2 Challenges – 2 Challenges – 2 Challenges in One

Okay, I’m showing my age now.  When I typed the title all I could think of was the old commercial about the breath mints that went “2 Mints – 2 Mints – 2 Mints in one!”.  Now I can hear the slogan being said but can’t think of the mints it was for.  Anyone know the brand of mints (it will drive me crazy until I figure it out, lol)?

As I was blurffing the other day I saw 2 blogs with challenges.  The Mothers and Daughters blog has a “Puttin on the glitz” challenge.  You were to create a fall card and incorporate a glittered element.  Natasha’s blog Clean and Simple has a sketch challenge.  I decided to create the fall glittery card using the sketch.

I used my Versamark and Stick it powder to make my glittered leaves.  I also used 3 different organdy ribbons as 1 did not show up well on the card.  The sentiment was stamped using a Kaleidacolor pad.  I’m not sure you can tell from the picture, but the card is really glittery.  It was a simple layout and since I hadn’t used my glitter in a while it was fun.  Here is the sketch and the card.

Stamps: Fall Whimsy (retired), Curvy Verses Paper: Very Vanilla Ink: Autumn Leaves Kaleidacolor, Versamark Accessories: Stick It embossing powder (Stamp It), Copper Canyon – Hot Lava – Persimmon – Pumpkin Art Institute Glitter (Jody’s online share), organdy ribbon (thank you’s from online orders at Ellen Hutson)
So what do you have planned for today?  I hope you get some time to create something.  I am hoping to spend some time in my stamp room today also.  Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Bump in the Night

Well I am still making some Halloween cards (I did sneak in a fall card that you can see tomorrow). The Penny Black blog has a challenge and call for new design team members. I have always loved her stamps (especially the hedgies and the cats). They are so much fun to work with. This week you had to make a spooky card or creation. It is hard to make a spooky card with her images. This cat in the pumpkin was just too cute not to use. I also used my plaid set to create the background. I also did some color blending to add some depth. I think the ribbon adds just the right punch to the overall effect. Since I did not have a boo stamp that was small enough I used my alphabet set to stamp it. I also used some more of the glitter dots (I love these and will definitely have to get some more. Well enough with the chit chat, here is my card (I think it is just too cute, but may be just a little prejudiced).

Stamps: Beware of Cat (Penny Black), Perfect Plaids and Classic Alphabet (both retired) Paper: Basic Black, Gable Green, Only Orange, white Ink: Basic Black, Blush Blossom, Creamy Caramel, Garden Green, Green Galore, Only Orange, Pretty in Pink Accessories: Summer Sun marker, ribbon (Michael’s), glitter dots (Gina K Designs), aqua painter, sticky tape, dimensionals
Isn’t this just the cutest card. Hmmmm, I wonder who will get it in the mail? Thanks for looking and have a great evening!

Guess what I’ve been doing?

You will never believe what I have been doing today. I was checking out my blogs to day and 2 of them posted a challenge today. A recent blog I discovered is Cuttlebug Challenge where they post weekly challenges to create cards or projects using your cuttlebug. On Friday the post was to make Thanksgiving Basket and they provided you with some awesome directions. I decided to give this a try so I began by making a sample with white cardstock. Since I wanted to create easy directions (just in case anyone wants them I can create a tutorial) I had to modify their directions.

I wanted to use a yellow for the basket and saw my Marigold Morning paper and decided to use that. I was looking through my Cuttlebug embossing folders and saw my Distressed Stripes and thought they would look cool on the side and look a little like tree trunks. I cut my paper and embossed it and brayered Creamy Caramel on it to highlight the stripes. Now the fun begins with the decorating. While looking at my embossing folders I ran across my Leaves dies and decided to use them. I cut them out but wanted to give them some character so I smashed the leaf in my Versamark pad then using a paintbrush I brushed on some Pearl Ex in random spots. I then used my heat gun to dry and set the Pearl Ex. I realized the leaves had some dots of Versamark ink from the smashing that dried darker when I use the heat tool This gave the leaves some depth and was a surprising result. I’m not sure you can see the leaves to see the sparkle and depth but they are really cool in real life.

The original basket had a handle but I was not sold on adding one. I decided to see what it would look like if I used some ribbon to decorate the sides. I again went searching in my ribbon stash and found this copper ribbon that was wide and had wired on the edges. I started twisting and playing with the ribbon on the box and like the look so decided to go with it. I will say adding the ribbon took some time as I had to use my Crystal Effect to attach the ribbon to the box so I would be sure it would stick. That meant gluing the ribbon on one side and placing something heavy (in my case I used my stapler) on the ribbon to make sure the ribbon was against the side of the box as it dried. Once the ribbon had been applied to all the sides I was ready to decorate with my leaves.

Since I had my pattern done and put together I decided to go ahead and decorate it also. I used the Holiday Traditions paper to decorate this one with a tag. I added a Snowflake garland as a handle on this one for some variety. I am thinking these would be great to put a votive candle in, some travel size hand lotion, or any other small gift you need to give to someone. The bus driver or mail lady came to mind as these would be nice for them. Since I also read the Our Creative Corner blog when I checked out their challenge for the upcoming week they had a Handmade for the Holidays challenge. This challenge was basically open ended so these 2 projects can be used for both challenges. I love when that happens. So, are you ready to see the boxes? Here they are and I know you are going to think I am so creative but it really wasn’t hard. Give it a try and see what you can make.

Stamps: Happy Winter (retired) Paper: Always Artichoke, Creamy Caramel, Marigold Morning (retired), Pumpkin Pie, Ruby Red, white, Holiday Traditions DSP Ink: Creamy Carmel, Old Olive, Versamark Accessories: Cuttlebug Distress Stripes embossing folder, Cuttlebug dies – Leaves, small and large tag punch, scallop edge punch, Pearl Ex, copper ribbon (Offray outlet a few years ago), brayer, white brad, Snowflake garland (Merry Minis – Michael’s last year at end of season) crochet thread, paintbrush, sponge dauber, crystal effects, Zots, sticky tape, dimensionals

Which one is your favorite? I’m off to check out a few more gift ideas I ran across. I saw a really cute tag project that I am going to try. Thanks for looking and I hope you have a great evening!

I need you opinion

I have participated in Amy’s sketch challenges a couple of times.  She is looking for new members of her design team if you are interested.  The details are here.  Here current design team has a color challenge challenge going on right now.   When I saw the colors I thought of the wedding card I made a few weeks ago.  I had entered a blog give away on  Stacey King’s blog and won.  She sent me some cute gift tags that had this flower on it.  I thought it would make a cute flower for this card.

Once I decided to use the flower, the rest of the card just came together fairly easy.  Once I got the flowers put together and laid out on the card the card just seemed to say Christmas.  I then went with the Christmas theme for the embellishments on the card.

Now I need your help (Sandy, I’m talking to you as you always tell me your opinion) :).  I had the card all made and the ribbon in the top corner (yes, I am still on my angle theme) seemed to need something.  I tried tying a bow but didn’t like the look of it.  I then put a folded ribbon together and laid it on the card.  Not sure if I like it.  What do you think?  Which card to you like, the first one with no ribbon or the second one with the folded ribbon?

Stamps: Cute Converse (retired) Paper: Bravo Burgundy, Old Olive, Sahara Sand, white, vellum Ink: Bravo Burgundy Accessories: Bravo Burgundy – Old Olive – Sahara Sand markers, ribbon (Pink Hedgehog), tag punch (Sizlets), gold braid, Bravo Burgundy & Marigold Morning brads, 5 petal flower punch, stylus, sponge, sticky tape, dimensionals
I really like this card and I may make some more for my Christmas cards this year.  Thanks for looking and have a great weekend!

A helpful lady

I have been looking at the Just Right stamps for some time. If you remember I mentioned in a previous post that I would love to have a set of letters that lock together to make my own saying. I read Taylor’s blog and she also has an online store. I e-mailed her and she was so helpful in explaining exactly what I wanted. She has helped me several times in the past also. . She is an awesome lady to work with and she has a beautiful set of Christmas papers that she has in a kit. She does a weekly sketch challenge and has some great cards on her blog. Check her out!