Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Week 29: GAME

Feel like playing a game this week?!  We say, "Go for it!"


This week, we're all about games!  Do you have a favorite childhood game?  A sport you love?  Maybe "game" makes you think of something entirely different!  That's the beauty of the cue words...we want to see what you think of when one word flashes before your eyes!

This week, we have a wonderful sponsor who is offering a prize to this week's winner and one random participant!


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**This week's winner & a random participant will each receive a preselected stamp set from Fresh Squeezed Stamps!**

Now let's see what the design team and our guest designer, Christine, thought of when they saw this week's cue word!  Some of the design team used Fresh Squeezed Stamps on their samples, so be sure and check out the fun images!


Guest Designer: Christine
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Masking areas is a good technique to add interest and dimension to your card while keeping it CAS.



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Don't be afraid to use bright colors on your CAS cards, but use them in small doses.



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A coloured card base adds interest to a clean and simply card.




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Using a simple pattern in two different ways adds interest to a CAS design without overpowering it.


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Use simple graphic designs to keep things CAS.



Tracey
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A large uncomplicated image still gives lots of white space keeping the design CAS.



Ardyth
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Drawing light pencil lines as a guide really helps when precise stamping is a must!



Jen
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Make use of your alphabet stamps to create the perfect sentiment for your design.


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Sometimes the shape of your card can help you out when you don't have just the right stamp!


Now go have fun and don't forget to link up your GAME creation by Sunday at 4 p.m. (CST)!



Monday, January 28, 2013

Week 28: Weekly Winners!

It's time to announce our Weekly Winner and Honorable Mentions!

Meghan had the honor of selecting the Winner for Week #28 and here is the card that she selected:

WINNER: Darnell
Darnell has created a fun card using the technique of masking which every clean and simple card maker should have in their tool kit! Head over to her blog to learn something new!

Congratulations, Darnell!

Below is a winner's badge to proudly display on your blog:
 

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Here are the Honorable Mentions chosen by the rest of the design team:
 
 
 
Congratulations to all of you! Here is a badge to proudly display on your blogs:
 

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Don't forget to stop back tomorrow for Challenge #29!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Are You Playing?


There is still time to play along with this week's challenge at CASology! You have until Sunday at 4:00 P.M. (CST) to submit your creation and we'd love to have you join us!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Week 28: DRINK

Two more months of winter.  Yes, some of us are already counting the days until spring!  With a warm drink in hand, we're watching the current season with wry amusement, yet acknowledging that it does have its perks:  comfort foods and drinks.  Who doesn't enjoy those?!

This week, we're going to think about the word DRINK and what it brings to mind!  Maybe it's a particular drink or maybe it's something you associate with a drink!  Whatever it is, we'd love to see your creative take on this week's cue word!


First, let's see what the design team and our guest designer, Heather, created for inspiration this week!

Guest Designer:  Heather
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Background stamps can be useful for so much more than backgrounds.
Don't be afraid to create your own shapes and images.




Judy
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Masking is a great way to add interest to a one-layer CAS card.



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Using negative space is a great way to keep your focal point from getting cluttered.


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Dimension is a great way to add interest to a clean and simple card.


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An otherwise colorless design is easily embellished with a touch of glitter and a little dimension.



Rosemary
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To keep a card with a large image CAS spotlight only a portion of the image.


Tracey
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Using neutrals plus only one colour keeps your CAS design cohesive.

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When your focal image is quite busy, lots of white space and simple matting keep it CAS!


Jen
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Look for alternate uses for your stamps - the thought cloud is actually part of a tree stamp.


Now go have fun and don't forget to link up your creation by Sunday at 4 p.m. (CST)!


Monday, January 21, 2013

Week 27: Weekly Winners!

It's time to announce our Weekly Winner and Honorable Mentions!

Maureen had the honor of selecting the Winner for Week #27 and here is the card that she selected:

WINNER: Christine

Christine's ability to use multiple techniques on her card, while keeping it clean and simple, make it an easy winner for this week's CASology challenge!
Congratulations, Christine!

**Please email Melissa at gimmeink@gmail.com to claim your Avery Elle prize!**

Below is a winner's badge to proudly display on your blog:


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Here are the Honorable Mentions chosen by the rest of the design team:


Congratulations to all of you! Here is a badge to proudly display on your blogs:
 

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Last, by not least, we wanted to give a special shout out to a brand new blogger and CASology participant, 8-year-old Evie!  Her second card in blogland was created for CASology and we are honored!  We'd love it if you'd visit her new blog and leave her some blog love!
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Don't forget to stop back tomorrow for Challenge #28!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Are You Playing?


There is still time to play along with this week's challenge at CASology! You have until Sunday at 4:00 P.M. (CST) to submit your creation and we'd love to have you join us!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Week #27: BLUE

Last week we were thinking about winter and perhaps it brings to mind this week's cue word for some of you...


Whether it's the color itself that comes to mind or something related to the color, we can't wait to see what this word triggers in your creative minds!

You'll be anything but BLUE when you see who this week's sponsor is!  This week's winner will receive a $15 gift certificate to the store!


Avery Elle offers fun and fresh clear photopolymer stamps, premium heavy card stock and coordinating grosgrain ribbon.  Our entire collection of image stamp sets has matching free .svg and .pdf cut files. Yes, we did say free!  If you have an electronic cutting machine, you have the ability to cut shapes for our stamp sets for no added cost.  How great is that?  All of our products are proudly made in the USA.  For our complete line of high quality products, ideas and inspiration go to www.averyelle.com.

Now let's take a look at what the design team and this week's guest designer, May, have created for inspiration!

Guest Designer:  May
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Repeating a single image multiple times can create movement on a CAS design.


Jen
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Add some colour to a sentiment to tie it in with the image.




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Varying shades of the same color add interest and depth to a one-layer card. 


Maureen
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Don't be scared to use bold patterns on your CAS cards.  
Pairing patterns with a white card base helps to keep the design simple.


 
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Using a single colour with white helps to make this a clean and simple card.


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Using a monochromatic background adds interest without overpowering the design.


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Use a simple border die or punch repeatedly to create a clean and simple design. 


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The eye will automatically be drawn to the element that has dimension.


Ardyth
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A fussy process can still result in a CAS card!


Now go have fun and don't forget to link up your own BLUE creation by Sunday at 4 p.m. (CST)!


 

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