Totally Trees sneak peek

Hello!

I have another sneak peek for you today – there’s a brilliant set in the new Autumn/Winter catalogue called Totally Trees and I love it!  It’s going to be great for quick and easy, CAS cards, including Christmas.  Today though, I have a more tropical theme for you:

Totally Trees, Sunshine Sayings, Sneak Peek

I stamped the background “blob” in Delightful Dijon, stamped off once and the trees in Cucumber Crush on Whisper White.  I placed the trees randomly, as I didn’t want a symmetrical, structured card.  I stamped Sunshine from Sunshine Sayings (current annual catalogue) and then constructed it with a skinny Delightful Dijon mat and a Cucumber Crush base.  It was quick and easy to put this together – hope you like it!

See you on Thursday for the CAS Colours & Sketches challenge.

Caro
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Tin of Tags Sneak Peek

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I got a pre-order a few weeks ago and haven’t had much time to play with it.  Today I thought I’d look at the Tin of Tags project, especially as I used the “Surprise” from the stamp set on my Design Team card for CAS Colours & Sketches this week.  You can see that card here.

The Tin of Tags is a really fun project – 30 Christmassy tags, three of ten designs to make, although the sentiments aren’t all wedded to Christmas, as you’ll see.  You also need the accompanying (incredibly versatile) stamp set, some ink pads and glue.  As you might expect, the whole kit comes in a really cute red tin, perfect for keeping some embellishments in when you’ve made all the tags.  I made 10 of the tags up, one of each design, so I can keep some to show people in their “raw” state.  Here’s how they look:

Tin of Tags, Sneak peek

And a close up of the tin:

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The instructions are very straightforward – you’ll have 30 tags in no time!

Hope you like it – see you on Tuesday for another sneak peak!

Caro
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Balloon Celebration for CAS Colours & Sketches

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Sorry for going AWOL this week – Ben and I were on holiday, first in Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival and then for a few days with my aunt, who lives in Grantown-on-Spey.  I didn’t plan ahead, so there were no posts – I’ll try better next time!

So it’s time for another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge – this week Louise has chosen these for us to play with:

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So we have two of the new in colours along with a lovely neutral.  I’ll be honest, I didn’t have long to pull this together and fortunately, I got an idea nice and quickly!  The pink and purple said balloons to me, so I pulled out the Balloon Celebration stamp set.  It’s so versatile and I love the font of the sentiments.  Here’s my card:

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I decided after I tried a couple of variations, that I wanted some shine on the balloons.  So for the Sweet Sugarplum balloon I stamped in Versamark, then the ink, then added clear embossing powder and used my heat gun.  For the two Flirty Flamingo balloons I did clear embossing in the same way, with the bubbly pattern effect.  I think it adds some depth and texture.  I stamped two of the strings in Chocolate Chip and the “let us celebrate” string in Flirty Flamingo.  Hopefully you can also see that I layered white on white – thin Whisper White on a thick Whisper White base.  This same colour layering (especially white) is something I’ve learned from other members of the Design Team and I really think it adds just a bit more interest, while the card still remains CAS.

Please come and check out the other Design Team entries and do enter – we love seeing what you create.

See you on Sunday (really!).

Caro
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Surprise sneak peek for CAS Colours & Sketches

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It’s the second month of our multi hostess challenges at CAS Colours & Sketches and this week Bev has this great sketch for us:

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I’ve looked at this a few times and not had any inspiration but with the deadline looming (strange how that happens!), looked at it yesterday and immediately knew what I’d do with it.  And it involves a couple of sneak peeks from the new Stampin’ Up! Autumn/Winter catalogue!  We are in pre-order for demos and my goodies arrived really quickly, last Friday!  One of the must have items for me was copper foil paper, showcased here:

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I love it!  Isn’t it gorgeous?  I can see me getting through a lot of copper foil between now and Christmas!  The other sneak peek is the sentiment – this is from a really versatile stamp set called Tin of Tags designed to pair with a Christmas tags project, but as you can see, it will have loads of uses aside from the Tin of Tags projects.  I love how Stampin’ Up! give us such versatile sets.

So, my card base is thick Whisper White and my leaves are cut out using the Botanical Builder framelit dies in copper foil (woop!) and Garden Green.  The flower and the sentiment are both Rose Red and then I couldn’t resist adding a touch more of the copper, in the centre.  I love the simplicity of this card but think it has a real wow factor.  Hope you do too.

We always love to see your entries in the gallery, so please have a look at the other Design Team member’s cards for inspiration and then join us – you don’t have to have a blog, you can upload from picture galleries like Flickr.

See you on Sunday.

Caro
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Thank you, friend

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On Saturday I ran a class for friend at her house – the first time I’ve done that.  It took lists and organisation to make sure I took everything I needed, but I made it!  Just.  About 5 minutes before leaving I realised I hadn’t put my heat tool in with everything else, so quickly added it.  As two of the cards involved embossing, I was very pleased I remembered it, as my friend lives a 40 minute drive away!  My friend’s daughter and a friend were part of the group so I wanted to make sure the cards had universal appeal – my recent purchase of the hostess set Love You Lots seemed perfect:

Love You Lots, Ribbon, Melon Mambo, Thank You

I know that Soph and her daughter also love Melon Mambo, so I made sure I included that!  The elephant and mouse are stamped in archival Basic Black and then coloured with  blender pens and Smoky Slate and Blushing Bride.  At least one person went off piste and we had pink elephants and mice as well as the more sedate way I coloured mine!  The sentiment is from the same set and is stamped in Melon Mambo.  The Whisper White top layer has a skinny Smoky Slate layer and then we tied the Melon Mambo striped ribbon around it, securing on the back with a glue dot to stop it moving around.  In the cards we did on Saturday we placed the sentiment on the right hand side of the card, rather than the left.  I thought it was more balanced – the photo is of my prototype and although it’s fine I think the other placement works better.  You’ll have to imagine it!

Hostess sets are great value and often have images and seniments, so you can create whole cards from one stamp sets.  I often overlook them somehow, but this one was too cute to skip over.  Hope you like it!

See you on Thursday for CAS Colours & Sketches.

Caro
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Craft retreat reminder

Hello!

Today it’s just a quick reminder about the luxury craft retreat that my lovely upline Eimear and I are running!  Flyer below and full details on the page above.  Our earlybird offer is extended to 15th August, so sign up now!  It’s going to be an awesome day and you can finish with a mini manicure or pedicure!

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Caro
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Flowers for CAS Colours & Sketches

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Today the challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches is a colour one, this time set by my sister Liz:

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She has chosen three blues for us to work with.  To start with, I thought this would be a nice easy challenge, but my mojo didn’t agree!  I sat down a few times to make my card and walked away.  Until last night, when I just had to complete a card to post – nothing like a deadline to get results!  Even then, I went back to work later on but finally produced a card I really like:

Wild About Flowers, CC&S #185

If you saw my last post you’ll know that this is quite similar!  But Wild About Flowers was still out and it caught my eye – it is such a beautiful and versatile set.  I still didn’t use one of the sentiments from the set – “enjoy” comes from Endless Birthday Wishes – so watch this space!  I hope you can see that one of the stems (third from the left) is stamped in Night of Navy, while the others are Dapper Denim.  The sentiment is also Night of Navy.  All the flower heads are Marina Mist.

Have a look at the Design Team’s cards to see how they’ve used these colours and then join the challenge – we love to see you cards!

See you on Sunday.

Caro
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