Tuesday, January 17, 2017

CUT All the Things with Stamplorations

We're cutting up over at CASology this week, so grab your dies, die cutting machines, scissors, X-acto knives, or whatever your crafty cutting weapon of choice is and join us!



When I really want to make an impact, I reach for black. Black and white, black and pops of bright colors, monochromatic shades of black and gray...real eye-catchers!

When I saw the die STAMPlorations sent to me for this challenge, I knew it was gonna be a negative space kinda day lol. I really wanted to highlight how "wonderful" and bold this font cuts. I watercolored the sentiment using the Inktense Blocks I reviewed weeks ago here and on my YouTube channel.

Tip: Sketch a super light pencil line to mark the word and borders of the negative to make sure you color the letters completely and with different colors. It also prevents coloring outside of the edges. If you're using watercolor, the pencil will not erase afterwards, so use a really light hand.

The rest of the DT is "die"ing to show you their inspirations! And certainly don't forget our guestie and fab sponsor.


Deidre Payne (that’s me)

Guest Designer: Anita
Sponsor: STAMPlorations


Thanks for joining me today! Have a wonderful Tuesday!

xoxo Deidre

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Pines Fir Yew - CASology and Rubber Dance Stamps

I'm still crawling out from under snow, but CASology has given me plenty of time
to play and stamp! This week's cue card is: FOREST.




I started with a little masking so I could work with just the edges of my card. I used three different Distress Inks (Cracked Pistachio, Fossilized Amber, and Mermaid Lagoon) to ink up these fabulous rubber stamps sent to me by Rubber Dance Stamps. They make great impressions, hold ink wonderfully, and I love the design of these pine firs (not to mention the name- Pines Fir Yew)! Then let the ink blending begin. My sentiment is from their oh-so-pretty scripty font set Beautiful Words. My favorite part is always the reveal of pulling the masking tape off :) 

Time to get lost in the forest of DT ideas on their blogs. And don't forget to say hi to our guest designer and check out the online shop and blog of our sponsor this week!


Deidre Payne (that’s me)
Hazel Hodgkins (on break)

Guest Designer: Christel


I'm also playing along at Fusion's 3rd Anniversary challenge

Stay warm and thanks for stopping by!

xoxo Deidre

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Feel the Chill with CASology

Welcome back to CASology and we're kicking off 2017 with a cue card that describes 
what most people are feeling outside this time of year: COLD.


In my area of Virginia, we haven't seen the first snowfall yet, but I hear it's coming...
and I really love the look, so this was my card for the challenge!


These stamps were provided to me by our super fab sponsor, Rubber Dance Stamps...aren't they cute?! When I was laying out the card design, I accidentally dropped my inked up Mr. Frosty stamp onto the card and it landed in the corner...and I decided to do it again intentionally! Love a happy little accident :) To finish it off, I did a little selective coloring using Tombow Dual Brush Pens.

The DT has some "cool" ways to kick off the year with this cue card too! If you haven't had a chance to welcome our two new DT members, Rachel and Janet, be sure to say hi :)


Deidre Payne (that’s me)

Guest Designer: Wendy

I'm so excited to see what everyone shares this year!
Thanks for stopping by :)

xoxo Deidre

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

TOAST to the New Year

Wowsers, what a year 2016 has been for me! I want to say thank you to everyone that's supported, encouraged, commented, and shared their projects at CASology! This is a 2-weeker that will run through the holidays, so I really hope you get some time to join us. The cue card is: TOAST.




I used the partial die cutting technique, which of course I screwed up the first time lol. Maybe I'll make a video showing how I actually did this...I find cutting objects so challenging, really. I digress :) The glasses are a die from Simon Says Stamp and the numbers are from MFT Dienamics. I wanted my focal point to be like the glasses you see as party costumes and picture booth props. I used 6 coats of sparkle gold embossing powder on the die cut to make it shine. The sentiment is from Concord & 9th.


Let the rest of the DT help you toast to the New Year and check out their projects! 
Don't forget to say cheers to the guest designer and a crazy awesome sponsor!


Deidre Payne (that’s me)

Guest Designer: Susan
Sponsor: Stamplorations



Thanks for stopping by and have a Merry Christmas (or happy holiday season) 
and a very Happy New Years!

xoxo Deidre