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Cards created for the AAA Cards challenge

Bright tulip fanfare

Hi there!

It’s time for a new challenge at AAA Cards! This fortnight we’re challenging you to use just up to a third of your card base and the optional twist is ‘bright colours’. Our sponsor is JoyClair.

Now, bright colours are generally outside my comfort zone as I naturally reach for muted tones or pastels but it was such a wet, dull day when I was creating my card, I was really excited to be playing with them!

I chose an older die from Poppystamps called Tulip Fanfare. After I die cut the image from white cardstock, I coloured it using my Twinkling H2Os and added coloured pencils for some depth.

I did a bit of controlled ink smooshing on my base card and then adhered the die cut. The stamped sentiment is by Simon Says Stamp.

My team mates have come up with some beautiful cards which are on the AAA Cards challenge blog. We are also joined by Michelle from Seashell Creations – do drop by and take a look at her lovely work – she has some wonderful CAS creations!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Hi shaker card

Hi there!

It’s time for a new challenge at AAA Cards! We have a CAS sketch for you this fortnight and the optional twist is ‘shaker’. Our sponsor is Winnie & Walter.

I LOVE Winnie & Walter products, especially their dies, and I recently placed an order for a stack of their dies – so I knew I wanted to use one of them for my take on the challenge.

I chose the ‘hi’ die as it would be big enough to create a nice shaker. I cut it from some cardstock and got to work on my shaker element. Sounds simple doesn’t it? Well, EVERYTHING went wrong. First I forgot the acetate before adding the foam. Then I got glue all over my acetate on the next attempt. Can’t remember what went wrong with attempt no 3 but I do know this card finally came together on the fourth try. Seriously, talk about making a mountain out of a mole hill.

I created a shaker mix using a few packets of sequins that I’d had in my collection for a while plus some seed beads. Really pleased with how my mix worked with the colours of my card.

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 Raga from Perky Hobby – do drop by and take a look at her lovely work!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Along the Edge

Hi there!

It’s time for a new challenge at AAA Cards! The theme for this fortnight is ‘along the edge’ with the optional twist of sewing. Our sponsor is Stamplorations.

I had originally planned to use one of my pretty edge punches that I have been hoarding keeping hold of for the past decade. Although I happily moved to wafer-thin dies some time ago, I have never been able to part with my punch collection. I think it’s because I invested so much in them at the time. I remember how difficult it was for us in the UK to get hold of those Martha Stewart punches when they first came out…. and how I used to love looking at them in person whenever I went to craft stores in the US.

Yes. Well, that’s a nice memory…. because I very quickly remembered WHY I was so happy to move to wafer-thin dies.

Punches are a complete nightmare with thicker cardstock. I really tried with one beautiful edge punch which got stuck on multiple occasions… and accidentally fell into the bin at one point. I fished it out.. but it’s fair to say that my romantic memory of punches has been eroded and quite a few punches will be finding their way out of my house imminently!

So I turned to my die collection – lots of choice there and requiring MUCH less elbow grease! I chose the Cascading Hearts die from Technique Tuesday. I didn’t want to fill in all the hearts as I liked seeing the white of the back of the card through the open hearts. Instead I added some patterned vellum to just a few of them.

The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp.

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 Michelle from Seashell Creations – she has some beautiful cards on her blog!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Embossed butterflies

Happy Sunday!

It’s time for a new challenge over at AAA Cards! This fortnight we are challenging you to make a card in ‘minutes’ with the optional twist of one of my favourite techniques – dry embossing! Our sponsor is Heffydoodle who are offering a price of a £25 voucher to their store!

What do we mean by ‘made in minutes’? Well, after planning your card and gathering your supplies you card should take 15 – 30 minutes to complete!

Now, I confess, I was nervous about this challenge as I am not a fast cardmaker. I don’t like rushing the creative process, I enjoy it! Anyway, I knew I had to focus on die cutting as that’s a pretty quick technique and I wanted to case one of my older cards where I inlaid embossed die cuts.

I chose a simple die, some previously-rejected ink blending and a couple of embossing folders and got to work. It probably took me about 20 minutes to assemble this card, and then another 20 to find a stencil that I decided I needed for the card base once I’d assembled my die cut image!!

The sentiment is by Hero Arts and I used embossing folders by Cuttlebug and Crafts Too.

My team mates  have created some gorgeous CAS cards over at AAA Cards and we are joined by guest designer Kateryna who has some amazing cards on her Instagram feed.

Hope you can play along with us!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Welcome Spring

Hello everyone!

It’s time for a new challenge over at AAA Cards and this fortnight we have a very straightforward challenge!!

We’d like you to use just one image only (if you want to add a sentiment, that is fine too). The optional twist is ‘spring’ and our sponsor is Craftyscrappers.

I was placing an order with The Ton recently and I was aghast to realise that I had never used the gorgeous cherry blossom stamp set that I bought from them a couple of years ago. So, as soon as I saw the optional twist, I knew I had to use it!

I stamped and coloured the image using my Twinkling H2O paints and added a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp to finish off my card.

My teammates have created some beautiful designs over at AAA Cards and this fortnight our guest designer is Aleksa who has a beautiful Instagram feed.

Looking forward to seeing all the entries!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Crafty friends are the best

Hello everyone!

It’s time for a new challenge over at AAA Cards and this fortnight we have something new for you!

We’d like you to choose a sentiment and three items only from our AAA Cards Wheel of Fortune! Perhaps we should call that our ‘Wheel of CAS Creativity’! Anyway,  we have an optional twist of ‘friends’ and our sponsor is Pink & Main.

I must confess I found it pretty challenging to select items from three separate segments as I was worried my CAS card would quickly become rather cluttered. Once I had chosen my sentiment (by Altenew), I selected quite a large image (Scrapbook Girls stamp by Denami Design) so I knew that the best way of achieving a CAS card would be to choose the colouring pens/pencils option plus something that wouldn’t compete with my large detailed image – so I chose the small embellishments. Three tiny sequins! Can you see them?!

While I really struggled with this card to begin with, I LOVE how this Wheel of CAS Creativity stretched me to think differently about supplies. Ordinarily I would never have coloured this image with my pencils, but I had to because ‘paints’ weren’t an option and so my beloved Twinkling H2Os had to stay in the cupboard! It certainly wasn’t the quickest card that I have ever made but I ended up feeling quite pleased… or maybe relieved… that my card was still CAS!

My teammates have created some beautiful designs over at AAA Cards and this fortnight our guest designer is Janet who has some wonderful cards on her blog, Swanlady Impressions – you must check it out!

Looking forward to seeing all the entries!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.