21 Apr 2009

Still More Challenge Cards

What a great way to start the week - completing two challenges in one day!
The first is the Mojo Monday challenge at http://www.mojomonday.blogspot.com/. I don't know how Julee does it every week, but she always comes up with a new and interesting sketch.

Since my photography is so bad I thought I would try and scan the card instead. Guess I need to look for a third option...

The colours are Kiwi Kiss and So Saffron. Designer Paper is Walk in the Park from the new Occasions Mini. The flower image is from Eastern Influences, the butterfly from Dreams du Jour, and the sentiment is from Thank You Kindly. Punch is Eyelet Border, ribbon is So Saffron, and I coloured the images with Kiwi Kiss, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, So Saffron, Summer Sun, and Apricot Appeal.

The second challenge was from the Late Night Stampers Convention 09 group and it was a sketch this week as well. Since I had these colours on my desk, I thought I'd give them another opportunity to shine.
This time the image is a Level One Hostess set, Dear Friend. The DSP is another pattern from Walk in the Park, and the extra ribbon is Kiwi Kiss/Very Vanilla Satin ribbon.

Hope you like them!

18 Apr 2009

Feathered Friends - Retired Set

I loved this set from the first time I saw it, unfortunately that's what I did with it the most - look at it. This week I decided I was going to use up some DSP from retired 6 x 6 packs to make up a set of cards - appropriate for a retired set n'est-ce pas?

Again the poor photography has altered somewhat the true colours of the cardstock and DSP. You can click on the photos to enlarge them. The first is 'Welcome Baby' using Certainly Celery and Pretty in Pink. The next is 'To Someone Special' with Kraft and Tempting Turquoise, the third is 'Thinking of You' in Real Red and Kraft, along with one of SU's adorable Fleurettes.

Then I went on a real Tempting Turquoise kick! The card on the left is 'Happy Birthday' in Pretty in Pink and Tempting Turquoise, in the middle is 'Best Wishes' in TT and Pretty in Pink. I made the background by inking one of the Texture Plates in TT and running it through the Big Shot making a print and an impression on TT cardstock. The card on the right was done the same way, except the impression was made on Whisper White. (Sorry - those beads are not SU)

Finally, the card on the left is done in Pretty in Pink and Lavender Lace (it looks much better IRL!), and the one on the right is in Real Red and Kraft. I should mention I used about 20 different markers and blender pens for the artwork, and all artwork and DSP is matted with Basic Black.

Although this set is retired, the idea can be used with any of our smaller stamps to create a set.

Hope you like it!

Cheers, Carol

Play Date Project

I was joined by my best stamping friend on Friday and Saturday for a 'play date'. (I mean what else can we call it - it's pure fun!) And while I apologize for the photography (suggestions are welcomed!) I think you can still get a pretty good idea of what an awesome project this is! I purchased the design and directions from Becky Roberts, and it is called "Becky's Totally Awesome Tote Tutorial".
Here is the other side of the holder (which went together very easily thanks to Becky's directions). I love all the pockets.
Inside are two pockets which hold four cards using the Blooming Beautiful stamp set - one of my favourites. The coordinating DSP is Parisian Breeze - beautiful as well as sturdy for a project like this.
This shows a better picture of the pen, bookmark, and post-it note holder that are all part of the tutorial.

Even though I had all of the paper cut for this project, it still took us about four hours to complete. Of course there was a lot of chatter and laughter included in those four hours!



16 Apr 2009

Home at last!

Well folks, in case you didn't notice, I haven't been around for a while - been visiting daughters and friends and Cuba. But now I'm back and itching to be stamping.

I did spend a few days stamping with a friend and we had a ball.

The first card designs are from Andrea Walford, using the Upsy Daisy set:

And this one is for the Mojo Monday challenge on the Mojo Monday blog. I must confess I added a few extra ruffles at the bottom... I used the SU Tea Party DSP, cardstock is Almost Amythest, Pretty in Pink, and Certainly Celery. I love these colours for spring.

I've mentioned before how challenges get me motivated and the next card is for the Late Night Stampers Convention 09 challenge to use flowers on your card. So since I had the Tea Party DSP on my desk, I used the same colour palate along with SU punches for flowers and eyelet borders, and the Big Shot for leaves.

Finally, I love to visit Sharon Johnson's blog for inspiration and I CASEd a lovely card from her collection. This is a tri-fold card using the Bella Rose DSP from Stampin' Up!, along with SU flower brads topped with half pearls from the Pretties kit, the flowers are also from the Pretties kit sponged with Pretty in Pink. The sentiment is from All Occasions stamp set. The border punch is Martha Stewart.

Hope you enjoyed these - I'll be back soon with more.

Cheers, Carol