Thursday, December 31, 2009

Multiple Challenge Card

Today's card was awesome to create. I used 4 challenges, not an easy feat. There's not too many Thursday challenges out there. Actually, I only know of 2; Splitcoast Stampers and Pals Paper Art. Pals Paper Art's challenge this week was "Anything but a Card" and that's not what I was about today, so I didn't do it. If you know of any other Thursday Challenges, I wish you'd email me the link but for now I'll just keep future Thursdays open for the challenges that I haven't gotten around to.

Colour Q is a Tuesday Colour challenge. When you see the colours together you think that they'll be easy to build a card with. Nah,huh! Yes, they look great together side by side but how do you incorporate all the colours together on one card. Then I reused Monday's Pink Elephant Sketch Challenge, just because and again I changed the orientation.

Splitcoast Stampers Thursday's Ways To Use It Challenge was "All About Time" using "time" as the theme for the card. I didn't have any clock or watch type of stamps but I did find the word "time" in a greetings stamp set. And the final challenge is from 365 Cards, called "Digging Deep". You had to dig in to your stash of "HAD to have it now but still haven't used it". My stash of this sort is a pretty big stash, I have shoe boxes for each colour and a few drawers full of miscellaneous. But I was lucky because in my stash of pink, I found the flower sticker. If you look closely, there's some light pink (Pretty in Pink), bright pink (Melon Mambo), white (Whisper White), dark brown (Chocolate Chip), and turquoise blue (Tempting Turquoise). Really couldn't believe my luck. So here's my card:

I still think there's something missing in the top right corner. Maybe I should of used a Pretty in Pink DSP to add a bit of umph. I'm still quite happy about the way it turned out though.

Stamp Set: Absolutely Fabulous
Card Stock: Chocolate Chip, Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Pink Flamingo DSP
Ink: Tempting Turquoise
Accessories: ribbon, brads, flower sticker.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Wednesday's Splitcoast Challenge SC261

This is this week sketch challenge on Splitcoast Stamper. Quite simple and clean, real easy to work with. I pick a good week to challenge myself since they haven't been tricky sketches.

I made two cards for this challenge since I needed to cut two sets of Cutie Pie (retired) DSP in order to get opposite diagonals. I wanted to use the Peace Within stamp set for sure. Since I picked the Cutie Pie DSP, the colours were a bit of a challenge. I tried this way and that using different colours and layering (wasted at least a half hour deciding that). I found that the simpler the the better. I watercoloured the image (doing much better, got to practice shadowing). It came out all right but it wasn't the look I had in my head, so I changed my mind about using the image again for the second card.
This card turned out much better and really "fits" in with the DSP; in my opinion. It's a two-step stamp set called Soft Summer, shame I've only used it once before. I used sponge daubers for the first step, then markers and a Stamp-ama-jig for step 2. I had to add a sentiment and then a bit of shadowing because there was just too much white space around the image, just used a sponge dauber and tried to go lightly but there are a few spots that are a little darker. Looks OK though. Really happy about the way it turned out.

Stamp Sets: Peace Within, Soft Summer
Card Stock: Bashful, Blue, Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Cutie Pie Dsp
Ink: Basic Black, Close to Cocoa, Rose Red, Really Rust, Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Sahara Sand
Accessories: Sponge daubers, aqua painter, stamp-ama-jig

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge #54

I've completed another challenge today. Actually two challenges in one card. I used the sketch challenge found on Mercy's blog and Tuesday's Splitcoast Stampers Colour Combo. When I saw the colour combo, "Barely Dusty Grays", I was thinking, "What the heck am I gonna come up with?" "I can't do this!" and one more thought, "It's too ugly, won't do it." But I did it anyway. That's why they call it a C-H-A-L-L-E-N-G-E, I guess.
Here's what I came up with. I used Bella Birds DSP (retired). The yellow colour in Bella Birds DSP is So Saffron but when I compared the DSP with Barely Banana, it was pretty close. So although technically I didn't complete the colour combo challenge, I give myself a passing grade anyway because it pretty darn close. Or maybe here's a thought: I should colour in the bird with Barely Banana using my aqua painter and I do pass the challenge. HA! That's what I'm going to do.
Stamp Set: Asian Artistry
Card Stock: Basic Gray, Dusty Durango, Whisper White, Bella Birds DSP
Ink: Basic Gray but going to add Barely Banana to the bird
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Nesties (petite oval, petite scallop oval) MS Zig Zag Edge punch, ribbon

Pink Elephant Challenge #47

Thanks to Lori for referring me to her friend Melissa's blog where I found a list of fun daily challenges to play along with. This is the Pink Elephant Challenge #47.

Cute and fun sketch. I had to change the orientation though to make it work with what I had in mind.

I went through my stash of "stamped oopsies" and found this lovely tree from the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set. Made that oopsy way back in March, I think. But it was perfect for this card.

This is my card.

A "stamped oopsie" is something that I've stamp thinking it would go great with what I was working with at the time but when I dry fitted the card I found out it wasn't right. But I couldn't just throw it out just because I couldn't use it that day. So I stashed, and stashed until I realized I'd better start using these if I want to get rid of them. Feel the purge. Yesterday is was old DSP that I was trying to get rid of and of course used today. And now the oopsies. I'm well on my way to using up all the thing I just HAD to have.

Stamp Set: Thoughts and Prayers and Fundamental Phrases
Card Stock: Tangerine Tango, Chocolate Chip, Glossy White, Whisper White, and Autumn Vine DSP.
Ink: Baja Breeze, Mellow Moss, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Brayer, ribbon

Monday, December 28, 2009

Monday's Mojo Challenge

I thought that today would be a good day to get back into the swing of things Stampin' Up! by doing a challenge. I haven't been really in the "mood" for stamping since I finished all my Christmas cards, that was almost a month ago. I have been doing some stamping but I really wasn't into it; until now. Hopefully this "mood" keeps up.

This week's Monday Mojo Challenge was actually alot of fun. Design was great and easy to work with. I picked my DSP first then just went with it.

Voila! This is my creation.

One of my New Year's resolution for 2010 is to use up out-dated DSP. This is the Fall Flower Designer Series Paper from the Spring and Summer 2008 Catalogue. I've used it a few times and really like the colour combo but once the new stuff comes in, I kind of push away the old and forget about them.

I used the Birds and Bloom Sizzlit to make the flower; sponge daubbed the edges to create depth and curled the edges to add dimension, added a button to the middle and WOW.

Stamp set: Full of Life
Card Stock : Old Olive, Really Rust, Whisper White, Fall Flower DSP
Ink: Really Rust
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Nesties ( rectangle, scallop rectangle, circle), Birds and Bloom Sizzlit, sponge dauber, ribbon, button, Stamp-ama-jig, 2 1/2" circle punch, glue dot.