Thursday, 28 November 2013

Hello, Foxy...

Foxy Hello

Happy Friday-Eve, and Happy Thanksgiving to my American peeps, and anyone else who should be celebrating it. :)

I know today may be full of turkey and pumpkin pie for some of you, but I'm sure you can squeeze in a bit of studying, CASE Study stylee, right?! *wink*

Today's foxy little number was inspired by a number of elements from our muse, Keisha Campbell's, card. I'd normally add a pic of it with a link but you'll have to pop across to the CASE Study blog to check it out as I'm blogging on the go on my tablet. :)

Here are the elements that inspired me anyway:
  • The circle apertures
  • The impressed circle pattern
  • The use of a tag
  • A stripy pattern
  • Kraft cardstock
I had this sweet Papertrey Ink fox waiting ever so patiently to be inked up. I can't believe I resisted the urge to ink him up sooner! 

tips and tricks
  • To achieve the stripy pattern behind the fox, I used a making technique. After stamping and colouring the fox, I placed a stamped post it note over him and proceeded to stamp the stripes. 
  • It's all about the circles on this design. Circle aperture, circle tag, and polka dot impressed pattern. 
  • I couldn't decide which shade of twine to use so opted for both! It adds an extra touch and allows me to have my cake (or should that be twine?!) and eat it! :D
Right, gotta sign off now as both mine and my tablet's battery are running low! 

Please join in the fun with us at CASE Study, and pop across to see what amazing creations the rest of the DT whipped up!

Thanks for popping by today and for those celebrating Thanksgiving, enjoy! 


Tuesday, 26 November 2013

One Die, Three Ways...

Happy Holidays

Happy Tuesday! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. It was a pretty chilly one here, but it gave me the perfect excuse to stay inside and whip up a few last Christmas cards (I wish I was as organised when it comes to Christmas shopping and decorating the place but I'm not! Can you believe it's now under a month until Christmas? Eeek!)

I purchased this Memory Box die the other weekend at a craft show. It was love at first sight. As soon as my crafty eye spotted this die, I had a flurry of ideas pop into my head. Purchase decision made! :)

So today I'm sharing three ways in which I've used this die. And there's not only three ways of course, I can think of more and I bet you can too!

First up, a bit of jigsaw fun with die-cuts. I simply die the trees from black and textured, gold card and popped the gold tree bits into the black outline. Really simple. what to do with the leftovers? Well I could have simply reversed the design, inserting the black tree bits into the gold outline, but I wanted to show how effective it looks to simply keep the outline alone on a design.

Happy Holidays 
It gives a nice embossed-like effect. It isn't my usual, favourite traditional holiday combo of red and green, but I like to think of this as a more 'classy' Christmas card. *wink*

Now turn this die on its side and what do you get? Arrows of course! And if you can't see arrows, then you can certainly see a cool, kinda geometric embellishment. :)

Happy Birthday
Bonus points for using some washi tape! :)

tips and tricks
  • I can think of even more ways to use this die. Ideas include using it as a stencil and stamping through it, or applying embossing paste over it. Do you know that Memory Box do a coordinating background die for this shape too? I may need it...! :)
  • Notice that on the final card, I coloured the sections that overlap in the colour made from the two different coloured trees overlapping. E.G A red and a yellow tree overlapping results in an orange section.
  • Sticking the fine outline alone to a card can be fiddly. My trust glue pen came in handy here, but tiny dot of Glossy Accents will do the same trick.
Well there you have it. One die, three ways. I do love it when I can get penny's worth from my supplies. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Products Used
The gold card is from my ancient stash of random card. However, I have included a link to gold cardstock as a good alternative.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Flowers + Christmas Stamping = Poinsettia :)

Merry Christmas

Happy Friday-Eve! It's a little bit of a snowy one here today, but not even the first sprinkling of snow makes me stop for a fun, new CASE Study! :)

So you know the deal. Be inspired by this card from our muse, Keisha Campbell and get creative!

Check out the original post of this card here.

I was taken by the cool chevron pattern, the light pink and blues, and the flowers. I'm still whipping up Christmas cards so of course a flower gave me the perfect excuse to ink up yet another lovely poinsettia stamp. This time it comes courtesy of Clearly Besotted Stamps' Pretty Poinsettia set. :)

I forget how lovely vellum can be to work with. I used the same technique as I did on this card: simply heat embossed the flower on vellum and shaded it from the reverse side using the most basic, child pencil-crayons ever. No fancy colouring medium here today, folks! :) (FYI Debby totally rocked the vellum poinsettia here for last week's CASE Study. It was Debby's poinsettia that inspired me to try adding dimension to the technique by layering the flower)

Tips and tricks with this project will come in due course as I'm burning the candle at both ends this week. I'm going to be a zombie by the end of it! But I'll be able update this post with supplies etc over the weekend when I get a spare moment. I promise!

In the meantime, please do join in the fun with us. All you need to do is be inspired by Keisha's card and get creative! And remember that you're not limited to cards - just get into the creative flow and share whatever project you create - simple! :)

Need a mojo boost? Then check out how the rest of the CASE Study DT were inspired - you won't leave disappointed!


Wednesday, 20 November 2013

A 'Dashing' Card

Happy Holidays

OK. Apologies. This card is being shared a wee bit later than originally intended. Technical glitches and a love/hate relationship with Blogger are the main causes but let's not dwell on it. *wink*

The title of today's post refers the word 'dashing' as a verb and not a noun. Yup, I was crazy enough to try out yet another Craft Dash Challenge. That is, to create a project in 10 minutes or less based on this colour combo:

I think I was a little ambitious in heat embossing and playing with twine on a card with a time restriction, but I still came in at 8 mins 47 seconds. The most time was spent tying the bow and attaching it to the card!

Another reason I joined in the fun of this challenge is because Uniko Studio are sponsoring it. Get lucky and you could win yourself a £15 store gift certificate! :)

For the full deets on the challenge and to get some inspiration, please pop across to the challenge blog.

Keeping it super short and sweet as I'm already super late in sharing this project with you! Apologies again for that. I'm really hoping that Blogger and I can establish a better working relationship in the future! :)


Monday, 18 November 2013

A Snowflake Wreath...

Let it Snow

Happy Monday! It may be freezing outside and you too may be grumbling as you have to scrape the ice off the windscreen before heading out, but here's one bit of happiness for you: it's time for another Uniko Studio Challenge! :)

This month's challenge is very appropriate if your morning is anything like mine today. We're looking for winter sparkle in your creations.

I'm still happily stamping Christmas cards (I'm not quite at the procrastinating stage yet!) so winter and sparkles came to me in the form of a wreath. A snowflake wreath to be exact. :)

tips and tricks

  • My wreath was stamped by lightly tracing a circle as a guide and stamping various snowflakes in various shades of blue Distress inks around it.
  • If you use pigment inks for this, you'll want to be careful when you erase the pencil-drawn circle as these inks can smudge. If in doubt, test on scrap paper first. :)
  • I purposely kept the twine bow tails super-long to frame the sentiment and for more interest. That sentiment looked a little lost on its own there.

For the full deets of the challenge, and to see what the rest of the Uniko Studio DT created, be sure to check out the Uniko Studio blog.

I'm really hoping today's card is not a sign of things to come. Wintery showers have been predicted and as much as I love the white stuff, I only love it when I don't have to drive on it!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! :)


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Thursday, 14 November 2013

DIY Poinsettia...

happy holidays

Happy Friday-Eve! We all know what Friday-Eve means, right? Yup, time for a shiny new CASE Study to knuckle down to. :)

Today's card comes courtesy of studying these gorgeous tags from our muse, Keisha Campbell:

Check out the original post of these tags here.

I was inspired by so much that I pretty much took every element and injected this inspiration into a Christmas card (what else?!). Let's have a game of hide and seek. Look closely and you'll see the following on my card:
  • Big brad - check!
  • Pin - check!
  • Twine - check!
  • Flower - check!
  • Banner sentiment - check!
  • Cool chevron pattern - check! (Look closely at the poinsettia leaves to see it!)
I know you may be bored of my poinsettias by now, but I was kinda excited when I realised I could create my own using the diamond die from Clearly Besotted Stamps' Geometric Style Die Collection. I stamped the same chevron pattern on each die-cut diamond in Versamark and dusted them with gold Perfect Pearls. It produces an almost ultra-modern veined petal for an ultra-modern style poinsettia. :)
tips and tricks
  • To add even more dimension to this style of poinsettia, you could add another layer of petals on underneath and allow them to peek between the gaps of petals on top!
  • Customise embellishments like pins and brads by colouring them with an alcohol marker. 
  • Like the distressed-stencil look but not getting the desired effect? I used a stencil that already had the effect. It's not cheating....honest!
  • Let your twine have loopy freedom for an extra-fun, almost whimsical element to the design. :)
Take a peek at what the rest of the awesome CASE Study DT whipped up and don't forget to be inspired by Keisha's tags and get creative with us too!

Have a great Friday-Eve!

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