Posts tagged ‘CAS(E) this Sketch’

July 20, 2014

Paper craft project no. 228: Celebrate your success CAS card

2014-07-18 Celebrate your success 613 Avenue Create

It’s anything goes (with the optional theme of “party time!”) at 613 Avenue Create this week! We’ve got 2 fabulous sponsors: Sassy Studio Designs and Oak Pond Creations. Do check out the blog to see the awesome projects that my teammates created! I hope you’ll play along too!

For my project, I used the fun hide n seek ladybugs digi from Oak Pond Creations. I printed it out on cardstock, colored it with Spectrum Noir markers, and then fussy cut. With some masking, I stamped my brush strokes (Vignette: Celebrate Artsy from STAMPlorations) in Memento inks (pear tart, bahama blue, and rich cocoa). I stamped the sentiment (Sentiment Builders: Celebrate) in black. I used foam tape to adhere the colored image in the center and added some sequins (I found them in my disaster craft area stash!). I finished my card by rounding off the two bottom corners.

I based the design of my card on CAS(E) This Sketch #85. The code word at Addicted to CAS this week is “celebrate” so I’m entering my card there too. And while I’m at, I’m entering my card to Addicted to Stamps and More, where the challenge is CAS (Clean and Simple).


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July 9, 2014

Paper craft project no. 220: You had me at hello

2014-07-08 You had me at hello

This week at The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge blog, we’ve got an interesting challenge: use a line from your favorite flick. I have to confess, however, that Jerry Maguire is not my favorite movie. I haven’t even seen it (not a Tom Cruise fan) and I’m not in the least bit interested in seeing it…ever. So why did I pick that line then? Because it goes with the digi image that was provided by our sponsor, Eureka Stamps. My favorite movie of all time is 12 Angry Men (1957) and the line, “The burden of proof is on the prosecution. The defendant doesn’t even have to open his mouth. That’s in the Constitution” doesn’t really go with the heart bouquet image, ya know? So that famous Jerry Maguire line it is ;o)

For my card, I colored the heart bouquet with Spectrum Noir markers and fussy cut it. I partially stenciled the Reversed Chickenwire stencil (TCW) on my card base to ground my colored image (mounted using adhesive foam). I stamped the “hello” (from the Boxed Blooms and Bold Sentiments by STAMPlorations) and then hand-wrote the rest. I finished the card by applying Diamond stickles on the hearts so they sparkle.

A snippet of the convo DH and I had when I showed him the finished card:

DH: [after looking at the card] So did I have you at hello?
me: [thinking] Nah. You had me at hi.
DH: Oh, is that what I said the first time we met?
me: Yeah, and I remember feeling like I was going to pass out as I watched you walk toward me.
DH: Good thing you didn’t. I had my hands full with luggage.

Anyway, enough of the sappy stuff ;o)  I hope you’ll come visit the blog and check out the other projects that my teammates created for the challenge.

I’d like to enter my card to the following fun challenges: Addicted to Stamps and More #103 – Holiday (my card fits Valentine’s Day); CAS(E) This Sketch #83; and Crafting with Dragonflies #30 – CAS Card.

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July 6, 2014

Paper craft no. 217: Thanks so much mixed media card

2014-07-05 Thanks so much

At 613 Avenue Create this week, it’s Anything Goes with the optional twist of using our Create Your Own Challenge chart. We have 2 sponsors this week: Delicious Doodles and Creative Bug. Do check out the challenge blog to see what my teammates created and we’d love for you to join us!

For my project, I went with a mixed media card, with the wild rose digi image from Delicious Doodles. I used stickles, sentiment, stencil, embossing, flowers, and watercolor from the chart. Here’s a step-by-step. (I’ll see if I can shoot a video showing how to make a card like this in the next few days. I actually made this card based on the birthday card I made for Kylie.)

1. Print image on cardstock. Color with Spectrum Noir markers, fussy cut, and set aside.

2. Stamp background text where image will be positioned. (Here I used jet black archival ink on an OTC script stamp and a STAMPlorations text stamp.)

3.  Place 12×12 Specimen stencil (The Crafter’s Workshop) over card base (140-lb cold-press watercolor paper by Canson). Smoosh some mustard seed distress ink on mat and with a very wet brush, paint ink through the stencil.

4. Place a 6×6 Sketch Grid stencil (TCW) over card base. Tint modeling paste (Liquitex) with scattered straw distress ink on mat and apply onto stencil, being careful to stencil just on the two sides and top of the card. Allow to dry. (Or if you’re like me, you’ll bust out the heat tool and zap the whole thing dry in a few minutes.)

5. Emboss “thanks” sentiment (from Boxed Blooms and Bold Sentiments) in green and stamp “so much” (from Sentiment Builders: Thank You) in black.

6. Smoosh spiced marmalade distress ink on mat and water it down. Loosely watercolor it onto the card, letting it pool where the modeling paste has dried. With a sponge, lightly apply ink all around the card.

7. Mount image on card base with foam tape. (For added interest, I partially stamped the script stamp on the image too.) Finish the card by applying Diamond stickles on the flowers.

The current sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch #83 was my inspiration for this card’s layout. (I’m most likely pushing it a bit with the “clean” part, but it is quite a simple card to put together.) Since I used markers to color my focal image, I can enter my card to Addicted to Stamps and More #102 – Make Your Mark. Over at Country View Challenges, it’s “Stencil It!” for July. I’m also entering my card to Sister Act Card Challenge #64 – Anything Goes.

My card also doubles as a reminder card for two challenges I’m part of: TIME OUT Challenges, where we’d love to see projects inspired by the phrase, “fun in the sun” (I went with fun yellow colors in my card, and those flowers look bright and happy to me) and The Mixed Media Card Challenge, where our theme this month is “Touch of Nature.” I hope you’ll check out both challenges!

When I made this card a couple of days ago, it was because I needed to add to my “Thank You” stash…you never know when you’re going to need this kind of card. “When” came a lot sooner! Yesterday, I had the most wonderful birthday, thanks to the girls in the STAMPlorations design team: Cornelia, Debra, Kylie, Maria F., Monika, Nonni, Sandie, Shirley, and Vicki. With Nonni orchestrating the whole thing (and giving me a big scare by telling me the blog was hacked), I had a ball looking at the cards they made for me and getting to know a little bit more about them when it comes to what they like to read! So until my thank you cards get to you, ladies, this card will have to stand in :o)

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June 18, 2014

Paper craft project no. 207: Heartfelt thanks one layer card [with video tutorial]

2014-06-18 OLC Heartfelt thanks

Popping by with another one layer card I made last night. I based the layout on the current sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch challenge. For the colors I used to stamp the “heartfelt” sentiment, I was inspired by the photo at Addicted to Stamps and More, where they’re celebrating their 2nd birthday! And because I’ve got my flower stamp in a frame, it fits the current One Layer Simplicity Challenge – I’ve Been Framed. I’m entering my card to two more fun challenges: Crafting by Designs June Anything Goes Challenge and Cards und More #108 – One Layer Cards.

I used archival, dye, water-based (distress), and pigment (in the form of Inktense blocks) inks, as well as some watercoloring on my favorite card base (cold-pressed watercolor paper) so you could say this is a one layer mixed media card at its simplest. I went with good old-fashioned stamping and used STAMPlorations stamps — SENTIMENT BUILDERS: Thank You and Boxed Blooms and Bold Sentiments. The flowers are ones I illustrated and turned into stamps.

The card is a pretty simple one to make, and I’ve got a video showing how I created this card from start to finish. The video is another shorty (5 minutes, 44 seconds to be exact), in fast-forward motion, captioned, and accompanied by Mozart. Yes, I love classical music, especially by Mozart. When I’m crafting or writing or even when I’m at the gym, I’ve got classical music playing in the background, as it helps me to relax and as weird as this may sound, the music stimulates my brain cells and I’m able to visualize [when I’m doing art], think [when I’m writing], or focus [when I’m working out] more. Actually, it isn’t weird if you’ve heard about the Mozart effect (or the effect of music you enjoy listening to), as research has found that listening to music [in this case, Mozart’s] induces a short-term performance improvement of one’s spacial-temporal reasoning. [Don’t make the mistake of thinking it increases IQ — there are no definite research results on this, and the researchers who did the study on the Mozart effect made no such claim that listening to Mozart makes one intelligent or that it raises IQ.] In any case, music by Mozart and all the other classical composers was what helped me get through university (particularly on those days that I crammed for finals) and it helps me get through deadlines (particularly on those rush writing projects from clients) — and hey, doing 12k on the rowing machine for an hour becomes fun and easy! Aannnyyway…back to the video. Again it’s a real quickie so if you’re up for a few minutes of brain stimulation while watching me create this card, head on over to YouTube. Feel free to leave me some love over there ;o)

Watch the YouTube video tutorial HERE

2014-06-18 OLC Heartfelt thanks-cu


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June 6, 2014

Paper craft project no. 199: Celebrate one layer card

2014-06-05 OLC Celebrate

It’s the first Friday of June, which means it’s time for a new monthly challenge at the STAMPlorations blog! The theme this month is STAMPS & BORDERS. Joining us as guest designer is the uber-talented Kim of Art Keeps Me Sane. Please check out her project, as well as the projects that the STAMPlorations girls created. You’ll be feasting on some serious eye candy! We’ve got prizes up for grabs: participate in all 3 challenges we host this month and you can win 3 Tim Holtz layering stencils. Win our monthly challenge and you get to choose 2 STAMPlorations stamp sets (if you use a STAMPlorations stamp in your winning entry) or 1 STAMPlorations stamp set (if your winning entry doesn’t have a STAMPlorations stamp) — either way, you get stamps! ;o)

For my DT card, I went with a one layer card. The stamps I used are all new — they’re part of the July release (preview all 6 stamp sets here) and in a few weeks, we’ll have a blog hop! I couldn’t wait to ink these up when they came the other day. The artsy brush stroke is from the VIGNETTE: Celebrate Artsy set, while the sentiments are from the SENTIMENT BUILDERS: Celebrate set. I stamped the brush stroke in Memento inks (love letter, tangelo, and cantaloupe). The big “celebrate” I stamped in Memento tuxedo black. I used the small “celebrate” as a border and stamped it in Memento love letter. I finished the card with some shiny gold sequins.

I based the layout of my card on CAS(E) this Sketch #79. I’m also linking up my card to CASology #98, where this week’s cue word is “Shine” (I’ve got shiny sequins in my card) and Less is More Lucky Dip Week #174 – Use More than One Stamp (I used 3 different stamps).


Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend!


June 4, 2014

Paper craft project no. 198: Bloom where you are one layer card

Hello and welcome to a brand new challenge at Time Out Challenges! For this fortnight, our theme is SUMMER  with the optional twist FLOWERS. So create a project with a summer theme (or anything really wherein your are inspired by the theme) with or without the optional twist. If you do create a project with an optional twist, you get a shot at winning a prize from our sponsor this month, CAS-ual Fridays. This week, our guest designer is Bobby from Bits & Pieces. Please check out the projects that my teammates and our guest designer created for the challenge.

For my project, I went with a one layer card. I started with the image of California golden poppies. I drew them on paper then scanned them. I cleaned it up a bit  then printed on 100# cardstock. (This image is one of several of my illustrations that will be available as clear stamps at STAMPlorations in a couple of months.) Next, I did some masking and sponged Memento inks (Cottage Ivy, Pear Tart, and Northern Pine) on the bottom area. I used Spectrum Noir markers to color the poppies. For the frame, I used some left over doodle rub-ons that I found in my stash. Last, I stamped the sentiment (from the SUBWAY ART BUILDERS: Dare). And the card is done :o)

I’d like to enter my card to the following fun challenges: One Layer Simplicity #6 – I’ve Been Framed; CAS(E) This Sketch #78 (I placed the sentiment toward the top instead of the bottom); Crafting By Designs – Anything Goes; and CASology #98 – Shine (it’s summer now, which means more sunshine and being in California (where we’re hitting the mid-90s this week in the valley, btw), I am enjoying the last of the poppies at our place — they’re starting to wilt under the heat, but they were beautiful several weeks ago when the temps were still cooler; then I also think that the word “bloom” can, in the context of the sentiment, be synonymous with “shine”; other synonyms for shine include “excel”, “be outstanding”, “stand out”, “be brilliant”).

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May 22, 2014

Paper craft project nos. 190 & 191: Heartfelt thanks and Thinking of you

2014-05-20 Heartfelt thanks

Hello! I’ve got two cards to share in this post. I finally got done with that big writing project and so I’m hoping to get back to crafting again this week…that, and cleaning my work space since I’ve put it off long enough. (Oh, and folding clothes as well — I’ve procrastinated on that task long enough. I really do hate folding and one of my goals is to someday own a really, really, REALLY huge closet and tons of hangers so that I won’t ever have to fold clothes.)

Anyway, the card above is for the current challenge at TIME OUT Challenges. This fortnight, it’s Home Sweet Home Photo Inspiration. Joining us as guest designer is Christine. I hope you’ll check out our challenge, look at the projects by my teammates, and then join us! I was inspired by the rich colors in the photo, particularly the deep pink and deep green. Taking my cue from the beautiful colors, I created the above CAS card. It’s pretty straightforward really: I alternately stamped the grunge floral strips (STAMPlorations) in Memento Lilac Posies and Olive Grove on my card base. Next, I die-cut a white cardstock panel using a stitched mat die (Lil’ Inker). I stamped a floral stamp (Inkadinkado) in Memento Lulu Lavender on the upper left of the panel and stamped the sentiment (STAMPlorations). I adhered the panel at an angle onto my card base.

I’m linking up my first card to the following fun challenges: The Paper Players #196 – Clean and Simple Floral; Simon Says Monday Challenge – Botanical; and Addicted to Stamps and More #96 – Anything Goes.

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog GRAB OUR BADGE!

And now for card #2…

2014-05-21 CAS Thinking of you

I went with another CAS card. I based the layout of my card on the sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch #76. I used one of the stitched mat dies from Lil’ Inker to die-cut the panel. I stamped the flowers and bubbles (Inkadinkado) on the upper left in Archival Jet Black (Ranger) then loosely watercolored the images with Inktense Blocks (Derwent). I stamped the sentiment (STAMPlorations) and then adhered the panel onto the card base. I affixed 3 ivory pearls to finish the card.

My second card fits a couple other challenges: CASology #96 – Flower and Less is More #172 – Flowers.


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