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Cards created for the AAA Cards challenge

AAA Two Quarters with rainbow twist

Happy Easter!

Well, we certainly have an interesting new challenge at AAA Cards!  This fortnight we’d like you to create a CAS card using two quarters of your card. Our optional twist this time is ‘Rainbow’.

Now, as a predominantly CAS cardmaker, I found this pretty difficult as I generally prefer to leave more than half my card base as ‘white’ space on my CAS cards… Luckily for us DT members, Jane came up with some great ideas for us and I decided to use a design which reminded me of this card I made last year.

As this challenge starts on Easter Sunday, I really wanted to make an Easter card…. but I found it quite difficult to think of a way of using the optional twist… At first, I planned to use patterned paper but that felt a little heavy. In the end, I embossed the Taylored Expressions Eggceptional Background stamp and then randomly coloured a few in rainbow colours using distress inks. I then cut up my panel and adhered it to the card base.

To complete my card, I added a Sugar Pea Designs sentiment. I played around with various positions for the small sentiment. I liked the centred positioning best…. but this really overlaps into two other quarters, so I suppose technically I used all four quarters of the card! However, the AAA DT is going to allow sentiments to straddle/go outside of the two used quarters for this challenge.

So, what do you think? Did I manage to use two quarters AND create the illusion of having more white space than ‘used’ space?

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, Katrina, who has some great cards on her blog.

Hope you can play along with us!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

AAA Cards Along the edge with die cuts only twist

Hi there!

It’s time for another challenge at AAA Cards!  This fortnight we’d like you to create a CAS card using just one edge of your card. Our optional twist this time is ‘die cuts only’.

This is one of my favourite twists – I absolutely love using my dies! Although this card was a little nerve-wracking…

It’s almost cherry blossom season, so I pulled out my Penny Black Swinging die set and used the branch and flowers to create a little spring scene! I coloured all the die cuts with my distress inks and added a little detail to the blossoms with a coloured pencil before adhering them to the top of my card.

Now for the nerve-wracking part…

I had originally decided to use a die cut sentiment on my card, but they all looked a little heavy with the delicate die cut… so rather than stamp a greeting, or leave the card blank, I decided to use a Simply Graphic die to cut a sentiment into the card base. That late decision meant I had to put the assembled card through my Gemini to cut the sentiment…. Yep, I held my breath when I fed those plates through!! I was so relieved when it turned out exactly as I’d hoped and my die cuts were intact. Phew!

My team mates have come up with some beautiful cards which are on the AAA Cards challenge blog. We are also joined by a previous challenge winner Wendi who has some really cute inspiration on her instagram feed!

Hope you can play along with us!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

 

AAA Cards One Inchie challenge with black and white 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 just one inch of you card base only. Yes, that’s right, everything should be inside that one inch square, even a sentiment if you choose to add one! Our optional twist is ‘black and white’!

I must confess, this one is TOUGH! I had no idea how small a one inch square was until I got our some ‘suitable’ stamps to use, only to discover that they were all much too big. I ended up using this cute kitty stamp by Magenta.

Following our challenge rules, I chose not to add a sentiment within the one inch image.

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, Hannelie, who has some beautiful CAS inspiration on her blog!

Hope you can play along with us!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

AAA Cards sketch challenge with watercolour twist

Hi there!

It’s time for another challenge at AAA Cards!  This fortnight we’d like you to create a CAS card using the sketch below and if you want to join with our optional twist, please use watercolour in some way!

For the main image, I used an older stamp from a Hero Arts wood mounted set. It’s actually dated 2006. How can that possibly be 15 years ago? Yikes! Anyway, I stamped it on some watercolour paper and then coloured it using my Twinkling H2Os. This totally shimmers in real life! To complete my card I added a few dots of gold Stickles and added a Simon Says Stamp sentiment.

My team mates have come up with some beautiful cards which are on the AAA Cards challenge blog.

Hope you can play along with us!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

AAA Cards One Corner challenge with create a scene twist

Hi there!

It’s time for another challenge at AAA Cards!  This fortnight we’d like you to create a CAS card using one corner of your card base only. Our optional twist for this challenge is ‘create a scene’!

I had fun with this one! As the challenge spans Valentine’s Day, I knew I wanted to include that in some way as well as creating a scene. Inspired by this cute Frantic Stampers kitties die, I used Funky Fossil Designs’ Dry Stonewall stencil for the kitties to sit on and then softly blended some distress ink to create the moonlit sky. To complete my card, I added a few die cut hearts and my favourite Reverse Confetti sentiment – which I use every February without fail!

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, Chrissie – who has some amazing CAS inspiration on her blog – you must check it out!!

Hope you can play along with us!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

 

 

AAA Cards One Layer challenge with Silhouettes twist

Hi there!

It’s time for the a new challenge at AAA Cards!  This fortnight we’d like you to create a one-layer CAS card; our optional twist is ‘silhouettes’.

For my card, I created an ink-blended centre panel using a Taylored Expressions stencil and then stamped the image from a mini Penny Black set called The Sweetest.

To complete my quick card, I added a sentiment by Altenew.

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, Monika, who has some lovely inspiration on her blog!

Hope you can play along with us!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.