Thursday, 24 September 2015

CC&S #143 Sketch: Snowflake Circles

If I ever make this card again, I'll know what to do differently! It was such a faffy card to make and when I first saw Lizy's sketch for this week at CAS Colours and Sketches, I hadn't envisaged making such a complicated card!

I began by sticking a square of snowflake patterned paper to the front of my card blank and printing the sentiment onto it. I chose my snowflake dies and punches but unfortunately had to choose slightly larger circle dies than I would have liked to allow the flakes some movement! The snowflakes are double-sided and I was going to stick the paper layers together before cutting and then realised that if I wanted to attach thread through the middle that I would have to cut them separately and then try and stick them together! Silly me also chose metallic thread which slipped all over the place when trying to sandwich the various layers together!

I need a piece of card on the inside to cover the thread and because the circles were bigger I decided to place it so that it forms a shadow to the outer circle. The whole card did take me much longer than expected but I quite like the finished design so maybe I might make something similar another day!

Supplies Used:
Dies: Snow Flakes (Die'sire), Standard Circles Large (Spellbinders Nestabilities)
Punch: Large snowflake (XCut)
Sentiment Font: Allegro
Snippets: Snowflake patterned paper, Metallic papers and thread, Pale blue cardstock

I would also like to enter my card into this week's challenge #165 at CASology where their cue word is 'Circles'. I hope Lizy's seemingly straight forward sketch doesn't lead you astray too far? Can't wait to see what you come up with. It's my turn to host again next month and I'm just finalising my colour choices and sketch designs.

Looking forward to sharing them with you and seeing your entries this week.
Stef x

Thursday, 17 September 2015

CC&S #142 Colours: BasicGrey Trees

This week I decided to make the card that I wanted to make for CAS Colours and Sketches without worrying too much whether I could combine the colours with another challenge and am quite pleased with the result!

I always struggle with matching the chosen colours as I don't own any SU products but sincerely hope that the BasicGrey papers I've chosen this week are near enough. I used to love their papers and decided it was high time to get them out again. The trees have been die-cut from a set where they are designed to overlap as layers of the same tree but they look just as great as single trees on their own. I bought the set several years ago but, to my shame, have never used it, so again, I thought I would give it an airing! The trunks have been cut from my snippets box and the trees overlaid on a circle die-cut from the same set of papers. The sentiment is computer-generated and printed directly onto the card.

I would like to enter my card into the challenge at 'Seize The Birthday' where they have an 'Anything Goes' challenge as I have made the card for my brother's birthday in a couple of week's time.

I notice that Darnell is having another NBUS challenge over on her blog so, as my card qualifies, I would also like to enter it there.

Supplies Used:
Tree Dies: Christmas Stacker Tree (Dee's Distinctively)
Circle Die: Standard Circles Large (Spellbinders)
Patterned Papers: Two Scoops (BasicGrey)
Sentiment Font: Cold Spaghetti!
Snippets: Chocolate Brown cardstock

Can't wait to see what you create with these lovely colours from Lizy!
Stef x

Thursday, 10 September 2015

CC&S #141: Flowers Sketch

Lizy is our hostess at CAS Colours and Sketches this month and this week her inspirational sketch makes it very easy to create a quick CAS card.

For my background piece, I used one of my Cosmic Shimmer Mist sprayed pieces of cardstock in green with touches of blue and yellow that have merged together to make even more interesting green shades. The gold mica forms a lovely pattern by scrunching clim film over the top while it's still wet. I love getting messy with this technique, it just needs patience whilst it dries.

I interpreted the sector of the circle at the top by using a circular sentiment printed in gold. The poppy flowers have been simply die-cut in white cardstock.

I would like to enter my card into challenge #240 at Less Is More this week where the theme is to use the colours green and gold and very little else!

Supplies Used:
Shimmer Mists: Meadow Lush, Aqua Lagoon, Mango Blaze (Cosmic Shimmer)
Die: Prim Poppy (Memory Box)
Snippets: Circle sentiment

Just beginning to catch up now after my busy summer but still got loads to do!
See you all next week!

Stef x