Sunday, October 31, 2010

Viva La Verve...November Already!

Can you believe it? Where has this year gone? I was told by some wise customers from work that, especially when your children are young, a day goes on forever but the years go by in a flash. Isn't that the truth! This past month seriously flew by with all the projects and card making that I've been doing. Definitely a labor of love! Right now I can hear my DH vacuuming in the background, kinda like a "OK, I'm doing your job because you're not". I have been rather remiss in my housework duties lately. Luckily guilt doesn't affect me (lol). That reminds me of another saying that I have hanging on my fridge..."I understand the concept of housework, I just don't understand how it applies to ME". I don't think that will fly with him. Anyway, here's my card for Verve's Friday sketch challenge for the first week of November:



Here's Amber's sketch that we're following this week:


And here's the inspiration photo that I chose to model my card after:



  I scored big time at Michael's when they were putting all of their Fall items on clearance so I grabbed a few picks that had small Autumn colored flowers and I just cannibalize them as I need them.
Guess I'd better go make an appearance with the dust mop to show I'm still on the team. And so I stop getting dirty looks as well.
Have a great Halloween!


Stamps: Happy Fall, Vintage Oval Frame & Vintage Oval Frame Die (Verve) 
Paper: Amber Autumn (DCWV), Riding Hood Red, (SU), Kraft (PTI)
Ink: Walnut Stain Distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories:  Deco Fan border & corner punch, Walnut craft seam binding & red gems (Martha Stewart), Dotted Scallop border punch (EK Success), Scallop Oval Nestability (Spellbinders), Hemp twine (CTMH), Sunflower picks cut off a stem from Michael's, dimensionals 
Size: 5 1/2" square

Friday, October 29, 2010

Verve...One Last Hurrah!

And so it is, that my Guest Diva time has come to a close. For one last dance, I am posting a card that I made using Verve's brand new "A Cut Above" die in a new shape. Vintage Oval frame is the second die to be released with this winter collection.  Here is a card that I made using this die and the coordinating stamp:


I also used the new "Munchkin Phrases" set from the winter collection as well. I paired it with the set "Big Wish" to make a sweet little birthday card for my baby boy who's going to be 13 in a month. My how time flies! Just like my Guest DT stint! At least I'm enjoying the ride...
Have a great night and see you at the Release Party that's starting about....NOW!


Stamps: Munchkin Phrases, Big Wish, Vintage Oval Frame (Verve)
Paper: Baja Breeze, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla (SU)
Ink: Walnut Stain Distress Ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Deco Fan border punch (Martha Stewart), Vintage Oval Frame Die (Verve), Victorian Lace & Antique brads (SU), Dotted Scallop border punch (EK Success), Swiss Dot Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug)
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

New Verve...SWEET Scallop Tag Die!

Yes, you "heard" me correctly! Julee has come up with an amazing coordinating Verve die to go with her newly designed "Sweet Scallop Tag" stamp! How much better could it get? I'll tell you! Not only does the die coordinate, but there is also an alignment tool included and a specially designed envelope to store them! I did do an earlier sneak peek of this die on Monday with my Vintage St. Nick card. However, now I'm allowed to TALK about it! Here's a card I made with both the new Scallop stamp and coordinating die:



A few close-ups of the details:







This week's Viva La Verve sketch:



I dry embossed the background paper and lightly sanded the raised parts for a cool distressed look. Close to My Heart papers have a white core which makes this kind of distressing possible.
I used Amber's awesome sketch over at the Verve forum for the fourth and final card challenge for October. If you complete all the weekly sketches for the month you have a chance to win this entire release! And believe me, this is definitely THE PRIZE! Just link up your creations to Verve's October gallery, post the cards in the champions thread and a random winner could take it all!


Stamps: Sweet Scallop Tag, Glad Tidings (Verve)
Paper: Passages dp (CTMH), Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ink: Walnut Stain Distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories:  Sweet Scallop Tag Die (A Cut Above~ Verve), Sunburst border punch (Fiskars), Putty Craft seam binding (Martha Stewart), Pearl flourishes (Basic Grey), Accordian sticker (K & Co.), Large Dots & Damask Embossing plates (SU), Deco Metal Stickers (Making Memories), Platinum Stickles (Ranger), sandpaper, dimensionals, dauber
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

And so today is the 5th and final day of sneak peeks culminating with the Release party tonight at 9pm in the Verve forum over at Splitcoast! But first, I want to take this time now to thank all of the visitors who've come to my blog this week, maybe for the first time, maybe many times before this. I want to extend my appreciation for all of the wonderful, kind words of encouragement. And also a BIG thank you to Julee and the Verve Divas for being so gracious and supportive. So, with that, take a look at what the other Verve Divas have created with this marvelous tag set and die:

1. Laurie
2. Charmaine
3. Lynda
4. Mercy
5. Amy
6. Shannan
7. Michelle
8. Jackie
9. Teresa
10. Sankari
11. Tosh
12. Amber
13. Jen d.
14. Andrea
15. Julee

Have a great day and enjoy these wonderful new Verve stamps! (I know I do!)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

New Verve...Glad Tidings

Already it's Day 4 of  Verve's Winter Collection releases! How fast my parade appearance and tiara wearing stint is going by! It's only that I'm enjoying myself and this experience so immensely that the hands of time are whirling by at light speed! In any event, today I will be showcasing a couple of cards that I made with another new Verve set called "Glad Tidings". As you can tell from my previous posts, I am really working my mojo with these cards due to the fact that these stamps are so wonderful! I actually posted two versions of this first card. Take a look:



And this one I added Cuttlebug Vintage corner adornments:


I wasn't sure which one I like best so I posted both of them. The wreath was colored in using Stampin' Up markers and I added Petal Pink Liquid pearls to the berries to give them some shimmer. There are two Nestabilities circles over top of a Lacey Circle. The way that I had embossed, daubed and decorated the inner circle almost makes it look like there are three, but there is only one. I matted that focal piece onto a burgundy circle and then I added them to the Lacey circle with some dimensionals for a little, well, dimension.

Card Ingredients:
Stamps: Glad Tidings (Verve)
Paper: Belle Collection dp (Kaisercraft), Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla (SU)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko), Always Artichoke (SU)
Accessories: Modern Garland border punch (Martha Stewart), Circles & Lacey Circles Nestabilities, Vintage Corner dies (Cuttlebug), Winter Rose Cherry Frost (Prima), Antique White Satin ribbon (Papermart), Petal Pink Liquid Pearls (Ranger), Always Artichoke, Old Olive & Bravo Burgundy markers (SU), sewing machine, dauber, dimensionals
Size: 5 1/2" square


This next card really has a lot going on. I had visions of circles and flourishes when I had set out to make this one and sure enough it's pretty true to what I had envisioned. Here is the other card that I made using this same set:



And some close-ups of the details:





I handmade the burgundy accordion fan and the gold one is a sticker. The brown glittered flourish is a piece of chipboard from K & Co. The Kraft/Vanilla medallion underneath is also handmade. I used my Martha Stewart Optic Dots for the Vanilla paper and the Swirling Lace corner punch for the Kraft paper. I have a tutorial here on the medallion. I also have a tutorial on the accordion medallion which you can view here. I sponged  the edges and added some topaz gems to the "yucky" parts (i.e. the jagged edges where the punches didn't exactly line up) of the design.

Card Ingredients:
Stamps: Glad Tidings (Verve)
Paper: Mistletoe dp (CTMH), Always Artichoke, Whisper White (SU), Kraft (PTI), Mistletoe dp (Memory box)
Ink: Walnut Stain Distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Swirling Lace & Optic Dots corner punches, Deco fan border punch, Walnut craft seam binding (Martha Stewart), Fancy Scalloped Pierceabilities (Spellbinders), Glittered flourish & gems (K & Co.), Glass Glitter Stars & Spun Glass Snowflakes (Jolee's boutique), dimensionals, daubers
Size: 5 1/2" square



I know you'll want to check out what the other Divas have in store for you so here is a list of today's Verve Diva bloggers:


1. Amy
2. Jackie
3. Mercy
4. Michelle
5. Lynda
6. Charmaine
7. Laurie
8. Tosh
9. Sankari
10. Teresa
11. Jen T.
12. Andrea
13. Amber
14. Julee

Make sure to leave some comment love on each blog you visit, for one randomly chosen, lucky blog commenter will win that day's featured stamp set! Deadline for comment entries is 7PM Mountain Friday, October 29. Winners will be announced at our release party on Friday night. Be sure to join us at Splitcoast Stampers Verve forum on Friday from 9 to 11pm Eastern by clicking HERE.

Have a wonderfully creative day and I'll be back tomorrow with a special Verve surprise!

Play Date Cafe...Splash of Burgundy!

**For CASE Study Challenge scroll down one post**

I LOVE splash of color time!  To me it's so easy to make a striking, eye catching card with this type of color design. And believe me, when you're working with a color palette that you really like, it's easy to get amazing results. Take a look at this week's color story by Sarah Anderson at the Play Date Cafe and tell me you don't think the same:


Isn't this a gorgeous photo? I wanted to also use a floral focal point and surround the color with black and white. Here is the card that I've designed:




I want to thank Faith of Mark's Finest Papers for letting us use this fabulous stamp set Flourishes & Frames. What an elegant array of stamps and so versatile as well!
If you need a bit more inspiration, take a look at what the other PDC ladies have come up with:

Julie Ranae
Sarah Anderson
Suzanne Czosek
Ruby 2 Shoes

The Fine Print:
Deadline for prizes is 11:59pm EST on Tuesday.
The 'Cup of the Week' will be announced during the next challenge.

**ALL SKILL LEVELS ARE ENCOURAGED TO PLAY! **

We want you to enjoy this challenge.
Interpret the colors the way you see them.
We do not use specific card stock color names or brands.
Break out of the box and have fun!
The main requirement is:
PDCC COLORS BE THE
FOCUS OF YOUR SUBMISSION
When using additional colors, please limit them to neutrals.
You are welcome to combine challenges,
but we do ask that:

1. The PDCC name and/or photo is used
2. OUR colors are the focus of the card.

Have fun and happy stamping!


Stamps: Flourishes & Frames (Mark's Finest Papers)
Paper: La Creme dp (DCWV), Basic Black, Whisper White (SU)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Silver cord (SU), gem flourish & pearls (Kaisercraft), MS Swirling Lace corner & border punch, Papermart White ribbon, Labels Five Nestabilities, dimensionals
Size: 5 1/4" square

CASE Study...Warm Wishes

Our fourth and final week of CASEing the wonderfully talented Barbara Anders! As we bid our cyber farewell we hope that she won't be a stranger to our budding CASE Study Challenge blog. Along with our goodbye to Barbara, we're also sadly saying goodbye to one of our own, Carole Kisch. We all wish her the best and hope that she will also come back and say "hi" and maybe post one of her spectacular cards. Well, as far as Barbara's card....are you ready to see our inspiration card? Wait no longer! Here it is:


Can you say "gorgeous"?  I love the combination of black, white and kraft (almost as much as black, white and red) and I also love the black and white bow and the wonderful "get to the point" sentiment at the bottom. Here's my take on Barbara's classically beautiful card:


As you can see, I needed to shake things up a bit so I added that striking red rose. Really draws the eye, huh? This card was SO simple to make. The hardest time I had was aligning the Top Note dies in the kraft and black. Ha, I should be SO lucky sometimes!
Take a look at what the other CASE Study gals have done with this wonderful card:

 Chupa
Amy Wanford
Carole Kisch
Cindy Lee
Lenet Mos
Sue Kohler
Teneale Williams


Here are the deets for creating and uploading a project:
1. Create a paper crafting project (card, layout, off-the-page item), based on provided inspiration (being a featured creation, made by our Muse).
2. Post your creation on your blog or an online gallery (using a code CSC12), and link it to CASE Study Challenge blog with the inlinkz widget. Please provide a direct link to your post, not an entire blog.
3. A new challenge is being posted every Thursday at 12.01 AM EST, and you've got until the end of Tuesday to submit your entry.
4. You may enter as many times as you like, but you're asked to provide a newly designed project.
5. We will choose one winner randomly from the list of players, who will receive the prize provided by the sponsor. In addition, the authors of the four most impressive creations will be awarded the Winner and Top 3 awards. We will announce the winners on Wednesday.
6. Above all, have fun - and be inspired!



Stamps: Winter Mittens (Verve)
Paper: The Natural Matstack (DCWV), Vintage Cream, Black & Kraft (PTI)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Top Note Die (SU), Cheap-o Organza ribbon (Michael's), Paper Rose (Wild Orchid Crafts)
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Verve's Merry Wishes and Blog Hopping!

Day 3 of reveals and hopping with Verve's new Winter Collection 2010! I am SO enjoying seeing all of the wildly creative Verve Diva's artwork and the extreme creativity they possess! Using Julee's super fine designed stamps allows everyone to be able to make some gorgeousness! The proof is in this hop! In today's jaunt, I'm going to show you how I was inspired by this new set called "Merry Wishes". I found myself going back to this set several times due to the fact that the versatility in  these phrases allows so many possibilities!  Here is the card I designed using this set:


Here's a close-up of the snowflaked bow:



Possibly my most favorite color combination is black, white and red. What elegance it infers! And to me, so does the layering of beautiful shapes. I did a lot of experimenting with different Nestabilities shapes and layering with this one. (I mean A LOT!) This is what I came up with, in order from bottom to top:
  • Labels One
  • Lacey Square
  • Fancy Scalloped Tag
  • Labels Four
  • Fancy Scalloped Tag
  • Soon TBA die
 I made a border along the left side with my Optic Dots corner punch since {{gasp}} I don't own the border punch. The right side punches were made with Stampin' Up's Extra Large Photo corner punch. I made my own background paper with red and black ink and a cute holly berry stamp from this set.

Card Ingredients:
Stamps: Merry Wishes (Verve)
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Basic Black, Whisper White (SU)
Ink: Riding Hood Red (SU), Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Labels One, Four, Lacey Squares & Fancy Tags Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders), Tulip collection ribbon rounds (CTMH), Snowflake & Optic Dots punches and Red Holiday gems (Martha Stewart), Extra Large Photo corners punch (SU), dimensionals
Size: 5 1/2" square


 Here is a card that I experimented with a big fat bow using Becca Feeken's Double tied bow tutorial:
 
 

And a shot of the sentiment panel:




Let me tell you that wired ribbon can be a life saver sometimes! I still think that this bow is too large for the card, but I'm trying to put the feelers outside my comfort zone. I used an Oval Nestability for the "Joy" sentiment and an SU word window punch for the "to the world" part. I attached the smaller sentiment with some SU gold cord that matched the trim on the ribbon.

Card Ingredients: 
Stamps:  Merry Wishes (Verve)
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Whisper White (SU) 
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Lacey Squares & Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders), White wired gold trimmed ribbon (Caspari), Gold cord, Word Window Large punch (SU)
Size: 4 1/2" square

And for your viewing pleasure, here are the Divas that are participating in the hop today:

1. Charmaine
2. Michelle
3. Lynda
4. Jackie
5. Laurie
6. Mercy
7. Amy
8. Teresa
9. Sankari
10. Tosh
11. Susan
12. Amber
13. Andrea
14. Julee

Be sure to comment along the way while visiting all the Verve gals for a chance to win that day's featured stamp set!
Thanks for visiting and I'll be "seeing" you tomorrow with more Verve-y goodness, leading up to the Release party over at Splitcoast on Friday, October 29th at 9pm Eastern time! I can't wait to chat it up with everyone! Have a wonderfully creative day!
 

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

New Verve...Joy for the Journey and More!

Another day, another round of reveals and blog hopping! Today I'll be showing you cards that I made with 2 different stamp sets, soon to be released as Verve's Winter Collection 2010! I have had the most fun playing around with these versatile stamps, the possibilities are endless! This first card I'll be showing you is from a set called "Joy for the Journey":




For this card, I used my Stampin' Up Paper Piercer and Mat Pack to align the piercing. To enhance that look I also added some liquid pearl accents around the sentiment panels as well. I did a lot of layering with the Labels One and some Lacey Circles with regular Circle Nestabilities. Martha Stewart's Frond punch enabled me to make those leafy accents coming out from the Prima flower.
Card Ingredients:
Stamps: Joy for the Journey (Verve)
Paper: Holiday Pinecone dp (Daisy D's), Always Artichoke (SU), Vintage Cream & Kraft (PTI)
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Labels One, Lacey Circles & Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Ecru Lace (Wright's), Fairy Tale Rose snow (Prima), Frond punch (Martha Stewart), White Opal liquid pearls & clear embossing powder (Ranger), paper piercer, dauber, dimensionals
Size: 5 1/2" square

 
Richly Blessed
 
This stamp set contains some beautiful sentiments and I chose this lovely saying for my card:
 
 
I chose to use more liquid pearls for this card as well as they really have a dramatic effect in outlining, especially since they are lighter colors being used on some darker hues, the effect is even more striking. Tosh  hooked me up with a place that sells TONS of paper flowers and I couldn't wait to use some of them, hence this card got loaded up.  It's an online store called Wild Orchid Crafts. It's kind of hard to tell from the picture but I did dry emboss the background cream cardstock for a little textured effect.

Card Ingredients:
Stamps: Richly Blessed (Verve)
Paper: Night of Navy, Bashful Blue (SU), Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Labels Five Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Paper Flowers (Wild Orchid Crafts), Frond punch (Martha Stewart), White Opal & Baby Blue Liquid Pearls (Ranger), Sizzix Flourish Embossing Plate (SU), Antique White satin ribbon (Papermart), dimensionals (SU)
Size: 5 1/2" square

Time to go see what the magic the other Divas have performed with these sets. Here is a list of who's hopping today:

1. Jackie
2. Laurie
3. Lynda
4. Amy
5. Mercy
6. Sankari
7. Teresa
8. Andrea (you are here)
9. Julee
10. Shannan

Remember to leave some comment love along the way to be eligible to win that day's featured stamp set since one lucky commenter will be randomly picked from the blog hop to win!
Be back tomorrow with some more Verve-y goodies! Thanks for checking in!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Verve Winter Release Blog Hop...Day 1

Welcome to Verve's Winter release celebration blog hop! I am so excited to show you all the wonderful stamps that I have had the priveledge to work with over the last few weeks and give you some sneaky peeks at all these festive sets that Julee has designed. All of the super talented Verve Divas and my humble self will be previewing new stamp sets all week long. Now let's get to the good stuff!

This first card was made with a Plain Jane stamp called "Christmas Blessings". This beautiful font made me think of a vintage Christmas scene and I had remembered that I had this wonderful paper with this old time sepia drawing of St. Nick:



Here's a close-up of the sentiment on a new Scallop Tag stamp (a very early sneak peek):
And oh my, how did I cut out that adorable tag? You'll see....



 And the pretty Prima Poinsettia floral focal piece for that obligatory splash of color:



For this card, I used Mistletoe dp by Memory box and distressed the edges, then sponged them with some Vintage Photo distress ink for that "worn out" look. I also added a little sponging to the St. Nick image and its matting to match the rest of the card. The image was part of a 12" X 12" paper that had random vintage pictures on it, so I just cut out the drawing of Mr. Claus. The photo corners are from Close to My Heart and the burlap strip is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Card Ingredients:
Stamps: Christmas Blessing (Verve Plain Jane), Sweet Scallop Tag (Verve)
Paper: Mistletoe (Memory Box), St. Nick paper (DCWV), Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla (SU)
Ink: Antique Linen, Walnut Stain & Vintage Photo Distress inks (Ranger)
Accessories: Sweet Scallop Tag Die (Verve), Burlap (Really Reasonable Ribbon), Doily Lace border punch (Martha Stewart), Poinsettia & Leaf (Prima), Foundry Flourishes & Hemp twine (CTMH), Vintage button (PTI), edge distresser, dimensionals, daubers
Size: 5 1/2" square

Winter Mittens
For this card, I cut out 2 Lacey Circle Nestabilities in both Night of Navy and Kraft. I stacked them one on top of the other and then layered a Very Vanilla circle onto that. Next I added another smaller Lacey Circle and a second smaller circle for my sentiment and placed it on top. The heart is a cute little stamp that I just circled around the sentiment circle. The gems around the sentiment are placed on top of a snappy button stamp also included in the set. I love the way Julee mixes fonts on the phrase stamps. I know that design really catches my eye:


And a little close-up of the blue gems and fancy saying:




Card Ingredients:
Stamps: Winter Mittens (Verve)
Paper: Snowflake Blue dp (Daisy D's), Night of Navy, Very Vanilla (SU), Kraft (PTI)
Ink: Night of Navy (SU)
Accessories: Lacey Circle & Plain Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), blue gems (Icons), Waterfall Stickles (Ranger), Putty craft seam binding (Martha Stewart), button (CTMH), Linen thread & dimensionals (SU)
Size: 5 1/2" square

Holiday Phrases
My last card for today comes from a set called "Holiday Phrases", appropriately enough. I had made a lot of intricate cards and one night while surfing around the web, my brain told my hands to deliver this fabulous CAS card to me. So I accepted it. This card took me less than 10 minutes to make, but I think, has a very striking effect:


Another little close up of the glitzed out poinsettia leaves:


Not a lot to this card, I punched out the window with a Stampin' Up! large label punch and stamped the sentiment inside the card. The poinsettias are from Prima and I attached them randomly with some leaves and pearl centers.

Card Ingredients:
Stamps: Holiday Phrases (Verve)
Paper: Whisper White (SU)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Prima Poinsettia flowers & leaves, Large Label punch (SU), Pearls (Martha Stewart)
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Now you HAVE to check out what the Divas have been up to as well so here is a list of today's hoppers:

1. Lynda
2. Michelle
3. Mercy
4. Amy
5. Shannan
6. Laurie
7. Teresa
8. Sankari
9. Tosh
10. Susan
11. Amber
12. Jen d.
13. Andrea (you are here!)
14. Julee

Be sure to leave some blog love on the posts you visit for a chance to win that day's featured set!
Julee will be giving away the featured stamps from each day to one random commenter.  The cut-off for the comments is Friday at 7 pm Eastern. Winners will be announced at the Release Party Friday night!

Thanks for hanging in for such a long post, I have LOTS of Verve goodness to share with you along the way this week.
Have a great day and thanks so much for visiting!


Mojo Monday...Winter Wishes

I can't let a Monday go by without posting a Mojo card! Even though I may not get to it until Friday, I do try to "conquer" this challenge every week. Some weeks it's more difficult than others. This week, the card only took me one day (haha) instead of 2 or 3. Actually I had a card almost finished and I scrapped the whole thing because one piece just wasn't working. I started it over and I love the results of this one:




Here's the sketch for this week:


I used Verve's new "Winter Mittens" stamp set for my sentiment. All the new Winter 2010 stamps will be released this Friday in the Verve forum at Splitcoast Stampers. Be sure to join us at 9 to 11pm Eastern for some stamp chat and fun!
Have a great night!



Stamps: Winter Mittens (Verve)
Paper: Brenda Walton Peppermint Twist (K & Co.), White (PTI)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Lacey, Scalloped & Simple Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Deco Fan border & Snowflake punch (Martha Stewart), Burgundy satin ribbon, (C & G) green gems (icons), pearl, glitter snowflake, dimensionals, needle & thread
Size: 4 1/4" circle

Heart 2 Heart...Happy Halloween!

Halloween is approaching! I guess I'd better get it in gear and get some Halloween costumes for my kids! Analise wants to be a dead bride (popular one I think as I've heard this from others, too) and Troy wants to be a ghoul. (Something akin to throwing some type of black garment over his head to go out to get the goodies.) I always think I have so much time, but it sneaks up right on me! Well, at least I'm prepared with my card for this week at Heart to Heart challenges because we're celebrating Halloween! Here's the frightful card that  I've come up with for this round:




I used some Black Diamond Stickles and dripped them along the top for a slimy effect. And I guess my Iron Gate border punch can finally be used for a goth purpose! I used October's Stamp of the Month set called "Thriller". I dabbed the image with some more Stickles for some shimmer (even though it's a scary card, I GOTTA add some bling :)

Check out what the other ladies on the Heart 2 Heart Design Team have come up with:
Mary
Deneen
Jamia
Jessica
Kelly
Mandy


Remember to link up your creation by 10pm Sunday to be eligible for the Friday Five distinction and a chance to be a Guest Designer at Heart 2 Heart Challenges!

Have a great day!


Stamps:  Thriller (CTMH)
Paper:  Black, Daisy White (CTMH)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Pinking Circles Nestabilities, MS Iron Gate border punch, Black Grosgrain ribbon (making memories), Black Diamond Stickles (Ranger), dauber, dimensionals
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Play Date Cafe...Happy First Anniversary!

Happy sweet first anniversary to the Play Date Cafe! I'm so honored and excited to share their one year anniversary with everyone! And as a special surprise, Julie has invited some Play Date Cafe alumni to return and help us celebrate! We'll be seeing projects from Julie Campbell, Sandi Kelly, Stephanie Kraft and Mona Pendleton! I've been so lucky to be included in this wonderful celebration and Julie's color story this week is a beauty! Take a look at what we're working with this week:


I love these soft, delicate colors together, especially the pink and orange. These wonderful hues in combination with these fabulous stamps that we received from Unity helped my create this card:



 For my card, I used the tips that Dorcas had provided for using Prismacolor pencils. Takes a little practice but I love the look of a smooth, blended and shaded image. This card is pretty straight forward, just a few layers and some sewing.

Unity Stamp Company has generously agreed to sponsor our color challenge this week and they are offering a prize of a collection of 15 Itty Bitty stamp sets! The Unity DT will also be participating with our color challenge this week, but since there are many designers, the Cafe will be spotlighting a few each day up until Tuesday's deadline. You definitely need to visit The Cafe each day to see new creations by Unity designers!
There will also be a set of Five Chipboard Alphabets given away from Cosmo Cricket!

Time to head on over to the Play Date Cafe and check out what the other PDCC ladies have created with this gorgeous color scheme:

Current Design Team:
Julie Ranae
Sarah Anderson
Suzanne Czosek
Ruby 2 Shoes

PDCC Alumni:
Julie Campbell
Sandi Kelly
Stephanie Kraft
Mona Pendleton

The Fine Print:
Deadline for prizes is 11:59pm EST on Tuesday.
The 'Cup of the Week' will be announced during the next challenge.

**ALL SKILL LEVELS ARE ENCOURAGED TO PLAY! **

We want you to enjoy this challenge.
Interpret the colors the way you see them.
We do not use specific card stock color names or brands.
Break out of the box and have fun!
The main requirement is:
PDCC COLORS BE THE
FOCUS OF YOUR SUBMISSION
When using additional colors, please limit them to neutrals.
You are welcome to combine challenges,
but we do ask that:

1. The PDCC name and/or photo is used
2. OUR colors are the focus of the card.

Can't wait to see all the fabulous creations for this week's special anniversary celebration!
Happy stamping!



Stamps: Sweet as a Bowl of Cherries (Unity stamps)
Paper: Razzleberry Lemonade dp, Whisper White (SU)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Summer Sun (SU)
Accessories: Oval, Scalloped & Rectangle Nestabilities, MS Deco Fan border punch & red holiday gems, Prismacolor pencils and blending pencil, Harvest ribbon (Michael's clearance bin), Handmade Gem Flowers (K & Co.), sewing machine, dimensionals
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"