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Friday, May 8, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #371


It’s time for another fabulous sketch from Brian King...... one that we hope will inspire you to play along with us at CAS(E) this Sketch #371 (AND keep you busy in your crafty space, as we navigate this trying time!).
Clearly, I was sticking pretty closely the sketch and was goin' with the red, white and blue theme.... and since I had all of those lovely Frantic Stamper stars all cut out, I made a second card as well (which I may like just a little bit better!). Oh, how I love this CAS sketch! 
We hope that you'll join in the fun at CTS #371 and will be adding your masterpiece to the gallery...... can't wait to see how you were inspired by Brian's sketch (the InLinkz will close at 9 am EST on Thursday, May14th).Wishing you a safe and healthy week!!
P.S. - My apologies for a late posting..... a bit of sciatica has had me sidelined for a few days.









Thursday, April 30, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #370



It's another wonderful sketch from Chrissy Larson for CTS #370, which we hope will spark a bit of happiness (and creativity) during this trying time!!
I wanted to attempt something a little different than my 'usual' and broke out my stencils, ink and blending brushes. I blended the triangular shapes in a lighter blue, and then placed a second stencil on top of that and inked up with a darker hue. I love the CAS look, but accomplishing this without making any inky mistakes was quite the challenge!! A slim black layer, a crisp, die cut sentiment and a few Nuvo drop accents were the finishing touches.
We hope that you'll join in the fun at CTS #370 and will be adding your masterpiece to the gallery...... I can't wait to see how you were inspired by Chrissy's sketch (the InLinkz closes at 9 am EST on Thursday, May 7th). Wishing you a safe and healthy week!!



Fusion Card Challenge - 'Thank You'

Happy Thursday, and welcome to the newest Fusion Card Challenge - 'Thank You'The fabulous inspiration photo is a wonderful starting point. But that sketch is pretty great too! So, which will you try?
I was inspired by the pretty little apples and the 'thank you' theme. And.....although most students are currently learning from home, they may still want to thank their teachers for all that they do!!  The  PTI Big Apple die was my starting point.... along with a some pretty patterns, a great die cut 'thanks' and a simple sentiment. If was so excited about this apple theme that I created two versions!
The DT has provided some wonderful inspiration, so be sure to hop on over and join the party! When playing along you may use the sketch OR the photo as you jumping off point. OR, if you are feeling super duper clever, you can fuse 'em together. 



Oh..... and one more, just for good measure!! Gotta love those apples!


We hope that you'll join in at the Fusion Card Challenge and will enjoy all of the loveliness from the DT and the always amazing gallery!

Tristan Dawes

stamps: Great Teachers, Penned Elegance (PTI), Fruitastic (Pinkfresh Studio)
paper: Rustic Cream, Simply Chartreuse, Cocoa Bean, Classic Kraft, True Black, Library Ledger pp, red polka dot pp (discontinued) - PTI
ink: Pure Poppy, Cocoa Bean, Pinefeather (PTI), Cherry, Bubble (The Stamp Market), Versafine Watermark
dies: Big Apple, Penned Elegance (PTI), Fruitastic, Essentials: Diagonal Stitched Rectangles (Pinkfresh Studio), 'Thanks' (The Stamp Market)
other: white embossing powder,  Nuvo drops (white)


The 12 Kits of Occasions - April 2020


Welcome to the 12 Kits of Occasions April 2020 edition! Nancy Penir is our lovely hostess and she has put together a happy BIRTHDAY kit! So......get ready to celebrate with this fabulous collection of beautiful die cuts, pretty patterns and a little bit of sparkle!! You can find a complete list of all that was included in April's kits by clicking here.
I was inspired by all of the vibrant colors and kept everything semi-coordinated, creating a nice little set of birthday cards..... with lots of white space, happy hues and some shaker/shimmer elements in these four CAS designs.
The lovely projects from the talented 12 Kits team will be sure to inspire, so please hop around to see ALL of the beautiful creations! I can't wait to see what 12 Kits ladies have done, because I've got oodles of elements left from Nancy's amazing kit and love adding to the bday card stash!








Friday, April 17, 2020

A Special 12 Kits Blog Hop..... In Honor of Sharron

Welcome friends! We have a very special post and Blog Hop, honoring the memory of our dear friend and design team member, Sharron Gregory, who passed away on March 30th. Today, the 12 Kits DT members, past and present, have lovingly created friendship cards to celebrate Sharron's life. We are dedicating today's creations to the generosity, warmth and kindness that Sharron shared always, and in all ways. 
May you rest in peace, Sharron, and may many blessings and prayers be bestowed on your family and your many friends/acquaintances!





I've created this card for Sharron, who was an amazing friend to all who were fortunate to know her. She was always incredibly generous in everything that she did..... whether it was a crafty compliment, a lovingly created kit or an additional act of kindness. Her abundant sweetness was just so apparent, and appreciated. ❤️


The 12 Kits of Occasions team did not post on their usual day and time at the end of March, as we all wanted to pay our respects to our oh-so-special teammate, Sharron. 
We had prepared an array of 'critter' cards/projects (some of her favorites!) for 3/31  but decided, instead, to postpone. 
Below you will see the cards that I'd created for the 12 Kits of Occasions March 2020 posting:






Many thanks for joining us today - and for allowing us to bless and honor our friend, Sharron!

Thursday, April 16, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #368



It's time for another lovely sketch from Donna Mikasa...... one that we hope will inspire you to play along with us at CAS(E) this Sketch #368 (AND keep you busy in your crafty space, as we navigate this trying time!).Apparently, I am on a red/green/B&W kick....... so here we go with a trio of pretty posies, a bold little die-cut sentiment and a pretty diagonal stripe. Oh, how I love this sketch and have a few others waiting in the wings that did not 'make the cut'! We hope that you'll join in the fun at CTS #368 and will be adding your masterpiece to the gallery...... can't wait to see how you were inspired by Donna's sketch (the InLinkz will close at 9 am EST on Thursday, April 23rd).Wishing you a safe and healthy week!!




stamps: Petite Painted Posies, A Few Words (The Stamp Market)
paper: Stampers Select White, Bitty Big: True Black (PTI), Cherry (TSM)
ink: Olive, Moss, Heart Beat, Vineyard Berry, Charcoal Suite (Altenew), Versafine Onyx Black
dies: Petite Painted Posies (TSM), Nesting squares/scalloped squares (Spellbinders)

Fusion Card Challenge - 'Let Us Remember'


Happy Thursday, and welcome to the newest Fusion Card Challenge - 'Let Us Remember'The fabulous inspiration photo is a wonderful starting point. But that sketch is pretty great too! So, which will you try?
Both the photo and the sketch helped to create this 'Hello' card. The pretty Fabulous Floral die was starting point here.... along with a few bits of greenery, lots of wonderful white space, some pops of red/black/green and a simple sentiment. 
The DT has provided some wonderful inspiration, so be sure to hop on over and join the party! When playing along you may use the sketch OR the photo as you jumping off point. OR, if you are feeling super duper clever, you can fuse 'em together. 



We hope that you'll join in at the Fusion Card Challenge and will enjoy all of the loveliness from the DT and the always amazing gallery!

Tristan Dawes

stamps: Textile Impressions (PTI)
paper: Stamper's Select White, Pure Poppy, Bitty Big: Pure Poppy, True Black (PTI)
ink: Versafine Onyx Black
dies: Floral Layering Die (The Stamp Market), Tag Creations: Blooming Indulgence (Ink to Paper),  Essentials: Diagonal Stitched Rectangles (Pinkfresh Studio)
other: misc. red/green yardstick (Bazzill)