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Cards created for the AAA Cards challenge

Enjoy your trip

Happy Sunday everyone!

It’s time for a new challenge over at AAA Cards and this fortnight’s theme is ‘on the move’. Our sponsor is Happy Little Stampers. You may have seen that Kylie has very sadly decided to close down. She has a closing down sale at the moment – amazing bargains to be had there.

I decided to use a stamp from Happy Little Stampers’ Wish You Were Here set to create a CAS bon voyage card. I just love the detail on the London skyline stamp! I heat embossed the image and then lightly blended some distress ink over the background. I added a small sentiment from Simon Says Stamp and a little die cut heart to finish off the card.

My teammates have shared some gorgeous CAS cards on the AAA Cards blog and we are also joined by the talented Kim from Joyful Creations as our Guest Designer. She has some fabulous creations – you must pay her a visit!

Thanks for stopping by – I do hope you play along with us!

LucieG.

Celebrating Kindness

Happy Sunday everyone!

It’s time for a new challenge over at AAA Cards and this fortnight we are celebrating kindness. Stamplorations is our sponsor.

Before I talk about my card, I wanted to take a few moments to share a story which sums up what ‘kindness’ means to me…

Some time ago, I was sitting in the doctors’ waiting room. It was around 5.30 on a Friday night and I became aware of a phone conversation the receptionist was having. It was clear that the patient at the other end of the line had run out of vital meds and was unable to get to the surgery or pharmacy to collect a prescription. The receptionist made multiple calls but couldn’t find anyone to help before the surgery closed. In the end, she got the onsite pharmacy to make up the prescription and rang the patient to let her know that she would drop off the medication before going home.

That’s kindness to me. Someone going above and beyond to help someone else and not expecting anything at all in return.

Sometimes in this day and age, it’s easy to forget that these acts of kindness are actually all around us. But they are and it’s amazing how much a simple ‘thank you’ means to people like the receptionist who was just doing what she felt was right; she probably didn’t even label it at an ‘act of kindness’.

So today my card honours those humble, kind souls.

I stamped a PaperArtsy image and coloured it using my Twinkling H2O paints. I splattered some paint lightly around the image and then added the stamped sentiment together with the die cut ‘thanks’. To finish off the card, I added some extra shimmer to the flowers using my Nuvo Aqua Shimmer glitter gloss aquabrush.

My teammates have shared some gorgeous CAS cards on the AAA Cards blog, together with our sponsor Shery from Stamplorations and the talented Trina from Phamtastic Design as our Guest Designer. Trina is a regular player winner (!) in our challenges – she has some beautiful CAS creations and wait until you see what she has come up with for this challenge! Stunning!

Thanks for stopping by – I do hope you play along with us!

LucieG.

Tribute to Melissa

Hello everyone

I was shocked and so very saddened to learn of the passing of my sweet AAA teammate and friend, Melissa Lane, on 2 October. She was such a kind-hearted and modest soul who was devoted to Jesus and her beloved family. My heart goes out to all of them at this terrible time.

Today my AAA Cards teammates have joined with STAMPlorations to celebrate Melissa’s artistic and creative talents. Melissa’s favourite colour was red and she loved butterflies and we’d like to invite you to join us in celebrating her life by creating a butterfly card in her memory.

The AAA blog post has full details about where you can share the card that you create and how you can send it to Melissa’s family.

Rest in peace my friend. You are so missed.

Lucie.

Come fly with me

Happy Sunday everyone!

It’s time for a new challenge over at AAA Cards and this fortnight we want to see moonlight in your CAS creations. Uniko is our sponsor.

Last year, the talented Vicky Papaioannou demonstrated the super-cool ‘glowing moon’ technique and it quickly became one of my favourite techniques for this season.

However, I must confess it took me a few attempts and colour combos before I created a background I was happy with this week! In the end, I used purple regular distress inks, together with a little Antique Linen to create that glow. The witch stamp is by Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous.

And then I tore my card when I was removing the masking tape! Argh!! I certainly wasn’t going to abandon this little scene so I added a raised black frame. The sentiment is from an older set by Krumspring stamps.

My teammates have shared some gorgeous CAS cards on the AAA Cards blog and we are also joined by one of my favourite CAS card makers, the talented Trina from Phamtastic Design as our Guest Designer. She’s a regular player in our challenges – she has some beautiful CAS creations and is a kind-hearted and encouraging member of our community. You must pay her a visit!

Thanks for stopping by – I do hope you play along with us!

LucieG.

The one with all the Friends cards

Happy Sunday everyone!

It’s time for a new challenge over at AAA Cards and this fortnight we want to see CAS cards inspired by a TV show. Our sponsor is Stamplorations.

I confess I found this theme a bit of a challenge… but then I remembered the fabulous Friends-inspired stamp set by The Ink Road. I absolutely LOVE the TV series – even though it ended over a decade ago, I still enjoy watching it to this day. And of course so many iconic lines.

As you can see, I couldn’t stop at one card – there are so many fun lines included in the set how could I possibly choose just one?!

I started with the ‘moo’ comment by Joey. I knew I wanted to pair it with a cute cow stamp, but you know I discovered I only have a couple of cow stamps! I ended up using a Penny Black stamp from an older ’12 Days of Christmas’ set. I love how versatile that set is – the images can be used all year round!

Anyway, once I’d stamped and coloured the image, I felt my stamping needed to be ‘grounded’, so I used a rectangle die with a rubber mat to emboss a border. A fun technique to add a little something extra to CAS cards!

 

I decided to use the ‘lobster’ quote for my second card. I always remember Pheobe explaining that lobsters mate for life…. and when she gleefully exclaims at the end of the episodes ‘he’s her lobster!’ as Ross and Rachel kiss. I’d completely forgotten that Ross does actually say ‘you’re my lobster’ to Rachel earlier in the episode in a typical Ross manner!

I kept it simple, stamping with Altenew inks and adding a few die cut hearts to finish off the card.

 

My final card uses a line from one of my favourite scenes from the entire series – when Ross, Rachel and Chandler are trying to move Ross’s new sofa into his apartment. So funny! It makes me giggle even just thinking about it! Anyway, if you know the scene, you know Ross’s sofa was white, but I decided to use the sofa in Central Perk as my colour inspiration!

The ‘pivot’ stamp is stacked, but I wanted a horizontal sentiment… So, I lined the stamp up on my MISTI, masked off part of the sentiment and then moved the card a couple of times in the MISTI to create the horizontal sentiment.

 

My teammates have shared some gorgeous CAS cards on the AAA Cards blog and we are also joined by our wonderful sponsor, Shery, plus the super talented Alex. She has some fabulous creations on her site!

Thanks for stopping by – I do hope you play along with us!

LucieG.

Have the courage to imagine

Hello everyone!

It’s time for a new challenge over at AAA Cards and this fortnight we have a word to inspire your CAS creations – ‘imagine’. Winnie & Walter is our sponsor.

I decided to use a quote as the starting point for my male encouragement card. I knew I wanted to create a simple one layer card so I started with a background stamp to ‘ground’ my quote and image. Before stamping the background, I used a paper towel to remove some ink so that the pattern would be subtle.

I spent a little while choosing the image… I toyed with spaceships and hot air balloons but in the end I chose a vintage plane. All stamps are by Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous and I used regular distress ink and distress oxide.

My teammates have shared some gorgeous CAS cards on the AAA Cards blog and we are also joined by the super talented Izzy from Izzy Scrap as our Guest Designer. She has some beautiful creations – you must pay her a visit!

Thanks for stopping by – I do hope you play along with us!

LucieG.