Thursday, February 25, 2010

Thank You Card (3 Challenges)

I thought I'd make a round card this time and I think it turned out quite well. I used my new butterfly stamp and applied black embossing powder that I heat set. This gives a glossy textured look to the little critters. The sentiment is from K&Company vellum stickers "card quotables". The finishing touch was the white picot-edged satin ribbon. This card was entered in the following challenges:

1. Creative Inspirations - Challenge #49 - Monochrome;
2. Fab & Funky - Challenge #12 - Color Combo; and
3. Pollycraft - Challenge #34 - Double Up.

Comments are always appreciated. Thanks.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Hugs (Entered in 5 Challenges)

My inspiration for this card came from the Penny Black "Hugs" collection of transparent stamps. The two little mice hugging beneath the flower made me thing, and certainly wish for, Spring. This card was entered into the following challenges:

1. Penny Black Saturday Challenge #88;
2. KWerner Designs, Hybrid Card Challenge;
3. Two Peas in a Bucket, Use Your Stamps Challenge;
4. Cupcake Craft Challenge #78 - Keep It Simple; and
5. Allsorts Challenge - Tag, Ticket or Label

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentine's Day Card Challenges

Valentine's Day comes but once a year and the crafting community holds challenges which gets everyone running to their craft rooms. Ideas fly around, embellishments applied and then cards are finalized and submitted for judging.

My first card is a modified Iris Folding technique. I used single thickness card stock and dabbed ink on the edge of the paper that formed the iris to enhance the geometric shape. With my second card, I threaded brown and white polka dot gross grain ribbon through the heart for an interesting effect.

These two cards are submitted for consideration in several challenges which I hope are enjoyed by everyone who views them. The challenges are as follows:

1. The Pink Elephant Challenge - Challenge #53
2. Stamp with Fun - Challenge #45
3. Cupcake Craft - Challenge #72
4. Creative Card Crew - Challenge #44
5, My Time to Craft - Challenge #78
6. Simon Says Stamps - Love Challenge
7. Dutch Dare Card Challenge - #DDCC #71
8. Cute Card Thursday - Challenge #99.

I wish everyone good luck in the challenges you might have entered. And a special thanks to all the sponsors of these challenges for their generosity in providing "candy" rewards.

Your comments are appreciated.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Caardvark Challenge - Wedding Card

CARDS magazine is the hottest monthly card-making print publication. The Caardvark challenge is to create the very best wedding card with the winning entry being published in CARDS Magazine's July 2010 issue.

I created two entries for this challenge that both reflect the simplicity and clean lines that make up a modern wedding card. The colors I chose are trendy and fresh. The bows are not fussy and in the second card, the style of bow is a little different. There is a small amount of sparkle but it is kept to a minimum. I hope you like them both.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

3 Card Challenges

This card was entered into the following challenges:

1) Create4fun, Week 6 (sketch);
2) One Stop Craft Challenge, #66 (Color);
3) Penny Black Saturday Challenge, Week 87

In response to this week's challenges, I started by selecting comparable colors by taking pages from the same paper pad. The brown and cream trim was cut from another patterned page. Natural colored twine was wound around the central circle which adds something above the sentiment. I then added a small brown bow that is held with a pearl headed pin. (Note: If this card is being given to anyone, please alert them to the hazard of the pin or remove it from the card entirely.)
Materials Used:
Me & My Big Ideas Paper
Darice Natural Twine
Stamp 'N Stuff Silver Grey Embossing Powder
Cricut Walk in my Garden and Plantin Schoolbook Cartridges
Michael's Ribbon
Pearl Head Pin
Mini Pop Dots

Enjoy! Your comments are most appreciated.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Tree Card

I checked out the latest video on My Pink Stamper where Robyn made a cute "tree" card. She invited all her viewers to make a tree card and submit it. I got to thinking. My card may be corny but my symbolic tree of life is made up of qualifies that one should have or at least work toward having. I suppose my thoughts were drawn to this thinking after I made a phone call to start volunteering at my local hospital.

I hope you enjoy this inspirational card. Your comments would be appreciated.