Sunday, September 30, 2012

Blog Banner Inspired

This week's challenge at CAS-ual Fridays is "Toot your own horn"  they want you to use your blog banner as inspiration.  How FUN is that?  I enlisted the help of this week's Retro Sketch for the layout of my card and this is what I came up with....

All of the supplies I used are from Stampin Up (except for the white cardstock which is from PTI - IMO that is the BEST white CS).  I used the SU My Digital Studio software to create my blog banner so I thought it was only right to use SU supplies for my card.  The color scheme on this card is actually the same color scheme I have in my bedroom.

I used the Gallon, Quart, Pint color concept from Julie Day's post for this same challenge.  It reminded me about the post I read on the Moxie Fab World blog about this concept a few weeks ago.  You can read the post HERE.

My gallon color is white, my quart is Baja Breeze and my pint is chocolate chip.
Here are the links to the challenges - just click on the captions to get to the challenges:



Thanks for checking out my card today!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Wow, September has been BUSY!!!  I haven't had a post for almost 2 weeks.

This week I've been working on some more digital designs.  I thought I should do some funny cards for something different.  I used the Bugaboo Digital Stamp Stella One More Candle for the image.  I made up my own sentiment - hehe. 

Here's what I came up with.....

 Inside Reads....

I wanted to keep this very CAS so it can be easily reproduced for those times when I just need a quick card.  I colored the image using GIMP and then used MS Word to import the picture and add the sentiment.  I cut it out and mounted it on black cardstock.

I think it still needs something more, but I can't decide what I should add to it.  One thought I had is I could add some paper piercing to create a border.  Or, I could add glossy accents to the candles.  I'd love suggestions from my crafty friends.  What would you do?

I decided to try taking my photo on my window sill the way my super talented friend Wida does for her cards.  I've been having so much trouble with lighting in my photo tent lately and the lighting on this was perfect.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my CAS Digital Card.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You

For the past few months I've been dealing with some personal health issues.  Luckily, I'm well on the road to recovery....hopefully there won't be any more speed bumps on that road.  It's been difficult and emotional but I realize that it could always be worse.  One thing I've learned through this is that I have a lot to be Thankful for.  I have some absolutely AMAZING Friends and Family that have been supportive and loving.  I am not the best at letting people take care of me...but the reality is that sometimes in life you're going to need someone to take care of you.  In those times when things have been the most challenging I came to see how LUCKY I am. This card is just a simple and heartfelt THANK YOU.

Besides gratitude, this card was inspired by a couple challenges.  This week's CAS-ual Fridays challenge is to use Black & White and another color - I chose RED.  I'm also entering this card in the Moxie Fab World Repetition challenge using my stamped flower as my repeating image.  I stamped a row of 4 flowers followed by a row of 3 flowers to create a repetitive pattern.  Then I colored the centers of the flowers with a red marker.  The flower and sentiment are both from Hero Arts.  (I finally figured out what to do with those little stamps - LOL)

Last, but certainly not least, I'm THANKFUL for my Blog Followers/Friends.  It's nice to know people that really understand what I'm talking about when I describe how I made my card :)


Here are the links to the challenges:

CAS-ual Fridays - CFC70

Moxie Fab World - The Repetition Challenge


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Happy Birthday - Embossed - CFC69

I'm back with another card for this week's CAS-ual Fridays challenge.  The challenge is to create a card using embossing.  Here's my card:

I am in need of some masculine cards so I made this card using masculine colors.  The chevron pattern on the bottom is dry embossed and the sentiment in the middle is heat embossed.  Even though this card is very simple, I really like the layout and how simple it is.  This is something I can whip up quickly when I need a card.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my card today!


Monday, September 10, 2012

Thinking of You Butterfly - CFC69

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a GREAT weekend!  My weekend was pretty GREAT!  Now that it's Football season, I get more time to craft.  My team won yesterday in a very close game.  Go LIONS!!!!

This is a Thinking of you Card that I made for the current CAS-ual Fridays challenge.  This week's challenge is to use embossing (either dry or heat or both).  I used 2 embossing folders on this card - 3 if you count the embossed butterfly.  I stamped the sentiment on the base layer and let it dry before I embossed it with the linen embossing folder.

Paper:  Baja Breeze, Basic Black.  
Stamps:  Hero Arts
Ink:  Memento Black
Accessories:  Chevron Embossing Folder (SU), Butterfly Die (SU), Linen embossing folder (Papertrey Ink)

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my card!  I'll be back tomorrow with another card for the CAS-ual Fridays challenge!


Sunday, September 9, 2012

Ava Fairy - Well Wishes Card

A couple weeks ago I played along with the Case Study challenge to CASE another player.  I played with my friend Wida and her fun CASIDEA and much to my surprise the super talented DT at Case Study picked my card as one of their Top 3 for that challenge.  What a super honor!  You can see that post with my card and the chain of inspiration HERE.

This week they have a new challenge and the inspiration photo was so fun I had to play along.  The card we have to CASE is from the extremely talented Yoshie Nakagaki aka. Torico

 Here's the card we are CASING:

Here's my card:

I kept they layout mostly the same. Changed the card base from white to red and cut out the layer of matting.  Then I added a layer behind the image circle.  I used the same basic color combination and even found an image with an antenna and wings.  The wings didn't originally have the black stripe.  I added it to make it a little more like the inspiration piece.  I used the adorable Ava Fairy stamp from Totally Stampalicious for the image.  Instead of stitching on the outside I used paper piercing.  One thing you will not find often on my cards is sewing.  Not because I don't like it but because I am not good at it.  The sentiment at the top is from Hero Arts Big Hugs.  I like that this card can be used for Thinking of you, Birthday or Thank you.  The sentiment is so versatile.

This was a FUN challenge!  If you want to play along you can find the challenge here CSC107.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my card today!