Thursday, February 27, 2020

Happy Place






There's a new challenge up at Time Out, and this time it's a photo inspiration. 
See the photo above.

We are generously sponsored by Altenew.
Challenge winner will receive a 20.00 gift voucher to the Altenew store.
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Our Guest Designer is Maria Fischer of rieslingmama. Maria is a wonderful paper crafter whose art is eclectic and colorful, fun and fabulous. Maria is the winner of Time Out #152 with THIS wonderful card. Please go visit her BLOG for some wonderful inspiration.

When I saw our inspiration photo, I immediately thought of the stacked suitcase image from Paper Smooches Get Outta Town set, and I knew I would start there with my creation. My card is super simple, but I fussed with it for hours (not kidding) trying all different layouts, embellishments, etc.. I wanted to incorporate at least one frame like those on the wall, so in the end I went with a die from Paper Smooches Chains die set.

Please hop on over to the Time Out Blog to see the wonderful creations that Maria and our Design Team came up with to inspire you to play with us!

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Mid Century Modern Happy Birthday



You still have time to play with Time Out Challenge #155, which is inspired by words:
"It's your birthday, so party and throw acts of kindness around like confetti". 

We are celebrating the 8th birthday of Uniko, our wonderful and generous sponsor.


 We wish owner Bev Brown, continued success and many more celebrations of her awesome business. Check out Uniko birthday fun going on HERE. Our challenge winner will receive a clear stamp set of their choice.

In addition to celebrating Uniko's birthday, our inspiration words are also in recognition of Random Acts Of Kindness Day, which is celebrated yearly on February 17th. 

Our Guest Designer is Sue of Sentimentally Sue. Sue a very talented paper crafter. Her work is such an inspiration and a joy to behold. Please go visit her BLOG. You are sure to be inspired.

To create my card, I stamped different elements of  Uniko's Mid Century Modern Florals creating a row of flowers in varying heights. I added a "happy" die cut from Winnie and Walter's The Big The Bold And The Happy dies, and stamped and heat embossed "birthday" from Winnie And Walter's The Big The Bold And The Happy stamps on a small banner die from Concord and 9th's Happy Card Frame Dies.

Please hop on over to the Time Out Blog to see the wonderful creations that Sue and our Design Team came up wit for your inspiration. Come play with us!

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Saturday, February 15, 2020

Birthday Wishes



It's time for a new challenge at Addicted to CAS. Our Code Word for ATCAS Challenge #178 is CAKE. How fun!! Susan is our hostess!

For my card, I stamped the adorable cake image from Paper Smooches Birthday Bash set on Tim Holtz watercolor paper and colored it with Zigs. I then mixed some Perfect Pearls with a little water and "iced" the cake to give it some sparkle and shine. The sentiment is from SSS CZ Designs Simple Sentiments 2.

Please head on over to the ATCAS Challenge Blog, take a look at the wonderful inspiration pieces the Design Team has created for your inspiration, and make something to share in the gallery. Challenge winner will be offered a Guest Designer spot for a future challenge. Happy crafting!

Please remember that this is a CAS challenge. Here is a definition to remind you:


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W is for wish (anything you wish)


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Hooray! Our challenge is 9 years old this month!

Our wonderful sponsor is also celebrating the 8th birthday of her awesome business this month. Congratulations, dear Bev!

I loved our theme last week - "tiny but few",  juxtaposed with this week's theme which is "more, but still CAS". I just think that is brilliant! For my card, I stamped 15 images and a sentiment - definitely more, AND very CAS. I was looking through my stash for ideas, and when I came upon Paper Smooches Vogue Abode set and spotted the little telephone image, I knew what I would do. I used my MISTI to space the images perfectly and to get full coverage with my inks (all Memento). I used the smiley image and speech bubble from Paper Smooches Teen Routine to give my telephones a little personality, added the sentiment also from Vogue Abode, and that was it.

Please head over to the Less Is More Blog and see what the Design Team has created for your inspiration. I hope you'll play along with us to share your creations and for a chance to win. Remember to keep your design Clean And Simple.

To be eligible for showCASe and PRIZE WINNER choices you will need to carefully follow the guidance on our GLOSSARY OF TERMS and our HOW TO PLAY pages. Your design should feature lots of clean / white / blank / non patterned / non textured space. All challenge details are on the Less Is More blog. Good Luck!

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Love You To Pieces


It's that time of year when love is in the air! I recently participated in a teacher auction at the school in which I work. Teachers were asked to come up with something for parents to bid on as part of a fundraiser. I offered a card making class which was won by a mom of a crafty seventh grade girl. She and four of her friends got to make 3 cards designed by yours truly. I did the class today. The prep was sooooooo much work, but the girls loved it. This is one of the three. It was inspired by THIS card by my teammate at Time Out, Lisa Kind.

We used Funky Fossils Designs Four Hearts Stencil and Simon Says Stamp Hey Love stamps to create this valentine. This one is going to my husband.

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I took my inspiration for my clean and layered card  from the black/white/red/kraft color scheme, hearts and stripes.






Saturday, February 1, 2020

Love You



Hello!!
It's a new month, and it's time for a new challenge at Addicted to CAS. Our Code Word for ATCAS Challenge #177 is OMBRE. Barb is our lovely hostess!

For my one layer, very simple card, I stencilled one of the hearts from Funky Fossils Four Hearts stencil with three red shades of Distress Oxide ink. It really does have an ombre look, but the picture does not pick that up well. I then stamped the sentiment from SSS Kristina's Love stamp set over the stencilled heart with VersaFine Onyx Blank Ink.

Please head on over to the ATCAS Challenge Blog, take a look at the wonderful inspiration pieces the Design Team has created for your inspiration, and make something to share in the gallery. Challenge winner will be offered a Guest Designer spot for a future challenge. Happy crafting!

Please remember that this is a CAS challenge. Here is a definition to remind you:


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#TGIFC249 Holiday Challenge - Valentine's Day




SSS Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes


Thanks


Time for a new Challenge at Less Is More! And it's our 9th birthday!!!!! Woo Hoo! Less Is More is definitely responsible for my love of the Clean & Simple genre of card making. I was so afraid of it wasy back then, and one layer cards just terrified me. Fast forward 9 years, and now those things are my prefecrence. I am so glad you were born, LIM. Thanks Chrissie and Mandi for bringing this wonderful challenge into the cardmaking world!


We have a very fun theme for this challenge: Less (tiny and few).
So we are challenging you to think about how small you can go with your images and sentiments, and how few you can use too!


Our awesome sponsor for February is Uniko. Uniko just happens to be celebrating their 8th birthday this month! So lots to celebrate! Go visit the Uniko Store and check out the fabulous new release! 

Bev Brown, lovely owner of Uniko, is our Guest Designer for our dual birthday challenge.

For my card, I used an image from Uniko's Paradise Hummingbird, colored it with SU markers, and stamped it on a 110# Neenah Solar White cardstock. I colored the image with WOS to give it some sparkle, added a sentiment from the same set and embossed the wonky circle from MFT to frame it out.

Please head over to the Less Is More Blog and see what the Design Team has created for your inspiration. I hope you'll play along with us to share your creations and for a chance to win. Remember to keep your design Clean And Simple.

To be eligible for showCASe and PRIZE WINNER choices you will need to carefully follow the guidance on our GLOSSARY OF TERMS and our HOW TO PLAY pages. Your design should feature lots of clean / white / blank / non patterned / non textured space. All challenge details are on the Less Is More blog. Good Luck!

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Perfectly CAS - One Layer



Thursday, January 30, 2020

You're My Person



There's a new challenge up at Time Out, and this time we are challenged to be AFFECTIONATE. 'Tis the season, yes? We are generously sponsored by CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.
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Our Guest Designer is Mugda of Craftomania. Mugda is a wonderful papercraft artist, and winner of Time Out #150 with THIS wonderful card. She loves to try new things, has a wonderful knack for design and color. Please go visit her BLOG. You are sure to be inspired.

To create my card, I cut the hearts from red and silver foil cardstock, and white glitter cardstock using CAS-ual Fridays Heart Board Fri-Dies. I inlaid them into a white linen panel of cardstock and die cut the edges with  Lawn Fawn Scalloped Rectangle. The sentiment from CAS-ual Fridays Cupid's Arrows is heat embossed on black cardstock and cut from the arrow die from CAS-ual Fridays Heart Board Fri-Dies.

Please hop on over to the Time Out Blog to see the wonderful creations that Mugda and our Design Team came up with. Come play with us!

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Using hearts, arrows and silver.

Valentine's Day


Thursday, January 23, 2020

Joy




Time Out Challenge #153 began last week with a really fun theme. I am here to remind you that there is still time to play. The challenge is to create a project inspired by an item in your wardrobe! It can be a dress, a top, a scarf, a handbag, any item goes! It can be something current, or something you remember from the past. As an optional twist, you can add embossing (heat or dry) or texture to your project.

Our Guest Designer is Lise Mariann who is a very talented designer and who has made two fantastic cards for this challenge. Please visit her blog and check out her awesome art work!

Poppy Stamps is our generous sponsor for this challenge.


As I was putting Christmas things away and pondering what my card would be like, I decided to use this wonderful scarf (above) as my inspiration before retiring it until next December. I die cut our generous sponsor's Poinsettia Circle Frame from a green watercolored panel and "paper pieced" it with another watercolored panel and gold foil cardstock. I watercolored the holly berries with Zigs, and added white dots with a gel pen.

I loved my idea, though I must say the whole process of making this card frustrated me to no end. I decided to post it anyway, but if you look closely, you can see some dried glue blobs on the black card base, and that makes me crazy. I made a previous attempt and used Nuvo drops for the berries. There were lots of pointy blobs and a multitude of swear words uttered. It was one of those creations that took me an insane amount  of time and I wanted to cry several times, but we learn a lot from failures, so here it is. I hope your project is much more fun and satisfying. LOL.

Please hop on over to the Time Out Blog to see the wonderful creations that our Design Team came up with. I really love the idea of taking inspiration from a wardrobe piece, and my teammates have done a fantasdtic job. Come play with us!