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Sunday, 20 August 2017

…find somebody whose life has given them vodka…



Sharing a quick CAS card I did up for a friend’s birthday featuring stamps from the Lemon Zest set by Stampin’ Up! and the matching punch.


I went with my zesty theme after seeing the colour palette at Color Throwdown.  Stampin’ Up! had the perfect colours in their cardstock and I triple matted in the three palette colours and cut thin strips to create my stripy borders.  These follow the current sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch.

I bought the Lemon Zest bundle so I used the matching Lemon Builder punch to cut out my lemon and the leaves and used clear embossing powder over the coloured ink to give them a lovely, lemon rindy texture.  I masked off part of the sentiment from the Lemon Zest set to add the ‘with zest’ to the lemon.  The ‘birthday’ of my sentiment came from a retired Stampin’ Up! set and I hand wrote the rest of the sentiment with a Distress marker.

I popped the lemon and leaves up with foam dots to add dimension.  Once I was done I thought it still needed something and the current challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks provided the answer in the way of sequins.  I have some lovely yellow sequins that would have been perfect for this but my craft room is literally on the floor of the room (I’ve just moved) so finding them proved impossible and I had to go with these metallic ones instead that I did manage to find.  Working with limited supplies (basically stuff I’ve ordered since I moved so not in the craft room pile up) does test the creativity but I am still pretty happy with how this card came out.

Ingredients:
Chalks & Powders etc
Dies, SVGs & Templates etc
Embellishments
Craft Medley Cup Sequins Pailettes~ Dazzling Metallics
Inks & Paints etc
Tim Holtz Distress Ink ~ Embossing, Squeezed Lemon & Twisted Citron
Tim Holtz Distress Markers ~ Twisted Citron
Papers
Stampin’ Up! Cardstock ~ Crushed Curry, Lemon Lime Twist & Melon Mambo
Stamps
Stampin’ Up! ~ Happiest Birthday Wishes (retired) & Lemon Zest
Challenges

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Monday, 24 July 2017

To dip his brush in dyes of heaven



I have a really CAS card to share today featuring a lovely chippie from Make It Crafty and one half of a Tim Holtz Crazy Talk sentiment.


I went with rainbow colours on my chippie as that’s the current theme over at AAA Cards, also added in a rainbow assortment of enamel dots to finish off my card.  I echoed the rainbow element in the designer paper I framed my top black panel with, wanted to break up all the black without making the card fussy.  I thought a multi-coloured ‘birthday’ would be too much so I added this in with some white embossing powder.

I let the chippie and stamp do all the work on this card so I could also play along at Inky Chicks where they’re challenging you to use a sentiment instead of an image.  A great way to produce a striking card in a lot less time that with an image.

Over at Watercooler Wednesday Heidi’s set a masculine.  This card is heading out to a male colleague.  I love enamel dots for a great embellie that keeps a card masculine and combined with my monochromatic base and just the splash of rainbow colour I think this is dramatic but still suitably masculine. 

Ingredients:
Chalks & Powders etc
Wow! Embossing Powder Super Fine ~ Opaque Bright White
Embellishments

Doodlebug Designs Sprinkles ~ Blue Jean, Bumblebee, Ladybug, Lilac, Limeade & Tangerine


Make It Crafty Chipboard ~ 2½" Wishes


Inks & Paints etc 
Tim Holtz Distress Markers ~ Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin, Faded Jeans, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Squeezed Lemonade & Wilted Violet
Papers
Echo Park A Walk in the Park ~ Picnic Fun
Stamps
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection ~ CMS236 Crazy Talk
Challenges

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Thursday, 13 July 2017

Decorations of red on a green Christmas tree



Sharing a CAS Christmas card I’ve made featuring Christmas Ornaments dies from Joy! Crafts and stamps from a pair of Stampin’ Up! sets.


The layout of my card follows the sketch at Christmas Card Throwdown.  I’ve used ornament die cuts for the three star elements and added in some hangers from the Embellished Ornaments set from Stampin’ Up!.

Rather than placing the sentiment on a banner I’ve inverted the V shape with a holly and berry stamp from another Stampin’ Up! set, Hang Your Stocking.  The sentiment is from the same set, which I embossed in gold to match the gold embossing on the ornaments.

Over at ABC Christmas they are looking for old or new items on your project.  My stamps are new; both sets got inked for the first time on this card and arrived in my Stampin’ Up! order from last month.  The dies are old; they’ve been in my stash for a couple of years.

I’m also entering my card in the current ‘Christmas in July’ challenge at My Time to Craft.

Ingredients:
Chalks & Powders etc
Wow! Embossing Powder ~ Metallic Gold Rich Pale Regular
Dies, SVGs & Templates etc
Joy! Crafts Dies ~ 6002/2030 Christmas Ornaments
Inks & Paints etc
Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Pad ~ Emerald Envy & Real Red
Tsukineko Ink Pad ~VersaMark
Papers
Stampin’ Up! Cardstock ~ Garden Green
Stamps
Stampin’ Up! ~ Embellished Ornaments (retired) & Hang Your Stocking
Challenges

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Monday, 10 July 2017

…if it is not indigestion, I think it must be gratitude



Had to make a thank you and farewell combination card for a male colleague so I went with a CAS design featuring a Tim Holtz Mixed Media die and a chippie from Make It Crafty.


Went with the die cut design to fit the current challenge at Crafting with Dragonflies.  I’ve used this same design for a sympathy card too; it’s cased from a card I saw at a craft show demo.  A great way to use the mixed media dies and really effective yet elegantly CAS and perfect for male cards.

Over at Just Us Girls they are looking for ink blending so that’s what I did for the background to my die cut.  I used several shades of blue Distress Inks and then spritzed with water for a lovely almost ombre effect.  I used the same colours blended together over the chippie ‘thanks’, which I teamed with a printed sentiment.

As this card is CAS, blue and actually going out to a male I am also entering it in the current male challenge at Crafty Friends.

Ingredients:
Chalks & Powders etc
Dies, SVGs & Templates etc
Tim Holtz Alterations Thinlits ~ 661186 Mixed Media 3
Embellishments


Inks & Paints etc
Spica Pen ~ Clear
Tim Holtz Distress Ink ~ Blueprint Sketch, Broken China, Chipped Sapphire, Embossing, Salty Ocean & Tumbled Glass
Papers
Arches Watercolor Paper ~ 185gsm Smooth
Challenges

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