Friday, July 31, 2009

Pink Elephant Challenge

I found time to participate in the Pink Elephant Challenge this week. Here is the inspiration sketch:

And here is my card:

Not sure about this one. I liked all of the elements separately, but once they were together...

I embossed the band in the center with the Cuttlebug swirls folder. The butterfly is from the Slice machine. I crocheted the flower using embroidery floss. And the rectangle behind the butterfly is from a Nestabilities die (can't remember the name).

Anyway, Thanks for Looking!

Tag You're It!

Today at 365 Cards, the theme is Tag You're It, and the challenge is to use a journaling tag on your card. Well, I didn't have any journaling stamps, so I made one with a dotted line stamp. Here is my submission:

I decided to make the entire card into a giant tag! I saw this idea a week or two ago and thought it was so clever.

For the pink tag, I embossed with Cuttlebug Swiss Dots, then I sanded off the color and added different colored stickles randomly. I also embossed the bottom half of the card with the Spots and Dots folder and randomly added gold gems to the centers of the dots. I did that recently on another card, and just loved the result!

I used the Slice machine to cut the flowers on top, then added stickles to the edges.

Thanks for Looking!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Triple Play

I was checking out Dawn McVey's blog last night and found her new Raspberry Suite Color Challenge! Here are the inspiration colors:

In addition, Inspirational Card Challenges has a new sketch this week. Here it is:

Well I was totally inspired last night after not having much motivation for the past few days. I was able to make 3 cards with this very beautiful color scheme!

The first card in the line-up is also my card for the ICS#27 challenge:

I embossed the background with the Cuttlebug Spots and Dots folder. I used a Fiskars border punch for the edge treatments.

This birthday stamp is a fairly recent purchase, and it is definitely one of my favorites!

For the second card, I decided to feature a butterfly.

There's that Happy Birthday stamp again! And I just love this butterfly cut from the Teen Chillin card on the Slice machine!

Again, I embossed the background with the Cuttlebug Spots and Dots Folder. After I assembled the card, it seemed a little plain, so I added some red gems randomly in the dots.

Finally, for the last card, I used the Cuttlebug Bloom Dots folder to emboss the bottom of the card.

I used the Nestabilities Blossom dies to create the layered flower. I curled the edges up slightly and added some stickles for sparkle. I am loving this flower!

Great Challenges! Thanks for Looking!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Metal Tags

Challenge #70 at Creative Belli Blog is to use metal tags. Here is my submission:

I used the Slice machine to cut the scalloped frame, and of course the Martha Stewart butterfly punch. Around the scalloped frame I used some stickles to accent the edges.

Now, about the tags... GRRRR! I used the Making Memories Tag Curler. Obviously I need practice with this tool (as you can see from the photos!)

After ruining multiple tags, I just had to let these go. Apparently one should hold the ribbon tightly in the back of the tool before one cinches the tag around the ribbon! Better luck next time!

Thanks for Looking!

Ad Inspired Challenge

Day 145 at 365 Cards is an ad inspired challenge. This is the inspiration photo. I must say, this was a really difficult challenge for me. There were so many different elements in this photo, that I had a hard time deciding what to focus on.

Here is my card:

I am so pleased with this card. It is totally different that any card I have ever made. That is what I like best about the 365 challenges - they really make you try different techniques on cards!

Anyway, I cut the butterflies using the Slice machine. I have been using this "Thinking of You" stamp quite a lot - it is just the perfect size for the cards I have been making!

Thanks for Looking!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Tickled Pink

The Pink Elephant #24 challenge is to use animals on your card. Here is my submission:

I just love this little image from Pink Petticoat! They have the cutest digital stamps. And I just color them on my computer using Corel Paint Shop Pro. For whatever reason, I have been using alot of buttons lately. I cut the scalloped square with my Slice machine. If you look closely, you can see that the pink background paper has the prettiest shimmer to it.

Thanks for Looking!


The challenge for Day 144 over at 365 Cards is called "You Raise Me Up - Try to incorporate at least 2 ways to add dimension to your card. I have a bunch of invitations that I made over the last week that fit this challenge. This first invitation is for my daugher's 7th birthday:

Kelsie wanted "Cheetah Girl" invitations. Well, this is as close to the Cheetah Girls as I am going to go. The pink background paper has a really pretty shimmer. Then I layered with Cheetah paper and the invitation. I added ribbon, a flower, and bling.

I really want to point out the cute font I was able to find. It is called "Cheri", and I got it at this site: Princess Fonts. If you look, you can see that all of the dots on the letter "i" and the periods, and commas are all hearts. So cute and girly!

I made the next set of invitations for a dear friends daughters. These little girls love coming to our cottage to go boating and swimming... I have told them they can come to visit anytime they want, so I thought I would make these pretty invitations for them.

I made the invitations in each girl's favorite color.

For the pink invitation, I crocheted a 3-tier flower and secured it with a button. I really like the row of color coordinated buttons on the bottom.

For the blue invitation, I made a multi-layer flower with my Slice machine. I just LOVE this flower! I kind of curled up the edges, and then I used stickles to add some sparkle to the flower edges.

I used the Martha Stewart butterfly punch for the butterflies at the bottom, and I added blue or green gems to each butterfly. and I also added stickles to the edges of the wings.

Thanks for Looking!

Monday, July 20, 2009

CardPatterns and Colour Create

I was able to complete 2 challenges with one card! The challenge at Colour Create this week is to use blue and white, optional vintage. The challenge at CardPatterns this week is to use this sketch:

Here is my card:
For whatever reason, blue and white are always difficult for me.

I happen to have this digital stamp printed that I thought would work. And I used my Slice machine to cut the scalloped square.

The little butterflies are from a Martha Stewart punch. I just love adding those butterflies to projects!

Thanks for Looking!

365 Cards - Day 141

I always enjoy Super Sketchy Sunday over at 365 Cards. Here is the sketch for Day 141:
When I looked at this sketch, I immediately thought of a rainbow. Here is my card:
Simple little card - not much else to say about this one.

Thanks for Looking!

Raspberry Suite Challenge #12

I was able to find time for the Raspberry Suite challenge this week. Here are the inspiration colors:
And here is my card:

It is hard to see, but the background paper is a deep red. The flower is a raspberry color.

I use a Cuttlebug folder on the green paper - I added Spring Moss ink to the folder before I embossed it for added color on the paper.

Fun challenge! Thanks for Looking!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Just Because...

I was able to spend some time making a card for 2 challenges! The Pink Elephant #23 challenge is to use light blue, dark blue, and red. The challenge over at Caadvarks is to use the following sketch:
Here is my submission:

For this card, I tried a technique I found over at Cuttlebug Challenges - stamping with your embossing folder. For the light blue background, I inked a Sizzix embossing plate, and then ran the inked plate and paper through the Sizzix machine. This created a really neat background paper.

I used the Slice machine to cut all of the shapes - the scalloped frame, the square and the swirls.

The sentiment was created using a Cuttlebug embossing folder.

I crocheted the flowers with embroidery floss. Finally, I added some bling in the scalloped corners.

Thanks for Looking!

Friday, July 10, 2009

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Fun Birthday Card

The challenge at Creative Belli Blog this week is to use texture. This challenge is right up my alley! I love adding texture to cards. The challenge over at Whimsy Stamps is to make a birthday project. I made this card earlier this week, and it is perfect for these challenges - here it is:

This is one of my favorite cards lately! I like all of these bright colors together.

I used a cuttlebug folder for the embossing on the bright pink cardstock. I crocheted the flower and finished it off with a button. The sentiment is stamped on a Nestabilities oval. My favorite part is the beaded trim which I got at Michaels on clearance.

My daughter's birthday is at the end of this month, and she has decided she wants me to give her this card - ha ha! That is the ultimate compliment!

Thanks for looking!