Friday, February 21, 2020

True Colours - CAS on Friday challenge

I just love colour challenges, probably because I love playing with colours in inks and paints etc.

Hi all and welcome to another CAS on Friday challenge! This is challenge #174 and as you may have already guessed, we have some colours for you this time around.

My first instinct when I saw coastal cabana, crushed curry and Bermuda bay together was for an ocean sunrise/sunset scene but I must admit, it floored me at first about how I would incorporate granny apple green. Thankfully, after a few days my brain kicked in to remind me that the sea can be a greeny-blue!

I made simple masks from post-it notes, sponging the sky area first with crushed curry, then Bermuda bay and granny apple green for the water. My only coastal cabana is the card base itself. All-in-all, this card took less than 10 minutes to make!

Materials used:
  • stamps - Thoughtful Branches (SU)
  • card - whisper white, coastal cabana
  • other - blending brushes, post-it notes, 1" circle punch, Stamparatus, clear Wink of Stella, craft foam

Please visit the CASOF blog and my fellow DT members to see what wonderful things they've done with these colours - and don't forget to leave us all some comment love!

Thanks for calling in.


Monday, February 17, 2020

Sepia Roses

Inspired by a gorgeous card by Erum Tasneem I found on Pinterest, I've been having a play with my Altenew Build a Flower Rose stamps and dies. The main flower in this set has SIX layers! Yep, you read that right, S.I.X., lol. But look how realistic it is and how much depth you get! Luckily there's a guide on the pack to show you how to align them all plus plenty of very helpful YouTube videos, so it's nowhere near as difficult as it may sound.

Here's how my card turned out:

Once I'd decided where I wanted all my die-cut images to go, I stamped a few splodges (very technical term) around on my background then added the first batch of flowers and leaves. I've only stamped two of the four layers on the leaves as I didn't want them to steal the limelight from the roses. The stamped sentiment is layered on a narrow strip of brushed gold card and I added some gold pearls to finish off.

A very essential item in the stamping of these roses was my Stamparatus. As I'd bought extra plates, I was able to set up all six layers using both sides of three plates, which made multiple stamping a breeze. While it's all set up, I'll stamp some more roses in different colours so I have them all ready and available for future cards - brilliant!

Materials used:

  • stamps - Build a Flower Rose (Altenew), Tiny Words Birthday (SSS), Timeless Textures (SU)
  • card - very vanilla, brushed gold
  • Altenew inks - Coffee Break set (sand dunes, rocky shore, mocha, espresso)
  • other - Build a Flower Rose dies (Altenew), Big Shot, Dimensionals, gold pearls, Stamparatus

There's something so timeless and elegant about sepia tones, isn't there? I love them.

Thanks for stopping by.


Friday, February 14, 2020

Happy Galentine's Day!

If you're a Parks and Rec fan, you'll recognise my header today, lol. I love the idea of women celebrating other women in their lives on Feb 14th and not just romantic love, so this card is dedicated to all the wonderful gals who enrich my life, both past and present.

Materials used:

  • stamps - Forever Lovely, Good Morning Magnolia
  • card - pink pirouette, whisper white
  • other - stitched rectangle die, stitched frame die, magnolia die, detailed hearts die, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Stampin' Blends, pearls, craft foam, subtle embossing folder

I cut the hearts die and attached that to another piece that had been embossed, then cut both with the stitched frame. This process flattens the embossing a little but also has the effect of making it look like the hearts are embedded in the background piece, don't you think? 

Wishing you all the happiest of happy Galentine's days and thanks for stopping by.


Monday, February 10, 2020

Case-ing Myself

I made another of the heat-embossed Breathtaking Bouquet cards, this time in navy with rose gold, which I'm thinking I prefer to my earlier black and yellow gold combo. I'd be interested to hear which version does it for you...

I hope the pinkish tinge shows up sufficiently in the photo for you to get the full effect. We made this one in class and my ladies loved it - and were very happy with how easy it was to make.

Materials used:
  • stamps - Breathtaking Bouquet
  • card - night of navy, rose gold foil (Bazzill)
  • other - rose gold embossing powder (Lawn Fawn), heat tool, stitched rectangle die, Big Shot, craft foam

Thanks for calling in.


Friday, February 7, 2020

Piggy Love - CAS on Friday Challenge

Hi all! It's time for another challenge at CAS on Friday so I hope you'll feel inspired to join us.

This week's challenge is #173 and the theme is LOVE.

We're getting close to Feb 14th and not that you need an excuse to declare your love, but it certainly has become traditional to exchange a card and maybe some flowers and/or chocolates. How much more heartfelt is the message when you make your own Valentine?

Here's my clean and simple card:

All I did was blend a bit of granny apple green ink on my small panel to match the card base, trying for an ombre effect and lightening the colour as it moves up. The pig was coloured with a mix of SU Blends and Copic markers and I added some Wink of Stella to the heart for added sparkle. Clear epoxy dots finished it off after adding the white embossed sentiment.

Materials used:
  • stamps - Hog Heaven (MFT)
  • card - whisper white, granny apple green, basic black
  • other - blending brush, Copic Markers, Stampin' Blends, Hog Heaven dies, Big Shot, Dimensionals, craft foam, white embossing powder, heat tool, clear Wink of Stella, clear epoxy dots

I hope you'll visit the blogs of my fellow design team members to see their gorgeous creations, and don't forget to leave us all some comment love!

Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, February 6, 2020

Kia Ora and G'Day

Happy Waitangi Day to all fellow Kiwis out there! I hope you're enjoying your day off and hopefully a nice day at the beach or a BBQ with some mates.

My card today is a simple one but nonetheless incorporates four symbols of New Zealand - the long white cloud, silver fern, black background and, of course, a kiwi.

Materials used:
  • stamps - Plushies Down Under (Clearly Besotted)
  • card - whisper white, basic black, baked brown sugar, silver foil
  • other - cloud dies, stitched rectangle die, tropical die, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Copic Markers, Stamparatus, craft foam

As my Aussie SIL put on a meal for me for Australia Day, I'm doing one for her for Waitangi Day - and you can bet there will be pavlova involved! And probably also some kiwifruit, lol.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Doggone it

For today's card I couldn't resist the opportunity to get out a Cottage Cutz die that hasn't been used in a while. When a friend had a stamp that went with it perfectly, it seemed like a match made in heaven.

Materials used:
  • stamps - Various sentiments (unknown origin)
  • card - whisper white, basic black, baked brown sugar
  • other - Santa Puppy die (Cottage Cutz), Big Shot, sponge dauber, white gel pen, subtle embossing folder, Dimensionals, Sahara sand marker, Stamparatus, craft foam

Soooo adorable! And now you know where all your missing socks go, lol.

Thanks for calling in.


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