Thursday, September 17, 2009

Sketch Challenge Entry #5

Happy Thursday night! I'm gearing up for a weekend of scrapbooking, but when I heard that Tracy's Sketch Challenge was extended for another week and we got a new sketch, I just had to play. You should too!

I'm switching from card-making to scrapbooking for the weekend, but I hope to be back on Monday with more cards.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Sketch Challenge Entry #4

Here's yet another entry for Tracy's Sketch Challenge. The numbers aren't looking good (less than 25 participants at present), so get out there and stamp!

I needed a manly birthday card for a former co-worker at the end of the month, and party owl seemed to do the trick nicely. I've seen the orange/green/blue color scheme everywhere, so I thought I'd give it a go. I think it turned out pretty well.

I'm hoping to make one more card this evening to round my entries out to five. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Sketch Challenge Entry #3

Are you sick of this layout yet? I'm not! In fact, I think this third card is my favorite so far! I love love love this card!

Want to see why?

It's all about love!

The strip down the side is actually a repeating stamped image by Stampendous. And, although you might not be able to tell in this photo, I Versamarked the Flourish Trio by Hero Arts across the red notecard. The car image is one of my favorites by Elzybells, and the Delivering Love sentiment is by A Muse (although it might be discontinued). The ribbon is by A Muse too, of course.

See you soon!

Sketch Challenge Entry #2

Good morning, and happy Tuesday! I figure if we're going to be getting to 52 entrants on Tracy's Sketch Challenge Contest, I'd better do my part with additional cards. I'd previously said that I wanted to enter 10 cards, but since it's already Tuesday, I'm starting to wonder if that's realistic.

Anyway, here's card #2:

It seems I can always use more birthday cards and thank you notes, so when I'm making a lot of cards, those are the two categories I go for. The main image on this card is by the Cat's Pajamas and is part of one of their clear sets.

Okay, back soon with another entry!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Sketch Challenge Entry #1. . .

Here's my first (of hopefully many) entries for Tracy's Sketch Challenge. You can find out more about her big contest here, or just click on her blinkie on the right.

The yummy cupcake image is by Hero Arts, and I even glitterfied it with some Antique Linen Distress Stickles. Yum!

Remember, she needs 52 entries to do the giveaway, so enter today!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Happy Birthday!

Today is a very special day because it's my aunt's birthday! She's a fabulous lady, with a great laugh and the love of a great manhattan cocktail (which I can't even swallow!). Anyway, I thought I'd try and make her a card that's as classy as she is.

Here's my card:

I originally saw this idea on a card by Julie Ebersole and I just fell in love. It's so simple, but it looks so complicated! I love stamps like Mini Flower that are so versatile. The sentiment is by Denami Designs, and I drew in the stem myself.

And, on a sidenote, come enter a sketch challenge hosted by Tracy Clemente! This week, she's celebrating a year of sketches by giving away $52 to a stamp store of your choice! I'm hoping to enter 10 cards (ambitious, I know), but all it takes is one to win! Come join us!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

No Coloring Here!

Wow, Tuesdays masquerading as Mondays are always bumpier than I anticipate. It's like the shorter work week makes everyone panic. Good thing I have stamping to come home to!

This month's challenge on the A Muse Lounge is called "The No Coloring Zone." The challenge is to make a card without using coloring tools. I thought paper-piecing would fit the bill, and used some of my favorite A Muse papers (and one by Little Yellow Bicycle) to make up a small scene on my square card.

I used three stamps, Clouds, Long Grass, and A Warm Hello, and hand-cut a piece of wood-grain paper to make my tree trunk. The sun was punched out of a piece of Little Yellow Bicycle Sharon Ann Baby Safari.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Thanks Snow Much!

Hi there, and happy Tuesday! Did you Americans have a good Labor Day? I had a very relaxing one. I went up to Oroville, CA (near Chico) and spent the weekend with family, eating WAY too much and just enjoying the holiday.

Did you know that Labor Day is in honor of all laborers, and that the labor unions were the ones that got us weekends? I for one know that I'm grateful for weekends, so yay for labor unions and yay for Labor Day!

While I'm in thanking mode, I should also thank you, my blog readers. This is my 200th post, and I am grateful to every one of you that leave comments. So thanks!

Here's a thank you card I recently came up with.

When the new Christmas images from A Muse came out in July, I immediately gravitated toward this stamp, but I couldn't figure out how to use it for the longest time. Then, it came to me: backgrounds!

I stamped the image multiple times on blue cardstock with dark blue ink, and added some highlighting and some extra dots with a white fine tip Sharpie. A few pieces for a focal point, and a card was born.

Have a great day!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

A Very Dotty Birthday. . .

My my my, how quickly a week goes by!

Today's card was actually made using a loaner stamp from my mom. I don't think I would have purchased this stamp on my own, but it IS very cute and I thought I'd give it a whirl.

Here's my first attempt:

I stamped the image on Neenah 80lb white cardstock and trimmed it with my Tonic paper trimmer. I colored the image with Copics, then mounted it onto an oversized piece of Bazzill Loganberry Pie cardstock. I added the ribbon by A Muse and tied some white embroidery floss around it and through the button. The panel was mounted onto a piece of paper by Little Yellow Bicycle, and that was mounted onto a Memory Box notecard.

See you soon!