Thursday, May 30, 2013

Happy Birthday, Ardyth!

Hello, friends!  I hope you will all join me in wishing the super talented and always supportive Ardyth Percy-Robb of MASKerade a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!  

I am thrilled to work with Ardyth as a design team member at CASology, and I am even more thrilled to be part of her surprise birthday blog celebration!  Be sure to check out the entire list at Darnell's amazingly entertaining blog (the birthday post is HERE).  You, too, can add your birthday card for Ardyth at any time!  As part of the celebration, Darnell suggested that we CASE one of Ardyth's own cards...this is the card that inspired me.  Ardyth seems to use a lot of bright colors on white and I love that!

Here is my take on Ardyth's card...Happy Birthday, Ardyth!!
Materials Used:
Stamps: Hero Arts "Birthday Messages"
Inks: black dye ink
Other: ekSuccess "Zig Zag Chain" border punch

 While I was at it, I made an extra one with a subtle variation of color to keep in my stash...
Materials Used:
Stamps: Hero Arts "Birthday Messages"
Inks: black dye ink
Other: ekSuccess "Zig Zag Chain" border punch

Happy Birthday, Ardyth!  I hope your day is the best ever!


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

CASology #46: FURRY

Hello, friends!  What a fun cue word we have this week at CASology!
We also have a fun company sponsoring us this week...
the one and only Paper Smooches!
Grab our banner

I broke out my favorite Paper Smooches stamps and
went to town on a "furry" little number.

I stamped the bunny twice, once directly on the card and once onto separate paper that I fussy cut and popped on top of the card image.  Both images were colored with Copics.  I shaded around his feet with warm gray ink and added Glossy Accents to his teeth for some added interest.

Materials Used:
Stamps: Paper Smooches "A Little Lovin',""Sentiment Sampler"
Inks: Black dye ink; Weathered Wood distress ink; Copic Sketch markers: (R20) Blush,
(B000) Pale Porcelain Blue, (W1) Warm Gray
Other: Nestabilities Reverse Wonky Rectangles, pop dots, Glossy Accents

Be sure to check out the inspiring cards by our design team and guest designer this week.  If you play along (and I hope you do), be sure to link up your cards by 4:00 p.m. (CDT) on Sunday.

Judy Marino --> that's me!
Guest Designer: Lucy
Thanks for visiting...have a great day!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

CASology #45: ROYAL

Hello, friends!  Tuesday has arrived, and you know what that means... another CASology cue word!

I decided to walk on the wild side and think "outside the box," instead of going to all the stamps I have that imply royalty (e.g., princesses, crowns).  This time I went with the color royal blue.  I was inspired by this royal blue bandanna pattern:

And here is my one layer card, using stamps from Papertrey Ink:

Materials Used:
Stamps: Papertrey Ink "Mehndi Medallion Mini Stamp Set," "Signature Greetings"
Inks: Versamark Ink, navy dye ink, mid-tone Pool ink, white pigment ink
Other: white embossing powder, navy marker, Liquid Pearls, corner rounder

I hope you join us this week for some ROYAL fun!  Link up your clean and simple card by 4:00 p.m. (CDT) Sunday, and be sure to check out the cards by our wonderful guest designer and design team, too!

Judy Marino --> that's me!
Guest Designer:  Kim Singdahlsen
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

CASology #44: BLOOM

Hello, friends!  I was so inspired by all the HEXAGON cards entered at CASology last week, and now I am excited to see what you all come up with for this week's cue:

This is the time of year when co-workers announce their retirement at the end of the school year, so I find myself in need of several cards right about now!  I made two clean and simple cards -- female and male versions; I will definitely need more, but this is a good start.

I was so happy to finally ink up the WPlus9 "Folk Art Florals" stamps I received this past Christmas...I love the variety of mix-and-match blooms and leaves in that set!  I added a few small pearls to the feminine version, while a few dabs of Stickles on the masculine version was enough.

Materials Used for Both Cards:
Stamps: WPlus9 "Folk Art Florals," Hero Arts "Just Find Me"
Inks: Hero Arts shadow and mid-tone inks, black dye ink
Other: Cuttlebug "Pinking Stitch" embossing folder, Hero Arts Pearls and gems "Sunshine Mixed Accents" on female card, Stickles "Waterfall" on male card

I can't wait to see what BLOOM means to you!  Link up your clean and simple card by 4:00 p.m. (CDT) Sunday, and check out the cards by our wonderful guest designer and design team, too!

Judy Marino --> that's me!

Guest Designer: Barb Ghigliotty
Thanks for visiting!  Have a great day!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

CASology #43: HEXAGON

Hello, friends!  This week at CASology we have a very popular trend as our cue.
We are lucky to be sponsored this week by  Cindy Coutts.
I have several cards to share today.  My first is a clean and simple card featuring the sweet "Happy Hexagon" stamps from Papertrey Ink.

Materials Used:
Stamps: Papertrey Ink "Happy Hexagons," Hero Arts "Celebrate Everyday"
Inks: various Hero Arts shadow inks, mid-tone Pool ink
Other: Cuttlebug "Pinking Stitch" embossing folder, pearls

The next two cards illustrate how you can use similar materials to make both a CAS card and a "busy" card.  I used the same card base, sentiment, patterned papers, and hexagon die for both cards, yet the first is very simple and the second is not quite CAS (i.e., it has many layers, lots of embellishments, and no white space).

Clean and simple...
 Not so clean and simple...
Honestly, I like them both. Sometimes it can be fun to really layer it on, ya know?  Other times, the simpler the better.   

I can't wait to see what lovely HEXAGON cards you create this play along!  Link up your clean and simple card by 4:00 p.m. (CDT) Sunday, and check out the cards by our super talented guest designer and design team, too!

Judy Marino --> that's me!

Guest Designer:  Jenny

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Our Crazy Spring!

Hello, friends!  You may have noticed a slow-down in my blog posts...other than my design team work at CASology, I have not had much time for card-making and blogging.  Those of you who have followed my blog for a while know that this is my "crazy time" and the spring is EXTREMELY busy with work ramping up and four kids highly involved in extracurriculars.  It's all good, just BUSY! 

So, although I have no cards to share, I figured I'd give you a few glimpses of what we've been up to in the past few weeks.  (This is picture-heavy, so if you're not interested, no worries...thanks for stopping by!)

My oldest turned 14...

My youngest made his First Communion...
My daughter's school concert band participated in a festival at Villanova University (she plays clarinet)...
Same daughter's last year of softball started (her dad, my DH, is the coach)...
Of course the boys still play travel soccer (fall and spring)...
And the youngest also plays baseball
(at 8 years old he is in the AAA majors and is one of their pitchers!)


Right after my oldest got his braces off, my daughter got her braces on...
We had a great trip to New York City during our spring second daughter, an avid reader, was in heaven inside the New York Public Library! 
So many books!
She is the theatrical/musical child in the family and was ready to find Broadway while we were in New York...Ta Da!
She, also being the uber-creative child, was enthralled at the FAO Schwartz store where we found the "Muppet WhatNot Workshop" and you could design your own many possibilities!
We had a wonderful Holy Week and Easter...lots of time at church services and lots of singing for me (a cantor) and my daughter (a children's choir cantor).  It was all so beautiful! 
I know there is so much more...curriculum fairs and science showcases and talent shows and hip-hop dance classes and Girl Scouts and piano/guitar/drum lessons, etc... just no pics to show for them!
So, there is a glimpse of what we've been up to in our neck of the woods.  It all comes to a crashing halt in the end of June, and then I hope to find some crafty time once again.  In the meantime, wish us luck with it all!
Take good care,