CAS(E) This Sketch 271

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Hello, hello!  It's time for a new challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch.  I went a little liberal with the sketch...take a look.



I wanted to fill up the bottom third of my card with some fun images a-la the sketch so I chose a few swooshes in the colors of the Less Is More challenge.  The big and bold cupcake on the challenge graphic became my birthday sentiment.  This went together so easily!


Thanks for stopping by!  My teammates at CAS(E) This Sketch have got some great cards to inspire you so I hope you'll join us in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Watercolor Wonder, Birthday Bash Sentiments (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  White (Catherine Poooler)
Ink:  Harvest Gold, Spring Rain (Papertrey Ink); Industrial Diamond (Altenew); Nocturne (Versafine Clair)

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Freshly Made Sketches 337

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

My nephew and his wife had a baby boy last Thursday so I had babies on my mind when I sat down to make my card for the latest challenge at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our sketch hostess is Linda and her front and center layer has great possibilities.



I filled that layer with a super cute onesie and some blocks that spelled out "baby."  A rare "easy peasy" card for me!  At CAS on Friday they are looking for a cute stamp.  That's rather subjective but I think this onesie plus those blocks are pretty cute so I'm adding this over there as well.

Our Freshly Made Sketches design team has got some great cards to inspire you to play along with our challenge this week so be sure to check them out.  I hope to see you in the gallery!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps:  Welcome Baby (SugarPea Designs); Baby Prints (Stampin' Up!)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Baja Breeze, Smoky Slate; Twitterpated DSP (Stampin' Up!); Enchanted Evening (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Enchanted Evening (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories:  Welcome Baby Accents die (SugarPea Designs); Stitched Mini Scallop Square die (My Favorite Things)

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CAS(E) This Sketch 271 Meets Fusion

Thursday, May 10, 2018

It's time for me to combine a couple of challenges.  Every two weeks I make a card for the CAS(E) This Sketch challenge and the Fusion challenge.  This week the mood of the Fusion inspiration put me in mind of a masculine card.



I thought and thought about this card for quite a few days.  I had decided early on that I wanted to sponge some shades of blue on the main focal panel but didn't know what I would do for that vertical layer.  My first thought was a strip of vellum (when in doubt vellum is the answer!) but started thinking about that lighthouse in the Fusion inspiration photo.  A lighthouse is long and lean like that panel so it would be perfect for his sketch!  I didn't have any lighthouse images in my stash so Etsy to the rescue!  I bought some images, cut a few out with my Scan N Cut, and chose one that looked good to my eye.  I lightly colored it in some shades of gray and there you have it!  I also added a few sequins to my background and reckon that they are stars in the night sky!

At CASology the cue word is Marine.  I'm adding this over there because lighthouses are associated with the seaside.  And things in the sea are marine in nature, right?  Plus my Dad was a Marine!


Thanks for stopping by!  There's a whole lot of fun going on at CAS(E) This Sketch and Fusion so be sure to check out our challenges.  My fellow design team mates have made some gorgeous cards to inspire you.  I sure hope you'll join us in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  It's Your Birthday (Stampin' Up!); Lighthous (Pixelence)
Paper:  Soft Stone, Dark Indigo (Papertrey Ink); Real Red (Stampin' Up!); Marker Paper (Strathmore); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink:  Weathered Wood, Stormy Sky, Chipped Sapphire (Distress); Jet Black (Altenew); Copics
Accessories:  Winter Wonderland sequins (Neat & Tangled)

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Freshly Made Sketches 336

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Happy Wednesday!  It's time for a new sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches and it just so happens that I am the sketch hostess this week.  I chose some tilted layers just because I like to shake things up once in a while!



Last weekend I went to a birthday bash for a friend.  A few days before the party I went searching through my extensive stash of cards for one with a birthday sentiment and I found exactly three cards that fit the bill.  Say what!!!??!!!  I have been seriously neglecting the birthday genre so that changes here and now.

The colors for my card come from Global Design Project and at Cupcake Inspirations they are looking for florals so I took the opportunity to add a pretty flower to my card.  I embossed the background of the large white layer to give it some interest.


Thanks for stopping by!  Our Freshly Made Sketches design team has got some fantastic cards to inspire you so be sure to check them out.  We hope to see you in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Bloom & Grow (Verve); Scripty Sayings (Gina K)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); White (Catherine Pooler); Lemon Lime Twist (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Pool Party, Melon Mambo (Stampin' Up!); Jet Black (Altenew)
Accessories:  Elegant Leaves die (Verve); Cracked embossing folder (Tim Holtz); enamel dots (Studtio Calico)

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CAS(E) This Sketch 270

Thursday, May 3, 2018

We've got a time warp going on at CAS(E) This Sketch.  That's right - it's another retro sketch!  Sketch #167 has been re-imagined as #270 and here's my redux:



I love the colors for this week's Global Design Project challenge and normally would think of a Christmas card with those colors but I decided to challenge myself to do something different.  So I poked around in my stash until I found a stamp set that mimiced those horizontal lines.  From there it was easy peasy to ink one of the images up in the #GDP136 colors.



Thanks for stopping by!  And I hope you can play along with us at CAS(E) This Sketch.  The design team has created some beauties to inspire you so check them out!

Supplies
Stamps:  Live Love Life (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Whisper White, Real Red (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Night of Navy, Pool Party, Real Red (Stampin' Up!)

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Freshly Made Sketches 335

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

It's been a while since I've made a Christmas card so I decided that our newest sketch at Freshly Made Sketches was a great way to get back in the Christmas groove.  Our sketch hostess this week is Jen Timko and her classic design had me reaching for some of my old dies that haven't seen the light of day in quite a while!  We also welcome a new guest designer for the month.  The fabulous Jill Hawkins is joining us so be sure to give her a big ol' FMS welcome!



I layerd oval dies using some glitter and white paper onto a white card base.  Then I added a couple of snowflakes cut from vellum and glitter paper and finally a sentiment die cut in white.  White cards are so hard to photograph and my photography skills are sorely lacking so you'll have to trust me that this looks much better in real life.

At Merry Monday they don't want any stamps so a few die cuts later and I was good to play along with them.  And at Addicted to CAS they want GOLD.  I made my card using white and gold accents not realizing until it was done that it fit the ATCAS challenge - what a happy coincidence!


Thanks for stopping by!  And I hope you have some time to check out our latest challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  We'd love to see you in the gallery!

Supplies
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Glitter cardstock (Recollections); Vellum (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Petite Scallop Ovals die, Petite Ovals die (Spellbinders); Lindemon Snowflake die (Simon Says Stamp); Snowflake Trio die (amuse Studio); Merry Christmas die (Impression Obsession); gold sequins (Avery Elle)

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CAS(E) This Sketch 269 Meets Fusion

Thursday, April 26, 2018

All the stars aligned for my card this week for CAS(E) This Sketch and Fusion.   I loved the colors of the Fusion inspiration and the sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch was perfect for a brand new stamp set that I got last week!  So combine them all I did.  Take a look:



And if those two challenges weren't enough at House of Cards they want a floral corner, CAS on Friday is looking for black, white, and pink and Where Creativity Meets C9 it's all about spring!   My new turnabout stamp fits in the corner just so and the pink colors say spring to me!  I incorporated several shades of pink plush a dash of silver to make this extra special.  It is a Mother's Day card after all!


Thanks for stopping by!  We'd love it if you joined us at CAS(E) This Sketch and Fusion.  My fellow design teammates have made some GORGEOUS cards to inspire you to play along with us!

Supplies
Stamps:  Wreath Turnabout (Concord & 9th); Keep it Simple:  Mother (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); White (Catherine Pooler)
Ink:  Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose (Stampin' Up!); Silvery Shimmer Delicata (Tsukineko); Jet Black (Altenew)

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Freshly Made Sketches 334

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

I am happy to say that spring has finally sprung around here!  The sun is out, the temperatures are in the 60's, and even though it is raining today I will not complain one bit.  I've been waiting forever, it seems, for the wet, cold, and blustery weather to amscray and I think it finally has!  All this weather goodness comes just in time for a brand new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our hostess this week is Amy and my magic ball tells me that you are going to lover her sketch!



Since the weather put me in a good mood I decided to be a little adventurous with my card this week.  I broke out my lovely watercolors and using the colors of the Sunday Stamps challenge splashed some color around.  The result is not half bad!  The texture of the watercolor paper made getting a good impression of the sentiment stamp a bit difficult but I kind of like how it seems a bit distressed.  I added some enamel dots for a bit more texture and just before I photographed this I went over the watercolor layer with Wink of Stella for a bit of pizzazz.  You'll have to trust me on that one because I'm sure you can't see it in the photo!


Thanks for stopping by!  My fellow teamies at Freshly Made Sketches have made some gorgeous cards this week so be sure to check them out.  I hope to see you in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Little Notes (The Stamp Market)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Dark Indigo (Papertrey Ink); Distress Watercolor (Tim Holtz)
Ink:  Dark Indigo (Papertrey Ink); Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors
Accessories:  enamel dots (My Mind's Eye); Wink of Stella

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