Sunday, December 27, 2009

A simple, sweet sneak peek

Today I needed to make a birthday card for my niece, who's about to turn 5. I brought the new stamp set Something Sweet specifically for this purpose. This card started out as a sketch challenge card, but wouldn't you know, my main panel was too big so I came up with my own layout.

I first stamped the gumball machine in rich razzleberry on whisper white. If you couldn't tell already, this stamp set is meant to go with the sweet treat cups, but I decided to just use the stamps on this card. Instead I filled my gumball machine with cut-out candies in razzleberry, melon mambo, and taken with teal. I glued the candies inside the machine with two-way glue, and for the ones on the outside I popped up a couple candies on each side. The background papers are melon mambo and taken with teal DP (the latter is from the Sweet Pea collection). The oval-punched sentiment is from the same stamp set, and to finish I added a melon mambo bow.

I hope my niece loves this card, which I think is almost as sweet as she is!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Paper Pals and Previews

We're at my mom's this weekend, and of course I brought some stamps with me. Today I finally had a chance to use them. In the interest of space I didn't bring that much - I decided that a good way to limit myself would be to only bring new stamps from the upcoming Occasions Mini catalog that starts on January 5. This can be frustrating when I don't have everything at my fingertips, but it'll be a great chance for me to play with my new stuff. I also only brought SU products, so everything I make while I'm away will be SUO.

Today I wanted to play along with the SCS inspiration challenge, which was for the site Posh Tots. I picked this cute owl print for my card. I also used the Paper Pals sketch challenge - my first time playing along with these fabulous stampers.

I took a bit of liberty with the colors because I don't have any light blue with me. To make the main panel I cut a branch out of chocolate chip cardstock and then punched leaves with my 1 1/4" circle punch and old olive cardstock (first punch a circle and then put it back into the punch just a bit and punch the leaf shape). Then I stamped the small flower from With All My Heart in pumpkin pie around the branch. The owl is from Fox & Friends and is stamped in so saffron, then cut out and mounted with dimensionals over the feet, which I stamped again in chocolate chip.

For the background I layered saffron DP and two prints from the Sweet Pea DP pack - what a great collection of papers! I had trouble picking just two. The sentiment is from the Chit Chat rub-ons - I adhered each word individually so they would fit inside the circle. Then I finished the card with two Playground buttons tied with linen thread. Not bad for working with limited supplies, I guess!

Love You a Latte

This week's challenge from Our Creative Corner is to use food or drink in our projects. I had a hard time figuring out what to do - I wasn't even sure I had that many food or drink stamps! But then I saw this stamp from the SU set Pun Fun - I'd never even mounted it. Once I chose the image, the card just took off from there.

I chose my colors based on this DP, which is Honey Pie by Cosmo Cricket. I first stamped the image in Memento tuxedo black, intending to color with Copics, but in the end I paper pieced it for an exact match. I did use an E41 Copic marker to shade around the cup and highlight the steam. The cardstock is PTI white and Bazzill Capers. In hunting through my stash, I discovered that these Making Memories (Lemonade collection) buttons and flowers are a great match for this paper collection. I just filled in a couple of the colors with Primas for a little more variety. I added linen thread to the buttons before I mounted them all together. The main image was cut with Nestabilities, and for the border I used an EK Success punch. To make it all tie together I pierced the edges of the scallop circle.

Wouldn't this be a great card to tell a special friend how much you love them? Of course my friends who know me really well would have to laugh because they know I don't even drink coffee. LOL! Be sure you check out the fabulous work of the rest of the team at the OCC, and come and play along! Thanks also to Jenny for such a fun month of challenges. See you in 2010!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Dasher Through the Snow

Welcome to another fun challenge from Our Creative Corner. This week Jenny Gropp's challenge is to incorporate snow or snowflakes - easy enough this time of year! And all I have to do is look outside my window for plenty of inspiration.

This card is actually a slightly stepped-up version of the swap card I made for our demo team Christmas party last week. I was inspired to make this card after watching the newest Workshop Wow DVD - if you're a demonstrator and haven't seen these DVDs, I highly recommend them. I've gotten so many great ideas from them.

This card started with a plain whisper white panel. I masked off a 1 1/4" circle (with a post-it note) and the snow line (which I made with a torn piece of scrap paper), then sponged basic black classic ink over the whole thing. I stamped Dasher with platinum shimmer paint, applied directly to the stamp with a sponge dauber. The snowflake is from Christmas Punch - since I was using the dauber I could choose to just use a single snowflake. Tip of the day: These snowflakes are quite small and detailed, so I found that once I'd stamped Dasher and experimented a little with the snowflakes, the dauber had enough paint on it to do all of these snowflakes without reapplying any paint.

To finish my card, I added the sentiment (from the retired set Holidays & Wishes) and three silver brads, and I highlighted the top of the snow with dazzling diamonds. I used a layer of brushed silver cardstock behind the main panel for a little more shimmer. Tip of the day #2: I recommend letting the card dry at a couple stages: after sponging the black ink and after stamping with the shimmer paint. Both will be permanent once they're dry, but just a little extra drying time will keep them from rubbing off.

Thanks for stopping by today - I hope you have time to play along in the midst of your holiday preparations. This may be my last post till next weekend, so happy holidays to all of you!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Divine Diva Inspiration Challenge #18

Here's our second holiday-inspired challenge for the month. This time around we're going to be inspired by these beautiful soaps by Mistral. (They were available at Anthropologie when I first saw them but they are sold out now - I guess everyone else loved them, too!) I just couldn't choose between the green and the red, so I'm showing you both. Feel free to use one or both colors in whatever way inspires you!

I decided to go with the green for my clean and simple Christmas card. This was one of those (rare) times when I imagined the card in my head and it turned out almost exactly as I pictured it. First I colored the image from Autumn Days with chocolate chip and garden green markers, stamped on whisper white, and cut and embossed with Nestabilities. The white background was embossed with the Perfect Details texture plate. Next I layered a strip of garden green paper from a retired hostess patterns pack. The sentiment is by Papertrey Ink. For embellishments I used Martha Stewart pearls and some of the new chocolate chip satin ribbon that will be available in the upcoming Occasions Mini. It's wonderful ribbon, and it's going to come in a lot of your favorite colors - you're going to want them all, just like I do!

Be sure to check out the cards made by all the Divine Divas for this challenge!






(Keri is sitting out our December challenges.)

Hope you are inspired to come and play along. Just leave a comment here with a link to your card. We can't wait to see what you create! The keyword for uploading on SCS will be DDIC18. Have fun and look for the next challenge in the new year - on January 7, 2010! Happy holidays to everyone from the Divine Divas!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Stepping it up

It's time for this week's challenge at Our Creative Corner. Jenny Gropp has challenged us to create using a Christmas or Hanukkah theme. No avoiding the holidays this time, LOL. I looked at my stamps and only had one set that hadn't seen any ink this season, and that was Season of Simple Grace.

This stamp set seems to encourage people to do unusual folds, which is not something I'm normally drawn to. I looked around a little at some other cards and folds and decided to do a stair step card. This is my first time doing one of these, so please be gentle! I also realized that this is a tough card to photograph, so I'm including more photos than usual to try to show you everything I did.

I started with naturals ivory cardstock and folded it following Beate's tutorial. Next I stamped the images - the three kings and holy family are in elegant eggplant, and the shepherds and star in soft suede. I used my Sakura clear glitter pen to accent parts of the images - well, except for the shepherds. I didn't imagine them being glittery! Then I cut out the star and adhered it over the baby Jesus, and layered all three images on eggplant cardstock.

To decorate the steps, I wheeled the Sassy Sparkles wheel with soft suede ink and cardstock, and again accented with glitter pen, then punched the edges with the eyelet border. I added purple organdy ribbon to the tallest step before I attached it to the card, then I staggered the three images so you can (I hope!) see all three.

Finally I added the scripture (from the same set), which I cut with Nestabilities. I also added the ribbon bow, just for a little something extra! Tell me, how did I do? I feel very unsure of myself when it comes to something that's not standard card shaped!

Make sure you go check out all the OCC team samples, and we hope you will want to play along this week. I know I'm really starting to get in the holiday mood!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

All wrapped up with a bow...

Doesn't this card look like a present with that big bow on top? I guess that's appropriate since this is a special birthday card for a special friend! This card uses today's sketch challenge on SCS, which I haven't played in a very long time!

When I sat down to make a card for this particular friend, I thought of a few things - elegance with a slightly exotic flair; rich colors; and just a little sparkle. I pulled out the medallion stamp, inked it with rich razzleberry, and then did rock 'n roll in not quite navy. For a little texture I stamped onto naturals white cardstock. Then I stamped the medallion again in not quite navy and punched out the center with the 1 3/4" circle punch.

The right side of the card is a panel of razzleberry cardstock stamped with one of the flowers from Razzle Dazzle (in two generations). Over the join I layered not quite navy ribbon from the Elementary Ribbon Originals. The sentiment is from the birthday stamp in the Everything Nice set, punched out with the word window punch and layered on the modern label in razzleberry. I added three more flowers, which were stamped in/on NQN and cut out, and then for my bling I put rhinestone brads in the centers of the flowers and also in the medallion center.

OK, that's it for today. We're having a snow day here today - the first of the season! Thanks so much for visiting!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Porcelain "Turtle Doves"

It's time for another challenge from Our Creative Corner, and we have a new hostess for December: Jenny Gropp. We have great challenges lined up for you this month, starting with today's, which is to make a card or project inspired by anything in the "Twelve Days of Christmas" carol.

Here I am with spring colors again... what can I say? I'm in denial that winter hasn't truly started yet and spring is a long way off! I wasn't coming up with the perfect stamp, so I decided that two turtle doves might be my best bet. I know these aren't doves... but at least there are two of them! The stamp is by Cornish Heritage Farms and it's called Gum Tree Swallows, so I guess that's what they must be. LOL.

I knew I wanted to do my birds in chocolate chip, but beyond that I was kind of stuck. So I did the same thing as last week - started browsing through the stacks of DP that are out in my studio right now. This time I used Basic Grey's Porcelain collection. The "lace" was cut from one piece of DP, the brown dotted strip is another pattern of paper that I ran through the crimper, and the green floral is my third pattern. Then I stamped the birds on the nontextured side of pink Bazzill cardstock (all cardstock here is by Bazzill) and cut with Nestabilities. The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes and was stamped on the green floral paper and then punched with the word window and modern label punches.

For embellishments I used three pale green rhinestones from K&Co. (It's hard to see in the photo but they match the green paper really well.) I also wanted some ribbon but didn't really have anything that was the right color, so I took some white satin Offray ribbon and colored it with a Copic marker. It worked beautifully - just be aware that the marker made the ribbon quite stiff, but that actually worked fine for me because I was able to get a nice, crisp bow out of it.

That's it from me - stop by the OCC to check out everyone's lovely creations. And if you're like me, you'll be singing "The Twelve Days of Christmas" all weekend. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Divine Diva Inspiration Challenge #17

Welcome to the first challenge in December! We have a couple Christmasy challenges for you this month - but don't feel you have to make a Christmas card. You can be inspired in any way you want! This week's challenge is this fun collection of mugs from Garnet Hill.

I had no idea what I was embarking on when I started this card - it started out as a possible workshop card but then it just took on a life of its own! Unfortunately I think it looks way cuter IRL, but I guess you'll have to take my word for it! ;) I knew the colors I wanted to use: bashful blue, ruby red, soft suede, and whisper white. I had the idea to stamp the sentiment from Best Wishes & More in this curvy pattern - it was really easy to do and didn't even require the Stamp-a-ma-Jig. Then I thought it would be fun to cut it out following the words. Rather than try to cut the ruby red DP (from The Write Stuff) I cut the words out along the bottom, adhered them to the DP, and cut again across the top. I trimmed it down and attached it to the bashflue blue base.

Next I thought a tree would look nice on the left side, so I stamped the tree from Season of Friendship in soft suede. I forgot to consider, however, that the raised cardstock on the text would make it not stamp evenly. I tried to think of ways to fix it and finally came up with the perfect solution: to stamp it on soft suede cardstock and cut it out. I made the snowflakes with whisper white craft ink embossed with iridescent ice. Then I added the ruby red bird with a tiny bit of a dimensional.

Here is where it started to get crazy. I hadn't had another idea of what to do with the rest of the card and it was just way too bare to leave it that way. So my idea: a punch art snowman! I did a little searching through blogs and didn't see a snowman design that was small enough for my card, so I came up with my own.

Here's a close-up of my little snow guy. The punches are: 3/4", 1", 1 1/4" circles for the body; jumbo snowflake punch for the arms (trimmed down, of course); modern label punch for the hat; small star punch for the carrot nose; and word window, small oval and large oval punches for the scarf. Some of these probably didn't need to be punched, LOL, but apart from drawing on the eyes and buttons, I can say I did the whole thing with punches! Once he was all put together, I gave him some glitter on the snow and hat, and as long as I had the glitter out anyway, I added more to the snow and the tree branches. And the final touch was a soft suede bird to fill in what still looked a little empty. Whew... after all that, I'm glad I love the card!

Be sure to check out the cards made by all the Divine Divas for this challenge!






(Keri is sitting out our December challenges.)

Hope you are inspired to come and play along. Just leave a comment here with a link to your card. We can't wait to see what you create! The keyword for uploading on SCS will be DDIC17. Have fun and look for the next challenge on December 17!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

For my not-so-little little boy

This week Ben turns 6! I can't even believe it. He's getting so big - literally, he's seeming much taller to me lately, and he's reading really well and doing great in school... he's just growing up. Sniff! I hope he's still little enough that I could make him a little-boy card for his birthday.

I was browsing the Oliebollen site (today's source for the SCS inspiration challenge) and looking for something that would work on Ben's card. I came across these dinosaurs and decided they would be perfect. I still have my retired Prehistoric Pals set - with lots of dinosaur lovers in my house I probably will never be able to part with them! Based on the colors on the Gund dinos, I picked bashful blue, certainly celery, so saffron and close to cocoa. I used a sketch challenge, and it's my first time playing along with the ladies at Stamping 411. I turned it into a horizontal card because that just worked better with my fairly large image.

I started off by stamping the brontosaurus in bashful blue and then masking him off to stamp the palm trees. I added the pterodactyl later with dimensionals. The sentiment from Bitty Birthday was punched with the curly label punch and mounted under the dino panel. For the background I used so saffron and bashful blue DP. The blue layer is the solid that comes in the DP pack - I decided to use this for a little less weight, although now I'm wondering if I would like the stripe better. Oh well... For embellishments I added celery poly-twill ribbon, a Sherbet button tied with hemp twine, and a chipboard 6 that I covered with the same saffron dot paper and sanded.

Happy (early) birthday to my favorite boy!

It's beginning to look a lot like...

no, not Christmas! For this week's Our Creative Corner challenge, we have a sketch that calls to mind beautiful Christmas ornaments. Well, I'm feeling rather Christmas-ed out in my stamping, as you could probably imagine! So I flipped the sketch upside-down and went a totally different way.

My idea was to turn the ornaments into trees or flowers. I ended up using one of my favorite flower images from Petal Pizazz. As I was trying to decide on a color scheme, my eye landed on the stack of Basic Grey Lemonade paper that is out on my table - I'm really trying to use stuff up while stocking my Etsy shop at the same time. I decided this paper would be lovely for my card.

I got a little fussy with my flowers - I wanted to stamp on whisper white so that I'd get the true color from the rich razzleberry ink, but I didn't like the white centers of the flowers. So I stamped them on white and cut them out, then stamped them again on the untextured side of my yellow Bazzill cardstock and just cut out the centers. Voila, yellow centers for my flowers! I then put American Crafts taffy buttons tied with hemp twine in the center of each flower to cover the ink, which when stamped on the yellow just looked too brown.

I arranged my flowers coming out of a strip of kiwi kiss cardstock stamped tone on tone with the Linen background stamp. I used more hemp twine for the "stems" and then added kiwi leaves. (These were stamped on white - I'm not fussy enough to try to cut out those leaf veins!) The sentiment (by Impression Obsession) was stamped on another of the Lemonade prints and then punched. To anchor that bit of gingham check, I added a strip of the gingham paper at the bottom, allowing just a bit of the yellow card base to show. A strip of eyelet border punch razzleberry cardstock finished off my card.

Be sure you check out all the wonderful samples from the OCC team this week! I hope you'll play along with this fun challenge.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

I love my Etsy customers

Having an Etsy shop is so much fun, and I love when my loyal customers come to me with an idea and I get to create something special just for them. This project was a real joy to make. The request was for a frame that said "family" on it, in black, white, and light blue, with dry embossing and some scrollwork. I ran with those ideas and came up with this frame - I have to say, I just love it and may need to make one that I can keep!

I used the Bride specialty paper to cover the frame, which I'd painted with white acrylic paint. The sentiment was done on the computer and framed with one of the Gallery images. I really had fun embellishing this project. It took some thought as to how to get the dry embossing onto it - I ended up cutting out the Nestabilities label and the flower from the Birds & Blooms sizzlits with bashful blue cardstock and then embossing them with the finial press folder. Then I added more flowers - another smaller one from Birds & Blooms, one from Blossom Party, and one large chipboard flower that I covered with black craft ink and embossed with black EP. The scrolls are cut from the Tulipe die - I put the smaller pieces together with the larger ones to get more elaborate scrolls. Buttons (Sherbet and a couple black buttons I had on hand) threaded with cardstock gave the finishing touches. I really hope the recipient loves it!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Craft Fair ABCs

I am now on the other side of my only craft fair event of the season, and I would say that it went well for me, even though attendance was a lot lower than the preschool hoped it would be. I thought I'd share a couple of my favorite ABC projects that are new this year.

Last year my tumbled tile coasters were a big hit at the fair so I figured I'd better make some new ones. Click here for the SCS tutorial on making these. I was working on some other designs and trying to think of what else I could do, when I thought of the Vintage Ornament stencils I'd just received. They are in the Decor Elements catalog, and they are really wonderful! This one was the best size to fit on the tiles - it actually would have fit the whole thing but I liked it better offset a bit. I used daubers and Stazon ink in black cherry and jet black, then added the sentiment from Berry Christmas.

Here's another project - Christmas countdown blocks. I just loved how this set turned out. I made some of these when I first started doing craft fairs two years ago, but I never posted them here. I did find the idea somewhere but I'm afraid the link is long gone... I don't believe a tutorial was posted with that link, though, so here is mine.

1. From your local hobby store get two plain wooden blocks (I used 2" blocks) and an appropriately sized base, and sand edges.

2. If desired, paint base and edges of blocks with acrylic paint. These look great natural too, but I wanted to paint mine white. It took two coats to cover the base, but the blocks looked okay with just one.

3. Cover each side of your blocks with a square of designer paper (my squares are 1 7/8"). I used Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses paper. If possible, it's nice to use 12 different prints so you know two of the same print won't end up next to each other. But if you don't have that many prints to choose from, putting the duplicate prints on the same block will take care of that problem.

4. Add the numbers. You need the following: 0, 0, 1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. My numbers are embossed chipboard numbers (naked chipboard by Basic Grey, embossed with old olive craft ink and clear EP). The easiest way to emboss these is to leave them in the chipboard sheet, cover them with ink, emboss, and punch them out.

5. Adhere the numbers to the blocks. In theory these Basic Grey numbers were backed with adhesive but I used Tombow mono multi just to make sure they would stay on. VERY IMPORTANT: It matters how you arrange the numbers so you will be able to make all necessary combinations. On one block you need: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and on the other block, 0, 1, 2, 6, 7, 8. Note that you need to make sure your 6 can be turned upside down to make the 9 - for that square use a paper that can be turned any direction and a number 6 that looks OK both ways.

6. I printed the "Days till Christmas" text on the computer onto whisper white then adhered to the base with sticky strip.

For selling these sets I wrapped them in clear cellophane and tied them with a ribbon. I only had two sets and both sold in the first half hour of the fair! So I'd say these were a hit and I'll definitely be making more. I think my kids would love them too, so I'd better make a set for them to keep!

Thanks for stopping by. I know I've been quiet this week - I was actually hoping to stamp today but I woke up with a horrible headache that hasn't really gone away. Maybe tomorrow... I thought I would at least share these projects today, and hopefully I'll be back with more cards soon!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Divine Diva Inspiration Challenge #16

Thanks for visiting and checking out today's challenge! This week we have a room challenge - my favorite - from Pottery Barn. The typewriter-style wall art and the colors really grabbed my eye.

I kept it really clean and simple with my card. My sentiment, which I made with American Crafts rub-ons and a 3/4" punch, is meant to emulate the wall art. I put this on a plain kraft background. The image is a single flower from Petal Pizazz, stamped in riding hood red, with a stem made from some way old SAB rub-ons. I did one leaf separately so I could piece it with kraft. A bit of ribbon and lots of dimensionals and voila! I am liking the CAS style more and more these days, but I am also hoping that once my craft fair is over this weekend I will have a little extra time for creating just for me. We shall see...

Be sure to check out the cards made by all the Divine Divas for this challenge!







Hope you are inspired to come and play along. Just leave a comment here with a link to your card. We can't wait to see what you create! The keyword for uploading on SCS will be DDIC16. Have fun and look for the next challenge on December 3!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Blog candy winner!

I'm here to announce the lucky winner of the surprise Christmas blog candy for my Twelve Days of Christmas challenge. And the winner is...

Eryn, for this comment on Day 8:

"Love how you added the snowflakes to the ribbon....really changed the look!! I love the Dasher stamp..have done several cards with him myself..."

Thanks to everyone who visited my blog, left comments, subscribed, or all of the above... I appreciate all of you and hope you'll be back!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

The Twelve Days of Christmas (Cards) - Day 12 (a little late)

Sorry again for my inability to post yesterday. I'm not sure what was going on, but everything seems to be fine now!

Here is my last card for my Christmas card buffet, and my twelve days of cards. Today's card is also for this week's Our Creative Corner challenge, which is to make a card inspired by a postcard or postcard layout. This is what I came up with. The colors come from this purse for the SCS inspiration challenge.

I started out with the Christmas Punch set, which has this sweet little Santa postage stamp image. I sponged a vanilla card base with soft suede and then added the postage stamp in perfect plum. (Everything on this card was sponged with soft suede, and some of the edges were distressed as well.) Then I had the idea to take the Top Note die and put only a portion of the shape on the card. The background and Top Note were stamped with Serene Snowflakes (first, second and third generations). Over that I put a computer-generated text from the Christmas carol "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" - which I think of as being kind of old-fashioned somehow. To finish I added a strip of perfect plum DP with a vanilla ribbon and knot, and a sentiment from Many Merry Messages which I cut out.

And here's just one more thing for you to look at - I redid the last card (from day 11) with rich razzleberry instead of real red. I just wasn't happy with how the red looked, but I like this much better. What do you think?

Wow, can you believe it? That's all 12 cards! Thanks so much for reading along during this challenge. It's really been fun, and it makes me wish I could keep posting every single day! Don't forget your last chance to enter to win the hidden Christmas blog candy. I will announce the winner at 2 p.m. Eastern on Monday, November 16, so you have until then to leave your comments on my twelve challenge posts. I've really enjoyed sharing these cards with you - I hope you've gotten some great ideas, and I hope you'll visit my blog again!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Technical difficulties

I'm having some issues today, so I will be delaying the 12th day of my Christmas card challenge until tomorrow. Sorry to have to do that! I will keep the blog candy contest open until Monday, November 16, at 2 p.m. Eastern time, so you have until then to leave comments on my twelve card posts (one comment per person per post, please). Thanks and be sure to come back tomorrow for the last card!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Twelve Days of Christmas (Cards) - Day 11

Hello, me again! I can't decide whether to be proud of myself for keeping up with this challenge, ready to be finished, or sad that I'm almost done - I think it's a little bit of all of those!

Today's card is my second make and take for tomorrow's workshop. I really love how this one turned out. It came about because I wanted to use the Sassy Sparkles wheel, and I wasn't getting anywhere, so I searched the SCS gallery and ended up CASEing this card. I chose bordering blue for my lightest color, which I wheeled in soft suede, then layered onto real red and soft suede. I left enough room on the top and bottom of the suede layer to add some piercing. The ornaments are real red (I swear they are!) and on the center one I stamped a second time in bordering blue and punched out the snowflake to pop up the center. It seemed like the blue needed to be grounded by appearing somewhere else and this was the perfect solution. I used silver elastic cord to "hang" the ornaments and a sentiment from Christmas Greetings - I nearly missed this set in the catalog and I'm so glad I didn't!

OK, I'm off to work on some more workshop projects. Here's the blog candy reminder for today: leave a comment and you might win! Blah blah blah.... ;) (If you haven't been following my challenge all along then just go back and look at the previous posts - you'll want to comment there, too!)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Twelve Days of Christmas (Cards) - Day 10

Whew! OK, I will admit this is starting to get tough... but here is my card for today. No challenges with this one - I'm flying solo! And keeping it pretty simple as well.

For this card I started out with the lattice die and some always artichoke cardstock. I ended up making two lattices and overlapping them, then adhering them to a naturals ivory card base. For a pop of color I added some real red polka-dot ribbon. The tree and sentiment are from Season of Joy - I used one of the Lots of Tags dies for the sentiment and added an artichoke button (from Fresh Favorites) tied with hemp twine. And that's it! I'm really concentrating on getting ready for Friday's workshop - which will have at least 6 people, yay! - so I'm going to keep it short for today.

I'm sure you are getting tired of hearing this, but just in case anyone new is joining us today - don't forget to leave comments on my Twelve Days of Christmas posts in order to have lots of chances to win the Christmas blog candy that's hidden somewhere during this challenge. Only two more days after today!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Twelve Days of Christmas (Cards) - Day 9

If you're still here, thanks for sticking with me! Welcome to day 9. Today I made what I think actually will be a make and take at Friday's workshop. I wanted to make a card that is just stamps, ink and paper (SIP) - not as easy as it sounds, at least not for me! But I like what I came up with. The sketch is (loosely) Mercy Kerin's latest - I made it vertical and simplified it a little.

You may have seen this wreath technique before - it was demoed at our regional in Portland and I'd seen it even before that. This was my first time trying it out. The stamp is from Autumn Days, and I made it by first stamping the image in a square in always artichoke, then doing the same with old olive and certainly celery but just offsetting the image each time. The cardstock is naturals ivory, and I added bravo burgundy berries and a flower (both from Berry Christmas) to bring in a bit more color. I stamped the sentiment (from Four the Holidays) in burgundy on a scrap of celery, then cut it out to look like ribbon and added the stitching with a burgundy marker. Before I assembled the card I sponged all the edges with more burgundy ink.

My plan for the workshop is to stamp the wreath and the sentiment, put it all together with those basic elements, and then show how to step it up by adding the flower, the sponging, and the faux stitching. I hope they like it - tell me what you think! And don't forget to leave me a comment to enter for the Christmas blog candy that's hidden somewhere in my Twelve Days challenge!

Monday, November 9, 2009

The Twelve Days of Christmas (Cards) - Day 8

The days are ticking down... but I'm happy to say I'm still enjoying making Christmas cards! Today's card is for two challenges: Clean and Simple at SCS, which is a color challenge to use white plus only one other color, and a sketch challenge I'm playing for the first time, 2 Sketches 4 You.

Working with this sketch, I wanted an image that could stand on its own, and I thought the Dasher stamp would be a great choice. I've made a lot of cards with red and brown so I wanted to go with a blue - I chose brocade blue, which has the advantage that the wide grosgrain ribbon comes in that color. I wanted some special way to deal with the two strips on the sketch, so rather than just using ribbon, I adhered punched snowflakes (from Christmas Punch) to the ribbon with glue dots. Then the final touch was the sentiment from Heard from the Heart. This card is the epitome of clean and simple - in fact, it's probably a 10-minute card, and it's also pretty flat. Great for reproducing for Christmas cards!

Just a few days left to leave me a comment on my Twelve Days cards for a chance to win the Christmas blog candy I've hidden somewhere within these twelve posts - I'm really enjoying reading all the comments! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

The Twelve Days of Christmas (Cards) - Day 7

Whew, the time is flying by... I'm back with another card! This one is the most involved I've made so far, and it's also very heavy - lots of dimensionals. I will probably recommend to my card buffet stampers that they make it a flatter card - you could even leave the knot off the ribbon. But I decided to go all out with my card, since it's always easy to simplify things later.

Today's card is also for the featured stamper challenge, which is honoring Christine ( I have seen Christine around SCS a lot - in addition to her beautiful cards, she is one of those wonderful stampers who is very good about leaving comments. From Christine's lovely gallery I chose this card, thinking it would be great as a Christmas card.

I liked Christine's use of metallic cardstock, but I wanted to use this twill ribbon from the holiday mini catalog, which I didn't really want to pair with gold or silver. So I turned again to my shimmer paint. For the punched snowflake (from Berry Christmas) I repeated the technique of combining reinker (old olive) with shimmer paint (champagne mist) as I described on this post, but I also used a dauber to apply the champagne paint directly to the stamp for the olive panel. Again, you need very little paint - one tiny dab will do it.

For the rest of my card, I used the tiny dot texture plate with vanilla cardstock. I loved how Christine put the white on white on her card, so I emulated that with vanilla. I used the pennant die for my scalloped edge and a sentiment from Four the Holidays - I couldn't decide whether I wanted real red or old olive ink for it, so I used markers and got both! I really love how this one turned out - I think it's one of my favorites so far.

I just want to give a quick shout-out to my readers and new subscribers - I've now passed 30,000 hits and I obviously couldn't have done it without you! I really appreciate all of your wonderful comments, and don't forget to keep leaving them to be entered to win the hidden Christmas blog candy that will go to one lucky commenter on my Twelve Days of Christmas posts!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

The Twelve Days of Christmas (Cards) - Day 6

Wow, I can't believe this challenge is halfway over. It's going by too quickly - that means I have less and less time to get ready for next weekend's events! I think I should probably clarify one little thing - I'm not attempting to incorporate the Christmas carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas" into my cards. ;) There have been some interesting coincidences, like the gold on Day 5, or elements of two and three on those days, but it hasn't been intentional! Connecting my cards to the song didn't even occur to me, LOL. But I will say the song has been running through my head all day!

Well, anyway... Here is today's card. I found a great inspiration piece on the Jonathan Adler web site for the inspiration challenge on SCS: the utopia bird vase. I translated this into a card using very vanilla, kraft, chocolate chip and ruby red with the Gifts of Christmas stamp set. I really wanted to stick to clean and simple today - hence the wide vanilla border and the large central image panel. I colored the image with markers because I wanted to stamp a different sentiment onto the base of the card, and while I was at it I went ahead and colored the flowers ruby red and the rest chocolate chip. This was pretty fussy coloring but I think it was worth it. I also stamped the dove a second time on vanilla, cut it out and popped it up. The sentiment is from Many Merry Messages. I did use some chocolate chip taffeta ribbon and piercing on this card since I have done very little embellishing on these Christmas cards so far, but I think this could easily be a nice SIP (stamps, ink, paper) card for the workshop folks. We'll see. Like I said the other day, I'm too indecisive to say for sure right now!

Pumpkin Patch

Welcome to the first November challenge for Our Creative Corner! This week we have an inspiration challenge from our November hostess, Jennifer Meyer. It's a photo of pumpkins decorated with faces, and when I first looked at the photo, I thought, "pumpkins... faces... scrapbook page!" So my project this week is a page I designed in My Digital Studio, using some photos from my trip to the pumpkin patch with my kids. I recommend clicking on the photo to enlarge it since the thumbnail may look a little pixellated.

A few days ago I was browsing my old Stampin' Success magazines looking for ideas for my workshop and card buffet, and I came across an article where a designer had found the inspiration for scrapbook page layouts in various packaging. I decided to try this approach for my own layout. One of the ICs on SCS had used a great site called Lovely Package, and it's always fun to browse. My layout came from this meat packaging (yes, really, meat). It seemed like a great layout for using several photos, and I knew I had a few good ones that I could use.

This is a pretty basic page... I'm still new at this, you know! ;) I used a pumpkin pie background paper and decreased the opacity to lighten the shade. My stamps are from Holiday Blitz, and I also put the Basic Black Distressed stamp over everything to get the distressed edges. The only embellishment is a Button Latte button, with a pumpkin pie grosgrain ribbon knot. (I hope we get some other possible ties for our buttons in a future download - I hate leaving them naked!)

I hope you'll play along with us, and don't forget to check out all the fabulous work from the rest of the OCC design team! Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Friday, November 6, 2009

The Twelve Days of Christmas (Cards) - Day 5

Five days into this challenge and I decided to do something different for today's card. I chose less traditional colors and made it a religious card. The layout is Beate's weekend sketch challenge.

For this card the colors came first - I thought the combo of rich razzleberry, bashful blue, and night of navy would be elegant and striking. I chose this image from Holy Triptych, which I stamped with basic black and colored with markers (the above colors plus close to cocoa and blush blossom). I wanted to make the star and halos stand out in some way, so rather than just coloring them, I added some two-way glue and gold galaxy glitter. Then to add a little more sparkle, I put more glitter in the corners of the card and on the scallops of the sentiment (which is from Many Merry Messages). Gold brads would have looked better, but I don't have any, so this will have to do. I may end up changing this one - I love how the image turned out, but I am not sure about the rest of it!

Don't forget to leave a comment on any of the Twelve Days of Christmas posts to enter to win the surprise blog candy that I've hidden somewhere during the challenge. My first post tomorrow will be for the OCC and will not be a Christmas card, but I will be sure to do a Christmas card as well. Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Twelve Days of Christmas (Cards) - Day 4

This was a toughie today... I had a hard time finding a challenge that was suitable and not a whole lot of time! Finally I happened on the Viva la Verve sketch challenge and I decided I could make that work. It was also a limited supply challenge, and it wasn't easy, but I did it! The limits were one (type of) embellishment, two cardstock colors (plus a neutral), and three stamps.

I'd seen a swap card at the Portland regional that used the five petal punch to make a poinsettia. I've since seen the idea elsewhere, so I think it's caught on! I decided to try it on today's card. I punched two real red flowers and two garden green flowers, then on the red ones I scored each petal, folded them in half a little for dimension, and sponged real red ink on the edges. I put the red flowers together with a very vanilla 5/16" brad and then added the "leaf" flowers behind them.

The largest circle is made with Stampin' Up! products - but not what you might think. The large scallop circle comes from the scallop circle #2 die; the inside circle is traced from a chipboard circle and cut out. Inside the vanilla circle I stamped the snowflake from Delightful Decorations several times with chocolate chip. The sentiment is from the large block stamp in Season of Joy, and for my third stamp I used the French Filigree background with garden green ink and cardstock. The designer paper is from Merry Moments.

Gotta run... I'm just in time for the bus dropoff! Whew, I'm glad that came together quickly! Thanks for visiting, and don't forget to leave a comment so you can enter to win the surprise Christmas blog candy that I'll give to one person who commented sometime during my Twelve Days of Christmas challenge!

Divine Diva Inspiration Challenge #15

It's so nice to be back with a new Divine Diva challenge for you - three weeks seems like a long time! I'm taking a break from Christmas cards for this week's challenge.

I decided to use some rich colors - melon mambo and elegant eggplant, along with old olive and whisper white. This wasn't my original plan - I was trying to do something a lot more complicated and it just wasn't working. When I'm in the middle of struggling with a card, and I feel like I'm beating my head against the wall, it takes me way too long to remember that simplifying things usually solves my problem. But eventually I decided to try fewer colors and a simpler design, and this is what I ended up with.

The main image is from Charming, and I colored it with melon and olive markers then cut out with Nestabilities. I used a larger layer of eggplant cardstock behind it. The card base is also eggplant, with a background of melon cardstock that I stamped tone on tone with the Cornish Heritage Farms sophisticated swirl backgrounder. The sentiment (from Papertrey Ink's Mixed Messages) was stamped in eggplant right onto the image panel. To finish off the card, I added olive ribbon (from the holiday mini) and three Martha Stewart adhesive pearls.

Be sure to check out the cards made by all the Divine Divas for this challenge!







Hope you are inspired to come and play along. Just leave a comment here with a link to your card. We can't wait to see what you create! The keyword for uploading on SCS will be DDIC15. Have fun and look for the next challenge on November 19!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Twelve Days of Christmas (Cards) - Day 3

I'm back with my Christmas card for today. This is a pretty simple one - in fact, I think it could end up being one of the make and takes for my upcoming workshop. (I am so indecisive that I may not make up my mind until the day of!)

This card uses the most recent Mojo Monday sketch. It's a contest week and I probably strayed too far from the sketch to even hope of winning, but I still like the card!

Looking at the sketch, I first thought of Patterned Pines to fill that large focal area. I then went to my Merry Moments designer paper and chose the old olive snowflake print to use for the background, and stamped the trees with olive ink on very vanilla cardstock. I placed a single layer of chocolate chip on a vanilla card base, then added the 4" square of DP and a strip of olive cardstock, leaving a border around the outside and in between. I put my chocolate chip punched snowflake in the upper left, with a 1/4" punch of old olive in the center. Then I just needed to figure out where to put a sentiment, and after considering lots of options, I cut out chocolate chip letters with the Timeless Type dies to spell "joy" down the right side.

This is a great Christmas card for mailing because it's totally flat - you could always pop the layers up on dimensionals, add brads or ribbon, etc., if you wanted to dress it up. I think I'll keep this design in my back pocket in case I need to crank out some last-minute cards this year. (What, me wait to the last minute? No way...)

Thanks for visiting and don't forget to leave a comment - there is surprise Christmas blog candy hidden somewhere during my Twelve Days of Christmas challenge and you never know where it might turn up!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Twelve Days of Christmas (Cards) - Day 2

Only the second day of my challenge and I'm having such fun making these Christmas cards! Today I tackled the color challenge, neutrals with a pop. Of course, it wasn't until I finished the card that I remembered the challenge was to use only neutral cardstock... but I really needed the red in the two places I added it so I'll stand by my card! I feel like this card must be a CASE of someone but I don't know who... I've seen so many great cards with this set, Delightful Decorations.

I have been wanting to try out the shimmer paints from the holiday mini for a while now and finally had an excuse to break them open. Andrea Walford has some great tips for using the shimmer paint, so I tried two of her techniques. First I combined 91% rubbing alcohol (Andrea used 99% - I'm not sure we have that in the US) with a few drops of champagne shimmer paint and soft suede reinker, then I sprayed it onto soft suede cardstock. Maybe the soft suede reinker wouldn't have been necessary - I'll have to play around more and see! That gave me a nice shimmery background when the alcohol evaporated. For the ornaments I mixed reinker and shimmer paint: real red and frost white, and soft suede and champagne. I used a small plastic lid to mix a tiny bit of each together, then applied the mixture to the stamps with a sponge dauber. It's a really lovely effect. Tip of the day: You don't need a heavy coating of the paint mixture - in fact, if you get too much the blank spaces in your image will start to get filled in with paint. So just aim for a light coating - I was able to cover the images nicely with one dab of paint.

This is one of those cards that I feel just doesn't photograph well... it's hard to see the shimmer, especially on the ornaments, and I think the red ornament doesn't look so pink IRL. But you know how that goes. This photo might give you a slightly better view of the shimmery areas.

I embellished both ornaments with a rhinestone brad for a little more sparkle. To finish the card I drew hanging threads for both ornaments with my soft suede marker, mounted the ornaments with dimensionals, and glued a red grosgrain bow on top of each one. The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes and was punched with the word window and modern label punches. This has to be my current favorite combination of punches for sentiments!

Don't forget that there is blog candy hidden somewhere for you while I'm running my Twelve Days challenge - leave lots of comments because you never know which day the winner will be chosen from!

Monday, November 2, 2009

The Twelve Days of Christmas (Cards) - Day 1

I have a couple big events coming up in the next couple weeks. The first is my first ever workshop, on November 13, and the second is my Christmas card buffet on November 15. I'm issuing a challenge to myself to get ready for both at once, by making at least one challenge card each day between now and November 13, which just happens to be 12 days. This is so I have a nice display of cards I've made to show at the workshop and also use at the card buffet.

Considering the limitations of the challenge, these cards will most likely be:
1. SUO (Stampin' Up! only)
2. Christmas cards (at least until I've finished the ten designs for the card buffet)
3. On the simpler side - and probably flatter as well, so that they will be easy to mail.

I hope you'll come check out my cards each day, and you are more than welcome to join in the challenge yourself - with whatever sort of Christmas cards you feel like making. And just to make this a little more fun - and to put a little more pressure to myself to keep up with the challenge - I'm going to offer some surprise Christmas blog candy to one randomly chosen stamper who leaves a comment on these cards. I didn't manage to give away any 25K blog candy and now I'm getting close to 30K, so it seemed like the perfect time for some goodies. The blog candy will be "hidden" on one of the twelve posts, so the more comments you leave, the better your chances of winning!

OK, now on to the first card. I know I've seen other cards that use this glittery embossing technique with the Scenic Season stamp set - so I'm not even sure who to credit with the idea. (You can see the glitter better if you click on the photo to enlarge it.) I thought this would be a fun card to make at the buffet and hopefully a wow at the workshop. I also used the Clean and Simple sketch challenge, although I had to fiddle with it a lot because my oval was so large.

I colored the trees on the stamp with a handsome hunter marker and the bird with real red, then stamped onto whisper white and cut out the oval with the scallop oval frame die. Next I took my Versamark pad directly to the paper and embossed right over the image with iridescent ice EP and added the real red frame. The strip of paper comes from the Christmas Cocoa specialty paper in the holiday mini, then I added the sentiment and the frame from Lots of Tags. Finally I adhered the bow, made from ribbon that's also in the mini catalog. (At the card buffet I will make the bow optional if folks are concerned about making sure it's flat for mailing.)

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Vintage Thanks

It's the last Saturday in October - and my fifth (and final) October challenge for Our Creative Corner. This time around I picked something near and dear to my heart - vintage. I love using vintage items on my cards - whether they are actually old or just vintage style. It's such a fun look with lots of possibilities!

I combined my card with the limited supply challenge - "what's the weather?" Our weather forecast didn't give me a whole lot to go on - fall-like temperatures, a little sun, some clouds, some wind, possibly some sprinkles... kind of all mixed up. So I made a fall-themed card with some windblown leaves and a couple mixed-up prints of designer paper. The LSC also came with a 2/2/2 requirement: use three sets of two of something. So on my card I have two vintage items (buttons and trim), two patterned papers, and two circles.

The leaf image from Wandering Words first popped into my head when I read the weather forecast. Since we are supposed to see the sun, I wanted to use yellow and chose the crushed curry paper from The Write Stuff specialty paper. The other print in ruby red is from the same collection, and I made soft suede my brown since that color is in those papers as well. Once I chose my papers, I inked the stamp with markers and stamped on very vanilla, then used soft suede to dirty up the edges. Behind the stamped panel I used the two Nestabilities circles cut from the DP, also sponged with soft suede. To add my crochet trim to the bottom, I adhered it to a thin strip of cardstock, then glued that right onto the card base. The finishing touch was my vintage button tied with linen thread.

I've had a great time hosting the OCC challenges this month. Please visit the OCC blog to see everyone else's creations, and come back for more fun challenges in November!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

I did it!

I made a challenge card just for fun! Woohoo for me! LOL. I have been wanting to do this for days and today I just made the time. It may not happen again soon so enjoy this one! I did three challenges with this card, actually: the inspiration challenge on SCS; Beate's weekend sketch challenge; and the Color Throwdown. For the IC, which features Anthropologie this week (one of my favorite stores!), I chose this soap set.

I noticed there was a butterfly in the center of the soap set, so I looked at all my stamp sets that include a butterfly and chose For All You Do. I stamped the flower squares in taken with teal, the butterfly in purely pomegranate, and the dotted background (with the help of the Stamp-a-ma-Jig) with certainly celery. Tip of the Day: If you want to make a background with this stamp, you need to slightly offset the image each time you stamp it so that the dots look right. Just center the edge row of dots in between the dots of the previous edge and it'll come out nicely spaced.

After I cut out my squares with Nestabilities, I decided to change the center shape to an oval, leaving room to add the flowers. (I used a marker to ink the stem so i could leave off the buds, then I added an extra leaf to the stem with the Stamp-a-ma-Jig. Turning the stamp sideways allowed me to position it wherever I wanted.) I folded the butterfly wings up for dimension and glued it over the flowers before positioning my die-cut shapes. The finishing touches were pomegranate ribbon, a celery panel embossed with the Perfect Details texture plate, and a sentiment using the word window and modern label punches, another stamped flower that I cut out, and two teal leaves that I made with the Little Leaves die.

OK, that's it from me today. I'm going back to my project of the week: making Christmas cards! Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful weekend.

Black (and Red) Velvet (or Suede)

The month is just flying by - I can't believe it's time for my fourth OCC challenge. (I'm lucky enough to get five Saturdays so you aren't done with me yet!) This week we are honoring Halloween with a special challenge. I had to put a twist on it, of course - so my challenge is to make a card or project that's inspired by a scary book or movie. As you'll see from my sample, it's OK if your creation isn't Halloween related.

I had a little help from Todd on this one, seeing that Halloween is his favorite holiday and he loves all things related to Halloween and mad scientists and nineteenth-century British literature... but I digress... I am really not a fan of spooky stuff, but I still thought this would be a cool challenge. The first thing that came to my mind was the story by Edgar Allen Poe called "The Masque of the Red Death." The story progresses through a series of seven apartments, the last of which is the most important to the story, and it's described in this way:

The seventh apartment was closely shrouded in black velvet tapestries that hung all over the ceiling and down the walls, falling in heavy folds upon a carpet of the same material and hue. But in this chamber only, the color of the windows failed to correspond with the decorations. The panes here were scarlet -- a deep blood color.

That description is what inspired my card. Well, that, and a card I made in My Digital Studio while I was working on my certification this week. I actually made that card before I made this one, but I kept returning to that idea as I was thinking about this challenge and ended up with some of the same elements. I'll show that card a little later in the post. Now back to the challenge...

I started my card with the red damask print from the Christmas Cocoa specialty paper in the mini catalog. I used it as the background and also stamped the ornaments from Tree Trimmings onto the paper with black craft ink and embossed with clear EP. After I cut the ornaments out, I adhered them to whisper white cardstock with dimensionals and added the hanging strings.

Black velvet cardstock would have been really cool on this card, but since I didn't have any, I made some faux suede cardstock instead. (This was the technique challenge on SCS a couple weeks ago.) I did have some red velvet ribbon that's been in my stash for a while. The sentiment (from Christmas Punch) was also embossed and then layered on a die-cut from Lots of Tags, which I saw on this lovely card from Andrea Walford. My final touches are a wooden glittery snowflake that came in a pack I picked up on clearance last year at Cost Plus World Market. I thought they might come in handy someday! I added a Stampendous sticker to the center of the snowflake and used the Scribbles Swirl die to further embellish it.

So there you have it - my Poe-inspired Christmas card! How's that for crazy? ;) I hope you'll take on this challenge - have fun with it and just go wherever it takes you! And be sure you stop by the OCC to check out the samples from the rest of our awesome team!

Now, if you're still with me, here's the card I created in MDS. I used the same colors and the same Tree Trimmings ornaments. The sentiment is from the "stamp" set Wishes & Greetings (these are actually rub-ons in the catalog) and the rest should be pretty self-explanatory! I'm having a lot of fun learning more about this program as I go through certification. I even sent this card off to be printed, and I'll be so excited to get some copies of it to mail off this Christmas!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

I think I might be hooked

I'm home from the regionals in Portland yesterday - which was so fun! - and I'm a little under the weather. Since it was a rainy day and I wasn't feeling up to doing much, I decided to crack open the My Digital Studio software that arrived last week. I'm going to get certified, and I'm sure I have a lot more to learn, but I wanted to share the very first scrapbook page I made with the program.

I started out by watching some of the training webinars SU has made for demos. Well, it wasn't very long before I had the program open and was playing around with it myself. I started out with a template page from the Happy Birthday scrappin' kit, but then I changed the background and took out a whole bunch of the elements that were there and added my own. Obviously there is lots of room to add more, but I decided not to go crazy my first time out. And I'm liking a cleaner and simpler look more and more these days anyway.

This was so fun, and really easy. I have to stress, I have never done digital scrapbooking before. Heck, I've hardly done traditional scrapbooking. But this was very simple to do, and I love the result! Stay tuned as I learn more about what this program can do. So far, I am really impressed!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Thankful Thyme

Welcome to another week of my October challenges for Our Creative Corner! This week it's a color challenge: blush blossom, soft suede, sage shadow, and handsome hunter. I came up with this combo idea a while ago and this seemed like the perfect time to use it.

My first instinct was to make another Christmas card, but I decided to go a different route this week. I wanted to use a stamp set I hadn't played with much, and my eyes landed on Herb Expressions. I think these images and sentiments are so lovely. I chose the thyme image - I guess there was a little creative license since it appears that thyme flowers are white. But I covered up the name anyway, so it'll just be our little secret, right?

I colored the image with soft suede and handsome hunter markers, stamped it on very vanilla, and colored it with blush blossom and sage shadow markers. Then I cut and layered with oval Nestabilities and sponged soft suede on the edges. I wanted to use designer paper but didn't have a lot of options - the soft suede DP from Thoroughly Modern seemed perfect for the image, and the sage striped paper from Autumn Leaves (retired) added a nice contrast.

I wanted some kind of pretty bow and I played around with several different arrangements of ribbon. In the end I first put down a strip of soft suede ribbon with the solid side up, then the strip of the peachy color, then the dark green organdy bow. I have no idea what ribbons those last two are - just stuff I found in my stash! I left room for the sentiment (also from Herb Expressions), which I framed out using Frames with a Flourish. To finish off the card I added more sponging and lots of piercing - I toyed with other ideas of things to add but in the end I kept it simpler. Sometimes that really is better! :)

Be sure you stop by the OCC and check out the lovely samples from the rest of the team. And then come and play along - I'd love to see what you do with these colors!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Divine Diva Inspiration Challenge #14

Welcome to another challenge week! For this week's inspiration I chose this cool Japanese fabric. It's by Kobayashi and it's called Chrysanthemums. Sorry that I don't have a link for it - I saw it on Etsy but it's no longer available anywhere. I fell in love with it anyway, so that's what we'll be using this week!

I kept my card pretty simple - I am the victim of not enough time once again this week. Saturday I'm headed to my first Stampin' Up! regional so I've spent a lot of time working on my swap cards. I am hoping that next week I might be able to play a challenge just for fun - can you imagine? It's been a very long time since I did that. Anyway...

On to my card. I made the background first, inspired by the patterns and colors in the fabric. I used dusty durango, crushed curry, old olive, and not quite navy, with stamps from Circle Circus, Enjoy Every Moment, and Think Happy Thoughts. My cardstock is naturals ivory, which I have recently discovered and really love. How did I live without this stuff for so long? The flower is from Petal Pizazz, and I used the oval scallop frame die to make a big statement. Then I added the sentiment from The More the Merrier, with the modern label punch and Movers & Shapers die. I didn't have a lot of room for embellishment, but I did add a Playground button tied with hemp twine.

Be sure to check out the cards made by all the Divine Divas for this challenge!







Hope you are inspired to come and play along. Just leave a comment here with a link to your card. We can't wait to see what you create! The keyword for uploading on SCS will be DDIC14. Have fun and look for the next challenge on November 5!