Tuesday, July 18, 2017

CAS Colours and Sketch #232 - Colour Challenge

Hi Everyone,

Another new 2017-18 In-Color for you to try with this week's CC&S challenge.  This one is Powder Pink, which reminds me of the pink ballet leotards are made in.  It's very similar to Blushing Bride, but with a little less brown undertone.   I have to admit, this isn't my first card.  It's not even my second card!  The colors challenged me a bit because I was determined to make the Powder Pink and Soft Sky the feature colors.

I worked on watercolor paper using the smoosh technique with Powder Pink and Soft Sky inks.  I applied the ink to a scrap of clear acetate, spritzed the paper with water and let the inks work their magic.  Because the colors are soft, it needed a little more dimension. Using a very old SU stamp,  the splash of extra dots were created by stamping directly on the paper.

The Night of Navy birthday script is a die from MFT and the border die is from Avery Elle.

I hope you will come and play in the gallery this week - but first, pop by the CC&S blog and peek at the rest of the DT's creations!

Challenges Entered:
Happy Little Stampers July 2017 - CAS Birthday
Crafty Friends Challenge #62 - Florals
My Time to Craft #350 - In the Garden
Simply Papercraft #48 - AG
That's Crafty! July 7 - AG

Monday, July 17, 2017

Stick It Down! July Card Sketch

I was delighted to be asked to join the Stick It Down card sketch DT from now until December.  I love card sketches and all of the yummy layers on this one made it fun to play with.  It features an old favorite stamp of mine from Lili of the Valley.  Remember when adding buttons to cards was all the rage?!?  I felt like buttons were the perfect embellishment for this adorable image.

I hope you will pop by the SID Blog and take at peek at the ways the rest of the DT interpreted this sketch and then join us in the gallery! You may win the prize and be the Guest DT member for September.










Challenges Entered:
A Bit Mor Time to Craft #48 - AG
Classic Design Team Open Challenge #16
Love to Scrap #99 - AG
Crafty Cardmakers #193- Lots of Layers
Come and Get It from 7/16 - 2 or more designer papers
Colour Crazy Challenge #28 - AG

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Making Memories Crafting Challenge - Team B

A while back I was invited to join the Making Memories Crafting Challenge Blog DT and I am thrilled to share my first card for them with you. I got a little ahead of myself and had my card go live on the first day of the challenge, but my day to post is the 15th of the month - oops!!  Newbie jitters!

My card features rectangles using images from three stamps sets from Right At Home Stamps.  I'm a little obsessed with them right now and having fun with the purchase I made a couple of months ago.  The tea cups are from a set called Cup of Joy , the sentiment is from an accompanying set called How Have You Bean?, and the cup decorations are from Abstract Florals.

Luckily, I had a whole day to play as I created this card!  Instead of using Copics, I decided to pull out my Distress Inks and work on the no-line faux watercolor technique.  I used the variety of colors of 1" ink cubes in my stash to create contrast.  It was a great adventure in mixing colors rather than layering on the same color.  I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out.

Take a peek HERE at the inspiration from the rest of the Making Memories Crafting Challenge DT  has created for you this month.  We have two fabulous sponsors.  The Cutting Cafe is giving 3 cutting files to one winner and Cute As A Button is giving 3 digis to a second winner.  Hope you play along with us this month!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #231 - Sketch Challenge

It's a sketch week on the CAS Colours and Sketches Blog and we have a simple one for you.

My card features a sentiment from Right At Home's Grateful Heart stamp set.  It's embossed with clear embossing powder and then the oval is stenciled with PTI's Blueberry Sky ink and my blending tool.  The simple flower accent is from an old favorite, Fresh Cut Florals from W Plus 9.

A super-simple and fun CAS card!  Make sure you see what the rest of the CC&S DT has created HERE and then come and play along with us this week!

Challenges Entered:
The Flower Challenge #10 - Embossing
WOW! Embossing Powder - July
Always Fun Challenge #14 /- AG
Crafting From the Heart #167 - AG
Just Us Girls #401/ - Technique/Blending
Sparkles Challenge #93 - July/Embossing



Friday, July 7, 2017

Making Memories Crafting Challenge #7 - Anything But A Square

A while back I was invited to join the Making Memories Crafting Challenge Blog DT and I am thrilled to share my first card for them with you.  My card features rectangles using images from three stamps sets from Right At Home Stamps.  I'm a little obsessed with them right now and having fun with the purchase I made a couple of months ago.  The tea cups are from a set called Cup of Joy , the sentiment is from an accompanying set called How Have You Bean?, and the cup decorations are from Abstract Florals.

Luckily, I had a whole day to play as I created this card!  Instead of using Copics, I decided to pull out my Distress Inks and work on the no-line faux watercolor technique.  I used the variety of colors of 1" ink cubes in my stash to create contrast.  It was a great adventure in mixing colors rather than layering on the same color.  I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out.

Take a peek HERE at the inspiration from the rest of the Making Memories Crafting Challenge DT  has created for you this month.  We have two fabulous sponsors.  The Cutting Cafe is giving 3 cutting files to one winner and Cute As A Button is giving 3 digis to a second winner.  Hope you play along with us this month!

Challenges Entered:
4 Crafty Chicks #358/
- Stamping - No Digis
Craft Rockets #39 - AG
Crafting By Designs July Challenge - AG
Watercooler Wednesday #126/ - Feminine AG
Deep Ocean Challenge #158/ - Lots of layers
Crafty Cardmakers #192/ - Tic-Tac-Toe {Heat embossing, stamp, summer (colors)}

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #230 - Colour Challenge

Each member of the DT has the opportunity to host the CAS Colours and Sketches Blog challenges and July is my month to host!  I'll have two colour and two sketches for you to try your hand at this month.

This week is a colour challenge and I thought a couple of the new 2017-18 SU! In-colors should come out to play this week.  We're using Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, and Island Indigo.  Feel free to substitute colours (like I have done with my background color).  You may also use other neutrals in your card design.

You can find the rules here on the CC&S Blog.

My card features a mermaid from the creative hand of Tammy Seimers-Thompson, the artist behind A Day for Daisies.  This one is a stamp, but if you like her style, Tammy has thousands of digis for sale in her shop.  My mermaid's colored with Copics.  The sentiment is pieced together from a couple of different sets;  one is an SU! set Labeler Alphabet.

I hope you will come by the CC&S Blog to see what the rest of the DT has for you this week and then make some time to create something!  Hope to see you in the gallery!

Challenges Entered:
Aurora Wings #53/ - AG
Crafty Cardmakers #192/ - Bingo (embossing, stamp, summer)
Make My Monday #49/ - Summer Brights
2 Sisters on the Blog #5 - Beach
Crea Chicky #12 - AG/Summer
Addicted to Stamps #151/ - Summer/beaches

Friday, June 30, 2017

Sandra Caldwell New Release Friday

It's Friday, so that means Sandra Caldwell has another batch of new images for you in her Etsy Shop Babycakes Digis and Designs.  This is one of today's releases, called #1645 Jamaican Cutie.  She was fun to color.  I used Copics for her skin, hair and dress and blended pink, yellow and orange Distress Inks on her head scarf.  Isn't the SU! ombre ribbon yummy?!?  Love the way it looks and ties.  I used to add ribbon to almost every card and got out of the habit.  I just love how it gives a finishing touch and a bit of "fancy" to a card.

This is my final card as part of Sandra's DT.  I've been one of her part-time girls since I started 15 months ago - although I have been promised the chance to be a guest DT!  I was drawn to her unique style as an artist and the diversity of her images.  Being part of her fabulous team has been a joy.  It's a great group of women.  I encourage you to check out the vibrant Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans Facebook Group (which has grown to 422 members in the last year) and the Babycakes Digis and Design Shop to support this talented artist.

Challenges Entered:
4 Crafty Chicks #357/ - AG
C.R.A.F.T. #422/ - Add Ribbon and Sparkle
Crafty Girls Creations #37/ - AG
Creative Knockouts #200/ - For the Girls
Star Stampz 6/29/ - Bright Sunshine Colors
As You Like It 6/29/ - Favorite way to add ribbon + why