Friday, May 29, 2015

Happy Birthday Ardyth

I am just popping in very quickly to wish a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my CASology teamie Ardyth

Ardyth--I hope you have a wonderful birthday, full of crafty goodness and love.

I decided to CASE one of Ardyth's cards for her birthday.  I diecut all the squares, colored them with Copics (a tip I learned from Ardyth) and glued them back in.  They are in an Ardythified-Rainbow order.  I used this Square Cut Out Border die from Impression Obsession.  In order to get everything lined up perfectly, I only cut one row at a time, even though the die has two rows.  I nestled the die into one previously cut row each time through the machine, ensuring the die was placed exactly correctly.  I think Ardyth would approve. 

I am entering this card at Seize the Birthday and Simon Says Wednesday Challenges, both of which have an Anything Goes themes this week.

You can head over to Ardyth's to wish her a Happy Birthday.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

CASology Week 148: Story

Hello and happy Tuesday.  It's time for a new challenge at CASology.  Our cue word this week is STORY.  First, I was stumped by this word.  Then, I had three ideas and struggled to decide which way to go.  As you can see, I went with the idea of story books, and inked up SSS To Thine Own Shelf for the very first time.

So, how about you?  How are you inspired by STORY?  In case you need some more ideas, the other two things I thought of were either a building, home or skyline--thinking of stories like floors and a cute set I have with images from nursery rhymes.  I hope you play along this week.  Please remember to keep it Clean and Simple.

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

Monday, May 25, 2015

PTI May 2015 Blog Hop

Today I am playing along with Papertrey's May 2015 Blog Hop.  We were given this colorful photo as inspiration.

I got to thinking of blocks--city blocks--and made a rainbow city block using one of my very favorite PTI stamp sets--City Scene.

I am also entering this at Seize the Birthday Anything Goes.

Wouldn't you just love to live on this rainbow block?  I know I would.

Happy Hopping!

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Teacher Thank You Cards

I have 4 more teacher thank you cards to share today.  Probably more than I will need this year, but I had ideas and didn't want to stop.  My oldest daughter is using them to write notes to her favorite teachers--saying goodbye and telling them how much they mean to her, as she graduates and moves on.  All these cards use PTI Teach and Inspire.  I find that when I start to play with a stamp set, the more I use it, the more ideas I have.

I used the color scheme from Color Throwdown #343 for this first card.

I used the colors from ColourQ #292 on this next card, which is basically the card above, flipped.

I added Pencil Me In to Teach and Inspire and came up with the following card, which uses a loose interpretation of the sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch #124.

I am also linking this card up at AAA Cards #40 The Masculine Touch.

My last card is not inspired by any challenges--just one I decided to make for fun.

That's it for me today.

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Happy Saturday

Happy Saturday.  Yay--a long weekend.  I am starting out by posting several cards I have been working on.

I was inspired by the inlaid die cut dogs at this week's MUSE #118 and the colors at Color Me...! #72 to make this birthday card for a friend who is a huge cat lover.  I used the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches #187.

I used the inlaid die cut technique multiple times to make my row of colorful cats using Impression Obsession cat dies.

I am also entering this card at Addicted to CAS #64 where the challenge is animals and Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge to use Die Cuts or Punches.

I did a little bit on the inside of this card.

I am still loving my Retro Style stamps from PTI.  Here is a birthday card I made using those stamps and the Numbers Impression Plate.

I am entering this card at Seize the Birthday Anything Goes and Craft Stamper MITI Anything Goes Take a Stamp challenges.

I pulled out a new but never been used Hero Arts stamp for this next card which I am entering at A Blog Named Hero where the challenge is NEW.  I stamped once in white and then moved the stamp a little bit and stamped again in green.  The stamp I used was cling, so positioning was a bit difficult, but I think this technique is very forgiving.

I am entering this thank you card at The Challenge #35 as I was inspired by the jar of pretty yellow flowers in the inspiration photo.  I am also linking up at Simon Says Monday XYZ challenge (Y for yellow flowers).  Yes, that little shelf that my vase is sitting on is made of washi tape.

And a couple of teacher cards for the end of school.  I'm CASing various projects pinned by PTI from the release of Teach and Inspire.  I used ColourQ #292 colors for this CASE of Nicole Heady's card.

And another version, this one a CASE of Maille Belles.  Until I added the bling at the end, I was using the color scheme from Colour Me...!  I am entering this card at Simply Create #86 Keep it Simple.

That's it for me today.  We are supposed to get more rain this weekend--good news considering the terrible drought we are facing.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Thanks, Hope, and Thinking

Hello there.  I have three cards to post today.  First up is a card with lots of fussy cutting.  When I first started making cards, I never cut anything--it seemed like way too much work.  Now, fussy cutting is one of my favorite things to do--I find it strangely relaxing.

I pulled out a couple of old stamp sets for this card--the flowers are from Friendship Jar Fillers and they seemed the perfect image to water color with Distress Inks and then fussy cut out, just like Ashley showed us in this week's Make it Monday #212:  Fussy Cutting Tips.  I have had this set for ages, and I don't think I have ever used these flowers (shame on me).  I also fussy cut the sentiment, from Script Sentiments, after stamping and heat embossing in white on Basic Grey paper.  I cut a slit into the jar lid and threaded my flower stems through it, to make the scene look a little more realistic. It's hard to see in this picture, but the flowers are liberally coated with WOS and lots of Stickles.  I adhered everything to a card front that I impressed with PTI Book Print Impression plate, another oldie but goodie.

I am also entering this card at Paper Players #245 (CAS Girly Thanks), Simon Says Monday XYZ (yellow flowers), The Challenge #35 and Retro Rubber #14 May Flowers.

I used the bright colors from ColourQ #292 and a couple of Paper Smooches stamp sets to create the little scene on this card, which I am entering at Paper Smooches Sparks Anything Goes.  All my coloring was done with Copics, and I also colored the white scallop frame with the same Copic I used on the card so it would match.  Both frame dies are from the PTI Shakers and Sprinkles kit, which I had completely forgotten about.  Expect to see more with the dies from that set in the future.

My last card uses the sketch at Stamplorations Sketch Challenge #34.  I was determined to use my Bees Knees houses for this challenge, so changed the orientation and used some faintly stamped houses for some of the smaller butterfly elements.  

I used the color scheme from Sunday Stamps 101, coloring the main house as well as the die cut Ribbon Candy Border with various Copic markers.  I am also linking this up to the Stamplorations Anything Goes challenge, as it does feature Stamplorations products front and center.

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