Thursday, October 30, 2014

CAS(E) this Sketch Guest Designer

Super excited to have been asked to Guest DT over at CAS(E) this Sketch, and with this fabulous sketch from Gayatri to work with, who could say no!!!

Mixed and matched my Merry and Christmas diecuts from Papertrey Ink and Paper Smooches, together with these gorgeous felt holly leaves and berries from my stash (I think they may have been Making Memories), but you could replicate these using die cuts too. I usually find if I am die cutting more intricate shapes from felt, it helps to coat the back of the felt with Ribbon Stiffener and let it dry before you cut to give it more body. These cute background papers are from Heidi Sawpp and Kaisercraft Basecoat Christmas.

Remember to stop by the CAS(E) this Sketch Design Team blogs for more fabulous inspiration.

Hope you can get to play along too - I'd LOVE to see what you create.

Playing along with Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes too!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Shirley It Must be Your Birthday!

The gorgeous Maria is hosting a blog hop birthday surprise for the super talented Shirley of Shirley-Bee's Stamping Stuff. I have the utmost pleasue of being Shirley's DT teamie over at the Mixed Media Card Challenge

I thought I'd combine Shirley's signature watercolour and splatter with my love of sketches and die cuts to create this birthday card. Created by washing the strip of watercolour paper with pink and blue, then splatting with some Luminarte paint, and die cutting the Spellbinders butterflies, and using the die cut half butterfly pieces to complete the two butterflies, curling their wings when I secured them to the card. Stamped this gorgeous Winnie & Walter birthday sentiment in Pink Momento Luxe. You can play along and link up your card at the blog hop birthday surprise til November 9th.

Also playing along with Seize the Birthday

Thursday, October 23, 2014

FUSION Halloween Fun, Without the Halloween!

There is so much inspiration from this  fortnights FUSION inspiration! Just looking at that dining table, you could be inspired by:
  • the roses
  • the pumpkin
  • the chairs
  • the circles of the plates (shapes)
  • the banister (stripes)
  • food themed
  • dinner themed
  • Halloween themed
  • the colours
This fortnight I tipped the sketch over and used the flowers, colours, and gorgeous chair frames for inspiration. This paper is an oldie from Fo-fa-la, cut using Lil Inkers Stitched Squares and backed with Co'ordinations Cardstock in black and orange, so whilst the outside of the card is in black, the inside is orange. The sentiment is by Ali Edwards for Technique Tuesday, stamped in Momento Luxe Morocco.

I can't wait to see how you are inspired by this fortnights FUSION. 

The Design Team have some FABULOUS creations to inspire you!

Please check the linky for the days left to play with us.
Hope to see you playing along, can't wait to see what you create!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Do what you love, love what you do...

I got to thinking about why it is we do what we do, after reading Darnell's thought-provoking post, and realised when I'm in a ditch of doubt or lack of creativity, I always need to refocus on simply doing what I love and loving what I do, and anything else is a bonus. After all, the world now knows of the fate during their lifetime of such greats as Monet, Van Gough and Cezanne (see this article of 10 Famous Artists Who Had to Deal with Rejection During Their Lifetime). Not that I am in ANY way placing myself anywhere near the company of these luminaries, but it just goes to show, in order for them to keep creating, they too had to simply focus on doing what they loved and loving what they do.

With that in mind, I simply could not go past this spectacular photo prompt from this weeks Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge, and combined it with this fabulous Retro Sketch by Tracey, because it's what I love to do! 

Created using a mix of Paper Smooches dies, Reflections Flowers and Big Bloom flowers on a Polaroid base, with Love Word sentiment, all pop dooted against this gorgeous American Crafts timber grained patterned paper. The patterned paper flowers are a mixture of MME, Echo Park and American Crafts.

Remember, have FUN and enjoy the process, and if you can recognize something you love in what someone else creates, let them know, it doesn't hurt to spread the love ;)

I hope you get to do what you love and love what you do a little this weekend!

A KIS Goodbye...

Sadly it has come time for the Keep It Simple Challenge blog to close. I had a ball on the Design Team, but with a couple of teamies choosing to step down, Anni made the difficult decision to close. I may have considered taking up the reins, but my one year of high school German is not up to the task of a bi-lingual challenge!

Here is a card I had prepared in advance, which fits nicely into the Festive Friday Challenge, with its gorgeous red and white photo inspiration, as well as Catered Crop Seeing Red, and Virginia's View Clean and Simple Challenge.

I love this Santa and sentiment by Darkroom Door, which Cecilia brought to our weekend retreat, stamped and embossed in red tinsel.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Think Pink for Christmas...

I created this snowflake shaker card when I was crafting with friends last weekend. In real life the snowflakes inside the shaker look much more pale than the bright pink in this photo LOL! Regardless, this was created especially for the Jingle Belles It's a Pink Christmas, with Stephanie and Lauren pledging to donate $4 per linked up card to The Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Created by die cutting the My Favorite Things snowflake from the card front, foam sheet and from a sheet of snow white American Crafts glitter paper, and layering the card with the pink pearl 
American Crafts card front, glittery snowflake, clear acetate (so the snowflakes don't get stuck in the larger snow flake die cut), small snowflakes, foam sheet, acetate then white card front. The "peace" die-cut is from Papertrey Ink.

Hope you get a chance to Think Pink for Christmas too!
Inspired by the Cutting Edge Challenge (more-so Melania's interpretation of it!)

Monday, October 13, 2014

CAS(E) this Festive Friday...

Had a play with some crafty friends yesterday - although there was more laughing and chatting than crafting me thinks! This is one of the two Christmas cards I managed to add to my collection. Inspired by this gorgeous Festive Friday inspiration photo and CAS(E) this Sketch. Created using Paper Smooches Christmas dies and Memory Box Pine Needle border, with papers from Echo Park and Basic Grey. 

Playing along with Virginia's View CAS Challenge too!