Tuesday, April 25, 2017

CASology Week 246: SEASON

Welcome to Week 246 at CASology!




What was your first thought when you saw this week's cue card?  Too many ideas starting swirling in my head. I was bouncing from fresh herbs to sports to time of year and finally settled on grill season.




Technically, I can grill year round but I tend to use the oven more in the winter and grill several times a week when Daylight Savings time starts and I have better light to see what I'm cooking. I used a Technique Tuesday Christmas stamp for the sentiment, layering it on a Lawn Fawn grass stamp and then added the Memory Box grill die cut.

Check out the Design Team cards for more terrific ideas!



Jacquie Southas (you are here)

Guest Designer: Donna!

Sponsor: Uniko Studios!


We are looking forward to seeing how SEASON inspires you -  just remember to keep it Clean & Simple! You have until Monday at noon (CMT) to link your card to the CASology blog. 

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Muse #212 + Seize the Birthday & FMS284 + Simon Says Showers and/or Flowers

There are lots of spring projects going on at our house but I managed to sneak away from the fence building to spend a little time creating today.

This first card is inspired by Jenni Murray and her card for Muse Challenge #212 and the Seize the Birthday Anything Goes option.




The Hero Arts Flower Burst background stamp is heat embossed on a white panel and then inked all over with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. A little Peacock Feathers Distress Ink was added to the center of the flowers before the embossing was ironed off to leave a matte finish.

The PTI sentiment is stamped and heat embossed on a banner to finish the card off.




  



This second card is inspired by the sketch for Freshly Made Sketches #284 and the Wednesday Challenge to use Showers and/or Flowers at Simon Says Stamp.

A Limeade Ice panel is embossed with a Sizzix leaf patterned embossing folder that is added to the center of the card base. A couple of white panels are cut using MFT stitched panel dies (manipulating them slightly to get a 5.5inch panel) and then popped up on either side of the embossed panel.




Two Concord & 9th Floral die cuts are adhered to the white panels and an MFT sentiment die is stacked in the center and adhered across the three panels.




  

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

CASology Week 245: GROW

Welcome to Week 245 at CASology!




Were you following the long, long, long labor of April the Giraffe? Well, she finally had a beautiful, baby boy and inspired this week's card. The cue word GROW made me think of growing a family with the addition of a new baby.




The Memory Box Giraffe Trio were cut from patterned papers and adhered to a stitched rectangle panel. The PTI Perfect Pairing sentiment was stamped with PTI Blueberry Sky ink on a banner that is wrapped around the popped up panel.




This close up gives you a better view of the subtle patterns in the papers. There are so many directions GROW can take you, even the simpliest birthday card celebrating growing one more year older works for this challenge. Check out the Design Team cards for more ideas!



Deidre Payne (off this week)
Jacquie Southas (you are here)
Judy Marino (off this week)

Guest Designer: Lisa!

Sponsor: STAMPlorations!


We are looking forward to seeing how GROW inspires you -  just remember to keep it Clean & Simple! You have until Monday at noon (CMT) to link your card to the CASology blog. 

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

CAS(E) This Sketch #216 + Simon Says Spring Colors

I've been missing my craft time. When I realized their worlds had aligned and my kids had the same Spring Break, we planned a quick trip to Texas to knock The Alamo off my husband's bucket list, eat BBQ and listen to a lot of great music. I had a one day turn around to do laundry and fill the fridge for the family before heading off to Palm Springs to spend a week with a few of my oldest and dearest girlfriends. I am slowly getting through the transition back into real life and took a break to create this morning.

This card was inspired by CAS(E) This Sketch! #216 and and the Wednesday Challenge Blog at Simon Says Stamp where the challenge is Spring Color Inspiration.




I selectively stamped the "happy" part of the sentiment on my panel before embossing it with a dotted chevron design for the horizontal line element in the sketch. The "Easter" part of the sentiment was die cut and colored with a rainbow of Copic markers before being adhered.




A trio of chocolate Poppystamps bunnies are cut and placed under the sentiment. The third bunny has wised up to the fate of chocolate bunnies everywhere and decided to head for the hills.




Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

CASology Week 244: STRONG

Welcome to Week 244 at CASology!




I decided to highlight an encouraging sentiment that reflects the cue word.




The sentiment is backed with a soft feather image from Papertrey Ink and then the panel cut with a Wonky Rectangle die before being mounted on a yellow card base.




Which direction will STRONG take you? An encouragement card? Congratulations? For more great ideas, check out the Design Team cards.



Jacquie Southas (you are here)

Guest Designer: Sarah!

Sponsor: Kitty Bee Designs!


We are looking forward to seeing how STRONG inspires you -  just remember to keep it Clean & Simple! You have until Monday at noon (CMT) to link your card to the CASology blog. 

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie




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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

CASology Week 243: ICING

Welcome to Week 243 at CASology!




I think we might see a lot of pretty cakes in the gallery this week! I couldn't wait to pull of my new Stampin' Up Crazy Cake stamp set to create a brightly iced layer cake in a couple of my daughter's favorite colors.




A touch of Wink of Stella adds a bit of glitter to the candle flame.




Check out the Design Team cards for more takes on the cue word!



Jacquie Southas (you are here)
Sherrie Mannion (off this week)

Guest Designer: Lin B.!

Sponsor: Serendipity Stamps


We are looking forward to seeing how ICING inspires you -  just remember to keep it Clean & Simple! You have until Monday at noon (CMT) to link your card to the CASology blog. 

I am also linking this card to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog, where the challenge is to Anything Goes, and to Seize the Birthday in their Anything Goes category.




Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie


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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

CASology Week #242: TEXT

Welcome to Week 242 at CASology!




As a font junkie, I love this cue word! I did end up going with a modern take on the word text. As the mom of teens, I think we might communicate via text more than any other method. Heaven help them if they have to actually answer a phone and talk to someone!?

I used the MFT Smart Phone die and Friend Request stamps to creat my little birthday conversation.




The text bubbles are popped up over the phone for a little dimension.




For more great ideas, check out the Design Team cards!



Jacquie Southas (you are here)

Guest Designer: Melissa!

Sponsor: Waffle Flower!


We are looking forward to seeing how TEXT inspires you -  just remember to keep it Clean & Simple! You have until Monday at noon (CMT) to link your card to the CASology blog. 

I am also linking this card to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog where the challenge is to Use More Than One Die or Punch.


Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie




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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Muse #208 + Simon Says Stamp

I have an unexpected, very free weekend with my son deciding to join my husband on a little road trip. My daughter is in and out between work and friends, but requires very little from me. Let's just say, I rarely hear "is there anything for lunch?" or "what's for dinner?" from her. In fact, when she texted to say she was on her way home from work last night, she asked if I needed anything.💗

Projects at the top of my "to do" list are being ignored as I alternate between organizing and playing in the office. This is a quick post to share a card inspired by Muse #208 and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge to Use More Than One Die or Punch.

From Jenni's Muse card, I was inspired by the gingham, pink and onesie to make this card.




I pulled gingham paper from my stash to cut the Paper Smooches Onesie die, heat embossed a heart and mounted it on a mini-scalloped stitched oval die from MFT. The Lawn Fawn sentiment is stamped in two colors for added interest.


 
Muse #208 Jenni Murray


I hope to have a couple more cards to share this afternoon!

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie




Tuesday, March 21, 2017

CASology Week 241: MELT

Welcome to Week 241 at CASology!




STAMPlorations is our sponsor this week and generously provided a few of the Design Team members with stamps or a die for our MELT challenge. Shery sent me one of her own designs, Holiday Expressions: Yuletide Cheer, and this adorable image and the late winter storm last week helped me come up with the idea of a snowman repeating the mantra "let it snow" while hoping to avoid the winter melt into spring.




The snowman was stamped and masked on a white panel, with a sketchy black line added to ground the image. The mask allowed me to add a very subtle inked blue sky before adding a few aqua and red details.

The sentiment was added three times onto a thought bubble die cut and popped up over the stamped panel.




For more terrific ideas, check out the Design Team cards!



Jacquie Southas (you are here)


Sponsor: STAMPlorations!


We are looking forward to seeing how MELT inspires you -  just remember to keep it Clean & Simple! You have until Monday at noon (CMT) to link your card to the CASology blog. 

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Muse #207

This card was inspired by Tracey McNeely's card for Muse #207.


Muse #207


As you can see, I completely CASEd Tracey's layout, made an Easter card and used a bit of patterned paper.




Instead of die cutting my main image, I masked the Lawn Fawn Chirpy Chirp Chirp 
stamps so that it looks like my bunny ears wearing chick has just hatched from the Easter egg. A few smaller eggs from the PTI Simply Spring Borders stamp set were also stamped and masked. A very light touch of green and blue were added to the scene before the smaller eggs were unmasked and the Lawn Fawn grass border added.




The eggs and chick were colored with Copic markers before being mounted over the Lawn Fawn diagonal striped paper panel. The PTI sentiment is selectively stamped so that two colors could be used.

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

CASology Week 240: FOLIAGE

Welcome to Week 240 at CASology!



After all the rain we have had this winter in California, there is a little too much foliage in my garden if we count the weeds. It has been great for many of the tropical plants though, and those are the ones I was thinking about as I pulled out MFT's Wild Greenery dies for my card this week.




I inked a white panel with Pinefeather, Mowed Lawn and Twisted Citron Distress Inks before cutting a few leaves.  The Avery Elle sentiment is stamped on the kraft panel before the leaves and a trio of enamel dots were added.




I think the gallery will be full of gorgeous leaves this week! For more inspiration, check out the talented Design Team!



Jacquie Southas (you are here)

Guest Designer: Anna!


We are looking forward to seeing how FOLIAGE inspires you -  just remember to keep it Clean & Simple! You have until Monday at noon (CMT) to link your card to the CASology blog. 

I am just making the deadline to link this card to Seize the Birthday where Anything Goes for the current challenge!




Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Muse #206 + CAS(E) The Sketch #212 + SSS For a Special Lady + Seize the Birthday

I combined a few challenges to create this card. I've been thinking about Anita's black embossed & brightly colored panel on her card for Muse #206 all week and, as I started to play with a few flower stamps, found myself subconsciously working with the design from CAS(E) This sketch #212.




The PTI Bold Blossoms were stamped, masked and heat embossed in black and then colored withZig Real Brush markers. A Simon Says Stamp Handwritten Border stamp provides the sentiment and is also heat embossed.


 


I am also linking this card to Seize the Birthday, where Anything Goes, and Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge Blog, where the current challenge is to make something For a Special Lady.

  


Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie