Sunday, February 28, 2010

2 Colour Challenges

I was inspired by two colour challenges this weekend, and I included those new butterfly digital stamps on them that I talked about in my post yesterday (I warned you that you'd be seeing them again--heehee).  I'm having so much fun colouring them in with lots of different colours.  I don't own any Copic markers, so I've just been experimenting with good old pencil crayons (using a white one to blend) and some cheapy artist markers.

First colour challenge I saw was Embellish's:

In addition to the colours, you also had to include borders on the card, so here's my take:

Cardstock is PTI; sentiment is Inkadinkado; butterfly is Hero Arts digital

The other colour challenge I played along with was Curtain Call Color Challenge-Act 19:

I really tried to keep this card simple.  I had to make my own "Razzleberry" colour.  The butterflies in the inspirational photo made it really easy for me to use those Hero Arts butterflies again--I had printed off a whole page of them yesterday-- they were just waiting to be coloured.  The sentiment is from PTI's Big Bold Wishes--I absolutely love that set!!

I also added some thin wire antennae (pulled out of wired ribbon)

Well, off to watch the Closing Ceremonies of the Olympics!  So proud of our Canadian athletes--most gold won by any country in a Winter Olympics--14!!  What a way to finish it off with that great gold-medal winning Hockey game this afternoon!! 

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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Day 364 - {Vicky's Style}

   Well, here's another DT inspired card from 365 cards.  Today's inspiration challenge came from Vicky.  Her style is sharp and clean with soft colours.  She's also a PTI fan, and since I know finally own some PTI goodies, I had to use some (cardstock and sentiment).
   I also had to use my new (new to me any way) Hero Arts digital stamp that I picked over at Two Peas.  I got the idea over at Jennifer McGuire's blog post here.  I printed the butterfly onto watercolour paper and then used some Distress Ink, markers and Stickles to ink and sparkle it up!!  WARNING:  I printed a bunch of them off in a few sizes--so expect to see them in future posts ;)
   Here's Vicky's signature style card:
Here's what I came up with (I scraplifted the text element Vicky used on the bottom of her card; oh, I also popped up the butterfly with dimensionals--another Vicky signature):

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Friday, February 26, 2010

Day 363 -- {Sophie's Style}

   Sophie is the "CAS" queen over at 365 Cards--and I love that style too, so I jumped at the chance to emulate her style for today's challenge.  I scraplifted her dry embossing technique--however, I don't own any embossing machines/folders, so I created simple lines across the bottom with a ruler and scorer.  I also copied her kraft card base (not a stretch for me though) and the twine. 
   Here's Sophie's card:
The circles on her card made me think of this circle flower stamp I used on mine:

I also made another one that is similar, but even more SIMPLE!

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Little Red Wagon--B&W Challenge

   Challenge #17 over at Little Red Wagon is to create a card using ONLY Black and White . . . well, I've never created a card with only these two neutrals, so I was intrigued by the challenge.
    I had recently thought about doing something with black cardstock and a white gel pen to create a chalkboard feel--but I ended up with a more sophisticated look and used Frost White ink and a PTI sentiment stamp instead.  I still want to try the chalkboard feel--maybe a Thank-you card for my son's teacher.  Any way, I'm rambling . . . here's my B&W card:

(sorry for the crappy photo--hard to tell, but I heat embossed the swirls to add some shine)

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Day 361 - {Kristie's Style}

Day 361 over on the 365 Cards blog celebrated DT member Kristie's style.  Kristie is definitely one of my favourite designers there, so I was pumped to create a card in honour of her style!!  Sadly, she's stepping down from her  DT position--so I'll miss her inspiration for the challenges.  I still don't know how she manages to papercraft, blog and be a DT member as a busy mom with a newborn!!  That's why I chose the sentiment for my card--Kristie definitely ROCKS!

Kristie utilizes "contemporary patterns, colors and designs"--so I knew I wanted to use some of the American Crafts "Metropolitan" patterned paper I just got.  I also scraplifted Kristie's favourite button and twine technique.

Here's Kristie's card:

And here's mine:
The swirly dots are from the Inkadinkado Circles and Dots set I just got--I'm loving it!! And the fun sentiment is PTI!! Parenthesis stamp is Studio G.

All the best to you Kristie!! I'll keep up with you on your blog!!

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

EBTKS Challenge #9 [Sketch]

I made 2 cards for this challenge--I often do that because I have a few ideas for whatever challenge it may be. However, I made two this time because I really didn't like the first one I came up with, so I went another direction and made a new one (photo of the first card--my reject--is at the bottom of this post).  I tried an easel card for the first time, and I'm pleased with how it turned out!  The current EBTKS Sketch Challenge really screams SQAURE--so I thought the sqaure easel card worked.

I bought that filigree type stamp at Scrapfest two years ago (way before I started blogging), so I don't recall the company . . . anyway, I stamped it a few times on a strip of white cardstock and then heat embossed it.  I then cut four 1.5" square out of the strip.  The mini sentiment stamp (Studio G) had similar filigree on it, so I thought it worked.  I used the same large filigree stamp with Versamark on the bottom edge of the easel card.
Any-who . . . I think I may make a few of these and just swap out the coloured card base and sentiment.

As for the first card I made and didn't like . . . here it is (got the color combo idea of green and grey from my little boy's cute shirt--but not vibrant enough for me on a card)

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Day 360 -- Just a Note {Audrey's Style}

Today over on 365 cards the challenge is to emmulate DT member Audrey's style, which is "fresh, bold and vibrant."  You were also to scraplift a feature on her card (I liked the music sheet element on her card).
I'm also submitting this to the current CARDS blog challenge for a shaped card.

Paper: PTI Berry Sorbet Cardstock--cut with my Cricut Calligraphy cartridge; WeRMemoryKeepers patterned paper; PTI Spring Moss   Stamp: Studio G   Ink: SU! Close to Cocoa; Colorbox Amber Clay  Other: Michaels ribbon, old copied sheet music, Dollarstore rhinestones.

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Curtain Call Color Challenge - Act 18

Time for another Curtain Call Color Challenge -- Act 18's colours were tempting because they included Kraft--my favourite!!!
I picked up the Dots & Circles Inkadinkado stamp set yesterday, and had fun playing around with it.  Looking forward to playing with it with lots of other color combos!!

[Sorry the photo above has a blue tinge to it--tried to take a shot with natural lighting--don't know what happened]
Paper: PTI Kraft, scrap white  Stamps: Inkadinkado Dots & Circles; PTI Signature Greetings  Ink: SU! Not So Navy and Old Olive  Other: Martha Stewart glitter; Michaels Baby Blue grosgrain ribbon; Uniball white gel pen; button from my stash; jute twine.

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Day 357 - Vicky's Sketch

Over at the 365 Cards blog, they've been having a sketch a day challenges this week--unfortunately, due to my illness this past week, I haven't been able to play.  Starting to feel better, so I wanted to at least get their last sketch challenge for this week done.  It's Day #357 and Vicky gave us this sketch:

Here's my take on the sketch; I normally take sketches more literally, but I just used the sketch as a starting point and went from there.

That Martha Stewart background stamp is stamped with Versamark ink--love it!!

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Another Embellish Challenge Submission

Why is it that when I see a challenge I can never just submit one card??  I always seem to have ideas pouring out of my head right after I post the first one, so I can't help but make another!  I guess it doesn't help that Embellish's color combos are always so delish!!

Made a very CAS card--didn't have any Raspberry Fizz--so I subtituted with a more peachy "PINK"--Berry Sorbet, but then inked it up with some hot pink!.  Other than the base--I always use my scraps for all other paper on my cards.

I love the new dome stickers I picked up--they add a little subtle shine!

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Embellish Birthday Color Challenge

I made this card last week for the Embellish Birthday Color Challenge, but have been too sick to post it onto my blog.  Alas, I'm feeling better tonight, so here it is . . .

A closer look:

The cupcake is a Jolee sticker (by EK Success).

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Little Red Wagon Challenge #16

heww--I've been away from blogging for almost a week!!  I'm suffering from a viral ear infection--which has kept me dizzy for over 10 days.  I feel very tired and like I'm car sick all the time.  From what I've been reading--these symptoms can last several weeks!!  I can't even take anything for it as I'm still breastfeeding my little guy (who refuses to take a bottle or sippy cup!).  Needless to say, I haven't done much in terms of paper-crafting this week . . . apart from these set of Bridal shower invites that I thought fit for Little Red Wagon's Challenge #16--which was to use RIBBON!

I had to tie 15 ribbon bows to make these 15 invites for my cousin's upcoming shower (not all pictured here)

Her sister (who is throwing the shower) had these really simple Damask patterned notecards she picked up in the Michaels' $1.50 bin--Damask is the theme of the wedding.  The notecards were rather plain, so I told her I could fancy them up.  I simply cut off the front of the notecard and mounted it onto a blank white card; added the printed sentiment (done in Word), pink scalloped edge, a black strip, some stitching and finished it off with the bow.

The bow serves an additional purpose of holding a recipe card inside (which I also created in Word).  The shower has a cooking theme to it (guest Chef will be giving us a cooking lesson--fun!!)

Any way--I really honed my bow tying skills--all thanks to Dawn McVey's fabulous tutorial.  I wasted all but 1" of ribbon, I think.

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