Friday, August 31, 2012

Pink and Brown birthday

Whenever there is a sketch that does not lend itself to adding a sentiment, I tend to grab this CB birthday folder.  I have looked for similar ones but so far have not found any.  (I have a small folder, but it is just not the same!).  This ODB stamp has been on my desk and has also been used a lot lately.    I added stitched ribbon, and some tear drop half pearls from Pizzazz Aplenty.
Brown, white and a color:

Pastel Hello

Using several pastel colors is not easy for me, but this lovely DP seems to have the correct ones. I like to use it as a focal point - it is from the DCWV Garden Party pad.  I used the Cuttlebug faux stitching forder to "adhere" the lavender strips, and a die cut greeting from the CB Everyday Greeting set.  Scraps of cs and ribbon complete the card.
Pink, lilac, blue, green and tangerine:
Faux stitching

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Hampton Art, Basic Grey Brown and Mint

Image Flower Inspiration by Hampton Art
Dp - DCWV Garden Party
Ribbon - Martha Stewart
Epoxy flower by Basic Grey
CB birthday embossing folder
Sketch ( I used more of the example than the original sketch!):

White on White

Die Cuts:  Labels One (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug border.
Embossing folder:  CB Textile
Ribbon:  white from the Dollar Tree
Stamps:  PSX bells (with a 1993 date LOL!!), sentiment by Great Impressions
White on white challenge:

Monday, August 27, 2012

Bella goes back to school

I have almost no "back to school" items with me, but Bella looks all set to return to the classroom - she needs a back pack for all those books LOL!!!  She is colored with chalk pencils, and trimmed with gold rain drops.  The bg is dry embossed with the Diamond folder (CB).
Back to school:

Sunday, August 26, 2012

All in green and white

This image is from the Faith set by Our Daily Bread - it is a favorite of mine for monochromatic color schemes.  I think I used the right greens (and white) for the Party Time challenge. The cord is Sage Luster twine by Pizzazz Aplenty.  The green silver rimmed stones are from there as well.  The circles are Nestabilities.
The sketch:
Color challenge (shades of green plus white):

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Special greeting

This is a greeting that works for sending RAK cards to strangers.  I tried it with soft colors.  I used a bit of Orchard Harvest for the swirls.  The border punch is EKSuccess.  I used the negative flowers, and sponged the sentiment.
Sentiment only:

It has been a while since I expressed my appreciation to so many bloggers and stampers for providing these challenges, and for DT members who diligently check out our cards and make comments.  Thanks also to Feline Playful for listing so many challenges.

Unity X two

It is a good thing I will be home soon.  I took limited supplies with me in the RV for the summer.  I had such a great summer selling at our weekly craft sales - I made about 200 cards over the summer, and my supplies are running low!
This is created with the CB birthday folder, red cs from Recollections, and Nesties Labels4.  The image is colored with Twinkling H2O's.
I had a few Unity images with me, but not my stamps.  The images (and the RainDrops) came from a friend who decided she would rather do beading than paper crafts.  (Thanks, Shari!)
I used the sketch here:
That allows me to double up with this challenge:

Blue and Silver

After a summer of relaxing, fishing (for DH), and extreme frustration with internet connections, we are back home - and we will be connected!!!  I have missed a lot of challenges, great inspiration, and discussions, so I have catching up to do.
This is a Digi Darla image (it was a freebie several months ago) colored with chalk pencils and Twinkling H2O's, and a sentiment by Recollections.  I used the Stylized flower EF (by Cuttlebug).  The silver sticker strips are by Anita - the one at the left is actually the strip located between the regular decorative strips, that I dislike wasting.  The mat is from a large dollar store silver gift bag - and a bit more silver is the watering can.
Mining for Silver (see above) with a Digi Darla image:
For the Girls:

Sunday, August 19, 2012

With Sympathy

This Paper Inspirations stamp is a lovely one to use for sympathy cards.  I did not have a sentiment the right size, so this one is computer generated. I added a bit of lace and cord as well as Petaloo flowers.
The sketch:

All in grey and black

This is done in various shades of black and grey.  The bg is Textile EF, by Cuttlebug, and the image is High Hopes, colored with Prismas.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

All White

My apologies for the terrible scan.  (I need to learn to take photos and upload them.  One technological advance at a time is about all I can handle LOL!!!)  The dimensional flower really skewed it.  Then I must have neglected to correct the size.  Hopefully you can see enough of this.  I no longer have the card - made it this morning and it went at the craft sale LOL!  I am also practicing with the Spellbinders flower - have a hard time getting  the hang of "folding" it. 
I used the Snowflake EF by CB, some glittery flowers (nature) and added some scattered glitter that does no show up - to meet the all white Christmas challenge:  (I really did not bring my Christmas supplies along for the summer so I had to improvise).
I used this sketch:

An old farmstead

This is an image I like to use for a masculine card.  It is from Digital Tuesday. 
The sketch is here:  (CPS 277)

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Sponged bird

Once in a while, I find that I use the same image and/or technique several times in a short period of time.  That is the case here.  I recently rediscovered this lovely image (SU Garden Collage) and sponging with chalk.  I like the subtle look and the fact that it is pretty forgivable!  I added a bit of metallic gel pen to highlight the flowers.In this case, I used a part of the CB embossing folder "You". DP is by DCWV - I have had both in my stash for a long time. The mats are Recollections navy blue.
Sponging (the image and the embossed piece):

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

A quintet of anniversary cards

August must be popular for weddings!  I needed a couple of anniversary cards for family, and had requests from customers.  I have used the Cuttlebug occasions embossing folder and dies for several cards lately - you can see different looks with the chalk.  The border punch is Martha Stewart.  The last card used the Victoria EF, together with a border EF.  It is for a 60th anniversary - the list I used said that the symbol for the 60th and 75th anniversaries is the same - diamond, so I added several!!! This is a another version of an all white wedding card I made - I do like the pop of color.

(Top card) - sketch:
"Double" mice:
(Card #2) "revisited" technique - using chalk - one of the first stamping techniques I used!  And from my stash - I have had the chalk for several years, and the ribbon and CS for at least a year:


I received several versions of this image from a member of Wish RAK, at SCS, but I forget the name of the set.  It makes a lovely, but simple, sympathy card.  I like the double stamping.
Using a sentiment:

Black, white and a bit of red

I have used this color combo a lot lately.  The image is a digi from Sketching stamper, colored with Prismas.  The twine is Pizzazz Aplenty, and the sentiment 7Gypsies Library stamp. THe DP is a gift from a Wish RAK member at SCS.
The sketch:

A sketchy horse

I like this image, but am SO afraid of totally destroying it with my coloring, so I decided to highlight the BG and leave the image uncolored.  For the farm yard look I added some punched birds.
Using a sentiment:
The sketch and farm yard theme:

Cheery greetings

These are fun colors for a cheery card.  The image is Penny Black, and I have had the papers (DCWV, I think) for a long time.  I added the ribbon and charm (from Pizzazz Aplenty)  to the sketch.
The sketch:
Using dots:
The colors:
Adding a charm:

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Another card in purple and green

I liked this image with the purple and green, so I made another.  I intended it for Joan's Garden's challenge,, but forgot it was to be a thank you!
However, I used this sketch:

Green & Purple thank you

This is a new color combo for me, and I liked it so well I made several cards using variations.  I am not at home right now, but I think this is a stamp from SU Garden Collage.  The DP is Recollections.
Green and purple, a thank you card, with music and a bird:
The sketch:

Bird Bath

I am sending this to a guy who had a serious biking accident.  I hope the cheery colors will give him a lift.  The image is Inkadinkado; DP is from a DCWV fall stack.  The Purely Pumpkin luster twine is by Pizzazz Aplenty.
The sketch, and some warm colors:

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Another boy's card

Another of  my cards for a boy (I added a couple of others to my SCS gallery, not here).  It is also another of my seemingly endless supply from my stash, and unmarked, as is too often the case.  I colored with prismas and metallic gel pens.  The image is stamped on unknown textured cs, which resulted in a pattern on the shirt and shorts, as well as the balls - a result I like.  The DP is ChatterBox, the button from my button box, and bakers twine from Paper Pizzazz.  The ribbon is from a number of rolls I got at a yard sale at a great price.
This is a back to school challenge - I think this guy is either getting in some last minute vacation sports, or getting all set for an active recess!
The sketch:
Summer days:

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Dragon for a 10 year old

I am making an assortment of cards for 10-12 year old boys, on the request of a friend.  I find this a really tough age group, especially as I have no idea of the interests of the boys.  Maybe this High Hopes stamp works. I may add a little "grandson" tag.  I think the DP is from a DCWV Fall stack - this summer I am using items from a limited supply - all separated from the original source. The cord is a shiny variegated brown from Paper Pizzazz, and the bg is dark green.
I colored with Prismas, and used shiny gel pens for the flames, candles, and trim.  The shiny frosting is Enamel Accents by Ranger - for this challenge:
The sketch: