July 20, 2014

CASing Angela Maine at AAA Cards

I'm having some Summertime fun with Popsicles! I recently re-purposed some Christmas tree dies into ice pops! We're in challenge #12 at AAA CAS Card Challenges. This week the game is "Inspire" and we get to CASE an artist. Our Guest Artist is one of us, we're highlighting one very good card maker too. The Inspire card is done by Angela Maine. She has beautiful cards and you can see them at her blog "from the tool shed". And she's a sweetie!

I watercolored the pops. Two sheets in distress stains, one in blues and pinks and the other in golds and oranges. Then I cuttlebug cut lots of little Christmas trees. I cut the tip off and shaped with a nail file. I think they are adorable. Soon, my Simon Says Stamp kit will be here and the new stamps are popsicles!

You can join the CASing fun too. Drop by and play with AAA CAS Cards Challenges. .this week. CYA later.

also sharing at:

July 17, 2014

Eggplant...I mean Grape and Plum Pops

I saw lovely colors at CAS Colors and Sketches and an elegant sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch today.
And I discovered how to make pops with a Christmas tree die, all by my little self. 
I also had a blast waterpainting a page with the challenge colors and die cutting. 
There's a little bit of fussy cutting , but it was fun. I'm finally getting used to less is more in my CAS journey.

I've used: 
110lb cardstock, bright white, Peerless Pigment Papers, Cute swiss dot vellum from SSS card kit
Sizzix, framlets "Hoilday Cheer", Spellbinders Ribbon Banners, pop tape, Marvy corner punch

 sharing at: 

July 13, 2014

Make a wish with window panes

AAA CAS Card Challenge this week is sponsored by BlueMoon Scrapbooking. Win a $20.00 shopping spree with BlueMoon Scrapbooking.
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Make a Wish. This is a great all occasion card. AAA Cards Challenge #11 is "Enjoy"- a sketch for window pane layouts. I went completely window pane. Any 4 up would work. 4 squares, 4 stars, 4 cupcakes, etc....

I recently moved my cricut out to my computer desk. So I'm hoping to use it more often. Today I did. Cats and squares. The card panels were cut at the same time. I popped one in the cuttlebug with the largest Lil Inkers stitched rectangles and sentiment is from Lawn Fawn, Critters Ever After. AND THEN I GOT TO WATERCOLOR AGAIN! Yeah!! 

I drew stars in yellow makers then traced over with a clear embossing pen. Sprinkled with clear embossing powder and heated. I color washed the back panel (inside the card) with distress inks (broken china, salty ocean, dusty concord). Supposed to take on the evening glow. But the lighting helps. When dry, I wiped the stars clean :) So much fun with watercolors! I hope you've been honing your hidden talents in water paints.

Thanks so much for visiting, drop by AAA Cards and play along. I also sharing my card at these wonderful challenges:
AAA Cards, window pane / 4 up
Amusing Challenge, watercolor
CASology, glow (for the glowing night sky, NOT the lighting) UPDATE: I received honorable mention!
Addicted to CAS, sky (sky is the entire inside of the card)

July 12, 2014

Cream to my Sugar

pencils: poppy orange, mary gold, island blue, blue ocean............white field, black print digital image

I created this page in Corel x4 and printed it on #80 bright white

Kitten is just too sweet! This image is off the internet from an old postcard. I took the image into a graphics program and turned it into another digi for my personal collection. The sentiment is printed using CAC Futura Casual font.

She's hand cut and adhered with pop tape. I used regular colored pencils this time. There's a bright orange bow tied around her little neck and tiny, tiny amount of glitter in her cream.

I'm making this card as a dare to myself. Keep It Simple calls for a bow. My dare was to stay very CAS and yet use a bow- something I rarely do anymore. Could have been more CAS if I'd printed the kitty directly to the first layer. But I do like the effect of one raised detail.

I hope you're enjoying the little kitty. Cheerio

sharing at:
Keep It Simple, Bow 23
colourQ colors
Craft-room Challenge, Wedding Anniversary
Animal Friends Challenge, cats or dogs

July 10, 2014

Hand drawn and watercolored Citrus

 Can you tell I love photography as much as I love making cards? I got my inspiration from CAS(E) this Sketch and this week's challenge layout. This is my second card. The first was ok....it was a single orange with the sentiment going through it. It was fine but the challenge sketch does show 5 accents.

I drew these cuties and painted them with Inktense Watercolor Pencils. My sentiment is one I've made up. I should make another digi set with all this :)

So glad you've dropped by, your visits mean a lot to me. Thanks and have a wonderful day.

Victoria Lavender 

 sharing this card at:
CAS(E) this Sketch #84 (17)
Crafting with Dragonflies, CAS (22)
Simon Says Stamp, create from scratch (14)

UPDATE: I was a highlighted winner at Simon Says Stamp

July 6, 2014

PLAYING with Watercolors

AAA Cards is 10 weeks old! The new challenge is the game "PLAY". Play with watercolors. I LOVE to play with them! I can't make just one card when I work with watercolors- I made three.

Especially proud of this one. First time using Peerless Pigment Papers. OMGoodness! LOVE those!! The image is a vintage illustration from an early twentieth century children's book. Sharing with: CAS on Sunday, One Layer Wonder

I'm using Distress Stains here with a clear liquid embossing pen and white embossing powder...and later some stickles "snow dust". Pink vellum and wine metallic embossing powder on a Simon Says Stamp, the July set. This image is from a coloring book Mandela.

 I fell out when I ran across this image! And in a flash I came up with that corny sentiment. I just love comical cards. Using the Peerless again, they blend wonderfully!

This was so much fun! I hope you take
some time to "play" around with some
new watercoloring techniques and share
the cards you make with us at
 AAA Cards.

Items used: 110lb cardstock, internet imagery, distress stains, peerless pigment papers,  Lil' Inkers "stitched rectangles" die, embossing materials by Stampendous, white thread, pink vellum, pop tape