Tuesday, 31 January 2012

For Cath (sans CHA) with Love Blog Hop

Hey!

Welcome to a special blog hop (if you've not visited as part of a the hop be sure to start here or here!)

Unless you've been hiding under a rock, you'll know that a lot of crafty peeps are having a whale of a time at CHA right now...but there are some of us who just have to sit drooling and stroking our monitors as we're updated with the pictures. Included in that group of people is not only myself, but for this year it includes the totally Moxie Fab, Cath Edvalson ...

Cath is the ultimate trend detective and it's the first time in six and a half years she's unable to attend CHA. So here in Blogland we're throwing her a special get-well soon blog hop to cheer her up (fingers crossed it works!)

So without further ado, follow the instruction on my card and get well soon, Cath!

Rest Relax Recover

Yay! Check out the DP usage on this! Yup - I'm slowly working my way through my stash; this card features some Basic Grey gorgeousness. I wanted to keep the card kinda clinical and clean with those ticks providing the perfect pop of red :)

I'd like to extend a HUGE thanks for both Lorena and Virginia for organising this sweet hop and for inviting me - thanks ladies, you're both so sweet and sum up exactly what's so special about this creative community we have here ♥!

Be sure to hop along now with me to check out what everyone else created to spread the Blog-land-lovin' :)

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Catch ya later!






Card Deets
{Doctor's Orders}
Stamps: Doctor's Orders (Taylored Expressions)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Cardstock: White (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Basic White 6x6 Collection (Basic Grey)
Accessories: Square Nestabilities, Grand Calibur (Spellbinders)/Red Promarker

Thursday, 26 January 2012

A love card...literally!

Hey!

Let's kick this Friday-Eve off in style:


Ready for a fab new CASE Study? I hope so! I'm sad that it's Jen Rzasa's last week with us as our muse :( Her creations have been a perfect source of inspiration and I love that we got to legitimately CASE 'em *tee hee*

So let's send Jen off in fabulous style and take this beauty of hers up for studying this week:


Check the original post of this card here!

*sigh* Sometimes it's the most simple ideas that I admire the most: I love Jen's use of twine on this card and use of white space. That's what I took from her gorgeous card to my crafty desk and got busy:

love

BTW: Inside this card I stamped 'YOU!' in the same font.

Instead of knots on my twine, I opted for hearts to continue the love theme. The hearts are actually a negative from a Martha Stewart Border punch. Now I'm gonna 'fess up and admit that those hearts were a tad tricky to adhere on top of the twine...the perfect medium ended up being Blu-Tack of all things (well, White-Tack in this case!)

I hope you can study along with us for Jen's final week as our muse! All levels of creative peeps are encourage to join in the fun; simply be inspired by Jen's card and go on a creative adventure :)

Oooh and be sure to check out what the rest of the really super duper CASE Study DT whipped up for ya:

Iwona Palamountain (Chupa)
Amy Wanford <---you are here!
Christina Maclaren
Clare Buswell
Debby Hughes
Teresa Kline
Julie Lacey (on a break right now)
Jean Martin
Maureen Plut
Teneale Williams
Jen Rzasa (January's muse)

Signing off now! Thanks so much for stopping by - I really appreciate your visits: whether it be actually here on the blog, leaving a comment or stalking via Google reader - thank you!

Catch ya later!







Card Deets
{love}
Stamps: Wonderful Words Additions (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Cardstock: White, Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Baker's Twine, Linen and Canvas Impression Plate (Papertrey Ink)/Martha Stewart Border Punch/Cuttlebug

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

DIY Kite...

Hey!

Happy Wednesday! Over half way to the sweet weekend :)

I'm flying a kite this week. Well sorta. I'm flying a kite card-making stylee:

let your dreams take flight

We've got a brand spanking new challenge over on A Passion for Papertrey in which we want you to be inspired by a book during your inky adventures this next fortnight. My card is inspired by a brilliant book, The Kite Runner.

The kite was created from scraps of DP, ribbon and twine (I don't actually own a kite stamp!) and I used a negative die-cut cloud as a stencil to ink a soft, cloudy background as well as using my beloved linen impression plate (what else?!)

We'd love to see how a book inspires your own creation; simply ensure you use at least one PTI product on your project to enter and share the inspiration!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I'll be back in the early hours of tomorrow morning with a brand new CASE Study to share :D

Catch ya later!






Card Deets
{let your dreams take flight}
Stamps: Happy Trails (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)/Fresh Snow (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Spring Rain (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Fine and Dandy True Blue Collection (My Mind's Eye)
Accessories: Twine, Ribbon Scraps, Clouds Die, Linen and Canvas Impression Plate (Papertrey Ink)/Cuttlebug

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Inspired by mittens..!

Hey!

Happy Weekend, Peeps! :)

I'm sending you all super warm, winter wishes today:

Warm Winter Wishes

OK so it's been a kinda mild winter so far, but the temperature has just started to dip a little round here and it only needs to drop a degree for the perfect excuse to showcase wear my awesome, warm, snugly mittens (celebrating winter in style thanks to a certain Diva *wink*)

Here are those fabulous mittens in question:

Piccy taken a while back when I first got my inky mitts on those babies. I think I need an updated photo!

This card was sent to my buddy, Moe (or Diva, as I like to call her with reference to the fact that she's one awesome Verve Diva!) to celebrate Christmas and winter. After all, it was Moe who sent me these gorgeous mittens all the way from Canada in the first place. I was totally inspired to recreate these actual mittens that I have in my inky possession by simply using an ancient mittens die, some twine and a sweet maple leaf stamp.

I'm also entering this card into the Paper Crafts Connection January Gallery Challenge which is to create winter themed projects to beat the winter blues. I'm pretty sure these babies (the mittens!) will beat any winter blues for myself :)

Wishing you all a super (and toasty warm!) weekend! Ooh and thank you for all the well wishes regarding my guy's broken toe - the good news is that he's walking about better now; is it too soon to ask him to do all the chores yet?!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Catch ya later!








Card Deets
{Warm Winter Wishes}
Stamps: Sentiment from Stocking Prints (Papertrey Ink)/Maple Leaf from Teeny Trees (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)/Fresh Snow (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Pure Poppy, White (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Baker's Twine (Papertrey Ink)/Mittens Die (Sizzix)/Cuttlebug

Thursday, 19 January 2012

2 Sentiment Stamps = 1 Joke Card!

Hey!

Sorry for the lack of posts recently, I've not had a spare moment or the initiative to organise some scheduled posts LOL! It doesn't help when your guy breaks his toe (on Friday the 13th; I kid you not!) and you're running around for the both of ya but I'm back now, and I'm here to celebrate Friday-Eve in style:


CASE Study style of course! :)

Oh I'm loving having the super talented Jen Rzasa on board with us as our muse this month! Check out this super creation of hers up for us CASE Studiers to embrace:

Check out the orignial post of this card here.

Now I know what you're thinking. Jen has totally rocked the shape that features in one of my favourite stamp sets, Modern Basics. You're totally expecting me to ink it up, right? Not this time, my inky friends...

In fact, I was totally taken with Jen's use of patterned paper. I have the hugest hoard stash pile of patterned paper that I stroke and dare not use; it's one of my New Year's Resolutions to actually use up some of that patterned paper, and Jen's card inspired me to get a move on with it!

In combination with CASE Study, I was also commissioned to make a card for a colleague's 50th Birthday this week.

Cue the card:

it's just a number2

Hmmmm....I know what you're thinking. Yeah, I used patterned paper (score!) but it's hardly celebrating a 50th birthday in style...

...let's take a peek inside, shall we?

it's just a big number
Ta-dah!
Pop-up numbers!
More Patterned Paper!

I was also inspired by Jen's shapes from patterned paper and decided to try my hand at cutting my own numbers. I added a bit of dimension and fun to 'em by using them as a pop-up element. I also love that by combining two different sentiment stamps, I've created my first ever card with a joke inside :)

Now we would love for you to study along with us this week! Be sure to check out what the rest of the super duper CASE Study DT created for your viewing pleasure:

Iwona Palamountain (Chupa)
Amy Wanford <---you are here!
Christina Maclaren
Clare Buswell
Debby Hughes
Teresa Kline
Julie Lacey (on a break right now)
Jean Martin
Maureen Plut
Teneale Williams
Jen Rzasa (January's muse)

...and now play along with us!

Signing off for now. Fingers crossed this weekend will give me a healed toe and at least the tiniest amount of time to indulge in some crafty therapy and blog hoppin'...

Thank you so much for visiting this tiny corner of Blogland!

Catch ya later!







Card Deets
{it's just a number}
Stamps: Birthday Bash Sentiments (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Cardstock: White (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Fine and Dandy, True Blue 6x6 Collection (My Mind's Eye)

Thursday, 12 January 2012

CAS with four layers...?!

Hey!

TGI Friday-Eve, Peeps! :)


Oh yes! We have one seriously fabulous card from our muse, Jen Rzasa, up for you CASE Studiers this week.

Check it out:

Check out the original post of this card here!

Butterflies - check! Negative space - check! White space - check! Me likey? You bet'cha! :)

Taking all those gorgeous features into account, I was totally inspired and set to it:

Many Thanks

I'm also entering this card into the Die-Cutting challenge on Moxie Fab World too; seemed rude not to after I've been playing with my dies for this card :)

This card has 4 layers. The most I think I've ever used whilst still keeping to my CAS roots!

This 4-layered CAS card (still feels wrong saying that!) was also inspired by Jen's fabulous challenge over on the Runway Inspired Challenge Blog:



I was totally inspired by those stripes, the circles on the catwalk (well, I incorporated one circle but it's a nod in their direction!) and the way that outfit almost looks like a butterfly (especially the lower half of it - a simple gust of wind would probably have that model flying away! LOL!)

So there you have it, a card inspired by Jen twice over :)

I hope you can ink up and play along with us! Be sure to check out what the rest of the CASE Study DT inked up for ya:

Iwona Palamountain (Chupa)
Amy Wanford <---you are here!
Christina Maclaren
Clare Buswell
Debby Hughes
Teresa Kline
Julie Lacey (on a break right now)
Jean Martin
Maureen Plut
Teneale Williams
Jen Rzasa (January's muse)

Keeping it short and sweet today. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Catch ya later!






Card Deets {Many Thanks}
Stamps: Sentiment from Frame-It (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Cardstock: White, True Black (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Butterfly Die (Papertrey Ink)/Grand Calibur, Circle Nestability (Spellbinders)/Pigment ink pen (Zig)

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Love You (Paper Clip!)

Hey!

Happy Tuesday! Is it really only Tuesday? It's my first full week back at work and it's like I've never been away: students stressing over exams, work that needs to be marked and more lessons that need to be planned. It's business as usual :)

It's also business as usual on A Passion for Papertrey as we've kicked off another year of challenges. For our new challenge we're looking forward to the next big occasion in the calendar for us card-makers: St Valentine's Day.

Never too early to create something for a loved one, right?

Love you

This design was totally inspired by some cool, heart-shaped paper clips I've been hoarding. I'm thinking that this card would be sweet to tuck into my guy's lunch sometime soon...after all, I don't need a dedicated day of the year to tell him how much he means to me (altogether now, awwwww!)

So why not play along with us? We'd love to see your own takes on Valentine's creations and share the inspiration :)

Right then, back to the book marking (it's my New Year's Resolution to keep on top of it all! So far, so good!)

Catch ya later!







Card Deets
{Love You}
Stamps: Wonderful Words Additions, Around and About Sentiments (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:Tuxedo Black (Memento)/Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: White, True Black (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Linen and Canvas Impression Plate (Papertrey Ink)/Cuttlebug, Olivia Alphabet Dies (Provocraft)/Novelty Paper Clip and Gem (Stash!)

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Balloons posing as balloons...

Hey!

Woo-hoo for Friday-Eve already! Let's get this pre-weekend party started with a new CASE Study!


AND because it's a new month, we've got a new muse to admire too! I'm so happy to see that our muse for January is the super Jen Rzasa! I'm a big fan of Jen's work; I love her CAS style and her out-of-the-box approaches to her designs. Let's check out this first, fun card up for studying this week:


Check out the original post of this card here!

I was taken with the balloons and the sky on Jen's card so started with that as my inspiration...then I realised that I needed a card for my nephew's birthday this weekend so set to it:

Happy Birthday

Now believe it or not, I do not own a single balloon stamp or embellishment in my crafting supplies. However, I do have my hot-air balloon stamps from Look Up! by Practicing Creativity Designs; not one to be defeated, I simply stamped a hot air balloon on each piece of coloured cardstock, sketched a little triangle at the bottom of the stamped image, cut 'em out, flipped it over and voilĂ ! A balloon fit for a party!

Typing about parties, we've got a cause for a leaving party here at CASE Study...it's with sadness that two fabulous members of our CASE Study family are moving on; both Andrea and Cristina will be missed so much!

However, where there's cause for a leaving party, there's also cause for a welcome party too! We're so happy to welcome the fabulous Christina Maclaren to our DT! Yup that's right, where one Cristina leaves, another Christina enters!

So here's our new CASE Study DT line up. Be sure to check out what everyone whipped up for some serious inspiration:

Iwona Palamountain (Chupa)
Amy Wanford <---you are here!
Christina Maclaren
Clare Buswell
Debby Hughes
Teresa Kline
Julie Lacey (on a break right now)
Jean Martin
Maureen Plut
Teneale Williams
Jen Rzasa (January's muse)

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

Wishing you all a fabulous weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by here today!

Catch ya later!








Card Deets
{Happy Birthday}
Stamps: Sentiment from Happiness Messages (Hero Arts)/Look Up (Practicing Creativity Designs)
Digital Element: Sky Background from Sillyscape (Hero Arts)
Cardstock: Blueberry Sky, Pure Poppy, Harvest Gold, New Leaf (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento Ink)
Accessories: White Gel Pen (Ranger)/Fineline Pigment Ink Pen (Letraset)

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Kraft + Twine = Present

Hey!

Happy New Year and happy Monday Wednesday! I'm so confused with the days right now; it was my first day back at school today and I have been constantly reminding myself not to follow Monday on my timetable! The confusion is totally worth it though for a short, sweet working week *wink*

During the last few days of the holidays I managed to squeeze in some time to play with the current CAS-ual Fridays Challenge


There are two ways to play along and I had fun playing with both of 'em! Firstly playing with kraft and twine:

Happy Birthday

I'm trying to build up a stash of birthday cards to have on hand for emergencies, this is the first of many (I hope!) The lines on the parcel have been drawn on using a Versamark pen and ruler to help compliment the twine.

Secondly, I played a free, sweet digital image from Market Street Stamps to join in their Market Street Stamps Block Party:

Together Forever

The image is a singular mug but I copied it and flipped it horizontally so I could have two mugs sat snuggled together, sharing their warmth; FYI those mugs are filled with tea - perfect for my guy and me! :)

I'm also entering this card into the Paper Crafts January Gallery Challenge - those cozy cups certainly echo the warm feeling of snuggles on the sofa in winter when it's so cold outside.

Well that's all from me today, gotta get myself back into work mode rather than holiday mode!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Catch ya later!








Card Deets
{Happy Birthday}
Stamps: Sentiment - Happiness Messages (Hero Arts)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)/Versamark Pen
Cardstock: White, Enchanted Evening, Melon Berry, Kraft (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Twine (Pink Paislee)/Apron Lace Border Punch (Fiskars)/Chompy! (Corner Comper)


{Together Forever}
Digital Elements: Cozy Cup (Market Street Stamps)/Kraft background (Hero Arts)/Sentiment
Cardstock: Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Promarkers/White Gel Pen (Ranger)

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