Wednesday, 1 October 2014

CAS-ology chocolate

This week's word at CAS-ology is irrestistable - well actually it's chocolate but you know what I mean :) !
I used the Rubber Romance stamp recently for a beverage challenge, so out it came again, this time I added some chocolates that I bought years ago from Dimension Fourth - yummy aren't they?  I've added some 'caramel' to top a couple of the choccies and cut the panel around them.

Hmm... think I need some chocolate to go with my lunchtime coffee now

Monday, 29 September 2014

Ooh La La Creations - Challenge #166 - use a bow

It's time for a new challenge at Ooh La La Creations and this time Michelle has set a fun challenge: use a bow.  I've added an ombre bow to my gorgeous image from the Say it with Words CD.  The background uses an insert, matted onto some lovely bright gold DP from the same collection on the CD, and with a few sequins added.  Wonderful sentiment on this autumnal image reads:
'Those who don't believe in magic will never find it'.

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Less is More Week 191

 It's Saturday again - hooray - which of course means it's time for another Less is More Challenge.  This week our theme is 'Mostly Words'.  Having made my two cards several days apary, I was surprised to realise that they are such similar layouts and styles  - oops!

First card uses Endless Wishes, a new Stampin' Up set that will be really useful:  sentiments in two sizes and an assortment of snowflakes.  Blue pearls and a narrow blue mat were added to this tentfold card.
Second card is a tentfold again, this time I used my Portrait to cut the Happy words, in a similar font to the Simon Says sentiment.  Narrow strips of scraps were added beneath the words.  This is very CAS, the only additions are the twine and the rounded corners.  It was time consuming to add the tiny centres to the 'P's and 'A's but was worth it I felt.

I'm looking forward to seeing what words you all come up with :)

Friday, 26 September 2014

Just Lion Around

It's been a while since I've managed to make a card for CD Sunday.  Just in time (I hope) here is my card for the current challenge, birthday card for a male.

The DP square, image and sentiment all print from one page of the Pollyanna Pickering World Wildlife DVD.  I've matted them all onto gold card and added an embossed background as well as some of the webbing in brown.  I think the sentiment is perfect :)
I'm also entering my card for:
Simon Says - anything goes
Hobbybook - embossing
Tok Bobok - masculine (second entry)

Thursday, 25 September 2014

A Moment of Clarity

Wasn't able to get to Ally Pally last week so treated myself to some Clarity retail therapy instead.  I'm waiting for stencil brushes to arrive but in the meantime I made this using ink dusters and Distress Inks for the masked off background.    The trees are Chipped Sapphire DI and the deer are Versafine.  I doodled a border and added a thin mat to mount it onto my card.

I'm entering my card for:
Clarity Stamp Challenge - nature
Simon Says - anything goes
Craftroom Challenge - forest friends (deer and trees, reckon that fits this one :) )
Ruby's Rainbow - anything goes
Inky Impressions - anything goes

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Love the Retro Look

I've been dithering for ages about buying this set of dies and now I have them I'm so glad I did, I absolutely LOVE the look of them!  They are by Avery Elle (Thanks Tara at Make the Day Special for a super-speedy service) and this is my first card from a series.  Colourscheme is from CAS - Colours and Sketches where this week's combi is black, white and hello honey.  My yellow is quite a bright one but it is yellow, not orange - honest!  The stamps are both Visible Image and I added a bit of ribbon to match.
I'm also entering my card for:
Simon Says - anything goes
NBUS - the amazing Darnell's 2nd challenge
Incy Wincy Designs - anything goes
Scrapper's Delight - anything goes - no design paper

Monday, 22 September 2014

Falling Leaves

Today's card is scratching an itch - I saw a wonderful card here via Pinterest and felt the need to make it.  I had a Crafts Too embossing folder and a tiny leaf punch that may even be the exact same one used by Joanne!  I cut leaves from the autumnal paper scraps and glued them down with Glossy Accents.  The sentiment is by Hero Arts.  I tried adding some twine to give it something different but it just didn't look as good.  Sometimes you can't improve on perfection and that's what I reckon the original I CASEd is!

I'm entering my card for a few of the current Fall/Autumn challenges:
Bearly Mine - autumnal
2cuteink - fall
Lexi's Creations - autumn colours
Stempelgarten - autumn
Simply Create Too - fall/autumn
4 Crafty Chicks - fall
Delightful Challenges - all fall down
Milk, Coffee - colours of autumn

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Fantastic Fox

Today's card started with the layout for CAS(E) this Sketch and evolved slightly as it went along, which brought in the Tag theme at Simon Says. Hope it isn't too far removed from the original sketch!  Started with a Pink Petticoat digi coloured that has been sitting on my desk.  Added a frame cut with the Portrait and threaded some SU ribbon through it.  Made the digi into a tag and added twine, used a SU embossing folder with dots (echoing the sketch) and made it into a tent fold card.
I'm also entering a few other challenges:
Addicted to CAS - cuddly (ok foxes are really not cuddly in real life but this one is rather cute!)
Wag'n'Whiskers - with our furry friends
Delicious Doodles - tag it

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Less is More Week 190

 This week at Less is More our theme is "Let's face the music and dance", which can be interpreted in all sorts of different ways; I just hope you don't have that dratted music stuck in your brain as I do!  My first card uses a Lavinia Designs silhouette stamp on an inked background.  I outlined the 'hill' with a Pigma pen, something I saw on Barbara Gray's blog.  This was so nearly a one layer card, until the clear plastic that the stamp is stored on shed a small black mark...
I am behind on my challenges after the past week, so I'm entering my card for the following:
Art Impressions - orange, purple and black
Crafty Little Fairies - sparkle and bling
Moving along with the Times - fairies
Natalie and Amy's Challenge - things with wings

MY second card uses an Impression Obsession stamp that I fell for recently on one of my craft show forays with Chrissie, I think it was Newbury?  The two girls look as though they are just waiting to dance.  Sentiment is SU and I embossed part of a music folder onto the card. Coloured with Copics.
I'm entering my card for:
Crafty Catz - Pretty Women
Hobbybook Designer - embossing

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Ooh La La Challenge #165 - Birthday Boy

A big OOPS with my DT posting for Ooh La La this week - this should have been posted on Monday and I completely forgot!  So sorry.  A lot going on here.

Anyhow, this week at Ooh La La Creations our theme is Birthday Boy.  You may have spotted that my card doesn't say "happy birthday", however it was made by request for a chap, with a Border Collie on it!  Image is from the brilliant Faithful Friends CD, I've added some twine and used my Portrait to make a paw-print border.  Quite c&s, it went down very well I'm told.

I'm also entering my card for:
Cards for Guys - no patterned paper
Tokbobok - masculine
Jellypark - pets and animals (love the hamster on their blog!)
The Squirrel and the Fox - for a male
Creative Corner - male challenge
Patti's Creations - dog or cat (hope a CD image counts)