Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Challenge Cards

If I haven't mentioned it before now, I have meant to...I LOVE the challenges over at Splitcoast! They really make me focus and get creative for myself instead of always CASEing someone else's creation. I have to say that I really love how my projects have turned out for just about every challenge I have done. (There are a few that I could do without of course.) Here are two challenge cards that I completed yesterday. I love them both and I think I will find it hard to actually write in them and give them away (but that is their intended purpose, so.....). The cowgirl card is for my 1 year old adorable niece, Jocelyn. I am such a dopey aunt - I forgot to send her birthday card back in JANUARY! Hopefully, since she is only 1, she won't remember that I forgot her very important first birthday.... I'm sure my brother will be all too happy to remind her though!

Anyways, this card was created for the Featured Stamper Challenge on SCS. In this challenge, your job is to CASE a card from the featured stamper's gallery, changing at least 2 things. So, I was browsing through Beth's gallery (our featured stamper) and found this adorable card she made. Since my brother has horses and land and such, and they live in TX, I thought this is the PERFECT card! Jocelyn is an adorable little cowgirl. So, I changed several things when CASEing this one, including stippling Flamingo Pink Pearl Ex over the paisleys in the background. It is so shimmery IRL, but the scanner just doesn't do it justice.

This Best Blossoms card was created for the latest Technique Lover's Challenge. The technique we were to use was called "Blurred Vision". This is the absolute easiest way to achieve a watercolor look. I stamped the base of the lilac using Perfect Plum, then overstamped the detail in Elegant Eggplant. Next, I took my aqua painter over the edges (and some in the middle) of the images to blur it, and viola - a soft watercolor look. To snazz it up a bit, I stamped the detail again in versamark and embossed with Irridescent Ice EP. Another shimmery card!

Two fun challenges and two great cards (if I do say so myself). Hope you enjoy looking as much as I enjoyed creating!

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Inspiration

You know how you sometimes can see a picture of something and it completely inspires you? That is what happened with me last night. I saw this amazing card in the Splitcoast gallery by Sencie. I loved the new Au Chocolate paper to begin with, but when I saw how she added a dash of celery to it, I went bonkers. I knew that was exactly the look I wanted for my next project, a lunchbox tin card holder.
Now, I don't claim to be a great artist or anything, and I don't really like tooting my own horn so to speak. But I really LOVE how this turned out, and I couldn't wait to upload it to my SCS gallery. I did so several hours ago, expecting to get high praises. I have not yet received any of the validation I was seeking (as of now, only 43 views, 1 favorite, and 0 comments). Disappointing to say the least, but I still LOVE it! I still need to decorate the inside of the cover and create some tabs. Fun fun fun! I can't wait until it's all done and filled with cards.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Happy Presidents' Day

I was able to squeeze in a little stamping time, even though the kids were out of school. Here are the few projects I was able to complete.






This first one is for the Featured Stamper challenge on Splitcoast. I had to ask though, at what point does a card loose it's "CASEd" status? I changed so much on this card from its original inspiration that you can't even tell it was a CASE really. But overall I think I like how it turned out. What do you think?
The second one I made simply to use the square flower image. I had originally stamped it to use in the first card, but I just couldn't make it work with my layout. Of course, I couldn't let a perfectly good stamped image go to waste; thus, I have a second tulip card.

This is a Criss Cross card that I made for the Technique Challenge on Splitcoast. I had never made a Criss Cross card because they always seemed so intimidatingly difficult. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to make. Michelle Wooderson wrote a great little tutorial on one of her gallery posts on Splitcoast.
I had visions of patterned paper on one or both sides, but as you can see, that did not materialize. I actually chose the Take with Teal cardstock to coordinate with a sheet of Petals and Paisleys designer paper. Still, I like teal. I embossed the polka dots using copper embossing powder and like the way it looked on the Taken with Teal cardstock. In fact, I liked the combo so much, I had to do the other side with the paisleys. I also used my tab punch for the first time. I think I love it. It looks so great and I can envision creating tabs for all sorts of things....

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

It's decided

Based on the couple of comments I received here on my BLOG, and on my posts in the SCS gallery, I have decided to swap with the giraffe card. Thanks for all of your help with my decision.

And the winner of the "candy" is Angie. Angie, I don't see an e-mail address for you, so hopefully you'll check back. I need a snail-mail address for you so I can send you your prize - the bear card and some cute ribbon. Thanks for playing!

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Help me decide!



I just received my brand new stamp set, Bundle of Joy, from Stamipn' Up!'s upcoming Spring Mini catalog. Right away (since the kids are gone) I got busy designing a swap card for a Spring Mini swap that I've entered. Now I can't decide which design to go with. Not to toot my own horn, but I really like how both designs turned out! So, here's my proposal...help me choose which design to swap with, and I'll send you the other one along with some cutesy ribbon! Leave your comments and I'll draw a winner tomorrow, Monday, 2/12.


My Anniversary Celebration Weekend

My husband and I have been married now for 9 years! Wednesday was our actual anniversary and I surprised him with 2 dozen roses like the ones in our wedding and some balloons. And of course, I made him this card:

Even though it's girly with the pink, I think he liked it. I love how it turned out, if I do say so myself.

Well, this weekend we got rid of all the kids and live-in sisters in our house (okay, there is just one, but hey...). Yesterday we got a couples massage - HEAVENLY! If you have never gotten a professional massage, I say it is something you need to treat yourself to at least once in your life.

Then we went to dinner at Benihana's, the Japanese steakhouse. Jason and I were rolling on the floor laughing so hard because all of the hibachi chefs in this very Japanese restaurant were Hispanic! The rest of the staff was Japanese, but the chefs were not. LOL! Our chef's name was Juan, and he was a riot. He must have been new or something because he was flinging rice everywhere (and not on purpose). Anyways, he prepared an excellent filet and shrimp with all the fixins...I'm still stuffed this morning. The one thing I want to know is why our waitress was not allowed to serve me water in a taller glass. When I asked her to bring me a larger glass of water, she went away and came back to tell me "They won't let me pour water in those glasses, so here is two water glasses for you. But don't worry, I take good care of you and bring you more water." Any ideas on that one?