CAS Christmas Cheer

Hello there. I have a CAS card to share today utilising some new goodies. Here is my card:

Using the colours for the current challenge at Color Throwdown, I first stamped the Stampin Up trees using Concord & 9th inks cubes, then die cut them with the matching stitched triangle dies – also from Stampin Up.

As these trees had a pattern, I die-cut the Tim Holtz deer – a new die set just released – out of dotty paper from Clearly Besotted. I die cut all the deer, but these are the two I chose for this card. The rest I put back into the packet of dies for future uese.

I placed them on the card, then decided I wanted to created a hillside, so as this card measures 7 x 5 inches – my go-to card size – I find the slimline dies more than adequately cut the length. I used the Lawn Fawn die set, decided which part of the hillside I wanted, then stuck down as you see here.

I didn’t stick the deer down fully, as well as the feet and legs being quite thin and narrow – I like to leave them and the antlers unstuck. I think it creates some movement on the card.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdownpurple, green, khaki

A Bit More Time To Craft anything goes

Allsorts Challengewinter scene or snow

Stamplorations CAS October ChallengeCAS – option of grey and orange not taken

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A Cat and a Frog……

Hi there. A second posting today with a couple of CAS one layer cards. When I was typing the title – it seemed like it was the beginning of a joke – ‘A cat and a frog walked into a bar……….

Anyhoo, here are my CAS cards:

For the first card I stamped a couple of cocktail glasses onto Lawn Fawn ‘Vanilla Malt’ card stock, added the frog, speech bubble and sentiment as you see, colouring the frog in three different light green Copics – dotting instead of actual colouring, to maintain a CAS style.

For the cat card, I stamped the stack of cups from Clearly Besotted, masked the top cup, then stamped the kitten in the cup. So – the masking of the top cup – I forgot to mask off the back of the top cup – so I created stripes on that solid cup to cover the mistake……….

Coloured with Copics, just the two colours for the mugs/sups, a couple of greys for the cat, then added the Honey Bee stamps sentiment underneath.

I shall be entering the frog card into the following challenges:

Simply Less Is More one layer card with theme ‘cheers’

2 Crafty Critter Craziesanything goes critters

I shall be entering the cat card into the following challenges:

Festive Friday Challenge3 from the inspo list (cat, pet sentiment, CAS)

Crafty Animals Challengeanything goes with animals

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Floral Circles

Hi there. I have a CAS card to share today, which actually took quite a bit of sorting out – where to place the circles, do I layer them on top of anything? How on earth do I stick down the little pieces themselves?

I came up with this:

And then I came up with this with the negative pieces:

I’m not sure I like the strip of embossed card under the circles, but I had already stuck it down – which is why I went with fiddling with the negative pieces to create the second card – thank goodness I had saved them to one side and not binned them straight away!

I used a couple of images from the Pink fresh Studio die set, and cut them out after I had coloured an area for each circle with a red, orange, and purple Copic.

The first card is sticking those main die-cuts onto a circle stitched piece of card before putting together as you see. I toyed with the idea of putting the circles on the left side, then the right side, and decided the middle was the best way to show-case these die cuts.

The second card was a little more taxing……

I cut the images again out of white card, then stuck that onto the circles, then inlaid all the coloured piece from the first card.

But – can you see the little itty bitty piece on the red leaf? Well – that went walk-about. That little bitty piece flew away – goodness knows where to…. I was tempted to colour that little hole with the red marker – but I would have totally messed it up! So I left it as it was – did you notice before I told you? Hmmmm….

For a sentiment – I decided not to put one on the front of the card. I am making cards currently for ‘just because’ reasons, just to send out, for no particular occasion – just so I can write a little note to pop inside – that’s when I’m not creating cards for DT challenges anyway…..

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdown orange, red, purple

Cut It Up Challengemake a card and include die cuts

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Sapphire Dahlia

Hello once again. I hope you are all well.

I have a monochrome one layer card to share today:

The current challenge at CASology is ‘September’. So – having a September birthday, and being a Virgo – I was wondering what to make for this challenge.

I knew the birth stone was a sapphire, I Googled the flower – an Aster or a Dahlia – so I searched the Color My Life app – and hey presto – this Concord & 9th stamp and die set appeared.

This is a turnabout stamp set – and the die is actually a turnabout die too – but when I tried the die out – I failed. Not once, not twice – but three times. So – rethink………..

I usually don’t have any luck with turnabout stamp sets either – despite using the ‘jig’ – but recently one card went well – so I braced myself and tried again…and I like the result.

The colours used are based on the darkest blue being ‘Sapphire‘ from Altenew ‘Glacier Caves‘ ink cube set – so I used all four of those blue colours for the turnabout.

The sentiment is also from that same stamp set, and as I could fit it onto the card – I went with the sapphire blue again.

So – Dahlia and Sapphire are both homage to the cue ‘September’…..

I shall be entering the following challenges:

CASology September

Krafty Chicksstamp act

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Rainbow Butterflies

Hello there. I hope you are all doing well. I have created a card which I would like to share with you:

I seem to be in a bright and rainbow mood at the moment – how strange is that? I know – rainbows not usually my style – but since obtaining the Concord & 9th mini cube set – I can’t seem to get enough! I just look through the swatch of the colours and stamp away……

Another encouragement card, clean and simple, the large butterfly is the only layer to it – the rest stamped onto the base card.

The card itself is A4 folded in half. Why such a large card I hear you say? Well, I knew I wanted a row of butterflies, and to make this work – the card had to be larger than usual, especially if I was also adding the larger butterfly die-cut too.

To stamp the row of butterflies straight, I used my Memory Misti – as that is huge – 12 inches square stamping area – it’s easy to move things around to stamp. I must remember to use that more often……

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Just Us Girls Butterflies

AAA cards CAS sketch – option at the movies – Papillon – one of my all time favourites – though can be harrowingand with one of my all time favourite actors……..

Big Birthday Wishes

Hello. It’s raining here today, a little relief from the high temperatures last week – but I like whatever the UK weather tends to throw at us – barring the absolute extremes, of course.

I have couple of cards to share today using the same stamp set from Hello Bluebird, and for a few different challenges:

Both are one layer cards, stamped onto folded card-stock from Catherine Pooler I received many eons ago in one of her kits.

For the hippo card, I stamped the hippo in Gina K amalgam ink, then coloured with warm grey Copics, adding some white gel pen for details.

The grass was drawn on – to fit in with one of the challenge themes – and coloured with Copics. I must say – drawing grass is far harder than it might look. 🙂

The second card, the elephant, was coloured in the cool grey Copic markers, and this time I just drew in the top of the grass and coloured the rest with the same as the previous card, but adding bunches of grass with the darker green instead of drawing more black lines.

The hippo card will be entered into the following challenges:

Simply Less Is More CAS and doodles

Animal friends Challenge hippo or rhino

Watercooler Challengeoccasions

The elephant card will be entered into the following challenges:

Moving Along With The Times Elephants

Pink Gem Challenge anything goes

Seize The Birthdaybirthday anything goes with option rainbow colours (not taken)

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You’re The Cat’s Meow

Hello and welcome once again. I have a card to share today which turned out to be made largely from Mama Elephant products. This wasn’t planned at all – it was just the way my mind went when designing the card:

The theme started off from the current challenge at CASology – the prompt word being ‘BALL’. I put that into the Color My Life app and it came up with lots of balloons in my stash – and a few stamp sets which had cats/kittens with balls of wool.

Of those three, I chose the Mama Elephant stamp set ‘My Pet Kitties‘, stamped a couple of the images in Gina K Amalgam ink onto a scrap piece of Concord & 9th white card (from a previous make).

I coloured the kitties in Copics – the warm greys (and this card stock loves Copics – very easy) with a touch of peach to the ears, an aqua Copic for the wool balls – following the current colours at Color Throwdown – and then used the matching dies to cut them out.

I was going to go with a ‘normal’ card layout, but I have several of the slimline die sets so I went with that. I first looked on the Mama Elephant web site to get the dimensions for a slimline card, especially as I was using their dies to create one.

The base card is Neenah card, the Kraft layer is cut using Mama Elephant ‘Slim Card Basics‘, as is the white layer and the three windows.

Instead of ink blending the windows, I used another Mama Elephant die set – ‘Slim Window Dressing‘ – which had grass and cloud dies so I used an aqua and Kraft card for those two layers in each window.

The sentiment is from C.C. Designs ‘Cutie Cats‘ – one of the other stamp sets I was going to use – and then all put together with foam pads and glue as you see.

I added a couple of little butterflies – just because I could………

Even though this has a few layers to it, I still think it’s CAS enough for the CASology Challenge – but I am sure the DT there will let me know if it’s a problem – I still had fun thinking about a card for their current theme – it has taken me days and days…….

I shall be entering the following challenges:

CASology word prompt ‘BALL’

Color Throwdownpeach aqua, Kraft

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge midsummer blues – use blue, or the blues music, or sad

You Really Are The Sweetest…

Hello there. I have a ‘berry’ sweet card to share today – pun intended:

See what I mean?

I used the Clearly Besotted ‘Pick a Plushie‘ stamp set and – obviously- the strawberry. Once stamped with Gina K amalgam ink and coloured with Copics – I then had to fussy-cut them out……I know – not usually my thing, but these were quite easy.

I then used some white gel pen for details and turned to the sketch layout, using three die cut squares which were left over when I die-cut the Heffy Doodle ‘Stitched Slimline Trio die’ a few cards ago – I always keep these little squares or circles for future uses – but sometimes I forget I have them! These were still on my craft desk and just begging to be used.

The inner small squares were cut using a Stampin Up ‘Stitched Squares’ die set – a staple in my craft drawer and used frequently.

The sentiment is from the same Clearly Besotted stamp set and stamped directly onto the card base.

I am continuing to make cards for non-specific reasons and just sending them to friends as a little encouragement and contact.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Fusion Card Challengesketch and/or photo – photo inspiration of the berries

CAS Colours and Sketchessketch

Crafty Sentiments Designsanything goes

Arty Divas Challengeanything goes

Inkspirationalword prompt ‘Face‘ – my strawberries have faces 🙂

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A White Daisy

Hi there. I hope you are all well. I was lucky to obtain the new ink cubes and card stock from Concord & 9th when it was first released over here in the UK.

This card features just the card stock – all die cutting – mixing the three Concord & 9th ‘Fresh Cut Florals‘ die sets for several challenges:

A close friend of mine has a birthday on 11th August, so this card was made withe her in mind. I knew I could go a little more dimensional as I could take it to her so I wasn’t worried about giving the daisy a little bit of dimension and life – whilst still keeping the look CAS.

She has been shielding since March, so I haven’t seen her – though we have kept in contact. Her family has been doing the shopping etc. It’s only recently that people who have been shielding have been ‘let out’ of the house. I’ll be picking up some real flowers and maybe a little treat as well.

After die-cutting the three sets a dies a few times in the blue, white, marmalade and red pieces of card, I then played with the colours of each element. I knew the white daisy was going to take centre stage, but the other elements were moved and changed around until I had the layout you see above.

I have some huge white daisy in our garden which were also an inspiration:

I didn’t ink the leaves of the daisy – just clean lines and colours. I looked for a sentiment – and I have a lot of them – but in the end I decided to put the sentiment on the inside to keep the outside kinda ‘pure’.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdown – red, coral, blue, white

Watercooler Challengeatg with feminine twist

Simply Less Is More CAS Summer Flowers

Give a Crafter a Cookiephoto Inspiration (white flowers)

Clean and Simple On SundayCAS Nature

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Life’s a beach…..

Hello there. I have a CAS card to share today which stretched my Copic colouring knowledge – research was undertaken! – to create a beach scene:

I used Make It colour blending card and stamped the Clearly Besotted scene onto the bottom of it in Gina K amalgam ink.

Once stamped, I then turned to the tinterweb and searched for ideas on colours and ‘how to‘ colour a beach scene and the sea. Most of the colours and methods came from watching Mindy Baxter do her magic – very inspiring. I added some more colours – and actually used a couple of different ‘blues’ for the sea as I didn’t want it too dark or even too light – but kudos to her for her easy to follow instructions.

Here is a picture of the colours I used:

I think I missed the dark brown Copics somehow!

I find taking a picture of the colours helps me to look back and see what I was happy with, and what combination of colours I may use again. I do write these down in a note book – very OCD at the moment – and write where I have used them on what card and what post so I can easily look back and see if I was happy with the colours or not.

The card was then die cut using some stitched rectangle frames, then adhered to a white card base. The Make It card isn’t thick enough to be used as a one layer card, so if I want to do one of those, I tend to colour on Neenah Classic Crest – but I find that doesn’t blend as well, so I have to choose my colours carefully – or colour using another medium.

I hope you are all well and managing to stay sane……!

I shall be entering the following challenges:

AAA CardsCAS along the edge with option of ‘beach’

Lemon Shortbread anything goes

Crafty Sentiments Designs anything goes

Colour Crazy Challengeweek 30 – anything goes colouring

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