Tuesday, September 1, 2015

CASEplorations September

 
 
Welcome to the September installment of CASEplorations. You know the routine. We select one cool card from the blogosphere for your and our CASEing pleasure. Well this month it's a tag. Meet Penny the Pig.

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This makes-me-oh-so-happy creation comes to you from Gail. Surely you know Gail. OK, how about ionabunny, of The Crafty Nomad? Yep, that's her. And I love what she did with that sweet piggy.

But alas. Here I sit, still in MI without many supplies, only a few stamp sets and a week that included two funerals for people close to me. So when it came time for me to create a card, the wonderful humor of Gail's creation morphed to a(nother) sympathy card.
 
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So how did I CASE her tag? Pink became monochromatic Abandoned Coral. Floating circles in the BG became floating blooms from Floral Bliss, stamped first with the reverse of the stamp and watered down ink, then correctly. TIP: This works great for stamps that are fairly symmetrical.
 
I used the grungy frame from the same set, stamped three more blooms on it, roughly where the blooms would match the blooms on my BG, and fussy cut it. This was my nod to Gail's tag. And the torn scrap for my one-word sentiment was my final nod to Gail's sentiment treatment. Sequins definitely could have made their way to this design, and I've only got about a bazillion of them. But, in Germany :(
 
Hope you enjoyed Gail's fun tag. Would love to see you give it a CASE and join us. Or you can CASE my card (I'd be thrilled) or any of the DT Inspiration Projects coming up during September.  Hook up your creations in the Inspiration CASE Playground. It's open until October 5th. Hope to see you there. You could be a lucky random winner!

Friday, August 28, 2015

simply create too 93


It's a Special Occasion over at Simply Create Too, That's the name of the challenge which begins today and runs for two weeks. Welll my card is for a special occasion, just not a happy one. The Big C, ya know?


Now there is one happy factor to this card. I had Trisha Yearwood's "XXXs and OOOs" in mind when I decided to use the pink bow as my main card element. The "X and Os" from Amy Tangerine followed naturally, as did the "pearl".

The bow is my fave of all those out there, MFT Beautiful Bows. I stamped Hero Arts Tiny Ink Spots background in gold before adhering the die cut letters. The sentiment is from CASual Fridays Calm and Loving.

Thanks for looking today.

Friday, August 21, 2015

day 5 STAMPlorations spotlight - Frames and Flowers



Welcome to Day 5 of the STAMPlorations July release Spotlight where it's all about Dee's new set called FRAMES AND FLOWERS.  Soooooooo many possibilities. I chose to start with my sentiment and build the card around it. Literally.




This card began with a white cardbase and black Memento ink for the sentiment. Then I pencilled a heart guideline and stamped various blooms and foliage with my DI along it. Added a couple black flower centers to tie in with the sentiment and this CAS card was born.

Check out what the rest of the team made! You'll find links to all our projects here. Leave your comments by August 23rd for a chance at prizes. Five commenters randomly drawn from the designers' blogs will each win the stamp set featured for the day. And one commenter randomly drawn from the STAMPlorations blog will win a $25 gift certificate!

Happy hopping. See ya tomorrow.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

day 4 STAMPlorations spotlight - Houseextras



Welcome to Day 4 of the STAMPlorations July release Spotlight where it's all about Shirley's new set called HOUSESEXTRAS.  What a great way to create fun little scenes with Shirley's previous little houses set. Or stand alone... that trio of trees up top really caught my eye.



Stamped the trees and sentiment with Memento black on cream CS. Colored with Copics, adding some dots in darker colors as leaves. Penned a wonky frame with a black marker and inked the edges of the panel and cardbase with my new Hero Arts Orange Ombre inkpad.

Check out what the rest of the team made! You'll find links to all our projects here. Leave your comments by August 23rd for a chance at prizes. Five commenters randomly drawn from the designers' blogs will each win the stamp set featured for the day. And one commenter randomly drawn from the STAMPlorations blog will win a $25 gift certificate!

Happy hopping. See ya tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

day 3 STAMPlorations spotlight - Fond Expressions 2



Welcome to Day 3 of the STAMPlorations July release Spotlight where it's all about Shery's wonderful sentiment set called FOND EXPRESSIONS 2.  Don't ya love that mix of handwritten plus typewriter fonts?




Created another card for Mom's stash. Tried out my new Zig Clean Color Brush Pens as a watercolor medium and then colored the tiniest heart confetti images from Frames and Flowers using the pens "undiluted" to add interest to the BG. Stamped the sentiment with Archival black ink and adhered the watercolor paper panel to a cardbase. Voila!

Check out what the rest of the team made! You'll find links to all our projects here. Leave your comments by August 23rd for a chance at prizes. Five commenters randomly drawn from the designers' blogs will each win the stamp set featured for the day. And one commenter randomly drawn from the STAMPlorations blog will win a $25 gift certificate!

Happy hopping. See ya tomorrow.

Freshly Made Sketches #200

Well, the only thing more "blank page" than this sketch for the celebration of Freshly Made Sketches 200th challenge is a blank page! Talk about cool!


There is one huge party going on over there and STAMPlorations is one of the sponsors of some fabby prizes. So I did the best I could with my somewhat limited supplies (I did break down and buy a small pack of gray and yellow PPs at Hobby Lobby :)


Pretty literal here, eh, with the exception of that little strip of yellow PP at the left. That was my nod to the small edge/frame in the sketch. I made it twice as wide, but only on one quarter of my card. Taking liberties.

I used STAMPlorations Floral Bliss for the blooms in yellow and gray as well as my sentiment. Hope you likey. Take a look at the other cards over at FMS... 200, way to go girls! And have a nice day.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

day 2 STAMPlorations spotlight - Balloons and Banners





Welcome to Day 2 of the STAMPlorations July release Spotlight where it's all about Deepti's jam-packed party set called  BALLOONS AND BANNERS. Lotsa creative room with this set.



Created another birthday card for Mom's stash. Broke out the tiniest confetti images from the set and that fabulous tassel. Stamped the sentiment then masked the lower portion, grabbed my mini Distress Inks in Fossilized Amber, Mermaid Lagoon, Abandoned Coral and Cracked Pistachio and went on a stamping frenzy to party-pack the top of my card. I chose to use the most of yellow and the least of the blue.

Check out what the rest of the team made! You'll find links to all our projects here. Leave your comments by August 23rd for a chance at prizes. Five commenters randomly drawn from the designers' blogs will each win the stamp set featured for the day. And one commenter randomly drawn from the STAMPlorations blog will win a $25 gift certificate!

Happy hopping. See ya tomorrow.
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