Tuesday, 30 April 2013

For the guys (and the gals!)

Thinking of You
Hey!

So I'm busy this week studying. I love to learn so I'm not complaining, and I'm especially not complaining when it's a card class! :)

Yup, the His & Hers online card class started on Monday and boy, am I  glad I signed up after only Day 1! I'm a girl with a lot of guys in my family, so I'm hoping to build up a stash of guy cards and maybe - just maybe - conquer that little bit of fear I experience when I have to create for a guy!

Day 1 was all about the simple 'Thinking of You' card. The idea is to use a technique, product, sketch etc and make it cater for both the guys and the gals.

Kristina Werner featured a great sketch that I couldn't resist and both Jennifer McGuire and guest designer, Lisa Spangler featured the same products for their cards. Jennifer also featured an awesome technique that I hope to use later on...*wink*

So armed with a sketch and a stamp that I wanted to use on both cards, I got busy.

The card at the top is my guy card (I hope you can tell it's a guy card) and this card below is my gal card:

Thinking of You

Now I thought I'd be struggling with the guy card, but it was actually the gal card that had me scratching my head and walking away for cups of tea! What can I say? The course must be conquering that fear of mine already - ha!

As always, thank you so much for stopping by this little corner of Blogland. Hoping to be back soon with some more guy cards (and gal cards of course!)

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Monday, 29 April 2013

Trendy Feathers....

Feather Thank You

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Happy Monday! I'm zooming by today to let you know that I have a little exciting post on the Paper Crafter's Library as their Featured Designer. Be sure to check it out if you wanna see a project that I've not shared on here yet! :)

Today's card is one I've shared over there too, and features some gorgeous, trendy feathers that I've cut using the Southwest cartridge and my Cricut Mini.

tips and tricks
  • If you're cramped for space and have to pack away your electronic cutter when you're not using it (like me!) plan ahead and cut in bulk.  I cut loads of these feathers, in various sizes, from white cardstock. They now sit on my desk and I can simply colour them with an alcohol marker to have coordinating embellishments on demand!
  • Heat embossing isn't only for stamped images. I tapped my embossing ink on the tips of these feathers and covered in gold embossing powder to give those trendy feathers more 'oomph'! :)
I hope you can pop across to the post if you have time...  :)

Right, I must dash as I've got day at work and I'm also about to start the His & Hers Online Card Class later on, so I better get prepared as it starts today! Cue lots of cards for the guys to be created this week (fingers crossed!)

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Thursday, 25 April 2013

Hello (and Goodbye)

Chevron Hello
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So another Friday-Eve rolls up. Are you ready for the weekend? Ready for a new CASE Study perhaps?!

Well c'mon, it's JJ's final week with us on CASE Study so let's say goodbye to her in style with this beauty of hers up for studying this week:

Check out the original post of this card here.

I was really taken by JJ's use of colour for this week's CASE Study. In fact, I found it the perfect excuse to cut into yet more of my Park Bench patterened paper collection *wink* Someone stop me, I've never used so much of a single 6x6 patterned paper pad!

The circular element of JJ's card is reflected in my sentiment focal point. To add a touch more interest to my design, I tucked the circle behind a row of trendy chevrons. :)

tips and tricks
  • Create your own coordinating pearls by colouring white ones with an alcohol marker! 
  • Look at the patterns of the paper you work with and see if you can add any interesting features by trimming parts of the design. 

Oh you know you wanna play along, right?! Get a mojo boost from the CASE Study DT before you get to your crafting stations:

Amy Wanford (That's me!)
Anya Schrier (Guest DT)
Andrea Ewen

Clare Buswell 
Debby Hughes  
Iwona Palamountain (Chupa)
Jean Martin 

Jeanna Jachna  
Maureen Plut

Teneale Williams

JJ Bolton (April's Muse)    

I've really gotta keep it short and sweet today. That whole burning the candle at both ends thing I was talking about?! Well I'm still doing it. However, after this weekend I'll be indulging in sleep and Blogland for sure. Thanks for stickin' around in the meantime and visiting me!

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Thursday, 18 April 2013

A Peek-a-Boo Book Worm...

Book Worm
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I'm zooming by today to not only wish you all a happy Friday-Eve, but to let you know about a fabulous new CASE Study we have courtesy of our muse, JJ Bolton! 

Feast your studying eyes upon this fab card of JJ's and be inspired!

Check out the original post of this card here.

I was taken by JJ's use of a negative circle, and wanted to add a clever twist to my card as a nod to her genius when it comes to interactive cards.

So where's the clever twist? Well why not just push that tab up on my card...

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....just a little bit more....

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Ta da! A peek-a-boo book worm magically appears! :) 

Book Worm Collage

Be sure to check out what the rest of the CASE Study DT inked up for your viewing pleasure:

Amy Wanford (That's me!)
Anya Schrier (Guest DT)
Andrea Ewen

Clare Buswell 
Debby Hughes  
Iwona Palamountain (Chupa)
Jean Martin 

Jeanna Jachna  
Maureen Plut

Teneale Williams

JJ Bolton (April's Muse)   

And as always, we're really hoping you'll be inspired by JJ's card and play along with us! 

Gotta keep it short and sweet today: I'm burning the candle at both ends this week...I swear I'm gonna fall asleep at the most inappropriate moment soon. Here's to the weekend! :)

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