March 22, 2008

Bloggers Challenge # 39 -- Life is Good (and very busy)

I made this card for the BC #39 on Thursday night and was too tired to upload. Went to bed and totally forgot to upload on Friday. Since my new boss came to our organization, my workload has increased and the office is so busy that I don’t have much time to read my personal e-mails or Blog surf anymore (tear tear). I miss the “good ole days”!

Hope you like what I created. This week’s BC was a color combination using Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip, and Real Red. Let me tell you, I would never use this combo, but I liked how the card turned out. Sometimes I surprise myself!! I guess it’s not called a challenge for no reason!

The card was stamped using the She’s All That stamp set in Craft Chocolate Chip ink and embossed with clear EP. The three panels were embossed using the Paisley and Dotted Cuttlebug folders. The rest is pretty straight forward.

March 15, 2008

Bloggers Challenge # 38 -- Late!

This week's challenge was to create Birthday Cards - any age. Well this challenge was just in time because I killed two birds with one stone. Not only did I complete the challenge but, tomorrow is my husband's birthday. He will be the recipient of one of these cards. Can't decide which one to give him.

Last Sunday, my downline and I went to the Original Rubber Stamp Convention and we came across these new stamps by Safire Designs. When we saw them we both thought, "male birthday cards". I am challenged when it comes to making masculine cards, so I purchased these stamps with the intent to bring me outside of my comfort zone. I like the way they turned out seeing I only started three hours ago :_) .

Both cards use Garden Green, Not Quite Navy, Going Gray, and Whisper White cardstock. Also used Staz-On Ink, as well as the watercolor crayons and SU markers. The spark plug on the cupcake is popped up on a dimensional and watercolored with bordering blue wc crayon. The card is also embellished with silver brads.

The wrench card is embossed using silver metallic ink and clear EP and watercolored with Going Gray. The candles were colored in using the wc crayons too. The twill tape was stamped in Not Quite Navy with the birthday stamp from Happy Everything and finished off paper piercing across the bottom (under the twill tape) and brads from the Bold Brights color family. Hope you like them as much as I do!

March 9, 2008

Mystery Swap - Gnome

I participated in a Mystery Swap and I must admit that it was a lot of fun. This little guy was mailed to me and the other participants from the challenge hostess. We were to create a card using the image and mail it to our assigned partner. When I received it, I was at a loss -- didn't know what to do with a Gnome. I started out using Wild Wasabi cardstock and stamped it with the Flannel background . Then I decided to run it through the Cuttlebug. I liked the result of the background. After that, the rest was easy peasy! I used 3-D Glaze pens to color in the gnome. His beard was supposed to be a little lumpy but the Liquid Applique must have been old because everytime I heated it, it came out glossy. Oh well, it had to do!

I am posting now because my partner has since received the card and she really likes it.

March 8, 2008

Bloggers Challenge # 37

Before I begin, I must tell you the reason for the two different backgrounds. I deleted the wrong picture on my camera. Now on to the card.

This challenge was a lot of fun! This week's BC was to make a card that is not rectangular in shape. I thought, the only other alternative is circle. Then I looked at the Good Egg stamp set and decided to recreate the main stamp image. This is my version the image. I really like how this card turned out. The second picture shows how the card opens. I started with the Creative Memories oval cutting system. I cut out two large ovals to simulate an egg. Then stamped and clear embossed the circles on the bottom half of the "egg". Next I stamped the zig-zag image repeatedly and embossed in white. After I did that, I was stuck. But I did not give up. I had to make this challenge work. Hope you like it!

Stamps: A Good Egg
CS: Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, So Saffron
Inks: Versamark
Accessories: Creative Memories cutting system, white EP, clear EP, bashful blue 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, brads-soft subtles, stampin dimensional, glue dot

March 3, 2008

My boss is retiring at the end of this month and we are giving him a surprise luncheon tomorrow. As part of his overall gift, we have decided to give him little gifts that relates to his retirement. Since his wife will be in attendance, we’ve decided to give her a gift. A “Honey-Do” notebook which is actually for him – she should get a chuckle out of this. We figure she can’t let him sit around, watch soap operas and eat bon-bons all day.

Well guess what? I , the resident “artist”, was nominated to do the honors. I didn’t want this book to be to fru-fru & frilly so I decided to go neutral in hopes that they actually use the notepad. Hope this is neutral enough.
Used discontinued DSP and the stickers that came in a little tin -- can't think of the name and my old catalogs are not handy. Also used Really Rust, River Rock CS, and Very Vanilla. The title was typed and printed onto the V. Vanilla CS. Pretty good match huh? Also used Artichoke brads, scalloped punch, as well as the ticket punch.