Monthly Archives: June 2016

Celebrate for CAS Colours & Sketches

Hello!

There are 5 Thursdays in this month, so it’s time for a double challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches!  Here’s what Bev has come up with:

double 180

I love this colour combination and the simple, elegant sketch really lends itself to all sorts of things.  I went with a pretty literal interpretation:

CC&S #180, Weather Together, Sunshine Sayings

My base is thick Whisper White.  I cut the flower from Melon Mambo using a thinlit from the Sunshine Wishes set, then placed it on a piece of Bermuda Bay the same width (105mm) as my card base.  I  followed the curve of the flower in pencil and carried it on, then cut it using paper snips.  I curved the photopolymer celebrate! sentiment (from Weather Together) a little and stamped it in Daffodil Delight.  I put it all together using tombow, as my first card attempt using the fine tip glue pen didn’t go too well!

Hope you like it.  Head over to the challenge site to see what the other Design Team members have created for inspiration.  We’d love to see what you come up with – you don’t need a blog – all the instructions and rules are on the website.

See you on Sunday.

Caro
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Hello Baby for CAS Colours & Sketches

Hello,

A very quick post today – firstly, it’s the new sketch challenge for CAS Colours & Sketches and Bev has again come up with a great design:

sketch 179

Lots of ways to go with this, but here’s what I came up with:

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A clean and simple baby card – I needed one so that might have directed my choices!  The sentiment is from the new Baby Bear stamp set. I hope you like this – do come and see what the rest of the design team have come up with to inspire you.

Secondly, it’s time to announce my blog candy winner.  Drum roll please – it’s Karen!  So please get in touch with your address (craftwithcaro@gmail.com) so I can get that in the post to you.

Short and sweet, hope you liked it!  See you on Sunday.

Caro
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Variation on a Swirly theme

Hello!

I recently posted a masculine birthday card that I made for my father in law – you can see the post here.

As the design called for many colours of the same “swoosh” from the Swirly Scribbles framelits, I had a lot of leftovers pieces cut.  And that got me thinking.  It was really easy to create the following cards, basically out of spares:

Swirly Scribbles, Male birthday, Metallic heat embossingSwirly Scribbles, Male birthday, Metallic heat embossingSwirly Scribbles, Male birthday, Metallic heat embossing

Variations on a theme, I think you’ll agree!  But I think they look surprisingly different! The different sentiments in gold and copper also rang the changes and I really liked the Cajun Craze base as a further twist.  I have to admit that the brushed gold card stock isn’t available anymore, but the Gold Foil sheets in the current catalogue would bring a real shiny punch instead.

Hope you like these and that they make you think about cards you could tweak for a new look.

See you on Thursday for this week’s CAS Colours & Sketches challenge – you still have time to enter this week’s, if you get a move on!

Caro
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Vertical greetings in pink and green

Hello!

I held a card class yesterday afternoon and one of the designs I decided to do used the new Vertical Greetings stamp set.  This was on my “must buy as soon as it’s available” list – I adore the vertical sentiments and the tall plants – this is going to be an often used set I think!

Vertical Greetings, Birthday card

I decided to make a square card, as I though the dimensions would work – this is 4-3/4 inches square (remember my quirk with using inches for square cards?!).  The base is my favourite pink, Melon Mambo, with a skinny Old Olive border around a 4-1/4 square white layer.  I prepped the stamps by stamping them in Versamark then wiping it off with my hand (a tip I saw online but am sorry I can’t remember who shared it), as this helps give a better image with a new stamp.  By the time we used it in class, there was no need to do this.  I coloured the main image in using Melon Mambo and Old Olive markers, huffed on it to moisten and stamped in the centre.  Then I inked up Happy Birthday and stamped that on the right.  These two stamps could use the stamp-a-majig for accuracy but I have to admit I free-handed these.  Finally, I cut a strip of the new 1/8″ Stitched Ribbon in Melon Mambo and tied it in a simple knot (I used a glue dot to attach it to the back, and under the knot, to secure it).  I put it together with tombow.  My class loved this pretty, feminine birthday card, hope you do too!

See you on Tuesday.

Caro
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Baby Bear for CAS Colours & Sketches

Hello!

It’s a colour challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches this week and Bev has set us this great combination:

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My card came about because I really, really wanted to use the Baby Bear stamp that had just arrived (with lots of other goodies!) and I decided to see how he looked using Pool Party and Pear Pizzazz, finishing the details off using Archival Basic Black.  And I think he looks great!

Baby Bear, CC&S #178

I stamped my sentiment in Calypso Coral and decided to pick that up in one of my mat layers.  A skinny black layer really helped pull this together.  My card base is also Basic Black – the card is 5 x 5 inches – it’s a while since I’ve made a square card – I’ve said before that for some reason I think and work in inches when I make those!  I know, it’s weird.

This is a lovely stamp set – you’d think I’d be overdosing on cute as we got a new arrival to our household this week – a kitten called Tarragon!  So he’s taking up a lot of my time (and his brother, who we are looking after for a friend).  He hasn’t been allowed into the room where I craft yet – I think there are interesting times ahead!

Anyway, I really like this cute card, hope you do too!

Don’t forget that it was my 100th blog post on Tuesday – you have until next Tuesday, 21st June to comment and be in with a chance to win the blog candy!

See you on Sunday.

Caro
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My 100th post! Announcing my host rewards and blog candy

Hello!

Today I’m very happy to be posting my 100th blog. It’s taken me a while to get here so to celebrate it, I’m announcing my host rewards scheme and also have blog candy on offer.

Firstly though, I’d like to say welcome to my new subscriber – it’s great to have you here.

So, the host rewards – it’s very simple – you keep track of your orders and when you reach £300 you get £30 for free. Sounds good, right? Just email me when you reach £300, tell me what you want for £30 and I’ll order it and get it sent to you. If you want more than £30 (there’s always something else to order, right?) I’ll send you a PayPal invoice for the extra. This rewards scheme is offered by me personally and isn’t a Stampin’ Up! Offer. The details can change at any time. The rewards won’t expire, you’ll be able to spend them whenever you like.

And now for the blog candy!  This offer is for UK addresses only, sorry. To be in with a chance to win, simply comment on this post by a week today, 21st June and I will randomly select a winner and announce it on my blog post on Thursday 23rd. So, what do you win?  A 2016 Sale-a-bration stampset – Hello (wood mount), a Watermelon Wonder ink pad and some Metallic Enamel Shapes from the new catalogue. Here’s a couple of photos:

Blog candy

Blog candy

I’ve loved blogging and sharing my cards with you and am looking forward to continuing. Thank you reading my blog, it means a lot.

See you on Thursday for this week’s CAS Coloours & Sketches challenge.

Caro
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