Paperartsy

CAS Christmas Guest Designer

Hi there!

I am so delighted to be a Guest Designer for this month’s CAS Christmas Challenge.  The theme this month is ‘ornaments’.

For my CAS card, I used a beautiful PaperArtsy stamp which fits the theme but is rather unusual! I’ve has this set for a while now, but I don’t think I’ve ever used this image. It was such fun to colour with my Twinkling H2O paints – the shimmer is amazing in real life but always so difficult to capture on camera!

I was a bit nervous about adding a sentiment as the first few sentiments I tried seemed a bit too large, so I was quite relieved when I found this small sentiment by Mama Elephant.

The CAS Christmas DT has come up with some amazing inspiration over on the challenge blog. I hope you can play along!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Butterfly circles

Hi everyone!

Next today I’m playing along with the sketch challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches.

I seem to be going through a circle phase at the moment! This time I used the fabulous Paper Artsy Gwen Lafleur No 8 Cling set that I picked up about six months ago. I stamped the image and cut it out using a circular punch. I coloured it with my  Twinkling H2Os and adhered it to a circle cut from some of my Basic Grey patterned paper mountain. To complete my very CAS card, I added a small sentiment by Clearly Besotted.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Be Happy

Happy Saturday Everyone!

I’ve been struggling with my mojo recently. I was so motivated to create during my Christmas in July series but it’s just disappeared this month. To be fair, life has been busy with a few home/garden challenges…

To kickstart my mojo, I decided to play along with the Global Design Project, which has a colour challenge this week. I chose a fun set my PaperArtsy (ref EKD03) and got to work. I actually embossed and coloured the image first and then thought about the design. Not the way I usually work and I ended up spending a bit of time trying out various designs before settling on this one. I’m still not completely sure about it, but sometimes you just have to stop and tell yourself, ‘that’s enough’!

Thanks for stopping by!

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.

Hey there!

Hey there!

Well today is my last day as guest designer over at the CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge. I’ve had such a fun August – many thanks to the wonderful team who have been so kind and supportive!

This week, the team has a fun sketch for you. I must say that when I first saw it, I was concerned that my take would end up being dominated by whatever I used for the grey panel and my card could end up not being CAS!

Luckily I remembered the wonderful Penny Black Wonky Squares die that I’ve had for a few months but haven’t used…. I cut it twice – once from white card and once from card that I had altered with some Paper Artsy infusions. I inlaid the coloured panels into the white frame and then cut a small section from the bottom of the panel to reflect the sketch. After adhering the panel to the base card, I cut a Waffle Flower sentiment die twice and inlaid the ‘Hey’ using the darker cardstock.

Quite a different card for me, but I think the end result looks quite CAS. Plus I have a card that I can easily send to a male friend!

The CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge team have created some wonderful cards – I do hope you can play along with us!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Be the rainbow

Happy Friyay everyone!

I’m playing along with the current Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge (‘all things bright and beautiful’) and using Paperartsy stamps. I found this sentiment on one of my Paperartsy sets and it inspired the whole card. Isn’t it wonderful? Words to live by, don’t you think?

I used my Zig Watercolor brush markers to colour the image and then masked it off to create a blended/stencilled distress ink background.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.