Tuesday, October 27, 2009

ICS 40

This is my card for Inspirational Card Sketches (ICS) #40, with another great sketch by Dawn. It's a very summery looking card, I know, but I love these colors. My inspiration was today's Teapot Tuesday challenge and I also included a border punch for Flourishes's Timeless Tuesday Challenge.

The images are by Flourishes, colored when pencils and OMS. I sponged a little chalk around the edges of the circle. The paper is from Basic Grey (Lime Rickey).

Monday, October 26, 2009

CPS 139

I used CPS sketch 139 to make this card. The sketch called for a wavy element alongside the central image, and I haven't used torn paper for a while, so I thought I'd revisit the first "technique" I ever learned. Blue is my favorite color; I incorporated a couple shades and made it monochromatic.

The subject matter was from Saturday's Inspiration Challenge at SCS (I used this item from Anthropologie). This week's CAS challenge was to use eyelets or brads, and they worked well with the torn paper.

Main image is SU (Nature's Wonders), sentiment is Purple Onion Designs. Ink is Ancient Page Cobalt Blue.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

My fave time of the year -- 4 challenges

Fall is my favorite time of the year, and I seem to have collected a large number of leaf stamps because I love colorful leaves. So, no surprise I jumped at several chances to use a leaf/fall theme in a card.

This card is for CPS 138 -- a nice, clean layout that can have endless variations.

It's also for Etsy Inspired Challenge #58, which sent us to a jewelry store called Linkel designs. This shop has page after page of beautiful jewelry, and I was inspired by a pair of fall-looking, leaf-shaped earrings.

And it's for the Smart-word challenge, which asked us to create a card based on the word "fall". How could I resist that challenge?

Finally, it's for this week's CAS challenge at SCS, which challenged us to make a sympathy card. I don't normally make those, and it's probably a good idea to have one on hand.

Main image is by SU (Botanicals), sentiment by Club Stamp. DP is from WR Memory Makers. Ink is Maroon Colorbox Fluid Chalk ink. The twine is from Martha Stewart (designed to wrap around boxes of cupcakes, but Martha doesn't really know papercrafters, does she?)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Bluebird of happiness, Etsy inspired CPS

This is my card for Etsy Inspired Challenge #57, Kharlie Bugs, which sells fabric handbags and makeup bags. I loved the mix of stripes and paisley print on this bag, so that's the element I reproduced in my card. (I loved the colors on the inspiration piece, too; that'd be great paper, wouldn't it?) I used CPS sketch 137 to make the card.

The bird stamp is by Inkadinkadoo; sentiment is from Another Stamp Co. (Once I made the bird blue, it had to be the bluebird of happiness, right?) The papers are by Making Memories, Fiskars border punch.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Sheetload card

This is the card I created from this month's Sheetload Sketch.

The snowflake (from Impression-Obsession) was stamped in Versamark and embossed with Winter Wonderland EP. The edges of the white panel are sponged in Colorbox Ice Blue chalk ink. The snowflake paper rectangle is edged in cobalt blue.

I got the metallic charm from Michael's a few years ago.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

ICS #37

My stamping time is limited right now, so I'm multi-tasking, doing several challenges in one card. This one uses Dawn's sketch for Inspirational Card Sketches #37 with a little tweaking (that rectangle is a smaller oval on her sketch) and a few challenges from SCS -- the blue layer is faux suede for the technique challenge, and the other elements and colors were suggested by a couple inspiration challenges.

The flowerish stamp is from a little foam-backed set from EK Success I picked up on clearance at Hobby Lobby. Actually, it's a Thanksgiving set -- I mainly grabbed it for the solid pumpkin stamp, and have never actually used this flower one before. It is a nice graphic element, I think.

Inks are SU garden green, and Adirondack Stream and Eggplant. And some faux gems finish it off.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Life is measured, Card Patterns #35

I made this on World Card Day for an SCS challenge to use a quote as a focal point. I used Card Patterns sketch #35 for the layout.

The quote is from a set by All Night Media, stamped in Chestnut Roan Chalk Ink. The timepieces are all from a set of diecuts (that I think I got at Big Lots). There are eylets in the corner of the quote block and paper piecing connecting them.