Thursday, 20 April 2017

STAMPlorations CAS Card Challenge #16

It's time for the mid-month post for the current CAS Card Challenge at STAMPlorations. The current challenge is 


We'd love for you to join us for this challenge. Challenge rules include a maximum of three CAS cards submitted per month; you don't have to use STAMPlorations products on your card (who wouldn't want to, their products are so awesome!) and it's your choice whether to include the optional color twist, or not.

Here's my card


I started with Dragonfly Waltz ARTplorations stencil, distress inks (picked raspberry, cracked pistachio and blueprint sketch) applied with ink daubers. To prevent too much overlap of color, I used scrap paper to cover sections where I didn't want the color to go. The sentiment is from STAMPlorations' Fond Expressions 2 stamp set. I added a few sequins to complete the card.

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sue

Monday, 17 April 2017

Calling All Sistahs - April Edition

It's the 17th of the month. That means, it's time to remind all the women in your life to do their monthly self-exams and annual mammograms. This campaign was started by Michele Gross of CAS-ual Fridays Stamps upon her discovery and diagnosis of breast cancer. Michele designed the Calling All Sistahs collection to help us remind each other of this important campaign. Michele donates 50% of the proceeds of the sales from this collection to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Did you know that one in eight women in the US (or one in nine women in Canada) will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. Look around, do you see eight women? Think about it, on average, one of those eight will receive the diagnosis of breast cancer. It's frightening to think about! We can increase the odds and through early detection, increase the survivor rate, through monthly self-exams and annual mammograms.

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Here's my card



I started with CAS-ual Fridays' Full On Floral stamp, Versamark ink, white embossing powder and my heat tool. I added colour with distress inks (spun sugar, worn lipstick and picked raspberry) randomly. I matted the card with a piece of bright pink. Out of the same pink, I die cut using CAS-ual Fridays' Hope Fri-die and a small heart using a heart die. I added some sparkle with Wink of Stella on the hope and heart die cuts.

I have a friend, recently diagnosed with breast cancer. I'm going to send her this card.

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sue




Sunday, 16 April 2017

a2z Scrapbooking

Sometimes I think it's a good idea to push yourself a little outside your comfort zone. After all, it's only paper, right? I usually prefer the clean and simple look with lots of white space. I felt it was time to give something else a try.

Here's my card



See - no white space - LOL! I started by using Hero Arts CL949 You're So Lovely stamp set with versamark ink and white embossing powder. I heat set the images. I love the Hero Arts ink cubes. They are an affordable alternative to adding more ink colours while not breaking the bank. For this card, I used the Kelly's Flowers, Quiet Morning, Libby's Purple Garden, Jayne's Fall Colors and Lucy's Floral Favorites ink cube sets. Specifically, the colours used were Green Hills, Emerald Green, Tide Pool, Soft Pool, Orchid, Passion Flower, Pale Tomato, Butter Bar, Tangerine and Ultra Pink. I smudged the ink onto an acrylic block and picked up the ink with a water brush. To get more intense colours, limit the amount of water added. To complete the card, I added a few sequins for a bit of sparkle. Here's a close-up

 

The current challenge at a2z Scrapbooking is

We'd love for you to join us. Be sure to use a Hero Arts product as your focus and tell us what your favorite Hero Arts product is. For me, it's the variety of ink cubes.

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sue



Thursday, 6 April 2017

STAMPlorations CAS Card Challenge #16

I've had to keep this secret for what seems like forever. I feel so blessed to have been named to a Guest Designer position at STAMPlorations for their CAS Card Challenges. I stumbled upon STAMPlorations a couple of years ago and slowly am building up my collection. 

Our challenge this month is 


We'd love to have you join us this month. Blog rules include a maximum of three Clean & Simple (CAS) cards each month, you don't have to use STAMPlorations products to join in (why wouldn't you - they are great!) and it's your option whether to include the optional color twist, or not. 

Here's my card


I used STAMPlorations SKETCHED: Tulips stamp with versamark ink on vellum, followed by silver embossing powder and heat set with my heat tool. I coloured in the opposite side of the vellum with copics V12, V15 and G05. I framed the vellum with some silver shimmer paper. To complete the card, I added a silver chiffon bow on the upper left corner. 

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sue

Saturday, 1 April 2017

House of Cards - April Challenge

Happy April 1st ... It's April Fools' Day. No fooling around here. It's time for a new challenge at House of Cards


APRIL 2017
Feather Images and/or Colors


Here's my card


I was inspired by the colours and feathers of this challenge. I used The Crafters Workshop's TCW389s Mini Fancy Feathers stencil. I added colour with distress inks (cracked pistachio, salty ocean and ground espresso) and ink daubers. I started with one feather. It didn't seem enough, so I added two more.  The sentiment is from Simon Says STAMP Big Scripty Greetings. I added a dark brown mat for the card to complete it. 

We'd love for you to join us this month. Thanks for visiting.
sue

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Freshly Made Sketches #279

I surpised myself when I saw the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and had an idea, right away. That doesn't happen very often. Usually, I check out the inspiration of the design team to help me come up with a plan. 

Here's the sketch




Here's my card





I started with Simon Says STAMP Happy Every Day stamp set. I stamped on a large white piece of cardstock and also on scraps of orange/red, hot pink and teal. Using balloon dies from Paper Smooches Balloons and WPlus9 Whole Lotta Happy, I cut out different parts of the sentiment area. It's pretty easy to line up the balloons on the white panel. I found some printed paper that coordinated to complete the card.

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sue

CASology: Week 240

I'm happy to have had some time at my craft table to make a card for this week's challenge at CASology



Here's my card




I used the Memory Box Large Olive Branch die and die cut three branches. I tried to keep the positive with the negative die cuts - makes it easier to add colour, at least for me. I added colour with ink daubers and distress inks (twisted citron, mustard seed, faded jeans, mermaid lagoon, spiced marmalade, picked raspberry). I like the effect of using black as the cardbase. I feel it makes the colours really pop. I used white embossing powder for the sentiment from Catherine Pooler's Butterfly Notes. I also inked up a scrap of white cardstock with twisted citron and mermaid lagoon and cut them into really thin strips for below the sentiment.  

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sue