Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Meet the Diva's Challenge

The Verve Forum has been running a meet the Diva's challenge for 12 weeks.  I have participated in a few of the challenges when I had the time.  I had time so I wanted to do this one.  The challenge was to use purple on your card.  I had this ribbon I got from an ATC swap I won that I wanted to use so that was my starting point.  I really like the way this card turned out.  How about you, what are your thoughts?

Stamps: Feeling Groovy, Thankful Blossoms Paper: Lavender Lace, white Ink: Lavender Lace, Old Olive Accessories: ribbon, photo corner punch, glitter, sticky tape, dimensionals
Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Fair Entries - I won!

My sister encouraged me to enter some of my cards in the St. Mary's County Fair. I thought it might be fun to see how I could do. Our Fair only had one category for rubber stamping so I chose a card I think was good and entered it. I won a first place ribbon! I was so excited I decided to try Calvert County Fair. They had 4 categories and I had projects for 3 so I took a chance and entered there also. I won a first place ribbon for all 3 entries there also. I was so excited. I think I will be entering again next year. Here is a picture of each fair entry.

St. Mary's County Fair

Calvert County Fair

Thanks for looking and have a great evening!

Getting Krafty

There is a September challenge on Verve's website where you create a card and have to use Kraft cardstock as part of your card.  In one of my orders from Julee she had used this pretty tissue paper to wrap my stamps in.  I thought it would be fun to use the tissue paper on the card.  I knew the faux silk technique used tissue paper so I decided to use that to create my card.  It was fun doing this technique but I have to get a glue stick as I had to use glue to attach the tissue paper to the white cardstock and I had to wait until it had dried.  Here is my creation which I really like.
Stamps: Floral Whimsy, Thoughtful Florals Paper: Cool Carribean, Kraft, white Ink: Basic Gray, Cool Carribean Accessories: ribbon (Michael's), slot punch, Spring Bouquet punch, Trio Flower Punch, Word Window punch, Swiss Dot Cuttlebug embossing folder, silver brads, tissue paper, glue, sponge dauber, sticky tape, dimensionals

It may be hard to tell, but the tissue paper has silver specs in it which adds some extra bling.  Hope you like it.  Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

OCC Case Challenge

Our Creative Corner does a weekly challenge that I have done a few times. They had a mid-week challenge to case one of their designers. Their designers are awesome and it was very hard to find just one card to case. I chose Laurie Schmidlin because when I first saw her card I wanted to case it Here is the card I cased with a few changes. This is such a pretty card and very feminine. It will be a great card to send to a special friend. Here is my take on her card.

Stamps: Priceless Paper: Sahara Sand, So Saffron, white, vellum Ink: Whisper White craft Accessories: white detail embossing powder, ribbon, scallop punch (Stamping' Up), Martha Steward edge punch, vellum tape, dimensionals

I hope you can see all the pretty detail with this card as it was a challenge to photograph. I spent a lot of time in my stamp room today so I will have some goodies for you this week to make up for last week's lack of posting. Thanks for looking and have a great evening!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

What a week!

Wow I can't believe it is Saturday already. Where did the week go? I have been so busy I haven't even had a chance to stamp. I took some time yesterday and used Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge to do this card. I realized as I was posting it though that I modified the sketch a little. My panels should have been closer together with a wider space on the right side. Should have looked at the sketch carefully before I glued the panels on. So what do you think? This is a great way to use up scraps as I chose the paper from my scrap case. Since I have so many scraps I will be using this layout more. Here is the sketch and my card.

Stamps: Curvy Verses Paper: Almost Amethyst, Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Tempting Turquoise, white Ink: Basic Black Accessories: ribbon (Stampin' Up), dew drops (0nline share), sticky tape (Taylored Expressions), dimensionals

It is going to be a great weekend for stamping with all the rain. Hope you get a chance to create this weekend. Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Patriotic Bee

This is another image I got from the image swap.  I must admit that I struggled with what to do with this image.  I began by coloring the image.  I remember I had some fireworks looking paper and thought it would be a good idea to use it on the background.  From there I just kept adding pieces until I was finished.  I must admit I am happy with how it turned out. What do you think?

Stamps: Bee (Stampendous - couldn't find the name on their website), Great Greetings (retired) Paper: Bashful Blue, Real Red Yoyo Yellow, white, DCWV Summer Stack Ink: Basic Black Accessories: Bashful Blue - Real Red brads, scallop punch, Bashful Blue - Real Red - Yoyo Yellow markers, ribbon (Pink Hedgehog), Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust pen, crystal effects, dimensionals

I am away for the weekend for a much needed vacation.  I hope you all have something fun planned for this fair weekend.  I decided to enter one of my stamped cards into the fair.  Wish me luck!  Have a great weekend and thanks for looking!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Play Ball

I got this cute image in an image swap and just had to use it.  I thought my grass paper would go perfect.  Once I had my layout I wasn't sure where to go from there.  All of a sudden it hit me that a row of balls down the side would be good.  I wasn't sure if it needed something else or not so I added some brads.  It would be perfect if I had a stamp that said "Play Ball".  I may try to play with the words next week. 

Stamps: Bunny Ball 1 (Stampabilities) Paper: Ballet Blue, Real Red, white, DCWV Summer Stack Ink: Basic Black Accessories: circle punch, Real Red Marker, Real Red Brads, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, stump, dimensionals

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Another Birthday Bookmark

Well last week my youngest turned 21.  This week my oldest turns 25.  Wow it just seems like yesterday they were in grade school.  I think the older you get the faster time flies.

My oldest has 2 cats and a dog.  She has had the cats since she was in college and adopted them from the vet she worked for.  They are both mischievous and always racing through the house.  One is gray and the other is yellow so I used those colors for my cats.  Since I made a bookmark for Michaela last week I knew I needed to make one for Jessica this week.  Both my girls love to read so this a perfect idea for them. 

I used this cute stamp from Penny Black and stamped the first cat.  Then I masked it and stamped the second one.  Here is the card for Jessica.
Stamps: Cute (Penny Black), Asian Flair (Verve), Perfect Pairs (SU retired) Paper: Close to Cocoa, Lovely Lilac, white Ink: Basic Black, Lovely Lilac Accesories: Basic Black - Blush Blossom - Close to Cocoa - Going Gray - Pretty in Pink markers, large paperclip, ribbon (Jody's online share), Pounce wheel, flower rhinestones (Michael's), crystal effects, sticky tape, dimensionals
Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Another Masculine Penny Black Card

Masculine cards are hard to do and if you are like me most of your stamps are flowers. I do have a few images that are animals and Kay has a lot of frogs and hedgehogs that are great for masculine cards.  I had a cute saying so I used one of her images and created another card using the same colors and paper as I used yesterday.

When making masculine cards you need to be careful of the ribbon you use as well as the accessories as some of them can be perceived as feminine.  Think about using raffia, grosgrain, or twill for ribbon.  Buttons are also a good accessory that gives a card a more casual appearance.  I think guys like a little bling also so using glitter paper is a good way to add that sparkle.  Here is my second card for the challenge.

Stamps: Frog (Inkadinkadoo), All About You (Verve) Paper: Green Galore, white, DCWV Glitter Stack Ink: Basic Black Accessories: Gable Green - Green Galore - Real Red markers, raffia, buttons (Pink Hedgehog), slot punch, Zots, sticky tape, dimensionals
Let me know what you think of this one.  Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Monday, September 15, 2008

A Masculine Challenge

Sorry for the late post but Kay had physical therapy and had to have her blood tested today so I was playing chauffeur.

The Penny Black Challenge this week was to create a masculine card without using blue. I borrowed Kay's cute frog stamps and found this great patterned paper in my DCWV Glitter Stack to go with it. Here is one of the cards I came up with.

Stamps: It's a Circus (Penny Black), Feeling Groovy (Verve) Paper: Green Galore, white, DCWV Glitter Stack Ink: Basic Black Accessories: Barely Banana - Gable Green - Green Galore - Pretty in Pink markers, Barely Banana - Green Galore - Lovely Lilac - Only Orange brads, raffia ribbon, mat pack, sticky tape, dimensionals

I am working on another one for tomorrow so check back to see what I came up with. Thanks for looking and have a great evening!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Another Sketch Swap Card

I was playing last night with a few of my sketches from the swap I was in.  This was a cute sketch I got that I wanted to play with.  I saw this layout on several cards and thought it would be good for this sketch.  This is definitely a layout I will be using again as it is a great way to highlight patterned paper.  I love how the polka dot ribbon compliments the patterned paper.  I also used crystal effects on the wings that may not show up in the picture.

Stamps: Bee Buddies (Stampendous) Paper: Basic Black, Real Red, Yoyo Yellow, white, Polka Dot PP - not sure where it came from as I have had it for a while Ink: Basic Black Accessories: Barely Banana - Basic Black - Real Red - Yoyo Yellow markers, ribbon, sticky tape, dimensionals
Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

A Girly Challenge

Have you got some of those long stamps and wonder how you can use them to create a regular size card. I have a few and lately I have been playing with cutting each image apart and making a card out of each image on the long stamp. I had fun last night making several cards with the images and then pulled materials to do a few more cards to post later.

I have been following a blog of Penny Black Challenges. This week the challenge is to make a girly card. With 2 girls this was very easy for me. I used this stamp called Ecarte, Splits, Pirouette:

Here are the 3 cards I made for the challenge.

Stamps: Ecarte, Splits, Pirouette (Penny Black), Dance Sketches (SU, retired), Floral Whimsy (Verve), Petite Backgrounds Paper: Bashful Blue, Lovely Lilac, Pink Passion, Pixie Pink, white, DCWV Patterned Paper Ink: Bashful Blue, Basic Blue, Lovely Lilac, Pink Passion Accessories: purple and blue organdy ribbon (JoAnn's), pink ribbon (Pink Hedgehog), sticky tape, dimensionals
So what do you think of my girly cards? Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Finally Got Some Time to Stamp

Did you think I had given up stamping? My sister is keeping me busy with her therapy appointments and blood tests but I got some time to stamp yesterday. I worked with some images I got in a swap. I like these little bees and thought this would be a cute one to make a card with. Here is what I came up with.

Stamps: Bee Thankful (Stampendous) Paper: Certainly Celery, white, DCWV stack Ink: Black Accessories: Yoyo Yellow - Basic Black - Ballet Blue - Almost Amethyst - Real Red - Pretty in Pink - Regal Rose - Cameo Coral - So Saffron markers, Bashful Blue - Certainly Celery - Pretty in Pink brads, white satin ribbon, Crystal Effects, dimensionals
I hope you have stuck with me through the past week. I have some other things I am working on and will have them posted in the next few days. Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Faux Sea Glass

I saw this really cool project on Patty Stamp's blog. So I decided to hold a small class doing this project and it was lots of fun. The faux sea glass was done with shrink plastic they were colored with crystal effects and re-inker's. One thing that I would change is that next time I would use split rings (a little more difficult to use) not jumper rings.


Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Verve Birthday Bookmark

These are the final days of the pink and brown challenge over at Verve. You have until September 5th to create your card and upload it on this site. I need a birthday card for my daughter for next week and I wanted to do a bookmark for her as she loves to read. She is a true girly girl so pink is perfect for her. I combined it with the brown as she has liked this color combo before. I then used the Merci Mon Ami card from this post as my inspiration and layout. I love the way this card turned out. I know Michaela will love it also. How about you, what do you think?
Stamps: Petals and Stems (Verve), Delight in Life Paper: Close to Cocoa, Pink Pirouette white
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White Craft Accessories: pink large paper clip,
white primrose (Jolee's boutique), white embossing powder, ribbon (JoAnn's), Martha Stewart branch punch, hole punch, crystal effects, sticky tape, dimensionals.
Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Monday, September 1, 2008

The end of the road

Well I have my last 2 cards to share with you.  I must say I enjoyed doing the challenges and it really stretched my creative side to work within a 45 minute time frame.  I also did not realize it but I found myself reaching for a lot of my old sets that I had not used in quite a while.  I may even recreate some of the cards in different colors just to see how they would look.

At 11 PM the challenge involved a new technique that I had not used.  We were to create a brayered batik background to put jungle animals on.  I really like the look of the background and will play with it some more for different looks.

The final challenge of the evening was to use a stamp set you had not used within the last 4 months.  I pulled out a set that I just love but had never used before.  I really like this card and can see me creating more to have on hand.

Here are my cards.
Here are the details.
First Card
Stamps: Wild About You, Bamboo ll background (retired) Paper: Creamy Caramel, Garden Green, Very Vanilla, Watercolor paper Ink: Autumn Leaves spectrum pad, Basic Gray, Versamark Accessories: Creamy Caramel - Garden Green markers, clear embossing powder, phot corner punch, zoo brads (Gina K Designs), brayer, water spritzer, dimensionals

Second Card
Stamps: Seeds of Kindness Paper: Barely Banana, Certainly Celery, white Ink: Barely Banana, Certainly Celery Accessories: dew drops, Sakura Stardust gel pen, ribbon (Pink Hedgehog), sticy tape, dimensionals

For those of you who have stuck with me and checked my blog each day I thank you for your support.  I enjoy sharing my creations with you even if you don't leave me comments!  I hope I have inspired you to try new things and that even if your card doesn't turn out like you think it should have that it's okay and you can still send it as it is an original and the person who receives it will think it is beautiful!  Thanks for looking and have a great day!