Tuesday, 7 April 2015

CAS 118 and Paper Players 239

As much as I'd anticipated a long weekend of card-making and scrapbooking, the creative mojo had fled. Still a great weekend with family dinners and catching up with people and odd jobs but not much creating.

This morning everyone else is back to work and it's school holidays for me so it was with great pleasure that I checked my Feedly for new posts and felt the stir of excitement about some of the challenges.

First up was the unusual colour challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches.

Although initially not overly excited by this combination, things changed when I saw the challenge at The Paper Players.

The two things came together in a Big Bang kind of moment to this:

This is the first time I've ever used Pear Pizzazz and it's wonderful! It looks so good next to the Certainly Celery. I'm hoarding my last three pieces of CC but pleased I liberated a bit for this card. I'm really happy with the 'Alice down the rabbit hole' kind of effect going on down into the butterfly garden and am once again delighted with every cent spent on the dictionary background stamp; it's just so useful!

I dithered around about whether to centre the circles but now I've seen it finished, I'm pleased I went with the off-set circles instead.

"Happy" I cut twice, once in Garden Green and once in Certainly Celery and it gives just the faintest dark outline that, in real life, gives a bit of pop to the word.

And I'm pleased to say that lots of green and lots of dies were used in the making of this card!

Update: So pleased that this card was chosen as A Cut Above at Paper Players and was also a Weekly Winner at CAS Colours and Sketches.

Card: Whisper White, Garden Green, Wild Wasabi, Pear Pizzazz, Certainly Celery
Stamps: SU Dictionary background stamp, SU Crazy About You, Clearly Besotted Leafy Accents
Ink: Certainly Celery, Mossy Meadow, Garden Green (but I had to use a marker pen and huff on it)
Dies: MFT Stitch Dot Circle stax, Circle framelit dies, Hello You thinlit dies
Other: Bitty Butterfly punch, brad base, Pear Pizzazz candy dot, linen twine


  1. LOVE, LOVE this card! Great use of dies! Just awesome! Thanks for playing along at The Paper Players!

  2. Those off centre circles look fab! And I love your choices of green too. Thanks for playing at CC&S.

  3. I really love your card Jan! The off centre circles really give a feeling of depth that works so well, especially in the different shades of green! :)
    Thanks for joining us at CAS-Colours and Sketches this week! :)
    Lizy xx

  4. The offset circles in the gradient shades of green are such a clever, splendid idea for drawing the eye to that sweet little butterfly! Fantastic job, Jan! Thanks so much for sharing your card with us at CC&S! :)

  5. Your card has certainly caught my eye! I'll echo Patricia; the gradient circles are brilliant, drawing us to your darling butterfly. Given that I'm butterfly stamp/die obsessed, your creativity has me swooning! Stunning! I think you mojo is flourishing!

  6. Beautiful card with all the circles! It's so eye catching! Love the butterfly and the happy sentiment, too!

  7. Your offset circles create a gorgeous 'rabbit hole' Jan and I love the offset greeting too. So many different techniques, great card. Thanks for joining us at CC&S. Stef x

  8. I LOVE this card! I am hoarding my last few pieces of Certainly Celery, too, but so glad you pulled it out for this gorgeous card! It is beautiful and you use of dies is fantastic! Thank you for joining us at The Paper Players this week! XX

  9. Wow, you did an amazing job combining challenges, Jan! Love the pretty shades of green and how you layered up the circle die cuts. Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at The Paper Players!

  10. So cool, love the design and especially like the pin hole circle around the outside. Very retro!!

  11. This is SO cool....I just love it! Very springy and fresh with your greens! Thanks for sharing this with the Paper Players this week!

  12. Wow! This is stunning, it works so well in shades of green. Thank you for joining in with the colour challenge at CC&S
    Louise xx

  13. Wow, what an eye-catching project. Simply stunning. Your die-cutting is so great. Best, CG