Sunday, September 26, 2010

This Week's Challenges

Hello friends - I don't know how I did it, but somehow I managed to get a lot of creativity time in the other day.  This was a magnificent feat, especially after putting TONS of hours in at the office, and it being a busier than norm soccer schedule for my son (won both games..woot woot!).  So...without further ado...

The latest Embellish Challenge had to incorporate the colors below, as well as a stamped background.  The first card was for the challenge, and the second one was just because I'm so addicted to PTI's Argyle stamps right now.

For the next card I combined Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #129 and  W+9's Color Cue {8} Challenge.  When I first saw this color combo, I immediately thought "autumn".  The middle image was done using VersaMark to stamp the image, and then rubbing color chalk over it.

And this last one was actually my first attempt trying the VersaMark and chalk technique (the above was my second try).  Look you see it?  The tree actually contains images of animals!

Alright my friends, I hear the footsteps of my 3-year old daughter coming down the stairs - which means its time to get going with my beautiful, sunny southern California Sunday morning (expecting 101F temp today...egads!).

Live well,

Card Recipe:  Embellish Challenge - "Birthday Girl"
Stamps:  Enjoy the Ride, A Little Argyle (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Thatched Straw, London Fog, Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Paper:  Black, White (Papertrey Ink)
Other:  Ribbon, Rhinestones

Card Recipe:  Argyle Thank You
Stamps:  A Little Argyle, Fillable Frames #5 (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black, Thatched Straw, Spanish Olive (Tsukineko)
Paper:  Kraft, White, Spring Moss, Ripe Avocado (Papertrey Ink)
Other:  Ribbon

Card Recipe:  TESC129 & Color Cue {9} - "Blessings"
Stamp:  First Fruits (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  VersaMark, Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Paper:  Summer Sunrise, Scarlet Jewel, Ripe Avocado, White (Papertrey Ink)
Other:  Chalk (SU!), Rhinestones, Cuttlebug

Card Recipe:  Animal Tree
Stamp:  Inkadinkado
Ink:  VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Paper:  Kraft, Enchanted Evening (Papertrey Ink)
Other:  Chalk (SU!), Cuttlebug

Monday, September 13, 2010

Just because...

I think the best cards to receive are those that are "Just because..." - they're unexpected, and somehow always comes when you need them the most.  The card I'm sharing today is a "Just because" card for my mom, who is the most incredible woman I know.

Ignore the evidence of a slight movement of hand while stamping the sentiment.  Wouldn't you know it...I finished stamping the hills, the tree, bird, and heart, and right when I was stamping the sentiment, my 3-year old daughter decided to come at me with a "running hug" - you gotta love it!

Live well,

Card recipe: Love You Mom
Stamps:  Wonderfully Whimsical, Text Style (Papertrey Ink); Love You Mom (Studio G)
Ink:  Tea Leaves, Turquoise Gem,  London Fog, Gingerbread, Tuxedo Black, Pink Petunia (Tsukineko)
Paper:  Hawaiian Shores, Berry Sorbet, White (Papertrey Ink)
Other:  Brown Ribbon

Monday, September 6, 2010

Is summer really over?!

Happy Labor Day!...can this really be...the unofficial close of summer?  Where has the time gone?! 
Obviously too quick for me - with everything going on, it was almost impossible to find time to partake in my "therapy sessions", but alas the ever so needed 3-day weekend was here, and I conquered it...with enough time to make two cards...aahhhhh, it was nice to be back in the craft room!

Here's what I made today.  The first was for W+9's Color Cue {7} Challenge:

And this one combined two challenges; Waltingmouse's Sketch Challenge #13 (WMSC13) and Embellish's color challenge:

Time to call it a night - kids need baths/showers, and mama needs some dessert (chocolate mint ice cream - yum!!)

Live well,

Card Recipe:  W+9 Color Cue {7} Challenge
Stamps:  Dot Spot (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Turquoise Gem, Red Magic, Thatched Straw (Tsukineko)
Paper:  Hawaiian Shores, Pure Poppy, White (Papertrey Ink)

Card Recipe:  WMSC13
Stamps:  Paris in the Spring (SU!)
Ink:  VersaMark, Moonlight White, Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Paper:  True Black, White, Ripe Avocado, Plum Pudding (Papertrey Ink)
Other:  Cuttlebug Embossing Folder