Thursday, 28 February 2013

Telephone Love ♥

I always love hearing from you
Hey!

Happy Friday-Eve, peeps! It's been yet another super duper busy week here, but I'm still finding time to ink up for CASE Study (I'm thinking I need a time machine...or a formula to create more hours in the day!)

So it's Teri Anderson's final week as our muse on CASE Study and she's leaving us in super-fun style with this card of hers up for studying:

Check out the original post of this card here.

Telephones are weak spot of mine. Teri's card inspired me to ink up my older Hero Arts set (Just Saying Hi) and combine it with a newer Hero Arts set (My Happy) for today's card. As a nod to Teri's fabulous use of polka dots, I used my polka dot impression plate. I also got busy with some patterns; just in smaller doses than Teri for this CAS card (see my stripy and ledger stamping, and checked washi tape). 

Now the big heart-shaped gem...well I found it after digging for some bling for another project and it was just begging to be placed on this project! I like that it relates to the sentiment :)

tips and tricks
  • When using the large background stamps, ink it up and place it face up on your surface. Then place your card on top and smooth over with your hand; you're more likely to get an evenly stamped impression.
  • When impressing a pattern into cardstock, especially thick cardstock, lightly spritz your card with water beforehand. This will loosen the fibres of the card and give a deeper impressed pattern. 
Why not pop along and see what the rest of the CASE Study DT created? I promise that you won't be disappointed!

Amy Wanford (That's me!)
Andrea Ewen
Christina MacLaren  

Clare Buswell  
Debby Hughes  
Iwona Palamountain (Chupa)
Jean Martin 

Jeanna Jachna  
Maureen Plut

Sylvia Blum (Guest DT)
Teneale Williams

Teri Anderson (February's Muse)   

We hope you get inspired by Teri's card too and play along with us :)

Thank you so much for visiting this little corner of Blogland today. I'll be back at the weekend with a project that might just explain why activity on the blogeroo has been quiet recently....*wink*

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Thursday, 21 February 2013

Rainbow Bandwagon: I'm still on it!

Rainbow Birthday
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Awww what d'ya mean it's Friday Eve already?!?! Where is my half term break disappearing to?!

Well even though this week is zooming by amazingly fast, nothing stops this gal from knuckling down to a new CASE Study. Today's card is inspired by this cool card of Teri Anderson's.

 Check out the original post of this card here.

I think you can probably tell that I was inspired by Teri's use of stripes for my own card. And I know that the rainbow trend was a bandwagon that has probably long gone, but it's a trend that will stick with me for a while methinks!
tips and tricks
  • Trust me, you need a good guillotine to cut strips of cardstock accurately. I would be lost without my Tonic Guillotine -it cuts through the thickest of cardstock like a hot knife through butter. And no, I'm not paid to promote Tonic Studios - just a happy customer here! :)
  • If you're *so* over the rainbow trend, why not try this using different colours strips of cardstock for the design?
  • Simply remove the bow/ribbon treatment from the card to give it a more graphic feel.
Be sure to check out what the rest of the super duper CASE Study DT created for your viewing pleasure too of course. It'll get your mojo tickin' - I promise.

Amy Wanford (That's me!)
Andrea Ewen
Christina MacLaren  

Clare Buswell  
Debby Hughes  
Iwona Palamountain (Chupa)
Jean Martin 

Jeanna Jachna  
Maureen Plut

Sylvia Blum (Guest DT)
Teneale Williams

Teri Anderson (February's Muse)  

And as always, we'd love it if you could be inspired by Teri's card too and join in the fun! :)

Well my week off half term is nearly over and I've still got a super long list of things I'd like to do. It's a shame that my list of things I need to do is longer...so much longer! Ha!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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Wednesday, 20 February 2013

My kinda baking!

Happy Birthday

Hey!

So I'm going to be honest with you. I'm not the world's best baker. I'm an avid fan the Great British Bakeoff, but I struggle to bake. Why am I telling you this? Well because today's card is an example of my baking style. No, not baking cakes, but stamping them! :)

Today's card is for our new font-astic challenge on A Passion for Papertrey. We want to see peeps mix 'n' match fonts on their creations. All of the various fonts stamped on this card came from a single stamp set: Birthday Bash Sentiments. 
tips and tricks
  • Be sure to have a practise at stamping your cake. See what size fonts work best together and get an idea for how big your cake is going to be before trimming a piece of cardstock to stamp on.
  •  I found it easier to stamp from the bottom layer up. Find the central point of the card, lightly mark and start stamping. Be careful if using pigment inks, as rubbing out the light mark will cause the ink to smudge - a dye ink wont smudge. 
This card will be heading to my brother for his birthday. I see it as my way of baking a birthday cake for him. I'd never bake for him, as he's a very good cook/baker himself. I guess he got my share of the cooking/baking genes in the family....

Yup, I'll stick to 'baking' cards for now....!

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Sunday, 17 February 2013

HOT in February...?

HOT for you
Hey!

Happy sunny (well, it's sunny here today anyways), Sunday!

I'm popping in today super quick, with a card that was super quick to make, that you can find in the super Jan/Feb issue of Papercrafts.

This card was originally intended for my guy for Valentine's day (if you're interested, he got this card instead). I'm telling, ya, this card was so easy, it's almost criminal! The longest/toughest part was waiting for the ink to dry on those sparkly Thickers :)
tips and tricks
  • Customise your own chipboard letters (Thickers) with an alcohol marker. They do take a while to dry depending on the finish so be prepared to do some waiting!
  • Card size. This design looked lost on your average 4.25 x 5.5 card so I simply trimmed my card to a smaller size. Experiment with different sizes to compliment your design. 
Right, I've got a lot of boring stuff to do today. When that's done though, I have the rest of the week to ink it up! Hooray for half-term! :D

Thanks so much for popping by today!

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Thursday, 14 February 2013

Many sets, much patterned paper & one card...

just for you
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Happy Valentine's Day ! I hope you have a lurvely day whatever you're up to, and even if you're not celebrating it, why not celebrate Friday-Eve with a new CASE Study to ink along to? You know the deal by now: you see a card from a fabulous muse and get inspired to create!

Our CASE Study muse for February, Teri Anderson, has this card for our studying pleasure this week:


I love Teri's use of patterned paper on this card - something I aspire to use on my own cards when I pick up yet another pad of lovely patterned paper only to know deep down inside that it will sit on my desk loved, but unused! *sigh*  However, things changed for this card and I indulged in a whole pad of the stuff!

I wished I'd set myself the challenge to see how many Clearly Besotted Stamps stamp sets I could squeeze on to one card too seeing as I've managed to use six. Admittedly it's those itsy-bitsy-teeny-tiny stamps from a variety of sets, but that still counts as six different sets, right?! The rectangular panels are stamped from the stamp image from the set Post It: Love (Clearly Besotted Stamps). I simply stamped the stamp image and cut the rectangles out - easy!

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To add to the focal point - the sentiment - I smothered the central panel with Glossy Accents. I do like shiny things :)
tips and tricks
  • Take a look at the smaller stamps in your sets and see what you can create with them.
  • Using a dye ink on patterned paper allows the patterned paper to still show through the stamped image. If you don't want this effect, then try a chalk ink or embossing.
  • Scared of mixing patterned paper? Me too! Simply use a variety of papers from the same pad/collection and they'll coordinate perfectly.
Be sure to pop along and visit the rest of the super duper CASE Study DT and why not leave 'em some love whilst you're there? After all, today is the day to show some!

Amy Wanford (That's me!)
Andrea Ewen
Christina MacLaren  

Clare Buswell  
Debby Hughes  
Iwona Palamountain (Chupa)
Jean Martin 

Jeanna Jachna  
Maureen Plut

Sylvia Blum (Guest DT)
Teneale Williams

Teri Anderson (February's Muse) 

And of course, we'd for you to play along too! :)

Ahhhh, I can almost taste the weekend and along with it comes half-term - yipeeee! Cue lots of catching up to be done in both Blogland and the Real World next week

Thanks so much for stopping by today! 


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