Thursday, 28 March 2013

Stranded!

Hey!

Happy Friday-Eve! Happy Easter Holidays! :)

I'm zooming by to give you a heads up that there's a fabulous new CASE Study up for ya, courtesy of our amazing muse, Julie Ebersole (It's Julie's last week with us *sob*!)


Now where's my card, you ask? Well I've been taking full advantage of my mum's home cooking stranded in Derbyshire since last Thursday due to the crazy snow we've had recently. Driving through 20ft snowdrifts is something that isn't on my to-do list!

So. No card. Yet......

However, one thing on my to-do list is to whip up something for this challenge! I'm back safe and sound today and I'm hoping to be reunited with my supplies. That is, after I work out where the Easter eggs we purchased a couple of weeks ago have disappeared to...!

In the meantime, be sure to check out what the rest of the super duper CASE Study DT created for your viewing pleasure and play along with us!

Amy Wanford (That's me!)
Andrea Ewen

Brandi (Guest DT)  
Clare Buswell 
Debby Hughes  
Iwona Palamountain (Chupa)
Jean Martin 

Jeanna Jachna  
Maureen Plut

Sylvia Blum (Guest DT)
Teneale Williams

Julie Ebersole (February's Muse) 

Hoping to be back later today or tomorrow but if I don't get a chance, I'd like to wish you all a very happy Easter!

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Thursday, 21 March 2013

Super duper simple...

Bon Voyage 
Hey!

Happy Friday Eve! It might be the weekend soon, but I'm hoping that you'll join me in a studying session CASE Study stylee *wink*

Today's card is über simple. However, I hope you'll still see how Julie Ebersole's card inspired me.


Check out the original post of this card here.

The bike. That Julie is hitting all of my soft spots this month on CASE Study. I took one look at that bicycle and it was love!

Now I realise my card today may not be your cup of tea; but for me, if I wasn't making cards, I'd be buying cards similar to this. Sometimes it's a little refreshing for to strip back even the CAS style: nothing fancy, no awesome techniques. Just a simple, happy easy-peasy card :)

tips and tricks
  • The bicycle is actually a page marker/paperclip (I was challenged to use it by my buddy, Caryn) Never restrict your supplies to things you'd find in a craft store.
  • Think about the font you're using/stamping and coordinate. I adore the font on this CBS set and it's vintage, typewriter style is a good match for the linen/canvas impression plate I used and quirky embellishment. A swirly, elegant font just wouldn't have worked on this card at all!
Of course, you can play along with us adopting any style that takes your fancy - just be inspired by Julie's card and get creative! Need some inspiration? Then check out the CASE Study DT (since last week, we've waved farewell to Christina MacLaren :( I know that I'm going to miss her creations every week for CASE Study. Love your work, Christina!)

Amy Wanford (That's me!)
Andrea Ewen

Brandi (Guest DT)  
Clare Buswell 
Debby Hughes  
Iwona Palamountain (Chupa)
Jean Martin 

Jeanna Jachna  
Maureen Plut

Sylvia Blum (Guest DT)
Teneale Williams

Julie Ebersole (February's Muse)

So whether it's super simple, or super layered, we hope you can join in the fun with us this week!

Thanks so much for popping by today and I hope you have a great weekend. I'm going to spend my weekend at a craft show with my mum and hoping that spring arrives soon....!

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Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Old supplies, new love...

Happy Happy Happy Birthday
Hey!

Happy Tuesday! We're nearly halfway through the week already and I'm officially on countdown for the Easter holidays approaching!

But I'll take a break from counting down (6 working days to go in case you're wondering *wink*), to share a card with you today for our new challenge on A Passion for Papertrey. 

And why not enter any entries to the Moxie Fab World: Emphasize the Negative Challenge? That's exactly what I'm doing with today's card. :)

For our new challenge, we're finding the positives in the the negatives and getting busy with negative space. We'd love to see you do the same too - remember that our challenges are open to peeps across the globe for the chance to win a $5 Papertrey Ink gift certificate.

For my negative space, I created a frame by using two separate dies. First, I cut the largest shape from aqua card stock and then placed the smaller, second die on the first die cut shape to create the frame. 
tips and tricks
  • Look through your old supplies and challenge yourself to use it! I used a sheet of foil transfer and a flower embellishment that I purchased years ago!
  • Lightly draw lines across the frame and apply strips of tape over them to ensure the strips of tape are straight and alined.
  • I used the rule of three in this design with the three pops of pink. The gems are also providing visual balance with the flower in the lower right corner. 
Ahh there's something so satisfying in finding a new use for old supplies. I have a million more of these flowers in my craft room and I'm sure it'll be a while until I use one of them again, but as for the foil sheets...

Happy Happy Birthday Close
...I have a feeling that they may be utilised sooner rather than later *wink*!

Thank you so much for visiting today!

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Saturday, 16 March 2013

Getting busy with the washi...

Get Well Soon
Hey!

Hooray for the weekend! I have lots of 'me' timed planned as my fiancé (I still can't get used to saying/typing that!) is away this weekend. So the chores are done and now all that's left to do is get creative :)

Today's card is the result of playing around with washi tape. I love washi tape. I feel the need to own every. single. design. Do I use it much? Hardly! So cue a mission to get busy with the washi courtesy of the Moxie Fab World: Washi Tape Challenge.

I used my washi tape to create a plaster (band aid) and coordinated it with a 'get well soon' sentiment. The band aid was easy peasy to create and required a strip of card, washi tape and Chompy (my corner rounder)  :)
tips and tricks
  • The plaster was created by adhering a strip of washi tape to a strip of cardstock; Then rounding the corners and to finish, sticking a vertical strip of the tape across the centre.
  • Play with various washi tape patterns and die cuts to create custom embellishments!
  • When cutting washi tape, I swear by my oh-so-faithful non-stick, honey bee scissors. Perfect for cutting anything sticky (I'm not paid to say that - I'm just a very happy customer!)
That's all from me today - keeping it short and sweet to maximse inky freedom time!

I hope you're having a great weekend and I'll be back soon. Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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Thursday, 14 March 2013

Versatile vellum...

just a note
 Hey!

Another Friday-Eve rolls around and it's time to get inky with a new CASE Study. We have the super duper Julie Ebersole on board with us to oooh and aaaah over for March, so let's get straight to it and feast our eyes on this beauty of hers up for CASEing:


Check out the original post of this card here.

I'm hoping that you can tell that I was inspired by Julie's use of negative space and cool splatter technique. I promise you that the splatter's there - you may have to come close to the screen to see it, but I promise you it's there!

tips and tricks  
  • Consider using vellum behind negative spaces. To add more interest, use markers to add a design to your vellum. I simply used a ruler to draw some lines on the reverse side of the vellum with a grey alcohol marker. 
  • And whilst we're talking about vellum, I used it on the bottom half of my card giving me a smooth surface to contrast against the impressed pattern on the cardstock. Easy peasy, and the joy of vellum is that it will coordinate with whatever colour cardstock you're working with!
  • Are you a splatter-phobe like me? Consider using splatters in the form of stamps instead. The splatter stamp I used was from Happy Trails (Papertrey Ink) 
Now this is a card with a few uses. Not only is it to celebrate a new CASE Study, it's also for a our current challenge on A Passion for Papertrey: 50 Shades of Gray. Don't worry, it's nothing too risque (I confess, I've not even read the books myself!) but we'd like to see you play with grey and you've got until Monday for that challenge. :)

I'm also entering this into the fabulous Moxie Fab World: Emphasise the Negative Challenge. The negative space in my design is emphasised by placing vellum (with a hand drawn design on it) behind the negative space for an interesting focal point.

As for CASE Study, well you've got until Tuesday to get the mojo tickin' and get creating. Why not check out the rest of the CASE Study DT to get some super inspiration?

Amy Wanford (That's me!)
Andrea Ewen

Brandi (Guest DT)
Christina MacLaren  

Clare Buswell 
Debby Hughes  
Iwona Palamountain (Chupa)
Jean Martin 

Jeanna Jachna  
Maureen Plut

Sylvia Blum (Guest DT)
Teneale Williams

Julie Ebersole (February's Muse)

I hope you can join in the fun with us. Remember, you can take any point of inspiration from Julie's card and get busy with creating - so what are you waiting for? :)

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