Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Catch up!

It is amazing how quickly time flies!  I can't believe I haven't posted in almost 2 weeks, but I've been busy with work and family; the kids went back to college on Sunday, so I have an empty nest again.  I'll miss them, but it's nice to have time for myself and hubby!

I am very excited to have been selected for the Papercutz Challenge Design Team!  My first card will be posted this Friday for challenge #57, I am a little nervous so some feedback will be terrific!

In the meantime, I have been busy working on some cards, mainly for Inspired Designs my LSS.  If you go to her blog, you will notice that it hasn't been updated in a while, but she is still going strong!  She puts so much energy into the store, her blog has been left behind.  However, you can get in touch with her through the blog and she does do on-line ordering.  She has a bunch of terrific new things in the store and I have loved playing with them!  First off is Outline Stamps, this card is from their Posy collection; I created the paper using Adirondack inks and a cardstock weight vellum then stamped and cut out the 4 sizes of the flower as well as a Posy Greetings Center stamp - they are made to fit perfectly in the center of a flower.  The beautiful vine on the background is also an Outline stamp.  I finished it off with some fibers and Stickles - gotta have the bling!

This stamp is Sparkle Design.  It is just beautiful!  It took about an hour and a half to color it with markers while DH and I were watching a movie.  You can't tell in the picture, but the petals with the red circles and the center flower are popped with foam tape to add dimension.  I made it into a shaped card with the sentiment on the inside.  I think this stamp has a lot of potential for different cards by using just parts of it.  I'll have to post any ideas I finish.

That's it for today!  I'll post tomorrow with the other new "toys" I got to play with, some great new dies!  Have a good one.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

4 challenges

This week at OWH Sketch Challenge #30 is what started my card out. Christmas Stampin' All Year Long had a challenge to use 2 or more patterned papers (I have 3, the stripes, dots and the green on the tag). For Fun Challenges had a recipe challenge of 1 ribbon, 2 patterned papers and 3 embellishments (got the patterned paper, one wide red ribbon and the "joy", ornaments and tag as embellishments)

The last challenge is from Winter Wonderland which was "Tag It" and that led me to making the tag which slips into a pocket made up of 2 layers of dots paper (the first layer should have been enough, but I taped it down with the open side on the left, not the right!). Papers are from DCWV and the ornament stamp set is from Firecracker Designs by Pamela. The inside has a pretty "Season's Greetings" also from Firecracker Designs.

That's it for today! Have a great one and please, feel free to leave comments, good, bad or indifferent!

Monday, August 16, 2010

PaperCutz Challenge #54

This week's theme at PaperCutz Challenge Blog is to create a LO, card or other papercraft project about back to school. I used a Digi Shack image - as soon as I saw it I wanted to use it for cards for my four kids heading back to college in a few weeks. I know I'm whistling in the wind expecting them to "have no fun", but a mom can hope! I colored them with Copics and added cinnamon Fun Flock on their tails to give the piece some texture. The papers and ribbon are HOTP. Thanks for stopping by - as always I appreciate any feedback!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Christmas Cards All Year Round Challenge

Christmas Cards All Year Round Challenge for August is to make cards with snowflakes. I've already posted one card here and these cards are the other four to be eligible for the prize!

Papers are from DCWV, label is a Nestabilities and the stamp and the glitter domes are from HOTP. I edged the card with a Krylon Silver leafing pen. I'm still getting used to the idea that black can be a Christmas color!

This is a simple card that looks much better "in-person". Papers are again DCWV and I added Stickles in the center of the snowflakes.

For this card all products are from HOTP. Looking at it now, it seems I forgot to crop it - Sorry!

Last, but not least is another card using HOTP products. I'm having a hard time with pictures of cards that have shiny elements like the "glassine envelope" on this card. I've put on my Christmas wishlist a new camera, I'll have to wait and see if Santa thinks I'm a good girl. LOL

All of these cards are in the Operation Write Home box! I'm going to have to start making some for my friends and family...

Again, thanks for stopping by! Hope the rest of your weekend is terrific.

365 Cards Challenge

365 Cards Day 160 challenge was to make a card with the following recipe:

5x5 Card
2 3x3 patterned papers
2 images (stamped, fussy cut, digi, whatever)
2 Buttons
4 Blossoms

I seem to be late to a lot of challenges as this site added a new element to the card design each day and I got in on the last day. Anyway, here's my interpretation of the recipe:
The papers are DCWV, the trees and sentiment are a new set by Fancy Pants Design I just got and the pointsettias are Making Memories which I have had in my stash for a while. They are almost gone which makes me sad. I colored the trees with Smooch - it's hard to see, but it gives a wonderful shimmer.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Character Cafe Challenge #27

The challenge this week for the Character Cafe was to make a round card. I used Nestabilities for all the cuts, all paper and embellishments are from HOTP. This card will join the others ready to go for Operation Write Home.

Have a great one!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

One card, 4 challenges!

This week I designed a card that would multi-task for 4 challenges (I'm learning!).

My Time to Craft is up to their 100th challenge this week and the theme is "check it out".
PaperCutz Challenge Challenge #52 is celebrating their first year of challenges. This week was a color challenge: only red, black, yellow, blue and white were allowed.
Winter Wonderland challenge was no designer/patterned paper allowed.
Christmas Cards All Year Round August challenge is snowflakes.

This is how I met these 4 challenges:

For the checked requirement from My Time to Craft, I made a checker pattern using the color requirements of PaperCutz and this also met the Winter Wonderland challenge of no DP. The vertical lines are rub-on glitter sheets. I didn't have any black rub-on glitter for the horizontal lines, so I used black flocking - then I found my black rub-on glitter - ain't that the way? LOL! The Christmas Cards All Year Round snowflakes were done with Dreamweaver white embossing paste and glitter. I sealed the snowflakes and check pattern with Krylon Glaze spray so the glitter/ flocking won't rub off. I finished the card off with a sentiment stamped in black, red and white shimmer paper and blue brads!
Thanks again for stopping by!