Saturday, 20 September 2014

Addicted to CAS - Codeword: Cuddly

Yes the codeword is "Cuddly".  My Mum chose it, because I couldn't decide between a shortlist of 4 words!!

This teddy bear stamp, believe it or not, is the very first stamp I ever bought (in 1998).  The rubber has gone a bit yukky and hard, so I was amazed that it stamped so well!

Thanks so much to our sponsor:
Thanks for visiting :)

A Blog Named Hero time

I have a post over at A Blog Named Hero today - please go check it out! 

Here's a sneak peek!

Friday, 12 September 2014

Fusion # 19

Welcome to Challenge 19 at Fusion!

When I looked at the inspiration photo, I thought of the mirror cardstock I have from Tom Holtz. I coloured in a piece with 3 different pink Copics to get a kind of streaky ombre look. I managed to die cut it, but I don't recommend it - it was quite thick, and didn't cut all the way through, so I ended up cutting around the butterflies with scissors.
 Please come and visit us at Fusion and join in with this cool inspiration!

Thanks for visiting :)

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

A sketch and a challenge

I made this very quick CAS card yesterday. I was wearing some new earrings that have a blue and white floral print with a silver rim around the edge, so I wanted to make something with blue, white and silver.  Dunno how that pink and green managed to creep in there!
I used Avery Elle's sets, "Oh Happy Day" and "So Happy" - I just adore the fonts in these sentiments, and I was so happy when Avery Elle released the "Oh Happy" set with "Happy Birthday" in it!
I embossed the sentiment in silver, and stamped the solid flowers, then the stripey flowers with some Hero Arts shadow inks, and some Stampin' Up inks.
 I'll be submitting this to Avery Elle's AEI<3u a="" and="" challenge="" lean="" simple="">, and to CAS(e) this sketch (I tipped the sketch on its side).
Thanks for visiting :)

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Addicted to CAS - Codeword: Oriental

This week's ATCAS codeword is "Oriental" , so I knew exactly where to start.  A couple of years ago, by bestie, Sharyne, bought me some beautiful handmade Japanese paper when she went to a trip to Japan.  It is just the most beautiful paper, I've been hoarding it!!

Many thanks to our sponsor:
Thanks for visiting :)

Happy birthday, Marco

Happy 1st birthday to Anne-Marie and David's little man, Marco.  I'm so sorry I couldn't be there for his party, but I made this card for him.

 Thanks for visiting :)

Happy Father's Day

It's Father's Day tomorrow in Australia, so I made this card for my Dad.

Happy Father's Day :)
I used a cute little owl from a discontinued SU set, coloured with Copics, along with sentiment words from Winnie and Wlater "the Big, the Bold and the Happy", the Big Word Pop Curve die from Memory Box, and some patterned paper from Basic Grey's Hipster 6x6 pad.
 I'll be submitting this card to CASology Cue card "Under", and to Virginia's View Challenge #7 Patterned Paper

Thanks for visiting :)

Friday, 5 September 2014

Challenges, challenges

I've had a challenging few weeks, so I was happy to be able to find my craft desk today and take part in a few challenges.
I stamped some flowers and leaves and twirly bits from Altenew's set, Hennah Elements, in Versamark ink onto some vellum and then white embossed. I then coloured them from behind using Copics.  I then die cut the "Happy" using Simon Says Stamp's Happy Birthday craft die, and stamped "birthday" from Winnie and Walter's, "The Big, the Bold and the Happy" in Versafine smokey grey ink.  The final touch was the paper piercing along the top of the vellum panel.

 I'll be submitting this card to CASE Study #207, CAS(E) this sketch #91, and CASology Cue Card "under" (as the vellum is coloured from underneath).

 Thanks for visiting!!

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

A Blog Named Hero - Spell it Out

The latest challenge at A Blog Named Hero is "Spell It Out For Me" - we are using Alphabet stamps!  Yes, I know, I cheated - I didn't use a letter from the alphabet!  I used the ampersand stamp from Hero Arts "Happy Letters" stamp set to create my background in Tide Pool, Butterbar, Soft Cantaloupe and Bubblegum Shadow Inks.

I made a mask using my favourite HA butterfly die, and also masked off to top half of the card.  I then stamped the ampersand over and over and over!  Before removing the masks, I spritzed around the butterfly mask with a Copic marker in RV 14, using my Tim Holtz spritzing tool to define the edge.  Then I removed the mask and stamped my sentiment from Winnie and Walter.  (All the Design Team at A Blog Named Hero get to play with Winnie and Walter stamps this month - we are just so very lucky!!)

Make sure you check out the rest of the DT creations over at ABNH, and join in!
Many thanks to Winnie and Walter!!
 And, as always, thanks heaps to Simon Says Stamp, who will award one random entry with a $25 gift voucher.
Thanks for visiting :)

Supplies used:

Monday, 1 September 2014

"Getting to know you" bloghop

Hello, everyone!  A couple of weeks ago, I received an email from one of my team mates at A Blog Named Hero, Sarah Gray. She asked if I'd like to take part in a blog hop that is all about getting to know people out there in blogland, so I said yes! Please go and check out Sarah's blog - I love her CAS style, I adore the name of her blog (Funky Fossil Designs) and she's only been blogging since March this year, but she's already such a pro!

So the idea with this blog hop is to get to know fellow crafters by their answers to a few questions - so here goes!

1. What creative projects are you currently working on?
I am on three challenge blog design teams - A Blog Named Hero, Fusion, and Addicted to CAS.  I always try to have my DT projects done at least a few weeks in advance, and so I need to catch up on a few of them! I also usually try to have some ideas for Christmas cards I can make in bulk each year by August, and I have NO IDEAS yet, so will have to get my thinking cap on in the next couple of weeks :)

Recently, I've been having great fun with stencils, Wendy Vecchi embossing paste (having been inspired by Debby Hughes, Joy Taylor and Christine Drogt), as well as with Faber Castell Gelatos (having been hooked since Joy Taylor and Lyndal Higgins gave me some!) 
2. What inspires your designs?
All sorts of things inspire me, but mainly my blogging friends. I am full of admiration for so many of my card-making buddies (you can see a list of my favourite blogs in the sidebar on the right -->>>). I keep a Pinterest board of cards that made me gasp (you can see it HERE), and I try to take inspiration from them, without copying them directly. I just love finding cards from fellow card-makers that make me say to myself, "I wish I'd thought of that!"
Also, I really enjoy taking part in challenges, and some of my favourite ones are when I can CASE a fabulous card maker, or use a photo or a word as inspiration. I particularly like CASE study, Muse, Lawnscaping, CASual Fridays and Keep it Simple.  Here are some recent cards I've made for challenges:

I also love participating in the Online Card Classes (run by Jennifer McGuire, Kristina Werner, along with Debby Hughes and Julie Ebersole, four of my all time top cardmaking inspirations). Some of my favourite cards I've made have come from Online Card Classes.

3. What method / process (if applicable) do you apply to each of your creative projects, and how long does each project take to complete?
95% of my cards start out as a sheet of white cardstock. I usually have something in mind - a colour or colour scheme, a product (be it a stamp, a stencil, embossing paste, a die), or a technique I want to try out.  I used to keep a book of card sketches that I'd always pull out when I was stuck for inspiration, but I find I reach for that less and less nowadays. I also have an enormous stash of patterned papers, and coloured cardstock, but that is gathering dust a bit - I'm happier using stamps and inks! 
Most of my cards take less than 30 minutes to complete - some are slower, some are quicker. But I like to start and finish a card in one sitting - I very rarely leave and come back to it later (unless, of course, I'm making a heap of the same thing, like invitations, in which case I do a production line kind of thing).

4. If you had to describe your 'signature' style, what would it be?
Probably Clean and Simple, but that's not a hard and fast rule.  I like to try different things, and if a particular technique does not lend itself to a CAS style, then so be it! 

5. What three crafting tools/products can you not live without?  
Only three?!?! ( I assume that stamps, inks and cardstock are a given?)  Well, a paper trimmer (I have 3, but I use my Fiskars trimmer the most), my Stampin' Up Stampin' Scrub, and the last is a toss-up between my heat tool and my Stampin' Up scissors. Pretty much the basics. However, there are so many cool tools out there that I have and love, or don't have and covet!

Now, I'd like to nominate 2 fellow crafters to keep this blog hop going - these are ladies whose cardmaking style I admire, but who I also consider to be friends (and because of their awesomeness!).  

Kelly Latevola of "You and Your Big Dreams" - other than the fact that Kelly and I both have a "thing" for rainbows, I think she and I have very similar taste in cards. She does CAS so very, very well, and her designs are always clever. Her cards make my jaw drop on a regular basis.

Linda Trace of "Linda Trace Designs" - Linda does it all - scrapbooking, card-making, mixed media, Copics, you name it!  And she is just the most generous person - she's the best! 
If you've made it all the way through this very wordy post, well done, and thank you! And make sure you remember to drop in to Kelly and Linda's blogs next Monday :)

Thanks so much for visiting! :)