Saturday, 29 February 2020

Addicted to CAS ~ Challenge #179

It's time for a new challenge at Addicted to CAS.




This is a tricky code word. It really made me think. Here's my card


I started by die-cutting A2 black and silver shimmer panels with Lawn Fawn's Puffy Stars dies. I die-cut the two panels at the same time - placing the star die in the horizontal center and slightly toward the top of the card. I then cut the two panels and stars in half. I assembled the "symmetry card" and adhered the pieces to an A2 card base. I couldn't figure out how to create a symmetrical sentiment. So this is where I'm taking a bit of creative license. My sentiment uses a stamp from STAMPlorations' Tweet Love stamp set, stamped onto a strip of white cardstock and popped up with dimensionals.

I'd love to see your creations using our code word - symmetrical.

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sue

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Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge # 357

It's time for a new challenge at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. Here is this week's sketch

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Here's my card


I went for a monochromatic look this week using Stampin' Up products. I used Stampin' Up's Regarding Dahlias stamp with Stampin' Up's pumpkin pie ink. I stamped the dahlia onto an A2 white card panel in the lower left corner and the sentiment in the upper right corner. I trimmed the panel and matted it with Stampin' Up's pumpkin pie cardstock. I completed the card by adding the panel onto some Stampin' Up pumpkin pie patterned paper and added a small bow of Stampin' Up's pumpkin pie grosgrain ribbon. I changed the location of the bow, to the upper left corner.

Hoping that this week's sketch inspires you

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sue

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Sunday, 23 February 2020

STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday ~ February 23, 2020

Welcome back to my second Stencil Sunday this month for STAMPlorations. Working with stencils is a great way to create cards, quite affordably. 

Here's my first stencil Sunday card



For my card, I started by randomly adding distress inks (salty ocean, twisted citron, mowed lawn, candied apple, wilted violet) on an A2 card panel with an ink blending tool.

Here's a picture of what it looked like then.

I gave it time to dry and applied an embossing buddy over it, to ensure that there were no "wet" areas. I then used STAMPlorations' ARTplorations Art Flowers 1 stencil and applied Versamark ink. Clear embossing powder was heat set to achieve the background. I added a STAMPlorations' Clear Sticker from the New Day pack on a scrap of green cardstock which I turned into a fishtail banner. I popped it up with dimensionals.

Here's my second Stencil Sunday card


I did something a bit different and created a card similar to one I might have done with stamps. I started by creating a 3" circle mask. I added distress inks in a "sunset-like" fashion using mustard seed, spiced marmalade, festive berries, picked raspberry, faded jeans, chipped sapphire. I then used STAMPlorations' ARTplorations Bloom Silhouettes stencil and black soot distress ink to add the bloom silhouettes. I then carefully removed the circle mask. To complete this one layer card, I used a STAMPlorations Clear Sticker from the New Day pack.

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sue

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Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge #377

It's time for a new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More! Our challenge this week is



Here's my card


Sometimes, with the more generic challenges, I have difficulty trying to figure out what to do. I felt this way with this challenge. So, I checked out my "collection" of Stampin' Up stamp sets, since I haven't used one in awhile. I picked out one of my favorites - Serene Silhouettes. Using my MISTI, I added color with distress ink markers (another thing I haven't used in some time) - barn door and peeled paint. I used a tone-on-tone beige cardstock. To make the image "pop" a bit, I matted with green cardstock. I wasn't sure where to put my sentiment, and used another thing that has been collecting dust, my WeRMemory Keepers' envelope punch board. I used it to make the tab and stamped the sentiment from Ink Blot Shop's Botanical Borders stamp set. I adhered everything to a natural card base.

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sue

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Saturday, 15 February 2020

Addicted to CAS - Challenge #178

Our next challenge for you at Addicted to CAS is a yummy one.



I love cake - black forest cake, chocolate cake, carrot cake (gotta get my vegetables some way, right?). So, this challenge is right up my alley. Here's my card


I feel like the "crooked man" who walked a crooked mile and lived in a crooked house, might like the crooked cake! I started with Sugar Pea Designs Bring on the Cake stamp set and Hero Arts Fresh Peach, Soft Cantaloupe and Butter Bar inks. I die cut the cake pieces with Sugar Pea Designs Birthday Journal Card dies, along with the frosting strips. I used some scraps of blue cardstock as the background for the crooked cake. I stamped the sentiment with Stampin' Up's Baja Breeze ink. To complete the card, I added some Wink of Stella to the candle flame for a tiny bit of shimmer.

What will you create using our code word - cake? 

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sue

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Friday, 14 February 2020

Perfectly CAS ~ February 2020

As an introvert, I find so much calm in clean and simple cards. The challenges at Perfectly CAS are right up my alley. Here's this month's challenge



Here's my card



With a challenge of "shapes", I looked around my craft space for "shape" inspiration. I found it with the Hero Arts Tiny Flags background stamp. I used this background stamp with Versamark ink and clear embossing powder on a white card panel and heat-set it with my heat tool. I used some scrap paper with clean edges to help me mask one diagonal row at a time, so that I could add one color at a time. For color, I used distress inks (picked raspberry, wilted violet, salty ocean). I trimmed the panel to roughly 1.75" x 4.25". I adhered it to a white A2 card. For the sentiment, I used Simon Says STAMP's Just Words No. 1 thanks die. I cut one purple and three white "thanks" words and with adhesive, stacked them up to give them dimension. I adhered the word onto the inked panel.

Here's a close-up


We'd love for you to join us. Please remember that your designs must only cover up to a third of your card because we're honoring clean and simple cards!

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sue

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Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #355

It's time for a new sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. Here is this week's sketch to inspire you



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Here's my take on the sketch



I flipped the sketch upside down and have the textured (or more interesting) part of the card on the top. It didn't photograph well. Here's a close-up.



For the top of the card, I used the Sizzix-Stampin' Up Lacy Brocade embossing folder with white cardstock. I trimmed it to 4" x 3". I added some black grosgrain ribbon. I cut a piece about 1.75" long and cut the ends on an angle. I then used another piece of black ribbon, made a loop and passed the angled piece in the loop. I then pulled on the two ends of the ribbon, catching the angled piece in the tightened loop. It sort of looks like a bow - right? I adhered the ends of the ribbon on the back of the embossed piece. The sentiment is from Simon Says STAMP's Flower Friend stamp set, stamped with Versafine Onyx black ink onto an A2 card base. I adhered the embossed piece onto the card base to complete the card.

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sue


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