Saturday, 16 May 2015

Another Week. Another CTS

First of all, thank you ever so much for all the lovely comments regards my guest appearance on the Case This Sketch blog. What a wonderful bunch you are :)

And as another week rolls around, a new sketch has been put up here.

And yes I've interpreted it almost literally rather than use artistic license. I saw the star shape and it instantly made me think of my Bam Bubble die. Which, with it's graphic-comic style, had to be paired with my Kaboom stamps.

Right, off to go buy a large bag of dates, for making healthy (ish) treats, before dragging the sister-in-law around Arley Hall to look at the gardens. Must remember to re-charge my camera battery too. Hope you are enjoying your weekend too.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Something Different - A Digital Poster

I've not made anything physical or tangible for a few days. Which means, I'm missing that creative output. I'm still drawing and creating vectors but nothing which is purely for fun. The main reason though for not making is that the hours I usually put aside for "play", find me instead,  curled up in a chair, devouring books. Trashy thrillers and the like. Nothing that would be found in English Literature lessons, for sure.

Which means I haven't grabbed my stamps, or inks or card. What I've done instead, is the above. It wasn't intentional. If I'm totally honest, with myself more than with you, it was whilst I was being busy procrastinating. I don't mean to but sometimes, I can easily let myself be distracted.

It began when I was sorting through my fonts, on my computer. I decided to try a couple of them out. I chose a quote I liked then started messing. It didn't take long before I was creating all manner of backgrounds, varying the layout and, simply mucking about, having fun. Time flew by until my square eyes finally gave in.

I shall eventually print it out and stick to the pin board which hangs to the left of where I sit in front of my Mac. Not as a reminder. Not necessary. This is generally a philosophy I live by anyway but the divine Katherine does put it so darn eloquently.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Guest Designer on CAS(E) this Sketch

I'm extremely honoured to be this week's guest designer on CAS(E) this Sketch. There is so much talent on this challenge site that I'd be lying if I didn't admit to feeling a slight intrepidation.

The sketch which inspired my card is...

Yes I made a rod for my own back by using colours which are fantastic in real life but are impossible to capture photographically. But I do love them and well, I made this card using scraps lying around after another project.

I know that creativity is supposed to be relaxing and meditational. And it is. Except when you are asked to be a guest designer. I swear my salt and pepper hair has turned even greyer. Thank goodness it's not falling out (yet)

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Tag on a Card

This week's CAS(E) this Sketch design combines both card and tag...

So I took a recent purchase of a Papertrey Ink die & stamp set to make the tag, adding the image from Grunge Me set and the sentiment from another set.

I stayed with the white on white design which I used in my previous card. I put pink behind the green tag as a complementary colour and added the red strip at the bottom to add something extra, visually.

Again, I kept it as clean as possible to keep with the graphic style I'm enjoying at the moment.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

You're Cool Card

I recently bought a set of second hand Papertrey Ink stamps from Caryn in her Glitter Me Silly Sale. There's still some stamps available to buy if you wish to check it out.

One of the sets I bought was the Grunge Me Stamps. And when I saw this card over at Maskerade, I was definitely inspired to use the design as my muse. I loved the idea of using a white die cut circle on top of a square white card as the canvas.

I added a few stamped circles using another set from Inkadinkadoo which is probably no longer available. However they do complement the Grunge Me circles. I often prefer to go to geometric images in my stamps, preferring the graphic nature of them. And they're so versatile. You can use them in any style to suit.

That aside, all I can say is, at last, it's good to be stamping again.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

A Bit of a Drip

I'm joining in with Case This Sketch (colour you surprised!).

And here's the sketch...

What's more, there's some stamping involved. Agreed, not a lot. But it's a start. I plan to keep going and stamp some more in future projects. I've treated myself to some more stamps, so that should spur me on.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Greyed Out Rainbows

Once again you find me joining in with the CAS(E) this Sketch blog challenge. Yes, I know I always post for this site. I'm the first to admit, I'm a creature of habit. Actually, strike that. I'm actually a creature of routine and rituals. Especially when it comes to creating. And having a challenge site I go to for inspiration each week, gives me that sense of routine. It's one less thought I need to apply. One reason fewer to procrastinate.

So here's the tricksy sketch this time around

And though I'm glad to have pulled something out of the hat for this one, I'm still not wholly satisfied. I've stuck with die cuts. AGAIN! I love stamping and graphic design and I've not gone for that option. My beautiful, colourful dye inks will be drying up in their cases, unused and unwanted.

Next time. I promise. No really. I will. Rubber & Ink will touch.