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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.

Simply the best

Happy Sunday everyone!

Life has been busy with no time for cardmaking, sadly, but I managed to find a couple of hours today to play along with some of my favourite challenges – the Color Throwdown and Freshly Made Sketches.

There’s a great seasonal colour palette over at the Color Throwdown challenge this week – red, orange and blue. I used distress oxide ink and one of my new Hero Arts glimmer paints to create blue and red background which I then cut with a Penny Black background die. I also used the die to cut a piece of orange glitter card – got to have a bit of sparkle somewhere.

The background die is rectangular but the sketch calls for a square background, so I simply cut an extra section and stuck it to the end of the blue die cut as I knew I could use my sentiment strip to hide the join. I then inlaid the die cut leaves from the orange and red background pieces.

Once I completed the inlaid die cutting, I stamped a Penny Black sentiment and adhered it to the card.

This week, Penny Black announced a holiday challenge (covering autumn, Thanksgiving etc as well as Christmas) – I often play along with other Penny Black challenges but I was so pleased to see one from Penny Black themselves, so I’m entering my autumn card in that challenge as well.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

 

Best wishes to you

Hello everyone

There a fabulous bold colour palette over at the Color Throwdown challenge this week – purple, green, yellow and red.

It did take me a little while to decide how I was going to use the colours but in the end I chose the fabulous Penny Black potted plant die which I painted with my Altenew watercolours.

I stuck the image to a background I created with by smooshing some mustard seed distress ink onto a base card. (I painted the brown with some distress oxide ink once I worked out where I was going to adhere the coloured die cut).

To finish off the card, I added sentiment from Penny Black and some Nuvo drops to the centre of the flowers – but they are quite difficult to see in my photos.

I’m also entering this into the Penny Black Saturday Challenge (anything goes).

Thanks for stopping by!

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.

Sunflower thoughts

Hi there everyone!

I’ve been getting to know my new Altenew Watercolour paints and thought it would be fun to practice and enter a watercolour challenge at the same time. The theme of this month’s CAS Watercolour challenge is ‘sunflower’ – perfect opportunity for me to ink up my wonderful Penny Black sunflower wreath stamp and practice on that.

I really love the consistency of the Altenew paints. The colours are quite vibrant (especially the lighter ones) – which is different for me as I generally favour more muted colours, but it’s fun using something different, right?! I admit, I had to walk away and come back to this a few times!

Once I had finished colouring, I splattered some gold paint on top of the image and mounted it to my base card before adhering a frame with foam tape. I added a Hero Arts sentiment to finish off the card.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

 

Spots and Butterflies

Hi there everyone

I’m back with another guest post for CAS Colours & Sketches challenge.

This week, the team has come up with a great sketch which is perfect for CAS cards.

I’ve recently reorganised my craft room a bit and came across my old punches which I still can’t bear to part with. So I was delighted when I saw this sketch as it gave me the perfect opportunity to use them again! I cut the circles from some old rainbow backgrounds that I created with distress inks and adhered them to my base card. I then cut a selection of butterflies (from Penny Black, Poppystamps and Simon Says Stamp) from some glitter card and stuck them to the larger circles.

To  finish off the card, I added a sentiment from Woodware.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.