CASE Study #168

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Sorry it's been a bit quiet around here, I'm busy working away on various crafty projects. I had a big clean out in my craft room (you know it always looks worse before it looks better!), it's nearly finished now, still a few boxes to sort out. Niall built me a great standing height table (it's mounted to the wall and folds flat when not in use), I saw this program recently about the effects on your back from sitting for long periods and that it was better to stand while working for some of the time (and apparently you burn more calories too!). So this is the first card I've made standing up, it's strange but I actually worked faster standing up! I'll take a few pics of the table once I give it a coat of paint! I'm very grateful Niall can build pretty much anything I can sketch!

It's week four at CASE Study with our November muse Keisha Campbell, I'm loving her work. Here's Keisha's inspiration for this week.

I didn't go with the color combo on this one, the weather here has been so grey I couldn't face the neutrals so I went with some vibrant Christmas colors instead. I did CASE the circles (in the patterned paper), the diagonal stripes, the tag and twine bow.

I dug out some of my Waltzingmouse Stamps for this one, the green and red ink are Memento Luxe and the Vintage Photo ink is Distress. All the patterned papers are from Heidi Swapp Believe Collection. The Santa I fussy cut from one of the papers. Isabelle spotted the Santa paper and wanted some to make a card for Santa (of course I gave her some!), she's turning into quite the card-maker!

I added some glitter to Santa's beard and hat and I found that gold peg in my stash. I stamped the stars last minute, I wasn't sure but I just went for it! I love the faded look from repeat stamping.

Don't forget to visit the rest of the CASE Study team for some more inspiration! Have a great day! Oh and Happy Thanksgiving to my friends in the USA!! : )

CASE Study #167

Thursday, November 21, 2013

It's week three at CASE Study with our November muse Keisha Campbell, I'm loving her creations. Here's Keisha's inspiration for this week. I just love her cards!

I CASEd the patterned paper and use of floral focal point. I went for a more vibrant color combo and added a little bit of chalkboard in there!

The patterned paper is from the Authentique Thrilling Collection and I embossed the turquoise Core'dinations cardstock with an Anna Griffin embossing folder. Those fabulous flowers are from Prima. The seam binding I colored using Distress Stains - Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Antique Linen.

The sentiment stamp from IndigoBlu I stamped using VersaMark ink and embossed in white. I added the chalk dust detail with a white pastel pencil.

Don't forget to visit the rest of the CASE Study team for some more inspiration! Have a great day! : )

Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine Issue 123

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Just popping in with a few creations I had published in the November issue (123) of Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine (UK). I was commissioned to do the '10 ideas with...' feature, this time the challenge was to use Christmas sheet music. I had to create 10 items using Christmas music sheets, here's just a few of the items I made. I used some real vintage music sheet and also some digital printed music sheet.

I also made a cake topper, I used digital printed paper for this because vintage paper can be a little delicate and there are a lot of folds in this.

I made some pretty Christmas gift bows using strips of music sheet. There are lots of tutorials online on how to make these bows.

I love how the vintage napkin rings turned out. I used kitchen roll inserts to make these and some Mod Podge to adhere to Christmas music sheet.

Also in this feature I made some Christmas decorations, some more cards and a votive. I hope you picked up a copy because the December issue is out now! I have some quilled ornaments in that issue.

Thanks for dropping by today, I'll be back tomorrow with my CASE Study card.

CASE Study #166

Thursday, November 14, 2013

It's week two at CASE Study with our November muse Keisha Campbell, I'm loving her creations. Here's Keisha's inspiration for this week. I just love her tags!

I love all the elements in Keisha's tags, there's fabulous dimension and attention to detail. Inspired by her tags I also made two but with an Autumnal/ Fall feel (I'm not ready for winter yet!).

For both of my tags I used some Core Tags from Core'dinations as my base (I just love the texture!), embossed with an Anna Griffin embossing folder and inked with Scattered Straw and Vintage Photo Distress Inks. I used the Peace and Plenty stamp set from Waltzingmouse Stamps for all the stamping and yes, there is a LOT of fussy cutting going on! Everything is colored using Distress Markers and I dyed some seam binding using the same color Distress Stains.

Don't forget to visit the rest of the CASE Study team for some more inspiration! Have a great day! : )

A little bit of chalkboard..

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A little while ago I took a fun online mini workshop by Christy Tomlinson on The Art of Chalk Lettering. It wasn't aimed at card-makers it was more for learning how to create the lettering on full size decorative chalkboards for home decor etc but the basic principles worked for cards too. So I experimented with some Black Magic cardstock from Core'dinations, it makes the perfect base for chalkboard cards because of the slightly textured surface and you can sand the edges to reveal the core color.

I didn't use any stamps on my first card, the text I printed and lightly traced onto the Black Magic cardstock then I used a white chalk pen (I used a uni Posca white pen) over the text. Then I just added some doodles around the text and the drew some lines with a ruler for the frame. I also used a white pastel pencil to add some more chalk lines. The pastel pencil works much better than an ordinary white pencil. To add a little color I used some blending chalks. The flower I made using some more Core'dinations cardstock and Spellbinders Rose Creations dies.

Next up I combined a little stamping with this one. The main focal image is from Autumn Borders from The Craft's Meow, stamped using embossing ink and embossed in white. I added color using blending chalks. Then I traced on the lettering and doodled everything else.

I love how they turned out and I still really love the chalkboard look! I hope the trend stays around for a while longer! Don't forget if you'd like to learn even more about The Art of Chalk Lettering then check out Christy Tomlinson's mini workshop. Thanks for dropping by today! : )

Hard Core Crop WINNER

Thanks to everyone who participated in my Quick and Easy Christmas Card Challenge! Thanks for taking the time to join in! Your creations using Core'dinations cardstock were all fabulous!

The WINNER of the Quick and Easy Christmas Card Challenge is Lynn Hardy!! Congratulations Lynn! You'll be receiving a fabulous 12x12 pack of Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Seasonal Impressions! Enjoy!

Please email with your full name, address and phone number with the challenge you won in the email title (Clare's Challenge). You have ONE week from the day the winners are posted on the Core Blog to claim your prize. Please allow 4-6 weeks for shipping and processing.

Thanks again to everyone that participated and left a comment!

Moxie Fab Thanks Blog Hop

Saturday, November 9, 2013

In case you didn't know there's a HUGE blog hop going on today in honor of the wonderful and inspirational Cath Edvalson from Moxie Fab World and Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Magazine. You should have arrived here from Ryann's blog by the way.

I think Cath (as she wanders through this massive blog hop) may begin to realize the extent of the appreciation, admiration and love we have for her. So in an attempt to capture just a little bit of this I created a warm and fuzzy card with a homespun feel just for Cath, to say thanks for everything! Thanks for all the Moxie Fab Inspiration, it was wonderful! Thanks for making us feel special by crowning us Moxie Fabbers. Thanks for really connecting with our paper crafting community. We're really gonna miss you!

I used a mix of stamps from Waltzingmouse Stamps to create the plaid background and Memento Luxe inks in Pistachio and Love Letter. The fab wooden buttons are from Dovecraft.

The Thankful stamp is from Autumn Borders from The Craft's Meow. Next up on the hop is the awesome Gayatri. Enjoy the rest of the hop! You might need a cuppa and a few snacks, possibly lunch!! Thanks again for everything Cath, enjoy your next adventure, wherever that may take you. : )

CASE Study #165

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Hello! It's November already and we have an amazing new muse at CASE Study - Keisha Campbell (you have to check out her blog, it's amazing!). Here's Keisha's inspiration card for this week.

I CASEd the black base, the lattice pattern, the die cut letters and banner tags. I opted for a floral focal point instead of the bow.

I love the modeling paste trend that I've seen around blogland and decided to give it a go. I used a Quatrefoil stencil from The Crafter's Workshop. I had some modeling paste already in my stash from my painting days, I also had some black acrylic paint and a palette knife. I mixed a 50:50 ratio of paint to modeling paste, fixed the stencil in place on some strong black cardstock with some masking tape and applied the paste mix with a palette knife. It's pretty straightforward, I removed the stencil and left it to dry. Being slightly impatient I gave it a helping hand with my heat gun! Turned out ok and I love the texture and feel.

I added some die cut letters and applied some Glossy Accents. The flower I made using Spellbinders Rose Creations dies and Core'dinations cardstock, the centre I quilled and added some fringed paper around it. The Charcoal twine is from SRM Sticker and the stamps are from Waltzingmouse Stamps, I used Memento Luxe Dandelion ink (love these inks!).

I love how this card turned out! Sorry about the bad lighting, it's been so dark here, we've had very wet and dreary weather with very little sunshine.

Don't forget to visit the rest of the CASE Study team for some more inspiration! Have a great day! : )

Thanksgiving Blessings

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Hi all! Just popping in with a Thanksgiving card to let you know about the SALE over at The Craft's Meow. There's a 20% discount on all Autumn/Fall Stamp sets. To receive the discount just enter Fall20 at checkout after you've logged into Paypal. The SALE ends at Midnight Pacific on November 6th. The stamp set I've used on my card Autumn Borders is also on sale.

I kept my card pretty clean and simple today, I colored the border using Distress Markers and added some foliage using Spellbinders Fall Foliage and some Core'dinations ColorCore Cardstock. Thanks for dropping by today! : )

Hard Core Crop - Quick and Easy Christmas Cards Challenge

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Welcome to Core'dinations Hard Core Crop!

Make sure you grab your blinkie and wear it proudly ALL WEEK LONG! Core'dinations is offering a prize to the person using it as their Facebook profile photo, so grab it here and head over to the Facebook event page and let them know!

If you're playing along you can check out the full list of rules HERE and the master list of challenges HERE. Today is day 3 of the challenges that the design team have come up with. You have until 12 Midnight EST on November 10th to get your challenge completed and linked up. So pull out some of your Core'dinations Cardstock and play along!

My challenge for you is Quick and Easy Christmas Cards, that's pretty easy and it's about time you started making your Christmas cards anyway, why not play along and be in with a chance of winning a great PRIZE. So, all you have to do is make ONE (or more if you like!) quick and easy Christmas card BUT you MUST use Core'dinations Cardstock visibly on your card. Link up your card using Mister Linky at the bottom of this post for a chance to WIN Core'dinations 12x12 Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Seasonal Impressions Collection. 

So I just happened to use some cardstock from the Core'dinations 12x12 Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Seasonal Impressions Collection on my Christmas cards for this challenge! 

I love the Core'dinations 12x12 Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Seasonal Impressions Collection because all of the hard work is already done for you, I love the texture of embossed cardstock on my cards but if I'm short on time the Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Seasonal Impressions Collection is a real time-saver! Here I just sanded it with my Sand-It Gadget, wiped with my Dust Buddy and inked the edges with Distress Inks - Antique Linen and Vintage Photo. That band of Kraft is actually the reverse side of the same cardstock!

I used a stamp set called Jingle Bells from Marianne Design designed by Eline Pellinkhof for most of the stamping except for the sentiments. I used a Core Tag, stamped the trees using Distress Ink Peeled Paint and the scripted text using Brushed Corduroy. I also inked the edges. The trees I die cut using Spruce Trees die from Crafter's Companion and Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Shattered Collection.

The sentiment I stamped using Jet Black Ranger ink and Holiday Poinsettia stamp set from The Craft's Meow. The natural twine came with the Core Tag.

I repeated the whole process using the same products for my second card apart from the deer head die, that's from Marianne Design (LR0177) cut from some more cardstock from the Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Shattered Collection.

I hadn't started out with the intention of making masculine cards but these turned out pretty masculine, which is perfect because I never have enough masculine Christmas cards!

Now it's YOUR turn to share your Quick and Easy Christmas Cards, I can't wait to see what you come up with! 

Link your Quick and Easy Christmas Card here by 12 Midnight EST on November 10, 2013 for a chance to WIN Core'dinations 12x12 Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Seasonal Impressions Collection.