Sunday, November 8, 2009

Cards for Missy

My sister-in-law's birthday is just around the corner and I let me hubby go through my cards today to pick out a card for his sister!  He has such good taste.  He picked out this card.   This is the card that I made for the last Limelight Papercrafts sketch challenge.  The  twist for this sketch was to use Butterflies. 
This is the card that my mother-in-law picked out for her daughter.  This was for a fun CAS sketch challenge a hundred years ago.  Okay, not really a hundred years ago, but quite a while ago anyway.  I just looked it up and the challenge was about a month and a half ago!  I called him my Passionate Gator, for the pink passion ink that I hardly ever use!  This turned out really cute!  I'm glad that Missy will get it!
Butterfly Card -
Stamps: Great Friend, Full of Life

Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Razzleberry Lemonade dp
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, River Rock, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: MM eyelet, thin satin burgandy ribbon, stampin' dimensionals, corner rounder
Techniques: masking

Passionate Gator -
Stamps: Wild About You, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Paper: Whisper White, Green Galore, Pink Passion, Yo Yo Yellow
Ink: Gable Green, Green Galore, Pink Passion, Yo Yo Yellow, Basic Black
Accessories: 1/8" hole punch, Trio Flower punch, glue pen
Techniques: masking, rock and roll

All products are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise posted.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Have you ever wanted to be part of a design team?

Well, I have wanted to be try my hand at working on a design team for some time.  Mandy from Limelight Papercrafts put out a call for new design team members a little more than a week ago.  I decided to give it a try.  I am sure that Mandy will get tons of fabulous applicants and she will chose an amazing design team.  I am eager to see what comes from my application.  For the application process, Mandy asked to see pieces of work that applicants consider to be their best.  I offered this gift card holder and matching card as my gift project.

In addition to the gift project, I submitted pictures on three cards that I really love.  This card I made following a sketch by Julee Tilman.  This card include some fun Limelight products as well!  The designer paper you see here is October Afternoon Ducks in a Row and Cherry Hill.  I embellished this lovely with some Spring Bloom dew drops

I made this fun card as part of a VSN challenge a couple weeks ago. The challenge was to create "a mask" that enhances your focal image! I had tons of fun with a swirly wheel and some white ink on acetate. The only way I could think to hold my acetate on to my main image panel is with those cutesy little Bazzill mini brads from Limelight!
Finally, I made this card for a Unity Bachelor Bro Challenge.  The task here was to include both plaid and polka dots on the same card.  Yikes, I opted for a very subtle plaid and tried to make it work for me.  Since I was going for subtle I grabbed a sentiment from Unity's Sentiments O'Simple and some fabby October Afternoon paper.  How can you not love that paper?
Sooo....Mandy will be announcing her next design team on Saturday, November 7th on her blog.  Will you keep your fingers crossed for me?  Thanks, I truly appreciate it!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Verve release sketches with some SU stamps

Honestly, I just love Julee Tilman's sketches. They are always so well balanced and fresh. I have been on a Christmas kick lately, so I used my new Christmas SU stamps. I have no Verve Christmas stamps. Maybe soon!
I know this isn't a new SU Christmas stamp, but the embossing folder is relatively new. It's called Petals-a-Plenty and it gives a lovely deep impression. I used some Handsome Hunter, which I rarely use, and paired it with some Sage Shadow. I like the monochromatic effect this card has. I had to add some silver for a little bit of sparkle.

Dasher is a new SU stamp this season and I love it! It's one of the under $10 singles offered in the back of the catalog. I embossed it in gold and paired it with SU's In-Color Soft Suede and some Christmas paper with the same In-Color! When I stamped Dasher on the main panel, I thought the rest of the panel looked a little boring. So I inked up just one of the snowflakes from Dasher's antlers and stamped it three times. Then I sponged around the edge of the main panel to give it a little more oomph!

I wanted to try an find a really nice piece of Christmas patterned paper to work in this sketch. I found this piece of retired SU Holiday Treasures paper that I thought fit nicely with the Gifts of Christmas sentiment. I think those poinsettias are gorgeous. I found a piece of textured Old Olive card stock to serve as my base and I was off! I thought a big bow would complete the look, so I tied on some brown satin ribbon. Not much else to this card.

I busted out another new set for this card, as well as some old designer paper. I stamped my ornaments directly onto some Basic Grey Mistletoe and Pear paper. I was trying to replicate the colors in the other sheet of designer paper from the pack, to no avail. The top corner of the image panel looked lonely, so I affixed my red grosgrain bow there! Another thing I discovered is that most of the sentiments from Teeny Tiny Wishes fit into the large oval and look great framed with the scalloped oval.

I chose my color scheme for this card from some SU designer paper, Bella Bleu. Unfortunately, the vanilla embossing didn't really show up as well as I would have liked it to against the kraft card stock.
Next time I think I will switch the Not Quite Navy and the Kraft. I think the vanilla embossing would show up much better on the dark blue.

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