CAS(E) This Sketch 235

Thursday, August 17, 2017

I'm so envious of people who can sponge color on a card.  I'm terrible at it and at some point I will make an effort to practice that technique so that I'm reasonably good at it.  That being said the sketch this week at CAS(E) This Sketch gave me an excuse to do the sort of sponging that doesn't require any special skills.



Using long strips of post it tape, I mask off sections of the card base leaving small areas free then I sponge color onto those areas.  Easy peasy!  I usually do this technique and make my own plaid but this sketch with the lines seemed perfect for it.  I used the summery and cheerful colors at Sunday Stamps and I realized after I made it that it was a one layer card, which they are looking for over at Addicted to CAS.


Thanks so much for stopping by!  Once again the design team at CAS(E) This Sketch has totally rocked the sketch so be sure to check them out.  I hope you can join us in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Many Thanks (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper: White (Catherine Pooler)
Ink:  Melon Berry, Berry Sorbet (Papertrey Ink); Daffodil Delight, Pink Pirouette (Stampin' Up!); Coral Berry, Jet Black (Altenew)

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Freshly Made Sketches 301

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Today we've got a new sketch debuting at Freshly Made Sketches.  But before I get to that I'd like to thank everyone that played along with last week's sketch.  It was #300 and that's a milestone to be proud of.  Week in and week out there is inspiration to be found over there (both from the design team and from the participants in the gallery) and that's what this card-making hobby is all about.  So thank you for supporting Freshly Made Sketches.  Here's to 300 more!


This week our sketch is brought to you by Jen Brum.  I had a little trouble with the angle of that diagonal layer.  Mine ended up being a mirror image but I think you get the idea!



I wanted a simple Christmas card and this sketch was perfect to show off that big, elegant snowflake.  There's a "peace on earth" challenge going on at Jingle Belles and luckily I had a sentiment that fit perfectly on that diagonal layer.  Both the snowflake and the sentiment were heat embossed in gold.

Thanks for stopping by!  And do be sure to check out our 301st challenge at Freshly Made Sketches!

Supplies
Stamps:  Star of Light (Stampin' Up!); Christmas Carols (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Paper:  Classic Ivory (Flourishes); Taste of Textiles (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories:  Stitched Basic Edges die (My Favorite Things; gold embossing powder


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CAS(E) This Sketch 234

Thursday, August 10, 2017

I'm adding another Christmas card to my stash thanks to the latest challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch.  I did make a square card instead because sometimes only a square will do!




The cute pooch is my circle on the sketch and the sentimet is that slim horizontal layer.  I added some falling snow, in the form of embossing paste, and I actually managed to put it on around the dog and the sentiment.  I think it's hard to see, but trust me, it's there!

Last week at The Merry Christmas Challenge they were looking for animals so that was a strong  motivator to use this dog.  Alas I miscalculated and the challenge ended before today.  Lucky for me they've got an "anything goes" challenge going on this week so I can play along after all!

Thanks for stopping by.  There are some great cards at CAS(E) This Sketch that the design team has created to inspire you so be sure to check them out!

Supplies
Stamps:  Santa Paws (Paper Smooches)
Paper:  Classic Ivory (Flourishes); Real Red, Merry Moments DSP (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Black Licorice (My Favorite Things); Jet Black (Altenew); Copics
Accessories:  Falling Snow stencil (Simon Says Stamp); embossing paste (Dreamweaver)

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Freshly Made Sketches 300!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Can you believe it?  We are at challenge #300 over at Freshly Made Sketches!  A whopping 300 challenges!  Way back in the day (around August 2011 to be exact) Lesley (she of Always Playing With Paper fame) conceived of this idea to create a sketch challenge.  How about creating cards that are clean but not necessarily simple.  She invited some talented ladies to join her to provide inspiration each week and here we still are - six years later!

We've got something unique planned this week to celebrate this milestone.  Someone from the gallery - a random someone - is going to take home a special prize:  ALL of the design team cards!  Yep, that's right!  A lucky winner will receive original creations from the Freshly Made Sketches design team!



I wanted something bright and cheery this week (to echo our bright and cheery mood) and luckily the challenge at Fab Friday fit right in with my master plan!


Our resident teacher, Linda, has estimated that over the last six years there have been more than 25,000 cards created for this challenge!  25,000!  Can you believe it?  That's a whole lot of cards!  And a whole lot of inspiration!

At Freshly Made Sketches we can't thank you enough for playing along with us each week.  Without you we wouldn't exist - literally!  The inspiration that you provide week after week is the reason why we do this.  And the enabling that goes on - well, I can't begin to tell you how many things I've added to my stamping stash just because I've visited your blogs and just had to have some new stamp or die or embellishment that I've seen you use.  Thank you from the bottom of my checkbook!

So I hope you can join us for this extra special challenge this week.  Our design team has gone all out and provided some amazing inspiration for you.  And just think:  you could win all of those cards!

Supplies
Stamps:  Great Friend (Stampin' Up!)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Hibiscus Burst (Papertrey Ink); Lemon Lime Twist, Melon Mambo (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Lemon Lime Twist (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Honeycomb Remnant die (Memory Box); Gerbera Daisy die, Pierced Fishtail Flags STAX (My Favorite Things); Leaves die (Penny Black); Banner Trio die (WPlus9)

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You're the Star

Monday, August 7, 2017

These days posting on a Monday is a rarity for me!  I don't seem to have as much time for stamping as I used to (or as I'd like) but I had some extra time yesterday so I put myself to good use in my stamp room.  The combination of a couple of cool challenges plus some new stamping goodies that I recently got provided sufficient inspiration!


I took a few liberties with the sketch at Fusion but you get the basic idea!  I combined the layout with the very cool colors at Color Throwdown.  This is my first time inking up the new Lemon Lime Twist from SU.  It's bright!  I love how the super hero style starburst looks inked up in it and the black sentiment provides awesome contrast.


I think we're in for a spot of rain today which means no walking for me on my lunch hour.  We've had plenty of rain this summer so enough already!  Maybe since we've had such a wet summer we'll get no snow this winter...A girl can dream!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps:  Explosion! Additions (Uniko); Shiny Happy Sentiments (Lil' Inker Designs)
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Lemon Lime Twist (Stampin' Up!); White (Catherine Pooler)
Ink:  Lemon Lime Twist (Stampin' Up!); Jet Black (Altenew)
Accessories:  Stitched Basic Edges die (My Favorite Things); Enamel Dew Drops (Freckled Fawn)

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CAS(E) This Sketch 233

Thursday, August 3, 2017

It's easy peasy lemon squeezy over at CAS(E) This Sketch today where we've got a great new sketch designed by Hannelie.



In retrospect I should have done two lemons instead of three to keep more in line with the sketch but I love lemons so I stuck them all on there!  The cue card this week at CASology is "juicy" which put me in mind of this stamp set that I've had for ages.  I even dug out my old Crystal Effects (pleasantly surprised to find that storing it on its side prevented the nozzle from clogging) and used that on the inside parts of the lemons.  It looks great in real life!


The work week is nearly over (yay!) and I'm looking forward to the weekend so I can relax a bit.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope we'll see you at CAS(E) This Sketch.  Be sure to check out the inspiration from the design team.  You're going to love all their cards!

Supplies
Stamps:  Lemon Squeezy (The Alley Way Stamps)
Paper:  Cloud White (Reverse Confetti); Daisy (Avery Elle); X-Press It Blending Card
Ink:  Black Licorice (My Favorite Things); Copics
Accessories:  Dotted Curve die (Poppystamps)

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Freshly Made Sketches 299!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Well here we are again at Wednesday!  Why is it that the days motor on like Speedy Gonzales?  I wish they would slow down because I've got loads of things to do and not enough time to do them!  But enough of that.  Freshly Made Sketches day is, of course, Wednesday and we've got a great sketch by Kim this week.


How's that for a fabulous sketch!  I spent a lot of time thinking about this sketch and how I was going to do those vertical elements.  Luckily I found this unique challenge at As You See It that asked about what  you do when your crafting mojo deserts you.  Well for me, I like to CASE myself.  I find a card that I particularly like and re-work it a bit.  That's how I got my inspiration for todays card:  by CASEing a card I made about a year ago.  I used the same stencil and the same basic sentiment.  Just changed up the layout.  There's a "beach" challenge going on at Cupcake Inspirations that gave me my colors.  I used Sahara Sand and Baja Breeze, both pretty beachy colors!


Thanks for stopping by and you will be wowed, for sure, at the cards the Freshly Made Sketches design team has made for this challenge so be sure to check them out.  I hope we'll see you in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Awesome (Neat & Tangled)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Baja Breeze (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Sahara Sand, Baja Breeze (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Awesome die (Neat & Tangled); Chevron Pattern stencil (Simon Says Stamp); Wink of Stella

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CAS(E) This Sketch 232

Thursday, July 27, 2017

A certain Roy G Biv paid a visit to my house to help me out with my card for the current challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch.  Those diagonal lines called out for some rainbow colors and I was helpless to resist.



I actually got the idea from the rainbow challenge going on at AAA Cards.  And Less is More didn't want to see a single stamp so I dug out this thanks on a line die then cut some thin strips of cardstock in the colors of the rainbow and arranged them in true roygbiv fashion.  Easy peasy!


As always my CAS(E) This Sketch teamies have got some fantastic interpretations of this sketch so be sure to check them out.  I hope we'll see you in the gallery!

Supplies
Paper:  Cloud White (Reverse Confetti); Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Pacific Point (Stampin' Up!); Dark Indigo, Royal Velvet (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories:  Thanks on a Line die (Simon Says Stamp)

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