Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Soft sorrow

Our CASology challenge cue word this week is SORRY. I decided to go for a soft sympathy card keeping the die white with the softest touches of pink.




I nearly made a Sorry ... belated Birthday card. How are you going to interpret this challenge?

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Guest Designer : Coni L

Sponsor : STAMPlorations


Thursday, 12 October 2017

Time Out Challenge : Guest Designer

I'm so happy to be the guest designer for Time Out Challenge #94 : Home Sweet Home this week! And it's so appropriate for an island girl. I have lots of sea & beach related stamps.


I went for a pretty literal interpretation of the photo for my card.


The sponsors for this challenge are STAMPlorations and the winner will get a $10 gift voucher to use in their amazing store.


If you want to see my full studio, you can see THIS blog post.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

One of a kind!

It's Tuesday, so time for a new CASology Challenge. This week's cue word is ODD. Here are some of my favourite quotes about being odd, original and one-of-a-kind!



So you can see where I'm heading for my card.  I used the most "original" bird I could find in my stash. I added glossy accents to give more pop.



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Guest Designer : Natasha

Sponsor:  Uniko Studio





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Tuesday, 3 October 2017

CASology #269 : GRID

I'm actually off the grid this week ... relaxing in marvellous Maldives ...



But I did make my card for the CASology challenge : GRID before I left. Using a soft grey for the grid and layering my elements, I preserved lots of white space.




There are so many fun ways to come up with a grid. Which will you choose?


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Guest Designer : Bobby


Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Fortune favours the Brave

We all need some encouragement in our lives and especially if we need some courage to face difficulties. 

I've used Copics to colour a circle floral die cut, which I then cut to use just 2 smaller pieces.


Let's see what you can come up with for this week's CASology Challenge #268: Fortune!


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Guest Designer : Jen M.



Monday, 25 September 2017

Watercolour Flowers 2

I haven't given up on using the ink and spritz technique to give a watercolour effect.

This time I went with Salty Ocean and Wilted Violet. The stamp is from Club Scrap, and although I've had it for a while I have never used it before.


For the challenges ...




Watercolour Flowers

I can't get enough of the watercolour flower set from Altenew. I could spend all day trying out different colour combinations.

I wanted to combine a cornflower blue with a purple, but Distress Inks don't have that blue. First I tried with Faded Jeans and Chipped Sapphire, but it is rather sombre. So not all combinations work the way you envisaged!


So then I gave up using the ink and spritz technique and went with layers and the Altenew inks.


This is inspired by the Muse Challenge #234 made by Kim Heggins :

  • Her colours
  • Her design and placement
  • Using layered stamps



Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Just my Cup of Tea

I'm a tea drinker! Love my pot of tea at least twice a day. My mother bought me a beautiful Royal Doulton Memory Lane tea set for my engagement present all those years ago. I'm so happy that I still have the full set and you can imagine how much I love it as I love blue so much.


So my card is inspired by this pretty set. 


I've used the largest Hero Arts tea cup die, and got a little sneaky by using the MFT bowl die, from Bedside Comfort set, to cut out the handle space. You can see it better on my second card below. The roses (Altenew Vintage Teacup set) were stamped in a soft blue and then coloured with Prismacolor pencils in the no line colouring method.  

What large dies do you have? Why not use one for the CASology Challenge : BIG


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Guest Designer : SundayStamper

Sponsor : STAMPlorations

I enjoyed it so much, I had to make another using some of my favourite paper from Lili of the Valley.







Thursday, 14 September 2017

WPlus9 Flowers

I have been waiting for this Kind Soul set from WPlus9. It was so popular that it was sold out in no time.  You may be seeing more cards with these flowers soon - just love them. Coloured with Prismacolor pencils.








Watercolour Silhouette

I've just received the Tim Holtz Wildflower silhouette dies ... perfect timing for the CAS Watercolour Challenge : Silhouette.


The background was created with Distress Oxides and Distress inks. I love the light.


Tuesday, 12 September 2017

CASology #266 : Cake

Time for cake! This week's CASology challenge is CAKE. Who can resist a good cake? What is your favourite?  I think mine is carrot cake, or my grandmother's Cinnamon topped cake.

Coloured with Prismacolor Pencils.


I added Liquid pearls to make some delicious looking frosting, and layered the cake to give dimension.


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Guest Designer : Claire

Friday, 8 September 2017

So special



Playing with Altenew stamps, stencils and dies for the Altenew September Challenge.  I cut two dies of the flower. I used one to stamp the flower, and the other I coloured the left bottom edges grey with Copics. I glued them offset to create a shadow. The sentiment is from Lili of the Valley.


Thursday, 7 September 2017

Rustic Florals


The Card Concept Challenge #77 with the rustic door made me think of dry brushing. So I started with a piece of kraft paper and dry brushed white acrylic paint. Add a few flowers and voila!



Also following the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches #304

Rainbow colours


I had a small strip of the rainbow paper I had painted for this card, so when I saw the Time Out Challenge, it was perfect starting point. I loved Bev's inspiration card, and her new card. I focused on her rainbow colours in stripes, floral image and white space.


Here are her two cards. 

 




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