Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Eat More Cake


This is the other card that I made for the CASology challenge:


I think I eat more chocolate than cake for my birthday.  Well, I will have when I finish the huge box of chocolates my hubby bought me!  (He gets to eat all the coffee ones because I don't like them.  Although I have been known to nibble all the chocolate off any that have been left in the box too long after I've finished all mine...)

The cupcake was stamped onto kraft card, so I'm also submitting it into the CAS-ual Fridays challenge:


Image is from Kanban - Coffee Shop, sentiment is from Fiskars Make a Wish Quotes.

Sugar Plum


The cue word at CASology this week is:


The image is a bargain bucket stamp, and the sentiment is from Blonde Moments Sweet Somethings.  I made another card for this challenge and couldn't decide which one to submit, so I'll just submit both of them!  Look out for the next post.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Mellow Yellow


This card is tiny, only about 96mm square.  I don't normally use this size, but this arrangement fitted it perfectly.  I did try it on a larger card first, but it looked a bit lost.

I've taken a few liberties with this sketch from The Paper Players:


I've moved the focal shape, added a second focal shape, and re-arranged the horizontal banner.

Nah, nothing so clever.   It's a collage stamp, so what you see is what you get, but it more or less fits the sketch.  I stamped the image onto white card twice in Colorbox Ochre, and once in Versafine Onyx Black, then sponged all three with Scattered Straw Distress Ink then layered the elements as shown.

The colour scheme is from Dynamic Duos monochromatic week:


The collage stamp is from Crafty Individuals CI-006.

Monday, 29 October 2012

Autumn Birthday


I've been playing with monochrome leaves again, this time using the rose leaf from the Hero Arts Delicate Leaf Cluster set CL477.  To change things round a bit, for this card I sponged the background, three colour blocks (Crushed Olive, Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade distress inks) to fit the sketch from Less is More.  I was very brave and turned the sketch round:


The challenge at Simon Says is AUTUMN LEAVES.

And the challenge at Young Crafters Unite is:


The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted Butterfly Wishes.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Krafty Birthday


I almost enjoyed last week's CAS(E) This Sketch, so I thought I'd give it another go this week.


The challenge at CASE Study is to case this card from October muse, Julia Stainton:

The challenge at CAS-ual Fridays is to create a clean and simple project using Kraft.


The colours at The Play Date Cafe work with all of the above challenges (although my green looks more blue, thanks to the wonders of modern photography):


That's it for the challenges, but over at Virginia's blog, she's organised a birthday blog-hop for Barb Engler, with the opportunity to link a virtual birthday card.  Barb is one of the most prolific contributors of cards to Hero Arts Flickr Group and if you've ever uploaded a card to Hero Arts' Flickr Group, you will almost certainly have had an encouraging comment from Barb.  So this card is also for Barb, Happy Birthday!

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Born To Be Wild!


The challenge at One Layer Wednesday, hosted this week by Karen, is to create a card that makes you SMILE.  Well, she doesn't just make me smile, she makes me laugh. (The Drama Queen, that is, not Karen!)

And the cue card at CASology this week is:


I think she qualifies on that score as well!

The colour scheme comes from the ColourQ challenge:


The image stamp is 80386 Drama Queen from Stamps Happen, and the sentiment is from Diamonds.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Let's Do Lunch - And a Movie!


Here's another card for the Runway Inspired Challenge.  


I created the horizontal stripes by inking the side of a narrow acetate block with Brilliance Rocket Red, and stamping the side or the edge onto white card.  I like how it turned out slightly grungy where the coverage wasn't 100%.  The ribbed base card matches the runway, and the blue gems reflect all those smart phone screens on the front row.

I'm also entering this into the CAS challenge at A Blog Named Hero.


The ticket stamp is from Inkadinkado, and the chevron paper is Madison from Penny Black.

Not Quite So Burnished Velvet


The challenge at Lawnscaping is to try a new technique.


Ardyth had created a card using the burnished velvet technique in this post which I wanted to try.  And I wanted to use red glitter so that I could enter my card into the Runway Inspired Challenge:


Just one small problem.  Well, not small enough, actually.  I didn't have any red micro glitter.  So I've used chunky dunky red glitter (well, it's fine glitter, but it looks chunky dunky compared to micro glitter).

The chevron paper is from Penny Black Madison range, and the sentiment is from Woodware FRCL069, stamped in Versafine Smokey Gray.  

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Orange Flowers


The challenge at The Paper Players this week is to create a clean and simple project incorporating frames.


And the colour scheme at Dynamic Duos is Pumpkin Pie and Black, with Die Cuts as a dessert option. It's hard to resist dessert options...


I used two Spellbinders Nestabilities circles to cut a frame from orange textured card, and cut a large circle from spare white card.  I stamped the flowers (Personal Impressions Marion Emberson Designs PICSA6224) with Colorbox Amber, and the sentiment (Personal Impressions Paula Pascual PICS033) in Versafine Onyx Black, then added some black Stickles to the centres of the flowers and doodled some lines around the outside of the card.

Monday, 22 October 2012

Swirly Birthday


Over at Play Date Cafe they are celebrating their 3rd anniversary with a new look and a week-long party, and there are lots of goodies on offer.

This week's colour scheme is:


Flame ... Grape ... Mulberry



I made two versions of this card, simply because the first version (below) looked more orangey rather than flamey, so I redid it using a redder colour.  Then I got a smudge of ink on the second version (above) just to the right of the "Happy",  and I saw stars.  Lots of them.  Can't decide which version I like better.


I'll enter the orangey one in A Blog Named Hero's CAS challenge, seeing as it's the more CAS of the two.



The swirly stamp is a freebie from a magazine, and the sentiment and star are from Hero Arts CL139 Birthday Messages.

Saturday, 20 October 2012

More Autumn Leaves


I made a card similar to this a while ago, but using a different leaf, and keeping it monochrome.  So this time, I wanted to see what it looked like using colour.  The colour scheme at ColourQ was the perfect fit:


And so is the challenge at Less is More:  AUTUMN  

The leaf stamp is from Hero Arts CL477 Delicate Leaf Clusters, stamped in Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink (first and second generation), and the birthday stamp is Whispers Words from Docrafts.

I can just hear the rustle of those leaves as I kick my way through them!

Friday, 19 October 2012

Over The Edge


It's Official.  I have Sketch Fright.  There is a cure, but it could be a long slow process in my CAS(E).  I usually avoid sketch challenges because they just stop me dead.  I've been told what elements to put where, and can't get beyond that. (And if I'm allowed to change the shape, rotate it, swap elements, leave bits out, add bits in, then what's the point of a restricting sketch in the first place?)  However ...

There's a new challenge on the block, CAS(E) this Sketch.  And Lisa from the Design Team has very kindly made a therapy video on her blog for sufferers of Sketch Fright.  Lisa says that she is a linear thinker and prefers a sketch to follow, whereas I'm a holistic thinker (I think that's the opposite to linear thinkers) and I prefer to have free rein to let my random thought processes roam.  Which is why sketch challenges are just that.  A challenge.

Here's this week's sketch:


I've kept pretty much to the sketch this time, because it fits with the CAS-ual Fridays challenge, which is:


I've also CASEd this card from Julia Stainton on this week's CASE Study:


using the colour scheme from this week's CR84FN challenge:


If I keep taking the medicine, you may see me at CAS(E) this Sketch again sometime!

Edited to add: A few people have asked about the butterfly die - it's from Marianne Design CreaTables.

Thursday, 18 October 2012

C'mon, Santa!


I'm not trying to wish Christmas on us just yet, but it looks like Rudolph is!  The cue word at CASology this week is:


And the challenge for One Layer Wednesday, hosted this week by Heather, is to feature squares on your card.

The stamp is called "Rudolf Waiting for Santa" 1604E by Stamp-It, and it's in its unadulterated form here, stamped with Versacolor Icicle which is 5 shades of blue.  I haven't had to do any clever masking, blending, aligning or doctoring.  In fact, the only doctoring I had to do was with the photo to get it light and bright enough to publish.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Two Hearts

Second post from me today - I'm catching up with some challenges.  Click here or scroll down for my earlier post.



The challenge at CASE Study is to case this card from Julia Stainton:



The challenge at Simon Says is to use punches and/or dies.

The challenge at CAS-ual Fridays is to make a project with a heart in it:


And the colour scheme is courtesy of Dynamic Duos.


The paper is from Prima Madeline Collection, the Paris medallion is from Craftwork Cards, and not a stamp in sight!

Wing Washing Day

Couldn't you just do with a spare pair of wings some days?


The colour scheme at The Play Date Cafe this week is:


Bubblegum ... Tangerine ... Pear

... which just happens to match these fairy wings hanging on the line ;)

The challenge at Less is More this week is to make a one layer card on the theme of wings.

And the challenge at A Blog Named Hero is:

Well, these wings are freshly washed, and the card is CAS.  The stamp is from Lavinia Stamps.

When in Doubt...

...make a Christmas card.  So I did.  Two.  Then when I photographed them last night they were far too dull and dark, so I left it until this morning so that I could photograph them in natural daylight.  Well, in typical English fashion, it's been persisting it down all morning, too dark to take photos, and now I've missed the deadline for one of the cards.  And when I re-took the photos, I found out why they turned out badly last night - I'd left the camera on twilight setting.  Duh... :)

But I'll show you both the cards anyway, because I'm entering them into the Hero Arts competition for October.

This first one is still within the deadline for the Paper Players challenge.  Not very Christmassy colours, you'd think, but I like using non-traditional colour combos.





And this is the card that missed the colourQ deadline.  Again, you wouldn't necessarily think Christmas with these colours (especially with the witch's hat as a visual).



The bauble stamps are Hero Arts LL947 Decorative Ornaments Fancy Notes, and the sentiment is Hero Arts F3682 Christmas Wishes.