Sunday, October 19, 2014

CASEing Heather Ruwe

One of the cards I've recently stored in my grey matter to CASE is this one by my pal Heather Ruwe:

by Heather Ruwe
That idea was sitting there, percolating, as I was surrounded by my stampy friends this weekend, trying to get some of their mojo to rub off on me. I also blurfed for even more inspiration. I needed a lot.

When I saw the current Little Tangles  Challenge:

and one of the cards was Heather's card that I already wanted to CASE, well, what was I do to but play along? :) Here's the card I created:

Sorry about the glare at the bottom. We're in a large meeting room with not-the-best lighting. ;/

I stamped the main image first, since I wanted it to be in the front, then I masked it and began stamping the other images to overlap each other. I eventually had made four masks. Probably could have used five, but I was lazy.

I colored the edges of a second piece of card stock with a Copic to make the layer match the top of the Rx bottle. The orange stripe in the washi tape was a close match to the Copic-colored layer, and also the card seemed boring without something.

I've actually made a few more cards, but I've been too busy chatting and eating to post them. I shall share them throughout the week, as I doubt I'll unpack before next weekend. I'm having some cabinets installed in two of my bedrooms (one of which is my craft room), and I'll need to clear it out. Unpacking just doesn't seem like it fits into that plan very well.

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Stuff I used: MT washi tape, and the following:

Saturday, October 18, 2014

You Warm My Heart

I played another sketch challenge. This time it was the current Nacho Average Challenge:

I thought this would work well with some more of the pretty Lawn Fawn Snow Day papers I had out, so I made this:

One of the things I'm determined to to this weekend is play with my Copics, and maybe do some homework from the last Online Card Classes Copics for Card Makers. One of my takeaways from that class is to use markers I normally wouldn't use for a particular object, or for shading. In this case, the bunnies were colored with N0 and E0000. I crossed the beams!!!

I was also very proud that I cut the sentiment panel using the partial die-cutting technique we learned in an earlier Online Card Class. The only die I had that fit the sentiment was too long, so I partially cut one side of the panel, then finished it with a partial die-cut in the other direction. The stitches on the die really helped me line it up, and I didn't have a stutter (missed, partial, or overlapping stitches).

Can you tell I like this paper? I won't lie and say you won't see it again this weekend, because you just might. You've been warned.

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Rockin' Robin

This weekend I'm away from home at a crafty retreat, and I've actually made a few cards! I find I need to do a few challenges to keep some sort of focus so I don't just sit here and drool.

This card started with the current Less Is More challenge to use little critters. I then took the current Freshly Made Sketches sketch:

and my new Rockin' Robin stamps from Clearly Besotted, because there's a row of three cute robins that needed to meet some ink.  To make my idea work, I rotated and flipped the sketch like this:

and here, finally, is my card:

First I layered up the papers and blew the whole Less Is More thing, but that didn't stop me. 

The Bokeh/dotted paper is supposed to be snow, but really, I just love the color of the paper. When I stamped the swirly music and the sentiment (love that font!), it turned out wider than the panel, but I declared that to be ART and went with it.

I stamped the row of robins on a separate piece of paper, colored them, then fussy-cut them, leaving a narrow strip with which to attach them to the sentiment strip.  It's not the cleanest solution, but I was NOT going to fussy-cut those feet. There's a piece of foam tape behind each robin to they're popped up.

I bought this set to use the big birds, so I hope to get to that later this weekend. Stay tuned!

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