Tuesday, February 20, 2018

ATSM Challenge #280 - Photo Inspiration


Just looking at the inspiration photo for this week's Addicted to Stamps & More Challenge reminds me spring is around the corner for those of us in North America.  It's a comforting thought, especially where I live in Minnesota.  Our days are getting longer and we've had a break a couple of times recently when the temps have been nice enough to leave my long puffy down coat at home!



My card uses a butterfly from Altenew's Bamboo Rose Stamp Set, a Spellbinders Overlapping Circles embossing folder, and the Faith Wings sentiment from Impression Obsessions.

Using the white layer cake in the top left photo as my inspiration, I die cut the card base and embossed the right portion.  The butterflies were colored with Copics and fussy cut.  The sentiment is a perfect companion and the Calypso Coral ink adds a nice pop of color.  I'm just not sure about the sequins!!  
                  I hope you will take a peek at the DT inspiration here and then join the ATSM Challenge this week!

CAS Colours & Sketches #260 - Colour Challenge

Welcome back to a new CAS Colours & Sketches challenge.  This week, Patricia has a colour challenge for us.

 I did a little online shopping recently; this stamp set, Vintage Teacups from Altenew is one on my new purchases.  I am a coffee drinker, but lots of folks in my family prefer tea, so I have a feeling I will get lots of use out of the set.  This particular card was a pain - and I spent the better part of a day working on it.  The original was stamped right onto the card front - lots of white space, but I thought it really needed the Sweet Sugarplum to tie in the flowers on the teacup.  I didn't have the ink, so I die cut a sentiment from Sweet Sugarplum paper. . . not quite right - and it was downhill from there!!  Too stubborn to start over - this was probably the fourth version.  It's not as CAS as I originally envisioned, but the Marina Mist strip down the side was needed to unify the colors.

Hope you will spend a little time on the CC&S Blog to check out what the DT has for you and then come and play along with us this week.






Tuesday, February 13, 2018

CAS Colours & Sketches #259 - Sketch Challenge

It's a sketch week on the CAS Colours & Sketches Blog.  I knew right away I wanted to use a stamp to represent the stripes on Patricia's fun sketch.  I masked a background stamp from Hero Arts to  show just three lines of the pattern and then used white embossing powder.  The tag was the most time consuming; I had two or three other tags all worked up, but in the end they didn't look as CAS or as sweet as this one.  Love the combination of Sahara Sand with white embossing powder and the soft pink.  The hearts on the tag are from an old SU! punch.  Thank you to my teamie, Karen for her card last week, it reminded me my spiral punch was sitting on a shelf collecting dust!  The little heart beneath the sentiment was sitting on my super-messy desk. Luckily, it was left from a card I made a couple of weeks ago and the extra pieces never made it into the waste basket yet!!

I hope you will check out the rest of the DT inspiration over on the CC&S Blog and then show us your take on the sketch in the gallery. 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

New DT Announcement! ATSM Challenge #278

G'Day Mates and welcome new blog visitors from Down Under!  This is my first post as a member of the Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge Blog, which comes to us from Australia.  I was thrilled when Kylie invited me to joint this group of talented and culturally diverse designers!

Holiday is the theme for ATSM's Challenge #278.  I've been on a quest to make Valentine cards for my grandkids and am coming to the end of my list.
My card uses products from a variety of companies.  The heart die cut is from Sugar Pea Designs, the  embossing folder is a Cuttlebug, and the stamp is an oldie from Stampin' Up, called Happy Heart Day.

I hope you will take a look at the rest of Team A's takes on the holiday theme and then play along with us in the ATSM gallery!

Challenges Entered:
Moo-Mania & More #159 - Valentines/Love
Paper Shelter #325 - For the One You Love
Pause, Dream, Enjoy #6 -Valentine Card or Treats
Unicorn Challenge #29 - Valentine/Love
Cards In Envy 2/5/18 - Love you so much
Stamps & Fun=Creativity 317 - Hearts
Always Fun #44 - AG
Mod Squad 2/7- Hearts

CAS Colours & Sketches #258 - Colour Challenge

Patricia is February's CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge host and her first colour combination was dreamy to work with.  I am still working on creating Valentine cards for my grandchildren and this one is going to the youngest.  I actually raided the stamps on my grandkids desk in the craft room - some of you might remember it as an a stamp from an old SU set, called Happy Heart Day. It's paired with a sentiment from PTI using Wild Wasabi embossing powder.  After trying to color that elephant with my Copics and not being pleased with the color, I decided to stamp on patterned paper and fussy cut it.

Hope you will pop over to the CC&S Blog and check out the other DT makes and then play along with us this week.  See you in the gallery!

Challenges Entered:
Aud Sentiments #196 - Valentine or Love sentiment


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

CAS Colours & Sketches #257 - Double Challenge

The fifth Tuesday of the month means a double challenge on the CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge Blog!  This one had me stumped - first the sketch and then once I came up with a plan for that, I had to figure how how to use the colors for another Valentine card!  This one is for my grandson.

The certainly celery patterned paper is from deep in old SU stash.  In fact, I think it's the last little bit of it (sigh) and the heart frame is cut free-hand.  I didn't have the other two colors, so I went to my Copics for the Apricot Appeal and substituted Bermuda Bay paper and ink for Coastal Cabana.  A combination of other supplies from my stash went into this creation:  Sugar Pea Designs' Notched Heart Journal Die was die cut in white and Bermuda Bay.  The hearts are inlaid from each of the die cuts.  The sentiment is from a Papertrey Valentine set and the fussy-cut monster is from another old (unidentified) stamp set.  A corner rounder on two edges of the card back mirrors the edges of the journal die cut.


Take a look what the other ladies on the DT have created this week on the the CC&S Blog - and then try your hand at Beverly's double challenge.  I'm looking forward to seeing the creativity in this week's gallery!

Challenges Entered:
Always Fun Challenges #43/ - Monsters or Fairies
Crafty Friends #76 /- AG
Sweet Stampin' Challenge 1/27/18/ - Valentine/Love

Saturday, January 27, 2018

My Time to Craft Challenge #363 - Transport

Transport is the theme for Challenge #363 on the My Time to Craft Blog.  I chose to use the transport theme as a Valentine's card for one of my grandchildren.  I love how this sweet little bicycle turned out.  The stamps and die were a freebie with a card making magazine I bought a couple of years ago.  I've never used it before and in fact dug it out of a box of supplies I was going to get rid of! Not any more!!  The combination of patterned papers really keeps your eye moving around this card and the three epoxy hearts (I rescued from a sale bin last February) serve as a wonderful anchor.

You can see how the other DT gals used the transportation theme here.  You have a fortnight to add your card to the MTTC gallery.  See you on February 10th for our next challenge!

Challenges Entered:
Aud Sentiments #195/ - AG
Crafty Creations #359 - AG
Crafty Gals Corner #157/ - AG
Star Stampz Challenge 1/25 - Valentines or Lots of Pink/Red
Mod Squad Challenge 1/24/ - Valentine - Love