E) This Sketch 218

Thursday, April 20, 2017

This week sure is whizzing by!  It's Thursday already and that means it's time for a new challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch.  I went a bit literal and a bit colorful with my card this week.



There was a pretty color challenge at Fab Friday this week with five - count 'em - five colors in it.  Normally that kind of challenge would send me running for the hills but since I'd seen this particular stamp set used a few times this past week by some of my stamping friends, and this particular stamp set happened to be languishing un-inked in my stamp room I thought I'd give the challenge a go using it.  The stamp set lends itself perfectly to a colorful abstract design like this, I think.


Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out the cards the design team has made at CAS(E) This Sketch.  As usual you will be wowed by their creativity!

Supplies
Stamps:  Halftone Circles (Altenew); Big Words (Mama Elephant)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Pool Party (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Pool Party, Peach Parfait, Night of Navy, Perfect Plum, Old Olive (Stampin' Up!); Jet Black (Altenew)

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Freshly Made Sketches 284

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

It's been a busy week with almost no time for stamping but I couldn't miss our Wednesday sketch reveal over at Freshly Made Sketches!  This week our hostess and sketch designer is Karren and her sketch is an instant classic!

My card was inspired by a couple of recent rainbow challenges.  Rainbows aren't normally my thing, especially the arched-with-a-pot-of-gold variety, but then I saw a card made for this CAS-ual Fridays challenge by Ilina Crouse and suddenly I saw rainbows in a whole new way.


If I was going to do this card again I think I would maybe use lighter shades of color because I think my shimmery star accents get lost on these dark ones.  And now you've gone back for a second look because you didn't see those the first time around, right?  The two hearts on the sketch became stars on my card that I die cut from some glimmer paper.  They look pretty in real life but here they are a bit washed out.

And since I missed the deadline for the CAS-ual Fridays rainbow challenge I'm going to enter this in the challenge at Addicted to CAS which has the same theme.  I'm not sure this card is CAS enough for that challenge, though!


 Thanks for stopping by.  And be sure to check out the latest challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our design team has whipped up some beautiful cards to inspire you this week!

Supplies
Stamps:  Awesome (Neat & Tangled); Celebrate Artsy (STAMPlorations)
Paper:  White (Spectrum Noir); Basic Black, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Pacific Point (Stampin' Up!); Dark Indigo; Royal Velvet (Papertrey Ink); Jet Black (Altenew)
Accessories:  Awesome die (Neat & Tangled); Stitched Stars die (Lil' Inker Designs)

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CAS(E) This Sketch 217

Thursday, April 13, 2017

It's funny how inspiration strikes sometimes, right?  Take this weeks challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch.  I spent a lot of time mulling over this sketch and thinking of a superhero in front of a pointy bubble or a city skyline.  I was all set to make that card when I happened to spot a project that I made ages ago using a leafy die with lots of pointy leaves.  And poof!  A brand new idea was born!




Cool sketch huh?  My pointy palm fronds are meant to mimic the pointy elements of the sketch.  And I found a wee sentiment that fit perfectly on the bottom corner.  The background is the last piece I had of some ombre patterned paper.  I guess that means I have to practice making some of that on my own now!

My CAS(E) This Sketch teamies have got some great interpretations of this sketch so be sure to check them out!  I hope you've got time to join us in the gallery!

Thanks for stopping by.

Supplies
Stamps:  Thanks (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Ocean Tides (Papertrey Ink); Black (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink:  Jet Black (Altenew)
Accessories:   Palm Fancy die (Hero Arts)

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Freshly Made Sketches 283

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

It's time for a brand new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches!  This week our sketch is designed by Jen Brum and it's got a very cool wavy line, which could be an ocean wave or a view of a landscape or really anything you can dream of.  My imagination lead me to a very boring slanted line!



Now, I do actually own a set of wavy lines dies but I could not find them anywhere in my stash.  I think they ran away with a particular "thanks" die that has also gone missing.  I didn't trust myself to try and cut a wavy line free-hand so I just cut a couple of pieces of contrasting card stock on a diagonal.  I used an embossing plate on the top one to give it a bit of texture.  Then borrowing the feather theme and colors from the April challenge at House of Cards I stamped, embossed, and fussy cut these beautiful feathers from vellum.  The color of the biggest feather is hard to see.  I stamped it in the same color as the darker diagonal layer them embossed it with clear embossing powder, which tends to wash out the color.  Luckily I had some Pool Party embossing powder, which I used on the smaller feather, so that one has a nice rich color.


Our Freshly Made Sketches design team has got some great cards to show you with this sketch to be sure to check them out.  I hope to see you in the gallery!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps:  Feather Finery (Papertrey Ink); Just Saying (Wow!)
Paper:  Sahara Sand, Pool Party, Vellum (Stampin' Up!); Ocean Tides (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Ocean Tides (Papertrey Ink); Pool Party, Early Espresso (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Rustic Burlap impression plate (Papertrey Ink); Pool Party embossing powder, button, linen thread (Stampin' Up!); clear embossing powder

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Just a Note

Monday, April 10, 2017

Spring has definitely sprung around these parts.  Last week was nothing but miserable rain but this week the forecast is nothing but glorious sunshine and warmer than normal temperatures.  I plan to take advantage of this good weather and go for a walk on my lunch-hour each day.  A half hour walk with the sun on my face is just the thing to put me in a great mood!

And speaking of spring, the colors this week at Color Throwdown were definitely inspired by the season.  I combined them with the sketch at Fab Friday to create a fun floral card.



It's been a while since I've used these funky floral stamps and I forgot how much I love them!  They may not be elegant like the tulips in the inspiration photo but they have a fun, whimiscal look that I love.  I paired them with a simple sentiment in a no-nonsense font and a bit of washi tape.  I stuck on a couple of enamel dots to take up some of that white space too.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps:  Funky Florals, Keep It Simple: Just a Note (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Pool Party, Wild Wasabi (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Wild Wasabi (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  enamel dots (Studio Calico)

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CAS(E) This Sketch 216

Thursday, April 6, 2017

I had the absolute perfect stencil to use for my CAS(E) This Sketch card this week.  The sketch calls for some horizontal lines and my stencil has those - wavy lines, yes, but they're horizontal-ish!



Once I had the background settled I searched through my word dies for a good match to the sketch.  Lucky for me the code word at Addicted to CAS is "smile" and I just happen to have this fabulous smile die.  I cut it in some fun green plaid, added some navy blue for contrast and presto I can also play along with the color challenge at Global Design Project.


I hope you have a chance to play along with us at CAS(E) This Sketch this week.  Be sure to check out the inspiration from the design team and then join us in the gallery!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Night of Navy (Stampin' Up!); Perfectly Plaid Rainbow (Lawn Fawn)
Accessories:  Smile Word die (Lil' Inker Designs); Waves stencil (Simon Says Stamp); Itty Bitty Shapes punch, Basic Pearls (Stampin' Up!); embossing paste (Dreamweaver)

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Freshly Made Sketches 282

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

There's a bug going around my office, like the bubonic plague actually, and it has one by one touched everyone that works there.  This past weekend it was my turn so I haven't felt like doing any crafting these last few days.  But our Freshly Made Sketches challenge is like a call to arms so like a trooper I hauled myself into my craft room and colored up a bunny rabbit.  Our sketch this week is designed by the supremely talented Cécile, one of the five people I know who live in France, and incidentally the only one I have never met in person.  Maybe someday we will!



My big-eared bunny rabbit is, in this case, an Easter bunny who has indulged in one too many colorful chocolate eggs.  I love how he has this look of "I couldn't possibly eat another one!"  There's an Easter bunny challenge going on at The Paper Players so that gave me an excuse to color up this fellow.


You are going to be seriously wowed and amazed by the inspiration from our Freshly Made Sketches design team this week.  I hope you are inspired to join us!

Supplies:
Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes (Stampin' Up!)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); X-Press It Blending Card
Ink:  Jet Black (Altenew); Copics

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CAS(E) This Sketch 215

Thursday, March 30, 2017

In like lion, out like a lamb.  That's how March is usually described.  I didn't see either one of those this month but I did see this pig, albeit on Facebook, who had wandered from his pen and was roaming the streets of my fair city recently.



Turns out his name is Alexander Hamilton and he frequently escapes to visit some of his horse friends at a home near his own.  You gotta love it when someone posts something like this on Facebook just for fun!

But enough of my local news!  I think you came here because it's Thursday and it's time to reveal a new sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch.  I tried my hand at a little white on white design , praying fervently all the while that I'd be able to photograph my card with some hope of having the design actually show up!



First of all I will just start off by saying that attempting to do a white on white card when there are cats roaming all over your stamping space is really hard.  I usually joke that all my cards come with cat hair at no extra charge, but when you are seriously trying to make a card look pristine all of a sudden that free cat hair isn't so funny any more!  There are lots of die cuts on this card so I'm adding it to the AAA Challenge as well.


You don't want to miss the cards the CAS(E) This Sketch design team created for you this week.  So much inspiration!  I hope we'll see you in the gallery!

And if you'll indulge me just one more time here is a little pic of Alexander Hamilton with one of his horse friends. :)



Thanks for stopping by.

Supplies
Stamps:  Label Love (Altenew)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Basic Black (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Jet Black (Altenew)
Accessories:  Anémones die (4enscrap); Petit Assortiment d'automne die (Simply Graphic)

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