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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Thanks Dad, another birdie card

 Another birdie card today!  Still working on Father's Day and hoping to finish all 100 cards for tomorrow!
I had seen this new sketch challenge over at 
Dawn's Stamp Away with Me (WPlus9) and really wanted to give it a go!  The sketch is from the uber talented Joni Andaya.
I love my WPlus9 Folk Art Floral dies and reach for them quite often, so this sketch provided another opportunity :)  I want to send this over to 
Addicted to CAS as my second cup.
The patterned paper is from SU and the platinum embossed sentiments are Avery Elle.
Thanks for stopping in and taking a peek!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Thanks Dad

Hi there,
Continuing with my Father's Day cards here and thought I would share this one with Addicted to CAS as the current challenge is calling for birds!  I used a Technique Tuesday brach stamped in SU brown sugar and two of the birds from PTI Feather Finery stamped in Canyon clay and Lost Lagoon (second generations)
The speech bubble die is MFT Die namics "Say What" and the sentiment is from Taylored Expressions from the set "My Favorite Dad".  I added some blue Atyou Spica dots to Dad's chest and then hi-lighted the breast and wing areas with clear WOS.  CAS EZPZ!
Thanks for stopping in and have a great day!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Father's Day organic leaves

 Hello, hello!
I have had the laziest Sunday morning in years today.  It was raining cats and dogs, darling hubby was off to Vienna and after he left, I watched season four of Downton Abbey.  Next season please!  I will have to check if available to watch in long sessions...I was late to the Downton series, but absolutely love it!

Onto a card for a few challenges...A second cup for Michele's lovely Muse 117
A card for Ellen's Mix it up using one of the Wild Garden leaf dies from Julie...(I LOVE this set and the leaf really reminds me of the arts and crafts movement) and the handsome banner is Avery Elle from The Man stamp set that I embossed with SU espresso EP.  The leaf was cut six times for each card that I made.  Three in a green foil cs and three from the woodgrain cs that I used for the fronts of the cards.  I lined up the the leaf shape across the standard size card front and to my delight, three = lovely spacing!
Happy Little Stampers is calling for die cuts/punches, so I am offering up over there too!  Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope that you are having a great Sunday!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Father's Day dragonfly

 Happy middle of the week!  I created a card with inspiration from Michele, this week's Muse. See her beautiful card to the left for Muse #117.
As I am making lots of Father's Day cards for the CoOp, I took inspiration from Michele's sketch, but used it sideways.  I made my own template for the rectangular windows as I do not have a fancy multiple window die and I think it worked out pretty ok.  I used the dragonfly stamp from PTI Masculine Motifs and stamped in colours to match my vintage Basic Grey strip of stripes.  I only had one 6 X 6 sheet of this but I was able to make eight cards.  I also applied clear WOS to the wings, but it does not show on screen.  The sentiment is from the same set and fit just right in between the windows :)
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Oh Joy!

Welcome to my very first post as a designer for the Muse Christmas Visions card challenge!
Today's challenge is MCV 2!

For my card today, I really wanted to use the word Joy and try to make a very simply styled card that can be easily made in multiples. 
A CAS card...dare I say!  Of course, it could be dressed further with sequins, snowflakes...
I've used some of my current favourite elements on today's card.
Liquid Platinum embossing, vellum, a rich in colour card stock, a gorgeous die cut word and a new floral stamp.  
The new stamp is from Magenta and called Zen Star Flower.  Even though it is not truly a Christmas flower, it reminded me a lot of a poinsettia.  I stamped in Versa Mark and heat embossed with Ranger Liquid Platinum and then coloured the center with an Atyou Spica turquoise pen and cut out.  
I embossed the sentiment from the PTI set, Wonderful Words: Joy, in the same manner onto a strip of vellum.  Once that was done, I die cut the PTI Joy into the vellum, wrapped it around the card front and secured.  I placed the Zen Star flower partly over the vellum and slightly off of the card edge and secured.  I trimmed the edges off and then die cut the Joy into PTI Tropical Teal 3 times and stacked and then adhered to the inlay.  This was then adhered to a white card base.
I hope that this simple card will somehow inspire you to start on those cards!
Maybe one of these elements is a favourite to you too?  I would love to see how you might be inspired in the gallery!
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Joyous blue!

Hi there!  Happy Friday :)
Just popping in with a card that was inspired by Kimberly's beauty here for the very first Muse: Christmas Visions challenge MCV1!
Here is Kimberly's card
and here is mine
I loved seeing Kimberly's blue and gold together and just had to have a go!
I used a Hero Arts stamp with really pretty and intricate snowflakes around the JOY sentiment that just begged to be water coloured.  I used a bright blue from my Derwent Inktense pencils, adding more water to lighten up the colour for the snowflakes area.  I trimmed down the WC front all around and with one of the narrow strips, I coated with Versa Mark and gold EP twice.  I did the same for the 3 wood stars, but coated them 3 times. Darnell would say!
Hope to see in the gallery how Kimberly's card will inspire you!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Black and white and gold graduation

Hello there!
I wanted to pop in today and remind you that the very first Muse Christmas Visions challenge is going on right now!  Kimberly has a real beauty up with lots of inspiration!  
You can see it on the Muse Christmas Visions site here
You have a whole week to play and the challenge closes on Wednesday, 
May 13th at 8:00am C/ 9:00 E


I do have a card this morning for another challenge.
I forgot to post this graduation card for the ATCAS it is...

Thanks for stopping by!  

Saturday, May 2, 2015

News! Happy News!

Happy Saturday!

The day is finally here and I can now reveal some very happy news that I have known for some time!  I am so excited to tell you...
Look at this!

My very first designer position :)))))
I am sure that you have heard the MUSE news.  Starting on May 6th, a new challenge will be born.
It is the Muse Christmas Visions.  
The creative brains and talent behind this new venture is the one and only Ardyth from MASKerade!  Ardyth is the Muse Christmas Vision DT co-ordinator.  You can see all of the details here on the Muse Christmas Visions sight.

There is blog candy too!  A "Stocking Stuffer" to start you on your way to making beautiful Christmas cards!

Leave a comment on the new Muse site and you could win this awesome prize pack of 3 Wink of Stella pens in clear, gold, and silver AND a great die from Memory Box that Ardyth has so generously offered to one lucky person selected from the comments.  Wouldn't that be sweet?! 

Head on over to Muse:Christmas Visions to comment and please help yourself to a swanky new badge at the same time!

The inaugural challenge starts Wednesday, May 6th! Mark your calendars :)

I / we hope to see you inspired and creating lots of fabulous Christmas cards each week!

Thanks so much for stopping in today!