Tuesday, September 19, 2017

CASology Week 267: BIG


Welcome to Week 267 at CASology!




I tossed around a few ideas for the cue word this week. Should I go with a big font size? A sentiment with the word BIG in it? In the end this big MFT headphones die won me over and a birthday card for one of my kids or their friends was created quickly.




The Sizzix embossing folder added a bit of interest and provided a base for the sentiment and die cut.

Check out the Design Team cards for more great ideas!



Jacquie Southas (you are here)

Sponsor: STAMPlorations!

We are looking forward to seeing how BIG inspires you - just remember to keep it Clean & Simple! You have until Monday at noon (CMT) to link your card to the CASology blog.

I'm also linking this card to the Wednesday Challenge Blog at Simon Says Stamp where the challenge this week is Clean & Simple, Seize the Birthday in there Anything Goes category and CAS(E) This Sketch #239.

  


Jacquie



Tuesday, September 12, 2017

CASology Week 266: CAKE

Welcome to Week 266 at CASology!




It's going to be a party in the gallery this week with CAKE as our cue word! Lawn Fawn's Bake Me a Cake provided the stamps needed to build this tiered birthday cake. I love the sketchy feel of this stamp set and paired the cake with a couple of sentiments from CAS-ual Fridays' Woot Woot stamp set.




The lemon frosting, cake stand and candle flames are all swiped with Wink of Stella for a little glitter and shine.




The Design Team has terrific cards for you to check out this week!



Jacquie Southas (you are here)
Sherrie Mannion

Giest Designer: Claire!


We are looking forward to seeing how CAKE inspires you - just remember to keep it Clean & Simple! You have until Monday at noon (CMT) to link your card to the CASology blog.

I'm also linking this card to the Wednesday Challenge Blog at Simon Says Stamp where the challenge this week is STAMPtember Stamp It.



Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

CASology Week 265: EDUCATION

Welcome to Week 265 at CASology!




For many of us in North America, the first Tuesday in September is also the first day of school after summer vacation. It wasn't until we moved to California that I realized in some areas schools go back in session much earlier and finally understood why major retailers had back to school sales in July! 

I have two young adults in college this year and EDUCATION is all about hitting the books. For this card a computer generated sentiment is printed on a white panel and then the Pinkfresh Studio Bibliophile bookshelf image added. 




The books are colored with Copic markers and the panel popped up on the card base for added interest.




The Design Team is always amazing!


Jacquie Southas (you are here)

Guest Designer: Shona C.!


We are looking forward to seeing how EDUCATION inspires you - just remember to keep it Clean & Simple! You have until Monday at noon (CMT) to link your card to the CASology blog.

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie

Monday, September 4, 2017

Curtain Call Dreamcatcher + CTS237 + Seize the Birthday + Simon Says

After posting my feather card last night I was poking around the internet and discovered the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge for September 1 is Dreamcatcher. 




I immediately painted another piece of watercolor paper with Zig markers, this time using pink and red pens, to create an ombre panel. While the panel dried, I pulled out a scalloped circle frame that I'd cut months ago at a retreat when I had access to a friend's dies. This is layered on a woodgrain embossed panel.




The Spellbinders feathers are cut from the watercolored panel and adhered together to make a matching pair of clusters. These are added to the woodgrain panel before the PTI birthday sentiment is stamped on an MFT banner die cut and popped up over them.




It isn't a dreamcatcher, but pulls most of the elements from the inspiration photo. The card is inspired by CAS(E) This Sketch #237 and is also being linked to Seize the Birthday Anything Goes and the Wednesday Challenge Blog Anything Goes at Simon Says Stamp.


    


Thanks for stopping by!

Jacquie

Sunday, September 3, 2017

CAS(E) This Sketch #237 + Seize the Birthday + Simon Says Anything Goes

Chrissy has given us a cool sketch for CAS(E) This Sketch #237. I'll admit it initially stumped me, but I couldn't get it out of my head. The ombre is where I started, using Zig markers to color a piece of watercolor paper with purple and blues. One the panel was dry, Spellbinders feathers were die cut and adhered together to create a couple of trios.






The feathers are adhered to a white card base and a simple PTI sentiment banner popped up over them.




I'm also linking this card to the Anything Goes option at Seize the Birthday and to the Wednesday Challenge Blog at Simon Says Stamp where Anything Goes this week.

 


Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie

Friday, September 1, 2017

Muse #231 + Simon Says Anything Goes

As soon as I saw Cat Craig's beautiful card as the Guest Designer for Muse #231, I knew I was going to watercolor this lovely Avery Elle Mother's Day stamp.




After heat embossing the image on watercolor paper, Zig Real Brush Markers were used to color in the images using a similar color palette to Cat.




A colored a wash of pale blue around the image and then stamped the Altenew Painted Greetings sentiment.

This card is also being linked to the Wednesday Challenge Blog at Simon Says Stamp where Anything Goes this week.


  


Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie



Tuesday, August 29, 2017

CASology Week 264: SQUARE

Welcome to Week 264 at CASology!


  


I interpreted our cue word this week in the easiest way possible, starting with making a 5x5 square base for my card.




A bright pink Papertrey Ink sentiment die cut is added to a white square panel, then framed with an aqua pinked square panel before being added to the card base.  The always hard to photograph Wink of Stella adds a bit of shine to the sentiment and a scatter of enamel dot confetti adds a bit of fun.




For more inspiration, check out the fabulous Design Team cards!



Jacquie Southas (you are here)



We are looking forward to seeing how SQUARE inspires you -  just remember to keep it Clean & Simple! You have until Monday at noon (CMT) to link your card to the CASology blog. 


Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie

Sunday, August 27, 2017

CAS(E) This Sketch #236

Sadly,  I've had to replenish my stash of sympathy cards with three friends losing their fathers in the last month. I used the sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch #236 for this card.






The panel was masked and lightly inked with Shabby Shutters Distress Ink first and then the Concord & 9th Tree Ring stamp added. An Altenew sentiment is stamped on a light gray flag and adheres along the bottom of the inked panel.




A simple white Memory Box Massa Leaf die cut replaces the circle element on the sketch.

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie


Saturday, August 26, 2017

Muse #230 + Just Us Girls #408

I picked up this sweet Lawn Fawn Aloha stamp set a while back and was happy to pull it out after seeing Kim's card for Muse #230 and the inspiration photo for Just Us Girls #408.





I love the scale of Kim's pineapple so had mine take up a little more visual space by mounting the circle panel on a black circle before popping them up on the card base. The black circle is barely bigger than the pineapple panel but gives me the black edge I was looking for and echoes the black embellishments on Kim's card.




A few enamel dots add interest, reflect the party atmosphere of the inspiration photo and expand the circle a bit more.


   


Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

CASology Week 263: BUD

Welcome to Week 263 at CASology!




Our sponsor this week, Kitty Bee Designs, generously gave the Design Team a couple of images to play with for our BUD challenge. I wanted to pop up the flower this sweet bunny is holding and add a sentiment tag underneath it, so enlarged the image and printed it twice.




My second flower is inked with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink and then the center is colored with a Copic marker.  It is popped up over the other flower and the tag is tucked under it.




There are definitely a few different directions to go in with this cue word. Check out the terrific Design Team cards for more inspiration!



Jacquie Southas (you are here)

Guest Designer: Sunday Stamper!



We are looking forward to seeing how BUD inspires you -  just remember to keep it Clean & Simple! You have until Monday at noon (CMT) to link your card to the CASology blog. 


Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Muse #229 + Memory Box: Go With the Flow + Seize the Birthday + SSS: Add a Sentiment

I was happy to have some crafting time today and created a card that fits four challenges. My first inspiration is Tracey's pretty card for Muse #229 and making it an undersea design with my octopus die fits Memory Box: Go With the Flow. Making it a birthday card fits both Seize the Birthday: Anything Goes and the Wednesday Challenge Blog at Simon Says Stamp where Add a Sentiment is the challenge.




I'm trying to love my Oxide Distress Inks, but just don't feel the colors are as vibrant as Distress Inks. Owen the Octopus is cut from an Oxide Ink panel that was sprinkled with water, but I redid the balloons with Distress Inks. The strings for the balloons are extra octopus arms - I'm happy with the way this experiment worked!




A few raindrops add interest and the Paper Smooches sentiment finishes off this card.


  Challaug2016

  


Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie

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