Saturday, October 31, 2009

Peace Dove in Gold and Cream

This morning was the first time I set foot in my craft room this week. I wanted to make a card for this week's challenge on CK/PCMB forum. It's a sketch challenge hosted by my friend Barbara. She also included an optional challenge of doing white on white. I didn't exactly do the white on white. Instead I used a gold and cream color scheme. I heat embossed the image in gold and embossed the papers with three different Cuttlebug folders. The background is gold vellum. I matted the circle and rectangle in gold handmade paper and added the gold nail heads to the corners to cover up my adhesive.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope everyone has a spooktacular (and SAFE) Halloween!!

Stamp: Christmas Fillagree clear set (Inkadinkado)
Ink: Versamark; gold EP
Paper: Cream cardstock, gold vellum, gold handmade paper
Embellishments: Circle, rectangle and long rectangle Nestabilities; D'Vine Swirls, Victoria and Script embossing folders (Cuttlebug); ribbon, nail heads
Techniques: Heat Embossing, dry embossing
Finished card size: A2 (4 1/4" x 5 1/2")

Sunday, October 25, 2009

A Holly Jolly Christmas

Here's a jolly little Christmas card. No challenges - just something I wanted to make. I'm working on a few personal goals this weekend - using some stamps I haven't used or haven't used in a long time, using some of my scraps and stuff in my stash and making simpler, smaller cards. This stamp is one of the very first stamps I ever bought and I used it to make my very first stamped card several years ago. I still think it's really cute. Since it's so small and has the hand-drawn look, I chose to color it with chalks instead of my usual Prismacolor Pencils. That's another one of my goals by the way - to use some of my other coloring media.

Stamps: Jolly Ranchers, Merry Christmas 02 (Stampabilities)
Ink: Vintage Sepia (VersaFine); Vintage Photo and Fired Brick Distress Ink (Ranger)
Paper: Tan cardstock, green cardstock, DP - all scraps from my stash
Embellishments: Long rectangle Nestabilities, scallop border punch, ribbon, button
Techniques: Chalk, distressing
Finished Card Size: A2 (4 1/4" x 5 1/2")

Saturday, October 24, 2009

I Witch Shoe a Happy Halloween

Here is a simple little Halloween card that I made today. I wasn't really intending it for any challenges, but happened to notice that three of my favorite challenge blogs have Halloween as the theme this week - Cupcake Craft Challenge, Stamp Something and Stampin' for the Weekend.
I found this stamp in the clearance bin at Michael's awhile back and thought it was cute. When I was putting it together, the little pun came to me, so that is what I put on the inside - I Witch Shoe a Happy Halloween. Tee hee... I printed it on the computer and cut it out with my Label 8 Nesties.
Stamp: Witch Shoes (Stampendous); Sentiment is computer generated (Blackladder font)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine); Tangerine Chalk Ink (Color Box)
Paper: White, orange and black cardstock (scraps); DP - Spooky Alley (Making Memories)
Embellishments: Label 8 Nestabilities; buttons, twine, ribbon
Technique: Prismacolor pencils blended with mineral spirits
Finished card size: A2 (4 1/4" x 5 1/2")

Henry with Ornament

I can't believe I haven't made a card for two weeks! I did this one for Jenny's masking challenge on CK/PCMB. I love masking, but didn't get all that creative this time. I think my mojo is on vacation. I stamped the image, then masked it and stamped the background stamp over it. The image is colored with Prismas blended with mineral spirits. I added some flock to Henry's hat, a little bling and some ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by.

Stamps: Henry with Ornament (Whiff of Joy); International Christmas Script (Hero Arts)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine); Pewter metallic (Color Box); Warm Red (Color Box Chalk)
Paper: Turquoise cardstock (Club Scrap); DP - Fruitcake (Basic Grey)
Embellishments: Scalloped rectangle Nestabilities; red gems, ribbon, flock
Techniques: Prismacolor Pencils blended with mineral spirits; masking
Finished card size: A2 (4 1/4" x 5 1/2")

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Card Relay

We are having a card relay race on the PaperCrafts Message board that I participate in. The basic premise is that there are two teams of five members each. Each person has a specific item to contribute to the cards, and once their task is complete, the mail the items to the next person. The fifth person on the team takes the items and makes five identical cards with them. The first team to post a picture of all five completed cards wins the relay. Each team member then gets one of the completed cards back. I was the fifth person on our team. I think my teammates picked some really cute images, papers and embellishments. It was fun making these cards.

Here is a photo of all five completed cards.

The above photos shows the inside of all the completed cards. Using a sentiment was part of the requirement, so I took a picture of the inside to show that I did that part. The peachy paper is actually the back side of the brown flowered paper that you see on the card front. I had to use only what was provided in the packet. I couldn't add any other papers or embellishments, so I was happy that my paper team mate sent one of the papers that could be used on both sides.

And finally, here is a close-up of one of the completed cards.
This was really fun. I hope my team mates enjoy their cards!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Cute Little Witch - Recessed Window Card

Several of my favorite challenge blogs are doing a Halloween theme this week, so this card is for six different challenges.

Three of the blogs I am submitting to I have participated in before. They are A Spoon Full of Sugar, Simon Says Challenge and 2RB Banana Split Sunday. All three of these blogs are featuring the Halloween theme this week. In addition I am submitting this for two challenges I have not participated in before. One is the Cuttlebug Challenge, which is also a Halloween theme. The other is Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge. Mo is having her very first challenge this week. You must use one of Mo's images and also follow the theme, which is purple. For the image I chose Halloween Witch. I think she's just so cute. To meet the color requirement I colored her dress purple.

Finally, I am also submitting this for Kari's challenge this week on Scrap and Paper Corner PaperCrafts forum. Kari's challenge was to make a fall or Halloween window card. I didn't create a traditional window card. Instead I decided to try the recessed window card. I found a tutorial for this on Splitcoast Stampers. It was surprisingly easy to do.

Unfortunately, I don't seem to have a lot of Halloween theme embellishments, so I kept this card fairly simple. I used a spider web texture plate to emboss the outside (and to meet the Cuttlebug requirment :) - although I use a Big Kick). I swiped some white ink on it to make the web stand out a little better. I also used some little bats, which are actually a computer font that I printed and cut out, then mounted with foam squares. I sponged some yellow inks on the circle around the little witch, which in my head I thought made it look like a moon, but I don't know how successful I was with that. The sentiment is also computer generated and from the same font set as the bats. I finished it off with a black and orange ribbon.

Images: Halloween Witch (Mo's Digital Pencil); bats and sentiment (Trick or Treat font downloaded from
Paper: black cardstock (unknown); DP - Spooky Alley (Making Memories)
Tools and embellishments: Spider web texture plate (Fiskars); circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders); circle punch (creative memories); Scalloped circle punch (Paper Studio); ribbon
Technique: Prismacolor pencils blended with mineral spirits; recessed window
Finished card size: 6" square

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Anniversary Card and House Mouse and Friends Challenge #53

On Monday, my husband and I celebrate our "lucky 13" wedding anniversary. This is the card I made for him. You may be wondering what bears hanging laundry has to do with wedding anniversaries. I haven't quite worked out what I'm going to put on the inside, but I'm thinking along the lines of being together makes even our everyday routine more fun - or something like that. Even though I love my husband with all my heart, I didn't really want to do a mushy card this time. He enjoys the Gruffies and this is one of my favorite images. (Thank you Jenny;) I'm also submitting this card for House Mouse and Friends Challenge #53 - buttons.

If you follow my blog, you might think this image looks familiar. Here is where I confess that I made another card with this same image for a previous challenge. Unfortunately, I dropped an ink pad on the card and was not able to use it. As luck would have it though, the pad missed the actual image, so I removed it and made a different card with it. No sense throwing away a perfectly good image just because the rest of the card is ruined.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!

Stamp: Gruffies - Laundry Line
Paper: kraft cardstock, green cardstock, blue cardstock, paisely DP - all from my stash and unknown
Embellishments: Victoria embossing folder (Cuttlebug); photo corner die (Quikutz); buttons, twine, ribbon
Technique: Prismacolor pencils blended with mineral spirits; sponged sky with blue pigment ink
Finished card size: A7 (5" x 7")