Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Inspired by...

This week at the Penny Black blog, the challenge is to create a card based on the inspiration of one of their incredibly talented DT members. They all make such beautiful cards. But on Monday, when I saw Elizabeth Allan's amazing card, here, I felt inspired. I love the layers of white she used and her adorable mimi image.

I used Penny Black's Embrace stamp. I love this adorable elephant!

I am also entering this card for the Simon Says Stamp-tember challenge.
Supplies used:
Spellbinders Label 17
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Swiss Dots Embossing Folder
Sentiment: Hero Arts

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Moxie Fab Horizontal Sketch Challenge

Check out Moxie Fab sketches! My favourite of the four is the horizontal sketch challenge. The deadline for this challenge is September 19th, so make sure you stop by their blog and enter!

I am also entering this in:
Less is More - Things that Move

Items used:
Penny Black: Touch of Whimsy, and Airmail
Hero Arts: Anytime Messages
Lawn Fawn: Admit One (I used the balloon string for the bee)
Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Squares
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

CASE Study Challenge

The inspiration at CASE Study Challenge Blog this week is Chupa! Her cards are amazing. I really liked the Christmas cards she had on her blog. As soon as I found this card, I knew it was the perfect one! I love the PB stamp she used and the layout was great.

For mine, I used Bo Bunny papers. I coloured part of the image with Copics, and paper pieced the rest. I realized quickly that I was going to have a problem with the tree ornaments. I tried glitter and gems, but didn't like either of them. So I settled with punching little circles of coloured paper. Next time I will do it differently. I used my white gel pen for the fur on Mimi's clothes, but the red started to show through as pink. I also added some white Enamel Accents, but I can still see the pink in spots. Again, something to improve on for next time. Overall, I'm happy with the way the card turned out, and I will definitely make a few of these for Christmas cards (once I figure out what to do about the ornaments.) :)

Here is the inside. The sentiment is from Hero Arts.
I'm also entering it in the Penny Black weekly challenge - PB elegant.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Children's Challenge at Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog

My 12-year-old daughter, Rachel, would like to share a card she recently made and enter it in the Simon Says Stamp Children's Challenge. It started with a desire to colour the image I had from The Greeting Farm - CC Wednesday. Once she had the image coloured she wanted to try my Cuttlebug. It was great to see her take an interest in something I enjoy doing. :)

Friday, August 12, 2011

Card Patterns 127 Sketch Challenge

This has been an incredibly busy week, but I managed to finish my card before the deadline tonight. I also wanted to finish it because I'm going to be giving it to my niece for her birthday Monday (but the party is Saturday).
Here is the Card Patterns Sketch for this week:
Here is the card for my niece:
Supplies Used:
Spellbinders circle and lacey circles dies
Mementos Tuxedo Black
Versamark Watermark Stamp Pad
Penny Black stamps: Mimi the mermaid, Trims, Fun in the Sun
Sentiment is from Hero Arts
Cardstock is PennyBlack "mix & match"papers
Sew Easy Floss

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Kathy's Blog Candy

The Daily Marker is a wonderful blog. Kathy's work is always amazing and I'm so glad she shares how she makes her awesome cards (and projects). Her blog is now 2 years old, and to celebrate she is giving away some exciting blog candy. Click the picture on the sidebar (now that I know how to do that) and visit her fantastic blog!

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Card Patterns and More Challenges

Finally got some time to myself today to make some cards. I really wanted to participate in the Card Pattern Sketch 126 this week. So I used the sketch as my base for several challenges.
I love the mimi in paris stamp set! I recently purchased it from Simon Says Stamp online store. When I can't find a stamp here in Canada, I know I can find it there. I was so excited when it came in the mail!

I started with the navy paper from MME's Lime Twist. Then added a few more patterns from the same paper pad. The first die cut (Spellbinders Label 16) was stamped with PB Paisley Swirls in Broken China, then distressed with Broken China and Faded Jeans. The second die cut (traced) was coloured with Faded Jeans distress ink. The third die cut was coloured with Antique Linen distress ink. The flower stamp (from mimi in paris) was stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa - I first stamped the image on scrap paper and then on the die cut so the image wouldn't be quite so dark.
I paper pieced the image, using MME's Lime Twist papers and cut it out. The sentiment is from PB's Fun in the Sun. My idea of summer fun is an exciting vacation to Paris, France! I really do wish I was there.

Challenges I am entering:
Allsorts Challenge Blog - Free and Easy
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Penny Black/Ground
Penny Black at Allsorts Challenge - August Free and Easy
Card Patterns - Sketch 126