Sunday, July 19, 2015

Muse #124 + CTS #132 + Happy Little Stampers July Sketch

I have another card to share today. Once again I am combining a few challenges that all influenced my design.

I had the sweet daisies and beautiful inked background from Ardyth's card for Muse #124 in my head when I saw the sketch for CAS(E) This Sketch! #132. In the back of my mind I knew I'd seen a tree sketch somewhere recently and finally tracked it back to the Happy Little Stampers Sketch Challenge for July.

I have a huge love for tree dies and recently acquired the Memory Box Small Alder Tree. The card front was masked off to provide a tall & thin inked panel that would just fit the die cut and stamped sentiment. Shabby Shutters and Tumbled Glass Distress Inks provide a more muted background color than what Ardyth gave us in her happy Muse card.

I'm pretty sure this is my first time linked up to a Happy Little Stampers Challenge, but know it will not be the last.

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

CASology 155: Cupcake + Addicted to CAS #68: Chevron + Seize the Birthday + Simon Says Shape

What better way to spend a rainy, thundery day than making cards? We had a rare, all day long summer storm and I didn't even venture outside today.

This cupcake shaped card was inspired by CASology #155: Cupcake, Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog challenge to make a shaped card, Addicted to CAS #67 Chevron and Seize the Birthday Anything Goes.

The largest Reverse Wonky Rectangle die is used to cut the cupcake card base. The chevron patterned paper mimics a cupcake wrapper and the MFT stamp is masked and stamped, then heat embossed to create the sentiment. A touch of gold Wink of Stella provides the candle flame.

A large cloud die is perfect for frosting the cupcake and enamel dot sprinkles are scattered on top.

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

MCV10 + ATSM153 & CTS131 + Virginia's View #16

I have a couple of cards to share today.  The family was driving somewhere on Sunday, talking about plans for the week, and my son said he'd been invited to the zoo with his friend and the friend's grandmother. That prompted me to ask about the grandfather, who I knew was in poor health. There was a moment of silence before my son said "he died". Ack, do not rely on a 16 year old boy to keep you informed. The poor kid had to listen to his dad & I for 10 miles let him know that is the kind of information he needs to pass on to us. I phoned to offer our condolences, but still wanted to send a card.

I was already planning to pair the PTI Graceful Greetings with my Hero Arts butterfly stamps to make a card based on the CAS(E) this Sketch #131, so this card came together very quickly. It is also being entered in Virginia's View Challenge #16 100% Stamped.

My second card is inspired by Chriss Blagrave's card for Muse: Christmas Visions #10 and the Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge #153 Holiday.


I love the colors and textures in Chriss's card and used an embossing folder to create a knit striped panel. The sentiment is made by combining a SSS die with a PTI stamp and a few sequins add a bit of shine.

A white and red die cut are layered for more stability and the white is trimmed off where the die cut is adhered to the green part of the panel.

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