Tuesday, February 9, 2016

What is CAS?

What is CAS?  I like clean lines on my cards.  I make simple cards.  But do I make CAS cards?

Sunday at The Outlawz Challenges is CAS day.  This week we are to make a friendship card in a CAS style.

Here's my card followed by a list of supplies:

Card sketch:  #61 from OWH (Operation Write Home) .  OWH,  I rely upon their sketches often to give me a card design.

SU Color Coach Wheel:  An old tool that I refer to more often than not.  The good thing is that even though this tool is old, I still have the majority of the colors, now sadly, mostly retired.   I used: Summer Sun, Lovely Lilac, Ballet Blue and Sage Shadow (oh, how I miss SS and have only 2 full sized sheets and some scraps left!  Gasp!)

Friend die from TSOL (The Stamps of Life)  Love this company for stamps and dies!  I especially love being a member of their monthly Card Kit Club. 

Flower applique from Mama's Treasures, a Zibbet store with lots of great treasures!

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Off to create some more!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Thanks From the Bottom of My He{art}

My card today is one I made for Friday's challenge at...you guessed it...The Outlawz Challenges. For Festive Friday we are given a choice of four themes.  I chose "Inspire Your Heart and Art" because I needed some note cards to send in with swap packages and I happened upon this Paper Smooches set as I am once again organizing my stamp sets.  A never-ending process for me!

 I made a half dozen of the cards and the MISTI made fast work of them!  First I stamped the easel and sentiment.  Then went back and stamped  the paint splotch and larger drip. On the final pass I stamped the smaller drip.  I added heart sequins to go with the sentiment.  All of them are a bright pink metallic, but the lower three look black in this photo because of the camera angle.  I colored the easel with Copics and then the final step was to stamp the oval shadow with a light gray ink.  Oops!  Actually the final step was to use a quicky glue pen to dot around the pink splotch and add glamour dust for a subtle bit of sparkle.  You can see it if you squint!

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 Off to create some more!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

G45 March Card from Time To Flourish

I combined the challenge at The Outlawz Challenges with a card and tag I needed to make for a swap over at Ink The Edges.   The challenge is anything goes with a twist of adding a sentiment,  The swap is to make a March themed card and tag.  Graphic 45 papers "Time to Flourish" came to the rescue!  If you're not familiar with Graphic 45's paper line - OMG! are you ever missing out on some gorgeous paper!  Not only the patterns, but the paper quality itself is second to none.  Truly hoard worthy!  But I closed my eyes, held my breath and cut into it!  Oh the mental anguish and pain!

Once I made that first cut, the rest was easy!

On the tag I did a lot of fussy cutting from the scraps and put layered similar images for dimension.  The pieces I cut and layered I colored with clear wink of stella to draw attention to different parts of the tag.   The tag was actually cut using a pocket tag die from Fun Stampers Journey.  They have quite a few pocket dies that I have my eye on!

For the card I used the cut-a-parts page and arranged the elements in a pleasing design. some were popped up on foam tape.  Acrylic flowers and small fabric butterflies were added to both the tag and card for embellishments.  All the edges of the tag, card layers and patterned pieces were sponged with gathered twigs distress ink.

I hope my swap partner likes what I created for her this month.

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 Off to create some more!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Denim Love

The Outlawz Challenges site has done it again with a fun sketch for this week!  They post a new one every Wednesday.  Their DT samples are out of this world gorgeous and it is so hard not to simply copy their beautiful creations.  

So I deliberately went in a different direction with my color combo.  I dug into my drawer of denim happiness (yes, I love denim so much I dedicated a drawer in my craft room just for anything denim!)  and pulled out fabric tape and lace bordered denim ribbon.  I love pairing denim with kraft, so pulled out one of my hoarded kraft card bases.  A white heart die cut from a die that was gifted to me from a dear and generous friend up north (hi Peggy!) is the main focal image.  I placed the doily over a denim blue felt heart, then adding a stick pin that was given to me in a swap a couple of years ago. 

After getting all of the ribbons and tape in place I added the doily heart and then continued embellishing.  The denim tape need a little something, so I added some flat back pearl trim.  I also added three red flat back pearls to balance out the stickpin on the opposite side of the heart.  The last touch was using some jute twine tied into a bow and tucked behind the top of the stickpin.  Then I called this one done!

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 Off to create some more!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Love Tree

Another challenge another card!  I'm having so much fun with the challenges at The Outlawz Challenges!  I like that I can use whatever I want, not restricted by using specific companies or images.   This card is for the Tuesday (2/2) color challenge.  I used Rose Red, Certainly Celery, black and white card stock and light pink heart shaped sequins.

The flourish frame and smaller inner frame are dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs (my newest favorite company, especially those designed by Karen Burniston!)  and the love tree is from Taylored Expressions.

Before die cutting the flourish frame and love tree, I covered the back of the card stocks with wide adhesive tape.  This turned the die cuts into stickers which made them much easier to adhere in place.  The sequins were adhered with tiny dots of glossy accents.  I wish I could find the tiniest of glue dots - is there such a thing?  If you know of a source please leave a link in the comment section below.  TIA!

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Off to create some more!
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