Monday, June 30, 2008

Under 10 minutes!

Here's a nice quick card, and it really works well for any occasion. This card just happens to be for a retirement. I don't have a really nice retirement stamp, so I just went into Photoshop, and chose one of my favorite fonts and printed out a few different sizes all over some white card stock. I chose my favorite one, then cut it to a card front proportion size. I wanted to use some specific patterned paper, so I chose that, then chose my cardstock colours accordingly. Next, I ran the papers through the cuttlebug with the smallest circle nestabilities I own, then positioned them all around the sentiment. I popped that up with pop dots (of course!). I even had a few circles to spare, so I adhered some inside the card as well. This card also works well for a monochromatic card.
Paper: SEI Winnie's Walls, River Rock, Wild Wasabi, White
Accessories, etc.: circle die cuts, pop dots, computer

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Monochromatic Greens

Many shades of green here! I hardly ever use Garden Green and was pleasantly surprised how well it works with wasabi and celery. I also snuck in a Palette green (landscape) on the small star - it's slightly different than celery. Supplies: (all SU except where noted) stamps - Classic Backgrounds, It's Your Birthday paper - certainly celery, wild wasabi, whisper white ink - garden green, landscape (Palette) acc - artichoke brads, wasabi striped grosgrain, large & small star punch, page pebble (MM), circle nestabilities (Spellbinders), dimensionals

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Tips: Monochromatic Colour Schemes

Using the same hues on a card can have a really stunning effect. Monochromatic colour schemes are always a good go-to for clean and simple style cards. It can also help speed up the process, since you are restricting yourself to using only supplies of a certain colour. For my card today, I went with PINKS! In keeping with the feminine theme, I stamped a few purses, then coloured them in with pencil crayons. I went searching for some nice pink patterned paper. Would you believe that I don't have any that matches Pixie Pink or Pink Passion very nicely? So, I stamped a few small flowers on some Pink Passion instead. Just as good! My bow was inspired by the one on the right-most purse. I added a little sentiment tag, and voila, a cute little invite for a girl's night out!

Another brief CAS tip for you, shaped cards can really jazz up your card. What might be a bit dull or too small for a normal 4.25x5.5 card can really work on a smaller shaped card!

Supplies: Stamps: Dress Me Up! (gel-a-tins) Ink: Versafine Black, Pink Passion Paper: White, Pixie Pink, Pink Passion Accessories, etc.: Koh-i-noor Woodless Colour Pencils, Nestabilities Petite Ovals and Tag sets, Pink Ribbon, Dental floss, pop dots, grey marker

Friday, June 27, 2008

Corner Rounder Sparkly Bird

I used the corner rounder on this card because it compliments the corners of the Dreamweaver stencil I used. To color the image I used small stipple brushes and stippled on the colors from SU! dye ink pads. Then I used clear embossing paste over the stencil. After lifting off the stencil I sprinkled Art Institute Crystal glitter over the paste and let it dry. I used a part of an Ornare piercing template on the corner. Before mounting the panel with pop dots I used my Cuttlebug embossing folder to emboss the sentiment. The DCWV cardstock has a white core so I sanded the sentiment so the white would show. Supplies: Dreamweaver stencil, SU! dye inks, stipple brush, embossing paste, temporary tape, glitter, Cuttlebug embossing folder, pop dots, sanding block.


Corner Rounders! Whenever the clean and simple style crosses my mind, I can't help but think of corner rounders. These punches are the greatest. With the guide on they make adorable, perfect every time, rounded corners. With the guide off, you can make scallops. It's always nice to find a tool that does two awesome things. Anyway, I always like the way rounded corners finishes things off. One this card, I went with the bottom 2 corners. I also really love this look with textured paper, it just seems ultra classy. If you have a CAS style card featuring corner rounders, we'd love to see it!! Supplies: Stamps: Birds of a Feather (gelatins), Here for You (verve visual) Paper: Basic Grey DP, Rose Red, White, Textured White Ink: Rose Red, Old Olive, Black Accessories, etc.: Corner Rounder!, Olive grosgrain, pop dots

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

FTL 4 Happy Summer!

This is a great layout, and I will definitely be using it again! I used the measurements Natasha posted. The sentiment is popped up on dimensionals because of the bulk of the eyelet. The sailboat is colored with both copics and aquapainter/ink refill. The coloring is straight up no shading except for the water, in keeping with the blog theme. Supplies: stamps - MorningStar paper - (all SU) whisper white, wild wasabi, real red, soft sky, blue bayou textured ink - Palette Burnt Umber, SU Not Quite Navy, SU white craft acc - aquapainter, copics, jumbo eyelet (SU)

Fall To Layout #4 - Thanks a Bunch

I decided to use the colors from Tuesday's SCS color challenge when I made this card: Tempting Turquoise, Glorious Green and White. For added texture I used the Cuttlebug embossing folder on the base of the card and used my Scor-pal to emboss the diamonds on the tempting turquoise panel. I stamped the flower randomly in glorious green on the white panel and added the two image panels and an epoxy sticker. Supplies: Stamps - Hero Arts; Paper - Prism CS, PaperTrey Stampers Select, Michaels; Ink - SU! Glorious Green, Tempting Turquoise; Misc - dimensionals, SEI epoxy sticker.

Fall-to Layout 4

This layout is a bit different then some, but I saw a card with it somewhere, and found it to be inspiring. I thought I'd give it a shot, and share it with you. Plus, it goes well with the idea of using white or blank space. The optional part is exactly that. If you find the card looks too empty, feel free to add something in there, if you want a simpler card, leave it empty. The circle next to the sentiment can be any sort of embellishment, button, brad, knot, anything! A few measurements that you might find helpful... The lowest layer (on my card the patterned paper) is 3-3/4x2-1/2. The light pink is 2-1/2x 3-1/4. My sentiment strip is 3 inches long. Finally, the optional image part is 2-3/8x1-3/4.

Some other details for my card- all stamps are by PaperTrey Ink (Eat Cake, Birthday Basics), the paper and ink are mostly from there too (Berry Sorbet and Sweet Blush, as well as the patterned paper). Confetti white paper is from Stampin' Up!, as is the Rose Red button. I also went over all the Berry Sorbet cake layers with a clear Spica marker.

If you do decide to take a stab at the layout, feel free to leave a comment here, or use the keyword FTL4 at SCS!

Monday, June 23, 2008

White Space

I love the cards that have a lot of 'white' space. It really shows off the main image. I tried to capture that with these cards. The first card has texture to the cardstock which adds extra interest. On the second card I made borders with my scor-pal and then created a scored diagonal background which also draws your eye to the main image. Supplies: Stamps-SU!; Paper - DCWV CS, Papertrey Stampers Select; Ink - Versafine Black Onyx; Misc - watercolor pencils, aquabrush, Scor-pal, Amuse Twinkler Stickers, Cloud 9 Rain Dots, pop dots

Sunday, June 22, 2008

CAS Tips: White Space

One item that can definitely work to your advantage when creating CAS style cards is white space. Now white space doesn't necessarily have to be white in colour. Essentially it's the absence of stuff. My example is one I made back in the winter, but I think it really provides a good look at the "less is more" type of style. One thing I've noticed, not so much in cardmaking, but definitely in scrapbooking, is that the use of white space on pages is very popular. There's just something very cool and graphic looking to a project that makes use of all that space to bring your eye to the desired focal image. I made this card before I had the square nestabilities. I used some cardstock- a 3-1/4 square and a 3-5/8 square as my templates. With a light table, it is easy to center the cardstock templates . The card base is 4-1/4.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Fall-To Layout 3 Accents & Elements

Amazingly enough, there were no stamps or ink used in the creating of this card! I used the Messenger Accents & Elements kit. I bought it months ago and this was the first time I used it. It worked perfectly for Fall-to Layout #3. The sentiment is from the SAB rub-ons, Love & Happiness. I adhered a strip of ruby red cardstock and a strip from A&E on a 4-3/4 x 4-1/4 white card base, stuck the flowers on, added some centers to the flowers, and rubbed on the sentiment. Super quick!

Fall To Layout 3

This was a fairly quick card to make using Natasha's Fall to Layout. This layout also accentuates the clusters from earlier this week. I thought flag when I saw the stars, which led me to using the Cuttlebug Distressed Lines embossing folder using the negative effect with SU! Real Red ink brayered on the backside of the embossing folder. I layered some textured blue card stock and a dotted ribbon on the card. Two of the three stars were made with my Star Nestabilities and the middle size star was stamped with a star from Verve Visual Seeing Stars and cut out. All stars are popped up with pop dots. For the sentiment I continued the star theme and stamped the 'shooting' star (Studio G) and the Peace sentiment from PaperTrey's Text Box set. Supplies: Stamps: Studio G, PaperTrey Ink; Paper: PaperTrey Stampers Select, Bazzill; Ink: SU! Real Red, Colorbox White; Accessories: Star Nestabilities, Pop dots, ribbon, Cuttlebug

Fall-to Layout #3

It's time for another fall to layout. This one uses the clustering method that I discussed on Sunday. The sketch is pretty self explanatory, the shapes can be any shape. The idea is that they should be of a similar theme though. The thin strip could be ribbon or a thin strip of paper. I like having a large amount of white or blank space on the top, then adding the sentiment on patterned paper below. If you decide to play along, feel free to add a link here, or use the keyword FTL3 at Splitcoast.
Stamps: Bodacious Bouquet, So Many Sayings (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Ruby Red, Groovy Guava, Berry Sorbet,
Paper: Kraft, Winnie's Walls, White
Accessories, etc.: pop dots, wasabi ribbon

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Embrace Pop Dots Congrats!

I love dimensionals. I go through them like crazy, so I was very happy to make a sample for Embrace Pop Dots! For this card several of the main image layers are separated by dimensionals. Crystal Effects on the "G", brads, and chocolate twill finish it off. Thanks for looking! Supplies: (all SU) stamps - Great Grads paper - sahara sand, blue bayou, ruby red, wild wasabi, wild wasabi dsp ink - chocolate chip classic, chocolate chip marker, wild wasabi classic, blue bayou classic acc - EE brads, dimensionals, circle punches, circle nesties (Spellbinders), chocolate taffeta ribbon, CE

Embrace: Pop Dots

I love the depth that using pop dots gives to an image or panel of a card. For this card I used the pop dots to layer parts of the flowers. I stamped and water colored the image on the PaperTrey Stamper Select cardstock. Then I stamped the flowers again on another piece of the same cardstock, water colored them, then cut out different parts of the flowers and layered them on the original stamped and colored image. I used Nestabilities to cut out the image and the scalloped mat and the Cuttlebug and Swiss Dots embossing folder to emboss the front of the card. I left off embellishments because I wanted to focus on the beauty of the magnolia flowers. Supplies: Stamps - Lilac Set from Flourishes; paper - PaperTrey Ink, Bazzil; ink - Pallette Burnt Umber; Misc. - watercolor pencils, aquabrush, Spellbinders Nestabilities, $1 store pop dots.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Embrace... Pop Dots!

Today is all about pop dots. These small items can really add a lot to any project. One recommendation I have for pop dots is, once you find a good source to buy, pick up LOTS. My local Dollarama carries several types. They are available in large squares, small squares, large circles and small circles. You get at least 384 of the small squares on one sheet for $1.00, so it's a pretty good deal. They stick well and are a nice thickness. Anyway, my point is, once you find some you like, stock up. These can add the perfect "pop" to any card. Today's card was inspired by this wonderful gift set by Jennifer McGuire. She's a wonderful artist in both card making and scrapbooking. A lot of her stuff fits into the clean and simple, but WOW! style. If for some reason you haven't checked her stuff out before, here's her blog link.

For my card, I used pop dots both to pop up the butterfly, as well as to pop up the entire pink layer. I was inspired to use piercing and stitching, so I got out the piercing guide for the frame, and I got out the dental floss for the butterfly trail. The green scallops were made with a slit punch. Stamps come from Verve Visual (butterfly) and PaperTrey Ink (saying).

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

CAS Tips

Today's tip is using clusters on your card. This can mean grouping as little as 3 items, or going all out with the clusters, as I did on this card. This type of stamping can be done on one layer or you could cut out and raise the items you'll be grouping for some added dimension. This type of stamping also works very well with certain shapes, like flowers, stars, snowflakes, even letters. Give it a try! Supplies: Stamps: all flowers by PaperTrey Ink, Sentiment by Verve Visual Paper: Confetti White Ink: Palette Orange, Yellow, Mustard, Black

Friday, June 13, 2008

Crayon Resist

This is the first time I have done the crayon resist technique and it took me under 10 minutes to make this easy, simple card. I think it took me longer to find a white crayon than it did to make the card! I started with white glossy cardstock and stamped the flower image in black Staz-on. Then I traced the insides of the flower with the white crayon. Next I swiped a purple (looks blue in the photo) Marvy dye ink pad across the entire card and wiped off the ink with a tissue. Supplies: stamps: SU! Pocket Fun; Paper: The Paper Co. glossy cardstock; Ink: Staz-on, Marvy Dye ink

Thursday, June 12, 2008

CAS Friendy Techniques

Every so often, I'll be focusing on a technique that I find works well with the CAS style. For this one, I'm going a bit "old school", in more ways than one... Pull out that glossy paper and white crayons, maybe a brayer or a few sponges- it's time for White Crayon Resist. This technique is super fast, and it looks pretty cool. Decide on an image theme and your colours and you're all set to go. For this one, I started with some flowers from PTI's Beautiful Blooms set. I stamped them, then added in some white lines with the crayon. Next, I got a sponge and started wiping mustard and burgundy all over. I finished it off with a small frame, some matching ribbon, and a sentiment. One of the great things about this technique is that you could stamp a whole sheet of these, then cut it up and make a whole bunch of cards like the style I've posted here.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Silhouette Color Challenge

The colors Natasha challenged with were Really Rust, Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red and white for a neutral. At first I thought Autumn but was not feeling in an autumn mood! So I decided these colors would make a good silhouette at sunset. I inked up the leaves image with Versamark, then chocolate chip and stamped the image. I embossed it with clear embossing powder. I sponged on the really rust, then the ruby red and a little bit of chocolate chip. I cut the image and mat out with my long rectangle nestabilities. I used DCWV cardstock which has great texture and some SEI patterned paper. I felt it needed a little something to complete it so I stamped the butterfly on the left over sponged paper, cut it out, mounted it just on the body so that the wings could be bent away from the paper. I finished it off with an Amuse Twinkler sticker. I left room for a sentiment in the lower left corner of the image.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Fall To Colours

This week's "fall to" is a bit different, instead of a layout, I've got a colour palette. Sometimes even just a colour scheme can inspire you to make a good CAS card. The fall-to colours are one of my favorite combinations. They are earthy, but bright. The colours: Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, and neutrals (I used both white and kraft on here). Supplies: Stamps all by Verve Visual, Ink and Paper by Stampin' Up!, gelly gems by gelatins, corner rounder by Stampin' up!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Textured Thanks

I started with a white textured 5x5 card base, and adhered two patterned paper pieces to it. I attached a third strip of patterned paper across the whole card and added silver brads to anchor it. The Thickers "thanks" finished it off! This is a "texture" card, but I also made it in less than 10 minutes.
stamps - none!
paper - Jersey Shore and Bali Breeze (SU), white textured (Bazzill)
ink - none!
acc - silver brads (SU), lime daquiri Thickers (American Crafts)

Tips: Texture

Today's CAS tip is all about texture. I was only going to focus on my card base being textured, but once I got started, I kept bringing in more and more textile items. A textured card base can really bring a lot to a card. Simply by choosing a textured paper, you've added interest to the entire card. There are lots of textured card stocks out there, and the great thing is there are tons of colours to choose from! Like I said, once I got on the texture kick, more items came out. I brought the striped paper, which is kind of a wannabe texture. Next came the ribbon, then the felt flowers, and finally the bling. All these items reach out to the recipient. So the next time you're needing a quick card that packs a bit of a "wow", consider using some textured cardstock as your base. It really adds a little something special!
Stamps by Verve Visual, Paper by World Win and Stampin' Up!, Felt Flowers by Maya Road, Bling by gel-a-tins, Ribbon by Dunwoody Booth, Ink by Versafine/Tsukineko

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Transparencies Samples

Here I have used the transparency as an overlay, after I ran it through my Cuttlebug with an embossing folder to give it some texture. I adhered it at the top of the card base, then tied a ribbon to hide the adhesive. The olive circle is adhered to the back of the transparency to hide the adhesive of the flower and sentiment.
Supplies: (all SU except where noted)
stamps - Everyday Phrases
paper - soft sky, old olive, ww
ink - old olive
acc - acetate, flower fusion, olive grosgrain, word window punch, circle cutter, CB folder, white brad (Darice)
For this card, I stamped the swirl on the transparency card base with white Stazon, then layered on the circles and ribbon. Three halfback white pearls add a finishing touch.
stamps - Baroque Motifs, Together Forever
paper - chocolate chip, groovy guava
ink - chocolate chip, white Stazon
acc - chocolate taffeta, Pretties kit, circle cutter

Embrace... Transparencies

Transparencies are one of those supplies that has all sorts of creative uses. You can use it for card bases, for overlays, or for gel cards, just to name a few. It's definitely one of those items that's good to keep around. There are also varying thicknesses available, so you need to be aware of what kind of acetate works best with your intended use. I've found that photocopy quality acetate is a well-rounded one to keep around. It's heavy enough for card bases or boxes, and you can heat emboss it. I picked mine up at an office supply store. If you're looking for a heavy weight type, I know that both Flourishes and Cornish Heritage Farms carry them.
Anyway, enough babble, onto the card! I used a transparency for my card base. I stamped the front with a background stamp using White Stazon, added some ribbons, and my stamped image matted on coordinating colours. Quick, clean, simple!
Stamps from Stampin' Up! (Linograph BG), Gel-a-tins (Hugs & Kisses), and Verve Visual (Wild Thing)
Ink and Paper: Stampin' Up!
Ribbon: Dunwoody Booth

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Sahara & Argyle

Here's my card for this week's fall-to layout. I decided to go for something a bit masculine, because I just received this new twill tape today. I found some masculine patterned paper and paired that with a sahara sand card base. I know people don't typically associate ribbon and scallops with masculine cards, but if you choose the right kind of ribbon, and the right kind of paper, it works! Ribbon from Dunwoody Booth Stamps, Ink, and Paper from Stampin' Up!

Fall-to Layout 2

Here are some examples using Natasha's Fall-to layout 2. This was a fun, easy and quick sketch to use. I am generally slow at making my cards even with a sketch to follow but I made 7 of these very quickly! I like how versatile this sketch is - it looks great in portrait or landscape mode, and on a rectangular or square card. Materials: Cardstock - PaperTrey; Patterned Paper - SEI Dill Blossom, PaperTrey; Ink - SU! Chocolate Chip; Accessories - SU! HodgePodge Hardware, Cuttlebug.

Fall To Layout #2!

It's time for another sketch that you can try out immediately or save into your book of sketches! This one is really great for when you're needing that ultra quick card! It's also great if you're needing several cards or if you're making a gift set. The scalloped section can be patterned paper or other coloured cardstock. The darker strip can be a knotted ribbon or anything else you deem appropriate. Again, the bubble is a nice place for the knot or an embellishment because it brings balance to the whole item. Harriet has some wonderful examples with this sketch. She shows how easily it can be used for any orientation or shape!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Tips: Mixing Text Sizes and Fonts

First off, I wanted to start off my post with a welcome to a few people who will also be sharing their CAS creations on this blog. Give a warm welcome to Harriet Skelly and to Becky Carafa. I love their approaches to the CAS style, and I hope you will too!
This week's CAS tip is mixing text sizes and fonts. I have found this to be a really effective way of getting a message across, while keeping the card quick, clean, and simple! There are all sorts of amazing sentiment stamps out there. Several companies already make the mixed size and font of sentiments, but it's also nice to put together your own using different alphabet sets. I find that when I make the card all about the greeting, all you really need are some nice papers, some ribbon, and maybe an embellishment or two, and you have a great card!
I've got two cards for you today. The first features a pre-mixed sentiment from Verve Visual. The second card features a mix of alphabets to get a fun greeting. This one actually features the same font, but the difference in size and style still makes for an interesting looking sentiment.
Stamps- Wild Things, Gosh Be Golly Alphabet, Gosh Golly Big Letters (gelatins), Polka Dots & Stems (verve visual)

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Under 10 minutes

This was a card that I had absolutely no intention to make today. Suddenly, I needed a graduation card though. I had ten minutes before dinner would be ready. I felt a challenge coming on! I quickly decided that stars and blues would be my images and colour scheme. I cut my card front and began stamping in a "swoosh" like pattern across the card front. I added in the sentiment, but still had time to spare. So, I stamped another star, cut it out and placed it over one of the stars. I didn't time myself exactly, but I finished with a few minutes to spare! All stamps are by Verve Visual.