Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Road to Clean and Simple

It's time for a new challenge at CASology, and here is this week's cue word:

Run. I don't. Maybe from a burning building, but luckily I haven't had to test that theory. So not a lot of interest in making a card with that kind of running theme. People run for political office, but that held even less appeal. What to do? Then I thought about my distress markers, and how delightfully they *run* with water. Now that's my kind of running. 


After colouring my tulip stamp, I spritzed it twice with water before stamping it on watercolour paper. I then took inspiration from Ardyth's card from last week's challenge, and cropped the full image using a circle die. I was quite pleased to discover I had a cardstock match for the tulip colour! A white-embossed sentiment finished the card.
I did have a first attempt at this, that I like, but didn't quite make it into the clean and simple category...

The full image, and extra layers, take this card just out of the purely CAS realm. ;)
Need more inspiration? The CASology design team has lots! And then run to your supplies and join us! 

Supplies: (CAS tulips) American Crafts textured cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, Hero Arts Newspaper Tulips & Unity Watermelon Gazpacho Soup stamps, Versamark ink, Wow white embossing powder, distress markers, Spellbinders circle die; (not-so-CAS tulips) Stampin' Up naturals ivory cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, Basic Grey Oxford patterned paper, Hero Arts Newspaper Tulips & Memory Box happy birthday stamps, peeled paint distress ink, distress markers, Creative Memories corner-rounding punch

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Dotty Wanna Sketch!

I woke up this morning with what I thought would be a great idea for Lisa Arana's latest Wanna Sketch challenge... and when I checked, there were even several hours left to be able to join! ;) Here is the sketch:

And here is my relatively faithful take on it:

I used the "rock & roll" technique on that chubby kitty, inking him first in light orange before rocking and rolling a darker orange around the edges. He and the sentiment are grounded with a simple marker line. Note the stripes on cat and twine; dots on two different papers. So balanced. :D I'm going to enter this into Simon Says Stamp's current Spots and Dots challenge, as well. 
And I just couldn't bear to drag myself to my usual photography spot in the basement, so I took my photo in the beautiful sunshine on our deck -- which is also where I made this card. Gotta love summer! 

Supplies: white cardstock, My Mind's Eye Lime Twist Fly a Kite patterned papers, Paper Smooches Feline Friends stamps, Memento cantelope & tangelo & Versafine onyx black inks, black Sharpie, Twinery marigold twine 

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

CASology Week 104

I'm back for another post alongside the talented team from CASology! I am lucky enough that this month has five Tuesdays, so this marks my half-way point as a guest designer for July.

While there can be other interpretations, this is not a Snarky Sisters post ;), so I went with what I think is the most obvious meaning of the cue word:

I just got the new Paper Smooches Feline Friends stamp set, so it was an obvious choice to ink up. I love when solid stamps ink so nicely the first time! To really give the silhouette some dimension, I heat embossed with liquid glass embossing powder -- it adds extra thickness and shine. The sentiment is embossed with regular clear embossing powder. I wasn't entirely sure how it would go, stamping over the washi tape, but everything worked very nicely. The main panel is popped up on the grey card base for a clean, simple, classy card. 
For more inspiration, be sure to check out the CASology challenge post. And if you wish to go with another meaning of the cue word, I for one can't wait to see it! 

Supplies: white & Stampin' Up basic grey cardstock, Paper Smooches feline Friends & Memory Box Happy Birthday stamps, Memento Luxe tuxedo black ink, clear and liquid glass embossing powders, Little B thin silver strip washi tape, dimensionals

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

The Snarky Sisters are Back...

... and we are in some fine company for our latest challenge!

Hello, BRADS! Oh, and buttons, right. I'll tell you right up front, I am not a button girl. Don't mind them on other people's cards, but not really my thing. Of course, I HAVE buttons; I just don't use them. And of course I HAVE brads... but I still used this challenge as an excuse to buy some more. ;)

Kitty brads! How could I resist? And let me tell you, I spent far too much time trying to get this card to photograph accurately... if you know the Stampin' Up paper Almost Amethyst, that's the card base and thought bubble colour, so adjust your (mind)sets accordingly. And while this may not appear at all snarky... pause for a moment and consider that what else would the average cat dream be, if not snarky? :P
Brads or buttons... or both! You have two weeks, so why not join us? Be sure to check out the terrific inspiration my sisters in snarkiness have created, too! 

Supplies: white, purple & Stampin' Up almost amethyst textured cardstock, Authentique Be(you)tiful patterned paper, Simon Says Stamp Pillow Talk stamps, Versafine onyx black & Stampin Up almost amethyst inks, clear embossing powder, Spellbinders oval die, Stampin' Up ticket corner punch, Eyelet outlet brad, pop-dot tape

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Clearly SPARKS!

Hooray, it's Friday! The weekend is upon us, and I have a card for a pair of challenges... Paper Smooches SPARKS and Simon Says Stamp Let's Be Clear:  

Since I'm hoping the Paper Smooches stamp and die connection is obvious, I'll point out the clear aspects of this card:
-Paper Smooches CLEAR stamps
-Wink of Stella CLEAR glitter marker on Mr. Super's teeth and the word SUPER
-CLEAR Glossy Accents on Mr. Super's teeth (obviously he has a PR agent) and to adhere the sequin stars
I'll be back tomorrow with the latest Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge... and there are a few hours left in the current Steampunk challenge. You know you want to! ;) 

Supplies: white, teal & Stampin' Up real red cardstock, Echo Park patterned paper, Paper Smooches Super stamp, Memento tuxedo black & teal zeal & Stampin' Up real red ink, Paper Smooches Bam Bubble & Super 1 dies, Simon Says Stamp falling stars stencil, Spectrum Noir markers, watercolour pencils, gold Smooch, gold star sequins, pop-dot tape

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