Sunday, 19 March 2017

Freshly Made Sketches #279

I surpised myself when I saw the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and had an idea, right away. That doesn't happen very often. Usually, I check out the inspiration of the design team to help me come up with a plan. 

Here's the sketch




Here's my card





I started with Simon Says STAMP Happy Every Day stamp set. I stamped on a large white piece of cardstock and also on scraps of orange/red, hot pink and teal. Using balloon dies from Paper Smooches Balloons and WPlus9 Whole Lotta Happy, I cut out different parts of the sentiment area. It's pretty easy to line up the balloons on the white panel. I found some printed paper that coordinated to complete the card.

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sue

CASology: Week 240

I'm happy to have had some time at my craft table to make a card for this week's challenge at CASology



Here's my card




I used the Memory Box Large Olive Branch die and die cut three branches. I tried to keep the positive with the negative die cuts - makes it easier to add colour, at least for me. I added colour with ink daubers and distress inks (twisted citron, mustard seed, faded jeans, mermaid lagoon, spiced marmalade, picked raspberry). I like the effect of using black as the cardbase. I feel it makes the colours really pop. I used white embossing powder for the sentiment from Catherine Pooler's Butterfly Notes. I also inked up a scrap of white cardstock with twisted citron and mermaid lagoon and cut them into really thin strips for below the sentiment.  

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sue

Friday, 17 March 2017

Christmas Card Throwdown - March - Sketch

Why am I always waiting until the last minute to finish stuff? I mean, there is less than 2 hours before the current challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown closes? 

Here's the sketch




Here's my card



I looked at the three vertical strips in the sketch and changed it up to wavy horizontal strips of light shimmer paper. Here's a close-up (it's difficult to capture the shimmer of the wavy strips).


Instead of a label-type of sentiment element, I chose a circle. The super cute snowman and sentiment are from Create A Smile's Cool Buddies stamp set. 

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sue

Calling All Sistahs - March Edition

Its that time of the month again ... time to remind all the women in your life to do their monthly self-exams and annual mammograms. This campaign was started by Michele Gross of CAS-ual Fridays upon her discovery and diagnosis of breast cancer. Michele designed the CAS-ual Fridays Calling All Sistahs collection to help us remind each other of this important campaign. Michele donates 50% of the proceeds of the sales of that line to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Did you know that one in eight women in the US (or one in nine women in Canada) will hear the diagnosis of invasive breast cancer during their lives. Take a look around, do you see eight (or nine) women - think about it, one average one of those women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. I don't like those odds. We can try to increase the odds and through early detection, increase the survivor rate. We can do this by doing our monthly self exams and annual mammograms.

We'd love for you to join our blog hop. All you need to do is create a card using a CAS-ual Fridays product, preferably something from the Calling All Sistahs collection, but that's not imperative. Help us spread the word.

Three random commenters along the blog hop will receive a $15 gift certificate to the CAS-ual Fridays store. You need to leave a comment before 12am on the 19th of March to be eligible.

Here's my card


I used CAS-ual Fridays Word Ribbon stamp set. I inked up the word ribbon with Hero Arts Shadow Ink - bubble gum. To add some pop, I inked the sentiment from CAS-ual Fridays Calling All Sistahs stamp set with black ink and popped up the sentiment element with dimensionals. To complete the card, I added sequins from the exclusive Sistahood Sparkles sequin pack. 

Next on the blog hop is

Kara Stainbrook

Here's the full list of "hoppers" 





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sue

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Less is More Challenge #319 - One Layer Card

The current challenge at Less Is More is



I'm a bit intimidated by one layer cards. I'm always so certain that I'm going to mess it up - you know, drop the stamp, fingerprint, smudge the imprint. I know, that I could just turn it into a multi-layer card and it's only paper. It still stresses me out. I'm working on that, though.

Here's my card



I'm just in love with Altenew's Floral Shadow stamp set. It's what I used, along with my MISTI. I inked up the stamp with one colour, stamped it and without moving the stamp, inked up part of the stamp with a complementary colour. Then, I re-positioned the stamp - restamped, twice more. The sentiment is from the same stamp set. 

Part of me wants to add something to the top of the card. I think that I just need to embrace the white space - do you agree?

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sue

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Stamp Nation Challenge #231 - Background Stamps

Where are your background stamps? If they are like mine, they are tucked away, out of sight and kind of forgotten. Thanks to the current challenge at Stamp Nation, I've gone to the shelf where they are hiding. I remember thinking that I.had.to.have this stamp from Hero Arts Everything Flower stamp. I probably have only used it a few times. I was inspired by this card by "tinstar" and CASEd her card

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Here's my card



I commented on her card, that i thought it should have been photographed with colour pencils because it reminded me of a colouring book image. Well, figures, when I took the picture of my card I forgot the colour pencils. Oh well, next time. The sentiment is from Altenew's Floral Shadow stamp set, which was heat embossed on vellum with silver embossing powder.   Here's a close-up



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sue

Simon Says STAMP Wednesday Challenge

Found some crafting mojo and created a card for the current challenge at Simon Says STAMP Wednesday Challenge

This week the challenge is

For A Special Lady/Girl


This week they are showcasing Penny Black Products.


Here's my card



So, i didnt' really think this all the way through. I started masking off a central area (rectangle with rounded corners) and then stamping using Penny Black's Sprigs stamp set and a variety of Hero Arts shadow inks. I then removed the mask. Then I decided that the sentiment should be popped up with dimensionals and made the sentiment element - same sized rectagle with rounded corners. This is where I realized that I didn't have to mask the sentiment area, since I was popping the sentiment element up anyway. Here is a close-up.




The sentiment is from Hero Arts Happy Mother's Day stamp set. I used a red pen to add a stitched outline. 

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sue