Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Today's challenge over at Whiff of Joy was to create a card with the "Love" theme. I went with the sibling affection since I've been itching to get at this stamp since I got it last week. I colored the image with prisma colored pencils and gamsol. On top of the chair I added a thin coat of Shimmerz in Angel Wings to add a smidge of sparkle. Finishing touches include some butterfly crocheted trim, burgundy grosgrain ribbon and some pink gems that I added to the trim as well as the corner of the card.

I think I'm going to try this again double stamping so I can do the chair in a small patterned DP with the images cut out on top.

Come back soon to see how that turns out. Thanks for stopping by!
Worked on a couple of cards again today - I'm on a streak! The first 2 are nearly identitical except for the images. They both combine the Splitcoasters challenge from yesterday (Color Challenge to include crushed curry, burgundy and grey) as well as today's sketch challenge.

I left them on the simple side since they felt like cards for guys.

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Made this card couple of days ago following the sketch challenge #64 over at Whiff of Joy. Because the Birdhouse image from Elisabeth Bell is so large, it got a little stretched out, but basic structure is the same. I love this image and happy with how it turned out. Elisabeth Bell is still at the very top of my favorites!

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Monday, February 01, 2010

Good Afternoon to you all ... Hope you're all staying warm. We're supposed to get another couple of inches tonight into tomorrow. Don't get me wrong. I love winter, but it's got to be 25 degrees or above for me to enjoy it. We've had so much snow the last couple of months (compared to years past) that I'm about ready for the spring thaw.

Anyway ... I logged into Splitcoasters first thing this morning and decided I was going to forgo the challenge - I'm not a super 3-D fan. But after chores around the house I decided what the heck ... The challenge was to make one of these Bucket Handbags. Mel (SCS: stampztoomuch) created a template which can be found here:

I actually put the c/s in my printer & took the easy way out. The back side has the same DP but no embellishments like the front.

Ok ... so it wasn't as scary as I thought it would be. Actually turned out kind of cute, so I'm glad I overcame my resistence and completed it.

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This past weekend was a mini warm up for the Virtual Stamp Night's Olympic weekend coming up later this month. There were 6 challenges on Saturday Night.

The first was to be inspired by one of the flags of the participating countries. Didn't take me long ... I was looking for Australia ... I SO want to visit there - it's on my Bucket List! Their flag has a Union Jack in the upper left corner, so I put my image panel there matted on red. The background is a bright blue with some white stars. I tried clear embossing, which ended up looking darker in stead of lighter, but it works for me.

The 2nd challenge was to use snow or ice and white embossing or white Flower Soft. I embossed the white and dotted the center of the snowflakes with white embossing, but didn't show up as well as I'd have liked so I sponged blue over the entire surfact ... still can't see much, but like the way it popped the snowflakes.

The 3rd challenge was based on those ADORABLE mittens that the participants get to wear in the opening ceremonies ... I wanna get me a pair of those. I used some red felt material (left over from a costume of the Queen in Star Wars). I punched it with my scalloped Cuttlebug dies and stacked. I love this Penny Black image so much ... Just can't get enough of it.

The 4th was to use the Chalk Board technique. I sponged the images with white Craft ink and then swished some pastels into the design til I got what I was looking for.

This next one was basedon the Slalom Course, so we had to incorporate an "S" or wavy swirl of some kind, use the "Kissing Technique" and to use pink ... Ok, so I o.d'd on the pink. The wavy was achieved by running my c/s through the swirls CB embossing folder. I stamped the image in blush blossom then overstamped a floral background in rose red onto the image stamp (does that make sense?)

This last one, we were to use the "Spotlight Technique" and try to incorporate our favorite event of the Olympics (um, Ice Skating, of COURSE!) - with bonus points for using the 5 colors of the Olympics (red, blue, yellow, green & black - not in that order) ... I pulled out my stash of old, old SU Designer paper and created one background. I love this Skating Mudzie from High Hopes. After all was said and done and I was editing my photo ... I realized, "oops, where's the black?" Um ... the ink, YEAH, that's it, lol.
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