Tuesday, 30 April 2013

2 for the price of 1

Good morning.  Isn't that always the way?  No cards for a week & then 2 burst out of you all at once.  In a good way.  Not like in Alien.

Stamps: Bitty Banners, Teeny Trees (WM)
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko)
Other: Trees die (SSS), circle punch; white enamel accents (Ranger)

The first card is for CAS(E) This Sketch.  Who knew that the Simon Says Stamp tree die would fit so well on Spellbinders Banners?  Well, I guess they probably made it to, but it never occurred to me to try it before now.  The scalloped snow was stamped with WM's Bitty Banners, embossed with sparkly stuff then punched out - perfectly fits a 1.5" circle punch.  A bit of a to-do with the enamel accents - don't dry cards vertically that have big blobs on.  Gravity will win!
Stamps: Little Bitty Bird (PTI); Nordic Winter (WM)
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko)
Other: White e.p. (WOW); diamond stickles (Ranger); Cosmic Shimmer paint
And for my next trick... cosmic shimmer paint & diamond stickles.  A match made in heaven.  Embossing the image first means the paint is contained, so stays where it's told to.  A quick blast from the heat gun before applying the stickles.  I used a paint brush for these too - I couldn't squeeze for long enough to do all those leaves!
Before I forget: Kegbo, the font was Migraine Sans.
Linking to:
CAS(E) This Sketch: CTS#25
Less is More: Week 117 ~ Sketch #9

Sunday, 21 April 2013

HOME is where your cat is

Stamps: Tremendous Treats Valentine (PTI); Serif Alphabet (Papermania)
Ink: Wet Cement, Pale Tomato (HA)
Font: Century Gothic, CAC Pinafore
We went to visit some kittens at the Cats Protection League yesterday, to fill the gap left by our beloved Monty.  We can bring them home in 3 weeks time.  I made this card to give as a thank you to the lady that has been looking after them.  It was largely inspired by Chrissie's card on Less is More this week.

Linking to:
Less is More: Week 116 ~ CASe It
CASology: Week #40 ~ Word

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Merry & Bright

Stamps: Big Deal Alphabet (SU); Folk Art Flurries (WPlus9); Serif Font (Papermania)
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko); Bamboo Leaves, Lady Bug (Memento)
Other: Aurora Crystal e.p. (Cosmic Shimmer)
Ardyth's responsible for One Layer Wednesday this week.  Things beginning with A:
Alphabet stamps
Aurora Crystal embossing powder

I like the MERRY, but I think the bright is a bit too much.  Needs to be more subtle.
Linking to:
One Layer Wednesday: OLW136 ~ A-OK

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Celebrate some more

Font: Migraine Sans MS
Other: Silhouette SD; Cuttlebug Snowflake die (Provocraft); Diamond Stickles (Ranger)
If you've visited this blog a few times, you may have got the hint that I LOVE words on cards.  Not just as a passing sentiment, but as the main event.  So imagine my joy to see that CASology have WORD as their cue card this week.  Amongst the words I use most frequently is celebrate.  It is so multi-functional (if it were a stamp set, it would be Teeny Trees!).  You're not confined to just a birthday, it fits so many occasions.  And today, I am celebrating my 1 year blogversary.  Hurrah.  Also I found a very small stamp that I thought was lost & gone forever, so now a set is complete again.  And that makes me happy.  See - you can celebrate anything!

I cut the word out 4 times with the  Silhouette, keeping the white negative.  Then I layered up the colours with a tiny off-set, fitting the bottom layer back into the negative.  A sprinkling of stars & sparkle & there you have it!

I also snapped the card without the stickles (just on the very small off-chance that something might go wrong...),

but nothing did (this time). Another reason to celebrate.

Linking to:
CASology: Week #40 ~  Word
CAS-ual Fridays: CFC98 ~ All That Glitters

Monday, 15 April 2013

Fusion Challenge #2

Stamps: Basic Borders (Mama Elephant); Polka Dot Basics II (PTI)
Ink: Pear Tart (Memento); Versamark (Tsukineko)
Dies: By the Numbers (MFT); Snowflakes (Provocraft)
Other: Washi tape (PaperChase); clear embossing powder (WOW!)
Hurrah.  The kids are back at school; the ironing's done; the house is tidy (ish!) so at last I can steal an hour or two for crafting.

Loving the inspiration on the Fusion Challenge this week.  Thought long & hard about this one.  Had a few ideas that started to get VERY complicated & had to go right back to the beginning again.  Am even now sitting on my hands (metaphorically, you understand, else typing would be a little awkward...) to prevent a sentiment creeping in there, but I will be strong!
Linking to:
Fusion: Hypothesis #2
CAS(E) This Sketch: Sketch #23

Friday, 12 April 2013


Stamps: It's Your Day (HA); Basic Borders (Mama Elephant)
Ink: Dandelion, Tangelo, Morocco, Rose Bud, Lilac Posies (Memento)
Other: flower die (Provocraft); Diamond Stickles; white glitter
Originally made for a Fusion challenge, but missed the deadline.  Luckily I used glitter (even if it is a little camera shy!) for the first time in yonks, so it qualifies for today's CAS-ual Fridays.  Serendipity.
Linking to:
CAS-ual Fridays: CFC98 ~ All That Glitters

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

It's Your Day

Stamps: Basic Borders (Mama Elephant); Boxes Bags & Tags (PTI); It's Your Day (HA)
Ink: Morocco, Tangelo, Rose Bud, Lilac Posies (Memento); Versamark (Tsukineko)
Other: White Embossing Powder (WOW); Enamel Accents (Ranger); Chevron Die (PTI)
Good morning folks.  Today's card is for the latest challenge on the block - Fusion.  There's a picture; there's a sketch.

You can use either or both as your inspiration.  I used both, with a little help from Ardyth's Muse card (here).
The stripes didn't start out life like this, they were plain, with a white gap between.  Which I mucked up.  So I decided to go over the white with more stripes.  And it looks heaps better than the original idea.

Linking to:
Fusion Card Challenge: Hypothesis #1
CAS-ual Fridays: CFC97 ~ Chevrons & Flowers

Saturday, 6 April 2013

UR awesome

Stamps: Headline Alpha (SU); Fanciful Flowers (Elzybells)
Ink: Pale Tomato (HA); Lilac Posies (Memento)
Paper: Citrus Stack (DCWV)
Other: Spotted e.f. (Provocraft); Aharoni font; Silhouette SD; tracing paper
Well this is one design I won't be repeating in a hurry!  All those stamped flowers, never mind coaxing the letters out of the chevrons where my Silhouette blade is going blunt.
I've had the idea for the 'awesome' chevrons for a wee while now, but never had the opportunity to use them.  Initially I was going to try to make them with the Parker Alphabet, but the letters were just too big, so I dusted off my Silhouette.  The tag was inspired by this week's CASE This Sketch, & the tracing paper prevents the background making the letters look too busy.  I like the contrast of the flowers against the grey masculine chevrons - they soften the whole effect.
Linking to:
CAS-ual Fridays: CFC97 ~ Chevrons & Flowers
CAS(E) This Sketch: Sketch #22
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