Saturday, March 26, 2011

Inkspirations & Stampin Celebration Inspiration Challenges

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Today's card is for 2 challenges.
Inkspirations Sketch Challenge #63 - It's been a long time since I played along with Inkspirations.  Makeesha creates great sketches for us!  Take a look...
Stampin' Celebration Inspiration Challenge SCIC #45 is a color challenge.  I just found this challenge last night, and I was really drawn to the colors in the inspiration photo.  So elegant!  Check it out...
And, my card:

When I decided to combine these two challenges, I knew right away that I was going to pull out my La Creme patterned paper pad.  I chose one of the pieces of flocked paper.  I think the colors are perfect!
These challenges were so easy to put together, and fun :)
I stamped my sentiment panel with a stamp from SU's Always Elegant stamp set in Crumb Cake.  The shapes in the flourish are so similar to the flourish shapes in the patterned paper.  Before I removed the panel from the die, I sponged it with a bit of Crumb Cake ink.  I stamped my sentiment in black, right over the flourish.  I love the soft look of that background.  As a finishing touch, I applied two pieces of a black rhinestone flourish.  It's difficult to see them in the photos, but they really "pop" in real life.

Thanks so much for stopping in.  I hope you'll come back again!

Supplies ~
Card stock: whisper white, crumb cake (SU)
Ink: crumb cake, basic black (SU)
Patterned paper: La Creme stack (DCWV)
Stamps: flourish from Always Elegant, sentiment from Kind and Caring Thoughts (SU)
Die: labels four (Spellbinders)
Black rhinestone flourishes: Recollections
Seam binding: crumb cake (SU)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Play Date Cafe #73 - Easter Blessings

March 20, 2011

Julie's colors over at the Play Date Cafe just drew me in.  I HAD to find time to play along with the challenge.
Take a look...
Aren't these gorgeous?!? know what?  I challenged myself to make a one layer card.  I almost never do that.  Seriously.  I love to embellish.  I love to layer.  But...I restrained
 * Edit - I found a sweet challenge today (3/23) at Simplicity.  Susan has a great blog...and my card fit right into her One Layer Wednesday challenge.  She's challenging us to use eggs on our card!

Here's my card ~

    * To get a better look at the details of the card, just click on a photo to see a larger version. *
I used Stampin' Up! Naturals White card stock for my card.  I love the look of this cs for something "nature" related.  It's such a soft white, with those natural flecks of color in it.
I used the eggs stamp from the Nature Walk set - love this set!  I used peach parfait, rose red and perfect plum SU markers to color my stamp.  Then used my stamp-a-ma-jig to place the eggs exactly where I wanted them.  I used an elegant eggplant marker to draw the border around the eggs.  Then used a Stardust clear glitter pen to draw lines inside and outside of the eggplant border.  I know ~ it's difficult to see.  I had so much trouble getting good photos of my card...the weather is so gloomy this afternoon.  Oh, I almost forgot...I stamped the sentiment in eggplant, too.  The sentiment is from the Abundant Hope set, by SU.

I would be so interested to hear what you think of my "rare" one-layer card.  I'm rather pleased with it, I think.  It's growing on me  :o)

Thanks so much for stopping in!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Card Patterns Sketch 107 & Just Us Girls #76

March 19, 2011

Oh my.  When I went looking for challenges this morning, I found SO many that I wanted to do!  I've combined two of them in this card.
Just Us Girls #76 - is a color challenge.  Take a look.
Don't you love those colors?  So spring-y...which is what our weather is feeling like today.  Finally.

Card Patterns Sketch 107 - here's this weeks sketch:
I think these two challenges were a perfect fit together.  What do you think???
I used baja breeze cs for the card base.  I ran a piece of so saffron through a cuttlebug embossing folder, then swiped my vanilla craft ink pad across the raised areas to soften the color.  I used a distressing tool along the edges of the panel.  Then I cut a piece of wide lace, over that a piece of edge punched pink piroette dsp.  Over that I attached a length of baja breeze seam binding (I love this seam binding!)  My panel of confetti white cs was run cut with a Spellbinders, sponged with some bashful blue ink (since I don't have a soft sky ink).  I paper pieced the little tea pot, added some stickles to the 3 flowers (and the knob of the teapot lid) and popped it up on the confetti panel, adding a sentiment beneath it.  Finally, I added loops of baja breeze seam binding, tied up with some pink floss and a cute SU button.
This was such a fun card to make...I hope you enjoy it, too  :)

I hope you enjoy your weekend.  I managed to do some work in the yard this morning and, got some house cleaning done.  Then...I sat down at my craft table. then PLAY!

Hey friend! Freshly Made Sketches Challenge

Today, I'm playing along with Freshly Made Sketches #631 Challenge.  A sketch always helps me with a starting point for my cards. There...