Friday, April 17, 2015

Spring Break Recap

This has been the busiest week in forever--my girls were off for spring break, and it seemed like someone needed to be driven somewhere all the time.  I did manage to make a few cards here and there, but no time to post until today.

The first card I started out with was a CASE of this gorgeous MUSE #113 card by Michele.  Isn't it stunning, and isn't she just brilliant?  I was inspired by her blue water colored flowers, and made my card using a Stampendous Ranunculus Field stamp.  I water colored the flowers and leaves with Distress Inks.  I really liked that line under Michele's flowers, so added that to my card as well.

I am also entering this card at AAA Cards #37 It's Springtime.

I whipped up this next card this morning, after seeing this tutorial on Betsy Veldman's blog.  She showed several examples of single color stamping, and I thought I'd give it a try.  I am very into WPlus9 inks at the moment, and used Fairy Dust for my wreath and Flamingo for my colored stamping.  The background stamped images are mostly from Rosie Posie, the sentiment is from Gatsby Glamour and the wreath, bow and a few of the tiny filler images are from the Lovely Laurels kit.

I am entering this card at Simon Says Stamp Monday In the Middle, because the raised bow on my focal point is in the middle of the card, Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Make Your Own Background and Seize the Birthday without toppings.

My next card combines both the CAS stencil challenge with the sketch challenge over at Happy Little Stampers.  I found this skyline stencil I completely forgot about buying, and used white pigment ink on a black card front.

I am also entering this card at ColourQ #287 Black, Grey and a Spot of Color and Just Add Ink #259: Sequins.

Last of all, a pair of cards using the SU Hey There Buds stamp that I just can't seem to get off my desk.  I started playing around with different WPlus9 inks--Wild Mango and Flamingo, and mixed and matched my flowers.

I will enter this card at Curtain Call Challenge: Bouquet.

The mirror image of the flowers above, and I am entering this card at A Blog Named Hero for their Embossing challenge.

Bonus:  A bit of extra inspiration for this week's CASology challenge word:  SWEET. 

I had Petite Places Sweet Shoppe out and started playing around with ideas for some treat holders I might use for end of year teacher gifts.  I have small take out boxes that I bought at Smart & Final--50 for $5 or so--and I wrapped a band of Washi Tape and made a coordinating tag.

That's it for me this week. 

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

CASology Week 142: Sweet

Hello and happy Tuesday.  It's time for another CASology challenge.  I just LOVE this week's cue word--SWEET--honestly, I had so many different ideas about what to make, from a card for a sweet friend to the more literal sweet treat.  As you can see, I went literal, and inked up a brand new PTI set that I just got--Sweet Shoppe.  I created a sweet little village that I would move to in a second if only it were real.  

So, now it is your turn.  Will you play along this week and create something inspired by SWEET? Please remember to keep your card Clean and Simple.

Head on over to the CASology blog. and gather some inspiration from the design team.

Gillian Ross  (Taking a Break!!)
Joyce Mehrberg (that's me)
May Park (Taking a Break)
Guest Designer: Marika

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

4 Cards on Sunday

Happy Sunday.  I've been in and out of my craftroom for the last couple of days--crafting between cooking soft foods and nursing my daughter who is recovering from getting her wisdom teeth out.  I finally have a moment to post what I have been working on.

First up is this delicious looking triple decker ice cream cone, made using the Ombre Stamping Technique from Make it Monday #208.  It's been hot here, and this ice cream would really hit the spot.

I am also linking this card up at Addicted to Stamps and More #139 for their CAS challenge and Seize the Birthday without toppings.

I just got this fabulous Bella Blvd owl paper and chose the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches #181 as a great way to highlight the paper.  Normally I would hoard paper this cute, but I was smart this time and bought a sheet to use and a sheet to hoard.

I am also entering this card Simon Says Monday A is for...Apple.

The sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch #118 and the colors at Color Throwdown #337 inspired my next card.

I am also entering this card at Simply Create Too #83 to use no digis or stamped images.

Last up is a card I made using a new SU stamp that I just got during their latest sale.  I think I inked this one up within 24 hours of receiving it.  I was originally trying to follow the sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch, but the card seemed to have its own mind and evolved in a different direction.

The background is Super Gingham by PTI and the flower is Hey There Buds by SU.  I stamped the flower in green, on the die cut rectangle, and then again in Pale Tomato on a scrap of white.  I fussy cut all the flowers and adhered them with varying levels of foam tape to have some variety in the dimension.

I am linking this card up at Virginia's View #14, AAA Cards #37 Springtime, Simon Says Wednesday Spring Flowers, and The Divas that Cut In the Garden Challenge for April.

That's it for me today.  Off to watch some soccer.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Happy Birthday and Organizing Some of My Inks

I have just one card to share today.  I used the colors from this week's ColourQ and was heavily influenced by Kim's inspiration card this week.  I had seen several folks use Birthday Wishes recently--Marybeth, and Rhonda, so I decided to use those candles for my card.  After stamping and embossing my card front, I cut a space for part of the sentiment.

Here is a close up of the embossing on the card front.  I am entering this card at CAS on Sunday #55: Numbers as well as Addicted to Stamps #139:  CAS.

I have been busy organizing some of my inks.  I bought these CD racks from Target that I saw people use as hanging ink pad holders, and decided to combine and organize my inks from Hero Arts, WPlus9, Simon Says Stamp and Heidi Swapp.

And, I created a ring of swatches, so I can see all of the colors together.

I hope that this will make it easier for me to see what ink colors I have and encourage me to reach for them more often.  Plus, I love how the swatches look--so pretty.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

CASology Week 141: News

Happy Tuesday.  It's time for another CASology challenge.  Our cue word this week is NEWS.  Have some fun with this one.  I used NEWS in two ways on my card today.  I've got a little birdie telling tales about birthday news, as well as a bit of news print stamping peeking out from under my focal panel.

I am also playing along with Addicted to CAS this week for their CUTE challenge.

We've got a bit of exciting news to share today over on the CASology blog.  So, head on over, see our big news, gather some inspiration from the design team and please play along this week.

Gillian Ross  (Taking a Break!!)
Joyce Mehrberg (that's me)
Guest Designer: Claire

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