Addicted to CAS - Codeword: Wheels

This is my 2nd post for today - to see my Newton's Nook Inky Paws post, click HERE

I thought heaps of people would be doing cards based on this week's ATCAS codeword with bicycles, cars, trains - lots of modes of transportation.  I thougth I'd go with a single wheel rather than multiples.
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Newton's Nook Inky Paws Challenge

I have been so lucky to have been a guest designer for Newton's Nook this month. I am joining in with their Inky Paws Challenge - and this month, it's a sketch challenge:
Make sure you pop on over to Newton's Nook, and check out the projects made by their amazingly talented design team. You have until 11th of April to join in!
http://www.newtonsnookblog.com/
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Fusion #7

Welcome to another Fusion week! 

I took AGES to come up with any ideas for this Fusion, but I stuck with it!  I modified the sketch a bit (the cut out semi circle to represent the oval, and I skipped the angled rectangle in the background).  I used the faded text and the mustard coloured scarf in the photo as my inspiration. 
 To get the text to look a bit faded, I only inked up the stamp (Stampin' Up "en Francais") in patches (using Colorbox Chalk Ink in Chestnut Roan), I used the textured side of some SU watercolour paper, and then I swiped the whole panel in Picket Fence Distress Paint. The panel was cut with Lil' Inkers Designs stitched mat dies - first the square, then the circle.  The focal stamp is from "Mimi in Paris" by Penny Black, and the sentiment is from Amuse Art Stamps.
 Make sure you hop on over to Fusion to check out what the rest of the design team have made, and to join in on the fun!
http://fusioncardchallenge.blogspot.com.au/
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Newton's Nook Designs March Release - Guest Designer

I've been so excited to be a Guest Designer for Newton's Nook Designs for March!  I have a couple more cards for you today, using 2 of the March release stamp sets:  Spring Showers and Baskets of Wishes
This first one is pretty simple - I grabbed some patterned paper offcuts for strips at the top and bottom of the card. I chose some Copic Markers in colours that match the dots on the patterned paper to colour in the Newton's Nook image. Added some highlights using my Sakura Gelly Roll glitter pen and some faux stitching, and I was done! 
For this next card, I wanted to use some of the smaller stamps from the "Baskets of Wishes" stamp set -  I inked the background panel with some Distress Inks, stamped the birdie and the musical note with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and then coloured the birdie with a couple of Copics, before adding some star dust Stickles. I cut out some white cardstock to make a window that looks like a polaroid photo, stamped the sentiment on it, then adhered it over the inked panel onto a square white card base with some dimensional adhesive.

 Make sure you visit Newton's Nook to see all their fabulous stamp sets, and keep an eye on their blog to see what their amazing design team have come up with! These stamp sets are available NOW!!!
Thanks so much to Jennifer, the owner of Newton's Nook Designs, for having me as your guest this month - I've had a ball!
Thanks so much for visiting - have a great day :)

One layer and a sketch

Using a sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch today, as well as trying some ideas from the latest Online Card Class
I've discovered that the technique shown in class of removing colour from a stamped image using a Copic 0 blender pen works well with Hero Arts Shadow inks, not so well with Stampin' Up inks.

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Welcome to A Blog Named Hero!

We have a brand new Design Team at A Blog Named Hero!  To welcome the new members, we've got a bunch of hello/welcome cards over at ABNH today.
http://ablognamedhero.blogspot.com.au/
Here's my card - clean and simple:


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Newton's Nook Design March Release: Baskets of Wishes

All this week, I've been playing with the new stamp sets from  Newton's Nook Design March release.  I have to say, this last set is my favourite - so versatile!! You can mix and match the basket to the comtents, and there are so many choices! I really liked this knitting themed stamp - I have quite a few friends and family who are knitters or crocheters, so this will come in handy :)

I hand drew and coloured the border pieces to match the basket - it took a little bit of time, but I like the result.

My next card is more Spring-y :)


Would you like to win Baskets of Wishes?
This set will be given away to Two lucky winners
Here's how to win: 
Comment on the NND blog and Design Team and Guest blogs (see list below)! Two winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs release posts. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Thursday, March 20th at 9 pm Central Standard Time to comment  -- winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, March 21st.
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Day 9 of Online Card Class

This is my 2nd post for today - to see my Newton's Nook post, click HERE

I love Debby Hughes' cards.  They're always just perfect.  And when I try to make a card to look like one of Debby's, I tend to fail miserably.  :(
 What do I like about my card?  I like the butterfly (which I coloured with Distress inks and water, and covered with Wink of Stella.)  I like the bold black sentiment (a very old Artee stamp - from 1998!) I like my attempt at gold dots.
What would I do differently next time?  I would have fewer ink splatters.  I would have the ink splatters in a different colour to the butterfly. I would ditch the flight path dots. I would use a different texture paste (not really liking the Martha Stewart texture paste - too grainy). I need to get a butterfly stamp with cleaner lines (even though I do love this butterfly, the lines are a bit fuzzy in places). And I would pick a bit of the falling snow die with fewer dots. But that's why I love the online card classes - I try things that are outside my comfort zone and so I learn new stuff!  And that's definitely a good thing :)
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Newton's Nook Design March Release: Easter Scramble

Today I'm playing with one of Newton's Nook Designs March release stamp sets - I'm so excited to have been asked to join in!
 I went with very soft, pastel colours for this card - difficult to photograph, unfortunately.  That little chicky is so cute peeking out of the Easter egg - I can almost hear him cheeping!
Much brighter colours for my next card - I masked and inked with 3 different Distress Inks (Worn Lipstick, Dried Margold and Squeezed Lemonade), then flicked some water on to get some splotchiness (is that a real word?).   I then stamped 5 of the little flower in the Easter Scramble set (and the sentiment), masked some of the flowers to stamp the stems and then the leaves.  I chose some Copic Markers that matched the Distress Ink's I had used and did some simple colouring of the flowers.  I thought it needed just something more, so I added some hemp cord from Darice. 


Would you like to win Easter Scramble?
This set will be given away to Two lucky winners
Here's how to win: 
Comment on the NND blog and Design Team and Guest blogs (see list below)! Two winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs release posts. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Thursday, March 20th at 9 pm Central Standard Time to comment  -- winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, March 21st.
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Newton's Nook Design March Release: Spring Showers

I'm so excited - Jennifer at Newton's Nook has asked me to join in and play with their new release stamps for March!  And they're so stinking cute, you're going to love them!
This set is called Spring Showers, and is perfect for a get well card. 
Can you see the Wink fo Stella glimmer I added to the clouds? I also added some GLossy Accents to the umbrella, the puddle, and the buttons on the little duck's boots. 

Here's another, very different card I made with the same set:
 This one is a one-layer card.  I masked the front and inked with Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass, Broken China and Salty Ocean, and then stamped and white embossed the clouds, raindrops and sentiment.  I drew a shadow around the white embossing with a C3 Copic marker, to make the white stand out a bit more.  I finished with some faux stitching and some Wink of Stella on the clouds and raindrops. 


Would you like to win Spring Showers?
This set will be given away to Two lucky winners
Here's how to win: 
Comment on the NND blog and Design Team and Guest blogs (see list below)! Two winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs release posts. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Thursday, March 20th at 9 pm Central Standard Time to comment  -- winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, March 21st.
Check out all these awesome Design Team & Guest Blogs below to enter:
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Another technique from class.

A technique shown by Tasnim Ahmed in the Online Card Class today looked really cool - I had to give it a go. 

http://www.onlinecardclasses.com/CS3

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