AAA Cards Sketch challenge with movies twist

Hi there!

It’s time for the a new challenge at AAA Cards!  This fortnight we’d like you to create a CAS card using the sketch we’ve provided; our optional twist is ‘at the movies’! Our sponsor is Casual Fridays .

I’ve spent the last few weeks overhauling my craft room. Still haven’t finished, but I have discovered that my boxes of random stamps and dies contain some real gems which haven’t had a chance to shine on my cards. I wasn’t originally planning to play along with the optional twist this time, but when I saw this quote in a forgotten Stamping Bella sentiment set, I thought it would be perfect to use.

I really wanted to pair it with an evil dark dragon like the one towards the end of Enchanted, but I don’t have anything like that! I even searched through my patterned paper mountain, but couldn’t find anything…. the closest thing I had was paper with cutesy dinosaurs that looked anything but scary! So in the end, I used an old wood-mounted dragon stamp, Seedless Preserves distress oxide and some kraft paper. This turned out to be quite a different card for me, but I like that the quote has centre stage.

My team mates have come up with some beautiful cards which are on the AAA Cards challenge blog. We are also joined a previous challenge winner, Ma-mi, who has some lovely inspiration on her blog!

Hope you can play along with us!

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One in a million

Hi Everyone!

I’m playing along with the current colour challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches. This week, we have a couple of shades of purple and yellow…. hmm a tricky combo !

I created a few ink blended panels and cut them with butterfly dies from Bright Rosa. I then masked off a section of my base card and stamped an image from the Garden Treasures set by Julie Hickey. The sentiment is by Clearly Besotted.

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Hang in there!

Hi there!

It’s time for a new challenge at AAA Cards! This fortnight we’re challenging you to use one image and the optional twist is positivity. Our sponsor is Precious Remembrance Shop

While I’m focussing on Christmas in July this month, I decided to make a non-festive card for my take on the challenge theme. I’ll share my Day 21 card a little later today.

When I saw the optional twist, I knew I had to use the fabulous ‘Newton hangs out’ set from Newton’s Nook which has a couple of super encouragement sentiments. I wanted to create a little more height with the main image so I stamped a section of the tree trunk twice. I coloured the image with my Twinkling H2Os and then masked it off. I added a few clouds cut from masking paper and then gently applied some Tumbled Glass distress ink. I love removing the mask from an image, don’t you? Almost as satisfying as heat embossing!

My team mates have come up with some beautiful cards which are on the AAA Cards challenge blog. We are also joined by the talented Sharon from the From My Craft Desk blog – she has some fabulous cards on her blog, so please do check them out too!

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Turning autumn to spring

Happy Friyay!

As soon as I saw the rather sad Instagram post by Hero Arts today, I decided to make a card to reflect how I feel about the company that got me into this wonderful world of cardmaking! Its leaders seem to try to balance business and kindness/generosity/transparency – all admirable traits. But quite honestly, it has always been about the quality of their products and amazing designs for me.

Anyway, I fell in love with the My Monthly Hero September 2018 kit as soon as I saw it! I have been stalking the website for a while – I couldn’t believe that it hadn’t sold out and I finally snapped one up last month. While it is clearly an autumn set, I decided to repurpose it for spring, inspired by the fabulous Color Throwdown challenge colour palette (purple, yellow, green and grey). I turned a couple of sprigs into two beautiful yellow spring shrubs, kerria and forsythia which was actually the easiest part of the card! Everything else seemed to go wrong – even stamping the sentiment! But I got there in the end!

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Sending Well Wishes

Happy Saturday!

So, I had only intended to buy a background stamp and a background die from the new Hero Arts release… until I saw the beautiful card that Janette Kausen created with the Agapanthus set! I knew I had to have it!

I’m so glad I snapped it up! It is gorgeous in real life – very versatile!

I decided to create a simple get well soon card with one of the larger images and a sentiment from the set. I coloured the flowers using my Twinkling H2Os and added a few drops of silver stickles to the ends of the stemen.

I stamped the sentiment in wilted violet distress oxide and added some purple Nuvo glitter drops…. but it didn’t feel ‘enough’. I felt the card needed a bit more purple! So I blended some more wilted violet distress oxide on both sides of a base card, trimmed down my panel and adhered it to my base card! Et voila! A little more purple which doesn’t detract from the main image!

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Go Getter

Hello Friends and Happy Saturday!

Well I did it. For the first time ever, I think, I completed Kathy Racoosin’s Daily Marker 30 Day colouring challenge! And my own personal wood stamp challenge. I’m going to share more thoughts about my personal challenge on the blog tomorrow as I learnt a LOT!

On to today’s card. I was originally going to use another flower stamp but when I saw that the theme of the new Time Out challenge was ‘unique’, I KNEW I would have something fitting in my wood mounted stamp collection!

I chose another Magenta stamp – this one is called ‘Go Getter’ – isn’t it a cute image! And look, it even includes three little horses like the image I coloured for Day 2!

I knew I’d have a suitable sentiment in my collection as I am all for celebrating our unique qualities! In the end I chose a sentiment from an older Personal Impressions/Lindsay Mason Designs clear stamp set.

I wanted to keep the card quite CAS but wanted to inject a little more colour so when I was assembling it I decided to add some of the Basic Grey patterned paper I used for my Day 2 card.

I’m also entering this into the current Inkspirational challenge – ‘use your stash’.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you return for my round up post tomorrow!