Friday, September 28, 2012

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #72 - Toot your own horn!

Welcome back to another oh so CAS Friday with another CAS-ual Fridays challenge and what an interesting challenge we have for you this week!

We want to see your CAS projects inspired by your very own blog header! Yup, your blog header.
Our sponsor this week is the wonderful A Muse Studio and what a great prize they're giving away this week! Head on over to the CAS-ual Fridays blog to get all the deets on that :)

I recently updated my blog header showcasing a pair of my favorite earrings I made and immediately thought oh no! why did I do that? How am I supposed to make a card based on THAT??!! After much contemplation a took a step back and realized I was approaching it all the wrong way. So I simplified my thought process and brought it down to main colors and simple shapes. Here is what I came up with...

I looked at the three main colors of my header, gray, white and purple and translated that into my fave paint analogy.  I made the gray the largest amount of color so it's the gallon, the white I made the second most color, therefore the quart and the purple represented the smallest amount which is the pint. If you ever get stuck with color combos, a trio in the gallon, quart,and pint ratio work really well. Next I looked at any shapes I could incorporate and the earrings I felt would be best represented by circles which allowed me to add a little purple bling :) 
Soooo, long story short, if you find your self stumped, look at your blog header and bring it down to a trio of colors and simple shapes :)

I can't wait to go through the gallery and see how everyone draws inspiration from their blog headers, it's going to be a fun challenge!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Exciting News!!!

I'm so excited to announce that I will be joining the brand new design team for CAS(E) this Sketch!
This is going to be a fabulous CAS challenge that is ALL about sketches!
Our very first challenge goes live on October 11th, so be sure to join us over at the CAS(E) this Sketch blog !

Stop by and have a peek at the rest of the design team, I'm sure you'll recognize a few of us ;)
I'm so excited for this opportunity and can't wait to expand on my sketchy skills aaannnndddd I can't wait to see everyone's ideas using these fabulous sketches :)

Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you on October 11th!

Friday, September 21, 2012

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #71 - Falling into Fall

It's Friday once again and time for a new CAS-ual Fridays challenge! This week we're having some FALL FUN!

Our sponsor this week is Great Impressions and they have a great prize to give away to the lucky winner, head on over to the CAS-ual Fridays blog to see what you could win :)

I went uber CAS this week with a one layer card. A simple white card base, one leaf image repeated three times and a simple sentiment to top it off.
CFC71 - Julie Day
I'm especially looking forward to this weeks gallery as I love everything fall! So be sure to play along with the Girl Fridays this week! 
Thanks for stopping by and have a great crafty weekend :)

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Market Street Stamps September Block Party

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend! We're having a block party at Market Street Stamps this weekend and we would love to have you come and join in the fun! 
For the party I made a card using the new set "Growth" by Stephanie Washburn using an image and sentiment and one of my fave techniques, brayering.

For this card I started with a white cardstock panel and cut out a circle from a post it note for the sun. I stuck the circle to the panel and then brayered more mustard ink starting from the top. On my last layer of more mustard ink I removed the post it note to give the sun its color. Then I replaced the post it note and brayered really rust ink over top. I stamped the cat tail image twice along the bottom in really rust and filled in the cat tails with a marker the same color. The sentiment was stamped over top in black and I drew a small "V" of flying geese with a black marker. Final touch was a bit of ink sponged around the edges.

Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to pop over to the MSS block party and play along!

Missing You
Cardstock: (whisper white) Stampin' Up!
Stamps: (Growth) Market Street Stamps
Ink: (really rust, more mustard, basic black)
Other: black marker and foam mounts 

Friday, September 14, 2012

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #70 - Black and White + One!

Welcome back to another CAS-ual Fridays Challenge! This week we're going two tone with black and white with one more color, the color of your choice :)

Our sponsor this week is Neat & Tangled! Make sure you stop by the CAS-ual Fridays blog to see what you could win :)
Neat and Tangled

For my card this week I used the mushrooms from my stamp set "Nuts about Nature". I love these little mushrooms and the matching sentiment.  

The card base is embossed with a Tim Holtz embossing folder (can't remember the name). For the main panel I stamped the mushrooms, colored them with copics and then cut them out. I popped them up off the sentiment panel that I stamped first and then popped the whole panel up off the card base using foam mounts.

I love black and white cards with pops of color and can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend :)

Friday, September 7, 2012

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #69 - Emboss It!

Welcome back this week for another CAS-ual Fridays challenge! This week we want to see texture in the form of embossing, whether it be dry embossing or heat embossing.

Our sponsor this week is Simon Says Stamp, so be sure to check out what you can win on the CAS-ual Fridays blog and don't forget it's guest designer challenge this week!

I went super simple this week with my card using the new chevron embossing folder from Stampin' Up! and a sentiment from the Great Big Greetings set from Market Street Stamps.

CFC69-Julie Day

I embossed three different colors and put them together to make one panel. The sentiment is popped up and I added a touch of bling around it. 
The Girl Fridays would love to have you play along this week, so be sure to stop by the break room, have a peek at the inspiration and then play along :)
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

CAS Baby Basics - Heaven Sent

Today I have another CAS card using the stamp set Baby Basics from Market Street Stamps. You can visit the Market Street Blog here. You'll have to excuse the picture as my camera just didn't want to capture the white card very well.

I started with a white card base and added three white clouds to the top left hand corner, using a foam mount to pop one of the clouds up. Then I stamped the three different size stars and the sentiment. To finish, I faux stitched some lines from each star into the clouds and then connected the dots using a fine tip pen.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Heaven Sent Card
Cardstock: (white) Staples
Stamps: (Baby Basics) J.Day Designs (Market Street Stamps)
Ink: (daffodil delight) Stampin' Up!; (tuxedo black) Memento
Other: foam mounts, faux stitcher, pen

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Baby Basics - Congrats Boy

I hope everyone had a great long weekend! I enjoyed a weekend of kayaking on the ocean and the weather was perfect! 
Today I have a card to share that uses my new set Baby Basics from Market Street Stamps. 

For my card I used the sail boat and two of the sentiments to make this quick and simple card.

I stamped the boat and colored it in with copic markers and then cut it out. The waves were created using a punch from EK Success. I layered a red strip of red cardstock under the blue and then tucked the boat in behind the wave. Finishing touches were a pierced border and some twine. 
Thanks for stopping by and join me tomorrow for another card idea using Baby Basics.

Congrats Boy Card
Cardstock: (whisper white, marine mist, real red) Stampin' Up!; (kraft) Gina K. Designs
Stamps: (Baby Basics) J.Day Designs (Market Street Stamps)
Ink: (tuxedo black) Memento
Color media: copics
Other: twine, faux stitcher
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