Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Just my Cup of Tea

I'm a tea drinker! Love my pot of tea at least twice a day. My mother bought me a beautiful Royal Doulton Memory Lane tea set for my engagement present all those years ago. I'm so happy that I still have the full set and you can imagine how much I love it as I love blue so much.


So my card is inspired by this pretty set. 


I've used the largest Hero Arts tea cup die, and got a little sneaky by using the MFT bowl die, from Bedside Comfort set, to cut out the handle space. You can see it better on my second card below. The roses (Altenew Vintage Teacup set) were stamped in a soft blue and then coloured with Prismacolor pencils in the no line colouring method.  

What large dies do you have? Why not use one for the CASology Challenge : BIG


Come on over and get more inspiration from our gifted design team ...



Guest Designer : SundayStamper

Sponsor : STAMPlorations

I enjoyed it so much, I had to make another using some of my favourite paper from Lili of the Valley.







Thursday, 14 September 2017

WPlus9 Flowers

I have been waiting for this Kind Soul set from WPlus9. It was so popular that it was sold out in no time.  You may be seeing more cards with these flowers soon - just love them. Coloured with Prismacolor pencils.








Watercolour Silhouette

I've just received the Tim Holtz Wildflower silhouette dies ... perfect timing for the CAS Watercolour Challenge : Silhouette.


The background was created with Distress Oxides and Distress inks. I love the light.


Tuesday, 12 September 2017

CASology #266 : Cake

Time for cake! This week's CASology challenge is CAKE. Who can resist a good cake? What is your favourite?  I think mine is carrot cake, or my grandmother's Cinnamon topped cake.

Coloured with Prismacolor Pencils.


I added Liquid pearls to make some delicious looking frosting, and layered the cake to give dimension.


You can always get more inspiration from our gifted design team ...



Guest Designer : Claire

Friday, 8 September 2017

So special



Playing with Altenew stamps, stencils and dies for the Altenew September Challenge.  I cut two dies of the flower. I used one to stamp the flower, and the other I coloured the left bottom edges grey with Copics. I glued them offset to create a shadow. The sentiment is from Lili of the Valley.


Thursday, 7 September 2017

Rustic Florals


The Card Concept Challenge #77 with the rustic door made me think of dry brushing. So I started with a piece of kraft paper and dry brushed white acrylic paint. Add a few flowers and voila!



Also following the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches #304

Rainbow colours


I had a small strip of the rainbow paper I had painted for this card, so when I saw the Time Out Challenge, it was perfect starting point. I loved Bev's inspiration card, and her new card. I focused on her rainbow colours in stripes, floral image and white space.


Here are her two cards. 

 




Tuesday, 5 September 2017

CASology #265 : Education

The first person who gets to educate us is our mother! And our fathers too. And this quote is certainly true. I'm sure you have found yourself saying what your mother has said ... whether the words are good, bad or funny! Then it's your turn to listen to your children repeat your words.

What do you find yourself saying and thinking, "That's what my mother always said"?


Come on over and join in the CASology : Education Challenge.


You can always get more inspiration from our gifted design team ...



Guest Designer : Shona C


Sunday, 3 September 2017

Inspired by Lisa

I was so delighted to see THIS card of Lisa's as I have someone who needs all these encouraging words. So I had to CAS(E) it and make my version of it. I decided to create the background watercoloring with Distress Inks.

But it needed a bit more definition, so I decided to cut it in strips and leave a little space between each sentiment.


I die cut little hearts and then added Ranger Liquid Enamel Accents on top - makes it easier to get the heart shape.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

August CCC

August has come to an end, so we can reveal our cards that were sent for the August Card Chain Challenge. Mine went off to the founder of this challenge ... Deborah Nolan.


I pretty much followed the colour scheme and the sketch.


I was having so much fun with this watercolour technique that I made a bookmark too.



Come and join in the fun ... you have until Wednesday 6th September to sign up for this month.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Splatters

I'm channelling Eliza with this one - only using my supplies. Love the light yet arty touch.


Using my current favourite sentiment from Hero Arts!


CASology #264 : Square

I'm still having fun with making cards for expectant mothers and arrival of babies. Don't you just love this tiny babygro from WPlus9?


This could possibly be the smallest square for the CASology #264 : Square Challenge!




There are some wonderful designs by the rest of the design team



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Friday, 25 August 2017

Birthday Tribute Board

I have finally finished (and delivered) my tribute board for my SIL's 50th Birthday. My brother had asked that we give something that shares something about her ... words, poem, song, etc. Well, nobody likes my singing, and I'm not that good with words, but I can play with paper, ink and stamps.

Even though we live so far away from each other (Canada to Mauritius), she has a special place in my heart. I may not know her as well as those who see her regularly, but these things inspired the tribute board :
  • She mostly wears black and white, so I knew I wanted those as the main colours
  • She had daisies in her wedding bouquet and loves nature so used flowers and leaves dies
  • She is creative and has painted in the past, so I used watercolour
  • She is fun and enjoys games and taught me the dice game
  • She is a psychiatrist, good communicator and says, "Do you want to talk about it?", so I have used printed book pages on the background under the paint; word pattern paper and frame and the speech bubbles
  • Family and love are very important to her ... and she is part of mine, so the framed heart
  • I used the green acrylic jewels because she is a gem, and her engagement ring is an emerald
  • The autumn maple leaf to symbolise Canada
  • The guinea fowl feather because she loves guinea fowl and we went to a game reserve nearly every time the family came across to South Africa
  • She loves to travel, so have the world map
  • She and her family is musical with wonderful singers and players so stamped some notes
  • A smooth stone  - again for nature, and she was the one who first shared special stones with me





[ I was inspired by Shari Carroll's Tribute Canvas. ]

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

CASology #263 : Bud

The CASology Challenge word cue this week is BUD, and is sponsored by Kitty Bee Designs. It's worth a pop over to see her cute designs. The little cows are adorable.


One of the digital stamps we got to use was this Flower for you Bunny. So sweet I had to make 2 cards. Even with digital stamps, you don't have to keep the image upright. You don't have to use the whole image either. Thought she would look cute peeking in to say Hi!


I have 2 friends who's daughter's are having their first child. One had her son a week ago and the other will have to wait until November for her bundle of joy.


It's always worth a visit to the rest of the Design Team to get inspired ...

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

CASology #262 : Prickly

It's Tuesday, so it''s time for a new CASology Challenge : Prickly!


So happy to be using this sweet Penny Black stamp - I have a friend who needs a little cheering up.



Come and see the wonderful cards of the rest of the Design Team ...


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