Friday, November 29, 2013

'Tis the Season Challenge #5

Here's what I came up with for the fifth challenge on 'Tis is the Season.  This week, we have a sketch challenge and since stars were optional, I did not use them.  I tried to, but they just weren't grooving with my initial vision, so I booted that idea to the curb.

My initial idea/vision was basically the card you see here (please forgive me for the dark photo.  I really am having photography issues these days).  I saw that circle image in the sketch as a snowflake.  I saw the upper right corner being in one of the awesome sheets from my Winter Frost pack.  My other colors are Pool Party, Smoky Slate, Whisper White, and Coastal Cabana as a card base.  The snowflake is in Bermuda Bay.

Head on over to 'Tis the Season this week and play along!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Mosaic Madness and The Dynamic Duo

 The folks over on Dynamic Duo blew our minds this week by offering a THREE color challenge!  Blushing Bride, Raspberry Ripple, and Pear Pizzazz.

For this card evolution, I chose Whisper White for my neutral and base.

For this one, I used a 4" x 5.25" white panel.  I stamped two rows in raspberry and added "thinking of you" from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set.  I popped up multi-colored mosaic pieces between the rows.  I then popped that panel on the white base.
For the second card, I still have the popped mosaic pieces on a strip of white on top a strip of raspberry on top of a strip of pear on top of bride.  I added a pear ribbon and the sentiment in raspberry.  All of that is also on a 4" x 5.25" white panel.

I love the color combinations on this card!  So happy with how this turned out!

Dynamic Duo Triple Threat

 This week the Dynamic Duos did something unheard of!  They gave us three colors to use... what kind of craziness is this?!?

They gave us the challenge colors of Blushing Bride, Raspberry Ripple, and Pear Pizzazz.  I added Whisper White in the mix.

Here's my first card, and I used Summer Silouettes.
On this card, I used Too Kind (my favorite new set) and Loving Thoughts.

Thanks for looking!

For the Birds Friday Mashup

This week, The Friday Mashup has a challenge to use Crumb Cake, or use gingham, or mash-it-up and do both... and that is just what I did... twice!

There is something about red gingham that just makes me love and it makes me smile!  Pair that with Crumb Cake and I've go "perma-grin."

I have kept this card CAS.  I used the ice-skating bird from For the Birds.  I used my marker to ink the bird in black, but the sentiment in red.  Then I used my same marker to color in the bird.  The scarf and hat are stripped red and Crumb Cake.  
I played around with the ribbon on this one.  I like the thickness of the red ribbon.  But that's not gingham.  I wanted to add some gingham ties, but it just wasn't working out.  Instead, I just added a gingham bow.  I am much happier with the gingham ribbon.  You can't argue, it is CAS.  But I do love it!
Thanks for looking!

Crosses of Hope and The Friday Mashup

 This week, the ladies over on The Friday Mashup have a great challenge this week.  To use Crumb Cake or to use gingham or mash-it-up and do both.  I'll be taking the mash!

I have a card ministry, so I am always in need of great cards to send to my church folks.  This challenges screamed "Caring Cards" to me.

I used a Crumb Cake base, then a layer of Chocolate Chip, then a layer of Whisper white.  I made two cards, and embossed each one with a different embossing folder.  Finally, I added a delicious brown and white gingham ribbon.

Finally, I inked up my Crosses of Hope large cross in Chocolate Chip and stamped on white.  Then I cut out the cross and popped it up.
I think this will be a fine card for my ministry mission!

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Fab Friday and Sunday Stamps!

 How fun is that?  Friday, meet Sunday.

I think this card has a cool backstory.  In fact, it would not have been made if it were not for this story.  I am a member of the design team over on 'Tis the Season (you should check it out!), and one of the team needed someone to step in and be a guest designer, which I just couldn't refuse!  What an honor!

This one was a color challenge on Sunday Stamps: Lime, Gray, Turquoise.  Thanks for the head scratch-er, Holly!
 I looked to Fab Friday for a little inspiration on this one.  They have a great sketch challenge this week.  Thanks, Fab Folks!

I really don't know what's up with my photo taking abilities.  This is the same card with different lighting/flash options.  I really just want a good camera!  Come on!  Is that too much to ask?!?

Here's a slightly different take on the card.

Sorry for the delay in posting... life has been a bit busy and not about to slow down any time soon.  I think I'm on crazy mode until after Christmas!

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

'Tis the Season and The More the Merrier

 This is my answer to the 'Tis the Season color challenge this week!

We had to use the colors Marina Mist, Cherry Cobbler, and Baked Brown Sugar.

I saw a card this week that inspired this card.  There were lots of differences, but I loved the basic sketch.

I used the snow men from the The More the Merrier set.  The sentiment is from Merry Winter.
I put white dots on my Baked Brown Sugar with a sponge dauber and white stazon ink.  I added a button and laced it with linen thread (that's kind of like twine...).  I stamped my sentiment on Whisper White in Cherry Cobbler.

I also sponged the edges of the image on the front.

All in all, I love it!  I'd also love to see what you can do with this challenge.  Why don't you hop on over to 'Tis the Season and play along this week?

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Dress Up Framelits- Cards Galore!

 I have to admit that I might have a problem.  I can't stop using the Dress Up framelits.

Recently, I just went through some of my old, unused materials.  I have a drawer full of cards, bought at a discount at some point.  I went through my stacks upon stacks of patterned paper.  I matched card bases with matching patterned paper for the top layer.

Then I went to work matching paper for dresses and belts and jewelry, oh my!

I only had enough of this paper to make three cards, but they match the bases really well.

I used different colors of paper under the patterned paper.
 Here are some closer shots of the dresses...

Do you see the lace peeking out from the bottom of the dress?  So stinkin' cute!

Stay tuned for more of these... I have lots more paper already matched up!

Thanks for looking!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Wising You from 'Tis the Season Challenge Blog

I LOVE this week's sketch!  I loved it immediately, but as soon as I sat down to create it, I was stumped by that small ornament in the corner.  At first I thought "snowflake," but I had this great red and white stripped paper that I wanted to use.  I also had the new set Wishing You that I wanted to get some ink on!

I love how this turned out!  I started with a white base.  Then I added a layer of Cherry Cobbler, then the DSP layer.  I stamped the sentiment on a white scrap in cherry and turned it into a banner.  Then I used my markers to ink up the present stack.  I alternated between Gumball Green and Cherry Cobbler.  I cut that out and popped it up.

Inside I stamped the rest of the sentiment from the set: "and a New Year filled with peace, love & joy.

Happy, happy, happy.  Thanks for looking!