Friday, April 29, 2016

Featured Designer: Shona Chambers Shares Her Craft Space!


Shona is back today with a special treat...a glimpse into her craft space!  We all love these tours and she thought she'd share her creative place with you!


Hi everybody and welcome to my craft space!! Unfortunately, it’s not as gorgeous as Jennifer McGuire's craft room, but its where the magic happens and as we don’t have a spare room, it’s the only area I have for now. I spend A LOT of time in front of the computer working on my blog, commenting and finding inspiration. I follow so many blogs (which unfortunately I don’t have the time to leave many comments at the moment) but love to see what everyone is up too and be inspired by their designs.

My desk is a plank of wood on top of two office drawers, where I keep all my ink pads, papers etc. My husband put up the black shelving not long ago as I had everything on the dining table. And of course I’m surrounded by art work the kids have created for me over the years.

Behind me is the dining table where I make all my cards. I move my stamp boxes etc over to it, so I can create and watch tv or talk to the family in the lounge at the same time. My husband doesn’t like that everything is on the table, so I try to keep it tidy but you can imagine what it looks like somedays…… Luckily we don’t actually eat at the dining table. We have a low, round coffee table that the kids and I sit on the floor and eat around. It’s very ‘Japanese’ inspired but I’ve always loved sitting on the floor and it makes dinner informal and fun. Dave sits at the table as I don’t think he could get off the floor after sitting there for long!!

I would really love a room to myself, as sometimes it’s hard to think of ideas etc when everyone is jumping around or asking me lots of questions but I would probably feel quite guilty if I spent a lot of time in a separate room. This way I can still feel a part of everything.

Hopefully one day we will have a larger house and I can have my own craft room but until then I will use my little corner and at least with Winter coming, I’m not far from our fireplace!! Over on my blog I have a few more photos including the first card that I won a ‘Honourable Mention’ for at CASology. Hope to see you there!!

Go take a look and say hello while you're there!

For the current SPRINKLE challenge, go here.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Week 195: SPRINKLE

 

Ready for a new week of CASology fun?!  Sprinkles of the edible nature brighten anyone's day.  Sprinkles related to the weather make the flowers grow.  As you'll soon see there are more ways to interpret the cue word than these two examples, but your creative minds already know that!  Let's just hop to it and see what the design team and this week's guest designer created for inspiration!

Guest Designer:  Lisa
 design defined:
Creating a triangle shape with design elements draws the eye in, emphasizing the white space.


Ardyth
design defined:
Minimizing layers and embellishments helps keep your design CAS!


Deidre
design defined:
Group items in sets of odd numbers for visual interest.


Hannelie
Thanks a ton
design defined:
 Balance is an important aspect of design. Remember that when placing your sentiment.



Hazel
design defined:
 Creating a line of vision can help to create balance in a CAS design.


Jacquie
design defined: 
A shaker card works in a CAS design if the image is kept simple and there is lots of white space.


Jen
design defined:
Ground your main image with a simple band of color. 


Joyce
design defined:
A focal point centered in the top third of a card is a classic CAS design.

Judy
design defined:
Let a dry embossed frame add interest to your open white space.


Kymona
designs defined: 
Adding contrasting colors creates a dramatically CAS card!


Melissa
 design defined:
Monochromatic color schemes work well for CAS design.


Sherrie
design defined:
Confining multiple colors to a small area keeps design CAS.


Tracey
design defined:
Keeping the activity in one section of your cards keeps your design CAS.


Go have fun creating your CAS design and don't forget to link up here on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT)!


Week 194: Weekly Winners!

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

  Hazel had the honor of selecting the Winner for Week #194 and here is her selection:
Shona's card for her mum was wonderful, beautiful and fabulous in every way! The overlaid white-embossed vellum butterfly was a simple, yet stunning addition. Lucky Mum!

Well done, Shona!

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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Be sure to stop back in an hour for challenge #195!