CASEd With Permission

birthday card featuring girl carrying pile of presents with enjoy sentiment
this week’s penny black saturday challenge is to CASE-IT – a card by DT member beth, which i followed quite literally so it came together quickly. i can understand why people CASE cards – someone else does the work; however, all over blog land, i notice and respect the copyright owner’s right to decide what they will or will not allow regarding their own creations.

i recently started a thread on splitcoaststampers regarding this hot topic after someone CASEd one of my cards without permission and passed it off as her own. some vociferous protesters believe if something’s on the ‘net, it’s there to be CASEd – an acronym with varied meanings, depending on one’s perspective; others were petty and chastised or mocked me for my position.

to avoid any further confusion here, i am not referring to being inspired to use a certain product or colours; only the CASEing without permission and copyright infringement.

i respect the creative soul and the expressions thereof; it is out of respect that i ask others to do the same for me. thanks for popping by.

Inspired By Colours

christmas card in maroon, green and ivory with sentiment as focus on front the colours in this print inspired me to create this very easy christmas card, which will start my stash for next year.

christmas cactus in bloomthis is a christmas cactus that i gave to my mother-in-law so many years ago that i can’t even remember; it came back to us after she passed away last spring. it didn’t bloom last christmas, which didn’t surprise me because my houseplants never seemed to last long, so i was shocked to see three buds this year.

anyway, thanks for popping by; i really appreciate it. wishing you all a happy and healthy new year.

Tagging My Friend, Anne

hedgehog carrying green christmas ornament

the splitcoaststampers’ free for all challenge on friday was to make a tag inspired by a cyber friend’s gallery…and call her out to join in the challenge. i tagged anne; i love her elegant CAS cards with her signature beautiful bows, but also her cards that show off her sense of humour, which always make me smile. the image is coloured with distress inks and of course i added stickles. thanks for popping by.

Flourishes Jingle Bells

christmas card with greenery bough and red bow
i’ve been so busy and, because of my RA, running low on energy, so it felt good to sit down and create this card today for two flourishes challenges; this month’s bring back beautiful theme is ‘the beauty of a technique.’  i coloured with distress inks, which isn’t new to me, but it was recently featured on splitcoaststampers and is my favourite technique. since the christmas spirit challenge is to create something ‘shiny like a piece of candy,’ i used: striped paper with a shiny gold stripe in it; gold mirri for the circle mat; metallic gold pearls on the embossed snowflakes; and covered the ornaments and bells with glossy accents. one more christmas card done. thanks for popping by.

Inspiration Challenge Guest Designer Card

blue and pink floral bouquet with pink bow and lace trim on bottom of card
i’m excited to be a guest designer for the inspiration challenge at splitcoaststampers this week. i’ve either been away on weekends or too busy to play, but i love the challenge; stephanie is the hostess with the mostest and always finds interesting sites for us to visit. this week we’re browsing the liberty london site, where i found my inspiration in the colours of this fabric i watercoloured with distress inks, added stickles to the flower centres, some lace and ribbon and sponging and i was done. thanks for popping by and hope you get a chance to play along.

Halloween Turtle

an orange card with black fuzzy ribbon at the top, a turtle carrying a pumpkin on its back and a sentiment that reads it's halloweeni made this in honour of linda, aka morningsun47, who was splitcoaststampers’ featured stamper on september 18. i cased this cute card and, as per the rules, changed at least three things: the occasion, sentiment and colours, plus i added the fuzzy ribbon. the image is watercoloured with distress inks. thanks for popping by.

Thank You, Anne

blue card with small pink and yellow flower and thank you sentimenti made this for the keep it simple theme at the allsorts challenge and the splitcoaststampers’ free for all challenge to make a card of gratitude for someone who has done a kindness for you and deliver it to them. this card is going to my friend, anne; it’s not to thank her for my early birthday present of penny black stamps, but to say thanks for all the intangible gifts she gives – compassion, patience and humour. take a browse through anne’s gallery and in between all the elegant creations, her funny cards are there, always bringing a smile. thanks anne! no surprise, it’s watercoloured with distress inks. thanks for popping by.

Vellum Flower

white vellum flower on pink and blue card with thinking of you sentiment
i loved the inspiration photo at the ribbon reel challenge, but this card didn’t come together until i loosely followed splitcoaststampers’ sketch challenge. i sponged pink distress ink onto the patterned paper and attached a strip of scalloped shimmer card stock to one side and the lace to the other. to make the flower, i embossed some vellum, punched two flowers from it and one from blue paper, then attached the single pearl and finally, all the smaller ones.  i’m also submitting this to the allsorts challenge of free and easy. thanks for popping by.

Serene Scene

lighthouse in black and white against a blue wash on white square card base
i missed being creative this past week, but we were out of town enjoying a change of scenery and visiting family. it was relaxing to be unplugged, but it’s always good to be home. i had a couple of nice surprises waiting for me – i found out i was a top pick for two challenges and this magenta stamp that i won a couple of weeks ago arrived. this photo inspired me to ink up my new stamp and make this CAS card for the splitcoaststampers inspiration challenge because i think my mojo is still on vacation. :) thanks for popping by.

Colour Challenge Card

circle framed flowers on berry coloured square card basei never seem to have the right colours to play along with splitcoastampers‘ colour challenge, but i used substitute colours that i think are close enough. the base is a very dark boysenberry, which might explain why the photo looks a bit blurry? sometimes red card stock is tricky.  anyway, the image is watercoloured, die cut and popped on foam tape; of course i had to add stickles to the flower centres and dots on the frame. thanks for popping by.

Skies Of Blue

round scallop card in blue and lavender with hydrangeasthis week’s penny black saturday challenge is fussy and fancy, so this what i fussed over all morning. i watercoloured the image, covered it in glossy accents and stamped the penny black text background over it. i sponged the edge of the die cut image, the round doily and die cut a second doily. i made tiny faux dew drops out of bits of paper and glossy accents, used the bow-easy and added a button to the bow. the inside is actually finished as well.

i’m also submitting this to the splitcoaststampers’ monthly fan club theme.  thanks for popping by.

Hedgie’s Egg Haul

i can hardly believe that it’s been a year since i started playing along with the penny black saturday challenge.  i’ve been pushed outside my comfort zone at times, but it has helped me grow as a stamper.  this week’s theme is easter extravaganza and i think this hedgie image fits perfectly; i just can’t decide if he’s found all those eggs or if he’s going to help to hide them. :)  i watercoloured the image, die cut it and popped it on foam dots; added a ribbon, button and sentiment tag and it was done.  i’m also submitting this to the stampin’ royalty challenge to watercolour and the monthly splitcoaststampers fan club challenge.   thanks for popping by.

Have A Special Day

purple and blue iris flower with pearls and yellow ribbon trimwhen i first noticed flourishes stamps at splitcoaststampers, they were not available in canada; now they are!  this is for the april flourishes bring back beautiful challenge – the beauty of spring colours.  i watercoloured the iris, pierced the corners of the die cut image and popped it on foam tape. i pierced the sentiment circle, added pearls and sponged the edge; the bow was made with the bow easy.  i’m also submitting this to the splitcoaststamper’s monthly fan club theme. thanks for popping by.

Spring Chicks

a pile of yellow chick with spring sentiment
this is as tiny as yesterday’s card; it measures 3.5″ tall. since lois, aka clownmom, is queen for the day at splitcoaststampers, i decided to case one of her scraplings. i watercoloured the chicks and sponged the sky and grass. thanks for popping by.

Egg Hunt Time!

turquoise easter basket with egg hunt time sentiment

i love making tiny cards, so when i saw that irene, aka DandI93, was today’s featured stamper at splitcoaststampers, i made this 3.5″ tall card in her honour. irene’s gallery is full of beautiful easel cards and tiny cards too.  the image, a RAK from sue, aka irishgreensue, is watercoloured and of course i had to add stickles. the pink is not really as bright as in the photo; it’s so dull today – where is the spring weather?!  thanks for popping by.

Hey, Ewe!

ewe covered in flower soft for texture with hey, ewe sentiment
this week’s penny black saturday challenge theme is recycling. the green plaid corners and border are leftover pieces from last week’s pbsc card; plus, wool is recycled from sheep.  :)  my friend, anne, knows how much i love penny black stamps, so she sent me this stamp at christmas – thanks, anne!  i watercoloured the ewe and covered it in flower soft. i stamped the head twice, popped it on top and added flower soft grass. the sentiment is hand printed with a marker.

i’m also submitting this to the Spotted Canary Spring Challenge and two Flower Soft challenges: the March monthly and the furry friends weekly. thanks for popping by.

A Royal Hello

pink, orange and yellow flowers in a pot with hello sentimenti was inspired by splitcoaststampers’ queen for the day jill’s bright and colourful card that just popped off the screen; i tried to duplicate the colours, but my first case ended up in the trash so i changed the colours.  the image is watercoloured and a small punched butterfly was added. thanks for popping by.

Where Are Those Eggs?

teddy with bunny ears and chick walking under teddy in search of eggs
this month’s forever friends challenge is to create a card without using designer papers, which is how i started making cards; but i’ve been using papers more and more, so it actually was a challenge! everything in the image panel is watercoloured and flower soft was added to teddy’s tail. i’m also submitting this to the flower soft monthly and easter challenges and the spotted canary spring challenge at splitcoaststampers. thanks for popping by.

Is It Spring Yet?

spring scene of girl watering tulips even though there is still snow on the ground, the longer days make me think that spring is almost here so i went with some bright colours i don’t normally use.  since the penny black saturday challenge is to use more than one fold, this was the perfect opportunity to try a stair step card.  the image is watercoloured and i added stickles wherever i could.  thanks for popping by.

i’m also submitting this card to the following challenges:

penny black at allsorts – welcome spring
ellephantastic challenges and roger too – cute with a butterfly
cute card thursday – signs of spring!
Spotted Canary Spring Challenge at splitcoaststampers

You Make My Heart Sing

guitar playing hedgehog on red and beige dotted backgroundas a hostess for next weekend’s virtual stamp night challenge at splitcoaststampers, i couldn’t resist the title and the opportunity to send out a reminder to join the fun.

this week’s penny black saturday challenge is a masculine card. i’m so lucky that my husband doesn’t mind if i put flowers or bows on my cards for him; he likes anything i make, so masculine cards for me are not difficult. :)  i watercoloured hedgie, distressed the edges, and covered the guitar in glossy accents. i added stickles to the rose and used a wooden button from my mother-in-law’s antique button collection.

i’m also submitting this card to these challenges:

Sir Stampalot – all creatures great and small
PaperPlay Challenges – add shine
DYSU Challenge – dots
Colour Create –  chocolate, strawberry and cream

thanks for popping by.

Pretty In Pink

birthday girl with three balloons and bow
pretty in pink is the theme this week at the penny black saturday challenge blog, so this betsy bluebell image immediately came to mind. i watercoloured the image, added stickles to the hearts and border and popped it on foam tape to the die cut label.  i’m also submitting this to the pink theme at the craft your passion challenge blog and the birthday theme of the ways to use it challenge at splitcoaststampers. thanks for popping by.