Thursday, 30 August 2012

Winner time...

Please scroll down or click here to check out my CASE Study post - thanks! :)


Thanks so much for taking the time to leave such lovely comments on my Card Design Handbook blog hop post!

It's time to draw a winner, so do your thing Mr Random.Org:

Number 85 is lucky for, jengd who said:

Congrats, jengd! You've just bagged yourself a copy of one awesome publication! Please email me your name and address (see my 'Contact Me' tab at the top for my email addy) and that Card Design Handbook will be on its way to ya!

Thanks once again to everyone who joined in the fun! :)

Catch ya later!

Colour my world...I'll show you how!


Eeek! Friday-Eve already! I'll be back at school in a few days! But before I pack my school bag, let's make the most of Friday-Eve with a CASE Study.

Now it's still August (just!) so we're still having a blast celebrating CASE Study's 2nd Anniversary. Let's recap on what we've done so far:
  • We've shown our signature style
  • We've thought outta the box
  • We've CASEd a DT Member
  • We've CASEd you
So what's left? Well to CASE ourselves of course! We're asking you to do the same too this week.

So for my CASE I picked a card that I had a blast making...and one I thought I'd have a blast CASEing:
Fully Re-covered...
Check out the full deets of this card here!

Recognise it? It's a magic slider card and since sooooo many of you requested a tutorial for this, I've finally had time to do it - hurrah!

But first, my CASE:

Colour Magic bw

I like that this magic card plays on the sentiment, and I wanted the only colours to feature in the 'magic' :)

Colour Magic2
Literally colouring my world before your very eyes!

Colour Magic3
I'm also entering this card into the August Hero Arts Challenge - CAS stamping.

And before I head into a picture heavy tutorial, I'm sure some of you want to skidaddle, check out the rest of the CASE Study DT and get inky:
Amy Wanford (That's me!)

Be sure to CASE yourself and play along with us! :)

Slider Card Tutorial

Now for those readers stopping on to read the tutorial: OK so are you ready to make one of these? They're super easy - I promise! :)

Step 1 - Supplies
Step 1
This list is in addition to basic supplies of cardstock etc... It's easier if you've got these in your crafty stash but if you haven't, improvise!
  • Seed Packet Die (Papertrey Ink)
  • Tag Sale Die #1 (Papertrey Ink)
  • Rectangular Nestability (Spellbinders)
  • Acetate
  • Sticky Foam Pads
  • Ink for stamping on acetate (I used Staz-on)
Step 2 - Cut a tag from white cardstock and a tag from acetate
Step 2

Step 3 - Stamp image on acetate (I used Staz-on) and stamp same image in light ink on paper (yes, paper and not card; you want to keep things nice and slim for the trick to work smoothly) and colour (trust me, it's much easier to do this rather than try and stamp precisely on the card tag so the images line up nicely when on top of each other). Alternatively you could stamp on patterned paper - it's up to you!
Step 3

Step 4 - Cut out colour image and adhere to card tag, lining up with acetate tag.
Step 4
They should line up nicely when placed on top of each other.
Step 4b

Step 5 - Die-cut seed packet die and use a nestability to create the window. Now I'd already made sure my sentiment would fit along the bottom - make sure yours does too if that's where you want to place it! No nestability? No problemo! Use a ruler and craft knife instead!
Step 5

Step 6 - Stamp and emboss sentiment. (Your sentiment might feature on the card rather than the window frame, in which case, just ignore this step!)
Step 6

Step 7 - Fold seed packet die and place a white piece of card inside (this card will allow the image to show through the window and also hides the folds of the seed packet die)
Step 7

Step 8 - Thread ribbon/twine through the two tags to secure them together
Step 8

Step 9 - This is where the magic happens! Thread the acetate tag into the seed packet die, and allow the card tag to hang behind it.
Step 9

The back of your seed packet die should have the card tag hanging there like this:
Step 9b

Step 10 - Apply foam pads around the back of the frame and adhere to cardbase to finish! I trimmed some foam pads in half to make them tiny - you don't want them to interfere with the movement of the tags.
Step 10

Step 11 - Assemble....
You colour my world bw
...and play:
You colour my world

Step 12 - Indecisiveness/a change of heart.....!
Colour Magic bw
I decided to trim the top panel from the seed packet die - although it hides the top part of the tag nicely, it disguises the magic too. It's entirely a personal preference but I'm always a sucker for extra magic!
Colour Magic Extra

So there you have it! I hope some of you find this useful, and will try this fun interactive approach to cards yourself - if you do, be sure to let me know so I can check it out!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Catch ya later!

Card Deets
{you color my world}
Stamps: Sentiment from Happy Trails (Papertrey Ink)/Globe from Wonderful World Clear Stamps (Hero Arts)
Ink: Black (Staz-on)/Versamark
Cardstock: True Black, White (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Tag Sale Die #1, Seed Packet Die, Fresh Snow Twill (Papertrey Ink)/Rectangular Nestability (Spellbinders)/Detail White EP (Stampendous)/Acetate (Office Supply)

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Super Free Saturday....and more!

If you're looking for my Card Design Handbook blog hop post scroll down or click here - thanks! :)


Well naughty Blogger has kept a scheduled post all to itself - grrrr! This post was scheduled to go live on Saturday to coincide with some exciting stuff kickin' off on the Uniko Studio blog!

So what's the exciting stuff? Well not only is it exciting, it's free!

Today is Super Free Saturday on the Uniko blog and it's a Saturday I'm happy to take advantage of too *wink*. Once a month, Uniko Studio is releasing a digital collection that you can download and play with for free!

So what's up for free grabs for the first Super Free Saturday? Check it out:

And here's a little project that I whipped up with just one of the elements from the kit:

Thank You
Tip: When using soft, pastel colours I don't like to use the colour black for my sentiments - I find it too harsh in contrast. Instead, I like to try and opt for a dark grey and a font that isn't bold!

A simple change of colour to a part of the element and the addition of a typed sentiment and bling made this little 3x3 card super easy to create! I'm going to enter this mini-card into the Moxie Fab Focal Point Challenge seeing as I have a very clear focal point to this card :)

Do you play with digital elements in your crafting? I was once a digi-phobe but now I find it quick, easy and fun to experiment with them. You can be super simple and just print the digital elements you require and craft or you can play with them using an editing software programme (in case you're wondering, I'm a huge fan of the free, open-source graphic programme, GIMP)

Now you thought that was enough fun for a Saturday, right? Wrong! Uniko Studio are also having a DT Call!

And it's open to international peeps too! Check out the full deets here!

Phew! That's enough excitement for one day....oh wait, there's also the Uniko Studio Blog Candy that's still open - check out those deets here!

Now that really is all the excitement - I promise! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by today - I always appreciate your visits!

Catch ya later!

Card Deets
{thank you}
Card: White, Sweet Blush (Papertrey Ink)
Digital Elements: Bright Butterflies (Uniko Studio)/Font (Disco)
Accessories: Gems (Stash!)/Square Nestability (Spellbinders)

Friday, 24 August 2012

Design class in session...!


TGI Friday, and a sweet, extra-long Bank Holiday weekend for some of us! :)

I'm here today to participate in a fantastic blog hop to celebrate the launch of Paper Craft's best ever special issue yet (IMHO!) the Card Design Handbook! 

Seriously, if you haven't got this issue yet then you *need* it! It explains basic design principles that, if followed, can make your projects shine! (Though there's a lot to be said for breaking some rules in style too of course! *wink*)

I'm so honoured to be a part of this hop! You should have hopped across from my fellow European peep, Lorena Cantó Lavería. If you haven't, then be sure to start here and get the full blog hop deets!

We've been asked to produce a 'Good to Great' card for our blog hop project. There are fantastic examples of this in the actual issue so I had a lot of inspiration! I also decided to feature on the design principle of movement/flow; that is, allowing the eye to rest and follow a design, taking in all aspects of the card with ease.

So first up is my 'Good'


A very CAS card with an autumnal feel about it. What can I say? I adore autumn and I'm already getting a hint of it heading our way! :)

Nothing is exactly 'wrong' with this card but it's a little plain and lacking in energy. If I were to keep this design, I'd have to make the card smaller as I feel there's far too much space in proportion to my elements (I know, a CAS girl talking about too much space! Ha!) How about we add some autumnal leaves to this card to give it some oomph?


Ahhhh now this definitely has some more oomph! The leaves allow your eyes to take in the whole of that middle panel of card, without getting lost, as well as leading your eyes to the sentiment. The leaves also bring the design elements into proportion more, the card seems complete and actually looks smaller than the original 'good' card but I promise you they're the same size!

When the cards are side by side, you can get a real feel of the movement and energy those leaves give:

Good to Great

This card focuses on just one of the many design principles in the issue. This issue is like my design bible - it has pride of place on my messy studio desk for quick referencing and you could do the same; Paper Crafts have been super generous and are allowing a random commenter on this post (and on the rest of the blog hop blogs!) the chance to win a copy of this signature issue! Simply leave a comment on this post by Tuesday 28th August 11.59 PST and I'll pick a random winner - simples!

Before I dash I just want to thank Paper Crafts for not only publishing an amazing issue, but for inviting me to be a part of this amazing hop- thank you! 

Now you've got some more hopping to do - remember to comment on each for a chance to win! Next on the hop is Emily Branch! If you're lost for any reason, you can find your way with the full list of participants:

Chan Vuong
Kalyn Kepner 
 Julia Stainton
Jocelyn Olson
Angeline Yong Jeet Leen
Jaclyn Miller 
Lorena Cantó Lavería
Amy Wanford (you're here!)
Emily Branch
Vanessa Menhorn

Enjoy! :)

Catch ya later!

Card Deets
{Thank You}
Turning a New Leaf (Papertrey Ink)/Sentiment from Extra Time (Uniko Studio)

Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)/Autumn Sky (Adirondack - Ranger)
Cardstock: Scarlet Jewel, Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Jute Ribbon Twine, Orange Button, Linen and Canvas Impression Plate (Papertrey Ink)

Thursday, 23 August 2012

A Double CASE...


Happy Friday-Eve, Peeps! Let's kick it off, CASE Study styleee!

We're still shakin' things up a little as we celebrate CASE Study's 2nd birthday this month. We've shown our signature style, we've thought out of the box, heck - we've even CASEd each other! So what's left? That's right, to CASE you, our fellow CASE Studiers! After all, CASE Study wouldn't be half as much fun, or even exist, without our players! :)

So it's like a double CASE this week: CASEing a CASE! I had a tough time picking just one player and just one of their CASE Study cards, but I finally narrowed it down to this fab card by Tenia Nelson:

Check out the original post of this card here!

I was totally taken by the lush, green ribbon, the polka dots, the colours, the bling and the fun banner. So I took those elements, added a pinch of CAS style and voila:

Celebrate Dots

All those elements are in this card - just mixed up a little! *wink*

Now what's a CASE Study without some students? C'mon and play along with us; simply pick a fellow CASE Studier and be inspired by their creation! Players can also apply to be a Guest Designer with us for a whole month too, (simply leave the letters, 'GD' next to your entry to be considered!)

Need some more inspiration? Then check out the rest of the super duper CASE Study DT:

Amy Wanford (That's me!)

I hope you can find the time to join in the inky fun! :)

Catch ya later!

Card Deets
Stamps: Font-ments Birthday (Uniko Studio)/Bitty Banners (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Cardstock: White (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Polka Dots from Beautiful Blooms Pack (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Simply Chartreuse Button, Satin Ribbon, Canvas and Linen Impression Plate (Papertrey Ink)/Gems (Stash!)

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Diva for the day...


Happy Wednesday - just! It's rare that I post so late at night; I'm live bloggin' as I've spent most of today being a Diva (Verve stylee, of course!) an catching up with their fun Anni-VERVE-sary challenges! I was desperate to squeeze them into what's turning out to be a very busy week here.

So I'll get straight to it! I had 3 challenges left to play along with so here are the result from my Diva session!

Challenge 3 - a sketch challenge. I used to be able to follow sketches so easily but now I find that they hinder my mojo more than boost it! I guess it's pretty hard to interpret a sketch like this one to a CAS gal like myself *wink*

I'm serious. This sketch was keeping me up at night! But maybe that's a good thing because I'm happy that I managed to crack it:

P You're so...

Now it's still kinda CAS...I inked up some new Paper Smooches background stamps for the houndstooth pattern but the rest is Verve. The rest you ask? Surely there's only one more stamp on this card? Well there's a li'l magnetic magic behind this card - simply lift to complete the sentiment:

P Amazing

Hee! I do love an interactive card, even if the sketch behind it nearly killed me! I simply adhered a tiny magnet behind the circular panel of card and another magnet behind the houndstooth pattern. I was lucky enough to be sent some samples of magnets from Magnet Expert and I love 'em! The sizes range from the super big to the super tiny, perfect for cards that require an interactive feature *wink*

Challenge 4 - a challenge that I think was thought of just for me (and my buddy, Lynn!)

Woo hoo! This I can do in a jiffy - no sleepless nights for this challenge! :)

P Happy Happy Happy

This card will be heading to either my brother, or my guy's brother for their birthday soon.

4 challenges down, only one more to squeeze in! Challenge 5 was something that I don't do enough when I think of all the supplies I own:

Now I'm gonna 'fess up - I was getting pushed for time at this point. My guy is off work too and wanted to head out so I needed to whip up something quick. So cue a coordinating tag to match the card created for Challenge 4:

P Tag

I now need to get busy stamping coordinating wrapping paper methinks! Ha!

Right, if you've made it this far, well done! And if you've just looked at the pictures and ignored the waffle then that's OK too - it's late after all!

Thanks so much for stopping by tonight (or today!) I can hear a cuppa calling me so I'm signing off.

Catch ya later!

Card Deets
{You're so AWESOME}
Stamps: Happy Days (Verve Stamps)/Large Houndstooth Background, Small Houndstooth Background (Paper Smooches)
Ink: Buttercup (A Muse)/Red (Versamagic)/Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Cardstock: White, Pure Poppy, Harvest Gold (Papertrey Ink)/Teal (Bazzill)
Patterned Paper: Ledger from Basic White 6x6 Collection (Basic Grey)
Accessories: Small Magnets (Magnet Expert)/Chompy (Corner Chomper)/Circle Nestability (Spellbinders)/

{Have a HAPPY Birthday}
Stamps: Happy Days (Verve Stamps)
Ink: London Fog, Tuxedo Black (Memento)/Blue Marvy Blending Block (Marvy)
Cardstock: White (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Linen and Canvas Impression Plate (Papertrey Ink)

{HAPPY Birthday Tag}
Stamps: Happy Days (Verve Stamps)
Ink: London Fog, Tuxedo Black (Memento)/Blue Marvy Blending Block (Marvy)
Cardstock: White (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Tag Sale #3 Die, Fresh Snow Twill, Cream Button Twine (Papertrey Ink)

Monday, 20 August 2012

Being a Diva


Happy Monday! Only two more of the most sweetest, happy Mondays left until school starts again - where did my holiday go to?!

I'm spending my penultimate week of the holidays being a diva - hee! No, not a *real* diva, that's not in my nature, but an inky diva with Verve Stamps is! I'm joining in the fun of their Anni-VERVE-sary seeing as I'm lucky enough to own a few sets of theirs (thanks, Diva *wink*)

They have 5 challenges and I really want to play along with all of 'em before the Friday deadline so here goes:

Challenge 1 was a fun colour challenge and a good one for me as it features gorgeous green :)

And here's what I whipped up at some unknown hour of the morning when I couldn't sleep!

Best Wishes

I'm smitten with those Hawaiian flowers - so much fun to colour! I went for a more textured look with my impression plate by covering it in white ink before running it through my Cuttlebug - I kinda like the distressed effect.

Challenge 2 came with perfect timing for me:
My brother and SIL celebrated their anniversary this weekend! No Verve stamps on this one, sorry - maybe I've spotted an absence in my stash I need to remedy *wink*


I have sheets of this sparkly adhesive stuff and I figured that it was finally time to use it! This card looks so much better IRL but it was a pain to photograph - sorry! In case you're wondering, those little hearts are a negatives from a heart lace border punch. Keep every. single. scrap.

So there you have it, Aimes being a 'Diva' - did I pass the test?! Well it's as much of a diva as I'll ever be and there's more to come later this week - fingers crossed!

Thank you so much for stopping by here today!

Catch ya later!

Card Deets
{Best Wishes}
Stamps: Happy Days, Friendly Phrases (Verve Stamps)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)/Fresh Snow (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Dark Chocolate, White (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Linen and Canvas Impression Plate (Papertrey Ink)/Promarkers

{anniversary wishes}
Stamps: Sentiment from Teeny Trees (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Ink: Black (Staz-on)
Cardstock: White, Vellum, Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink)/Sparkly stuff (Stash!)
Accessories: Martha Steward Border Punch


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Thank You!
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