SC205 CC225 Happy Botanical Nights

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  • Stamps: Botanical Blooms, Stampendous Everything Happy
  • Paper: Kraft, So Saffron, Night of Navy, cream
  • Ink: Basic Black, So Saffron, Night of Navy
  • Accessories: ribbon, twine
  • Technique: 2-Step Stamping

Ahhhhh… another masculine card – yay!  I usually find them to be difficult to cardSept7of2009bmake but I’ve turned out several lately!  This card is another Labor Day creation in which I combined Sketch Challenge #205 (SC205) and Color Challenge #225 (CC225), both challenges from a ways back that I had filed away for future inspiration!

I had purchased the Botanical Blooms set off of eBay earlier this summer and hadn’t used it yet (shameful, I know!), but it was the first set that came to mind when planning this card.  I was a little leery about being able to get it to work with this color challenge (which specified using Kraft, So Saffron, and Night of Navy), but I like how it turned out… an unexpected way to showcase flowers!

I wasn’t too sure what to do with all the blank space on the left-hand side of cardSept7of2009cthe card so I chose to run the sentiment vertically alongside the main image, and fill the rest of the area with a “no frills” ribbon arrangement.

Thanks for stopping by today and please be sure to leave a comment with a link back to your online gallery or blog so that I may come and see what you’ve created lately!

Blessings,

WSC95 CC226 Blessings

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  • Stamps: Graceful Words, Cheesecloth, TPC Studio Faith Greetings, Scrappy Cat In Bloom
  • Paper: Creamy Caramel, Apricot Appeal, Bashful Blue, Tempting Turquoise, white watercolor paper
  • Ink: black Stazon, Creamy Caramel, Tempting Turquoise
  • Accessories: ribbon, brad; watercolor pencils & brush, Coluzzle, sponge
  • Technique: watercoloring, sponging

Although my cards are all made with great love and care, I usually am just creating a “generic” to stick in our stash and be used on an as-needed basis.  Today, however, I had a specific recipient in mind, so I wanted to create something extra special for her – and I hope it brings a smile to her face when it reaches her!

I found two more challenges in my inspiration clippings over the Labor Day weekend and got to work.  I purchased the In Bloom stamp set on sale a few weeks ago at our local Ben Franklin and really wanted to use it to make this card.  Beate’s Weekend Sketch Challenge from the previous weekend (WSC95) seemed like the perfect fit for the larger flowers in the set.  I used my beloved watercolor pencils to bring the flower to life and then set out to find a suitable cardSept6of2009bcolor combination to coordinate with it.  I had remembered writing down a past SCS color challenge that used Tempting Turquoise so back to my inspiration folder I went, and I located SC226 “Tempting Apricot Caramel Breezes,” which specified using Baja Breeze (or alternately Bashful Blue, shown here), Tempting Turquoise, Apricot Appeal, and Creamy Caramel.  I’ll admit this is a color combination I never would have come up with on my own but I am in love with it now!  Bright and cheerful yet still serene and restful in a way – amazing!

I kept things relatively simple, as the recipient seems to gravitate toward more contemporary and clean styles, so I tried to add in the “wow” factor by cardSept6of2009c finishing off the inside of the card to match and creating a custom coordinating envelope.  I started on this card as soon as I got done riding Dreamer on Sunday – about 8:30 or so, and I did take a 45 minute break to watch “Amazing Wedding Cakes” on WE (hehe!), but I didn’t finish the card until 11:30!  I spent a lot of time thinking things through but I hope the end result doesn’t appear to be overthought!

Thank you so much for stopping by and I sincerely hope you will take a moment to leave me a comment – each and every one I get is treasured!

Blessings,

MOJO103, CC235, CAS231 Elegant Prayers

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  • Stamps: Thoughts & Prayers, Linen
  • Paper: white, Basic Black, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive
  • Ink: Basic Black, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive
  • Accessories: black brads, black ribbon; foam mounting tape, SU markers
  • Technique: 3D/dimensionals

cardSep9of2009bTriple challenge time!  WAHOO!!! :0)  This card combines this Monday’s MOJO #103 sketch and SplitCoast’s Clean and Simple (CAS31 – “Pop It Up”), as qell as Tuesday’s Color Challenge (CC235 – “Elegant Basic Olives”).  I didn’t really expect to do a sympathy card last night but the Thoughts & Prayers set was looking like a great one to use with this sketch and color combination, and it’s always a good idea to keep a few sympathy cards on hand anyhow!  I had to modify the sketch a little bit in order to make it work with the tree stamp, which is quite a bit larger than the space reserved for the main image in the MojocardSep9of2009c sketch.

This card came together fairly quickly (for once!), so I hope that allows it to qualify as a “clean and simple” card, despite the additions of ribbons and brads.  It just didn’t look finished without them! :0)

Thanks for stopping by and please take a moment to let me know what you think!  If you leave a link back to your online gallery or blog, I’ll be more than happy to do the same for you!

Blessings,

CC232 MOJOSARAH “Season of Cocoa”

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  • Stamps: SU Season of Friendship, Print Pattern; Stampology Fabulous Fall (sentiment)
  • Paper: vanilla, Close to Cocoa, Taken with Teal
  • Ink: Close to Cocoa, Taken with Teal
  • Accessories: ribbon, glitter glue, scallop scissors, sponge, Big Shot, Fiskars wood-grain embossing template, foam mounting tape, Close to Cocoa marker, Coluzzle
  • Technique: embossing, sponging, glitter

cardAug20of2009bI had a lot of fun with this one!  Today’s card is my “Double Challenge” creation for two different stamping websites this week.  The first is for Tuesday’s Color Challenge #232  (CC232) over at SplitCoastStampers, which challenged us to use the Close to Cocoa/Very Vanilla/Taken with Teal color scheme on our card.  The second was for Thursday’s sketch challenge at the Mojo blog (MOJOSARAH).  They’ve had a lot of great sketches there each day this week as part of their “Mojo Turns 100” celebration, and this is the second special edition sketch I’ve had the pleasure of working with this week.  I highly recommend you go check out their sketches if you haven’t already!

It actually took me quite a bit of time to decide what stamps I wanted to use to make this particular card last night but I knew I really wanted to work with trees.  As much as I adore my Season of Friendship set, it just doesn’t get enough attention, so ultimately I decided to show it a little love and use it for this card.  To add some extra dimension, I outlined the tree trunk and cardAug20of2009cbranches with a Close to Cocoa marker and covered the leaves in clear glitter glue.  The image medallion and small teal panel where then raised up off of the rest of the card with foam mounting tape to really bring your attention front and center.

Thank you for stopping by!  If you have a spare moment, please leave me a quick comment – it would be very much appreciated!  (and don’t forget to leave a link back to your blog or gallery so I can come admire your creations!)

Be sure to check back Sunday to see the card I created for my mom’s birthday – I’ve got the post all ready to go right now but I scheduled it for her actual birthday so I’ll be sure the first she sees of it will be when she opens the envelope! :0)

Blessings,

MOJO99, CC231 King Of All

  • Stamps: Miracle of Christmas, Linen, Cheesecloth  cardAug11of2009a
  • Paper: white, cream, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Rose Red
  • Ink: bleach, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, Old Olive
  • Accessories: sponge, brads
  • Technique: bleach stamping, sponge distressing

I was happily able to combine two fun challenges for this card.  I am on sort of a “Christmas kick” this week I guess and the set that I thought would work best with the sketch part of the challenge was the retired Miracle of Christmas set from Stampin Up.  I especially love to use faith-based stamps on my Christmas cards as Jesus *is* the reason for the season, so these sorts of cards are extra-special to me.

The Sketch Challenge came from the Mojo Monday blog, and this week’s sketch was a fun one, and unlike anything I have ever done before!

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cardAug11of2009bI headed over to SplitCoastStampers yesterday to see what the Tuesday Color Challenge had in store, as I thought it would be fun to try out a new color combo as well.  Much to my surprise, I saw that the color challenge this week (CC231) was actually more of a technique challenge:  Pick a base color of card stock, and stamp your image in bleach on it, using whatever color it turned to as another color in your color combo.

Anyway, here’s what I came up with!  I like how the image of Mary holding baby Jesus is subtle yet still very noticeable.  I chose slightly less “traditional” Christmas colors as I wanted something that would play off the lighter, “prettier” feel created by stamping in bleach.

In addition to using background stamps on the Old Olive and Chocolate Chip cardAug11of2009cpanels, I sponged matching ink on the corners to distress it further and add interest.  In addition, I stamped baby Jesus Himself inside the card in Old Olive ink and stamped the sentiment over that in Chocolate Chip.

Thanks for looking and please take a moment to let me know what you think (I *always* return the favor if you leave a link back to your online gallery or blog!)

Blessings,

CC194 Going Really Vanilla Friendship

  • Stamps: Season of Friendship, Print Pattern, Cheesecloth
  • Paper: Really Rust, non-SU cream & textured gray
  • Ink: Really Rust, Going Gray, Chocolate Chip

    CC194 Going Really Vanilla Friendship

    CC194 Going Really Vanilla Friendship

  • Accessories: Fiskars “Clouds” scissors, cream ribbon, brads, hole punch, sponge, matting tape, Coluzzle
  • Technique: sponge distressing, Rock and Roll

I made this card for this Tuesday’s Color Challenge: “Going Really Vanilla” (CC194) which consisted of using Really Rust, Going Gray, and Very Vanilla. I only had the Really Rust paper (do have all three inks though ) so I used what I had for the other two colors. The first set that came to mind to work with was “Season of Friendship” and I was excited to work with it again as I think I have only made one or two cards with it since I got it about a month ago (have been far too busy making Christmas cards I guess!).

First, stamped tree from Season of Friendship in Chocolate Chip ink on cream colored cardstock. Stamped leaf bunch from same set first in Going Gray ink, and then used the “rock and roll” technique to add Really Rust to the edge of the leaves for added color. Cut image out with Coluzzle and sponged Really Rust ink around the outside edge, blending inward. Mounted on panel of Really Rust cardstock and cut around shape with “Clouds” scissors by Fiskars. Punched three circles out of Really Rust cardstock with a regular size hand-held hole punch, stuck pewter brads through them, and mounted them in a line on the left side of the circular panel.

Stamped Print Pattern background stamp in Really Rust ink on back cream panel. Stamped over it with Cheesecloth stamp and sponged edges in same color ink. Stamped sentiment from Season of Friendship in Going Gray ink on a 6.5” x 4.25” panel of gray cardstock, and sponged same color ink on edges. Assembled card, adding cream-colored ribbon to cover seam and add some “pretty.”

Samson

Samson

I also thought I’d take a minute to share with you a picture of one of my personal stamping buddies. Meet my ex-barn-kitty-turned-house-cat Samson! This is him enjoying a rewarding nap on my bed earlier this fall. This is how he likes to sleep… with his belly in the air and his little feet tucked up by his chin!

Thanks so much for looking!

Blessings,

“Live Life” Triple Challenge card (CC189, SC199, WT189)

"Live Life" Triple Challenge (CC189, SC199, WT189)

  • Stamps: Live Like You Mean It (hostess)
  • Paper: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, Glossy White
  • Ink: Versamark, Chocolate Chip, SU Markers ( Pretty in Pink, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip)
  • Accessories: Clear embossing powder, brad, flower embellishment, brown check ribbon, sponge
  • Technique: embossing, sponging, direct-to-paper distressing

Ok, so I’m a little late on this one. These challenges were actually from last week (Oct 21-23), and I had a good idea to combine all three challenges at that time, but I was more in the mood to make Christmas cards so I put it off. So, it’s over a week late, but here it is!

For this card I combined Color Challenge 189: Pink Chocolate Kisses (CC189), Sketch Challenge 199 (SC199), and Ways To Use It Challenge 189: Just One(WT189). Pink Chocolate Kisses specified using pixie pink (or pretty in pink), kiwi kiss (or old olive), and chocolate chip. WT189: Just One specified using just one word in the card design. Right away I thought of using the new hostess set we recently earned, called “Live Like You Mean It.”

On the old olive back panel, I stamped the flower outline image in versamark and embossed it with clear embossing powder. On the chocolate chip panel, I used my chocolate chip ink pad for some direct-to-paper distressing. The flowers were stamped on a piece of *glossy* white cardstock – I felt this would compliment the “shiney-ness” of the embossed areas. On the pretty in pink panel, “Life” was inked first with Versamark and then with Chocolate Chip ink, stamped, and embossed with clear embossing powder. Old Olive & Pretty in Pink panels sponged with Old Olive ink for added texture. I also sponged the little green flower with Old Olive ink to correct the color as it was a little too “spring green” to go with Old Olive.

Thanks for looking!