Monday, January 25, 2010

A couple clean and simple

I really like the clean and simple style.  I'm not convinced that it takes any longer to complete the card, but I am often pleased with my end result.  In my opinion, this card is clean and simple, even though I did a technique. 

Quite a few challenges here, a sketch from the Clean and Simple stamping blog, "cut it out" for both SCS CAS and Ways To Use It and inspiration via the Etsy Inspired Challenge.  Love it when this happens. 

Do you think my creative dry spell is over?  I hope so, it was the pits!

This little number is from the creative dry spell.  I made it for the most recent CAS challenge on SCS.  The task was to use teal!  You could also use white and another color of your choice.  I couldn't even work Teal into my card.  I used Bermuda Bay and Tempting Turquoise.  I know, if I hadn't told you, you would not have known.  Anyway, I just wasn't feeling so creative.  I tried, really I did.  I got out two new stamp sets and worked them in.  Still, I wasn't thrilled with my end result.  It is definitely CAS though!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

A Final Verve Challenge for January

Here is my fifth and final card for the January Verve Relase Challenges. This is the sketch challenge.  I used the new digital image sentiment offered by Julee Tilman called Regal Heart.  She also has the best fonts!

I used my fun, fun patterned paper from Chatterbox Inc.  All the verbiage on the biggest piece of paper is the whole reason I bought the paper.  I picked up a couple of pieces of coordinating paper.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A Couple More Verve Challenges

Here is my card I made for the Verve January Release Supplies Challenge.    The challenge was to use chipboard.  Chipboard and I are fairly new acquaintances because I am a chicken.  I inked it, embossed it and then embellished it. It held up well!  I borrowed a sketch from the Stamps and Smiles blog.  The funky ribbon treatment was an accident.  A heat tool too close to organdy causes it to shrink up and curl in on itself.  Interesting to say the least!

This little lovely is for the Verve January Release Shape Challenge. Again, I chickened out.  The challenge was to create anything but the regular shaped 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card.  I went square...not regular, but not too far off of regular.  I snagged another day I will design my own.  This one is from Card Positioning Systems.  Like it?  Me too!

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

A couple of Verve Release Challenge Cards

Oops, I didn't use any Verve on these cards.  I just wasn't feeling any Verve at the moment.  It was more of an SU! kind of day.  So I used the sketch from Paper Pal Arts to flesh this card out.

This particular challenge wa the January Release Color Challenge.  The colors were gray, basic and turquoise.  Sorry, that was probably pretty obvious!  I used my background stamp to get the flourish-y design on my hearts!

This next project uses the color from the latest Kristina Werner Color Inspiration.  Okay, these colors may be a little less obvious, so I will elaborate.  They are Riding Hood Red, Cameo Coral, So Saffron, More Mustard and Baja Breeze.  This was a cool color combo!  Say that three times fast!

Anyway, this project was for the Verve Release 3D Challenge.  The challenge was to make a favor box.  You know, Valentine's Day is coming ;).  This little pillow box was fast and easy and I loved it.  It screams daycare Valentine presents.  Sorry about the ruler.  I had to keep my little box upright to photograph the sentiment on the ribbon!

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Sunday's cards

I made this card for last Monday's Mojo Monday sketch.  I had it all designed out on paper and then I tried to put it together in my craft room.  It turned out pretty good.  Not exactly like I planned, but good.  My hubby thought it looked nice  which is an accomplishment in itself.  There is sparkle on the focal image and the butterfly that is so hard capture with a camera. 

I created this card for last Thursday's Limelight Papercraft sketch challenge.  Aside from the sketch, the focus of the challenge was to include buttons on your card.  I created my paper flower with the inspiration of Dawn McVey and the Etsy-Inspired Challenge.  I chose this lovely headband to work from. 

Sometimes I just cannot get a sketch to work for me.  Usually I can pull off a clean and simple sketch like this, but not last night!  Sorry.

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Love in Non-traditional Colors

What do you think of my non-traditional Valentine Colors?  They come directly from Dawn McVey's Raspberry Suite Color Challenge.  Funny thing is that I saw a sunrise in these exact colors the morning after I read about her challenge.  It was so beautiful!  I took this sketch from Card Positioning Systems.  It's the sketch from last week.  Finally, I participated in Sharon Johnson's Stamp Simply challenge to create a card with hearts.  My heart punch was too small for this sketch, so I stamped on the back of the carstock that I had embossed and cut around the stamped heart image.  It is scary when I try to freehand cut things!!!

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Saturday, January 9, 2010

January's Sweet Stocking Set

I joined a Christmas Card Challenge this year where the goal is to create 10 Christmas cards each month.  By the time Christmas rolls around next year, I should have plenty of Christmas cards ready to go.  Theoretically, I should have about 120.  That is way more than I will need, but it will be fun anyway! 

Here is the card I made for January.  I designed it Wednesday night when my hubby was at band practice and cranked out the next nine while watching tv on Thursday night.  I used a sketch from Taylored Expressions as my sketch for this card.  The other challenge I incorporated here is the Ways to Use it challenge called "In With The New".  This challenge encouraged crafter's to use a new item or a new technique.  I used my new sentiment stamp!

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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Sweet Little Stitched Valentine

This was a fun little card to make.  I saw these papers at my local craft store the other day and could not walk by them.  Although I have reams and reams of paper in my craft room, I didn't have these!  Does anyone else have this affliction?

I took my time and scalloped the pink textured-looking paper with a corner rounder so that the metal heart embellishments would fit nicely within the scallops.  At first, I thought I would use eight of them, but then decided to only place the hearts at the bottom of the stitched lines.  And yes, those are hand-stitched lines. 

This card is my submission for the Caarvarks New Year Kickoff Challenge.  They offered up this fabulous sketch by Becky Fleck of Page Maps.  The challenge is sponsored by Just Rite and they are offering up a sweet prize.  Cross your fingers for me, would you?

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Saturday Stamping

Do you like the background colors I used in the photos of these cards???  I feel a new card coming on!   Sorry for the digression there, I 'll get on with the info about these cards.  This is a card I created for the Limited Supply Challenge from Friday.  It was titled Happy New Year.  I used a CPS sketch.  It was pretty easy and I could readily do it again.  I may, right after I get to the hardware store and raid the paint chip strips :)  That's right folks, I trimmed one of those babies down!  

Onto the next card... another Limited Supply Challenge card.  My new thing here was the Textile embossing folder.  This card was so stinking fast.  I embossed the card base, cut a piece of  Melon Mambo card stock, applied the rub-on and finished it off with a sticker!  Voila! 

My final card followed a 2 Sketches 4 You sketch and met criteria for many different challenges to use "new" things.  This is a new stamp set (to me) by Unity Stamp Company called The Artist in You!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Happy New Year!

These cards are all from some NewYear's Eve challenges that I did last night.  My hubby and daughter worked with me so that I could get a little crafting time in.  I am thankful for that, especially since he is heading out this morning for a weekend New Year's backpacking trip with this friends. 

This first card is for the Countdown to the New Year challenge.  The challenge was to use 5 layers, 4 embellishments, 3 colors, 2 stamps and 1 punch.  This card also met the criteria for this week's Ways to Use It challenge, It's About Time.  The challenge was about using some sort of time image.  Finally, I used a sketch from Karen Giron :)

This card was for the Ringing in the New Year challenge, hosted by Faith.  The challenge was to include something that makes noise on your card.  Bells were are obvious choice.  I grabbed some wedding paper and a fun scripted sentiment and away I went.  Now I will have a lovely wedding card on hand for the next time an occasion presents itself.

This was for the third challenge of the night called Bringing in the Year, Clean and Simple.  Yep, you guessed it, a card in the clean and simple fashion.  This one was fun to make and quick.  I was working on my ability to make, photograph and upload quickly even though it wasn't a VSN with time limits!  I have been itching to stamp this little turtle.  I think they will make some cute little thank you's that Sweet Pea can give away!

This card was for an inspiration challenge.  The challenge was called New Year's Day Bowl Games.  The crafter had to pick a bowl game and be inspired by the bowl game name.  I chose the Holiday Bowl and made a Valentine's Day card.  I think it worked out fine!  In order to help me speed up the process, I used Julee's sketch from Mojo Monday

This last card was created for a challenge called Glitz and Glam.  It was a Ways To Use It type of challenge.  The call was to use "bling" of any sort on your card and that was it!  I'm not sure if the photo shows it, but I stamped my image in white craft, then covered with Heat & Stick powder and then ultrafine glitter.  I really enjoy Susan Raihala's blog and creations, so I emulated this card
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