CAS(E) This Sketch 240

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The autumn theme continues here...Today my card is for the latest challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch.  How about those angles!



It may surprise people who know me that I actually love the fall season.  I love the colors and most especially I love the pumpkin pie!  My friends know that I'm happiest when the weather is hot but fall is special in its own way.  Pumpkins are what caught my eye this week as the challenge at The Paper Players features favorites of mine - ghost ones!



I tried to capture those colors on my card today, although my pumpkins came out a little dark.  But I'm really pleased with how this looks!

Thanks for stopping by!  And I hope you can join us at CAS(E) This Sketch this week!

Supplies:
Stamps:  Pumpkin Patch (A Creative Need); Hashtags (Tim Holtz)
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Garden Green (Stampin' Up!); Black (Simon Says Stamp); Cocoa Bean (Papertrey Ink); Bristol Smooth Strathmore
Ink:  Jet Black (Altenew); Copics
Accessories:  Beetle Black Sprinkles (Doodlebug Designs)

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Freshly Made Sketches 306

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Time goes by so fast!  Once again I find myself to be the hostess at Freshly Made Sketches.  It seems like just yesterday when I designed a sketch over there!  This time around I made a card inspired by the colors of the upcoming autumn season.

I love these warm colors.  I gold embossed some detail on the leaves so this is quite pretty in real life.  Over at AAA Cards they just happen to be looking for colors of autumn so I think I'll enter this over there as well.


Short and sweet for me today.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you get a chance to play along with us at Freshly Made Sketches this week.  And don't forget to check out the design team cards as well.  They made my sketch look amazing!

Supplies
Stamps:  Leaf Prints (Papertrey Ink); Gorgeous Grunge (Stampin' Up!); Be (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Classic Ivory (Flourishes); Ripe Avocado (Papertrey Ink); Early Espresso (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Early Espresso (Stampin' Up!); Ripe Avocado, Canyon Clay (Papertrey Ink); Versamark
Accessories:  Fall Foliage die (Tim Holtz); gold embossing powder

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CAS(E) This Sketch 239

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Christmas continues here!  My card for the latest CAS(E) This Sketch is another Christmas themed one - that's two this week!  The holiday mailing season will be here before we know it and I want to be ready.  Luckily I saw a Christmas card within that sketch.



I have a mantra:  when in doubt use vellum.  That long horizontal layer had me stymied for a bit.  I had already decided on the striped patterned paper and the wreath image layered on top of it, but I wasn't sure about that thin layer with the sentiment.  Vellum proved to be the answer.  It didn't cover up my wreath or the patterned paper and provided a nice spot to heat emboss a sentiment.

At Muse this week Tracey McNeely gave us a Christmas card with a wreath and it's "anything goes" at the Merry Christmas Challenge.  Since Christmas is much closer than I care to admit, I'm throwing my hat in the ring at these challenges in the hope that it will spur me to make more of the same very soon!

Thanks for stopping by!  And please join us at CAS(E) This Sketch.  Our design team has got some great cards to inspire you!

Supplies
Stamps:  Wreath For All Seasons (Papertrey Ink); Handy Christmas Greetings (Amy R Stamps)
Paper:  Classic Ivory (Flourishes); Real Red, Vellum, Merry Moments DSP (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Old Olive, Real Red (Stampin' Up!); Versamark
Accessories:  black embossing powder; rhinestones (KaiserCraft)

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Freshly Made Sketches 305

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

I'm in a bit of a Christmas mood apparently as I celebrate a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.   This week our hostess is Amy.  At first glance her sketch is uber CAS but if you look a bit longer you'll see the possibilities are endless if you feel like embellishing a bit!



I'll confess that the color challenge at The Paper Players is what put me in mind of Christmas.  I see silver and immediately I think of elegant Christmas cards.  I used some silver shimmery paper along with a silver heat-embossed sentiment and I just love how they look together - especially paired with the pink poinsettia.


Thanks for stopping by!  And don't forget our new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our fabulous design team has made some beautiful cards to get you in the crafty mood so check them out!  I hope we'll see you in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Jingle All the Way (Technique Tuesday)
Paper:  Cloud White (Reverse Confetti); Pink Pirouette, Pear Pizzazz, Vellum (Stampin' Up!); Silver Sparkle (Reflections)
Ink:  Silvery Shimmer Delicata (Tsukineko)
Accessories:  Blooming Poinsettia die (Memory Box); silver embossing powder

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CAS(E) This Sketch 238

Thursday, September 7, 2017

It's been a while since I've made a card with a more masculine theme but that's the direction that I took with this week's challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch - despite the floral imagery on the sketch!



I'll admit I was helped along with my theme by the "for him" challenge going on at Global Design Project and the latest color challenge at Less is More.  I started this card by heat embossing a circle backgkround stamp in white then filling in some of the circles with lime and blue inks.  I actually had a wee circle stamp that fit perfectly inside those little embossed circles!  The sentiment is a mix of a die cut and a stamp.


Thanks for stopping by.  And don't forget to pop on over to CAS(E) This Sketch and take a look at what my fellow teamies have made for your inspiration.  I know you're gonna love them all!

Supplies
Stamps:  Amazing, Simply Circles Background (My Favorite Things); Circles Circles Circles (Whimsy Stamps)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Pacific Point (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Pacific Point (Stampin' Up!); Lime Rickey (Catherine Pooler); Versamark
Accessories:  Awesome die (Neat & Tangled); white embossing powder

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Freshly Made Sketches 304

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

To Halloween or not to Halloween.  That is the question today.  The answer is the newest challenge at Freshly Made Sketches where I took the sketch, added some shoes and some fun colors, and came up with this.


I'm not entirely sure this is a Halloween card.  In fact, I'm pretty sure it is not.  But it started out that way, what with the colors (courtesy of Cupcake Inspiration) and the funky Witchy-Poo shoes (courtesy of Just Us Girls) but in the end I opted for this fun sentiment which sent this card in another direction altogether!


Narelle is our sketch designer at Freshly Made Sketches this week and what a great, classic sketch it is.  Check out the inspiration from the design team and then join us in the gallery.  We'd love to see you there!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps:  Funky Feet (The Alley Way Stamps); Don't Hold Back (Dylusions)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Orange Zest (Papertrey Ink); Black (Simon Says Stamp); Vellum (Stampin' Up!); X-Press It Blending Card
Ink:  Black Licorice (My Favorite Things); Jet Black (Altenew); Copics
Accessories:  Blueprints 13 die (My Favorite Things); 2-inch circle punch (EK Tools)

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CAS(E) This Sketch 237

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Meow.  That is all.

Actually, that is not all!  It's time for a new challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch and I really wanted to do a fun design with some fun shapes with Chrissy's uber cool sketch but after looking through my stamps I was not very inspired.  Then I happened upon this cat themed stamp set from Concord & 9th (that I think is retired) and my MEOW was born.



Now in case you didn't figure it out, the lines radiating from the seniment are whiskers!  Cat whiskers, that is!  Before I started combing my stamping stash for some ideas on images I had seen the color challenge at CAS-ual Fridays, which is a very simple Kraft and White.  I didn't think I could pull that off with this sketch so I kept on looking for other inspiration.  I also noted that there was a One Layer challenge going on at CAS on Friday.  These two challenges must have been forefront on my brain as I started perusing my stash because as soon as I saw this stamp set with that sentiment I knew I could use those colors and create an embossed sentiment in white and then frame it with the whiskers in kraft and I'd have a fun take on the sketch!


For those of you who don't know I have two kitties myself.  They are my stamping buddies and their job is to supply the cat fur that invariably gets stuck inadvertenly to every card that I make.  I also like to post pictures of them on Facebook, just like every other proud pet-mama.  Well I happen to have an uncle that pretends to hate cats and is always following up my FB posts with some rude comment about my cats.  I responded last year by giving him a framed picture of my two kitties for Christmas.  He promptly put the picture in his bathroom (posting a picture of it on FB for all his friends to see).  All this in a round-a-bout way of saying that I think that I will send him this card for this birthday.  It's fun to keep our little "war" going!

Well, that's it for me.  A bit long winded don't you think?  Thanks for sticking around for my little story.  And don't forget that all important new challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch.  We'd love to see you play along with us!

Supplies
Stamps:  You Crazy Cat (Concord & 9th)
Paper:  Crumb Cake (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Versarmark; Crumb Cake (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  white embossing powder

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Freshly Made Sketches 303

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Well hello friends.  It's Wednesday so it must be Freshly Made Sketches day!  This week our sketch comes from down under*.  Karren is our hostess and all that "down under" must have been on my brain because I completely flipped the sketch!


I have a great nephew (in the sense that he is the son of my nephew) and he is turning one in a couple of weeks.  He (and his parents) live quite a distance from me so I had to make a card in plenty of time to give it to my sister who is travelling this Friday to celebrate the happy birthday celebration.  This sketch fit perfectly for the idea I had in my head for his card - except it was upside down.  So I flipped it and all of a sudden my card was born.

I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils and usually when I do that I blend the colors with gamsol.  I went back and forth whether I should do that here.  On the one hand I liked how the unblended coloring on the teddy bears seemed to give them some texture - always a plus with a plush toy.  And on the other I considered just using the gamsol on the number one.  In the end I decided to leave the number untouched and reasoned that it had a juvenile quality to it - which sort of fit with the first birthday theme.  I just hope that the adults at the party don't think this is a horribly colored image!

Now about that "down under."  I am aware that this term is used frequently in reference to Australia, but Karren is from New Zealand.  I googled the term and found that according to the Oxford English Dictionary "down under" is a term that is used to refer to "Oceania" which includes New Zealand.  So I think I am ok using it here.  In any event I've wanted to visit Australia since the 1980's when I first saw Mad Max and I've wanted to visit New Zealand since 2014 when Karren joined the design team at Freshly Made Sketches!

I hope you'll join us at Freshly Made Sketches this week.  Our design team has got some beautiful cards to inspire you so be sure to take a look!  I hope to see you in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Teddy's First Birthday (Pink gem Designs)
Paper:  Bashful Blue, Real Red, Night of Navy (Stampin' Up!); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink:  Prismacolor Pencils
Accessories:  Diagonal Stripe Stencil (Simon Says Stamp); translucent embossing paste (Dreamweaver)

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