Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Monochromatic Card with Stitching (4 Challenges)

I have wanted to make a bi-fold card for some time and here it is. I chose to enter this card in a few challenges that showcase both the monochromatic theme of this card and also challenges that called for the use of stitching, faux or real.

I started with a base cardstock in chocolate brown which I scored to create two folds. I applied a modern leafy designer paper from Me and My Big Ideas in beige and brown and applied it to the panels. I rounded the corners and turned up the bottom edges which are held in place with bronze brads. The same brads were used to attach the ribbon closure. I finished off the front by adding a brown cardstock heart hand stitched using a white gel pen. The embossed sentiment, A Gift for You completes the card. I loved the end result - a truly modern card that is a bit unusual.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
1. Penny Black, Week 97 - Monochromatic Brown;
2. Charisma Cardz - Monochromatic;
3. Allsorts, Challenge #48 - In Stitches; and
4. Sweet Stamping, Challenge #22 - Stitches.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Butterfly Wings

I found a lovely two sided designer paper from Basic Grey in a light turquoise with white dots in a regular argyle pattern. While some might find it boring, I love its simplicity. The color really works well with one of the butterflies that I found in the Grand Adhesions collection from K&Company which is truly the focal point of this card. The butterflies even come with copper wire antenna. I then added a simple "Happy Anniversary" sentiment that completes things. I really like the way it turned out and I hope you do too. This card was entered into the following challenges:

1. One Stop Craft, Challenge # 76 - Things with wings;
2. Our Creative Corner - Beautiful Butterflies; and
3. Creative Cottage, Challenge #6 - Things with wings.


Saturday, April 17, 2010

*wink*wink ink Digital Stamps

This company designs and sells digital stamps and is hosting their first ever challenge! They offered a free image for crafters to use for their entry. My card is called "Missing You" and shows a bear wearing a red raincoat standing in a puddle. He looked so sad that I added the sentiment I thought appropriate. It was a fun card to make and I will submit it to their blog. Why not check things out for yourself at *wink*wink ink.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Make a Wish Birthday Card

What a cute card! I started with a cupcake and added pink glitter, a pink foil candle and felt ric-rac for the flame. The bottom border paper is from a two-sided design paper pad, Itsy Bitsy, from K&Company. I just love this paper. The collection has lots of "girl" papers but there are enough pastel neutrals that you can make projects for boys. I finished off the card by adding a pink bow and button. I think the dark background shows off the pink very nicely, don't you? Anyway, I hope you enjoy it.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Prairie Fairy Digital Stamps

As a member of Splitcoast Stapers and Paper Craft Planet blogs, I saw that Prairie Fairy Digital Stamps is looking for someone to join their Design Team from May 1st to August 31st. Prairie Fairy is a Canadian company that offers digital hand drawn images at very reasonable prices. There are lots of images to choose from but my favourites are the fairies and the flowers. There is something that will appeal to everyone so go over to the website and check it out for yourself at http://www.prairiefairydesigns.com/cart/home.php.

The fairy image that I used was posted as a free sample with which crafters were asked to submit a sample of their work. I made my "Make a Wish!" card shown above and used Copic markers to colour and shade the image and added pink glitter to enhance her wings. I finished up by adding organza ribbon behind the image. I thought that any heavier treatment or embellishments would only detract from her angelic face and calm demeanor. I used a very light hand when colouring the flower and again this was done so as not to take your eye away from the fairy. I chose the sentiment Make a Wish! because that's what fairy's do, don't they...make wishes some true? Hope you enjoy my card.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Celebrate! (Entry in 5 Challenges)

When looking through my scraps, I found a paper pad by Basic Grey called Kioshi. The blue-grey and greens in the paper inspired me to make larger flowers with my Pop Up Flower Die Set from QuicKutz to make the flowers and added a second layer of petals from Savanah paper by Three Bugs in a Rug. The "Celebrate" sentiment was added using Versamark Ink and White Opaque embossing powder by Stamp Stuff. To finish things off, I added orange ribbon by Offrey. I was very pleased the way the card turned out. Hope you enjoy it too!

This card was entered into the following challenges:

1. Cupcake Craft Challenge #85 - Make Your Own Flowers;
2. Pollycraft Monday Challenge #38 - Anything Goes
3. S2G Challenge #50 (S2GSC50) - Anything Goes
4. Crafty Creations Challenge #61 - Anything Goes
5. Roses on Paper, Challenge #35 - Layers