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Sunday, 8 July 2018

…no horizon is so far that you cannot get above it or beyond it


Dusting off my blog to share a fun card made for a colleague’s retirement featuring the cool Cockatoo Rules from The Paper Shelter.


I’ve used the current sketch, well OK it’s a retro one from a while back but still awesome second time round, at CAS(E) this Sketch for the layout of my card.  I did add in a number of layers for added interest and I’ve offset my cockatoo, in lieu of the plane, to make it look like he’s driving off the page.  Love the Make it Crafty chippies and I’ve used a word one for part of my sentiment and some flourishes for the jetstream behind the cockie.

The other part of my sentiment is from an ancient rub on set, so ancient the letters were cracking up as I rubbed them on but I think it suits the card.  It gives the impression of well worn leather, like the cockie’s jacket perhaps, or maybe cracks in the road.  And why a cockie on a retirement card?  Well my colleague keeps them and this one just looked perfect for someone riding off into the sunset ready for retirement!

Over at Moving Along With the Times they are looking for male themed projects.  This card is heading out to a male colleague, hence the CAS style and going with the biker cockie rather than a more realistic one.  Although I’ve realised I’ve made him look way more biker angry than he should be, as I did this no lines I covered the beak lines in my black watercolour and didn’t cross-reference the digi until it was too late to realise I’d placed the mouth line in the wrong place.  He looks more determined than happy like you’d expect of someone retiring!

Now while this cockie has chosen to fly over the road on a pretty fancy bit of kit he has a pair of wings and would normally be seen up in the sky.  So I figure he still counts for the What’s that up in the sky??? theme at The Sisterhood of Crafters where I’m also linking up my card, just under the wire for their challenge too.

Haven’t had a chance to do much crafting of late so had a bit of fun getting inky with this card.  Hoping to do a bit more this month than last, shhh, there’s still Christmas 2017 sitting on my craft desk that needs finishing and posting!

Ingredients:
Chalks & Powders etc
Ranger Embossing Powder ~ Super Fine Detail Clear
Embellishments
Make it Crafty Flourishes Chipboards ~ Twinkling Swoosh
Make it Crafty Single Layered Word Chipboard ~ 2'' Hello
Inks & Paints etc
Derwent Watercolour Pencils ~ 6 Deep Carmine, 35 Prussian Blue & 67 Ivory Black
Kuretake Gansai Tambi Water Colours ~ No. 10 White, No. 20 Black, No. 47 Dark Brown, No. 56 Marine Green, No. 67 Deep Blue, No. 90 Gold & No. 95 Silver
Tim Holtz Distress Ink ~ Embossing, Ground Espresso & Squeezed Lemonade
Tim Holtz Distress Markers ~ Black Soot & Squeezed Lemonade
Papers
Bazzill Card Shoppe Cardstock ~ Marshmallow
Bazzill Fourz Cardstock ~ Pollen & Stonehenge
Bazzill Monochromatic Cardstock ~ Raven
Stamps
Challenges
http://casethissketch.blogspot.com/2018/07/case-this-sketch-279.html

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Monday, 11 June 2018

Like to a double cherry, seeming parted…


Sharing a birthday card featuring the gorgeous Uptown Zodiac Girl Gemini stamp from Stamping Bella.


The layout for my card follows the current sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch, I’ve just enlarged the circle element and shifted part of my sentiment up a bit.  The sketch elements also allowed me to indulge my love of matting.

For my colour scheme I googled for yellow colour palettes as the Gemini colour is yellow.  I water coloured my image, brining in colours from the card base to tie it together.  I also picked my orange designer paper to tie in with the image as it has pretty little flowers like the ones the twins are holding.  Love when I actually have stuff in my stash that ties together, well, OK so the paper is very new stash but was stash nonetheless.

With all my layers I didn’t need too many embellies other than the fabby chippies I used for the sentiment but I wanted to play along at Crafty Sentiments Designs so I added some bitty gems and pearls to the centres of the flowers.

Over at Shopping Our Stash they want to see your favourite things.  Well I have to say one of my all-time fav things are the chippies from Make it Crafty, I horde them but I also use them on cards whenever I can, they are simply awesome!  At a stretch you could say I’ve also got a die cut on this and while the particular die isn’t my fav, I couldn’t possibly pick one of those, dies are my absolute addiction.  I’m also very partial to the bitty gems and pearls, so bummed Close To My Heart discontinued them, theirs were the bomb!

Ingredients:
Chalks & Powders etc
Ranger Embossing Powder ~ Super Fine Detail Clear
Dies, SVGs & Templates etc
Paper Rose ~ 16742 Scalloped Circle Frames
Spellbinders Nestabilities ~ 114 Standard Circles Large
Embellishments
Close To My Heart ~ Bitty Gems & Pearls
Make it Crafty Chipboard Adapt-a-Words ~ Birthday
Make it Crafty Chipboard Single Layered Word ~ 3¾'' Birthday
Inks & Paints etc
Copic Multiliner ~ Black
Derwent Watercolor Pencil ~ 32 Spectrum Blue
Kuretake Gansai Tambi Water Colors ~ No 61 Cornflower Blue
Tim Holtz Distress Ink ~ Dried Marigold, Fossilized Amber, Ground Espresso, Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, Peeled Paint, Ripe Persimmon, Rusty Hinge, Spun Sugar, Squeezed Lemonade & Tea Dye
Papers
Bazzill Card Shoppe Cardstock ~ Marshmallow
Bazzill Criss Cross Cardstock ~ Lily White
Bazzill Smoothie Cardstock ~ Milkshake
BoBunny Cottontail ~ Bunnies & Springtime
Stamps
Challenges
https://casethissketch.blogspot.com/2018/06/case-this-sketch-275.html

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Tuesday, 1 May 2018

One end is moo, the other, milk


Sharing a fun card featuring Morag the Moo (love that name!) from Dr Digi’s House of Stamps.


This card was inspired by the current theme at the Alphabet Challenge, ‘C is for Cows’.  I’ve needed an excuse to colour up this cute bovine and this challenge along with the birthday of a friend who makes potato stamps of Aussie bugs to decorate Christmas cards were it.  I’ve coloured Morag in water colours and fussy cut her before popping her onto the scene I created on the front of the card.  And, yep, that’s a swarm of blowies off to the side!

Some grass and flower border die cuts and Morag had something to munch on under the sun I pieced together from a La-La Land die using essentially the negative pieces.  Aleene’s True Snow works a treat for fluffy clouds, more die cuts, which I used to cover the straight edge of my sun.

Between my bovine friend with her shock of long hair and flying pests I am thinking I’ve gone pretty wild on this card.  I might also go for a more offbeat interpretation of that prompt with my sentiment where I’ve let my imagination go wild with all the various things that can be said so succinctly in cow!  So I’m entering it in the current challenge at Time Out. 

This card is also a twisted easel to enable me to play along at Crafting with Dragonflies.  Haven’t done one of these for a while and it was fun.




To prop up my easel I created a sign for a cattle station by colouring Morag again in all black, scanning her back in and flipping her before squeezing the station name ‘MOO’ between the two.  I wasn’t up for fussy cutting any of this and my Silhouette isn’t even set up on my new computer so I opted for a wooden rather than black metal sign and printed this up, including the interpretation into English of the cowlish ‘moo’, on a piece of woodgrain cardstock, which I then inked up in lovely brown distress inks.  Tim is so right, you can never have too many browns!

I added in some Tim Hex Fasteners for the nails on the sign and finished off with a cow bell.  Well, OK, so Tim doesn’t have any cow bells and I didn’t have any in my stash either so I repurposed one of his Christmas bells.  I was going to try and flatten it with a hammer until I spoke to a crafty friend who suggested the safer option of running it through my die cutting machine and it worked a treat.

Ingredients:
Dies, SVGs & Templates etc
La-La Land Crafts Dies~ 8034 Grass Border, 8212 Sunburst & 8013 Tulip Border
Noor! Design Dies ~ 6002/0199 Clouds
Embellishments
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Fasteners ~ Hex
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Findings ~ Tiny Bells
Inks & Paints etc
Aleene’s ~ True Snow
Derwent Watercolour Pencils ~ 14 Deep Vermillion
Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors ~ No 10 White, No 20 Black, No 33 Orange, No 35 Carmine Red, No 36 Wine Red & No 43 Mid Yellow & No 90 Gold
Tim Holtz Distress Ink ~ Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Fossilized Amber, Frayed Burlap, Gathered Twigs, Ground Espresso, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo & Wild Honey
Papers
Bazzill Card Shoppe Cardstock ~ Marshmallow
Bazzill Fourz Cardstock ~ Tropical
Bazzill Monochromatic Cardstock ~ Pinecone
Core’dinations Cardstock ~ Meadow
Fabriano Watercolor Paper ~ 200gsm Hot Pressed
Stampin’ Up! Cardstock ~ Daffodil Delight
Stamps
Challenges
http://timeoutchallenges.blogspot.com.au/2018/04/challenge-108.html

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