Monday, October 24, 2011

Bloggers' Challenge - Fall Blooms

The challenge at Bloggers' Challenge this week is to make a project with Fall Blooms. For my card, I chose these beautiful floral stamps by Hero Arts and stamped them in fall colors! I used Spiced Marmalade, Vintage Photo and Wild Honey Distress Inks. The flowers were trimmed and mounted onto background paper and mounted to a Kraft card. Embellishments include paper leaves, seam binding and Copper Liquid Pearls. All of these fall challenges have helped me get ready for sending out Thanksgiving Day cards, which will be a huge help as I am just getting started on my Christmas Cards. How about you? Are you where you want to be? Why not come join us at Bloggers' Challenge with a Fall Blooms card? Best, Yvonne

Make My Monday - Challenge 21 - Orange and Black

Happy Monday to everyone! The challenge over at Make My Monday continues to be Autumn for the month of October and the challenge for this week is 'Orange and Black.' As an option, it can be a Halloween card if you please. I began with a black card blank, added some orange and black designer paper. I stamped my image and sentiment both from Studio G, with Black Memento Ink and distressed the edges of both with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink before matting both with black paper. Both were added to the card front. My embellishments include Black and White Baker's Twine, a recycled portion of a die cut that previously was a label and that I received when purchasing card stock and some Copper Liquid Pearls. My granddaughter will probably be the recipient of this card. Looking forward to seeing what everyone else comes up with. Take a look at the DT's examples. Excellent! Best, Yvonne

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Coffee & Cream with a hint of Dark Chocolate

Greetings! Boy do we have a fabulous new challenge for you over at Fashionable Stamping Challenge! For Challenge # 7, the theme is Coffee & Cream with a hint of Dark Chocolate! I hope you will hop over to FSC and check out all of the examples by the other Design Team Members. They are over the moon! You will be so inspired. For my own card, I started by stamping a Cafe scene and and an accompanying tray with coffee, both by Art Declassified in Memento Rich Cocoa ink. I also stamped a street map of Paris by Stampsmith with the same ink. All images were distressed with Antique Linen Distress Ink and then matted with Kraft card stock and black paper. The images were layered over a background designer paper and embellishments include Kraft photo corners, seam binding by Martha Stewart, a paper flower, gold cord and vintage buttons. The finalized panel was placed on a brown card base. I had the privilege decades ago of spending nine days in Paris and the surrounding area. I have fond memories of being offered coffee each morning with either hot or cold milk. I fondly remember the little bistros that lined the Paris streets and hope one day to return. Now we look forward to seeing what you come up with! Please remember we need to be able to see your stamping and no Digis, please. Bon Soire! Yvonne

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Use it Tuesday - Challenge # 17 - Metal

The challenge at Use It Tuesday this time around is 'Metal.' What I love about this Challenge site is that you are encouraged to dust off and use stash that has not been used in awhile. I immediately thought of these metal squares that I had been saving for years! I matted them with black paper and mounted them on a very old piece of red card stock. The ribbon is recycled from several Christmases ago. The sentiment is by Hero Arts. Thanks for stopping by. Yvonne

Try it on Tuesday

Came across a new challenge today called Try it on Tuesday. Their challenge this week is called 'Taking to the Skies.' The interpretation is open to us. The Design Members at Try it on Tuesday had many interpretations, I must say! For my card, I chose birds, a sentiment and a bird cage by TPC Studio. I added Antique Linen Distress Ink to most of the pieces and finished with a feather and Baker's Twine, a doily and Liquid Pearls. I really felt the card needed a pop of color so I added the ribbon at the top of the card. Looking forward to meeting some new folks at this challenge. Thanks for stopping by. Yvonne

Monday, October 17, 2011

Autumn Inchies - Flora and Fauna

Hope everyone had a great weekend! Our weather was gorgeous all weekend and continues into the new week. Challenge # 20 at Make My Monday is Autumn Inchies - Flora and Fauna. I recently picked up this stamp by Inkadinkado and think it is perfect for this week's challenge. I painstakingly cut background papers into inchies and arrange them colorfully and then realized I needed to put them all back together to stamp my image! I am also submitting my card to Stamptacular Sunday Challenge for Challenge #134 - 'You Choose,' which calls for any card using a technique new to you. Although I have made a few cards with inchies, I have never attempted to stamp one image across multiple inchies. I have always stamped each block individually, so that is my 'new to me' technique. Looking forward to seeing what evryone else comes up with! Thanks for dropping by. Best, Yvonne

Friday, October 14, 2011

Bloggers' Challenge - Cardboard

The challenge at Bloggers' Challenge this week is to incorporate cardboard into a project. I decided to use a piece of cardboard that was at the bottom of a stack of card stock. I die cut a vine by Sissix from the cardboard and sponged the leaves with Fresh Foliage Folk Art Paint and Crushed Olive Distress Ink. The focal image is from Generation Redux by Artistic Outpost. I added Kraft Photo Corners to tie into the card stock vine. The sentiment is by Stampin Up. Embellishments include a paper flower I found in my stash, ribbon by Michael's and Pink Pearls by Martha Stewart. I felt as though the card was a bit flat, so I added just a bit of Frosted Lace Stickles here and there on my cardboard vine. I really appreciate being challenge to go beyond the regular paper or card stock I would have pulled together for my project. It is good to grow! Hope everyone has a great weekend. Heading to the beach with my sister that I have not seen in ages and my husband. Take care. Yvonne

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Moxy Fab - Textured to Perfection

This is my first Moxie Fab World Challenge, though I have joined in on the a number of Tuesday Trigger Challenges. The challenge is to make a card that incorporates texture in an innovative way. I love texture and always try to add some to my cards. For this card, I challenged myself to look for ways to add extra texture. To get started, I grabbed this beautiful seashell embossing folder by Sissix and embossed Kraft card stock. I then distressed the edges of the panel. I immediately knew I wanted to use the clam shell gather from Artistic Outpost. To further the texture of my card, I tore around the image to reveal the soft paper at the core. I wrapped the panel in baker's twine and then added raffia as a bow to heap on more texture. Where I might have added stamped seashells, for today's card, I added real seashells and some pearls. The entire panel was mounted to white card stock. I thought the accent panel lacked texture so I added some with Copper Liquid Pearls for tactile appeal. Everything was mounted on a textured peach card base. Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday Trigger - Finesse the Dress

It's another Tuesday Trigger at Moxy Fab! This week, we are to make a card as inspired by the dress above. I immediately thought of this previously uninked stamp by Inkadinkado and stamped it in London Fog Memento Ink onto a Turquoise scrap and matted the image in white and metallic gray. A simple gray strip punched with a Martha Stewart border punch replicates the hem of the dress. The scalloped doily behind the image also replicates, somewhat, the bodice of the dress. The sentiment is by Stampa Rosa and embellishments include gauze flowers by Tim Holtz and Baker's Twine by Divine Twine. Looking forward to seeing everyone else's takes on the photo! Thanks for dropping by. Best, Yvonne

Monday, October 10, 2011

Autumn Trees and Falling Leaves

I don't usually combine challenges, but since several are along the theme of Autumn, I hope you will indulge me! Over at Make My Monday, the theme continues to be Autumn, and this week we are to make a project with AutumnTrees! At Bloggers Challenge, the theme is Falling For You and can be interpreted as we see fit. I also came across a new to me challenge called Stamptacular Sunday Challenge and their theme, #133, is called "So Distressing! " And so, with these challenges in mind, I created my autumnal card with an Orange card base. The trees by Rubber Stampede were stamped in Rich Cocoa Memento Ink on Glossy Paper. I distressed the tree image with Distress Inks in Antique Linen, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey and Brushed Concord. The sentiment, also stamped in Rich Cocoa is by Hero Arts. Embellishments include leaf buttons, Scrappers' Floss, ribbon, and Liquid Pearls in Copper. I just love this time of year! Hope everyone has a great week. Best, Yvonne

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Fashionable Stamping Challenge - anything but a card

Greetings! I have really been enjoying the challenges at Fashionable Stamping Challenge. The new challenge, "Anything but a Card"
should be very interesting. Looking forward to seeing what each of you comes up with! For my project, I chose to decorate an unfinished white linen picture frame. I began by stamping shells in Antique Linen Distress Ink onto the frame and added the sentiment in Black Versafine ink at the bottom of the frame. The bathing Beaty was stamped onto Glossy Paper and trimmed and mounted to the side of the frame. I added tulle, ribbon, shells, pearls and butterfly stickers by Tim Holtz. All stamp images are by Oxford Impressions.

Please check out all the projects by the Design Team for inspiration. Can't wait to see your entry! Please remember no Digis and we must be able to see stamping on your project. Best, Yvonne

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Blogger's Challenge - Sketch Challenge -9/30/11

Greetings! Catching up on last Friday's new Bloggers Challenge, which is a sketch this week. (See above.) I decided to use the beautiful stamp plate called Paris Exposition by Artistic Outpost. Not sure why I felt led to stay to all neutrals on this one, by I like it! Looking forward to seeing every one's entries. Best, Yvonne

Make My Monday - Challenge 18 - Autumn- Resist Technique

Greetings! It sure feels good to be back in blog land! I have been traveling for a while and though I had my card supplies with me, had no time to apply myself. I was very excited to see the new challenge for Make My Monday for October and was delighted to see that it is "Autumn." Specifically, for this first week, we are to use a "Resist Technique." Yikes!!! I don't know that I have ever used a resist technique. It is, however, what I love most about challenges... growing my skills. So...I did a search and found some really good videos on You Tube. I recalled having a Ranger Resist Ink Pad from back in the days when I did heat embossing (before I burnt a hole in my sofa). That was way before Distress Inks though. Don't you just love how Distress Inks have changed the course of card making? So for my card, I stamped this leaf collage by Northwoods Rubber Company with Resist Ink onto Glossy Paper. I added Antique Linen, Spiced Marmalade, Dusty Concord and Worn Lipstick Distress Inks. I matted my image with white and then copper metallic paper. I layered a purple card stock to my white card base, added a beautiful copper ribbon, and my matted image. The sentiment is a portion of an stamp by The Stamp Pad Company, also stamped in Dusty Concord. Embellishments include paper leaves mounted on pop dots, Copper Liquid Pearls, Birds cut from ribbon, Baker's Twine and Raffia. Looking forward to a week of sunshine and warmer weather as we are still without a furnace as a result of last month's flood! Lot's of hot tea helps! Take care. Best, Yvonne