CAS(E) This Sketch 248

Thursday, November 16, 2017

It's only week until Thanksgiving day here in the US!  I can hardly believe it!  Time is marching on...to Christmas that is.  I've got another  Christmas card today for our latest challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch.  This challenge is good for two weeks so you can enjoy the turkey and all the fixin's and join us at your leisure!



The old white on white card.  That's the challenge at The Paper Players this week.  I love the look of this card in real life but it's so hard to photograph.  This didn't come out half bad.  You can see the white die cut sentiment and there's a little sliver of white glimmer paper too.  And bonus - this was super easy to put together!


How are you doing on your Christmas cards?  I'm afraid to count mine in case I'm woefully short.  I don't want to stress out about it!

Thanks for stopping by.  And don't forget our latest challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch is on for two weeks.  Plenty of time to play along.  Hop on over to the blog to check out all the details.

Supplies
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Stitched Basic Edges die (My Favorite Things); Merry Christmas die (Impression Obsession)

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Freshly Made Sketches 313

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

It just so happens that I'm on vacation this week.  One of the things I had planned to do was a little organizing in my craft room.  It's been ages since I've done any sort of clear out in there and it shows!  I've taken a "before" picture and although I'm not done, I sincerely hope that the "after" picture shows some improvement!


But on to our newest sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our hostess is Karren and as soon as I saw the sketch I knew EXACTLY what card I wanted to make!



This is so pretty and sparkly in real life.  I have some glimmer paper from Michael's that is a dead ringer for SU's Pool Party.  I cut the die cut "peace" from it, then added the confetti corners and sentiment in Pool Party ink.  Easy peasy!  It's always a good thing when an idea in my head translates so easily to paper!

Thanks for stopping by!  The sketch at Freshly Made Sketches is a great one so I hope you can join us in the gallery with your interpretation of it!

Supplies
Stamps:  Wet Paint Holiday (Papertrey Ink); Holiday Confetti (The Ton)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); White (Catherin Pooler); Pool Party (Stampin' Up!); glitter cardstock (Recollections)
Ink:  Pool Party
Accessories:  Wonderful Words Holiday die (Papertrey Ink)

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CAS(E) This Sketch 247

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Hello!  It's time for a new sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch.  The sketch calls to mind lots of layers so I made my card with lots of layers of leaves!



Those leaves are holiday pines (and some other stuff).  I chose them so I could play along with the current challenge at The Paper Players.  And the holiday theme fits perfectly with the challenge at House of Cards.


I've tried to get some new holiday stamp sets this year because I've been getting a bit bored with the ones I've had in my stash forever.  The sentiment I've used here is one of those new sets.  It's fun to see the new designs so hopefully my cards this year will be a little more fun!  We'll see.....

Thanks for stopping by!  Our CAS(E) This Sketch design team has got some fabulous cards to show you this week to inspire you so be sure to check them out.  We hope you'll join us in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Stained Glass Greetings (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Cherry Cobbler, Naturals Ivory (Stampin' Up!); Pinefeather (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Golden Glitz Delicata (Tsukineko); White (WPlus9)
Accessories:  Holiday Greens Mini die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); gold embossing powder

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Freshly Made Sketches 312

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

I would say that I'm definitely starting to feel the Christmas crunch.  I had a look at my stash of Christmas cards and cringed.  I actually cringed.  So you'll have to forgive me if you see a Christmas card every time you visit here!  This week there's a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, brought to you by C├ęcile, and it didn't take much for me to see that square as being perfect for a shaker.



After trying out a few pieces of patterned paper for that triangle layer in the corner I opted to emboss it instead with a striped embossing folder - reminiscent of candy cane stripes.  The square was cut using a snowflake die and behind it are some Christmas colored sequins.  I watched a video the other day (which, incidentally, is how I came to buy that square snowflake die set) and the greatest tip I got from it was, when making a shaker card, to rub the acetate with anti-static powder (this is what I use) so that the sequins move freely around.  Genius!

There's an "anything goes" Christmas challenge at Happy Little Stampers this month so you'll find me linked over there as well.


Well, that's it for me.  Thanks for stopping by and please check out all the amazing inspiration from the design team at Freshly Made Sketches.  I hope you'll join us in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Fa La La (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Garden Green, Real Red (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Real Red (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Snowflake Snippets die (Spellbinders); Class Christmas sequins (Neat & Tangled)

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CAS(E) This Sketch 242

Thursday, November 2, 2017

When I first saw the latest CAS(E) This Sketch I said to myself "uh-oh."  The background seemed (to me, anyway) perfect for some splashly watercolors - just the thing I am horrible at doing.  But since I'm a good card-maker who likes to prepare for all eventualities I had some stamps in my stash that mimiced a watercolor background and I was good to go!



My faux watercolor background in shades of blue plus the leaves done in the colors of autumn fit perfectly with the latest Fusion challenge and Addicted to CAS challenge.  I've been experimenting with some alcohol inks to create interesting backgrounds and the colors of the leaves here were made with some classic colors of autumn plus a bit of gold to liven things up.  The sentiment was created by stacking several layers of a die cut.  This looks pretty good to my eye!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you can check out the CAS(E) This Sketches design team for some inspiration this week.

Supplies
Stamps:  Jumbo Abstract Art (My Favorite Things); Fonds Grunge (4enscrap)
Paper:  Naturals White (Neenah); Midnight Muse, Bashful Blue (Stampin' Up!); glossy white (Ranger)
Ink:  Bashful Blue, Not Quite Navy, Marina Mist, Midnight Muse (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Thanks Script die (Mama Elephant); Stitched Leaves die (Lawn Fawn)

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Freshly Made Sketches 311

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

November 1st seems like a good day to be nervous that I don't have enough Christmas cards made for the year!  It also happens to be the day we reveal a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  This one, designed by Jen Brum, seemed perfect for a Christmas card.



I'm not sure I'm loving this color combo, but I die cut the tree out of this glimmer paper that has very neutral tones and I wanted to keep the overall look of the card neutral to match.  I selected kraft for my background then proceeded to layer on some differing shades of brown.  I added some additional sparkle and shine with gold sparkly embossing paste in the form of falling snow. 

There's a tic-tac-toe challenge going on at The Paper Players and I chose one of the diagonals:  tree, die-cut/punch, and shine.


Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you can join us at Freshly Made Sketches this week.  We love seeing you in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Fa La La (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Kraft, Cocoa Bean (Papertrey Ink); Early Espresso, Naturals Ivory (Stampin' Up!); glitter cardstock (Recollections)
Ink:  Cocoa Bean (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories:  Sketch Tree die (Memory Box); Weathered embossing folder (Taylored Expressions); Falling Snow stencil (Simon Says Stamp); Champagne Sparkle Medium (Imagination Crafts)

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Tag You're It 76

Friday, October 27, 2017

We've got another great challenge for you at Tag You're It.  This fortnight our tag design is brought to you by Emily Midgett.


I based my tag on the colors that Emily used and also managed to incorporate an animal, a deer to her bear.  I didn't have a stamp that mimiced the pinebough swag at the top of her tag so I improvised with some washi tape (so I could play along with the Stamp Ink Paper challenge), some pine tree die cuts, and a sentiment that is generally in the shape of some swag.  I added some sequins to take up some of that white space.   I'm also adding this at the Anything Goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.


The stamp and die cut combo that I used here is an inexpensive set that I got at my local Michael's store last year and this is the first time I inked it up.  I can only imagine that I had a coupon or it was on sale for a price that couldn't be beat because I don't usually buy my stamping supplies there.  So long story short, the deer die cut does not match the deer stamped image.  Say what???????  Isn't that the point of having a stamp and die set!  [You might be able to see in the image that the lines of the stamp don't match the lines of the die]  The company that makes these images is a well-established company in the crafting industry and I would have expected that their quality control was a bit better than it is. 

Anyway all this in a way to say how important it is to support the smaller "mom-and-pop" shops that are the backbone of the paper crafting industry that we love so much.  I don't have to mention them by name - you know who they are!  Their quality is impeccable and, in my experience, if there is a problem (and those are rare) they are more than happy to rectify it at their own expense.

Ok.  I'm done with my high horse!  It's time to get back to our latest challenge at Tag You're It.  We'd love to see you play along with us so please check out the inspiration from our design team and join us in the gallery!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps:  Hampton Art
Paper:  Cloud White (Reverse Confetti); Pool Party (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Soft Suede (Stampin Up!); Versamark
Accessories:  Hampton Art die; Tag Sale Quilted die (Papertrey Ink); sequins (Verve); washi tape; seam binding ribbon; crochet thread

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CAS(E) This Sketch 245

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Yesterday I made this card using particular colors that called to mind Halloween.  Well today I've got another card using those same colors but it is the exact opposite of Halloween!  This is my card for the latest sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch.



About halfway through making this card I realized that I had used the colors for the latest challenge at Just Us Girls again, but the end result is totally different from the card I had made using the same colors yesterday.  That's the beauty of a color challenge!!  I used a beautiful stamp set from Altenew to create this floral design.  I love how their layering stamps make it so easy to create an image with such depth.  They are looking for floral cards at CAS on Friday so I'll be adding this over there as well.


Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you can join us at CAS(E) This Sketch this week.  We'd love to see you in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Peony Bouquet (Altenew); Scripty Greetings (The Ton)
Paper:  White (Catherine Pooler)
Ink:  Soft Lilac, Lavender Fields, Deep Iris, Midnight Violet, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades, Jet Black (Altenew)
Accessories:  Lavender Moon sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

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