Saturday, November 21, 2009

Baby Girl Thank You

This was my second card for today's SCS Inspiration Challenge (IC207). In my head the card started out square and WAY simpler, but this was where I landed. I really wanted to put together a sample card for a friend who asked me to make baby girl thank you cards, but I think this one is a little much to mass produce! I'll have to figure out how to make it a bit more simple!

I used my square and square scallop nestabilities for the main image, and ran them through my Big Shot. All of the creamy colored paper is SU! watercolor paper. I watercolored with my reinkers and blending pens in Pretty in Pink on the main image; I used my small star punch, my two-way glue pen, and dazzling diamonds on the star (as I'm sitting here...I'm COVERED in dazzling I then used some pink SU! taffeta ribbon and my oval punches to punch out the words. The stamp sets used in this card are Bundle of Joy and Short and Sweet.

Harvest Hi!

I wanted to make a Thanksgiving card for a friend of mine (and her family) who has been fairly ill lately. I love this stamp set, and I hope the cheerfulness of it brings a little extra comfort to her this Thanksgiving.

I participated in two SCS challenges with this card. First, I did today's Inspiration Challenge (IC207). My inspiration came from the photo below, and primarily it was the orange-Autumnal colors that were my inspiration. I also participated in this week's sketch challenge (SC255). It's kind of funny because I also cased one of my own cards in this design of this one (link below).

This card took me AWHILE to make...there was a lot of cutting and a lot of layering. I used the Loads of Love and the Loads of Love Accessories stamp sets my SU!. The main image was stamped in stazon ink and then water colored using reinkers and blender pens (my absolutely favorite technique). I hand-drew the stitching along the border, and sponged around the edge of the main image as well. The mesh in the background was created by using drywall tape that i smooshed into my copper stamp pad. I think the effect is super cute! What do you think?

Friday, November 20, 2009

Flaky Warm Wishes

This is my second card for Split Coast Stamper's Limited Supplies Challenge (LSC247). Both of my cards today were the smaller size (6 x 3.5), although I didn't plan it that way. For this card I started out with the larger size, and it just wasn't working out. As soon as I brought it down to the smaller scale, things came together!

The card was made with SU!'s current hostess set, The More the Merrier. I used my SU! markers to color in the snowmen details. I also used a Martha Stewart punch for the snowflakes, which I ran my two-way glue pen over, and finally covered with Irridescent Ice (which I think I will be wearing for days now). I'm quite please with the end result!

It's Twighlight Alfred Hitchcock Style

This card actually works for two challenges! I had to participate in Stampin' B's challenge to create a card with red, black, and a moon in it as it's an homage to the new move, New Moon! I am a HUGE fan of the Twighlight series, so I just couldn't resist. Also, my sister would have been so disappointed in my if I sat this one out; she keeps saying that she's going to get me a cut-out of Edward Cullen from Nordstrom! The card also qualifies for this week's Limited Supply Challenge on Split Coast Stampers (LSC247)! We had to create a long and narrow card.
Anyway, I created the card using the SU! Lovely as a Tree stamp set (awesome set). I also had a random bird stamp that I used to create the birds flying across the moon. The moon was made by using a circle punched out of a piece of scrap cardstock. I then held the circle down on the white cardstock and sponged all around it in gray. I think the card ends up looking very "The Birds" by Alfred Hitchcock. Too bad I didn't have this card at Halloween!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Sweet Dreams and I'm Back!

My first Split Coast Stamper's challenge since March of this year!!!! It really was a crazy Spring, Summer, and Autumn. My husband and I joke with people that this was the year we slept and worked, and we do quite literally mean that! There were weeks where one of us would cook dinner and the other person would work and we'd swap the next night! Finally, however, I'm putting my foot down. Our life has to be more balanced because let's face's too darned short.

It felt soooo good to sit at my craft table today and get back into the stamping swing. I have missed it so much! Anyway, here is my card for the Clean and Simple Vera Bradley challenge. My inspiration came from the Blue Rhapsody pattern found below. I LOVE this Razzle Dazzle stamp set. I basically used my SU! markers to color on the stamp set (Brilliant Blue, Tempting Turquoise, and Garden Green). I then "huffed" on the stamp before stamping. I really like the effect, and I'm quite pleased with my first card in 7 months!