Friday, September 30, 2011

Playing in Paradise Challenge #35

Did someone say 'Distressing' ..... I LOVE DISTRESSING!  It is one of my favorite techniques! Something about it, just gives a card a unique look.

I am attaching two photos as one shows the distressing better and the other better reflects the actual colors.

 I wanted this card to look really distressed and old. I was aiming for a stone top "coffin" and achieved this by cutting out my coffin shape, covering it with glue and then literally sprinkling sandbox sand on it.  After it was dry, I sponged on some black ink, gave it a shot of Vellum glue and then finished with a good dose of hairspray! That sand isn't going anywhere! The webs were stamped with Stazon and embossed.

The "mummy" (who is desperately trying to escape the coffin) is made with Stampin' Up taffeta ribbon that was inked and roughed up a bit with a pair of tweezers.  All other embellishments as well as the stamps are from my craft box, origin unknown.

If you would like to play along, plese click on the following link:

Hope you like my spooky card!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

colourQ's 2nd Birthday CASE a Queen Challenge #104...

The card I chose to CASE is cQc#74 - Thanks Lindy G for your inspiration!


What a great challenge! My oh my, I had a real tough time trying to choose which card to CASE - they are all so amazing!  However, I am quite the Inchie fan and this card caught my eye so I figured I would give it a whirl.  Christina did a fantastic job on her card, which inspired me even more!

I wanted to try give the card some depth so I started by embossing white cardstock with the Swiss dot folder. I then punched out 1" squares, then punched various shapes within the inchie, then popped the inchie up on to the required colors of cardstock. I used DMC embroidery cotton to make my grid lines. I tried several different embellies in the upper left hand corner but settled for a simple salutation as anything more was just too much! 

All supplies are Stampin Up with the exception of the punches (Walmart, I think) and the DMC cotton.

My post would not be complete without a GRRRRRRRR!!!! Seriously, I took over 100 pictures in every imaginable space in our house AND yard (the neighbors must think I am nutso!) and I had to settle for a 'practise shot' because it was one of the few pictures that showed the details! I am actually showing two photos in an attempt to get a good picture!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Vertical Sketch Challenge in the Moxie Fab World and colourQ challenge #102...

One card....two challenges....again!

Once again, I decided to create one card to qualify for two different challenges. 


This is the last of four sketch challenges over in the Moxie Fab World.  Here is the link if you would like to play along - but hurry deadline is Sept 19th:
(Note that I have turned the sketch upside down)


The second challenge is over at colourQ and it is Challenge #102.  An awesome color combination of Poppy Parade, Basic Grey, Certainly Celery & Temptin Turquoise.

Here is the link to play along at ColourQ:

As soon as I flipped the sketch upside down, I immediately saw trees and a highway....

The wee red car is made up of different sizes of punched circles and popped up with dimensionals.  The dotted line on the highway is the punched out sections from a button punch that I have.  The trees are cut from Certainly Celery and stitched with a similar color twine from The Twinery. The salutation is computer generated.

Hope you like my card and happy crafting!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Horizontal Sketch Challenge in the Moxie Fab World and Playing in Paradise: Challenge #32

Two card!  

The Horizontal Sketch Challenge

Two challenges ..... one card!

I wanted to play along with both and really didn't have time to make two separate cards so this is what I created to satisfy both challenge rules. 

I love this clean and simple sketch from the Moxie Fab World!  The photo from Scrapbooker's Paradise instantly made me think of an elegant table setting at a wedding, so I wanted to keep my card both elegant and simple! 

Once again, it is hard to tell in the photo but the card base is made from a glossy cream colored cardstock. I used a piece of light cream colored vellum that has thin lines embossed on it.  The pink hearts are also made from glossy textured cardstock.  I pulled out my quelling gadget, cut thin strips of the pink paper and "quelled" my heart.  The sentiment is embossed in silver, although it is hard to see in the photo.

If you would like to play along with the Moxie Fab Challenge please visit the following site:

To join in the Scrapbooker's Paradise Challenge, please click here:

Happy crafting!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Congrats Baby Card

My version of a cute wee baby card that we made at monthly stamp club night. Tweaked it a bit, changed the style and made it my own!

All products are Stampin' Up.

*Playing in Paradise #31*

I didn't really have time to make a new card for this challenge so I dug around in my "stash" of cards and found this one.  It is actually one of my cards that I actually like (I am very critical of my creations)!

Here is the link if you would like to play along:

All products are Stampin' Up!