Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches #389




Clean Team designer Narelle Farrugia has given us a lovely sketch this week. A large Memory Box Pavilia provides the circle element in my design.




The background is cut from a slightly lighter pink cardstock than the outline die, with some of the dark pink petals left in place for texture and interest. A pink gem is added to the center before the flower is popped up on the panel and a pair of leaves added.

The MFT Greetings & Salutations sentiment is heated embossed before being added along with a scatter of raindrops.




I hope you get a chance to check out all the wonderful Clean Team cards at Freshly Made Sketches and play along with us this week!

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

CASology Week 344: SUMMER

Welcome to Week 344 at CASology!





We are having a cool, rainy spring here in southern California, leaving me looking forward to warmer summer days and beach time. What does summer mean to you?




The Stamp Market Skinny Upper Alpha dies spelling out the word BEACH on the kraft panel make me think of brightly colored beach towels on the sand. A little coarse glitter is added for interest and texture.




The design team has terrific cards this week!



Jacquie Southas (you are here)

Guest Designer: Marlena!

Sponsor: STAMPlorations!


We are looking forward to seeing how SUMMER inspires you - just remember to keep it Clean & Simple! We are going back to two week challenges as we move into summer, so you have until 9 AM Monday, June 3rd (CMT) to link your card to the CASology blog.

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches #388






Our fun sketch this week is from Clean Team Designer Karren Johnson! I really wanted to use a circle stamp in my design so pulled out PTI Sketched Shapes and played around with a few different colors before deciding on the New Leaf and Limeade Ice greens.




The inspiration to place the Poppystamps Boddington Tree border die cut in front of the sketchy circles came from this cool card by Jen Wills.  A simple birthday sentiment from MFT Sweet Succulents is heat embossed on the green panel before it is adhered to the white woodgrain embossed panel. The tree rectangle is popped up above the sentiment to finish off the card.




I'm linking this card to Seize the Birthday#165 in the Anything Goes category.




The Clean Team has fabulous cards this week - I hope you get a chance to check them out and play along with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

CASology Week 343: COLOR

Welcome to Week 343 at CASology!




I think this is pretty much an Anything Goes challenge with everything from rainbows to a favorite pop of color showing up in the gallery this week!




I pulled out an older MFT stamp set, Clearly Sentimental About Art, and their Color Drop Stax dies to create this super quick and easy card. The green drop is adhered directly onto the panel and the others attached with different height foam adhesives for added interest.




The design team has fun cards this week!



Jacquie Southas (you are here)

Guest Designer: Stephanie!


We are looking forward to seeing how COLOR inspires you - just remember to keep it Clean & Simple! You have until 9 AM Monday, May 20th (CMT) to link your card to the CASology blog.

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie

Monday, May 13, 2019

My Favorite Things Weekly Sketch Challenge MFTWSC436 Anniversary Card

This is one of those years when we don't have big plans for our anniversary, but I can't let the day go by without making a card. I knew I wanted to use one of the chef's from My Favorite Things Recipe for Happiness stamps and dies and had a design idea as soon as I saw the sketch for MFTWSC436.




The chef is stamped, colored and die cut before being adhered to the red brick embossed panel cut from a Jumbo Stitched Fishtail Flag die.




The sentiment is stamped on the white stitched panel before the brick embossed panels are added to frame it.




The chef's toe is adhered directly to the panel and foam dots are used under the head to give him a bit of dimension.

It's 24 years for us and I'm hoping for at least 24 more!

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches Week #387



A few different thoughts whirled through my head when I first saw this lovely sketch from Clean Team member, C├ęcile Ribon. I initially saw the trio of panels as a striped window awning but while searching through my stamps and dies, I completely changed directions after Avery Elle Bunting stamps and dies landed on my desk.




The party lanterns became my trio element and they are hung from a Memory Box Woodland Branch die that is trimmed in two pieces. Three layers of parts of the branch are adhered together to provide more stability and allow the lanterns to hang naturally.




The Clean Team has terrific cards this week! I hope you check them out and can play along with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

CASology Week 342: MOTHER

Welcome to Week 342 at CASology!




I'm sure I am not the only one who thought of Mother's Day with our cue word this week! The cue also works great for a new mom or a birthday card.




I die cut part of the One Big Happy sentiment and heat embossed the rest on a small sentiment strip. The small yellow flowers were stamped before the sentiment and sequins were added.




The design team had great cards this week!



Jacquie Southas (you are here)



We are looking forward to seeing how MOTHER inspires you - just remember to keep it Clean & Simple! You have until 9 AM Monday, May 13th (CMT) to link your card to the CASology blog.

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie



Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches #386




I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with this great sketch designed by Jennifer Brum. As often happens, once an idea has taken hold, I find it hard to shake so melded the circular element with the angled panel to create a large speech bubble.




To make the speech bubble lines closer to the lines of the sketch, the MFT Speech Bubble border is cut across a white panel first and then angled just along the right edge to make a second partial cut. The Lawn Fawn Chit Chat greetings are stamped on the speech bubble before it is embossed with dots. I wanted the dots to be subtle on this panel, so ran the finished panel through the die cut machine to press them down a bit.




The Concord & 9th Say Hello sentiment is heat embossed on the aqua panel before it is also embossed and the card assembled.

I am linking this card to Seize the Birthday #164 Texture.




The Clean Team has fabulous cards this week - I hope you will play along with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie


Tuesday, April 30, 2019

CASology Week 341: TURQUOISE

Welcome to Week 341 at CASology!




Did you think color or gemstone when you saw the cue word this week? Both inspired my card, especially the turquoise and silver jewelry of the southwest.




The Papertrey Ink Quilled Elegance image and sentiment are embossed on a watercolor paper panel and colored with a Turquoise Green Zig Real Brush marker.




The design team has terrific cards this week!



Jacquie Southas (you are here)

Guest Designer: Elizabeth!

Sponsor: Uniko!


We are looking forward to seeing how TURQUOISE inspires you - just remember to keep it Clean & Simple! You have until 9 AM Monday, May 6th (CMT) to link your card to the CASology blog.

I am also linking this card to Seize the Birthday in the Anything Goes category.




Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches #385




Clean Team Member Kim Singdahlsen has designed a lovely sketch for us this week! 




The vertical panel and circle elements become a bouquet of Concord& 9th Layering Leaves dies tied with a PTI Tremendous Tags star tag. 



A sweet Taylored Expressions enamel heart finishes off this clean and simple design.

The Clean Team has amazing cards for you this week - I hope you can play along with us!

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie


Tuesday, April 23, 2019

CASology Week 340: AFRICA and Twofer Challenge #15

Welcome to Week 340 at CASology!




I was so excited to see our cue word this week and immediately knew the beaded giraffe my daughter brought me from South Africa was going to be a further source of inspiration. I pulled out my Poppystamps Giraffe Trio dies and brightly colored beads and let them sit on my desk while working out a few design ideas. 




It was the MFT Stitched Arch die that really brought the design together. An arch window is cut from a panel, the Concord & 9th sentiment added and the panel popped up on a card base with foam adhesive.




The giraffe dies are cut several times from white card stock and five tucked into the window. A thin line of Glossy Accents is run along the inside edge of the arch and the string of beads tucked into place.




Once the Glossy Accents is dry, the beads are firmly adhered and the ends of the microfilament beading thread can be snipped and tucked under the bottom edge of the window.

Since the Twofer Card Challenge #15 is Zoo Animals, I decided to make another card using one of the giraffe dies.





A giraffe is cut from bright pink felt and then from the PTI From the Heart die. An MFT Beautiful Baby sentiment is added to the heart before the felt giraffe is inset and popped up on the heart embossed panel.




The design is finished with a twine bow and scatter of pale pink and clear sequins.




The two cards together!




The CASology design team has fabulous cards this week!



Jacquie Southas (you are here)

Guest Designer: Claire!


We are looking forward to seeing how AFRICA inspires you - just remember to keep it Clean & Simple! You have until 9 AM Monday, April 29th (CMT) to link your card to the CASology blog.

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie